Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lunchables Subs - $0.25 at Meijer!

Regular price on the Lunchables Subs (without a drink) is 2/$3, but right now you can pick them up for $0.25 each! Just print the following coupons:

$0.75/1 Lunchables Lunch Combination Subs (without drink) (print twice)
$1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon

=$0.25 each or $0.50 for both!

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

February Grocery Budget

Well, for the first time ever, I'm actually close to my monthly grocery budget goal of $200! I actually ended up spending $211.57. I'm excited to be so close to meeting my goal! This month will probably be a bit more of a challenge because I'm forseeing a very busy month, with visitors and such, but I'm going to try my hardest to come in under budget! We head to Canada on 27th, so there are 5 days at the end of the month that I won't need food for. :)

Kid Freebies

I'm hoping that this will become a regular part of my blog...e-clubs and such that reward kids with free stuff! Here are a few to start you off!! Updated 3/12.

Baskin-Robbins - Sign up to get free 2.5 oz scoop of icecream on your birthday!

Burger King - Sign up for Club BK and receive a free hamburger kid's meal on your child's birthday as well as other special offers!

California Pizza Kitchen - Kids under 10 will receive a free kid's meal during their birthday month!

Max & Erma's - Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays night with a paying adult!

Moe's Southwest Grill - Sign up for the birthday club to receive a coupon for a free kid's meal during the week of your child's birthday!

Red Robin - Join the kid's club to get a free kid's meal on your child's birthday!

Sonic - Sign up for the birthday club to receive a free wacky pack on your child's birthday!

The Children's Place - Sign up to receive a special gift coupon on your birthday AND on your child's birthday!

Toys R Us - Join Geoffrey's Birthday club and receive a card, gift and a call from Geoffrey on your child's birthday! Your child will also be invited to an in-store celebration where they will get a special crown and balloon.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Coupons I'm Printing

We're nearing the end of the month, so there is a good chance that some coupons will be dissapearing...and new ones will be appearing soon! Here are some that I suggest printing before they are gone!!

$1/1 Smuckers Uncrustables (These retail for $2 at Walmart, so with coupon, you can get them for $1!)

$1/1 Del Monte Fruit Chillers (These are supposedly on sale at Target for $1.83, making them $0.83 after coupon!)

$1/1 & $0.75/1 Special K Fruit Crisps (L LOVES these! On sale for $2.50 at Target. If you buy 5 selected boxes of these at Target right now, you can get a $5 gift card. Thanks Totally Target!

$1/1 Starkist Tuna On sale at Target for $1.04, makes it almost free! Thanks Couponing to Disney!

Target Printables - Could make for a great deal when you combine a Target store coupon with a manufacturer's coupon! These will probably dissapear on Saturday, but the actual coupons don't expire until 3/21, so print now!!

Free Food Friday

Can't believe it's Friday again...where do the weeks go? I have a sick child...yet again, so we'll be stuck at home most of the weekend. Hope you're able to go pick up some freebies though!!

Ruby Tuesday - B1G1 entree when you sign up for their "So Connected" club

Baker's Square - FREE pie on Wednesdays with any purchase!

Steak n Shake - Kid's eat free all weekend!

Auntie Anne's Pretzels - Sign up for "pretzel perks" and receive a coupon for a free pretzel every month! Thanks to Couponing to Disney for the heads up on this one!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

UP - Sale & Rebate

Best Buy has UP on Blu-ray this week for $16.99! This is a better price for the blu-ray than you will find a lot of places for just the dvd! There are two mail-in rebates available when you buy this DVD:

$5 rebate when you purchase UP Blu-ray combo pack or DVD & 2 bags of Birds Eye Voila! meals. (These meals are on sale at Meijer this week for 2/$7.)

$5 rebate when you purchase UP and any 2 participating Kernel Season's products

You should be able to submit each of these, as they both only require photocopies of the receipt and the UP dvd should have two proof of purchase tabs. You'll have to hurry though...all items must be purchased by 2/28 and postmarked by 3/31.

Thanks to Attention Target Shoppers for the heads up!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Children's Place - $2.99 Fleece Jackets!

