Friday, February 25, 2011

Kroger's #CartBuster sale and how I save money on groceries my family needs

This post is brought to you by Krogers via SocialMoms.

Living in Virginia, things can get a bit expensive.  Though I live about 50 miles (or so) south of Washington, DC, I still experience the somewhat high cost of living relative to my area.  Some of these high costs are fixed (like my mortgage), but groceries isn't necessarily a fixed expense.  You can't clip coupons to pay on your mortgage, but you can save money if you clip coupons and shop the sales. 

Shopping the sales is very important and, even more so, it is important to shop the sales and use coupons to maximize the savings.  Kroger's has a 14 day CartBuster event coming up where you can save big on products that your family prefers.  

What is the Kroger's CartBuster event?

Starting on February 27, 2011 through March 12, 2011, one Deal of the Day will be posted at the Kroger's site.  The Deal of the Day will be posted between 12 PM and 6 PM and is while supplies last and up to 1,000 items will be given away each day.  You'll need to register your card to add coupons to it and there is a limit of 150 coupons per card.   Check your weekly ad for special CartBuster savings opportunities.

Each Deal of the Day will be available through the end of the event (while supplies last). 

Coupons... where to find them and other random money saving tips!

  • Coupons.com offers a lot of coupons.  You can also find them at sites like MyPoints and Swag Bucks for a bit of extra reward for printing and using them.  Printing out coupons on brands like General Mills, Betty Crocker and other leading brands is something that I do to cut costs.  The key is to print them and clip them and make sure they go with you to the grocery store.
  • Use Kroger's mobile app for coupons.  This is a great tool for those who don't have time to clip and snip.  The app is available for iPhone and Android.
  • Sunday inserts are always a good source for coupons.  Find a friend and share!  Swap for coupons you need and get multiple copies of the Sunday paper if the coupons are really good.
  • Plan ahead when you can!  Since you know that the Kroger's CartBuster event is 14 days long, this gives you a great chance to plan your shopping trip (and coupon usage) to the best advantage.  Lots of sites offer sneak peeks to ads, which can help you get your coupons all in a row before you head out the door to shop at Kroger's.
  • Double coupons when you can -- that $1/2 coupon may not be the best deal.  If you can get two .50/1 coupons on the same item, it is a much better deal. 
  • Don't be afraid to stock pile --- within reason.  If you can get a good deal on cereal that your kids love, grab more than one box.  I don't suggest buying more than you can reasonably use in a year.  If you can get the item for free or nearly so, grabbing extras to share with struggling family and friends, or for donation, is always a good idea.
  •  Follow your favorite brands on Facebook.  This helps alert you to great promotions, coupons or hidden deals.  You can follow Kroger on Facebook by clicking here.  I like to be among the first to know about promotions and I have found lots of great deals by seeing posts of others who share their finds on grocery store Facebook walls.
Saving money on groceries is going to be even more important in the coming months.  The Middle East is in a state of unrest and gas is predicted to potentially climb to $5 a gallon by the end of the summer.  Prices at the grocery store are sure to rise, so taking advantage of grocery store promotions like Kroger's CartBuster event is something that savvy consumers should consider.

Kroger's Social Media Links:

Kroger on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kroger

Kroger CartBuster on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/cartbuster

About Kroger
Kroger offers more value for the way you live. Check out Kroger.com for special offers, weekly savings, printable and digital coupons, and much more! Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation's largest grocery retailers. The Kroger Co. spans many states with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores. We operate under nearly two dozen banners, all of which share the same belief in building strong local ties and brand loyalty with our customers.
http://kroger.com/cartbuster


I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms Kroger CartBuster blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.
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