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Building my kids' wardrobes... one piece at a time.

The other day, I was talking to another friend of mine who was distraught about having to buy her child's back-to-school wardrobe all at once. "So expensive," she said, adding that she'd spent more than $600 on her son's clothing.

She knows what I do (both for a living and in my personal life as a coupon/deal shopper!) but when she asked how much I spent on back-to-school, I said "I have no idea - I bought all of their clothes for the coming year slowly, whenever I saw deals."

Some people get this, and others don't. That's okay, but financially, it's what works for our family. I also like knowing that we're never in "panic mode" wardrobe-wise. Grew out of your jeans? That's okay - there's a stack of jeans in the next size up just waiting in your closet. Favorite hoodie doesn't fit? Hand it down to your little brother, and go grab a new one from your closet.

Since my kids were very young, I've built their wardrobes piece by piece - often just one or two pieces at a time. Anytime I see a good price on something I know they'll need, I buy it. This usually means I'm shopping out of the current season.

For example, right now I've been finding great deals on summer clothing, shirts and shorts. As we're heading into fall, I'm buying things one and two sizes larger than my son wears right now in anticipation of next summer.

I also don't miss an opportunity to use a good coupon! This morning, I got a $10-off-$10 coupon for JC Penney in my email. Unless I personally need something for myself, I always head right to the kids' clothing racks and scour them for deals.

Today I picked up a pair of Arizona boys' black denim shorts. They were marked down to $9.99. JCP is giving an extra 25% off clearance prices right now too, so they dropped to $7.49.

I needed another item to get over $10 to use my coupon, so I picked out a cute Arizona tunic shirt/dress for my niece (who also benefits from Aunt Jill's clothes shopping strategies!) It was marked down to $3.99. With the extra 25% off, it dropped to $2.99.

With my $10-off-$10, I paid .48 for both items. Adding .04 for tax, I was out the door for .52 for both items -- a steal!


Friday Fun: My Yankee Candle clearance find at Meijer

I stopped into Meijer yesterday to pick up some of the sale items, and I browsed the clearance endcaps too. I spotted Yankee Candle 22-ounce dual-wick jars on clearance for $7! These normally sell for $29.99. I thought, "Wow, that's super cheap for Yankee."

Of course, they were all the same scent, so I'm just guessing that this scent wasn't terribly popular...

"Tailgating."

Tailgating? What does tailgating smell like?

Well, let me tell you. Tailgating apparently smells like grilled meats with a heavy touch of bacon. This candle cracked me up! I cannot imagine what occasion I might light this up for. However, I found the idea of having guests come over and smell the scent of grilled meats wafting through our house hilarious, and I bought it.

Also, I will tell you that having the lid off the jar is driving my dog crazy. He really, really wants to taste it.

I'm also wondering if I was lured to buy this meat candle simply because I know what Yankee Candles usually sell for. That's one of the pitfalls of clearance shopping, right? Is it really a deal just because it's cheap?

Judging from the reactions of my family members, this candle was absolutely worth getting. Everyone's been laughing at it... except my teenager, who simply said "That's awful."


Photos of Patrick Sharp working at Jewel-Osco yesterday

Yesterday, the Chicago Blackhawks' own Patrick Sharp worked as a Jewel-Osco cashier at the Carol Stream Jewel yesterday! Reader SSMark1 shared some photos taken by his friend Elizabeth Gutowski:


Mmm, bacon! Help me decipher my Walgreens receipt...

Last week, I wrote about changes to Walgreen's acceptance of Register Rewards. Their coupon policy doesn't allow a Register Reward to exceed the cost of one item, where you could previously apply the balance of a larger $5 or $10 reward over multiple, lower-priced items.

I went to Walgreens today to stock up on bacon (16oz. Oscar Mayer is $3 after Balance Rewards - a super price!) and I had a $5 Register Reward from doing the Crest deal earlier in the week. I still had some Crest coupons left, so I did another round (Crest is .33 per tube after coupon/RR.)

