195 Kellogg's Family Rewards points - plus two more days for 1000 point bonus!


Kellogg's Family Rewards

Kellogg's Family Rewards fans, entering five codes from ANY Kellogg’s® cereals through November 2, 2014 will earn you 1000 bonus points. The 1000-point bonus can be awarded TWICE (by entering 10 codes.) This offer ends 11/2/2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. PST, so don't miss out!

There's another offer too: Through 11/3 ONLY, enter codes from Kellogg's fruit snacks, Rice Krispie Treats and multipacks, and you'll get a 100 point bonus for each code you enter!

I've got a few new Kellogg's codes for you too:

REWARDSPTSJUST4U - 100 points
FRIGHTNIGHTBONUS - 50 points
KFRTRICKORTREATS - 25 points
MAGICOFBREAKFAST - 20 points

If you haven't used any of the previous codes, there are more free points to grab here:

SNACKTIMESHUFFLE - 100 points
ELVESLOVEBONUSES - 50 points
BACKTOSCHOOL2014 - 50 points
NUTRITIONINABOWL - 50 points
EARNSWEETREWARDS – 50 points
GETFUELFORSCHOOL - 20 points
SPIDEYEXCITEMENT - 20 points
EARNGREATREWARDS – 20 points
KFRSHARETHANKS20 – 20 points
HOWITWORKS20PNTS - 20 points
"Like" Kellogg's Family Rewards on Facebook at this link and get another code for 100 free points!

If any of these older codes no longer work, please post below and I'll remove them from the list.

Registering with Kellogg's Family Rewards is free, and anytime you buy a participating Kellogg's or Keebler product, enter the code from inside the packaging to accrue points. You can use your points to print high-value coupons from the site or save them for additional prizes.


Clairol Natural Instincts haircolor quietly returns to (almost) its previous formula

My regular readers know about my longtime love affair with Clairol Natural Instincts haircolor. I first began using Natural Instincts when I was 22 after silvery streaks started appearing in my hair far earlier than I anticipated they would.

In early 2011, my readers and I noticed that Natural Instincts had gone through some new and unwelcome changes. Natural Instincts had always been a temporary, 28-shampoo haircolor -- but some of the new formulas were permanent. The semipermanent formulas came with about half the conditioner they used to, and they also included a second packet of haircolor refresher that was to be used after the first two weeks. (Why? The old formula lasted fine without needing an additional re-dying two weeks later -- that should have been the first clue that something had changed, and not for the better...) Clairol's site erupted with negative reviews, many stating that the color refresher stained their hair and skin various shades of orange, regardless of the color they'd previously dyed their hair.

In 2011, I tried one box of the "new" Natural Instincts. I blogged about my experiences with it:


The new haircolor was supposed to take less time to apply than the previous formula [it instructed you to apply it to dry hair instead of damp hair], but the color turned out flat, dull, and a lot less golden-brown than my old color. Each box now came with an extra color packet to be rinsed in two weeks after the first dye. It was such a horrifying shade of orange when I opened it that I immediately threw it out. Natural Instincts had also changed their in-box conditioner to a new formula... But the new conditioner felt cheap and thin. It did not condition my hair well at all. Some people are very resistant to change, and I’m one of them. This new Natural Instincts was definitely not for me.

I ran around town buying up as many boxes of "old" Natural Instincts I could find. After I ran out of those, I switched to Garnier Herbashine, which I also found to be a fine temporary haircolor product. I used Herbashine for several years, occasionally switching to old-formula Natural Instincts when I could find it. (When Dominick's went out of business, I found quite a few old-formula Natural Instincts boxes on the shelves too marked half off. Dominicks was great for "time-travel" shopping with all that new-old-stock sitting on the shelves!)

Then what happened? Garnier discontinued Herbashine. I clung to the remaining boxes of Herbashine and old Natural Instincts I had left and tried to stretch out the time between coloring my hair as much as I possibly could.

Now, we've had some good deals on Natural Instincts over the past few months - $1.74 per box and $1.94 per box at Meijer. I bought some during both of those deals and put it on my stockpile shelf... waiting.

Last week, I finally faced the fact that I was out of Herbashine. I was out of old Natural Instincts. I reluctantly opened a box of "new" Natural Instincts. When I bought it over the summer, I noticed that the product's box had been redesigned yet again:

The box no longer advertised the "Week 2 Color Fresh." (Thankfully!) When I opened the box, I also noticed that it contained a larger tube of conditioner -- nearly the size of the tube before the formula change.


From left to right: Pre-2011, 1.96oz. conditioner, 2011 1.01oz. conditioner, and current 1.85oz. conditioner

So, last week, I colored with the "new-again" Natural Instincts. And happily, my hair looks great again. The instructions in the box have returned to the pre-formula-change instructions, advising applying the haircolor to damp hair, not dry. It's been over a week since I colored my hair, and the color still looks shiny and vibrant after washing my hair too. I wanted to share this with you, as I know there were quite a few readers lamenting both the loss of the "old" Natural Instincts and the loss of Garnier Herbashine.


8 Fridays Until Christmas Gift Idea: USB Camp Stove

Happy Halloween! There are only EIGHT Fridays left until Christmas. Each Friday, as we get closer to the holiday, I'll share a fun or interesting gift with you...

Today's gift idea? The BioLite Wood-Burning USB Campstove!

We in the Cataldo house are avid campers, and we're usually off-the-grid campers too -- camping without electricity or water service at our campsites of choice. Ever since I became aware of this product, I've wanted one! The Biolite is a wood-burning camp stove that also uses the heat of the stove as a generator. Fill it with small sticks and light it. Then, you can plug a phone, tablet or other USB device into the stove while you're cooking with it, and it will charge your devices!

A 20-minute fire in the Biolite generates enough electricity to charge a cellphone for 60 minutes' worth of talk time. I just love this idea -- especially for long campouts with no other power source. The reviews are stellar too!

Get the BioLite Wood-Burning USB Campstove on Amazon!


Have you found a fun or interesting gift item online you'd like to share? Feel free to share it in the comments, and I may feature it as a future Friday gift idea...


Happy Halloween 2014!

This little ninja would like to wish you a very Happy Halloween today...

...as he and his big brother ninja demonstrates the proper technique for turning one's father into a toilet paper mummy.

Hope you have a safe and fun day filled with tricks and treats!


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.

 Package, Booties

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.