6PM.com: My source for bargain designer clothing... and 70s glam-worthy platform shoes.

Halloween's right around the corner, and these are the shoes I'll be wearing tomorrow night as part of my 70s glam-themed costume...

Where does one find such dangerously marvelous platforms? Why, at 6PM.com. Not only is it one of my favorite places to pick up designer clothes at bargain prices, they also often have shoe closeouts in the ridiculously-good-deal range -- and shipping's FREE every day!

The shoes in question began life looking like this...

Add one bottle of Tacky Glue, plus one bag of "acrylic jewels," and I bedazzled my shoes into something 1970s sparkletastic. Best part? The shoes were on clearance for $14!

You never know what you'll find at 6PM...



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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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.


Checkout 51 offers for October 29, 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 bacon 8oz. or larger
- .25 off fresh tomatoes
- .25 off whole head of lettuce
- .25 off bananas
- .25 off oranges

Regular offers:
- $5 off Jennie O Oven Ready Turkey
- $1 off Colavita 17oz or larger olive oil
- $1 off Pledge
- $3 off Fiber Choice fiber supplement
- $1 off Dole pineapple juice
- .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 $1.70 All laundry detergent next week at CVS!


$2.00 off Two
All laundry detergent
Print Coupon

Looking for a laundry detergent deal at a stock-up price? Beginning 11/2, CVS will have a "Buy $30, Get $10 Gift Card" sale.

28-33 load All laundry detergent will be priced at $3.99 during this sale. Use the $1 coupon from the 9/28 RP or this $2-off-2 printable to drop these to $2.99 each.

The price gets even better when you combine it with the $30/$10 gift card deal. Print as many $2-off-2 coupons as you need for this scenario -- the 9/28 RP has a $1 coupon too. We'll also be using a Brookside chocolate as a filler item for this deal -- that's your reward for being such a smart shopper! Ready?

Buy 7 All at $3.99 each ($27.93)
Buy one 3oz. Brookside chocolate for $2.00 (now $29.93 - should be enough to trigger the gift card.)
If not, add an .88 Nestle or Mars Christmas candy single, also part of this deal)
Use seven $1 or $2-off-2 All coupons so that each bottle has a $1 discount
Use one $1 Brookside chocolate coupon from the 9/14 SS
Pay $21.93 and get a $10 CVS gift card! That's $11.93 for 7 All, or about $1.70 each! (Don't forget your "free" Brookside!)

If you prefer not to use fillers you'll only pay a tiny bit more for more All!
Buy 8 All ($31.92)
Use eight $1 or $2-off-2 All coupons so that each bottle has a $1 discount
Pay $23.92 and get a $10 CVS gift card! That's $13.92 for 8 All, or $1.74 each.


Jewel-Osco Deals of the Week: 10/29/14 - 11/4/14

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:
"Spend $35, Get $15" P&G Catalina with FREE + moneymaker Febreze and Pantene, FREE McCormick Recipe Inspirations spices, .50 Pom Wonderful Super Tea, .57 Orville Redenbacher and 2-liters, .66 Oikos Greek yogurt, $1.17 Old Orchard juices, $1.50 Fisher peanuts, $1.50 Land o Lakes dip, $1.55 Kellogg's cereals, $1.63 Campbell's Slow Cooker and Oven Sauces, $1.90 Daisy cottage cheese, $2.49 Axe deodorant, $2.49 Freschetta pizza, $4.99 Snapple and free Bears shirt, $5.99 Butterball turkey burgers


SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off pumpkins

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

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.


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.



1-Year Sam's Club Plus Membership + $20 Gift Card & 4 Free Food Items for $45

Enjoy substantial savings every day on top brands at this membership-only retail warehouse with more than 600 locations all over the country. With this deal you'll receive:

$45 for a 1-year Sam's Club Plus Membership (a $100 value)
Includes $20 Sam's Club Gift Card.
Four free fresh food items (a $22.18 value)
- Rotisserie chicken
- Artisan Fresh spinach artichoke dip
- Daily Chef cookies
- French baguettes
$142.18 total value
Valid for new members for their first year of membership only

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