Then, armed with two $5 Register Rewards, I decided to try to use them to buy my bacon. Reader SSMark1 noted that in his experience, as long as you are buying one item in your transaction that equals or exceeds the cost of the Register Reward, in his experience, you could use it. This does contradict the written policy, but I figured - let's see what happens...


Bear with me as I try to explain this, because it's a little confusing.

As I was loading my basket with bacon, I noticed many summer items on clearance. I picked up a mesh backpack for $5.49 (thought it looked like a good way to keep my kids sand toys together and the bag sand-free) and a beach bag for $1.25.

So, I bought one $5.49 item (mesh backpack,) one $1.25 item (beach bag) and eight $4 items (bacon.)

I handed over two $5 Crest Register Rewards. Both scanned without issue, and I paid $29.82 with tax & got 8000 Balance Rewards points ($8) back for the bacon.

Now, the question is...

1) Did both of my two $5 Register Rewards attach to the mesh backpack, as it was the only item that exceeded their $5 face values, or;

2) Is the store's register not yet updated to exclude RRs from being used on lower-priced items?


GIVEAWAY: Win a KidStuff 2014-2015 Chicagoland coupon savings book!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by KidStuff Coupon Books. I have received copies of the KidStuff Chicago Area coupon book, as well as information to help promote the product as part of this giveaway.

Are you familiar with KidStuff coupon books? They're filled with hundreds of 50% off and 2-for-1 local discounts on family-friendly destinations for dining, groceries, shopping, services, attractions and more!

KidStuff offers localized coupon books throughout the United States as school fundraisers. The books sell for $25, and the profit is split with local schools. They've got a new 2014-2015 coupon book for Chicagoland, and I've got two of these great books to give away to two readers!

Here are some of the great coupons you'll find inside the KidStuff Chicago Area coupon book. All are valid through 12/31/15:

  • Jewel-Osco: $5 off $100 grocery purchase (3 coupons)
  • Toys R Us: $5 off $25 purchase (4 coupons)
  • Carsons: $25 off $75 purchase
  • Macy's: 15% off regular, sale or clearance purchase
  • Ulta: $5 off $15
  • Regal Cinemas: $2 off movie ticket (4 coupons)
  • Discovery Center museum, Rockford: Buy One Get One Free admission
  • Magic Waters waterpark: $5 off admission for up to 4 people ($20 total)
  • Museum of Science and Industry: $4 off admission for up to 2 people
  • Santa's Village Azoosment Park: Buy One Get One Half Off admission
  • Pump It Up: Buy One Get One Free pop-in play admission
  • Denny's: 20% off entire check
  • Dunkin Donuts: .99 Lattes

There are many more offers in this book too - lots of local family entertainment coupons inside. You can browse a full list of offers too on their site.

Want a chance to win one of these KidStuff Chicagoland coupon books? Simply post a reply in the comments under this article! This giveaway begins today, August 28th, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on September 3, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on September 4th, two winners will be chosen via a random number generator!


Aldi Deals of the Week: 8/27/14 - 9/2/14

Here are your Aldi deals for the current week. This writeup is based on the Chicagoland Aldi ad.
View weekly ad | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers

Top deals:
.35 Fine Feline canned cat food, .55 Shep canned dog food, .69 Burman's yellow mustard, .95 Benton's fudge stripe cookies, .99 Burman's BBQ sauces, $1.29 Burman's ketchup, $1.69 Mama Cozzi's Texas Toast, $1.99 PurAqua water, $16.99 Crane bean bag toss game, $24.99 Easy Home folding table

Checkout 51 Offers


Meijer Deals of the Week: 8/28/14 - 9/3/14

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:
Buy $50 in gift cards, get $5 Catalina, .24 Heluva Good dip, $1.12 Ball Park franks, $1-$1.50 General Mills cereals and Nature Valley Oatmeal Squares, $1.38-$1.88 Kellogg's Fruit Snacks, $1.50 Eggos, $1.55 Kellogg's Pop Tarts, $1.62 Nabisco crackers, $2 I Can't Believe it's not Butter and FREE eggs, $4.74 Charmin and Bounty Basic, $5 off $15 haircare products


