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GIVEAWAY: Win an assortment of Gold Emblem Abound healthy snacks from CVS/pharmacy!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by CVS/pharmacy. I have received an assortment of Gold Emblem Abound snacks, as well as information to help promote the product as part of this giveaway. I am a CVS ambassador blogger selected by CVS to represent their brand. I do not receive a commission for CVS products purchased through CVS.com. All opinions about CVS/pharmacy are my own.


UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Gailanne!

CVS/pharmacy fans, have you heard about Gold Emblem Abound? It's a new line of healthy, good-for-you snacks at CVS/pharmacy!
Products range from trail mixes and granola bars to popcorn, fruit snacks and rice crisps.

CVS sent over an assortment of delicious products to try! We really like the Sunshine Edamame blend of fruit, nuts and soybeans. The barbecue rice crisps are another favorite, and of course the kids enjoyed the cranberry oat bran cookies too! It's been fun to have such a great assortment of healthy snacks to sample and enjoy... and now, one of my readers will get a chance to try Gold Emblem Abound snacks too!

Our assortment contained:

- Gold Emblem Abound Sea Salt and Barbecue Rice Crisps
- Fruit & Nut Fiber Trail Mix
- Heavenly Light Popcorn
- Sunshine Edamame Blend
- Probiotic Trail Mix
- Cranberry Oat Bran Cookies
- Raw Natural Almonds
- Pomegranate and Cranberry Snack Bars
- Island Fruit Trail Mix

Want a chance to win a similar assortment of Gold Emblem Abound products from CVS/pharmacy? Simply post a reply in the comments! This CVS/pharmacy Gold Emblem Abound giveaway begins today, July 10, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on July 16, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on July 17th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


WGN Midday News appearance on Wednesday, July 9th

UPDATE: Here's the clip from today's segment!

I'm scheduled to appear on WGN's midday news in Chicago tomorrow during the 11:00am hour. I'll discuss coupons and some of the best deals for the week!

Tune in to channel 9 in Chicago, or watch the segment streaming online from anywhere in the world at this link.


JillCataldo.com is six years old today! Celebrate with a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by me! I've purchased an Amazon gift card as a prize for this giveaway.

 

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Siegsh!

Six years ago today, I launched JillCataldo.com, and for tens of thousands of readers each week, shopping's never been the same!

In June of 2008, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a story on my super-couponing skills. After that story ran, over the next three weeks, the Sun-Times kept publishing follow-up pieces, interviews, and questions from readers interested in my story. Jonathon Brandmeier invited me onto his radio show to discuss grocery savings, and at the end of that first segment, he said that he was going to have me on each week so I could share what was free and cheap with coupons at the supermarket. And he did! I started doing "Deals of the Week" on the radio with Johnny. A few weeks into those radio-only "Deals of the Week" segments, which were immediately popular with his radio audience, this blog was born. On July 7, 2008, I began blogging grocery deals, and I began speaking directly with people who wanted to learn to use coupons.

You might wonder which came first, my Super-Couponing workshops or the blog... definitely the blog! I began teaching coupon classes about a month after this blog launched, and the rest is history.

Whether you've been with me since the beginning or just joined recently... we've now entered year #7 of great savings!

To celebrate, it's time for a great giveaway! One of my readers will win a $50 Amazon gift card! For a chance to win, simply post a comment below!

This 6th-anniversary giveaway begins today, July 7th, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on July 13th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on July 14th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


Deals of the Week for July 6, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live! Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Independence Day weekend. We enjoyed a wonderful family camping trip, and my kids made an awesome Dutch oven apple dump cake over our campfire!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune had ONE coupon insert: Procter & Gamble (PG.)

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

Have a great week of shopping and saving!


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USA Today says that it costs $130,357 per year to live the American Dream


Graphic: USA Today

USA Today has a new article which states that it costs $130,357 per year to live the American Dream.

Ouch. I thought I was living the American Dream for much less than that!

The article is interesting, though anytime I read a story like this one, areas where the example budget could be tweaked for lifestyle changes and choices pop right out at me.

Take a look at the infographic from the USA Today story, and then let's break down some of the more glaring budget-busters.


