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SUPER Super-Couponing DVD deal: Just $5.00 - lowest price ever!

Let's celebrate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Social Sunday AND Cyber Monday all in one! As I am especially thankful for the many ways I have been blessed with a job that I love, I want to thank you for your readership, your loyalty, and your shared love of couponing!

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Black Friday / Social Sunday / Cyber Monday 2014 Open Deal Discussion

Here's an open thread to discuss any good shopping deals for the days ahead. See something good? Feel free to post!

Next week's will be chock full 'o ads, but www.bfads.net and www.blackfriday.com have ad scans and deals for a bunch of stores if you're getting the jump on your planning. Happy shopping, and Happy Thanksgiving!


My black leather trenchcoat

I've owned this black leather trenchcoat for more than 17 years, but the coat is older than I am. This coat has a story, and this seems as good a time as any to tell it.

Shortly after I got out of college, I had been looking for a trenchcoat like this one. All of the styles in the stores at that time were very boxy in shape -- not at all what I wanted. I wanted a coat with a tailored waist and a belt -- a timeless, classic, vintage style, and yet I couldn't find one like that anywhere.

Around the same time, my neighbor was dying of breast cancer.

It pains me to write that, and it pains me even more that she's been gone so long. She lived across the street from the house I grew up in. My sister and I went to school with her children. One summer, her daughter, my sister and I pretended to be triplets named "April, May and June" -- three giggly brunette girls who could nearly all pass for sisters.

Her husband is one of my father's best friends. I don't think either one of those guys could resist seeing the other's garage door open or vehicle's hood propped up without walking over to see what the other one was working on.

My neighbor fought breast cancer and fought it hard. There was a time when we all thought she had beaten it, but it came back and ravaged her. She was alive to dance at her daughter's wedding, but she was gone before her first grandchild was born.

In the weeks prior to her death, my family visited as often as she was comfortable with. On one particular day when we went over, she was putting piles of loose photographs into photo albums for her son and daughter. I remember laughing with her at a funny photograph of her kids playing in the bathtub together when they were little.

She had been busy getting things in order for her children and husband once she was no longer with them. That's just the kind of person that she was.

Then, she brought out a beautiful black leather trenchcoat and gave it to me.

"I know you have been looking for one like this," she said, and then the tears came.

She told me she'd gotten the coat when she was a student and that the coat was older than I was. Like everything she took care of in her life, she also took meticulous care of that coat. I'm guessing it dates to the late 1960s or early 1970s, but you wouldn't know that to look at it. The leather is soft, supple and gloss black.

I wore her coat that fall, and I've worn it every year since. The coat is more than forty years old now and still as beautiful as ever, as I've lovingly conditioned the leather every season. Every year when fall rolls around, I take the coat out of the closet and I think of her. She was an amazing woman, mother and friend. She would have been so proud to see how handsome a man her son grew up to be and the wonderful mother that her daughter has become. How she would have loved her beautiful grandchildren. Those of us who knew her will never forget her.

Today, as you pause to reflect on all that you're thankful for, know that our lives are blessed in so many ways, big and small. Some of us will celebrate with friends and family today, and others will think of those who aren't here to sit at the table with us.

I'm thankful for good health. I'm thankful for my family and extended family, and I'm thankful that I get to see them often. They are a huge part of my life. I'm thankful for my home and for six years of being self-employed at a job that I love. I'm thankful for flannel sheets to snuggle in on chilly nights and warm cups of hot cocoa sipped with my kids in front of our fireplace. I'm thankful for our dog, whose rough start in life took a turn for the better the day he came home to live with us. I'm thankful that my 10-year-old vehicle starts every day and still runs well. I'm thankful for our church family, our thoughtful and spontaneous friends, and my children's excellent schoolteachers. I'm thankful for stocked pantry shelves and plenty to eat. I'm thankful our family has been able to travel this year and see the beauty of our country.

And, I'm thankful that when people leave our lives, they leave us with memories that can never be erased. My neighbor may not have realized it at the time, but she left me something else too -- the feeling of a hug every time I slip my arms into her coat.


GIVEAWAY: Win a Nakano Rice Vinegar New Tastes gift pack!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Nakano. I have been compensated for this post.

