Friday, December 25, 2009

Brookhaven Dec. 26-Jan. 5

Some great deals at Brookhaven are coming up December 26-January 5. The main attraction that draws me to Brookhaven is their high-quality, low-priced produce. They have three stores in Illinois: Mokena, Darien, and Burr Ridge. I usually go to the Darien store, but word has it that the Burr Ridge store has excellent produce selections, including a wide variety of organics. Here are my personal favorites for this 11-day sale:

  • Roma Tomatoes $.59/lb.
  • Large Tangerines $.69/lb.
  • Idaho Potatoes: 10 lb. bag $1.50 What a deal!!!
  • Red Delicious Apples $.49/lb.
  • Bosc and D'Anjou Pears $.69/lb.
  • Dry Yellow Onions $.69/lb.
  • Cantaloupe $.99 each
  • Raw Cashews $3.99/lb.
  • Roasted Almonds $3.99/lb.
  • Dutch Farms Cheese (8 oz.) 3/$4
  • Crystal Farms Cream Cheese $.99
  • Dean's Cottage Cheese (24 oz.) $2
  • Our Family All Purpose Flour (5 lb.) $.99

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Deals at Jewel through 12/26

Did you know you can get some **FREE** Wholly Guacamole at Jewel this week? It's on sale B1G1 and there's a B1G1 coupon here that will make it free. If you can't use it by expiration, throw it in the freezer and save it for an upcoming party.

Also, Gillette shaving cream is on sale for $1 and there's a $1 coupon in the 11/29 P&G.

You can check out some more deals here from Couponing for Four.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Brief Update on Jewel Catalina Deal

All you Chicagoland shoppers, be sure to peruse your Jewel ad this week. There are some great deals.

Tonight I got:
  • 3 ALL small & mighty Free Clear detergent (used 3 $1 coupons from 8/2 Red Plum)
  • 2 Honey Nut Cheerios (used 2 $.55 coupons from
  • 2 Cascadian Farm Granola Bars (used 2 $1 coupons from link on the right)

Paid a little over $15 plus tax and got $15 back!!!

You can also get 5 Breyer's Ice Creams for $3 each = $15 and get $15 back.

Have fun!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Jewel's Dannon/Conagra Catalina Deal

Another Jewel Catalina deal for you to have fun with! The paper says buy $20, get $10; but it actually is buy $25 (before preferred card) and get $10. So use the Catalina from the last deal and you'll be on your way to some great deals. My scenarios below show your final price after using the $10 Catalina for each one...but the good news is: you should get one back each time! Yeah for Jewel Catalina Deals!! Here's an idea for you: Do all the deals below and you will only spend $23.50 plus tax out of pocket!
SCENARIO #1 (my favorite!!)
3 - 32 oz. Dannon yogurt $2 each ($3.45 before preferred card)
3 - Wesson Oils ($2.50 ea.)
$3.50 (or $.50 if you find the blinkies!!)

4 Ketchups
6 Tomatoes
4 Puddings

4 Wesson $2.50 ea
1 Ketchup $1
1 Kids Cuisine $2

5 Wesson Oil $2.50 ea.

14 Hunt's Diced Tomatoes

13 Hunt's Ketchup

14 Puddings

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Best of Brookhaven 6/17-6/23

Fresh Celery 2 stalks/$1
Broccoli $.49/lb.
Strawberries $1.50/lb.
Raspberries $.99
Granny Smith $.49/lb.
Red Potatoes $.39/lb.

Dole Orange Juice (64 oz.) 3/$5

Pecans $4.99/lb.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hot Catalina Deal at Jewel through 4/17

OK, there's another awesome catalina deal going on at Jewel right now! Here's how it goes:
  • Buy $10 or more, get $2 catalina
  • Buy $15 or more, get $5 catalina
  • Buy $25 or more, get $10 catalina
This works the best when you buy $25 and get $10 back. There are quite a few products included, but here are some of the best scenarios I've found so far. I've done it a number of times, and, as in the past, it is working on sale prices (before preferred card). Believe me, even if you don't have coupons, this is worth your while. See this thread on HCW for a full list of included products. Feel free to share your deals in the comment section!

Scenario 1
Buy 4 Breyer's Ice Cream @ $3 each
If you have them, use two $1/2 coupons in the 5/17 Red Plum insert
Pay $12 OOP (out of pocket) or less if you have coupons
Get $10 Catalina

Scenario 2
Buy 7 Cheerios (8.9 oz) at $2 each
- $1.50 (Use the $1.50/3 coupon that prints as soon as you scan the cheerios)
= $12.50
Use $10 catalina and $2.50 OOP

Scenario 3
Buy 8 Skippy Peanut Butters @ $2 each
- $2.40--Use six $.40 coupons if you have them (4/5 Unilever insert)
= $13.60
Use $10 catalina and pay $3.60 OOP 

Scenario 4
Buy 7 jars of Bertolli @ $2 each
Use $1/1 coupons in 4/5 Unilever insert
Use $10 catalina. Final price varies

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Brookhaven Marketplace 6/10-6/16

Again, some great produce prices! I plan to spend some time stocking up on sale items in the current Jewel Catalina deal, but here are the specials for the week at Brookhaven Marketplace. Click here to find the location nearest you (Darien, Burr Ridge, or Mokena). They sure have great deals on produce, dairy and bulk items!


Potatoes (5 lb. bag) $.99
Golden Delicious Apples $.49/lb.
Carrots (3 one-pound bags) $1.19
Baby Carrots (1 lb.) $.69
Peaches $.49/lb.

Hinckley Springs Water (1 gal) $.99
Lindt Chocolate Bars (yum!) $1.67

Dutch Farms Butter (1 lb.) $1.50

American Cheese $2.99/lb.
Bobak's Honey Cured or Smoked Ham $2.99/lb.

