Five Ways To Feed Your Family For Less (Even Without Coupons)

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I made a quick run to Kroger yesterday to pick up our groceries for the week, and was again reminded of just how important it is to really shop strategically whether I have a bunch of coupons or not. I literally only used two coupons on this trip, but my family’s grocery bill for our entire week of meals and snacks was just – here’s what I bought:

Bought 2 Kroger Cereal Bars $1.67

Bought 1 Kroger Grahams $2

Bought 1 Kroger Whip Topping $2.19

Bought 4 Kroger Betty Crocker Cake Mixes $.94, used $1/4 Betty Crocker Cake Kroger ecoupon

Bought 2 Turkey Hill Ice Creams $2.50 (regularly over $5!), used $1/1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream (could also use $1/2 Turkey Hill Ice Cream)

Bought 1 Kroger Pudding Cups $.89

Bought 1 Kroger Fruit Bowl $1.99

Bought 1 Kroger Cheese $3.79

Bought 1 Kroger Private Selection Cheese $1.99 after Buy 4 Private Selections Save $1

Bought 7 Kroger Private Selection Yogurts $.39 after Buy 4 Private Selections Save $1

Bought 1 Kroger Hot Dog Buns $1

Bought 1 Kroger Softsoap $1, used $.35/1 coupon from the 9/14 Smart Source insert

Bought 1 Kroger Turkey Breast $3

Bought 4 loaves and buns Kroger Whole Wheat Private Selection Bread $.99 after after Buy 4 Private Selections Save $1

Bought White Rain Hair Spray $1.29

Bought 2 lbs Bananas $.55/lb $1.11

Bought Bag Potatoes $2

Bought 2 Kroger Tomatoes $1.09

Bought 2 Ball Park Franks $2.99

Bought Cannelini Beans $1

Bought Kroger Condensed Soup $1

Bought Kroger Sour Cream $1.69

Bought Kroger Beans $.69

Bought 3 gallons skim milk $2.77

Bought Carrots $1.49

Bought 2 pounds grapes $1.69/lb.

  • Paid $66.63 after coupons for 1 weeks worth of groceries



So, if you’re a big couponer you’re probably not all that impressed with my deals (although that Turkey Hill Ice Cream savings was pretty exciting!) But, if you’re a regular mom who just needs to learn more about how to easily save on your groceries each week, here are five ways to easily save.


(And I’m all about easy – aren’t you?) ;)


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1. Watch the price per ounce.

I needed a few cans of tomatoes for this Pasta Fagioli recipe, but didn’t have any coupons with me. When I looked, the “sale” price on the Del Monte were $1 per can, while the every day price of the Kroger brand was $.69! Now, my family will never know that I dumped Kroger brand tomatoes instead of Del Monte into Mrs. Potts, but I saved 30% off the “sale price” on the National brand without clipping a coupon.


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2. Look for in-store sales.

Through tomorrow Kroger is having a huge Private Selection sale where you can get their “fanc-i-fied” store brands for a sale price, AND $1 extra off when you purchase four participating items. Now I love a fancy roll when making hamburgers or grilled chicken sandwiches at home, and to get them for $.99 (the same as the inexpensive low-end store brand) was an incredible deal so I stocked up.


They also had their whole wheat loaves on sale for $.99 after special savings, so I’ve stocked my freezer. This was a huge savings, and didn’t require clipping a single coupon!


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3. Stock up on produce seasonally along with a sale.

My kids love fresh fruit, so I almost always purchase a bag of apples, some bananas, and at least one other fruit to last us through the week. This week grapes were on sale for $1.69/lb. which is a little more than I like to pay, but I know they’ll eat through them, and it’s a healthier alternative to other snack foods!

And, just by looking around I noticed that while the Granny Smith Apples were $3.99/3 lb bag, Paula Red Apples were on sale for just $2.49. My kids thankfully like them all, so I bought the Red Apples and saved $1.50, without a coupon in site.


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4. Use a coupon when you can. ;)

If you have just five minutes before shopping, scroll through the deals for your favorite store here on PPP and see if there’s a deal or two worth grabbing. I literally spent 3 minutes looking through the Kroger updates, knew that I could get a good price on Turkey Hill Ice Cream and Soft Soap, and saved an extra $5 for about three minutes of effort. I’m thinking that’s almost $100 as an hourly rate, and is totally worth it for me!

5. Menu plan, menu plan, menu plan (and make a thorough list before you shop.)

If you’re like me, odds are every time you set foot in the grocery store for “just one item” you find an extra three (or four or five) items to purchase. By having a menu plan and grocery list in place and really considering what your family needs for the entire week, you’ll save a bundle on those little “extra” trips to the store.


