A little shopping amidst driving around


I had to drive around hither and yon on various errands today, so figured I’d stop into the stores I was by anyway. Like: I had to pick up a prescription at CVS, then realized I need to color my hair before my brother’s wedding, then realized I had no hair color at home — the magic machine gave me $4/$20 John Frieda and it’s buy one get one 50% off this week, so I bought two even though I didn’t have my ECB with me, lol.

I stopped into Jewel with Mr. 7 and got $1.50 back for post-redeeming my Barbara’s coupon for yesterday’s trip (dropping that to net $.64 after coupons, Checkout 51, and Shopmium — thanks to David for pointing out the Shopmium!). Then we discovered that if you redeem a Kids Club Produce Card for a free apple and don’t buy anything else, it locks up the register, causes consternation, and requires the override key. (One apple before the free card, by the way? $1.15. Not pictured, because Mr. 7 ate it down to the seeds.)

So what is pictured?


  • Two John Frieda hair colour, $19.48 after buy one get one 50% off sale.

Used $4/$20 from the magic machine and paid $17.09. (Didn’t realize it wasn’t up to $20, oops, I totally did not do that on purpose because my bad math in the store made me think it would be $20.48.)


  • 2 Lunchables with Smoothies, $4.00. (Mr. 7 has been jonesing for Lunchables, which I buy maybe once or twice a year, because, ick.) Used two $1.00/1 printables here.
  • 4 Fisher almond pouches, $8.00. Used four $1.00/1 from the 6/15 SS.
  • 3 artichokes, $1.00.
  • Pineapple, $.99.
  • Blueberries, $1.50.
  • Corn, $.75.
  • Sour cream, $1.00.

Paid $11.44

Ultra Foods

  • Green Giant Idaho Potatoes, $2.00. Used exp. $1.00/1 Green Giant bagged veggies from the June big book of savings at Jewel.
  • 3 Borden sliced cheese, $5.94. Used exp. $3.00/3 printable (no longer available).
  • 3 lb Granny Smith apples, $2.50.

Paid $6.62. That’s $35.15 total. Darn hair color, lol. For the week so far I’m at an out of pocket cost of $53.21 and a net cost of $46.46. How’s your shopping going?

Too hot to shop shopping


Seriously, that 90 degrees is kind of a shock after the cool and rainy summer we’ve been having! But I decided to stop by Jewel for the $1.49/lb cherries (they looked OK but not great, so just bought the smallest bag they had), and then realized I needed avocados to make guacamole and couldn’t bring myself to spend $1.99 each at Jewel, so went down the road to ALDI where they were $.79 each. Phew! Anyway…


Clearance Barbara’s Snackimals, $1.99. Will bring in a $1.50/1 coupon to post-redeem.
One banana, $.19. Submitted for $.25 back from Checkout 51.
Cherries, $1.64.

Paid $3.89. Will get $1.50 back when I post redeem the Barbara’s coupon and $.25 back from Checkout 51 for a net cost of $2.14.



Down the road at ALDI…

4 avocados, $3.16.
Cauliflower, $2.49.
2 SimplyNature applesauce 6 packs, $2.98.
Bacon bits, $1.49.
Shredded parmesan cup, $1.99.

Paid $12.32.

Money making CVS shopping — nail polish, paper towels, bar soap


Stopped by CVS this morning with my 7 year old shopping buddy, who picked out purple sparkle and blue sparkle nail polish for me. They had only one Benadryl itch stick left, so just got:

Two 3-packs Dial bar soap, $4.00. Used $1.00/2 printable here and already got back $1.00 from Ibotta.
Just the Basics paper towel roll, $.79. Used $.79/1 from the magic machine.
Two Sally Hansen Xtreme wear nail, $6.38. Used two $1.00/1 from the 7/13 RP.

Used a 20% off coupon that came in email (took off $1.28) and $5.00 in ECB. Paid $1.85 and got back $7.00 in ECB ($5 Sally Hansen, $2 Dial) for a $.15 money maker, then got back another $1.50 from Ibotta ($1.00 for soap, $.50 for triple play bonus for redeeming 3 offers in a week) for a total of: Up $1.65 on this trip.

Whole Foods freebies — Almond Milk, Clif Mojo — Plus more deals


I stopped in at the Wheaton Whole Foods today, and here are a couple more freebies for you. First, in this month’s Whole Deal (in store flyer or printable here), you’ll find $1.00/1 Pacific non-dairy beverage 8 oz+. The 8 oz singles are everyday priced at $.99, and you have your choice of free organic almond or free organic oat.

