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Great days to shop Meijer: 5-15% off Mperks for many categories, additional 25% off clearance clothes, more!

Today and tomorrow are great days to shop at Meijer! Meijer's offering a bunch of new Mperks through 1/31 only:

  • 5% off your total grocery, health and beauty purchase
  • 10% off your total general merchandise purchase: $500 maximum discount
  • 15% off your total apparel, shoes, jewelry and accessories: $500 maximum discount
  • 25% off your entire shoes, jewelry and accessories clearance purchase
  • 25% off your entire kids' clearance apparel purchase
  • 25% off your entire men's clearance apparel purchase
  • 25% off your entire women's clearance apparel purchase
  • 25% off clearance baby activity items
  • Buy 1 Get 1 Free women's sports bra (also valid on clearance)

I headed to Meijer today to pair the 5% grocery discount with the food deals I wanted this week, and these sales + coupons + 5% netted:

  • .22 McCormick Mexican seasonings
  • .42 Chi-Chi's tortillas and salsa
  • .59 Sweet Baby Ray's sauces
  • .62 Pringles
  • $2.57 Farmland bacon

I also found some more great clearance buys! Signage in the store advertising 25% off the lowest clearance clothing prices continues, and this stacks with the Mperks 25% off AND 15% off offers too. Pairing the clearance clothing Mperks offers with what I found on sale, I picked up:

- A pair of Union Bay jeans marked down to $7.00! The way all of the percentages-off combine together, it dropped them to $3.35!

- Another pair of jeans that was marked down to $19.60. After all percentages off, I paid $9.37!


Clearance-hunting at Jewel-Osco today: Cheap Starbucks and K-Cups, .25 travel-size Crests

I spotted a few fun clearance finds at my Huntley, Illinois Jewel-Osco today. While there are no guarantees that you'll find the same items at your Jewel, this may give you examples of the kinds of things you could find...


I spotted baskets of travel-size Crest mouthwashes and travel-size Crest Complete and Crest Be toothpastes -- just .25 each!

10oz. bags of Starbucks Holiday Blend coffee are on clearance for $4.49. Use the $2-off-2 from the 1/18 SS and drop these to $3.49 per bag!

A bunch of other K-cups are on clearance too -- these Candycane Cocoa cups are $4.99, and Papa Nicholas apple cider cups are $3.99.

Below those, an entire shelf of Rice Krispies Shapes cereal boxes are marked at $1.24 - drop them to .91 with the $1-off-3 from the 1/11 RP!

Have you spotted any good clearance items at Jewel lately?


Target toy clearance is 70% off too! Plus, up to 70% off travel and fitness gear

Earlier this week I wrote about Meijer's 50% off clearance toy sale. Target's annual 70% off toy clearance is running this week too! We stopped into the Hoffman Estates, Illinois Target last night and found some more good deals!

  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Fix n' Fun Garage: Was $24.99, now $7.48!
  • WWE Slam City John Cena Launch n' Crash Car: Was $14.99, now $4.48!
  • Disney Cars Target Exclusive RS Team Lightning McQueen: Was $14.00, now $4.20!

FTC forces Albertsons and Safeway to sell 168 stores before merging

Almost a year ago in March 2014, Cerberus Capital Management (owner of Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, Acme, Shaw's, and Star markets) announced that it would acquire the entire Safeway chain of stores.

This week, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would require both companies to shed 168 stores before merging so that the merged company would not be so large as to drown out its competitors.

From the FTC:


Supermarket operators Albertsons and Safeway Inc. have agreed to sell 168 supermarkets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their proposed $9.2 billion merger would likely be anticompetitive in 130 local markets in Arizona, California, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

According to the FTC’s complaint, Albertsons and Safeway compete vigorously on the bases of price, quality, product variety, and services, and offer consumers the convenience of one-stop shopping for food and other grocery products. Without a remedy, according to the FTC, the acquisition will lessen supermarket competition to the detriment of consumers in 130 local markets.

“Consumers everywhere rely on local supermarkets for their weekly shopping needs,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “Absent a remedy, this acquisition would likely lead to higher prices and lower quality for supermarket shoppers in 130 communities. This settlement will ensure that consumers in those communities continue to benefit from competition among their local supermarkets.”