USA Today budgets the following amounts to these areas of life for a family of four:

  • Groceries: $12,659 annually (that's a crazy $1054.92 per month!)
  • Restaurants: $3667 annually ($305.58 per month!)
  • Car expenses: $11,039 annually for a sport utility vehicle ($919.92/month..!)
  • Apparel: $2631 annually ($219.25/month)
  • Family summer vacation: $4580
  • Cable, satellite, internet and cell phone: $3100 annually ($258.33/month)

Right away, I think we can all agree that the grocery budget can come down significantly. Even if you didn't coupon heavily, by shopping sales, $100-$150/week would be a much more realistic budget.

Restaurants aren't a necessity. We all enjoy eating out, but spending more than $300/month at restaurants isn't my idea of the "American Dream."

With regard to car expenses, I'm half-guessing and half-assuming the $11,039/year spent on the SUV is estimating the cost of a $33,000 SUV that this fictitious family is replacing every three years. Well... I drove my last car for 14 years, and my current SUV is ten years old and (thankfully) still in fantastic shape and running well. I'm of the "Drive 'em 'til they drop" mentality.

I believe the apparel estimate is pretty high here too, unless you're in a career that requires this kind of wardrobe budget. I would guess I spend less than that per year for my boys' clothes! (If I estimate that I pay around $3 per clothing item for them, I could buy 73 $3 items for them for $219. Do I buy them 73 new items each year? I doubt it...)

Family summer vacation: This is another area that can be tweaked quite a bit depending on budget. If a larger-scale vacation isn't affordable, closer-to-home "staycations" are certainly much less expensive.

Lastly, $258.33/month for cable and cellphone bills seems very high to me. Cable TV is one of the first things I suggest cutting if your budget is tight. And, pay-as-you-go cell plans are much less expensive if you're keeping a cellphone primarily for occasional or emergency use.

Notably absent from the budget: A land-line phone, and any kind of charitable giving.

What do you think of USA Today's budget?


Recipe: Campfire Dutch Oven Apple Dump Cake

I love cooking with my cast-iron Dutch oven over an open fire. Dutch ovens are great for making "Dump Cakes," meaning, you dump everything into the oven, close it up, and let it bake.

My boys made their own Dump Cake during our weekend campout -- so simple and so delicious. They'd like to share their recipe with you!


Happy 4th of July!

Happy 238th birthday, USA! I hope that everyone has a wonderful day celebrating this amazing country we live in! Whether you're camping, grilling, enjoying a bonfire or just relaxing on this beautiful day off, have a safe and memorable holiday weekend.

Here are some photos from our family's 4th of July celebration!


How to make a large utility tote for less than $20

Head to any swimming pool or park this summer, and it's highly likely you'll see quite a few large utility totes. These totes have become extremely popular over the last few years. They're nearly the size of a laundry basket, but they're lightweight and collapse flat for storage. A steel rectangular frame holds the top in an always-open position, making it easy to grab whatever's inside without having to dig around for it.

Large utility totes like these don't come cheap, unfortunately. Thirty-One Gifts, the home party company that popularized this style of bag, sells these for $35 each (though you can sometimes find them cheaper on Ebay.) Target.com also carries them for $32.99. Meijer used to carry them for $24.99, and I picked mine up there on clearance for $11.24 last summer - such a deal.

Aside from finding one on clearance, though, what if you don't want to spend this much money on a bag? I wondered how much it would cost to simply make one. If you've been wanting a large utility tote without spending too much, and you have minimal sewing skills (like me!) read on and learn how you can make your own large utility tote from one yard of fabric for less than $20.


Meijer pasta on clearance at... Jewel?

Here's a strange item reader Siden spotted on the clearance shelves at the Crystal Lake Jewel-Osco store yesterday -- boxes of Meijer pasta..!

How did these get there? Strangely, reader NFriday also reported seeing Meijer pasta on clearance at her local Jewel store too.

Here's a larger photo of the pasta on the shelf clearly showing Jewel's shelf tag and other Jewel house-branded items:


Browsing the aisles at Jewel...

... is much more difficult now that the shelves are covered with "Red Alert Prices" tags.

Within the past week or so, many "Red Alert Prices" tags have begun to pop up on Jewel-Osco shelves and aisles. How many?

This many. They're everywhere!

