Laurie’s Meijer Trip: Free Milk, $1 Strawberries & More (No Paper Coupons Required!)

You. guys.


Y’all know I love me some Publix shopping. (And miss it since moving way up North!)


And I love me some Fresh Thyme shopping. And Aldi shopping. And even occasionally some Kroger shopping.


But this week?


I’m loving some Meijer shopping. (WOW!)


My typical plan when planning my grocery trip is to coupon shop at just one grocery store (typically the one closest to my house), and swing by one other store that offers great produce deals. (So far that’s usually been at Aldi or Fresh Thyme – Sprouts is a great option if you have one of those in your area as well.)

But, this week I noticed there was free Fairlife milk at Meijer after mPerks, so thought I’d take a peek and see what other bargains I could snag. I didn’t even plan my trip ahead of time ~ just created a quick new mPerks account, scanned their coupons, and headed into the store. I was so stinkin’ excited to see gallons of milk at Meijers on sale for $2 (crazy?), and then I noticed a $1/2 gallon mPerks coupon making those just $1.75 per gallon. Success!!

(This is pitiful folks – when my 12 year old saw all that milk and knew I’d been couponing she double checked to make sure it hadn’t expired. Ahem.) ;)


Here’s what I bought:

  • Reach Floss $1, used $.75/1 Reach mPerks coupon = $.25
  • Del Monte Tomatoes $.89, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $.45
  • 1.64 lbs. grapes on sale $.99/lb. = $1.61
  • Del Monte Green Beans $1.39, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $.70
  • Peter Pan Peanut Butter $2.50, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $1.25
  • Chichis Salsa $1.89, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $.95
  • Jello Pudding $1.98, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $.99
  • Del Monte Fruit Cups $2.19, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $1.10
  • Hunts Pudding Bar $2.50, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $1.25
  • Miracle Whip $2.99, used 50% off mPerks coupon =$1.50
  • 2 Meijer Milk $2 gallon, used $1/2 off 2 gallons mPerks coupon = $3.50
  • Velveeta Shells & Cheese $2.50, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $1.25
  • 2 packs strawberries $1 each = $2
  • Aunt Jemima waffles $2, used 50% off mPerks coupon = $1
  • 1 Fairlite Chocolate Milk $3.50, used FREE mPerks coupon = FREE
  • 1 Fairlike 2% White Milk $3.50, used FREE mPerks coupon = FREE (make sure to get 2% – I had to switch mine out because the mPerks coupon will not work on skim milk)
  • Total = $17.80, Saved $41.92


They also had all their Easter candy marked down to 50% off, and I’m crossing my fingers it will drop a little further in the next few days. (We don’t need any, but at 70% off I might be tempted to buy some more!) I was pretty pleased with my little haul, and will definitely start watching those mPerks savings each week from now on.


If you’re a regular Meijer shopper I’d love to hear any tips on saving while you shop there ~ I’m a little excited to find one more way to save each week! 



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Board Books As Low As $2.64, Shipped

Amazon just dropped the price on several children’s board books to the lowest prices I’ve seen them! They also all ship for free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping.  Check these out:

See more penny pinched deals at Walmart this week.

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Easter Candy Deals 2015



Are you ready to fill those Easter baskets? I woke up this morning and realized that I still need candy to fill Easter baskets at our house, so I decided I’d better start hunting down the deals! Here’s a roundup of the best Easter candy deals 2015 so that none of us pay too much. ;)

$0.50 off TWO Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes $1.00 off (2) MARS Chocolate M&M'S and others
$3.00 off (1) Spin Master MOUSTACHE SMASH game$3.00 off (1) Spin Master BOOM BOOM BALLOON game

  $3.00 off (1) Spin Master HEDBANZ game$0.50 off TWO Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes

$3.00 off Monopoly, Scrabble or The Game of Life$4.00 off MOUSE TRAP or HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS game 

$3.00 off CONNECT 4, BATTLESHIP, SORRY! game $4.00 off TWISTER or TWISTER MOVES game
$1.00 off (2) MARS Chocolate M&M'S and others $3.00 off CHUTES AND LADDERS or GUESS WHO? game