Jewel-Osco Deals of the week: 1/28/15 - 2/3/15

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Here are your Jewel-Osco coupon matchups and grocery deals for Chicagoland:

View weekly ad | SavingStar ecoupon offers | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers

Note: I refer to coupon inserts found in the Chicago Tribune, as it is the newspaper with the largest quantity of high-value coupons for Chicagoland.
Need a deal on the Tribune? Get Sunday delivery for .75/week!

Top deals:
$1.96 for four 7-Up 2-liters and 2 Orville Redenbacher popcorn, .25 Colgate toothpaste, .50 Fresh Express bagged salads, .50 Kraft BBQ sauce, .65 Softsoap hand soap pumps, .66 Pringles, .75 Starbursts or Skittles, .92 Cheese Nips, $1 Sweet Baby Ray's marinades, $1.25 Butterball turkey bacon or smoked sausage, $1.50 Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, $1.66 Kellogg's cereals, $1.70 Pace salsa, $1.77-$2.77 7-Up, Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper 12-packs, $1.80 Lean Cuisine, $1.95 Tyson Grilled & Ready strips, $1.99 Mr. Clean liquid, $2.99 Tribe Hummus, $3 Pedialyte, $3.49 Palermo's pizzas, $3.50 Margaritaville shrimp


Meijer Deals of the Week: 1/29/15 - 2/4/15

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Here are your Chicago Meijer coupon deals and matchups for the current week in the following Illinois stores: Algonquin, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Elgin, Evergreen Park, McHenry, Oswego, Plainfield, Rolling Meadows, St. Charles:

View weekly ad | Preview next week's ad on Tuesday | Load Meijer Mperks ecoupons | Ibotta ecoupon offers | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers | SavingStar ecoupon offers (load online, redeem via app)

Note: I refer to coupon inserts found in the Chicago Tribune, as it is the newspaper with the largest quantity of high-value coupons for Chicagoland.

Need a deal on the Tribune? Get Sunday Chicago Tribune delivery for .75/week!

Top deals:
.25 McCormick taco or Mexican seasonings, .49 Chi-Chi's salsa & tortillas, .58 Heluva Good dip, .66 Pringles, .67 Sweet Baby Ray's dipping sauce or marinade, .75 Rotel tomatoes, $1 Hormel Compleats, $1.17 Hefty foam plates or bowls, $1.50 Kraft shredded or chunk cheeses, $1.50 Ore-Ida potatoes, $1.50 Orville Redenbacher's microwave popcorn, $1.50 Totino's Pizza or Bold Rolls, $1.62 Nabisco crackers, $1.66 Kellogg's cereals, $2 Planters peanuts, $2.24 Clairol Natural Instincts and Nice 'N Easy haircolors, $2.49 Red Baron pizzas, $2.50 Johnsonville Italian sausage, $2.50 Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, $2.75 Farmland bacon, $2.99 Tide, $3.50 DiGiorno pizzas

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Many 50% off clearances going on at Meijer: 50% off clearance toys, electronics, sporting goods

I just got back from the Algonquin, Illinois Meijer, where they have many, many good clearance sales going on:

  • Clearance toys are 50% off the lowest marked price
  • Clearance electronics are 50% off the lowest marked price
  • Clearance outdoor gear is 50% off the lowest marked price

I also saw clearance clothing at an additional 25% off, and clearance shoes were another 30% off the lowest price too.

January is the month of the year in which I try to buy as many toys as I can for my children's and nieces' birthdays, Christmas, and other throughout-the-year gifts. I got some unbelievable deals today -- Lego sets for .49 each, Disney Princess toys for $1.75, a Darth Vader hooded sweatshirt for $3.75, a snow brush for .49, and Disney Infinity 3-packs for $13.12!

Check out some of these amazing bargains:


New Super-Couponing Tips column: Readers' reasons for not using coupons

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "Readers' reasons for not using coupons." Here's an excerpt:

"You asked why people coupon. I can tell you why I do not.

"I don't coupon because I don't buy processed foods, except a few crackers and canned tomatoes. Out of 100 possible coupons in a flier, there might be two I could use, so the wasted time is more valuable than the 50 cents I could have saved by buying four tubes of not-my-favorite brand of toothpaste. I'm happy that so many people seem to save so much by using coupons, but it worries me to think about what they are actually eating and I question the nutritional price they are paying."