Be sure to look over your family’s weekly schedule before you  head out.  If you have snack duty for your child’s school, a special get together or anything else that will require extra food, add those items to the list and limit your grocery stops as much as possible. AND, before you head out always shop your own kitchen first - I realized I already had all the meat, chicken, and pasta that I would need this week at home, so I saved by using what I’d stocked up on earlier when those items were at stock up prices!




New to budgeting and don’t know where to begin? Here are a few posts to you get started:

Your turn now! Do you have any tips on how to really reduce your out of pocket expenses even when you aren’t using a ton of coupons? Coupon savings are the most fun for sure, but I’ll take spending just $66 on a week’s worth of meals whenever I can.


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$5/1 Schick Coupon + Deals at CVS, Kroger & Target

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There’s a new $5/1 Schick Hydro Silk coupon, which should  make for some great deals this week! Here are the best deals I see:


Buy 2 Schick Items $9.99

  • Use (2) $5/1 Schick coupons
  • Pay $9.97 out of pocket, get $5 Target gift card
  • $4.98 after coupons and gift card or $2.49 each!


Schick Razors $8.99

CVS (starts 10/5/14)

Buy 2 Schick Items $13.49

  • Use (2) $5/1 Schick coupons
  • Pay $16.98 out of pocket, get $10 ECBs
  • $6.98 after coupons and gift card or $3.49 each!


Thanks, Hip2Save!  Print more FREE high value coupons right from your home when you go HERE, HERE and HERE.

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Kroger Extra Finds: $1.49 Pantene, $1.50 Turkey Hill Ice Cream, $.65 Soft Soap & More

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Kroger’s Friday Freebie this week is a FREE 3 Musketeers Bite! You need to load the coupon to your Kroger card today, but the coupon will be valid through 10/18/14.  Here are a few great deals my buddy Staci found at Kroger this week.  There are a few good deals worth picking up this week! See the complete list of Kroger deals this week HERE before you shop.


Kroger Extra Deals


Softsoap $1

  • Use $.35/1 coupon from the 9/14 Smart Source insert
  • $.65 after coupon


Pantene $3.49

  • Use $4/2 Pantene or $3/2 from 9/14 Smart Source insert
  • $1.49 after coupon


Dole Shakers $1.99

  • Use $.75/1 Dole or $1/1 Dole coupon from the 8/24 SmartSource insert
  • $1.24 after coupon


Butterball Bacon $1.99


Old El Paso products $1.25


Tabasco Sauce $1.59


Fiber One Bars or Fruit Gushers $2.50


Kandoo Wipes $1


Turkey Hill Ice Cream $2.50


Crescent Rolls $1


Private Selection Berries $2.79 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Private Selection Ice Cream Pint $.99 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Private Selection Ice Cream $3.99 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Private Selection Apple Crisp $1.99 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items

Thanks so much Staci for your help with these! See more Kroger deals.

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What’s Free In Stores Week Of 9/25/14


Love a freebie? Check out this great list of what’s free this week!  These are the free items you can find this week at Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix, Rite Aid & the Dollar Tree this week. Leave a comment if you find any to add to the list. :)


Buy 3 Colgate Toothpaste at $3.99, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use (3) $1/1 printable or $2/1 coupon from the 9/14 SmartSource insert (if Enamel Health is included)
  • Free after coupon and gift card (if Enamel Health is included)

Colgate Enamel Health Sensitive Toothpaste – $2.99

Buy 7 Garnier Fructis $2.99

  • Use $2/1 coupon from the 9/7 RedPlum insert or $1/1 printable
  • And use $5.00/1 Beauty Purchase of $20 or More; Includes Hair Care, Cosmetics, Skin Care, and Fragrances – Target In Ad Coupon (Valid from 9/21/14) – (exp. 09/27/14)
  • $.28 each after coupons

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap, 7.5 oz – $0.99

  • Use $0.35/1, $1/2 Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap Pump, 7.5 oz or Larger – 9-14-14 SS – (exp. 10/04/14)
  • $.49 after coupon

Flipz Pretzel $1

Suave Deodorant $1

Mahatma Rice $.64

  • Use $.50/1 coupon from the 9/14 RedPlum insert
  • $.14 after coupon

Palmolive Soap $.84

  • Use $.50/1 coupon from the 9/14 SmartSource insert
  • $.34 after coupon


Buy 1 Starbucks Refreshers (12 oz) at $1.50, Get $1.50 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 printable
Free, $1 overage after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 L’Oreal Hair Care at $4.50, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1.00/1 printable or $4.00/2 coupon from the 9/14 RedPlum insert
Free after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Curel Ultra Healing for Dry Skin Hand Lotion (2.5 oz) at $2.99, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
$.49 each after ECBs