Natural Sliced Almonds $3.99/lb.
Yogurt Trail Mix $2.99/lb.
Rainbow Trail Mix $2.99/lb.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Brookhaven Marketplace 6/3-6/9

I'm back!! Today I bring you the specials for the week at Brookhaven Marketplace. Click here to find the location nearest you (Darien, Burr Ridge, or Mokena). They sure have great deals on produce, dairy and bulk items!


Pineapple $.99
Strawberries (1 lb.) $.99
Raspberries & Blackberries $.99
Broccoli $.59/lb.
Cauliflower $.39/lb.
Sweet Potatoes $.49/lb.

Barilla Pasta $1
Il Primo Vinegar (1 gal.) $.99
Our Family Spring Water (24 pack) $2.99

Dannon Yogurt (6 oz) $.50 each
Prairie Farms Milk (1 gal.) $1.99
Ziyad Plain Yogurt (32 oz) $1.79
Dean's Cottage Cheese (16 oz.) $1.50

Wis. Brick or Muenster Cheese $2.99/lb.
Old Warsaw Polish Ham $2.99/lb.

Organic Pistachios $1.99/lb.
Raw Almonds $2.79/lb.
Power Trail Mix $1.99/lb.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Brookhaven Marketplace through 5/19

Here are the best deals at Brookhaven. I didn't get these up earlier because we were out of town, but if you can get there before Wednesday, you'll be able to pick up some great deals!

McIntosh Apples $.39/lb.
Kiwi $.10 each!
Cherry Tomatoes $.69/pint
Driscoll's Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries $1.99
Onions $.33/lb.
Carrots (1 lb.) $.50

Eggs $.69/dozen
Dean's Cottage Cheese (16 oz.) $1.50

Polish Ham $2.99/lb.

Angel Soft Bath Tissue (4 rolls) $.99 
Italian Peeled Tomatoes with Basil (28 oz.) $.99
Pork Spare Ribs $1.49/lb.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Brookhaven Marketplace 5/6-5/12

This is another week of great deals at Brookhaven! I just found out that their Burr Ridge location also carries a wide variety of organic produce! If any of you have stopped there, I'd love to hear your feedback.

Strawberries $1.50/lb.
Red or Golden Delicious Apples $.49/lb.
Bosc Pears $.69/lb.
Red Globe Grapes $.99/lb.
Baby Carrots $.99/lb.
Avocados 2/$1
Idaho Potatoes (10 lb. bag) $1.89
Cantaloupe or Honey Dew Melon $.99 each

Prairie Farms Milk (hormone free) $1.79/gal., limit 2

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.49/lb.

Indian Summer Apple Juice (64 oz.) $1.50
Brookhaven's Seven Grain Bread (1 lb.) $1.69
Our Family Spring Water (24 pk) $2.50

Sliced or Slivered Almonds $3.49/lb.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Brookhaven Marketplace 4/29-5/5

Here are my favorites at Brookhaven this week. In addition to the grand opening specials, there really are some good deals, especially on produce!

Spring! Natural Spring Water (24 pack) $2.50
Bananas $.25/lb.
Roma Pizza 7/$10
Joe & Ross Ice Cream (56 oz.) $.99
Rose Acre Extra Large Eggs $.79
Strawberries $.89/lb.
Dry Onions (3 pound bag) $.79 

Cluster or Hydro Tomatoes $.49/lb.
Pineapple $.99 each
Cucumbers 5/$1
Broccoli or Cauliflower $.39/lb.
Potatoes $1.69 (8 lb. bag)
Red Seedless Grapes $.99/lb.
D'Anjou Pears $.69/lb.

Barilla Pasta (16 oz). $.89
Canned Tomatoes (28 oz.) $.99

Ground Chuck $1.49/lb.
Country Style Ribs $.99/lb.

Bobak's Polish Ham $2.49/lb.
Turkey Breast $2.99/lb.

Dean's Milk (1 gal.) $1.99
Prairie Farms Yogurt (8 oz.) 3/$.99
Cottage Cheese (16 oz.) $.99
Lifeway Kefir (32 oz.) $2
Farmers' Creamery Organic Sour Cream (16 oz.) $2

Pecan Halves $4.29/lb.
Dried Cranberries $2.49/lb.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jewel's ConAgra Catalina Deal 4/23-4/29

It's time for another Catalina deal at Jewel! Spend $25 & save $10 on your next shopping trip. Remember how these catalina deals work: When it says spend $25, the catalina is triggered when the register gets to $25 (excluding tax) before scanning the preferred card. Below are the included products, and scroll all the way down to see scenarios, which I will update as I discover more amazing ones. Please add your great scenarios to the comment section so we can all benefit!

Pick up the May Issue of the All You magazine (found at Wal-Mart near the check-out stands for less than $2), and you'll have some great coupon matchups.

The coupons are listed here, but you will get a great deal even WITHOUT coupons!

$1 each
Hunt's Ketchup
- $1/2 coupon in May AllYou
Chef Boyaree Microwaveable bowl or canned pasta
- $1/4 coupon in May AllYou
Hunt's Manwich
Hunt's Diced Tomatos
Hunt's Snack Pack Pudding
- $1/3 coupon in May AllYou

$2 each
Peter Pan Peanut Butter
- $1/1 coupon in May AllYou
Kids Cuisine Meals

$2.50 each
Marie Callender's Complete Dinners or one dish classics
Healthy Choice Complete Dinners or Steamers
Pam Cooking Spray
- $1/1 coupon in May AllYou
Ready Wip
Egg Beaters

$3.50 each
Hebrew National Beef Franks

Orville Redenbachers Microwave Popcorn ($3.49 for two)
- $1/1 coupon in May AllYou (use 2 if you have them)
VanCamp's Pork and Beans ($1.19 for 2)

Scenarios (shelf prices in red; sale prices in black)
Scenario #1
1 Pam ($4.45) $2.50
2 Peanut Butters ($5.90) $4
9 Hunt's Tomatoes (9@$1.80 each=$16.20) $9

Shelf Total: $26.55
Preferred Total: $15.50

Use these coupons:
$1 Pam AllYou (or $.35 from 1/18 SS)
(2) $1 Peanut Butter AllYou
(4) $.40/2 Hunt's tomato product from 1/18 SS insert
Coupon savings: $4.60
Out of Pocket (OOP) total: $10.90
Receive (2) $5 Catalinas


Jewel Three Day Sale 4/23-4/25

Red Seedless Grapes $.79/lb.

