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Using reusable bags makes you buy more organics... and more junk food

As strange as that headline seems, that's the claim of a new study from the Harvard Business Review. From the article:


Comparisons showed that people who brought their own bags were more likely to buy organic goods—but were also more likely to load up on high-fat, high-calorie junk.

Do we tend to indulge ourselves with treats when we feel that we’ve done the right thing?

... amazing quantitative analysis on this. The data we worked with was based on loyalty cards, so we didn’t just compare individual transactions. We could compare the purchases of the same people when they brought bags versus when they didn’t. Among those who sometimes brought them you could see different behavior based on whether or not they had their bags with them. It’s great data.

So this is the classic indulgence: You do good and— You give yourself a cookie. In this case literally. In consumer psychology the word “licensing” is the key. If I behave well in one situation, I give myself license to misbehave in another, unrelated situation. Similar research has also been done on health decisions. I get a Diet Coke; I treat myself to a hamburger. In this case bringing a bag makes you think you’re environmentally friendly, so you get some ice cream. You feel you’ve earned it.


I myself have never been aware of this phenomenon in my own shopping, but perhaps that's the idea -- we aren't aware of it? Most days, I am just trying to remember to take my bags out of the back of my vehicle and bring them into the store...


Meijer Deals of the Week: 3/26/15 - 4/1/15

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Here are your Chicago Meijer coupon deals and matchups for the current week in Illinois stores:

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:
.64 Lysol cleaners and wipes, $1 Dole pineapple or mandarin oranges, $1.38 Philadelphia cream cheese tubs, $1.46 Prego, $1.50 Stouffer's entrees, $1.62 Domino sugar, $1.66 Kellogg's cereal, $1.66 Mrs. T's Pierogies, $2.08 Jack's pizzas, $2.24 Farmland bacon

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Author of All You magazine's "Scour Ebay" for coupons story lifted tip from another magazine

Earlier this week, I blogged about a new article in All You magazine encouraging readers to purchase manufacturer coupons on Ebay.

All You posted a response yesterday which didn't apologize or even explain how this dubious advice ended up in their magazine -- their vague statement noted that All You is a source of "well-researched and trusted information" and advised readers to read the fine print on coupons.

Today, Coupons In The News spoke with the author of the All You article, and contrary to All You's statement yesterday, it doesn't seem that the All You article was "well-researched" at all:


“I definitely wasn’t trying to add fuel to the coupon fire, nor did I realize there was one!” the article’s author, Nicole Frehsee, told Coupons in the News. “I came across the tip in another magazine article and I thought it was interesting and fresh – I didn’t know that you could purchase coupons on eBay. As I was looking for tips that were a little under the radar, I included it.”

Frehsee is a freelance magazine writer who covers everything from travel and food, to entertainment and rock & roll. So you might forgive her for not realizing that her couponing tip is the subject of such controversy. But shouldn’t All You’s editors – who have been at this for more than ten years now – have known better?


Yes. The magazine absolutely should have known better, considering the majority of their advertisers also pay to publish coupons in their magazine.

Is All You still standing by yesterday's statement that it is a source of "well-researched and trusted information?" Their writer admitted lifting this tip from "another magazine article!" Whether or not the author knew this was wrong, her article made it through editors, proofreaders, layout and publishers' approval too. Not one of those people, all who work for a magazine known for its coupons, batted an eye?

Can All You honestly state that a freelancer without knowledge of the coupon industry, who got the idea to write about buying coupons on Ebay from another magazine she read, is providing "expert-proven tips" to All You's readers? (Again -- those are All You's words from yesterday's statement.)

All You still has not replied to my email inquiries. If you view All You's Facebook wall, it seems other readers are waiting for a true apology too.

Read the entire article at Coupons In The News


Kraft to merge with Heinz

Big news in the CPG/food industry today: Kraft is merging with Heinz. From CNN:


Heinz is buying Kraft Foods to create the world's fifth largest food and beverage company, with sales of about $28 billion.

Kraft owns popular brands such as Jell-O, Maxwell House coffee and Planters peanuts. Heinz, of course, is famous for its ketchup, and also owns Lea & Perrins and Ore-Ida.

