Attend a Super-Couponing workshop in Harwood Heights, Illinois this Saturday!

Make plans to attend a Super-Couponing workshop in 2015 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!

March 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015 @ 11:00am - Harwood Heights, IL
Presented by Liberty Bank at Eisenhower Public Library District
4613 North Oketo Avenue
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
For more information, call 708-867-7828

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 6:30pm - St. Charles, IL
St. Charles Public Library
1 South 6th Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
For more information, call 630-584-0076

Saturday, March 14, 2015 @ 11:00am - Bolingbrook, IL
Fountaindale Public Library District
300 W. Briarcliff
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
For more information, call 630-759-2102

Monday, March 16, 2015 @ 7:00pm - Bloomingdale, IL
Bloomingdale Public Library
101 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
For more information, call 630-924-2735

Additional dates and full Super-Couponing workshop schedule

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Target's new marketing strategy: Fewer "minivan moms," more Hispanics

The Chicago Tribune has an interesting article on Target's new marketing strategy:

Before the recession, big-box retailer Target was riding high. Its sprawling stores were popping up in seemingly every suburb in America, and its well-designed stores and cheap, chic styles made it appeal both to low-income consumers who might have shopped at Wal-Mart and to upscale shoppers who simply loved the thrill of a deal.

It was the era when it became common for loyal customers to affectionately refer to it as "Tar-zhay," a tongue-in-cheek French pronunciation that captured how they felt about the brand: It delivered a luxe shopping experience, even though the prices were low. In a presentation to investors this week, Target executives said its core customer at that time was the "Boomer Mom," someone who "drives a minivan," "lives in the suburbs" and "wants it all."

Chief executive Brian Cornell said this week that Target "lost its brand balance" during this time, focusing too much on deals and not enough on the chic styling that made Target stand out from its rivals.

Target's new chief executive, Brian Cornell, has big plans for revitalizing the troubled company. And one of them is looking beyond the minivan-driving suburban mom to build its base of shoppers — or guests, as they're known in company lingo.

"Our guest is going to be increasingly a Hispanic shopper," Cornell said at the investor event.

The baby department is one of four signature categories that Target is looking to emphasize to its customers, and Jones said Hispanic millennial moms served as "the creative muse" for its major new marketing campaign for these goods. And it will launch a Spanish-language ad campaign in March with a spot on the hit CW comedy "Jane the Virgin." The company says it is a "first for any brand" to do a Spanish-language ad on an English-language network.

Read the entire article at

Inadvertent coupon fraud?

I think I may have committed coupon fraud. Accidentally and inadvertently, but it may have happened just the same.

I went back to Jewel today and decided to get a few more boxes of Creamette pasta, which is on sale for .88 this week. There are .55 coupons in the "Blinkie" dispenser right in front of the product, dropping it to just .33 per box.

As I stood in the checkout lane organizing my coupons for the cashier, I flipped the Creamette coupons over and saw this wording on the back:

"Consumer: Limit one (1) coupon per purchase and quantity stated. No more than one (1) coupon for the same product in the same transaction."

I stood there thinking "Is 'No more than one coupon for the same product' referring to not stacking a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon? Or does this coupon mean 'Limit one coupon per transaction?' But the coupon says 'Limit one coupon per purchase' first, not 'Limit one coupon per transaction,' which would make more sense..."

Then, near the end of the terms, it again says "Limit one coupon per purchase." Hmm.

As I had this inner dialogue with myself, my cashier began scanning my pasta. I told her "Wait - I might have to take a couple of those off -- I'm not sure if this coupon means I can only use one."

My cashier laughed. "You're not sure? Is there any hope for the rest of us then?" (Yes, I suppose it was kind of funny.)

She plucked the coupons out of my hand and scanned them.

I'm still not quite sure if these coupons intend to limit shoppers to buying one box of pasta per transaction.

And, if so... who buys just one box of pasta at a time? I suppose they're the same people who buy just one cup of noodles.

I have reached out to Creamette to clarify & will let you know if I receive a response.

