In the summer of 2011, we upgraded to a Sony Bravia HDTV. We spent a lot of time researching this purchase, because we wanted a TV with built-in streaming video features like YouTube, Amazon Streaming Video, Hulu, Netflix, Crackle and more.
Our television is a little over three years old now, and it's already outdated. I've already blogged about the TV displaying a message that its on-screen programming guide was being discontinued just 18 months after we bought the TV.
Tonight, we clicked the YouTube button on the television to watch some clips (something we do often -- we love catching up on late-night TV YouTube clips and content on our TV!)
This is what we saw:
Febreze car clip air fresheners are on sale all over town this week, but Jewel-Osco's got the best deal coming up for them. Print this .75 coupon and hang onto it for this deal...
Beginning 3/4, Febreze car clips will be on sale for $2.49 at Jewel. Buy two. Use this .75 printable on the first one and use the B1G1F coupon from the 3/1 PG on the second.
(Remember, Jewel's coupon policy allows a cents-off coupon on the first item and a B1G1F on the second!)
Pay $1.74 for two, or .87 each!
MyMixx users will get a slightly better deal, because MyMixx has a $1 ecoupon! Load it, buy two, and use the B1G1F coupon on your second Febreze car clip. Pay $1.49 for two, or about .75 each!
I actually really like these - they seem to last a lot longer than other styles of car fresheners.
I've been waiting for this deal! Beginning 3/4 at Jewel-Osco, Breyer's 28.5oz. Gelato, 1.5qt, ice cream and 4-6ct. Klondike bars will be on sale for $2.99 when you buy three. We have a nice $1 printable for Breyer's Gelato, and MyMixx has a $1 ecoupon too -- already a deal at $1.99 per tub!
There's also a national Catalina running on Breyer's Gelato through 3/11: Buy 2 and get a $2 Catalina
Now, I've only seen Catalina alerts from Kroger, but as always, there's a chance it's running at Jewel too. I'll be trying & reporting back!
Let's put a deal together:
Buy three Breyer's Gelato ($8.97.) Use three $1 printables/MyMixx. Pay $5.97 and get a $2 Catalina! That's $3.97 for three, or about $1.32 each - potentially the cheapest I've ever seen this product.
On Thursday night, I started getting a sore throat.
By Friday, sore turned to scratchy-and-coughing.
On Saturday, congestion and sinus pain set in. I know it's just that time of year, but I couldn't help but feel a little irked that I was the one in our household who got sick. Not any of my kids, who spend five days a week in school boosting their immunity systems. Not my husband, who likely endures the same at his office.
"You probably got it from a shopping cart," my mom helpfully pointed out. (She's probably right.)
Regardless of how I got sick, one of the perks of being a couponer is that there are usually cold medicines and supplies on hand. Back in October, a bunch of Robitussin cold medicines were on clearance at Jewel for $1.74. With the $3 coupons that were out at the time, they were free and moneymakers, so they came home.
Over the past couple days, I've tried out all of the ones I brought home from that trip, and... they don't work. This unplanned experiment has reaffirmed something I already knew: Phenylephrine-based over-the-counter cold medicines don't do a darn thing to alleviate a stuffy nose.
The Chicago Tribune has a lengthy article on Jewel-Osco's MyMixx electronic coupons today. From the article:
Jewel-Osco is back in the personalized discount business.
The Illinois grocery chain eliminated its loyalty card in 2013 in favor of offering the same prices to all. Now, with a new app, it has started to offer discounts and sometimes even free products to those who sign up and share their personal information. The move comes as use of digital coupons is growing at a rapid clip but accounts for a very small percentage of the billions of coupons redeemed each year...
The data is collected and used to create personalized offers on items and categories people shop the most. Also, Jewel can track how coupons are working. If it sees certain coupons aren't popular, it can let the vendors know so they can devise better offers.
"It makes a lot more sense to give people the best price on the items that are most important to them," said Jim Hertel, managing partner at Barrington-based Willard Bishop, a grocery consulting firm.
