Saturday, January 17, 2009

Free Beech Nut Toddler Meals! At Meijer

My Meijer has lowered their regular price on the Beech Nut Mini Meals for toddlers to .99. There are $1 coupons out on Beech Nut Let's Grow products. You can read the review on did these meals here last week when they were .18each after coupon.

The Beauty of a Raincheck

Ok, we all put a ton of time into getting our coupons ready and our list done just right. We research our deals, read our sales flyers, print internet coupons and organize those we plan to use. We load up the kids or bribe our husbands to watch them. We spend our gas to get the store and we stump though slush and brave the the freezing wind and then we finally arrive. We had straight for the item we have been anticipating getting free. We are ready for the rush of going though the check out and scanning those coupons and watching the price drop to next to nothing. Then we arrive at the shelf and it's sold out.

Yes, its disappointing!

I use to be downright discouraged when this happened until I discovered the beauty of a raincheck.


It's true! Never bypass a raincheck. In fact if its a really sweet deal, and you have already used your coupons, but you happen to be there on a different day, and the item is out of stock, get a raincheck.

  • A raincheck is a sale you can choose the date of.
  • Depending on the store your raincheck will be good for a month or more.
  • During that month more coupons could come out or you might trade for some, find more, or buy them on the internet.
  • Some deals are so good you may want to go back and get more and pay the full sale price.
  • A raincheck allows you to choose when to spend that part of your grocery budget so you can stock up on that item during a week when nothing else is on sale and you have a little more to spend.

I love rainchecks. I will be one of those at Meijer this week on Wednesday night hoping for out of stock items.

Meijer Huge Sale Update -- Free Pepperoni for some areas!

Taylortownpreview has the coupons for this Sunday posted and there are two you must go get. More pizza rolls are out and Hormel Pepperoni for .55 off. To bad Indy got the .35 coupon so ours are .30 each. But .30 is fantastic just the same.

Also while you are shopping at Meijer check out these deals from the Pantry Blog:

New York Garlic Bread will be $1 after q and Nature Valley granola bars $1 after coupon.

Update on Meijer's Huge Sale!!

New coupons are out this Sunday for Pizza Rolls and Hormel Pepperoni. If you have a store that bumps .55 coupons to $1 Hormel pepperoni is free!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Meijer Trip #4

Click on the picture to see what I got!

Total Spent $26.21

Coupon Savings of 34.50
Savings from buying on sale 57.26
Total Saved 91.76

Meijer Specials 1/15-1/21

We got the 10 for $10!! Pizza Rolls!! I haven't seen $1 pizza rolls here in six months. I thought for sure we would get a not so great version of this sale but we didn't. I can't wait to get shopping.

Meijer does these sales from time to time. Certain items are $1 each. If you buy 10 (or 10 for $10) you get another of these items (11th) free.

10 for $10 items: coupons are in red

  • Totinos pizza rolls - .40/2 doubled=.60ea or go here for a .55 coupon
  • Green Giant Boxed Vegetables -.50/2=.50ea
  • Chex Mix - .50 doubled=free
  • Hormel Pepperoni-.35 doubled=.30ea
  • Betty Crocker helpers and potatoes(several coupons out for these)
  • Aunt Millies English Muffins-.35 doubled=.30ea
  • Pillsbury Grands(several coupons out for these)
  • Chef Boyardee-.35/3 doubled=.65 a can These were .88 before coupon at Kroger last week
  • softsoap-.35 doubled=.30ea
  • Brooks chili beans -.55/2 double to $1
  • Dole bagged salad, baby carrots, avocados and a variety of other produce
  • Meijer pasta sauce
  • Betty Crocker cake mix and warm delights
  • Combos
  • Pillsbury crescents may be included(there is a variety of coupons for these)
  • green giant steamers may be included $1 - .50doubled=free

Betty Crocker Boxed Muffin Mix is 3 for $5-.40coupon doubled = .86each

Hellmans 2 for $6 - .50coupon doubled= $2each

Bob Evans 2 for $5-.25coupon doubled= $2 each

Loreal Kid Hair Products $2-.75 coupon doubled to 1=$1 each

Yoplait kids yogurts are 2 for $4 and there are a variety out for these

Huggies wipes are $2-.50coupon doubled= $1

Fiber One Bars are $2-.50coupon doubled=$1

Skippy is 3 for $4-$1 off 2 coupon .83each

Fast fixin cheeseburgers and chicken fries are 1/2 off

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Looking Forward to Tomorrows Ads

Kroger is kind of boring but keep your fingers crossed we get the Miejer add the rest of the mid west got. It is awesome!

