Happy Friday for this long Memorial Day weekend.   Here’s some goodies for this week.

My Favorite Freebies

Request your FREE Sargento Snack Cooler – this miniature and fashionable cooler conveniently holds a Sargento Cheese Snack
Get a JCPenney coupon to save $10 off your $10 purchase at JCPenney! Just enter your phone number on the form and reply to their text with the letters FB. They’ll text you the coupon code that you will have to give to the cashier in store. Expires 5/31. –store locator
If you shop at Kroger or one of their affiliates, you can load a free Hershey’s Caramel Chocolate bar today only, so hurry!
Free Bowling for Kids
Free Bowling for Kids is still one of my favorite freebies! Just visit their site and click on your state to see which bowling centers are participating.

Mark Your Calendar

Free Krispy Creme Donut June 5
Celebrate National Donut Day on June 5th with a FREE doughnut from Krispy Kreme. Find a Krispy Kreme near you!

More Fabulous Freebies

Garnier Fructis Brazilian Smooth Haircare Sample
2 FREE Quest Protein Powder Packets
Bragg Seasoning and Yeast Samples
Bellamins Prenatal Vitamins Lemon-Berry Drink Mix Sample
Stopain Sample
Free Kid Craft eNewsletter
Free Kid Craft eNewsletter
Traditional Medicinals Sample
FREE Seasoned Fries from Jack in the Box – text JACK to 31278.
Free Kid Craft eNewsletter
Zing Sweetener Sample
Free Kid Craft eNewsletter
Purse Sized First Aid Kit – scroll down in the brochure field to select “first aid kit”
3 Branches of Government Poster
L’Oreal Advanced Ultimate Straight Hair Care Sample
Personalized keepsake heart (sign up for Things Remembered Bridal Newsletter)
3 FREE meals from IHOP (Sign up and get a free meal when you sign up, on your birthday and on your 1-year anniversary!
Red Bull energy drink (must have Twitter account)
HB-101 Plant Vitalizer Sample
DuraHook coat hook
Don’t Mess With Texas Sticker or Litter Bag
Biology Poster for Teachers
Free Pretzel at Auntie Anne’s – Sign up for Pretzel Perks
Playtex Sport Pads, Liners and Combo Packs
Fancy Feast Broths Cat Food Sample
Poise Pad Sample Kits
Rainguard Waterproofing Spray Sample
Feed a Bee Wildflower Mix Seed Packet
Oraline Mint Toothpaste Sample
Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion Sample
Advil PM Sample
“Make it Heart-Healthier with Olive Oil” Recipe Booklet!
Emergen-C Sample
BioTru Contact Solution Sample
Gooseberry Patch Kid-Friendly Recipe Booklet
California Carrots Dog Food Sample from Powder 4 Paws

Thanks so much to Simple Saving Savvy for this great list.

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I was very happy to see General Mills cereal on sale this week at Giant Eagle.  Cheerios is one of the kids favorite cereal and it didn’t hurt that I had some 75 cents Cheerios printable coupons.  That wasn’t all I picked up though.

It was a week where my coupon savings was higher than my total Out of Pocket.  Gotta love that!!

Here’s the Savings breakdown:

Out of Pocket $50.44
Cash Back: $2.15
Net Cost $48.29

Store Savings $36.52
Coupon Savings $51.95

That means $48 for $139 worth of products or 65% saved.  That total even included a rack of Baby Back Ribs.

Here’s everything I got.  Unless otherwise mentioned, I used the deals shared in the weekly Giant Eagle Ad Coupon Matchup list for the week.

  • 3 Heluva Good Dips 58 cents each.  As I mentioned in the matchups, the coupon did NOT double.
  • 3 Red Peppers – Not listed in the ad, but were on sale for $1.99 per pound
  • 4 Klondike Bars – To get the deal you had to buy 4, but the coupon was for $3/3.  So I paid $7 for 4 or $1.75 each. 
  • 4 Colgate Toothpastes – Free
  • Internal Delight Iced Coffee – I found another 80 cents coupon in my coupon drawer and when combined with this Giant Eagle Unadvertised Deal it made it just $1.90.  Plus this will count towards the $3/$15 International Delight SavingStar.
  • Juicy Juice $2 after $.50/1 Ibotta eOffer
  • Kraft Items (Buy 5, Get $5 off Instantly)
    • 2 Miracle Whip 99 cents
    • 2 A1 SteakSauce $1 each
    • 6 Kraft Singles $1.49 each – There were $1/2 peelies on each of these
  • Danimals $1
  • Rack of BabyBack Ribs – $8.04
  • 10 Knorr Side Dishes $3 after coupons and instant savings plus received 50 cents from Checkout 51
  • Ballpark Hot Dogs – 89 cents
  • Vlasic Relish 50 cents each
  • Kraft BBQ Sauce – Free plus 20 cents back from Ibotta
  • International Delight Creamer – $2 less $1/1 International Delight Creamer printable = $1
  • 2 Cheez It $1 each with $.75/1 coupon from 5/17 SS (I think.)  This must have been a regional coupon because it doesn’t show in the coupon database.
  • 4 Special K Bars $1 each after coupon
  • 6 General Mills Cereals $1 each after coupon and got 75 cents back from SavingStar for MultiGrain Cheerios and 20 cents back from Ibotta for any Cereal.
  • 2 Weight Watcher cereals – new Unadvertised deal I found.  On sale for $2.79 and use 75 cents printable = $1.29 each

So how about you.  Did you have a Coupon “High” trip to the grocery store this week?

