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Off the grid

My apologies for the delay in posting this weekend's deals. My 4G signal doesn't work so well when I'm 77 feet underground.

Our family's been camping in a cave in Wisconsin for the past three days. It was chilly, wet, muddy and amazing. I've got bumps on my head from subterranean tunnel-crawling and bruises in places I didn't know one could bruise. I watched my sons wriggle and writhe their way into crevices and cracks barely wider than their shoulders.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat. It was exhilarating!

Now that we're home, I've got lots (and lots) of laundry to do, and I'm attacking the ads. Stay tuned.


GIVEAWAY: Win a one-month supply of Huggies diapers for #DiaperNeed Awareness

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Huggies. I have received information to help promote the product as part of this giveaway. I have not been compensated for this giveaway.

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Couponsfortheresa!

Calling all Super-Couponing moms and dads! Did you know Diaper Need Awareness continues this month? 1 in 3 Moms in the U.S. suffer from diaper need. 14 states in the USA have issued official proclamations in support of Diaper Need Awareness.

In honor of this, Huggies and Meijer are donating diapers to babies in need. Use hashtag #diaperneed to spread the word! And, I've got a great prize for anyone who's currently diapering a little one - a FREE one-month supply of Huggies diapers! Huggies will also donate a one-month supply of diapers to the winner's local diaper bank!

For a chance to win this Huggies diaper supply, simply post a reply in the comments under this article! This Huggies giveaway begins today, December 4, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on December 10, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on December 11, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


A supermarket surprise

 

Several readers have sent this video over to me tonight. It's wonderful and totally worth a couple minutes of your time.

German supermarket EDEKA filmed this in-store with 13 hidden cameras and 9 highly trained cashiers. You'll see what I mean in a moment..!

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Reminder: Follow me on social media & never miss a deal!

I know that many of my readers rely on Facebook to be notified of updates to my blog -- more than 20,000 of you!

You're likely not aware of this, but Facebook has been gradually reducing the exposure given to business pages in Facebook news feeds. If you're following me on Facebook, chances are very high that you're not seeing every deal or article I post.

This article from Forbes explains what's going on:


From 16% of followers of a brand page being shown a piece of content in 2012, the percentage of organic reach has dropped to roughly 6% in February 2014 for an average page, and just 2% for large pages with more than 500,000 likes. And the unofficial advice from Facebook sources to community managers noted in the report? Expect it to approach zero in the foreseeable future.


The end game here is that a message posted on a brand page will not be shown to anyone unless it gathers a notable number of likes from a user’s friends. If their friends like a post, if there is a visible adoption of the post by the community, only then the post has earned the right to be shown organically.

I don't want you guys to miss out on any posts or deals! Over the holiday weekend, I received quite a few Facebook messages saying things like "It's nice to see all the activity on your page." The reality is that the activity is always there -- I post every day on Facebook -- but you don't always see it. The reason Facebook showed you more of it over the past few days is that more users were interacting with posts: commenting, liking and sharing them. Without that interaction, Facebook's algorithm deems them "unimportant" and does not display them in feeds.

Facebook's going to do its thing, but we can do ours too. I also post all of my deals on Twitter every day, and Twitter does not filter or hide Tweets. You can follow me (@Supercouponing) on Twitter.

I'm also on all of the following networks, though Facebook and Twitter are the places I post all deals daily:

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RetailWire: Are online shoppers addicted to deals?

In these post-Thanksgiving, post-Black Friday deal days, RetailWire asks, "Are online shoppers addicted to deals?"

It cites research that shows that deal-seekers are 50% less likely to make a second purchase at a retailer if their first transaction involves discounts or sales:


New online customers whose first transaction involves a discount or special offer are 50 percent less likely to return to make a second purchase.

The research also found:

Customers who visit an e-commerce site for the first time and make a purchase at full price are more than twice as likely to make a second visit;

Returning customers will spend 150 percent more per visit versus those who are initially motivated by a sale;

Over the lifetime of the relationship, a customer whose first interaction with a retailer does not involve a discount is worth at least 2.5 times more than a customer who responds to a short-term discount or promotion.

"Our data shows that when price plays a significant role in the first-time purchase with a retailer, even online, the chance of them becoming a long-term and loyal customer can be low," said Dr. Greg Leibon, CTO of Coherent Path and a resident scholar in mathematics at Dartmouth College.


Read "Are online shoppers addicted to deals?" at RetailWire.


New Super-Couponing Tips column: Here's why I coupon. Why do you?

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "Here's why I coupon. Why do you?." Here's an excerpt:

Why do you use coupons? Do you enjoy putting your coupon "earnings" aside for the fun things in life, like leisure activities or vacations? Are you saving to pay for your children's education, or are you using coupons to stretch an already tight budget?

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.


Deals of the Week for November 30, 2014 are live!

Deals of the Week are live!

To celebrate Social Sunday and Cyber Monday, my Super-Couponing workshops on DVD are just $5.00 each! This is the lowest price they've ever been offered for, and this deal will only last through Monday night, December 1st. Go get your Super-Couponing DVDs at the best price ever and give the gift of savings this season!