Easter Candy & Game Printable Coupons

Easter Candy Coupons from Sunday inserts

  • $0.50/2 Specially Marked Easter Skittles, Life Savers, Hubba Bubba or Orbit Products – 3-15-15 RP; Includes 1.7 – 6.5 oz; Cannot be combined w/other offers, DND (exp 04/05/15)
  • $1.00/1 Jolly Ranchers/Twizzlers Easter Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans, Lollipops, Gummies, Sour Bunnies, or Twizzlers Snack Size – 3-22-15 SS; Includes 9 oz or Larger (exp 04/05/15)
  • $1.00/2 Mars Easter Products – 3-22-15 RP; Includes M&M’S, 2 oz or Larger, Minis Mix, 10.5 oz or Larger, Snickers, Twix or Milky Way Bunnies or Eggs, 6 ct, or 3 Musketeers, Twix or Milky Way Minis, Snickers Bunny, or Dove Eggs or Bunnies, 4.5 oz or Larger
  • $0.75/1 Jolly Ranchers/Twizzlers Easter Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans, Lollipops, Gummies, Sour Bunnies, or Twizzlers Snack Size – 3-22-15 SS; Includes 9 oz or Larger (exp 04/05/15)
  • $2.00/2 Hershey’s Easter Chocolate Package Candy Bags; Includes 8 oz to 10 oz

*** Text EASTER to 827438 through 4/4/15 to get a $5 Target gift card when you spend $25 in Easter shop at Target – includes baskets, decor, eggs, grass, and more but excludes candy*** 

Buy (1) Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies 4 ct, $1

Buy (1) Peeps Pop 1.375 oz, $1.50

Buy 2 Hershey Candy Bags $2.89

  • Use $1.00/2 Hershey’s Stand Up Bags – 3-15-15 SS
  • And use $1/2 Target In Ad Coupon
  • $1.89 after coupons

Buy 2 M&M’s Easter Candies, 11.4 oz  $2.89

Cadbury Mini Eggs $2.89

  • Use $2.00/3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s Miniatures, Hershey’s Eggs, Cadbury or Whoppers Bags – 3-22-15 SS
  • Stack with 25% off Cadbury Cartwheel coupon
  • $1.50 per bag  after coupons

Buy (3) Starburst Jelly Beans 14 oz, $2 each


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Buy (4) M&M’s Easter Candy 9.9 – 12.6 oz, $3 each (Limit 1)

  • Use (4) $1/1 M&M’s from 3/22 from RedPlum insert (or (2) $1/2 printables)
  • Pay $8 out of pocket, Get $4 Extra Care Bucks
  • As low as $1 each after coupons and ECBs

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Starburst Jelly Beans, 14 oz – $1.19

Dove Chocolate Eggs, 7 – 9 oz – $2.39 B1G1 Sale Priced Based On Purchasing A Single Item

Cadbury Creme Eggs, 4 ct – Prices vary

  • Use B2G1 Cadbury Eggs (Publix Coupon) – Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer (Valid from 3-14-15); Includes 4 pk (exp. 04/03/15)


M&M’s Candies $2.88

Starburst Jellybeans, 9 – 14 oz – $1.98

  • Use $1.00/2 Starburst or Life Savers Jelly Bean Bags from the 3-15-15 RP
  • $1.48 after coupon


M&M’s Candies $2.88

Starburst Jellybeans, 9 – 14 oz – $2

  • Use $1.00/2 Starburst or Life Savers Jelly Bean Bags from the 3-15-15 RP
  • $1.50 after coupon


Starburst Jellybeans, 9 – 14 oz – $1.87

  • Use $1.00/2 Starburst or Life Savers Jelly Bean Bags from the 3-15-15 RP
  • $1.37 after coupon
Trolli Gummy Candy, $0.99 
  • Buy 10 participating Mega Sale products save $5 – makes it $.49

Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs, 10 oz $2

  • $2.00/3 Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s Miniatures, Hershey’s Eggs, Cadbury or Whoppers Bags 3-22-15 SS
  • $1.33 after coupon

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Dollarama: The Canadian Passionate Penny Pincher?


We’ve been Spring Breaking way up in Tremblant, Canada, and my sweet Caroline and I took a few hours off from skiing yesterday to check out the local town! Sure enough, that smart kid of mine spotted the Dollarama from a mile away, and was more than happy to spend an hour with me meandering through the aisles.



It was by far the biggest Dollar store we’d ever seen, and while it was actually “$1 and up”, most items were still priced between $1 and $3. Just like our stores here in the U.S. they has a ton of fun little deals, and after looking around I decided it’s well worth visiting a Dollar store when you’re on vacation just to pick up necessities at a great price. (We needed Chapstick, snacks, and a deck of playing cards for the ride home, which would have cost three to four times as much at the local grocery store!)


They had a fantastic selection of floral arrangements (you can’t tell from the picture, but the stems were the best quality I’ve seen at a Dollar Tree), IMG_1322.JPG

cute bins for organizing,

a huge selection of large and small buckets, IMG_1324.JPG

quite a few coupon organizers, IMG_1327.JPG

kids activity workbooks (all in French ~ that didn’t help us much), IMG_1328.JPG

“Wagonwheels” (which look like our American Moonpies?)

