Thanks to the Meijer website (and the fact that their prices are usually the best in the area), they have redeemed themselves from the previously posted Meijer Mayhem. I started exploring this great part of their website last night called Meal Box. At first I was just using it to find coupons, but I started to play with it and thought I would share a few of the things I found.
NOTE: You can't use the back button. To go 'back' when you are exploring the little Meal Box window, click on the "X" within the box.
Printing Coupons: In the box on the right you can click on the "Specials" tab to find a list of current coupons you can use in the store. You can print as many as you want and need. They aren't the easy to print as I wold like. You have to click on "Print", which brings up the coupon in a new window. Then I right-click on it to print. Sort of a pain, but worth the end result.
Finding Recipes: Under the "Recipes" tab there are several sub-tabs. The one I like the best is the "Meal Type" sub-tab. The first choice you'll find is "Top 25 Budget Meals". I LOVE this feature. It will show you a list of recipes that feature this weeks specials and coupons. They tell you what ingredients are on sale and yo can click on them for more details.
Shopping List: You can click on the coupons or selected items in the recipe to add them to a shopping list. I haven't used this feature yet, but I will probably try to next time.
Meal Planner: I haven't used this feature yet either, but it allows you to drag an image beside a recipe and add it to one day of the week. You then pick whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, or other. When you do this, it instantly creates a shopping list for you. Now when you click on the shopping list tab you'll find every thing you need.
There are still a lot of areas for improvement on this site, but it's a nice tool for now. I did see a note that Chicago and Indianapolis areas may have different "sales weeks" then the rest of us. Our area resets on Sundays. I think there is an archived section for shoppers in the other two markets.
Couple Additional Notes: Meijer always doubles coupons up to $0.50. They do not price match on grocery items.
Here are a couple more links for people who use this tool. I haven't explored them fully yet, but you will probably find additional information there:
A Full Cup
Stretching a Buck
As I explore these sites, you'll likely see these (and others) added to my blog list below. Enjoy!