Thrifty Things Friday Party #18! (AND a Giveaway!!)


Hi everyone!

Oh, I am so excited for this week’s party! It took everything I had not to post this earlier in the week. LOL So, today’s thriftiness is grocery shopping! Yup, that’s what I said, grocery shopping.

Isn’t that a place we all need to be a little thrifty?  I am definitely not an “Extreme Couponer” but, I am a very good couponer and have been pretty much my whole life. 

Last year I partnered up with General Mills and MyBlogSpark for the big Kroger Mega Sale. They provided me with a gift card and one for a giveaway.

These two shopping trips were part of my thriftiness at this sale. 

You can see this Kroger shopping trip at this post.

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This is what I got:
12 - Boxes of cereal
8 - boxes of Betty Crocker Brownie Mixes
3 - bags of Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes
9 - Hamburger Helpers
2 - Betty Crocker Delights
2 - Pillsbury Toaster Strudels
8 - Pillsbury Crescent rolls
4 - Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
5 - Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls
2 - dozen boxes of Donuts
1 - Package of dinner rolls
My total before sales and coupons was = $131.43
After sales and coupons, my out of pocket was = $38.97

Here was my second Kroger shopping trip. You can read the full post HERE.

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Total before sale prices & coupons: $109.99
After Mega Sale discounts and all my coupons: $29.74!!
I was so excited! I must admit, when I was watching everything get rung up, I started to sweat a bit. LOL
This is what I got:
10 - 4 packs of Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt
3 - 4 packs of Yoplait Delights Parfait Yogurts
1 - Yoplait Whipped Yogurt
4 - Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
6 - Boxes of Hamburger Helper
8 - Boxes of Betty Crocker Brownie Mixes
2 - Bags of Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes
2 - Boxes of Quaker True Delights Bars
1 - Bag of Quaker Rice Cake Snacks
2 - SoBe Life Waters
1 - Betty Crocker Warm Delights
2 - Boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
1 - Box of Trix Cereal
1 - Bag of Baked Lays Chips
I had a total of 44 items and everything but the SoBe water & the single Yoplait yogurt was part of the Mega Sale. So, I was able to get $20.00 ($5.00 for each 10 participating products) off my bill right away.

Was that fun or what!

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Well, it is time once again to go grocery shopping for free! Yes, FREE! The folks at Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark are providing one of my readers a $25.00 Kroger Gift card!!

kgcWe can ALL use free groceries! 

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Click on the Kroger logo above to go to the Kroger site for more info. Plus go there to get LOTS of coupons! gm Click on the General Mills logo above to go to their website and also gets LOTS of coupons!

Here are some details about this awesome Kroger even:

  • From July 31st through August 17th save on tons of brands across more than 100 categories from General Mills, PepsiCo, Unilever, Heinz, Mars, Wrigley and Kimberly Clark.
  • Look for some of your favorite participating products like, Honey Nut Cheerios, Yoplait , Pillsbury Pepsi, Doritos, Gatorade, Smart Ones, Ore-Ida, Cottonelle, Viva, Breyer´s Ice Cream, Axe , Snickers, Pedigree and Orbit.
  • Look for big savings storewide at the Kroger Family of Stores, which includes Kroger, Ralphs, King Scoopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith´s, Fry´s, QFC, Baker´s, Owen´s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Pay Less Supermarkets and Scott´s food & Pharmacy.

Don´t let the savings stop there! Make sure to follow the Cartbuster "Deal of the Day" beginning August 3rd and running through August 16th.* Download exclusive offers, on more of your favorite brands, directly to your shopper card, by visiting www.cartbuster.com, beginning Wednesday, August 3rd.
Remember,
www.cartbuster.com is your link to all of the details, savings and the special "Deal of the Day" offers for the Cart Buster Savings Event, exclusively at the Kroger Co. Family of Stores. The Cart Buster Savings event beginning July 31st. "Deal of the Day" offers begin August 3rd.
*Please be sure to check your local Kroger Co. Family of Stores for participating dates and deals. The Deal of the Day promotion is not valid at: Fred Meyer or Food 4 Less.

I want you to get the very best bang for your free $25.00! So, here are a couple of coupon sites to get even more coupons for your shopping spree!

Cellfire (upload directly to your Kroger card! No clipping!)

Coupon Suzy.com

SmartSource

ShortCuts

RedPlum

Coupons.com

I have used all the above coupon sites for awhile now. Of course, don’t forget your Sunday paper inserts.

How to enter to win a $25.00 Kroger Gift Card?

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me one of your favorite things to stock up on at the grocery store.
  2. Be a Follower or sign up as a new follower and leave a comment
  3. Follow me on Facebook (see side bar) and leave a comment
  4. Follow me on Twitter (see side bar) and leave me a comment
  5. Join this weeks “Thrifty Things Friday” party and enter an addition 3 times! (just leave 3 separate comments saying” I linked up #1”, “I linked up #2” and “I linked up #3”)
  6. Mention this giveaway on your blog, Twitter or Facebook and come back here and leave a comment with the link.

Unfortunately, this giveaway will only be available to US residents.

Because I want you to be able to take advantage of this awesome Cartbuster sale, this giveaway time frame is going to be short! I want the Sponsor to have enough time to mail you your gift card!

Giveaway ends at Midnight (EST) on Sunday, July 31, 2011

**The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond with their mailing address. I am leaving for vacation on Tuesday and will be gone almost two weeks and will probably not have internet access. So, I have to have this info before I leave!

