DEALS O’ THE WEEK, MIAMI/WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE DEALS


ALDIS
Cantaloupe – 99 cents
Strawberries – 1 lb – 99 cents
Head of Lettuce – 79 cents
Corn – 4 pack – 99 cents
Bag o’ Salad – 99 cents

CVS
Get a $10 gas card with $30 purchase of items listed in ad.
Fixodent – 49 cents after $1 extrabuck and .50 coupon
Scope – $1.24 after $2 extrabucks and 75 cent coupon
Oral-B floss – 24 cents after $1 extrabucks and 75 cent coupon
Oral-B power toothbrush – $1.99 after $1 extrabuck and $3 coupon
St Joseph aspirin – free after $2 extrabucks
RevitaLens contact solution – $1.99 after $4 extrabucks and $3 coupon

GANDER MOUNTAIN
Get Rapala lures for over 70% off.
Up to 60% off on apparel, footwear, fishing, hunting, camping, and marine items clearance.

JOANN FABRIC AND CRAFT STORES
Look for 10% off your entire purchase coupon in ad good 9/2 and 9/3 or use code NGSE246 online at
http://tinyurl.com/3g4rfv3
You can also use coupon code NER246 to get 40% off one item.

KMART SUPERCENTER
Tyson boneless-skinless chicken – $1.88/lb
Grapes – 99 cents/lb
T-bone steak – $5.99/lb
Free bread for ShopYourWayRewards members
Whole Watermelon – $2.99
Kids clearance clothes starting at $2.99

OFFICEMAX
1 cent items:
Metal compass
Plastic protractor

25 cents:
Schoolio 2 pocket folder – limit 5
12” Ring Binder ruler – limit 3
Schoolio markers 10 pack – 15 cents – limit 3
Schoolio poly binder – 30 cents – limit 5
Wescott scissors 2 pack – 50 cents – limit 3
Officemax paper ream – 1 cent after Maxperks – limit 2

RITE AID
29 cents:
Pencils 10 pack
Cap erasers
70 page notebook
Glue
Rulers

Oral-B power toothbrush or refill – free after rebate and $3 coupon
Trident – 2/$1 after $1 UP reward
Noxema and St Ives – $5 UP reward with $10 purchase


Heating and Cooling Services provided by Sears

SEARS
Save up to $500 in federal tax credits for energy efficient windows and heating/cooling systems. See details at http://www.energystar.gov. Don’t wait for winter to get it done.
Get a quote from Sears at: SEARS.COM

STAPLES
Get 100% back in Staples Rewards (credits that can be used on future purchases) limit 1 – be sure to use Staples gift cards from Giant Eagle on these purchases:
Scotch Magic Greener Tape
Staples Pastels 500 sheets
Staples letter size writing pads 8 pack
Scotch Moving & Storage tape

Valid Sunday, 8/28 through Wednesday, 8/31:
Staples 70 sheet notebook – 19 cents
#2 Yellow pencils – 8 pack – 19 cents

25 cents:
2 pocket poly folder
.14 L box
Bic Mark-It markers 5 pack
Pentel Wow pens 4 pack

Lots of $1 and $2 items that are over 50% off…

SHERWIN WILLIAMS
Get 30% off stains and paints and Fathead wall graphics from August 28th through September 5th.

TARGET
12 pack Pepsi cans – $1.75 after .75 coupon
Corn – 4/$1
Strawberries – 1 lb – $1.79

TOYRUS/BABYSRUS
Look for 20% off any one regular priced baby item coupon in ad
Crayola crayons – 25 cents

ULTA BEAUTY
20% off entire purchase coupon in ad.

WALGREENS
M&Ms bags – 4/$3 after $1/2 coupon and $5 register reward (coupon that prints at register that can be used on other purchases at Walgreens)
Carmex Moisturizing lip balm – free after register rewards
Estrova Dietary Supplement – free after $10 register reward
Get $10 in register rewards with purchase of P&G products listed in ad – plus use coupons found in Sunday’s paper.

WORLD MARKET
Look for $10 off a $30 purchase coupon in ad.

SUNDAY MAGAZINE
Look for coupons for Swiffer, Febreeze, Dawn, Mr Clean/Gain, and Cascade in magazine.

HERSHEYS AIR DELIGHT
Look for a free Hershey’s Air Delight coupon in Smart Source insert in paper.


