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How to use your Jewel-Osco Fuel Rewards at the gas station

Have you been using your Jewel-Osco Fuel Rewards? Jewel’s website instructs you to enter your MyMixx phone number at the gas pump, but in reality, there are a few more steps involved…  

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New Super-Couponing Tips column: Co-branded products present confusion

“Scope mouthwash now says ‘Crest Scope’ on the label. If I have a coupon for any Crest item, can I use it on Crest Scope? I have also seen Glad Trash bags with Febreze or Gain scents. Can I use a coupon…”  

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(Almost) free February fun: The Field Museum and Chicago Auto Show

Our kids were off school yesterday for an extended Presidents’ Day weekend holiday, so our family headed into the city for some almost-free fun at the Field Museum and the Chicago Auto Show…  

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Coupon Matchups: Meijer Deals of the Week 2/23/17 – 3/1/17

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.25 McCormick seasoning packets, .75 Kleenex, $1 Dole Mixations fruit bowls, $1.38 Dannon Activia yogurt, $1.41 Kellogg's cereals, $1.50 Celestial Seasonings tea, $20/$10 Garnier sale = possible FREE Garnier  

Coupon Matchups: Jewel-Osco Deals of the Week 2/22/17 – 2/28/17

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$1 Brown & Serve sausage, $1 Ken's salad dressing, $1 Well Yes soup, $1.25 Speed Stick, $1.39 Kellogg's cereal, $1.49 Quaker oatmeal and cereal, $1.50 Chips Ahoy cookies, $1.50 Hefty slider bags  

Rebate and Coupon Deals: Menards 2/19/17 – 2/25/17

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The 11% rebate returns this week: .13 Suave body wash, .92 Glade room sprays, $1.72 Hormel pepperoni, $2.11 Downy fabric softener, $3.83 Hefty trash bags, $8.14 Angel Soft bath tissue, $10.45 Gain Flings  

Coupon Matchups: Target Deals of the Week 2/19/17 – 2/25/17

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.80 Chobani yogurt, $6.49 Iams cat food, $7.49 Purina Cat Chow, $8.49 Beneful dog food, $8.49 Purina One cat food, $8.65 Iams dog food, Buy 2 Get $5 P&G sale, Buy 3, Get $10 cleaning sale, Buy 4, Get $5 beauty sale  

Coupon Matchups: Walgreens Deals of the Week 2/19/17 – 2/25/17

Walgreens

.74 Butterball turkey bacon, .75 Bumble Bee tuna, .75 Progresso soup, .99 Scope mouthwash, $1.29 Nice eggs, $1.45 Butterball ground turkey, $1.50 Belvita breakfast biscuits, $1.74 Nature Valley granola bars  

Coupon Matchups: CVS Deals of the Week 2/19/17 – 2/25/17

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.93 Garnier Whole Blends haircare, $1.29 Scope mouthwash, $1.49 Quaker Oatmeal Squares, $1.66 Kellogg's cereals, $1.94 Downy, $1.94 Tide Simply detergent, $2.12 Nabisco cookies, $2.94 Tide Pods, $5.24 Maxwell House  

Review + Giveaway: Spa goodies from Waxing the City and Ten Friends

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Recently, I attended a bloggers' beauty day at Waxing The City in Oakbrook Terrace. Two lucky readers will win spa goodies from them and a FREE blowout and style from Ten Friends Blow Dry and Style House!  

Have you won anything with Jewel-Osco’s Monopoly?

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Jewel-Osco's annual Monopoly game kicked off a week ago. After our first week of Monopoly, our family had brought home 60 Monopoly game pieces. Here's what we received...  

Super-Couponing workshops announced for 2017

Teaching Super-Couponing Workshop

I'm happy to report that I'm hard at work securing Super-Couponing workshop dates for 2017, and here's what's currently on my schedule...  

Coupon Matchups: Meijer Deals of the Week 2/16/17 – 2/22/17

Meijer

.33 Dannon yogurt, .40 Yoplait yogurt, .66 Herbal Essences and Aussie, .67 Well Yes soup, .98 Barilla pasta, $1.99 Belvita breakfast biscuits, $1.99 Purex detergent, $4 Cottonelle bath tissue, $4.99 Luvs diapers  

Current National Catalina offers: February 2017

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Here's a list of national Catalina offer for February, including brands like Annie's, Barilla, Community Coffee, Edwards, Gerber, L'Oreal, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles and more...  

