Friday, February 8, 2013

{ Impromptu trip to Kroger! }

A couple weekends ago my mom, my uncle and I went to visit my great aunt in Richmond, Kentucky. It is about an hour and a half drive from where we are, so the drive is a nice getaway but nothing too major. My great aunt, whom we shall call Aunt Jean from here on out (and some of you reading this probably know a little or a lot about good ol' AJ), has a Kroger about two minutes from her house. They just remodeled it recently and it has everything you can possible imagine in there. Furniture, Starbucks, a sushi bar, wider aisles...I mean my goodness it is really nice in there! I am really hoping that the Kroger just down the street from my house that is being remodeled will be done the same exact way. Crossing my fingers!

Now we have been inside the Kroger while it was being remodeled, but I had not seen it completely done. So Mom and I made a venture in there and I just happened to have my coupon binder with me...and yeah, you see where this is going. An impromptu trip to Kroger during the awesome Mega Sale! :D

Here is the breakdown of all the items I bought, how much they were, what coupon I used and how much I saved. We needed these items so I was very excited about being able to get such great deals on them. Some of the items I did not have coupons for, but they were at a stock up price (for me) so I felt comfortable getting said items without the coupon. I need to make another run to Kroger this week before the Mega Sale is over to pick up a few more food related items. I made a second trip to my Kroger at home to finish getting what I needed from the Mega Sale...but now, it's on to the breakdown of what I purchased on this trip!

  • (9) Kroger Pasta (8 shapes, 1 lasagna) - These normally run about $1.19 a piece, and usually are on sale for $1.00. However, they were marked down to .89 cents this particular sale week (except the lasagna which was about $2.35 - but I need it for a recipe!). I usually have a .45/2 Kroger store coupon for these, but this week I did not! Total paid: $9.47.

  • (2) Knorr Pasta Sides - $1.00 a piece (or 10/$10). I had a .50/2 e-coupon loaded to my Kroger Plus Card (note: e-coupons do NOT double [sadly!]). Total paid: $1.50

  • (1) Hefty Freezer Bags and (2) Hefty Quart Bags - These are normally about $3.45 a piece, but were marked down to $1.49 for the Mega Sale. All three would have been $10.35, but being marked down to $1.49 and using (3) $1.00/1 coupons made them .49 cents each! Total paid: $1.47

  • (2) Reynolds Aluminum Foil - We all know how aluminum foil can be expensive, so I usually stick to the store brand...but even that can be expensive too! Reynolds Aluminum Foil was a good deal for me during the sale, so I opted for the name brand this go round. For both packages it would have been $8.98 or $4.49 each. Being part of the Mega Sale made these $3.49 a piece and I had (2) .75/1 coupons, making them $2.74 a piece. Total paid: $5.48

  • (8) Febreze Car Air Freshener Clips - This is one item that I really like to use because they make my car smell amazing. They last longer than the air fresheners you hang on your rear view mirror and work better too. They clip on to an air vent and have an adjustable setting depending on how strong you want the scent. I usually buy these at CVS or Rite Aid because Kroger's prices on these are normally $4.99! Anytime that I can get them for $1.50 or under is great because that's by stock up price. These were not part of the Mega Sale, but were marked down to $2.50 each! What great timing because I had some awesome coupons to go along with it! I used (4) $2.00/2 coupons making them $1.50 each! Total paid: $12.00

  • (3) Quaker Chewy Granola Bars - I am like a kid when it comes to these haha. They are great for a quick snack at work and are easy to throw in your purse and go. I usually try to get these when they are under $2.50 and with the Mega Sale I could get them for $2.39 each. They normally run for $2.89 a piece. Total paid: $7.17

  • (2) Kleenex Hand Towels - I normally only buy these when I can get these under $2.00 and I only but them every once in a while. They were part of the Mega Sale which meant that they were going to be a pretty good price. Plus I had (2) .50/1 coupons which doubled to $ like this for this item are extremely rare! With the Mega Sale they were $2.79 each, but with my doubled coupons they were only $1.79 each! Total paid: $3.58

  • (1) Kroger Olive Oil - I did not have any coupons for this but it was the cheapest kind I could find because we use olive oil all the time and we were out. Total paid: $4.39

  • (3) Finish Gel Dishwasher Packs - Is it possible to get some more coupons for these like the ones that just came out? The $2.15/1 coupons? Because those were fantastic. I wish I would have picked up some more newspapers just to get these coupons, but I did not. This particular pack I bought is normally $8.09 a PACK. $8.09!! That's crazy. Since they were part of the Mega Sale, they were marked down to $5.99. Throw in the $2.15/1 coupon and you have yourself paying $3.84 a pack. That's close to being half off the original price! Total paid: $11.52

Now here comes the fun part!

Total before coupons and sales: $108.92
Total savings (includes coupons and sales): $57.45. See below how this total breaks down:
  • Manufacturer coupons: $20.45
  • Bonus coupon savings: $1.00
  • Kroger Plus Savings: $36.00
Total spent OOP (Out of pocket): $51.47
Percentage savings: 54%!!!
Anytime you can get your savings 40% and above is great!

Please let me know if you see any problems with the math or if you have any questions about anything. I would be happy to help you in any way!


P.S.: You may notice some changes going on around the blog for the next couple days...stay tuned!


  1. Love saving over 50%!!! Great work!

    Diana from Diana's Deals

    1. I love it too! It never gets old either haha :)

  2. love your blog by-the-way :) Great work on your savings! :) I love to confuse the cashier's where I am because I do two transactions. One with 100% coupons and one with some or no coupons :( (you know, the fruit, the meat...)But when I shop, I think of the whole art of coupons as a game and I love it :)

    1. Thank you so much! I really am glad you like it :) Oh, if only there could be coupons for meat and fruit then we would be set haha!

      I will definitely give you a follow back. :)