$30 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway

Congratulations to Julie L. who won the $30 Kroger gift card.

The Mega Saving Event is taking place at Kroger Co. Family of Stores from now through September 2 and to help you cash in on the savings General Mills and PepsiCo. will give one Raising Olives reader a $30 Kroger gift card.

Here is how you can save: when you buy 10 participating brands and use your Shopper Card you instantly save $5 at check out.  There is no limit to the number of rewards you may earn per transaction.  Some of the participating brands are Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Chex Mix, Dole Juices, Gatorade, Green Giant, Hamburger Helper, Old El Paso, Pepsi, Pillsbury, Progresso, Quaker, Starbucks, Totino’s, Tropicana, Yoplait and lots more.

Look for this tag in your Kroger Co. family of stores that identifies participating items.kroger sale sign

General Mills and PepsiCo. gave me a $30 Kroger gift card so I could shop and show you how much you could save.   Please don’t think that I’m telling you how to do this.  I’m not a good coupon shopper and we don’t usually purchase these types of foods, but Amber (12) and I had fun, saved nearly $10 (from this special savings event, not counting other savings) and got some fun new foods to try.Kroger foodI bought all of this food for $35.  My kids are going to love me when they see what I bought for them and my husband already does. 🙂

General Mills and PepsiCo. are going to give one Raising Olives reader their own $30 Kroger Family of Stores gift card and you can see how much you can save.  Do you think that you can do better than I did?  (Are you laughing at me?)

How to enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me your best money saving grocery tip AND whether you use coupons or not.
  • Extra entries for spreading the word about this giveaway via your blog or twitter.  Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

Comments will close at midnight EST on Monday, August 24 and I’ll announce a winner the next day.

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47 Responses to $30 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway
  1. bunny
    August 21, 2009 | 9:30 am

    Most important, NEVER go shopping when you are hungry. Make a list and stick to it.

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  2. Ella
    August 21, 2009 | 9:53 am

    My tip is to use a calculator while you shop. It really keeps you aware of how much money you’re spending. I do use coupons, but I try not to buy things I wouldn’t normally buy, unless they’re free, or really close to it. I find that I actually use them less since I’ve been on a stricter grocery budget since I don’t have as much room for frills.

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  3. Susan
    August 21, 2009 | 11:30 am

    Yes, I use coupons, but only for items I normally buy anyway. I think my biggest tip, especially with a family of 9, is that when I find a good deal, I buy (many) multiples at once. I stock up on those items we use regularly when they’re on sale, so that I don’t run out and have to buy them when they’re not on sale.

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  4. Ashley Stubbs
    August 21, 2009 | 11:31 am

    I am a horrible shopper, but am trying to get started at couponmom.com, at the reccommendation of some friends. My one thing I do that helps me is to buy the frozen bags of kroger brand boneless skinless chicken tenders to use in recipes instead of buying the packs (or buy them on sale and freeze them individually on cookie sheets and then bag them). I think I end up wasting less meat this way cause I only take out what I need instead of using the whole pack for casseroles etc.

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  5. Jamie
    August 21, 2009 | 11:55 am

    I am a huge believer in stockpiling. When something we use a lot is on sale plus I can get it cheaper with coupons, I buy as many as I can (budget allows) so that we’ll hopefully have enough to last us until the next big sale. This works great for us with cereal, oatmeal, canned and frozen veggies, pasta and pasta sauce, taco meals, cleaning supplies, beauty products, etc… I am a huge couponer and love it!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  6. MomStarr
    August 21, 2009 | 12:56 pm

    I plan all my meals and stick to them as much as possible. Then I only have an occasional “Honey, I just couldn’t get dinner started tonight can we run out?” (sheepish grin) And he loves me anyway. I almost never use coupons b/c they are for processed foods that we rarely use. I do look for in store deals.

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  7. Candice
    August 21, 2009 | 1:09 pm

    I don’t use coupons; it seems so time-consuming to clip, organize, and remember them! I try to save on groceries for our family by shopping at Aldi and watching sale ads.

