Reader deals 7/21/14

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.

Ancestry research

  • Charlotte shares: “I tried this, but because I’m from Europe (as in born in Europe), doesn’t have very good coverage over European ancestors. Kinda bummed.”
  • Patty suggests: “Check with your local library. Sometimes they have the subscription and you can either access it from their website or using a computer in the library. All you need is your library card number. Also, many libraries hold classes on this subject to teach you how to start searching on your own. A fantastic use of your tax dollars!”
  • Connie adds: “It’s a great show, really enjoy it. Often you can find it and its British counterpart on YouTube (the British one is better, of course!) They still run the reruns on TLC and I bet they are on the TLC website. Ancestry is a good deal, but there are many other sites that can be helpful in genealogy that offer free assistance or low cost assistance. Places like FamilySearch ( , US GenWeb ( and others offer many original records to anyone. If people really enjoy it I’d be happy to write up a bunch of the money saving habits I’ve learned since I started to do genealogy when I was 10 years old.”


  • Something seachicago noticed: “Recent, I saw a 96 pack (8 dozen) of Ticonderoga pencils for $9.49 at Costco. Go to the store, though, because has them for $14.99.”


  • Scott M. says: “The CVS Deals for Dial can be stacked with a promo that expires on Monday at 11:59PM Eastern Time, where if you buy $25 of Dial products, you get a free $10 gas card:


Household tips

  • From Steve F.: “About those white rings on furniture…..This product works great. Had huge white ring on table after Thanksgiving where the hot gravy bowl sat on the tablecloth. Found this Jasco Furniture White Ring Remover up at Clark-Devon Hardware in Chicago…Didn’t pay the high price of Amazon tho! It’s a cloth with stuff on it, you follow the instructions and the ring came out completely. Polished up the table and you couldn’t even tell. Saved the antique table from the dump ditch!!! Link and pic is here, but I think you can find it cheaper other places.”
  • He adds: “Oh….and it’s just not a one time use thing. Put it in a Zip-lock sandwich bag and it’ll last for years.”
  • A question from maggie: “Hi Steve, just saw your reply here. I wonder what the active ingredient in this cloth is – spending $ 26 on a cloth is a bit over my budget but I’d love to try something like this! :)”
  • Steve F. responds: “Maggie, I have no idea what’s in it. I still have the original wrapper, and there is no ingredient listed anywhere on the package. I’ve had mine for probably 10 years or so, and it still works like brand new. Like I said above, I didn’t buy mine from Amazon, and I keep mine sealed in the original zip bag it came in, plus I keep that in another zip bag. I know that I have rescued countless pieces of furniture from thrift stores and alleys in Chicago that had white rings on them with this stuff! , so I’m thinking it’s cheaper to use this rag for years and years, instead of buying new furniture every time a piece gets ruined with water rings. Of course, there is always grandma’s doily to strategically place over that nasty water ring!! :0″
  • Anne found: “The MSDS for the product is here:”
  • Another option, from mama: “Liquid Gold would probably work on the white marks on the table. It does wonder for stains on my wood floors!”
  • And one from Jill: “For all the “white ring” problems, if the methods suggested don’t work, I work for a furniture repair company that can help. Depending on the extent of the damage, we charge $120 and up for the repair of a table. Here is the website if you are interested.


  • Susan C. reports: “Just came back from the Jewel on Janes in Woodridge. Signs say $1.99/lb . Grocery person said he didn’t know about a [$1.49/lb cherries] sale. Went to the register, they rang at $1.99/lb but the checkout clerk was nice enough to adjust the price. Be aware.”
  • A deal from John W: “Also at Jewel this week, the 7-Up/Sunkist/etc soda for 79 cents when you buy 4 includes the 10 varieties, so you can use the 55 cent or $1/2 coupons for 24-29 cent soda. The Sunkist 10 is hard to find, but most Jewels seem to have a little of the other 10 soda. And the new Jewel at Clark and Howard in Chicago has bananas for 19 cents/lb, an in-store special at that store only.”


  • From Joy: “My mPerks had a store coupon for $1/4 granola bars, including nutrition bars (any brand). It pictures boxes, but I bought 4 single Clif bars as part of my $10/11 items and it came off! About $.66 each all told. I imagine it would work fine on the Larabar or Luna singles, too.”