BEST DEAL MAGAZINES
Offers available this week:

BUDGET TRAVEL
Additional 60% Off
$4.79 for 1 year
Coupon Code: BUDGETDEAL

CLEAN EATING
Additional 20% Off
$10.36 for 1 year
Coupon Code: WKLYSPEC

CAR & DRIVER
Additional 20% Off
$3.76 for 1 year
Coupon Code: WKLYSPEC

Deals available only on these days:
8/29 – Men’s Fitness 1 Year – $4.39
8/30 – Smart Money 1 Year – $10.39
8/31 – Yoga Journal 1 Year – $4.39
9/1 – Road & Track 1 Year – $4.39
9/2 – Woman’s Day 1 Year – $4.39
9/3 – Garden & Gun 1 Year – $4.39
9/4 – Maximum Fitness 1 Year – $4.39
9/5 – American Cheerleader 1 Year – $5.39
9/6 – Ultimate Motorcycling 1 Year – $4.39
9/7 – Seventeen 1 Year – $4.39
9/8 – Caribbean Living 1 Year – $6.49
9/9 – Natural Health 1 Year – $4.39
9/10 – Oxygen 1 Year – $5.39
9/11 – Harper’s Bazaar 1 Year – $4.39

Deal of the Day valid only on date specified through Midnight EST

Bonus codes:
Take An Extra 15% Off Most Titles
Code: PXCJ911 Offer Expires September 11, 2011
250+ Magazines under $10 with this coupon!
70+ Popular Magazines – Just $3.99 with this coupon!
30+ Popular Magazines – Just $5.24 with this coupon!

TAKE AN EXTRA $5 OFF $30 ORDER COUPON
Code: MNDCJ911 Offer Expires September 11, 2011

TAKE AN EXTRA $7.50 OFF $40 ORDER COUPON
Code: MQQCJ911 Offer Expires September 11, 2011

TAKE AN EXTRA $10 OFF $50 ORDER COUPON
Code: MQPCJ911 Offer Expires September 11, 2011

TAKE AN EXTRA $15 OFF $70 ORDER COUPON
Code: MTKCJ911 Offer Expires September 11, 2011

Click here:
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EARTHQUAKE
Do you have earthquake insurance? I do! There have been some small ones on the east side so for the small amount my insurance company charges I got it. I’m thinking after the 5.9 one in Virginia that maybe it could be around the corner. If anything at least these earthquakes will save having to shake your martinis.

COUPON CITIES
Coupons.com came out with a survey that found Atlanta printed the most digital coupons from their sites. Cleveland was ranked a respectable 8th! Three cities from Ohio were in the top 20.

They said that adults with household income of over $100,000 are twice as likely to have redeemed coupons printed from an online source than adults with household income less than $35,000. Also adults with college degrees are almost twice as likely to have used coupons I the prior six months as those who didn’t graduate from high school.

They made it sound like that was a good thing as if the more money you made and educated you were, the more you printed coupons. The way I look at it was that people at lower incomes can’t afford a PC and internet and printing coupons. Those with college degrees obviously made more and those with less education might not know how to use a PC. Coupon inserts in the paper cut across socio-economic ranges as most everyone can purchase a paper with coupons in them. Digital coupons will never replace the number or usage of coupon inserts in the newspaper for that reason.

Companies that offer digital coupons do provide additional coupons so that is good, but not always for those that need them the most. Same goes for the push that stores are making with e-coupons. It is very time-consuming to go through the coupons online and print them. If they make them worth a person’s time by being of high value and aren’t cumbersome to print multiples then it sometimes is worth the effort.

The scores are based on each city’s total printed coupon savings on Coupons.com and Coupons.com network in 2010 relative to its population size. Interestingly only 4 cities increased their usage from 2009.

2010 Totals – average $1,000 in annual savings:
1) Atlanta – 997
2) Tampa – 569
3) Cincinnati – 497
4) Saint Louis – 420
5) Minneapolis – 329
6) Charlotte – 303
7) Nashville – 291
8) Cleveland – 289
9) Pittsburgh – 250
10) Raleigh – 235
11) Kansas City – 233
12)Washington DC – 207
13) Miami – 202
14) Dallas – 198
15) Oklahoma City – 198
16) Boston – 192
17) Denver – 170
18) Seattle – 153
18) Dallas – 198
19) Columbus – 147
20) Wichita – 146

