January 31, 2010

Target | Up & Up Diapers: Buy More, Save More {Online ONLY}


If you need to stockpile diapers quickly, Target.com currently has a nice Buy More, Save More deal on their Up & Up brand diapers; this deal is available only online.

From the offer details:

Buy 3 save 10%, buy 4 or more save 15% on disposable diapers, wipes, baby food + formula and baby toiletries. Offer available onlne only. Discount applied at Checkout.Offer expires February 6, 2010.

You can also get FREE shipping when you spend $50 or more on your online order. Can I get a WOOT!?!

The sale prices before the discount on the Up & Up Diapers range from $6.29 - $13.29 (Sizes 1-6, packages ranging from 30-96 ct). After the 15% discount for purchasing (4) or more is applied, prices range from $5.35 - $11.30.

But you can make this deal sweeter! ;-)

Use this coupon code at checkout to get an additonal 10% off your online order: URTYJLI8. Be sure that your final total after the additional 10% off is $50 dollars to secure the FREE shipping.

And make it sweeter yet - buy through your Shop at Home account and you'll earn 5% cash back on your Target.com purchase! Don't have a Shop at Home account yet? Register for free and you'll get $5.00 credited to your account.

This deal is good through February 6, 2010, so grab it while you can. This would be a nice new baby gift for the busy new mom in your life or a great way to build a good stockpile of diapers if you're expecting soon.

{Note: When I tested this offer on Target.com, my shipping was free with only (4) packages of $6.29 ea diapers which totaled $25.16 before the 15% discount or the additional 10% off code. I certainly hope you discover the same pleasant surprise at checkout!}

Enjoy!

Weekly Deals Roundup | Jan 31, 2010 - Feb 6, 2010

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010.

*Kroger (02/01-02/07)*
**Mega Event Sale - Buy 10 Participating Items, Get Instant $5.00 Off!**

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

Unadvertised Mega Sale Event items + coupon matchups here.

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Common Sense with Money)

**Check out the Bonus Days (01/03-02/14) ECB matchups, too! (Thanks, Bargain Briana!)


*Walgreens*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Common Sense with Money)

 *Target*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stretching a Buck)

*Walmart*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Passion for Savings)

Have a post with Cincinnati area store matchups? Please leave your link in the comments and I'll add it to the list. ;-)

January 30, 2010

In This Sunday's Inserts | Janury 31, 2010

It's always useful to know how many coupon inserts to expect each Sunday and even more useful to know which coupons you'll find in those inserts so you can decide as early as possible if it's a good week to order coupons from a clipping service.

This Sunday, 1/31/10, these are the inserts you can expect to see in your newspaper:

:: (1) SmartSource

:: (1) Red Plum

Here are some of the coupons that look good to me:

SmartSource

-> B3G1FREE John Morrell Off the Bone Homestyle Carved Tub Lunchmeat, exp. 3-31-10
-> FREE Marcal Small Steps, exp. 3-7-10
-> $5/2 Zantac Product, exp. 5-31-10

Red Plum

-> $2/1 Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, exp. 4-2-10
-> $2/1 Wisk Laundry Detergent, exp. 3-7-10
-> $1.25/1 Dove Men+Care Body Wash or Scrubber, exp. 4-25-10

For a full preview of what coupons you should see in these inserts (remember, coupon values can vary by region and your local newspaper may not carry all available inserts), click here (thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!).

Enjoy!

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 4 of 2010}


Each Saturday, I detail what I spent and saved at the stores that week. I did this sporadically in 2009; this weekly post is my way of keeping myself on track in 2010.

I'll be adding a Savings/Earning tracker in my sidebar to track my progress in 2010. I hope it keeps me motivated and inspires you as well!

What I Saved at the Stores: Week 4 (Jan 25-31

Kroger

Spent: $45.38
Saved: $45.42 (51%)
For the full breakdown of the deals I found and the coupons I used, read my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post.

2nd Trip to Kroger 01/27
(No picture - took advantage of the catalina deal on Old El Paso Products; click here to read about how you can get this deal through 2/21/10, too!)
Spent: $3.50
Saved: $8.84 (71%)
Earned: $3.00 catalina OYNO of Chicken or Beef

Walgreens

 Spent: $5.72
Saved: $41.65 (88%)
Earned: $3.00 RRs

CVS


Spent: $1.42
Saved: $3.38 (70%)

Aldi


Spent: $7.99
Saved: $0.00
(Price breakdown: Flour, 5lbs: $1.15; Napkins, 250 ct, $1.49; Eggs, 1 doz, $0.84,
 Tortillas, 12 ct, $0.99, Roma Tomatoes, 20 oz, $1.29, Ketchup, 32 oz, $1.29)

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Weekly Totals
Spent:
$64.01
Saved: $99.29 (61%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. As of 01/30, with four weeks tallied, I've spent $342.90 and saved $416.31, or 55%.

I'm officially $24 over budget for this month, but I'm not sweating it.  I bought (4) 20 lb bags of Iams dog food for about $10/bag ($40 total) earlier this month when the P&G Mega Event at Kroger was under way.  Normally I have a separate line item in my budget for dog food but this month, I didn't do that; I simply tried to keep my weekly spending overall at $80.  If I were to subtract the dog food, I'd be well under budget for the month which is good enough for me!

If you're new to the fabulous world of keeping more of your hard earned money in your pockets by strategic couponing and drugstore shopping, I encourage you to read these posts to help you get started.

Couponing Crash Course

How to Save BIG at CVS

How to Save BIG at Walgreens

You can save like this, too!  In fact, I know you can do this; if you're surfing the web reading this site and others like it, you can learn all you need to know. 

If you have any questions, please ask in a comment!  I love to share what I know about couponing and saving money with you -- it's why I write this site.  ;-)

Did you save big this week at the stores? Be sure to link your post up over at Money Saving Mom's weekly linkup, Super Savings Saturday.