Perdue Fresh Chicken $.99/lb.

Jewel Cheese (8 oz.) Chunk or Shredded, limit 4 $.99
(Remember how the limits work: in this situation a limit of 4 per variety)

Boneless Pork Chops (5 oz.) $.99 each

Fresh Express Garden Salad (12 oz.) $.99

Jewel Frozen Vegetables (16 oz) $.99

Barilla Pasta (12-16 oz). $.97
 - Use $1/2 from 3/29 SS

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Brookhaven Marketplace 4/22-4/28

Here are the best deals at Brookhaven this week.

Strawberries $.99/lb.
Bagged Fuji, Cameo, or Pink Lady Apples (3 lb.) $.99
Red Delicious Apples $.49/lb.
Green Seedless Grapes $.69/lb.
Fresh Broccoli $.49/lb.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (16.9 oz) $1.99
Kashi Cereal $3 
 Use $1.50/2 or $1/1 coupon here
Green Giant Frozen Vegetables (12 oz.) $.99
 Use $.50/1 from 4/5 SS insert

Angus Choice Boneless Chuck Roast $1.99/lb

Banana Chips $1.49/lb.

Plan your Wednesday Walgreens Trip

This week, Wednesday is the day to go to Walgreens. It's Earth Day, so they're giving away free tote bags when you use this coupon here. While you're there, here are a few more deals to snag:

Post Trail Mix Crunch 2/$5
Use 2 $2 printables here
= $.50 each

Hershey Bagged Candy 4/$10
Use 4 $1 coupons from 3/1 SS insert
Submit for $5 ESR (Easy Saver Rebate) wyb 4
= $1 for 4 bags!

Reach Toothbrush and Floss $.99 with in-ad coupon
Use $3/2 coupon from 3/15 SS insert
= Free plus overage

Skintimate Shaving Cream OR Edge Infused or Energy Shaving Gel $2.99
Receive $2.99 RR
= Free

Chapstick Natural or True Shimmer Lip Balm $1.99
Receive $1.99 RR
= Free

For my Wisconsin Readers

For those of you who live in Wisconsin, be sure to check out Mercedes' post here to find out how you can get some great buys at Pick N Save tomorrow when they double coupons. She usually posts coupon match-ups for the Pick N Save/Copps deals each Tuesday night so you can have them for the Wednesday sales match-ups.

Coupons to Print

Here are a few coupons I'd recommend that you print while they're available here:
  • $1 off Scott Naturals Toilet Paper
  • $1 off any one V-8 juice
  • $1.50 off any one Huggies Diapers
  • $1.50 off any two boxes of Kashi Cereal
  • $1.50 off any two boxes of Kotex Liners
There's also a link on my sidebar for VistaPrint. If you are in need of any business cards or other printed cards, please link through my site. I just put an order in yesterday, and I've also used them in the past. They do a great job with their printing.

Cheap Electrasol

These Electrasol Gelpacs are my absolute favorites for getting the dishwasher to do its job right! And since I started couponing, I've been able to find them extremely cheap. Sunday's paper had a coupon for $2.50 off 1 box. This week, Meijer has the boxes on sale for $3 each (Target usually has them for around this price also). So pick up some inexpensive Electrasol this week!

Thanks, Little Miss Know it All.

High Value Campbell's Soup Coupon

A while back, I was able to print two of these coupons, and now they have been reset! Go here to print your coupon for $1 off 2 cans of cooking soups. Paired with a sale, this will give you some cheap soup!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!


Thank you, dear readers, for your patience as I've been a bit sidetracked the past couple weeks. Those of you who know me are aware that I have entrepreneurial tendencies in my genes. I started teaching piano lessons in eighth grade and had up to 45 students at one point after receiving my B.A. After high school, I faced serious health challenges that made me delve into lots of reading about natural remedies. Thankfully, a well-trusted doctor with an additional degree in biochemistry recommended me to Body Wise, and because of the tremendous results that ensued, I began a part-time business on my own. Now I'm at home with my children after teaching full-time for 8 years. Let me tell you, it's definitely rewarding, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

But in the last few weeks, my husband and I have been working like crazy to put him into business again. A few years ago, he was doing business as Dan's Tree Service, but for the last year and half, he's been working as an employee for the largest tree care company in the nation. He enjoyed his time with them and learned volumes, but he is now partnering with a friend, and they have started Arborworks, LLC, an environmental tree and grounds care company. Since Dan is an ISA Certified Arborist and ISA Certified Tree Climber Specialist, he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field. His customers have always given rave reviews about the quality of his work and expertise in the field.

As many of you know who have started a business, there's a ton of groundwork to lay and many hours of preparation to put in. That should explain where I've been the past few weeks. However, I can't wait to tell you about the new Jewel Catalina that will be starting Thursday! As soon as I lay my eyes on that ad, I will tell you what the best deals will be. (It's going to be a ConAgra deal--buy $25, get $10 back in catalinas.)

Until then, I'll keep my eyes open for more amazing deals. And if you live in the greater Chicagoland area and are in need of treework, give us a call at 630-352-3215 or drop an email to We'd love to be of service to you and help make your property beautiful!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jewel Ad 4/16-4/22

For those of you who haven't yet heard, as of May 1, Jewel will no longer accept expired coupons. The negative side of this is that you can't use all your expired coupons on the great catalina deals. The positive side is that you can purge your coupon collection if you've been stockpiling the expireds just in case they might match up with a catalina promotion!

