Frustrating Jewel shopping

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So I went to Jewel this morning. It was of course a zoo with the overlapping one day and four day sales, but that’s to be expected. But things weren’t ringing up right, coupons weren’t scanning (the Yucatan one from yesterday scanned expired even though it’s good through 7/14), and I have to go back to get my buck back on popcorn now.

  • The $.98 pineapple scanned at $1.98, so that required override.
  • The Challenge butter was tagged $3.00 but rang $4.29. (I got back the difference at customer service.)
  • The O Organics popcorn rang up 2/$4.00 rather than the advertised 2/$3.00, so I’ll get back that $1.00 next time I go in.
  • None of the Perdue coupons would scan, and the Yucatan one scanned in as expired.

So that took a while… lol. Then I came home and ate some cherries, only to find a little cluster of moldy ones hiding in the middle of the bag. Grr.

What I bought today

2 Essential Everyday sugar, $1.96. Then a random $.98 MyMixx coupon came off — was there a $1.00 coupon for EE sugar on there at some point, and it just auto-adjusted down on me?
2 O Organics popcorn, $4.00. (Should have been $3.00.) Use $1.00/2 MyMixx coupon.
4 Essential Everyday cheese, $3.92. Got $.20 back on Ibotta.
Challenge Butter, $3.00. (See note above on it ringing $4.29.) Used $1.00/1 MyMixx coupon and got $.75 back on Ibotta.
6 Perdue Short Cuts, $13.47. Used six $1.25/1 printables. (Oh gosh, and $1.25 also came off on MyMixx that I didn’t realize; I didn’t do that on purpose.) Print $1.25/1 Short Cuts here (ZIP 77477).
Pineapple, $.98. (See above note, price adjusted to ad price.)
Blueberries, $1.25.
Cherries, $4.74. Got back on Ibotta.
2 Earthbound Farm organic salads, $3.00. Used $1.00/2 printable. Got $.20 back on spinach on Ibotta.
Vidalia onions, $.78. Got $.20 back on Ibotta.
Portobello mushroom caps, $2.00.
2 Yucatan guacamole, BOGO at $6.49. Used $2.50/1 printable. (Pick any recipe here and scroll down to the bottom to find a link for a $2.50/1 coupon; limit one per visit.)

Paid $30.14 with $1.55 back, and will get another $1.00 back on my next visit for the ring error on the popcorn = net $27.59.

Don’t you miss the days when they used to give you the item for free if it scanned wrong?

Perdue clearance at Ultra Foods Lombard

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If you’re near Ultra Foods Lombard like… now… you might want to stop in. Tracy commented on Facebook that they had Perdue boneless skinless chicken breast on sale for $.99/lb BOGO. I happened to be right by there when I saw her message, so stopped in — this is short dated clearance (packages exp. 7/1) and mine did not ring BOGO, since they were tagged as Sanderson Farms, lol. I figured it was a good enough deal nonetheless and got six packs (about 9 lbs) for $5.99 after three of the no-longer-available $1.00/2 printables from last month. When I left about 5:35 PM they had around 20 packs left.

Went to Pete’s for the $.78 naan today

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Junior High boy elbow not included… Today’s the last day to pick up Swad tandoori naan (5 pcs, frozen) for $.78 at Pete’s Fresh Market! The regular shelf price on these was $2.19, so this seems like a good deal — and these are made with: wheat flour, water, sunflower oil, milk, salt, sugar, yeast, and soy flour, so no weird ingredients. It’s also the last day to pick up cauliflower at $.48/lb and Dean’s sour cream for $1.69 (minus $.55/1 in the 5/10 SS = $1.14).

Cauliflower, $1.22.
Bunch spinach, $.50.
3 lbs of Red Delicious apples, $1.45.
Sourdough bread, $3.29.
Meat ends, $2.67.
Dean’s sour cream, $1.69. Used $.55/1 in the 5/10 SS.
3 packs Swad naan at $.78 each = $2.34.

Got $.05 off for bringing my own bag and paid $12.79.

Under $3.00 at CVS shopping

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Have you been to CVS yet today? (Don’t read the ingredients on the Atkins bars, yikes… but, the things I’ll buy for MashupDad.)

2 boxes Atkins bars, $12.00. Used BOGO printable coupon.
Gold Emblem Abound popcorn, $1.99. Used $1.00/1 that came in the mail.
Frank’s Red Hot sauce, $1.50. Used $1.00/1 from the 5/10 SS.
Dean’s milk, $2.89. Used $.55/1 from the 5/17 SS and will get back $.20 on Ibotta.