Meijer


Jewel-Osco Deals of the Week: 8/27/14 - 9/2/14

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:
.99 Oscar Mayer franks, bologna & salami, .64 Muller FrutUp yogurt, $1 Sweet Baby Ray's marinade or BBQ, $1.50 Mott's applesauce, $1.62 Nabisco cookies and crackers, $1.95 Snyders pretzels, $2 Yucatan guacamole, $2.50 Coke, Pepsi & Dr. Pepper 12-packs, $3 Disney and Marvel gummy vitamins, $3.50 Margaritaville shrimp, $4 Dial bar soap multipack, $4.99 Tidy Cats litter

Big Book of Savings deals:
.75 Heluva Good dip, $1.50 Axe body spray, $1.50 Cabot cheese, $1.50 Pantene haircare, $2.99 Pompeian olive oil, $3.49 Al Fresco sausage

Checkout 51 Offers


Deals of the Week for August 24, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune had two coupon inserts: one RedPlum (RP) and one SmartSource (SS.)

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!


All You


Target Deals of the Week: 8/24/14 - 8/30/14

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 General Mills and Kellogg's cereal, $1.39 Ragu pasta sauce, $2 King's Hawaiian rolls, $2 Edy's ice cream, $2 Outshine bars, $2 Haagen-Dazs, bargain-priced Pedigree & Purina Dog Chow dog foods


Walgreens Deals of the Week: 8/24/14 - 8/30/14

Walgreens PhotoHere are your Walgreens coupon matchups and weekly deals for Chicago and the rest of the USA...

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 Vitamin Water Energy, .33 Crest toothpaste, .49 Hershey's candy, .79 Pure Silk shave cream, $1-$1.25 M&Ms, $1.45 Smuckers and $1.50 Jif, $1.49 Xtra laundry detergent, $1.50 - $2.50 7-Up 12-packs, $1.75 Sparkle paper towels, $1.79 Gold Medal flour, $1.99 Hershey's spread, $1.99 $2.99 Tresemme, $2.49 Dimetapp, Robitussin and Advil Cold/Allergy, $3.25 Scott paper towels, $3.50 Cottonelle bath tissue, $3.99 Lipton K-Cups, school supply deals


Weekly Deals from Walgreens


CVS/pharmacy Deals of the Week: 8/17/14 - 8/23/14

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

Top deals:
Spend $30, Get $10 CVS Gift Card" sale, FREE Colgate toothpaste, .66 Renuzit, .99 Stayfree pads, .99 Gold Emblem Abound snacks, $1.29 Nature Made Adult Gummies vitamins, $1.47 General Mills cereals, $1.49 Speed Stick, $1.49 Bausch & Lomb ReNu, $1.94 Tide, $2 M&Ms, $2.99 Bic disposable razors



Walgreens ups the madness with new Register Reward restrictions

Back in May, Walgreens updated their coupon policy to clarify the following:

  • The number of manufacturer coupons, including Register Rewards®/Savings Rewards manufacturer coupons, shall not exceed the number of items in the transaction.
  • Walgreens will not accept coupons that exceed the selling price of an item and no cash back is ever provided in exchange for any coupons.

The first part about the number of coupons exceeding the number of items was not new in practice, but it was the first time this was actually defined in policy.

Now, the second point has been causing some issues in-store recently, and I think it's worth explaining this to fully understand what's going on.


Walgreens has always considered Register Rewards to be manufacturer coupons. Their registers do not allow shoppers to have more manufacturer coupons than items. So, for example:

OLD WAY:

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If you had a $5 Register Reward and wanted to buy a $7.99 bottle of Tide, AND you wanted to also use a $2 coupon on the Tide, you could not complete your transaction. In this example, the shopper has more manufacturer coupons than items being purchased.