Anyway, here are a couple deals to pick up if you run into Jewel this week. 

Kellogg's Cereal $1.99
Use $1/1 coupon from 4/5 RP
= $.99

Wild Harvest Ready-to-Drink Organic Tea $1
Use $1/1 coupon found here
= Free

Wild Harvest Organic Salad 5 oz. Clamshell $3.50
Use $1/1 coupon found here
= $2.50

Jewel Carrots (2 lb. bag) $1

Jewel 3 Day Sale 4/16-4/18

Purdue Roaster $.79/lb.
Quaker Life or Captain Crunch Cereal $1.77
Quaker Life Granola Bars $1.77
Hinckley Springs 28 pack water $3.47
California Strawberries (2 lb.) $2.98
Marie Callendars Complete Dinners or One Dish Classics (excludes al dente) size 12-21 oz. $1.88

Brookhaven Marketplace 4/15-4/21

Here are the best buys at Brookhaven Marketplace this week. You can find a Brookhaven in Darien, Burr Ridge (just opened), and Mokena, Illinois.

Granny Smith Apples $.49/lb
Celery $.79 each
Artichokes 2/$.99
Simply Orange Juice $2.50 (and other flavors)

Wisconsin Yellow or White American Cheese $2.99/lb
Deli Swiss Cheese $3.99/lb.
Polish Ham $2.99/lb.
Hard Salami $3.49/lb.

Prairie Farms 16 oz. $.99
Eggs $1.29/doz

Our Family Frozen Fruit (12-16 oz) $2
White Vinegar $1.29/gal.

Anyone find any other great deals?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Walgreens 4/12-4/18

Scunci elastics (18 count) $2
Earn $2 in Register Rewards
= Free

Fiber Choice tablets (10 count) $2.49
Earn $2.49 in Register Rewards
= Free

Colgate Max White or Max Fresh Toothbrush, $3.49
Use $1/1 coupon here or $.75 coupon from 3/29 SS insert
Earn $3.49 in Register Rewards
= Free plus overage

Selected Kellogg's and Kashi Cereals $3/10, get $3 RR wyb 3
Use $1/1 Kellogg's coupon from 4/5 RP
= $1.33 per box after coupons and RRs
(Even without coupons, this is a pretty good price for Kashi: $2.33/box)

Printer Cartridge Refill, black or color, $10
Submit for $7.50 rebate #28 (limit 1)
= $2.50
* My personal experience with these: If you have a good technician, the refills turn out great! I decided to try these refills for a few reasons:
  1. Cartridge refills are so expensive when you buy the name brand or even store brand
  2. Because of all the coupon printing I do, I just want a way to print cheaply.
  3. The cost of printers are very low when you consider that two cartridges are included (sometimes they are starter cartridges without the high print yield, but still a good deal). This point is important to me because if the refills would do any damage to my printer, it wouldn't cost me that much more to buy a new printer with cartridges included!
  4. By the way, did you know that you can set your printer to default print in black & white? This should save you some color ink. (Go to control panel, printer setup to change the default settings.)
  5. All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with Walgreens refills and think it's definitely worth it, especially when they have the deals like this week's or last week's or even B1G1 free!
Chapstick Natural or Soft Shimmer $1.99
Receive $1.99 RR (Register Rewards)
= Free

Skintimate and Edge Shaving Cream $2.99 and $3.49
Earn $2.99 or $3.49 RR when you buy one
= Free

CVS Deals 4/12-4/18

Colgate Enamel Protect, Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste (6 oz) or 360 sensitive toothbrush $3.99, get $3.99 ECBS, limit 2
Use $1/1 coupon here
= Free plus overage

Softsoap Scrub Body Wash (18 oz) $4.99, get $4.99 ECBs (make sure it's the "scrub" kind), limit 1
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/29 SS
= Free plus overage

Vitamin Water 10, $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 4/5 SS
= Free

Pert Plus $2/5, get $2 ECBs wyb 2
Use 2 $1/1 printables here
= $1 for 2 after coupons and ECBs

Kellogg's Cereals $2
Use $1/1 coupon from 4/5 RP
= $1 per box

Accu-check Aviva Diabetes Monitor, $9.99
Get $9.99 ECBs (limit 1)

Buy 1 Natural Dentist ($6.99), Get $4 ECBS (limit 5)
Purchase 2 = $13.98
Use (2) $2/1 printable coupons = $9.98
Receive $8 ECBs = $1.98
Submit for $10 mail-in rebate (wyb 2)
= Free plus overage!

If you are new to CVSing, check out Crystal's post here!

More Huggies Freebies

As I promised, there is another Huggies sample available, this time through Wal-Mart. Go here to get yours. These are made from organic cotton and they're hypoallergenic. If you haven't yet picked up your sample directly from Huggies, go here to do so.

Also, go here to print your $1/1 coupon, good on any Huggies product. Most Wal-Mart stores have travel packs of Huggies wipes for less than $1, so you can use it to get those FREE!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Walgreens Deals through 4/11

Here are some free or close to free deals at Walgreens this week:

Schick Disposable Razors $6.99 (buy 2)
Use B1G1 from 4/5 SS
Use $4/1 from 3/22 SS
Use $2/1 from Easy Saver Catalog
= Free

Vitamin Water10 2/$3
Use $1/1 from 4/5 SS
Use $1/2 from Easy Saver Catalog
= Free

Oust Surface and Air Sanitizer $2.99
Use $2/1 from 3/29 SS insert
Get $1 rebate (#20)
= Free

Colgate Total Advanced (4 oz) $3.49
Use $1.50 from All You (March) magazine
Receive $3.49 in Register Rewards
= Free plus overage

Reach Ultraclean Toothbrush & Ultraclean Floss $2.50 each
Buy one of each
Use $3/1 from 3/15 SS
Receive $2.50 in Register Rewards
= Free plus overage

