I put Toth in the stroller today and rolled him on over to Jewel-Osco. For $26.86, I got enough groceries to be pretty burdened down on the walk home. Here are some of the top deals that I saw. (Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the coupon books you should be looking for in the store.)
FREE Speed Stick deodorant through Wednesday, Sept. 21.
As you can see in the picture, Speed Stick is buy one, get one free. You probably can’t read the tiny text, but it does say that the sale goes through 9/21. There is a coupon in the 9/11 SmartSource insert for buy one, get one free Speed Stick, which expires 10/1. Combine the sale with the coupon and … viola! Free deodorant! (I bought six, and my cashier thought I would not be allowed to use the BOGO coupon with the BOGO sale. The manager kindly confirmed that this is allowed.)
Four boxes of Mini-Wheats for $1 total (sort of), 9/15-9/21
You will pay $10 upfront for four boxes Mini-Wheats, but the rewards you can get back are worth up to $9.50, making your final cost around a buck. Here’s how it works: Starting 9/15, Jewel is offering a milk coupon worth $4.50 if you buy three participating Kellogg’s cereals @ $2.99 each, including the 18 oz. Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size. If you look hard at this photo, you’ll see a picture of a gas pump in the lower right side of the Mini-Wheats Bite Size box. That’s an offer for a $5 gas card, when you send in the codes from four specially marked boxes. So, you’ll have to buy four boxes, which would cost the average dope $11.96. But not you! You’ll go to your coupon file box and clip two copies of the $1/2 Mini-Wheats coupon from the 8/28 RedPlum insert. So your cost will be $9.96 (plus tax). At the register, your coupon for free milk should print out. (If you want to get the full $4.50 value, you might want to spend it on organic or Oberweis milk.) You’ll have to mail something in to get your gas card, and that’s where the other 50 cents costs comes from in this equation. The stamp.
Tide for $2.99 through Sept. 24
This one is fun. The original price is an outrageous $10.49. The sale price shown on the tag there is $7.99. There’s a booklet available in-store (scroll down for a pic) with a store coupon that will take another $3 off, bringing the price down to $4.99. But that is not all, my friend. That is not all. In the 9/11 SmartSource, there is a coupon for $2 off Tide or Gain powder detergent. So that gets you down to $2.99, your final price. The box says 40 loads, so that’s 7.5 cents a load. (Personally, I usually use half or less the recommended detergent and the clothes still come out clean.) I didn’t do this deal because I wanted to try for free Gain at Walgreens, if it is still working. But if I can’t get free Gain, I’ll go back to Jewel for cheap Tide, especially since they have fragrance free.
Hand sanitizer 33 cents a spray tube
This one might only be available at my Jewel (Madison Street, Oak Park), but it wouldn’t hurt to look. Regular price $1.99, on “bonus buy” 3 for $1. I like these little spray bottles because I worry about the regular bottles getting ingested by one of the kids.
I found three different coupon books in the store today. The one on the left is mostly store coupons, and you can see that Tide coupon I mentioned right on the front. The one on the right has a sweet coupon for $1 off one Essential Everyday product (Jewel’s new house brand), limit one per customer per visit. I used mine on a box of EE brand “cheerios,” on sale for $2, so we got it for a buck. Little Toth really wanted those. They also have small canisters of oatmeal and boxes of toaster pastries for under $2.
I found this Spanish coupon book in the toothpaste aisle. I was going to tell you waht was in it, but I seem to have lost it already. Well, I do remember it had $1 off Colgate, and a coupon for Palmolive dish soap.