Great clearance deals at The Children's Place - today only!

Today only, The Children's Place is having an online sale. Get 40% off plus FREE shipping with code FORTY3 -- this makes for some great deals!

Boys' 100% cotton pajama sets are $4.31, shipped!

Girls' and boys' tank tops are just $1.79, shipped!

Browse The Children's Place clearance clothing sale

Thanks to Mashup Mom for spotting & sharing the sale!

New SmartSource printable coupons

As I'm working on matchups, I spotted some good printable coupon offers on SmartSource today too...

Save $1.00 on any two (2) StarKist® Tuna Pouch Products

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SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) KING'S HAWAIIAN® products (excluding 4-pack dinner rolls).
SAVE $2.00 On any ONE (1) Lipton® K-Cup® pack product
SAVE $1.00 On any TWO (2) Heinz 57® Sauces 10oz or larger.
SAVE $1.00 off any ONE (1) Sparkle® 6 roll or larger paper towels package.
SAVE $0.55 off any TWO (2) Dixie® bath cup products.
SAVE $1.00 off any TWO (2) packages of Angel Soft® bathroom tissue.
SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) Angel Soft® Facial Tissue items
SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) packages of Quilted Northern® bath tissue, 6 double roll or larger.

Back-to-school labels from Bright Star Kids

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bright Star Kids. I have been compensated for this post.

Back-to-school time is rapidly approaching. I can't believe my kids only have about three weeks of summertime left! We've been busy shopping for school supplies with all of the recent deals running. Many schools require parents to label all of the child's school supplies so they can be returned to the right person if they're lost or misplaced.

What items should you label with your child's name? Here's a Top-10 checklist:

1) Gym shoes

2) Backpacks or book bags

3) Electronics: calculators, tablets, and other devices

4) Folders

5) Binders

6) Notebooks

7) Scissors

8) Art supplies: Crayons, markers, glue

9) Lunchboxes or lunch bags

10) Gym suits or school uniforms

If your child's school requires students' school supplies to be labeled with the child's name, Bright Star Kids labels has an easy and fun way to achieve that goal. They've got custom label packages that you can design with your child's name. Choose colors, icons and graphics to personalize them.

Right now, Bright Star Kids is offering free shipping and 15% off store wide using the promo code LABELS on orders over $30 in conjunction with back to school. Their Bright Star Kids school labels value kit includes a whopping 175 labels:

  • 10 large stick-on labels

  • 30 small stick-on labels

  • 80 tiny pencil labels

  • 16 clear round shoe labels

  • 16 round stick-on labels

  • 30 iron-on tag clothing labels

Click for a 15% off coupon for Bright Star Kids labels!

Jewel-Osco Deals of the Week: 7/30/14 - 8/5/14

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

View weekly ad | SavingStar ecoupon offers | Checkout 51 ecoupon offers

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

Top deals:
CRAZY free Febreze deals, .50 Hamburger Helper, .66 Essential Everyday dijon mustard, ketchup or marinades, .68 Yoplait Greek yogurt, .75 Post cereals, .75 Suddenly Salad, $1-$1.66 General Mills cereals, $1.25 Rolaids, $1.29-$1.66 Kellogg's cereals, $1.50 Axe body spray, $1.50 Fisher peanuts, $2.99 Johnsonville Italian sausages, brats and Grillers, $11.99 Pedigree dog food

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

Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Green Peppers at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 8/4/2014.Save 20%.

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

Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Target, Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly and Peapod shoppers... Click to load this offer to your store card! This ecoupon is valid through 8/4/14.

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

Red Lobster to "act fancier" by plating food differently and raising prices

I'm reading a Yahoo story about Red Lobster's new owner and its strategy to "fancy up" the restaurant chain.

Now, I like Red Lobster, but it is what it is -- a casual restaurant with some moderately priced seafood and some higher-priced seafood. Go when there's a special "fest" or feast going, and you can maximize what you're getting for what you're paying.

Well, Red Lobster's new owner has plans to make Red Lobster a finer dining experience. From the article:

Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and plating dishes higher as is the style at fancy restaurants.

... many people still view Red Lobster as "fine-dining for the middle class." But the push to change perceptions about the quality of Red Lobster's food could be a challenge, given recent promotions like "30 shrimp for $11.99," or a lobster pot pie that had just a half-ounce of lobster meat.

Lopdrup, who served as president of Red Lobster from 2004 to 2011 before moving on to head other aspects of Darden's business, said he planned to end such steep discounting.

"You're not going to see any of these low-priced specials that we're not proud of," he said.

About two weeks ago, Red Lobster also starting rolling out a new plating style for its fish dishes that will expand to other parts of the menu.

Previously, fish dishes were served on rectangular plates, with the fish, rice and vegetables spread out in separate corners. Now when customers order off the "Fresh Fish" menu, they get a round plate on which slabs of fish are piled over the rice, a vertical presentation commonly found at higher-end establishments.

"The food arranged in a way that's more like you'd see at a fine-dining restaurant," Lopdrup said. "The seafood is the star."

As for the food itself, that hasn't changed.

Red Lobster released a photo via the AP to show the improved plating. The old plating is on top, and the new (round plate) plating is on the bottom.

What do you think of this strategy? Honestly, more "attractive plating" isn't a factor in whether or not I want to eat at a restaurant.

The article goes on to state that they will be offering "pricier items" on the menu too upwards of a $30 price point.

Read "Red Lobster tries acting like a fancier restaurant" on Yahoo.

New Super-Couponing Tips column: Newspaper personnel discuss coupon theft

This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "Newspaper personnel discuss coupon theft." Here's an excerpt:

"Dear Jill,

In the last couple of years, the problems caused for us by extreme couponers are major. Bundles of advertising sections for the Sunday paper are being stolen so the couponers can sell the whole bundles to other extreme couponers. People drive through neighborhoods after the papers have been delivered and steal them from driveways.

There are so many problems with this (besides the outright illegality of stealing something that isn’t yours). One is that the person who delivers the papers is blamed for not delivering the papers. They also get charged for each of the missed paper complaints. At our business, the going rate is $2 per daily paper and $4 for each Sunday paper. They are only paid on average less than 15 cents to deliver each paper Mon-Sat, and maybe 25 cents average for each Sunday paper."

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

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Get Parents magazine for just .33 per issue!

Here's a great deal from Parents magazine! Get 2 years of Parents delivered to your home for just $7.99. That's .33 per issue! You'll also get a free birthday planner when you subscribe.

Go get 24 issues of Parents magazine for $7.99 (.33 per issue!)

Free swimming pool safety guide

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