Reader deals 9/19/14

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.

Gift Cards

  • Nikki shares: “I’ve purchased several Starbucks gc from Raise and always transferred the amount from the voucher to my Starbucks card without any problems. All of the Starbucks gc I’ve purchased have been at a 20% discount. Last week I purchased Subway and the actual gc was received in the mail within 5 days of the original purchase. I am very careful to only buy gc that have good discounts and there are many.”
  • From Kim: “Gramma, I have purchased from cardpool many times without problems. I have found it a great way to save a little extra money. If nothing else, the savings cover taxes. Combined with other sales and discounts, it’s a win!”
  • Jen adds: “My apologies if someone already mentioned this, but Target actually discounts some gift cards when you use your Red Card. Now, I do NOT know if it’s all gift cards or just specific types because, frankly, I haven’t gotten around to researching it yet. But I know some are eligible because I bought Disney cards and got the discount. We’re going to Disney World and I had learned on one of the Disney travel forums that if you bought the cards at Target you’d get 5% off and they can be used to pay for hotels, food, etc. None of the employees at Target knew, and in fact they insisted it wouldn’t work, so I bought one test card and it worked like a charm. Now I’m buying batches of cards each time I’m there, which is helping us pay for our vacation slowly over time AND saving us 5%.”
  • Maureen says: “Jen, you are so right – we paid for both a Disney Cruise and a Disney vacation with gift cards from Target. When you’re spending 1000s on a family vacation a 5% savings can add up to hundreds of dollars.”
  • Another option from Kari O.: “I reload my Starbucks goldcard at the kiosks inside Target and use my RedCard…. Automatic 5% discount. An employee told me about it. I also sometimes use MM Target giftcards as payment to reload my Starbucks goldcard. lol”
  • But Rita says: “I checked Panera and Subway discounts on Raise. These are not a deal. Check out for any merchant you are interested in. A listing of all sellers show up with discount and fees. Click on the ‘discount’ heading and they will be listed highest to lowest. They also reference return policies of each company. I buy cards often. Have had two issues with the value not being on the card but was refunded quickly by both companies. Use them within the guarantee.”


  • A heads up from Charlotte: “My husband has a lot of these shirts. Be aware that they are fairly thin and with regular use will last 9 months to 1 year.”


  • From dani: “thanks Yvette, so I ventured over to jewel on wise and roselle and sure enough 12.49 minus 3.50. I stocked up big time. If I can get double rolls for 30 cents or less…it’s major stock up time. I would have bought more, but I am afraid of my husband’s response. the kids right now are having a super fun time in the basement playing nerf guns with the TP walls that they built. I did pay 12.49 plus minus a 1Q at my palatine store which is still a stock up price fur us. thanks again! if you are in the Schaumburg area…go get some TP. They still had a lot there.”
  • And Cari says: “Palos heights $12.49-$3.50 instant =D”


  • Rita comments: “The Ortega black beans w/jalapenos are priced at $.89. Use the $1.00/2 on Wednesday Double daze and get them for free. I think the link is I make 4 cups of rice (cooked) and then mix with bite sized Kielbasa that I have browned, a can of ortega black beans w/jalapenos, a can of corn, a couple of handfuls of grated cheese, cumin to taste (I like alot) and a splash or two of chicken broth and call it dinner! Obviously you can really play around with the ingredients on this one!”
  • A warning from Pam: “Ugh, so I went to the Mariano’s in Shorewood, they did not have this milk. Couldn’t even find a spot for it. Finally asked a guy and he said that they were having a problem with receiving milk that was only a week away from expiration, and ended up often throwing a ton of it out, so until “they fix the problem” they are not going to carry it. Hmmm….maybe it might not have been a good idea to put it in the ad, then? Also, didn’t have much of the Noosa yoghurt. None of the flavors that I wanted were in stock, such as Pineapple, Honey, or the seasonal Pumpkin. Man, do I wish that store was still a Dominick’s! Really not impressed at all!”


  • From Ashley on the diapers: “Some of the Jumbo packs are 38ct or more, and not triggering, but people are calling catalina and having it honored. But it is rolling, even though it is a store coupon”

Reader requests

  • From Laura: “Hi Don, and fellow rain barrel users. I too am a rain barrel fan. But the mosquitos this year have been so bad because of all the rain. so my question is Are mosquito laying eggs inside my rain barrels? If so what do I do about it? Thanks”
  • Pam asks: “I’m wondering about Zaycon Foods chicken…..we’ve purchased it before and were happy with our purchase but that was before the whole “chinese chicken” I’ve read about. Zaycon’s site says the chicken comes directly from the “processor” but where does it come from before that? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks!”