Over in another thread, some of my readers have been complaining about the tags:

"...those big red tags advertising low prices but those tags are on every piece of product. It is so over stimulating, and I can't shop there anymore."

"...those annoying red flags makes it much harder to shop. That is ridiculous to think that all those items are 'red alert' priced."

I stopped into Jewel last night to pick up the new ad, and I took a few photos of the shelves. I don't like the tags either.

These tags have made it impossible to quickly browse the shelves for product prices. You cannot see the prices by simply scanning down the sides of the aisles -- you need to be standing directly in front of a product, between the Red Alert Prices signs, to actually read the shelf price tags.

What do you think of Jewel's "Red Alert Pricing" shelf tags?


Exploring a "Kmart At A Discount" store

Over the weekend, we drove through Belvidere, Illinois and spotted some interesting sale signs outside the Kmart store at 500 West Chrysler Drive. As I'm always in the mood to bargain-hunt, we headed to the store to check it out.

Apparently, the Belvidere store is now a "Kmart At A Discount." I hadn't heard of this before, but it appears to be a clearance-only or clearinghouse type of Kmart.


New Super-Couponing Tips column: "Coupons and loyalty cash at department stores"

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "Coupons and loyalty cash at department stores." Here's an excerpt:


"We think about coupons in relation to groceries quite often, but do you use coupons when shopping for clothing? Clothing coupons are out there, and I use them as often as I can find them. Major department stores, such as Kohl’s, J.C. Penney and Macy’s, often send out high-value coupons to their shopper base. It seems that nearly every week, I receive an attractive offer from one retailer or another, and they’re usually high-value offers, too. Coupons like $10 off a $25 purchase, 25 percent off an entire purchase or $10 off a purchase of $10 or more (my favorite!) are great motivators to encourage me to make a special trip to the store."

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.

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

View an archive of past Super-Couponing Tips columns


Deals of the Week for June 29, 2014 are live

Deals of the Week are live! Sunday's Chicago Tribune had TWO coupon inserts: SmartSource (SS) and RedPlum (RP.)

This week, I've got two great giveaways for you! First, enter to win a $25 gift card to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market! This giveaway ends 6/30, so enter soon!

Next, enter to win a Good Cook 3-Piece Cut Fruit Bowl! This bowl is amazing as it solves the problem of soggy, wet fruit in the bottom of the bowl. You've got to see how neat this item is.


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

Have a great week of shopping and saving!


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Does your Jewel-Osco store have FREE Tide?

I'm throwing this out there as I know I have some readers who live near me (near the McHenry County/Kane County line) and also because if my Jewel's doing this, there's a chance yours may be too...

The Huntley Jewel-Osco location has four large wire bins filled with single-load Tide Pods and liquid Tide with Febreze. They're FREE. All of the Tides are marked "Free Sample: Not For Sale."

You would not believe how many shoppers I saw walk right past these and not take any. The bins are set up right in front of the checkout lanes..! They're impossible to miss.

I guess not everyone wants a deal, but we do. I love having these for when we travel too.

Special thanks to my sons, who tagged along on my shopping trip and excitedly spotted this deal before I did!


GIVEAWAY: Win a Good Cook 3-piece fruit bowl!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Good Cook. I have been compensated for this post. I am a Good Cook Kitchen Expert blogger selected by Good Cook to represent their brand. I do not receive a commission for Good Cook products purchased through my website. All opinions about Good Cook are my own.


UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Tbarnes!

Summertime means fresh fruit time! Fresh fruit is in season, and Good Cook has the perfect bowl for you. The Good Cook 3-Piece Cut Fruit Bowl keeps watermelon and cut fruit fresher longer! The bowl has an inner strainer bowl liner that allows fruit juices to drain, and you can easily pour excess juices out via the spout on the outer bowl. Photos don't quite do it justice -- this is a BIG bowl!

This Good Cook Cut Fruit Bowl is a Bed Bath and Beyond-exclusive item. If you'd like it, you'll have to go there to buy it... but one of you will win it! I've got one Good Cook Cut Fruit Bowl to give away to one lucky reader. To enter, simply post a reply in the comments! This Good Cook giveaway begins today, June 26, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on July 2, 2014, and on July 3, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opens June 25th in Deerfield, Illinois! And, enter to win a $25 gift card!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. I have been compensated for this post.