The Children's Place has fleece jackets & pants on clearance for $2.99 each! If you use the code SPRING22A, you will get an additional 15% off!

You will have to pay $5 shipping, but it doesn't seem like much to me if I'm getting kid's clothes for super cheap!

Thanks Money Saving Mom for the heads up!!

Baker's Square - Free Pie!

Did you know that today is Pie Rush Wednesday? At Baker's Square on Wednesdays, you can get a free slice of pie with any purchase! I believe a deal like this just has to be confirmed (hehe!), so I took L and Z to Baker's Square this afternoon. Sure's legit! We bought two drinks and got two slices of pie for free! L's kid's drink was only $0.69! You can read more about Pie Rush Wednesday here, and click here to find a location near you!

Looks like this deal is also valid at Village Inn! Click here for details and location!

Meijer Baby Food Sale

Meijer has Beech-Nut Stage 2 Baby Food on sale for 10/$4 starting on Thursday in. If you buy 20 and combine with the $2/20 coupon here, you should be able to pick these up for $0.30 each. This definitely a stock up price for me!!

Don't forget to save your Beech-Nut labels...when you save 48, you can submit them and receive 4 coupons for $1 off any 10 Beech-Nut items! More details on that here!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Freebies at Target

Here are a few free items you should be able to find at Target this week!

Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara $2.89 - Use $3/1 Rimmel Mascara in March All You Magazine = FREE! Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Gillette All Over Clean Hair & Body Wash $1.99 - Buy 2, use $4/2 coupon from 2/21 P&G insert = FREE! Thanks Totally Target!

Scott Fur Fighter Starter Kit $3.99 - Use $4/1 coupon = FREE! Thanks Couponing to Disney!

Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo Travel Size $0.98 - Use $1/1 = FREE! Thanks Couponing to Disney!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

It's the last week of February (crazy!!), so our menu this week involves a bit of clearing out the pantry/cupboards. I'm also planning to start my spring cleaning next week, which will be made easier if there is less food in the house!!

Monday - Popcorn Shrimp, Scalloped Potatoes & Salad
Tuesday - Chilli, Macaroni
Wednesday - Wanchai Ferry boxed Dinner & Salad
Thursday - Breakfast Burritos
Friday - Beef n Beans with Cheesy Biscuits & Green Beans
Saturday - Macaroni Grill boxed Dinner
Sunday - out

Sunday, February 21, 2010

FREE Storytime at Target

On Saturday, February 27 from 9-11am, Target stores are offering a free Dr. Seuss storytime. There will also be free activities and games, as well as exclusive Dr. Seuss giveaways!! To find a location near you, click here and for more details on this event, click here!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Search & Win

I just received my third $5 gift card to Amazon courtesy of Swagbucks!

What is Swagbucks? It's a search engine that rewards you with points that can be used toward prizes, gift cards, and even cash! The points add up fairly quickly and it's a great way for me to make a little extra fun $$$!

FREE Pass to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago!

You're gonna have to act quickly on this one...this coupon expires February 28!

We went there about 2 years ago and I would love to go again! At $24.95 for adult admission and $17.95 for kids 3-11, going on discount days or with this coupon are a must for our family. You can get information about hours and exhibits at

Friday, February 19, 2010

More Free Food!

Just read on Money Saving Mom's blog that the FREE Fresco Taco coupon at Taco Bell has reset! You should be able to print twice, but the coupon does expire 7 days after you print it!

Funny story about Taco Bell....on Sunday (Valentine's Day), we were trying to figure out where to have lunch. L says, "I want to go to McDonalds!" And I say, "It's Valentine's Day, so we're going to go somewhere special!" She responds with, "How about Taco Bell?"

Amazing how easy it is to keep a 3-year-old happy. :) We ended up eating at Olive Garden, though.

Free Food Friday

Yay for Friday! Hope you have a great weekend!!

Auntie Anne's - FREE Pretzel on February 20 (tomorrow) from 10am - 3pm.

Einstein Bros - Click on "Offers" on their Facebook page to print 6 coupons, including free bagel poppers with the purchase of a beverage, free twisted bagel with the purchase of a beverage & free regular chocolate covered strawberry latte with any purchase

IHOP - February 23 (Tuesday) is National Pancake Day! Get a free short stack from 7am - 10pm.

