Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hallmark Cards Cheap!

Click HERE for a $1 off 3 Hallmark card coupon.

Walmart has value Hallmark cards for $.50 cents each, so you can get 3 cards for $.50 total. Rite Aid, Target and Meijer may also have cheaper Hallmark cards as well.

Target Deals 1/31-2/6

You can find a complete list of Target sales and coupon matchups HERE.

Thanks Hip2Save

Walgreens Deals 1/31-2/6

Check out coupon and sale match ups for Walgreens this week HERE.
Also keep an eye out for the February Walgreens Coupon booklet. It should be out soon and is called "Make your Sweetheart Happy" with over $160 of Walgreens coupons inside.

Thanks Hip2Save

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"I've never used a coupon!"

Interesting Statistic: Only 1% of coupons are ever redeemed and the people most likely to use coupons are those in the higher income categories.

Click HERE to watch a great clip from the Rachael Ray Show discussing coupon usage. Also, check out another video HERE to watch a coupon queen in action!

Meijer: Kraft Cheese and Cream Cheese Deal 1/31 ONLY

On Sunday Jan 31 ONLY, you can score 6 bags of Kraft shredded/chunks/sticks/cubed cheese as well as 6 Philadelphia Cream cheese for FREE! Shredded cheese will freeze really well, so this is a great time to stock up!
Check out all the complete details on Macomb Money Savers Blog. She has the complete list of what products are included in the deal and what coupons to print all layed out in an easy to read format.

Update: This works beautifully!

To make this deal sweater, take the $5 off ONYO cat from the Kraft cheese and use it towards Pillsbury Cresent or Sweet Rolls.
Pillsbury sweet rolls & crescents= 4/$5
Price each= $1.25
Buy 6= $7.50
3x $.40/2 man. coupon= -1.20
Cost= 6.30
Minus $5.00 Kraft OYNO catalina
Final Cost = $1.30 for 6 or $.22 each
Receive a $4.00 Pillsbury ONYO cat!!!!! Use it towards more cheese!

Coupon Preview 1/31

You can expect TWO coupon inserts in tomorrow's paper. One from Red Plum and one from Smartsource. Remember, coupons and inserts do vary by region.

You can see the complete list of coupons at Stretching a Buck Blog.

Want to print coupons now? You can find them at,, and

Meijer Mealbox

Target Coupon Generator

Friday, January 29, 2010

Read It Forward: Choose any book

Love to read? Read It Forward from Crown Publishing Company is now offering 3 FREE books! Just pick the one you want to receive. Limited quanities, while supplies last.

Titles include:
Walking to Gatlinburg by Howard Frank Mosher
Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Sign up HERE.

Yoplait Yo Plus Yogurt Freebie

Sign up HERE for the Betty Crocker newsletter and you will receive a coupon in the mail for a free Yoplait Yo Plus Yogurt.

Pampers Cruisers Diaper Sample is offering a 3 pack sample of Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max.

Simply go HERE and either sign up or sign in. Hurry! These won't last long.
If your sample includes a diaper stamped with TEAM USA, you win free diapers for a year.

Heluva Good Dip

Sign up to be a fan on facebook and then complete this form to receive a coupon in the mail for any Heluva Good Dip product.

Yum! These are very good dips.
Thanks Hip2save

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Freebie: Avery Label Pad

Sign up HERE to receive an Avery Label Pad for free from Box Tops for Education.

Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

Freebies in the mail!

Gosh I love when freebies come in the mail. Even better when they come by UPS ;)

Today a box was by my frontdoor with these full size products from Crest!!!!! 3D white mouthwash, toothpaste and whitestrips.

I honestly don't remember signing up for them, but it came. All they ask is that you use the product and then respond to an email. Easy enough.

Companies frequently offer consumer panels where they will send you samples or full size products to try and keep in exchange for your opinon.

Right now Tide is looking for participates for the Tide Development team. Just take the survey and if chosen they will mail you products to try. Sign up HERE.

What freebies did you get in the mail this week?

Meijer: Free Organic Rice

While on AFC today, I came across a great freebie at Meijer, good through Feb 7.

Organic Rice Select are on price drop for 2/$4.00.
Flavors include garden vegetable, roasted chicken herb, roasted garlic, three cheese and almond pilaf. You can find more info about Rice Select HERE.

Pair with $2.00 off 1 box coupon HERE (you can print two times)

Two boxes for free!

This can be found in the organic food section at Meijer.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Target Clearance-Infant and Toddler clothing

Just a heads up if you are headed to Target, they have infant/toddler winter clothes 50-75% off. Depending on your store location, you may find racks and racks of goodies. My location, Jenison, hardly had anything, but Gaines Twp had much more.