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is c4dogs!

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has arrived in Deerfield, Illinois! The store will celebrate its grand opening on June 25th.

Fresh Thyme has plans to open 60 stores in the Midwest! Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin can look forward to Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets too, and I think people are going to like this new store and what it has to offer. (Find out where additional Fresh Thyme locations will be opening.)

Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets believes you shouldn't have to "give away the farm" to feed your body nutritious food. They're on a mission to improve the way our communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values - all in a vibrant and fun shopping environment.

Fresh Thyme will celebrate its grand opening on June 25th in Deerfield! The new store is located at 35 Waukegan Road at Lake Cook Road in Deerfield. Doors open at 7:00am, and the first 250 shoppers on Grand Opening day will receive a bag of groceries valued at $50 or more! The celebration will feature live entertainment, giveaways, grilling, sampling, and activities for kids.

To celebrate, I've got a $25 Fresh Thyme Farmers Market gift card to give away to one lucky reader! Want a chance to win? Simply post a reply in the comments! This Fresh Thyme Farmers Market $25 gift card giveaway begins today, June 24th, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on June 30th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on July 1st, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!

You can follow Fresh Thyme on Twitter and Like them on Facebook.


New Super-Couponing Tips column: "Talking Toilet Paper"

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "Talking Toilet Paper." Here's an excerpt:


"Last week, I featured emails from readers who professed to be in favor of food and beverage product shrinkage for various reasons. While many of us are dismayed when we see fewer ounces in a package of frequently purchased foods, others felt it helped them maintain portion control or consume less product.


"There’s one product, though, which very few readers want to see downsized – toilet paper. Recently a reader complained to his favorite bath tissue brand that the rolls had gotten smaller. The brand replied with an unintentionally humorous email..."

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.

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

View an archive of past Super-Couponing Tips columns


In the "Why didn't I think of that?" department...

One of my friends recently shared this brilliant tip that I'm about to share with you...

If you use aloe vera gel to soothe a sunburn, keep your bottle or tube of aloe in the refrigerator. The gel already feels soothing when you apply it, but refrigerated? It adds an extra level of cooling that feels great on overly-warm skin.

Signed, your friend who didn't apply her own sunscreen often enough today.


Deals of the Week for June 22, 2014 are live

Deals of the Week are live! Sunday's Chicago Tribune had TWO coupon inserts: SmartSource (SS) and RedPlum (RP.)

Need a deal on the Chicago Tribune? The newsstand price for the Sunday edition is now $2.99. It is still $1 at Menards and Dollar Tree locally, or you can get home delivery of the Tribune for just .75 per week!

Have a great week of shopping and saving.

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Great magazine offer: Grab one year of All You AND one year of Real Simple for $20! That's just $10 per magazine per year!


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Attend a Super-Couponing 2 workshop TODAY in Naperville, Illinois!

Make plans to attend a Super-Couponing workshop in 2014 and resolve to save even more money!

Super-Couponing combines the best techniques for following sales with using newspaper and internet coupons to their fullest advantage. It's easy, it's fun... and it saves you BIG money! Super-Couponing will change the way you shop... forever!

June 2014

Saturday, June 21 @ 11:00am - Naperville, IL
Super-Couponing 2: Saving on Everything
Naperville Park District
305 W. Jackson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
For more information, call 630-848-5000



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Print now for .50 Dial foaming hand soap pumps at CVS next week!


$1.00 off Two
Dial Complete
foaming hand wash
Print Coupon

Beginning July 20th at CVS/pharmacy, Dial Complete foaming hand wash 7.5 oz pumps will be on sale for $2 each. Buy two and get $2 in ExtraBucks, limit 1.

So, buy two and use this $1-off-2 printable. Pay $3 and get $2 back, making these $1 for two, or .50 each! Great price!


RIO stuffed plush Blu parrot just $2.50 at Kohls.com!

If your kids are fans of the RIO and RIO 2 animated movies, they'd probably love to have a large, stuffed plush Blu parrot! Kohls.com has 12" high stuffed plush Blu toys for just $2.50 right now!