  • On expiration dates changing, Kari O. says: “Cartwheel offers can disapear quicker than intended, kinda like when printable coupons are out of prints. So, most likely the offer is nearing its limit so the expiration date got moved up quicker.”

Treasure Island

  • From seachicago: “Here’s a decent Barilla deal for city shoppers: Treasure Island has most varieties of Barilla pasta on sale this week for 88 cents, limit 4. Barilla sauce is also on sale for $2.50, and I found a tearpad next to the sauces with a q for $1 off Barilla sauce when you buy 2 Barilla pastas. So, buy 4 pastas (use 2qs 55 cents/2 from 9/7 SS) and 2 sauces (use 2 $1 tearpad qs) for $5.42 + tax. I think TI is a Centrella store, so maybe this deal is running at other stores, too.”


  • A report from savinlikeu): “Went to Walgreens and purchaced 3 bags of Riesen candys (Love these!) and out prints a manf. Q for 2$ off three, stack with wags store Q and there only aprox. .17 each piece I of course rinse, lather, repeated! Each time you get a new 2/off 3 Q”
  • Kitty emails: “Walgreens has Mentos candy on a monthly deal for 59c. Shopmium has 50c back, so 9c.”

Whole Foods

  • Something to check for from Eun: “I have a $1 Imagine Chunky Style Soups (Italian Style Wedding is considered “chunky”) offer from checkout51. Check if you have it too?” Not everyone does, but worth checking!

Go to Whole Foods TODAY — Four Enjoy Life products $.69 each


This is in my earlier Whole Foods deals post, but I wanted to pull it out separately so no one misses it, since today is the last day for the Ibotta rebates that make this such a good deal.

Four gluten free, top eight allergen free Enjoy Life products $.69 each at Whole Foods 9/19 only

Enjoy Life products are a good deal with the Ibotta rebates expiring today + the new $1.00 printable + the $1.50/2 from the July/Aug Whole Deal. Here’s how to get all four products for net $2.76 if you go today. Buy one of each:

  • Enjoy Life chewy bars, $4.39.
  • Enjoy Life crunchy cookies, $3.99.
  • Enjoy Life soft baked cookies, $3.99.
  • Enjoy Life Plentils, $3.39.

That comes to $15.76. Use four $1.00/1 printables = $11.76. Use two $1.50/2 from last month’s Whole Deal = $8.76. Get back a separate $1.00 rebate on each product on Ibotta = $4.76. Get a bonus $2.00 rebate on Ibotta for redeeming three Enjoy Life rebates = $2.76 for all four products, or $.69 each.

If you don’t have two computers to print four $1.00/1 coupons (limit is two per computer), you can also print $.75/1 Plentils and $.55/1 Enjoy Life product here.

Whole Foods deals I spotted in store + shopping trip


So my Internet kept bopping up and down this morning, then the ComEd guy came to replace our meter and our power went out. I figured that was a sign to get off the computer and go shopping, so off to Whole Foods I went — luckily I’d printed a bunch of coupons yesterday, lol.

Whole Foods deals September 2014

Here are some deals I spotted at the Wheaton, IL location, but note that unadvertised deals at Whole Foods can vary by region. Print current Sept/Oct Whole Deal coupons here, or find in the flyer at the front of the store.

  • Earth’s Best mostly organic kids frozen meals or waffles, $3.00. Use $1.00/1 from the July/August Whole Deal + $1.00/1 on Mambo Sprouts to get them for $1.00.
  • So Delicious dairy free yogurt cups, $1.00. Use the regional $1.00/1 from the 6/15 SS (was in Sun-Times, not Trib) or the latest mailed Mambo Sprouts booklet to get these free. Or, buy three for $3.00 and use $1.00/3 in the July/August Whole Deal or Sept/Oct Whole Deal plus three $.55/1 printables — Print $.55/1 here and another $.55/1 printable on Facebook — to get three for $.35.
  • Select Tasty Bite pouches (only a couple flavors), $2.38. Use $2.00/3 in the Sept/Oct Whole Deal + $2.00/3 on Mambo Sprouts or $1.00/1 printable here. Best deal: Buy three for $7.14. Use the $2.00/3 Whole Foods coupon = $5.14. Use three $1.00/1 printables (will need two computers) = $2.14 for all three, or $.71 a pouch.
  • Select Barbara’s cereals, $3.39. Print $1.00/1 here.
  • KeVita organic probiotic drink, 2/$4.00 through Sunday only. Print $1.50/1 here and then submit for $1.00 back on Ibotta, and you’ve made $.50.


