carrie isaacWelcome to Springs Bargains, a service of our real estate business, The Circa Group at RE/MAX Properties! I'm Carrie, and I share ways to enjoy Colorado Springs for free or cheap, including cheap and family-friendly events and things to do, weekly grocery deals, and more.

Sam’s Club Instant Savings Deals: Great Prices on Jif, Batteries, Nutella, and More

Dorinda sent in a roundup of some of the Instant Savings deals that are going on at Sam’s Club through July 15th, with some notes on how good of a deal it is:

  • Totino’s Pizza Rolls – 150-count for $7.98
    That’s the equivalent of $0.80/box for the 15-count small boxes.
  • Jif Peanut Butter – two 48-oz containers for $8.23 (limit 2).
    That’s a 5-rating!
  • $5 off two Duracell battery packs.  A pack of 48 AA batteries is regularly 17.98, and a A pack of 28 AAA batteries is regularly 14.19
    After discount, AA batteries would average in at $0.32/each and AAA batteries at $0.42/each
  • Sweet and Salty Nature Valley Nut Bars – $6.78 for 30ct.
    This would be the equivalent of $1.36/box of 6 at the grocery store.  (Does go lower if you coupon, but if not, this is as low as they go!)
  • Nutella – 35.3-oz container for $4.98.
    Carrie’s note: I definitely think this would be rated a 5!
  • Peanuts – 52oz  (XL Virginia or dry roasted) for $5.98
  • OxiClean – $11.10 for a 11.7-lb box.
  • Huggies and Pampers are on their usual $6/off per box sale
    Huggies price after $6 discount is $40.88.  This makes Huggies size 3 (222/box) cost about $.18/diaper.

You can view the whole Instant Savings book for this month here.  Thank you so much for typing this out, Dorinda!


Free Chick-fil-A (If You Dress Like A Cow) on July 14th

Chick-fil-A’s annual Cow Appreciation Day is coming up on Tuesday, July 14th!  If you dress like a cow from head to toe, you’ll get a free meal; and if you just wear partial cow attire, you’ll get a free entree.

It seems like in previous years, it was only the standard chicken sandwich, but their FAQ has a whole list of meals/entrees you can choose this year!  The event goes on all day long (breakfast, lunch, or dinner), and you can see all the details here.

Grocery Shopping at

I recently decided to try ordering some groceries from – man, if I could order all my groceries online, I totally would!  (As it is, I’m happy with Sam’s Club’s Click n’ Pull and hope that King Soopers will be bringing their similar program to Colorado Springs stores soon!)

Anyway, I just thought I’d share how it went.  I ordered some items that are a bit cheaper than they are at King Soopers and rarely go on sale (bleach pens, Tom’s deodorant, molasses, Working Hands lotion, vanilla bean paste).

(I personally do not like the Walmart shopping experience so for several years I’ve bought almost everything at King Soopers, Sam’s, and Sprouts.  I’ve found that if I buy things when they are on sale, I almost always end up beating the Walmart prices and it evens out what I buy that’s not on sale.  But, I do know that Walmart’s everyday prices are lower, and there are items that rarely go on sale anywhere so Walmart is therefore usually the cheapest option.)


The minimum order to get free shipping is $50, and you can’t order everything they sell (like canned goods), so it did take me a couple of weeks of  comparing prices to actually get $50 worth of items.

I ended up saving about $9 on a $62 order (versus what I’d pay buying those items at King Soopers).  Not a huge savings, but they did deliver them to my door!  This was not Amazon Prime, though – it came via FedEx Smart Post and took eight days from when I placed my order.


Unfortunately, the packaging was not great.  The items arrived loose in the box, and the jars of molasses leaked.  They were wrapped in plastic, which was great, but I think you’d have to ship them standing upright, not sliding around in a box, to keep them from leaking.

I ended up returning the molasses because I just wasn’t confident about using a jar of molasses that had leaked.  The return process was pretty simple, and I didn’t have to pay shipping since they were damaged.  Of course, I still had to apply for the return, print the label, pack them up, and drop them off at the post office.

So, I think I might place an order again, but I’ll be cautious of ordering liquid with a screw-on lid.  I think the biggest reason that would keep me from ordering again is that there aren’t that many items that I can’t get cheaper by just waiting for a sale at King Soopers or buying at Sam’s Club, and with the $50 minimum order, it takes awhile to get a long enough list that I also am willing to wait over a week to receive!


More Daily Specials at P.B. & Jellie’s New York Deli

A couple of weeks ago, Anne sent me a tip about half-priced sandwiches on Wednesday afternoons at P.B. & Jellie’s in Chapel Hills Mall, and then the owner followed up with even more of their great deals:

MMmmm Peanut Butter Mondays: Spend $14 and receive a FREE jar of any of our homemade flavors of peanut butter to take home (a $7 value).

Turkey Tuesdays: Purchase any one of our turkey sandwiches and receive a FREE Smore’s Dessert sandwich made with chocolate peanut butter, marshmallow cream, and teddy grams.

Half Price Wednesdays: Half Price sandwiches starting at 2:00

Throwback Thursdays: We randomly pick a sandwich meal off our $7.00 menu and make it $3.00 that day.

Free Coffee Fridays: Get a free iced or hot coffee with any purchase.

See their Facebook page for more specials and events, and also to find out what sandwich meals will be discounted on Thursdays!  You can also join their text message club for discounts and coupons – just text the letters “pbj” to 51660, and opt in twice to get their text-only deals.


Free Movie Series Start Soon

Just a reminder that there are lots of free/cheap movies and concerts going on this summer!  The Promenade Shops at Briargate’s “Pictures on the Promenade” movie series starts Thursday, July 9th; there will be free movies at the Focus on the Family visitor’s center on select Tuesdays starting July 14th, there are $1.00 movies at Cinemark, and lots more.  Go to the Summer Fun page for all the details on these and other free and cheap summer events.

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The grocery store sales in Colorado Springs run Wednesday-Tuesday. (At Sprouts, ad cycles run Wednesday-Wednesday.) We generally publish the weekly grocery deals and coupon matchups for Albertsons and King Soopers on Tuesday mornings. Sprouts' and Safeway's weekly deals and coupon matchups are published on Wednesday morning.

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