My boys were just looking at the ads for deals on the RIO 2 movie on Sunday. They liked that Target's package came with a small stuffed Blu, but they were bickering over which one of them would get Blu. At this price, they can each get one large Blu!

As a reminder, there are still many Kohl's discount codes running if you order online. Today is the last day to get $10 in Kohls Cash when you spend $50 too!


Carson's one-day sale on dorm and bedding essentials: 100 items under $30!

Need dorm room gear? Carson's has a one-day sale running today, July 16th ONLY. They've got 100 dorm essentials priced under $30, including:

$29.97 LivingQuarters 4-piece comforter sets (in ANY size, including King!) These are regularly $120-$170! Each set includes comforter, bedskirt and two pillow shams.

$12.97 Springs Home mattress pads (again, any size, including King!)

$2.97 Springs Home standard pillows

$3.97 LivingQuarters 6-pack washcloths

$14.97 LivingQuarters Twin microfiber sheet sets

$19.97 Dirt Devil Stick Vac (regularly $50! This is perfect for a dorm or small apartment!)

Use code FREESHIP75 to get free shipping with a $75 purchase!

Browse Dorm Essentials at Carsons.com!


JanSport backpacks for under $20 at Amazon!

As Back-To-School time approaches, I'm already receiving email from readers asking for JanSport backpack deals! Many of us like JanSport backpacks for our students, as they're exceptionally tough and rugged. They also have a lifetime warranty, so once you buy one, you're done buying backpacks!

I still have my JanSport backpack that I got in college 20 years ago - still in great shape and going strong! These backpacks usually sell in the $30-$50 range, but we like to buy them in the $20-or-less range when possible.

Here are the best deals I see on JanSport Classic backpacks at Amazon right now...

Amazon has all of their JanSport Classic backpacks on the same page. Use the drop-down to change the color or style, and the price will change too. JanSport Classic backpacks are 13" x 16.7" x 8.5" deep.

JanSport Classic in Blue Streak: $19.95

JanSport Classic in Fluorescent Pink: $19.95

And, if you're willing to spend just a few dollars more, these JanSports are also pretty good buys:

JanSport Classic in Grey/Black Botanical: $22.95

JanSport Classic in Forge Grey: $22.99

Browse all JanSport backpacks at Amazon.com


Ibotta milk offer is back!

Ibotta has new offers to load today:

Milk + Triple Play Bonus

- .25 off one gallon White Milk - Any Brand - Limited time only. Excludes all flavored & non-dairy varieties.
- Triple Play Bonus: Redeem any three (3) rebates in-store only and earn an extra $.50!
Hurry! The milk rebate and Triple Play bonus end Sunday night.

- $1.00 off Dial Complete® - Foaming Antibacterial Hand Wash Refill, 32 oz. bottle or larger.
This rebate is not available at Target, Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market or 7-Eleven.

- Planes: Fire & Rescue - Rebate valid on single movie admission ticket, $1.00

- $1.50 off Hasbro MY LITTLE PONY® Rainbow Power ™ Pony Figure
This rebate is available at 25 retailers including Target, Toys R Us and Kroger

Earn an extra $1 when you buy any three of these Glade® items:
- Glade® Jar Candles - Any fragrance - Single count only
- Glade® Max Welts - Any fragrance
- Glade® Automatic Spray Refill - Any variety
- Glade® Automatic Spray Starter Kit - Any variety
- Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Warmer or Started Kit - Any fragrance
- Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Refills - Any one (1) twin pack - Any fragrance
- Glade® Premium Room Spray - Any fragrance - 9.7 oz. bottle only


Remember, CouponTom, our favorite coupon database, includes lookups for all Ibotta offers! You can browse them as a list by clicking this link and selecting "Ibotta" in the menu at left.

Load these new offers from Ibotta today!


