50% off fountains at the Chesterland location – good through 11/6/11.
30% off all Halloween decorations
BOGO flats of pansies

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Be sure to print any coupons before the end of the month on The coupons will reset on Nov 1st.
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Buy 3 American Greeting cards get $3 in extrabucks. I bought three 99 cent cards and got the $3 extrabucks. Otherwise, lame deals at CVS this week.

Arm & Hammer fabric softener – 49 cents after $1/2 coupon
Ekrich Franks – 99 cents

Coke 2 liter – 75 cent coupon in ad

Get 20 cents in fuelperks for each $50 gift card purchase of Lowe’s TJ Maxx, JC Penney, Amazon, Pottery Barn, and Bass Pro Shops gift cards. Limited time.

McElheny Tabasco sauce – free after .75 coupon
Bar S hot dogs – 25 cents after .75/2 coupon
Nature Valley granola bars – 4/$4 after .50 coupon and $2 OYNSO (on your next shopping order) coupon that prints at register
Center cut pork chops – BOGO

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Double coupons this week! Any coupon 99 cents and less will double – ie: a 75 cent coupon will double to $1.50 off. For grocery and health and beauty items. Limit 4 like item coupon. Excludes BOGO sale items. Must have ShopYourWay Rewards card.
Tyson boneless skinless chicken – $1.77/lb
T-bone steak – $5.99/lb
Center cut pork chops – $2.99/lb
Get a free Thanksgiving turkey with $250 purchase between 10/16//11 and 11/19/11.

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I found the rest of outdoor plants for 50 cents each including a full flat of violas. Each store may price differently. Call to find out what your store is doing.

50% off any one regular priced item coupon in ad on 10/30 and 10/31 only. 40% off coupon available the rest of the week.

Get $10 off a $50 purchase, $20 off a $75, or $30 off of $100 through 10/31.
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Redbox is raising their rates even after Netflix was hit with hundreds of thousands of subscriber losses after their rate increase. The new rental rate will be $1.20 per day, instead of the current $1 daily rate. Redbox prices will remained unchanged for Blu-ray discs at $1.50 per day and video games at $2 per day. Want to find codes for freebie movies at Redbox? Go to and

Sunday and Monday only – 50% off Halloween costumes, masks, makeup, and wigs.
Aussie shampoo – 99 cents after $1 UP reward and $1 coupon.
Revlon lip, nail, or beauty tools – buy $10 worth, get $4 in UP rewards plus get $3 via rebate with $10 purchase of beauty tools plus use $1 coupon on each – note: you may get discounts using your Rite Aid wellness card so be sure it adds up to $10 after card discount to trigger the $4 UP reward.
Bufferin – 130 count – Profit after $6 rebate and $2 coupon
Curel – 13 oz or 3.5 oz – free after $1 or $2 coupon
UP2U gum – free after $1 coupon

Don’t forget to use your $5 off $20 purchase coupon from the Our Town book. There are five of the coupons in the book. Sav-a-lot also takes coupons!
$1 each:
Ekrich Franks
Ekrich Bologna
Ocean Market fish fillets
Green Peppers 3 pack
Imitation crabmeat
Dole Salad mix
Butterball Turkey Bacon
Buddig deli lunchmeat
Tropican Fruit or Berry punch
Apples – 3lb bag – $1.99
Post Fruity Boulders – $1.9779

Get these electronic coupons and many more at Saving Star – a manufacturer’s coupon can be stacked with these offers:
Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt – .40
International Delight creamer – .55
No Yolks -= .40
Quaker Oatmeal – $1/2
Rice-a-Roni – $1/3
Smart Balance peanut butter – .75
Sweet Baby Rays – $1/2
McCains Sweet Potato fries – $1

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Up to 65% off custom calendars! Code: CALENDAR65 or CALENDAR40 Exp: 11/8.

300 Prints for $3 Code: SPOOK300 and 100 prints for $1 Code: SPOOKY100
Exp: 11/06/2011

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Staples announced that they will price match online retailers including Amazon!

QuickBooks SimpleStart Free After Rebate!
Start Date: 10/30/11
Expires: 11/5/11

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Free $10 gift card with qualifying $75 or more purchase coupon in Great Big ToysRUs Book ad.
Over 50 free after offers in booklet.

