Sunday, May 31, 2009

I'm finally back!

Here are a couple more pictures from our trip.

My 3 guys. :) My littlest guy wore those sunglasses the whole trip.

Sunrise at the ocean. God's a wonderful Artist!

After a wonderful time of rest and a renewing time with the family, we are home and preparing to get back into the weekly routine. This means I will be back to posting on a daily basis and writing on some of the promised topics of "couponing."

We did have a great time away. The Lord blessed us with safe and peaceful travel. With a 2 and 4 year old and a 9 hour trip this is a wonderful thing. My 4 year old didn't want to come back though he said everyday, "I want to stay here for 2 weeks at this hotel home. " He's definitely a little traveller. My 2 year old would ask if we were on acation. Too precious!

With much planning and some preparation we were also able to have a very frugal trip. I will try to blog this week about the expenses of our trip and how we cut down on our vacation cost.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Buy One Get One Free at Baskin Robbins

Here is a coupon for a B1G1 31 degree below from Baskin Robbins. With the weather warming up that sounds like a good treat to me. The offer expires June 21, 2009.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Worth missing a deal!

God's beautiful ocean!

This is the restaurant we ate at tonight which was so not a good deal. Yet was very yummy!
Well I did not get the CVS Neutrogena deal today. They had no 1 oz sun screen. :( But I will try again tomorrow if we pass another CVS.

Neutrogena Money Maker at CVS

Okay I know I'm on vacation but I am headed to CVS today for this deal. When you buy 2 Neutrogena sun care product or sunless tanner you get $10 in Extra Care Buck. So buy 2-1 oz Ultra Sheer SPF 55 sunscreen at $1.99 a piece and get $10 in ECB. You make $6.02 on transaction.(Limit 1 deal per household) What a deal!

I'll let you know if I score this deal later. :)

On vacation!!

My posting will probably be a little hit or miss this week. The fam and I are on our first vacation in about five years!!! I'll be spending as much time as I can with them and enjoying all the beautiful sights too. But of course if there is great deal I'll try to post it but it may be a little late. :)

But check back later for a pic or two.

Friday, May 22, 2009

$1 Flip Flops at Old Navy

Tomorrow only (5/23) Old Navy will have there solid color flip flops for only a $1. Now I'm not a huge flip flop fan myself but I'm going to snag a few pairs tomorrow for the whole family. We're going on vacation next week and these will be great to have so it's perfect timing for me!

Now if you're in my area you will probably have to be there pretty early to get yours. From what I've heard, their is usually very long lines to get them and I'm sure they will go fast.

Another Kraft Cheese Coupon

Here is another $1/1 Kraft Cheese coupon. It is for the 2% Natural Cheese (shredded, chuck or sliced varieties). If you are in my area our Walmart has Kraft cheese priced for $2.08 regularly.

Thanks, Mercedes!

Free Chocolate Friday from Mars!

Mars is giving away a free candy bar to the first 250,000 to sign up here. So click over to get yours. I could get use to this! :)

But hurry offer only good till noon.

Huggies Deal at Kroger

I went to Kroger yesterday and did the Huggies deal at Kroger. The deal is buy $15 of Huggies products get $3 off your transaction. Here what I did:

Bought 1 packs of diaper & 1 pack of Pull ups at $8.99 a piece

Loaded a $2/1 coupon for Pull ups & $1.50/1 coupon for diapers at

$3 more dollars was taken off a purchase

Paid $2.49 for Pull ups and $2.99 for diapers

I was more than pleased with that great deal for diapers!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

B1G1 Free Entree at Ruby Tuesdays

Go here to print your buy one entree get one entree free coupon from Ruby Tuesday. That sounds like a nice date night coupon. Yummy!

Thanks to Coupon Cravings for the heads up!

$5/$30 CVS Coupon

If you receive emails from CVS check your inbox today, I got a $5/$30 coupon for Memorial Day. Yay! I haven't done my CVS deals this week so I'm glad I waited. I do love holidays...we get lots of good coupons. :)

If you haven't signed up for email alerts go to here and do so. It's definitely worth it!