Expired coupon inserts to remove from your files: February 2017

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It's Groundhog Day! Here's a list of all of the coupon inserts that have expired within the last two months. If you have any of the following inserts in your files, you can pull them out and recycle them...  

A fun CVS Coca-Cola (and more) stock-up trip

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I headed over to CVS Pharmacy this morning to pair their $30/$10 ExtraBucks sale with my stash of free Coca-Cola 12-pack coupons from all the end-of-2016 Coke Rewards points deals...  

January means toy clearances! Here’s what I’ve found…

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January is a great time to find clearance toy bargains! So many stores drop prices on toys into the 50-70% off range. On Thursday, I devoted a few hours to running around town and looking for deals...  

RedPlum issues new warning to coupon buyers and resellers

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"These booklets are intended for individual home or newspaper distribution. If you are buying or selling these booklets in bulk, you are likely trafficking in stolen property, which is illegal under state and federal law."  

Is this enough bargain laundry detergent for a year?

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So, over four deals, I now have nineteen bottles of laundry detergent (and eight bottles of stain remover, and three tubes of toothpaste!) that I paid $15.63 for. This represents an incredible 832 loads of laundry!  

Welcome to couponing. Here’s how to get started.

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Whether you're a longtime reader, new to couponing, or someone who's taken a break from saving with coupons, this is a great time to commit to saving even more money in the new year. Here are some tips to get started...  

Expired coupon inserts to remove from your files: January 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's a list of all of the coupon inserts that have expired within the last two months. We have a lot of expired inserts to pull with the year's end...  

Current National Catalina offers: January 2017

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Catalina offers for January 2017 include Barilla pasta, Bob Evans sausage, Carnation Breakfast Essentials, Chef Boyardee, Colgate, Glade, Huggies, Jell-O, Philadelphia cream cheese, Plum Organics, Post...  

Target Christmas clearance 70% off: What we found

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Target dropped its post-Christmas clearance items to 70% off yesterday, so we headed out this afternoon to look for deals. We spotted a lot of holiday-specific Star Wars items in the clearance aisles...  

What’s inside the Winter 2016 Walmart Beauty Box?

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Are you a member of Walmart's Beauty Box program? These boxes are FREE with a $5 flat fee to ship them to your door. Walmart issues four Beauty Boxes per year. I got my Winter 2016 box last week...  

2017 Coupon Insert Schedule

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Which weeks will we have coupon inserts in the newspaper? Here's a 2017 guide compiled by Coupons In The News of insert schedules for SmartSource, RedPlum, and Procter & Gamble...  

Post-Christmas neutral gift wrap clearance sales

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If you're headed out after Christmas to shop the clearance sales, don't forget one of my favorite tips: Stock up on clearance gift wrap, and look for paper designs that are neutral and can be used for other occasions...  

How to request Amazon ship your gifts in concealed boxes

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I've bought quite a few items from Amazon, and they've been showing up in their original packaging with an address label slapped on..! Amazon does give shoppers the choice to receive an item in its original box or not...  

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My black leather trenchcoat

My black leather trenchcoat

I've owned this black leather trenchcoat for more than 17 years, but the coat is older than I am. This coat has a story, and this seems as good a time as any to tell it...  

An Easy Bake blast from the past

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A commercial for the children's Easy Bake oven came on television. My youngest son watched as the girl on the screen baked up a mini cake, and he said "Why don't they make something like this for boys?"  

This weed torch is my favorite garden tool

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Every year, our family plants a vegetable garden, and every year, despite my best intentions, there comes a point in time when the garden becomes more than a little overrun with weeds...  

Meat Claws are my new favorite kitchen tools

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I picked up a pair of Meat Claws recently and couldn't wait to try them out! I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets, and the package promised that they would "shred meat easily." My sons told me I looked like Wolverine.  

Why don’t they make bed sheets like this any more?

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I found this delightful vintage package of two cotton fitted twin-size bed sheets for $1.99 that were made sometime in the 1950s! These sheets have no elastic -- they're truly a "fitted sheet" with a mitered corner...  

Goodbye to the wedding dresses

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One of my friends reached out and said she didn't want to keep her wedding dress anymore. She wasn't sure if it was worth trying to sell it. "You're good with money -- do you think it's worth anything?"  

