Kroger Shopping Challenge + a $50 Gift Card Giveaway

by Marcy on May 21, 2014 · 119 comments

50 dollar kroger shopping challenge

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Winner is #74, Leidy.

Recently, Kroger contacted me and asked if I would like to participate in a $50 Shopping Challenge. As you know, Kroger recently stopped doubling coupons in all markets and instead have started offering lower prices on many items throughout the store. I’m going to be completely transparent here and say that I was not happy about this change – I love my double coupons and it has taken some time for me to adjust!

My challenge was to stretch $50 as far as I could using coupons, digital coupons and weekly sales/specials, so I sat down with my sales flyer and the Kroger Coupon Match Ups posted on my site and came up with my shopping list. (On a positive note, I do like that select Kroger Digital Coupons can now be used more than once per transaction!)

For this challenge my one rule for myself was to buy only items that I needed or would use – I was not going to spend $50 on items that I don’t need – I wanted this to be realistic. Thankfully, that did not prove to be difficult!

With the Memorial Day holiday upon us, I was in need of a few cookout items. We were also out of milk, bread and yogurt. My 4 year old has been bugging me for Popsicles, so those were on the list too. Thankfully, these items and more are on sale at Kroger this week.

Here are the items that I purchased at Kroger today, for a grand total of $49.36:

  • 3 Gallons of Kroger 2% Milk ($2.99 each)
  • 1 Loaf of Arnold Bread ($2.19 after $1/2 Kroger Digital Coupon)
  • 1 Loaf of Brownberry Bread ($2.99 after $1/2 Kroger Digital Coupon)
  • 2 bags of Doritos ($2.50 each)
  • 2 Containers of Strawberries ($2 each)
  • 4 boxes of Popsicles ($1 each)
  • 2 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal ($2 each after $1/2 Manufacturer’s Coupon)
  • 1 Hebrew National Beef Franks ($2.99 each)
  • 1 Heinz Ketchup ($1.74 each)
  • 1 – 4 pack Oikos Greek Yogurt ($3.50 each)
  • 2 Kraft Salad Dressing ($1.49 each after $1/2 Manufacturer’s Coupon)
  • 3 Kraft Cheese Singles ($1.67 each)
  • 1 Breyers Ice Cream ($2 each after $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon)

So what are my thoughts? With a little bit of planning and coupon clipping (nothing excessive) I feel that I was able to get a good value for my money at Kroger. I feel that Kroger is still offering competitive prices on groceries, although you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck when you take advantage of Kroger Digital Coupons and the Kroger Fuel Program. I miss double coupons, and for serious couponers I am not convinced that lower prices overall will offset Kroger taking that away (I do not have proof of this). The deals aren’t as good as they were when I started this blog in 2008 – but that is pretty much across the board – not just at Kroger. However, I still feel that the method of pairing sales with coupons and stocking up on items when they are at their lowest price is still beneficial – and likely always be. Kroger is still offering several great ways to save, and I feel that there are still many great deals to be found in their stores.

Learn more in my General Coupon Tips & How to Use Coupons articles.

Making use of all of the great grocery and drug store sale and coupon match ups that we offer here at Stretching a Buck every week is a great (and easy!) way to save big on groceries each week.

WIN IT! I’m thrilled that the folks at Kroger have given me a $50 Kroger Gift Card to award to one lucky winner!

What am I giving away?

1 winner will receive a $50 Kroger Gift Card

How can you win?

You can enter up to 4 times:

1) Leave a comment letting me know your favorite way to save at Kroger. (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader.)

2) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter:

Win a $50 @Kroger Gift Card over @stretchingabuck: #giveaway

3) Fans of the Stretching a Buck Facebook Page. Just be sure to leave a comment here letting me know that you are a fan!

4) Subscribe to my feed or email newsletter and stay on top of all of the deals that I write about each week! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

Who is eligible?

You must have a valid US address and be 18 year of age to be eligible.

When does this giveaway end?

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6PM EST

The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at random.org and will be notified via email. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 2 days that another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kroger. I received a $50 Kroger credit to make my purchases and was sent a $50 Kroger gift card to give away. Opinions expressed here are strictly my own. View my disclosure policy here.


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{ 119 comments }

1 Diana May 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Digital coupons are becoming the easiest and most convenient way for me to save at Kroger.