"By bringing together these two iconic companies through this transaction, we are creating a strong platform for both U.S. and international growth," said Heinz chairman and 3G managing partner Alex Behring.



GIVEAWAY: Win a "Hop To The Music" prize pack from Disney!

Disclosure: I received the Hop To The Music pack as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. If it comes to this blogger’s attention that the winner of this giveaway has won on an additional blog for this same prize, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner.

Easter's just around the corner, and the Disney Music Group has some great suggestions for your kids' Easter baskets! Music lovers of all ages will enjoy one (or many) of the new Disney CDs currently available in stores! Disney's put together a "Hop To The Music" prize pack with the following CDs:

  • Frozen: The Songs
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
  • Into The Woods 2-disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack
  • Disney Junior DJ Shuffle 2, featuring songs from Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Doc McStuffins and more!

Disney sent this set of CDs over for our family to enjoy too! We've been movin' and groovin' to all of them. My daughter, ever the theater buff, is really enjoying "Into the Woods" as she performed in a local production of it a few years back. Everyone in the house has been hitting repeat on "Awesome Mix Vol. 1." -- it's the quintessential time capsule of the 1970s. (I bet my parents would even enjoy this one -- everything from the Pina Colada Song to "Hooked on a Feeling!") And, I'll confess, even the boys in the house have been running around singing "Let It Go."

Now, one of my readers will get a chance to "Hop To The Music" too! I've got an identical four-pack of CDs to give away to one of you! Do you love music? Love Disney? You'll love this set!

To enter, simply post a reply in the comments! This Disney Hop To The Music giveaway begins today, March 25, 2015, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on April 4, 2015 at 11:59pm CST, and on April 5, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


Jewel-Osco Deals of the Week: 3/25/15 - 3/31/15

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

View weekly ad | MyMixx offers | SavingStar ecoupon offers | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers | Ibotta 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:
FREE 7-Up 2-liters, .25 Ice Mountain sparkling water bottles, .30 Buddig lunch meats, .50 Ronzoni pasta, .63 Betty Crocker cake mixes, .64 Bumble Bee chunk light tuna, .80 Michelina's entrees, .83 BODYARMOR sports drink, .99 Nutella, .99 Sara Lee snack cakes, $1 Dole pineapple, $1 Fresh Express salad blends, $1.44 Sara Lee breads, $1.49 Welch's Fruit snacks, $1.50 Perdue Short Cuts, $1.66 Kellogg's Raisin Bran and FREE milk, $1.75 Streit's Macaroons, $2.99 Lloyd's BBQ and FREE buns, $3.49 SeaPak frozen seafood

April Big Book of Savings deals:
.92 Ice Mountain 12-packs, $1 Fleischmann's Simply Homemade cornbread, $1.25 Kids' Band-Aids, $1.50 Hefty foam plates, bowls or cups, $1.82 Domino powdered or brown sugar, $2.25 Kozy Shack rice pudding, $2.49 Nonni's Biscotti, $2.50 Mariani dried fruit, $2.99 Pearls Specialty olives


An interesting find in the Jewel dairy case today

I headed over to Jewel this morning to pick up the new April Jewel Big Book (yes, Jewel deals and matchups are coming later today!) and get a few things, and when I headed over to get some organic milk, this is what I saw:

Next to the Wild Harvest milk -- O Organics milk! O Organics is Safeway's house brand. I hadn't seen O Organics products in a store since Dominick's closed a year ago. At first, I wondered if this was another strange case of one store's brand showing up at another's, like the time many of us spotted Meijer pasta on clearance at Jewel.

That's not the case here though. I spoke with an employee, who said we can expect to see more O Organics items at Jewel soon as the Albertsons/Safeway merger was recently completed.

UPDATE: I got home and began flipping through the Big Book, I spotted an ad for O Organics and Open Nature brands at Jewel too!


Fun clearance finds and surprise deals at CVS/pharmacy

I headed over to CVS tonight as I had $14.60 in ExtraBucks expiring tonight. What to buy?