New Checkout 51 offers for July 17, 2014: Bananas, Lay's, Dole pineapple juice and more

Checkout 51 Offers

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

Offers valid 7/17/14 until 11:59PM EST 7/23/14:

- .25 off Lay's potato chips 9 oz or larger, any variety.
- .25 off bananas, any brand. Excludes frozen varieties.
- $1.00 off canned Dole pineapple juice. Excludes chilled and frozen varieties.
- .25 off Prego Italian sauces
- .50 off Ken's Ranch dressing 16oz. or larger
- $1.00 off Suave Professionals Natural Infusion, any variety. Excludes trial/travel
- .50 off Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom, any variety. Excludes Scrubbing Bubbles® fantastik® and Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet products.
- .50 off Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet, any variety. Excludes Scrubbing Bubbles® fantastik® and Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom products.
- .50 off Crystal Farms® Shredded Cheese
- .25 off Edward's Pie, 23.5 oz or larger, any variety.
- .25 off Glory Foods canned vegetables, any variety.
- $1.00 off McCormick® Grill Mates® Steak Sauce, any variety.
- .25 off Justin's All-Natural Nut Butter 16 oz jar or 10-pack caddy, any variety.
- .30 off Carmex Lip Balm, any variety.
- $1.00 off World Peas
- .50 off 2 Nongshim Noodle Soups. Excludes Bowl Noodles.
- $1.50 off 2 Blue Dragon Products
- .50 off HALLS Drops Bags 17 count or higher, any variety.
- .50 off Glade Jar candle. Any variety.
- $1.00 off Glade Wax melts (excludes warmer.)

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


Print now for $1.99 Arm & Hammer laundry detergent at Meijer!


$2.00 off Two
Arm & Hammer
laundry detergent
Print Coupon

Beginning Thursday, 7/17 at Meijer, Arm & Hammer 45-75oz. liquid laundry detergent and 27ct. Power Paks will be on sale for $2.99. Buy two and use this $2-off-2 printable to drop these to $1.99 each!

Great price, especially for such a big bottle of detergent! If you prefer the single-load pack, the 27-count bag is a pretty good buy here too.


Groupon deal: $5 admission to the Illinois Railway Museum, plus 15% off!

Here's a great Groupon deal on admissions to the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois! Did you know it's the largest railway museum in the USA?

This is one of my boys' favorite "Staycation" places to go. The museum owns about 5 miles of track, so in addition to touring many buildings filled with historic trains, you can ride them around the museum's property too. (If you're a movie buff, the new Transformers movie was partially filmed at this museum last summer too -- we went over one day to watch!)

Normally $10, museum admission is $5 with the Groupon. Plus, you'll get another 15% off with code LOCAL15.

You can choose from any of the following deals:

$5 for admission for one, redeemable Monday–Friday only ($10 value)
$11 for admission for two, redeemable Monday–Friday only ($20 value)
$22 for admission for four, redeemable Monday–Friday only ($40 value)
$7 for admission for one, redeemable Saturday and Sunday only ($14 value)
$15 for admission for two, redeemable Saturday and Sunday only ($28 value)
$30 for admission for four, redeemable Saturday and Sunday only ($56 value)

(I don't know why the admission for two is $11, not $10 - nor why the admission for four is $22, not $20. You're allowed to buy up to five of the same Groupon, so I bought single vouchers vs. multiple-people vouchers.)

Note that while some trains and trolleys run every day, the steam engines and more well-known trains only run on the weekends. You may wish to check the museum's schedule if you have specific trains you wish to ride, then shop accordingly.

Go get your Illinois Railway Museum admissions for as little as $4.75 each!


SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off lemons and limes

Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Lemons & Limes at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 7/21/2014.Save 20%.

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

Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly and Peapod shoppers... Click to load this offer to your store card! This ecoupon is valid through 7/21/14.

*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.


FREE 5-pack sample of NesQuik... if you qualify

Who wants a free sample of NesQuik? Nestle Nesquik now comes in single packs, something I'm sure my kids will enjoy! (Especially for on-the-go outings, or simply to prevent them from pouring half the canister of powder into their milk glasses..!)

Request a FREE sample pack of NesQuik! Sample pack includes five (5) NESTLE® NESQUIK® stick packs and a coupon to save $1.50 on your next purchase of any size, any flavor of NESTLE® NESQUIK® powder.

Offer good in the US only. Offer valid only while supplies last. Limit one (1) sample pack per household or address. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for delivery.


UPDATE: Just a heads-up on this -- after I received the offer from the advertiser, I tried the link myself with the ages of my children and the frequency with which they drink chocolate milk. I did not qualify for the sample. Perhaps you'll have better luck...