Infant/toddler boots for boys or girls $3.75 (It killed me not to get boot for next year, but I have no idea what my son's size will be)
Jeans $3.50
Shirts/thermal shirts $1.00+
Lined pants(wind pants) $1.75
Thermal pajamas $3.50 each

I also saw Hanes sweatpants and sweatshirts for $1.00 and 3 piece sweater vest, dress shirt and dress pants for $6, reg $22. Girls holiday dresses for $6

Monday, January 25, 2010

Free Kashi Sample

Kashi now has several samples available. Sign up HERE and choose one of the following:

GOLEAN Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble Cereal
TLC Dark Chocolate Coconut & Grain Bar
GOLEAN Crunch! Honey Almond Flax Cereal

Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Thanks SD

Kool-aid Jammers $.67 at Meijer

This week Meijer has Kool Aid Jammers 3 for $5 or $1.67 each
Minus $3 taken off instantly at register
$.67 each when you buy 3.
No coupons needed

Free: Dave Ramsey Book, just pay shipping

******DEAL IS NOW DEAD*******

Right now you can score Dave Ramsey's book More Than Enough for free, just pay shipping ($5.95). Go to Dave's site HERE and add the book to your cart, and then use coupon code enough at checkout.

Dave presents the 10 keys necessary to creating a financial plan that fits your income and creates wealth. Values, goals, patience, discipline, and giving back to the community are some of these essential steps to creating prosperity, living debt free, and achieving marital bliss around the issue of finances.

More Than Enough will teach you:

•How to create a budget that fits your income and creates wealth
•What finances and romance have to do with one another
•What role values play in your financial life
•How to retire wealthy in every way
•And much, much more
Resonating with Dave's down-home, folksy voice, heartwarming case histories, inspiring insights, quotations from the Bible, and exercises, quizzes, and worksheets, More Than Enough provides an inspiring wealth-building guide and a life-changing blueprint for a vital family dynamic.

Thanks SD

Facebook: Free Oreos starting at 3pm TODAY

Oreo is giving away packages of cookies to the first 150,000 people on facebook. First you need to be a fan of them on facebook. Then at 3pm TODAY, sign up HERE and register for the cookies.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Facebook: Free Movie Ticket

The first 200,000 people to become a fan of Be Our Critic will receive 1 Free Movie Ticket to an AMC Movie Theater. After seeing the movie they ask that you post information about it on the discussion boards.
AMC movie theaters include: Star on Alpine in Grand Rapids and Star in Holland. You can find more theater locations HERE.
I hope this is legit! Worth a try.

The ticket will be mailed out between February 25th and March 7th

Meijer 1/24-1/30

To find a list of sales and coupon matchups for the week, click HERE.

Looks like its the Meijer brand sale this week, which isn't always the best for couponing. However, the Kool-aid Jammers Juice boxes for $.67 each is a great buy!

Thanks Savings Addiction

Walgreens 1/24-1/30

Check out coupon and sale match ups for Walgreens this week HERE

Looks like free Sure deodorant, Reach toothbrushes, etc without messing with RRs. Plus, I've heard Walgreens has alot of clearance merchandise as well.

Thanks Hip2Save

Target Deals 1/24-1/30

You can find a complete list of Target sales and coupon matchups HERE.

Thanks Stretching a Buck Blog

Winner of the Grand Rapids Thrifty Mom Giveaway

The winner of the giveaway was chosen using and is lucky comment number:
Bonny said...
I too am a follower!


Bonny, please email me at and I will mail the gift certificate right out to you.

Thanks to everyone that entered. Look for more giveaways in the future.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Coupon Preview 1/24

You can expect TWO coupon inserts in tomorrow's paper. One from Red Plum and one from Smartsource. Remember, coupons and inserts do vary by region.

You can see the complete list of coupons at Stretching a Buck Blog.

Want to print coupons now? You can find them at,, and

Meijer Mealbox

Target Coupon Generator

Free Bowling Party Jan 24th (AMF Eastbrook Lanes)

Eastbrook Lanes are having a FREE bowling open house on January 24th at 12:30pm. This includes a free 2 hours of bowling for everyone. So bring your friends and family into AMF Eastbrook Lanes located on 3500 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, this Sunday for some free bowling. This event will start at 12:30 sharp and end at 2:30pm. We hope to see you all!

Be sure to make your reservation, because lanes will be filling fast. Call (616) 949-7650 now to make reservations.

