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Shopping at Kroger

I’ve been wanting to do a shopping trip to Kroger ever since I got signed up with a Plus card and BOY was it a great trip.

There are two Kroger stores nearby, one in Taylorville, which is where I went, and one in Lincoln. Here are some things to know about shopping at Kroger.

Just like at most stores, Kroger offers a Plus Card. Having this card, like a Max Card, saves you extra money on deals in the store and also allows you to earn points towards gas. We’ll start with this first, since it was the best deal I got that day!

I was leaving Kroger and noticed that their gas was $3.49, way cheaper than in Springfield, so I stopped to fill up my tank. The lady asked if I had my Kroger Plus Card and I realized I could swipe it. It then asked me if I wanted to use my $.20/per gallon discount. HECK YEAH! So I got gas for $3.29/gallon yesterday! Basically how this works is that for every dollar you spend, you receive points. For every $100 you spend, you save $.10/gallon and this can add up to multiple discounts. You have until the end of the next month to use the rewards on gas. I also noticed that at least in Chatham at Shell, you can use your Kroger Plus card at the pump too. Pretty cool!

So the Plus Card is pretty cool and I wish that County Market would offer the same deal, but they don’t. Once you have a Plus Card and you register online, you can start adding digital coupons to your card. This means that the savings will automatically be deducted with you scan your card at the register. According to their policy, you’re not supposed to use digital coupons with printed manufacturer coupons, however the system isn’t set up to detect it and it does techincally work. Whether or not you want to commit coupon fraud is up to you! (I did :(……) There are usually close to 200 coupons to clip and they are typically on good, name brand items, and often match up with printed coupons, and personally, I think they make it too tempting to want to use both! These digital coupons have varying expiration dates, some several months away, and some only weeks! I saved $31 just by using my Kroger Plus Card.

Kroger also doubles coupons up to $.50. This is nice because LOTS of coupons are for $.50 off or less. The frustrating thing about Schnuck’s is that their policy states $.40, and most coupons are for $.50! Also, Schnuck’s is so high priced to begin with, the savings rarely helps.

Overall, my experience at the store in Taylorville was very good. I spent $9 out of pocket on over $70 worth of stuff and recevied a Catalina good for $2.00 off my next purchase! If you can wait for a good ad, and a great coupon week, it could be worth it to save up and make the drive for extra savings! It felt really good to use some of my $.25 and $.50 coupons on sale items, knowing I had just saved double on them what I would have in Springfield!

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Right now, if you head over to Cutter’s Facebook page, you’ll get a $2/1 coupon! Pretty sweet deal!

Crista’s Coupon Corner on Facebook!

Hurry over to our Facebook page for a chance to win FIVE inserts from this Sunday’s paper. There are LOTS of good inserts this week. Why not stock up on great coupons! Drawing will be made tomorrow afternoon.

Redplum 7+31

Redplum 7/31 (Will be smaller in SJ-R than Tribune)