The launch of MyMixx marks a bit of a return to electronic coupons for Jewel-Osco. Years ago, Jewel was seen as one of the leaders in electronic coupons with its Avenu service, said Jill Cataldo, who runs coupon workshops and has a nationally syndicated coupon column. The Avenu service was dropped a few years ago.
Cataldo says she held on to her Jewel Preferred Customer card after the chain eliminated discounts tied to the card. She was still presenting it until January in order to get deals through SavingStar, a digital coupon service that links to supermarket loyalty cards for additional savings.
Cataldo said she has seen a lot of what she would call "fun offers" through MyMixx, such as $5 off a purchase of $50, as well as giveaways such as a 12-pack of Canada Dry.
"When you give away free things like that it's a great way to get the consumer engaged and get them thinking about checking those offers," Cataldo said.
Still, plenty of shoppers are accustomed to bargain hunting, and eliminating that chase can turn them off. In 2012, J.C. Penney got rid of coupons and frequent sales under then-CEO Ron Johnson. The attempt backfired. Its revenue plunged, and the company brought back its tried-and-true strategy and a former CEO months later.
"People love a bargain, they love to feel like they're getting a deal," Cataldo said.
On the registration page, Jewel calls MyMixx "a savings personalization program that tailors coupon and sale offers to you." MyMixx is set up to be used on mobile devices, but can also be accessed on a computer for those without a smartphone.
Still, while "mobile is the rage" when it comes to marketing and promotions, the challenge will be trying to get enough people using such personalized offers that their use really moves the needle in terms of sales and market share, Willard Bishop's Hertel said.
There's quite a bit more to this story too. Read the entire story at ChicagoTribune.com
The Chicago Tribune didn't get the new batch of Garnier hair product coupons, but guess what? Here they are in printable form! You're going to want to print all of these that you plan to use, because the shampoo, conditioner and styler coupons are particularly hot this week. Trust me, these will go FAST.
Garnier Fructis hair care products are on sale for $2.99 at CVS -- just .99 after coupon! At Walgreens, the deal's even better. Buy three Garnier Fructis 10.2-13oz. shampoo, conditioner or stylers are on sale 3-for-$10. Buy three and get 3000 Balance Rewards points ($3.) Use three $2 coupons. Pay $4 and get 3000 points ($3. ) That's $1 for three, or .33 each!
Beginning 3/4 at Jewel, Garnier Fructis shampoos and conditioners will be on sale for $2.50 -- just .50 after coupon!
The pharmacies have Garnier haircolor products on sale too, and if that's your brand of choice, you'll also need the haircolor coupons listed here to do those deals. Happy printing!
The first of the month brings new, high-value printable coupons too! Some old favorites have reset (hello again, $1 off Cracker Barrel cheese!) and other good & high-value offers are here too.
The first of the month means it's time to clean out some more expired coupon inserts from your files! Here's a list of all of the inserts that have expired within the last two months. If you have any of the following inserts in your files, you can pull them out and recycle them - all of the coupons inside each insert have expired.
Inserts marked with an asterisk are new since last month's list:
* 1/4 PARADE
* 1/25 PG
* 11/2 RP
* 11/16 RP
Boot lovers, take a few minutes and check out the great boot clearance going on at Target.com right now! All Target.com orders of $25 or more ship free, and at these prices, you may need to add a little filler or two to get there. Genuine leather tall boots under $21? You bet! Prefer synthetic? You can grab pairs of synthetic boots as low as $13.98!
Unlike many boot clearance sales, there's a great selection of all sizes right now. (Guess who's shopping for boots for herself as I type this?)
Thank you to Mashup Mom for spotting these great deals!
Deals of the Week are live!
Sunday's Chicago Tribune has FOUR inserts: SmartSource (SS,) Procter & Gamble (PG,) and two RedPlums (RP1 and RP2.) The Parade magazine has coupons for Kerasal foot pain cream -- grab that too if you want it.
NEW giveaway this week: Enter to win a $25 to Granite City Food & Brewery! If you haven't checked out this local restaurant featuring cooked-to-order meals and locally-brewed craft beers, just take a look at these photos...
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