And a fantastic selection of super cute party paper products.


Since my largest population of readers outside the United States is from Canada, I thought you all might enjoy some Canadian savings. :) We had such a wonderful time, and my husband said we might just have to head up to Canada one day and start the a whole new site . . . the Canadian Penny Pincher.


Ummmm . . . while I thought it was just lovely here, I’m thinking I would never, EVER warm up if I moved this far North. Brrrrr. ;)

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Free Dave Ramsey Budgeting App: Every Dollar


Have you heard about the new Budgeting App available from Dave Ramsey – Every DollarBasically it’s an online program that includes a free app allowing you to easily manage your budget, no matter where you are. everydollar_laptop_phone

From your computer or phone, you can . . . 

  • Create your first budget in less than 10 minutes
  • Add and split transactions
  • Set and achieve your money goals

I played around with it a little bit this morning, and think my budget-loving-hubby is going to love this. It allows you to so easily create a monthly budget on your computer or tablet, automatically updates your totals while you work through your expense list, and easily gives you access to “Baby Steps” savings so you can reach your long term financial goals.


Once your budget is set up in your account (you’ll need to do this from a computer or tablet), you can add in purchases as you go from your phone, almost creating a “virtual” envelope system. What I think is genius about this program is that you and a spouse could both set up accounts on your phone, and both people can keep up with what’s really being spent. If you’re both willing to really determine to track your spending, this adds in so much accountability and will help you transform your financial future!


Sign up HERE for your free basic account, and let me know what you think. 



This is a sponsored post from Dave Ramsey, however all opinions are my own. I really did try it out and love it, and think you will love it too!

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25 Days Of Spring Cleaning Hacks Day 20: Get Ground In Dirt Out Of Laminate


Need a good way to clean your vinyl floors?

See how Jillee at One Good Thing gets ground in dirt out of vinyl/laminate flooring.

Looking for more Spring cleaning ideas? Check these out:

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7 Best Money Saving Apps



There are a ton of great money saving apps available, but if you’re like me it can be overwhelming to decide which to use. (There are so many choose from!) I only use a select few ~ here are the ones I take advantage of on a regular basis . . .


1. Ibotta

Ibotta allows you to earn real money through Paypal at several of your favorite stores, including Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix, King Soopers and more. After purchasing an item with an Ibotta rebate, just take a picture of your receipt and Ibotta will credit your account – you get real money via PayPal once you’ve reached a minimum of $5 in your account.

2. Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is similar to Ibotta – each Thursday they release new money saving offers at your favorite stores. When you purchase one of the items just take a picture of your receipt and you’ll receive a check in the mail when your account reaches $20.


3. Snap from Groupon

Similar to Ibotta and Checkout 51, Snap from Groupon offers rebates on regular purchases you make already, and when you take a picture of your receipt you’ll receive money back in your account. Once you hit $20 you’ll receive a check, and you can actually double (or triple) dip on deals using Ibotta, Checkout 51 and Snap from Groupon. Love that!


4. Favado

Favado is my go to resource for grocery deals when I’m shopping at the grocery store. It includes all the lists here on PPP, and while I prefer to look at the full list online before heading out, this is a great way to save when I’m in a hurry. (Read more about Favado and how to use it over HERE.)


5. Coupon Sherpa

I use Coupon Sherpa when I’m out and about to take advantage of retail savings. Before heading into any store, I do a quick search on Coupon Sherpa to see which coupons are available to pull up on my phone and easily save without pre-clipping coupons at home.


6. Groupon

I love having the Groupon app on my phone – if we’re out and looking for some savings on a meal, I always check out local Groupon offers to see if any of them will work for us. Most offers allow you to purchase just a few minutes before using, so you can take advantage of the Groupon deal right when you need it.

7. Amazon 

Goodness, I love the Amazon App. Before purchasing just about anything other than food I scan the barcode using my Amazon App to see how the price at a local store stacks up. This helps me get a ballpark figure for the retail price, and makes sure that I’m not paying too much to have something in a hurry.



Walmart’s Savings Catcher

I’m not including this in my top seven, because honestly I’m not a Walmart shopper and don’t use this one at all. However, if you regularly shop Walmart you absolutely need to have this one to make saving at Walmart easy! Just load your receipt to your phone, and if another store in your area beats Walmart’s price you’ll get the difference in a Walmart gift card. Go HERE to read more.


The one app that I would love to see but just haven’t found yet is a really good app for free kids meals. I know this one is hard because restaurants vary so much by city, but that’s one that I think would come in so handy as an app! I’ve tried a few and haven’t been all that impressed with them, but if you’ve found one I’d love to know which one you’re using.


