Dollar Tree shoppers in for a shock?

First, Dollar Tree began introducing a selection of products that cost several dollars instead of just one. Later, it raised its base prices from one dollar to $1.25. Then it started tinkering with additional price points from $1.50 and up. Now it plans to start offering products priced at up to $7, and someday perhaps even more.

So much for “everything’s a dollar”! Here’s the story from Coupons in the News. I predict a hot mess when shoppers grab items that are unmarked or shelved incorrectly and are confronted by an insane receipt at the register.

2 inserts 3/24: SmartSource & Save

Two inserts in this week’s paper (3/24): SmartSource and Save.  Not all papers carry the same coupons or values, so this national list might show coupons not found in the Chicago Tribune.

SmartSource

Allegra product (exc. 5ct & 8ct) $5/1 (4/13)
Allegra Allergy 24Hr 70ct, 90ct Tablets or 60ct Gelcaps $10/1 (3/30)
Astepro Allergy or Children’s Astepro Allergy product 120 sprays+ $8/1 (3/31)
Astepro Allergy or Children’s Astepro Allergy product 60 sprays+ $4/1 (4/21)
Breathe Right Product $1.75/1 (5/15)
Breathe Right Products $4/2 (5/15)
Claritin Non-Drowsy or Children’s Claritin 56ct+ (exc. Claritin-D) $10/1 (3/31)
Claritin Non-Drowsy, Claritin-D 15ct+ or Children’s Claritin Product 15ct or 4oz+ $4/1 (4/21)
Claritin-D Non-Drowsy Product 15ct+ $8/1 (3/31)
Gold Bond Lotion or Cream Products (exc. 3oz Healing Hand Cream and ETS) $2/1 (4/13)
Gold Bond Lotion or Cream Products (exc. 3oz Healing Hand Cream and ETS) $3/2 (4/13)
Splenda Peel & Pour 6ct Drink Mix $5/1 (5/18)
Werther’s Original Bags $1/2 (6/16)
Xyzal 80ct+ $10/1 (3/30)
Xyzal product (exc. Xyzal 10ct) $5/1 (4/13)

Save

Almay Eye Product $3/1 (4/6)
Almay Face Product $3/1 (4/6)
Clairol Nice’n Easy, Natural Instincts, Root Touch-up, Blond It Up or Bold & Bright Hair Color Products $2/1 (4/14)
Clairol Nice ‘n Easy, Natural Instincts or Root Touch-up Hair Color, Blonde It Up or New Bold and Bright Hair Color (Select Varieties) $2/1 (4/14)
Clairol Textures & Tones Hair Color Products $2/1 (4/14)
CoverGirl Eye Product (exc. 1-Kit Shadows, Accessories and ETS) $3/1 (4/6)
CoverGirl Face Product (exc. Simply Ageless, Cheekers, Accessories and ETS) $3/1 (4/6)
CoverGirl Simply Ageless Face $4/1 (4/6)
IBgard or FDgard 12ct+ $2/1 (5/24)
IBgard or FDgard 36ct+ $4/1 (5/24)
Nervive Supplement and ONE Topical Product (ETS) $6/1 (4/20)
Nervive Supplement Product (ETS) $4/1 (4/20)
Nivea Body Wash Products (ETS) $2/1 (4/20)
Nivea Body Wash Products (ETS) $5/2 (4/20)
Pataday Eye Allergy Itch Relief Drops Twin $7/1 (4/23)
Pataday Eye Allergy Itch Relief Drops $5/1 (4/23)
Persil Laundry Detergent 40-150oz/15-100ct (exc. Club sizes) $2/1 (4/1)
Persil Large Laundry Detergent 100-150oz/32-100ct (exc. Club sizes) $3/1 (4/1)
Rimmel Eye Product $2/1 (5/31)
Rimmel Product $1/1 (5/31)
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color $1/1 (5/31)
Sally Hansen Nail Care Treatment Products $1/1 (5/31)
Soft Scrub Abrasives $1/1 (4/7)
Soft Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaning Products $1/1 (4/7)
Splenda Product $1/1 (5/20)
Splenda Sweetener Product (exc. 40ct, 50ct Packets & 3.8oz Pouch) $2.50/1 (5/20)
Splenda Sweetener Packet or Liquid Sweetener Product (exc. 40ct, 50ct Packets & 3.8oz Pouch) $3/1 (5/20)
Suave Body Wash Product $1/1 (4/6)
Suave Products – SPEND $10, GET $4 OFF (4/6)
Suave Antiperspirant or Deodorant Product $1/1 (4/6)
Suave Styling Product $1/1 (4/6)