Steak n Shake - Kid's eat free all weekend!


Exciting day so far at our house...for the first time in almost 7 years, we have NO DEBT (expect for our home mortgage)!!!! Feeling extremely blessed!! God is so good!

I just finished reading Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover". It is a great book and I highly recommend it. Now we begin the process of building up our emergency fund.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Great Meijer Sales this week!!

Here are some Meijer deals worth checking out!!

Betty Crocker Mashed or Specialty Potatoes, 5/$3
*Get a coupon for $3 off your next order when you buy 5 = FREE!

Chex Mix (Traditional, Cheddar, Honey Nut, Peanut Lovers, Sour Cream and Onion or BBQ), $1
Use $0.50/1 here, or here, or here (you should be able to print two at each of these links) = $0.50

Barilla Pasta, on sale $0.89
Buy 4, use $1/4 Meijer Mealbox coupon = $0.64 each

Macaroni Grill Dinners or Wanchai Ferry Dinners, on sale $2.99
Use $1/1 manufacturer's coupon here and $1/1 Meijer Mealbox coupon here = $0.99!

Cheerios, 8.9oz, on sale $1.99
Use $1/1 = $0.99

Thanks to Macomb Money Savers for heads up on a few of these!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Walmart - Valentine's Clearance

Made a quick stop at Walmart today, and discovered that they have all of their Valentine's Day merchandise on clearance for 50% off. I would imagine in a day or two it will go lower, but I still picked up a couple of packages of cute napkins for $0.75 each and some cards for $1!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Glade Candles Money-Maker at Target

I LOVE money-makers...especially on fun things like candles!

Here's your scenario:

Buy 3 Glade Scented Oil Candle Tins 0.5oz, on sale for $1.66

Use $1.50/1 coupon found INSIDE of the tin. (These appear to only be found in selected tins, I had to search through 6 or 7 to find 3.)

Total = $0.48 for all three


Submit for $5 SC Johnson Rebate

Which results in a $4.52 money maker! Woot! The SC Johnson Rebate can be submitted up to 3 times, so you could even buy more and submit another rebate form if you choose.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

Another week, another meal plan. I'm lacking inspiration to try new things this week, so we'll enjoy some family favorites instead.

Monday - Spaghetti & Meatsauce
Tuesday - BBQ Chicken Calzones
Wednesday - Pasta Fagioli Soup w/ Biscuits
Thursday - Pancakes & Sausage
Friday - out (going to a b-day party!)
Saturday - Chicken Strips & Rice
Sunday - Burgers

Beech-Nut - FREE Baby Food!

I told you last week that you should consider signing up for Beech-Nut's mailing list to receive coupons and special offers, but I had NO IDEA that they were going to send me a coupon (in the mail) for 2 FREE Beech-Nut Jars (up to $1.50 value) AND one for FREE Beech-Nut cereal (up to a $2.00 value)!!! So nice of them!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Free Food Friday

Yay for Friday! I hope everyone has a nice Valentine's Day!

Ikea - Kids eat free 2/13-15.

Einstein Bros - Hope you printed your B1G1 coupon on Tuesday! This coupon expires 2/16.

I'm off to the dentist...and looking forward to watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies with my family tonight!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Oatmeal, oatmeal, everywhere!

So I seem to have an awful lot of free oatmeal on hand, so I've been trying to bake/cook with oatmeal a lot these days!! Here are some recipes we enjoy at our house:

Buttertart Squares - These lasted for maybe two days. Delicious! I only used 1 cup of brown sugar instead of the 1.5 cups the recipe states. Tasted sweet enough to me!

Cocoa Oatmeal Cookies - These remind of me of no-bake cookies.

Mini Meatloaves - This is one of the only ways I can get L to eat ground beef. I've also used this recipe to make "meat muffins" (baked in muffin pan instead of a baking pan).

Almost Free Biscuits & Cinnamon Rolls at Meijer!

Sweeeeeeet deal on Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits and cinnamon rolls at Meijer right now!