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January 29, 2010

Giveaway | Celebrate the Superbowl with Swanson's Buffalo Chicken Dip!

Swanson Chicken wants to help put a little kick into your Superbowl party next weekend with their yummy (and, according to my hubs and his brother who practically inhaled the batch I made last weekend for my little guy's birthday party, ridicuously addictive) Buffalo Chicken Dip.


Looking for the Swanson Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe? Click here. Not sure if your mad kitchen skillz are up for the challenge? Watch this YouTube video to see how quick and easy it is to make.

Swanson has even created a Superbowl themed Evite to help you get everyone gathered at your house for game time. I love Evite - I use it for all my event planning!

Onto the giveaway!

Swanson has graciously offered me (2) prizes of (3) FREE Swanson Chicken coupons each (a total value of up to $11.97) for (2) lucky winners!

To enter, all you have to do is share your favorite recipe for Swanson Chicken. If you've never used Swanson Chicken in your cooking, simply share your fave recipe for parties, potlucks, or picnics - any kind of get-together with friends. If you have a link to the recipe or a link to a post about the recipe, feel free to share it!

This is a fast and furious giveaway - it will end on TUESDAY, February 2, 2010, at 10 pm EST. I will announce the winner on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. As always, I must have some way of finding you online; entries without a means of finding you online will be disqualified.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I received no compensation and no products or coupons for this post. I simply wanted to give you, my readers, the chance to win these products. For more on my disclosure policy, click here.

Money Smarts | DIY Car Repairs



Every Friday, I share one way I either save or earn money in my own life in the hopes that it might be useful to you.

Before we begin, let me share a little story with you.

Once upon a time, there was a dog. Not just any dog, but MY beloved dog, our GSPointer Brownie:




He, like all dogs I've ever owned, loved going for rides.  Once he grew out of the annoying puppy stage of chewing on EVERYTHING, I would often take him along with me for school dropoff/pickup in my trusty van Claudine:



Claudine is our beloved van, named by my then two year old daughter after a character in this book. I have hauled my kids all over in her and my two fave things about her are 1) she is paid off and 2) she is still under warranty.

Brownie was happy to ride in Claudine, and we were happy (if a bit deafened by his joyful barking) to have him ride with us.

Until one day, the unthinkable happened...



Brownie, on a longer trip back from my bro-in-law's house, quietly and stealthily chewed through not one but TWO of our third row seatbelts.

The cost for parts and labor for our local Toyota dealership to replace them?

$600 + tax!

My hubs, being just as tight with our money as I am, decided that he would replace them himself.

Once he figured out how to get the body panel off, he ordered what were advertised as "Universal Seatbelts", a set of (2) for $100.

Unfortunately, despite his careful reading of the reviews of other purchasers/users, the seatbelts turned out to be less than Universal. Or Toyota turned out to be awfully cunning in how they design their seatbelts so that you can only use their parts. Thankfully, the first set he ordered were returnable!

The cost for us to simply buy the seatbelts from our local dealership was $135 + tax for each. Even this seemed steep to my hubs who decided to get a-Googlin' and see what else he could find.

And that smart man of mine did find something better.



His searching led him to a site called Junkyard Dog. Rather than going to your local junkyard/salvage yard and looking for parts for your car, you can post what you're looking for on a Used Parts Request Form. Suppliers and businesses that specialize in used auto parts will contact you by email to let you know if they've got what you need. If you decide you want to buy them, you simply contact them, request any additional information you need (ie: pictures of the item/part) and then make your purchase.

Knute found (2) seatbelts for $75 ea with $20 shipping. They arrived earlier this week and are absolutely in perfect condition; he'll install them this weekend.

Knute paid a total of $170 for our new seatbelts, saving $430 + tax on having them installed by the dealership and saving $100 + tax on buying them from the dealership and installing them himself.

My point of this post is this: There are several small service/maintenance jobs on your vehicle you can do yourself, like oil changes and filter changes. And even if you need to have a trusted mechanic do the installation on a bigger/more complicated part, you can still save a significant amount of money buying used parts instead of new.

And my other point is this: Anytime you can make a job, whether it's your vehicle or your home, a DIY project, you save yourself a great deal of money on labor and you get the added benefit of teaching your kids how to DIY, too.

Have you saved BIG $$ with DIY projects? Share your success (and big savings!) with us in a comment below!

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FREE 3 pk Sample of Redesigned Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max



Pampers has just redesigned their Cruisers diapers to include Dry Max to keep your fast-moving baby dry for up to 12 hours - wow!

Pampers is also partnering with Team USA athletes and their families to celebrate the launch of this brand new diaper.

Although these new Pampers Cruisers won't be available in-stores until March, you can request a FREE 3 pk sample from Pampers.com starting today, January 29, 2010.

Even better, if your FREE sample includes a diaper stamped with the Team USA logo, you'll win FREE diapers for (1) year!


This sample is bound to go FAST so get clicking and get your sample! I hope one of you fabulous readers wins a year's supply of diapers!

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January 28, 2010

Facebook & Twitter Freebies | DQ Blizzards, Dove Soap, BabiesRUs $5 eCard (Available 1/28 ONLY)

There have been more and more FREE goodies available via Facebook and Twitter in 2010. I love that companies are using social media to engage us, their customers, by giving us a chance to try their products for free.

Here's a few FREE goodies I've seen this week:

:: Get a FREE bar of Dove Soap when you twitpic a bar of your current soap. Click here for details. (Thanks, Common Sense with Money!)

:: Get (6) Buy1Get1FREE coupons by email over the coming year for DQ Blizzards when you join their FB fan club here. (Thanks, Stretching a Buck!)

