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New York Post: Black Friday "ineffective and dysfunctional"

As we brace for the onslaught of Black Friday sales later this week, you've probably noticed something that hasn't happened in previous Black Fridays in past years -- retailers have really jumped the gun with early "Black Friday" sales in 2014. It seems that retailers have been trying to out-do each other, launching sales much sooner than the traditional shopping season kickoff.

The New York Post has noticed too:

This year, it’s Broken Friday.

After a tough 2014, nervous retailers couldn’t afford to wait for the traditional day after Thanksgiving to pull the trigger on holiday shopping discounts... Retail experts say the hysterical bombardment of deals both online and in stores all November long shows just how ineffective — and dysfunctional — the Black Friday business model has become.

Just 28 percent of shoppers are expected to hit the stores the day after Thanksgiving this year, according to a survey released last week from Bankrate.com. “Retailers know that big pop, the big Black Friday day — it’s not working,” said Bankrate.com analyst Jeanine Skowronski.

New Super-Couponing Tips column: Readers share money-savings tips

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "Readers share money-savings tips that don't involve coupons." Here's an excerpt:

Dollar stores are such a major market that manufacturers are catering to their price needs by providing products in smaller sizes than what you may see at your local supermarket. A 16-ounce dish soap bottle at the local store may have only 14 ounces at the dollar store (even though both are the same brand.) Sure, the package is cheaper at the dollar store, but in the long run it may be even more per ounce.

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.

Deals of the Week for November 23, 2014 are live

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Meijer Deals of the Week: 11/23/14 - 11/29/14

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:
.14 Campbell's soup, .49 Del Monte vegetables, .75 Pillsbury Grands biscuits, $1 Coffee-Mate creamers, $1.49 Nabisco crackers, $2.52 Libby's pumpkin, $3.24 Marie Callender's pies and free Reddi-Wip

.25 Beneful dog treats, .75 Whisker Lickins cat treats, .79 Paper Craft gift wrap, .92 Keebler cookies, .99 Chex cereals, $1.88 Lay's Kettle or SunChips, $1.88 DVD movies, $2.20 Jack's pizzas, $3.99 Holiday popcorn tins, $5 Hanes socks, $5 kids', men's and women's sleep pants, $7 MTA kids' microfleece jackets, $14.99 bean bag chairs, $29 CAT insulated bomber jackets and Falls Creek down jackets, $30 iTunes gift cards for $24, $49.99 Huffy kids' bikes, $79.99 Keurig Elite brewer, $179 Element 48" TV

Aldi Deals of the Week: 11/23/14 - 11/29/14

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:
.49 Happy Harvest canned vegetables, .89 Sweet Harvest cranberry sauce, .89 Baker's Corner 100% canned pumpkin, .89 Chef's Cupboard turkey gravy, .99 Bake House crescents, .99 L'Oven Fresh brown & serve rolls, .99 Burman's cocktail or chili sauce, $1.69 Belmont deep dish pie crusts, $1.99 Happy Farms cheese cubes, $2.49 Baker's Corner icing or sprinkles, $2.49 Happy Farms cheese ball

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Target Deals of the Week: 11/23/14 - 11/26/14

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:
.24 Glade holiday items, .49 Del Monte canned vegetables, $1.37 Skippy peanut butter, $1.39 Swanson broth, $2.83-$3 Red Baron pizzas, $4.24 Marie Callender's pie, $4.49 Purina Beyond grain free pet food, $6.50 Disney vitamins, $12 Kids' C9 2-piece thermal sets, $50 Cosco card table set, $55 20" kids' bikes

Not a repeat story: USDA greenlights fresh and frozen Chinese chicken to be sold in the USA

Last September, the USDA agreed to let chicken processing plants in China process American-raised chickens, then ship the chickens back to the USA to be sold to consumers.

In November 2013, the USDA announced that it was planning to approve importing Chinese-raised and slaughtered poultry too.

Well, another year has passed, and the USDA has indeed given the green light to China to begin selling Chinese-raised fresh and frozen chickens in the United States. From the New York Times:

The Department of Agriculture will allow Chinese poultry processing companies to ship fully cooked, frozen and refrigerated chicken to the United States.

Food safety advocates have been predicting the announcement since the department last year approved the export of chicken raised in the United States to be processed in China....

