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An absurd afternoon of shopping

I had two strange experiences while shopping today.

First, I headed to Meijer to score some bargain-priced .05 Campbell's soup and other deals. When I got to Meijer, I spotted several large signs advertising the new Coke Life, a cane-sugar/Stevia blended Coca-Cola that's 90 calories, all natural, and reportedly also tastes like Mexican Coke.

I couldn't wait to try it and report back to my fellow Coke-loving blog readers on this new product! I headed straight for the beverage aisle at the Algonquin Meijer. No Coke Life. I even looked in the natural beverages area - no Coke Life.

I asked one of the extremely helpful employees at our Algonquin Meijer to help me locate this potential deliciousness. By now, I was already tasting my new Coke! It's truly a testament to Coke's powerful marketing that I was ready to buy one, price unseen, without a coupon, just for a taste.

Alas, after making some calls, the Meijer staffer told me that Coke Life was not actually stocked at Meijer yet. They weren't sure when it will arrive.

I don't know whether Coke or Meijer is at fault for having large in-store ads for a product not sold there. What a bummer!


Disappointed, I finished shopping and headed to Walmart to pick up Stephen King's new book, Revival. It was on sale for $18, which was close enough to half off for me.

At the checkout, the Walmart cashier asked me, "Would you like to add a two-year protection plan for $2.00?"

I was taken aback. "For a book?"

"Yes."

I thought for a moment. "What does a protection plan for a book cover exactly?"

The cashier stared at me and did not answer.

I continued. "If I drop it in the bathtub, do I get a new one? How about if I spill a drink on it? What if my dog tears the cover off?"

The cashier started to smile. "I have no idea what the book protection plan covers."

Deciding to live dangerously, I declined the book protection plan. I paid for the book and headed for the door... and then I headed to the Customer Service counter instead. I had to know what exactly was covered under Walmart's book protection plan!

The first employee I asked had no idea. She called another person over, and he started laughing when I repeated my question -- especially when I started listing all of the hazards that my new book potentially might need protection from. He said "Well, let's find out," and he got some literature out about the protection plan and began reading the fine print. Midway through, he said "The register actually prompted for a protection plan on this book?" I affirmed that it had.


Perusing the Walmart Protection Plan literature in store.

After a few minutes, this employee said "The actual structure of the book is covered. If the binding were to fail, we would replace the book. But if you damage the book on your own, that's not covered. You can't rip it or spill something on it."

I looked at the book again and said "You know, I have some experience with books. I believe I'm going to take my chances. I trust that the fine people at Scribner, who have been publishing books for over 150 years, know what they're doing and have constructed a quality book for me."

I left every employee at the Walmart Customer Service counter laughing as I strolled off with my new book.

Now I'm home. I think I'm going to have to drown my denial-of-Coke-Life sorrows with a bottle of Kosher Coke from my stash... and I'll be careful not to spill it on my unprotected book.


Attend a Super-Couponing workshop TONIGHT in Glendale Heights, 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!

November 2014

Thursday, November 13 @ 7:00pm - Glendale Heights, IL
Super-Couponing
Glenside Public Library District
25 E. Fullerton Ave.
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
For more information, call 630-260-1550


Additional dates and full Super-Couponing workshop schedule


Big news: Walmart now price-matching Amazon

 

This is very interesting news, especially with the holiday shopping season under way! Walmart announced it will price-match with Amazon.com and other unspecified online retailers. From Reuters:


Wal-Mart Stores Inc has informed managers of its roughly 5,000 stores across the United States that they can match prices with Amazon.com Inc and other online retailers, the head of the company's U.S. business said on Thursday.

Deals of the Week for November 9, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has TWO inserts: SmartSource (SS) and RedPlum (RP.)
Need a deal on Sunday Chicago Tribune home delivery? Get it at home for just .75 per week!

A big welcome to the new Super-Couponers from my Algonquin workshop this past weekend! My Super-Couponing workshop comes to Glendale Heights, Illinois, this Thursday, November 13th! Details are at the link. Come on out and learn to save!

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All You


Seeing an American supermarket shattered Yeltsin's view of communism

Occasionally I'll stumble across an older news article that is worth commenting on, even though it was posted a few months ago.

Earlier this year, the Houston Chronicle published a story about Boris Yeltsin visiting the United States in 1989. During his visit he visited NASA's mission control center, but that wasn't what excited him. It was an unscheduled stop to a local supermarket:


Yeltsin, then 58, “roamed the aisles of Randall’s nodding his head in amazement,” wrote Asin. He told his fellow Russians in his entourage that if their people, who often must wait in line for most goods, saw the conditions of U.S. supermarkets, “there would be a revolution.”

Yeltsin asked customers about what they were buying and how much it cost... In the Chronicle photos, you can see him marveling at the produce section, the fresh fish market, and the checkout counter. He looked especially excited about frozen pudding pops.

The fact that stores like these were on nearly every street corner in America amazed him. They even offered free cheese samples. According to Asin, Yeltsin didn’t leave empty-handed, as he was given a small bag of goodies to enjoy on his trip.

