Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Buy Baked Goods and Help Aubree

There will be a baked goods/drinks/t-shirt sale and raffle at the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex this Saturday at 4 p.m. to raise funds to help Aubree Snow, an 8th grader at St. Thomas Aquinas, who is a soccer player and is fighting lukemia.  For more information, go here.  You can help Aubree and save yourself some baking time for the holiday season!

Black Friday Store Hours and Price Comparison List


We Use has put together a post with store hours for Black Friday and a price comparison listing showing where to get the best prices for the most wanted electronic gifts this holiday.  Check out her extensive list here and get your strategy down before you head out Friday morning (or Thursday evening)! 

Tips for Shopping on Black Friday

Have you ever gone out at 4 a.m. on Black Friday to stand in a long, cold line in the Target parking lot?  I have and it can be very fun or very miserable!  Cuckoo for Coupons has a great article with tips for shopping on Black Friday here to make your excursion more fun than miserable. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gift Giving When Unemployed

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy has a nice blurb on gift giving when you are unemployed here.  It has a few good ideas for handling the holidays on a tight budget and it seems everyone is this year. 

Bath and Body Sales Starts Online Tomorrow

It would appear that you can score some sales online at Bath and Body Works starting tomorrow.  Go here to register and they will alert you on upcoming sales.  They will be offering a neat 2010 Black Friday V.I.P. bag, a $115 value, for $20 with a $40 purchase.  [Just in case you are interested, my favorite scent is Sensual Amber (hint, hint)]!
Sensual Amber™ Shower Gel - Signature Collection - Bath & Body Works

Walmart Matching Prices on Black Friday

Walmart announced its stores will be matching competitor prices on Black Friday and through the weekend.  See the article on Yahoo here.  But be careful, according to Walmart's price matching policy here, they do not match internet prices.  They are also going to be open on Thanksgiving Day! 

Kroger Receipt Coupons

Have you ever read the back of your Kroger receipt?  I didn't until last night. First I went to Cartridge World on State Street to get my black cartridge refilled and saw on the counter a note about the Kroger coupon for $3 off a ink refill. When I asked the cashier told me that there are coupons on the back of the Kroger receipts.  Then I stopped at Kroger to get my Thanksgiving dinner items. And low and behold on the back of my receipt were lots of coupons, including the one for Cartridge World.  There is also $1 off any purchase at Firehouse Car Wash, BOGO sandwich at The Junction restaurant, BOGO family portrait at Paetz, $4.99 large pepperoni pizza at Good Times Pizza, $10 off any service at Dex-Tech auto service center, $2 off haircut at Graceful Styles, etc. 

So next time you do your grocery shopping at Kroger don't forget to turn over the receipt for some great coupons to area vendors!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sales and Black Friday Ads

Black Friday

There will be some great sales this weekend as stores seem to want to get the jump on next week's Black Friday sales. Meijer has a "Why Wait" sale this weekend (see ad here).

 For the latest news on Black Friday sales, go to here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Coupons for The Children's Place

To pick up some holiday outfits, visit The Children's Place here and score coupons for 25% of online shopping or 15% off online or in the store shopping. 

The Children's Place

Read It Forward: Win a Free Book

If you enjoy reading as much as I do, check out the site Read It Forward. There you can find sneak peeks at great reads, behind-the-scenes insights from authors, lively and provocative reader's guides, and fabulous free books. Go to here to enter to win a free book. 

JUST IN TIME: Bath & Body Works coupons

Just in time to start my holiday shopping, new Bath & Body Works coupons!!!  Visit Hip 2 Save to see the post which includes a free trial size with purchase and a $10 off $30 coupon.  Last Christmas I must have used 2-3 of these coupons for making gift bags (and some for myself).  Bath & Body usually has free cellophane gift bags with ribbons and tags to make up a nice gift bag.

(Thanks Hip 2 Save)
  Shop Soap & Lotion Caddies.

Meijer Super Saturday Sale this weekend

Meijer is having a Super Saturday sale this weekend. Check out the deals here.  The deals include $.99 for Fruit Roll-ups, $1.75 for Bob Evans sausage, $3 Tressemme shampoo, and $.84/lb for apples.  There is also 50% off some artificial trees.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Glamour Magazine for $3.99 per year

Tanga is offering a year subscription to Glamour magazine for $3.99 per year (you can do 3 years for $11.97).  See it on Hip 2 Save here.