Donnelley to buy Save coupon insert

The publisher of one of the two major coupon inserts, owner of one of the two major coupon clearinghouses, and steward of one of the most famous names in coupon history has agreed to sell off those parts of its business, to a company that appears to have a commitment to marketing in good old-fashioned printed form, but is also seeking to expand its presence in the digital realm.

Here’s the article.  Normally I’d be in favor of an old school company taking over, but look what’s happened to their Yellow Pages …

One Save insert 3/10

One Save insert in this week’s paper (3/10).  Not all papers carry the same coupons or values, so this national list might show coupons we don’t get around Chicago.

Save

Advil or Advil PM Product 18ct+ $2/1 (4/6)
Advil or Advil PM Product 36ct+ $3/1 (3/17)
Allegra Product (exc. 5ct & 8ct) $5/1 (3/30)
Allegra Allergy 24Hr 70ct, 90ct tablets or 60ct gelcaps $10/1 (3/16)
Benadryl product (ETS) $1.50/1 (4/6)
Centrum MultiGummies 60ct+ $4/1 (3/24)
Centrum Tablets 60ct+ $3/1 (3/24)
Cetaphil Facial Cleanser or Facial Moisturizer Product (DND) (exc. 4oz or less-Daily Facial Cleanser, Gentle Skin Cleanser, Moisturizing Lotion or Moisturizing Cream, Sheer Mineral, Baby, Single Bars, Healthy Renew, Gentle Clear, 25ct Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths and Kits) $3/1 (3/23)
Cetaphil Facial Cleansers or Facial Moisturizers (DND) (exc. 4oz-Daily Facial Cleanser, Gentle Skin Cleanser, Moisturizing Lotion or Moisturizing Cream, Sheer Mineral, Baby, Single Bars, Healthy Renew, Gentle Clear, 25ct Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths and Kits) $6/2 (4/6)
Cetaphil Product (DND) (exc. 4oz or less-Daily Facial Cleanser, Gentle Skin Cleanser, Moisturizing Lotion or Moisturizing Cream, 10oz or less Baby, Single Bars, 25ct Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths and Kits) $2/1 (4/6)
Citrucel product, any $2/1 (4/9)
Clear Care or Clear Care Plus Solution Twin Pack Only $6/1 (4/19)
Clear Care Plus Solution 12oz+ $3/1 (4/19)
Covergirl Eye Product (exc. 1-Kit Shadows, Accessories and ETS) $3/1 (3/23)
Covergirl Face Product (exc. Cheekers, Accessories and ETS) $3/1 (3/23)
Covergirl Lip Product (exc. Continuous Color Lipstick, Accessories and ETS) $1/1 (3/23)
Dial Body Wash, Men’s Body Wash, Kids Body Wash and Tone Body Wash $2/2 (3/24)
Dial Foaming Hand Washes 11oz and 52oz Gel Hand Soaps $1/2 (3/24)
Dove Hand Wash Product – BOGO up to $4.49 (exc. Prebiotic Boost Dove Hand Wash Products) (3/23)
Dove Prebiotic Boost Dove Hand Wash Product – BOGO up to $5.49 (3/23)
Dove Hair Product (exc. twin packs, Dove Men+Care and ETS) $2/1 (3/23)
Dr Scholl’s Insole or Over-the-Counter Treatment (Priced $4.95 or higher) $3/1 (4/7)
Dr Scholl’s Insole or Over-the-Counter Treatment (Priced $8.95 or higher) $5/1 (4/7)
Flonase Kids $5/1 (3/31)
Flonase Pills 36-48ct or Sprays 60ct+ $5/1 (3/31)
Flonase Pills 96ct or Sprays 120ct+ $10/1 (3/17)
Gaviscon product, any $1.50/1 (4/7)
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Products $1.75/2 (4/7)
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spray Products $1/1 (4/7)
Nasacort or Xyzal product (exc. Xyzal 10ct) $5/1 (3/30)
Nature’s Truth Vitamins or Supplements $1/1 (5/10)
Nature’s Truth Vitamins or Supplements $3/2 (5/10)
Nexium 24Hr 28ct or 42ct $5/1 (3/24)
Nexium 24Hr $2.50/1 (4/7)
Opti-Free Puremoist or Opti-Free Replenish 10oz+ $3/1 (4/19)
Opti-Free Puremoist or Opti-Free Replenish Twin Pack Only $6/1 (4/19)
Parodontax Product (ETS) $1/1 (4/10)
Parodontax Product (ETS) $3.50/2 (4/10)
Pataday Eye Allergy Itch Relief Drops (Twin Packs) $7/1 (4/9)
Pataday Eye Allergy Itch Relief Drops $5/1 (4/9)
Polident 84ct+ $2.50/1 (4/6)
Preparation H Products $4/2 (4/9)
Pronamel products (ETS) $5/3 (4/10)
Purex Crystals In-Wash Fragrance $1/1 (3/24)
Refresh Optive Mega-3 30ct or 60ct product $5/1 (5/4)
Refresh Product $8/2 (5/4)
Schwarzkopf or got2b hair color product $3/1 (3/24)
Schwarzkopf or got2b hair color product $6/2 (3/24)
Sensodyne Clinical White product $2.50/2 (4/10)
Sensodyne or Pronamel product (ETS) $1/2 (4/10)
Snuggle Large Product Fabric Conditioner 75oz, Scent Booster 19oz or Dryer Sheets 105ct+ $2/1 (3/24)
Snuggle Small Product Fabric Conditioner 50os, Scent Booster 9oz or Dryer Sheets 80ct+ $1/1 (3/24)
Super Poligrip 2ct or 3ct $2.50/1 (4/6)
Super Poligrip 2.5oz+ $1.50/1 (4/6)
Systane Lubricant Eye Drops 10ml+ $3/1 (4/19)
Systane Lubricant Eye Drops 10ml Twin Pack Only $6/1 (4/19)
Voltaren gel 50g+ or From Voltaren Supplement $3/1 (4/7)
Xyzal 80ct+ or Nasacort 240 Sprays+ $10/1 (3/16)
Zyrtec 24ct product+ $5/1 (4/6)
Zyrtec Adult 90ct product+ $10/1 (3/16)