I put together a little trip:

- Two M&MS ($6.00) - $1-off-2 coupon + $2 ExtraBucks back
- One Softsoap body wash ($2.99) - $1.50 coupon + $1 ExtraBucks back
- One Sure deodorant ($2.00) - $1 coupon + $1 ExtraBucks back

Between manufacturer coupons and ExtraBucks, this trip would eat up $7.49 of my $14.60. What else to buy?

We love the Soda Shaq cream sodas that are on sale for .50 this week -- I figured I'd buy four (.50 each) which would put me up to $9.49. I headed to CVS to figure out the rest, and that's when I found...

A bunch of Essence of Beauty products were on clearance! I really like their lotions and skin creams. I picked up two 8oz. Essence of Beauty hand and body creams in Sun Blossom fragrance for $1.74 each! Now I was up to $12.97.

I continued browsing the clearance Essence of Beauty, and I spotted gift packs of travel-sized Essence of Beauty gel, lotion and body mist in Japanese Garden scent for $1.49 each! I bought two, which put me up to $15.95 -- perfect for using up my $14.60 in ExtraBucks.

However, that's not how things rang up. Check out my receipt:


New Super-Couponing Tips column: The increased cost of a greeting

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "The increased cost of a greeting." Here's an excerpt:

"Dear Jill,

"Not long ago, I was trying to pick out the perfect birthday card for a family member, and after finding one with the perfect message; I flipped the card over and saw the price — $7.99.

Would you pay $7.99 for a greeting card? Apparently some people do, as there were other cards priced in this range — and higher. It’s tough when my frugal side has to question whether or not a loved one is “worth” a pricey card. Can you put a price on someone you love? However, I found myself pondering whether or not my recipient is necessarily going to enjoy an $8 card more than a $2 or $3 card."

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.


Why I'm no longer promoting All You magazine -- and my thoughts on blog sponsors

All You magazine's been "the magazine with coupons" for many years -- it focuses on a frugal lifestyle, living well on less, and of course, couponing. All You has transitioned through many changes over the years -- in years past, it was loaded nearly cover-to-cover with coupons. Recent years have brought more editorial content and fewer coupons, but it's still been a fun magazine to read with many money-saving tips. And, full disclosure -- I and my couponing methods have also been featured in the magazine and in videos on their website over the past few years.

All You's new April 2015 issue has an article encouraging readers to buy coupons on Ebay -- it's on page 84:

"SCOUR EBAY: The online auction site's Home and Garden section is an overlooked gold mine for paper grocery coupons (search for "organic"). Sellers often offer multiple coupons for one price. A recent check turned up a set of 20 coupons for Horizon dairy products (ranging from .55 to $1 off) for just $2.50." -- April 2015 All You, page 84

I'm absolutely in shock to see this as All You has always promoted correct coupon usage in the past. I also know how tirelessly the industry works to discourage coupon resale and prosecute those who engage in it. I cannot believe All You would advocate this practice considering that they're also simultaneously offering manufacturer coupons in each issue. They're selling ad space to manufacturers whose coupons state that they're not valid if sold. Is this not an enormous conflict of interest?

As soon as I read this article last night, I wrote an email to All You's publisher expressing my concerns. The email bounced back. That's when I learned that my longtime contact at All You, Suzanne Quint, recently lost her job. On January 12th of this year, she was praising All You's 2014 reader growth. By January 23rd, she lost her job due to cutbacks.

I sincerely hope Suzanne lands on her feet -- she was very proud of the work she did at All You. Now, with someone else at the helm, it's apparent that the direction of the magazine may be changing too.

I've made a decision to stop promoting All You to my blog readers and workshop attendees. As an All You affiliate, I earn commissions from promoting subscriptions to the magazine whenever they run offers. However, I cannot in good faith continue to profit off something that doesn't represent my beliefs or the industry's position on coupon resale. My regular readers know that I've consistently promoted ethical couponing to consumers since I began working in this space in 2008.

As all of this has taken place within the last few hours, I have not yet decided whether or not I will continue to include All You magazine's coupons in my weekly grocery matchups. For people who currently have subscriptions (subscriptions I may have encouraged you to get) I don't know that it would be fair to drop mentions of these coupons completely, and I would be open to simply including the coupons mentioned within if they are relevant to a particular week's sale. I'd like to hear from you in the comments below if you feel this would be an acceptable way to handle this situation. If you agree that I should stop referencing All You completely, even in matchups, I'd like to know that too. Moving forward, I will not be posting new links to subscription offers for All You.