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.


A new gift-giving tradition

Today is our daughter's 19th birthday! We love this gorgeous girl and are so proud that she's grown up to be such a beautiful, smart, and fun woman.

However, she also has a prankster side. For Christmas this year, she started a new tradition in our family by giving us gifts that were slightly... "surprising?" For example, my husband was (I think) delighted to receive a copy of "The Wiz" soundtrack on vinyl:

If I recall correctly, he said "Wow... what made you think I needed this?"

Well, we searched and searched for the perfect gift for HER this birthday season.

Here she is with a brand-new copy of Better Homes and Gardens' best recipes of 1987! I felt so lucky to find this new-old-stock book a mere 28 years after it was published. In this photo, you can just see the excitement radiating from our daughter's face.

I have to say, looking for the perfect bad gift, in many ways, is even more fun than buying regular gifts!

Wait until you see some of the delightful recipes in this book too...


Deals of the Week for 1/25/15 are live!

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Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has FOUR inserts: SmartSource (SS,) Procter & Gamble (PG,) and two RedPlums (RP1 and RP2.)

Need a deal on Sunday Chicago Tribune home delivery? Get it at home for just .75 per week!

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Have a great week of shopping and saving!



Target Deals of the Week: 1/25/15 - 1/31/15

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Here are your Target deals for the current week...

View weekly ad | Print store coupons from Target.com | Target Cartwheel ecoupon offers | Ibotta ecoupon offers | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers | SavingStar ecoupon offers (load online, redeem via app)

Top deals:
.50 - $1.10 Cheez-It and Keebler crackers and cookies, .64 Softsoap hand soap pumps, $1.64 Frank's Red Hot sauce, $3.50 DiGiorno pizzas, $3.50 Tyson Anytizers wings and snacks, $7.99 Tide, Buy 2, Get $10 Diaper Sale, Bedding and bath coupons and sales



Walmart Deals of the Week: 1/25/15 - 1/31/15

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Here are your Walmart coupon deals and matchups for the current week.

View weekly ad | Ibotta ecoupon offers | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers | SavingStar ecoupon offers (load online, redeem via app)

Note: I refer to coupon inserts found in the Chicago Tribune, as it is the newspaper with the largest quantity of high-value coupons for Chicagoland.
Need a deal on the Tribune? Get Sunday Chicago Tribune delivery for .75/week!

Top deals:
.73 RoTel tomatoes, .75 Knorr sides, $1.23 Skittles and Starbursts, $1.50 Stouffer's French Bread Pizzas, $1.61 Nabisco crackers, $1.93 Frank's Red Hot buffalo wings sauce, $2.48 Red Baron pizzas, $3 Farm Rich snacks, $3.97 Jergens lotion, $5.43 Velveeta, $5.47 Sparkle paper towels, $7.94 Tide, $7.98 Hormel Party Tray

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CVS/pharmacy Deals of the Week: 1/25/15 - 1/31/15

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Here are your CVS/pharmacy coupon deals and matchups...
View print version of weekly ad | My Weekly Ad | CVS Photo offers | SavingStar ecoupon offers | Ibotta ecoupon offers | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers

Top deals:
FREE PayAnywhere credit card reader, .50 VO5, .75 Coca-Cola 2-liter, .74 Colgate toothpaste, .99 Beano + Dairy Defense, $1.49 large-size Dawn, $1.50 M&Ms, $1.50 Pantene, $1.66 Kellogg's cereals, $1.99 L'Oreal Advanced haircare, $2 Purex detergent, $2.94 Downy Unstopables, Gain Fireworks & Bounce Bursts, $2.94 Tide, $3.50 Clairol Natural Instincts or Nice & Easy haircolor, $3.50 Head & Shoulders, $3.99 Wisk detergent, $7.99 Olay lotion, cream, eye gel or facial cloths



Walgreens Deals of the Week: 1/25/15 - 1/31/15

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Walgreens PhotoHere are your Walgreens coupon matchups and deals.

View weekly ad | Preview next week's ad on Friday | Ibotta ecoupon offers | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers | SavingStar ecoupon offers (load online, redeem via app)

My deals writeups reference "IVC" coupons. These are found in the monthly Instant Value Coupon books found at the front of the Walgreens store on the flyer racks.