Palmolive Dish Liquid $.99 (with in-ad coupon)
Use $1/2 from 3/29 SS
= $.49 each

Chapstick Natural or Soft Shimmer $1.99

Receive $1.99 RR (Register Rewards)
= Free


You might be able to snag some free Stayfree products this week at CVS. Some of their Stayfree products are on clearance for $2.39. Additionally, the 14-24 packs of pads are producing $2 ECBs. Combine this with the $2/2 from the 2/22 RP. And get two packs for free, plus overage!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

$1 off at Caribou Coffee

Print this coupon to get $1 off any drink, any size at Caribou Coffee! This offer is good through April 22.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Oil of Olay

For those of you who are just starting out with this couponing adventure and are looking forward to getting something free with yesterday's coupons, here you go. Cut out the $2/1 Olay coupon from Sunday's (4/5) P&G insert and take it with you to Wal-Mart when you do these deals. Wal-Mart has a two-pack of Olay Bar Soaps for $1.97, so you'll get two bars of soap for FREE!

Free Sample of Huggies pure & natural

Diaper samples are definitely worth signing up for, not only because diapers can be costly but also because coupons are often included! I'm really happy that Huggies decided to start a Pure & Natural brand because I'm all for leaving out those nasty chemicals! Go here to request your free sample of these new diapers. Talk around the blogosphere is that soon Walmart will also be offering a sample of these, with a $3 coupon included! Stay tuned.

Jewel 4 Day Sale (4/5-4/8)

Jewel has a Four-Day Sale with these great buys:
  • Jewel Sugar (4 lb. bag) $1.57 (limit 4)
  • Jewel Butter (1 lb.) Salted or Unsalted $1.47 (limit 4)
  • Tropicana Orange or Grapefruit Juice (64 oz.) $2.50 ($1/2 in 1/4 RP)
  • Strawberries (1 lb.) $1.77
*Remember: when Jewel specifies a limit on a particular item (i.e. limit 4), that means you are limited to 4 of each variety. So for the butter above, you could buy 4 salted and 4 unsalted.

In addition, save $8 on your Easter Ham when you purchase $25 in these Kraft products (Many have reported, $8 instantly comes off your purchase, even if you aren't buying a ham!). However, if you ARE purchasing a ham, be sure to also scan the $7 off coupon on the front of the sales ad, thus saving you $15 on your ham!

Philadelpia cream cheese (8 oz brick) 10 for $10
Cool Whip (6 - 8 oz) 10 for $10
Kraft salad dressing (16 oz) 3 for $5
  Use $1.50/1 coupon from 3/29 SS
Stove Top stuffing (6 oz) 4 for $5
Jell-O gelatin or pudding 3 for $2
Kraft BBQ sauce (18 oz) $.99
A-1 steak sauce (10 oz) 2 for $7
Planters assorted nuts 2 for $6
Oscar Mayer bacon (12 - 16 oz) B1G1F $6.99
Nabisco snack crackers (7 - 10 oz) B1G1F $4.19
Kraft chunk or shredded cheese (6 - 8 oz) 2 for $4
Seattles Best coffee (12 oz) $5.99
Maxwell House Coffee (33 - 39 oz) $5.99
Breakstones sour cream (16 oz) 2 for $3
Kraft Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip (21 - 32 oz) $2.99
DiGiorno pizza (22.1 - 32.7 oz) 12 " 2 for $12
Claussen pickles (20 - 32 oz) 2 for $6

* The sale above goes off preferred prices (not the price without preferred card). Thus, your $8 instant savings appears when you have reached $25 in scans with the preferred card.

CVS Deals 4/5-4/11

Here are the best of CVS deals for the week:

Huggies: Spend $25, receive $10 ECBs (limit 1)
My plan:
Buy 3 Jumbo Packs @ $10 each = $30
Use (3) $5 coupons from last month's (no longer available) = $15
Use $5/$25 purchase printing from machine = $10
Receive $10 ECBs = $0
Submit for rebate of $.75/pack to Caregiver's Marketplace 
= $2.25 overage

Or if you don't have the printables:
Buy 2 packs of diapers @ $10 and 1 pack of wipes @ $5 = $25
Use (2) $1.50/1 Huggies diaper coupons from 3/1 SS = $22
Use $.75  Huggies wipes coupon here (or $.50/1 from 3/1 SS) = $21.25
Receive $10 ECBs = $11.25
Submit for rebate of $.75/pack to Caregiver's Marketplace ($1.50)
= $9.75 for two jumbo packs of diapers and one pack of wipes
Be sure to scan your CVS card at the price check machine to see if you get a $5/$25 purchase coupon!! This would bring your cost down to $4.75 if it prints!!

Buy 1 Skintimate Shaving Cream $3.49
Receive $3.49 ECBs

Excedrin 20-24 count, $1.99
Use $2/1 printable here

Colgate Max Fresh or Max White Toothpaste $2.99, Get $2 ECBs
Use $1/1 from 3/29 SS

Covergirl Products: Buy $20, Get $10 ECBs
Use $4/1 coupon from 4/5 PG insert
Use $1/1 coupon from 4/5 PG insert
= Significant Savings!