Happy Thanksgiving, Super-Couponers! Do you cook with rice vinegar? Nakano rice vinegars are a great way to splash your food with flavor! Splash them on salads, add a splash to marinades, or substitute them for regular vinegar in your favorite recipes.

Nakano has two new varieties of seasoned rice vinegar on the market - Mango Seasoned and Citrus Seasoned! Each is infused with fresh fruit flavors - perfect for lightly seasoning meats, seafoods, shish kebabs -- the possibilities are endless. In fact, my contact at Nakano recommended swapping the citrus vinegar for traditional white vinegar in your apple pie recipe for a sweet and tangy twist! (I've got that recipe for you at the end of this post...)

Want to try the new tastes of Nakano Rice Vinegars? For a chance to win a 2-pack, simply post a reply in the comments under this article! This giveaway begins today, November 27, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on December 3, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on December 4, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


Dunkin' Donuts lovers: Get ready for $5 in free DD Perks loyalty rewards!

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Friday officially kicks off the 2014 holiday shopping season, but I'm willing to bet that you've already been shopping the sales! If you're out hitting the stores this weekend, you may need (or want, or deserve!) a little pick-me-up! Chances are, your go-to treat can be found at Dunkin' Donuts, whether it's a coffee, hot cocoa, or tasty donut.

Are you a member of Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks® Rewards? This loyalty program launched back in January, and you can 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!

DD Perks® passed the million member mark back in June and thanked its DD Perks® Rewards members by giving them 100 free bonus points. Now, they're approaching the two million member mark, and they've got something even better in store for new members!

From December 1-5, 2014, enroll in DD Perks® via the Dunkin' Mobile App using promo code "BLOG" to get a $5 virtual DD Card applied to your app upon enrollment! That's a free $5 to spend at Dunkin' Donuts! Remember, this promotion only runs from December 1 through December 5, 2014, so wait to enroll until then or you'll miss out on this special $5 enrollment bonus!

Incredibly, despite my longtime love for Dunkin' Donuts hot chocolates and maple frosted donuts, I was not aware of their DD Perks® loyalty promo prior to this announcement. I will be signing up for a Dunkin' Donuts card so I can use it with DD Perks® with the Dunkin' app once the $5 promo period begins on December 1st! Then, anytime I shop at Dunkin' Donuts, I 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.

I'll bump this post up again on December 1st once the $5 DD Perks promotion begins! After this long Thanksgiving weekend and the post-holiday shopping that will likely ensue, don't you deserve a free latte break?


Jewel-Osco Deals of the Week: 11/28/14 - 12/2/14

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

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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.
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Top deals:
.79 7-Up 2-liters, $1 Crest toothpaste, $1 Halls cough drops, $1.54 Ortega taco sauce, $1.74 Ortega taco shells and flats, $2 Cabot cheese, $2.75 Steak-Umm sandwich steaks, $2.99 All laundry detergent, $3 Palermo's Pizzeria pizza, $3.99 Farmland bacon and free eggs, $5.99 Dutch Farms breaded chicken and free fries, $40 alcohol rebate


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

Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has TWO inserts: SmartSource (SS) and RedPlum (RP.)
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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:

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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.

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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

THURSDAY ONLY deals:
.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.
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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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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...


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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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...
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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 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:

Toys:
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

Electronics:
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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Black Friday sales at Think Geek!

Think Geek is the greatest place to find quirky, strange, or pop-culture infused gifts for your favorite geek! (Don't even ask how many zombie-themed items I've bought for my daughter here over the years.) They have 20% off many items for Black Friday today, plus 20% off qualifying orders of $40 or more, 25% off qualifying orders of $100 or more, or 30% off qualifying orders of $150 or more with code ELFINSALE. This code is valid through 11/29/14 only!

Here are some of my favorite finds today -- the Star Wars fans should be especially happy...


Star Wars Gingerbread Cookie Cutters 6-pack - $11.99
Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda, C-3PO and Stormtrooper


Death Star Ice Sphere Mold - $9.59
(Wouldn't this look good floating in a punch bowl this season?!)


Princess Leia nouveau beach towel - $7.50
Perfect for commemorating that vacation to Alderaan that you never took.