A bargain-priced idea for luggage organization

A few months ago, when I went on the All American RV Blogger Tour, one of the gifts I received was a set of Eagle Creek Pack-Its, which are small zipper bags that you can use inside a suitcase to organize socks, underwear and other items:

The lightweight bags are made of nylon. After using these a few times since then, I've found that I really like them - they seem well-made, and they keep the inside of my suitcase from becoming a wild mess of belongings! However, this set of three bags sells for close to $40.

We went to Ikea over the weekend, and I spotted a cool four-piece set of "UPPTACKA" travel organization bags in the store:

Now, while these bags are definitely of a different style, the price is different too... this set of Ikea travel bags was just .99!


Mariano's Deals of the Week: 8/21/14 - 9/3/14

Here are your Mariano's coupon matchups and grocery deals for Chicagoland. I use the Arlington Heights version of the ad for matchups:
View weekly ad | SavingStar ecoupons | Checkout 51 ecoupons
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!


Deals of the Week for August 17, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune had three coupon inserts: one RedPlum (RP,) SmartSource (SS,) and a one-page P&G (PG.) Look at the cover of the Trib too for a $1 peelie for Hudsonville ice cream.

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!


All You


Jewel-Osco hit by hack attempt

Crain's Chicago Business has an article about a hack attempt at Jewel-Osco:


Jewel-Osco suffered an “unlawful intrusion” made to try to take credit and debit card data, but the grocery chain's owner said it has not determined that any customer information was stolen. All Jewel-Osco stores were affected, according to a spokeswoman. But “as of this time, we have not determined that any card data was stolen and there is no evidence of any misuse of our customers' data,” she wrote in an email. “The investigation is ongoing.”

The chain's parent company said it “believes that the intrusion has been contained and is confident that its customers can safely use their credit and debit cards in its stores.”

The time frame in question may have begun June 22 at the earliest and ended July 17 at the latest, according to Jewel-Osco's owner, a group of firms that includes Cerberus Capital Management, Kimco Realty Corp. and Klaff Realty.

The incident also affected stores in other chains owned by the group of firms, which is offering customers a year of free ID theft protection.


Call AllClear ID at 1-855-865-4449 to learn more about the year of free ID theft protection.

Thanks to reader J.R. for sharing the article.


My Jewel-Osco #HugeSale shopping trip for the week...

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jewel-Osco. I have been compensated for this post. All opinions about Jewel-Osco are my own.

Have you been shopping Jewel-Osco's 115th Anniversary #HugeSale? I found quite a few bargains this week. Here's what I bought...

- Four Kemp's frozen yogurts. On sale for $3, I paid $2 each with the $1 coupon from the 7/27 SS2.
- Five Kraft Mac & Cheese SpongeBob pastas. On sale for .29 each after the "Buy 5" sale.
- Two Cabot cheese blocks. On sale for $2 each, I paid $1.50 each with this $1-off-2 printable.
- Six Pillsbury cake mixes. On sale for .79 each after the "Buy 10" sale, I paid .29 each with $1-off-2 tearpads.
- Four Pillsbury brownie mixes. On sale for .99 each after the "Buy 10" sale, I paid .49 each with $1-off-2 tearpads.

I had some clearance finds too:

- Two boxes of Eggo Bites Vanilla French Toast. On clearance for .89 per box, I'll post-redeem the $1-off-2 from the 8/3 RP2 and get these for .39 per box.
- Two bags of frozen Edamame on clearance for $1.49 each.


Correction to Jewel Mac & Cheese sale: Shapes only

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jewel-Osco. I have been compensated for this post. All opinions about Jewel-Osco are my own.

I just got back from shopping the #HugeSale at Jewel-Osco, and there are signs up in the store regarding the Kraft Mac & Cheese that's part of the Kraft "Buy 5, Save $5" sale this week:

The "regular" Kraft Mac & Cheese shown in ad is not part of the sale. You must buy the Shapes varieties (characters like SpongeBob, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) to receive the .29 post-sale price.