New Checkout 51 offers for March 5, 2015

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Checkout 51 Offers

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

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

"Pick Your Own Offer" offers:
- .25 off tomatoes, pineapples, carrots, limes, or bananas

Regular offers:
- .50 off eggs
- $1 off Scrubbing Bubbles
- $1 off 2 Halls
- $1 off 3 McCormick Grill Mates
- $1 off Glade jar candles, wax melts, more products
- $1 off Shout
- $1 off Pledge
- $1 off Suavitel
- $1 off Colavita olive oil

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!

GIVEAWAY: Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein supplement powder assortment

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Garden of Life. I have been compensated for this post.

Do you use protein powders as part of your workout or health routine? Garden of Life has an organic protein powder called Organic Plant Protein. It's vegan, dairy-free, gluten free and soy free, which makes it unlike any other protein powder on the market. It's made with non-GMO ingredients, and each serving provides 15 grams of complete protein. Each serving of Organic Plant Protein is just 100 calories too!

I have tried quite a few brands of protein powders (I like to use them as an after-workout drink) and this brand is really incredibly smooth. I usually use an immersion blender to mix them with milk, but the Organic Plant Protein just melted into my shaker cup with a few shakes - no blender needed!

One of my blog readers will win a Kind Organics gift pack that contains four 9-ounce packages of Organic Plant Protein in the following flavors:

  • Smooth Chocolate
  • Smooth Vanilla
  • Smooth Energy: Yerba Mate
  • Smooth Coffee: Marley Coffee

For a chance to win this Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein assortment, simply post a reply in the comments under this article! This giveaway begins today, March 5, 2015, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on March 11, 2015 at 11:59pm CST, and on March 12, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!

"Get In It to Win It" Wednesday! Contest and giveaway offers

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If you like contests and giveaways, you know that the saying "You've got to get in it to win it" is true -- you can't win if you don't try! Here are a few contests and giveaways you may want to enter today...

Bays English Muffins are giving away a toaster every day for 30 days! Enter for a chance to win a toaster.

Enter to win a House Party Prize Pack from SC Johnson! The grand prize is a Bose Entertainment System, 50” TV, $200 Visa Gift Card, & cleaning supplies. Five Runners-Up will each win a $50 Visa Gift Card & cleaning supplies.

Enter to win a $10,000 dream vacation from Publishers Clearing House!

Enter for a chance to win a $5,000 Home Makeover from Woman’s Day Magazine! After you enter, you'll also have the opportunity to subscribe to 12 issues of Woman's Day for $5, with the option to add 12 issues of Good Housekeeping for only $5 more.

Some of last week's giveaways continue this week too -- see the rest of this post & enter to win everything from a $10,000 college fund to trips to Paris and New York City!

Meijer Deals of the Week: 3/5/15 - 3/11/15

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Here are your Chicago Meijer coupon deals and matchups for the current week in the following Illinois stores: Algonquin, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Elgin, Evergreen Park, McHenry, Oswego, Plainfield, Rolling Meadows, St. Charles:

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

Note: I refer to coupon inserts found in the Chicago Tribune, as it is the newspaper with the largest quantity of high-value coupons for Chicagoland.

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Top deals:
FREE Yulu and Aussie yogurts, .50 Meijer tuna, .55 Angel Soft bath tissue, .74 Betty Crocker fruit snacks, $1.13 Ragu pasta sauces, $1.29 Meijer eggs, $1.49 Stouffer's entrees, $1.50 Wholly Guacamole, $2.25 Johnsonville breakfast sausages, $3.25 Farm Rich snacks, $3.49 large Stouffer's entrees, $4.09 Huggies baby wipes, $4.99 Purex laundry detergent

Checkout 51 Offers

Ad fail: This is not a deal.

Reader CouponGusto brought this one to my attention today. Joseph's Marketplace in Crystal Lake, Illinois, is having an interesting 10-for-$10 sale this week:

A variety of ConAgra products are on sale 10-for-$10. Use the coupon in the ad and get... 8 for $10.

Whoops. It's rare that I'd advise not using a coupon with a sale, but 10-for-$10 is a much better deal than 8-for-$10!

I'm pretty sure this ad should have read "10 for $8" with coupon. Hee.

A larger version of the ad's front page is below and on Joseph's site at this link.

SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off oranges!

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

Click to load this offer to your 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 or accounts (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!