Reader deals 7/25/14

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.


  • Callie says: “I LOVE this flatiron!! I have had much much more expensive ones and this one blows them away! Also, its dual voltage so it works great when you are traveling overseas!”

Farmers’ Markets

  • From peaches: “For those people here in their 20′s Henry Brockman is having a “Junior Citizen” sale at the Evanston farmer’s market,. For people betweeb the ages of 20-29 everything is 25% off. Everything at Henry’s stand is certified organic. He is in the back row at the very end. Here is a link to what Henry is bringing to the market tomorrow. He is also doing a free garlic tasting from 2:30-3:30 at Boltwood Restaurant at 804 Davis in Evanston where Lulu’s used to be. You get to sample all eight variates of garlic Henry is growing this summer, including a spicy Korean garlic. Both of these events take place on 7/26.

Food 4 Less

  • Some coupons feelgood noticed: “Food4Less has some nice digital coupons to load this week: Kraft Shredded or Block Cheese save $1.50/1 Limit 5 exp. 8/3, Kraft 12 oz, American slices save $1.50/1 Limit 5 exp. 8/3, Kraft 8 oz soft cream cheese save $1.00/1 Limit 5 exp. 8/3″


  • Heidi found: “Jewel currently has Liquid Downy on sale for $2.49. There will be a $5/3 Tide, Downy coupon coming in the 7/27 P&G. Will make for some cheap fabric softener!”

Online deals

  • On the eBay sun dresses, Joy on Facebook warns: “I would beware of ordering from them – 2,057 negatives in the last 12 months alone :(

Reader requests

  • Jane is wondering: “I just got my Hormel Freebie at Kroger but they don’t carry the Celeste pizza anymore. Anyone ever see them at Jewel?”
  • Linda responds: “I just got a Celeste pizza at Jewel in Glen Ellyn on Roosevelt.  They had cheese and sausage flavors.I still get strange looks from the Jewel cashiers who say I don’t need to use my preferred card.  I tried to explain to my cashier today about my magical things that happen online when they scan it.  She didn’t get it, but was fine with scanning my card.  I usually just say “I get magical things online”, and they scan it with no problems.  ;)” I am so thankful my store has a self-checkout! And I also found the pizza at Jewel, but not at Meijer.
  • Valentina S. also found it: “Yes, got mine at Jewel at 7329 S Cass Ave, Darien, IL 60561. They have original and sausage varieties, $1.00 each.”
  • One from karen: “Any good deals on 80/20 ground beef this week? I need lots.”

Recipes, etc.

  • Angie shares: “Baked Parmesan Zucchini has become a favorite here this summer. 4 Zucchini, quartered length wise, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 2 tblsp olive oil. Preheat oven to 350 coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Mix cheese and herbs in a bowl/bag, brush zucchini with olive oil. Coat zucchini with cheese mixture and place on cookie sheet. Bake until tender about 15 mins or until crisp and gold. I usually broil mine for the last 5 mins. Serve immediately.”
  • One from Fran: “This recipe is from I made it this past weekend (along with stuffed zucchini and grilled zucchini slices), and these are very good. The only thing I did different was after shredding the zucchini, I sprinkled it with salt and let it sit and drain for about 30 mins. This recipe looks to be very forgiving in that other veggies could be added based on whatever happens to be ripe in the garden at any given time Zucchini Patties
  • For your zucchini or any other use, Outlander says: “I saw somewhere that you should never buy a mandoline with a blade that’s straight across, and that the V blade is not that great either. They recommend angled blade. This is the one I have, just the older model (black and grey). It’s great.”
  • Heather posts on Facebook: “You can also shed and freeze for baking later. Just freeze in portions for your favorite muffin/bread. There will be a lot of liquid when it thaws. Just dump it all in. Haven’t had any luck freezing and cooking. Too rubbery. But baking works.


  • Valentina S. reports on Purell: “Thank you, Rachel. I got mine at Willowbrook Target, 12 oz priced $2.49 (50% more free, Refreshing Aloe).”


  • Lisa emails: “Just wanted to mention a deal I just stumbled upon. My son takes omeprazole everyday and we ran out. We usually buy it at sam’s but it was late so he just ran to walgreens to buy some. The 42 count walgreens brand is on sale this week buy one get one free ( 21.99) –nice enough BUT when he got home he had a catalina advertising a mail in rebate for $10. This offer is only through 7/26!! So after rebate we paid 11.99 for 84 pills.”

Whole Foods

  • Maureen found: “Whole Foods also has an online print $1/1 Organic Valley String Cheese to stack with the $1/1 Organic Valley MQ.”

More free Clif Mojo Bars at Whole Foods + more crunchy coupons


Krystle noticed that Mambo Sprouts just added some new manufacturer coupons, including $.50/1 Clif Mojo bar. Stack this one with the $.50/1 Whole Foods coupon in this month’s Whole Deal or print online to get some varieties free. (Some are regularly priced $.99 and some $1.49, so be sure to check shelf tags and grab the $.99 ones.)

  • Other new coupons include $1.00/1 any Organic Valley product. Gallons of milk are $5.99 at Pete’s Market this week, so $4.99 after coupon. This prints with no size restrictions, so also maybe free milk singles?
  • They have $1.00/1 any Half Time or Applegate product. Stack at Target with the 20% off Applegate Half Time Cartwheel offer.

Check it out and see what else you can use.

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. :)