Paid with $8.00 in ECB (forgot about the no milk now rule, oops) + $2.13. Got back $7.00 in ECB ($1.00 milk, $5.00 Atkins, $1.00 popcorn) and $.20 from Ibotta for a net cost of $2.93.

Cheap Banana Boat at Jewel shopping

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It’s kind of weird how MyMixx emails you your receipt but doesn’t show coupons used, but here’s what’s what. Mr. 8 and I stopped by today for another free Redbox (Paddington — we’re watching it right now and it’s very cute!).

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Fortuitously, we also got there during “Taste of Jewel” — so Mr. 8 feasted on chips & taco dip, chips & salsa, brownies, cheeseburger, Laughing Cow, Pretzel Crisps, guacamole… plus his free bakery cookie, then we went home with his Kid’s Club apple. Good day to be a kid at Jewel!

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The Banana Boat on the BOGO sale turned out to run as low as $8.99 BOGO — So buy two for $8.99, use the $4.00/2 printable coupon here, and pay $4.99 for two, or $2.50 each. Banana Boat are also part of a spend $25 get $5 back deal on SavingStar. Johnsonville smoked sausage are on sale for $2.50, and look for $.75/1 blinkies right in front. Mangoes are $.25 on the 3 day sale, and get $.20 back on Ibotta for a net cost of $.05.

Two Banana Boat, BOGO at $8.99. Used the $4.00/2 printable coupon, and this will push me over $25 on SavingStar (added to previous purchases) for $5 back there.
Johnsonville sausage, $2.50. Used $.75/1 blinkie.
Apple, $.79. Free with Kids produce club card. (I’m not sure if I’ll get back 20% on SavingStar or the store coupon will cancel it out.)
Mango, $.25. Got back $.20 on Ibotta.
Banana, $.17. Got back $.20 on Ibotta already. Will get back $.25 on Checkout 51 and just got back my $.25 on Shrink. (New to Shrink, use code JQOJWO when you create your account in the app for a $1.00 signup bonus! Be sure to create the account manually; do not use Facebook to sign in.)

So that’s $7.95 with $5.90 back (or possibly a bit more for the apple), for a net cost of $2.05.

What $18 buys at Fresh Thyme + Caputo’s

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Can I just mention one more time how much I like having Fresh Thyme and Caputo’s basically across the street from each other? :) And I just realized from looking at this photo that one of my Pirate’s Booty is actually Pirate’s Smart Puffs — oops — I grabbed them off the same display and didn’t know they had different names.

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Garlic bread, $.99.
Bulk mixed nuts, $2.70.
American cheese chunk, $1.40.
2 Pirate’s Booty, $2.50. Used two $.75/1 printable coupons.
2 Saffron Road simmer sauces, $3.98. Used two $1.00/1 printables and will get $2.00 back from Snap Groupon.
2 Marley organic coffee, $9.98. Used two $2.00/1 printables and will get $4.00 back from Snap Groupon. (There’s also $1.00 back on Shrink, but I used it last week. New to Shrink? Use code JQOJWO when you create your Shrink account inside the app, and you’ll get a $1.00 signup bonus! Create the account manually to use code; do not use Facebook to sign in.)
3 avocados, $1.50. Used $1.50/3 hangtag.
3 ears of non-GMO corn, $.50.

Paid $14.96 with $6.00 back for a net cost of $8.96.

Caputo’s

Poblano peppers, $.72.
Organic grapes, $1.89.
2 Driscoll’s strawberries, $3.00. Used two $.75/1 survey coupons.
2 Goya salsa, $3.00. Used two $.75/1 printables (no longer available).
Organic grape tomatoes, $.99.
Blueberries, $.99.
2 avocados, $1.38.

Paid $9.18. So, net $18.14 for everything. Hmm, that works out to $18 in coupons + cash back, so about 50% coupon savings — plus everything I bought was, of course, already on sale :). Not bad for a very produce heavy trip!

Net $1.22 at CVS shopping — Crazy coupons in the mail

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I got all sorts of random CVS coupons in the postal mail this week — one general mailer and one “preferred customer” mailer (which I think just implies I shop there too much?). So I thought I’d see how they all stacked up.

