Here are the top deals to be found at Chicago grocery stores Jewel-Osco for the week of Jan. 13, with coupon matchups. I don't list every item from the Wednesday grocery ad, only those that are close to their low prices or those that have a good coupon available. My favorite deals this week are the Campbell's tomato soup for 39 cents, and if you didn't get free hummus last week, Athenos brand hummus for $1 a tub after coupon.

If cashiers give you any trouble about coupons at your Jewel store, print out the official corporate coupon policy to carry with you.

(A note about coupons: The coupon inserts I'll refer to here are SmartSource, RedPlum and the P&G Brand Saver, which come in your Sunday paper. Avid couponers save their Sunday inserts, so they can go back and clip the necessary coupons when a sale comes up. I'll tell you the date the coupon appeared, and if you still have your inserts, you can dig them out and clip it. I'll also tell you where to find printable coupons online. For more coupon tips, see my post on how to maximize coupon savings.)


California navel oranges 8 lb. bag $2.98

Buy one get one free Doritos torilla chips

Jewel macaroni & cheese 39 cents, limit 10 (Anyone tried it? I always thought mac and cheese was the one thing you couldn't buy off brand, but then store brands have gotten so good ...)

Jewel brand frozen vegetables 16 oz. $1

Wisk laundry detergent 100 oz. 52-64 loads $7.99 (use the $2 off coupon from the 1/2 RedPlum insert)

Colgate toothpaste 99 cents (use the 50 cents off or 75 cents off coupons from the 1/9 SmartSource insert)

Pepsi 24-packs 2/$11, must buy 2 (That's like $2.25 a 12-pack, a good sale price)


Braeburn apples 58 cents/lb.

3 lb. onions $1

Campbell's chicken noodle or tomato soup 39 cents (use the 30 cents off 4 coupon from the 1/9 SmartSource)

mushrooms 6.5 oz. $1

Fresh Express Garden Salad 12 oz. $1

Athenos hummus $1.99 (use $2 off 2 printable coupon)

Fuze or PowerAde drinks 10/$7, must buy 10

WholeCare Pet cat food 37 cents a can 5.5 oz. (that's very cheap for cat food and at least the tuna variety's ingredients sound OK, but one of my cats threw up after eating this)