Small SmartSource in 3/3

One little SmartSource insert in this week’s paper (3/3).  Not all papers carry the same coupons or values, so this national list might show coupons we don’t get around Chicago.

SmartSource

Afrin any product $2/1 (3/17)
Aleve 80ct+ or any Aleve-D Product $3/1 (3/31)
Aleve product 200ct+ or any AleveX product (exc. Aleve-D products) $5/1 (3/17)
Astepro Allergy or Children’s Astepro Allergy Product 120 Sprays+ $8/1 (3/10)
Astepro Allergy or Children’s Astepro Allergy Product 60 Sprays+ $4/1 (3/31)
Citracal Product 110ct+ $2/1 (3/31)
Clairol Bold & Bright or Textures & Tones Hair Color Products $2/1 (3/16)
Clairol Nice’n Easy, Natural Instincts, Root Touch-up or Blonde It Up Hair Color Products $5/2 (3/16)
Claritin Non-Drowsy or Children’s Claritin 56ct+ (exc. Claritin-D) $10/1 (3/10)
Claritin Non-Drowsy, Claritin-D product 15ct+ or Children’s Claritin product 15ct or 4oz+ $4/1 (3/31)
Claritin-D Non-Drowsy product 15ct+ $8/1 (3/10)
Neuriva Brain Health Supplement 30-60ct (exc. Ultra 14ct and all Neuriva Sleep Products) $7/1 (3/16)

2 inserts 2/25: SmartSource & Save

Two inserts in this week’s paper (2/25): a puny SmartSource and Save. A few BOGOs in Save.  Not all papers carry the same coupons or values, so this national list might show coupons we don’t get around Chicago.