School lunch advocates have been especially worried about Chinese chicken potentially ending up on trays. Nancy Huehnergarth, a nutrition policy consultant, has noted that processed chicken does not require country of origin labeling and predicted that it would end up in chicken nuggets and chicken soup.

According to the Congressional Research Service, China has wanted its chicken to be accepted as a quid pro quo for lifting a ban it imposed on United States beef products in 2003 after a cow in Washington state was found to have mad cow disease.

This article from TakePart.com has more information:

It took a little more than a year, but the fears of many food safety experts and xenophobes have come to pass: You may soon be eating chicken that was raised and slaughtered in China.

Last year, the USDA quietly announced (on the Friday before a holiday weekend) that it would allow imports of chicken that was processed in China but had been killed elsewhere—say in the U.S. or Canada. While federal officials would oversee the slaughter, no USDA inspectors would be present when the birds were processed in the four approved Chinese facilities.

It was indeed the first step: The USDA will now allow processed, refrigerated, and frozen Chinese poultry to be sold in the United States. And food safety advocates are furious.

“There have been scores of food safety scandals in China, and the most recent ones have involved expired poultry products sold to U.S. fast-food restaurants based in China,” Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch executive director, said in a statement. “Now, we have FSIS moving forward to implement this ill-conceived decision, and it has not even audited the Chinese food safety system in over 20 months, in direct contradiction to what it promised it would do to protect U.S. consumers.”

Thanks to reader Russ for bringing this story to my attention.

Problems shipping & receiving Wen seasonal formulas

If you're a subscriber to Wen haircare auto-delivery through Wen.com, and you're on a plan to receive seasonal product formulas, this may be of interest to you.

In the summer of 2013, I signed up with Wen to receive their seasonal formula plan. I got the summer scent in my orders (at that time it was Summer Mango Coconut) and I was scheduled to receive Fall Apple Spice in the fall of 2013. When fall rolled around, I instead received a shipment of Sweet Almond Mint. I called to complain, and they said that they "did not receive the new fall scent in time to ship," so they'd substituted Sweet Almond Mint. This seemed strange to me, because their site was advertising the Fall Apple Spice, as were the print materials I'd received in my summer Wen shipment. They offered to send me a return label and ship a different "regular" scent of my choice instead. I opted for Pomegranate, and shortly after that I found a great Wen deal on QVC and stopped my Wen subscription.

This October (2014), I started hearing from other Wen subscribers and readers who suddenly did not get their Wen seasonal Fall Ginger Pumpkin scent from Wen.com, receiving a different, substituted scent like had happened to me last year.

Over the weekend, I got a too-good-to-be-true Wen offer in my email offering a fantastic deal on Wen if I'd resubscribe. The package price was great considering all of the items inside, and I bit the bullet and subscribed -- again, knowing I could cancel again at any time. This package only offered the "regular" Wen scents, so I chose Pomegranate and ordered.

Well, after I placed my order, I was redirected back to Wen.com, where I saw an offer advertising that of your bottles will be Fall Ginger Pumpkin when you place any kit order. I called Wen today to see if I could take advantage of this and have one of my three Pom bottles be swapped out for the Fall Ginger Pumpkin.

The woman on the end of the line had some pretty interesting things to say... things that I think push this into the "bait and switch" area of marketing. She said "We don't have any Fall Ginger Pumpkin to ship, it's sold out."

I said "But it's showing right now on the homepage of Wen.com. Take a look."

She took a moment and said she was looking at it, then added "We don't have it in stock. I can put a note on your account, but you won't get it."

I asked what would happen if someone placed a new order, right now, on the page showing the Fall Ginger Pumpkin. You can go there right now too and see this offer on the homepage!

She said, "They'll get Sweet Almond Mint." She added that "the month is almost over," adding that the fall scent was due to stop shipping at the end of the month anyway. (Again, today is November 24th, 2014.)

What? That's crazy. I don't think they should be advertising a bottle of Fall Ginger Pumpkin with every new kit order when they have none to ship and willingly tell customers so on the phone..! And what about the people I've heard from this year who never got a fall scent at all for 2014 and had a different substitution sent. Did they even actually have any to ship at all?