Online deals

  • From cowsarecool22o on Twitter, on the cheap Android phone: “Phone runs Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwich) which was released 2 yrs ago. Ibotta runs on all Android 2.2 or newer.”

Reader requests

  • From peaches: “Does anybody know if there are ever any coupons for Hair Cuttery? Do they accept competitor’s coupons? I know that most people here go to Great Clips because they have coupons all the time, and are a lot cheaper, but the last two times I have gotten a bargain haircut at Great Clips, I have been really disappointed with my haircut. At least at Hair Cuttery you get a half way decent haircut most of the time, and sometimes you get a great one. The last time I got my hair cut, I went to an independent salon in Evanston, that did a wonderful job. I got a lot of complements about my hair, but it cost me $45, and I don’t have that kind of money right now.”
  • Michael asks: “Does anyone know whether you have to order a “movie on demand” to apply the $6 credits to or if it just goes to the cable bill whether you have ordered movies or not?”
  • One from Kimberly: “Any good stainless steel appliance cleaner recommendations? We like the stuff we’re using now but the shipping costs are outrageous! Thanks!”

Sam’s Club

  • Interested in the Groupon, Kristen asks: “Been waiting for this to come around again. My membership expires today, anyone know when I’d be able to use it? Or if my husband can sign us up since he is my 2nd person? Thanks”
  • Margie is wondering too: “If you had a membership and it has been expired (since may) is it considered a new membership if you buy this groupon?”
  • Monique reports: “It worked for us last year with the March Livingsocial deal. I can’t remember the actual dates. The sequences was… bought Livingsocial deal, Sam’s membership expired a month later, waited a month just to be sure, and then redeemed the livingsocial code before its expiration date.”
  • Jackie says: “Mine expired this past March. I was waiting for a deal like this, so I didn’t renew. I bought the last one they had and signed up as a ‘new’ member in June- no problem.”
  • Kim adds: “It worked for me last time. I think spouse was primary on the old membership and then now I am primary on this one.”
  • A tip from Kari O.: “Did you know the Sam’s Club app has a scannable image of your membership card? No photo or name, just membership number and barcode. I am logged into my mothers account in Utah and when my sisters run into Sam’s Club for something they always text me “Send me the card!” And I send them a screenshot. Works every time and they don’t ask for ID. Just a strange loophole in case someone loses their card or their spouse is near Sam’s Club and forgot their card. The only bad part is the sample machines aren’t big enough for my phone to slide into. So, no free Luna bars for me. You need an actual membership card to scan in order to use them.”
  • Another from peaches: “You know you can become an associate member for $10 a year. The only downside to it is if you decide to order anything on their website. I tried to order tires on their website recently, and it asked for my sister’s password, because she is the primary member. She lives in New Orleans, and I had to call her up and ask for her password, and after asking me why I had to buy the tires online, and why did I have to buy them at Sam’s Club, and was I sure that I needed new tires, she told me that she did not have a password. She does not order much on line. She is on a guilt trip about not paying sales tax at Amazon. Yes, she can afford to pay sales tax, and plus sales tax in Louisiana is a lot less than it is here. She finally figured out that she did have a password, and gave it to me, and I copied it wrong. It was a long password. I did not want to call her back, so I ended up going to Sam’s Club, and they were able to order the tires for me on line, once I gave them my member ship card.”

School supplies

  • Some tips from mama: “The worst pencils are Target’s own. They break easily and are a waste of money at any price. Our teachers specify Ticonderoga on their lists. And it’s a huge help if you can take the time to sharpen pencils before donating :)”
  • Allison shares: “ is a good price comparison website for book rental sites. I also use when I need to sell my textbooks. I tend to find that if it is a newer book that I can sell it for a higher price using”