Dismember-Me Plush Zombie - $5.99
(His tagline is "Cuddle up with the undead." I bought this for my daughter several years ago, and she still sleeps with it. She's 18. Enough said.)


1-UpCake Pan - $6.99
My boys would LOVE this. Why eat cupcakes when you can have Mario 1UpCakes?


Build-On Brick Mug - $9.99

Think Geek has a flat $6.95 shipping rate with free shipping over $75.

Browse Black Friday sales at Think Geek!


Shutterfly Black Friday deals: FREE 12-month calendar and 10 free prints!

Head over to Shutterfly for some great Black Friday offers!

First, through TODAY only, get a FREE 12-month photo calendar with code FREECAL!

Then, get 10 FREE prints with code BLACKFRIDAY.

You'll just pay shipping for either deal. The calendars are especially fun - my sister gives one to my parents every year filled with grandchildren photos!

Browse Black Friday deals at Shutterfly!


Cabela's Weatherproof base layer essentials: Just $9.99 each shipped!

This is a great deal for anyone who spends time outdoors this winter -- snowmobilers, hunters, ice fishers, football game-goers... even those who want extra warmth when shoveling snow! (Or, if you're like us, parents who will be accompanying their Cub Scouts on winter camping expeditions...)

Cabela's has Weatherproof® Base-Layer tops and pants for just $9.99 each in men's and women's styles! The regular price on these is $29.99 per piece! Base layers fit snugly but not tightly and are worn under your normal clothes for an extra layer of warmth.


- Weatherproof® Men's Heat Last Pro Mesh Tops in black - $9.99

- Weatherproof® Men's Heat Last Pro Mesh Tops 3-pack in black, tan and green - $29.99 (about $9.99 each)

- Weatherproof® Men's Heat Last Pro Mesh Pants in black - $9.99


- Weatherproof® Women's Heat Last Base-Layer Tops in pink camo - $9.99

- Weatherproof® Women's Heat Last Base-Layer Pants in pink camo - $9.99

- Weatherproof® Women's Heat Last Base-Layer Pants 3-pack in pink, berry and black - $29.99 (about $9.99 per pair)

Cabela's says: "Base Layers are made of lightweight fabric that adds very little bulk as a base layer and allows freedom of movement. Anti-microbial finish combats odor causing bacteria, keeping you fresh. Moisture-wicking fabric pulls moisture away from your skin and quick-dry technology evaporates it quickly. Flat non-chaffing seams and tagless labels."

Shipping is FREE with promo code 4WINTER at checkout!


Today's FREE Friday ebooks for Kindle devices and readers

I love FREE ebook deals, don't you? All of these ebooks are currently free on Amazon. You can read them with a Kindle device or the Kindle app for Apple/Android. Lots of free cookbooks & health books today!

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

Thanks to Prepforshtf.com for spotting these ebooks.


10% off Target gift cards until noon 11/28 only!

Target's offering 10% off Target gift cards through noon Central, 11/28/14 ONLY! If you have purchases to make at Target this season, buy discounted gift cards first! You cannot use the gift cards until 11/29, but this is still a great deal...


4 Fridays until Christmas gift idea: The Ringer cast iron cleaning tool

There are only FOUR 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 comes from reader Roger, who swears by this tool for cleaning cast iron cookware - The Ringer!

The Ringer is a 6" x 8" piece of stainless chain mail used for scrubbing cast iron! I love cooking with cast iron, but cleaning it isn't always an enjoyable process. (Just ask my daughter, who complains about dish detail any time I've been cooking with my iron skillets or griddle!) However, The Ringer promises to make this process much easier.

Roger writes "This is the most amazing thing, it's so simple. If you cook with cast iron, you have to get this. Plus, it's chain mail, so I like to think I'm going 'medieval' on cookware!"

This product has more than 700 five-star reviews on Amazon! Amazon says:

- 8x6 inches of Grit Scrubbing Magic for all your cast iron cooking needs!
- Also, AMAZING for glassware, plates, casserole dishes.
- The Patent Pending Ringer is the ultimate Chain Mail cast iron pan scrubber perfect for preseasoned cast iron or your own special seasoning!
- Dishwasher Safe Premium Grade Stainless Steel for easy cleaning of any cast iron cookware items
- Lightweight, and convenient for home, camping or travel. Never have grit lodge into your cast iron skillet set ever again!
- 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! We PROMISE you'll love it! Much better than a cast iron brush or cast iron scrub brush, or pan scraper.