8 pack Back to Nature 100% juice pouches, $3.00. Use $1.00/1 in the Sept/Oct Whole Deal and stack with $.75/1 in … I think it’s the Fall Mambo Sprouts booklet, but I’d already clipped it. Or, $.75/1 on Common Kindness, or $.75/1 by email when you sign up on Facebook. Just $1.25 after both.


Select Imagine Organic soup boxes (only Italian Wedding and Black Bean were tagged), $2.50. Use $2.00/2 in the Sept/Oct Whole Deal and stack with $1.00/1 on the bottom right of the Imagine site to get these for $.50 each.

What I bought


And here’s what I picked up today. The Enjoy Life products are not on sale, but are a good deal with the Ibotta rebates expiring today + the new $1.00 printable + the $1.50/2 from the July/Aug Whole Deal. Here’s how to get all four products for net $2.76 if you go today. Buy one of each:

  • Enjoy Life chewy bars, $4.39.
  • Enjoy Life crunchy cookies, $3.99.
  • Enjoy Life soft baked cookies, $3.99.
  • Enjoy Life Plentils, $3.39.

That comes to $15.76. Use four $1.00/1 printables = $11.76. Use two $1.50/2 from last month’s Whole Deal = $8.76. Get back a separate $1.00 rebate on each product on Ibotta (TODAY ONLY) = $4.76. Get a bonus $2.00 rebate on Ibotta for redeeming three Enjoy Life rebates = $2.76 for all four products, or $.69 each.

In addition to Enjoy Life, I also bought:

  • Overpriced mushrooms, $2.99, because I didn’t feel like making another stop and needed some to make dinner.
  • Earth’s Best French Toast sticks for $1.00 after coupons (see above).
  • 6 So Delicious yogurt cups, free after coupons (see above).
  • 4 Imagine soups, $2.00 after coupons (see above).
  • 6 Pacific Organic almond milk singles, free with the $1.00/1 coupon from the July/August Whole Deal.
  • 3 Back to Nature juice pouch boxes, $3.75 after coupons (see above).
  • Organic Valley 16 oz sour cream, $1.39 after $1.00/1 from the Sept/Oct Whole Deal + $1.00/1 printable (no longer available).

Got $.20 off for bringing two bags, and my pre-coupon subtotal was a crazy $56.86, post-coupon total was $20.30. I’ll get $6 back from Ibotta for a net cost of $14.30. Oh! And I just got my Ibotta rebates back and also got another $1.00 back for the second level Sept. teamwork bonus, so make that net $13.30. :)

A few Whole Foods deals week of 9/17/14 – 9/23/14


Here are a couple Whole Foods deals from the new flyer that just came out for the week of 9/17/14. I’m using the Wheaton, IL flyer, so check against your own location. Whole Foods runs a lot of unadvertised in-store sales, so if you spot a good deal at your own store, please comment here.

Whole Foods — Grass fed beef sale today only + more


Whole Foods is having a one day sale today, Friday 9/12 only, on grass fed ground beef: Down to $4.99/lb. Other Whole Foods sales through 9/16 include:

Whole Foods sales can vary by region. The grass fed beef sale is for all U.S. stores, but check other deals against your own local store.

Whole Foods deals week of 9/3/14 – 9/9/14


Here are a few Whole Foods deals from the Wheaton, IL flyer and email 9/3/14 – 9/9/14. Whole Foods tends to have a lot of unadvertised in-store specials, so if you spot a good sale at your store, please comment here!

New Whole Foods coupons for Sept-Oct 2014


Whole Foods has posted their new coupons for September-October 2014! Print your Whole Foods coupons here, or look for the Whole Deal flyer in store for hard copies. Remember, at Whole Foods you can stack manufacturer coupons with Whole Foods store coupons on the same item for double savings, so I’ve listed all the current coupons I can find to go with these.