Buy 3 Crest Sensi Relief at $3.33, Get $4 Register Rewards

  • Use $1/1 printable or $1.50/1 coupon from the 9/14 RedPlum insert
  • $.50 each after coupons and Register Rewards

Buy 2 Colgate Advanced Toothpaste (4 oz) or Total Toothbrush $3, Get $3 Register Rewards

Buy 2 Werther’s, Riesen or Toffifay Candy – $1.50

  • Use $1/2 Walgreens coupon from the September Walgreens booklet
  • And use $1/1 coupon from the 7/27 SmartSource insert
  • Free after coupon

Buy 3 Hydrogen Peroxide $.33 (when you buy 3)

  • Use $1/3 in Ad Coupon
  • $.33 each after coupon


Bear Naked Energy Bars, 2 oz – $1.00

Yoplait Yogurt, 4 – 6 oz – $0.50

Ronzoni Pasta BOGO $1.59

Yoplait Gogurt BOGO $2.75

Classico Pasta Sauce BOGO $1.89

  • Use $.75/2 Classico coupon from the 9/14 Smart Source insert
  • $.57 after coupon
Angel Soft Bath Tissue, 4 rolls – $1.00

Brawny Paper Towels, 1 ct roll – $1.00

Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner, 10.2 – 13 oz – $2.50

Barilla Pasta $1

  • Use $.55/2 coupon from the 9/7 Smart Source insert or $1/2 Barilla Pasta
  • $.50 after coupon

Kandoo Wipes $1 



Colgate Total and Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4 – 4.2 oz – $2.99, Get $2 UP Rewards (Limit 2)
Stayfree, Carefree or o.b. product at $2, Get $1 +UP, Limit 2 

Glade Scented Oil Warmer – $0.99

Palmolive Dish Liquid, 10 oz – $0.99

Clearasil products – B1G1Includes: All varieties

Excedrin Pain Relievers, 24 ct – $3.99Pictured: Extra Strength and Migraine



AcneFree – $1.00

  • Use $2.00/1 AcneFree Product – 8-3-14 SS – (exp. 10/31/14)
  • Free after coupon

Breathe Right Nasal Strips , 10ct – $1.00

Playtex Sport or GentleGuide Tampons, 4 ct – $1.00

  • Use $1.00/1 Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport Tampons – 8-24-14 SS – (exp. 10/05/14)
  • Free after coupon

Firefly Toothbrush – $1.00

  • Use $1.00/1 Firefly Product – 5-4-14 SS – (exp. 12/31/14)
  • Free after coupon

Post Alpha-Bits – $1.00

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bites, 3.5 oz – $1.00

L’Oreal, Gloss Burst Lip Gloss – $1.00

Flipz, chocolate covered pretzels 4oz bag – $1.00

Sunny D, Orange Citrus Freezer Pops 10 ct – $1.00

Check out the complete list of deals this week at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Publix & Kroger!


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Have You Tried Out Ibotta? (Milk As Low As $1.79!)

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Have you checked your Ibotta account latelyI’m awful about remembering to do it, but logged on today and noticed a $1 rebate on any gallon milk at Kroger – and milk at my Kroger was just $2.79 this week, so the price would drop to only $1.79!


 New to Ibotta?  Ibotta is an easy way to earn real money just for buying your favorite products at many of your favorite stores!  I just downloaded Ibotta, so I’ll give y’all an update after my first shopping trip with it. Here are some of the features:

  • Ibotta works in over a dozen favorite stores including Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, Vons, Publix, Ralphs, King Soopers, Duane Reade and more. New stores are being added all the time.
  • It’s fast. Get your money within hours of taking a photo of your receipt.
  • It’s real cash. Earnings can be transferred securely to your PayPal account or donated to any school in America with the click of a button.
  • It’s personalized. Every time you redeem an offer, we’ll send a new one. Tell us your likes and dislikes and we’ll send you personalized offers.
  • It’s full of your favorite products. Ibotta sends you offers from all the top brands.
  • It’s secure. Your information is private and we intend to keep it that way. We never share your email address with anyone. Credit card information is not stored or kept.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download the FREE Ibotta App to your mobile device.
  2. Before shopping, choose your offers. The more you choose, the more cash back you’ll earn.
  3. Go Shopping. Buy your chosen products at any of the major retailers that Ibotta supports.
  4. Take a photo of your receipt. We’ll verify your purchases and credit your account right away.
  5. Get your cash. Yes, real money, loaded onto your PayPal account or donated to any school in America.
  6. In just a few easy steps you can be making money while you shop!

