Let's Go Krogering! Week of January 19

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 1/20/2009 02:00:00 AM | | 6 comments »

This new feature will be posted every Tuesday by 5:00 AM EST. I'll have a Mr. Linky at the bottom if you'd like to add your link to your own post about what deals you found at your local Kroger.


1. Make sure you leave a link in the second box of the Mr. Linky form that goes DIRECTLY to your Let's Go Krogering! post, not to your home page. (Copy the permalink for your Krogering post and you'll be good to go!).

2. Make sure you mention that you're linking up to my main Let's Go Krogering post at The New Frugal Mom in your blog post and link to my Let's Go Krogering post for that week. Thank you very much for doing this -- sharing linky love makes blogging fun for everyone! *You can also grab the button for this feature; see my sidebar or the end of the rules.*

3. In the first space of the Mr. Linky box, leave your name/site name, then in the parentheses tell us how much you spent/saved and where your Kroger is located so others near you can find the same deals. If you don't want to be specific (for example, I shop the Lebanon, Ohio Kroger Marketplace), you can simply add the region in which your Kroger is located (for example, Cincinnati). Kroger deals vary slightly across regions; my hope is by adding the approximate region where you shop, you'll be able to help (or be helped by) others near you.

4. If you could note which coupons you used and where they're located (for example, Smart Source 1/18 or printable here {embed link} or blinkie above product), that would be just PEACHY and very helpful to your fellow Krogerers.

5. If you find something on clearance that matches up with available coupons, share that, too!

6. If you shop one of the grocery stores that is part of the Kroger Corporation (see the list of Kroger-owned grocery stores in the "Chains" portion of this Wikipedia entry about Kroger), feel free to join this linkup. Just be sure to write the name of your Kroger-owned store in the Mr. Linky box (for example, Dillons, Ralph's, Fred Meyer, Smiths, etc). Many times, similar deals are offered across the range of grocery chains that Kroger owns.

7. Empty links will be deleted as will links to inappropriate content.

Thanks for reading through those rules! Next week, I'll just add a link to the rules after back-dating the rules post in my archives.

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Copy and paste the code below into your post:

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Now onto the fun!

My trip to Kroger (Lebanon, OH Marketplace), January 19, 2009

Spent: $75.30
Saved: $115.10, or 60%

I rocked the Mega Savings event (buy 10 participating products, get $5.00 off your total order at check out; limit 3 per order) as well as grabbed some other deals for which I luckily had good coupons.

Remember, Kroger in the Cincinnati region offers unlimited doubled coupons and doubles coupons up to a cap of $1.00.

My matchups:

(6) Sara Lee Soft and Smooth bread
~ on sale this week, B1G1Free $2.18 ea
~ also used Kroger mailed coupon for $0.55/1 Sara Lee SS Bread

(6) 1/2 gallons of 2% Milk, $1.20 ea (sale price)
~ used (6) Buy 1 Sara Lee Soft and Smooth Bread, get $1.00 off ANY size milk
(these coupons were located on (2) tearpads at my local Save-A-Lot -- I stopped in for some yeast and bananas last Friday and lucked into finding them. I put (4) loaves in my freezer and gave (2) to my mom and dad. Be sure to look around your stores for those tearpads, too!)

(1) Little Debbie 100 Cal Snack Cakes, $1.79
~ $0.55/1 printable here

(2) Cottonelle 4 pks, $0.99 ea
~ (2) $0.50/1 printable here (page 1)

(3) Hormel Pepperoni, 8 oz, $3.49 ea
~ (3) $0.55/1, SS 1/18

(2) Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers, $3.69 ea
~ (2) $1.00/1 printable here
~ (1) $1.50/2 via ShortCuts*

(1) No Yolks Egg Noodles, 16 oz, $2.09
~ $0.50/1 printable here (page 2)

(2) Kids Yoplait Yogurt 6 pks, $2.38 ea
~ (1) $1.00/2 printable here (page 2)
~ (1) $1.00/2 via ShortCuts

(6) Hunts Diced Tomatoes, $0.99 ea
~ (2) $1.00/3 printable here

Yo-Plus Yogurt 4pk, $2.49 ea
~ (1) $1.00/1 via Cellfire*
~ (1) $1.00/1 printable here

Mega Savings Items (Buy 10, get instant $5.00 off at checkout; limit 3 per transaction)

(2) Orville Redenbacher Popcorn 3 pks, $1.99 ea ($1.49 after Mega Sale Discount)
~ (2) $1.00/1 printable here

(3) Chex Mix, $1.99 ea ($1.49 after Mega Sale Discount)
~ (2) $0.60/1 via ShortCuts (different exp. dates)*
~ (1) $0.60/1 via Cellfire*
~ (1) $0.50/2 (peelie found on front of bags in store today)

(1) Cheetos, $1.99 ($1.49 after Mega Sale Discount)

(1) Goldfish Crackers, $1.49 ($0.99 after Mega Sale Discount)

(3) Kleenex Tissues, $1.49 ea ($0.99 after Mega Sale Discount)
~ $1.00/3, SS 1/4

(5) Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, $1.49 ea ($0.99 after Mega Sale Discount)
~ (4) $0.50/1, GM 1/4 and SS 1/11
~ (1) $0.60 printable here (dead link)

(6) Kraft Shredded Cheese. $1.99 ea ($1.49 after Mega Sale Discount)
~ (6) $0.75/1 blinkies found above product (This blinkie was above the product last week; I grabbed a few last week then grabbed a few more today. Note: this blinkie does NOT double.)