2 Coppertone, $18.99. Used $3.00/2 in the 6/21 SS, $2.00/1 CVS store coupon that came in the mail, and $5/$14 sunscreen from the magic machine.
2 Tena, BOGO at $3.99 = $5.98. Used two $2.00/1 manufacturer printables and a $4.00/2 CVS coupon that came in the mail (ymmv here, but they all scanned in).
Gold Emblem Abound popcorn, $1.50. Used $1.00/1 CVS coupon that came in the mail.
Meta Health bar, $1.49. Used $1.49/1 coupon from the magic machine.
2 Almay shadows, $10.58. Used two $3.00/1 from the 6/14 SS.
Cover Girl mascara, $7.00. Used $1.00/1 from the 5/31 PG and $5/$15 cosmetics from the magic machine (on this + the Almay above).
2 Ziploc freezer bags, $5.50. Used $1.50/2 printable coupon. Together with previous purchases this will push me over $30 on the Ziploc/Glade one-or-many-trips SavingStar rebate, so I’ll get another $5 back there.

Paid with $10 ECB and $10.22. Got back $14 in ECB ($4.00 Coppertone, $2.00 Tena, $3.00 Almay, $2.00 Cover Girl, $3.00 Ziploc) and will get back another $5 from SavingStar for a net cost of $1.22.

Did you get any random CVS coupons in the mail this week too? Anything good? I also got a 25% off non-sale items coupon — but had nothing to use it on, lol.

Fresh Thyme is kitty corner from Goodwill…

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The good health chips advertised on the three day sale starting tomorrow turned out already to be on sale today, too. So:

2 bags Marley organic coffee, $9.98. Used two of the $2.00/1 printable coupon here and will get back $4.00 on Snap Groupon.
Garlic bread, $.99.
American cheese cubes, $1.00.
American cheese chunk, $1.69.
2 good health potato chips, $1.98.
Kale, $.88.
2 Driscoll’s organic strawberries, $5.98. Used two $.75/1 survey coupons.
Grapes, $1.41.
Radishes, $.44.
Watermelon, $2.50.

Paid $21.82 with $4.00 back, for a net cost of $17.82.

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Oh, and they also had these little Father’s Day freebie packets in the bath & body section. :)

$22.44 and one 6 pound pork loin later

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My perambulations today took me by both Pete’s Fresh Market and the South Elmhurst Jewel, so I stopped in both. Ended up with a 6.11 lb pork loin at Jewel — decided that for $7.88 it was a good deal (and the smallest one they had!), but now need to decide what to make with it, hmm. (Tomorrow night I think it’s going to be “salad bar” dinner here, so we’ll deal with that on Weds.)

  • Pete’s has Michigan red apples for $.29/lb. A lot are banged up, but I picked through and got 3 lbs for $.86.
  • Pete’s has Swad tandoori naan (frozen) for $.99 through 6/30. In case you were planning on making pizza or something…
  • Pete’s has Driscoll’s blueberries $2.00 through 6/16 — I got two and used $.75/1 survey coupons.
  • Pete’s has cantaloupes for $.98.
  • Pete’s has regular red grapes for $.88/lb and organic for $1.48/lb — I went for organic today.
  • Picked up four more Ready Pac salads at Jewel for $.49 each!

So all together, $22.44 after coupons. Did you guys get the $1.29/lb pork loin this week? What are you making with yours?

Had to roll ECB CVS shopping and surprise Ibotta bonus

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Here’s something you can do if you got the $2.00 Colgate coupon from the magic machine at CVS last week and didn’t use it:

  • Buy Colgate MaxFresh 6 oz for $2.99.
  • Use the $2.00/1 CVS CRT from last week = $.99.
  • Use the $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon here to pay just tax, and get back $2.00 ECB. (No printer? There’s also $.50/1 in the 6/7 SS.)

So I haven’t shopped CVS in a couple weeks and had a bunch of ECB to roll, and figured I’d burn them on sunscreen since that we’ll use this summer.

Colgate MaxFresh, $2.99. Used the $2.00/1 coupon from the price scanner last week and the $1.00/1 printable above.
Banana Boat Sport, $10.49.
Banana Boat Kids, $10.99. Used $3.00/2 from the 5/17 RP2.

Paid with $18 ECB and $1.91. Got back $9.00 ECB ($7 Banana Boat, $2 Colgate) & $2.00 on Ibotta for Banana Boat, plus a surprise $1.00 Ibotta bonus for redeeming two Banana Boat rebates. Net cost: $7.91. (We’ve seen better sunscreen deals, but now all my ECB are safely rolled!)