About a year after the Russian leader left office, a Yeltsin biographer later wrote that on the plane ride to Yeltsin’s next destination, Miami, he was despondent. He couldn’t stop thinking about the plentiful food at the grocery store and what his countrymen had to subsist on in Russia.

In Yeltsin’s own autobiography, he wrote about the experience at Randall’s, which shattered his view of communism, according to pundits. Two years later, he left the Communist Party and began making reforms to turn the economic tide in Russia. You can blame those frozen Jell-O Pudding pops.

“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people,” Yeltsin wrote. “That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.”


There are some really interesting photos on the Chronicle's site too -- you can just see the wonder and amazement on Yeltsin's face in them.

Well, the next time you head out to Jewel, or Meijer, or Mariano's, or whatever your supermarket of choice is... you too can take a moment to marvel and and appreciate all of the shopping choices we have each day.


Attend a Super-Couponing workshop in Algonquin, Illinois this weekend!

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!

November 2014

Saturday, November 8 @ 11:00am - Algonquin, IL
Super-Couponing
Algonquin-LITH Chamber Expo
Jacobs High School Fieldhouse
2601 Bunker Hill Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102
First-come, first-served - no registration required

Thursday, November 13 @ 7:00pm - Glendale Heights, IL
Super-Couponing
Glenside Public Library District
25 E. Fullerton Ave.
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
For more information, call 630-260-1550


Additional dates and full Super-Couponing workshop schedule


Use less electricity, and your electricity rates may go up

If a large number of customers change their purchasing habits and purchase less of a product, do companies then raise their prices?

Recently, I received yet another "energy shaming letter" from Commonwealth Edison. If you're a ComEd customer in Illinois, you may have received a similar letter. This letter appears to be an attempt to shame my household into using less electricity than my neighbors. Every month or so, I'll get another letter telling me that my household used a higher percentage of electricity than my neighbors did.

I think these letters are a complete waste of postage, paper and resources. This letter doesn't even come in the bill - it's a separate mailing in a different envelope. Does anyone appreciate receiving letters with big bold text telling them YOU are using too much electricity? I like saving money just as much as anyone else does, but my bill is around $100 every month. I just looked up the bill I paid last week, and it was $94.50. Is that terribly unreasonable for a home with five people living in it? Add in a home office that's used nearly around the clock, and I don't think our bill is out of the ordinary.

Yet, according to ComEd, it is.

These "shaming letters" appear to make no allowance for empty and foreclosed homes in the neighborhood either. There are several homes on my block whose residents are retirees who only live here for part of the year. Each year they spend their falls and winters in warmer climates. We neighbors know this -- ComEd likely doesn't. Our neighborhood also has foreclosed homes drawing a minimal amount of power. I would guess if this was truly an apples-to-apples comparison, our energy usage wouldn't be terribly unusual.

I wonder too -- what is ComEd's motivation in encouraging people to use less electricity? They sell electricity. In other market areas, when utility companies have successfully encouraged users to use less, the utility companies have raised the rates to bring in the same amount of revenue they did before customers started using less:


San Diego, California: SDG&E sells less power, so it hikes electric rates

Why we have some of the highest electricity rates in the country: Lower power use means higher rates.

Residential electric rates are up this year for an odd reason — San Diego Gas & Electric sold less electricity than expected to homes, condos and apartments last year. That meant it took in less money than it planned on. And so it’s planning to recoup those expenses on this year’s rates.

State law allows SDG&E to increase the subsidized rates that customers who use the least amount of electricity. Those rates apply to use below 130 percent of “baseline” — an amount of power that’s supposed reflect the minimum needed by a typical home.


Madison, Wisconsin: MGE's proposed rate change dismays conservationists; Discouraging energy efficiency

MGE is proposing a sweeping restructuring of its rate plans for 2015, which critics say will have two effects: discouraging clean energy and conservation investments... and rewarding high-energy users. MGE officials insist the changes they're contemplating are an attempt to fairly structure its fees. But the undeniable fact is, low users of electricity will end up paying more for power.

The problem facing MGE -- and all other utilities -- is that people are increasingly conserving energy, and homes and appliances are becoming more efficient. That means utilities are selling less power, so revenues are down. However, the cost of maintaining an electric grid is not going down. So utilities are trying to charge customers higher fixed rates that will stay the same regardless of energy consumption.

"Customers who don't use very much power, they're not picking up their fair share of what it takes to bring electricity to their homes," Kraus says.


What's the end game here? Reduce your usage of electricity, but don't conserve too much... or you just may find yourself paying more for using less.

I genuinely wonder what ComEd's goal is in sending these letters.


70% off kids' summer clothing at Target

If you're headed to Target soon, check the clothing clearance racks! I spotted several racks of 70% off summer clothing in the boys' department.

I picked up four pairs of 100% cotton boys' shorts for my oldest son for next summer...

... at just $2.40 per pair!


Has quality control gone out the window?

A reader recently emailed to ask where quality figures into my "saving money" equation. Would I buy something if it was cheap, regardless of quality? She went on to note how many bargain-priced clothing items are cut and sewn off grain, often with the fabric's design running askew. Another reader pointed out the same thing when discussing trying to find quality bedsheets.