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  8. julie cutshaw
    August 21, 2009 | 1:49 pm

    my tip is to look online at the stores flyers and then use there store and manufactures coupons to save money! I use coupons on everything I can to save! thanks
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

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  9. julie cutshaw
    August 21, 2009 | 1:50 pm

    I happily tweeted this great giveaway thanks!

    itsallnew2me$30 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway at http://raisingolives
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

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  10. Heather Finley
    August 21, 2009 | 1:57 pm

    My best no-fail money saver is to use cash. I add up a running total on my grocery list as I shop (rounding up to the next dollar on every item to account for tax) to make sure I don’t go over. The trick is to be consistent about the cash!

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  11. Rachel K Taylor
    August 21, 2009 | 2:21 pm

    I shop alot at UGO; it is like a treasure hunt. And I stock up when things are on sale. I also have a spreadsheet of the things that I buy most often so I’ll know a good price when I see it. I call some manufacturers for coupons and then use them when the item is also on sale.

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  12. Mama Mirage (Jessica)
    August 21, 2009 | 2:57 pm

    Don’t enter me (Don’t have a Kroegers here) but just wanted to say my tip is only use coupons for things you’d buy anyway! Using coupons for things that you don’t regularly buy just winds up making you spend more in the long run. I only use Joy dishsoap so I won’t keep coupons from others because I would be tempted to buy it just because I have a coupon and then it would make my hands blister (eczema) and I would wind up going back for Joy to give my hands a break anyway!
    I ran a “coupon train” for a while. You clip good coupons and mail the ones you won’t use to the next person on a list. That person takes out any they want, adds their unwated ones, and mails to the next person on the list and so on. It’s especially helpful for baby coupons if your kids are close but not exactly the same age. One kid might be just potty trained so all their diaper coupons go in the train and the next person whose kid is still in diapers will use those coupons but put in pull-ups coupons they’re not using yet which will go back around to the potty training mom. Plus it’s fun to get a fat envelope full of coupons in the mail 😀

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  13. Tracy
    August 21, 2009 | 3:02 pm

    I clip only coupons I use and keep them in a snack sized bag in my bag so I always have them. We don’t get the paper, but I find coupns in magazines and get them in the mail. The best coupons I have are the ones Kroger sends me.

    My tip, make a list and stick to it. 🙂

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  14. Shari
    August 21, 2009 | 3:21 pm

    I plan all of our meals as best as possible to not over buy when I am shopping. Plus, I never go to the store hungry.

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  15. Leann
    August 21, 2009 | 3:21 pm

    I only use coupons for items I normally buy, and then try to use them only when said item is on sale too. I do a lot of bulk buying (if it is cheaper), and try to stick to unprocessed, fresh, and staples. I enjoy cooking, so I never mind making things from scratch.
    OH, I also try to only shop at one store, as I found when I went to multiple stores to get their ‘deals’ I ended up spending a lot more than I normally would.

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  16. Smockity Frocks
    August 21, 2009 | 4:04 pm

    My husband does the grocery shopping and he loves to look at all the sale fliers and go from store to store getting the specials. He actually enjoys it!

    We also have a deep freeze and love to find clearance items and stock up. Sometimes the meat or milk will be marked down drastically because it is about to expire and we buy them all up and freeze right away.

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  17. Smockity Frocks
    August 21, 2009 | 4:05 pm

    I tweeted.

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  18. Dawn
    August 21, 2009 | 4:07 pm

    I used to be a grocery gamer until the Atlanta paper stopped selling in/delivering to my town. I have to drive an hour if I want coupons. I am Kroger loyal. I have their 1-2-3 Rewards Master Card and get $80-150 in rebates per quarter. It works out to be about a month’s worth of free groceries per year.

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  19. Tristan from the Crew
    August 21, 2009 | 4:14 pm

    I don’t use coupons – too much work for right now. I’ve used them before but the real place I use them is non-food items like razors, and I only use them until we have a year’s supply of non food items then we’re back to no coupons becuase I’m back to no shopping for nonfood items…LOL.

    Best grocery tip? Cook from scratch! Buy rice and make your own “Rice A Roni” type dishes with bullion or broth. Shops sales and buy in BULK. Buy wheat and grind it for your own bread and baked goods. Yum!

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  20. Deb
    August 21, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    I have two feelings about coupons – annoyed at what a hassle they are, and guilt that I don’t use them more often.