Wendy's: B1G1 Free Frosty

Go here to sign up and print a buy 1 get 1 free Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty or Frosty Cino. I just printed mine and it expires 6/7/09.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Walgreens Trip

I made a stop at Walgreen tonight to use my $5/$25. Here's what I ended up with:

4 bags of plastic forks/spoon (for vacation next week)
Used $2/$1 coupon out of sales ad
$2 for all 4

2 packages of paper plates (for vacation next week)
Used .99 coupon out of sales ad
$2 for both

2 pairs of children's sunglasses for the boys (also for vacation next week)
On sale buy1 get 1 free
$5.99 for both -not great but an OK deal :\

4 boxes of Kraft Mac N Cheese
Used .69 coupon out of sales ad
Used B3G1 free from here
$2.07 for 4 boxes

2 Reynolds Wraps Aluminum Foil -20 sq ft
Used .89 coupon from sales ad
Used 2-.55/1from 4/19 SS (exp 6/13)
.68 for both

Bic Lighter $2.99
Used $1/1 from 5/17 SS (exp 7/31)
Earned $1 Register Reward
.99 after coupon & RR

Dry Idea Deodorant $5.99
Used $2/1 from here
Earned $5 Register Reward
$1.01 overage after coupon & RR

4 boxes of Band aids $10.00
Used 4-$1/1 from 2/8 SS (exp 5/31)
Earned $4 Register Rewards
$2 after coupons & RR

Colgate Vivid White Toothpaste $4.49
Used $1/1 from here
Earned $4.49 Register Rewards
$1 overage after coupons & RR

Edge Shaving Cream $1.99
Used .75/1 from 5/17 RP
Earned $1 Register Rewards
.24 after coupons & RR

Basically I spent $26.26 out of pocket and made $15.50 in Register Reward. So my out of pocket after my Register Rewards was $10.76. This is a little more than I like to spend out of pocket but I got some necessities for vacation next week. :)


Kraft is really spoiling us this month. Great coupons and lots of freebies. Go here to register for a free pack of Oscar Mayer Beef Hot Dogs but hurry they will probably go fast! I just registered and was able to snag a pack.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

$5 off $25 Purchase at Walgreen

Here is a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase this Wednesday (May 20) and Thursday (May 21) at Walgreens. I have not seen one of these coupons in quite a while.
Combine this coupon with Register Rewards and you could make your $20 back and get the $5 for free.
Go here for the Walgreen's sales highlights and register rewards for the week.

$1.50/1 DiGiorno Flatbread Melt

If you're like me and didn't get the free DiGiorno Flatbread Melt yesterday. Here is a coupon for $1.50/1. With this coupon and a good sale you may be able to try one for almost free.

$1/1 Kraft Cheese

Print your $1/1 coupon for Kraft 2% Natural Cheese (shreds or blocks). I just love the Kraft 2% cheese. Since it's all natural and lower fat you can feel better about eating it. Plus it's just yummy!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Printable Coupons

Here is a list of some printable coupons:

Go here to print theses:

.75/1 off New Pasta Al Dente from Marie Callendar

1/1 Crunch N Munch (Walmart has these $1 a box)

1/1 Hebrew National Beef Franks (2.50 a package at Walmart)

Print .50/1 coupon for Reynolds 100% Recycled Aluminum Wrap

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kraft Salad Dressing Moneymaker

Meijer has the 16 oz. Kraft Salad Dressing regularly priced at $1.58.
Use $1.50 from 5/10 SS (exp 6/10/09) or
$1.00 coupon from here and
$1.00 coupon from Meijer Mealbox
Free after coupon and possible .42 to .92 overage

Friday, May 15, 2009

Free Antibacterial Item from Bath & Body Works

If you're going to the mall over the weekend print off this coupon for a free antibacterial item with a purchase of $10. The offer is good now through May 17th.

I love the Japanese Cherry Blossom scent in the hand soap!

Free Chocolate Friday from Mars

Mars is giving a coupon for a free candy bar to the first 500,000 that sign up here. I just signed up a minute ago and it was still available. Offer is good till noon.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Aveeno Coupon

Go here to print a $2/1 Aveeno suncare product coupon. Make sure to hit the backspace arrow to print 2 copies. Maybe CVS will run some more Extra Care Bucks on the Aveeno products here in the near future!

