Friday, April 30, 2010

Coupon Preview 5/2/10

You can expect THREE coupon inserts in Sunday's paper. One from Smartsource, Red Plum and P&G. Remember, coupons and inserts do vary by region.

You can see a 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

Fulton Street Farmers Market

Just a heads up that the Fulton Street Farmers Market in Grand Rapids opens up tomorrow, May 1st. The market runs Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from now until Christmas! Check it out for lots of fresh locally grown fruits and veggies. More info HERE.


So sorry for the lack of posts this week. With a part time job, toddler, meetings, walking every night and relatives in town its been busy at Grand Rapids Thrifty Mom's house. Stay tuned for more posts this weekend.

Have a thrifty weekend;)

Victoria Secret: Beauty Rush Lip Gloss

Take this coupon HERE with you to VS and score a free Beauty Rush Lip Gloss with ANY purchase. Valid until May 26.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Old Navy 30% off this weekend

If you are planning on shopping this weekend, make sure and check out Old Navy for their Wholey Moley sale-30% off everything in store. Good this Friday -Sunday ONLY.

$50 in printable organic coupons

If you are looking for organic coupons, Earth Fare has a bunch of printables on their website. These are manufacturer coupons so you can use them at ANY store. Check out the coupons HERE.
Thanks Savings and Stewardship

Pull Ups Sample: New Link

You can request a sample of Pull Ups HERE. This is a new link, so if you requested one before you can again.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

$.31 scoops at Baskin Robins

Baskin Robbins is offering $.31 scoops of ice cream tomorrow.
Wednesday April 28 5-10PM
Join us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins and help us honor America's firefighters. The Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation is donating $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation™ (NFFF).

Participating stores will reduce prices of ice cream
scoops to 31 cents*. At some locations, you may also have
an opportunity to make a donation to your local fire charities.

Find more info HERE.

Monday, April 26, 2010

NBC Nightly News-Shrewd Shoppers

Did you see the piece on NBC Nightly News tonight about couponing?

I was out walking tonight and my husband saw it and recorded it for me(he is starting to really get into this as well.) We watched it together and he was just amazed. Feel free to watch the two videos above.

Your thoughts?

What stores do you typically shop at? A certain day you prefer? How much do you typically save per week?

A few more Target Deals this week

The 10 oz. Palmolive Pure+Clear dish soap is 10% off at Target this week, making it $1.32.
$0.75/1 Palmolive Pure Dish Soap 4/25 SS

Dove Ultimate Go Fresh Deodorant Travel Size .97
$1/1 ANY Dove Deodorant 4/25 RP

Carefree Original To Go Pantiliners Scented 22 Ct .97
$1/1 ANY Carefree Product 4/25 SS

Carefree BodyShape to Go Pantiliners 22 ct Unscented .97
$1/1 ANY Carefree Product 4/25 SS

Thanks Totally Target

Petsmart: Free Pet Items this week has released a bunch of high value coupons for pets. Remember, you can print 2 coupons per computer. Pair them up with sale items at Petsmart and get them for free!!

Milkbone Essentials Long Lasting Chew $2, FREE after $2 off coupon

Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats on sale for $1, FREE after $1 off coupon

Stockpiling 101

I've received a few emails about stockpiling, so I thought I would do a 101 post to help everyone out.

What is a stockpile?
A stockpile is basically "extras" that you have on hand. When an item that you use is at a rock bottom price or free, you buy larger quantities that you will need and keep it in storage. Stockpiles can be freezer items, non perishables, toiletries, etc. Once you have a good stockpile your weekly food budget will go down significantly as you will be well stocked on shampoo, toothpaste, rice, etc. Some weeks we only have to buy perishables.

Building your stockpile
Creating a stockpile is easy! If you have been couponing for a while, you know you can get lots of great deals at rock bottom prices. Use these items to create your stock pile with items that you regularly use. I wouldn't recommend going to Costco and getting a huge jug of ketchup at full price. That doesn't make much sense. When a commonly used item is at a deep discount or free, you want to stock up on it!

The cost of a stockpile
It really shouldn't cost you much or anything at all out of your weekly grocery budget to create a stockpile. Going out and getting a bunch of groceries with a few coupons just to create a stockpile isn't worth your time and money. It may take several months to create a stockpile depending what is on sale and what coupons you have. Some weeks I will come home with one or two free items for our stockpile, other weeks it will be several bags worth. Do your regular grocery shopping and stay within your budget and add to your stockpile when you can.