(Thanks Hip 2 Save)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Understanding Sale Cycles

I had always heard there are cycles to the sales.  I found a great article at Stockpiling Moms regarding the sale cycles.  Anticipating the cycles or the next round of sales on something you need for your stockpile is very helpful. If you think about it the cycles make sense: picnic/bbq supplies in the Summer, baking supplies in December and so on.  Now you can know what coupons to save to match for the sales coming up.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lead in reusable grocery bags prompts call for federal inquiry

Read the USA Today article about the reusable grocery bags may contain lead here. The article mentions Target and Walmart bags among others.  I personally still think its a better alternative to tons of those plastic bags everywhere. 

Help WIOG with "Send Santa to the Troops"

WIOG is sending Santa to the Troops!  We are asking for your help to send care packages to Mid-Michigan soldiers stationed around the world! 

Don't forget our troops this holiday season!  For a list of events, drop off locations and list of items to donate, visit WIOG website at

This Week's Matchups for Kroger and Target

For this week's match-ups for Kroger and Target, visit Bargains to Bounty.  While doing your shopping with these match-ups, think about the Sending Santa to the Troops donations that you could make for free or nearly free!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Meijer match-ups for week of Nov. 14

For the match-ups at Meijer beginning today, visit Bargains to Bounty at  You can also visit the Aldi match-ups there too.  Check out the deals on your holiday turkey!!!

(Thanks Bargains to Bounty)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Angel Food Ministries has hosts sites in Saginaw

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. The program began in 1994 with 34 families in Monroe, Georgia (between Atlanta and Athens), and has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of families every month across 45 states. Angel Food Ministries crosses denominational lines and has spread the good news of the gospel of Christ through salvation tracts that are placed in each food order.

Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each month's menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60. Comparison shopping has been done across the country in various communities using a wide range of retail grocery stores and has resulted in the same food items costing from between $42 and $78.

Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week or a single senior citizen for almost a month. The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system.

Angel Food Ministries has hosts locations in Saginaw at New Life Christian Fellowship Church, New Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Saginaw Valley Church of the Nazarene, and St. Joseph Church.  For more information, menus or to order, go to  This can be a great help to the family's monthly grocery budget in addition to couponing! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Old Navy 30% off coupon

Old Navy offering 30% off your total purchase now through November 18.  Click here for the coupon.  Last Christmas I got half the family Old Navy p.j.s. Hopefully they will enjoy them again this year!!

(Thanks Hip2Save)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holiday Open House and Savings at Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth, MI

Holiday Open House Happenings Galore!
Friday, November 19 at the Bavarian Inn.

Kick off your Holiday season Bavarian style!

Prize drawings, treat samples, holiday confectionaries, shopping and the spirit of the Holiday Season is just waiting to burst! Join us at The Bavarian Inn and other Frankenmuth shops on November 19 as we kick off Holiday Season 2010!  Our Holiday Open House is your chance to scratch gifts off your list with shopping in a festive-yet-relaxed atmosphere. But it's not all about giving! You?ll get a FREE GIFT with a cumulative $25 purchase!

Be sure to get your 20% discount card first! Get a discount card good for 20 percent off with a cash donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or a food donation for our local food pantry. Your shopping will be so much more fun and affordable with your discount in hand!
Stop in the Castle Shop! No hassles, the Castle Shop is a classic Holiday shopper's stop. Just in time for Open House, may we suggest a stop (or two!) into the Castle Shop with your Christmas gift list.

The Castle Shop is actually many shops, featuring snacks, baked goods and preserves, our famous chicken seasoning, our toys, dolls, and more.
Peruse Souvenirs and Cheers, featuring Michigan wines and beers - always with a sample for a small fee. Hit the Candy Corner for a rainbow of candies and our signature fudge. Mmmm! The Royal Gift Shop features elegant imported jewelry.

Santa's coming. Are you? Santa will be here to meet the kids from Noon to 7 p.m. in the Castle Shop. Along with Santa, there will be holiday baking demonstrations, candy demonstrations, special treats and samples throughout Frankenmuth and hourly prize drawings beginning at Noon; register first at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.
There'll be plenty of prizes, surprises ? and SHOPPING! ? well into the evening. Several stores at the River Place Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, and the Covered Bridge & Leather Shop are also participating. A perfect way to kick off the Holiday season!
For more information, go to
And visit this page to sign up for coupons and specials from the Bavarian Inn. 
(Thank you Bavarian Inn)

Meijer compares prices on hottest toys this Christmas!