3 Free samples of Bodycology

Sign up here for a free sample of Bodycology's hand soap, lotion and body mist. You can chose your preferable scent either Coconut Lime or Brown Sugar Vanilla.

Also there is $1/1 coupon here for a Bodycology hand soap product.

Kellogg's All Bran Promise Pack

If you are interested in sampling a Kellogg's All Bran Promise Pack go here to register. The promise pack will include a sample of Strawberry Medley Cereal, Strawberry Drizzle Fiber Bar, Red Raspberry Fiber Drink and $4 in coupons. Sounds yummy and healthy to me.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

One Day Pass to Sam's Club

If you are not a member of Sam's club here is a chance to try it out for free. Just print this coupon out and take it to your Sam's club but hurry the pass is only good though May 25th.

We love the big bags of Tyson boneless skinless chicken!

Snapple BOGO Coupon

Snapple has a BOGO coupon on if you become a fan. The coupon is : buy 1 -16oz, 17.5 oz or 20 oz of their tea, juice or water and get on free. ($1.99 value)

Log-in to your facebook account

Click on become a fan

Click on the coupon tab

Click on the banner as seen above, and it should take you to the link that allows you to print the coupon.

If you have never printed these coupons before you may have to download the printer software.

Make sure you hit the back arrow to print 2 copies.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Meijer Deals 5/10/09 to 5/17/09

Meijer has some excellent sales this week. The Kraft coupons at have come at a great time. Here's a list of my best finds:

Aunt Millie's Bread and Buns $1.19
Use .35/1 from 5/10 Redplum (exp 9/30/09)
.49 after coupon

Kraft Miracle Whip or Mayo $2
Use $1/1 from here or
Use $1/1 from 4/26 Smartsource (exp 5/26/09)
Use $1/1 from Meijer Mealbox
Free after coupons

Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs $1.25
Use $1/2 from here or
Use $1/2 from 5/10 Smartsoure (exp 7/5/09)
Use $1/2 from Meijer Mealbox
.25 each when buying 2

Digiorno Pizza $3.33
Use $1.25 from (in you printed these last week) or
Use $1/1 from here
Use $1/1 from Meijer Mealbox
$1.08 to $1.33

Nestle Tollhouse Cookies $2
Use $1.10/2 from Meijer Mealbox
$1.45 each when buying 2

Ritz Crackers $2.50
Use $1/1 from here
Use $1/1 from Meijer Mealbox
.50 after coupons

They also have a deal when you buy 2 Nabisco Snack Crackers $2/$5 and 3 Kraft chunk cheeses you can buy the cheeses at $1 a block.
>Deal Idea:
Buy the Ritz Crackers listed above
Buy 3 blocks of Kraft cheese for $1 piece
Use 1/2 from here
$3 for 2 boxes of Ritz and 3 blocks of cheese

Select Kellogg's Cereals $1.80
Use various $1/1 from here
.80 after coupon

Bananas .38/lb

Softsoap $1
Use .40/1 from here
.20 after coupon

Like I said this is a great week of sales at Meijer. There are many other great deals out there this week, if you come across any I missed let us know. Happy clipping and happy shopping. :)

Where to get coupons?

If you are new to the "couponing" scene you may be wondering where we get all these coupons we refer to. The first and most obvious place is the local Sunday paper. Most weeks the local paper puts anywhere from 1-3 coupon inserts within the local sales advertisements. The usual inserts are called Red Plum, Smart source and Proctor and Gamble Brand Saver. On a regular basis, on this blog and other money saving blogs we refer to these inserts as RP, SS and P&G.

When buying a Sunday paper for coupons keep some things in mind. Where I live we have two larger cities within a half-hour to an hour away. The city that is larger yet further from us has better coupons than the city that is smaller yet closer to us. So if you have access to more than one town's paper compare and see which one is a better value coupon-wise.

Some people also ask me if buying the Sunday paper for the coupons is worth it. I say YES and in some cases it's worth buying two. When considering that I ask myself, can I make back the money I spent on the paper with the coupons within the paper? For example, I paid .99 for the Sunday paper and in this weeks coupons inserts I know 100% that I will use $8.10 in coupons from this paper. So I will make $7.11 from this week's paper. Now granted that will not be the case every week. I usually make back at least what I paid for the paper and than some.