As I was writing this, I had some additional thoughts on blog advertising that I'd like to share with you too.


Deals of the Week for March 22, 2015 are live!

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Deals of the Week are live! Sunday's Chicago Tribune has TWO inserts: SmartSource (SS) and RedPlum (RP.) The Parade magazine has coupons for Preservision vitamins and Kerasal too, so grab those if you want them...

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Target Deals of the Week: 3/22/15 - 3/28/15

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

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

Top deals:
$1 Tropicana Farmstand juice, $1.54 Franks RedHot sauce, $6.49 Tide, $8 Fast & Furious DVDs with $7.50 Movie Cash for Fast7, Pampers and Huggies diaper deals



Walmart Deals of the Week: 3/23/15 - 3/28/15

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

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

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

Top deals:
.38 Suave Kids detangler, $1.13 Suave body wash, $1.38 Suave Professionals hair care, $1.88-$2.98 Tresemme, and the AMAZING Kingsford charcoal deal we wait for all year long... $8.94 Kingsford charcoal 2-packs!

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Walgreens Deals of the Week: 3/22/15 - 3/28/15

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Walgreens PhotoHere are your Walgreens coupon matchups and deals.

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

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

Top deals:
FREE + moneymaker Colgate toothpaste, .50 Ajax cleanser, .69 Chicken of the Sea or Bumble Bee tuna, .99 Softsoap hand soap or body wash, .99 Paas Easter Egg coloring kit, $1.33 Hershey's and Cadbury Easter candy, $1.50 Alka-Seltzer, $1.50 M&Ms, $1.69 Dole fruit bowls, $1.99 Tresemme hair care, $2.54 Angel Soft bath tissue, $2.75 Tums antacids, $2.99 Sparkle paper towels, $4.99-$5.99 Huggies jumbo packs


CVS/pharmacy Deals of the Week: 3/22/15 - 3/28/15

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

Top deals:
FREE Brut or Sure deodorant, FREE Softsoap body wash, .64 Palmolive, $1.50 Starburst jelly beans, $1.99 Tresemme, $2.99 Filippo Berio olive oil, $3.99 Playtex tampons, $4.99 CVS jumbo diapers


Friday Fun: Where in the world?

I'm sure you've noticed the blog's been a little quieter this week. I've been working on some fun things behind the scenes that I plan to share with you soon. Part of what I've been working on has taken me away from home.

If you follow my Instagram today, I'll share some fun photos from my travels. (You don't have to be an Instagram user to view the photos -- just click the link!)

Leave a comment here on the blog about any photo on the feed dated 3/19-3/20, and when I return, I'll randomly choose a reader to receive a surprise prize! I'd tell you what it is, but I'm not quite sure yet. It could be a kitschy tourist souvenir. It could be a bar of soap from one of the most famous hotels in this area. (Nah - I'll do better than that!) I'll pick you up something fun from this part of the country though.

There are no formal giveaway rules for this, as this isn't a formal giveaway -- just a fun way to spend some time on what's already shaping up to be a beautiful Friday morning where I'm at. In fact, you can comment on more than one photo if you want.

If you follow my Facebook & Twitter, you may already know where I am and why I'm here.

So... where in the world is Jill? Here are some clues...


Facebook shuts down more illicit coupon groups

About six months ago, Facebook shut down many Facebook coupon groups (public, private and secret) for coupon fraud and misuse.

Another wave of group closures recently took place, and it's something I applaud. From Coupons In The News:


It was half a year ago that Facebook lowered the boom on couponers who were using the social media site to promote fraudulent couponing. About 100 “secret” and “closed” groups, that members thought were protected from the prying eyes of outsiders, suddenly disappeared.

Investigators working on behalf of the coupon industry had provided Facebook with evidence of activity that violated the site’s community standards at best – and were unethical, fraudulent or outright illegal at worst – with members openly sharing how to exploit “glitches” in higher-value coupons’ bar codes that allow them to be scanned and accepted on lower-cost items for which they’re not intended.