Schick Intuition Plus Razors BOGO $9.99 for 2
Use (2) $4/1 coupons from 3/22 SS
= $1.98 for 2

Accu-check Aviva Diabetes Monitor, $9.99
Get $9.99 ECBs (limit 1)

Buy 1 Natural Dentist ($6.99), Get $4 ECBS (limit 5)
Purchase 2 = $13.98
Use (2) $2/1 printable coupons = $9.98
Receive $8 ECBs = $1.98
Submit for $10 mail-in rebate (wyb 2)
= Free plus overage!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Current Wal-Mart Deals

Kraft Salad Dressing $1.58
Use $1.50/1 from 3/29 SS
= $.18

Baked Ritz crackers $2
Use $2/2 from 1/25 SS
= $1 each

Yo-Plus Yogurt $2.08
$1.50/1 Yoplait Yo-Plus yogurt

Aveeno baby wash $2.99
Use $2 printable here

Band-Aid Kids' Prints $1.88
Use $1 coupon from 2/8 SS (exp. 5/31)

Johnson & Johnson Baby Cotton Swabs $1.38
Use $1/1 from 3/8 RP (exp. 6/10)
= $.38

KY jelly $2.97
Use $3 coupon from 1/4 RP (exp 7/1)

Glucerna Cereal (found in health section) $3.96
Use $5 printable here
= FREE plus overage

Luden's Throat Drops $1.12
Use $1 coupon from 1/4 RP
= $.12

Johnson's Buddies $0.97 each
Use coupons herehere, or here

Beech Nut Let's Grow Microwavable Meals $1.06
Use $1/1 from 1/4 SS (exp. 4/30)
= $.06

Mento's Gum $1.28
Use $1 coupon from 3/1 SS (exp 4/30)
= $.12

Purina Puppy Chow (small bag) $4.12
Use $4 coupon here
= $.12

Is the Sunday Newspaper a Wise Buy?

Many have asked me, "How valuable is it for you to get the Sunday newspaper with the coupon inserts?" Well, I think the best way to answer is for you to look here, here, and here. Without coupons, these deals wouldn't have been nearly as good. To get the Tribune delivered to your house for $1/week, check out my post here!

Of course, we don't live off cereal. (In fact, sometimes I trade it for whole, unpasteurized, organic milk from my parents' farm.) But when I can find healthy cereal at a great price (like 6 boxes for $1.16), I stock pile as much as I know we'll use.  However, I do believe in good nutrition. We eat fruits and vegetables every day. We drink organic milk. We try to eat a fresh green salad every day. I love making my own bread. Yes, we do eat desserts, although it's a rare occurrence for me to buy packaged desserts and cookies (but we do love good ice cream!).  My point is: there's a balance. Scoop up those great deals, but don't forget to eat your green and orange veggies every day! 

My favorite place to buy greens: Sam's Club. Pick up a 16 oz. box of Organic Spring Green Mix for around $3.99!!

Post Cereal Haul

These 12 boxes of cereal cost me $2.32!! Here's what I did for each transaction:
  • Buy 6 boxes at $1.50 each = $9
  • Use (3) $1/2 coupons = $6
  • Pay with the $5 Catalina from doing this deal on a couple days earlier = $1
  • Pay $1 + $.16 tax
  • Receive another $5 Post Catalina

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Free Samples

Pick up your free sample of Rachel Ray Nutrish Dog Food here.

More Samples Available:

Jewel Ad 4/2-4/8

Here are the highlights for Jewel. I only list the items that seem to be the best deal.

Three Day Sale (Thurs., 4/2 - Sat. 4/4)
Premium Tomatoes on the Vine $1.48
Healthy Choice Complete Dinners $1.97
Jewel Fresh Cut Blue Ribbon Beef Filet Mignon (6 oz) 2/$7
Wild Mahi Mahi (6 oz. previously frozen) 2/$7
Ice Mt. Spring Water (28-Pack .5 Liter or 12-Pack 700 ML Bottles) $3.77

Kraft Salad Dressing $1.67
- Use $1.50 coupon from 3/29 insert

Kellogg's Cereal $2 (Use coupons from here and from 2/22 RP)
There's a Catalina deal going on for buying Kellogg's cereals 12 oz and over. Here's how YOU can get coupons for a free gallon of milk worth up to $4.69 (works on 1/2 gallons too):
  • Buy 3 boxes & receive 1 Catalinas for a free gallon of milk
  • Buy 5 boxes & receive 2 CATs for a free gallon of milk
  • Buy 7 boxes & receive 3 CATs for a free gallon of milk
A note on the milk Catalinas: Check your expiration date as the date varies when you get more than one. This is an especially good deal for those of us who buy Organic Milk!! And it was even better a couple weeks ago when the cereal was $1.50/box. :)

For those with children:
Check out this promotion:
Buy $25 of Huggies products and receive a $5 Catalina (for OYNO) and a $3 CAT (for Culinary Circle Products)

If you have enough Huggies coupons from last month's printables, you might be able to pick up some wipes for a great deal!

Organics & Such
Remember to use the Wild Harvest $1 coupon found here for Wild Harvest (WH) products
Wild Harvest Braeburn Apples (3 lb.) $1.99
WH Mini Carrots (1 lb) $2
WH Celery (1 lb) $2.50
WH Grape Tomatoes (1 pint) $3.49
WH Russet Potatoes (5 lb) $5.99
Simply Organic Spices B1G1 ($2.99 single item price)

Kraft Chunks or Shredded (8 oz) or American Singles (12 oz.) $2
Daisy Sour Cream (16 oz) 3/$5
Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1
Brookstone's Sour Cream (16 oz) 1$1.50

Bottom Round or Sirloin Tip Steak or Roast
Top Loin Pork Roast
Fresh Boneless, Skinless or Split Chicken Breasts
Avocados ($1.99 single price)
Land 'O Lakes Butter (1 lb. or spreadable 15 oz) $4.99 single price
- Use $.55/1 coupon from 3/29 SS
Oscar Mayer Bacon ($6.99 single price)
Hormel Bacon ($5.99 single price)
Edy's Ice Cream (1.5 qt)
Betty Crocker Cake Mix ($2.39 single price)
Nabisco Snack Crackers ($4.19 single price)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Jewel's One Day Sale April 1

Today only, April 1, Jewel has these specials going:

  • Large Eggs (1 doz.) $0.57, Limit 2
  • Jewel Natural Cheese Chunks or Shreds $.97, Limit 2 but see note below!!
  • Mann's Cut Vegetables (12-16 oz bag), $.99
  • Sara Lee Turkey Breast or Chicken Breast (1/2 lb.) $1.99
  • Jewel Fresh Cut Blue Ribbon Beef Filet Mignon (6 oz. portion) 2/$6

When Jewel specifies a limit on a particular item (i.e. 2), that means you are limited to 2 of each variety. So for the cheese above, you could buy 2 mozarella shredded, 2 mozarella chunks, 2 sharp cheddar chunks, 2 medium cheddar chunks, and so on. 