Additionally, Jewel is limiting shoppers to one transaction per customer on the Kraft sale.

View the store sign larger below:


New Super-Couponing Tips column: Getting the skinny on double coupons

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "Getting the skinny on double coupons." Here's an excerpt:


"Dear Jill,

"Certain parts of the country tend to have more stores that double coupons than others do, and market areas considered to be 'affluent' (whether we agree with that term or not!) tend not to offer as many double coupon promotions. In some regions, retailers double coupons simply because a competitor store in the area is also doubling coupons — they’ve decided to “play along” and double coupons, too, so they don’t lose market share to their competitor."


Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.

My Super-Couponing Tips column appears in newspapers around the country to a weekly readership of over 20 million people!

View an archive of past Super-Couponing Tips columns


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.50 Fruit2O bottled waters at Jewel-Osco!

Buy 1, Get 1 Buy 1 Bottle of Sparkling Fruit2O and get 1 free

 
If you enjoyed last week's Fruit2O deal at Jewel, we've got a new coupon that makes them a bargain once again! Print a Buy One Get One Free coupon at this link.

Fruit2O bottles are on sale for $1 each at Jewel through 9/7! With coupon, grab two for $1, or .50 each!


New Kellogg's Family Rewards codes: Grab 150 FREE points PLUS 800 end-of-summer bonus points!


Reader Jackie S. writes to share that Kellogg's Family Rewards has 150 new free points to load today:

GOLITTLELEAGUERS - 50 points
KFRLABORDAYBONUS - 50 points
FREEPTSFROMERNIE - 50 points

AND, if you have product code points (from actual product packages) to enter - WAIT until 9/2! You'll get 400 bonus points when you enter any four product codes between 9/2/14 and 9/14/14. You can earn this bonus TWICE, so that's another 800 potential FREE points for you!

If you haven't used any of the previous codes, there are 360 more free points to grab here:

NUTRITIONINABOWL - 50 points
EARNSWEETREWARDS – 50 points
GETFUELFORSCHOOL - 20 points
SPRINGONTHECOLOR - 20 points
AMAZINGSPIDERMAN - 20 points
SPIDEYEXCITEMENT - 20 points
GIFTOFMUSICBONUS - 20 points
EARNGREATREWARDS – 20 points
KFRSHARETHANKS20 – 20 points
HOWITWORKS20PNTS - 20 points
"Like" Kellogg's Family Rewards on Facebook at this link and get another code for 100 free points!

If any of these older codes no longer work, please post below and I'll remove them from the list.


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Domino or C&H brown sugar

Save 100% when you buy ONE (1) 1lb. box of Domino® or C&H® Brown Sugar. Check back every Friday for a new Freebie!.Expires 8/31/2014.Save 100%.

What a nice Friday Freebie!
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.

Locally, 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.

Click to load this new offer via SavingStar!

*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.


Print now for $1.99 All laundry detergent next week at Walgreens!

SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) all® product (excludes trial size)


 
Beginning 8/31 at Walgreens, 28-33 liquid All laundry detergent, 40-load All powder and 20-24ct. All Mighty Pacs will be on sale for $2.99.

Use this $1 printable or the $2-off-2 from the 8/3 RP1 to drop these to $1.99 each! This is a great, stock-up price for All!


Print now for $2.75 Dunkin' Donuts coffee creamer at Walgreens


.75 off One
Dunkin' Donuts
coffee creamer
Print Coupon

Beginning 8/31 at Walgreens, Dunkin' Donuts coffee creamers will be on sale for $3.99 each or 2-for-$7. Buy two and use two .75 printables. You'll drop the price to $2.75 per bottle! These are the big 32-ounce bottles too.


Back-to-School shopping survey: Your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Now that we're past the Back-to-School shopping madness, take a breather, reflect on your good deals... and maybe win a $100 Amazon gift card!

WomensForum.com is doing a short survey on what influenced your Back-to-School purchasing decisions. It really is short - I completed the survey in less than one minute! If you care to share this info, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Click to take the survey! The deadline for completing this survey is 8/31.


