Kroger Freebie: Free Sierra Mist

Kroger Free Sierra Mist

Today’s Friday Freebie from Kroger is a free 2 liter of Sierra Mist. It’s perfect timing for the holiday season…or the flu season. Hopefully, celebrations rather than sickness is why you’ll use this! The coupon is only available today but you have until January 4th to redeem your coupon.

Stocking Up with Grocery Shopping

After not a lot of grocery shopping the previous weeks, I did a lot of shopping this week! I was running errands and starting to get ready for our Christmas parties. There were some good deals this past week so Nathan and I made multiple trips to Kroger and Meijer since the last time I shared our monthly totals with you. Let’s start with my Meijer trips.

Meijer - 12/12/14 - $23.90

I restocked on margarine and powdered sugar for my buckeye making. I also happened across a “buy 1, get 1 free” deal on Peter Pan peanut butter. The cheese and noodles were for a casserole that my husband requested. And I bought plain whole milk yogurt for Nathan. It’s not very sweet so we’ve been mixing it fruit purees. On this trip, I spent $23.90.

Meijer - 12/17/14 - $28.18

My next trip to Meijer found me stocking up on sale meats as well as sale cheese for upcoming appetizer plans. I picked up 2 containers of spreadable butter – for free, after sale and coupons. I happened to see that Holiday Glad Cling Wrap was already marked 50% off to $1.50. I don’t mind that it’s red for that price! The Hot Wheels car was free, thanks to a Mperks offer. On this trip, I spent $28.18.

Next up, we shopped at Kroger. I made two trips because my cart was getting full! What with Nathan riding in the front, my space is more limited than in the past. On the first trip, I stocked up on butter ($1.99/lb) and Del Monte vegetables ($0.50 each).

Kroger - 12/13/14 - $42.14

It was a big stock-up trip! I bought 10 pounds of butter because I knew the $1.99/lb price was fleeting. I also bought 2 cases (24 cans) of Del Monte veggies because again, $0.50 a can was a great price. Sugar was $0.99 per 4 pound bag. I also bought some seasonal diet Sierra Mist for $0.50 a bottle, thanks to a sale and coupons. At Kroger, I spent $42.14. It’s more than I typically spend but I was excited to stock up so much. Then, I made one more trip to Kroger to finish my shopping with the “Buy 4, Get $4 off” sales.

Kroger - 12/15/14 - $39.04

I restocked on tortilla chips ($1.25) and Doritos ($1.99). I found some other great deals! Domino sugar was $0.99 but I had two $1/2 coupons so I spent $0.49 a bag. The Gerber Graduate crackers were $0.49 a bag, thanks to a sale and multiple $1/1 coupons. The Holiday M&Ms were $1.50 a bag, after sale and two $1/2 coupons. I also bought Nestle chocolate chips because they were on sale for $2 and I had a catalina coupon for $1.75/4. The catalina was from Meijer but because it was a manufacturer’s coupon, I used it at Kroger. The Ghiradelli’s chocolate chips were on sale for $2.50 and I decided they dip better on my buckeyes so I will be going back for more.

Let’s see. The Kraft bbq sauce was free from a recent Friday freebie. Egg nog was on sale and I had an e-coupon for $0.70/1 so I bought the holiday treat for $1.80. Granola bars were only $0.99 and the sugar free wheat bread was marked down to $0.99 as well. The Naturals strawberry jam was $1.99 and yes, more peanut butter, at $1.49 a jar. This trip found me spending $37.04.

Whew. When all was said and done, I spent $131.26 over the past week of shopping. It’s a higher than usual weekly amount but I stocked up on a lot of different things! It brings my total for December to $138.81. I have $40 left to spend this month. We’ll see how that goes, what with Christmas next week.

Recyclebank: Travel Sized Tips

Here are a few tips to carry your better bathroom recycling habits through the holiday. Earn 25 points along the way.

CVS: Free Body Wash

CVS Body Wash

If you have Facebook, “Like” the CVS Minute Clinic page and you can fill out a form for a free container of body wash. The coupon will come via email. You have until December 31st to redeem your coupon.

Top 5 Deals: 12/14 – 12/17

Top 5 Deals of the Week

This week, the best deals are found at Kroger again! They are still running their “Buy 4, Save $4″ promotion from last week so be sure to pick up your $0.99 bags of sugar while you can! Here are a couple of the other great items to pick up at Kroger while you are there.

1. Kroger brand butter at $1.99
Final price: $1.99

2. Holiday M&Ms at $2
Use $1/2 printable coupon
Final price: $1.50 each

3. Del Monte canned vegetables at $0.50
Final price: $0.50

4. Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chips at $2
Final price: $2

5. Kroger spices at 50% off
Final price: Varies

Pampers: 15 More Points

Pampers Rewards

Stopping in with another Pampers code for you. Enter the code CM89CCKDWJKLO14 to add 15 more points to your Gifts to Grow account

One Small Shopping Trip to Start December

I didn’t shop at all last week and didn’t shop much this week either. I picked up just a couple things at Meijer when I stopped by to pick up velcro for the school Christmas program. Here’s what I bought this week.

Meijer - 12/9/14 - $7.55

I picked up more applesauce and bananas for Nathan. I also picked up yogurt. The organic yogurt was on sale for cheaper than the Meijer version. I meant to buy plain for Nathan but bought vanilla so I’ll eat it myself and pick up another for Nathan. Margarine was for baking. My best deal came on the dips. They were on sale for $0.99 each and I had two Mperks coupons for the dips in my account. I was for $1/1 and another $0.75/1. That meant I got two containers of dip for only $0.24. At Meijer, I spent $7.55.

I still have almost all of my $180 monthly budget left. After going over last month, I’m going to try to say under this month. We’ll see how I do!

Pampers: 10 New Points

Pampers Rewards

There are 10 new points available at Pampers when you enter the code FBHIL8884999414 in your Pampers Gifts to Grow account.

Hot: $16.99 for a Great Laminator

Today only, Amazon has their Scotch Thermal Laminator on sale for only $16.99! Normally priced at $80, this is a bargain! I requested this for Christmas last year and my brother kindly gave it to me. (I told him when it was marked down last year.) This laminator is the perfect gift for teachers, homeschooling Moms or anyone who does projects at home that they want to preserve. I speak from experience when I say that it works great. I recommend the Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches 8.9 x 11.4 Inches 3 mil, 100-Pack (TP3854-100) to go with it. They are also marked down to $9.94 for a 100 pack. These pouches give you a nice firm lamination and you can trim them down as needed. This sale generally only comes once a year so if you are interested in a personal lamintor, buy it now!

$0.50/1 Hershey Chips Coupon

$0.50 off any HERSHEY'S or REESE'S Baking chips

Yay! I love to see great baking coupons like these. Print this $0.50/1 Hershey’s or Reese’s baking chips coupon now. Chocolate chips tend to go on sale this month so keep these coupons handy.

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