New Printable Coupons

Head over to to print some new April coupons!! Here are some of my favorites:

Save $1 on Yoplait Yo-Plus Yogurt
Save $1 on any Simple Green product
Save $1 on any Cottonelle toilet paper 4 pk or larger
Save $.60 on one box of Nature Valley granola bars

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Brookhaven Marketplace 4/1-4/7

Here are the highlights from this week's Brookhaven Marketplace ad. In case you're wondering, Brookhaven is an Illinois store (located in Darien, Mokena, and Burr Ridge) with great prices on produce and meat. They also carry a variety of international foods.


Strawberries 99¢/lb.
Idaho Potatoes (10 lb. bag) $1.99
Red Seedless Grapes 79¢/lb.
Green Seedless Grapes 69¢/lb.
Bartlett or Bosc Pears 69¢/lb.
Cluster Tomatoes 99¢/lb.
Fresh Express Garden Salad 99¢/bag

Bobak's Polish Ham $2.99/lb.
Turkey Breast $2.99/lb.
Bone-in Chicken Breasts 99¢/lb.
Chicken Leg Quarters 49¢/lb.

Our Family Granulated Sugar (5 lb.) $1.99

Dean's Milk (1%, 2% or whole) $2.29/gal.
Dutch Farms Butter (1 lb.) $2
Easter Lamb Butter (8 oz.) 99¢ (This is really neat-looking! It's butter molded into a lamb shape.)
Dutch Farms Ricotta Cheese (15 oz.) $2
Our Family Shredded Cheese ( 8 oz.) $1.67
Large Brown Eggs (Cage Free) $2.79/doz.

Raw Almonds $2.49/lb.

Free Seeds from Heirloom Tomatoes

Since I just love fresh fruits and veggies and I really miss not have land for a garden, I've been formulating my plan for doing some container gardening this summer. You can imagine how excited I was to see that Tomato Heirlooms is offering a free packet of seeds to anyone who signs up for a free account on their website. Create an account here and you will automatically receive three packets of basil seeds: 250 each of Sweet Italian Basil, Purple Basil and Lemon Basil. Hurry because supplies are limited!

If any of you have some great ideas on Container Gardening, I'd love to hear them!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Chicago Tribune for $1

If you are new to couponing and need to subscribe to the Chicago Tribune, go here and enter code x581 to have the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday papers delivered to your house for $1/week.

Free Sample of Aveeno

Click here for your free sample of Aveeno Nourish+ Hair Care Naturals. Included with your sample will also be a coupon! By the way, requesting samples is another great way to build up your coupon stashes.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Jewel Deal on Post Cereal (through 4/1)

How would you like 5 boxes of FREE cereal? Jewel (Chicagoland) has Post Cereal on sale 2/$3 when you buy in sets of 2. (See below for varieties that are 2/$4.) There is also a catalina (CAT) promotion going on through April 19. Here's how it goes:
  • Buy 3, get a $1 Catalina
  • Buy 4, get a $2 Catalina
  • Buy 5, get a $5 Catalina
Even if you don't have coupons, you can snag some good, healthy cereal for less than $1/box! Here are some scenarios for you:

  • Buy 3 = $4.50; Use $1/2 and $.55 coupon; Receive $1 CAT
    Cost after Qs and CATS: $1.95 ($.65 each)

  • Buy 4 = $6; Use 2 $1/2; Receive $3 CAT
    Cost after Qs and CATS: $1 ($.33 each)

  • Buy 5 = $7.50; Use 2 $1/2 and one $.55 coupon; Receive $5 CAT
    Cost after Qs and CATS: -$.05 (FREE!)
  • Buy 3 = $4.50; Receive $1 CAT
    Cost after CAT: $3.50 ($1.17 each)

  • Buy 4 = $6; Receive $3 CAT
    Cost after CAT: $3 ($.75 each)

  • Buy 5 = $7.50; Receive $5 CAT
    Cost after CAT: $2.50 ($.50 each)
Some have reported that you can only get the price 2/$3 once per day per preferred card. Additionally, the pricing of 2/$3 only seems to be working when you buy in pairs (mix or match).

The following cereals are 2/$3:
Honey Bunches of Oats
Honey Bunches Just Bunches
Grape Nuts
Shredded Wheat
Post Raisin Bran

These cereals are 2/$4:
Honey Comb
Alpha Bits
Cinnamon Grahams
Fruity Pebbles
Post Selects

Coupon Sources thanks to A Full Cup. (Because some Jewels take expireds, I'm listing all here.)
  • Post Cereals Shredded Wheat, Raisin Bran, Grape Nuts - 3/29/09 $1/2 (expires 5/10/2009)
  • Post Honeycomb Cereal, Any Box - 03-01-09 SS $1.00/2 (expires 4/12/2009)
  • Post Selects Cereals, Any - 03-01-09 SS $1.00/2 (expires 4/12/2009)
  • Post Honeycomb Cereal, Any Box - 03-01-09 $0.55/1 (expires 4/12/2009)
  • Post Kid's Cereals, Any - 01-25-09 SS $1.00/2 (expired 3/8/2009)
  • Post Cereals, Any - 01-25-09 SS $1.00/2 (expired 3/8/2009)
  • Post Shredded Wheat Cereals, Any - 01-04-09 SS $1.00/2 (expired 2/15/2009)

CVS Deals 3/29-4/4

Here are the best deals I see at CVS this week.