    My #1 money saving tip, which made a big difference in my family, is to never put somthing in the freezer unless it has been cooked into thaw-and-eat meal (i.e. soup, stew, spagetti sauce), or prepped into a thaw-and-bake/grill/crockpot-meal (i.e. meatloaf, chicken marinating in baggies, lasagna). This saves me a ton of money (and time) because I am no longer throwing out freezer-burned packages of mystery meat. I am an avid freezer cook, making about 3 months worth of dinners at a time, and I can shop in bulk and shop the sales. I DO work very hard for a week or two getting everything IN the freezer, but after that I coast along merely defrosting dinner every night. Less time, less mess, less eating out AND my husband will cook dinner often since it’s so easy…it’s one of the best things I do.

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  21. Dawn
    August 21, 2009 | 4:18 pm
  22. Kim
    August 21, 2009 | 6:04 pm

    My tip is to always shop with a list but also to buy multiples when they are on sale. Buy the store brand whenever possible; in many products it is often just as good as the name brands.

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  23. Nicole
    August 21, 2009 | 7:07 pm

    I use a list, coupons and my calculator to help me save but the biggest thing I do is make a menu according to the sales. If hamburger is on sale then we have meals using that and so forth. I also check my usual store for mark down meats and bread and buy them and bring home to stock up.

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  24. Sarah
    August 21, 2009 | 9:16 pm

    My best tips are to match coupons with sale items and to stock up on items you use regularly when you find a good price. Probably not too original, but they work for me.

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  25. JenT
    August 21, 2009 | 9:48 pm

    I don’t use coupons, because they are for brand name products and the store brand is usually cheaper. I won’t say they are all the time, but most of the time. And that is one way I save; by buying store brand things. I will say that we like Kroger’s organic selection, it’s much bigger than the other stores around here.

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  26. Julie
    August 21, 2009 | 10:23 pm

    Love Kroger, and have found that esp. with the $5 off $45 coupons they regularly mail me, it is the cheapest place for me to shop. I also use the coupons they mail, specifically based on my shopping habits (diapers, vitamins, etc.). Stocking up and freezing mark down meats would be my best money saving tip.

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  27. ShootingStarsMag
    August 22, 2009 | 2:16 am

    My money saving tip for food is to set a “fun foods” list and only get that. Meaning, decide if you want some chips or something and get them, sure, but don’t add on cookies and whatever else while you are shopping.

    And I don’t really use coupons. I keep meaning too though!!

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  28. Trina
    August 22, 2009 | 2:28 am

    By far the most expensive thing for me to keep in the fridge are the proteins. I watch/wait for the butcher at our local grocery to do the weekly markdowns on meat that needs to be moved in a few days. This is NOT outdated meat but rather needing to be off the shelves an in freezers. I manage to save TONS on especially large packages of chicken and will buy whatever I can afford and/or what the freezer will hold. I love using coupons but I’m really bad about “forgetting” to use them.

    Trina and Jophie

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  29. Jessica P
    August 22, 2009 | 8:07 am

    My best tip is one that won’t work for everybody- “Leave the kids & hubby home!” I’ve found that I spend so much more when I take even just one of the family grocery shopping with me. It’s inevitable that something that wasn’t on my list that we really don’t need will wind up in the cart. Oh- and I’m a coupon shopper as well! I took a break for a while & am just now trying to get back into the swing of things.

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  30. Kim from Houston
    August 22, 2009 | 8:26 am

    My tip is “find the system that works for you!” Matching coupons to sales was too much work for me, so I keep coupons for what I am going to buy anyway. I used to go to several stores to get the best deal on each item, but that took up too much time. Now I shop at the store I was buying the most from (conveniently, Kroger). When I went to “one stop” grocery shopping I found out that Kroger sends “best customer” coupons in the mail (many of them have been for non-processed foods). So, find the system that saves you the best balance of time and money because both are important to making a family run smoothly.

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  31. julie cutshaw
    August 22, 2009 | 8:55 am

    I tweeted on this giveaway thanks!

    itsallnew2me$30 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway at http://raisingolives.com/
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

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  32. Jenni
    August 22, 2009 | 1:12 pm

    I don’t use coupons right now because they take way to much time for me right now. I lead cub scouts, girl scouts, Sunday school, homeschool etc. Someday I may coupon again but right now it doesn’t fit our family schedule. We stockpile when things are on sale and eat the meats that are on sale each week

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  33. Sara
    August 22, 2009 | 1:46 pm

    I would love to enter – and YES I always use coupons – I am saving so much more $$ than I did in the past.