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free summer kids reading

The countdown to summer vacation has begun at our house and I know that for some this week is the last day of school.    Did you know that children who don’t read over the summer tend to lose literacy skills while children who do read during the summer actually improve their reading ability?

With that in mind, check out the huge list of FREE Summer Reading Programs available this year. There are a LOT of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash!

Junie B Jones Reading Club – Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card while supplies last.

Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Basically your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book.

There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels. These are common books that can be found at your local library. Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes!

Half Price Books – They are offering kids ages 14 and under a chance to earn a $5 Gift Card for reading just 15 each day throughout the summer!

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.

Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Local Public Library – Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer. My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Chuck E. Cheese – Earn 10 FREE tokens every time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the form and bring it in to claim your free token.

Scholastic Summer Challenge – Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge – Open only to children under 10 years of age on any day during the promotion period. Must present completed Award-Winning or Early Reader book list to receive a free book at participating Pottery Barn Kids stores.

Six Flags Read to Succeed K-6 students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading approved by their parents and teachers are eligible for free admission to their nearest theme park.

Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months. If you know of any other programs that aren’t listed here, please feel free to leave the information in a comment below.

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entertainment book 2015

This deal is for my Ohio readers.  You can get an Entertainment book for only $8 this weekend.  Just use code BEST.

That’s because this $8 Entertainment Book + FREE Shipping deal  is limited to the following areas:

  • Arizona
  • Michigan
  • Florida
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • New England
  • North California
  • Ontario
  • Upstate New York

If you live in one of these areas it’s a great deal.  Not only will you get the book, but you will get a Free code to use on a Phone App so you’ll get deals no matter where you go.

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shop n save weekly sales and deals

Another week at Shop N Save where their Watermelons are 1/2 price of  Sam’s Club.  In addition to that goodie, there is even a freebie.  Here are all my favorite deals at  Shop N Save this week.


Super Sweet Southern Corn 8/$1.99 or 25 cents each

Fresh Certified 80% Ground Chuck $2.98/lb

Faygo 5/$10

Lean & Meaty Pork Baby Back Ribs $2.98/lb

United Dairy Golden Ice Cream 5/$10


Seedless Watermelons $2.99

Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce $1
$1/2 Sweet Baby Rays 5/10 SS
50 cents each

Ball Park Meat Franks BOGO Free or $1.99 each
$.55/1 Ball Park Franks 5/17 RP2, 4/12 RP
89 cents each

OreIda Potatoes 2/$7
Buy 2, Get 1 Free =
$1/2 OreIda Potatoes 3/29 SS

Breyers Magnum Novelties or Frutarre Bars 2/$8
Buy 2, Get $1 off Instantly = 2/$7
$3/3 Unilever items including Magnum or Frutarre 5/3 RP
$.75/1 Magnum printable (zip 22122)
$.75/1 Magnum Ice Cream SNS eOffer

French’s Yellow Mustard 3/$5
$.50/1 French’s Classic Mustard or Spicy Brown SNS eOffer
$.50/1 French’s Mustard 5/10 SS
17 cents after foupon and SNS eOffer

Glad Freezer or Storage Bags 3/$5
$2/2 Glad Food Storage SNS eOffer
$1/1 Glad Food Protection 5/3 SS
Better than Free after coupon and eOffer

Powerade 10/$10
Buy 10, Get 5 Free = 15/$10 or 67 cents each


Did you find any other Great Shop N Save Deals?

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I made a quick trip to Sam’s Club a couple days ago and was totally shocked at one item that I saw in about 80% of people’s shopping carts.

That item was WATERMELON and the reason I was shocked was the price.  It was $5.98!!  Considering you could get a similar watermelon at Shop N Save for $2.99 this week or even Giant Eagle for $3.99 this week (and next week), I could not believe so many people were buying them, but they were.

Apparently, these people had not looked at the grocery ads and thought since it was Sam’s Club it was a great deal.  It also did not hurt that the Watermelons were set up all over the store and they are just back for the season.  Still it was definitely not a good deal since you could buy 2 watermelons from Shop N Save for the price of one at Sams.

That got me thinking about the other items I don’t even bother looking at Sam’s Club for since I know I can get a better deal on them elsewhere.