Aviva/Accu-check Diabetes Monitor $9.99 (limit 1)
Receive $9.99 ECB
= Free

Scrubbing Bubbles Action Cleaner $2.99
= $.24 (Thanks, Piera)

Glade Sense & Spray Lasting Impressions $5.99
Use $4 coupon from 3/29 SS
Receive $1 ECB
= $.99

Buy 2 Softsoap Ensembles (soaps or refills, prices starting at $3.99 each)
If you buy 2 refills at $3.99, then...
Use 2 $1 off coupons from 3/22 SS
Receive $4 ECB
= $1.99 for two

Walgreens 3/29-4/4

Here are some of the deals this week at Walgreens.

Chapstick Natural or Soft Shimmer $1.99

Receive $1.99 RR (Register Rewards)
= Free

Reynolds Alum. Foil (20 sq. ft) $.89 with in-ad coupon
Use $1/1 from 2/8 SS
= Free

Mentos Gum $1 (on sale till 4/24 for 2/$2)
Use $1/1 from 3/1 SS
= Free

Printer Cartridge Refill $7.50
Submit for $7.50 EasySaver Rebate #28
= Free

Skintimate Shave Gel or Edge Infused /Energy Shave Gel $2.99 
Receive $3 RR (through 4/24)
= Free

No Nonsense Panty Hose B1G1, starting at $2.49
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/29 SS
= $.25 each

Softsoap Body Wash $3.99
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/29 SS
Receive coupon for a free Softsoap Body Wash
= $1.50 each
(Presently this coupon can be "rolled," meaning you can use the coupon to get your free one, and another coupon for a free body wash will print. This has been working yesterday and today, but we never know how long it will "roll!")

Free McCafe Today

Have you picked up your free McCafe beverage at McDonald's today? Mondays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., McDonald's in the Chicagoland area are offering a free 8 oz. McCafe beverage of your choice!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Couponing Basics - Part 1

Here are a few steps to help you start saving BIG on your groceries, toiletries, and around-the-house expenses.
  1. Buy the Sunday newspaper. Ironically enough, I'm telling you to buy to save. However, this step is worth it! Pull out those coupon inserts! Clip the coupons you know you'll use, and file the rest of the insert in a file folder labeled with the date the insert was issued. Choose the major newspaper for best value coupons (i.e. Pick the Chicago Tribune over the Chicago Sun-Times). The number of inserts varies from week to week, so don't worry if there's only one insert the first week you buy the paper. In addition, ask friends and family to give you their unused inserts.

  2. Stock up when the prices are lowest. Pay attention to the "loss leaders" at the grocery stores. If you know prices, and the sale price is the lowest you've seen at a number of stores, then stock up. It's even better if you can match the sale with coupons!

  3. Be willing to try different brands. When I started serious "couponing," I found myself trying lots of new brands. In fact, I started buying far fewer store brand and Aldi items because I could get name brand products cheaper when on sale and/or combined with a coupon. In some cases, you might not be able to budge on your favorite brand, but if you can, go ahead and give it a try!

  4. Be an observant shopper! Be constantly on the lookout for clearance items and coupon dispensers throughout the store. When our Jewel marked down Domino Brown Sugar to $1/bag, I bought a few and used the coupons in my coupon holder to get some pretty cheap brown sugar! Make use of those coupon dispensers throughout the store (blinkies, they're called). If you'll use the item being advertised, pick up a coupon or two and file it in your coupon organizer. Very likely, that item will go on sale, and you'll be able to use the coupon when the price is right! When Kraft cheese was on sale recently, I was so thankful to have picked up coupons a few weeks earlier. This resulted in my getting FREE cheese.

  5. Learn the coupon policies of the stores in your area. Store coupons (Target, Walgreens, and other stores issue these) can be stacked with manufacturer coupons. Also find out:
    * Do any stores accept expired coupons? (Many Jewel and Dominick's do!)
    * Do any stores in your area double coupons? (I have yet to find any Chicagoland stores that do this.)
    * Do they Price Match? (Wal-Mart is famous for this one.)
    * Do they accept competitor's coupons? (Jewel's policy has been to accept competitor's manufacturer coupons.)

  6. Get ready to make a quick weekly stop at CVS and Walgreens. You'll be amazed at how cheap you can get some common household items including razors, toilet paper, shampoo, napkins, snacks, and more! In the days ahead, we'll talk about these two stores in detail.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Coupons. Print these before April arrives!

Since these coupons are reset each month, you won't want to miss your opportunity to print what's available here in March!

Healthy but delicious drinks...
B1G1 Free Welch's Aquajuice
Save $1 on V-8 juice

Fun Games (shop early for Christmas!):
Save $10 on Leapster2 Learning System
Save $5 on Leapfrog Leapster Learning Games**
Save $5 on Twister Hopscotch Game
Save $5 on Elefun Game
Save $5 on Sorry! Sliders Game
Save $5 on Gator Golf Game

**Starting 3/29, Target has the Leapster Games on sale for $15, making them only $10 with these coupons.

To find the coupons easier, just sort by category.

Dominick's/Safeway Deal on Bertolli's through 3/31

Have you ever tried Bertolli's premium pasta sauce in those snazzy looking pouches? Even though I usually make my own pasta sauce, I had a few high value coupons a while back and thought I'd give them a try. Here's your opportunity to do the same.

Dominick's has a promotion that goes like this: Buy 10 of a certain group of items at $2 each, and you will save $5 instantly (so 10 items for $15, or $1.50 each). Bertolli's pouch sauces are included, and many have reported finding $1 off coupons in a blinkie machine in front of the pouches. To make this even better, for every two pouches you buy, Catalinas are printing for $2 off your next order! Here's a great scenario:

Buy 10 pouches = $20
Instant $5 Savings = $15
Use 10 $1 coupons = $5 out of pocket
Receive $10 in Catalinas
= Free + overage of $5 after instant savings, coupons, and Catalinas

(If your store doesn't have the blinkies, the pouches will end up being $0.50.

Find more Dominicks/Safeway deals here.