AMF Eastbrook Lanes
3500 Lake Eastbrook Blvd
Grand Rapids MI 49546
(616) 949-7650

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Just a reminder...

The blog giveaway ends Saturday January 23 at 12pm.
Make sure and enter today! The winner will be announced on Sunday Jan 24.

Grand Rapids Public Museum-Free Admission Feb 6

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting the DTE Energy Ethnic Hertiage Festival on Saturday Feb 6 from 9AM-5PM.

Admission is FREE to the museum to enjoy music, dance, crafts, displays and food representing various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home.

The Planetarium will present Everybody’s Sky: Star Stories from Around the World at 11 am, and 1, 2 and 4 pm.

Find more info HERE

Betty Crocker: Coupon Book

Sign up HERE to receive the Betty Crocker Newsletter and get Coupon Book with $10 in coupons sent to you via mail.

Thanks MoneySavingMom

Meijer Super Saturday Sale

Meijer Super Saturday Sale 1/23

Check out the Meijer ad HERE

Items worth noting:

15% off all general merchandise or appareal purchase over $25 with coupon in ad.

All Liquid Landry Detergent 32-50 oz, $3 (Limit 2)
Use $2 off coupon from 1/3 RP=$1 each Thats just a few pennies per load!
Or use $1 off coupon here

Post Cereal $.99 Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, Waffle Crisp, HoneyComb or Golden Crisp

Kellogg's Cereal $1.79 Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini Wheat Little Bites-honeynut or chocolate, Cocoa Krispies
Use $1.00 off 3 Frosted Flakes Coupon from 1/10 RP, making them $1.45 each when you buy 3.
or use $1.50 off 2 Frosted Mini Wheat Little Bites coupon here, making them $1.04 each when you buy 2.

Pampers Jumbo or Training Pants, $7.99
Use $2.00 off coupon from 12/27 PG=$5.99 each

Also worth noting. This is not part of the Super Saturday Sale, but I got Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix for $.50 this week!
Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix on sale through Sunday for $1.49
Use $1.00 off 2 coupon from 1/3
Also use $1.00 off 2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
$.50 each when you buy 2!

Don't forget you can still do the Breakstone Cottage Cheese Doubles Deal through 1/24. Find all the info HERE.

See ya at Meijers! I see alot of detergent in my future ;)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sheldon Cleaners 10 for $30 Dry Cleaning Special

Sheldon Dry Cleaners is offering a special right now through 1/23/10

Bring in 10 items for only $30
Price is taken at dropoff
and requires 2 day service
(Two piece suits count as two items. Exclusions such as bedding, draperies, wedding gowns, baptismal, repairs applies)
Good thru 1/23/10
(no coupon necessary)

Find more info HERE.

$5 off at Applebees

Applebee's is offering $5 off your purchase when you text APPLE to 69100. Just show the text to your waitress to receive your discount.

This text coupon is ONLY valid the day you text for the coupon.

$10 off Eukanuba Puppy Dog Food Coupon

Click HERE and fill out the form to receive a $10 off coupon mailed to you from Eukanuba Dog Food good for puppy food.

Target and Walmart-Cheap Ivory Soap!

3 packs of Ivory soap are $1.02 at Target
Walmart has the same 3 packs for $1.07
Use the $1.00 off one coupon from PG 12/27
$.02 or $.07 per pack!

Great charity donation! Please note that prices do vary by store and region.

$10 off $30 Party City Coupon

Party City is offering a $10 off $30 coupon HERE. Good until 2/1/10. It does exclude clearance items but not sale items.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Thinking about Spring? Lowes Ideas for Home and Garden

Sign up HERE to receive Lowe's Ideas for Home and Garden Magazine! Free!

Free Turbo Tax

If you made less than $31,000 last year or were active duty military with an AGI of less than $57,000 AND live in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, GA, IA, ID, KY, MI, MN, MO, MS, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, VT or WV, then you can get your State and Federal taxes done for FREE with TurboTax! Get all the info HERE.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Meijer Deals 1/17-1/23

To find a list of sales and coupon matchups for the week, click HERE.

Thanks Savings Addiction!

Target 1/17-1/23

You can find a complete list of Target sales and coupon matchups HERE.
Also, check out the toy section, its been reported that clearance toys are 75% off.

Walgreens 1/17-1/23

Check out coupon and sale match ups for Walgreens this week HERE.

Thanks Hip2Save Diapers and wipes coupons

If you are needing Huggies diaper and wipes coupons, head over to .The site has several high value coupons available now. Don't delay printing these if you need them.