Top deals:
FREE KY Ultra Gel, FREE U-Be-Livin-Smart chews, FREE Kraft Homestyle single meal or Velveeta Skillet single, .49 Dawn dish detergent, .66 Pringles, .66 7-Up, Canada Dry, A&W and Sunkist 2-liters, .67 Campbell's Chunky soup, .75 Crest toothpaste or mouthwash, .75 Chex Mix, Bugles, Gardettos or .99 Combos, .99 Suave Professionals hair care, $1 Pantene, $1.49 Kellogg's Rice Krispie treats, $1.50 7-Up 12-packs, $1.50 Dove hair care, $1.50 Purex detergent, $1.50 M&Ms or Minis Mix, $1.66 Kellogg's cereals, $1.99 Dove Men + Care, Right Guard and Tone body washes, $1.99 L'Oreal hair care, $1.99 Swiffer refills, $2 Herbal Essences shampoo or conditioner, $5.49 Quilted Northern bath tissue


Weekly Deals from Walgreens


We're hosting a #DisneySide @Home party!

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Show Your Disney Side

As you know, our family just loves Disney! We love going to the Disney parks, we enjoy Disney movies, characters, and stories -- really, all things Disney. We were recently selected to host a #DisneySide @Home party, where our family and friends can celebrate Disney magic right at home.

Disney sent over an enormous box of supplies to help us plan a home party and show off our collective "Disney sides!" I'll share another post once our party takes place, but unboxing our party kit was a lot of fun. Here's the video!


Are you getting in the Disney mood too? You may enjoy some of these links and offers especially for Disney lovers:



Get the first issue of Disney Cakes and Sweets magazine FREE -- it comes with Disney cupcake stencils and a super-cute, oversized Mickey Mouse cookie cutter/press too! Pay just $4.95 shipping and handling for everything! I love this cookie press and am planning to make big Mickey cookies for all the kids at our party.


The Disney Movie Club is offering 4 Disney DVD movies of your choice for $1.00, including FREE shipping -- plus a free Disney lunch bag when you sign up!

Sign up for updates and free vacation planning tools from the Disney Parks! I've found that joining Disney's mailing list is one of the best ways to receive personalized discount codes for Disney resorts too.

Lastly, dreaming of a Disney Cruise? (Mr. Cataldo and I got engaged aboard the Disney Wonder!) Get a free Disney Cruise planning DVD at this link. Trust me, your kids will love watching it too!


Additional #DisneySide posts at JillCataldo.com:



The supermarket situation in Venezuela

As Americans, we tend to take for granted walking into a supermarket and being able to find nearly everything we need when we get there. It's something that not everyone in the world can relate to, though. Back in November, I blogged about Boris Yeltsin's first visit to an American supermarket in the '80s and what a turning point it was for him -- he said “When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people.”

If you're not aware of the current situation in Venezuela, it too will make you take pause and give thanks for the freedoms, choices, and yes, shopping options we continue to enjoy in the United States.

I read an article at Bloomberg on the collapse of Venezuela's economy. Most of their grocery stores are state-run, and the product shortages are so rampant that the government is limiting shoppers to two visits per week. Lines stretch for miles down the streets as people wait to get into stores.

When shoppers arrive, they often find bare shelves, because the demand for groceries far exceeds what's available to stock. According to one reporter, "After several fights broke out, Venezuela outlawed waiting in line overnight for groceries. Think about that for a moment. Venezuelans are not allowed to take pictures of long grocery store lines... can be banned from stores."

The Associated Press posted video of people waiting in lines to get into a grocery store:

 

In this video, a shipment of frozen chickens arrived at the store, and it looks like a Black Friday-esque scene as shoppers tried to get the chickens:

 

Twitchy.com, a site that aggregates what's trending on Twitter each day, has a sobering roundup of photos and Tweets from Venezuelans using the hashtag #AnaquelesVaciosEnVenezuela (Empty Shelves in Venezuela.) Take a look at some of them. It's an incredibly sad situation.


50-70% off Target clothes clearance plus extra 20% off through 1/19 only - lots of clothing deals!