So without warning, in one wave after another, Facebook deleted the offending groups.

The mass deletions sent shock waves through Facebook couponing groups of all types, as everyone from coupon “glitchers” to insert sellers to ordinary everyday coupon users wondered whether their groups would be next. Six months later, that shock has largely subsided – but industry efforts to shut down the glitchers hasn’t.

Those efforts have quietly continued, little by little, since the first 100 or so groups were wiped out. In the past week alone, Facebook has deleted several more glitch groups. And investigators say they’re keeping an eye on many others, and are ready to notify Facebook – and the authorities if necessary.

“Despite the fact that this activity continues to occur in closed and secret groups, both Facebook and industry investigators are able to monitor content and intervene where necessary,” Brand Technologies president Jane Beauchamp told Coupons in the News. The investigative services firm spearheaded the initial Facebook investigation on behalf of coupon-issuing clients, and remains on the case.

“Cease and desist orders have been issued against the most egregious offenders and this will continue,” Beauchamp said. “Manufacturers and retailers have been provided sufficient detail – including pictures, descriptions and actual receipts – to pursue further legal action if they so choose.”


Read the entire article at Coupons In The News.


Scientists race to build a better diet soda

Bloomberg has an interesting article today about the struggles the soda industry faces to develop new, low-calorie colas that actually taste good:


Major soda makers are desperate for a drink that tastes like the real thing, but doesn’t contain sweeteners that spook consumers.

Globally, colas account for more than half of all sodas sold. The challenge for the $187 billion soft drink industry is giving consumers in developed markets the sugary taste they want without giving them the mouthful of calories they don’t. Concerns about obesity and health have led to nine years of falling U.S. soda consumption.

The soda giants can’t rely on existing diet versions of their namesake colas, as consumers are shying away from the artificial sweeteners they contain, including aspartame. Critics have blamed the ingredients—rightly or not—for everything from weight gain to cancer. Diet Coke is losing U.S. sales at 7 percent a year, almost double the rate of decline of American cola sales overall. So Coke and Pepsi are turning to science to save their cola businesses, which take in about two-thirds of the industry’s U.S. sales. “If you can crack the perfect sweetener, that would be huge,” says Howard Telford, an analyst at researcher Euromonitor International.

Researchers are focusing on finding new sweeteners for a simple reason: That’s where almost all of a soda’s calories come from. The classic American cola is 90 percent carbonated water; the next most plentiful ingredient is calorie-laden sugar or high fructose corn syrup. A 12-ounce serving has 140 calories or more, as much as three Oreo cookies. But soda makers must tread softly when changing sweeteners, because they also help provide what food chemists call mouth-feel—the liquid’s sensation on the tongue and in the back of the throat.


Read the entire article at Bloomberg.com


Attend a Super-Couponing workshop in April!

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April 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 6:30pm - Lake Zurich, IL
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For more information, call 847-438-3433

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:30pm - Newark, IL
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Newark, IL 60541
For more information, call 815-695-5851

Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 2:00pm - Carol Stream, IL
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New Super-Couponing Tips column: Getting the sale

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

"Dear Jill,

"A big department store chain sends out coupons for $10 off any purchase of $10 or more. I am pretty sure they do this all over the country. Anyway, I never ever let one of these coupons expire. They are usually good for a week, so I will tuck it into my purse and carry it with me. When I am out, if I am passing by this store, I will go in and find something for $10 or less. It might be a couple pairs of socks or a bath towel or even a clearance shirt. Not using this would be like throwing away a $10 bill!"

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.


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Great shoe sales at 6PM.com: Up to 70% off Coach, Guess, Nine West, Florsheim & more!

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It's been awhile since I posted some 6PM.com sales, and they've got a bunch of good offers running right now -- especially if you love shoe sales!

Chinese Laundry, Dirty Laundry, and MIA are on sale for just $24.99 or less through 3/28/15! Florsheim, Dansko, Easy Street and more are up to 70% off, also through 3/28.

Tomorrow (Friday,) 6PM will launch a sale on Guess, COACH, and Nine West -- these brands will be up to 70% off through 3/29!

6PM is one of my favorite places to score designer brands for less. Shipping is always FREE at 6PM too!