Sunday's Chicago Tribune has ONE insert: Procter & Gamble (PG.)
Need a deal on Sunday Chicago Tribune home delivery? Get it at home for just .75 per week!

I've got a new blog giveaway this week too! Enter to win a Nakano Rice Vinegar New Tastes gift pack! Splash and season your favorite salads and meats with new citrus flavors.

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!


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

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

For the next four days, grab my Super-Couponing DVD and/or my Super-Couponing 2: Saving On Everything! DVDs for just $5.00 each! Flat-rate shipping is $5.95 no matter how many you order, so this is a great opportunity to pick up additional copies for gifts this holiday season!

You (or your friends) can enjoy my Super-Couponing and Super-Couponing 2 live workshops from the comfort of your living room! I'll walk you through understanding how to put deals together, match coupons to sales, and cut your grocery bill in half... or better.

Super-Couponing 1 DVD: Only $5.00!
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I've never offered my DVDs at such a low price before! Whether you're looking for Black Friday bargains, wishing to support a small business this Saturday (this small business owner thanks you!), sharing deals on social media this Sunday, or shopping solely from home for Cyber Monday, this deal is the same all weekend long. It's just $5.00!

I'm excited about this, and I hope you are too. Imagine what you could do with $5.00 -- grab a latte, pick out a generic grab-bag gift for the office gift swap... or give the gift of saving money this holiday season!

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

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

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


My black leather trenchcoat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Tcarolinep!

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

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

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


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

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

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

Are you a member of Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks® Rewards? This loyalty program launched back in January, and you can earn points toward free Dunkin’ Donuts beverages! With DD perks, you earn five points for every dollar you spend when you pay with an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card or via the Dunkin’ Mobile® App. From lattes and croissants, to Coolattas and bagels, DD Perks rewards you for every purchase and every Dunkin’ run! When you reach 200 points, you receive a coupon for a free beverage of your choice!

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

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

Incredibly, despite my longtime love for Dunkin' Donuts hot chocolates and maple frosted donuts, I was not aware of their DD Perks® loyalty promo prior to this announcement. I will be signing up for a Dunkin' Donuts card so I can use it with DD Perks® with the Dunkin' app once the $5 promo period begins on December 1st! Then, anytime I shop at Dunkin' Donuts, I can use my Dunkin' Donuts card to pay (either with the actual plastic card or the app) and start accruing points. If you don't have a Dunkin' Donuts card yet, you can set a new one up with any value from $2 to $100 on it.

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


New York Post: Black Friday "ineffective and dysfunctional"

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

The New York Post has noticed too:


This year, it’s Broken Friday.

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

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



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

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

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

Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.


Deals of the Week for November 23, 2014 are live

Deals of the Week are live!

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

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!



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


This article from TakePart.com has more information:


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

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

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

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


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


Problems shipping & receiving Wen seasonal formulas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Life lessons from the second grade

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

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2 Fridays until Christmas gift idea: Perler bead kits

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

Today's holiday gift idea is something my own children love - Perler bead sets!

These bead craft sets are so simple, yet so engaging. My kids will sit at the kitchen table for hours designing everything from Minecraft and Pokemon characters to ornaments for our Christmas tree. It's such a great item for creative play. Kids use Perler beads to create their own designs on grid templates. A quick pressing with an iron melts and seals the beads together, turning them into toys or collectibles.

Also, while I say "kids," but our 18-year-old has been known to make Perler bead crafts too..! If you like these, Meijer also has the large tubs of refill beads half off beginning 12/14 - they'll be just $5!

Browse Perler beads on Amazon!

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


SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Morton salt

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.


Get this air hockey table for just $29.98 - shipped!

Well, THIS would certainly excite my entire household if it appeared under the Christmas tree this year! Walmart has a 48" air hockey table for just $29.98 today with FREE shipping -- down from $69.96! That's a great deal!

Go get your $29.98 air hockey table from Walmart.com!

Thanks to Mashup Mom for spotting this great deal!


Amazon Holiday Toy List hourly deals are on!


Amazon's Hourly Toy Deals begin today with deeply discounted toy deals on many popular toys, brands and characters for the 2014 holiday season.

Fans of Disney, Frozen, Barbie, Chuggington, wood toys, classic toys and retro playthings will want to check this link all day long as these deals sell out quickly!

Amazon Prime members get first priority at buying the featured items, so if you're a Prime member, make sure you log in first, then shop!


$4.99 Paul Stanley flash drives on Woot!

Here's a deal for the KISS lover in your life (oh, let's be honest... this one is a deal for me!)

Woot! has a daily deal on Paul Stanley 8GB flash drives -- they're just $4.99 today, down from $14.99!

Pull poor Paul's head off, and his body is an 8GB flash drive. He's perfect for discreetly stashing files inside what appears to be a rock-themed desk figurine.

Woot! has $5 flat rate shipping. Guess what will be under the tree at the Cataldo house this year... and not just for me!

Go get your KISS Paul Stanley 8GB flash drive for $4.99 - or browse other daily deals at Woot!