New Checkout 51 offers for August 28, 2014

Checkout 51 Offers

Checkout 51, the ecoupon app (which you can use over the web too!) will have new ecoupon offers to load at midnight tonight. Checkout 51 ecoupon offers are valid at all stores. Here's a peek at the new offers:

Offers valid 8/28/14 until 11:59PM EST 9/3/14:

- .25 off any tortilla chips
- .25 off any salsa
- .25 off any bananas
- .50 off La Preferida Jalapeno nacho slices
- .25 off La Preferida black beans
- .30 off La Preferida chickpeas
- $1 off 3 McCormick Grill Mates marinade mixes
- $1 off 2 McCormick Grill Mates seasoning blends
- $1 off 3 McCormick Grill Mates products
- $1 off All You magazine
- $1 off Dole canned pineapple juice
- $1 off Arla Dofino cheese
- $3 off RoC anti aging product
- .25 off Baker's Joy product
- .25 off Cream of Wheat
- $1 off Dream non dairy beverages
- $1 off Dream frozen non dairy desserts
- $1 off Imagine chunky style soups
- $1 off Animeals 4 Kids sauces
- .50 off Halls drops bags
- $1.00 off Wild Garden hummus dip
- $1.00 off 2 SuperPretzel products
- $1.00 off 2 Kim & Scott's gourmet pretzel products
- $1.00 off 2 Luigi's Real Italian Ice products
- .50 off World Peas
- $1.50 off 2 Blue Dragon products
- .50 off 2 Nongshim meal noodles
- .50 off Glade jar candles
- $1.00 off 2 Glade wax melts
- $1.00 off Glade Plugins scented oil starter kit or warmer

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


Get a free energy-savings kit from Nicor - through 8/31 only!

Nicor Gas customers can get a free energy-savings kit by visiting www.nicorgasrebates.com/getmykit and entering code D1229. The kit contains a free shower head and water-saving aerators for your sinks. There's a vary short form to fill out -- but remember, this offer only runs through 8/31!


$50 off $100 coupon for Tommy Bahama

Feeling beachy? Never want summer to end (at least, in your wardrobe?) Get a coupon for $50 off a $100 purchase at Tommy Bahama! The coupon is valid through 10/31/14.


Reminder: Enter Jewel-Osco's #BestRoadTripEver giveaway!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jewel-Osco. I have been compensated for this post. All opinions about Jewel-Osco are my own.

Jewel-Osco is hosting a "Best Road Trip Ever" giveaway in which you can win a FREE car ($41,000 value!)

This giveaway features a progressive prize based on the number of entries. When you enter to win, you can accumulate miles by captioning your road trip essentials.

Visit Jewel-Osco's Best Road Trip Ever Giveaway on the web. You'll see a screen like this:

  • Click the "Push to Start" button.
  • Provide First Name, Last Name, Phone Number, valid Email Address, and select your State, City, and nearest store on the Sweepstakes Submission Form.
  • Spin to receive four (4) product images.
  • Select an Introduction.
  • Caption each of the four (4) product images with at least ten (10) characters including spaces, but not more than two hundred and fifty (250) characters.
  • Select a Conclusion, and submit your entry!

You can increase the value ("Miles") of the contest prize by submitting more entries and sharing those entries across social networks!

The entry period for this sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. There is no limit to the number of entries for a single person. Read the complete rules at this link.


Happy National Dog Day! Enter to win $300 worth of dog treats from Nylabone!



If you've been on Facebook or Instagram at all today, you know that it's National Dog Day! Everyone's been sharing photos of their favorite canine friends. If you have a dog in your life, why not enter for a chance to win $300 worth of Nutri Dent Edible Dental Chews for your dog from Nylabone? These treats are made in the USA, reduce bad breath and tartar build-up, and they come in chicken, filet mignon, and bacon flavors.

The contest ends on September 22nd, so you've got a few weeks to enter! And, I'll leave you with a photo of my dog enjoying some pool time...