So what are your favorite money saving apps? Leave a comment to share which apps have worked for you ~ I’d love to hear which ones you would add to the list!


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Look What Came Today! (Updated: Free $15 In Credit Available Again)



Schoola is offering $15 in free credit again! To get yours, go HERE to get started (and if you sign up feel free to leave your referral links in the comments so someone else can use your referral code.) Let me know if it works for you!

Remember when I posted about the new program, Schoola a few weeks agoWell I got my first delivery today (YAY!)


I had quite a bit of credit, so I ordered a few things for myself and several things for my kids. While we didn’t love all of it, quite a few items were great, and I’d consider them very similar to shopping a local consignment store. Remember that with their $15 free credit (and free shipping!) your order is totally free, so definitely worth trying out.


Here are a few of my favorite items . . . 

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A few Justice and Gap outfits for my daughter (she loves Justice, but I think their prices are ridiculous without a sale!)

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A Gretchen tunic for this summer for me ($47.99 right now on ebay - crazy!)


And a few cute Gap tops for me, as well as an Ann Taylor skirt and jacket. (The sizes were off a bit, so I may try to re-sell them at our local consignment store!) I also snagged a Joseph A Bank shirt for my husband and Hollister button down for my son – all for free. Success!

Here are a few tips when shopping Schoola . . . 

  • only sort by “New with Tags”, “Perfect”, or “Good” condition (bottom left side of the screen)
  • to make sorting easier, choose a few of your favorite brands (I searched for Gap, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Abercrombie, Justice & Hollister)
  • they often send out codes for 20% off right after you join – be sure to use your code to get extra savings!
  • even though your order is free, they will ask for your credit card information at checkout


Have you tried out Schoola yet? Go HERE to sign up and get your completely free $15 credit, plus free shipping for a limited time! If you sign up, leave your referral link in the comments section here on PPP – and hopefully another reader will use your link so you can get more free clothing. Love that!

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Fridge Cleanout: You Might Just Find Dinner . . .

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This morning I took a peek in my fridge and realized it was in some serious need of attention, so determined to take a few minutes (um, an hour) to really clean it out! I started thinking about it and realized I haven’t ever cleaned it out (we got it new last May when we moved ~ yikes!), so clearly it was time to get started.




It took a solid hour to get it completely emptied and washed out, but goodness, it’s amazing how good it feels to get that job done! 


I realized we have way too many onions (I’ve got to chop some up to freeze), 4 packs of pepperoni (not sure why? those headed to the freezer too . . .) and we’ve got all the fixins’ for nachos for dinner one night. :)


If your fridge needs some TLC, block out some time to get that project done ~ you’ll be amazed what you may find in there (quite possibly dinner . . . ) :) and it just feels so good. 

A tried and true great way to get your refrigerator clean without a lot of backache. Your fridge will be sparkling quickly with this simple way to get all the drawers clean.

Curious how to easily clean your fridge out? Try this out. (It didn’t work for me in our new home, but worked great when we had a clean tub nearby!)


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More Target Savings: Suave, L’Oreal, My Generation, My Little Pony & More

Target is just plain ole’ hopping with deals this week! Be sure to see all the items I scored yesterday while I was there, and don’t miss these extra savings before heading out to shop . . .

Buy 4 Suave Professionals 2 pack $3.79

  • Use (2) $3/2 Suave coupons from the 3/8 Red Plum insert
  • Pay $9.16 out of pocket, get $5 Target gift card
  • Makes it $4.15 or 52¢ per bottle

Buy 4 Tresemme $3.94

  • Use (4) $2/1 Tresemme coupons from the 3/22 Red Plum insert
  • Pay $7.76 out of pocket, get $5 Target gift card
  • Makes it $2.76 or 69¢ per bottle

Buy 2 L’oreal (not part of the gift card offer) $5.99


Buy 1 Purina Dog Chow $11.99 – $12.99

  • Use $1/1 Purina coupon or $1/1 Purina coupon from the 3/2 SmartSource insert
  • Pay $10.99 out of pocket get $5 Target gift card
  • Makes it $5.99 after coupon and gift card


Buy 2 Betty Crocker Brownie Mixes $1.02 or Cake Mixes $1.00

Starburst Jelly Beans 2/$4


Buy 1 Guess Who $9.99

Buy 1 Chutes & Ladders $7.99

Buy 1 Hungry Hungry Hippos $19.99, price matched to Amazon $13.99 (price matched at customer service)


My Little Pony Equestria Doll $9.99



Lil Big Paws $14.99

Buy 4 Chutes & Ladders or Candy Land $7.99



Our Generation Dolls $17.49 (all Our Generation products are on sale 30% off this week)


See all the crazy good deals going on at Target this week!  

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