The Chicago Tribune has a new article about Jewel-Osco's goals and direction under its new ownership. From the story:
Jewel-Osco has the lofty goal of being the finest supermarket in the country even as its new president acknowleged that Chicago's largest grocer faces stepped up competition from newcomers. Shane Sampson, who became president of Itasca-based Jewel-Osco in early March, said Monday that he wants to make improvements in such areas as fresh food, while also emphasizing customer service and value.
"It's getting better but we’ve got a long way to go," Sampson said. "We're on a journey to be the finest supermarket in the United States. That’s our goal."
...Sampson has already visited more than 100 stores – both Jewel-Osco stores and the competition – and is "constructively dissatisfied" with what he has seen so far. Sampson wants the company to become more relevant to customers in terms of the products it carries and with its ties to the community.
Reader Kari O. writes that Dole Squish'Ems fruit pouches (4ct.) will be on sale for $2 starting Thursday at Meijer. Print this $1 coupon and hold it for the sale -- you'll get four for $1, or just .25 each!
And, if your kids like these, reader Kbylls shared a great idea -- these refillable food pouches on Amazon!
You can purchase a 10-pack (with five extra caps) of refillable fruit pouches for $14.95! They open from the bottom, are dishwasher safe and can be used over and over. Choose from pink, blue, or blue/green styles. Each pouch holds 5 ounces of applesauce or fruit puree. (I never even knew these existed -- how neat!)
The week of 4/27, CVS/pharmacy will have 9oz. bottles of Dawn Hand Renewal dish detergent on sale for .99, limit 5. Use this .50 printable and drop these to .49 each!
Today's new SavingStar ecoupon Healthy Offer of the Week is 20% off a purchase of apples!
Jewel-Osco, Mariano's, Kroger, and Peapod shoppers... Click to load this offer to your store card! This ecoupon is valid through 4/28/14.
*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.
In addition to the good Helper/free beef offer I already posted, I spotted some other good offers on Coupons.com today:
Buy Three, Get Free Beef
Buy three Hamburger Helper
and get free ground beef
up to $6.44 value
This looks like a good deal on ground beef and Hamburger Helper! There's a new mail-in rebate form for FREE ground beef (up to $6.44 value) when you buy three classic Hamburger Helper. As this rebate is from Walmart, you'll have to buy the Helpers there, but here's a $1-off-2 for two of the boxes to bring the price down.
I believe Helpers are priced around $1 at Walmart every day, but if they're not at your store, you can always price-match another store's ad as these go on sale for $1 fairly often.
The rebate I printed is valid through 5/19/14, and you can mail TWO rebates per address! You can also print the rebate form twice and the $1-off-2 coupon twice.
These custom coffee mugs make such great gifts -- especially with Mother's Day approaching! Create your own, custom coffee mug at Vistaprint for just $5.99 -- shipped!
This week's syndicated Super-Couponing Tips column is entitled "How do you plan your shopping trips?" Here's an excerpt:
"When it’s time to head to the grocery store, how do you plan your shopping trips? Do you go through your store’s circulars? Do you go online to look for coupons for items you plan to buy? Or do you rely on someone else to help plan your shopping trip?
"A 2014 study from WomensForum.com notes that more than 37 percent of coupon shoppers surveyed utilize coupon blogs to plan their shopping trips. What’s so alluring about coupon blogs, and why are they such a popular source of shopping information?"
Read this entire column at NWItimes.com.
My Super-Couponing Tips column appears in newspapers around the country to a weekly readership of over 20 million people!
Deals of the Week for April 13, 2014 are live! The Sunday Chicago Tribune had NO coupon inserts. You may have received a General Mills-themed bag around your Sunday home-delivered Tribune. This bag contained $1 and .75 coupons for GM cereals, as well as two sample-sized cereal boxes.
TWO NEW GIVEAWAYS this week on the blog! First, enter for a chance to win an EcoTools Beauty Gift Pack. Then, enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Mount Prospect, Illinois!
- The Chicago Tribune raised its newsstand price for the Sunday newspaper to $2.99. It is still $1 at Menards and Dollar Tree locally, or you can get home delivery of the Tribune for just .75 per week!
Have a great week of shopping and saving!
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UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Happilymore4less!
Have you heard of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market? Fresh Thyme has arrived in Mount Prospect, Illinois, and even if this store isn't quite local to you, you won't want to forget their name. Fresh Thyme has plans to open 60 stores in the Midwest! Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin can look forward to Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets too, and I think people are going to like this new store and what it has to offer. (Find out where additional Fresh Thyme locations will be opening.)
Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets believes you shouldn't have to "give away the farm" to feed your body nutritious food. They're on a mission to improve the way our communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values - all in a vibrant and fun shopping environment.
Fresh Thyme will celebrate its grand opening on April 23rd in Mount Prospect! The new store is located at 211 W. Rand Rd. in Mount Prospect, northwest of the Rand, Main, and Kensington intersection. Doors open at 7:00am, and the first 250 shoppers on Grand Opening day will receive a bag of groceries valued at $50 or more! The celebration will feature live entertainment, giveaways, grilling, sampling, and activities for kids.
To celebrate, I've got a $50 Fresh Thyme Farmers Market gift card to give away to one lucky reader! Want a chance to win? Simply post a reply in the comments! This Fresh Thyme Farmers Market $50 gift card giveaway begins today, April 21st, 2014, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on April 27th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST, and on April 28th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!