Why don't they make bed sheets like this any more?

I love browsing at Goodwill stores -- you just never know what you'll find.

Recently at my local Goodwill, I found this delightful vintage package of two cotton fitted twin-size bed sheets for $1.99. Now, I'm a sucker for vintage packaging, and thanks to Google, I've ascertained that these sheets were made sometime in the 1950s! I didn't buy them just for the packaging though. We've been camping a lot lately, and with the warm weather, we've been packing fitted sheets for our airbeds. I figured if I found some cotton fitted twin sheets at a good price, I'd pick them up to keep in our camping tote.

Well, a 2-pack of twin fitted sheets for under $2 certainly fit the bill for my boys' twin airbeds, but I wondered if the sheets would still be in new condition after being sealed in the package for sixty years or more..! Surely the elastic would have dry-rotted, but for $1.99, I figured I'd take a chance.

I bought the sheets. I opened them up, and they seemed fine -- they hadn't even yellowed from age! So, I checked the corners of the sheets where one would expect the elastic to be. These sheets have no elastic -- they're truly a "fitted sheet" with a mitered corner.

I laundered them and slipped a sheet onto one of my son's beds to try them out. And immediately I wondered... why aren't sheets made like this any more? They're incredible! They fit so tightly to the mattress that you could bounce a proverbial quarter off the top of the bed. There are no loose corners here, and there's no elastic to wear out.

GIVEAWAY: Win this "Raid Jill's Skincare Stockpile" grab bag!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by me. All of the skincare products featured in the giveaway were provided to me free of charge from CVS/pharmacy, Olay, and Puritan's Pride.

Part of "blogger life" is receiving great samples of products from a variety of companies and brands. I'm a huge skincare junkie, as you may already know..! And, as much as I love trying new products, I've also learned over the years that some products just don't work for me -- no matter how much I might like them to. Retinols? Great for renewing skin... unless you spend a lot of time in the sun (which I do.) Lip products with sunscreen in them don't agree with me either, but I know a lot of people swear by them.

So, when I get new products to try and sample, I scour the ingredients lists like the fiendish ingredients nerd I am... and if there are products that I think won't agree with my skin, I stash them in a box on my office shelf. And then..?

Well, it seems a little silly to keep brand-new products in my stockpile that I won't use, so I'd love to share them with you! One lucky reader will get to (virtually) raid my skincare stockpile and take home a variety of popular skincare items!

This Skincare Stockpile grab bag contains:

  • Olay Regenerist Filling & Sealing Wrinkle Treatment ($19.99 retail)
  • CVS/pharmacy Accelerated Wrinkle Repair Serum ($18.99 retail)
  • Lumene Complete Rewind Visible Wrinkle Eraser ($23.99 retail)
  • Puritan's Pride Retinol Cream ($9.59 retail)
  • Two CVS Sport SPF 30 Lip Balms ($1.99 each at retail)

The total value of this assortment is more than $76.00! Jump-start your skincare routine by sampling and enjoying all of these brand-new, full-size retail versions of popular skincare items.

For a chance to win, simply post a comment below!

This "Raid Jill's Skincare Stockpile" giveaway begins today, July 24th, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on July 30th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on July 31st, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!

Aldi Deals of the Week: 7/23/14 - 7/29/14

Here are your Aldi deals for the current week. This writeup is based on the Chicagoland Aldi ad.
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Top deals:
.79 Fit & Active cream soups, .95 Specially Selected Greek yogurt, $1.29 Fit & Active turkey franks, $1.29 Fit & Active wafles, $3.79 Welby vitamins, $1.99 4-piece cutting mat set, $7.99 Crofton water filtration pitcher, $14.99 Kitchen Living "bullet" blender, $14.99 Kitchen Living Hot Air popper

Top summer catalog deals:
.69 Burman's yellow mustard, .79 Lunch Buddies fruit snacks, .89 L'Oven Fresh buns, .99 Burman's BBQ sauce, $1.39 Benton's honey graham crackers, $1.49 Baker's Corner maraschino cherries, $1.49 Burman's ketchup, $1.49 Savoritz crackers, $1.99 Belmont sherbet, $1.99 Little Salad Bar hummus, $1.99 Simply Nature fruit squeezers, $1.99 Sundae Shoppe ice cream, $2.99 Fit & Active ground turkey, $2.99 Simms beef jerky, $3.99 Lacura spray sunscreen, $5.99 Crane XL beach bags, $9.99 Slip N' Slide, $13.99 Range Master portable grill, $14.99 Crane pop-up sun cabana, $34.99 Coleman 4-person tent, $39.99 Gardenline rattan deck box, $59.99 Gardenline pop-up gazebo, $69.99 Bestway fast-set pool

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New Checkout 51 offers for July 24, 2014

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Checkout 51, the ecoupon app (which you can use over the web too!) will have new ecoupon offers to load tomorrow. Checkout 51 ecoupon offers are valid at all stores. Here's a peek at the new offers:

Offers valid 7/24/14 until 11:59PM EST 7/30/14:

- .25 off Apples
- .25 off M&M'S®
- $1.00 off DOLE Pineapple Juice, Any canned variety. Excludes chilled and frozen varieties.
- .25 off LAY'S® potato chips 9 oz or larger, any variety.
- .50 off Select Ken's Vinaigrette Dressings. Valid on Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, Lite Strawberry Vinaigrette, or Lite Apple Cider Vinaigrette.
- .25 off Prego® Italian Sauces
- .50 off Crystal Farms® Shredded Cheese
- $1.00 off McCormick® Grill Mates® Steak Sauce, any variety. Excludes marinades, rubs, and spices.
- .50 off Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom. Excludes Scrubbing Bubbles® fantastik® and Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet products.
- .50 off Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet. Excludes Scrubbing Bubbles® fantastik® and Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom products.
- $2.00 off Glade® Automatic Spray Starter Kit. Excludes Glade® Automatic Spray Refills and Glade® Sense & Spray®.
- .75 off Glade® PlugIns® Scented Oil Starter Kit or Warmer
- $1.00 off Glade® Automatic Spray Refill
- $1.00 off Suave Professionals® Natural Infusion. Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
- .50 off HALLS® Drops Bags 17 count or higher, any variety.
- $1.00 off World Peas
- .50 off 2 Nongshim Noodle Soups
- $1.50 off 2 Blue Dragon products
- .25 off Annie's Homegrown Macaroni & Cheese
- .25 off Edward's Pie 23.5 oz or larger, any variety.