I'm sold. I have so many pieces of cast iron cookware that I'd love to clean more easily and quickly. (And feel like a medieval warrior while doing so.) Thanks, Roger!

Order The Ringer chain mail cast iron scrubber on Amazon

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...


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Little People gift set: Just $9.99 shipped from Target!

How CUTE is this set? I think this appeals to both young children AND Disney lovers! Right now, this Fisher Price Little People Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gift set is just $9.99 at Target. Shipping is FREE!

Thank you to reader Jennifer for spotting this deal!


LivingSocial Shoprunner deal: One year of free shipping for $6.75!

Want two-day FREE shipping from over a hundred online retailers this holiday season? How about for the entire next year?

Shoprunner is a subscription service that gives you free two-day shipping when you shop online with no minimum purchase. There are additional perks available to Shoprunner members too, including free return shipping when you need to return an item you bought online. An annual membership to Shoprunner is normally $79/year, but Living Social has a deal today that will give you one year of Shoprunner membership for just $6.75!

More than 100 online stores participate in Shoprunner, including:

- Toys R Us and Babies R Us
- GNC
- PetSmart
- Carson's
- Tiger Direct
- Lord and Taylor
- Neiman Marcus
- The Limited
- Anne Klein
- Claire's
- Nine West
- Eddie Bauer
- Under Armour
- NASCAR.com Superstore
- NBA Store
- NFL Shop
- Domino's Pizza

If you plan to shop online at all this season, chances are that you'd probably pay $6.75 to ship one order.

LivingSocial's Shoprunner deal is already bargain-priced at $9. However, through 1:00pm Central time 11/28, get another 25% off ANY LivingSocial deal with code "SKIPTHELINES"! After 1:00pm tomorrow, the discount code drops to 15% off, so if you want in on this deal, grab it sooner than later.

Then, anytime you're shopping at a participating retailer and you see items with the Shoprunner logo, you'll know that you can have those products shipped FREE with your membership:

Go get your 1-year Shoprunner membership for $6.75 (a $79 value!)

Bonus: If you're an American Express cardholder, your annual membership to Shoprunner is FREE - you don't need to buy this deal! Click here to sign up.


$10 boxes of diapers at Babies R Us - about .13 per diaper!

Babies R Us is having a crazy-good sale on big boxes of diapers! Babies R Us brand diapers are just $10.00 per box!

Choose from:

- Size 1 80ct. (about .13 per diaper!)
- Size 2 76ct. (about .13 per diaper!)
- Size 3 84ct. (about .12 per diaper!)
- Size 4 72ct. (about .14 per diaper!)
- Size 5 56ct. (about .18 per diaper!)
- Size 6 48ct. (about .21 per diaper)

PLUS, each box of diapers comes with $23 in Babies R Us coupons, including $5 off your next value box of Babies R Us diapers and $5 off Simple Organic baby food jars.

Babies R Us Unscented 800ct Wipe Refills are also $10.00!

These ship free with orders of $49 or more! Or, ship to store with free store pickup available in 5-10 days.

These are GREAT prices! Go get your $10 diapers and wipes at Babies R Us!

Special thanks to reader Lynn for spotting this great deal!


Black Friday randomness from Kmart's ad

Kmart has a surprisingly large selection of good deals in their Black Friday ad. In no particular order, these are the deals that caught my eye...

Intex Inflatable Pull-Out Sofa is $39.99 -- this is a GREAT price for this if you need one. We got one earlier this year for camping and absolutely love it. (Talk about living large in our tent!) It was $69 at Menards...

Northwest Territory Twin Fashion Air Beds are $9.99 each.

Route 66 girls' and boys' T-shirts are $3.00!

Two-pair sets of Joe Boxer boys' and girls cotton/poly blend long-sleeve pajama and pants sets are $9.99!

Joe Boxer women's thermal shirts and pants are $5.00 each, and men's are $5.50 each.