We couldn’t throw our old couch away

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Something strange happened when we tried to get rid of our old couch. Our family room couch has seen better days. I bought this sectional when I was in college -- one of my first "grown-up" purchases...  

Putting two new HD television antennas to the test

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Our existing roof-mounted antenna is old and has multiple broken elements from tree branches falling into it over the years. Antennas Direct offered me two antennas to review, and I was really surprised...  

A budget book for my daughter’s college life

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While there are plenty of software solutions for personal budgets, there's something to be said for the simplicity of a budget book -- and she liked the idea of a book that would also organize her bills...  

College apartment-hunting with our daughter

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When we started looking at apartments, we were pleasantly surprised to see how reasonably priced off-campus living is at Eastern. We began apartment hunting in March by looking at several properties online...  

We put a glass top on our wooden kitchen table

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Whenever you have something new that you've invested some money in, aren't you inclined to try to keep it as nice and new-looking for as long as possible? We discussed getting a piece of glass cut for the tabletop...  

My deck stain report: One year later

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I detailed my deck refinishing project in 2015 and had high hopes for the deck stain I chose. Since that time, I've had curious readers writing to ask how my deck currently looks. How did it weather over the past year?  

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A year’s worth of Survival Soup for under $300? I tried it.

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“Have you seen the recipe for a survival soup for preparing for disasters? It says you can store a year's worth of soup ingredients for four people for under $300..."  

Recipe: Campfire Dutch Oven Apple Dump Cake

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Dutch ovens are great for making "Dump Cakes," meaning, you dump everything into the oven, close it up, and let it bake. My boys made their own Dump Cake during our weekend campout -- so simple and so delicious...  

Making a jar of cake-mix “upsizer”

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It's getting difficult to find a cake mix that hasn't been reduced from 18.25 ounces to 15.25 ounces. This week, two things came up that made me want to work on a solution of sorts to this issue...  

Octopus Flowers, “Cobra Skin,” and Watermelon Tuna: My gastronomic dining experience

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Chef Adam Melonas prepared a gastronomic dining experience that lasted over three hours. Adam specializes in progressive cuisine, or what some call molecular gastronomy. It is an art of presenting foods in ways you've likely never seen...  

Recipe: Ridiculously Easy 5-Minute Tortilla Soup

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This "Ridiculously Easy 5-Minute Tortilla Soup" is one of my favorite slow-cooker recipes to make! Aside from opening cans and dumping them into your slow cooker, you can have this simmering in a pot in less than five minutes...  

The Most Perfect Hawaiian Pizza

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When we visited Kauai in August, everyone in our family was enamored with the pizza we enjoyed in Hanalei. It featured a multigrain crust made with coconut water. For this recipe, I wanted to incorporate coconut water and coconut oil...

Artisan Bread in 5 minutes – make it at home!

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This week, by reader request, I added a Recipes section to the Forum here on the blog. And, reading the recipes readers have been posting inspired me to share this one with you all. Around fall of last year, I came across this Instructable online for “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.” It seemed [...]

Sweet & Tangy Lemon Chicken

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This one's a family favorite in our house -- the kind of food that everyone runs to the table to eat once I serve it up!  

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Top ways to save on your Walt Disney World vacation

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I'm always happy to answer questions on where to stay, resort amenities and dining. Learn about Disney resort rooms for under $100 per night and a special "Buy 4, Get the 5th day FREE" offer on park passes - just $64.59 per day!  

Our 2015 Walt Disney World Vacation – Part 1: MagicBands, Memory Maker, park days and downtown days

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My family and I were privileged to head back to Walt Disney World for the Flower and Garden Festival. So much has changed since our previous stay at Walt Disney World five years ago...  

A bargain-priced idea for luggage organization

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A few months ago, when I went on the All American RV Blogger Tour, one of the gifts I received was a set of Eagle Creek Pack-Its, which are small zipper bags that you can use inside a suitcase to organize socks, underwear and other items: The lightweight bags are made of nylon. After using [...]

Visiting the Mall of America

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The Mall of America is home to the largest indoor theme park in the United States, Nickelodeon Universe. There are 30 rides inside the mall, as well as a high ropes course and a mini golf course...  

Go west, Disney dreamers! Disneyland on a budget

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We were due for a Disney trip again, but several elements came together to lead us to consider Disneyland in Anaheim, California over heading in the Orlando direction...  

