This was not at Jewel shopping

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Who else didn’t go to Jewel today? I know, some couponer I am, lol — but I looked and looked and looked at the offers, realized I didn’t need Pantene OR Febreze, and wasn’t in the mood to buy stuff just to buy stuff. So instead, I went to ALDI for cheap avocados… Is it weird to be more excited by cheap avocados than free Febreze candles? :)

ALDI shopping

4 avocados for $1.96, feta crumbles for $1.99, chickpeas for $.65, and tomatoes for $.99 = $5.69.

Gonna make guacamole and another batch of Roasted Chickpeas!

ALDI deals week of 10/29/14 – 11/4/14

Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 10/29/14 – 11/4/14.

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; these deals are from the Chicago ALDI ads.
  • I’m using both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad. To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons. ALDI does not take credit cards, only cash or debit.

Produce deals

  • 3 pack multicolored bell peppers, $1.99.
  • Large Hass avocados, $.49 each. woot!
  • 16 oz Roma tomatoes, $.99.
  • 2 lb pears, $1.29.
  • 2 lb Honeycrisp apples, $1.99.
  • Pineapple, $1.29.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

Shopping + this week’s meal planning

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Stopped at ALDI and then across the street at Pete’s this morning… mostly because I really needed wanted a new mini muffin tin, lol. This was basically couponless shopping except for a little cash back app business, but now I’m good to go on dinners for the rest of the week.

ALDI

Eggs, $1.19. Will get $1.00 back from Shrink (no longer available to load, but I’d “reserved” it when it was).
4 avocados, $3.16.
Flour tortillas, $.85.
Tortilla chips, $1.19.
Corn tortillas, $.33.
Fit & Active low-ish carb flatbread, $2.29.
3 lb Gala apples, $1.29.
2 lb Honeycrisp apples, $1.99.
Gluten free crackers, $1.49.
14 pc knock off lock & lock, $7.99. Will see if it works as well!
Mini muffin tin, $3.49.

Paid $26.39 with $1.00 back for a net cost of $25.39 — but $12.37 of that was kitchenware + high tax, rather than food. :)

Pete’s

Organic romaine hearts, $1.00.
10 Idaho potatoes, $1.00.
4 onions, $.40. Will get $.25 back from Shrink.
Grape tomatoes, $1.69.
Mushrooms, $1.00.
2 lbs strawberries, $3.00.
Sourdough bread, $3.29.
Meat ends, $2.36.

Got $.05 off for bringing a bag and paid $13.93 with $.25 back for a net cost of $13.68.

Poked around my freezer this morning

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I need to make room in my freezer stat for Zaycon chicken next week… Yes, it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but this morning I pulled out this big turkey I’d picked up on clearance at Ultra Foods this past Easter. It’s now thawing in my fridge so it’s ready to cook up on Saturday.

Meal Planning week of 10/27/14

So here’s the meal plan for the week:

  • Monday: Leftover Smoky Chili I made yesterday, served over baked potatoes (these $.10 Pete’s potatoes from today). Monday is after school activities day where we’re not home til 6, so I try to plan leftovers! Will just bake up the potatoes in the toaster oven this afternoon so they’re ready to reheat when we get home.
  • Tuesday: Salsa chicken in the crock pot — Meaning I can pull another pack of meat out of the freezer and make more room tonight. This will be on the tortillas & wraps I got at ALDI today, plus I’ll make guacamole with the avocados & tomatoes.
  • Wednesday: Leftover salsa chicken.
  • Thursday: Salad Bar Thursday (see below) with the romaine from Pete’s + odds and ends.
  • Friday: Halloween — we usually go out after trick or treating, it’s a thing…
  • Saturday: Butterflied Roast Turkey. Still pondering sides, but will see what’s on sale in the new ads this week. Have broccoli in the fridge, should have leftover salad, will have potatoes left…
  • Saturday overnight: Stock in the Crockpot with the turkey bones.
  • Sunday: Some kind of soup with the stock — maybe Kicked Up Turkey Sausage Slow Cooker Soup since I still have a cheap Butterball dinner sausage from Jewel last week and half a pack of wild rice in the cupboard. (I’ll have to shop again sometime this week for spinach, celery, but will wait for the new sales on Wed. and see.)
  • Monday: Leftover turkey & leftover soup (detect a trend? lol)

Oh, and what’s Salad Bar Thursday?

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Put out a big bowl of lettuce and various dressings, then cut up whatever is handy in the fridge for toppings so everyone can assemble their own plate. On Thursday I’ll have mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, lunch meat, tomatoes, avocado, croutons, sliced almonds, Craisins, cheese, green onions, and whatever else is left in the fridge and looks tempting. On the side: Probably strawberries, apple slices. Probably not the Caprese salads in the above pic, alas. ;)

So what’s your meal plan this week?