Meijer has posted an ad comparing prices of the hottest toys for this Christmas.  Visit their ad at and check the prices before you start your shopping. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mom to Mom Sale in Birch Run 11/13/10

There will be a Mom to Mom sale this Saturday, November 13, at the Birch Run Expo. for more information, visit

News just in - Toys-R-Us will text you deals


Toys-R-Us is going mobile! 

Visit their website at and see all their mobile apps. They have Ipod apps, mobile alerts, and a mobile website.

Black Friday ads out already!!

Black Friday

I just found a few of the ads out for Black Friday. Target's ad is shown in its entirety.  Go to Target shows some good deals on TVs but they open at 4 a.m. so you probably have to be in line by 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day! They will also email you when new ads come out for Black Friday. offering 80% off again

Visit Bargains to Bounty to see post about offering 80% off discounts again from November 9 - 15, 2010.  I have bought their gift certificates for Court Street Cafe and Forbidden City and have had no problems using either one.  Now if we could get one for Olive Garden!? Weekly Promo Offer 300 x 250

(Thanks Bargains to Bounty)

2 Years of Woman's Day for $4.99

Tanga is offering a special on Woman's Day magazine at 2 years for $4.99.  Go to and follow the links to get your subscription today.  Be sure to enter the coupon code WOMAN to get your discounted price.  Their regular 2-year subscription price is $20 so you are saving $15.01!!!

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(Thanks Hip2Save!)

Target makes cashiers hand-process coupons

Target has a new store policy requiring cashiers to hand-process all coupons in an effort to stop shorting its coupon-using customers.  For a full article in the Chicago Breaking News go to  They say they will have new technology in the stores in the next 10 days that will eliminate this processing problem. 

I thought it was interesting to read about their "speed-o-meter" devices that tell how quickly the cashiers process each customer.  Those devices are being temporarily turned off to allow for hand-processing of coupons and a sincere greeting!

Friday, November 5, 2010

3 Coupon Inserts in the Papers this Sunday

There will be 2  3 inserts in the papers this Sunday: Smartsource, Red Plum and Proctor and Gamble.  For a listing of the coupons that will be included in the inserts, go to the Sunday Coupon Preview site at  There is quite a long listing including lots of baking items for your holiday dinners and also cold products for the coming flu season.  You may want to buy 2 or 3 papers so you can stockpile for the cold months ahead!

CORRECTION: Apparently there were only the 2 inserts in last Sunday's papers, contrary to what was listed on the Sunday Coupon Preview site.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

All About Women Expo at SVSU this weekend

Kris and I will be volunteering at the All About Women Expo at SVSU tomorrow evening at the St. Mary's of Michigan booth.  Stop by and see us if you are there.

For more information on the Expo go here

Saving in Saginaw Coupon Class - Seats Still Available

We still have a few seats available if you wish to join us for the next "Saving in Saginaw" coupon class. It will be held this Saturday, November 13, 2010, from 1 - 3 p.m. at Zauel Library, 3100 N. Center Road, Saginaw, Michigan.  Cost is $20 each or two people for $35. 

The cost includes a 2-hour PowerPoint lesson, coupon inserts and current match-ups and a coupon box. There are no further costs involved as we show you how to find match-up for free on-line. 

To register, just send us a comment including your name, phone number and number of people attending.  We look forward to meeting you there!

UPDATE:  We will be rescheduling our Saving in Saginaw coupon class to sometime after the holidays (January).  Please keep checking back to see when the next class will be held.

Quiznos and T.G.I.F. Coupons

Do you love Quiznos like we do?  Go to to get some new coupons for BOGO subs after 4 p.m. (helps full up two hungry teenage boys) or $1 off regular sub and $2 off large sub.  I am looking for a coupon for their great Honey Mustard Chicken Salad -- my personal favorite!

Or if you are hungry for T.G.I.F., go here for a BOGO coupon for a salad or sandwich (good until Nov. 7).

(Thanks Hip2Save)

Driscolls berries coupon

Maybe while you are at Meijer this Saturday, you can get some delicious berries. Visit the Driscolls website at and register to get a $.50 off coupon.

Meijer Super Saturday Sale -- again

Meijer is having a Super Saturday Sale this Saturday beginning at 6 a.m.  Bargains to Bounty has the match ups listed at or you can see the Meijer ad at It looks good for stocking up on shrimp, deodorant and t-paper. You should have some Angel Soft coupons in your file.