Entries from August 2, 2015 - August 8, 2015


Restaurant Deals: Chipotle, Papa John's, More

Starting August 1st, 7-Eleven is offering freebies every weekend throughout the month of August! This weekend’s free item is a FREE medium Fanta Slurpee drink! Be sure not to tap “Redeem Offer” until you’re ready to score your freebie, as it is only good for 15 minutes once you do. Go here for more details.

*Carl’s Jr.
Through September 6th, head here to print a coupon valid for $1 off a Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger Combo

Through August 31st, head on over here to enter the Chipotle Friend or Faux Sweepstakes. Just take the short quiz (or skip the quiz entirely and complete this form) and then enter your name and mobile phone number to score a mobile coupon valid for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Chipotle Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Salad or Order of Tacos (up to a $10 value)! This coupon will be delivered via text message to the mobile phone number you enter on the sweepstakes form. 

*Kwik Trip/Kwik Star
Kwik Trip & Kwik Star gas/convenience stores (over 400 of them throughout the Midwest) are celebrating their 50th anniversary and offering up ANY size Karuba coffee or 32oz Big Buddy Soda for just $0.50 each through August 13th. Go here for more details.

*Papa John’s
Papa John’s Rewards members (you can sign up FREE here), for a limited time, you can snag any large 3-topping pizza for just 15 Papa Johns reward points. Simply sign-in to your account, click on “Special Offers” (at the top of the page), then enter in the promo code 3TOP15 to take advantage of this deal.

*Red Robin
Purchase a $25 limited edition, movie themed gift card and get a FREE movie ticket to see Terminator Genisys (up to a $10 value). Go here for more details.

Through September 1st, Sonic is offering 1/2 price Real Ice Cream Shakes after 8PM.

Through August 9th (or through August 16th for Starbucks Rewards Members!), make any Starbucks purchase before 2PM and then enjoy any handcrafted Grande cold beverage (Teavana Shaken Iced Teas, Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas, Frappuccino blended beverages, Starbucks Refreshers beverages, iced coffee, Evolution Fresh Smoothies) for only $2.50 plus tax after 2PM the same day at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada. Just remember to show them your receipt when you return. Check out the Starbucks Facebook page for more information.

*White Castle
White Castle is offering a new coupon valid for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Chicken Slider, good through August 15th.


Back to School Wrapping Paper

Back to school wrapping paper. Love this! What a cute idea!

Free Shutterfly Cards

Go here to get a FREE set of playing cards, nice gift idea! Enter code FREECARDS. Offer ends Aug.10th!

Ohio Tax Free Weekend: Aug.7-9, 2015

When is it? Ohio S. B. 243 states that the holiday starts on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

What is exempt from sales tax? The following items will be exempt from Ohio sales and use tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.

Where? All Ohio stores and online retailers

What qualifies as “clothing”?  The definitions for clothing is pretty broad–pretty much anything one would wear, including shoes, are considered clothing.  There are some exceptions; most notably accessories (jewelry, bags, hairbows, etc.); protective equipment (face masks, helmets, protective gloves, etc.) and sporting equipment (cleats, dance shoes, skates, protective gear).   See all the official inclusions and exclusions here.

What qualifies as “school supplies”?  This category is pretty specific–it covers most of what you’d need, but be aware that anything not on the following list will be considered taxable:
binders; book bags; calculators; cellophane tape; blackboard chalk; compasses; composition books; crayons; erasers; folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila); glue, paste, and paste sticks; highlighters; index cards; index card boxes; legal pads; lunch boxes; markers; notebooks; paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper; pencil boxes and other school supply boxes; pencil sharpeners;  pencils; pens; protractors; rulers; scissors; and writing tablets.

Be aware that pricier items like graphing calculators will be above the $20-per item threshold and will notbe tax exempt.  Also be aware that back-to-school things like dorm furnishings and locker decor won’t make the cut either.

What qualifies as “school instructional material”?  This is the smallest category, and includes only the following: reference books, reference maps and globes, textbooks, and workbooks.  So if you’re a homeschooler and you were looking forward to a tax break on your curriculum for the year, remember that price threshold of $20 or less.  If you’re buying individual workbooks under that price point, you’ll get the exemption, but if it’s a whole set priced at over $20, it will not qualify.

How will online shopping work?  Orders made and accepted online from Ohio businesses during the sales tax holiday will qualify for the tax exemption, even if they ship after the holiday ends.  Only qualifying items will be exempt–shipping & handling or other items won’t count for tax exemption.

How will coupons or discounts work?  If an item is over the $75 or $20 threshold, and a store coupon brings it below the threshold, then the item will qualify for tax exemption (for instance, if a clothing item at Kohl’s is priced at $80, but you use a 20% off coupon, that item will be $64 and should qualify).  If you have a coupon where the retailer is reimbursed by a third party (manufacturer’s coupon), then that coupondoes not affect the tax exempt status.  So if a school supply item was $22 and you had a $3 manufacturer’s coupon, the item would still not qualify (I doubt the manufacturer’s coupon situation will apply very often, but I wanted you to be aware!).


Have more questions about the Sales Tax Holiday in Ohio?  Get more answers on their FAQ page

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Meijer MPerks Offers

For two days only (8/7-8/8), Meijer is offering mPerks coupons valid for 5% off Grocery and Health & Beauty purchase, 10% off General Merchandise, and 15% off Apparel! You’ll need to clip the mPerks to your account before you checkout.


Free Seventh Generation House Party Pack

Our parties are a fun way to connect with others who care about a healthy environment for their families. The FREE party kits contain everything our hosts need: educational materials from Healthy Child Healthy World, a fun party game for sharing tips, and product samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other eco-friendly brands.

We will be selecting 1500 party hosts from within our Generation Goodcommunity. Applications close August 14th. Join Generation Good now and apply!


Kroger: Free Hormel Offer

Kroger (and affiliated stores) shoppers, right now you can score a FREE Hormel Compleats Product at your local Kroger or affiliated store! Just load the eCoupon onto your Kroger Card, and the next time you go to Kroger, you’ll be able to snag this freebie! Coupon is available to load today only, and is valid through August 23rd.


New Target Mobile Coupons

Text OFFERS to 827438 to receive the following store coupons:

* $1.50/5 Up & Up Items

* $1/$7 Fresh Produce Purchase
* $2/1 Nescafe Clasico Instant Coffee 7oz
* $2/1 Excedrin Migraine, Extra Strength, PM, Mild or Tension Headache 100 ct+
* $1/1 Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste 4oz+
* $1.50/1 Kotex or U by Kotex Feminine Care Item 25 ct+