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Top deals from the Sunday newspaper weekly ads

Here are the top deals and coupons found in the plastic bag inside the Sunday Chicago on July 17. Back to school deals are in full swing, so I will end every Sunday post until the end of the summer with a section for school supply offers.

This week is a slow one at the drugstores, but you can get free Scotch tape at Target, and I love free Scotch tape because that way I can maybe, possibly set aside a couple rolls for myself that the kids don't use up.

COUPONS

There is one SmartSource coupon insert in this week's paper -- no RedPlum. It has some General Mills coupons, including $1/2 cereals and $.75/1 Wheaties or Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch, which could be useful if you are doing that Catalina deal at Jewel-Osco this week. Also, $3/1 Huggies diapers (60 ct. or larger). $.75/1 Diet Pepsi 12-pack. $3/2 bags of Starbucks coffee. $5/2 Clairol hair color. 

DRUGSTORES

If you're new to playing the drugstore game to get free stuff, check out my drugstore rewards guide.

Walgreens has Mitchum deodorant for 25 cents apiece after Register Rewards and coupons. Cost is $3 apiece. Use two $.75/1 coupons from the 6/12 or 6/26 SmartSource inserts. You pay $2.25 apiece or a total of $4.50, and get $4 RR back for a final cost of a quarter each.

Walgreens has some decent grocery prices after in-ad coupons: 14.75 oz. Chicken of the Sea salmon $1.99; 5 oz. Chicken of the Sea chunk white tuna 89 cents; Morton salt or Deerfield Farms baking soda 50 cents; 12 oz. honey $2.50; Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 69 cents.

You may be able to get two packs of Carefree panty liners free at Wags this week. They are 99 cents apiece after in-ad coupon, and there is a $3/2 coupon in the July Walgreens Savings coupon booklet, available in store. Walgreens does not like to pay overage, but they do allow you to use two store coupons together. So try it and see how it goes. I would recommend adding at least $1 of other items to your purchase -- if they do let you get overage you'll need something to absorb it. Or, there is also a $.50/1 manufacturer's coupon in the 6/26 SmartSource.

For Walgreens school supplies deals, scroll down to the Back to School Deals section of this post.

For a full list of Walgreens deals, including free-after-coupon candy bars, see Mojo Savings.

For this week's CVS deals, see Mashup Mom. My favorite: Vlasic pickle chips for just 45 cents after coupon. You can never have enough pickles in summer! Also, there's a coupon for $2 off a 750 ml or larger bottle of Sauza tequila or a number of other liquors.

GROCERY STORES

I don't see anything striking and new in the Dominick's Sunday update. The full week's Dominick's sales are listed here.

Same for Jewel-Osco.

OTHER STORES

Target freebies:

  • Scotch tape! Scotch bonus-size Magic tape is 50 cents. Print the $.50/1 store coupon, or $1 off manufacturer's coupon here. You may have to buy 2 to prevent the coupon from beeping. (Or ask the cashier to reduce the value of the coupon, which is what they are supposed to do according to Target's coupon policy. Either way, you can print and use as many coupons as you want since it is a PDF coupon.)
  • Free Johnson & Johnson First Aid box ($4.89 value) when you buy 3 items including first aid tape ($2.59), Band-Aids @ $2.19 or Neosporin @ $3.89.
  • Free Fanta 12-pack when you buy 3 Coke 12-packs, priced @ 3/$11.

Target gift card offers: 

Buy an Acer notebook for $249, get a $50 GC.

Buy an Acer Iconia Wi-Fi tablet with Android 3.0 Honeycomb @ $399, get a $50 GC.

Buy a 250 GB Xbox Kinect bundle @ $399.99, get a $50 GC.

Buy two Book Club Picks, get a $5 GC.

Buy 180-count cetirizine (generic Zyrtec) allergy tablets @ $33.99, get a $10 GC.

Buy 2 Arm & Hammer Puppy Pads or 40 lb. cat litter @ $13 each, get a $5 GC.

Buy 3 included L'Oreal items, get a $5 GC. Ad shows EverSleek shampoo @ $5.99 each, hair color @ $7.99 each, mascara @ $6.99 each and more.

Target in-ad coupon: $10 off an Emerson dry-erase dorm-size fridge ($89). To use online, enter coupon code TGT34KFD.

For Target school supply deals, see the Back to School deals section of this post, below.

Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores has a coupon for 40 percent off a regular-priced item. (I haven't gotten any Michael's ads in several weeks, but when I was there last weekend I was reminded that Michael's accepts competitor coupons. So, you know, call your local store and check, but you should be able to use this Jo-Ann coupon there.)

Menards has free-after-rebate items. (These rebates come as a merchandise credit you can spend at Menard's.)

  • Mini storage bin free after 50 cents MIR.
  • Drain snake free after $2.50 MIR. (This is the plastic, barbed kind. I have had great success with these!)
  • The Vitamin Shoppe has a coupon for 20 percent off entire purchase.

Toys R Us/Babies R Us has a coupon for $4 off 2 powder formulas. AllCrayola crayons, markers and paper is buy 1, get 2 free. 

BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS

At Target, free Scotch Magic tape after printable store coupon or manufacturer's printable coupon, 10-count Bic Cristal ballpoint pens for 50 cents, Mead Five Star poly folders 50 cents, 6-count RoseArt glue sticks $1, and 96-count construction paper $1.

Staples has free Bic yellow highlighters, 5-pack, after $4 Easy Rebate, limit 1. All this stuff is 50 cents apiece, limit 2 each: Staples paper clips, Avery 5-tab dividers, Westcott 12" ruler, Staples hole punch, Staples mini composition book, Staples photo paper 4x6 60-pack, Staples magnetic bulldog clips 3-pack, Staples pencil box, Staples pencil sharpener, Staples clipboard.

At OfficeMax, the 1-cent deal is a 100-pack of filler paper, limit 2. For 25 cents, get a 24-pack Schoolio crayons, limit 3, and a zippered binder pocket, limit 3. For 50 cents, get a 10-pack Just Basics ballpoint pens, limit 3; and for 75 cents, get a Schoolio composition book, limit 5.

At Office Depot, 25-cent deals include Office Depot brand filler paper, 12" plastic ruler or 10-pack pens, andCrayola brand 24-pack crayons. All are limit 5.

At Walgreens, get a 1-subject notebook or a 24-pack of crayons, both Penway brand, for 39 cents each. A 10-pack of Penway pencils is 19 cents, as is a 5-pack of Paper Mate mechanical pencils. Bottles of glue and 3-packs of glue sticks are 49 cents.

Carrie Kirby is a mom and the self-proclaimed Frugalista. Write to her at ckirby@tribune.com.

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