2 Diana May 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

I subscribe to your emails and your RSS feed. Thanks for the chance to win and for all your amazing posts. :)

3 Jennifer B May 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM

My fav way to save is digital coupons.

4 Kevin Bell May 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I love using the Kroger app on my iPhone when I’m in the store! It’s so easy to clip coupons while I’m shopping!

5 Kevin Bell May 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

I’m a fan on Facebook!

6 Menda May 21, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I’m an RSS subscriber.

7 Menda May 21, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I have found myself taking advantage of their digital coupons more and more as my life gets busier. I just don’t have the time to coupon as much as I used to. As food prices go up, however, I’ve been seriously considering how to make more time for it.

8 Cindy May 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

I am a fan on Facebook!

9 Cindy May 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I subscribe to your email newsletter!

10 Linda S. May 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

My favorite way to save at Kroger is with the E-coupons and especially their Freebie Fridays.

11 Linda S. May 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I’m a fan on Facebook.

12 Emily S. May 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I love the personalized coupons they send to me in the mail since they’re usually for items we buy on a regular basis.

13 Emily S. May 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

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14 Christine May 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I really enjoy the Friday Freebie digital coupons that are out most Fridays. I’ve gotten some of my favorites for free, and I’ve also been able to try a few new things!

15 Christine May 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

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16 Kathleen M. May 21, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I love the clearance section at my store. I often find good deals there. The Friday freebie through the e-coupons is wonderful!

17 Elena May 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I like to save by combining sales, store coupons and manufacturer coupons

18 Elena May 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

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19 Elena May 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

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20 livivua May 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

savings from registering and using my kroger card

21 livivua May 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM
22 Mami2jcn May 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I save with coupons.

23 Mami2jcn May 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

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24 Mami2jcn May 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

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25 Susan May 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I love the fuel discounts at Kroger.

26 Susan May 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

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27 Susan May 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I also subscribe to your newsletter

28 Jessie C. May 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I shop on sale with coupons to save.

29 Jessie C. May 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

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31 Jessie C. May 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

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32 Amanda Sakovitz May 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

I like to combine sales with coupons to save the most!

33 Amanda Sakovitz May 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM
34 Amanda Sakovitz May 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

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36 Carolsue May 21, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I use coupons and match them with the sales.

37 Carolsue May 21, 2014 at 7:01 PM
38 Carolsue May 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

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40 Wendy May 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I like the coupons they send me inthe mail. There are usually a few free items, and they’re always for items I know I use.

41 Wendy May 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

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43 Sarah O. May 21, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Coupons, free Friday deals, sales, and clearance items

44 Jessica To May 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM

I save by loading digital coupons onto my Kroger card.

45 Sarah O. May 21, 2014 at 8:49 PM

I’m a Facebook fan!

46 Cindy May 21, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I like using the Kroger app so I can add the digital coupons while I shop.

47 Kristy Altier May 21, 2014 at 9:39 PM

I use the digital coupons!

48 Janice Cooper May 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

I save by using my Kroger card and coupons

49 Janice Cooper May 21, 2014 at 10:41 PM
50 Janice Cooper May 21, 2014 at 10:43 PM

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51 Janice Cooper May 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

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52 Barb J. May 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM

I use the digital coupons and print off the list to remember the deals and the freebie items.

53 Happy Healthy and Wealthy Girl May 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM

I have Kroger 123 reward credit card and I use it only to shop at kroger and at kroger gas station. This card doesn’t have any annual fees and I think because I have this card I receive really good coupons matching my purchases. some recent coupons were $2/10 for produce, $2.50 of 2 activia yogurt, $2.50 of 2 danon drinkable yogurts, $2/10 from meat department, 2/10 fish department, 5/50, 80 cents of rotisserie chicken, etc. Great part of these coupons that these are products I buy on regular basis, so these coupons help to save a lot.

54 Kim V May 22, 2014 at 12:30 AM

I go between internet printed coupons & digital coupons matched up to the sales.

55 Kim V May 22, 2014 at 12:31 AM

I also receive your newsletter and follow you on Facebook! :)

56 LAMusing May 22, 2014 at 4:48 AM

I use digital coupons and shop their sale items.

57 LAMusing May 22, 2014 at 4:49 AM

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58 norma May 22, 2014 at 5:14 AM

I love the Freebie Friday deals and they always have great sale items.