SmartSource

Allegra Product (exc. 5ct or 8ct) $5/1 (3/16)
Allegra Allergy 24HR 70ct, 90ct Tablets or 60ct Gelcap Product $10/1 (3/2)
Aspercreme Product (exc. 1.25oz Cream, 1ct Patch and ETS) $2/1 (3/10)
Capzasin Product $2/1 (3/10)
Ensure Complete, Max Protein, High Protein or Plant Based Protein Multipack $5/1 (4/6)
Ensure Multipack $5/1 (4/6)
Glucerna any product $5/1 (4/6)
Icy Hot Product (exc. 1.25oz Cream, 1ct Patch and ETS) $2/1 (3/10)
Unisom Product 15ct or higher (exc. 8ct and ETS) $2/1 (3/10)
Xyzal 24Hr Allergy 80ct+ Product $10/1 (3/2)
Xyzal Product (exc. 10ct) $5/1 (3/16)

Save

Advil 144ct+ or Advil PM 80ct+ $4/1 (3/3)
Advil or Advil PM 18ct+ or any Children’s Advil $1.50/1 (3/9)
Bausch + Lomb Alaway Product $4/1 (4/25)
Bausch + Lomb Opcon-A Product $2/1 (4/25)
Bausch + Lomb Soothe XP Product $4/1 (4/25)
Boost Nutritional Drink Package $3/1 (4/24)
Caress Body Wash 20oz+ or Bar Soap 3ct+ (ETS) $1/1 (3/24)
Cascade Platinum Plus, Platinum, or Complete AcionPacs Tubs 52ct+ (exc. Bags and ETS) $3/1 (3/9)
Dawn Powerwash – BOGO Refill up to $3.99 (exc. Bundles and ETS) (3/9)
Febreze – BOGO Up to $3.30 (exc. Febreze Unstopables, Heavy Duty, Kitchen, Forest, Ocean, Wood, Ember & Mountain Scents and ETS) (3/9)
Flonase Pills 36-48ct or Sprays 60ct+ $4/1 (3/10)
Flonase Pills 96ct or Sprays 120ct+ $8/1 (3/3)
Garnier Skincare Product (exc. 100mL Micellar Water, Wipes, sheet masks and ETS) $2/1 (3/9)
Hellmann’s/Best Foods – BOGO 20oz+ Hellmann’s/Best Foods Product up to $3.99 (3/9)
L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference, Excellence, Feria, LeColor Gloss, Men Expert, Root Precision, Magic Root Cover Up or Root Rescue Product $6/2 (3/16)
OraCoat XyliMelts 20ct, 40ct, or 80ct or OraCoat FreshMelts 40ct $3/1 (3/31)
Pataday Eye Allergy Itch Relief Drops $5/1 (3/25)
Persil Large ProClean Laundry Detergent (100-150oz/38-62ct) $3/1 (3/10)
Persil ProClean Laundry Detergent (ETS) $2/1 (3/10)
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (Base Color and Top Coat) Nail Color $3/1 (4/30)
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Perfect Manicure Nails $1/1 (4/30)
Senokot 30ct, 36ct or 50ct tablets $1/1 (3/25)
Senokot Gummies adult or kids $3/1 (3/25)
Systane Zaditor Eye Drops $3/1 (3/25)
Zyrtec Adult 24-65ct or Children’s Zyrtec 24ct ODT/Chews or 8oz product $5/1 (3/9)
Zyrtec Adult 90ct product+ $10/1 (3/2)

would Kroger/Albertsons merger help?

In case you didn’t get the message the first time Kroger mentioned it 16 months ago, its planned merger with Albertsons won’t result in a monopolistic, competition-destroying behemoth, but better stores and lower prices for everyone. For real!

