We went to JC Penney tonight to return something and cruised the Algonquin store to look for deals. The store is being remodeled again, and we spotted many deals, especially in the small appliances department:
These Cooks electric meat slicers, originally $60, were marked down to $14! There were nine left on the shelf when I bought mine. And do you know what I bought this for? All of those free Hormel boneless hams I have in my freezer right now! I'd love to slice those thin and use them for sandwiches, but I could never justify buying a slicer just for that. But at this price - why not? They do not have this model on their site or I'd link to it, but it's something to watch for in the stores.
Another deal? This Bella Fluted Cake Maker. It's one of those electric countertop baking "toys" that makes mini bundt-cake style cakes. JCP has these for $25 online, but in the store they were just $5!
As we continued strolling through the store, we saw a large clearance rack filled with drapes, curtains and valances. Most were in the $2-$9 range - super cheap! However, in most cases there was one of each particular kind/style. If you had a room with one window and didn't need several sets of the same window treatments, the prices were definitely right. The entire window treatment department in Algonquin is bare to the walls as it is being prepared for remodeling.
I stopped by Meijer today and saw that the Bounty DuraTowel 2-pack sale price has now been extended to 3/6! Another week for super-cheap Bounty!
Bounty DuraTowel 2-packs (they're a new product!) are part of a Catalina deal at Meijer. Through 3/6, buy a two-roll pack and receive a $3 Catalina!
The 2-roll packs of Bounty DuraTowels are currently on sale for $3.29. Use the .25 coupon from the 1/27 PG (expires 2/28!), the .25 coupon from the upcoming 3/3 PG, or the .25 Bounty ecouopn on Meijer Mperks. Pay $3.04 and get a $3 Catalina! Yes, that's a two-pack of Bounty for FOUR CENTS - just two cents a roll!
Note too that these Catalinas do NOT roll. You can't use a $3 Catalina from Bounty to buy more Bounty, or the next $3 Catalina will not print. Use them for other Meijer trips/purchases.
Guess what time it is? It's Kosher Coke time again! I just ran over to Jewel to do the Pantene deal, and my manager said it's time to get those special-orders in if you'd like Kosher Coca-Cola this year! Some stores will stock it, but if yours doesn't plan to, you can place a special order for as many bottles as you'd like.
I'm often asked what, if anything, I'll pay full price for. Each time this year, I do a huge stock-up on one thing that's not only worth it, but has become something of an annual tradition for me -- Kosher-for-Passover Coca-Cola! I try to buy one bottle for each week of the year - and if I time it right, I'll be almost ready to run out around this time next year.
Those that know me well know of my love for classic Coke. Coke connoisseurs know that the original formula of Coca-Cola was made with cane sugar, and the flavor is unmatched with the HFCS-laden Coke of today. Most of the year, the only ways to get original-formula Coke is either to buy Mexican bottled Cokes at a grocer that carries them, or buy Canadian-bottled Coca-Cola when you're traveling north of the border. (Yes, I'm probably the only person who has brought cases of Coke back from Canada..!)
But this time of the year, each year, is anxiously awaited by myself and Coke-iphiles all over the country, because once a year, Coca-Cola bottles Kosher-for-Passover Coke... and it's made with natural sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup, as corn products are not kosher.
So, if you love Coke the way I do, and you want the original, delicious, BETTER Coke, look for the yellow-capped bottles designating them as Kosher for Passover. The labels also state "Original Formula" on them. Readers has already written to say that the Skokie, Dempster, Evanston Jewel-Oscos have it in stock right now.
If your store does not regularly keep a large variety of kosher products in stock, you can do what I do each year and ask your favorite Jewel-Osco to special-order you as much as you'd like. For me, that's enough to last you until NEXT Kosher-for-Passover Coke season!
Here's a crazy deal at Jewel-Osco on Pantene!
12.6oz. bottles of Pantene shampoo and conditioner are $2.99 each. They're also part of a new "Spend $25, Get $5" Catalina sale at Jewel which is in tomorrow's ad, but has already begun today. Now, while the ad says the Catalina is triggered after coupons, reader Lculton discovered tonight that it is working before coupons.
The 2/17 PG has a Buy Pantene Shampoo, Get Conditioner FREE coupon, and the 1/27 has a $3-off-2.