Just a heads-up for any of you on the seasonal plan. These kinds of product substitutions were what prompted me to drop my Wen subscription in the first place and simply buy from QVC. I love the product, but incidents like this don't inspire a lot of confidence to customers.

So, who's been out freebie-hunting this morning?

So, who's been out hitting CVS and Walgreens already this morning? My husband and I went to our local CVS at 8:15am and got everything you see above -- all of the freebies, plus the .99 Listerine and Kraft cheese. We did get the last shaker of parmesan, but beyond that, everything was in stock. The Lake in the Hills, IL CVS had the majority of the free items on an endcap near the front of the store, which made deal-hunting very easy.

I do want to get to Walgreens later too for their deals (especially the Excedrin, which we never seem to have enough of in the Cataldo house.)

What deals are you chasing today? Have you been out this morning?

Mending my family's clothes: How to fix worn jeans "invisibly"

Part of my money-saving mindset has always been to make the things we use last as long as possible. Whether it's repairing an appliance to avoid replacing it (or paying for an expensive service call,) or mending clothing to get a little longer life out of it, I'm always willing to put in a little effort to both save money and avoid being wasteful.

I think a big part of this was the way I was raised, but I grew up in a household where both my parents repaired what was broken and mended what was damaged. Whether it was a missing shirt button or a snowsuit that had wore through at the knees, my parents fixed it. In fact, the snowsuit I wore as a grade-schooler had the knees patched somewhere around the time my sister grew into it. My daughter, who's now 18, wore the same snowsuit when she was little. My oldest son wore it, and my youngest son wears it now! Now, that may be an extreme example, but I was always taught to make things last.

My children all know that I have a spot in the house for clothes that need repair -- drop things in that corner of our room, and I'll fix them. I've written at length about how much I dislike our front-loading washing machine (here, here, and here to name a few.) One issue I haven't touched on here on the blog though is the fact that my machine rips clothing fairly often. I believe this is due to the extremely high speeds in which it spins the water out after the last rinse cycle. If one piece of clothing catches on a zipper or a button, it can tear. And, at least once a month, I pull something out of the washing machine that looks like this:

Again, I'd never buy another front-loader -- that's another issue. When things like this happen though, I grab a needle and thread (or depending on the size of the project, go to my sewing machine) and fix it.

Having two boys, my oldest son hands a lot of his clothes down to his younger brother. This works out pretty well for shirts, coats and the like, but jeans and pants? Eventually, they look like this:

While I could put patches over these ripped knees, I also don't want my kids to be self-conscious of an obvious repair job. Sometimes things simply wear out, and there's nothing you can do. However, I want to share how I've been able to extend the life of my sons' jeans by patching them invisibly...

CVS/pharmacy Deals of the Week: 11/23/14 - 11/26/14

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

NOTE: We have a short ad this week because we have the Black Friday ad starting on 11/27. I am putting these deals up EARLY so that you have extra time to plan, as there are many great deals and freebies that are going to fly this week and only a few days to get them!

Top deals:
FREE + Moneymaker Robitussin Medi-Soothers, FREE 5 Gum , FREE Advil, FREE Colgate Max toothpaste, FREE Combos, FREE CVS Pantiliners, FREE CVS training pants, FREE CVS Ultra Soft cleansing wipes, FREE Mars singles, FREE Migralex, FREE Green Giant vegetables, FREE Hershey's singles, FREE Kraft Mac & Cheese, FREE Rescue stress relief gum, FREE Starbucks DoubleShot, FREE Swedish Fish or Sour Patch theater boxes, FREE Tricalm steroid free hydrogel, FREE Vitaminwater, FREE Sour Patch gum, FREE Total Home laundry detergent, .54 VO5 haircare, .70 Renuzit cones, .99 Doritos or Cheetos, .99 Kraft Parmesan cheese, .99 Listerine, $2 M&Ms, $2.99 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush, "Spend $100, Get $25" Gap Brands gift card deal

Walgreens Deals of the Week: 11/23/14 - 11/26/14

Walgreens PhotoHere are your Walgreens coupon matchups and weekly 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.

NOTE: We have a short ad this week because we have the Black Friday ad starting on 11/27. I am putting these deals up EARLY so that you have extra time to plan, as there are many great deals and freebies that are going to fly this week and only a few days to get them!