:: TODAY ONLY 1/28, get a FREE $5 eCard from BabiesRUs when you become a FB fan here. $5 eCard is good until 02/20/10. (Thanks, Sisterly Savings!)

Enjoy!

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Freebie Roundup!



Whole lot of freebies going on! Get ready to get clicking and make your mailbox happy!

:: Request a FREE sample of Kashi Fruit & Grain Bar or Kashi Cereal right here.

:: Download the FREE The Biggest Loser and Subway Workout Mix here (I downloaded mine earlier this week and listened to it when I was running - nice!).

:: Request a FREE sample of Gel-Care Advanced Scar Treatment right here.

:: Earn a FREE Kids Toothbrush from Colgate with their Healthy Bedtime Habits program; details are here.

:: Request a FREE sample of OB Tampons right here.

Enjoy!

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January 27, 2010

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway | Winner of the $25 Marshalls Gift Card



The winner of last week's Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway for a $25 gift card to Marshalls is:

#46: Simply Being Mommy

Congrats! I'll be contacting you shortly by email!



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Kroger | Old El Paso Catalina + Possible Money Maker



Last night was Tuesday Taco night at our house (really, my kids would be thrilled for it to be taco night every night). I realized as I pulled the thawed ground beef out of my refrigerator that I had NO taco shells. Uh-oh!

Thank goodness there's a nice little catalina deal on Old El Paso products going on over at Kroger until February 21, 2010. A big thanks to Crystal at Money Saving Mom for highlighting this deal yesterday (just when I needed it!).

Buy (3) Taco Shells, Dinner Kits, Seasoning, Refried Beans, or Heat & Serve Side Dishes, get a catalina for $1.00 off your next purchase of chicken or beef.

Buy (6) of the above, get a catalina for $3.00 off your next purchase of chicken or beef.

Use this coupon to make your deal even sweeter:

$0.50/1 Old El Paso Heat & Serve Side, SS 01/03

At my Kroger, the OEP Heat & Serve Sides are on sale this week, 4/$5.00 or $1.25 ea. I had (4) coupons since the (5) different coupon inserts from 01/03 were so fantastic that I had purchased extra papers that weekend.

I also purchased (2) packs of OEP Taco Shells, 12 ct, on sale for $1.25 ea.

Final total after coupons: $3.50
Catalina earned: $3.00 off my next purchase of chicken or beef


Old El Paso is a General Mills brand; let's hope that there will be more coupons coming out for OEP products in the next few weeks since this catalina deal expires 02/21/10.

Good luck grabbing the deal and happy taco night!

*There have been reports of peelies for FREE OEP Taco Seasoning wyb an OEP Heat and Serve product located on some of the OEP Heat and Serve boxes. I didn't find them at my Kroger but if you luck out and find them (or if you have them already), you can make this deal a moneymaker. See this post for the full details.

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Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway | $20 Bob Evans GC/Fit for 2010 Gift Pack (ends 02/02) + Link YOUR Giveaway Post!



January is the time for resolutions and one of the most popular is losing weight; I've got a few holiday pounds I'm working on shedding myself! Without the help of a calorie counter app on your phone or a calorie book, it can be tricky to find healthy options on restaurant menus.

This week, I'm happy to share with you a great giveaway from Bob Evans - a Fit for 2010 Gift Pack that includes a $20 gift card, free kids meal coupon, a $2/$10 coupon, a pedometer, a water bottle, and a jumprope, all to celebrate the new Fit from the Farm menu items available at Bob Evans restaurants.

The Fit from the Farm menu covers all three square meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All items have a detailed nutritional breakdown right there on the menu including calorie counts, fat grams, and protein grams, making it easy for you to stay on track if you're watching what you eat.

Doesn't this look yummy?


That's the Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad, a mere 389 calories.

Bob Evans was gracious enough to send me a $20 gift card so my family and I could take a trip to my kiddo's fave restaurant (really, they squealed when I announced our destination) and try the Fit from the Farm menu ourselves. My hubs had the Chicken, Spinach and Tomato Pasta (526 calories) and I tried the Potato Crusted Flounder dinner with baked potato and steamed broccoli (415 calories). Both were excellent and I have to admit that I really like the smaller sized portions; it's so easy to over eat at a restaurant when the dinners are seved on plates the size of platters.

My kiddos had fun, too, ordering their fave breakfasts. My little guy, though, was wiped out from his big birthday weekend. He chowed down on his pancakes and then drifted off to la-la land.


Thanks, Bob Evans, for a great night! ;-)

Onto the Fit for 2010 giveaway!

All you need to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment sharing your best tip for counting calories and/or finding healthier options when you're out to eat.

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted (add the url from your tweet please).

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you MUST leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog - and if you do have a blog that is not public, be sure to leave me a means of contacting you. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on TUESDAY, February 2, 2010, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on WEDNESDAY, February 3, 2010.

Good luck!

Do you have a giveaway going on at your blogjoint? Drop your giveaway post link URL below and visit the other links to find more great giveaways, too! In the title of your link, please include this info: (Site Giveaway::Item::End Date of Giveaway). Thanks!




*DISCLOSURE: I received a gift card to Bob Evans and (2) coupons as part of this giveaway. For more about my personal disclosure policy, read my disclosure page.

January 26, 2010

HOT DEAL | Kohls.com - 15% off Clearance + FREE Shipping!


I just stumbled across some great deals at Kohls.com - if you've got gift cards left from Christmas, this is a great way to grab some deals!