As you start collecting these coupons every week remember, one of the first rules of "couponing" is keep all coupons until they expire. Even if you don't use that particular product someone else you know may or a store may run a sale on that item and you may be able to try it for free with the coupon. You just never know so hang on to them. You may also want to consider a coupon organizer going forward.

I hope this is helpful to some of you that may be considering starting to coupon. Check back soon for information on Internet coupons.

More Kraft coupons

Here is another chance to print off additional Kraft coupons. Join the to have access to the coupons. They also send you recipes, samples and coupons in the future.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

New Kraft Coupons!!

Check out my on my sidebar for some GREAT Kraft coupons. These are definitely rare. So make sure you print yours off before they are gone!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

More Mom's Day Freebies

Gattitown in our area is offering a free adult buffet for Mom with the purchase of a child's buffet on Mother's Day. So if you have one in your area call to see if they are participating.

If you are in the Dayton/Cincinnati area, it's been reported Cold Stone Creamery if offering a free single ice cream creation for mom. Call ahead to verify.


Over the next week or so I will try to post the 101's of couponing. I will also try to breakdown the basics of using coupons, finding coupons and utilizing coupons. I will write on shopping with coupons at CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Meijer and Target and will tell you how to make the loyalty systems of these stores work for you! So those of you that are new to couponing will have the tools you need to start saving money.

So make sure you check back in with me next week!

New Coupons

Here is a .40/1 Softsoap coupon. Meijer and Kroger run these on sale for $1 quite often. Both stores also double coupons .50 and below which would make the Softsoap .20. I don't know about you but with little ones we run out of hand soap quickly around here.

Also check out for some new coupons. There are several $1/1 Excedrin coupons. Sometimes Meijer runs Excedrin on sale for .99 which would make them free after coupon. The Kellogg's cereal coupons have been reset. Many stores the last week or so have run really good sales on the Kellogg's cereals.

Mother's Day Freebies

The Freebie Blogger has a very nice list of freebies for Mother's Day. Here are a few of my favorites:

TCBY is giving mom a free cone or cup of yogurt on Mother's Day.

TGI Friday's on Mother's Day is giving a mom-sized Brownie Obsession or Spiced Up Cupcake with a purchase of an entree.

On Mother's Day Smokey Bones is offering mom a free entree with the purchase of another entree of equal or lesser value. (up to $20)

Go here to print off a B1G1 free coupon to Champps Americana valid May 9th and 10th.

Because some restaurants are individually owned and may not participate, make sure you call ahead to confirm the promotion.

Hope this makes your Mother's Day a little happier!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Old Navy: Online Hunting

Old Navy has a coupon finding promotion going on. Every Thursday and Friday they put out new coupons on there weekly circular. So click around on the circular and hunt for yours. These coupons are good for in store purchases. There are reports of a $60 of $100 purchase. That sure would be nice! Let me know if you hunt one down. :)

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Shoe is offering 20% off a purchase until Mother's Day. If you are not familiar with this website you can buy name brand shoes usually at a discounted price with no sales tax or shipping fee.

At first I was a little skeptical of ordering shoes online. What if they don't fit or look good. I'll have to pay to ship them back. But after doing a little research I came across Shoe They don't charge shipping either way even if you need to exchange your shoes or return them.

Since my little guy has really chubby feet and wears extra wide, I ordered him a pair of Stride Rite tennis shoes from here. After the online discount I actually ended up paying less for them then when I bought them at the mall. So for me it was a win win situation. I paid no sales tax, no shipping and no gas to drive to the mall. Plus I love the shoes too!


They are gone....I knew they would go fast! :(

Hurry and print out this Coke won't last long. These can be printed an unlimited number of times for now. So click right over and print yours. Paired with the CVS deal this week it makes for some inexpensive Coke.