10-person Ozark Trail tent: On clearance for $89 at Walmart.com!

Earlier this summer, I wrote a post called My search for the perfect family camping tent (which proved to be a pretty popular topic with my readers!)

After much research, we settled on an Ozark Trail 10-person dome-style tent. It's 20 feet by 10 feet (!) and only has four poles with a very easy setup process. It was on sale for $97 when I bought it over the summer, but then the price jumped back up to $139-$149.

I'm here to report that this tent is now on clearance at Walmart.com for $89 with free shipping! This is an enormous tent for the price, and we really like ours.

If you want to read more about this extremely spacious tent & see interior photos, here's my review after our first campout with it in July 2014 too.


SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off bananas

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

Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly and Peapod shoppers... Click to load this offer to your store card!

*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.


2015 Great America season pass deal Aug. 28-Sept. 1!

Need Six Flags Great America season passes for 2015? Great America has a Labor Day weekend-only special coming up which takes 60% off the normal season pass prices!

To understand why this is such a good deal, here's a primer on Great America season passes.

Great America's season passes have several options. The "Regular Pass" is $84.99, and the price drops to $74.99 when you buy four or more. Regular passes do NOT include free parking. (Parking at Great America is currently $25.)

Great America's "Gold Pass" is $154.99, and the price drops to $94.99 when you buy four or more. Gold passes DO include free parking on every pass. They also come with free Bring-A-Friend tickets good various times throughout the year.


Now, here's the deal for Labor Day weekend:

Six Flags Great America Regular Passes will be on sale for $71.99, and the price drops to $61.99 when you buy four or more.
However, if you buy four or more passes AND take your passes to the park by November 2, you'll get a FREE upgrade to the Gold Level pass and FREE season parking!

All 2015 Six Flags Great America season passes are valid for the rest of the 2014 season too! So, you can go up this fall for Fright Fest and get extra enjoyment out of that pass.

Six Flags' daily non-discounted admission is $66.99. (Our local park district sells discounted admissions for $41.99, so that's probably a better comparison.) For $61.99, you can get a gold-level season pass for the rest of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season -- WITH free parking! These passes are also good at ALL Six Flags parks around the country, so if you're a theme park enthusiast and plan to travel, that's something to keep in mind too.

2015 Six Flags Great America season passes will go on sale August 28th at this link.


$15 off glasses and FREE shipping at Coastal Contacts



Have you ever tried Coastal Contacts for ordering glasses and contact lenses online? When my husband got a new pair of glasses, he ordered a backup pair from Coastal Contacts because their prices were so good.

Right now, Coastal Contacts has $15 off glasses or sunglasses plus free shipping and handling when you use code "FIRST15" -- not bad at all if you too are looking for a lower-cost new or backup pair of frames.


$8.99 Misto olive oil sprayer on sale at Amazon

One of my favorite kitchen gadgets, the Misto olive oil sprayer, is on sale at Amazon for $8.99! Its price usually ranges from $10-$15 on Amazon.

I've had one like this for years, and in the absence of other deals on other spray-oil products like Pam, I use this. It has a pump on top to pressurize the spray bottle so you can spray it like an aerosol. Very handy, and you can use it over and over.

Amazon is also having a larger "Buy 3, Get 10% off" sale on kitchen items and gadgets, and the Misto is included in that sale.


Extra 15-20% off at JC Penney in-store and online through 8/24

JC Penney is having a sale through Sunday, 8/24. Get 15% off your purchase, or 20% off your total if you're a JC Penney cardholder. What deals do I see?

Women's winter sweaters are $3.30, and summer tops are just $3.60!

Kids' sweat pants and Carters clothing items are priced as low as $3.99!

Check out these Ninja Turtles pajama pants for $3.99 (hey, the movie's still in theaters!) and kids' Disney shirts for $4.99.

Orders of $50 or more ship free to your home. Orders over $25 ship free to store. Remember, you'll get another 15-20% off these prices too!

Browse sales and clearance at JC Penney.


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