There are lots of goodies in the clearance section of Kohls right now. Some of my faves:

Jumping Beans Candy Fleece Footed PJs (girls 7-16), was $26.00, now $5.20

Pajohnies Sports Ball Pajama Set (boys 8-20), was $28.00, now $8.40

Dana Buchman Turtleneck Sweater (womens XS-XL), was $50.00, now $15.00

Make these deals (or whatever you find in the clearance section that thrills you) even sweeter with these coupon codes:

15% off your purchase: SHOPNSAVE

FREE Shipping on your purchase: FREEJAN

Remember to order through your Shop at Home account to get 4% cash back for shopping Kohls.com. Don't have a Shop at Home account yet? Register for a free account here and you'll get an instant $5.00 credited to your account.

Enjoy!

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HOT DEAL | Printable Kraft Coupons - Two Links!

There are new printable Kraft brand coupons available, many of which match up with the current Mega Event Sale at Kroger

Click here and this second link here to print yours before they hit their campaign limit. Kraft brand coupons are hot, hot, hot!

Big thanks to Mercedes at Common Sense with Money for highlighting both links! To see the full list of printable Kraft brand coupons available, read her post here.

Enjoy!

Let's Go Krogering! Week of January 25, 2010


Do love finding deals at your Kroger? This feature is for you! Link your post about what deals you found at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store. Simple rules are here; the 149x149 button is in my sidebar. As always, please add a link back to me in your Krogering post.

My Krogering Trip - Monday, January 25 2010



Spent: $43.58
Saved: $45.42, or 51%


Woo-hoo!  The Mega Event Sale is back for this week and next at Kroger (it ends 02/07) - time to get your coupons clipped and ready to go. 

For the sale matchups, be sure to check this post at Mommy Snacks.  There are also several unadvertised items that are part of the Mega Event; read this post to get those deals as well.

I only grabbed a few of the deals this week since I'm trying my best to stay on budget for the month.  I ordered some coupons from my favorite coupon clipping service; I plan on stockpiling like crazy next week.  ;-)

Coupons used 01/25/10:

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, $1.38 | $0.88 after Mega Event Discount
$0.50/2, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon (I just received this My Magazine on Saturday 1/23)
Final price: $0.38 ea

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Ham, $2.99 | $2.49 after Mega Event Discount
$1.00/2, SS 12/13
Final price: $1.99 ea

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Turkey, $2.99 | $2.49 after Mega Event Discount
$1.00/2, SS 12/13
Final price: $1.99 ea

Oscar Mayer Deli Creations Sandwich, $2.49 | $1.99 after Mega Event Discount
$1.00/1, Kroger catalina
Final price: $0.99 ea

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Box, $0.99 | $0.49 after Mega Event Discount
Buy 3, Get 1 FREE, SS 12/13 (my coupon automatically rang up as $0.99 for the FREE box)
Final price: 4/$1.00 or $0.25 ea

Nabisco Crackers, $2.39 | $1.89 after Mega Event Discount
$1.00/2, SS 12/13
Final price: $1.39 ea

Tampax Pearl, 20 ct, $3.99 ea
FREE box, Kroger catalina I received two weeks ago
Final price: FREE!

Baker's Choice Medium Cookie Sheet, $3.97 on sale
$3.00/1, Kroger "Best Customer" catalina I received the first week of January
Final price: $0.97 ea

Kroger Raisins, $1.39 ea
$0.30/1, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $1.09 ea

Kahn Weiners, $3.39 ea, on sale Buy 1 Get 1 FREE this week
$1.00/2, SS 01/24
Final price: 2/$3.39 or $1.20 ea

**Also notable**

Cooks Butt Portion Hams on sale this week, $1.09/lb (normally $1.99/lb)

Don't forget to check your weekly ad online for any other items you might need right here.

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post all week and help another reader save some $$!



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January 25, 2010

Kroger Mega Event Sale 1/25-2/7 | Unadvertised Items + Coupon Matchups

I was off to Kroger this morning for my weekly trip and I spent some extra time looking for more items that are eligible for the current (2) week Mega Event Sale (buy 10 participating items, get an instant $5.00 off your order).

I found several unadvetised items that are part of this event, many with current coupon matchups that make them super-cheap or nearly FREE!

Cheez-Its, $2.49 | $1.99 after Mega Event Discount
$1.00/2, RP 12/13
Final price: $1.49 ea

Kraft Boxed Macaroni and Cheese, $0.99 | $0.49 after Mega Event Discount
Buy 3, Get 1 FREE, SS 12/13 (exp 1/31/10 so use it soon!)
Final price: 4/$1.00
(**Note: When I checked out, this coupon automatically rang up for the full price of $0.99 ea making my final price after sale + coupon $1.00/4 boxes**)

Krusteaz Cookie Mix & Muffin Mix, $1.99 | $1.49 after Mega Event Discount
$1.00/1 Cookie, SS 12/06
$1.00/2 Muffin, SS 12/06
$0.50/1 Muffin, SS 12/06
Final price: $0.49-$0.99 ea

Hunts Canned Tomatoes, $0.99 | $0.49 after Mega Event Discount
$0.35/3 Blinkie above product
$0.45/3, SS 01/10 & SS 01/24
Final price: $0.19 - $0.26 ea

Rotel Tomatoes, $0.92 | $0.42 after Mega Event Discount
$0.30/1, SS 01/24
Final price: FREE + overage!

Mott's Apple Sauce 6 pks, $1.85 | $1.35 after Mega Event Discount

Coffee-Mate, 16 oz, $2.99 | $2.49 after Mega Event Discount
$1.00/1 printable here
$1.50/2 printable here
$0.50/1, RP 11/01 (expires 02/01/10)
Final price: $1.49-$1.74 ea

Weight Watchers Frozen Novelties, $3.49 | $2.99 after Mega Event Discount
$0.55/1, Coupons.com
Final price: $1.99 ea

Green Giant Steamers, $1.99 | $1.49 after Mega Event Discount
$0.40/1, SS 12/13 & SS 01/03
$0.50/1 printable here
Final price: $0.49-$0.69 ea

Birds Eye Steamfresh, $1.99 and $2.12 | $1.49 and $1.62 after Mega Event Discount
$0.50/1, SS 01/10
$0.35/1, SS 01/10
$1.00/2, SS 01/10
Final price: $0.49-$1.12 ea

Snyder's Pretzels, $2.49 | $1.99 after Mega Event Discount
$1.00/1, SS 12/06
$0.75/1, SS 12/06
$1.00/2, SS 12/06
Final price: $0.99-$1.49 ea

Holy cow! Check out the comprehensive list of unadvertised items that Emilie over at Mrs. Penny Pincher found; her list is right here. Thanks for the heads up, Emilie!