The Whole Deal coupons will be out in store and printable through August, so no hurry on these — the coupon does not expire til 9/30, so you can grab a couple of free dairy free singles on any trip through then!


Some varieties of Clif Mojo bars are everyday priced at $.99. (Careful, others are $1.49.) If I hadn’t cleverly cut off the side of this coupon in the photo, you’d see that there is a $.50/1 Whole Foods coupon in this month’s Whole Deal that you can stack with the $.50/1 manufacturer coupon in the 6/8 SS to make these free.

Other freebies

  • They did have the 1 oz Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts for $1.00 each. (Not out, but I asked, and they brought a bunch out of the back.) Use the $1.00/1 Manitoba Harvest coupon on HealthESavers to get these free! Note: This comes via email. Although it lets you print multiples, they have unique identifiers at the bottom so the actual print limit is one per email address/computer.
  • Honest Tea singles were $1.39, so if you printed the $1.50/1 (no longer available) you can get those for free as well.
  • Clif Kit’s organic bars are $1.19. There is a $.50/1 Whole Foods coupon in this month’s Whole Deal, which you can stack with the $1.00/1 manufacturer coupon in the latest Mambo Sprouts booklet to get them free. (Pick this up at places like Fresh Thyme, Fruitful Yield…)

Other cheapies


Plentils are on sale for $2.69. Use the $1.50/2 Enjoy Life products Whole Foods coupon in this month’s Whole Deal, and stack with two $.75/1 Plentils manufacturer coupons to get two bags for $2.38, or $1.19 each.

Fresh sockeye salmon fillets were on sale for $11.99/lb — they looked great, and I was tempted, but…

Also remember:

What I bought

This was less than I expected — I just noticed he only rang up 6 yogurts, although I bought 7, for one thing. I think they might have entered too many coupons, but it’s impossible to tell what since they entered in chunks — like “vendor coupon, $5.00″ etc.


2 bags Enjoy Life Plentils, $5.38. Used the $1.50/2 Enjoy Life products Whole Foods coupon in this month’s Whole Deal, and stacked with two $.75/1 Plentils manufacturer coupons.
Earth Balance non-dairy spread, $3.99. Will get $1.00 back from Ibotta.
2 So Delicious non-dairy ice cream, $6.00. Used two $1.00/1 So Delicious frozen treat printables (no longer available).
7 So Delicious yogurt cups, although they only rang up six, oops, for $11.94. Used 7 $1.00/1 So Delicious in the 6/15 SS (Sun-Times or Hoy only; not Tribune) and three $1.00/3 So Delicious Whole Foods coupons from this month’s Whole Deal on this and the ice cream above. Will get $1.00 back from Ibotta.
2 Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, $2.00. Used two $1.00/1 printables.
3 Clif Mojo bars, $2.97. Used three $.50/1 from this month’s Whole Deal and three $.50/1 from the 6/8 SS.
5 Clif Kit’s bars, $5.95. Used five $1.00/1 from Mambo Sprouts (that I traded for) and five $.50/1 from this month’s Whole Deal.
Tasty Bite, $2.48. Used FREE coupon a friend gave me from a booth at Eyes on the Skies earlier this month.
2 Go Veggie dairy free cream cheese, $5.38. Used two $1.00/1 printable coupons here.
6 Pacific Almond milk singles, $5.94. Used six $1.00/1 coupons from this month’s Whole Deal.

Paid $12.94. Will get $2.00 back from Ibotta for Earth Balance and So Delicious, for a net cost of $10.94.

A little Target + ALDI cleararance shopping


Stopped by Target and ALDI today. Before you ask, no, they did not have Tide OXI in stock (or Pods for that matter, lol).

At Target

Two 25 lb Fresh Step cat litter (not pictured since they are still in the garage!), $21.98. Used two $2.00/1 Target printables (also in the 6/29 SS) and two $1.50/1 manufacturer peelies.
6 up & up lined index cards, $2.94. Used two $1.50/3 up & up school supplies printables, which adjusted down.
Welch’s Farmer’s Pick juice, $2.50. Used 25% off on Cartwheel and $1.00/1 in the 5/18 RP1.

Got $.05 off for bringing my own bag. Paid with $7.00 in cash (because I left my REDcard at home — doh) and $10 in gift cards. Got back a $5 gift card for the cat litter, for a net cost of $12.00.