Organizing your stockpile
Once you start getting items for a stockpile, you'll want to set aside space designated just for those items. You'll want a cool and dry area. Depending on your living situation you can turn a drawer or closet into stockpile storage. Personally, I like to keep ours in the basement on a 4 tier rack(which we are quickly outgrowing.)

Other helpful hints
*You will want to keep it fairly organized so you can see what you have, what you need and expiration dates. Every 2-3 months I go through mine and rotate stock. If I know we have way too much of something, I will donate it rather then let it go to waste.

*In case of leakage, keep food separate from toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.

*Stockpiling is a process. Each week we consume from the stockpile and I add to the stockpile. Some weeks we eat alot from it, other weeks not at all.

*Stockpiling makes good financial sense but it can also be good for emergencies.

Sample: Renu Sensitive

Go HERE to request a sample of Renu Sensitive Contact Lens solution.

Rite Aid Trip $.86

Make sure and check out the freebies at Rite Aid this week!!(See post below).

Lady Speed Stick $.49 each after coupons
Carefree: FREE after coupons
Always: FREE, coupon came in sample in the mail
Total savings: $21.05
Paid: $.86 including tax

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Walgreens: Off Clip On $1.50 each

Buy 2 Off Clip-On Mosquito Protection - $8.99 each $17.98
Use B1G1 FREE coupon from HERE
Use $2.00/1 Off coupon from HERE
Use $2.00/1 Off Walgreens coupon from May booklet (will deduct $4!)
Final Price $3.00 or $1.50 each!

Great for camping!!!

Thanks Deal Finding Chik

Meijer 4/25-5/1

Not a great week at Meijer for coupons as its the Meijer brand sale.

You can find a list of Meijer sale/coupon matchups HERE and HERE.

Target Deals 4/25-5/1

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

Thanks Stretching a Buck Blog

Rite Aid Deals 4/25-5/1

You can find a list of sales/coupon matchups for Rite Aid HERE.
Thanks Hip2Save

CVS Deals 4/25-5/1

You can find a list of sale/coupons matchups for CVS HERE.
Thanks Hip2Save

Walgreens Deals 4/25-5/1

You can find a list of Walgreens sales/coupon matchups HERE.
Thanks Hip2Save

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Walgreens May Coupon Book

Starting tomorrow, April 25, Walgreens will have the new May coupon book out. It will be located right by the weekly ads at the front of the store. Over $330 worth of savings in Walgreens coupons. Remember you can combine Walgreens coupons with manufacturer coupons. Remember to pick up the booklet!

Caress Body Wash Sample-3 to choose from!

**As of Monday April 26, IT IS BACK AND WORKING.**

Go HERE to request a sample of Caress Body Wash. You can choose from: Caress Whipped Soufflé, Caress White Peach Cream or Caress Whipped Soufflé Blackberry Cream. Hurry! This will go fast!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Coupon Preview 4/25

You can expect two coupon inserts in Sunday's paper. One from Smartsource and one from Redplum. Remember, coupons and inserts do vary by region.

You can see a 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

Mambo Sprouts Coupon Book

Sign up HERE to receive a Mambo Sprouts Coupon book full of savings on organic groceries.

Some of the coupons include:
$1 off any ONE (1) Kashi Organic Promise Cereal
$1 off any ONE (1) Bear Naked product
$1 off any TWO (2) Hellos Nutrition Organic Kefirs
$1 off any TWO (2) Lifeway Products
$1 off any ONE (1) Michael Angelo’s Frozen Entree or Pocket Calzone
$1 off any ONE (1) Organic Valley Yogurt
$1 off any ONE (1) 32 oz. or TWO (2) 16 oz. Organic Valley Half & Half
$1.50 off any ONE (1) Rice Select item
$.55 on any San-J Tamari, Cooking Sauce or Salad Dressing
$1 off any ONE (1) Seeds of Change Certified Organic Product
$1 on any ONE (1) Seventh Generation Disinfectant Cleaner (Spray or Wipes)

Plus a bunch more! You can also find printable coupon on the website.

Aveeno: $.49 at Rite Aid next week

Starting this Sunday April 25, you can purchase Aveeno lotion for $.49 each after coupons.