Did you find any other unadvertised items for this Mega Event that have coupon matchups? Please share what you found in a comment below so everyone can grab the deals.

Don't forget to check out the full ad matchup for this sale here, courtesy of Mommy Snacks.

Happy Krogering! ;-)

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Menu Plan Monday | Week 4 of My 5 Week Menu Plan



I plan my family's dinners in five week blocks to maximize my savings at the grocery store and minimize my stress at dinner time. You can read more about my strategy here in my Q&A post here.

I also answered several more questions about how I plan my big ol' menus and how I shop for them.  For more Q&A (because you're just dying to know, right?), click here.

Last week was Week 3 of my menu plan and this week I've added two things:

->Quick review of what I cooked in Week 3

->Links to recipes for Week 4

Here's what my 5 Week Menu Plan looks like:

Week 1 (01/04-01/10)

Monday: BBQ Pork Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Veggies, Salad
Cooked the ribs on low all day and they were fork tender. Would be a great way to make easy shredded pork for BBQ pork sandwiches. Mashed potatoes came from Christmas leftovers in my freezer - yum! I had some Steamfresh bagged corn I made on the side with this as well as our ever-present caesar salad for my oldest son.

Tuesday: Taco Night (make double amount of taco meat; freeze extra)
Tacos are a weekly feature for us; the kids eat tacos & veggies (carrots, salad) while Knute and I have big taco salads. This is an easy meal to make double the amount of taco meat to freeze for dinner later in the month.

Wednesday: Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Crockpot Mac & Cheese, Salad
We like chicken nuggets but try to stay away from the overly-processed stuff if we can. These were easy and tasty. The big winner on this meal was the slow cooker mac and cheese - seriously yummy and full of rich flavors.

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner - pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit
Easy dinner on what ended up being a snow day off for my oldest two. Everyone at my house LOVES breakfast for dinner and it's cost effective, too.

Friday: Grilled Cheese, Soup, Salad
Comfort food that's light but filling. I made the grilled cheese with homemade bread using this bread machine recipe.

Saturday: Free night!
Free nights are a great way to give yourself a breather on cooking dinner every night of the week. We usually clean out the leftovers or grab pizza -- with a coupon, of course!

Sunday: Crockpot Roast Beef, Buttered Egg Noodles, Steamed Veggies
Hands down, this is one of my kids FAVE dinners. They would lick the plate if I let them, the gravy is THAT good. Makes great leftovers for beef sandwiches or enchiladas.

Week 2: 01/11-01/17
Monday: Italian Beef Sandwiches (use leftover beef from 01/10), Spaghetti & Bean Casserole (family recipe), Salad
My kids are always happy to have roast beef for a second night in a row - my littlest ate the final leftovers for lunch for two days straight.  The Italian Beef Sandwiches are really for my hubs and I; we load them up with banana peppers, caesar dressing, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sauteed onions, peppers, and mushrooms.  YUM!!

Tuesday: Crockpot Spaghetti & Meatballs (make double; freeze extras; I use jarred sauce)
Easy meal to double and just a great dinner on a cold night.  I make bread machine bread to go with this as well.

Wednesday: Savory Chicken & Dumplings, Salad
This is my personal fave cold weather dinner; my little guy refers to this as "treasure soup" because he likes picking out all the carrots and celery.  Delish!
Thursday: Taco Night (use extra from freezer)
Everyone's happy on taco night!

Friday: Breakfast for dinner - Strawberry Waffles, bacon, eggs,
The waffles were light but filling; we topped them with thawed frozen strawberries.  A nice treat!

Saturday: Sesame Salmon (I bought some on clearance from MarketDay, a fundraiser at my children's school), Wild Rice, Steamed Veggies
This dinner is more for me and Knute than for the kids although we do have a "one bite" rule; they are surprised sometimes when they discover they really like something "weird".   I made a light soy/sesame sauce on the side for the Salmon - yum!

Sunday: Free Night!

Week 3: 01/18-01/24
Monday: Meatball Subs (use extras from freezer), Crockpot Mac&Cheese, Salad
My son says this is the BEST mac & cheese EVER. It is mighty good!

Tuesday: Homemade Pizza
Easy dinner; I use whatever toppings I have on hand.

Wednesday: Pork Ribs with Pineapple Salsa over Rice
I didn't make this; we had a leftover night this week. I'll try it another week.

Thursday: Grilled Chicken over Salad with Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Cornbread Muffins
This is a go-to dinner for me, winter or summer. I love the fresh flavors.

Friday: Breakfast for dinner - French toast, Eggs, Ham, Fruit
Always a great dinner for my gang!

Saturday: Cincinnati Chili, Salad, Fruit
I use the Gold Star spice packet when I make this - easier if you have just a little bit of time to set it up before it simmers all afternoon.

Sunday: Free night!

