Saturday, August 22, 2009

Inaugural "Sweet Deal" Post

I scored a sweet deal yesterday!

Where: Kroger

How: Kroger MegaDeal event
(buy 10 participating items, get $5 back)
PLUS ecoupons
PLUS paper coupons
· 6 Hamburger/Tuna helpers—Joel's lifeline when I'm not home for dinner
· 1 Wanchai Ferry Skillet Dinner for Two—this one’s great because it includes protein (chicken) AND it's delicious AND it doesn’t have any MSG (“MSG’D!!!!”)
· 1 Wanchai Ferry Dinner Kit
· 2 bx Nature Valley granola bars—I think these were free
· 2 bags Nature Valley Nut Clusters
· 1 bx Cascadian Farms Organic Granola—YUM
· 5 cans Progresso soup
· 4 Sobe Lifewaters—all free
· 1 pkg Old El Paso tortillas
· 1 pkg Old El Paso taco shells
· 1 pkg Old El Paso taco seasoning—this was free with a peelie coupon on the taco shells
· 3 bx Fruit by the Foot/Fruit Roll-ups—almost free--Joel's favorite
· 2 bags Quakes—YUM
· 6 pkg Pillsbury rolls (biscuits, crescents, sweet rolls)
· 1 carton Tropicana OJ
· 2 bags Green Giant Steamers
· 1 bx Chex bars
· 1 Betty Crocker "Warm Delights" Molten Chocolate Cakey Thingy—whatever. It was free and it looked yummy. Plus the name is hilarious.
Original total: $105.71
Final total: $25.20
Savings: $80.51 (76%)

Here's what's sweet about this deal:
· Although most of this stuff is ridiculously snacky/carby, the fact is that we like snacks every once in a while. :-D Now our pantry's stocked with MONTHS' worth of this stuff, eliminating expensive "emergency" grocery runs (and by "emergency" grocery runs, I mean me begging Joel at 10pm to go get me a snack).
· As much as I try to deny it, the vending machine at school ALWAYS lures me in on the odd extra-long, extra-exhausting Thursday at around 4:00pm. But I’ll be able to resist that evil temptation (and save 75 cents) by whipping out a [free] granola bar previously stashed in my bag. Sweet!
· With all the money we saved on this transaction (and others like it), we're able to buy organic and locally-grown produce/meat/dairy much more often than we used to. (Go here for a nifty "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides".)
So there you have it. The Inaugural "Sweet Deal" Post.