Stopped by ALDI on the way home to pick up mushrooms before the sales flip tomorrow, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the Villa Park (Roosevelt) store had dropped them to $.49. The Cookie Crumbles yogurt thing was clearanced at $.99, and the 16 oz Mesquite Filet of Beef (USDA Choice) was clearanced at $2.99.

2 filet of beef things, $5.98.
2 packs mushrooms, $.98.
4 pack cookies & cream yogurt, $.99.
Avocado, $.99.

Paid $9.10.

Bacon got me back to Walmart — Plus Big Lots Friends & Family


I know, right? I’ve been shopping all day. But I saw this Farmland bacon deal on Hip 2 Save, so thought I’d give it another try on the way (um, kind of on the way) to check out the Big Lots Friends & Family sale.

And I printed a bunch of other coupons to make the trip more worthwhile, but here’s how that went: Was going to price match the Galbani mozzarella from Pete’s and do the Ibotta deal — but they didn’t have any. I was going to get Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter & Co and use the $1.50 Hopster coupon + the $1.75 Ibotta rebate — but they didn’t have any. I was going to get the So Delicious shelf stable dairy free milk I’ve seen everyone posting, and use a $1.00 coupon + Ibotta — but (say it with me, everyone!) they didn’t have any. I was going to try to price match Udi’s bagels from Caputo’s and use my $2.50/2 printable (no longer available) — but… OK, you get the idea. Here’s what I did end up getting:

  • 2 packs Farmland bacon, $9.96. Used two $1.00/1 printables (ZIP 85254 — it doesn’t show up in the drop-down of brands but is in there if you change the ZIP and scroll through).
  • 2 Ziploc 50 ct sandwich bags, $4.56. Used $1.00/2 printable (also $1.00/2 in the 7/13 SS).
  • Hungry Girl low carb flatout, $2.98. Used $.75/1 peelie.

Paid $14.33. Will get back $2.50 from Ibotta for Ziploc and a $5.00 Walmart eGift card from submitting my receipt to Farmland bacon here. Net cost: $6.83. Note: The Farmland coupons print with “redeemable at Winco Foods” on them, but are manufacturer coupons, don’t say “only” at, and scanned just dandy at self checkout.

Let’s break down the bacon deal by itself

Farmland bacon is regular price $4.98. You need to buy two for the gift card deal, which is itself limit two (noooo, don’t make me go baaaaaack!). So:

Then, there’s Big Lots


So then I went to Big Lots for the Friends & Family 20% off sale today. Brought my coupon from the Trib, but they had stacks at the registers and were just automatically scanning them for everyone. It was a ZOO, like, had to stalk someone leaving in the parking lot for her cart zoo.

My mental budget for this sale was $20, and I did well: For $19.13 I got three 3-pack Rice Dream nondairy milk singles, two 8-pack Adam & Eve fruitables, Popcorners, edamame, Grey Poupon dijon, a jar of couscous, Enjoy Life gluten free cookies, a jar of garlic cloves, a summer sausage, a bag of long grain & wild rice, two single bags Atkins knock-off M&Ms, and two little single Planters Nutrition tubes for MashupDad. Everything I got was in code, but as always, check your expiration dates at Big Lots — I saw a lot of items that were months past their use by dates.

Sunday morning shopping with Mr. 7


Mr. 7 is my new Sunday morning shopping buddy lately. He loves to get up early, and he loves to push the cart, which I can let him do on Sunday mornings before the stores get busy!

(He also loves Ultra Foods because they were giving away mini cupcake samples at the bakery — nothing like a blast of sugar to start out your day…)


We started at CVS, since they sent me a 30% off regular price items coupon in email and I realized I still had a $5.00/3 Band-Aid coupon from the free first aid kits earlier this year. Bought three character Band-Aid at $4.29 each, used the 30% off your order printable, $1.00/2 from the magic machine, and $5.00/3 manufacturer coupon. Paid with $1.99 ECB and $1.47, and got back $5.00 ECB for a little money maker of $1.54. Probably should have done Physicians Formula concealer for a money maker with the 30% coupon too, but Mr. 7 is also a distracting chatterbox of a shopping buddy. ;)



Then we swung by Target, where about half of the Fresh Step cat litter boxes had $1.50/1 manufacturer coupon peelies on them. Bought four for $10.99 each, and used four $1.50/1 manufacturer peelies and four $2.00/1 Target coupons from the 6/29 SS. Got $1.00 off for paying with REDcard, paid $31.02, and got back two $5.00 Target gift cards for a net cost of $21.02, or $5.26 a box after tax and everything.