Week 4: 01/25-01/31
Monday: Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore, Salad
Tuesday: Taco night
Wednesday: Meatloaf, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes
Thursday: Chicken Enchiladas> with Black Bean & Corn Salsa
Friday: Grilled Cheese, Soup, Salad
Saturday: Free night!
Sunday: Glazed Ham, Pasta Salad, Sweet Corn

Week 5: 02/01-02/07
Monday: Crockpot Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole, Steamed Broccoli
Tuesday: Brats with Peppers & Onions, Kraut, French Fries, Salad
Wednesday: Taco night
Thursday: Free night
Friday: Breakfast for dinner - Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage
Saturday: Ham & Bean Soup, Homemade Bread, Salad
Sunday: Roast Pork with Cranberry, Wild Rice, 3 Bean Salad

I'll highlight what I'm making each coming Monday and add recipe links to the weekly menu.
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January 24, 2010

Weekly Deals Roundup | 01/24/10 - 01/30/10

Looking for the matchups for this week?

Check out these sites for the best matchups this week, January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010.

*Kroger (01/25-01/31)*
**Mega Event Sale - Buy 10 Participating Items, Get Instant $5.00 Off!**

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Mommy Snacks)

Unadvertised Mega Sale Event items + coupon matchups here.

*Meijer*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Bargain Briana)

*CVS*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Common Sense with Money)

**Check out the Bonus Days (01/03-02/14) ECB matchups, too! (Thanks, Bargain Briana!)

*Walgreens*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Common Sense with Money)
 *Target*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Stretching a Buck)

*Walmart*

Current deals and matchups here (courtesy of Passion for Savings)

Have a post with Cincinnati area store matchups? Please leave your link in the comments and I'll add it to the list. ;-)

Jungle Jims, Aldi, Biggs & Cub Foods here (courtesy of Money Saving Habits)

More Kroger & Meijer matchups here (courtesy of Money Saving Habits)

January 23, 2010

Rebate Alert | Up to $15.98 on Olay Quench + FREE Olay In-Shower Lotion wyb Olay Quench at Walgreens 01/24-01/30


If you haven't already submitted for the Olay Quench Lotion rebate, this is the week to do it; it expires 01/29/10. The maximum submission is (2) per household, up to $15.98; if you do submit (2) purchases for rebate, you must do so on (1) form.

Even better is the deal you can get on Olay Quench Lotion at Walgreens this week:

Buy Olay Quench Body Lotion, $7.99 ea and get a FREE Olay In-Shower Lotion ($4.99 ea) with your purchase.

Use these coupons to make the deal sweeter:

(2) $2.00/1 Olay Hand or Body Lotion, PG 01/17 (use for the Quench)
(2) $1.00/1 Olay In-Shower Lotion, PG 01/17 (if your store allows you to use these since the item is already free with purchase)

Final price out of pocket: $9.98-11.98
Final price after rebate: $6.00-$4.00 overage/money maker!

Click here for the printable rebate form.

Thanks to Mercedes at Common Sense with Money for the heads up on this rebate deal!

What I Saved at the Stores {Week 3 of 2010}




One of my goals this year for this site and just for my own personal motivation is to do a better job of tracking my savings and my earnings (which hopefully will grow with a little more hard work from *yours truly*).

Each Saturday, I detail what I spent and saved at the stores. I did this sporadically in 2009; this weekly post is my way of keeping myself on track in 2010.

I'll also be adding a Savings/Earning tracker in my sidebar to track my progress in 2010. I hope it keeps me motivated and inspires you as well!

What I Saved at the Stores: Week 3 (Jan 17-23)

Kroger



Spent: $71.82
Saved: $28.63 (28%)
For the full breakdown of the deals I found and the coupons I used, read my weekly Let's Go Krogering! post.

Trip to Kroger 01/17
(No picture - just donuts & bagels!)
Spent: $5.31
Saved: $0.00

Trip to Kroger 01/22
 (No picture - getting final party supplies for my 4 year old).
Spent: $14.23
Saved: $12.58 (47%)

Walgreens



Spent: $14.82
Saved: $96.40 (87%)
For the full breakdown of the deals I found and the coupons I used, click here.

CVS

No CVS this week!  ;-)

Save-a-Lot
(No picture; just milk & paper plates for the birthday party).
Spent: $4.61
Saved: $0.00

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Weekly Totals
Spent:
$110.79

Saved: $137.61 (55%)

My weekly goal for my grocery/household budget is $80/week. As of 01/23, with three weeks tallied, I've spent $283.27 and saved $317.02, or 53%.

I have about $36.00 for this coming week if I hope to stay on track for the month (I'm considering the month as 4 weeks). It will be a pantry challenge week for me which should work out fine.  I've got quite a bit stockpiled in my freezers and the ingredients for at least two meals I haven't yet made on my menu plan.

If you're new to the fabulous world of keeping more of your hard earned money in your pockets by strategic couponing and drugstore shopping, I encourage you to read these posts to help you get started.

Couponing Crash Course

How to Save BIG at CVS

How to Save BIG at Walgreens

You can save like this, too!  In fact, I know you can do this; if you're surfing the web reading this site and others like it, you can learn all you need to know. 

If you have any questions, please ask in a comment!  I love to share what I know about couponing and saving money with you -- it's why I write this site.  ;-)

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Walgreens | How I Spent $14.82 & Saved $96.40 (87%)


As I mentioned in this post, I was lucky enough to find some prescription transfer checks at my local Walgreens. I had an Rx for my hubs to refill; when I transferred it to my Walgreens, they redeemed the $25 prescription transfer check.

I waited another day before spending that $25 because I wanted to maximize my savings and my potential to earn RRs. After checking the deals this week and clipping my coupons, I headed back to Walgreens on Friday.