Shop sales at 6PM.com


New Checkout 51 offers: Bananas, apples, yogurt, canned tomatoes

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Checkout 51 Offers

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

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

"Pick Your Own Offer" offers:
- .25 off bananas, apples, carrots, bell peppers, or onions

Regular offers:
- .50 off any yogurt
- .50 off 3 Hunt's tomato sauces
- .50 off 3 Hunt's diced tomatoes
- $2 off 2 DeBoles pasta
- .75 off VO5 Shine
- .75 off Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mixes & dips
- $1.25 off Suavitel
- .50 off Clabber Girl cornstarch

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

The new Checkout 51 newsletter also says "We've hidden Easter eggs in your offers that unlock special offers. Find them all to fill your Easter basket and get ready for the holiday."

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


Additional 150 FREE Kellogg's Family Rewards point codes


Kellogg's Family Rewards

Kellogg's Family Rewards has new springtime bonus codes. Enter these codes, as well as codes from your favorite Kellogg's products, to access high-value printable coupons and other prizes:

SPRINGISINTHEAIR - 25 points
MAGICALCREATIONS - 25 points
KFRMEMBERSRGREAT - 100 points

Thank you to reader Mark for spotting these offers.


Two colorful deals at Ace Hardware

I spotted two deals in-store at Ace Hardware recently that will be of interest if you need some new color in your life this Spring!

First, through 3/31, pint cans of Clark + Kensington and Valspar paints are just .99, limit 4! These are tintable to any color you choose, and they're a great way to try out some new paint colors at home before committing to buy a quart or gallon. These pint cans are usually $4.99 each, so this is a great price!

Second, Ace has paired up with OPI to color your... nails! (Really.) Ace has a special 3-pack of OPI nail polishes on sale for $5.99 - that's just $2 per bottle, an excellent price for OPI. Each set has a pearl polish, a red polish, and a blue polish (I'm sorry, I don't remember all the names, but the pearl is called "Don't Touch My Tutu!" OPI fans know what fun names the colors come in!) This sale also ends 3/31.


FREE Kindle ebooks: Stop living paycheck to paycheck, time management, job interviewing, productivity

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

Note that I personally haven't read all of these, though I do download many of them when I do these roundups! If a book is great, feel free to comment. If it's not? Hey, it was a free book! Take a chance...

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

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


Spring Break fun: Get a FREE Disney Parks vacation planning DVD!

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Are you "Disney Dreaming" for 2015? (Hint: The Cataldos are!) As we begin thinking about returning to Walt Disney World later this year, we're enjoying all of the fun moments of planning our trip. Where to stay? What to eat? Where to go first?

Request your FREE Disney vacation planning DVD -- these are so much fun for the entire family to watch! With Spring Break upon us, watching this DVD has turned my children into die-hard vacation planners who are already mapping out which Disney Mountain (Space, Thunder, Splash) we'll conquer first...


SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off tomatoes

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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Tomatoes at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 3/30/2015.Save 20%.

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

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Print now for .63 Betty Crocker cake mixes at Jewel-Osco!

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.75 off Two
Betty Crocker cake mixes
or frostings
Print Coupon

Beginning 3/25, 15.25-16.25oz. Betty Crocker cake mixes will be on sale for $1 at Jewel-Osco. Use this .75-off-2 printable and pay $1.25 for two, or about .63 each!

Want more? SavingStar has a .75-off-2 ecoupon too!


Print now for $1.17 Sargento shredded cheese at Walmart

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.50 off One
Sargento shredded
cheese
Print Coupon

From 3/27-3/19/15, 5-8oz. Sargento shredded cheeses are 3-for-$5, limit 6, at Jewel-Osco.

There is a .50 printable, but it prints with a Walmart logo, so you cannot use it at Jewel. You can price match this sale at Walmart though once it begins, and you'll take home $1.17 cheese, post-coupon...


Current National Catalina offers: March-April 2015

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Catalina's CouponNetwork site (our previous official source at Catalina for National Catalina info) is no longer online. A group of coupon bloggers and I have gotten together to share information about the Catalina alerts we've received. The following list has been compiled by bloggers from around the country, myself included.