  • Sarah shares: “Target has a coupon $1.50/2 cleaning products. It excludes items under $1. At my store the 2 pack up&up sponges are $1.04 so double check the price at yours. Buy 2 and pay $0.58 after coupon for 4 sponges! Just did it this morning and no beeps!”
  • A scenario from Krystle: “Awesome Target trip/idea I had to share. Buy 2 bags pedigree dog food @ $12.99 ( i found 20 lbs bonus size bags), 2 x pedigree dog treats @ $2.99 each, 2 x Beneful baked delights @ $3 each, 1 12LB bag of Purina Pure Nature kitty litter @ $12.99. Total = $50.95, minus $5/15 TQ, 2x $1/1 pedigree dog food TQ printable, 2x $3/1 pedigree mfg 6/29RP, 1x $1/2 pedigree treats printable, 2x $1.50/1 Beneful baked treats 4/27SS, and 1x $2/1 purina pure nature printable NLA. Pay $21.95, plus earn $10 in gift cards from the dog food/ treat combo, and submit for the Purina Pure Nature MIR( option to submit online!) for $10.99. So 96 cents excluding tax!” She adds: “Oops meant $15/50 Pet TQ. Also tax was around $4 for me for this transaction, something to keep in mind.”
  • A deal letsshop did: “Got 3 boxes for my daughter Tampax pearl 36 ct. for about $4 (: nobody mentioned it ! isn’t it a good deal ?I am definitely to old and its been to long since I bought any !!Just trying to help my non couponer daughter .”
  • She clarifies: “$5/$15 Target coupon today’s paper and (3) $2/1 and 5 % Cartwheel and receive $5 GC making and $1.65 each”
  • And Sarah adds: “Maybe it is what I did this morning. 4 boxes of radiant tampons or pads at $4.19 each = 16.76. Use the personal care coupon, 5% cartwheel, and $2/1 coupons. Works out to a little over $3 total for all four boxes.”
  • Cynthia emails about the Frozen Sparkle Elsa doll: “I know you had posted about this doll coming in and out of stock on Amazon.  I’ve been watching the Target websites, and checked tonight and almost all the local Targets (Bolingbrook, Wheaton, Orland, etc.) have her listed “in stock” right now.  My mom picked up one in Orland for my daughter’s birthday.  Hopefully this helps other readers with Frozen fans in their homes!”

Toys R Us

  • Ruth reports: “Toys R Us had these exact same [Frozen] dresses for $19.99 as of yesterday (7/18)”


  • A deal from Maggie2: “Found a great deal on Centrum vitamins at Walgreens today. 125 count were on sale for $9.99, plus BOGO 50%. I bought two for $14.98, used a $5/2 Centrum coupon in the Wags July coupon book, and two $4/1 coupons from the 7/13 RP. $1.98 for 250 vitamins!”
  • From letsshop, you might find Capri Sun 10 packs for $2.00 and producing 2,000 points when you buy two, so net $1.00 each after points if you find this deal.

Whole Foods

  • Liz shares: “Right beside the Pacific non-dairy beverages are Dream Latte™ Coffee + Almond Non-Dairy Drinks ( They were $1.99 for me and there is a $1.00/1 in this month’s Whole Deal. Not free but only $0.99 to try something new. Maybe this will stop me from hitting Dunkin Donuts each workday morning.”
  • David says: “Last month’s whole deal (expires July 31) had $1/2 tasty bite. You can find the coupons here still
  • A find from Krystle: “K stopped at the hinsdale location on the way to breakfast this morning, picked up some free clif mojo bars, and noticed they had Kettle chips with $0.55 MFG peelies. Stacked with the instore coupon they were $1.44 each, not bad IMO. No hassle check out either, oh and Rachel is correct the way they deducted my coupons was just weird. Some scanned, and others were bulk discounted. Overall nice experience, will be adding whole foods to my monthly rotation!”
  • Diana shares: “I go to Wheaton and also can’t wait for Elmhurst to open! I have to second the bulk bins! We get dried beans, rice, oats, coconut, the list goes on and on. The bulk spices are really great and like peaches said are better quality. Plus, you only have to pay for what you need. If my memory serves me right, they had vanilla beans for around $2.60 EACH. There is also a tour you can take that will explain how to save on their items. I think you just need to ask at customer service. I only wish it was easier to know what all their prices were, on produce for instance, since I don’t go too often. All in all, I love going for the great selection and nice employees.”

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.

Reader deals 7/17/14

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.


  • Shirley asks: “I used the $5/$30 store coupon to purchase $35 worth of diapers. I gave that coupon first and took off fine until the cashier scanned all MQ ($9) and the store is voided automatically. Does this happen to anyone? Do we now have to hit $30 after all MQ in order to use that coupon?”