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New printable coupons from Savings!

Savings.com launched a new set of printable coupons, so we've got yet another site to print coupons from!

If you're shopping for school supplies, you may want to check these out -- there are some good ones for Crayola products and more. Here are the new coupons currently available:

- $1.50 off Crayola 24ct. Erasable or 30ct. Twistable colored pencils
- $1.50 off Crayola Visi-Max dry erase markers
- $1 off 4 Hunt's Snack Pack 4ct. puddings
- $2 off Huggies Little Swimmers
- $2 off Pull-Ups
- $1 off 2 Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers or fruit cup 4-packs
- $1.50 off Tate + Lyle Fair Trade Sugar
- $1 off any Naked Juice
- $1 off O.N.E. coconut water 1-liter or 2 16.9oz.
- $1 off 2 Sargento natural cheese
- $1 off 2 Sargento Tastings cheeses
- $1 off any Simple Green
- $1 off 2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 or Xtreme deodorant
- $1 off 2 Dial Complete hand wash
- $1 off any White Cloud bath tissue
- .55 off Sargento Cheese Snack 5oz. or larger

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Meijer Deals of the Week: 7/24/14- 7/30/14

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:

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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 Chicago Tribune delivery for .75/week!

Top deals:
$1.50 General Mills or Nature Valley granola bars, $1.60 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel or Scrambles, $1.75 Juicy Juice, $1.95 Always Infinity and Radiant pads, $1.95 Tampax Pearl and Radiant tampons, $2.25 Johnsonville breakfast sausage, $4.09 Softsoap refills, $5.24 Charmin and Bounty Basics, school supply deals


Food companies quietly dropping GMO ingredients

NPR has an interesting article about brands quietly dropping genetically modified ingredients. One would think this would be a huge selling point for brands and that they'd be shouting this information from the rooftops, but according to the story, they're not:

General Mills' original plain Cheerios are now GMO-free, but the only announcement was in a company blog post in January. And you won't see any label on the box highlighting the change. Grape Nuts, another cereal aisle staple, made by Post, is also non-GMO. And Target has about 80 of its own brand items certified GMO-free.

Megan Westgate runs the Non-GMO Project, which acts as an independent third-party verifier of GMO-free products, including Target's. She says her organization knows about "a lot of exciting cool things that are happening that for whatever strategic reasons get kept pretty quiet."

But just because they're testing the water doesn't mean most mainstream companies are ready to start publicizing their changes.

Nathan Hendricks, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University, says big food producers are trying to gauge what direction consumers are headed in. "Ultimately," he says, "these big companies aren't just friends with Monsanto or something. They want to make a profit, and they want to be able to do what's going to make them money." So they'd better have a product line in the works if consumer sentiment starts to shift more heavily toward GMO-free food.

Read the entire article at NPR.

Jewel-Osco Deals of the Week: 7/23/14 - 7/29/14

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

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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:
.66 Essential Everyday dijon mustard, ketchup or marinades, $1.50 Friendly's ice cream, $2.50 Klondike bars and Popsicles, $2.50 Philly Gourmet beef sandwich steaks, $5.99 Coppertone Clearly Sheer sunscreen

Big Book of Savings deals:
.49 Essential Everyday mustard, .50 Essential Everyday BBQ sauce, .99 Old Spice deodorant, $1.17 Azteca tortillas, $1.33 Bush's beans, $1.49 Essential Everyday pickles, $1.50 Alexia Smart Classics fries, $1.99 Weight Watchers ice cream bars and pops, $2 Herdez salsa, $2.99 Purina Puppy Chow

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Summer clearance at 6PM.com

6PM.com is having a "Sweet Summer Clearance" sale! This is one of my favorite places to shop for name-brand clothing items on the cheap! Lots of clothes and shoes are priced upwards of 65% off. Many clothing items are priced at $10 or less, with shoes, bags and dresses priced at $25 or less. Here are some deals I spotted:

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Great deal on 5-gallon Rubbermaid water cooler: $12.99 at Menards!

As it's summer and I have camping on the brain, I thought I'd share a great deal I spotted in the Menards ad! This 5-gallon Rubbermaid water cooler is just $12.99 at Menards this week. It's $17.99 with a $5 mail-in rebate, limit 2.

I mention this because I was looking for a deal on these recently -- we have a 3-gallon water cooler that's suffering the same fate as our old tent -- not quite large enough for our family. And, I was looking at prices on these recently. Look and see how much this cooler is on Amazon right now..!

Seriously, go look. You could buy three of these coolers for the price of the one on Amazon! (Granted, the Menards cooler is green, not orange, and it's got a Menards logo on it... but it's the same cooler. For 1/3rd the price, I'll take it.)

Also, a note to those who shop in my neck of the woods: The Carpentersville store is sold out of these. (I've learned to call ahead!) Woodstock had 9 this morning.