Laundry Detergent

My stock up price for bottles at either the grocery store or drug store is $2 or less for 50 oz.  That is 4 cents per ounce.  Even with a special sale at Sam’s right now, All Laundry Detergent is more expensive.  The deal is 225 ounces for $11.28.  That’s 5.1 cents per ounce and it includes a bonus savings.  Just because it’s a sale and Sams does not make it a great deal.


When my first child was born, I thought I could save big by picking up diapers at Sam’s club.  Well, I quickly found out that wasn’t the case.  Using coupons and drug store deals, you can get jumbo packs for $5 or less.  A package of Size 5 Luv diapers contains 25 diapers.  That makes your price 20 cents or less depending on the deal you get.

Luvs Diapers at Sam’s are $29.46 for 140 size 5 diapers.   That’s 21 cents each.  Doesn’t seem like alot, but when raising a little one, every penny counts.


This brings me back to my watermelon deal.  In most cases I can get better deals on produce at Aldi.  There is one exception to this rule in my opinion.  It’s Greens, like Romaine Lettuce Hearts and Spinach.  A 6 pack of Romaine Lettuce at Sam’s Club is $3.80 or 63 cents each.  At Aldi, a 3 pack is $2.47 or around 80 cents each.


Since toothpaste is an item I have a stockpile of that I picked up for FREE, there is no way I would pay $13.88 for a 4 pack or $3.47 each.  Even with just a sale at the grocery store, you can get a better deal than this.  So please skip the toothpaste at Sam’s Club.


My stock-up price for cereal is $1 a box using coupons and sales.  Occasionally I will pay $1.50 for a box if I am low or it’s a cereal we just love.  That’s what I did last week with Life Cereal.   For $1.50 at Giant Eagle I got a 13 oz box or 11.5¢ per ounce

Sam’s price for Life cereal is 6.78 for three 18 ounce bags. That’s 12.6¢ per ounce.  Once again higher than what I can get elsewhere.

Femine Products

This is another item I have a stockpile of for free to $1 per package.  Each pack of maxi-pads  has about 20 in it depending on variety.  Even at $1 a package it make each only 5¢.

Sam’s carries Always packs of 96 for $12.58.  That makes each pad 13.1 cents.

Foaming Hand Soap

With coupons and sales I can often pick up Foaming Hand Soap for $1 a bottle at Giant Eagle.

At Sam’s Club, 4 bottles of Dial Foaming Soap sell for $6.48.  That makes it $1,65 per bottle.  So without even have to do complicated drug store shopping, you can save 65 cents a bottle.  Not worth it to me to buy at Sam’s.

Also, stay tuned for a Foaming Soap trick I have been using quite often.

In Conclusion

While the warehouse clubs definitely can offer great savings, not everything is a better deal. Even if you don’t use coupons, please make sure to check the Weekly Grocery Store Ads so you don’t pay double for something like people did this week with watermelon.

Now for what I do buy at Sam’s Club:

  • Frozen Meatballs – I love them in this Crockpot Recipe
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • French Bread Loaves
  • Clothes – be sure to check the clearance items as denoted by items ending is $x.x1.  You can’t beat getting a $125 dress for $9.81.
  • Electronics and Household Items – recently bought a Shark Vacuum cleaner for $75 lower than anywhere else.  I haven’t bought them there, but have heard there are great deals on tires.
  • Coconut Oil

What are your favorite items to buy at a Warehouse Club.

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Giant Eagle Weekly Coupon Ad Matchups (5/21 to 5/27)

May 20, 2015

It’s the week of Memorial Day and that means great sales on picnic items for you at Giant Eagle.  One great one is Free BBQ Sauce. Here are more of my favorites: Klondike Bars $1.50 Miracle Whip 99 cents A1 Steak Sauce 90 cents Kraft Singles $1.49 Hellman’s Mayonnaise $1 Knorr Side Dishes 30 cents […]

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New Pampers Printable Coupon + More

May 19, 2015

Swimming pools are opening up this weekend.  If you have a little one in diapers, it means time for swim diapers.  Fortunately there is a new $2/1 Pampers Spashers Swim Diaper printable. That’s not the only new coupon out today.  Here are 6 more: $1.00 off Super Snack Pack Pudding Cups or Gels Buy 1 […]

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$25 in Free Clothes For New Schoola Users or $10 for Everybody | Plus Free Shipping

May 18, 2015

Have you tried out School yet?  If you haven’t, it’s the perfect time because you can get $25 in Free Clothes for Men, Women or Kids totally Free. If you aren’t familiar with Schoola, they offer used clothes.  It’s not your average consignment store though.  People donate clothes and the proceeds are given to the […]

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Free Digital Subscription to Yoga Journal Magazine

May 18, 2015

If you are into yoga, you won’t want to miss out on this freebe.   It’s a Free Magazines sent directly to your digital device.  Devices include Macs, PCs and Mobile Devices. Yoga Journal Since 1975, YOGA JOURNAL has been the magazine for health and conscious living. Covering topics such as Yoga, Holistic Health, Martial […]

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