Aveeno Lotion $3.49 (depending on what you purchase)
$1/1 Aveeno printable coupon HERE
$2/1 Rite Aid Aveeno coupon from store ad

$.49 each

Meijer Super Sale

Make sure and hit up the Super Sale at Meijer this weekend!!!

Total after coupons and catalinas: $6.57, includes tax
Amount saved $62.62

I did two seperate transactions to get the $3 off coupon from the 100 calorie cheese bites to use towards order #2 as well as the limit of two on the Green Works.

4 Green Works Cleaning Products
3 100 Calorie Cheese Bites
1 Dial Hand soap
2 Oscar Meyer lunch meats
2 Ritz Crackers
2 Nabisco Cookies (hubby wanted these..ha ha
4 5 pack Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
4 Capri Sun Roaring Waters-free when you bought Mac and Cheese!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Meijer: Super Friday & Saturday Sale

Super Sale is this Friday and Saturday at Meijer.

Items worth mentioning:

Dial Soap $.88 $.35 off 1 (3/7 RP) $.53 each
Suave Shampoo and Conditioner $.66 each limit 4
Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent 1/2 price, plus use $1 off 2 (4/11SS) limit 2

The best values, however, are from the $5 off 5 item promotion!!! Buy 5 items, get $5off. You can mix and match and $1 off each item will be deducted instantly at checkout and will be listed on your receipt under each item purchased. Maximum of 2 offers per purchase, so 10 items=$10 off.

Kraft Mac n Cheese 5 Pack $2.49, $1.49
$1/1 Meijer Mealbox coupon
$.49 for 5 pack, plus look for free Capri Sun Roaring Waters juicebox coupon on package for free packages of juice.

Ritz Crackers $2.50, $1.50
$1/2 Meijer Mealbox Nabisco coupon
=$1 each when you buy 2

Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh Lunch Meat $2, $1
$1/2 coupon from the 3/7 SS
=$0.50 each when you buy 2

Chips Ahoy Cookies $2.50, $1.50
$1/2 coupon HERE (you must become a facebook fan)
=$0.50 each when you buy 2

Kraft Cheese(shreds,chunks,cubes) $2, $1

Kraft Miracle Whip $2, $1

New Home Made Simple Coupon Book

You can request the newest Home Made Simple Coupon Book. It is full of coupons for P&G products: Mr. Clean, Swiffer, Cascade, etc. Simply click HERE and then click on the "save now" button which will take you to the Home Made Simple website.

Thanks She Saved!

Meijer: Green Works Cleaning Products $.25

Its a great week of deal shopping at Meijer, but I just realized today how good of a deal the Green Works products are this week at Meijer as well.

The cleaning products are 20% off PLUS $1 off one instantly at the register(When you buy 2, limit one offer per transaction). Add coupons and mealbox coupons and get very cheap cleaning products..think $.25 each depending on product!!! did a great breakdown of coupons needed. Check out all the info HERE.

Free Gillette Fusion Razor

Starting today, you can get a free Gillette Fusion Razor .Only 1000 razors will be given away each day until May 1st. Go to the Facebook page for more info on how to enter HERE.
All the razors for today have been given away, so check back tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Eucerin Body Lotion Sample

Go HERE to request a sample of Eucerin Body Lotion from Walmart.

50 business cards for Etsy sellers is offering 50 FREE business cards to Etsy sellers. You can upload pics of your Etsy creations to use on your business cards. Check out all the details HERE.

Jo-Ann Fabric 50% off coupon

If you need fabric, check out this 50% off coupon for Jo-Ann Fabric stores. Valid through April 24. Go HERE to print out the coupon.

Walgreens: Pull Ups Training Pants $4.99

This week at Walgreens:

Wagreens Huggies Pull-Ups $8.99
Use -$2 from (3/28 SS) or printable HERE
Use -$2 from Walgreens April Coupon Booklet (entrance of store by weekly ad)
Final Price: $4.99

Kraft First Taste Members-Free Oscar Meyer Turkey Bacon

If you are a member of Kraft First Taste, make sure and check your account. They are offering coupons for a free Oscer Meyer Turkey Bacon. Go HERE to sign in or to sign up for an account. In the past I've received coupons for Digornio pizza, Philadelphia cream cheese and Oreo Cakesters-full size products for free!

Monday, April 19, 2010

YMCA White Elephant Sale April 23 & 24

If you plan on going to garage sales this upcoming weekend, make sure and stop at the Grand Rapids YMCA White Elephant Sale. All profits from this sale go to support Camp Manitou-Lin.