To rock this deal on Thursday you'll need to have gotten four newspapers on 2/17 and two newspapers on 1/27.
Buy four shampoos and four conditioners. Use two $3-off-2 coupons on your four shampoos, and use four B1G1F coupons - one on EACH bottle of conditioner, like this:
Pantene Shampoo #1: $2.99
Pantene Shampoo #2: $2.99 - [use $3-off-2 coupon on these two bottles]
Pantene Conditioner #1: $2.99 - [use Buy Shampoo, get conditioner FREE on this bottle]
Pantene Conditioner #2: $2.99 - [use another Buy Shampoo, get conditioner FREE on this bottle]
Pantene Shampoo #3: $2.99
Pantene Shampoo #4: $2.99 - [use $3-off-2 coupon on these two bottles]
Pantene Conditioner #3: $2.99 - [use Buy Shampoo, get conditioner FREE on this bottle]
Pantene Conditioner #4: $2.99 - [use another Buy Shampoo, get conditioner FREE on this bottle]
Before coupons, you're at $23.92. After coupons? $5.96.
But, at only $23.92, we need to add something as close to $1.08 in price as possible to get just over the $25 mark.
To keep your out-of-pocket as low as possible, a $2.49 gallon jug of Hawaiian Punch in "Aloha Morning" flavor's going to be our winner! Print this $1.10 coupon.
Now, after all coupons, your total for eight Pantene and one Hawaiian Punch will be $7.35. Pay $7.35 and get a $5 Catalina! That's $2.35 for eight Pantene, or about .29 per bottle - plus "free" Hawaiian Punch!
Note that the $3-off-2 Pantene coupons expire THURSDAY, 2/28! If you miss shopping tomorrow, we'll have a few days to wait for the new P&G insert... or, do the following scenario with printables:
Here are two deals that take advantage of a little overlap between Jewel's printable coupon promos and sales that are beginning and ending!
First, 8-12oz. Arctic Shores coconut shrimp, breaded shrimp, popcorn shrimp and calamari are on sale for $3.99 beginning tomorrow, 2/28. Use this $2 printable and pay $1.99! The printable expires 3/1.
Second, 1.5qt. cartons of Stone Ridge Creamery ice cream are on sale for $3 through TODAY, 2/27. Use this new $1 printable and pay $2! I've seen some flavors of this on clearance for $2.47 at my store - just $1.47 after coupon.
Both of these coupons are limit one per transaction, so you will need to split up your transactions if you want to buy more than one of each.
The upcoming March 3rd CVS/pharmacy ad has a deal on SoftSoap body wash. If you're interested, print two of these coupons now, in case they hit their print limits:
15-18oz. bottles of SoftSoap body wash will be on sale for $3.50 each beginning 3/3. Buying two will generate $4 in ExtraBucks! With two .50 coupons, pay $6 and get $4 back, making this 2 for $2, or $1 each.
The November All You also has a .50 coupon, but unless you happen to have two issues, the printables ensure you have two coupons to do the deal...
Well, this is interesting! From RetailWire:
Safeway's Loyalty Program Makes Print Ads Obsolete
Safeway could be ready to stop running print ads as early as the end of this year, according to the company's chairman and CEO Steve Burd.
Speaking last week to a group of analysts on Safeway's fourth quarter 2012 conference call, Mr. Burd said the company had cut millions of dollars on newspaper ads and replaced them with personalized offers delivered digitally as part of its Just 4 U loyalty program.
"As people become more digital, there's an opportunity, which we're working hard at, [to] actually get out of the paper ads and make the ad itself personalized for every household," said Mr. Burd.
Can you envision not getting a store's ad at all? While I am slowly embracing all things digital and have now become both SmartPhone Girl™ and Tablet Girl™, I still greatly prefer my paper, print ad to go through, make notes on, and hold in my hands versus looking at an ad online. Is this a good idea for Safeway stores, or is this an as ill-fated idea as JC Penney's pledge to phase out accepting cash payments by the end of 2013?
The comments below the article are interesting too, with one reader stating "If Safeway proves this out, there will be a tsunami of retailers exiting or cutting way back on print... The challenge here is, of course, how do you talk to and convert people who aren't shopping with you today and aren't in your database?"