Kroger “shared additional insights” about its pricing plans, in an announcement this morning, pointing to previous mergers that it says resulted in lower prices.

After acquiring Harris Teeter in 2014, Kroger says it invested more than $125 million to lower prices. Its acquisition of Roundy’s two years later resulted in a similar $100 million investment. In both cases, Kroger says it also invested more than $2 million per store “to enhance the customer experience.” The spending actually contributed to a decline in the company’s gross margin over the years by 5%, Kroger says, as compared to competitors Amazon, Ahold Delhaize, Dollar General and Walmart, all of which increased their gross margins over the same period by 22%, 4%, 2% and 1%, respectively.

Here’s the full Coupons in the News article.

1 SmartSource in 2/11

One SmartSource in this week’s paper (2/11), but it’s a fairly substantial one. Not all papers carry the same coupons or values, so this national list might show coupons we don’t get around Chicago.

SmartSource

All Free Clear Large-Size Laundry Product 88oz+/32ct+ $2/1 (2/25)
All Free Clear Laundry Product (ETS) $1.50/1 (2/25)
Blue Diamond Almonds 6oz+ cans $1/2 (3/1)
Blue Diamond Almonds 12oz+ bag $1/1 (3/1)
CeraVe Baby Product $4/1 (3/2)
CeraVe Cream or Lotion (exc. Moisturizing Cream 1.89oz and Daily Moisturizing Lotion 3oz) $3/1 (3/2)
CeraVe Healing Ointment Product (exc. 0.35oz size) $3/1 (3/2)
CeraVe Product (exc. 1-pack cleanser bar, ETS and items sold at club retailers) $3/1 (3/2)
Covergirl Eye Product (exc. 1-kit Shadows, Accessories and ETS) $3/1 (2/24)
Covergirl Face Product (exc. Cheekers, Accessories and ETS) $3/1 (2/24)
Covergirl Lip Product (exc. Continuous Color Lipstick, Accessories and ETS) $1/1 (2/24)
Lipo Flavonoid Ear Health Supplement $7/1 (3/9)
Lumify Drops 2.5mL or 7.5mL $3/1 (4/6)
Lumify Eye Illuminations Size: 3.8mL Lash, 15g Eye Cream, 5.4 fl oz Micellar Water $4/1 (4/6)
Mederma Product (exc. Quick Dry Oil 60ml) $5/1 (3/29)
Ocean Spray Juice 64 fl oz $1/2 (3/9)
Ocean Spray Juice 10 fl oz 6ct $1/1 (3/9)
Pepcid 25ct or Higher, Imodium (exc. 6ct), or Lactaid Supplement Product (ETS) $3/1 (3/9)
Snuggle Large Product Fabric Conditioner 75oz, Scent booster 19oz, or Dryer Sheets 105ct+ $2/1 (2/25)
Snuggle Small Product Fabric Conditioner 50oz, Scent Boost 9oz, or Dryer Sheets 80ct or Smaller $1/1 (2/25)
Systane Lubricant Eye Drops 10mL Twin Pack Only $6/1 (3/22)
Systane Lubricant Eye Drops 8mL+ $3/1 (3/22)
ThermaCare Heatwrap (exc. ThermaCare 2ct Neck) $3.50/1 (3/9)
Tylenol Adult Product (ETS) $2/1 (3/8)
Tylenol Children’s or Infants Tylenol Product (exc. Children’s Tylenol Cold, Family Liquid and ETS) $2/1 (3/8)
Tylenol PM Product (ETS) $2/1 (3/8)
Tylenol Precise Product $2/1 (3/8)
Zyrtec Adult 24-65ct, or Children’s Zyrtec 24ct ODT/Chews or 8oz product $5/1 (2/24)
Zyrtec Adult 90ct product+ $10/1 (2/24)

Viagra: British Boner Bonus

A report on the BBC about a study in Neurology posits men taking Viagra have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Here’s the full article.

Getty Images A man with a white beard holds a glass of water while taking a pill

Men who take drugs for erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra, may reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests.

In research on more than 260,000 men, those taking the drugs were 18% less likely to develop the dementia-causing condition.