Let's Go Krogering! {Week of March 2, 2009}

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 3/03/2009 02:00:00 AM | | 10 comments »

This feature is posted every Tuesday by 5:00 AM EST with 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 or Kroger-affiliated store. Please click here to read the rules; the html code for the 149x149 button is in my sidebar.

Feel free to link up to this all week and share the good deals you find at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store! As always, please add a link back to me in your Krogering post. Not sure how to do this? Just email me and I'll walk you through it!


Click here for a printable file of this week's (03/02-03/08) Kroger ad matchups with current coupons (Cincy Region).

Thank you to my faithful linkers last week! All of you did a great job grabbing and sharing deals at your Kroger. If you're out there wondering if you should link up, give it a try!

Remember, this linkup is open not just to Kroger shoppers, but to anyone who shops a Kroger-owned chain store (like Shaws, King Soopers, Ralphs, etc; click here for a full list of Kroger-owned stores). And this linkup is open ALL week, from now until Sunday 03/01. I hope you'll share your savings!

Here's what I bought this week:

My Krogering Trip, Monday, March 2, 2009:

Just a normal week at Kroger for me; even though there's a 10 Item Mega Event going on, I didn't *work* that deal. We don't eat too much of the stuff that's listed for the sale (except ice cream and since hubs and I give up all that good stuff during Lent, I'm trying not to bring any home for my freezer!) so I just skipped over that sale in my shopping planning.

It's never frugal to go hog wild buying something you won't use or eat just because it's a great deal, especially any perishable or nearly perishable food (like frozen). If you can give it away, then buy it for that reason. But grabbing deals just for the sake of grabbing deals is just greed dressed up as frugality.

Spent: $81.33

Saved: $77.79, or 48%

Here's the breakdown on Q's used:

:: (1) PupPeroni, $3.29

$1.50/2, ShortCuts.com

:: (2) Cottonelle 4pk, $0.99 ea

$0.75/2 blinkie in paper goods aisle

:: V8 Splash juice, $2.50

$0.55/1, Campbell's ELabel Booklet distributed at school this past year

:: Activia Light 4pk, $2.00

$1.00/1, SS 01/11

:: DanActive 4pk, $2.00

$1.00/1 Kroger catalina from previous trip

:: Gatorade 32 oz, $1.00

$1.00/1 Kroger catalina from previous trip

:: Skintimate Shave Gel, $2.39

$0.55/1 Store mailed coupon

:: (2) Yoplait Kids Yogurts, $2.38

$1.00/2 @ ShortCuts.com.

:: (2) Quaker Oatmeal, $4.00 (buy 2, get instant $1.00 off at checkout)

$1.00/2, RP 02/08

:: SunSweet Raisins, 12 oz can, $1.69

$1.00/2, SS 11/09

:: Muir Glen Tomato paste, $1.19

$1.00/any one product, Eat Better America mailer coupons.

:: Gorton's Fish Sticks, $2.99

$0.40/1, SS 03/01

:: Quaker Fiber Omega Cereal Bars, $3.49

FREE box, Kroger store catalina from previous trip.

:: Betty Crocker Frosting, $1.59

$0.55/1 printable here

:: (3) Purina Wholesome Entree Canned Dog Food, $1.39

FREE Can Purina Wholesome Entree (to $1.49), RP 02/08 (exp. 03/08)

Other Q's used:

$8.00/$80.00 groceries

Mailed Kroger coupon based on my loyalty card usage.

$0.45/1 Kroger Cold Cereal, $0.99

Mailed Kroger coupon based on my loyalty card usage.


Catalina earned from last week's Pillsbury rolls deal

Remember, you can click here for my printer-friendly GoogleDoc of this week's Kroger Ad/Coupon Matchups (Cincy Region). Please let me know by a comment if I missed any good deals; I'll revise the list asap!

To see 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 also 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, 03/10/07, to see what I find next week and to link up your own Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store deals!


**As always, please add a link back to my Let's Go Krogering! post in your Krogering post and be sure that you add your post's permalink to the Mr. Linky so everyone else can find your deals (rather than just linking back to your blog's homepage). Need help doing this? Email me and I'll walk you through it!**

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  1. The Googeg's // March 3, 2009 9:11 AM  

    I see a lot of milk in your picture. I haven't quite got the hang of when to buy the milk. What is the best day and how much did you pay for your milk?

    Thank you.


  2. Marianne Thomas // March 3, 2009 10:42 AM  

    Debbie: Excellent question.

    Milk happens to be on sale at Kroger (Cincy Region) for $1.00/half gallon. That's a great price all week long.