2009 Totals – average $531 in annual savings:
1) Atlanta – 918
2) Tampa – 522
3) Cincinnati – 511
4) Saint Louis – 468
5) Minneapolis – 351
6) Nashville – 308
7) Charlotte – 306
8) Cleveland – 272
9) Pittsburgh – 254
10) Kansas City – 254
11) Raleigh – 243
12) Boston – 229
13) Oklahoma City – 207
14) Miami – 205
15) Washington DC – 191
16) Indianapolis – 186
17) Denver – 186
18) Dallas – 186
19) Wichita – 159
20) Columbus – 152

To print coupons click on: COUPONS.COM
These coupons are available:
Ruggles – 75 cents
McCain Potatoes – $1
Kashi Snacks – $1
Seattles Best Coffee – $1
Caribou Coffee – $1
Philadelphia Cooking Creme – 75 cents

MCDONALDS
Check this past week’s mail for a coupon flyer from McDonalds. Lots of BOGO coupons and one for a free small coffee.

CHIKFILA
Get a free breakfast entree at Chik-Fil-A.
Click here for the deal:
http://www.chick-fil-aforbreakfast.com

CHUCK E CHEESE
Look for coupons in the Smart Source coupon insert including:
Get 90 tokens for $15
Get 160 tokens for $25
Get 1 large pizza, 3 soft drinks, and 30 game tokens for $19.99
Get 1 large pizza, 4 soft drinks, and 120 game tokens for $39.99
Get 1 large pizza, 4 soft drinks, and 55 game tokens for $25.99
Get 1 large pizza, 4 soft drinks, and 100 game tokens for $31.99
Get 100 bonus coupons at a reserved birthday party Friday or Sunday at participating locations -no coupon required.


Restaurant.com Weekly Promo Offer 468 x 60

RESTAURANT.COM
Get 80% off already discounted restaurant gift certificates! Get $25 gift certificates for $2 (normally $10)! Use promo code “TASTY” at checkout.
Offer ends 8/31/11.

Over 18,000 restaurants to choose from all across the country! Over 250 in the northeast Ohio area. No expirations date on the certificates!

Click here to order:
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MIAMI/WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE
Remember when the Miami Heat was just about to lose to the Dallas Mavericks? We decided to go forward with a trip to Miami and then a Western Caribbean cruise after they lost the series. I couldn’t go knowing until I knew Miami lost. So I took my talents to South Beach knowing the Heat lost and Cleveland “won”.

Going in August is a gamble being that there can be a hurricane. Thank you Irene for not ruining our vacation as we got out of Miami before it hit near there and our cruise was in the western part of the Caribbean. Using a credit card that offers travel insurance is the way to insure against weather and other travel related issues.

I had miles on American Airlines for a free ticket. Flights were running over $400. I got an extra 25,000 miles after signing up for a credit card from American a few years back. I also got bonus miles after making a certain amount of purchases the first couple months. Getting rewards for signing up for a credit card can be quite worth it when flight prices have gone up a ton. A good place to find the best rewards for credit cards can be found at http://www.creditcards.com.

Using the miles I was allowed to check two bags for free. Otherwise a second bag would’ve cost $20. If you check your bags online you can get better rates than doing it at the airport.

We booked a cruise through http://www.vacationstogo.com. We got a 7 night Western Caribbean cruise that stopped at Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize. The cost was $529. We tried to upgrade for free, but the cruise was booked solid. We almost went on a 12 night cruise through the Mediterranean that cost $799. The flights were very expensive and we would be gone too long though.

It was our first Carnival cruise. It was ok. I heard they were more fun than other cruiselines, but I didn’t see any evidence of that. It wasn’t like the Flats in its heyday. Food at dinner was good. Lunch and breakfast not so much.

We got the inside cabin. The oceanview rooms are a rip off. Just get the inside cabin. The little port window is so small is usually covered up by a curtain. Not worth the extra hundred or two per person for it. The rooms were super dark since there was no window making it great for sleeping, but I’m sure there were extra boogeymen under the bed being it was so dark.

Will Ferrell apparently posed for the life jacket instructions that were on the door of our cabin.

We stayed in Miami before the trip I never was in Miami. I booked a room for a brand new Best Western for $79 a night. I checked BestWestern.com and Hotels.com to find the best hotel deals. We stayed in Fort Lauderdale first. We stayed on a hotel on Miami Beach too and got it for free when they lost power and relocated us off the strip!