For more info on this awesome sale, check out:

  • Kroger Website http://bit.ly/cartbustersavings
  • Kroger Facebook Page http://on.fb.me/krogercartfbook
  • Kroger Twitter Page http://bit.ly/krogertwitter
  • Disclosure: The Kroger gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark. they provided me with a gift card as well as offering one for a giveaway. all opinions are my own.

    **Just a little tease, next week I have another $25.00 store gift card giveaway! Lots of fun coming up!**

    Okay, since this post is so long with lots of info, I will not be doing “featured posts” this week. Sorry :(

    Let's see all your awesome thriftiness!

    91 comments :

    1. Oh my...my thrifty college student would love for me to WIN this for her...so please count me in. I stock up on paper towels and soup.

      Blessings,
      Linda

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    2. I'm a happy follower:)

      Blessings,
      Linda

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    3. I would love to save some money at the grocery store these days. We do not have a Kroger store in our area.
      Have a nice day

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    4. My local kroger store has the best bulk and natural foods section! I'd love to stock up on some fresh baking supplies. Yay!

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    5. I'd stock up on catfood! lol Happy weekend...hugs..Debbie

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    6. one of my favorite things to stock up on at the grocery store is bathroom tissue.

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    7. gfc follower
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    8. follow on FB
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    9. @tcarolinep twitter follower

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    10. shared on FB.http://www.facebook.com/#!/tcarolinep/posts/125017534259226

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    11. Cereal is my favorite item to stock up on!
      lesleymitchell52@yahoo.com

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    12. We try and stock up on cereal when the price is right and I have coupons. Can't wait until carbusters start. I don't know why I can't sign in on my google account.
      Connie Haack letsgosew@yahoo.com

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    13. I am a faithful Follower
      Connie Haack letsgosew@yahoo.com

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    14. I follow The Thrifty Groove on Facebook!
      Connie Haack
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    15. I follow you on Twitter
      Connie Haack
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    16. I do 90% of my grocery shopping at Kroger - we have one right down the street! They usually have really good sales so I can stock up on basics!

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    17. I stock up on brownie mix. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    18. I stock up on canned foods. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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    19. I am a follower. chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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    20. I always stock up on Toilet paper- a terrible thing to run out of!!

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    21. Have been a happy follower of your blog for a long time now!

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    22. I tweeted about your giveaway with a link to your blog. Thanks for the great giveaway offer!

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    23. Lately I've been buying diapers and baby wipes on sale and using coupons! This would be wonderful.

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    24. I'm a follower of you thrifty blog! :)

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    25. I like to stock up on General Mills cereals and Cottonelle toilet paper.

      mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    26. I follow you in GFC.

      mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    27. I follow you on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

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    28. Just found your blog from Mary's at Redo 101, and had to join in my very first time. I now follow your feed in my Google reader too.

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    29. I linked up #1 (post 20).

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    30. I linked up #2 (post 20).

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    31. I linked up #3 (post 20).

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    32. favorite thing to stock up on? chocolate! Which I am currently very low on, that's probably why it came to mind so quickly!
      I could buy a LOT of chocolate with this gift card!
      gail

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    33. yep, I'm a follower, (long time) but you already knew that, didn't you?
      gail

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    34. Following you on Twitter!
      gail

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    35. yep! we're friends on fb too!
      gail
      ps I don't have anything to link up at this time. :(

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    36. Diane, I like to stock up on pastas especially the dreamfield pasta. It is hard to find in our Kroger!

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    37. I can't link up, tried 3 times, keep getting error???
      I don't have a Kroger's in NY, but thanks! You did great with your coupons!

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    38. Got it finally! And of course I am a follower!

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    39. I'll stock up on Yoplait and Cottonelle. My favorite thing to stock up on is pet supplies.

      runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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    40. I follow via google friend connect


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    41. I’m a twitter follower (LuckyDuckyToo)


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    42. I’m a FB fan (Mari Doug)


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    43. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=246965961989268&id=520433979

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    44. i like to stock up on diet coke whenever i can find it on sale

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    45. following this blog via GFC as ms-texas

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    46. i already like your facebook page

      Debbie Bellows

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    47. following you on twitter @bellows22

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    48. I most like to stock up on Prilosec since the husband likes to tell me he's getting low by announcing he is out. Fortunately, he has a ton of redeeming qualities. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    49. I like to stock up on Pepsi.

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    50. I like to stock up on pasta sauce.

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    51. i'm a facebook fan (elizabeth s.)


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    52. i'm a follower on GFC (as atlantagalknows )


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    53. following on twitter @atlantagalknows

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    54. I would LOVE to win this! I'd stock up on baking supplies for the holidays.

      Of course, I'm a follower! :-)

      xo
      Pat

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    55. I love to stock up on Honey Nut Cheerios & Doritos! Yummm :) Thanks for the chance to win!!

      purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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    56. follower! :)

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    57. following on FB!

      Doreen H.
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    58. following you on twitter
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    59. tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/luvscontests/status/97479537155252225

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    60. I want to stock up on Cottonelle and tissues!
      reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

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    61. I stock up on Cottonelle - my family really goes through the TP! LOL
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    62. Follow via GFC
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    63. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm always stocking up on pasta and paper towels!

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    64. I follow you on Twitter! @FakeGradSchool

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    65. I follow you with GFC!

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    66. I tweeted!

      http://twitter.com/FakeGradSchool/status/97869991856189441

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    67. My favorite thing to stock up on is Trix Cereal and Charmin Toilet Paper
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    68. I am a public follower of yours on GFC (Carolsue).
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    69. I follow you on Twitter as MsCarolsueA
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    Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)