  • $.75/1 Alexia item.
  • $1.00/1 Beyond Meat. Get another $1.00 cash back from BerryCart.
  • $1.00/1 Candle Cafe frozen product.
  • $1.00/3 So Delicious dairy free products. Print an email signup coupon here. Print $.55/1 on Facebook.
  • $1.00/1 16 oz Organic Valley sour cream.
  • $1.00/2 Lifeway Probugs 4 packs. Stack with the $1.00/1 printable on Mambo Sprouts.
  • Buy a 32 oz Brown Cow yogurt, get a free 6 oz cup.
  • $.50/1 Soyatoo item.
  • $1.00/2 Tessemae products.
  • $.55/1 10 oz San-J gluten free Asian cooking sauce.
  • $2.00/3 Tasty Bite products. Stack with: $1.00/1 Tasty Bite.
  • $2.00/2 Imagine broth, soup, gravy. Stack with the $1.00/1 printable on their site (bottom right).
  • $1.00/2 Late July organic tortilla chips.
  • $1.75/2 Mi-Del products.
  • $1.00/1 Back to Nature cookie, cracker, juice, granola. Stack with $.75/1 in the summer 2014 paper Mambo Sprouts booklets or the $.75/1 printable here.
  • $1.00/1 Better Way snacks tortilla or pita chips.
  • $1.00/2 16 oz bottles Honest Tea.
  • $1.00/1 Runa product. BerryCart has $.75 back on Runa brewed organic guayusa.
  • $1.00/1 Organic India product.
  • $.75/1 Celestial Seasonings tea.
  • $1.00/2 Choice organic teas.
  • $1.00/5 Clif bars.
  • $.50/1 Clif Mojo bar.
  • $1.00/2 Luna bars.
  • $1.00/1 full size Weleda body care product.
  • $1.00/1 Rescue Pearls or Sleep liquid melts.
  • $3.00/1 NeoCell. Stack with the $1.00/1 on Mambo Sprouts.
  • $3.00/1 Nutrition Now gummies. Stack with the $1.00/1 coupon on Mambo Sprouts.
  • $3.00/1 Flora Udo’s choice probiotic.
  • $3.00/1 Garden of Life KIND organics. Stack with the $3.00/1 manufacturer coupon here.
  • $2.00/1 Kyolic, Kyo-Green, Kyo-Dophilus or Moducare Product.
  • $1.00 off Whole Foods gluten free bakehouse pie crust.
  • $1.00/1 24-32-fl.oz Health Starts Here Soup (valid for refrigerated soups only).
  • $.50/1 12-oz Wellshire Farms Shoulder Square Cut Uncured Bacon.
  • $2.00/1 12-oz Whole Catch Wild Caught Frozen Fish Fillets or Steaks: Mahi Mahi Fillets, Monkfish Fillets, Sockeye Salmon Fillets, Turbot Fillets, Tuna Steaks or Swordfish Steaks.
  • $1.00/1 16-oz 365 Everyday Value Trail Mix.
  • $1.00/1 10-15-oz 365 Everyday Value Organic Cereal.

What did you make with your $5 Whole Foods chickens?


So, did you pick up those $5 rotisserie chickens at Whole Foods this week? I only bought two and am now thinking now I should have gotten more! One we are just having for dinner tomorrow with some leftover potatoes and veggies (since it’s an activities night where we’re not home til 6 and don’t really want to start cooking that late).

The other, MashupDad shredded for me last night. I made stock with the bones in the Crock Pot overnight, then used that and the shredded chicken to make up this big batch of white chicken chili today.

So what did you make with yours? :)

From Walmart to Whole Foods — ow, my head shopping


Well, actually it was the other way around — I went to Whole Foods since I was already over in Glen Ellyn so halfway there anyway, and wanted the $5 rotisserie chicken today. Then I was driving back past Walmart on the way home, and figured I should try Savings Catcher at least once! Spent too much at WF, but it’s all good stuff; the sockeye salmon is a VERY occasional splurge, and the mozzarella is destined for Caprese salad tomorrow to help use up more of our insane tomato production over here. :) The waffles were a back-to-school request from Junior High Guy, and one chicken will be dinner maybe tomorrow, the other will become soup.

2 rotisserie chickens, $10.00. (They’re $5 today only!)
Sockeye salmon, $10.06.
Mozzarella, $3.99.
Van’s gluten free waffles, $2.50.
8 Brown Cow plain Greek yogurt, $6.40. (I’m going to TRY the non-sugar yogurt thing and add honey and fruit…) Used four $1.00/2 printables.
6 So Delicious non-dairy yogurt, $11.94. Used six $1.00/1 coupons from the 6/15 SS (not in Tribune) and two $1.00/3 Whole Foods coupons from the current Whole Deal. Got $1.00 back from Ibotta.

Paid $33.68. Got back $1.00 from Ibotta for a net cost of $32.68.

Whole Foods weekend sales 8/22/14


I already told you about the one-day Whole Foods sale tomorrow 8/22: $5.00 whole roasted chickens! I also just received a weekend sales email that shows:

  • Brown Cow Greek Yogurt, 5 for $4.00. Print $1.00/2 here.
  • Wild fresh sockeye salmon fillets, $10.99/lb.

As always, Whole Foods sales can be regional, so check your own store. The Wheaton flyer through 8/26 is also showing:

If you spot any good unadvertised Whole Foods deals at your local store, please comment here!