Every week, I’ll look through the Sunday Chicago Tribune and sum up the best coupons and offers I find there. That will help you avoid tossing any parts of the paper that have a valuable coupon inside, or help you decide whether to pick up the paper. If you notice any great deals that I’ve missed, I’d love it if you added them in the comments section.
The deal I’m most excited about this week is the large number of free-after-rewards items offered at Office Depot. I haven’t joined their Worklife Rewards program, but I am thinking about doing so this week. For instance, you can get a free portable file box after rebate, which is handy if you want to get started couponing frugalistically. (That link takes you to my how-to on how I use one of these file boxes to coupon without wasting too much time.) However, you should only sign up for Worklife Rewards if you think you’ll spend the credits you earn on stuff you really need (like printer cartridges), because unlike OfficeMax, they won’t let you roll these rewards points into more free items.
FREEBIES IN THIS WEEK’S PAPER:
- Free Crave cat treats with coupon in the RedPlum insert (up to $1.59)
- Free candy corn or pumpkins at CVS through Tuesday only. You pay 99 cents, get 99 cents Extra Bucks back.
- Free Blistex Cold and Allergy Lip Soother. Buy at Walgreens for $2, get $2 Register Rewards back.
- Free Hyland’s Nighttime Cold n Cough 4 Kids (4 oz.). Buy at Walgreens for $4.99 and get $4.99 Register Rewards back.
- Free Prevacid 24HR with coupon and mail-in rebate found in the SmartSource insert (Buy it anywhere, the coupon takes off $4 and then you can mail in the rebate form from the insert and receipt to get up to $18 more back, which should cover the purchase price.)
- Lots of free-after-rewards items at Office Depot. (Listed at the bottom of this post, or online.)
Parade magazine has a few coupons for medicines on page 11: $1 off Comtrex, plus some others I’ve never heard of.
The SmartSource insert has a coupon/rebate form combo that should result in free Prevacid at any store. In the RedPlum insert, there’s a $2 off Pediasure coupon that would be useful for one of this week’s CVS deals, $1 Fruitables juice boxes coupon, $1 off Wonderful pistachios, and $1/2 Cream of Wheat (I rarely see Cream of Wheat coupons).
Walgreens is still offering $5 off your $20 order from their new web pickup service with the coupon code PICKUP. I haven’t tried it yet but would love feedback from those who have.
Walgreens best Register Rewards deals
- FREE Blistex Cold and Allergy Lip Soother. Buy for $2, get $2 Register Rewards back
- FREE Hyland’s Nighttime Cold n Cough 4 Kids (4 oz.). Buy for $4.99 and get $4.99 Register Rewards back.
- 99-cent Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, deodorant or mouthwash. Buy any one of these at $3.99, get $2 RR back, making your price $1.99. Sweeten this deal wit the $1 off Tom’s toothpaste or mouthwash coupon, or the $1 off deodorant coupon, from this week’s 9/18 SmartSource. After coupon and RR, your price is 99 cents.
Walgreens food deals with in-ad coupon: salt or baking soda 50 cents; Campbell’s soup 79 cents (sweeten the deal with this printable coupon for $.40 off 3*); 32 oz. honey $4.99.
Other good buys at Walgreens this week: Quaker quick or minute oats 18 oz.
For a full list of Walgreen’s deals this week, including Children’s Advil for 99 cents a bottle, see Chi-Town Cheapskate.
CVS Extra Bucks deals
- FREE Gold Emblem (store brand) candy corn through Tuesday only. You pay 99 cents, get 99 cents ECB (Extra Bucks) back, limit 1.
Other good ECB deals
- There’s a baby goods offer, spend $25 and get $10 ECB back. See Mashup Mom’s scenario for getting Huggies slip-ons for under $3 a pack, or regular Huggies for under $5 each.
For a more complete list of CVS deals, including 49-cent lipstick if you buy it today, see Couponing for 4.
Dominick’s has a 4-day sale through Wednesday:
- Buy 2 12-packs pop @ $5.99, get 2 free, plus 2 free bags Snack Artist chips
- bananas 50 cents a pound
Dominick’s also has new Super Price Coupons, store coupons that can be combined with manufacturer’s coupons:
- Smucker’s preserves or jams 18 oz. $1.99
Target gift card offers — most weeks, Target will give you a Target gift card for buying certain items. Here are this week’s offers:
- Get a $30 gift card when you buy a Keurig coffee brewer for $149.99
- $30 gift card when you buy a Panasonic Blu-ray player ($159) and a Star Wars Blu-Ray set ($44.99-$89.99)
- Get a $5 gift card when you buy 2 Up & Up (store brand) diaper value packs or infant formula @ $19.99
Toys R Us has a coupon for $8 off a value box of diapers and a value box of wipes. You can combine that with manufacturer’s coupons.
Kohl’s is paying $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend through Wednesday, Sept. 21. Take an extra 15-30% off everything when you use your Kohl’s charge through Wednesday, too. (I finally got one!)
Carson’s has the Goodwill Sale going through Wednesday, Sept. 8. Donate a piece of clothing or textiles, get a coupon for 10-20% off a new item. I’m SUPER busy this week, but I’m tempted to go over there and get a SodaStream soda maker for hubby’s Christmas present. It’s on sale for $99, regular $143. If I donate an item, the coupon should be worth 15 percent on this because it’s a houseware. So, $85 for a SodaStream — I haven’t seen it cheaper.
Michael’s and Jo-Ann each have coupons for 40% off one regular-priced item. Michael’s also has one for 15% off entire purchase, today only 4-8 p.m. Also, Michael’s takes competitor coupons.
Menards has free-after-mail-in-rebate offers. (You pay for the item upfront, pick up a rebate form in store, and then Menard’s sends you a merchandise credit for the value, which you can spend at Menard’s.)
- extension cord lock 75 cents
- Lifetime UltraCaulk $3.50
- Spot Chomp carpet stain remover $4
- mini storage bin 50 cents
- 14″ plastic mud bin $4.50
- broadloom 18″-24″ mat
Office Depot is offering 100% back in Worklife rewards on select products, if you join their membership program: mobile file box @ $12.99 (Hey — you can use this to set up your easy coupon flyer system!), professional binders @ $7.99, reams of paper @ $5.49-$16.99, Energizer AA and AAA batteries @ $7.49, Scotch tape 4-packs @ $4.99, Fiskars scissors @ $10.99, water 20-packs @ $3.99, compact staplers @ $10.99, 3M address labels @ $25.99, bankers boxes @ $17.99, Cambridge business notebook @ $12.99. 12-pack UniBall pens @ $9.99. They limit redemption to 2 of each item per day. If you order $50 worth of this stuff online for free, you can get free shipping. HOWEVER, note that you cannot spend these rewards on more free items in the future, so in that way this program is not as good as OfficeMax’s MaxPerks.
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