And no, my store didn’t have Tide OXI in stock either, but I didn’t really expect it to!

Ultra Foods


Lastly, we swung by Ultra Foods. The Lombard store had several of these whole Kentucky Legend hams (exp. yesterday 7/12, but hey), all on manager’s special for $.99/lb, and all with $2.00/1 manufacturer peelies! Mine’s in the crock pot right now — it was 8.71 lbs, and came to $6.62 after peelie coupon, or just $.76/lb.

3 Borden shredded cheese, $6.84. Used expired $3.00/3 printable from a long while back (no longer available).
2 dozen eggs, $1.96.
2 Dannon yogurt cups, $.76.
Cherries, $4.28.
Clearance ham, $8.62. Used $2.00/1 peelie.

Got $.05 off for bringing my own bag and paid $17.80. So my out of pocket cost today: $50.29. My net cost: $37.30.

Stopped by the new Caputo’s in Downers Grove today


I will take some photos the next time I go in — it was kind of a zoo today — but it was somewhat disturbingly still Dominick’s-like! They used the existing aisle signage, seafood & meat department signage, produce section lighting, bakery displays and more, so it looked like a Dominick’s with Caputo’s kind of stamped on top.

  • Popchips were on special 4/$5.00, and there is a $.55/1 in the 6/29 SS to make them $.70!
  • Earthbound Farm salads are $1.99, so use $1.00/1 from the June big book of savings at Jewel.
  • Family pack chicken drumsticks are $.79/lb — but a bunch of smaller packs like this one I picked up were also tagged at the same price.
  • Driscoll’s strawberries are $1.99, if you have survey coupons.
  • The corn was 6/$1.00.
  • 2% Borden milk is $1.99, limit 1.

I bought

  • Borden 2% milk, $1.99.
  • Earthbound Farm organic salad, $1.99. Used $1.00/1 from the June big book of savings at Jewel.
  • Chicken drumsticks, $1.60.
  • 3 heads garlic, $.56.
  • Tomatoes on the vine, $.55.
  • Bananas, $.60. Will get $.25 back from Checkout 51.
  • 6 ears of corn, $1.00.
  • Asparagus, $2.15.

Paid $9.61 with $.25 back for a net cost of $9.36.


I’m now also stocked up on olive oil, thanks to Trish, who kindly picked me up this rainchecked Goya using my coupons at her Ultra Foods after my stores didn’t carry it on the recent sale. These six bottles ran about $11 after coupons, rain check, and tax, making this day a little over $20.00.

Check Ibotta BEFORE you buy things shopping


So do you ever have shopping trips that are OK, but you just feel like they could have gone better? — Anyway, stopped at Target this morning, and then also took a quick trip through ALDI and Pete’s Market. At Target, I forgot to check that the Park’s Finest rebate was still on Ibotta. It wasn’t. So I thought they’d be $.99 after cash back, and instead they were $2.49 — I wouldn’t normally pay $2.49 for a pack of hot dogs, no matter how “finest” they are, lol.


2 ice cube trays, $5.98. (Yeah. The Dollar Tree ones aren’t cutting it!)
Park’s Finest hot dogs, $3.99. Will get $1.50 back from Shopmium.
2 Brownberry bread, $5.58. Got 20% off with Cartwheel and used $1.00/2 in the 3/30 SS.
Buen Sabor, $3.99. Used $1.50/1 printable (boosted on Hopster — I already used the $2.50) and will get $4.00 back from Ibotta.

Got $.05 off for bringing a bag. Paid with $15.00 in gift cards and $1.64 on REDcard (saved $.04 with that, lol!). Will get back $5.50 from Shopmium and Ibotta, for a net cost of $11.14.

Pete’s Market

4 Galbani mozzarella, $9.96. Used two $3.00/2 coupons.
Cherry tomatoes, $.99.
Orange sweet peppers, $.98. Got back $.25 for bell peppers from Checkout 51.
Sourdough bread, $3.29.
Meat ends, $2.75.

Got $.05 off for bringing a bag and paid $12.23. Got back $.25 from Checkout 51 for peppers for a net cost of $11.98.


Baby carrots, $.49.
2 lbs tomatoes on the vine, $1.78.
Garden salad, $.99.
3 packs portobello mushroom caps, $5.97.
Cucumber, $.39.
Mushrooms, $.69.

Paid $10.49. Net cost for the day, $33.61.