Top deals:
FREE + moneymaker Reach toothbrushes, FREE Healthy Delights Vitamin chews, FREE MG217 Scalp Treatment, FREE Mucinex Fast Max, FREE Neilmed Nasabulb, FREE Relief OTC antacid, FREE Scope mouthwash, FREE Urgent RX To Go, FREE Vivoptal vitamins, FREE Zim's Max Freeze and Arnica Max, .49 Colgate dental care, .54 Butterball turkey bacon, .74 Dawn dish soap, $1.29 Nice eggs, $2.54 Angel Soft bath tissue, $2.99 Tide Pods and Gain Flings, $3.50 Oscar Mayer bacon, $5 Fruit of the Loom and Jerzees sweats, $5.99 Gillette Fusion Proglide or Venus razors, $7.49 Micro Touch or Finishing touch personal trimmer

Walgreens Top Rated Products at Prices You'll Love

Life lessons from the second grade

I was looking through my son's second-grade homework this morning, and what I read made me smile. Even at the tender age of 7, my youngest child knows the value of spotting a deal...

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Mariano's Deals of the Week: 11/20/14 - 11/27/14

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!

Top deals:
.50 Westpac frozen vegetables, $1.38 Libby's 100% pure pumpkin, $1.45 Domino Demerara raw sugar, $1.50 Roundy's brown or powdered sugar, $2 Simply Potatoes hash browns, $2 Nestle Toll House Morsels, $2.45 Sara Lee pies, $3.75 King Arthur flour, $6 Spectrum organic coconut oil

CVS/pharmacy Black Friday Deals of the Week 11/27/14 - 11/29/14

Here are your CVS/pharmacy Black Friday 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 + moneymaker Wet & Wild 9-bottle nail polish set, FREE CVS batteries, FREE GUM toothbrush 2-pack, FREE Hershey's, Starburst, Skittles or Necco, FREE Orbit gum, FREE Viva paper towels, .25 Dawn dish detergent, .88 Multigrain Cheerios, .88 NYX Lip gloss, .88 Softsoap, .88 Speed Stick, .99 Xtra detergent, $2.50 Merry Brite light sets, $2.99 Just the Basics 8ct. paper towels, $4.88 Disney and holiday plush, $5 Crayola art design items, $5 Mini RC Eggshell Racers, $8.88 Black Spider wireless indoor helicopter, $18.88 Disney Mickey Mouse waffle maker

Walmart updates Amazon price-match policy: No longer matches Amazon Marketplace sellers

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After Walmart announced that they would match prices at Amazon.com, unscrupulous sellers began exploiting the price-match policy in a rather nefarious way -- they created Amazon Marketplace profiles for the items they wished to buy, then listed items like a PlayStation 4 for $49.00 (it sells for about $499.00) or bottles of Tide for $2.00. Then, they went to Walmart stores, price-matched the lowball Amazon items, and took the products home for next to nothing -- especially if coupons were used on top of these low prices. Consumerist and other media outlets covered this practice earlier this week, while Instagram blew up with couponers showing off their enormous hauls of ill-gotten price-matched items.

Today, Walmart announced that they would no longer price-match Amazon Marketplace items:

We launched online price matching because it’s the right thing for our customers. It’s making a meaningful difference for people who want to feel confident they’re getting the best price, and we’re committed to matching online prices going forward.

At the same time, we can’t tolerate fraud or attempts to trick our cashiers. This kind of activity is unfair to the millions of customers who count on us every day for honest value. With this in mind, we’ve updated our policy to clarify that we will match prices from Walmart.com and 30 major online retailers, but we won’t honor prices from marketplace vendors, third-party sellers, auction sites or sites requiring memberships.

We will continue to listen to feedback from our customers and our cashiers to make sure our online price match policy is working.

Phosphate dishwasher detergent fans: Cascade Professional returns under a new name

Fans of phosphate-based dishwasher detergents know that this is a topic I've written about passionately over the last few years. I like detergents that work, and I don't like detergents that don't. It's pretty simple, really.

After experiencing dismal performance from consumer-grade dishwasher detergents when phosphates were phased out in 2011, I tested out several varieties of phosphate-based detergents, ultimately selecting Cascade Professional Line as my detergent of choice. It seemed to work the best in my dishwasher, and even though I couldn't buy this product with coupons, it was well worth spending my non-coupon dollars on because it worked.