59 norma May 22, 2014 at 5:16 AM

I subscribe by email/

60 norma May 22, 2014 at 5:18 AM

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61 Anne Marie May 22, 2014 at 6:22 AM

I shop the ads and combine with coupons for maximum savings.

62 Anne Marie May 22, 2014 at 6:22 AM

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63 Anne Marie May 22, 2014 at 6:23 AM

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64 Tammy OHagan May 22, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Favorite way to save? Go directly to the discount cart!

65 Tammy OHagan May 22, 2014 at 7:08 AM
66 Marie May 22, 2014 at 7:08 AM

Digital coupons along with the Friday freebie, savingstar and 2X points on fri, sat, and sun. Agree with you that it has taken some time to get used to no double coupons.

67 Tammy OHagan May 22, 2014 at 7:09 AM

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68 Tammy OHagan May 22, 2014 at 7:10 AM

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69 Elaine Lamp May 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The easiest way for me to save at Kroger is to match up coupons with the sale ad. Not as good as when coupons were doubled, but still better than shopping without a plan. Added to that are filling prescriptions and getting the fuel points for that.

70 Ruth Smither May 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM

I’m an email subscriber.

71 Leidy May 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

My favorite way to save is to combine coupons with weekly sales. Thank you for the chance to win! $50 would go a loooong way :)

72 Ruth Smither May 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

I’m a Facebook fan.

73 Leidy May 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM
74 Leidy May 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM

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75 Leidy May 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

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76 livivua May 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

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77 livivua May 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

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78 Karen May 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM

I like using the digital coupons so I don’t have to bring a bunch of paper ones to the store.

79 Karen May 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I am a facebook fan

80 Karen May 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I am an email subscriber

81 rachel May 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I love their clearance bins that I stumble across occasionally. I like the digital coupons too.

82 Trisha Burgess May 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I love using my shoppers card and MF coupons and digital coupons!!

83 Regina May 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

I love the managers discount stickers!!

84 Regina May 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

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85 Trisha Burgess May 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

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86 Trisha Burgess May 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

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87 David May 22, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I like that they have their ads available online. I find it easier to do my match-ups with an online ad so I am not fumbling around with the paper ad. I also keep a close eye on the discounted bakery racks because you can grab some real deals from there.

88 David May 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM
89 David May 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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90 Connie Babb May 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I use both type of coupons plus checkout 51 and savingstar.

91 shaunie May 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

My favorite way to save is using the digital coupons

92 shaunie May 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM
93 shaunie May 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

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94 shaunie May 22, 2014 at 8:37 PM

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95 Summer May 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I so miss double coupons!!! I try and save with matching sale with coupons. Freebie Friday are good too.

96 Tammy S May 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I downlad the digital coupons to my shoppers card and use manufactures coupons also.

97 Tammy S May 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM

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98 Tammy S May 23, 2014 at 9:49 AM
99 Tammy S May 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM

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100 Thomas Murphy May 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I like to use coupons to save at Kroger.

101 Thomas Murphy May 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM
102 Thomas Murphy May 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

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103 Thomas Murphy May 23, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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104 Linda Manns May 23, 2014 at 1:52 PM

My favorite way to save is watching their sale ads every week and using my coupons, either my printables or ones I have uploaded to my card. I have also found many unadvertised deals there and used coupons with them

105 Linda Manns May 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM
106 Linda Manns May 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

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107 Linda Manns May 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM

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108 Mendy May 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I love their Friday Freebie ecoupons

109 Mendy May 23, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I follow you via rss feed

110 Vicki May 23, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I follow on Facebook.

111 Jennifer Taylor May 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I enjoy shopping at Kroger. I pair coupons with their sales to save. I also keep an eye on their produce and meat departments for manager specials. I also receive coupons for free items from them from time to time which is awesome!

112 Jennifer Taylor May 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I’m a fan on FB.

113 Veda S May 23, 2014 at 5:19 PM

My ways to save are pretty much like everyone’s. Catching sales, using coupons, using the digital coupons, stocking up when there is a great sale, using the multiple coupons offered from their digital coupons to the max!

114 Veda S May 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I’m a fan on facebook. june.sizemore

115 Veda S May 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM
116 Veda S May 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

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117 Rachel D. May 23, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I save money at Kroger by shopping their sale items and stocking up when they hit rock bottom prices. I also keep an eye out for managers special. I love their digital coupons and their paper coupons they mail out as well!

118 Rachel D. May 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

I am a fan on facebook.

119 Rachel D. May 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

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