FREE one year subscriptions to Star and OK magazines!

Who doesn't enjoy perusing the headlines of entertainment magazines in the checkout lane? Now, you'll be able to keep up on all of the celeb gossip from the comfort of your own home... with two FREE one-year electronic subscriptions to Star and OK magazines!

These are digital subscriptions, so you'll need a smartphone or tablet to access the free Zinio app, which powers these subscriptions.

Go get your free one-year subscription to Star Magazine... and then go get your free one-year subscription to OK Magazine!

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.

9 Fridays Until Christmas Gift Idea: Paw Clean dog paw washer

There are only NINE Fridays left until Christmas. (Can you believe it?) Each Friday, as we get closer to the holiday, I'll share a fun or interesting gift with you...

Today's gift idea? A Paw Clean Canine Footbath!

I have one of these, and I can tell you that it's one of the simplest, greatest ideas I've ever seen for dog lovers. Whenever your dog comes inside with muddy paws (which, this fall, seems to be every other day at our house!), you fill the Paw Clean with warm water up to the fill line. Gently put your pet's paw inside and swish the bottle around. It has a split neoprene top to seal around your dog's leg so the water doesn't splash out. The mud washes away and stays in the bottle. It also comes with a microfiber cloth to wipe the dog's paws off after washing.

I'm telling you, this thing is so simple and yet so effective. You could probably make one of these out of an empty soda bottle (hey, there's another gift idea, crafty people!) but the size and design of this makes it worth the money. I picked mine up at an L.L. Bean store over the summer for $9.99. Amazon has them for a little more.

Here are a few photos of mine:

Buy the Paw Clean dog paw washer at Amazon.

And, to my beautiful sister, if you're reading this... don't buy one. Already got you one for Christmas!

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...

Attend a Super-Couponing workshop in Illinois in November!

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
Algonquin-LITH Chamber Expo
Jacobs High School Fieldhouse
2601 Bunker Hill Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102
First-come, first-served - no registration required

Wednesday, November 13 @ 7:00pm - Glendale Heights, IL
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

SavingStar Friday Freebie: Free Cadbury Screme Egg!

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.

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!

Checkout 51 offers for October 23, 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 today until 11:59PM EST next Wednesday evening:

- .25 off pumpkins
- .50 off tomatoes
- .25 off bananas
- .25 off salad mix
- $1 off Pledge
- .75 off Superpretzel
- $1 off Wild Garden hummus

Some offers from previous weeks continue this week too.

Click to browse current ecoupon offers at Checkout 51!

GIVEAWAY: Win Nonni's Limited Edition Holiday Biscotti!

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

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!

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.