Thanks to Heidi at HotCouponWorld for sending me this deal today!


New Checkout 51 offers for December 11, 2014

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.)

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

"Pick Your Own Offer" offers:
- .25 off any candy canes, egg nog, oranges, marshmallows, or bananas

Regular offers:
- .50 off eggs
- $2 off Aveeno (note that this does not exclude trial/travel- Target & other stores have this size for under $2)
- .75 off Tabasco sauce
- $1 off Pledge
- .75 off Superpretzel
- .75 off Minute Maid frozen novelties

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!


Butterball electric turkey fryer: Just $50 shipped, down from $159.99!

This is a great price for a turkey fryer if you're looking for one -- or, give one as a gift this season!

Walmart has the Butterball Stainless Steel Digital Electric Turkey Fryer, regularly $159.99, on sale for $50.00 today at Walmart with FREE shipping!

Walmart says:

Fry a turkey indoors with the Butterball Digital Electric Turkey Fryer Stainless Steel appliance. This remarkable kitchen tool can cook delicious turkeys up to 14 lbs in size.

- Cook time: 3-1/2 to 4 minutes per pound
- Uses 1/3 less oil than traditional turkey fryers
- Chrome-coated wire cooking basket with drain clip
- Drain valve for easy cleaning
- Space-saving design that takes up minimal space on the counter

It has more than 350 five-star reviews at Walmart.com, and the reviews are fun to read -- people are saying 11-14 pound birds are done in an hour! And, electric turkey fryers are much safer than their gas/butane/propane counterparts. Plus, you can use it to fry chickens, seafood and other foods too!

Go get your Butterball turkey fryer for $50.00 - shipped!

Thanks to Consumer Queen for spotting the deal.


Print & load coupons for .65 Sargento Tastings cheeses at Jewel-Osco


.75 off One
Sargento Tastings
cheese
Print Coupon

Just in time for holiday entertaining!

3.25-3.95oz. Sargento Tastings cheeses are on sale for $2. We have quite a few coupons for these:

- .75 off - printable
- .75 off - different printable (UPDATE: Has been replaced with a $1-off-2 printable now)
- .75 off - another different printable (UPDATE: Has hit print limit.)
-  $1 off 2 - printable
- $3 off $10 purchase - SavingStar ecoupon

Let's put a deal together...

Buy five Tastings ($10.) Load the SavingStar ecoupon. Use five .75 printables (you can print each coupon twice.) Pay $6.25 and get $3 back from SavingStar! That's five cheeses for $3.25, or .65 each!


Many new free Kindle ebooks about money management today!


SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off green peppers

This week's new SavingStar ecoupon Healthy Offer of the Week is 20% off green peppers.

Click to load this offer to your store card!

Chicagoland shoppers can use SavingStar at Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Peapod and more.

*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.


Print a $1.00 coupon for Cocoa Puffs!

Here's a new printable coupon for $1 off Cocoa Puffs! It's on Pillsbury's site, so you'll have to register to print if you don't already have an account with them.


Get a 12-pack of Coke for just 30 My Coke Rewards points!

Thanks to several of my readers for spotting this one tonight -- get a coupon for a FREE 12-pack of Coke for just 30 Coke Rewards points at www.mycokerewards.com!


Great coupons for toys!

I spotted some great printable coupons for toys tonight, particularly for those stocking stuffers you may be buying this month...


Buy One Get One FREE
Littlest Pet Shop
Pet Pawsabilities
($5.99 value)
Print Coupon

$1.00 off One
Play Doh compound
$2.50 or more
Print Coupon

$2.00 off One
Sesame Street
mini plush toy
Print Coupon

$2.00 off One
Star Wars
12" action figure
Print Coupon

$2.00 off One
Transformers
12" action figure
Print Coupon

$2.00 off One
Heroes Transformers
Rescue Bots
Print Coupon

$2.00 off One
Titan Hero figure
Print Coupon

$3.00 off Two
Easy Bake Oven
Ultimate Refills
Print Coupon

$5.00 off One
Easy Bake
Ultimate Oven
Print Coupon


P&G exclusive printable coupons


P&G has exclusive printable coupons on their website again! You can also sign up to receive the P&G newsletter so you'll be notified when new coupons and offers are posted.


Sign up for Target REDcard and get 5% off purchases

This post contains affiliate links.

Want a Target REDcard? Use the REDcard when you shop at Target, and you'll receive the following great benefits:

* 5% off every day
* Free shipping at Target.com
* Extended returns -- 30 extra days
* Up to 1% of purchases go to school you designate

Sign up for Target REDcard!


Breaking Bad complete DVD series: As low as $59.99!

Are you a fan of Breaking Bad? If so, the entire series is available on DVD at bargain prices today on Amazon!

The complete series is $59.99 and $85.99 for Blu-Ray.

Or, the "money barrel" special edition is $119.99 through the end of the day! (Add to cart to see reduced price.)


Preorder Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD for $9.99!

Guardians of the Galaxy, THE movie hit of the summer, is available on Amazon preorder right now for just $9.99!


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