Unfortunately, Cascade Professional was recently discontinued too. I went on a buying spree and purchased several cases to tide me over until I could find a replacement product that I liked just as much.

Recently, several readers have brought to my attention that Cascade Professional has reappeared under a new name: Cascade Fryer Boil Out. Now, the original Cascade Professional Line had instructions on the back for both dishwasher use and for cleaning deep fryers with it.

This new Cascade no longer has the dishwasher instructions on it. However, guess what it does have?

The same ingredients as the old product I know and love.

It's brilliant, really. While the ban on phosphates extends to dishwasher detergents, the ban evidently doesn't extend to fryer boil out products. How about that.

Another site that now carries Cascade Fryer Boil Out, Restockit, notes "Although Cascade with Phosphates detergent has been discontinued... "Boil-Out" Cascade is being purchased by customers like you. We encourage you to learn more about this product and its ingredients."

Translation? Wink, wink... we know what this is. "Customers like you" also know what this is.

I'm elated that once my stockpile of "the good stuff" finally runs out, I'll be able to purchase Cascade Fryer Boil-Out and continue to enjoy remarkably clean dishes.

Walmart Deals of the Week: 11/19/14 - 11/27/14

Here are your Walmart coupon deals and matchups for the current week. I use the Chicagoland version of the ad, but most Walmart advertised deals are valid nationwide.

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:
$1.41 Libby's pumpkin, $1.48 Swanson chicken broth, $2 Ocean Spray cranberry juice, $2.43 Reynolds Wrap, $2.43 Sara Lee pumpkin pie

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Aldi Deals of the Week: 11/19/14 - 11/25/14

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:
.49 Happy Harvest canned vegetables, .89 Sweet Harvest cranberry sauce, .99 Bake House crescents, .99 L'Oven Fresh brown & serve rolls, .99 Old Dominion peanut brittle, $2.29 Countryside creamery butter quarters, $6.99 Sea Queen shrimp ring, $9.99 Belmont Supreme cheesecake sampler

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Walmart to begin matching competitors' Black Friday ads this Friday, November 21st

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Walmart sure is upping the ante this holiday shopping season.

Last week, Walmart announced it would begin price-matching Amazon.

Today, Walmart announced that it will begin price-matching competitors' Black Friday ads this Friday, November 21st:

Holiday shoppers don’t have to wait until Black Friday to start shopping for deals at Walmart. At 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, Walmart will kick off a pre-Black Friday savings event in stores and online, lowering the prices on popular toys and electronics, to match select Black Friday offers from Target, Toys R’ Us and Best Buy one week early.

Beginning today, the retailer also extends its Christmas Ad Match* to Walmart.com customers. Customers who purchase an item on Walmart.com, and find a lower price in a local brick and mortar competitor, can email christmasadmatch@walmart.com and receive the difference on a gift card. The same policy is in place for customers at Walmart stores for items purchased Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, excluding Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Some of the prices Walmart has announced it will match:

LeapPad 2 – WAS: $79, NEW PRICE: $39.99
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe – WAS: $49.87, NEW PRICE: $34.99
Nerf Rebelle Crossbow – WAS: $19.88, NEW PRICE: $11.99
Monopoly Board Game – WAS: $7.77, NEW PRICE: $5
Hot Wheels Single Car – WAS: .97 cents, NEW PRICE: .60 cents

LG 50-inch HDTV – WAS: $598, NEW PRICE: $448
Skylanders and Infinity Starter Packs – WAS: $74.96, NEW PRICE: $37
Select PS4 and Xbox One Video Games such as NBA 2K14 and Battlefield 4 – WAS: $59.96, NEW PRICE: $49

It doesn't sound like you can take ANY store's Black Friday ads in and match them this Friday, but rather that Walmart will be dropping its prices to match selected ads.

You can also preview Walmart's Black Friday ad at this link.

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Down alternative comforters: Just $19.97 in ALL sizes (including King!) shipped from Carson's!

SUCH a nice sale to keep you warm this winter! Carson's (which has a plethora of other deals today too) has ALL sizes of their down alternative comforters on sale for $19.97 with FREE shipping! Choose from Twin, Twin XL, Full/Queen or King!