Great Kohl's clearances continue! 30% off, $10-off-$30, Kohl's Cash and more!

Kohls Department Stores Inc

Even if you missed the crazy 90% off outdoor decorating sale at Kohl's over the weekend, there are still lots of great deals to be found on the virtual clearance racks at Kohl's!

One of my readers, Tina, wrote to say "Thanks for your awesome tips and coupon codes. Your most awesome advice just saved my family $848.88. After I get my $30 in Kohls cash, I really only paid $163.88 for over $1,000 worth of school clothes. More money for next years vacation jar!"

She sent a photo of her Kohls.com order receipt:

Nice job, Tina!


Again, here's an overview of some of the MANY offers running right now at Kohl's!

- First, save 15% with promo code "SUNNY" at checkout.

- Kohl's cardholders, use the promo code "BEACH30" for 30% off at checkout!

- Get $10 off a $30 purchase with promo code "GR8FINDS" at checkout.

- Get $15 off a $50 order with promo code "JUST4U" at checkout!

- Shipping is free on orders over $50 with promo code "FREE50JULY"! (Otherwise, shipping starts at $5.95.)

Kohl's is also running Kohl's Cash through July 16 -- spend $50 and get another $10 back in Kohl's Cash for a future purchase! Whew! AND, if you sign up for Kohl's Yes To You rewards, you'll get another $5 back for every $100 spent.

What great deals are you finding at Kohls.com? I'm inspired to do some more deal-hunting this afternoon!

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$2.50 folding camp stools at Five Below

I'm sharing this because it's just a crazy-cheap deal!

Back in April, as we prepared to embark on the All American RV Blogger Tour, I purchased some lightweight folding camp stools similar to this style for the trip. I picked mine up at Cabela's for $9.99 each.

At the time, I bought four (even though there are five in the family) because we only needed four stools for the trip. They're the perfect size to fold and carry versus bringing a larger chair.

Yesterday, I stopped into Five Below and was quite surprised to see these stools at a much, much better price..!

$3 each, or two for $5!

Yes, I picked up one more so that we'd have a complete set of five for our family. The Five Below camp stools also have a shoulder strap for carrying and a Velcro strap to hold the stool closed when it's folded up. That's a steal!

(Incidentally, Mr. Cataldo and I just took these stools up to McHenry's Fiesta Days last night so we'd have a place to sit for the concerts! I love them. Perfect for when you don't want to carry a large chair around!)

I also noticed that Five Below has camp chairs (the four-legged kind that fold into a bag) for $5 too!


SIX FREE Tide Oxi at Target!

DEAL UPDATE: Now that the Target ad is out, we noticed that the Tide Oxi is $9.99, not $10. You'll need to be over $30 to qualify for the Tide rebate that's part of this deal. The least expensive "filler" item that qualifies for the rebate is a Tide To Go Pen for $2.94. Add this to the deal, along with this .65 Tide to Go printable. I've revised the scenario below to include this item.

If you like free detergent (and who doesn't?) get ready for a crazy-good deal on Tide Oxi next week at Target!

Beginning 7/13, Target will have 7.12lb. tubs of Tide Oxi stain remover on sale for $10. Buy three tubs and get a $10 Target gift card.

Tide Oxi is also part of a "Spend $30, Get $10 mail-in rebate from Procter & Gamble.

This deal is sweetened by the addition of the Buy One Get One Free Tide Oxi coupons in the 7/6 PG insert! Ready to put the deal together?

- Buy six Tide Oxi tubs at $9.99 each ($59.94.)
- Buy one Tide To Go pen at $2.94 (now $62.88)
- Use three Buy One Get One Free coupons (now $32.91)
- Use the .65 Tide to Go printable
- Pay $32.26 and get TWO $10 Target gift cards back! Now you're down to $12.26 for 6 tubs of Tide Oxi, or about $2.04 each -- already a great price.

Now, send in for the $10 P&G rebate, and you've invested $2.26 for one Tide to Go Pen, a stamp, and SIX FREE Tide Oxi!

Note that according to the terms of the rebate, you must have a $30 purchase after all coupons. The B1G1F coupons are valid up to $12.99, so we'll need to make sure that the cashier enters the actual sale price ($9.99) for each coupon and not $12.99. Overage is usually not an issue at Target, but I'm giving a heads-up on this just in case.