Pillsbury Refrigerated: Crescents, Cookies, Sweet Rolls, Grands! Biscuits, Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, Pie Crusts, Dinner Rolls, Loaves, Breadsticks or Pizza Crust

Buy 4 & Get $2.00 off your next order OR
Buy 5 & Get $3.00 off OR
Buy 6 or more & Get $4.00 off.

So, here is what I did:
Buy 4 Biscuits 5-ct @ $1.09 - Use 2 $1/2 here
Buy 2 Cinnamon Rolls 5-ct @ $1.09 - Use 1 $0.40/2 here

Total: $0.14 for all 6 after coupons & $4 savings on next trip!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Target Deals

Here are a couple of Target deals that you may be interested in:

Pepperidge Farms Goldfish 6.6oz $1.66 - Print $0.75/1 = $0.91

Coffee Mate Creamer $1.50 - Print $0.75/1 = $0.75

Free $5 GC when you buy 5 selected Quaker items
16oz Oatmeal Squares & 10-pk oatmeal, on sale $2.75
Quaker chewy bars or bites, on sale $2.34

Buy 3 10-pk oatmeal & 2 chewy bars

Use 2 $1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal here (you'll have to create a day)
Use 1 $1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal here
Use $1/2 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars 1-3-10 RP

Total: $8.93, $3.93 with gift card, $0.79/ea

Thanks Totally Target for the heads up!!

Free Food....Tuesday?

It's not Friday obviously, but I had to let you know of this deal because it is only available to print today. But, go ahead and use it on Friday...or Saturday, or whichever day really, as long as it's before the 16th!

Today is National Bagel Day (news to me!), and if you're a fan of Einstein Bros on Facebook, you should be able to print a coupon for a BOGO bagel. Just click on the "Bagel Day" tab.

House Party

I am so excited...I finally got selected to host my first House Party, courtesy of and Arnold Sandwich Thins. We really haven't hosted any parties at our house, so I'm thrilled to be able to invite some friends over and to be able to try out a new product!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Baby Food Coupons

Z is almost 6 months old and is starting to eat baby food like crazy, so I'm on the hunt for some good baby food coupons. Here are some of my findings:

Earth's Best

$1/10 jars of Earth's Best Organic Baby Food
$0.55/1 Earth's Best Organic Infant Cereal

There is also a coupon in the Target baby mailer for 10% off of 2nd foods. This came in the mail a few weeks ago.

Beech-Nut (sign up to receive coupons & special offers)

$1/2 Beech-Nut Easy Pour cereals
$2/20 jars of Beech-Nut baby food (any stage)


No coupons available on their website, but pretty much everytime I buy Gerber Stage 1 baby food at Meijer, I get a Catalina for $0.75/6 or $0.50/3. There is also a coupon for $2/$10 purchase of Gerber Baby food at Target in the Target baby coupon mailer.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

High Value Coupons that I Love

Here are some links to some high value coupons that can make for some really cheap or free items!

$1/2 Kraft or Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese

$1/1 Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters

$1/1 Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino

$5/1 Hasbro Pictureka Game (Target sells the Pictureka card game for $5.24, making this $0.24 after coupon!)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Free Food Friday

It looks to be another weekend that we will be spending at home...L is feeling better, but Z and hubby both have colds. Hoping I'm not next!! A few freebies for you:

Steak n Shake - One free kids meal with each $8 spent on Saturday & Sunday

Qdoba - Play the MASH game for your chance for free food. I won a free drink earlier this week, and today I played again and won a FREE Craft 2 Order with any entree purchase!

Target - Print coupon for $0.50 off a purchase of $1 or more in the Target cafe. They have quite a few items for around a dollar, which makes for an ALMOST free treat for yourself or your kids!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

FREE Sobe Lifewater at Target

Made a quick trip to Target yesterday to pick up some sweet deals!

Sobe Lifewater, on sale for $1 ea, buy 2
Use B1G1 Manufacturer's coupon here &
2 x $0.50/1 Target coupon here = FREE after coupons

Pepsi 2L, one sale for $1 ea, buy 2
Use $0.50/2 Target coupon here = $0.75 each

Tostitos Chips, 2/$5, get a free 15.5-16oz Tostitos dip FREE when you buy 2
Use $1/2 coupon from January All You Magazine
Use $1/2 Target coupon here = $3 for 2 bags of chips and & 1 dip, or $1 each.