Queen Anne cordial cherries and World’s Finest chocolate – 4/$5 after $5 register rewards
Buy $20 in listed items and get $5 in register rewards – Puffs 99 cents – buy 21 and use .25/3 coupon = 67 cents each
Ricola dual action drops – two free after BOGO coupon and $2 register reward
Advil – 20 or 24 count – $1.99 after $1 register reward or free with $2 on pack
Complete Needle collection – free after mail-in rebate
Crest Pro-Health toothpaste – Profit after $2 coupon and purchase of 2

$10 Off $50 Sitewide
Coupon Code: HOLIDAY10
End Date: 11/05/2011

$.09 4×6 Prints on Orders of 75+
Coupon Code: 75FORNINE
End Date: 11/30/2011
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WalMart plans to price match any ad between Nov 1 through Dec 25. Just bring in your WalMart receipt and they will give the difference back in a gift card. The offer excludes some items, such as groceries.

Here’s how it works: If a customer buys an eligible product at Walmart anytime between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, and then finds that same product advertised for less at another store, Walmart will give the customer a gift card for the difference through Dec. 25. Guaranteed.

Offer excludes: Black Friday ads, expired ads, offers with Gift Cards, internet pricing, limited time or quantity offers (i.e. 6 hour sales), percentage off ads, bundles, trade-in offers, offers that require a purchase or gift provided with purchase, clearance or ads with typographical errors. The Christmas Price Guarantee does not apply to grocery items, non-branded items (i.e. live plants), tobacco, firearms, gasoline, tires, prescription drugs, optical, or wireless products that require a service agreement.

Walmart’s Christmas Price Guarantee is valid on purchases made Nov. 1 through Dec. 25 on identical items (the same brand, size, color, quantity, grade and model number) that are currently available at competitor’s stores located within the same local market as a particular Walmart storei. To apply for the Christmas Price Guarantee, customers need to simply bring in their original Walmart cash register receipt and the local competitor’s current printed ad to Walmart’s Customer Service desk through Dec. 25. Once validated, a gift card for the difference will be issued.

Items placed on layaway will also be eligible for the Christmas Price Guarantee. Walmart’s Christmas Layaway program enables customers to make payments on purchases in varying amounts when they want through Dec. 16. Toys and electronic gifts with a retail price of $15 or more are eligible.

Also, the Gas Rollback program has been extended through Dec. 24, and is available at participating Murphy stations at more than 1,000 Supercenters and 10 Walmart stations. This program gives customers a $0.10 discount on each gallon of gas or diesel fuel purchased at participating Murphy USA or Walmart stations.

Look for a story this week, supposed to be Nov 1st where Denise Dufala from CBS News filmed one of my classes and me shopping. Another one with Lorrie Taylor from Fox News on cell phone and smart phone deals.

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Why are stores that double so much better than stores that don’t? Simply because you can get better deals. For instance, this past week Giant Eagle had Gold Peak iced tea 59 oz on sale for $2. At Marcs it was 2 for $3.98. Pretty much the same price. However, there was a .75 coupon that is found at that doubles at Giant Eagle. So at GE it’s 50 cents and at Marcs it costs $1.24.

Get 17% off with code SPOOKY17 through Oct 31st.

Deals available all week for annual subscriptions:
Additional 20% Off
$3.76 for 1 year
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Additional 20% Off
$3.76 for 1 year
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Additional 20% Off
$3.76 for 1 year
Coupon Code: WKLYSPEC

Deals available on day specified:
10/31 – Elle 1 Year – $4.39
11/1 – Natural Health 1 Year – $4.39
11/2 – Road & Track 1 Year – $4.39
11/3 – Clean Eating 1 Year – $9.39
11/4 – Budget Travel 1 Year – $5.39
11/5 – Shape 1 Year – $4.39
11/6 – Outdoor Photographer 1 Year – $4.39

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Every so many years and especially when insurance companies increase rates, shop around for the best rates. Ask friends and family who they use and if they like them. Be sure to get an apples to apples comparison. We did and we saved $800 a year switching to another provider for our home and auto insurance. Thems no small peanuts.

For comparison, the average insurance premium rate was $735 in Ohio. It was $476 in 2003. Recently, State Farm raised rates 12%, Grange by 16%, and Allstate by 1%. State Farm reduced rates in 2004, 2005, and 2006. There are 255 home insurance companies operating in Ohio, the 4th most in the U.S.

Save up to 50% with our Hotel Deal of the Day! I’ve found some unique deals on the hotels listed each day. Worth checking out. Changes every day.
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Valassis, the company that sends out Red Plum coupon inserts, had their stock take a hit this past week when they reported its full-year forecast was well below analyst expectations, and its shares tumbled to their lowest level in more than two years before recovering.

They said The combined effect of the economy and increasing coupon redemptions are prematurely exhausting annual consumer promotion budgets in the second half of 2011. The good news is that people are using their coupons, but the bad news is that there is a limited coupon promotional budget that got exhausted early.

Valassis said it lowered its profit expectations because global economic uncertainty is leading its clients to cut their budgets for advertising and packaged-goods promotions, especially as consumers increasingly redeem coupons.

