March 6, 2012

Let's Go Krogering! | Week of March 5, 2012 {Cart Buster Sale Continues}

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Read on to see what deals I found at my Kroger this week...



My Kroger Trip, Monday, March 5, 2012


Spent: $31.03
Saved: $28.69 (48%)

Oh boy - it's been a month (February 6!) since I posted a LGK! post here at TNFM. Here's a quick run-down of what all's been going on at mi casa:

:: We adopted a second dog, a 4 year old GSPointer, from our local Humane Society. I happened to be on my way to Kroger about a month ago and saw the volunteers walking him. We are now a two dog family once again (or, as I like to say, card-carrying members of the Insane Canine Posse), something that isn't terribly frugal but is worth it. ;-)

:: I loaded about a gazillion cases of Girl Scout cookies in my van and got them distributed to my troop. I managed to eat about two boxes of Thin Mints all.by.myself (mmmm!) before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

:: I revamped the blog/site here a bit to make it more organized. Ahhhh....I feel better. You can read a bit more about it here.

:: I finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.  I chatted a bit about my thoughts on the book in this post at my personal blog.  After reading about her family's year-long quest to eat only food they grew/produced on their farm or purchased from local sources, I fell into a guilty funk over my children's love affair with Cheez Its (among other not-so-whole foods; Totino Pizza Rolls, anyone?!). This mini-guilt fest resulted in me making homemade Cheez Its for them which resulted in them politely trying a few and saying, "Ehhh, they're ok, Mom." Which resulted in me and my hubs Knute and I eating them all.  They were tasty, but totally not worth the time and effort.  ;-)

:: To appease my mama guilt over our not-so-whole-food lifestyle, I bought a 32 week share in a local CSA. Oh.yes.I.did. I'm hoping the novelty of getting veggies from the local farm will thrill my kiddos and inspire me to new and greater heights of culinary creation. Why yes, I am an eternal optimist. ;-)

So...I've been a bit busier than usual, and haven't done too much Krogering other than the basics; this week was not much different. I really don't care for the Cart Buster Sale weeks at Kroger because if you (like me) are a little OCD on noting shelf tag pricing variance week to week at Kroger, you'll see that the Cart Buster Sale deals aren't really fantastic enough to warrant doing the happy coupon dance.

There were a few deals worth buying at Kroger, though, most notably the Charmin and Bounty deals.  I also lucked into finding some pickling spice marked down 90% on clearance; since one thing I am successful at growing in my little garden is cucumbers, I grabbed a bunch for this summer's coming harvest.

I also hopped into Aldi on Sunday for milk, bread, lettuce and Tyson boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.69/lb (total for trip: $9.77).  I shopped Aldi again on Monday for the majority of what we needed for the week (total for trip: $41.11):


My hope, fellow-Kroger lovers, is that starting on this coming Monday (3/12/12), we'll see the March to Madness Mega Sale return.  If it's time for some lessons in bracketology, it's time for a big basketball themed Mega Sale!  Be sure to check the blogs this weekend for updates.  

Here's the coupons I used at Kroger on Monday, 3/5/12:

Cart Buster Promotion Items

Charmin Toilet Paper 12 double rolls, $5.99 ea
$1.00/1, mailer coupon
Final price: $4.99 ea

Bounty Paper Towels 8 rolls, $5.99 ea
$1.00/1, mailer coupon
Final price: $4.99 ea 

Ruffles Potato Chips, $2.50 ea
$0.55/1, PepsiCo Moments Insert, 2/26
Final price: $1.50 ea

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunch Meat, $3.00 ea
$1.25/2, Kroger My Magazine mailer coupon
Final price: $2.38 ea

Fiber One Chewy Bars, $2.49 ea
*Catalina Deal: Buy 3, get $1.00 oyno; buy 4, get $2.00 oyno; buy 5, get $3.00 oyno.*
$0.50/2, SS 02/26
Final price: $1.99 ea | Earned $2.00 catalina oyno

Other Coupons Used

Diet Coke, 1.25L, $1.00 ea
FREE Coke Zero or Diet Coke 1.25L, Kroger catalina I received last week
Final price: FREE!

$2.00 oyno Daytona 500 Mega Sale catalina

Manager Special

Mrs. Wages Quick Process Pickle Mix, $0. 30 ea (marked down from $3.29 ea)

Kroger Rye Brat Rolls, $0.79 ea

Kroger Rich & Honey Hot Dog Buns, $0.69 ea

Be sure to check my Weekly Deals page for help finding the best Kroger deals and ad matchups this week  for your part of the country.

For the full list of ad matchups for various Kroger regions this week, check out this post (thanks, Southern Savers).

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