Shopping Before Cleveland

I did my shopping early in the week because we’ve actually been in Cleveland all week, getting together with college friends. 5 couples, 3 babies and 1 year old – what a full house! It’s always good to spend time with friends, even as that time together changes due to the changes in our families. Before I left, I finished up shopping (and baking) for the trip.

Nathan and I shopped at Save-a-Lot on Saturday…and bumped into a family from school. The kids were all so excited to see Nathan. As for Nathan, he was pretty excited too. When I carry him in front of me in my wrap, Nathan will go anyplace contently because he can see what’s going on. It’s pretty cute! Anyway, we went to Save-a-Lot because I needed coconut for my coconut macaroons. I also picked up a couple more things.

Save-a-Lot - 7/17/14 - $9.37

In addition to the baking supplies, I picked up a couple more cans of tomato paste ($0.43 each) because the tomatoes in our garden will be ripening soon. That means it will be time to can salsa so I wanted to make sure I was ready with tomato paste. At Save-a-Lot, I spent $9.37.

On Sunday, after church, we headed to Kroger. Nathan slept in the car with Andy while I ran into pick up just a couple things.

Kroger - 7/20/14 - $18.50

I wanted to pick up pineapple ($0.99) to take along to Cleveland. I’m making enchilada casserole and chili dip one night, hence the jalapenos. The 7-Up 10 was free, thanks to the Friday Freebie last week. The cheese was a great deal at $1.49 a block, so I made sure to use my electronic coupon the full 5 times I was allowed on 5 blocks of cheese. Finally, I scored a great deal on meat. Chuck roast was on sale for $2.99/lb which is a price I never see anymore. Plus, I had a coupon for $2 off any $10 meat purchase from a Kroger flier that came in my mail. I found a 3.37 pound package of meat for $10.08. That took my price down to $8.08 which is $2.40/lb! I love great deals like that! The roast went straight into my freezer for sometime when we return.

At Kroger, I spent $18.50. That brings my total for the week to $27.87. It brings my shopping total for July to $171.13. I have $9 left in my grocery budget for July, but I don’t think I’ll be going shopping yet again this month. We shall see!

Top 5 Deals of the Week (7/17 – 7/23)

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The sales are already ongoing at Kroger but I’d recommend heading over there before they end on Wednesday (in Fort Wayne). Even if you only pick up these 5 deals, you will save substantially! I’m most excited about the pineapple and Kraft cheese but they are all good deals, in my frugal opinion. Here are the best deals that I see this week.

1. Fresh, whole pineapple at $0.99
Final price: $0.99

2. Boneless Chuck Steak at $2.99/lb
Final price: Varies by weight

3. Chex Mix, Bugles or Gardetto’s at $1
Use $0.50/2 printable coupon
Final price: $0.75 each

4. Kroger peanut butter at $1.67
Final price: $1.67

5. Kraft cheese, chunks or shreds (8 oz) at $2.99
Use $1.50/1 digital coupon (Can be used 5 times in one transaction)
Final price: $1.49

Free Emergen-C Sample


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Free Sample of Skin Food

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Kroger: Free 10 Download

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Today only, download a coupon for a free 2 liter bottle of any TEN brand soda. The digital coupon is available to download today only, but you have until August 2nd to redeem it.

Shopping for Blueberries…and Other Groceries

I had a dentist appointment this week so Andy watched Nathan while I went. Since I was out and about already, I did our grocery shopping for the week. Normally I go to Kroger first and then Meijer but since I had frozen items on my list at Kroger, I switched my shopping trip order. Here’s what I bought at Meijer.

Meijer - 7/15/14

Meijer was running one of their “Buy 10 for $10 and Get the 11th Free” promotions. I picked up Coke & Diet Coke, Combos, the Old El Paso cans and snack sized bags as part of the promotion. We’re heading to Cleveland for a reunion with college friends next week so that’s why the 2 liters of pop. The beer and wine coolers are also for the get together. Not typical purchases for us, but of course, they were on sale! At Meijer, I spent $35.87.

Next, it was off to Kroger where blueberries were on the top of my list. Blueberries were $0.99 a pint – and I can’t even pick them myself that cheap! Plus, these were the biggest blueberries I have ever seen! I bought 11 pints (because I had a coupon for $2 off a $10 produce purchase), and once I tasted them at home, I actually wished I had bought more! Ha. I ate 2 delicious pints (one I already had in the fridge) and froze 10 pints for later baking in my freezer. Here’s what else I bought at Kroger.

Kroger - 7/15/14

It was a great week for digital coupons! I’ll give the highlights with the prices after the digital coupons here. Doritos were $1.49 and Mac & Cheese was $0.99. Finish dish detergent was $1.99 and All laundry detergent was also $1.99. The Twix and Snicker bites were $1.50 and a fun chocolate treat! Edy’s ice cream was $2, skim milk was on sale for $1.88 and yogurt was $3/1. I love good dairy prices! I bought shredded cheese to save time when I cook dinner in Cleveland. The Cheerios, Powerbar and Coke Zero were all free after product coupons.

Finally, I noticed there was a Private Selection catalina where if you bought any 3 Private Selection products, you got $2.50 off a future order. The pints of their ice cream / sherbets are delicious but a splurge. Since they were on sale for $1.67 plus the catalina, I decided to purchase them as a treat. After the catalina, I basically paid $0.83 a pint which is a good splurge treat! The catalina runs through the end of the month and is good on any Private Selection products if you want to treat yourself as well.

At Kroger, I spent $48.68 and saved $77.47 (or 61%). It’s higher than usual but I got a lot of blueberries and other great deals.

Finally, for the first time in months, I was out of my farm fresh eggs. Andy and I had an anniversary date while my mother-in-law watched Nathan. After eating out and before seeing a movie, we stopped by Aldi for the following.


I picked up eggs and cream cheese ($1.29). I looked for coconut but they didn’t have any. I picked up a generic bin of crisco for $2.89 instead. At Aldi, I spent $6.86.

This week, I spent $91.41. Even after a big shopping week, this brings my spending for July to $143.26. I still have $37 left to spend in July. As I said, we’ll be in Cleveland for most of the week with college friends, but I’ll be taking some groceries along so I may do one more shopping trip yet in July. Any one else stock up on produce (beautiful blueberries!) this week?

Free Nesquick Sample

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Kindle Freebie: Healthy Meals for Less

It’s been awhile since I posted a Kindle freebie! Today’s Kindle freebie is written by Joni McCoy, author of Miserly Moms. Healthy Meals for Less is currently free. Be sure to check the price before you purchase because Amazon prices can quickly change.

Mperks: Free Fountain Drink or Icee

Free Mperks Offer

Log into your Mperks account and enter the code fountain14 to receive an offer for a FREE fountain drink or icee. This coupon is good at any Meijer store or gas station through July 17th. I wish I had seen this before I went grocery shopping today! Maybe I’ll have to swing by again if I’m out and about, because I do enjoy cherry icee’s!

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