Household tips

  • Regarding freezer space, Callie shares: “Yes, I took them all out of the boxes and dumped them in the right side of our pullout freezer inside the house. Left side is dedicated to meat/frozen entrees and the right side is now solid popsicles lol! They don’t take up as much room as you think when they all escape from their cardboard prison!


  • A find from Mandy: “The Jewel on Army Trail Rd. and County Farm in Carol Stream had Miracle Whip on sale today for $1.99 and a lot of them had $1.00 off peelies on them. I also found a 10% off coupon for this Jewel only. Even without the 10%, this was a great buy on Miracle Whip.”


  • Kristin comments: “The company wide policy has just changed regarding accepting expired Kohl’s cash. As of August 1st, it is the new policy that no store will be allowed to accept expired Kohl’s cash. Apparently the company was losing money because many people discovered that when they used their expired Kohl’s Cash coupon, the cashier had to manually enter a “dollar transaction discount” which is not recognizable on the original receipt.” To translate: This means if a customer makes a $500 purchase, and earns $100 Kohl’s cash. Once their Kohl’s Cash coupon expires, they use it to buy $100 worth of merchandise. They then take their original $500 purchase and return it for a full $500 refund. Therefore “working the system” as they call it. I had no idea Kohl’s even accepted expired coupons until a cashier volunteered this info at check out when I mentioned that I had $10 expired. I rarely shopped at Kohl’s to start with but they had a clothing item that my daughter wanted that a friend of hers had and it was from Kohl’s. Since they seem to be so highly priced to begin with along with their fake sales, I won’t be shopping Kohl’s in the future.”

Reader requests

  • One from Alicia: “If anyone sees any deals on portable or window air conditioners, please let me know! I’ve been looking for sales or clearance, but haven’t found much yet. Thanks!”
  • Brian is wondering: “Are people having luck redeeming these free offers at Food 4 Less? The Bolingbrook store either doesn’t have the items or remembers seeing them and can’t find them again.”
  • Shandelle responds: “Did you try looking in the bakery cold case near where they have ready made cakes? That’s where I saw them at Kroger and where others reported finding them. They are refrigerated.”


  • A question from grandma g: “Has anyone actually used an android phone without activating, just using Wi-Fi? I already have a basic cell phone, but I would like to be able to access some apps and use Wi-Fi at the store, like adding to my Cartwheel while shopping, but don’t want the extra cost involved with changing to a smartphone.. I have Wi-Fi at home and if I can access it at most stores, let the grandkids play some games, and take pictures sounds like just what I want. Thanks for any input.”
  • An experience from peaches: “I actually got a smart phone a few months ago, when my basic phone died on me. You can get this smart phone, and just use a prepaid plan on it. That is what I am doing on mine. There is a learning curve involved on these phones compared to a basic flip phone though. I just finally signed up for ibotta last night, but I haven’t downloaded it to my phone yet. I don’t have wifi at home. I wonder if I can do ibotta at a store that has wifi, so I don’t have to pay for texting charges? My prepaid charges 10 cents for every text that I send or receive.” For Ibotta, you don’t need texting and you should be able to use anywhere that has wifi, but you’ll need the product to scan the barcode and the receipt to take the pic of to redeem.
  • Becky responds: “You can use a smartphone without a contract with wifi. I do this with my DD. She uses my old smartphone to download free apps and play them on the phone. So, I see no reason why you couldn’t do what Rachel said with ibotta. It’s a great idea actually. Especially if you don’t want the hassle of a pre-pay or contract phone.”
  • And jaci weighs in: “So weird that phone is my old phone just bought a new one. Wifi streams no problem at home my new phone is 4g and works night and day faster and better that particular phone is not compatible with ibotta or new saving star upgraded app. If that helps u.”
  • And feelgood shares: “I have a Sprint smartphone for which I cancelled my Sprint service a month ago when I switched phones and carriers. I still use that old smartphone around the house using wifi, and at places that have hotspots. I can browse the web, use apps, check emails, take pictures, etc., basically anything I did before except make phone calls. There’s even phone service, texting and a number to go with it using the free Talkatone app from the Google Play store.”