Have I been tempted to buy something just because the price was low? Sure. And I've been burned in the process.

Let me re-introduce you to this striped maxi-dress I purchased from Tanga over the summer:

I thought these dresses were so cute at $9.99 (with free shipping!) that I couldn't resist sharing the deal on my blog too.

Well, the photograph was cute. This is what I actually got:

Would you wear this?! When did this even become remotely acceptable? In the photo, the dress had white straps. This dress has one black strap and one white strap. Not a straight stripe or seam in this mess! I owe an apology to anyone else who bought this dress when they were on sale and ended up with a mess of a dress like I received. (And, Tanga... I'm really disappointed in you too. I emailed to try to return this, and Tanga will only accept returns if the item is "defective..." which apparently, they did not consider this dress to be.)

Anything sewn off the grain drives me crazy, and it's so prevalent. All too frequently, I see striped or patterned clothing with the design not lined up on the side seams. When did quality control go out the window? And worse, when did we just start accepting it?


Deals of the Week for November 2, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has TWO inserts: SmartSource (SS) and RedPlum (RP.)
Need a deal on Sunday Chicago Tribune home delivery? Get it at home for just .75 per week!

New blog giveaway this week: Enter to win a Baby Foot exfoliating foot peel! I reviewed this product for my readers -- Baby Foot promises to painlessly peel all the dead skin away from the soles of your feet. Did it work? Find out here...

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

Have a great week of shopping and saving!


All You


Clairol Natural Instincts haircolor quietly returns to (almost) its previous formula

My regular readers know about my longtime love affair with Clairol Natural Instincts haircolor. I first began using Natural Instincts when I was 22 after silvery streaks started appearing in my hair far earlier than I anticipated they would.

In early 2011, my readers and I noticed that Natural Instincts had gone through some new and unwelcome changes. Natural Instincts had always been a temporary, 28-shampoo haircolor -- but some of the new formulas were permanent. The semipermanent formulas came with about half the conditioner they used to, and they also included a second packet of haircolor refresher that was to be used after the first two weeks. (Why? The old formula lasted fine without needing an additional re-dying two weeks later -- that should have been the first clue that something had changed, and not for the better...) Clairol's site erupted with negative reviews, many stating that the color refresher stained their hair and skin various shades of orange, regardless of the color they'd previously dyed their hair.

In 2011, I tried one box of the "new" Natural Instincts. I blogged about my experiences with it:


The new haircolor was supposed to take less time to apply than the previous formula [it instructed you to apply it to dry hair instead of damp hair], but the color turned out flat, dull, and a lot less golden-brown than my old color. Each box now came with an extra color packet to be rinsed in two weeks after the first dye. It was such a horrifying shade of orange when I opened it that I immediately threw it out. Natural Instincts had also changed their in-box conditioner to a new formula... But the new conditioner felt cheap and thin. It did not condition my hair well at all. Some people are very resistant to change, and I’m one of them. This new Natural Instincts was definitely not for me.

I ran around town buying up as many boxes of "old" Natural Instincts I could find. After I ran out of those, I switched to Garnier Herbashine, which I also found to be a fine temporary haircolor product. I used Herbashine for several years, occasionally switching to old-formula Natural Instincts when I could find it. (When Dominick's went out of business, I found quite a few old-formula Natural Instincts boxes on the shelves too marked half off. Dominicks was great for "time-travel" shopping with all that new-old-stock sitting on the shelves!)

Then what happened? Garnier discontinued Herbashine. I clung to the remaining boxes of Herbashine and old Natural Instincts I had left and tried to stretch out the time between coloring my hair as much as I possibly could.

Now, we've had some good deals on Natural Instincts over the past few months - $1.74 per box and $1.94 per box at Meijer. I bought some during both of those deals and put it on my stockpile shelf... waiting.

Last week, I finally faced the fact that I was out of Herbashine. I was out of old Natural Instincts. I reluctantly opened a box of "new" Natural Instincts. When I bought it over the summer, I noticed that the product's box had been redesigned yet again:

The box no longer advertised the "Week 2 Color Fresh." (Thankfully!) When I opened the box, I also noticed that it contained a larger tube of conditioner -- nearly the size of the tube before the formula change.


From left to right: Pre-2011, 1.96oz. conditioner, 2011 1.01oz. conditioner, and current 1.85oz. conditioner

So, last week, I colored with the "new-again" Natural Instincts. And happily, my hair looks great again. The instructions in the box have returned to the pre-formula-change instructions, advising applying the haircolor to damp hair, not dry. It's been over a week since I colored my hair, and the color still looks shiny and vibrant after washing my hair too. I wanted to share this with you, as I know there were quite a few readers lamenting both the loss of the "old" Natural Instincts and the loss of Garnier Herbashine.


Happy Halloween 2014!

This little ninja would like to wish you a very Happy Halloween today...

...as he and his big brother ninja demonstrates the proper technique for turning one's father into a toilet paper mummy.

Hope you have a safe and fun day filled with tricks and treats!


