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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Today's Kroger Trip - Keeping It Real

Sometimes I wonder if my readers think that our meals consist of free mac 'n cheese and granola bars! I always try to post the very best deals that I find, and I don't usually highlight the staples that fill our cupboards, fridge, and freezer. Today's trip to Kroger was a good example of a stock-up trip, complete with baking supplies and lots of produce. (Our veggie drawer was looking a little sparse before we went!) I spent a total of $88.42 and got a $1 catalina back. I used very few coupons, because most of the items I bought were fresh foods or Kroger brand.

My trip also included a $3.99 can of Spot Shot. I wouldn't usually buy this at Kroger, but the dog is sick.... enough said? I had also planned to swing by Aldi to check for the produce and pantry items we needed. But I had Emma with me, and we'd already made three stops before we got there. She was being SOOOO good, and I didn't have the heart to drag her another place. Can I just tell you how very thankful I am for the car-shaped carts at Kroger? And for the Clorox Wipe station that's next to the carts? Emma is usually very good at Kroger, but she's even happier when she's driving a car cart!

The good news is that my $88.42 got me a lot. It took 3 pictures to fit everything. Here's what we ended up with:

Was it just me, or did you notice the lack of a good price on frozen chicken breasts at Kroger this week? Usually the Kroger brand bags are $12.99 with a buy 1 - get 1 free deal for the 3.5 pound bags. If they're not on sale, the Tyson ones are usually $6.99. They were $7.99 this week. Only $1 more, but still disappointing. On a positive note, Juicy Juice is on sale for less than the Kroger brand this week.

I had a coupon for the peanut butter, and it was going to expire soon. There was also a catalina deal on those. If you bought 2, you got $1 back after checkout. It wasn't the greatest price, but we just opened the last jar from the pantry.

The Baked Tostitos are usually $3.79, and they were on sale for $2.99. I had two $1.00 off printable coupons (HERE - click the dollar bill), so they were $1.99 each. That's not rock-bottom pricing, but we needed them for our small group meeting tomorrow evening.

I found some great manager's specials in the bread department. We don't usually buy the Tender Twist bread at Kroger, but for $.89 I figured we'd give it a try. The pita breads/flat breads are going to be used for pita pizzas (details HERE). Their best-if-used-by dates are coming up before we'll use all of them, so two packs went directly in the freezer. Anyone ever frozen pitas? I figure it won't hurt anything if they're a little crispy when they come out. They're going to be baked to make them crispy anyhow. We'll see how that little experiment goes!

How did you do with your shopping this week?


Kristin said...

Awesome! Not bad at all! I got paid $46.01 (in a round about way) to buy $482.00 worth of stuff. Check it out on my blog!