Day-pack essentials for theme park trips

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Whether our family's headed to Disney, Universal, Six Flags or another destination, I always bring what my family affectionately calls my "black backpack" on all of our theme park trips. I don't like carrying a purse when we're in theme-park commando mode. A few years ago I discovered the perfect small, yet durable sling-style backpack...  

Walt Disney World 2016: Social Media Moms, Animal Kingdom at Night, Star Wars Awakens

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After our 2015 Walt Disney World experience, I told my children, "I hope you keep these memories for a lifetime, because we'll probably never do Disney quite like that again." How wrong I was. Two years in a row?  

My must-have when traveling with carry-on luggage

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One of my favorite travel tips when I’m traveling with carry-on luggage? Always take a second, lightweight tote bag with you that’s slightly larger than the “personal item” you carry on. You just may need it to comply with the airlines’ “One carry-on, one personal item” rule. I typically travel with a rolling carry-on suitcase [...]

Three days in the Dells: A weekend away that’s close to home!

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Ever since I was a child, I've enjoyed going to Wisconsin Dells for vacations, long weekends or short getaways. Our family recently spent a long weekend in the Dells, and there are truly so many things to do in this area...  

Our 2015 Walt Disney World trip – Part 2: Staying on-site, staying off-site, and tips for buying Disney souvenirs up to 70% off

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We split our stay between Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and the Downtown Disney Hilton Lake Buena Vista. You also won't want to miss these tips for buying Disney parks merchandise and souvenirs up to 70% off... 

The All American RV Blogger Tour: Indiana to Utah

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I and 15 other bloggers took part in the All American RV Blogger Tour! This was a first-of-its-kind event designed to send bloggers on a cross-country journey from Indiana to Utah...  

Driving across South Dakota

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Our RV tour's scheduled stops for the day included a visit to the Mitchell Corn Palace, an on-your-own lunch, and an ice cream social at the legendary Wall Drug, which my boys were very excited about...  

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Improving a great beach bag (with a not-so-great logo)

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I attended a blog conference and brought home an oversized canvas beach bag featuring the logo of one of the conference sponsors. However, last year, that company became embroiled in a bit of a scandal...  

Building a kitchen countertop extension

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Our daughter's new apartment really only has one issue -- limited counter space and no place to put a microwave or other small appliances. I got the idea to build a countertop extension for her kitchen...  

Our ultimate one-minute theme park tailgating setup

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Our family has had a fun summer of enjoying days at the zoo, water parks, and theme parks. My kids actually look forward to our lunchtime tailgating, as we can completely set it up in under one minute...  

Pooh to Pikachu

Pooh to Pikachu

This year, when I asked my son what kind of cake he wanted, he said "Pikachu." The popular Pokemon character is certainly cute, but how to best capture him in cake form? Many of my cakes take shape...  

Easy kids’ craft: Make a can candle

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I believe I was around 7 or 8 years old when we made tin can candles, and so I did a quick web search to see if my juvenile memories of it were correct. Incredibly, I couldn't find anything online about how to make these...  

Mending my family’s clothes: How to fix worn jeans “invisibly”

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While I could put patches over these ripped knees, I also don't want my kids to be self-conscious of an obvious repair job. I want to share how I've been able to extend the life of my sons' jeans by patching them invisibly...  

How to make a large utility tote for less than $20

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If you've been wanting a large utility tote without spending too much, and you have minimal sewing skills (like me!) read on and learn how you can make your own large utility tote from one yard of fabric for less than $20...  

The eighteen-year-old quilt

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I came up with the idea to make a quilt for her eighteenth birthday. And for the past thirteen years, I've been saving our daughter's favorite shirts as she outgrew them. Everything from T-shirts and sports jerseys to pajamas...  

Here’s an idea for leftover wax from your wax melter

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The wax melt packaging recommends that you pour the melted wax back into the clamshell packaging to dispose of it. Being frugal, I couldn't simply throw the wax away. So, we're reusing it in a creative way...  

Making a jar of cake-mix “upsizer”

Cake Mix Upsizer

It's getting difficult to find a cake mix that hasn't been reduced from 18.25 ounces to 15.25 ounces. This week, two things came up that made me want to work on a solution of sorts to this issue...  

Make your own “Slushy Magic” at home!

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To recreate the Slushy Magic effect, it's important to understand how it works. Each cup comes with three plastic ice cubes filled with salt water. Salt water freezes at a lower temperature than plain water does...