My sister tipped me off that Target is currently having a 50-70% clearance sale. Today only, Target Cartwheel has an additional 20% off clearance clothes prices!

I headed over to the Algonquin, Illinois Target to go sale shopping and bargain hunting. I found quite a few shirts for my sons and some for my husband too -- it's hard to beat prices like these!

I found boys' shirts priced as low as $1.80 - just $1.44 each after Cartwheel!


New Super-Couponing Tips column: Why readers coupon

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "Why readers coupon." Here's an excerpt:

"We paid our 40-year mortgage off in less than 20 years, and a big part of that was saving with coupons. I am the person who picks up every penny I see on the ground. It only takes 100 pennies to make a dollar! Silly as it seems, all my ‘found money’ goes in a savings account. I have done this for years and years. While people around us complain about money, they would never guess our house is completely paid for. I am frugal but not ‘cheap.’ I simply don’t waste money on things that are unnecessary."

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.


Deals of the Week for January 18, 2015 are live!

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Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has ONE insert: SmartSource (SS.)

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Don't miss a deal! Subscribe to my blog via email and you'll receive one email each day detailing any new deals and matchups. Your email address will never be sold, and you won't receive spam:

Have a great week of shopping and saving!



Jewel-Osco to offer MyMixx digital coupons

The next time you check out at Jewel, you may notice a new logo on the checkout screen:

The MyMixx Digital Coupons program is launching at Jewel-Osco stores soon! MyMixx is an upcoming addition to Jewel-Osco's coupon app for your smartphone or tablet that allows you to add digital coupons to your account. (No smartphone? You'll be able to use MyMixx over the web too.)

Once you've selected the coupons you'd like, you'll enter your phone number at the checkout lane of your local Jewel store to apply them to what you're buying.

MyMixx also allows you to plan your shopping list online, and it will feature personalized offers that "learn" from your past shopping trips to give you personalized, relevant discounts.

I'll share more info about Jewel-Osco's new MyMixx digital coupons as they get closer to launching.


After reader questions about how MyMixx will integrate with SavingStar, I reached out to Jewel-Osco. This is their response:

The Saving Star customers will be sent an eMail from Saving Star encouraging them to sign up for MyMixx, and update their Saving Star account, so both rewards will work.

Saving Star will have on their account registration to enter your MyMixx phone number in place of where it states loyalty card today.

The old 11 and 12 digit cards will still work at register for Saving Star customers, if a customer doesn¹t want to register for MyMixx, but if they want both savings, they will need to create a MyMixx number at JewelOsco.com, and then go update their profile on SavingStar.com

All old 10 digit card holders will be required to update their Saving Star profile, as we will no longer support the 10 digit card numbers for any program.


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Print a coupon for .75 off Weight Watchers cheese

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I like coupons for cheeses, especially high-value coupons! Print a coupon for .75 off any Weight Watchers cheese or cream cheese.

Weight Watchers cheese sticks come in Light Mozzarella, Smoked, Jalapeno, Cheddar and Colby Jack.


Rent Lego sets from Pley - first set is free! (Free shipping both ways too!)

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This is an interesting concept! Pley.com rents Lego sets to you for a monthly fee ($9.99.) They pay shipping to and from your door, and the sets are sanitized between shipments. And (my first question when I saw this offer come over!) they do not penalize you for losing pieces.

Right now they're offering a free trial of their service! Your first set rental is free with this offer. If your children are heavily into Lego, this is a great opportunity for them to build and play with some of the incredibly large, extensive sets out there -- Pley has Star Wars, Lego Movie, Lego Friends, super hero sets and more.

I have a feeling my husband will sign up for this just to have a chance to build that $149.99 Millennium Falcon!

Sign up for a free trial of Pley!


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Rolo

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Head over to SavingStar to load a new "Freebie Friday" offer!

Purchase through Sunday night and receive 100% of the purchase price back on your SavingStar account.

In Chicagoland, SavingStar offers can be redeemed at Jewel-Osco, CVS, Mariano's, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kmart and Peapod. Some stores load offers to their loyalty cards (Jewel, CVS, Mariano's) and others use post-redemption of receipts -- snap a photo of your receipt and upload it.

Click to load this new offer via SavingStar!