  • From grandma g: “Target is having a sale on wrapping paper, gift bags,and ribbons. Buy 3 get 1 free, plus there’s a 30% off wrapping paper on Cartwheel. I have 3 birthdays coming up so this worked out good for me.”
  • Michelle warns: “At the Broadview store they have plenty behind the service desk, though, as Vanessa says, they aren’t accepting the coupons. I am just going to take them to a diff. store to use coupon.”
  • If you find a store doing this, Kari O. suggests: “Buy it full price and go back to customer service within 3 days for “missed coupons” and get your cash back.”
  • Patrick asks: “I went to a Target store in the northern suburbs and reached into a stack of 9 oz. (I think) M&Ms and pulled out a bag with a $1 off peel-off coupon sticker on it. I then found one more there but many other bags had the sticky residue on the front of the bag but no coupon sticker. Has anyone been to any Targets lately and noticed bags of M&Ms with the coupon sticker still on them? Thanks.”


  • Kristina shares: “Don’t miss out on the Dr. Pepper deal at Walmart. Price match the $2.50 Target sale. It comes out to 68 cents w/tax per 12-pack after the $10 gift card.

Whole Foods

  • On the Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts, David shares: “A heads up – Wheaton did not have these in stock, Naperville said they would be willing to order them. Forest Park (on Harlem) had them on the shelf. St. Louis (Brentwood) had a big basketfull of them.”

Whole Foods 3 day ice cream sale July 18-20


Apparently it’s Whole Foods deals day! This one is “valid at Whole Foods Market stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin” July 18-20 only — get either So Delicious 16 oz dairy free ice cream or Three Twins 16 oz organic ice cream, each 2/$6.00.

Free Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts at Whole Foods


Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts 1 oz are priced at $1.00 (Wheaton Whole Foods Flyer) through 7/22. Use the $1.00/1 Manitoba Harvest coupon on HealthESavers to get these free! Note — With HealthESavers, you check the coupons you want, enter your email address, and they come via email. Mine haven’t come yet — I just tried another email address in case they’re getting caught in junk mail filters, but just a heads up. UPDATE it just came — took about 20 minutes. :)

Reader deals 7/16/14

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.

Food 4 Less

  • Carolanne reports: “Went to Food 4 Less on Sunday and scanned the 2pk Dial Men and 2pk Dial regular bars which both qualified on Ibotta paid .89 each for a total of 1.78 and redeemed for 1.00 each on Ibotta for a 0.22 MM”

Loyalty programs

  • A heads up from Outlander: ” I have a little update on Driscoll’s surveys- I was trying to enter codes for some berries I bought yesterday, but it was all glitchy and asking me to register again, and not sending coupon emails, so I called, and they said they got a new server for those surveys and they are having lots of trouble with it. They said NOT to enter any new surveys for awhile, at least until the beginning of next week, while they resolve that issue. Maybe tell others that so that they don’t lose any of their credits and coupons. Thanks.”


  • For those who got the $1.50/1 Honest Tea coupon, SoapboxTray reports: “They were $1. at Mariano’s this morning (7/16)”

Office Max

  • From Andi: “OfficeMax will accept this [Staples $5/$25] (will accept competitor’s coupons). I just used on Monday. Also took a printout of Staples online ad, and used to price-match items I purchased @ OM. Did so as I had $26 in MaxPerks to spend, so I bought 95% of the remaining school supplies my kids needed for about $0.50 oop after everything was said and done.”

Piggly Wiggly

  • A heads up from Becky: “Beware. The Woodstock, IL piggly wiggly will often NOT accept printable coupons. They will give you a hard time about it and sometimes put it through or deny you completely. Hope it saves someone some aggravation.”