Most of these are believed to be national offers, though I am noting the store that the alert printed at. If it is a store-specific offer, I'll note that too.

If you try a deal at a store other than the one listed, and the deal works, please post and I'll update this list for everyone. Again, these are not guaranteed to work at any store other than the store it originally printed at. (If you're a risk-taker who doesn't mind taking one for the team, feel free to try these elsewhere and report back...)

And, as always, these lists aren't complete without you! If you receive an alert that's not listed here, please post and I'll add it to the list. I will continue to update this list as new offer alerts come in.

Carnation Breakfast Essentials Products
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy 2 and get a $1 Catalina
Buy 3 and get a $2 Catalina
Buy 4 and get a $3 Catalina
Alert from: ShopRite, Tops, Price Chopper

Glade Automatic Spray Starter Kit
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy one and get a $5 Catalina

Heinz Homestyle Gravy
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy 2 Heinz® HomeStyle Gravy and get a .75 Catalina
Alert from: Tops, Price Chopper

Jack's Pizza
3/23/15 - 4/19/15
Buy 4 and get a $2 Catalina
Buy 5 and get a $3 Catalina
Buy 6 or more and get a $4 Catalina
Alert from: Jewel-Osco

Johnsonville Split Rope Sausages
2/23/15 - 4/19/15
Buy any two or more packages and get a $2.50 Catalina
Alert from: Meijer

Kimberly Clark Products
3/3/15 - 3/31/15
Spend $20 on the following items and get a $5 Catalina
Scott Extra Soft Toilet Paper
Cottonelle Toilet Paper
Scott Paper Towels
Scott 1000 Toilet Paper
Viva Paper Towels
Kleenex Multipacks
Kleenex Hand Towels
Alert from: Meijer, Safeway

L'Oreal Paris Advanced haircare product excluding trial and 1.7oz.
2/28/15 - 3/27/15
Buy 2 and get a $1.50 Catalina
Buy 3 and get a $3 Catalina
Alert from: Jewel-Osco, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Price Chopper, ShopRite, Harris Teeter, Price Chopper

Meijer Baking Products
3/15/2015 - 4/4/2015
Meijer Baking Products:
*Flour, cornmeal, corn starch, baking powder, sugars, marshmallows, shortening and oil, baking chips and nuts, baking mixes and frosting, decorative icing, pie filling,canned and powdered milk. corn syrup, yeast, and dessert pudding gelatin.
Buy $5 worth of Meijer baking products, get $1.00 off your next total baking purchase*
Buy $10 worth of Meijer baking products, get $3.00 off your next total baking purchase*
Limit one coupon per transaction.
Alert from: Meijer

Meijer Frozen Fruit or Juice
3/8/15 - 3/28/15
Buy $6 worth of Meijer Own Frozen Fruit or Juice, get $1.50 off your next total Frozen Fruit or Juice purchase
Buy $10+ worth of Meijer Own Frozen Fruit or Juice, get $3.00 off your next total Frozen Fruit or Juice purchase
Limit one coupon per transaction.
Alert from: Meijer

Meijer Brand Water Products
3/8/15 - 3/28/15
Buy $5 worth of Meijer Brand Water Products*, get $1.00 off your next total Water purchase*
Buy $10+ worth of Meijer Brand Water Products*, get $4.00 off your next total Water purchase*
*includes bulk water; excludes flavored and sparkling water.
Limit one coupon per transaction.
Alert from: Meijer

Nestea Iced Tea
Any flavor, .5 liter 12 pack bottles or 12oz. 12-pack cans
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy one and get a $1 Catalina
Alert from: Price Chopper

Nestle Crunch Single or Share Pack bars (1.55oz. or 2.75oz.)
3/2/15 - 4/27/15
Buy 3 or more and get a .75 Catalina
Alert from: Jewel-Osco, Walgreens, Harris Teeter

Philadelphia Cream Cheese
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy 2 PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese 8 oz. tubs or larger, GET $0.75 off your next shopping order
Buy 3, get a $1 Catalina
Buy 4, get a $1.50 Catalina
Alert from: Meijer, Kroger, Tops, Price Chopper, Albertsons