*Note to Jewel-Osco shoppers: If you have signed up for Jewel's new MyMixx digital coupon offers, log into SavingStar and link your SavingStar account to your MyMixx account. (Within SavingStar, click your existing Jewel-Osco account and enter the phone number you used for MyMixx.) Then, you will no longer need to use your Jewel-Osco card. If you do not plan to use MyMixx, you will need to continue using your Jewel-Osco card with SavingStar's offers.


Grab a FREE sample of Degree, Dove, or Axe spray deodorant!

I'm sure you've seen the ads for the new Degree, Dove and Axe spray deodorants. Now's your chance to try one FREE!

Head over and request the free sample deodorant of your choice at this link. This is a great way to try something new -- and these are great sizes to have when traveling too.

Thanks to Julie at Orchid Isle Couponers for spotting & sharing this deal!


New SavingStar offers: Musselman's Apple Butter, Reddi-wip, Egg Beaters, Wesson and more

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SavingStar has many new ecoupons to load today! Here's a sampling:

- $5 off $20 Goya food products
- $5 off $20 Dentist on Call products
- $1.00 when you buy any ONE (1) 28oz. jar of Musselman's® Apple Butter
- 25¢ when you buy any ONE (1) 6.5 oz can of Reddi-wip®
- 25¢ when you buy any ONE (1) container of Egg Beaters®
- 25¢ when you buy any ONE (1) bottle of Wesson® Cooking Oil

In Chicagoland, SavingStar offers can be redeemed at Jewel-Osco, CVS, Mariano's, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kmart and Peapod. Some stores load offers to their loyalty cards (Jewel, CVS, Mariano's) and others use post-redemption of receipts -- snap a photo of your receipt and upload it.

Click to load this new offer via SavingStar!

*Note to Jewel-Osco shoppers: If you have signed up for Jewel's new MyMixx digital coupon offers, log into SavingStar and link your SavingStar account to your MyMixx account. Then, you will no longer need to use your Jewel-Osco card.

If you do not plan to use MyMixx, you will need to continue using your Jewel-Osco card with SavingStar's offers.

No longer have a Jewel-Osco card? You can also use a Upromise card at Jewel to redeem SavingStar ecoupons at Jewel. No Upromise card? Call 877-932-7948 to request a new Upromise card.


Get a custom fleece photo blanket from York Photo for just $20.00!

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What a great gift idea for your loved one or family member this Valentine's Day! Right now, York Photo has dropped the price of its custom fleece photo blankets to $20.00 with promo code "BLANKET!" These usually sell for $47.99 each!

Order your custom fleece photo blanket from York Photo for $20.00!


New Checkout 51 offers for January 29, 2015

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Checkout 51 Offers

Checkout 51, the ecoupon app (which you can use over the web too!) has new ecoupon offers to load. Most Checkout 51 ecoupon offers are valid at all stores. (If an offer is store-specific, the site or app will tell you so.)

Offers are valid until 11:59PM EST next Wednesday evening.

"Pick Your Own Offer" offers:
- .25 off tortilla chips, avocados, tomatoes, limes, or bananas

Regular offers:
- .50 off yogurt
- $1 off 2 Mrs. Renfro's salsas
- $1 off 3 McCormick Grill Mates
- .50 off Nature Valley Nut Crisp bars
- $1 off Pledge
- $1 off Fabuloso
- $1 off Colavita olive oil

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


Dunkin' Donuts lovers: Get 200 FREE DD Perks points -- enough for a free beverage of your choice!

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Are you a member of Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks® Rewards? The DD Perks loyalty program lets you earn points toward free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages! With DD perks, you earn five points for every dollar you spend when you pay with an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card or via the Dunkin’ Mobile® App. From lattes and croissants, to Coolattas and bagels, DD Perks rewards you for every purchase and every Dunkin’ run! When you reach 200 points, you receive a coupon for a free beverage of your choice.

To celebrate DD Perk’s one-year anniversary, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering members an extra 200 points with any purchase through February 1, 2015. That’s one free any size beverage of your choice! What would you order? (I know what mine will be -- hot cocoa, hold the whipped cream. My favorite, especially when it's as cold outside as it is today!)

