March 23, 2011

Kroger March to Savings Mega Event | Stockpiling with Multiple Trips


I grabbed many, many great deals at Kroger on Monday during my weekly Let's Go Krogering! trip; however, a few of the items that were on my list were temporarily out of stock.

Since I had ordered extra coupons for this sale, I didn't mind having to go back to Kroger again this week; in fact, I planned on making at least two - if not three - trips to Kroger this week.

Why?

:: It's bad coupon karma to wipe shelves. Just because I have the coupons to get 20 boxes of FREE Ronzoni Pasta doesn't mean I should get them all.at.once. Making multiple trips allows me to spread those coupons over multiple days/transactions without clearing the shelves.

A work-around for busy folks: If you're crunched for time and you can only make (1) big stockpiling trip during a Mega Event Sale and you do want to purchase a large quantity of a certain item with coupons, call ahead and talk to the manager and ask if they would please put aside/special order the amount you'll be purchasing. You'll save time and money and won't leave the store shelves bare (and fellow deal-seekers grumbling in your wake).

:: Hot deals disappear quickly and need re-stocking. During a Mega Event Sale, there are always a handful of truly awesome deals - items that are FREE or nearly free with coupons. Even if other couponers aren't wiping the shelves, timing is everything - you may get to Kroger and find that an item you're looking for is just plain gone. If you can find a helpful employee (and all the employees at my Kroger have always been extremely helpful), they might be willing to look in the stockroom for you. Otherwise, you'll need to simply try, try again another day to find those hot deals.

:: New printable coupons and Sunday insert coupons mean possible new deals. In the Cincinnati region, our Kroger sale ad runs Monday through Sunday. When there's a Mega Event sale, I always plan to make one last trip to Kroger on Sunday afternoon or evening to stock up with any remaining coupons I might have as well as with any new coupons that matchup to the Mega Event deals from the Sunday paper inserts.

Kroger Mega Events are one of my favorite ways to stockpile for pennies on the dollar; when I can shop my stockpile for the coming months rather than shop the stores, I can save myself a bundle of money.

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Kroger Trip #2, Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Spent: $8.36
Saved: $35.55 (80%)

Coupons used:

Quaker Quakes, $1.29 ea | $0.79 after Mega Event discount
$1.50/4, Kroger catalina I received a month ago
Final price: $0.42 ea

Heluva Good Dip. $1.49 ea | $0.99 after Mega Event discount
$0.75/1, SS 02/27
Final price: FREE!

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta, $0.99 ea | $0.49 after Mega Event discount
$1.00/2, SS 01/23
Final price: FREE!

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Egg Noodles $0.99 ea | $0.49 after Mega Event discount
$1.00/2, SS 01/23
Final price: FREE!
(I was thrilled to see the Egg Noodles included in this deal!)

Bumblebee Light Tuna, $0.99 ea | $0.49 after Mega Event discount
$0.75/2, Kroger catalina (it didn't double)
Final price: $0.12 ea

Bumblebee Albacore Tuna, $0.99 ea | $0.49 after Mega Event discount
$0.75/2, Kroger catalina (it didn't double)
Final price: $0.12 ea

VitaminWater, $0.99 ea | $0.49 after Mega Event discount

Aquafresh Kid's Bubblemint Toothpaste, $1.50 ea | $1.00 after Mega Event discount
(This is my kiddo's FAVE toothpaste - worth paying the $1 for if it makes all 3 of them happy!)

Notable Manager Discounts I found instore:

Kroger Raisin English Muffins, $0.69 ea

Kroger Whole Grain Sandwich Thins, $0.69 ea

Kroger Dozen Mini Donuts, $0.69 ea

Other Coupons:

Trident Vitality Gum, $1.29 ea (not pictured in photo)
BOGO, SS 03/06
Final price: $0.65 ea

Before you go Krogering, remember to check out the full list of all the Mega Event deals here and here (thanks, Savings Lifestyle!).

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