The original price on these ranges from $40.00 - $160.00!

There are many styles and colors to choose from. Use code FREESHIP to have it shipped free to your door!

Matching pillow shams are only $4.97 too. Isn't it time for a new look in the bedroom... or just an extra comforter to snuggle in on the couch?

Browse the $19.97 comforter sale at Carson's!

Fleece-lined jeans: Just $22.49 shipped from Carson's!

Seriously, take a moment and check out all of the deals Carson's has going on today - so many great buys with free shipping, and some qualify for an extra 25% off code too!

After posting deals on flannel-lined jeans last week and receiving quite a few emails from people who appreciated those deals, perhaps you'd like a deal on fleece-lined jeans?

- Wallflower® Fleece Lined Bootcut Jean - $29.99

- Wallflower® Fleece Lined Skinny Jean - $29.99

Use code AFTERTHNX14 for 25% off, which drops the price to $22.49 per pair! Then, use code FREESHIP to have them shipped free to your door. You'll be snug, warm and stylish this season!

Carson's: $17.97 London Fog kids' winter coats - shipped! (Should we just buy all our winter gear there today?!)

Yet another great price on winter gear from Carson's today... this time, London Fog® Kids' Puffer Jackets are just $17.97 - shipped! They're available from size 2T all the way up to size 20, in both boys' and girls' sizes.

If you missed earlier deals at Carson's (also with free shipping!) they've also got $12.97 London Fog snow pants and $19.97 kids' winter boots!

Shipping is free with code FREESHIP through 12/3! Thanks again to reader Charlotte for spotting this great price...

You may want to check out Carson's deals on gloves too - 2-packs of Mambo kids' texting gloves are $6.00, and Mambo ski gloves and mittens are $12.00!

Need kids' winter boots? Only $19.97 with free shipping at Carson's!

Several readers have written asking for deals on kids' winter boots and snow pants... In looking around, Carson's has a variety of both boys' and girls' winter boot styles for $19.97 per pair. Use code FREESHIP for free shipping on any order through 12/3!

Go get your $19.97 kids' boots online at Carson's!

Snow pants deals: As low as $12.97 from Carsons with FREE shipping!

Winter came too early this year for some of my readers -- they're looking for deals on boots, snow pants and cold weather gear!

Here are the best prices I see on snow pants! First, over at Carson's:

- London Fog Boys' sizes 2T-7 - $12.97

- London Fog® Girls' 4-6X Snowbibs - $12.97

- London Fog® Girls' 7-16 Snowbibs - $14.97

This is your BEST deal! London Fog snow pants are just $12.97 at Carson's in many kids' sizes -- use code FREESHIP for free shipping! Thanks to reader Charlotte for spotting this great price...

Over at Macy's:

Girls' Arctic Quest snow bibs - $19.99

Girls' Arctic Quest snow pants - $19.99

Protection System Boys' Snow Pants - $19.98

Use code GOBBLE for another 20% off, dropping these to $15.99 per pair! Store pickup is FREE, or shipping is free with a $99 purchase.

Over at Kmart, Athletech boys' and girls' snow bibs and snow pants are 40% off through 11/26. They're yours for just $14.99! Search "Athletech Snow Pants" at the link. Kmart also has women's Athletech snow pants for $20.99. Store pickup is FREE, and orders over $59 ship free.

Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-Ray Trilogy: Just $29.99 today on Amazon!

Oh, my precious... (preciouses?) If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, here's a today-only deal that you won't want to miss. Grab the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-Ray trilogy for just $29.99!

This deluxe 15-DVD set includes 9 special features DVDs with over 26 hours of behind-the-scenes footage including the rare Costa Botes Documentaries. You'll get The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King Extended Editions in stellar Blu-Ray quality too. If you're a fan of these films, get this deal while it lasts -- this is 75% off the regular price of $119.98!

My best friend says these movies are worth watching just for the "travelogue" aspect too - New Zealand is simply stunning. Instead of looking at white snow and ice, relax and let yourself dream about seeing those lush, green lands someday too. (At this price, a "staycation" sure beats a vacation...)

Go get The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) on Blu-ray!