(2) Kraft 2% Milk Cheese Slices, $1.99 ea ($1.49 after Mega Sale Discount)
~ (2) $0.75/1 blinkies (same blinkie as above)

(5) Quaker Oatmeal Cereal Packets, $2.49 ea ($1.99 after Mega Sale Discount)
~ (4) $0.70/1, RP 1/4
~ (1) $1.00/1 Kroger register catalina

(2) Pace Salsa, $1.99 ea ($1.49 after Mega Sale Discount)
~ (1) $0.40/2, SS 12/14

Other items I bought on sale:
~ (1) lb Kroger Ground Chuck, $1.79
~ (1) 1/2 Gallon Kroger OJ, $1.20
~ (1) Land of Frost Turkey, 16 oz, $3.00
~ (1) Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream 1/2 gallon, $1.99
~ (1) Kroger Zips Crackers, $1.67
~ (1) Driscoll Strawberry, $1.50

And items not on sale, but on my list:
~ Bananas, $0.48/lb
~ Kroger flour, $1.99
~ Lemon, $0.74 ea
~ Kroger Wild Rice Mix, $0.99
~ Kroger 3 pk Yeast, $1.49
~ Jiffy Cornbread Muffin Mix. $0.43
~ Kroger Valu Cream of Mushroom Soup, $0.63
~ Kroger Valu Can of Mushrooms, $0.54
~ Kroger Tuna (can), $0.74
~ Kroger Vegetable Shortening, $4.49
~ Blue Bonnet Margarine 4pk, $0.72
~ Sweet Potatoes, $0.99/lb
~ 1 Doz Medium Eggs, $1.32

For the full list of coupon matchups for this week's sale at Kroger, go visit my friend Andrea and read her Snack Summary on this week's Kroger deals right here.

And, for my menu plan for this week (built around these deals + what I had in my freezer and pantry), click here.

And, just because I love to save you time, click here for the full grocery list of items needed for my menu plan this week. It's a GoogleDoc and you should easily be able to print it right from your browser. Let me know if I missed any ingredients so I can revise it as soon as possible!

I *heart* going Krogering! I hope you'll share how much you saved when you went Krogering this week! Leave your link below and be sure to come back next Tuesday, 01/27/09, to see what I find next week and to link up your own Kroger deals!

Now it's YOUR turn! Share your best deals from your local Kroger and help a fellow shopper save some $$!


*There is an overlap of my Cellfire and my ShortCuts coupons with paper coupons although I did not intend for this to happen. My friend Andrea just posted about the official policies for using Cellfire, ShortCuts, and P&G ESaver coupons which details that they should NOT be stacked with paper coupons.

I believe in ethical couponing (adhering to policies) and did not intend to stack these; in fact, I had redeemed some of the ShortCuts coupons during my last trip to Kroger and did not expect to see them redeemed again on my receipt.

My point: I'm not advocating stacking ECoupons with Manufacturer paper coupons in the listings above although it did happen that a few of my items ended up stacked today. As I understand from Andrea's post about this important issue, Kroger is working with all of the ECoupon providers to come up with a fix for this within their register system.

Until that happens, I will be sure to check my Cellfire, ShortCuts, and P&G ESaver accounts each week before shopping and note which coupons are loaded so I don't double up with paper coupons as well.

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  1. PaulaB52 // January 20, 2009 5:58 AM  

    You sure got a bunch of stuff! Good work.

    We don't have a Kroger's in our area, which apparently according to your prices, is a super bummer!

    I noticed you ran into another store to buy yeast and you bought a 3 pack yesterday. You may want to think about buying bulk yeast if you bake bread often. I buy the 3 pack brick of yeast (vacuum sealed) @ Sam's. It's like 4.00. After you open the brick, you can put it in a jar in your fridge and it will stay good for a year or so!

    HTH. I love your blog. I'll be reading.

  2. Marianne Thomas // January 20, 2009 6:30 AM  

    Paula B52: I don't belong to Sam's Club or any other discount club but I like your idea about buying yeast in 3 pk brick because I do a lot of yeast-baking with my bread machine.

    I'll surf the net and see what I can find; if anyone has a merchant they use for buying bulk yeast online, drop a comment and let me know!

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. two_blue_one_pink // January 21, 2009 7:54 AM  

    Found your link over on $5 dinners. I am so jealous your kroger doubles to a dollar!! Ours only doubles to .50

  4. Marianne Thomas // January 21, 2009 8:12 AM  

    two blue one pink: We are lucky here in our region; Kroger seems to be extra-generous in their hometown! (Corporate office is located in Cincy).

    Thanks for commenting! Hope you link up!

  5. Andrea @ Mommy Snacks.net // January 21, 2009 9:07 AM  

    Oh, man! I wish I had some of those blinkies - grocery/coupon jealousy :-)!!!! I hope to make it Krogering tonight! I will definitely be playing along!

    And, of the very few things I get at Sam's, one is yeast - but GFS has it for the same price in case people don't have a membership to a warehouse club (GFS is free to shop).

  6. Marianne Thomas // January 21, 2009 9:12 AM  

    Andrea: Thanks for the heads up on GFS -- I'll head there for yeast (prolly the Midtown one).

    And, FYI: the blinkies for the Kraft cheese are set to spit out sloooowly. I was chatting with my super-nice cashier (who, impressed with my mad couponing skillz asked about my q's) and she mentioned that the store managers will often set blinkies to feed new coupons at a slow pace when the coupon is for a hot sale item.

    HTH! Good luck finding 'em!