CVS Extra Care Buck Tips

Since I started CVSing I have made a lot of mistakes. These are somethings I try to practice now to keep my spending down and savings up.

  • I prefer to make a lot of stops at different CVS stores than annoy the cashiers. (I have 5 stores VERY close and will stop at two or three on my way to Meijer)
  • I have also been known to go to CVS several days in a row so as not to annoy the cashiers.
  • I try very hard to be friendly and make small talk with the cashiers. They are the ones that can push a coupon though after all.
  • I will make extra trips to keep rolling the same $5 in ECBs instead of accumulating high dollar values. So for example I will buy soyjoy one or two at a time because I do not want an ECB worth $6x5boxes or $30. Not only is it difficult to spend $30 at CVS but if I loose $30 I will be devastated.
  • I remember that when I buy multiples of the same item like in the soyjoy example CVS will give me one ECB for the value of all the items. 1 $6 soy joy will yeld 6 ECBs. 4 $6 soyjoys will yeld $24 ECBs. My CVSs will not take an ECB for less than the face value so I will have to buy at least $24 dollars of stuff after coupons and before tax to use 24 ECBs.
  • When CVSing I think about the best order to make my purchases. For example:

Scenerio 1

2 throat coolers at 9.98 -B1get1 coupon= 4.99 spent yields 9.98ECBs

2 soyjoy boxes at $12-9.98ECBs=2.02 spent yields 12ECBs

Scenerio 1 total spent $7.01 still have 12ECBs to spend

Scenerio 2

1 nasogel at $7.99-$2 coupon= $5.99 spent yields 7.99ECBs

1 box of soyjoy+1 gallon of milk=$6+2.99=8.99-7.99ECBs=$1spent yields 6ECBs

1 box of soyjoy=$6-6ECBs(no tax on food here)=0

2 throat coolers at $9.98-B1get1 coupon 4.99 + 1 gallon of milk at 2.99= $7.98-6ECBs= 1.98 spent yields 9.98 in ECBs

Scenerio 2 total spent is 8.97, ECBs still to spend 9.98 and I had to make twice as many trips but I now have 2 gallons of milk and a nasogel as well so it depends how bad I needed the milk.

  • MY CVSs will only use ECBs that are less or equal to the amount of the bill not including the tax and after all the coupons are taken off. They will not give me cash back for ECBs ot issue my new ECBs as change. I have a few things I will buy at CVS to fill out my orders if my total is not high enough.

Here's my list:

Milk at 2.99 a gallon or less

"Green" paper towels at $1 a roll

Johnson's buddie bar soaps when I have $1 off coupons are .19each

CVS baby wipes are very nice and come in travel packs

candy and gum

CVS has nice priced snack packs of nuts, trail mix and whole wheat pretzels

CVS trash bags

Small packs of femine hygiene products



Free Suave Coupon-Today Only

Suave is giving away a free bottle of shampoo to every woman in America today only. If you register your address they will mail you a free coupon good for $3 off a bottle of shampoo. Today Only!

The site is running very slow due to heavy traffic so be patient. IT does work.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Review: Beech Nut Let's Grow Mini Meals 18 cents at Meijer

These are a great deal. A real impovement over Gerber Graduates for sure. The mini meals are small microwaveable bowls of all natural kid friendly meals. My Meijer had chicken and stars, mac and cheese, spaghetti, and chicken with cheesy potatoes. All the meals contain vegetables even the mac and cheese and they are so natural that the mac and cheese actually lists butter as an ingredient! The whole line of Beech Nut Let's Grow looks wonderful and my toddler loves the banana cookies.

There are coupons out for $1 off the let's grow line and Meijer sells the mini meals for only $1.18. Great Deal!

I Have Been Given An Award!

Erin at Jane4girls sent me this Lemonade award. My first award! I am sending it on to my new followers and some old favorites.

If you are not familiar with what the Lemonade Award is, the Lemonade Award is given by a previous winner to 10 people who have shown a great attitude or gratitude this week. It’s a great way to show these people that you appreciate them.

I am passing on the award to the following:

A Year of Crockpotting

The Thrifty Mama

What It's About

Yard Sale Queen

A Busy Mom's Day

Tales of the Wombat

$avings makes Cents

You won, now what?

  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs, which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude! Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

  3. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

  4. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award .

Sunday, January 11, 2009

CVS trip #7

2 gallons of milk
1 box of soyjoy bars $6
4 Johnson's Buddie soaps $1.19each

-$4 Johnsons Coupons

Total spent .54

ECBs Received $6

Yes, that is more than I spent!