Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kroger - Mega Deal - still bummed in Houston

I am really torn about making this post, but as someone I consider a friend told me, I need to practice what I preach.  In one of my first coupon classes I stated "Don't be loyal to a store or brand, be loyal to a deal!"  With that in mind, it is really unfair of me as a coupon and deal finding blog NOT to tell you about deals I know about just because I am personally pissed off at a store.  Even when I was boycotting Walmart, if I read or heard about a deal,  I told you about it.  Keeping with this "tradition" I guess it only fair if I tell you the Kroger deals now too.  Just don't expect pictures deal? (I do welcome readers to send my pics of their shopping trips and I will post those if you like :)

Ok, so anyway, for us here in the Southwest region of Kroger (basically Tx and La) a mega deal started on Wednesday (these ALWAYS go for 2 weeks.  While NOT everything is advertised both weeks, all the same items are part of the sale for both weeks.  If you see something you like that is in the ad and out of stock, get a raincheck then as the next week it might not be in the ad)
So, as tradition with my blog, I am not going to do a ton of matchups and deals.  You can go to Kroger's website and review the ad or look at your mailed copy.  I am basically gonna tell you what I know to be free or cheap.  Whether you choose to shop or boycott is a personal decision you will need to make.

*Keep in mind you MUST buy in groups of 10 to get the price I am listing.  You can do multiples in a single transaction, but it MUST be in groups of 10 (I suggest using reusable shopping bags in your cart and fill each with 10 mega items and then on to the next so you don't miscount.  After ringing up, your receipt will have a count at the bottom with a [+]  , this count is participating mega items.  If you are long (got 1 too many) or short (got a 1-2 to little) be sure to go to the service desk before you leave the store.  They usually will let you get 1-2 more items and then give you the $5 off, or return 1 item if you were slightly over.

Mega Sale Freebies/Cheapies

Ronzoni Smart Taste or Healthy Harvest Pasta .49 or .50 (variety price varies)
*some stores even carry the Garden variety but I have never seen it
*Quick Cook is not on sale, so don't waste your ink
-$1/2 IP or IP (can print 2 per computer per variety per site)
Final Price : FREE

Boulder Chips $.99
-$1 IP  (use zip 90210)
Final Price: FREE

Mom's Natural Cereal .99
-.75 IP
Final Price : .24

Quaker Life or Cap'n Crunch Cereal $1.99
-$2/1 insert from Spanish Pepsi insert
Final Price: FREE

Nivea Body wash $2.49
-$3 Insert 4-17 RP
Final Price: profit of .51

Kim and Scott's Pretzels $1.49 (in frozen foods)
-$1 IP 
Final Price: .49 

Sunny D .89
-.55 IP
Final Price: .34

Reach Toothbrushes $.50
-$1 insert (multiple coupons, check HCW Database)
Final Price: Profit of .50

Ragu pasta sauce $1.34
-$1/2 IP
Final Price : 1.68/2 or .84 each (not a GREAT deal in my personal opinion)

OM Lunchables with fruit $1.49
-$1/2 peelies
Final Price: .99 each*
*Catalina promotion, buy 2, get $1, buy 3 get $2, buy 4 get $3)

Buy 4 @ .99 each with peelies(assumes you buy at least 6 other participating mega products)
$3.96 oop, get back $3 RR
Final price .96/4 or .24 each  (thanks reader Glen)

Non Mega freebies (thus you don't have to purchase in groups of 10)

Reach floss, flossers, toothbrushes .99-$1
-$2.50/2 insert 4-17 SS
-$1 insert (multiple coupons, check HCW Database)
Final Price: Profit of .50-.51 for each 2 (coupon does specify to buy 2 varieties, ie floss and toothbrush)
*toothbrushes ARE part of mega! so MM with the $1 coupons too

Ivory 2 bar soap or bodywash $1 
-$1 insert 5-1 PG
Final price : FREE (bars are also .99 at CVS so get rainchecks!)

Safeguard 2 bar soap $1
-$1 insert 5-1 PG
Final Price: FREE

Mirra body pouf $1
-$1 Kroger loadable
Final Price: FREE

Kraft shredded cheese with philly Bogo
-free homemailer from Kraft First Taste
Final Price : 2 for FREE

Crest toothpaste $1
-$1 insert 5-1 PG
Final Price: FREE

Better Oats Oatmeal $1 
- $1 IP 
Final Price: FREE

For those that still have doubles/triples:
Listerine Pocketpaks $1
-.50 insert 1-9 or 4-17 SS
Final Price: FREE

Mentos Gum $1 
-.35 insert 3-20 SS
Final Price: FREE

Softsoap $1 
-.35 pharmacy booklet q (no size restrictions)
Final Price: FREE

Mahatma rice $1.19
-.50 insert 5-1
Final price: .19

Thanks to SD for some of the matchups.
Thanks Denise for the reminder of my words.
Thanks Glenn for some revisions :)



GlennJ said...

Have a couple of addendums to your list...

Reach toothbrushes (but not floss) *ARE* part of Mega! So they become 50¢ after mega discount and become MMs with the $1/1 or $2.50/2 Qs.
[ I know you have a reciept showing this! ;) ]

I don't think Better Oats are in Mega (but perhaps my store just didn't have their sign up yet)

Ivory Bodywash is also $1 (and you can choose between bars or BW on Q)

There's been a recent Mahatma 50¢/1 insert - so cheap rice if your store doubles. (Was 19¢ for me)

Stephanie (aka zoeys_mom, ZM) said...

Thanks Glenn, the Better oats was a typo on my part(allergies have been kicking my butt this week) I fixed the others, thanks. Hard to do a great job when you are not shopping the store(except in search of coupons:)

Kristin said...



DH's fav cereal would have to be Cap'N Crunch, wouldn't it.

Pricematch, anyone?

G Martinez said...

Thank you so much for posting! I'm in Dallas, and you are by far my favorite blogger for Kroger deals.

Ashley M. said...

Thank you for posting anyways :)
I told myself Kroger was a no-no from now on... however I haven't shopped there since the 1st of April when I heard the news. We needed some groceries. I bought a lot of organic stuff (glad to see that on the mega) and I bought $135 worth for $25 and the second trip was $120 worth for $7.50. There was just no way I could price match this many items with my 7 month old in the cart. :(

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Christy said...

I had to eat crow and finally go there. Only because I'm afraid I won't get the Nivea before the coupons expire. I have to do what's best for me even if it's shopping there. I got 10 Nivea Body Wash, 4 Ivory Bodywash 6 Safeguard soap, 3 Reach flossers and 3 Reach Dental Floss, 9 cookie cutters and a stuffed lamb (easter clearance) and 3 20-oz Dr. Peppers. Total Spent: 8¢. I will only shop there for the free/money maker stuff and won't buy anything that's not on sale. I have to because otherwise I'm spending money on coupons I'm not using.

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