The company now expects to earn $2.33 per share for the year, down 16 percent from its previous forecast for $2.76 per share. Revenue fell nearly 8 percent to $528.4 million, short of analysts’ consensus forecast for $571.6 million. Costs and expenses fell 7 percent to $479.4 million.

They said they believe marketers will expand their consumer promotion budgets in 2012 to accommodate the increasing redemptions as they have in the past. They are also counseling clients to proactively manage redemption costs by controlling the variables we know influence redemptions, such as coupon face values, coupon durations and multiple purchase requirements.

In other words, the way I read it they want to shorten expiration dates, have more items needed to be purchased to get the coupon discount, and have lower coupon values so that more coupons won’t be used, but they will get the advertising dollars from the manufacturers to extend the monies that are available for coupon promotions. Nice for them, but not the consumer. In the end that stance will doom them just like the mailing the inserts out to homes has soured consumers to them.

In other big news with them the 52 year-old CEO decided to retire at the end of the year. Must be nice. I wonder if he uses coupons…

Save 25% on the FTD fall pumpkin bouquet. Same day delivery available.
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Did you ever wake up an wonder how you’ll get through the day with all the challenges that lie ahead of you. I’m not talking about driving for over three miles with your right blinker on or that humungous talking lesion zit on the side of your head that just won’t go away? I’m talking divorce, losing your job or house, death in the family, kids, friends, or spouse in trouble. When hit with life’s downturns all you can focus on are the issues. Things just seem to be getting worse and worse and you wonder if it will ever get better. It can be financial, emotional, physical, or in any other way.

Some people find vices to numb the pain and help them forget whether it be drinking, shopping, drugs, outbursts, or cheating. The vices are temporary and don’t solve the issue at hand. They almost always make the problem worse. How do you cope?

Everyone goes through challenges. Not everyone responds to them in the same way. There have been many that I thought came at the worst time, but looking back I see they were there for a reason and I think God did so to help me grow. I remember a time when I was in elementary school and I wore snow boots. I forgot to bring in a pair of tennis shoes to change into after I took off my boots. It really freaked me out to just wear socks and no shoes in class. Looking back it was no big deal. Not like my feet stunk or anything or that I had hideous toenails sticking out from holes in my socks. It was just something I wasn’t used to and I needed to cope with it. Life tends to numb these kind of experiences.

Some people give up once they hit a roadblock while some persevere until they accomplish their goal. There have been many people in history that have beat the odds and obstacles only to succeed after numerous failures. Getting through challenges builds character they say. Oprah Winfrey once was told she was “unfit for TV” when she was fired from a reporting job. A newspaper editor fired a young Walt Disney because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”. One record label rejected the Beatles after concluding that they “had no future in show business.” We’ve all had people in our lives that didn’t think we were any better than bottom shelf liquor.

One way to cope is to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. Is what you are going through temporary and can it be fixed? What is still good in your life. It’s hard to notice the good when all you can focus on is the bad. Best not to let it overwhelm you as easy as it is to do so. If you think you are about to lose it and slather peanut butter on your head and top it with ping pong balls then maybe it’s time to seek professional help. Always good to have friends and family to talk through the issues. Doing it alone will only put you in a bad place.

Even the Occupy Wall Street folks are having at it since they feel they are at wits end. No jobs and no prospects and the safety net is being pulled from under them. They have nothing to lose. Getting arrested is a way to cope by sending a message to the world.

Interestingly, money doesn’t always solve problems and sometimes makes things worse. Many lottery winners wish they never had won the money. So I stick to getting scratch off tickets. At most I usually win a dollar or a free ticket. I just enjoy scratching off the ticket as for some reason it soothes my nerves even though it makes a mess with all that grit that gets scratched off. I wish I could just scratch off any zits I get. And it would be real cool if I scratch of three I win $20.