Jewel P&G Deal, Day Two: Shampoo, conditioner and a sweet-smelling house

Back to Jewel for another round of P&G (and now I'm out of Buy One Get One Free coupons!)

I bought four Pantene shampoos and conditioners.
I bought eight Febreze candles (all on clearance for $2.38 each, pear scent)
I bought one Febreze Air Effects
I used a $2-off-$2 Pantene coupon and two Buy One Get One Free coupons.
I used four $1 Febreze candle coupons and four Buy One Get One Free coupons.
I used one .50 Febreze coupon & scanned my Jewel card to complete the $5-off-$25 SavingsStar offer.

I added a $3.69 half-gallon of Wild Harvest organic milk (not pictured) so I could roll my $15 Catalina from the previous day.
I paid $16.21 (plus tax, $12.52 of which were these P&G items) and got a $15 Catalina. I'll also get another $5 back from SavingStar!


REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Baby Foot exfoliating foot peel

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Baby Foot. I have received a Baby Foot foot peel for purposes of review.

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UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! Winners will be posted soon!

As soon as I became aware of Baby Foot, I wanted to try it! Baby Foot is an exfoliating foot peel that's wildly popular in Japan. Forget foot baths, pedicures, foot files and pumice stones. Baby Foot promises baby-soft feet with no physical exfoliation. It's a gentle skin peel made from fruit acids that painlessly and effortlessly peels away dead, dry, and rough skin on your feet.

Does it work? I couldn't wait to find out. Read on for my experience and review of Baby Foot! And, if you're intrigued enough to try it too, you'll want to enter this week's blog giveaway! TWO of my readers will each win a Baby Foot exfoliating foot peel!

To enter, simply post a reply in the comments! This Baby Foot giveaway begins today, October 30, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on November 5, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on November 6th, two winners will be chosen via a random number generator!

NOTE: If you are bothered by photos of bare feet or skin peeling, you may not wish to continue. For the rest of you who want to know if it works... read on!


Jewel P&G Deal: What's working, what to watch for, and policy notes

Today I did two rounds of the "Buy $35, Get $15 Catalina" P&G deal at Jewel. I did two transactions back to back, and the Catalinas are rolling...

Transaction #1:
I bought eight Pantene and four Febreze candles.
(NOTE: Three of my candles were pear scent and on clearance for $2.38 each. They DID trigger the Catalina.)
I used a $5-off-3 Pantene coupon, a $1 Pantene printable, and four B1G1F Pantene coupons.
I used two $1 Febreze candle coupons and two Buy One Get One Free candle coupons.
I paid $10.64 (plus tax) and got a $15 Catalina.
(I also used my Jewel card so the Febreze will be applied to that $25/$5 ecoupon offer. I'll go back and do another deal on Febreze candles or Set & Refresh tomorrow.)

Transaction #2:
I bought two Tide and one box of Puffs.
I used two $2 Tide coupons and one .25 Puffs coupon, plus the $15 Catalina from the first transaction.
I paid $17.40 (plus tax) and got a $15 Catalina.


Notes, especially if these kinds of deals are new to you...

Verify the prices of everything you're buying! I've heard from readers who found Tide priced at $14.99 at their stores. Most of the Febreze Set & Refresh air fresheners that I saw were priced at $2.50, not the $4.49 listed in the ad. If the price is lower, you'll need more items to get to the $35 mark.

Clearance items may work - they did for me. My store was nearly out of Febreze candles, but they had a crazy quantity of pear scent Febreze candles on clearance for $2.38. I used these for one of my transactions today to test it out and see if the clearance candles worked -- they did! Of course, if you find clearance items, use the clearance prices to count up to $35.

Coupon policy at Jewel: I have heard from some readers today who had issues using a dollars-off coupon with a Buy One Get One Free. This usage is allowed under Jewel-Osco's coupon policy if you would like to read it or print a copy. Here's the part that specifically addresses this:

- A cents off coupon may be used with a B1G1Free coupon, redeemable on the purchased item.
- One Manufacturer coupon and one Store coupon may be redeemed per item.

Stay within the limits: P&G coupons are all limited to four like coupons per person per day. Today I heard from a cashier that the Schaumburg store issued a memo advising stores to limit quantities and enforce the 4 like coupons per household per day -- they said they have a known "extreme couponer" who comes in and cleans that store out. The memo has been sent to all Jewel stores.

One of my readers reported a pair of shoppers at two different stores today buying hundreds of bottles of Pantene at a time - as in, two entire shopping carts filled with Pantene. Behaviors like this don't help anyone -- they tend to give all couponers a bad name, and people clearing shelves can lead to quantities being limited for shoppers.

We are not "extremists," and this is a good opportunity to show our stores that we aren't there to buy hundreds of bottles of Pantene in the same day..! Plus, the ethics of what we do are important to me, and hopefully they are to you too. Let's abide by the "Limit 4" on our coupons, go shop, and have some fun.

I'd love to hear any good scenarios you are coming up with for this sale too! Feel free to post them in the comments below.