Reader requests

  • From Amanda on Facebook: “I was wondering if you could make a post or reader request for some of the awesome deals people are finding on clearance items at toys r us and target? Everyone posts but none of them are stores near me so maybe if people shared their deals they’ve found around the ones in IL, it could help some of us score these excellent deals!
  • One from Wende: “Rachel, I know you have cats and I’m hoping your other readers can help, too. ‘Lily’ came to live with us when our daughter moved back home. She is just the sweetest cat and our dog, Tracker, loves her too ( : The problem is with her litter box. My daughter is buying Tidy Cat clumping litter, but it’s not doing the job. The clumps start to break apart as soon as you start to scoop them. Most of them break into pieces so tiny that they fall through the scoop. Consequently, the litter box fills up with these tiny pieces and is NOT fresh smelling at all! Could anyone please recommend a clumping litter that really works?”
  • Connie replies: “My friends have two cats and they use a mix of Feline Pine (the clumping kind) and World’s Best Litter (again, the clumping kind). The Feline Pine takes care of the smell and cuts down on the tracking from the WBL, but the WBL does the bulk of the work in clumping up the litter. The other thing that you can do is add some additional bentonite clay to the litter, because that’s what really makes the litter “clump”. You can usually find it at natural foods stores or natural gardening centers, as its also used for gardening and bug issues. “
  • On the Mars prize, Charlotte wonders, if anyone has tried: “I wonder if you can use it towards Comcast internet if you have that?”
  • She updates: “Yes and no. I got an error message on the first 3 attempts, on the 4th, I get a confirmation that it has gone through. I’m assuming it’s being sent to a person to apply rather than automated. We’ll see in a month or two if it worked :P”
  • From amy: “Just curious, how does one find room in freezer for 9 boxes [of Bomb Pops]? I am so jealous. Freezer space at my house is a luxery.”
  • Kari O. answers: “We bought a chest freezer at Best Buy for $389ish. It’s amazing. We store it on our front porch since we have a teeny tiny house, but it came with a lock and key. Now I can stockup on ice cream and frozen turkeys that I find such good deals on.”
  • Teri is wondering: “Does anyone have a price per pound on the Harvestland chicken [at Jewel], blsl, thin, or tenders? Trying to decide if it worth a trip with 25% off and $1 Q.”

School supplies

  • Kim says: “Ticonderoga pencils are the best. Many schools request them specifically on their supply list.”
  • And julie says: “Just and FYI on pencils, the Walgreens/Wexford brand are best used as firewood, lol.”


  • Krystle shares: “Read over on, there are 3 threshold coupons coming in next weeks’ ad! $5/$15 Personal care (excludes power shave and power dental), $10/$50 Home purchase (excludes infant dept and outdoor decor) and $15/$50 pet purchase (excludes rawhides). Get your coupons ready!”
  • Brandy shares: “Yesterday, I scored some serious sunscreen deals at the 63rd Downers Grove/Woodridge Target. Located in the back near the summer clearance and on the endcap near the clothing and cosmetics were 3-pks (as listed above) but instead of ringing up 13.99 like they were listed, they were ringing up $1.39, 90% off. Then B3G1 and coupons on top of that and Cartwheel. I think they ended up being just over a quarter a piece. Expirations 2017! I got two summers worth for less than $15 with probably tons to spare. This deal isn’t marked, so there might still be some left because no one thinks to scan. Very small amount of summer clearance, but it was marked 70% when ringing 90% off. Got a great tablecloth for $.49, regularly $4.99.”
  • Kari O. warns: “Be careful with this one. My mother in law bought it and it turned my kiddos clothes orange. The swimsuits, their clothes and my towels. The chemical used in the spray reacts badly to well water. Coppertone gives a little orange color, but the Up&Up destroyed everything. We were disappointed.”

Ultra Foods

  • Tami comments: “Is it just me or does anyone else cringe when having to pay $1 for a box of cereal instead of getting it for .25 or .50? I MISS THE CATALINA DAYS OF YORE!!! I don’t know why I can’t get excited paying .98 for a box of Frosted Flakes.”


  • On the Bomb Pops, Callie says: “These are at my Walmart for $1.74 and all the boxes have peelies for $0.75 off!!!! So check yours to see if they have peelies for even more boxes of cheap bomb pops! I bought 9 boxes, should be stocked for the rest of the summer lol!”
  • Elaine: “Just noticed when I printed [the gift card from the Farmland bacon deal] out that it says it can also be used at the Sam’s Club.

Whole Foods

  • Linda found KeVita at Orland Park Whole Foods for $2.50. Use the $1.50/1 coupon here and get $.50 back from Ibotta to get one for just $.50.

Alaffia GOOD Soap a buck a bar 7/18 – 7/20 at Whole Foods


Here’s the Whole Foods weekend sale for July 18-20: Alaffia GOOD soap, $1.00 a bar, no rain checks. What’s Alaffia GOOD soap?