$15 for a set of noise-reducing earbuds from Vice Couture ($49.99 value), plus free shipping!
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$96 for a Garmin GPS navigator, shipping included ($117.99 value).
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Get 80% off the Allerton Hotel in Chicago – deal ends 11/1.
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Fork over $10 and receive $20 worth of food and drink at Hunan Solon.
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This good looking deal is at Studio Luxe in Stow, where your $30 will earn you $60 toward services from Joanie and Angela at this expert salon.
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At Kent Lanes 11th Frame, you can get two hours of bowling for six people on one lane, shoe rentals for six people, and a pitcher of ice-cold soda to split — all for a cool $30 (regularly $81).
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$79 for $199 worth of professional photography services from Palmieri’s Photography in Avon Lake.
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Relax in the Bahamas with this deal at the Blue Water Resort.
•For $364 USD ($1,047 value), a four-night stay for two adults and up to six young kids in a garden-view villa, valid October 31, 2011–December 17, 2011
•Or, for $396 USD, a four-night stay for two adults and up to six young kids in a garden-view villa, valid January 2, 2012–January 31, 2012
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For $20, you get $40 worth of classic Italian fare at La Dolce Vita Bistro.
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Roll the dice on this deal at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.
•For $188, a two-night stay for two in a deluxe room, valid Sunday–Wednesday
•Or, for $268, a two night-stay for two in a deluxe room, valid Thursday–Saturday
Included in all options:
•Resort fee of $20 per day
•$50 dining credit
•$25 spa or salon credit per person
•$10 casino-play credit per person (when joining the TI Players Club)
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Check out one of the great deals under the sun at CosmopoliTan in Westlake. Choose from the following options:
•For $19, you get five red-light skin-therapy sessions and one Level 1 tanning session from (a $45.90 value)
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Craft up this deal at Safire Rose Beads and Things in Madison. Choose from the following options:
•For $10, you get $20 worth of beading supplies and a complimentary basic beading class.
•For $12, you get a beaded Christmas ornament-cover class (a $25 value).
•For $12, you get a Noel Christmas-banner class (a $25 value).
•For $19, you get a beaded Christmas-tree class (a $40 value).
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For $59, you get a four-hour bartending class at Cleveland Bartending School in Cleveland Heights. Classes are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Today’s deal lets you enroll in one of the following classes:
•Martinis and Manhattans: covers cosmopolitans, apple and chocolate martinis, and other drinks
•Tropical Drinks: covers long island iced teas, mojitos, mai tais, and other drinks
•Shooters and Party Drinks: covers shots such as the washington apple, B52, sex on the beach, and purple hooter
•Margaritas and Sours: covers mixing drinks with 1800, Jose Cuervo, and blue tequilas.
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BOGO coffee Offer: Valid only on 10/31/11 at participating stores. Drink must be of equal or lesser value than purchased beverage. Not valid on bottled beverages. Coupon must be printed or shown on mobile device at time of transaction. Coupon may not be duplicated or sold. One offer per person.
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Located in Little Italy. Half off select bottles of wine on Fridays. Look for BOGO deal in Entertainment book. Happy Hour M-F between 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – wine $5, cocktails $4, beer $2. Not many restaurants have happy hour in Little Italy on Fridays, so nice to find one that does. Oldest restaurant in Cleveland – established in 1918!

Family Dollar – Payne Ave at East 36th
Good Fortune Asian Cuisine – 7537 Mentor Ave in Mentor – look for coupon flyer in the mail with BOGO50% and 10% and 15% off coupon
Viaduct Lounge – at the old Ponte Vecchio downtown
Rockne’s – Strongsville
ILuvTanning – Willoughby (formerly Sunny D Tanning) – look for coupons in Gold Clipper Magazine including free trial week for new customers, $25 1 month unlimted, 2 free tans with 10 tan purchase, and free lotion with month tan of $35.

Vine & Bean Cafe – Cleveland
Damons – Stores in Mentor, Canton, Twinsburg, Middleburg Heights, Independence, Sandusky, and Stow are now closed. I remember going to the Canton locations around 15 years ago and thought they were the bomb. That changed somewhere along the way as I noticed they just weren’t that great anymore. I noticed their ribs tasted like fish. I thought maybe I got a bad batch, but each time I went back I noticed the same thing. Maybe they were using whale ribs. Once restaurants start cheaping out on their food, they are doomed. Service was horrible too. Another problem is that many people might still have gift cards for Damons. There are still some around with the restaurant in Kent being the closest. As we get closer to the holidays many people buy gift cards as gifts. Fair warning that gift cards can become worthless in these situations. Better to give cash and coupons for the restaurant!

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 to listen to old podcasts or to listen live.

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:

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Be sure to register for libraries that require registration as many have waiting lists.

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

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

Thursday, November 10, 2011 – Big Red Wagon Event – Willoughby Hills (at old AJ Wright store)

Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Big Red Wagon Event – Willoughby Hills (at old AJ Wright store)

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

Saturday, November 19, 2011 – 3:00 PM – Assumption School – Geneva

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Amherst Library

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Streetsboro Parks & Recreation – fee

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Brecksville Library

Monday, January 23, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Cleveland Heights/University Heights Noble Road Branch Library

Monday, January 30, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Akron Odom Boulevard Branch Library

Tuesday, March 4, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Streetsboro Parks & Recreation – fee

Wednesday, March 5, 2012 – 7:00 PM – North Ridgeville Library

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Mayfield Library

Monday, April 16, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Burton Library

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Streetsboro Parks & Recreation – fee

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – 7:00 PM – Middlefield Library

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