People are buying less laundry detergent than they used to

Here's an interesting article from Business Week. It seems that around the time that high-efficiency washing machines started to become popular, laundry detergent manufacturers noticed a decline in detergent sales:


For Procter & Gamble (PG), manufacturer of Tide and Gain, and other detergent makers, the new machines have contributed to five years of declining detergent sales. Detergents account for 13 percent of P&G’s U.S. sales, down 2 percent year to date, says Javier Escalante, an analyst at Consumer Edge Research. Extra soap isn’t a problem for traditional washing machines; they use enough water to eliminate soapy residue. But in high-efficiency washers, in which laundry rotates in a drum and is sprayed with water and not continually submerged, more detergent means sudsier clothes. Efficient machines use as little as one-third of the water of older models.

Total U.S. detergent sales fell 6.4 percent from 2009 to 2013 and will slip an additional 5.9 percent through 2018, says John Owen, an analyst at market researcher Mintel Group. High-efficiency washers are not the only factor contributing to those declines. P&G and other makers have cut prices as consumers look to cheaper brands, such as Arm & Hammer and Oxi Clean from Church & Dwight (CHD), the second-largest detergent maker in the U.S. Companies also must contend with a rise in the use of large-capacity machines, which translates into fewer loads.

P&G added a lower-priced product, Tide Simply Clean & Fresh, earlier this year. A 40-ounce bottle, good for 25 loads, costs 24 percent less than a same-size bottle of Tide Original.



Deals of the Week for October 26, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has THREE inserts: SmartSource (SS), RedPlum (RP) and Procter & Gamble (PG.)
Need a deal on Sunday Chicago Tribune home delivery? Get it at home for just .75 per week!

New blog giveaway this week: Enter to win a Nonni's Biscotti Holiday Gift Pack! They have new biscotti flavors for the holiday season -- pumpkin and gingerbread!

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

Have a great week of shopping and saving!


All You


One fish, two fish, gold fish, new fish?

It's Halloween party and Fall Fun Fair time again, and if you're a parent, you just may find yourself in the same situation as we are:

Yes, that's my son (the ninja!) showing off the new goldfish he won at his school's fun fair. We were not planning to get another fish, but fortunately, thanks to a Meijer fish tank clearance last year, we were prepared for a new fish's arrival.

If you suddenly find yourself in the same situation this season with a newly-acquired pet fish, you may want to check your local Meijer for another fish tank clearance. I just got back from the Algonquin Meijer, and the entire back wall of the pet section is filled with small and large fish bowls and tanks on clearance!

Betta bowls are $2.75 each, and large fish bowl/tanks are $3.75 each. I saw Dr. Seuss, Barbie, Hello Kitty and Avengers styles. The price sure is right if you need a home for a new fish.


Facebook confirms secret coupon groups were shut down for illicit activity

Back in September, many large, secret Facebook groups devoted to coupon resale and misuse were unceremoniously shut down. Speculation ensued online as to whether this was a random decision on Facebook's part or whether there was industry involvement.

Coupons In The News has a story today with additional details about the shutdown:


Finally, a definitive answer to the question first raised a month ago – is Facebook really shutting down coupon groups?

Yes – and investigators working on behalf of the coupon industry are behind it.

Facebook has repeatedly refused comment on the issue. But a firm that specializes in corporate security and risk management now confirms to Coupons in the News that it was their company that investigated and alerted Facebook to nearly a hundred groups engaging in questionable coupon activity. And Facebook responded by shutting the groups down.

Brand Technologies president Jane Beauchamp says the company conducted a months-long undercover investigation of a number of Facebook coupon groups – many of them “secret” and invitation-only. The main focus was on groups that openly discussed and advocated coupon fraud, such as decoding coupons’ bar codes, exploiting so-called “glitches” that allow you to use high-value coupons on lower-priced products for which they’re not intended.

“We investigated, presented to our clients and after their review, Facebook reviewed the groups we documented as well, and took action that corresponded with their community standards,” Beauchamp told Coupons in the News.

Facebook’s community standards include a prohibition against users “promoting, planning or celebrating any of your actions if they have, or could, result in financial harm to others.” Defrauding companies and retailers by misusing coupons – and then boasting about it and teaching others how to do it – would certainly seem to be a violation of that Facebook policy.


This has been a busy week for news regarding coupon misuse on Facebook. Earlier this week, the CIC announced its own investigation into illicit coupon activity on Facebook.


GIVEAWAY: Win Nonni's Limited Edition Holiday Biscotti!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Nonni's. I have been compensated for this giveaway.

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is samminas!

Super-Couponers, here's a tasty giveaway you won't want to miss!

Nonni's Biscotti makes delicious, twice-baked biscotti treats that are sold coast to coast in supermarkets around the country. To celebrate the warmth of the holiday season, Nonni's has two new limited-edition holiday biscotti flavors: Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread!

Want to try them? You may be the lucky reader who wins both of these new flavors of Nonni's Biscotti to enjoy! To enter, simply post a reply in the comments! This Nonni's Biscotti Bites giveaway begins today, October 23 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on October 29, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on October 30th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


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Print a $2 coupon for Yucatan Guacamole



Jewel-Osco shoppers, here's a new $2 printable coupon for Yucatan Guacamole!