• Exclusive to Whole Foods Market, Alaffia GOOD soap is made with certified fair trade shea butter and coconut oil
• GOOD soap comes in African Black Soap, Coconut, Fresh Mint, Lavender, Sunshine, Sweet Vanilla and Prairie Rose scents
• Alaffia was awarded as one of Whole Foods Market’s Suppliers of the Year for 2014 and is committed to making a positive change in their communities
• Alaffia supports women’s empowerment programs in West Africa

Reader deals 7/12/14

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.


  • A vote for Pirates of Penzance from peaches: “That is a really good deal. I have been to a few other summer musicals at the Barbe theater at Northwestern University, and they usually run at least $25. BTW-All their productions are excellent. For their summer plays they use professional actors and not students. They are doing lots of construction nearby though, and you cannot drop anyone off in front of the theater right now.”


  • Mandy shares: “Butera has a buy 4 items, get $4 off on 3 pack Magnum bars, 20 pack Popsicles and some other ice cream novelties. I had a couple of printables for $1.50 off, plus they had $1 off coupons on the freezer doors for Magnum bars. I bought 1 pkg. Popsicles at $2.99 and 3 pkg.’s Magnum bars at $3.49, minus the $4 discount on 4 and $3 printables, plus $2 mfg. coupons, = $4.46 for all 4. Now I need to borrow freezer space from someone who doesn’t eat ice cream and lives about 5 miles from our house!”


  • For the SavingStar Scott bath tissue freebie, peaches confirms: “Yes Jewel does sell the individual rolls. They are usually $.99.”

Lego Movie

  • Felicia found: “Both Amazon and Walmart online have the Lego Movie Bluray, DVD, Digital for $17.96 if your looking for other things to add to an order. Husband just went to Walmart to pick up our copy to entertain the kids on this rainy day.”

Reader requests

  • From Shandelle: “I’ve been considering a switch to AT&T U-Verse because I could bundle it with my existing wireless service. I know they have a zillion promo offers and that’s fine, but I’d like to hear from anyone that currently uses it. I saw a promo for existing wireless customers for $49/mo for internet and 140 channels (with HD being an extra $10/mo). Sure it’s $49 for the first year but can anyone share what it goes up to after that? Right now I just have cable internet and added basic cable to my RCN bill last year, after they advised me it’d actually go down $10/mo for technically having a bundle. I never use it. My bill is pushing $65 as it is which just seems so high for internet. And that’s with a “bundle discount” for adding basic cable I never use, since I can pick up most network channels in HD with my antenna. Any experiences or opinions of U-Verse also welcome. I’d rather hear it from people on here rather than some pushy AT&T sales rep. Thanks!”
  • A response from peaches: “I have AT&T Internet and home phone. I’ve been looking for cheaper internet, and I stopped into AT&T a few months ago, and I found out that I could save $5 a month if I switched to uverse, but then they told me that I would have to buy a new modem for $90, and I would have to pay $100 for instillation, when you factor that in it is not a good deal. I don’t have uverse tv available in my neighborhood, or I might have been more interested. There is a cheap home phone that AT&T does not want you to know about, and I would switch to that, but then I would not be able to bundle my internet with it. With those really cheap plans like the $49.95, they usually double after the first year. Right now I am paying $76 a month for basic home phone and internet. I would love to get cable, because I get lousy over the air reception in my condo building, and I can rarely get in channel 2, but cable is not in my budget right now.. You probably don’t even have landline anyway. I just have a prepaid cell phone plan with tmobile, and I spend maybe $75 a year on my cell phone, which I don’t use a lot. I suggest you contact CUB to see if they know of any deals. That is how I found out about the cheapie landline. They have all kinds of advice on their website on how to lower your phone bill, and other utilities. Consumer Reports also has some articles on how to save on your phone and cable.”
  • And ellen says: “i have uverse. my internet is $41.00/month. its called high speed max. i have land line and it is $26.52. its 250 minutes which i believe is not available any more but you could get 200 minutes for about that same price. the cable is $133.05 but i dont pay for that. my daughter lives with us and she pays for it. she wanted all the premium chanels. we have had att since we bought our house 37 years ago. well back then it was called illinois bell. as far as service is concerned i am very satisfied with it. we dont loose our service when weather is bad like today. a few months ago i called them to see if i could get my bill lowered and they were able to apply some discounts and i saved about $40.00 They also credited my bill $40 just for being a loyal custiomer. And our anniversary for signing up for uverse is coming up and they are sending us a $20 gift card.”

