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 version of this week's (05/04-05/10) Kroger Ad Matchup with current coupons (Cincy Region).

Let's Go Krogering! {The *GASP* No-Coupon Edition!}

Pick yourself up off the floor and dust yourself off - yes, you read that correctly.
I headed off to Kroger with no coupons for my trip other than (3) $1.00/1 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats that I received by mail from Vocalpoint.

We had another busy May weekend here in our family which left me little time to make a decent shopping plan...or even get my blog posts up on time (*a-hem!*). And my oldest woke up with a nasty rash on Monday which meant I had to scrap my morning plans and take her in to the pediatrician.

I decided to forgo coupons to save myself time; here's my trip from Monday, 5/4:

Spent: $81.19
Saved: $25.41, or 23%

I walked in to the store with (3) $1.00/1 Kellogg's Mini Wheats Cereal coupons that I received from Vocalpoint and that's it. Luckily, I didn't need too much this week since I cooked a doubled meals all last week and froze the extras; you can read more about that here.

Here's the cool thing about this trip, the part I hope all of you who might be new to couponing or new to saving at the grocery store will take to heart:

Even without coupons, you can still save at the grocery store.

By comparing prices (look at the CPU {cost per unit} on your items every.single.time), by shopping the weekly ad sales, and by substituting store brands (generics) for brand name items, I was still able to save 23% off my total bill. I also checked for coupons in-store, most notably blinkies (little coupon machines) and peelies and used those to lower my total by another $5.00.

Coupons can and will help you save more money on your groceries and your household items over time, but careful attention to the sale and the prices in-store will save you money as well. Make a menu plan, write your list, then shop your store wisely, not impulsively.

How'd you do at your Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store this week? Share your success and your deals - they might help another reader!

Feel free to link your Kroger deal post in the Mr. Linky below. Don't have a blog but just know about a fantastic unadvertised deal at Kroger this week? Leave a comment and share what you know! Thanks!

**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!**

*Revised /5/09, 9:23 am EST*

Mr. Linky is in an uncooperative mood this morning; I'm having tech issues getting my linky box to show and even accessing the host site. Thanks for your patience; feel free to leave a link to your Krogering post in the comment section.

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