Here are my overall totals:

Spent: $14.82 out of pocket
Saved: $111.22
Earned: $17.00 in RRs
Rebate:

 **Note: Residents of OH (like me) are NOT eligible for this rebate. This rebate is available to residents of AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, LA, ME, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, SD, UT, VA, & WV only.  Darn!**

This was a two tranaction trip for me; transaction #1 is on the left and #2 is on the right. Here's the breakdown:

Transaction #1

(5) Pepsi 12 pks @ $3.00 ea ($15.00)
(2) Stacy's Pita Chips @ $2.50 ea ($5.00)
--->FREE bag of Stacy's Pita Chips (Facebook promotion a few weeks ago)
(1) Theraflu, $3.99 ea
$2.00/1 printable here
(1) Lipton Tea, $2.99 ea
(2) Neosporin Ointment, $4.00 ea
$1.00/1, RP 01/03
$2.00/1, Walgreens Children's Coloring/Activity Book coupon
(1) Skittles, $0.39 sale price
Total: $32.86 (I just noticed an error in (2) of my Pepsi 12 pks prices on my receipt; they overcharged me $1.99 ea -- I'll be headed back to Wags tomorrow morning to get my overcharge refunded.)
Paid with $25.00 transfer check
Paid $7.86 out of pocket
Earned $10.00 RRs on $20 of Pepsi/Frito-Lay; $4.00 RRs on Theraflu + Lipton purchase; and $3.00 RRs on (2) Neosporin

Transaction #2
(4) Planter's Peanuts, $1.99 ea
$1.00/1, Walgreens Diabetes Book
$1.00/2, SS 12/13
(4) Blue Diamond Almonds, $3.59 on sale buy one get one free
$1.00/2 SS 01/17
(2) Bayer Chewable Aspirin, $2.99
2/$3.00, Walgreens in-ad coupon
$1.00/1, SS 01/03
(2) Soft Scrub, $2.50 ea
Buy one get one free printable here
$1.00/1 printable here
(2) Mitchum Deodorant, $3.99 ea
$1.99 ea Walgreens in-ad coupon
$0.75/1, SS 01/17
(2) Quaker Quakes, $0.99 ea on sale this week
$0.75/1, RP 01/10
(2) Skittles, $0.39 ea on sale
Total: $13.96
Paid with $7.00 RRs
Paid $6.96 out of pocket

I still have the $10.00 RRs from the Pepsi deal to use next week! ;-)


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$7.50 when you buy $20 of Pepsi & Frito Lay products

January 22, 2010

Walgreens | Pepsi & Frito Lay - Buy $20, Earn $10 RRs + Submit for $7.50 Rebate!



Through this Saturday, 1/23, there are several Pepsi products and Frito Lay products on sale; when you buy $20 of the participating sale items, you'll earn a $10 RR.

Make this deal even sweeter by submitting your receipt for a $7.50 rebate from Coors Light. There are (4) different rebate forms located here; the last one on page (4) requires NO beer purchase, just a $20 purchase of any of these products:

:: Tostitos Chips & Dip

:: Pepsi Carbonated Beverages

:: Condiments

:: Plastic Cups

:: Ice

:: Paper Plates

:: Deli Items

There are many different ways you can make this deal even sweeter with current coupons; Mercedes at Common Sense with Money has several of them listed in this post.

Even without coupons, you could do this simple deal:

Pepsi/Tostito Deal Idea:
-> Buy (5) 12 pks for $3.00 ea ($15.00)
-> Buy (2) Tostitos for $2.50 ea ($5.00)
Pay $20.00 Out of Pocket
Earn $10.00 Register Rewards
Submit for $7.50 Rebate
It's like getting (5) 12 pks of Pepsi products and (2) Tostitos for $2.50 after RRs and Rebate!

Enjoy!

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Walgreens | $25 Prescription Transfer Checks (exp 2/28/10)



Be on the lookout for these at your local Walgreens; I found stacks of them at the registers, in the ad/newspaper stand, and by the pharmacy at my Walgreens a few weeks ago.

Inside the pamphlet is a $25 Walgreens Prescription Transfer check that expires 02/28/10. If you have prescriptions that you fill on a regular basis, this is a great way to get paid for transferring your prescription to Walgreens.

Unlike a prescription transfer gift card, you have to use the entire amount of the check in one transaction when you redeem the check; you can't use the check to pay for your prescription. And you will not get any change back on the check (say your total is $24; you will not get $1.00 in change back when you redeem the check) so be sure to max out your purchase to $25.

You can use the check, however, to buy loads of this week's RR deals and you can use MFR coupons and Walgreens coupons as well to bring the total of your transaction down to $25. The same basic rule of couponing at Walgreens applies - your total number of MFR coupons must be equal to or greater than your total number of items purchased.

I was thrilled to see all the deals at Walgreens this week (both the RR deals and the nearly free deals); I had to refill an Rx for my hubs and had the $25 prescription transfer check to use toward the dealios. I'll detail my crazy savings in a separate post. ;-)

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HOT DEAL | The Limited $15/$15 Printable Coupon (Exp 2/3/10)

Click here to print your $15/$15 coupon to use in store at The Limited; expires 2/3/10.

Note that this coupon can also be used for $50/$150 or $30/$100; if you elect to use it for the $15/$15, purchasing accessories is excluded and no cash back or merchandise credits will be given for purchases $15 and under.

Enjoy!

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Money Smarts | Coupon Clipping Sites: Save & Earn



Every Friday, I share one way I either save or earn money in my own life in the hopes that it might be useful to you.

One of my favorite ways to save during big Mega Event sales at Kroger is to order coupons from my favorite clipping site, Dede's Coupons and Things. If you stockpile shop during those big sales, you need multiple coupons to get the best deals on the rock-bottom priced items. Buying the coupons from a clipping service is one of the easiest ways to do this.

Did you know you can also become an affiliate for Dede's Coupons and Things (and many other coupon clipping services as well)? Click here to learn more about their affiliate program.

Payment is sent via check once you've earned $10 in commissions.

If you (like *yours truly*) love coupons and love sharing the deals on your blog, this is a great affiliate to promote. Not only are you directing your readers to a useful resource for finding extra coupons, you're benefitting when they use that clipping service as well. Win-win!