Save $0.75 on any one Huggies Baby Wipes (64 ct or larger)

Save $2.50 on any one Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers

Save $1 on any one Huggies Diapers

Save $2 on any one Huggies Overnites Diapers

Save $2 on any one Huggies Little Snugglers or Huggies Little Movers Diapers

Thanks Hip2Save

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Grand Rapids Thrifty Mom's 1st Giveaway

I'm so excited to be offering my first giveaway. I've been wanting to do this for some time.
As many of my readers know, I provide cleaning services as a part time job and have been cleaning homes, offices and churches over the past 5 years and am offering a gift certificate for up to 2 1/2 hours of cleaning services as my first giveaway. I under stand that as frugalistas we don't often have "extra" to treat ourselves.

Cleaning services include dusting, mopping, vacuum, polishing furniture, bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, etc-whatever you want and need done in this time frame. All supplies included. Good only for residents in Kent or Ottawa County. Gift certificate expires 1 year after issue date.

To enter the giveaway:

* Leave one comment telling me why you want to enter this contest.

* For an additional entry, leave another seperate comment if you are or became a follower of this blog.

Contest ends Saturday January 23 at 12pm

Winner will be choosen using

Coupon Preview 1/17

You can expect TWO coupon inserts in tomorrow's paper. One from Proctor&Gamble and one from Smartsource. Remember, coupons and inserts do vary by region.

You can see the complete list of coupons at Stretching a Buck Blog.

Want to print coupons now? You can find them at,, and

Meijer Mealbox

Target Coupon Generator

Friday, January 15, 2010

Walgreens: Free Wet Ones

Starting Sunday(1/17) Walgreens will have Wet Ones on sale 2 for $4.00 plus get $1 Register Reward.
Print this $1.50/1 Wet Ones coupon twice.
Pay $1.00, receive $1 RR.

Meijer: Breakstone Cottage Doubles

Buy 5 Breakstone Cottage Doubles $1.00 each
Spend $5.00 + tax
Get a $5.00 Catalina coupon good on your next order
= Free after Catalina

The best part is that the catalina coupon rolls! So you can buy another 5, use the catalina, get another catalina, buy another 5, etc!

Deal is good through 1/24

Thanks Money Saving Mom

3 issues of Family Circle

Sign up HERE and receive 3 FREE issues of Family Circle. You will receive May, June and July and you will never see a bill! No strings attached. This is from (Yes, it is free! Yes it will come! I've received many subscriptions from this company.)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Clorox Greenworks Free Sample

Answer a few questions and receive a free sample of Clorox Green Works. Sign up HERE.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Nescafe Taster's Choice Sample

Just received this email so I thought I would pass on the info.
Sign up HERE to receive a free sample of 6 varieties of Nescafe's Taster's Choice.

Full Size Body Scrub at VS

Go here and print out a coupon good for a FREE Victoria's Secret Full Size Body Scrub in Sweet Daydream with purchase. Purchase a lip gloss or clearance item for a low out of pocket cost.

Thanks, Mommy Snacks

$21.97 Shopping trip for $.64

Lot of great deals at Meijer and Target this week!!!!
Short on time, I ran into Meijer and Target just to get freebies that I thought might not be available later this week. I still have to make my big Meijer run.

Dole Salad=FREE (printable coupons)
12 Lite and Fit Yogurts=FREE (printable coupons)
Paid $0.00 and saved $13.97-now that is a great looking receipt!

4 Johnson First Aid Kits $.02 each (coupon in 1/3 insert)
4 Johnson Band Aids $.02 each (coupon in 1/3 insert)
Paid $.16 plus sales tax=$.64 and saved $8.00
Receipt printed a $1 off $1 cafe purchase so went and got a free popcorn too:)

Check out my post about Meijer this week to find all the coupon matchups-lots of freebies and cheapies!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Gold Bond Hand Sanitizer Sample

Walmart is now giving out samples for Gold Bond Ultimate hand sanitizer. You can sign up HERE. (Gold Bond is fabulous and actually works. So excited to try this.)

Meijer 1/10-1/16

I'll admit I've been dissappointed in Meijer lately. But this week is turning out to be a GREAT shopping week with many freebies!! Free Light and Fit yogurt, Dole Salad blends and Lance crackers. YAY!!

Check out the list HERE.

Target Deals 1/10-1/16

You can find a complete list of Target sale items paired with coupon HERE.
Love Special K? Check out the scenario where you can score 3 Special K products-bars, fruit cups or crackers for $.78 for 3!

Thanks Hip2Save