Mine’s more clear out the freezer than anything this week, but takes advantage of some of the produce sales. How about yours?

ALDI deals week of 10/22/14 – 10/28/14

Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 10/22/14 – 10/28/14

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; this ad is from the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • These ALDI deals come from both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad.
  • To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons.
  • They do not take credit cards, only cash or debit.

Produce deals

  • 3 pack caramel apples, $1.29.
  • 3 lb gala apples, $1.29.
  • 6 oz raspberries, $1.49.
  • 2 lb Honeycrisp apples, $1.99.
  • 6 oz blackberries, $1.49.
  • Pomegranates, $.79 each.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

Reader deals 10/15/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Aldi

  • Scott emails: “In our local paper tonight in the Kankakee area we have a coupon for $5/30.”

Apps

  • Kim C on Shrink: “I signed up using FACEBOOK and it didn’t give me the option to put in a code. I think you probably have to create a profile rather than letting the app pull your info from FACEBOOK”

Jewel

  • Confirmation from julie on stacking the instant savings on Quaker: “I’ve done 20 items on the same transaction and they all came off.”
  • Kitty sends over: “If you have these coupons, you can get 3 Fresh Express Salad Blends for $1….$2/2 from FE Salad Swap and B2G1F from the Big Book of Savings from last month.  They are $1.50 this week at Jewel.”

Reader requests

  • A Sears question from Wende, on these ballet flats: “I checked the return policy, but it doesn’t specify that you can return an online item TO THE STORE. Does anyone know if you can? TIA ( :”

Restaurants

  • Sara shares: “Here’s an email I received from A La Card for a special offer, valid today only: Today only (10/15), extra 20% off, use promo code 2015PRE You can pre-order the 2015 book which ships early November. You have the choice of either free shipping or they will send you the 2014 cards right away. I chose to get the 2014 cards. www.alacardchicago.com/buy_online.html I bought the cards last year when you posted a Living Social deal and found I liked them much more than the Entertainment Book. Good way to discover some restaurants.”
  • On the Domino’s $1 promo, Ginger comments: “I called the dominos by me in Mokena and they are doing this so call your local one to see.”
  • And Jane says: “I called my store and they said it was from between 12:40- 1:40 PM for the deal. I bet your store will offer this as well.”
  • Then she follows up: “…and called another store near me and they said the time was 12 noon to 1:40PM. Also, the guy said you could pick between hand tossed or thin. I expect a huge line if people hear about this!” So definitely check with your store to confirm participation and time!
  • Also, Koupon Kat reports: “I ordered from the Lisle Domino’s last night and there was a flyer promoting this attached to the box.”

ALDI deals week of 10/15/14 – 10/21/14

Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 10/15/14 – 10/21/14.

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; this ad is from the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • These ALDI deals come from both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad.
  • To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons.
  • They do not take credit cards, only cash or debit.

Produce deals

  • Little Salad Bar Italian or Caesar salad kit, $.99.
  • 8 oz mushrooms, $.49.
  • 3 pack green peppers, $.99.
  • 16 oz Roma tomatoes, $.99.
  • 3 lb yellow onions, $.49.
  • 16 oz Zucchini, $.99.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

ALDI deals week of 10/8/14 – 10/14/14

Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 10/8/14 – 10/14/14.

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; this ad is from the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • These ALDI deals come from both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad.
  • To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons.
  • They do not take credit cards, only cash or debit.

Produce deals

  • 3 pack locally grown caramel apples, $.99.
  • 3 lb bag locally grown Gala apples, $1.49.
  • Pomegranates, $.79 each.
  • Red grapes 2 lbs, $1.78.
  • 2 lb honeycrisp apples, $1.99.
  • Locally grown pumpkins, $2.49.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

ALDI deals week of 10/1/14 – 10/7/14

Here are your Chicago ALDI deals on produce and more for the week of 10/1/14 – 10/7/14.

  • Produce (and sometimes other) prices vary by location, as do ad dates; this ad is from the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • These ALDI deals come from both the weekly mailed ad and the weekly in-store preview ad.
  • To see your own weekly ads, check on the ALDI site here each Wednesday.
  • ALDI does not take manufacturer coupons.
  • They do not take credit cards, only cash or debit.

Produce deals

  • Caramel apples 3 pack, $.99.
  • 3 lb locally grown Gala, Red Delicious, or McIntosh apples, $1.49.
  • 2 lb Bartlett pears, $1.49.
  • Locally grown Pumpkins, $2.49 each.