We were able to bring one bottle of wine each into the ship. We went shopping for the wine and we got it at…Target. Yep, that fine store sells wine. A lot of stores that never sold food now sell food and alcohol like Target, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. In Florida you can use coupons for wine. There was one on the bottle we got, a Seven Daughters Meritage. Plus we got a Bogle Petite Syrah. I liked it best. Both on sale too. I checked out Publix and the price was higher there surprisingly. I also found $1 off produce and other of those types of coupons.

I was surprised how expensive the produce was. Bananas were 24 cents a banana…not per pound! Peaches were $1.99 a pound. Strawberries were $3.99 per pound. The one produce item that was a great deal was for avocados. They were $1.29 each and they were the size of a child’s head. Not like the eyeball sized ones we have in Ohio.

I got a Restaurant.com for $2 for a restaurant on Miami Beach that got me $25 off the bill. Problem Is I got a parking ticket for $45. Pay it online though before the due date and it cost $18. On Miami Beach they don’t have meters where you park. They have these hidden pay junctions that spit out receipts when you pay for parking. I tried paying it when we parked in another spot but the meter thing was busted. Ate my dollar and it said there was no refund or number to call. Minus one for Miami.

There were lots of deals for appetizers and drinks during happy hour. The gal at the one restaurant even gave us a 2 for 1 deal even though it was late at night. Always pays to ask. Lots of restaurants were handing out cards with discounts.

On Miami Beach there were tons of jellyfish. There had to be one every two feet. They were the size of dinner plates. A guy on the beach told me to pee on the sting if I get stung. I thought he was nuts, but I was told the same by someone that used to live there too. Apparently it heals the sting. As much as I wanted to test it I decided to leave it alone.

We got a wine package that got us a 25% discount on the wine we get on the ship. We liked the Murphy Goode Merlot best. We weren’t done with the liquor sale yet. We got two 1 liter bottles of Absolut for $19.99 and two 1 liter Crown Royale bottles for $34.99. Quite the deal. The guy that sold us the Absolute and Crown Royale was supposed to hold it until the end of the cruise. Instead he gave it to us. Man, we could really have some fun on this cruise. Or better yet, I could set up a stand and sell shots for much cheaper that what they charge on the cruise.

On shore we picked up a couple bottles of wine in Cozumel to take on the ship. Thing is you aren’t allowed to bring it to your cabin. They have to give you your bottles on the last night. So you can drink them on that night. We got them at a grocery store for $7 a bottle. They took American money at about 12 pesos for a U.S. dollar. The cheapest price for a bottle on the ship was $22 so we made out. I tried to ferment some grapes from the buffet too to make some wine. The batch tasted more like vinegar. Next time I will have to bring some oak barrels to age it some.

I was a snorkeling fool as I love to snorkel so at each port that is what we did. All the ports were known for it. I thought Roatan was the best. It was in Honduras. The water was churned some though from a tropical storm that came through the week before. The reefs were awesome though. Better than what I saw in Belize, Cozumel, and the Cayman Islands. The water in Roatan was extremely salty. It burned my eyes. I saw Aquaman while I was snorkeling and we hung out some and he said I should try putting Vaseline on my eyes before I snorkel. We hung out at some underwater bars and nightclubs. I did some line dances with some red snapper and grouper. Those are some craaazy fish.

At Belize we saw some pharmacies that sold drugs over the counter – no prescription needed for medication like Viagra, Prozac, Valium, and Vicodin. They cost about the same as a co-pay, around $20 or so for a monthly supply. No questions asked. I stepped in one and a guy came in and loudly asked for Viagra. Good thing his room wasn’t next to ours.

I’m just amazed though that these pharmacies charge so little. Why can’t the U.S. do the same? What a racket these drug makers and insurance companies have going. I mean think about it. If the U.S. allowed it I could go to Walgreens and get some Valium along with a Snickers bar if I wanted to. And maybe get a register reward for it.

One of the best things we did was get a taxi or bus to where we needed to go instead of paying an excursion company to take us where we wanted to go. In Grand Cayman we got a bus for $2.50 per person and the taxi was $4 to take us to the beach and back. An excursion company would have cost us at least $30 to do so …per person! Some of the beaches are just a short walking distance so don’t book an excursion until you find out how far they are as it can save you tons.

We walked the whole beach which was neat. It was a 7 mile beach. We ate at a restaurant along the beach along with an iguana that paid us a visit. While snorkeling there I saw a stingray. Good thing I remembered Aquaman told me not to tickle any fish as I had planned to do so, but later found from him that they are not very fond of it. So to entertain myself I put some marshmallows on its tail instead.