Tide Oxi is going to be flying off the shelves. Good luck and happy hunting!

Thanks to Couponing for 4 for sharing this deal!


90% off outdoor pillows and cushions from Kohl's!

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Need some gear to spruce up your deck or patio decor? Kohl's has a bunch of outdoor pillows, cushions and ottomans in the crazy-cheap clearance price range -- 90% off! How cheap?

Get this Majestic Home cube ottoman for $12.50 - originally $124.99! 7/13/14 12:12AM UPDATE: All ottomans are sold out.

Get this Majestic Home large 20" x 20" outdoor pillow for $10.00 - originally $99.99!

And, get this Majestic Home 12" x 20" outdoor pillow for $6.40 - originally $63.99!

All of these are for indoor/outdoor use, made with fade & weather resistant fabrics rated for up to 1000 hours of UV protection. What a sweet deal! There are many colors and designs to choose from.


Now, these deals get even better with a bunch of discounts and codes running too!

- First, save 15% with promo code "SUNNY" at checkout.

- Get $10 off a $30 purchase with promo code "GR8FINDS" at checkout.

- Get $15 off a $50 order with promo code "FREE50JULY" at checkout!

- Shipping is free on orders over $50 with promo code "FREE50JULY"! (Otherwise, shipping starts at $5.95.)

Kohl's is also running Kohl's Cash right now -- spend $50 and get another $10 back in Kohl's Cash for a future purchase! Whew! AND, if you sign up for Kohl's Yes To You rewards, you'll get another $5 back for every $100 spent.

Sprucing up your outdoor living area is going to be a bargain! Happy shopping!

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Thanks to Couponing For 4 for spotting the deal and compiling all of the current Kohl's discount codes!


Penny photo prints are back at Snapfish! Get 99 prints for $0.99!


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I love this sale! Snapfish has penny photo prints through July 20th! You can order up to 99 4" x 6" photo prints for $0.99 with code PNYJULY. (Shipping for 99 prints is $5.89.)

Go get your Penny Prints from Snapfish!


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Scott bath tissue

Save 100% when you buy any ONE (1) single roll of unscented Scott® 1000 Bath Tissue. Check back every Friday for a new Freebie!.Expires 7/13/2014.Save 100%.

 
Head over to SavingStar to load a new "Freebie Friday" offer! It's a FREE roll of Scott 1000 bath tissue! Purchase through Sunday night and receive 100% of the purchase price back on your SavingStar account.

Locally, SavingStar offers can be redeemed at Jewel-Osco, CVS, Mariano's, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Peapod.

Click to load this new offer via SavingStar!

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


SavingStar adds support for additional stores through the SavingStar app

SavingStar's been hinting at adding support for additional stores in July. It appears that (very quietly) the new stores have been added to SavingStar this week!

You can now use SavingStar at:

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens
  • Meijer
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Dollar General
  • Family Dollar

You can view the list of new stores at SavingStar.com by clicking "My Account," then "Stores."

One new and important change: To redeem offers at these six stores, you'll need to shop, then scan your receipts (similar to what we do with Checkout51 and Ibotta offers) via the SavingStar app. You can still load offers over the web.

You can download the SavingStar app from Google Play or the App Store. If you do not have a smartphone, tablet or other device, you will not be able to redeem SavingStar offers at these newly-added stores.

Thanks to Mashup Mom and one of her readers, who spotted this in the app tonight!


SavingStar also has new ecoupon offers to load tonight, including:

- $1.00 when you buy any TWO (2) individual cans of Starbucks Refreshers® beverages. Expires 8/13/2014
- 25¢ when you buy any ONE (1) 8CT. package of Ball Park® Franks. Expires 8/6/2014
- 25¢ when you buy any ONE (1) Gulden's® Mustard. Expires 8/6/2014
- 25¢ when you buy ONE (1) package of 18 oz SOLO® SQUARED® Plastic Cups (20, 30 or 50CT. only). Expires 8/6/2014
- Save 50¢ when you buy any ONE (1) Little Debbie® product. Expires 7/30/2014

Click to load these SavingStar offers!


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