So, in my Sunday paper this week, I saw an insert advertising this new website, Chicagoshopping.com, and I decided to give it a try! Chicagoshopping.com is a site that gives you rewards points for going through them to get to online and local retailers. It is very similar to a ShopatHome or Ebates website, except this site offers Rewards Points instead of cash. However, the amount of points is VERY easily accumulated (for instance, on my purchase through Kmart.com today I earned 5x the amount of points…100 points = $1 of Rewards!). Also, this site will personalize deals for you and let you know of local places that offer what you want at a good price! I have just started using it, but wanted to share it with all of my Illinois Megacoolmamas! (I’m not quite sure if somebody in another state could sign up, but you could give it a shot!).
Oh, and they also offer exclusive coupons, like $5 of the $45 purchase one that was offered at the Kmart.com website. It is worth checking out!
Go to DoubleTakeDeals for a chance to win free groceries for a year! This site is actually a really neat one that gives you deals tailored to your locale. You type in your zip code (kind of like Groupon) and a bunch of good discounts pop up on things in your area. And, when you make your first purchase, you’ll automatically get $5 free credit when you sign up through this link!
Here are some examples of deals I found in my area:
- $10 for $20 in tickets to a local pumpkin farm
- $15 for $30 of food from Sergio’s Cantina, a Mexican restaurant
- $10 for one round of indoor mini golf
Go to DoubleTakeDeals today and sign up and get your chance to win free groceries for a year!
Walgreens finds 8-9
This is a deal that I got at my local Walgreens yesterday. I planned out my trip around things I would use and things that were on sale AND had a coupon (in most instances). I ended up getting about $45 worth of merchandise for about $4! Megacool! You can do it to! This is how:
- Gillette Fusion Power Razor (on sale for $9.99, $4 off coupon in the July 31 P & G insert, AND $4 Register Reward)
- Crayola 24 ct. crayons (on sale for $1 AND $1 Register Reward)
- (2) Expo 2-pk. black dry erase markers (on sale for $.99 a piece AND used $2 off any 2 packs Expo markers found here)
- (2) Colgate Total Gum Defense 4 oz. toothpastes (used (2) $1.50 off one Colgate Total Gum Defense coupons, on sale for $3.49 a piece, AND $4 Register Reward) (NOTE: the coupon I used is no longer available to print, but you can still go on the Colgate website and print off a coupon and look in your July 24 SmartSource insert for another $.50 off one Colgate toothpaste- this will still give you the Register Rewards and a good deal on toothpaste!)
- Paid around $10 out of pocket
- (4) travel-sized Degree women’s deodorants at $.99 a piece AND $1 of 1 Degree deodorant found in the July 31 RedPlum insert, AND $4 Register Reward)
- (2) boxes of Skinny Cow Milk Chocolate Dreamy Clusters (I prefer Dark Chocolate, but my husband will eat these for snacks) with Walgreens August savings booklet coupon (found right at the front of the store) of $1 off 2, AND (2) manufacturer’s coupons for $1 off each box of Skinny Cow candy (one was a peelie from a box of Skinny Cow fudge bars and the other is from the July 31 RedPlum insert)
- Keri lotion on sale for $5.99 AND $5 Register Rewards
- Used $9 of Register Rewards from first transaction
- Paid about $3.50 out of pocket AND had $9 Register Rewards remaining!
All together: AROUND $4 FOR ABOUT $45 WORTH OF PRODUCTS! MEGACOOL!
Note: Register Rewards are what the cash register spits out after your purchase that you can use toward your next purchase in the store. It’s like FREE money! Honestly, you can end up getting a lot of things for free if you play your cards right!
So, one of the deals/freebies I was able to snag today was a free sample of Kashi’s new dark chocolate peanut butter bar! Yay! Thanks hip2save.com! If you would like a free sample of either the dark chocolate peanut butter bar or their cinnamon harvest cereal, just go here and then decide which one you would like! It’s that easy! While you are on Kashi’s website, explore a little bit to find out some really cool information. For instance, this page offers up the 10 most kid-friendly snacks that Kashi makes, and this page tells some really neat ways to re-use your old coffee grounds. I love Kashi’s products because they are all natural, made with REAL ingredients that are good for you. I don’t feel bad giving my kids their cereal bars knowing that many other national brands are still using artificial sweeteners and ingredients in theirs. Kashi makes it easy for me to feed my family and feel good about it!
And, speaking of re-using old coffee grounds reminds me of two things I wanted to share:
1. Re-using is great for the Earth, and I have found a place that makes it easy for you to do many other things that are good for the Earth and get rewarded for it! Recyclebank is a website that offers rewards to registrants for taking various recycle-based challenges. I have already racked up enough points in a few weeks to get a high value $2 off any Kashi product coupon! Nice!
2. Starbucks is my choice for coffee when I can’t get it directly from Colombia (lucky me gets spoiled with good coffee from my husband’s family who lives there!). Anyway, I buy my ground Starbucks coffee to brew myself at home in the mornings and have made an awesome discovery- for each bag of Starbucks coffee that you use, you can turn it in for a FREE tall cup of coffee at participating Starbucks locations! Doing this at my local SuperTarget (which has a Starbucks inside) made my shopping trip a whole lot more tolerable!