Cosco Play Yard playpen is $35.00!

Orders $59 or more ship free, or ship free to store. Browse Black Friday deals at Kmart.com


Rolling carry-on suitcases at Carson's: Just $19.97 shipped!

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving! Carson's released a bunch of doorbuster sales last night, and this is a great one -- many styles of rolling luggage are just $19.97, shipped!

Choose from:
18" Carry-on upright: 18"H x 13"W x 6"D + 2.5"D; 5.5-lbs.
21" Carry-on upright: 21"H x 14"W x 7"D + 2.5"D; 6-lbs.
24" upright: 24"H x 16"W x 8"D + 2.5"D; 7-lbs.
27" upright: 27"H x 18"W x 9"D + 2.5"D; 8-lbs.
30" upright: 30"H x 20"W x 10"D + 2.5"D; 9-lbs.

Carson's also has rolling duffle styles and additional colors and styles of rolling carry-on suitcases too -- all for $19.97! What a great price if you need new luggage! Use code FREESHIP for free shipping.

Browse the $19.97 luggage sale at Carson's!


JC Penney doorbuster boots: Just $19.99!

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving! JC Penney has MANY $19.99 doorbuster boot sales going today! Ship-to-store is free for purchases over $25, and purchases $49 or more ship free to home.

Browse the $19.99 doorbuster boot sale at JC Penney


30% off ANY book at Amazon -- plus, get one FREE month of Amazon Prime (with free shipping!)

 

Amazon just announced that you can take 30% off the purchase of one book with code HOLIDAY30! This code is only valid on books, not ebooks or audiobooks. However, it's a great way to drop the price of whatever book you've been eyeing lately... might I recommend one of these?

Browse the best books of 2014 at Amazon!


 

This is also a GREAT time to try out a FREE 30-day trial of Amazon Prime! Amazon Prime gives you FREE two-day shipping from Amazon with no purchase minimums, as well as streaming access to thousands of programs and early access to purchase Amazon's Lightning Deals.

If you've ever been inclined to try Amazon Prime, I can't think of a better time of year to be enjoying free two-day shipping from Amazon... can you?


100% cotton pajamas from Gymboree just $10.00 - shipped! ($8.00 with coupon!)

This is SUCH a great sale! Gymboree has many styles of boys' and girls' pajamas in sizes ranging from toddler up to size 12, all just $10.00 per pair -- shipped! Shipping is free right now with NO minimum.

If you have any recent parenting magazines, look for a coupon code inside that will take another 20% off, dropping these to just $8 per pair! Or, watch for a pop-up offering to add you to their email list when you visit the site. Join the list and get a 20% coupon! With coupon, you'll pay just $8.00 per pair -- shipped!

I'm already loving this sale, because 100% cotton PJs aren't always easy to find. Check out some of these styles though - everything from winter animals to princesses to dinosaurs to Eric Carle storybook characters!

Spend $50, and you'll get $25 in Gymbucks to spend on your next Gymboree purchase too!

Shop $10.00 children's pajamas at Gymboree!


Walmart Black Friday 16GB iPad Mini deal: $219.99 shipped

Looking for an iPad Mini this holiday season? Walmart has the lowest price I've seen on these in the Black Friday ads (though I'll keep looking - lots of requests coming in for deals on these!) Pick up the 16GB iPad Mini Wi-Fi for $219.99 shipped! Choose from grey or white.

These were over $400 last season, so this is a big drop in price. Walmart's site notes that all Black Friday deals are while supplies last.

Also note: IF you go to the store to buy this in person, the price is $199 with a $30 Walmart gift card too - that's $169 and a very, very good price. However, their ad notes that you must go to the store for this deal. You can browse the ad here.


Print now for FREE Speed Stick Gear deodorant at CVS!


$2.00 off One
Speed Stick Gear
deodorant
Print Coupon

Beginning Sunday, 11/30 at CVS, Speed Stick Gear antiperspirant/ deodorant 2.7-4 oz. will be on sale for $3.99. Buy one and get $2 in ExtraBucks, limit 1.

Print this $2 printable and hold it until the sale begins. Then, pay $1.99 and get $1.99 back, making it FREE!


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!


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