SavingStar's ecoupon offers differ from a traditional ecoupon, which is applied immediately at checkout. Its electronic offers are deposited into your SavingStar account after your purchase.
When SavingStar first came on the scene in 2011, shoppers noticed that SavingStar offers were applied whether or not manufacturer coupons were used as well. Regarding this practice, SavingStar issued the following statement:
SavingStar eCoupons will work whether or not you combine them with other services' coupons, but they are not intended to be used this way. Manufacturers typically have policies limiting use to 1 coupon per purchase, but it is up to each shopper to adhere to these policies.
Recently, I've had several readers write and ask if this is still true. So, I reached out to SavingStar for clarification. Here is SavingStar's response:
Our position has not changed. The quote you shared from when you asked us earlier still stands, although we have amended the statement a bit to say that using manufacturer coupons with our One or Many deals is not a problem.
SavingStar eCoupons may be considered rebates by some because the value of the eCoupon is deposited into your SavingStar account after the purchase, like a rebate, rather than being given at the checkout in the store. But, the brands are still funding the value of the SavingStar eCoupon as a manufacturer coupon. Our technology does not prevent a shopper from combining our offers with coupons from other services which is why we say that our eCoupons are not intended to be used this way, rather than saying it's not allowed.
It is true that many bloggers are telling their readers to use SavingStar eCoupons with other manufacturer coupons, and we do not encourage this. Basically, a brand is not intending to provide money off a single purchase twice.
So, what's new and different is this: SavingStar IS allowing manufacturer coupons to be used in conjunction with its "One Or Many" ecoupon offers, like the $5 off $20 Charmin, Febreze and Mr. Clean promotion that's currently running.
And, realistically, if you load your SavingStar offers the way I do (going in and loading everything that interests me) it is tough sometimes not to double up if you forget what you loaded at the beginning of the month, then use a coupon on one of those items later. I have had the Charmin/Febreze/Mr. Clean offer loaded since it was announced, and since then I've picked up some clearancce Febreze sprays and candles that were a steal with coupons. I'm getting SavingStar credit for buying them as well, but as it is a "One Or Many" offer, using coupons in conjunction with it is permissible.
I received an email today from JC Penney advertising thousands of new clearance items at JCPenney.com. As my night winds down, I decided to browse and spotted some nice deals in the girls' and boys' departments - shirts, pants & more.
And how cute are these sneaker socks? Too bad these aren't in larger sizes... my daughter would wear them, even at age 17!
Their free shipping special is pretty high right now (spend $75, get free shipping) but they do offer free ship-to-store, which works for me!
And, there are $3 and $4 clothing bargains for adults too... check out these cute skirts and tops! (Yes, I'm a sucker for animal print..! And at $4, I can afford to be :)
Earlier this week I took part in a conference reviewing top coupon trends for 2012, which was presented by Inmar. Inmar is one of largest coupon marketing companies in the nation -- they deal with coupon, promotion, and rebate consulting and management for numerous retailers and manufacturers.
The conference analyzed how shoppers redeemed coupons over the past year, noting that "for promotions professionals and digital and retail marketers, there were several disruptive, significant events that measurably impacted the industry."
What were some of them?
- In 2012, 310 billion coupons were distributed. 3 billion were redeemed - less than one percent of all coupons issued were used by consumers.
- Of the coupons redeemed, 2 billion were for food, and 1 billion were for non-food items.
- Redemption is down .5 billion over 2011.
- Of all coupons redeemed by consumers, 43.9% of them came from the inserts. 8% were ecoupons, with 4.6% print-at-home. 18.1% of coupons redeemed were instant redeemable, or what we think of as "peelies!" That's a big increase in shoppers using coupons that are right in front of them in the store.
Inmar noted that 75% of all shoppers use coupons in some form or another. They also noted that the drop in redemption was likely influenced by the following factors (which we've all noticed!)
- Lower face values
- Shorter expiration periods
- Greater purchase requirements (coupons that require you to buy multiple items)
Devora Rogers of Inmar led the conference. There were numerous retailers and manufacturers in attendance, and Devora explained that even though manufacturer coupon redemption is down 14.3% over last year, their 1000-person study of shoppers revealed that shoppers state they're using more coupons than ever before. One possible reason for this is the increase in store coupon usage, both paper and ecoupons, which are not tracked among manufacturer coupon redemptions.