Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?
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- Anne found: “A couple decent deals on Amazon S&S. 15 pk Kraft macaroni and cheese for $12.99. Clip the 20% off coupon on the page, and w/ 15% off for 5 items shipped in a month, it takes it down to about $8.73 ($0.58/box) shipped. Also, Tide Free & Gentle HE, $11.97 for 2 50 oz bottles. Clip the $1.50 coupon on the page, and w/ 15%, takes it to $8.67.”
- Kelley shares: “Some things I noticed in the coupon center: Gevalia 12oz bags are on sale for $5.00 on Friday and there is a $1.50 off coupon in the coupon center. Kraft Mac and Cheese is on sale for .89 plus there is a $1 off 3 coupon. Nestle Drumsticks are $2.49 and there is a $1.00 off coupon. Edys Outshine bars are also $2.49 and there is a $1.00 off coupon. Mine had 2 different .50 off Scrubbing Bubbles/Windex/SC Johnson. There is $1.00 off 2 Oscar Meyer lunch meats to go with a $1.99 price. Hope that helps!”
- Su found, on the Dyson: “OK…that one has a bin capacity of .44 Gallons (which is the larger of the 2 canister vacs (the other is .15 gallons which is what, a big gulp?).”
- More self-checkout buzz from Silvia: “WGN news,Miche Matrerre reported it on 5 pm just reported that 9 stores have already pulled the self check outs so that the company can improve customer service. Juli Tatge from the Tribune reports that “Jewel wants to see what they can do to improve business and compete in Chicago. Chicago area is a great grocery market but has a lot of players here so Jewel Osco wants to have the clerk be the last interaction with the customer to serve them and evaluate what we can do differently”. Jewel will observe to see if this is the best practice in these 9 stores to then do it in other locations. The full story will be in tomorrow’s Sept 26th Tribune!”
- Jana’s experience: “We recently went organic, too and I’m finding that Trader Joe’s is my absolute best option for produce – quality and price. Dominicks isn’t too bad, either, but not as consistent with prices. Milk is the same at both TJ’s & Dom’s ($5.99/gal). Organic, frozen berries are MUCH cheaper at TJ’s than Doms or Target. Eggs are comparable at both TJ’s & Dom’s ($4.19/doz)… if you can find someone selling them locally they’re a bit cheaper. I now buy most of my meat at Trader Joe’s, too, although Dominicks is comparable for grass-fed, organic ground beef ($6.99/lb), not for steaks though. However, I just bought 1/4 of a cow from Honored Prairie. I got 90lbs of grass-fed beef (take home weight) for about $5.66/pound, which is cheaper than the ground beef at TJ’s & Dom’s. I got 50lbs of ground beef, filets, ny strips, some other steaks & some roasts. I also bought some organic chickens from the same farm and I think they came out to about $14/chicken, which is comparable to TJ’s. We are getting a Meijer here in Homer Glen and I’ve heard good things about their organic options.”
- Some information from peaches: “Hi- I am a long time lurker, and first time poster here. Concerning the organic food, Trader Joe’s fresh produce is not that great. I live in Evanston, and we have a wonderful farmers market here. We have at least 5 growers that are certified organic, and several more that are organic but are not certified. It is a pain to be certified, and one of the growers dropped his organic certification about 10 years ago, and just recently had it reinstated. The farmers that are not organic that sell there, are much more likely to use less pesticides than your average factory farmer in California or Mexico, and many of them use integrated pest management.
I grew up on a fruit farm in Michigan where half our farm is peaches, and it is much more difficult to grow fruit organically around here than it is in California. We get way more rain and humidity than they do out West. Blueberries are the only fruit that it is feasible to grow mostly organically. I have also seen some semi organic strawberries. It is impossible to grow peaches organically on a large scale here. My sister uses integrated pest management on her fruit. Vegetables are a lot easier to grow organically here.
Nichols sell at a lot of farmers markets in the Chicago area, and sometimes you can get some really good deals from them, and they grow some of their stuff organic, although I suspect that they use weed killer. All the rest of their stuff they use only about half the pesticide that is normally used, and their apples they only spray four times a year. Their farm is located near Marengo. Last Saturday I got 20 huge red peppers from them for $5. I cut them up, and then I lay them on a cookie sheet, and stick them in the freezer. When they are frozen, I transfer them to a zip lock freezer bag. I love red peppers, but they are so expensive in the winter time.
For meat, I would suggest that you buy sustainably raised, but only eat red meat occasionally, and use it as a condiment. Use it in soup or a stew. That is what Michael Pollen recommends. Occasionally Whole Foods has a really good three day sale on sustainable meat. They had grass fed ground beef on sale a few weeks ago for $4.99 a pound. Organic chicken is much more expensive than free range chicken. The organic producers lose a lot of chicks if they cannot use antibiotics in the very early stages. Treasure Island and a few other places sell Bell and Evans and Miller’s which are both free range, and taste much better than factory farmed chicken such as Tyson and Perdue.
Perdue advertises their chicken as free range, but instead of putting them in cages, they stuff 20,000 chickens in a hen house minus the cage”
- A question from kim about Starbucks bottled iced coffee: “Should they be refrigerated?” I think I have seen them not refrigerated.
- Jana sends over: “My church is having it’s annual Fall Rummage Sale this weekend.
- Hours are Friday, 9:00-8:00 and Saturday 9:00-12:00. Saturday is “fill-a-bag for $4″ day.
- Yorkville Congregational Church, 409 Center Parkway Yorkville, Illinois
- Men’s, women’s, children’s clothing, purses and bags, household goods, toys, stuffed animals, furniture, outdoor stuff, books, holiday items and much, much more.”
- Kristina posts on Facebook: “Today and tomorrow only, Target Cartwheel has 50% off kids Halloween costumes.”