Each tub of Yucatan Guacamole is 95% avocado and 5% spices, made with hand-picked, hand-scooped Hass avocados. It's all natural, and I can't wait to try it. I'll check on a price the next time I head to Jewel (or you can and chime in!) but with a high-value coupon such as this, I'm guessing it will be a pretty good deal...

Note that you need to be logged into Facebook to print.


Print now for upcoming Glad trash bag deal at Meijer


$1.00 Off One
Glad Trash Bags
Print Coupon

It seems like it's been a while since we had a decent trash bag deal,doesn't it? Well, fire up your printer and print two of these $1 Glad Trash Bags coupons, then get ready for a deal later in the week at Meijer.

Beginning 11/20, Glad 13-gallon 34-45ct. tall kitchen drawstring trash bags and 30-gallon 25ct. large drawstring trash bags will all be on sale for $7.49 each. Buy two and get $3 in instant savings (limit one offer of two packages per transaction.)

When the sale begins, buy two boxes of large trash bags. Use two $1 printables. Pay $9.98 for two, or $4.99 each!


Print now for upcoming $1.75 Mrs. Butterworth's syrup at Meijer

Save 75¢ on any one (1) Mrs. Butterworth's 24 oz. syrup

 
Beginning 11/20, 24oz. Mrs. Butterworth's original, sugar free or lite syrups will be on sale at Meijer for $2.50 each.

Print this .75 coupon. Hold it, then use it during the sale. You'll pay $1.75!

The 8/17 SS has a .55 coupon too for more at $1.95 if you'd like to stock up once the sale begins...


What's new & good on Coupons.com tonight? Plenty!

While working on tomorrow's deals for you, I spotted quite a few interesting and high-value offers on Coupons.com. Here are the best of what I see...


$3.00 off One
Hormel Party Tray
Print Coupon

NOTE: Hormel Party Trays will be on sale for $12 beginning 11/16 at Target and $11.99 beginning 11/20 at Meijer.


.75 off One
Minute Maid
59oz. orange juice
Print Coupon

$1.50 off One
Perdue frozen
fully cooked chicken
Print Coupon

$1.00 off One
Krakus 1lb.
ham in the deli
Print Coupon

$3.00 off One
Amerigas propane
exchange
Print Coupon

.75 off One
Coffee-Mate
Natural Bliss
Print Coupon

$1.00 off One
California
Pizza Kitchen pizza
Print Coupon

$1.00 off One
DeLallo gluten
free pasta
Print Coupon

.50 off One
Nabisco crackers
Print Coupon

.50 off One
Honey-Maid Grahams
Print Coupon

$1.00 off One
Dole frozen fruit
Print Coupon

$1.00 off Two
Ore-Ida frozen
Bold & Crispy
Print Coupon

$1.50 off One
Seattle's Best
K-Cups
Print Coupon

$4.00 off Two
Carnation Instant
Breakfast Essentials
Print Coupon

$2.00 off One
South Beach
Diet bars
Print Coupon

(If you're reading from the blog homepage, there are more coupons after the jump -- click here to view!)


Who needs a good diaper deal? Print now for CVS' deal beginning Sunday!

UPDATED 11/16: HUGGIES Jumbo diapers are NOT included in this deal. Reader Heather reports back from CVS that only the Huggies Pull-Ups, Overnites and Goodnites are included. If you are looking for "regular" Huggies diapers, I suggest doing the deal with the Huggies Overnites - they are heavy-duty diapers, not pull-on styles.


Beginning 11/16 next week at CVS, both Pampers and Huggies will be a part of their "Spend $30, Get $10 Gift Card" deal. (You can get a CVS gift card!)

Pampers and Huggies Pull-Ups jumbo packs will be on sale for $8.99. And, 64-72ct. CVS baby wipes will be on sale for $1.99 too. Both are part of the $30/$10. Print the coupons you'd like to use, as after the deal, you're going to be taking home Pampers or Huggies for $5.48 per jumbo pack, plus two "free" tubs of baby wipes! Print as many of the following coupons as you will need (you can print two from each link):

Pampers - $8.99
- $1.50 off Baby Dry - printable
- $1.50 off Cruisers - printable
- $1.50 off Swaddlers - printable
- $1.50 off Easy Ups - printable
- $1 off Easy Ups  - 10/26 PG
- $2 off diapers AND wipes - 10/26 PG

Huggies Overnites, Pull-Ups and Goodnites $8.99
- $3 off Huggies - printable
- $4 off 2 Huggies - printable
- $2 off Huggies - printable
- $1.50 off Little Snugglers - printable 

Do a Huggies Overnites deal!
Buy three jumbo packs of your choice - $26.97
Buy two $1.99 CVS baby wipes tubs - now $30.95
With access to two computers or devices, use three $3 coupons.
Pay $21.95 and get a $10 gift card! That's $11.95 for three, or $3.98 each! SUPER CHEAP! Plus, you'll get two "free" tubs of baby wipes!

With access to one computer, use two $3 coupons and one $2 coupon. Pay $22.95 and get a $10 gift card = $12.95 for three, or about $4.32 each. Still a deal.