Sports Authority

  • Jane says: “Sports Authority is having a 3 day sale (Sat 7/12 is the last day). Take an extra 25 % off on clearance items ending in .97. Lots of choices. It is a good time to stock up on kids’ shoes for the coming school year.”


Whole Foods

  • A report from peaches: “They also had tuna steaks on sale for $12.99 a pound through Sunday, and they had wonderful blue cheese on sale for $8.99 a pound. I was tempted to get a tuna steak. The smallest one was only $4, but I passed on it. On July 18th, they are selling fresh oysters in the shell for a dollar each, and they will shuck them for you.”
  • Shandelle comments: “The EVOL burritos at the WF at Ashland & School in the city were all tagged $2.99. I saw the $1.69 deal posted on Hip2Save earlier in the week and I think from her photo, the Evol burritos shown were some mini snack size variety that I’ve never seen in any stores in Chicago. However, select Evol burritos are on price cut at Target right now 3/$5 ($1.66 each) thru 8/2 I believe. I figured that is the best price I’m going to find them for before the $2.50/2 expires so I stocked up today. I’m happy with $.41 each. The ones I saw on sale were stocked with frozen breakfast, not with the frozen snacks.”

Reader deals 7/11/14

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.



  • Shandelle, on the SavingStar updates: “I’m super excited about this because now I can have WM price match my produce AND get the 20% off for the fresh item of the week.”
  • Kerri asks: “Do you know how the healthy offer works? This week is tomatoes, but they don’t have a barcode to scan. Thanks!”
  • She updates: “I got an email back saying that there is a link under the barcode scan box that says “produce without a UPC?” You use that link to type in the item number listed on the receipt.”


  • Ellen says: “There was a $10/10 in yesterday’s ad in the Trib and via email yesterday as well. Fair warning: there are lenty of exclusions.” This one is in-store only.


  • Shandelle shares: “The Wet N Wild lipsticks were tagged $.99 at the CVS I stopped in today (Clark and Barry/Halsted) but they rang up at $.67 each. The first $1 coupon scanned and the second wouldn’t. The clerk just put it through as a store coupon without questioning it. Also the VH Essentials vaginal products rebate is still active in Checkout 51 for $5 back though it was showing up as “not many left” – last night on there was a printable for $5 good until the end of the year. I don’t see it now but maybe it’s not showing me the banner because I already printed? The vaginal suppositories were $7.29 at the same CVS listed above. I had 30% off on my card, plus the $5 coupon so I paid about $1.60 and made $5 back in Checkout 51. The coupon was just a PDF flyer so I saved it in case I wanted to print more later, as indicates they carry some VH Essentials ointment in some stores for $3.98 which would be a MM after the $5 coupon and overage.”


  • Betty says: “For the old spice deodorant, there’s a $2/2 and .75/1 in the 7/6 PG.


  • From Heather on Facebook: “Shorewood opens tuesday! AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!”
  • DON is looking forward to it as well: “And the Shorewood location opens on 7/15″

Reader requests

  • Pete posts on Facebook: “Anyone find any Maxwell House instant coffee $1.00/1 tearpad MQ’s in the south or west suburbs? The Ultra in Downers Grove had a Maxwell House instant coffee stand-up display and the sign said $1.00 off coupon – take one…but all the coupons were gone.
  • From ellen on the Kmart doubles: “i am not seeing any other scenarios in reader deals. sure wish there were more because my kmart was out of the shampoo. i got 4 free shaving cream though.” If anyone else has any other ideas, please share!
  • And anna is wondering about this weekend’s coupons: “will any coupons work with the k-mart double good dealsd?”


  • Maureen sends over: “The Wheaton Religious store in downtown Wheaton is having a remodeling sale – 33% off storewide – inlcuding jewelry, bibles, devotional items, books, etc. “

Whole Foods

  • From peaches: “Don’t forget that Whole Foods has cherries on sale today for $1.99 a pound, and I an sure they are going to be better than anything you get at Jewel.”