PowerBar
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy 6 PowerBar® Products - GET $2.00 off your next shopping order
Alert from: Tops, Price Chopper

Shout, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Fantastik or Windex
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy 2 Shout®, Pledge®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, fantastik®, or Windex® products - GET $1.00 off your next shopping order.
Alert from: Safeway, Tops, Price Chopper

Terra Chips, Garden of Eatin', or Sensible Portions 5oz. or larger
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy 2 and get a $1.50 Catalina
Alert from: Price Chopper

V8 Splash
3/23/15 - 4/18/15
Buy 2 V8 Splash® Bottles 64 oz+ - GET $1.50 off your next shopping order
Alert from: Tops, Price Chopper

Yoplait Yogurt Cups
3/23/15 - 4/19/15
Buy any variety of Yoplait yogurt cups 15-19 & get a $1.00 Catalina
Buy 20 or more cups and get a $1.75 Catalina
Alert from: HyVee, Tops, Price Chopper


Target announces new 1-year return policy

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Target shoppers, here's some interesting news about Target's return policy. Target recently updated their policy to allow guests to return select items up to one year past the purchase date. From Target's press release:


We are excited to announce that we have implemented an enhanced return policy that allows guests to return select items one year after purchase.

Effective immediately, your readers can bring back Target’s exclusive owned-brands, with receipt, to a Target store and receive a full refund within one year of the item's purchase date. The new return policy applies to over 70,000 items from all 32 private-label brands, like Merona, Nate Berkus, Liz Lange, Mossimo and Threshold, C9, Xhilaration and Chefmate.

Guests using Target's Baby Registry and Target's Wedding Registry will now have up to a year from the registry event date to return or exchange items.

REDcard holders will receive an extra 30 days to return nearly all items.


Links to Target's baby and wedding registries are below if you've got a special event coming up in your life!


Print a $1.00 coupon for Jamba Juice!

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Jamba Juice lovers, here's a rare $1.00 coupon for Jamba Juice! Print this & enjoy a little savings on your next beverage...


Print now for moneymaker Colgate toothpaste at Walgreens!

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$1.00 off One
Colgate Total
toothpaste
Print Coupon

Beginning 3/22, Colgate 3.5-6oz. toothpaste will be on sale at Walgreens for $3. (Ad shows Total, MaxFresh and Whitening.) Buy it and get $2.50 in Register Rewards.

For Total, use this $1 printable. Pay $2 and get $2.50 back -- that's FREE and a .50 moneymaker! The 3/22 SS has a .50 coupon too that will make it FREE after the deal, but the printable is better!


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Hunt's Tomato Sauce

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Save 100% when you buy ONE (1) 8 oz. can of Hunt's® Tomato Sauce. Check back every Friday for a new Freebie!.Expires 3/22/2015.Save 100%.

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.


New Checkout 51 offers for March 19, 2015

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Checkout 51 Offers

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

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

"Pick Your Own Offer" offers:
- .25 off salad mix, kiwis, potatoes, garlic, or bananas

Regular offers:
- .50 off tomatoes
- .50 off 3 Hunt's tomatoes (these are in Meijer's 10-for-$10 this week too!)
- .50 off 3 Hunt's tomato sauces
- $1 off Pledge
- $1 off Shout
- $1 off SlimFast
- $1 off 3 McCormick Grill Mates
- $1 off Colavita olive oil

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


FREE Shout stain remover at Meijer

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Beginning 3/19 at Meijer, 22oz. Shout stain remover will be on sale for $2.49. Use this $1.50 printable (play game and share coupon to print) and pay .99!

Then, submit your receipt to Checkout 51, which gives you $1 back on Shout, making this FREE after both discounts!


O'Hare valet parking Groupon: $5.50/day at WallyPark!

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Planning to park at Chicago's O'Hare airport? WallyPark valet parking service has O'Hare valet parking for $5.50/day! As anyone who flies out of O'Hare knows, this is a great per-day price for parking.

You can buy multiple Groupons and combine up to 7 consecutive days' worth of parking at WallyPark.

Go get your $5.50/day WallyPark O'Hare parking Groupon!

Reader Mark recently tried the O'Hare WallyPark, and here's what he had to say:


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