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I can't believe I happened on Rick Bayless' salsas. I've used these previously for some great meals.

A tiny Aldi trip: What you’ll find

I’ve been shopping at Aldi for a few years now, ever since they did a big expansion and added a ton of stores. Now, I’m wondering why more people aren’t shopping there all the...

recycling in chicago

Recycling in Chicago

Updated 2/2019. Hopefully you live in a building that recycles. However, if you live in a building that doesn’t, or you have something that is difficult to recycle (like old computers), it can be...

Lion dance at Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in Chicago

Embed from Getty Images Chicago’s Chinese New Year just keeps growing, so your best bet to celebrate isn’t just in Chinatown. Be sure to stop by The Shops at North Bridge through February 17,...

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My favorite birthday deals and freebies

This will be the always-updated post of birthday deals! Whether your birthday’s next week or in another 364 days, good deals can be snagged with just a little effort. Below are favorites. Remember to use...

Free Chicago museum days 2016

Free Illinois museum days

Check out the Thriftista calendar (top left) for more free museum and cultural events. Free museum days for Illinois museums: Chicago Children’s Museum – Free admission for kids 15 and under. First Sunday of every month,...