*** Click here to read the rest of this week’s ALDI deals! ***

Reader deals 9/29/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Aldi

  • Something to look for from Caroline in Hot Deals: “Keep a look out at Aldi I found [Ghirardelli brownie mix] for .99 a box recently.”

Amazon

  • Found by grandma g, the Starbucks Refreshers deal has returned: “$14.11 ($0.10 / Fluid Ounce) after 20% discount But then there was a coupon, I think 25% off, to bring it down to only $9.70 for 12. I like these for a nice little treat, at .83 each seems like a good deal.”

Coupons

  • On the Curad PDF, Jane wonders: “Do you have to print the whole page of coupons?”
  • Kari O. replies: “Yes, you probably should. At least on my computer if you tried to take a screenshot of the PDF there are little black lines that show up on the image that don’t print out on the paper. So, it becomes very apparent to the manufacturer than you copied the image and didn’t just print the whole page.”

Food 4 Less

  • Shandelle shares: “Just got an email from Saving Star stating that Food 4 Less will be a supported store as of October 1st. I can’t remember if I saw a post about it or not, but they announced a week or so ago that Kroger and all their affiliate stores won’t do store cards for credit anymore and we will have to start scanning the receipts manually into the app like with all the other non loyalty card stores.”

Staples

  • On the Maxwell House coffee, Laura on Facebook says: “You can place more than one order, its limited to two per order!”

Restaurants

  • Brandy shares: “Also, bought McDonald’s Halloween $1 booklets with 3x of each: apple slices, small juice or milk, gogurt, hamburger (total 12 coupons). Only one per person, under 12yo. Burger King did not have Halloween booklets but BK Scholars booklets which are also $1 and 3x value fries or onion rings & 3x ice cream cone (total 6 coupons). One per person per visit BUT no age limit because not for kids..everyone! Looks like I will be hitting up McD for the burger and going across the street for the fries via drive thru. Hah!”

Target

  • Brandy reports: “Saw backpacks on 70% off clearance at Diehl Target in Warrenville yesterday. Tons. “

Walgreens

  • A Colgate report from LovinSavin: “[The $3 RR wyb one] just worked for me at 12:44 pm on Max Fresh Intense with Whitening.”

Whole Foods

  • A question from peaches: “Does anybody know if the Imagine soup is still on sale at Whole Foods because I did not see any of it marked at 2/$5. BTW when I was at the Whole Foods in downtown Evanston today, there was actually an employee at the front entrance to the store handing out Whole Deal coupon books. Of course probably 90% of the customers turned her down..”

 

Reader deals 9/25/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.

Aldi

  • Lisa shares: “We bought the mums at our store, they are beautiful and HUGE! I know $11.99 may seem high but these are way larger than anywhere else I have seen them. I did notice there were 2 sizes of mums at mine but both ringing at the same price so try and look for the larger ones.”

Online deals

  • A heads up from crystal on the XBox live deal: “I tried purchasing it thru my phone app & it would not apply the discount code. I logged into a PC & I purchased thru there & it did take the 10FORU code.”

Reader requests

  • Tram in Hot Deals is wondering: “Best place to buy pumpkins?”
  • Kristen asks in Hot Deals: “I am starting the Christmas search. I am looking for mens jeans long 34x 38 length. So let me know any sales on jeans for giants! Thanks”
  • And grandma g is wondering: “About the [Jewel] in-ad-prescription coupon, I was excited to finally get a new prescription that I could get filled and get my $25 gift card, (though not excited about needing an antibiotic). On presenting the coupon the pharmacist told me that if you had Medicare D, or a state or federal insurance you could not use it:( He said it had always been that way but in the past they could just ‘override’ it, but now it’s being closely watched. So no gift card for seniors, unless you have some other type of insurance.. It sounds like it’s all stores, or at least all Jewels, not just this one. Anyone else run into this?” I think it is across the board, but I am not positive.

Target

  • SoapboxTray reports: “Target had Gold N’ Plump chicken sausage for $2.99 a pack last week, and a bunch were marked with $1. off manager special coupons, and I also used this: www.goldnplump.com/coupons-and-offers.cfm have to sign up, $1. off any 1 package of Gold n’ Plump ground chicken or chicken sausage. I had printed these a few weeks ago and I was able to print 2 more today. 99¢ a pack. Keep an eye out, I stalk the meat section on my way in to work and have found fabulous deals. Also, someone asked about marking down meats a month or so ago, Mundelein Super Target does his in the morning before shoppers arrive so best time for them is when store opens at 8am. I haven’t been in this week to see if they are still 2.99 a pack btw.”

Ultra Foods

  • Pam says: “If anyone has the prev available $1.50 IP off Breyer, Klondike q, use this week @ Ultra for $1.38 Breyers ice cream. Yum!”