From January 27-February 1, 2015, enroll in DD Perks® via the Dunkin' Mobile App using promo code "BLOG". Then, anytime you shop at Dunkin' Donuts, you can use my Dunkin' Donuts card to pay (either with the actual plastic card or the app) and start accruing points. If you don't have a Dunkin' Donuts card yet, you can set a new one up with any value from $2 to $100 on it.

There are other fun benefits to being a member. Receive a coupon for a free beverage upon enrollment (any size!) and on your birthday. (Being a January baby, I just enjoyed my birthday cocoa a few weeks ago!) Throughout the year, DD Perks members receive exclusive, personalized and special offers to earn bonus points for food and beverage purchases.

- Sign up for DD Perks with promo code "BLOG"

- Visit Dunkin' Donuts on Facebook

- Follow Dunkin' Donuts on Twitter


$97 round-trip flights from Chicago to New Orleans!

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Travelocity

I stumbled across this deal completely by accident..! I was working on a post about the beautiful Hotel Mazarin in New Orleans' French Quarter, and I decided to look for flights to New Orleans from Chicago on Travelocity. There are so many incredible non-stop, round-trip flights from Chicago's O'Hare airport to New Orleans for right around $100 -- total!

Ever been to the Big Easy? See the sights of the French Quarter, eat some beignets, swoon over the seafood... you cannot beat these prices! Here are some deals I found for long weekends, mid-week or week-long trips to New Orleans:

  • Sunday, March 1 - returning March 2, 3, 4 or 5, 2015: $97
  • Thursday, March 5 - Monday, March 9 OR 10, 2015: $97
  • Wednesday, May 27 - Monday, June 1 OR Wednesday, June 3, 2015: $97
  • Saturday, June 27 - Tuesday, June 30, 2015: $107
  • Sunday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 1, 2015: $107
  • Wednesday, July 15 - Tuesday, July 21 OR Wednesday, July 22, 2015: $107

All of these are on United Airlines. These are crazy-cheap fares that I can't imagine will last long!

I used Travelocity to find these great fares! Click here to search for your own.
(I like booking with Travelocity too because you have 24 hours to cancel your flight for a full refund, no questions asked.)



Or, compare airfare prices across multiple sites with BookingBuddy.

(And, if you're looking to plan a New Orleans trip, here's my trip report from 2012. This link's worth clicking just to see a photo of the enormous lobster I ate!)


Sign up for Stash Rewards and earn loyalty points toward independent hotel stays

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Most people know that major chain hotels have loyalty rewards programs, but did you know that independent, boutique, spa and resort hotels have loyalty rewards too? Many independent hotels around the country are part of Stash Rewards. When you stay at a hotel that participates in Stash Rewards, you can earn and accumulate rewards points toward your next stay at any Stash-affiliated property.

Signing up for Stash Rewards is free, and when you sign up now, you'll get 500 FREE points just for signing up! Then, you can browse all of the amazing and luxurious properties that are part of the Stash network.

For example, if a trip to New Orleans is in your future, take a look at the Hotel Mazarin:


Hotel Mazarin– New Orleans Hotel Collection

The Hotel Mazarin is located in the French Quarter and is filled with New Orleans charm. It has a European-style courtyard and modern amenities in classically-styled rooms that overlook the Quarter or the fountain in the courtyard.


Hotel Mazarin– New Orleans Hotel Collection

Isn't this beautiful? Hotel Mazarin is a half-block from Bourbon Street, and it offers free breakfast each day and free Wi-Fi. (It sure beats the big-chain hotels I stayed at on my last trip to New Orleans! You can read that trip report here.)

Hotel Mazarin is one of seven New Orleans hotels that participate in Stash Rewards. Browse more of these beautiful hotels at neworleanshotelcollection.com!

Don't forget to sign up for your own Stash Rewards account and start earning points today! There are no blackout dates, and your points never expire.


Get a FREE subscription to Parents magazine!

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Calling all moms and dads! Parents magazine is offering a FREE one-year subscription! This is a great magazine at a can't-beat-it price... $0.00! You don't have to enter a credit card to subscribe, and you'll never receive a bill.

Sign up for a FREE one-year subscription to Parents magazine!


Who wants to go to Paris? Enter for your chance to win!