Print now for .25 Beneful dog treats at Meijer

$1.50 off Two
Beneful dog treats
Print Coupon

If you're headed to Meijer on Thanksgiving, 11/27, 1.27oz. Beneful Healthy Smile dog treats will be on sale for $1. Buy two and use this $1.50 off 2 printable. Pay .50 for two, or .25 each!

Crazy Kohl's FREE appliance deal is back! Get three kitchen appliances FREE after rebate and Kohl's Cash!

Every year, bargain-hunters look forward to Kohl's small appliances Black Friday sale, and once again, the sale is back for 2015!

You'll enjoy FREE appliances after this great deal! Here's how to do it:

Buy 3 of the $19.99 appliances - $59.97
Use 15% off coupon code THANKS15 - now $50.98
Get $15 Kohls Cash - now $35.98
Shipping is FREE!
Fill out a $12.00 mail in rebate for each of your three appliances.
That's -0.02 after rebates and Kohl's Cash! ALL FREE and a .02 moneymaker!

There is a limit of five rebates PER PRODUCT, so you can do this deal multiple times if you'd like!

Thanks to reader alesis_77 for spotting this one bright and early this morning!

Here are the participating appliances with $12.00 rebates:

The following items have $10.00 rebates. Do the same deal and grab these for just $1.99 each after the same deal!

Black & Decker Hand Mixer with Storage Case - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate

Black & Decker 12-cup Programmable Coffee Maker (black) - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate
Black & Decker 12-cup Programmable Coffee Maker (red) - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate
Black & Decker 12-cup Programmable Coffee Maker (white) - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate

Black & Decker 550-Watt Blender (black) - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate
Black & Decker 550-Watt Blender (white) - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate
Black & Decker 550-Watt Blender (red) - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate

Black & Decker Belgian Waffle Maker - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate

Black & Decker Grand Openings 3-in-1 Electric Can Opener - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate

Black & Decker Quesadilla Maker - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate

Black & Decker 2-Slice Toaster - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate UPDATE 9:50AM - SOLD OUT

Black & Decker 16 Cup Rice Cooker - $19.99 with $10.00 rebate UPDATE 11:10AM - SOLD OUT

Neoprene winter ski mask: Just $1.89 shipped from Amazon!

I saw these on sale a couple weeks ago, but they sold out before I had a chance to post the deal! Now they're back...

Black neoprene winter face masks are only $1.89, including shipping, at Amazon!


- Black neoprene face mask warms neck and ears
- Fitted vent with Velcro closure
- Thermal cotton fleece long neck warmer and raised ear warmers
- Great for winter sports, hunters, snowmobilers, snowboarders

Oder your winter face mask for $1.89, shipped, from Amazon!

Thanks to Mashup Mom for spotting the deal.

Amazon Gold Box Deal: ALL seasons of How I Met Your Mother for $64.99 (reg. $179.98!)

If you're a fan of the "How I Met Your Mother" television series, Amazon's got a great deal today on all nine seasons of this hit television show. You'll get the complete, 28-DVD series for the legen... wait for it... dary price of just $64.99 -- that's 64% off!

Order now, and you can even have it in time for "Slaps-giving." What a great gift for all those fans of Ted, Robin, Marshall, Lily, and Barney.

Order How I Met Your Mother Seasons 1-9 from Amazon for $64.99!

$5 Black Friday magazine sale (early!) Entertainment Weekly, People, Sports Illustrated, All You, Real Simple and others just $5 for 12 issues!

Here's a crazy-good Black Friday magazine sale that began today! Get 12 issues of MANY popular magazines for just $5 per magazine! Some included titles:

- Entertainment Weekly (12 issues)
- People (12 issues)
- People StyleWatch (12 issues)
- Sports Illustrated (12 issues)
- All You (the coupon magazine! 12 issues)
- Real Simple (12 issues)
- InStyle (12 issues)
- Essence (12 issues)
- Time (12 issues)
- Fortune (12 issues)
- Money (12 issues)
- Golf (12 issues)
- Food & Wine (12 issues)
- Southern Living (13 issues)

I've NEVER seen some of these magazines priced this low! Go get your Black Friday $5 magazine deals (early!)

FREE Disney souvenir park maps offer is back again!