    Since my kids drink A LOT of milk, I also will buy milk that's been marked down because it's near it's expiration date. The best days to do that are usually Friday (the stores want to have *fresh* stock for the weekend), and, if milk will be on sale during the next week (like it is this week), the day before the sale starts.

    For example, our sale (Kroger, Cincy Region) begins on Monday -- with featured items (like milk this week)-- often going on sale on Sunday because Kroger runs a "Featured Items" full page ad in the Sunday paper each week with a handful of their best sale items showcased; those items are available at sale price on Sunday even though the rest of the weekly ad isn't in effect until Monday.

    Since the 1/2 gallons of milk were available at the sale price on Sunday, I'm betting (from personal experience shopping Kroger) that there were a bunch of near-expiration 1/2 gallons of milk marked down for quick sale late Saturday.

    Again, the key to getting those markdowns is knowing your store's sale dates/sales cycles and understanding that the majority of folks do their grocery shopping on the weekends. Stores want the freshest stock available for Saturday and Sunday and for the beginning of their new weekly sale; items that are close to expy are marked down to move them out the door.

    Hope that helps!! And yes, my three (and hubs) really do drink a lot of milk! We go through almost 4 gallons a week here!

    Thanks for asking!

  3. Jamie // March 3, 2009 10:58 AM  

    Wow! That's a lot of food :) You spent in one trip what I budget for the month, hehehe (it is just me a DH).

    I haven't had the chance to go to Kroger's this week. I didn't really see anything in the ad that I *had* to have. If I do go I'll be sure to post to your Let's Go Krogering Mr. Linky!

  4. Marianne Thomas // March 3, 2009 11:10 AM  

    Jamie: We do eat a lot here! Three kids and a hubs who's 6'4" -- you can see why I *love* Kroger!

    Your budget v. my budget is a perfect example of why no two budgets are the same. Everyone has different needs and challenges.

    Do link up if you go Krogering, but yeah, I agree it's not a *stellar* sale week (besides milk). Too bad I can't convice the kiddos to eat less during the weeks the sales are pffft!


    Thanks for commenting!

  5. Suzanne // March 5, 2009 1:21 PM  

    TP crisis! My local Kroger (Dayton) has stopped stocking the 99 cent Cottonelle 4-pack! I have checked two local stores so far and the 4-packs are nowhere to be found. The shelves are full of Angel Soft. And I still have 2 Cellfire coupons and 3 hard coupons for Cottonelle!

    Is anyone else noticing this?


  6. Marianne Thomas // March 5, 2009 2:02 PM  

    Suzanne: We still have lots of the $0.99 Cottonelle here in Lebanon, but I did notice that the Angel Soft 4pks were now priced at $1.00 ea.

    I checked the database at Hot Coupon World but the only MQ's I see are for 6 Double Rolls or larger of Angel Soft.

    Were the shelves empty (I've seen that) or was the product + product tag just gone? Keep us posted!

    And Kroger, if you're listening, we all love our free/nearly free TP!

  7. FromThe Creek // March 5, 2009 6:32 PM  

    You did very well this week! I love it when the 1/2 gallons are on sale like this because my daughter can handle a half-gallon for pouring her own milk!

    My post is up...just stocking up on some good sales for my stockpile.

  8. Suzanne // March 6, 2009 10:59 AM  

    Cottonelle TP update:

    I checked my third Dayton-area Kroger today. No 4-packs, no shelf tags, Angel Soft stacked as far as the eye can see.

    There is a thread at Hot Coupon World in the Kroger Cincinnati Region forum addressing this. People are saying that Cottonalle has discontinued the 4-pack.

    They flushed our savings away. Bad pun, I know.

    If anyone knows where to get Angel Soft coupons other than for the 6-count packs?



  9. Mary // March 6, 2009 12:34 PM  

    Just wanted to stop by to say hi and to say that I really enjoy reading your posts. I love your "let's go krogering" feature and hope to participate in many more. I feel your pain on the "4 gallons of milk a week". I have 3 teenage boys and also have a 6' ?" hubs...I'm thinking it would be cheaper in the long run to buy a milking cow...lol...

  10. Marianne Thomas // March 9, 2009 10:35 PM  

    From The Creek: My oldest can easily handle the 1/2 gallons as well and she likes to help her brothers (most of the time!) so it works well for me, too!

    Suzanne: They're gone at my Kroger as well. I saw a story come across Cincinnati.com with the same buzz. Oh well! It was fantastic while it lasted...time to find the next great deal!!

    Mary: I keep half-joking that we'll need a mini-farm at the rate our kiddos eat! A cow out back sounds pretty good now...and I think it will sound even better when my three are teenagers!!

    All: Thanks for chatting!