Pictureka Card Game, $5.24
Use $5/1 Pictureka Game here = $0.24

Scrabble Slam Card Game, $5.24
Use $4/1 Scrabble Game here = $1.24

Monopoly Deal Card Game, $5.99
Use $4/1 Monopoly Game here = $1.99 (there is also a $5 off select Hasbro Games coupon inside the box)

Thank you Coupon Geek and Couponing to Disney for these matchups!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Free Milk Again!!

The free chocolate milk coupon is back on, and this time, you are only required to buy ONE gallon of white milk, not two like last time!!

Just enter to win free milk for a year, and when you're finished, it will give you the option to print the free milk coupon. You should be able to print twice. The coupon is good through 3/5/10.
Thanks Money Saving Mom for the heads up!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I looooove Starbucks, and bottled Frappuccinos are something we typically buy when we go on a road trip. Go here to print two coupons for $1/1. These go on sale for $1.25 at Walgreens fairly often, making them very cheap!! Yum!!

Thanks Common Sense With Money for the heads up!!

Target Diaper Deal

Target has a pretty decent deal on Huggies Diapers this week when using coupons.

Huggies Big Packs on sale for $19.99
Print 2 of each: $2/1 (manufacturer) and $1.50/1 (Target) = $16.49

When you buy 2, you will receive a $5 Target gift card.

So, buy two, use all 4 coupons, and your total after coupons and gift card will be $27.98 That's only $0.14 per diaper in size 3. I just stocked up last week when they were $0.17 and I thought that was a good deal!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Weekly Meal Plan - 2/1-2/7

I've restocked the pantry and I'm ready for a new week of meals!

Monday - Fajitas
Tuesday - Hawaiian Pizza (To celebrate the premier of Lost, which is filmed in Hawaii)
Wednesday - Fish Stick Tacos
Thursday - Spaghetti & Meatballs (Planning to make a double batch of meatballs to freeze)
Friday - Chicken Strips & Rice
Saturday - Burgers & Tatertots
Sunday - Out

The Italian Beef Sandwiches that I tried last week were quite good. I've never had an actual Italian Beef (shame on me, living near Chicago and all!!), but hubby said that mine tasted just as good! Sweet!

Finally...Cinnamon Roll Success!!

I took the advice from Money Saving Mom and made the Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls she had on her page...they were excellent!! I didn't have bread machine yeast, but I learned that it is possible to proof regular yeast in milk and then add it to the dry ingredients in the bread machine. I'll probably also try using a different flour....all-purpose was fine, but a bread flour would probably make them even better!

Go here for the recipe. They taste best straight out of the oven!

Toy Coupons

It's a new month, and has update their coupon offerings. Right now, there are a few coupon for various toys and board games. With a 3-year-old girl in my house, here are the ones that were particularily appealing to me:

$5/1 Strawberry shortcake purchase totaling $20 or more
B1G1 Pony Friends Single Assortments (not to exceed $6.99)
$5/1 My Little Pony So Soft Newborns, Family Convertible, or Ferris Wheel Purchase

These coupons don't expire until 4/15, which probably means that L will be getting a special prize in her Easter basket!

Walmart Deals

Life seems to be getting back to normal, so hopefully there will once again be time for blogging! Made a quick trip to Walmart yesterday to pick up some great deals. Here are some that you may find useful!!

Taco Bell Salsa $1.54 - $1/1 in February's All You Magazine = $0.54

Borden Singles $1.88 - $1/1 in February's All You Magazine = $0.88

Barnum Animal Crackers $1 - $2/2 here = FREE when you buy 2!

Progresso Bread Crumbs $1.68 - $1.10/1 here = $0.58

Toaster Strudels $1.98 - $1/1 here = $0.98

I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Sticks $1.92 - $1/1 here = $0.92

Smuckers Uncrustables $2 - $1/1 here = $1

Thanks a bunch to Couponing to Disney for these great matchups!