Friday April 23rd 8am - 8pm & Saturday April 24th 9am - 3pm
3450 Plainfield Ave. NE - Grand Rapids, MI

Find more info and driving directions HERE.

Merona Handbags- possibly free with coupons

Along with the Merona polo shirt coupons, Target also released a $5 off Merona handbag coupon as well HERE. There might be several Merona handbags on clearance at your store this week. Bloggers are reporting them on clearance for $6.24 or $5, so cheap and free after coupon.

The Frugal Find posted pics of the handbags on her blog HERE. Cute bags for summer, the beach, etc. Remember clearance items, prices, etc do vary by store. However, this coupon is good for a while, so you may be able to find different styles in the future.

Walgreens $1 printer ink cartiage refills 4/22

In honor of Earth Day, Walgreens is offering print ink cartridge refills for $1 each (regular price $12.99 each) on Thursday April 22. You must bring in the in-ad coupon to get it for this price or print out the coupon HERE. To find a list of participating stores and cartridge models go HERE. Coupon does not state a limit on cartridges, so you should be able to do more than one.

With all the coupons I print, this is such a great deal!

Kraft BOGO Baseball Tickets-Tuesday Nights

Kraft is offering B1G1 Free Minor League Baseball tickets again this season. All you have to do is bring a Kraft Cheese wrapper to the box office on any Tuesday night Minor League home game to get a FREE ticket when you buy one. Offer valid from now ’til Sept. 7, 2010. See a list HERE of participating games and more info.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Meijer Deals 4/18-4/24

You can find a list of Meijer sale/coupon matchups HERE and HERE.

Target 4/18-4/24

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

Thanks Stretching a Buck Blog

Rite Aid 4/18-4/24

You can find a list of sales/coupon matchups for Rite Aid HERE.
Thanks Hip2Save

CVS Deals 4/18-4/24

You can find a list of sale/coupons matchups for CVS HERE.
Thanks Hip2save

Walgreens Deals 4/18-4/24

You can find a list of Walgreens sales/coupon matchups HERE.

Thanks Hip2Save

Toys R Us Leap Frog Fridge Toys $4.99

Leap Frog Fridge Toys are 50% off at Toys R Us this week, making them around $9.99 each. Use the $5 off coupon HERE (login or register at Leapfrog) to get them for $4.99. Not bad for a $19.99 toy!

Thanks Hip2Save

Target: Mens Merona Polo Shirts

Target released a great coupon-$3 off Merona men's apparel item. Find the coupon HERE.

This week, Target has mens Merona classic fit jersey polos for $8, so $5 after coupon.
Merona classic fit polos for $10 in solids, $7 after coupon
Merona classic fit polors for $12 in stripes, $9 after coupon

You can also use the above coupon on any Merona item on sale or clearance!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Coupon Preview 4/18/10

You can expect two coupon inserts in Sunday's paper. One from Smartsource and one from Redplum. Remember, coupons and inserts do vary by region.

You can see a 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, April 16, 2010

Free Sample: John Frieda Root Awakening

Go HERE to request a sample of John Frieda Root Awakening from Walmart.

Crazy 8 Children's Store opening at Rivertown Mall

Crazy 8 Children's Store is having their official grand opening this weekend at Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville. Crazy 8 is owned by Gymboree and is more afforable. The store is located by Children's Place in the mall and is celebrating Friday-Sunday April 18. The first 1000 people through the door get a $10 off $30 coupon. The store also is having giveaways. Find more info HERE.

A quick reminder

Just a reminder that this is the last weekend of the Carters Warehouse Sale. See post HERE.

Great deals on Pure and Natural Soap

Go HERE to print off a $2.00/1 coupon for Pure and Natural Soap.

Target has Pure and Natural bar Soap clearanced for $1.66 for a 2 pack. FREE
Pure and Natural hand soap clearanced for $2.50 $.50
(Please note clearance quanities and pricing do vary by store)

Rite Aid Pure and Natural Soap $4.50 BOGO
Use $2 off printable (use 2)
$.50 for two packages
If you have the$3 off VV(video values) coupon from March, it will make the soap free!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vaseline Sheer Infusion $.24 at Target

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion 6.8 oz $4.99
Use $3.75 coupon from 4/11 RP
Also use $1 Target Printable HERE (under “Target Racing” coupon tab)
Final Price $0.24 + tax

Thanks Deal Seeking Mom