Remember, OVERNITES are the ONLY Huggies diapers included - not the regular red packs. Overnites jumbo packs work out to:

Size 3 (31 count) = .13 per diaper
Size 4 (27 count) = .15 per diaper
Size 5 (23 count) = .17 per diaper
Size 6 (20 count) = .20 per diaper

Do a Pull-Ups deal!
Buy three jumbo packs of your choice - $26.97
Buy two $1.99 CVS baby wipes tubs - now $30.95
With access to two computers or devices, use three $2.25 coupons.
Pay $24.20 and get a $10 gift card! That's $14.20 for three, or $4.73 each! Plus, you'll get two "free" tubs of baby wipes!

Or, buy three jumbo packs of Pampers - $26.97
Buy two $1.99 CVS baby wipes tubs - now $30.95
Use three $1.50 coupons.
Pay $26.45 and get a $10 gift card! That's $16.45 for three, or about $5.48 per jumbo pack! Plus, you'll get two "free" tubs of baby wipes!


Crazy cheap deal: Women's & kids' suede shoes just $8.99 shipped from Cabela's!




Here's a fantastic deal on suede slide-on shoes from Cabela's! Grab these Women's Suede Slides for just $8.99 with FREE shipping! These shoes are regularly $59.99. Choose from taupe or black.

These look great for winter! The shoes are on sale for $9.99. Use code 114GEAR for an additional 10% off and FREE shipping.

UPDATE: Kids' suede youth mocs are also on sale for $9.99 and will be $8.99 with the same deal! The kids' sizes are regularly $49.99..!

I imagine these shoes will not last long at this price. What a great deal! Their site is showing availability in all sizes right now too.

Go get your $8.99 Cabela's suede shoes!

Illinois shoppers will pay .56 in tax, making your grand total $9.55. Still a steal! I ordered mine in black...

Special thanks to Bargains With Brittanie for spotting the deal!


Great gift idea: All 7 X-Men movies on Blu-Ray for $31.98 - just $4.57 per movie!

Reader Outlander shared a great deal of the day at Amazon on the X-Men series of movies: Get all 7 X-men movies on Blu-Ray for just $31.98! That's an incredible $4.57 per movie!

You'll get:

- X-Men
- X-Men 2
- X-Men 3: The Last Stand
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- X-Men First Class
- The Wolverine
- X-Men Days of Future Past Blu-ray+DHD

What makes this such an incredible deal? Amazon's price on The Wolverine is $16.99, and X-Men Days of Future Past at $14.99. A crazy-good deal indeed!

Go get all 7 X-Men movies on Amazon today for just $31.98!

Need cheap "filler" items to get over the free shipping threshold at Amazon? Check out this list!


FREE + moneymaker Scrubbing Bubbles at Meijer!


$1.00 off One
Scrubbing Bubbles
Print Coupon

UPDATED 1:40pm 11/14/14 with new deal info!

Beginning 11/13 at Meijer in Chicagoland markets, 22oz. Scrubbing Bubbles foam spray cleaners will be on sale for $2.79 each. Buy three and get $3 off instantly (limit 1 per transaction.)

Here's a new $1 printable. You can print two per device.

With two printables, buy three. Pay $3.37 for three, or about $1.12 each.
With access to two devices, print three printables and buy three. Pay $2.37 for three, or .79 each!

UPDATE: This offer is ALSO generating the $3 national Scrubbing Bubbles Catalina! I have an alert for this offer, but with the $3 instant savings coming too, I wasn't sure if both would come off. I just returned from Meijer and was pleasantly surprised to see that this good deal just became a moneymaker! I bought three cans for $2.37 and got a $3 Catalina. All free and a .63 moneymaker!


QVC "moneymaker" e-giftcard deal - getting ready for bargain Wen?

Calling all QVC shoppers! Through 11/16 only, QVC is offering a moneymaker e-giftcard deal. Buy $100 in QVC eGift Cards & Get a $25 eGift Card through 11/16.

If you shop at QVC, you may really like this deal. You'll get $125 in purchasing power for $100. My regular readers likely know what I'm hoping to get at a great price with this -- Wen haircare products!

I've written extensively about my experiences with Wen -- while pricey, it's made an enormous difference in my hair. Last year around this time, I saw 5-bottle packs of Wen on QVC for $79.86 - it worked out to $15.97 per bottle, which is about half of what each individual bottle usually sells for. These sets sold out quickly last year.

Will we see this QVC Wen sale again this year? I hope so. QVC has another Wen event beginning today, so I'll keep an eye out to see if they introduce another 5-bottle set for the holidays. Here's this weekend's Wen event schedule (all times in Central):

11/14 - 10:00pm Friday Night Beauty
11/15 - 6:00am AM Style, 9:00am Morning Gifts
11/16 - 2:00am Late Night Gifts, 5:00am Great Gifts, 3:00pm Two Hour Show
11/17 - 5:00am Fashionably Early, 6:00pm PM Style
11/18 - 2:00am Beauty Gifts, 8:00pm Tuesday Night Beauty

You may want to get your egiftcards ready!