I stopped at a grocery store in Grand Cayman. Wow their prices were high. A whole pineapple was $5.99. A 2 liter of Pepsi was $2.69.

Cozumel was nuts with people trying to get you to go into their store. It was annoying. We did eat at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant to get guacamole and chips. They gave us some hot sauce dips with it. Perfect! Cheap too as it was off the beaten path. We got a coconut pecan puff pastry for about 50 cents. Couldn’t beat that deal.

Cereal in Cozumel was $40! Gotcha…that’s in Pesos making it around $3. Prices at the grocery store there were pretty normal.

Check out this escalator to the store. You can go up and down them with your shopping cart!

There were so many stores that had signs that said “you break it, you buy it”. If I ever decide to open a store I’m gonna name it “U Break It, U Buy It”. I will balance everything on toothpicks and make the aisles real small and I’ll let loose rats in the store.

You can haggle pretty much anywhere. In Belize I tried to get a better deal to do a snorkeling excursion to Goff’s Caye. It’s an island next to their barrier reef which is supposed to be second largest in the world next to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. They wouldn’t go down in price. It was about $30 cheaper per person the cruise’s excursion price. But when they said their credit card machine was down I knew I could wheel and deal. I only had so much cash and they took what I had and told me not to tell anyone.

The Caye was tiny. It was like one of those cartoons with one palm tree. We saw a huge barracuda in the water. I wanted to brush it’s teeth, but Aquaman told me they don’t like that and prefer to get rid of their plaque chewing on swimmers.

The ship had a restaurant that charged extra. It was a steakhouse. A total rip-off as they charged $30 per person. Why bother when they served a filet mignon for dinner one day and steaks any other day. Some people like to feel special and go there for one night. I say instead save the $60 per couple and instead give it to me and I will tell you how special you are.

You never know who you will sit with at dinner. We sat with a couple from Maryland. Nice folks. She was heading back to Afghanistan and he was a firefighter. We exchanged contact info. Across from us and in my line of sight was Little Johnny the Spaz. He made overly-animated facial expressions. As much as I tried looking away I kept looking at him. His grandmother looked like the Heat Miser. I mean just like him. I couldn’t stop looking at her too. They probably thought I was creepy, but I couldn’t help watching that combo. Why do I have to like people watching so much…

I got a massage. Great deal on the last day at $50 off. But boy did they try to sell their oils and lotions and stuff after the massage. I felt like I was in Cozumel where they tried to hawk their wares. I ran out of the room screaming. Dramatic exits always stun people into stop talking.

When travelling I love getting the Sunday paper where I am at since they usually have more coupons than I normally get in the Sunday paper. At the airport I searched around to see if anyone left their paper too so that I could get extra inserts. All I could find was a USA Today. That was until I threw a jellyfish on the head of an unsuspecting lady that had the Sunday paper and grabbed the paper as she dropped it on the ground. Don’t worry, I told her to pee on herself to heal the sting.

WELW
Listen at 7:18 AM on Wednesdays to WELW 1330 AM as I go over the deals of the week on the Wake Up Lake County Show. Go to http://www.WELW.com to listen to old podcasts or to listen live.

CLASS SCHEDULE
Learn how to save a ton of money at one of my classes! Learn how to save 70% and more grocery shopping and over 90% toiletry shopping. Also find out how to save money on restaurants, utility bills, cell phones, travel, gas, and tons more! To view my upcoming class schedule please go to: http://www.joethecouponguy.com/schedule/index.htm

If you’re interested in booking a class for your organization, please contact me at joe@joethecouponguy.com.

September
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Shaker Heights Main Library

Thursday, September 22, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Olmsted Falls Library

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Painesville Morley Library

October
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Fairview Park Library

Thursday, October 13, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Nordonia Hills Library

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Kirtland Library

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Travel Class – 2 Hour Class – Aurora Community Education – Register at https://recpro.auroraoh.com or call 330-562-4333. Fee.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Lakewood Community Education

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Savvy Shopper Class – 2 Hour Class – Aurora Community Education – Register at https://recpro.auroraoh.com or call 330-562-4333. Fee.

November
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Chagrin Falls Library

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Lakewood Community Education

Monday, November 14th, 2011 – 7:00 PM – Bainbridge Library

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