CVS deal:
Buy $20 of Coke product get $10 in extra care bucks.
Buy 5-12 packs at $4 a piece
Used 5-1/1 pack of Coke coupon
Spend $15 out of pocket
Get $10 back in care bucks
Net amount: $5 for 5-12 packs of Coke

Thanks to Budget Helps for this great coupon!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Kohl's Coupon

Sign up for Kohl's email alerts here and receive a $5 of $5 purchase. It's also been reported that you will receive two $10 of $10 purchase coupons emailed to you within a two week span of signing up. So take advantage of this awesome offer before it's gone. With Kohl's great clearance prices you can definitely get something free or very inexpensive.

Thanks, A Thrifty Mom.

Meijer Trip

I did some grocery shopping at Meijer yesterday. I was very pleased with what I ended up with. I was especially pleased with the price. The total started out at $33.90 and total after coupons was $15.10.
I think this will round out my week for groceries. I'm now pretty stocked up on spaghetti sauce, pasta, and butter. How did you do?
Don't forget to check the post below for coupon match-ups for Meijer.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dole Coupons

Go here to print out some new Dole fruit coupons. There is a .50/1 for canned fruit. Many times Kroger or Meijer run these for a $1 which would make it free after the coupon doubles.

More Free KFC

I just love it when restaurants come out with new items. We get to sample them at a really good price or for free many times. Makes for inexpensive lunch or din din. Go here for a free 2 piece "KY Grilled Chicken" meal.
I don't know if you had a chance to try this chicken yet but I thought it was delicious and quite flavorful. So don't missed your chance to print this coupon and try it!
Apparently this coupon has a special code and it can be printed 4 times. :) So don't forget to hit the back arrow and the retry button to print additional coupons.
Thanks to Slick Deals for the heads up!

Meijer week 5/3/09 to 5/9/09

Looks like Meijer has some good sales this week. Here's what I came up with:
Barilla Pasta .88
Use .50/1 from 3/29 Redplum (not sure of exp date)
Free after coupon doubling
Barilla Pasta Sauce $2
Use .75/1 from 4/5 Unilever insert (exp 6/29/09)
$1.25 after coupon
Kraft BBQ Sauce $1
Use .75/1 from 5/3 Smartsource (exp 6/3/09)
.25 after coupon
Wesson Oil $2
Use .50/1 from March's All You Magazine (exp 6/30/09)
$1 after coupon doubling
Smart Balance Butter or Buttery Spread $2
Use $1/1 from 4/5 Redplum (exp 6/30/09)
Use Buy a buttery spread get butter blend sticks for free from 4/5 Redplum (exp 5/15/09)
$1 for two items after both coupons
South Beach Bars $2
Use 2/1 printed off the internet a long time ago, not sure if still available? (exp 6/30/09)
Free after coupon
Hillshire Farm Sausage $2
Use .55/1 from 4/19 Redplum (exp 5/30/09)
$1.45 after coupon
As I said before, pretty good week! Don't forget to check out the Mealbox coupons at Meijer. Let me know if you find any deals I missed. Like I always say...happy clipping and shopping.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Walmart Deals

I did pretty well at Walmart this weekend. Here's a list of some rollbacks and coupon match ups:

Colgate Toothpaste $1
Used $1/1 coupon from 04/26 Smartsource (expires 5/16/09)
Free after coupon

Colgate Toothbrush $1
Used $1/1 coupon from 4/26 Smartsource (exp 5/16/09)
Free after coupon

Wet Ones-trial size 15 ct .97
Used .75/1 not sure which week-sorry (exp 5/31/09)
.22 after coupons

Carpi Sun Sunrise 10 ct $1.86
Used $1/1 from 4/26 Smartsource (exp 7/31/09)
.86 after coupons

Betty crocker muffin pouch .78
Used .40/1 from various Smartsources
.38 after coupons

V8 46 oz $1.98
Used $1/1 from here
.98 after coupon

Make sure you check out your local Walmart to see if they have a dollar aisle too. Let me know if you find any freebies or really good deals. Happy clipping and saving!

Friday, May 1, 2009

B1G1 Free Blizzard

I don't know about you but there is something about the weather warming up that makes me want ice cream. Around this house ice cream and ice cream treats are a must. My two year old stands at the freezer and says "I want ouscream, mommy." :)

Go to and click on "join us now" to register with them. You can enjoy two blizzards for the price of one. Now that's a sweet deal!