6 Fridays Until Christmas gift idea: Mitten Clips

There are only SIX 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 gift idea is a request from reader Maggie, who wrote asking if I knew where she could find mitten grippers for children."You know the kind us 70s kids grew up with that clip onto your coat! I cannot find these in stores."

Well, if you can't find it on Amazon, it probably doesn't exist. Mitten Clips are still around, and Amazon's got 'em. Apparently the design hasn't changed much in close to 40 years, either. I remember having clips like these as a kid -- little snowmen and all! While the kids in your life may not think this is the greatest gift, it's highly likely that parents of babies, toddlers and little ones will. Clip one edge to a coat sleeve and the other to the cuff of a glove or mitten, and your kids won't lose them even if they wiggle out of their mittens.

There are actually several different kinds of these on Amazon, some of which would be appropriate for adults too. (Don't laugh - many of the reviews cite adults using them to avoid losing their gloves!) Amazon prices can change at any time:

- Original Snowmen Mitten Clips: $5.99 + $5.55 shipping

- N'ice Caps Mitten Clips: $7.99 + Amazon shipping

- Clips N Grips: $14.99 + Amazon shipping


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


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free York Peppermint Patty

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.

In Chicagoland, SavingStar offers can be redeemed at Jewel-Osco, CVS, Mariano's, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kmart and Peapod. Some stores load offers to their loyalty cards (Jewel, CVS, Mariano's) and others use post-redemption of receipts -- snap a photo of your receipt and upload it.

Click to load this new offer via SavingStar!

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


Chicago Tribune home delivery for .75 per week!

Chicago Tribune home delivery service is a convenient way to have newspaper inserts and coupons delivered right to your home. You can order up to two additional Sunday papers with specially-tiered pricing to maximize your couponing power, and it's even cheaper than buying your papers at the dollar store. (Plus, they're delivered to your door!)

Call 1-855-438-8742 to subscribe with any of the following codes:

Single Copy Offers Discount code Price
Sunday Edition, 1 copy JCSO .75/week
Wednesday and Sunday delivery, 1 copy JCWS $1.49/week
Multiple Copy Offers* Discount code Price
Add 1 Sunday Edition JCX1 .75/week
Add 2 Sunday Editions JCX2 $1.99/week

*Maximum 3 Sunday copies per address, within the Tribune's delivery area. Length of offer is 26 weeks of delivery.


Try All You Magazine (the magazine with coupons!) for just .63 per issue!


All You

Grab a 24-month subscription to All You magazine (the magazine with coupons!) for just .63 per issue! This is a good deal -- if you use even one $1 coupon per issue, it more than pays for itself.

Go get your 2-year subscription of All You for just $15!


Order Super-Couponing workshops on DVD for just $9.99!

My Super-Couponing® live workshops have continually broken attendance records for venues hosting my popular grocery-savings classes, which attract tens of thousands of people each year.

Now, my workshops are available on DVD! You'll enjoy all of the same secrets, tips and techniques taught in my live Super-Couponing and Super-Couponing 2 classes! Learn how to easily cut your grocery bill by half or more in these video workshops that are fun, fast-paced and never boring! And, with Super-Couponing 2: Saving on Everything, you'll learn tips for saving on clothing, housewares, toys, holiday purchases... and everything else!

This isn't the coupon clipping of our parents' generation. With my "clipless" system, we don't cut any coupons until we're ready to use them, and we're not wasting hours each week managing hundreds of little pieces of paper. You'll learn how to save big in the least amount of time possible -- minimum effort, with the maximum payoff!

Click to view FREE clips from my Super-Couponing® and Super-Couponing® 2 DVDs online and enjoy a special price of $9.99!


Print now for .50 Westpac frozen vegetables at Mariano's!

Save 35¢ on any FLAV-R-PAC or WESTPAC Product

 

Who doesn't LOVE deals on produce? Westpac 16oz. frozen vegetables are on sale for .50 at Mariano's through 11/19. Use the .50 coupon from the 9/21 SS or a printable and pay .50 per bag! Great price!


Checkout 51 Deals for November 13, 2014

Checkout 51 Offers

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

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

NEW announcement from Checkout 51:

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

"Pick Your Own Offer" offers:
- .25 off flour, butter, pecans, pumpkin puree, or bananas

Regular offers:
- .50 of tomatoes
- $1 off Nature Valley protein granola
- $4 off 2 Scrubbing Bubbles toilet
- $5 off Jennie O Oven Ready turkey
- $1 off Wild Garden hummus
- .75 off Luigi's Real Italian Ice

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


Print now for $2.49 Lipton K-Cups at CVS/pharmacy next week!


$2.00 off One
Lipton K-cups
Print Coupon

Beginning 11/16 at CVS, buying $10 worth of participating Unilever products will generate $3 ExtraBucks, limit 1.

12ct. Lipton K-cups will be on sale for $5.99. Buying two will trigger the $3 reward. Use two $2 printables (print now & hold for the sale!)

Pay $7.98 and get $3 ExtraBucks. That's $4.98 for two, or $2.49 each! Great price for K-cups!


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