Whenever this offer comes around, these go quickly! Disney will send your family or household a FREE set of custom park maps! These are so much fun for kids. Choose your favorite attractions in the park, and Disney will send special keepsake maps of all 4 parks that highlight your favorite attractions and entertainment They even come with stickers so your family can decorate and customize them further.

These would make fun stocking stuffers for anyone planning a trip or who loves going to Disney World!

5 Fridays Until Christmas gift idea: Flannel lined jeans

There are only FIVE Fridays left until Christmas. Each Friday, as we get closer to the holiday, I'll share a fun or interesting gift with you...

Today's holiday gift idea is something that's dear to my sons' warm little hearts (and legs) -- flannel lined jeans!

A few years ago I picked up a pair of these on clearance for my oldest son. Whenever they were clean, they were the first pair he'd pull out of his drawer when getting dressed. When he finally outgrew them, he lamented that they were the "warmest, softest" jeans he'd ever worn. I promised to buy him a new pair, passing the old pair down to my younger son.

Though that pair of jeans has seen better days, they're still warm, soft, and loved by his younger brother. My kids especially like wearing flannel lined jeans on snow-play days for an extra layer of warmth under their snow pants.

My husband also has a pair of flannel-lined jeans that he loves for similar reasons -- they're great for attending outdoor sports events in the winter, and they're even warmer under snow gear when he's headed out to shovel snow or work outside in the winter. The positive raves from my guys prompted me to pick up a pair for myself too!

Flannel-lined jeans aren't the easiest thing to find in department stores though. Old Navy used to stock them all the time, but they appear to be an online-only item now. Farm and Fleet stores do carry them, as do some outdoor gear stores. I've done a roundup of places to get them online too and their current prices. Note that prices can change at any time. Wherever I've shown a price range, the prices vary by style and size:

Toddlers' overalls: $17.00-$18.00

Farm & Fleet
Boys': $20.99-$23.99
Men's: $24.99-$44.99
Women's: $27.99-$32.99

Boys': $22.99-$45.00
Girls': $20.96-$26.99
Men's: $29.25-$59.99
Women's: $27.99-$45.99

Boys': $26.00-$26.97

Old Navy
Boys: $26.00
Men's: $39.94

Sportsman's Guide
Men's: $26.99-$39.99
Women's: $26.99

Gander Mountain
Boys: $30.00-$42.00
Men's: $39.99-$49.99
Women's: $44.99

Boys: $34.99
Girls: $34.99
Men's: $34.99 ($24.88 for flannel lined tan canvas style too!)
Women's: $31.49

L.L. Bean
Men's: $39.99-$59.95
Women's: $44.99-$64.95

Hanna Andersson
Boys': $45.00

Eddie Bauer
Men's: $49.00-$56.00
Women's: $49.00-$69.30

Land's End
Men's: $79.00-$89.00

Have you found a fun or interesting gift item online you'd like to share? Feel free to share it, and I may feature it as a future Friday gift idea...

SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Celeste frozen pizza!

Head over to SavingStar to load a new "Freebie Friday" offer! (Wouldn't you like a free pizza today? Now you can grab one!)

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 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.

Checkout 51 Deals for November 20, 2014

Checkout 51 Offers

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

Here's a peek at some of the new offers. Offers valid until 11:59PM EST next Wednesday evening.

NEW announcement from Checkout 51:

For the month of November, our members will get to choose one of their weekly offers! Look in your offer list for "Pick Your Own Offer." Tapping this will reveal a group of offers to choose from, and once chosen, that offer will automatically be added to their list.

"Pick Your Own Offer" offers:
- .25 off green beans, fresh cranberries, onions, potatoes or bananas

Regular offers:
- .50 off eggs
- $1 off Nature Valley Protein granola bars
- $2 off Aveeno
- $1 off Arlo Dofino cheese
- $1 off Wild Garden Hummus
- $2.50 off Lavazza coffee

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!

Print now for .25 Dawn dish detergent next week at CVS!

.25 off One
Dawn dish
Print Coupon

From 11/27-11/29, 9oz. bottles of Dawn dish detergent will be on sale at CVS as part of their Black Friday sale for $1. Buy two and get $1 in ExtraBucks, limit 1.

Print and hold two .25 printables for this sale. When the sale begins, buy two. Pay $1.50 and get $1 back. That's .50 for two, or .25 each!

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