A very happy first day to you all. Looks like all the stores want us to stay home and spend quality time with our families because these deals (and coupons) sure suck. If there’s a deal out there, it’s hiding under a Chuckie Cheese flyer. And before I forget, make sure you clip the $2 Tide coupon on page 15 of the first section of the Sunday Chicago Tribune. Not that it’s a fantastic value, but another Tide coupon is always welcome. Store it in with the other $2 Tide coupon in the middle of the January P&G insert.
The home delivery papers here all got a 2012 calendar from Menards/Chicago Tribune. The Trib provided the photos and Menards provided the monthly coupons. Maybe it’s time to start hitting up Menards, especially since they’re running an 11% rebate promotion this month. Their rewards program is similar to CVS, in that it’s a store credit, not cash back.
Moved this from the Comments section: “You can make this an additional one dollar money maker by instead of buying the $100 fixed amount Vanilla Visa gift card, buy the one that is a variable amount in which you can put anywhere from $20 to $500 on it. The activation fee on that one is $4.95 and on the fixed amount gift cards the activation fee is $5.95. But be careful if you buy the variable amount Vanilla Visa gift card remember to buy the one that is GOLD color, with ribbon on the front, vanilla logo on the back. DO NOT buy one that is variable and has silver and black packaging and says “ONE VANILLA” on it because that one will not track nor will you get your +UP. But I have personally tested and can confirm the variable amount Vanilla Visa that is gold in color and has bow on it WILL produce the $20 +UP and only has a $4.95 activation fee making you an extra dollar off this deal.” blatantly stolen from Cuckoo for Coupon Deals
I see nothing jumping out from the Walgreens insert, but as is usually the case, stuff just appears unexpectedly (weird clearances, BOGOs that shouldn’t be…). We’ll keep hoping for a better couple of months from our old pals at Wags.
One bright spot on the CVS horizon is that sometime in the next few weeks the Naperville store will be doing their annual reset. This is the entire store reset, not the clearancing out a bunch of cosmetics or a few hair colors. When this happens, products will be marked down to dirt (can we say a buck?) just to get them out the door. As soon as I have more info on dates, products, I’ll post. Ask at your local CVS when they run their own resets and let us know, please.
Those of you with Rite-Aid stores (and I’m really jealous right now) can score some FREE $$$$ this entire month. Meryl emailed me this deal days ago, but I didn’t post ’cause there isn’t a Rite-Aid within 100 miles of Chicago – sorry! Basically, you buy a $100 Vanilla Visa card ($5.95 activation fee) and receive a $20 +Up Reward (that’s the Rite-Aid program similar to CVS ecbs). Your actual cost would be about $87 for a $100 Visa card. Again, I’m not sure if you can pay for this with +Up rewards or if the limit is one per week or promotion (January). Any more info, please let us know.