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  34. Leslie
    August 22, 2009 | 2:38 pm

    You don’t have to enter me, I don’t have a Kruger’s near me. But, I do use coupons and love them. I shop at Rite Aid and CVS quite a bit and the best savings I had was at Rite Aid. My bill was $44 and change and with all of my coupons and rebates I spent only $11 and change.
    The other day I was at Giant Eagle and my bill was $300.87 and after coupons it was $271.35. Coupons save you lots of money.

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  35. Julie L
    August 22, 2009 | 5:02 pm

    I use coupons,do sales, look for buy 1 item get 1 free and use coupons for that.I don’t shop when I am hungry either-when I do I buy things that I don’t need 🙂

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  36. Wendy
    August 22, 2009 | 6:42 pm

    My best tip is to find what works for your family. For my family, I combine coupons with sales and stock up at low prices. Thanks!

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  37. Wendy
    August 22, 2009 | 6:50 pm

    I blogged about this giveaway – Thanks for this opportunity! http://westkycouponlady.blogspot.com/2009/08/two-more-kroger-gift-card-giveaways.html

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  38. Julie B
    August 22, 2009 | 10:46 pm

    My best tip is don’t use a coupon just because you have it. Even if it is for a free item. Save that coupon until the store(s) run that product on a special sale with Catalinas, extra care bucks, or register rewards, etc.

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  39. Pamela S
    August 23, 2009 | 1:06 am

    I do use coupons and I try to match them to what the store has on sale that week. Plus there are many online sites that will help you by telling you what the “deals” are and where to find the coupons. You can get some amazing deals that way. Thanks so much.

    pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  40. julie cutshaw
    August 23, 2009 | 9:57 am

    tweeted today 🙂

    itsallnew2me$30 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway at http://raisingolives
    sewitupjulie@gmail.com

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  41. Angela R.
    August 23, 2009 | 4:09 pm

    I never shop without my coupons! My favorite tip is that somewhere in each store, there is a clearance section! Our local Farmer’s Food oftens puts bread or items from their deli there that are still good for a few more days, so I love to stop and check there.

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  42. Kim P
    August 23, 2009 | 11:02 pm

    I LOVE to use coupons! My best tip is to try and combine coupons with sales, and if possible, also use e-coupons (that can be loaded onto your shopping card). I save a lot of money that way – I almost always only buy things that are on sale and/or have coupons. Except for produce and dairy and other essentials, of course. I would love a $30 gift card – thanks for the great giveaway! 🙂

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  43. Dawn B
    August 23, 2009 | 11:10 pm

    I’m a believer in stocking up as well. Rarely do we run out of items we frequently use and I only buy them when they are at 50% savings or better. If I notice some items getting close to expiring I share with those I know that can use a little extra help at the present time.

    If you have a store that doubles coupons and you do this is conjunction with a catalina sale, well that my friend can bring you really close to getting free or nearly free food! I have gone from spending $600 a month to $250 a month on food and all other household items since I have begun my coupon adventure. I’ve also been willing to try different products than the ones I’m accustomed to. Change can be a very good thing, especially if it means being a better steward!

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  44. Bobbie Lynn
    August 24, 2009 | 7:29 am

    Hey Kimberly,
    My best money saving tip is to shop the perimeter of the store. I try hard not to buy that many processed items, although I do buy a few things. I spend the bulk of my money on fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, and some dairy products. We do not drink milk, just use it for baking or for granola. By eliminating chips, cookies, soft drinks, cereal, some soups and snack items, we save money and I can feel free to buy some organic fruits and veggies occasionally.
    I do not use coupons, mainly because they are all for processed foods, and we just don’t eat them much.
    I also use white vinegar for all our cleaning needs – bathrooms, kitchen etc. I make our laundry detergent also.
    Have a great day!

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  45. chelsa knepp
    August 24, 2009 | 9:09 am

    this is silly, but i don’t go to the store hungry! i use coupons if i find them or see one for something i usually always buy, but i’m not good at searching them out or only buying things i have a coupon for.

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  46. Debbie
    August 24, 2009 | 8:17 pm

    Yes, I use coupons, but generally only for items that are also on sale and that I need! To save money, I stock up at good sales, so I seldom run out of staples and have to pay full price. Also, after I make my shopping list from the sale ads, I do a web search for coupons for things that are on sale. (I love 2 for 1 deals plus a coupon!)

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