See all the deals at Kroger this week, and check out the complete Kroger weekly ad to plan your trip before you go.


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Store Coupon Matchups Posted: Meijer, Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Wal Mart & More

We have quite a few store coupon matchups that are currently available on PPP, but I know it’s overwhelming to have so many pop in a row on Saturdays and Wednesdays when the ads come out! So, here’s a quick list with links to all the store matchups that here on PPP (there are still a few more that I’m hoping to add soon.) If you find any great deals while shopping these stores, leave a comment and I’ll go my best to highlight them here on PPP!


Don’t forget that you can use the printable list feature on each of these to shop, and even email the list to yourself so the list is on your phone. You can also add items to your shopping list as well as remove coupons if you’d like. Let me know if you have any questions about it, and I’ll be happy to help!




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Kroger Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Savings



Here’s a great deal on Goldfish at Kroger if you need to stock up!

Buy 2 Boxes Pepperidge Farm Goldfish $6.99

See all the deals at Kroger this week, and check out the complete Kroger weekly ad to plan your trip before you go.


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Shannon’s Kroger Trip: Spent $14.06 for $45.89



Note from Laurie: Shannon just left on a mission trip to Japan early yesterday (and due to some flight delays, was only to Detroit by this morning!) Please keep she and her family in your prayers as she travels ~ and if you find any awesome deals this week I could sure use your help deal finding while she’ll be missed around here . . . feel free to send me an email at contact@ passionatepenny (leave out spaces) with them!

Here is what I grabbed at Kroger for $14.06 for $45.89 in groceries!  I was super excited about all the paper products to donate.

Bought 3 Special K Cereal $1.99

Bought 1 Marie Callender’s Pot Pie $1.67

  • Used Free ecoupon

Bought 1 Muller Yogurt $1

  • Used free ecoupon

Bought 3 Angel Soft Tissue $1

  • Used (3) $0.45/1 Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue; DND – 9-14-14 RP

Bought 3 Brawny Paper Products $1

Bought 4 Flipz $1

Bought 1 Jimmy Dean Meal $3.29

  • Used free ecoupon

Bough 1 Viva Paper 6 roll $4.99

  • Used $0.50/1 Viva or Vantage Paper Towels – 9-14-14 SS
  • Paid $16.04 out of pocket

And here’s what we’re donating this week . . .


See all the Kroger deals is this week!

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Free Flipz Snacks at Kroger ($.25 at Wal Mart)

Here’s a great little freebie to start off your week (these would be even fun to hang onto as stocking stuffers!) Pick up FREE Flipz Pretzels at Kroger or get them for just $.25 at Walmart:

Thanks, I Heart the Mart! See all the deals at Kroger this week, and check out the complete Kroger weekly ad to plan your trip before you go.


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Kroger Extra Finds: Free Marie Callener’s Pot Pie, $.49 Yogurt, $1.49 Ziploc, $.60 Crackers & Lots More


Head on over HERE to download a Free Marie Callender’s Pot Pie, 7 – 10 oz on 9/19 only. Coupon must be redeemed by 10/4/14.  

Also check out this list of deals my friend Staci found this week at Kroger!  Let us know if you find any other great deals while you’re out and about.


Private Selections Pizza $3.49 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Private Selections Frozen Vegetables $1.29 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items



Buy 2 Freschetta Pizza’s $5, Get $2 OFF



Buy 3 Boca Burgers or Crumbles at $3.33, Get $3 Catalina

  • $2.33 after catalina



Private Selections Ice Cream $3.49 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Private Selections Yogurt $.39when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items



Private Selections Goat Cheese Crumbles $.99 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Private Selections Parmesan Cheese $1.99 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items



Private Selections Salsa $1.19 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Private Selections Pasta $.79 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Bumble Bee Snack on the Run $1



Bumble Bee Tuna $1 (Great to donate to the elderly)



Private Selections Crackers $.79 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items


Private Selections Water Crisps $.60 when you buy 4 participating Private Selection items



Orville Redenbacher Popcorn $2.99


Ajax Soap $1



Angel Soft Toilet Paper $1


Viva Paper Towels $4.99


Brawny Paper Towels, 1 ct roll – $1.00


Buy 2 Ziploc Bags at $2.99, Get $2 Catalina 



Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent $2.99

  • Use $2.00/2 Arm & Hammer Liquid, Powder, or Single Dose Laundry Detergent – 9-14-14 SS
  • $1.99 after coupon




Flipz $1

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Thanks Staci! Find more Kroger Deals this week.

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