I've not earned a huge amount of money with this affiliate, but I've received two checks in the last few months. Every little bit helps!

*This post contains an affiliate link; for my full disclosure policy, click here.

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January 21, 2010

Rebate Alert | $12 WYB Activia Yogurt


If you've been taking advantage of the coupons available to stock up on Activia yogurt, grab your receipts! There's a great rebate available for this product!

:: Purchase Activia between 12/15/09 and 03/31/10 (must be postmarked by 04/15/10).

:: Send in the register receipt(s) with the purchase price circled.

:: Send in (1) clean lid from an Activia package.

:: Maximum refund amount is $12.00


Click here for the printable rebate form.

Good luck!

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FREE Sample of Sponge Bob Squarepants Cream of Wheat


Click here to request a FREE sample of SpongeBob Squarepants Cream of Wheat.

Enjoy!

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January 20, 2010

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway | $25 Marshall's Gift Card (ends 01/26) + Link YOUR Giveaway Post!



I saved this giveaway for the middle of January for a reason - the holiday sales are just about over, the Christmas tree is down, and the long winter stretches ahead of us (with more snow to come, I'm sure).

I thought it would be nice to offer you a chance to treat yourself a bit with a little mini shopping spree courtesy of Marshalls!



I haven't shopped at Marshalls for a few years but when I was in college (way back when!) at Maryland, I loved hunting for deals at Marshalls and TJ Maxx. From clothes to stuff for my dorm room, I found all sorts of goodies at both stores.

In case you've never shopped at Marshalls and you're wondering what kind of merchandise they carry, their stock ranges from brand name fashions to jewelry to housewares, toys and electronics. You can even find gourmet food sets and unique gifts - shopping at Marshalls is like retail therapy with a dash of treasure hunt!

The prices can't be beat - everything in the store is at least 20% off retail and usually much more. And the stock in store is first quality and ever-changing since Marshalls receives thousands of new items each week.

Just be sure to give yourself a good amount of time if you're shopping in-store at Marshalls so you have plenty of time for bargain hunting; there's just SO much to browse; this is the biggest reason why I haven't shopped there recently. With three kids, my shopping time is limited! ;-)

Onto the giveaway!

I've been graciously given (1) $25 Marshalls gift card to give away to one lucky reader.

All you need to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment sharing your best in-store or online bargain hunting tip - no idea is too small! ;-)

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted (add the url from your tweet please).

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you MUST leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog - and if you do have a blog that is not public, be sure to leave me a means of contacting you. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on TUESDAY, January 26, 2010, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on WEDNESDAY, January 27, 2010.

Good luck!

Do you have a giveaway going on at your blogjoint? Drop your giveaway post link URL below and visit the other links to find more great giveaways, too! In the title of your link, please include this info: (Site Giveaway::Item::End Date of Giveaway). Thanks!




*DISCLOSURE: I also received a gift card to TJ Maxx as part of this giveaway; TJ Maxx and Marshalls are owned by the same parent company. For more about my personal disclosure policy, read my disclosure page.

January 19, 2010

FREE Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 Journal!


Click here to request a FREE Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 journal.

Use coupon code JOURNAL2010.

This would be nice for children who are following the Olympics this winter - they could keep track of all their favorite moments and atheletes.

Enjoy!

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Let's Go Krogering! Week of January 18, 2009


Do love finding deals at your Kroger? This feature is for you! Link your post about what deals you found at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store. Simple rules are here; the 149x149 button is in my sidebar. As always, please add a link back to me in your Krogering post.

My Krogering Trip - Monday, January 18, 2010



Spent: $71.82
Saved: $28.63, or 28%


Kroger's sale this week is a repeat of last week's $1.00 deal sale; if you didn't get a chance to grab some of the better deals for this sale last week, you can get still get them.

I took the opportunity to grab some meats for the freezer this week; pork loin is on sale for $1.89/lb and I found a nice cut of beef roast that had been just reduced as well.

This wasn't a coupon bonanza week for me; much of what's on sale with coupons isn't stuff we use or need. However, there are many items included in this week's sale that qualify for the Conagra Rebate (buy 10 items, get $25 in Conagra coupons; click here for info). I bought enough Chef Boyardee Ravioli (which is a fave of my kids during winter) last week and this week to qualify for the rebate so I'll be sending those receipts in soon!

Don't forget to check the list of the current catalina deals at Kroger here in case there are items you need. I'll update it as I find more; if you know of any, please leave a comment with details for the rest of us.  ;-)

Coupons used 01/18/10:

Gatorade, 32 oz, $1.00 ea
$0.50/1, RP 01/10
Final price: FREE!

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta, $1.79 ea
$0.75/1, SS 12/06
Final price: $0.79 ea

BirdsEye Steamfresh Veggies, $1.00 ea
$0.35/1, SS 01/10
Final price: $0.30 ea

Chef Boyardee Ravioli, $1.00 ea
$1.00/5, SS 01/10
**Conagra Rebate Item**
Final price: $0.80 ea

Pillsbury Frosting, $1.32 ea
$1.00/2, RP 11/08
Final price: $0.82 ea

**Also notable**

Fritos and Cheetos are on sale, Buy2Get1FREE, $2.00 ea
Final price: $1.33 ea (when you buy 3)

John Morrell Hot Dogs are on sale, Buy1Get1Free, $2.49 ea
Final price: $1.25 ea

Fresh Selections Salad, $1.28 ea
Buy 2, get $1.00 OYNO catalina

Looking for this week's ad matchup for Kroger? Click here; don't forget to check your weekly ad online for any other items you might need right here.

How'd you do at Kroger (or your Kroger-affiliated grocery store) this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post all week and help another reader save some $$!



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