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Oscillo, the popular homeopathic cold remedy, is running a new sweepstakes offering a chance to win a trip to Paris! Their exciting #Oscillo2Paris sweepstakes kicks off today and runs through March 11, 2015. No purchase is necessary to enter! One entry per person per day.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a five-day, four-night trip for two to Paris, France. The prize includes round-trip airfare and airport transfers and deluxe hotel accommodations.

Thirteen weekly winners will receive an Oscillo Travel Prize Pack—one box of Oscillococcinum 6 Dose, a signature red Oscillo scarf, and an official Oscillo luggage tag. And, all sweepstakes participants will receive one $2 OFF Oscillococcinum coupon with every entry.

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Paris from Oscillo! Remember to enter this one daily too!




We've got another great sweepstakes to enter too today. Iberia Airlines asks, "Where would you travel if you could go anywhere?" Iberia is giving away a $500 travel voucher to anywhere they fly! Iberia flies from Chicago to numerous destinations around the USA, as well as Europe -- and yes, Paris!

I've learned that it never hurts to enter -- you can't win it if you aren't in it!

Enter for a chance to win a $500 travel voucher from Iberia Airlines!


Free Kindle ebooks: Cooking, making money, motivation, time management, job hunting

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It's time for another FREE Kindle ebook roundup! All of these ebooks are currently free on Amazon. You can read them with a Kindle device or the Kindle app! Download FREE Kindle E-reader Apps here.


Frugal and Delicious: Secrets to Saving Thousands in the Kitchen


Easy One Pot Meals for 2: 40 Delicious Everyday Dishes for Two without the cleaning up!


Chicken Recipes From Heaven: 50 Quick, Easy & Delicious 30 Minute Recipes


The Key to Making Money on Craigslist: How I Make Thousands in My Spare Time


Productive, Positive, and Happy - Start Getting the Most Out of Your Life in 21 Days or Less!


Morning Routine & Stop Being Lazy motivational box set


Choosing Delight: True Life Stories of Quitting a Soul-Sucking Job and Doing What You Love for a Living


Work Smarter: Stop Wasting Time, Get Stuff Done, and Live a Better Life


How To Ace Your Phone Interview


The Bright Idea Box: A Proven System to Drive Employee Engagement and Innovation


Gems from Warren Buffett - Wit and Wisdom from 34 Years of Letters to Shareholders


AARP's Juggling Work and Caregiving

Remember, prices on Amazon can change at any time, so grab these if you're interested in them!

Browse more of today's FREE Kindle ebooks at Amazon, or browse free ebooks by category:

Thanks to Prepforshtf.com for spotting some of these ebooks.


SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off cucumbers

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This week's new SavingStar ecoupon Healthy Offer of the Week is 20% off fresh cucumbers!

Click to load this offer to your store card!

Chicagoland shoppers can use SavingStar at Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Peapod and more.

*Note to Jewel-Osco shoppers: If you no longer have a Jewel-Osco card, you can also use a Upromise card at Jewel to redeem SavingStar ecoupons at Jewel. No Upromise card? Call 877-932-7948 to request a new Upromise card.


Sign up for ConAgra coupons at Ready Set Eat!

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ConAgra Foods, manufacturer of many popular brands like Hunt's, RoTel, Rosarita, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice and more, has printable coupons for its products on its Ready Set Eat website. Sign up for access to recipes, cooking shortcuts, tips and more!


Print a coupon for free Queso or Sopapillas at On the Border!

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Headed to On The Border? Print a coupon for free Queso or Sopapillas at the restaurant! Yum!


One year of Amazon Prime: $72 on 1/24 ONLY! (That's just $6 per month!)

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Looking for a deal on Amazon Prime? On Saturday, January 24th, for one day only, Amazon Prime will drop its price from $99 per year to $72 per year! Amazon Prime comes with a bunch of benefits to subscribers:

  • FREE, two-day shipping from Amazon
  • Amazon Prime instant streaming video selections
  • Priority access to purchase Amazon Prime shopping deals and sales

Think about it -- this works out to just $6 per month!

Subscribe to one year of Amazon Prime for $72 on 1/24/15!


Also, here's a notice for my Illinois readers: On February 1st, Amazon will begin charging 6.25% sales tax to Illinois shoppers. If you've got an Amazon purchase to make, you may wish to buy it before this tax goes into effect.


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