Begging for change at the grocery store

When you’re trying to save money at the grocery store, every penny counts. But what if there aren’t any pennies?

Grocery and retail industry groups are warning that a nationwide coin shortage could severely disrupt millions of customers’ shopping trips. So they’re urging U.S. policymakers to distribute some desperately-needed coins before it’s too late.  Here’s the Coupons in the New article.

Free codes from Monopoly game

Here’s a list of freebies from the Jewel Monopoly game I will never use, so let me know if you want any.  I’ll remove as taken.
Shutterfly Free Reusable Shopping Bag (2 codes) 
Shutterfly Free Slim Phone Case (1 code)
Shutterfly Free 5×8 Notebook (2 codes)
Shutterfly Free 2 8×10 prints (1 code)
Starbucks Free Tall Drip Coffee (1 code)

you only thought you got rid of me!

Yesterday I might have claimed as a mental health day, but anyone who’s met me knows that’s bat shit crazy talk and besides we’ve been taking the day off since mid-March.  Found this incredible YouTube channel called TastingHistory with Max Miller, where this really hot guy not only makes ancient foods, he gives us the history involved.  Warning:  These are seriously-addicting, which is why two loads of laundry were put on the line and the rest of the day went to hell.  I’ve linked to the Buttered Beer video, but every single one of these is fascinating.

Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

In the early days and weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, many retailers stopped issuing printed weekly ads and cut back on promotions, while some manufacturers stopped issuing coupons. After all, there’s no need for coupons and promotions on a high-demand item like toilet paper, for example, when packages are already flying off the shelves at full price.

By now, though, many of the weekly ads are back, and coupons are becoming more plentiful. But what if some marketers wager that shoppers have gotten used to fewer coupons and promotions, so now could be a perfect time to cut back, or do away with them for good?

One retailer is considering just that.

“Never let a good crisis go to waste,” Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon told an investors conference last week.  For more on this disturbing possibility, here’s the Coupons in the News article.

Come on – nobody likes face masks!

Do you wear a mask when you go grocery shopping? In some cities, counties and states, it’s mandatory. Elsewhere, it’s not. But what happens when a store mandates masks in a city, county or state that doesn’t?

It’s a recipe for conflict.

There are no mandatory mask requirements in many states where Costco does business, for example. But there is a mandatory mask requirement in Costco stores across the country.  Here’s the Coupons in the News article, but let’s be real here:  Shopping in and of itself is suffocating, so we wear masks ’cause it’s in our own best health interests to do so.

Free Panera coffee every two hours!

You can get a free coffee every two hours and free refills with this subscription program from Panera.  That’s any size, any flavor!  Sign up is through July 4th, but if you have a current subscription, the $8.99 fee is waived through September 7th, the end of the free program.  You must enter a credit card, but cancel at any time online, via their APP or phone, so get yourself some freebies.  Iced coffee sure sounds good to me 🙂

Lockdown deprivations in cookery

Still cooking from the stockpile and honestly, it’s scary what I have a few months in.  This is a combination of two bags of frozen shrimp, three packets of Pad Thai simmering sauce, dried seaweed cut into strips, fresh basil, chunky peanut butter, a can of coconut milk, ginger and garlic plus umami (from a tube).  I also tossed in a package of udon noodles and let them cook in the sauce.  PITA is scarfing it down and just gave me a thumbs up, so it must be okay.

2 Sunday inserts (6/21): SS & RMN

We’re supposed to get two inserts in this Sunday’s paper (6/21), a SmartSource and a RetailMeNot. Some papers may divide them differently, not carry the same coupons or have different values.


Airborne Product (exc. Airborne Shot 1ct) $1/1 (7/25)
Banana Boat Sun Care Product (ETS) $2/1 (8/1)
Chobani Coffee Creamer 24oz (DND) $1.50/1 (7/19)
Chobani Oat 52oz (DND) $1/1 (7/19)
Chobani Yogurt Multi-Packs 24oz or Tubs 32oz or Squeezable Greek Yogurt (DND) $1/2 (7/19)
CoverGirl Eye Product (ETS) $3/1 (7/18)
CoverGirl Face Product (ETS) $3/1 (7/18)
CoverGirl Lip Product (ETS) $2/1 (7/18)
Digestive Advantage Product $1/1 (7/25)
Energizer Batteries or Flashlight .75/1 (8/1)
Fiji Water Multipack or Case Pack 330ml+ $1/1 (8/21)
Hawaiian Tropic Sun Care Product (ETS) $2/1 (8/1)
Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs (DND) $1/2 (9/30)
Kikkoman Teriyaki Takumi (DND) $1/1 (9/30)
Luigi’s Real Italian Ice Products 24oz+ $1/2 (7/24)
Mag-Ox 400 Master of Magnesium $3/1 (9/12)
MegaRed Advanced Product $5/1 (7/4)
MegaRed Base Krill Product $3/1 (7/4)
Move Free Advanced or Advanced Plus Vitamin D Product $3/1 (7/4)
Move Free Ultra Product $5/1 (7/4)
Natrol Product $2/1 (8/16)
Neuriva Product 30ct or 50ct $5/1 (7/25)
TheraTears Product (ETS) $3/1 (9/19)


Ball Flute Jars 4pk, Collection Elite Spiral or Sharing Jars, Ball Aqua Jars 4pk (DND) $1/1 (9/30)
Ball or Kerr Jars 12pk (DND) $3/1 (9/30)
Ball or Kerr Lids and Bands (DND) $2/2 (9/30)
Compeed Advanced Blister Care 12ct, 10ct, 9ct and 8ct $2/1 (7/31)
Domino Golden Sugar Product .35/1 (8/31)
Dove Beauty Bar Product 4ct or larger (ETS) .75/1 (7/4)
Dove Body Polish Product (ETS) $1/1 (7/4)
Dove Body Wash Product – Buy ONE, Get ONE Dove Men+Care Body Wash Product 13.5oz or larger FREE up to $6.00 (ETS) B1G1 (7/4)
Garnier Fructis Treat Shampoo or Conditioner 11.8oz or 1 Minute Hair Mask 400ml $3/1 (6/27)
Garnier Fructis or Garnier Whole Blends Shampoo & Conditioner 2pk or Shampoo or Conditioner Product 21oz to 22oz $2/1 (6/27)
Harbor Freight Tools Store Coupons Various
Mederma Scar or Stretch Mark Product $3/1 (7/31)
Neutrogena Suncare Product (ETS) $2.50/1 (7/18)
Pepcid Imodium or Lactaid Dietary Supplement Product (ETS) $1/1 (7/19)
Renuzit Adjustables Air Freshener Cones – Buy FOUR, Get TWO FREE up to $2.20 B4G2 (7/5)
Renuzit Snuggle Oil Refill or Oil Diffuser $3/1 (7/5)
Snuggle Products (ETS) $1/2 (7/12)
Snuggle SuperCare Product (ETS) $1/1 (7/12)
Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream 48oz $1/1 (8/15)
Visine Product (ETS) $1.50/1 (7/19)

same old, same old grocery shopping?

Are you once again going to the grocery store as often as you were before the coronavirus pandemic? Or are you still trying to avoid it, and going grocery shopping as little as possible?

It could depend where you live.

With certain parts of the country less hard-hit by the virus than others, and certain grocery chains doing better about ensuring shopper safety than others, some Americans are getting back to their regular grocery shopping routines more swiftly than residents of other regions are.  Here’s the Coupons in the News article; the part that creeps me out is they use the Google location tracker to determine where you’re going and when.