Axe B1G1 free 4oz bodyspray, 2.7oz anti-perspirant and deodorant or 3oz deodorant (up to $5.99)
Axe B1G1 free shower gel or detailer (up to $5.99) (9/24/11)
Best Foods $.25/1 16.5oz+ (8/28/11)
C&H $.75/1 light or amber organic agave nectar (9/30/11)
Caress $.75/1 Tahitian Renewal, Cashmere Luxury, Daily Silk, Evenly Gorgeous, Velvet Bliss, Glowing Touch, Sheer Twilight or Scarlet Blossom (12oz+ body wash or 6-bar+ pack) (8/28/11)
Covergirl $1/2 cosmetics items ets TARGET coupon (9/30/11)
Degree $1/1 men or women anti-perspirant & deodorant (8/28/11)
Degree $1/1 men or women premium anti-perspirant & deodorant or body mist (8/28/11)
Dove $1.25/1 Beauty Bar 6-bar pack+ (excludes Men+Care) (8/28/11)
Dove $1/1 body wash 10oz+ (exludes Men+Caare) (8/28/11)
Dove $1/1 Men+Care body and face bar 6-bar pack+ (8/28/11)
Dove $1/1 Men+Care body and face wash 13.5oz+ or active clean shower tool (8/28/11)
Dove Buy one shampoo or conditioner (excl 40oz and trial/travel size) get one treatment free (up to $6) (8/28/11)
Dove Buy one women’s deodorant, Ultimate or Clinical Protection, get a free Men+Care antiperspirant (2.7oz) or deodorant (3oz) (excl trial/travel and multi-packs) (8/28/11)
Lipton $.50/1 tea bags, To Go or any iced tea mix (8/28/11)
L’Oreal $2/1 Excellence or Excellence-to-Go shade (9/25/11)
L’Oreal $2/1 Root Rescue (9/25/11)
Magnum $1/1 ice cream (8/28/11)
Q-tips $.30/1 cotton swabs 170ct+ (8/28/11)
Ragu $1/2 pasta sauce (8/28/11)
Skippy $1/2 peanut butter 15oz+ (8/28/11)
TRESemme $1/1 shampoo or conditioner ets (8/28/11)
TRESemme $1/1 styling product ets (8/28/11)
Vaseline $1.50/1 3.1oz+ (8/28/11)
Wish-Bone $.50/1 dressing (8/28/11)
Bengay $3/1 (11/30/11)
Centrum $2/1 Silver 60ct+ (10/2/11)
Johnson & Johnson $1.50/2 Red Cross brand products (11/30/11)
L.A. Looks $1/1 20oz or 26oz product (10/31/11)
Nestle $.55/1 Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss (10/30/11)
Rimmel $1/1 volume accelerator mascara or any Rimmel product (9/30/11)
Nestle $1/2 Pure Life .5-liter multi-packs 20-pack+ (9/11/11)
Nestle $2/1 Pure Life 5 gallon bottle (9/11/11)
Nivea $1/1 body lotion (8.4-16.9oz) (9/11/11)
Nivea $1/1 body wash for men (16.9oz) (9/30/11)
Nivea $1/1 face care or $1/2 shave gels (0.5-7oz) (9/30/11)
Nivea $2/1 body wash for women (8.4-16.9oz) (9/30/11)
Nivea $2/1 Good-Bye Cellulite (2.5-6.7oz) (9/11/11)
Nivea $3/2 lip care (0.17oz stick -.35oz tube) (8/15/11)
OXY $1/1 (10/1/11)
OXY $3/1 clinical product (10/1/11)
Seventh Generation $1/1 (excl single roll toilet paper) (10/31/11)
Skinny Cow $1/1 multi-pack chocolate candy (4.65-6oz) (10/31/11)
Skinny Cow B1G1 free singles chocolate candy (.77-1oz) (up to $.99) (10/31/11)

P&G Saver + 7/31

P&G Saver (Can be found in SJ-R and Tribune)

Always $.50/1 Pads, Clean or Feminine Cleansing Cloths
Always $1/1 Infinity 14ct+
Always $1/1 Pantiliners 30ct+
Bounce $.25/1 dryer sheet or dryer bar refill
Bounce $.50/1 dryer bar product
Bounty $.25/1 napkins
Bounty $.25/1 towels or napkins
Braun $10/1 Series 3, Series 5 or series 7 shaver
Braun $5/1 cruZer trimmer
Cascade $1/1
Charmin $.25/1
Clairol $2/1 hair color
Covergirl $1/1 (2 coupons)
Crest $.50/1 toothpaste 4oz+
Crest $.75/1 toothpaste 4oz+ or liquid gel (excludes Cavity, Baking Soda, Tartar)
Crest $10/1 3D White Professional Effects or 2 Hour Express Whitestrips
Crest $2/1 Rinse 946mL+
Crest $5/1 3D White Advanced Vivid, Vivid, Stain Shield or Gentle Routine Whitestrips
Dawn $.50/1
Downy $.50/1 liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets
Duracell $.50/1 Coppertop, Ultra Advanced, Ultra Photo Lithium or specialty batteries
Duracell $1/1 rechargeable batteries or charger or one 6-pack+ hearing aid batteries
Fixodent $.50/1 adhesive 1.05oz+
Fixodent $.75/1 cleanser
Gillette $2/1 body wash ets
Gillette $2/1 Fusion skin care
Gillette $3/2 deodorants or $3/1 Clinical deodorant ets
Gillette $4/1 Fusion ProGlide razor
Gillette Buy one Fusion ProGlide cartridge, get a free Fusion ProGlide shave prep (up to $4.29)
Head & Shoulders $.50/1 shampoo or conditioner ets
Iams $1/1 Naturals dry dog or cat food
Iams $1/1 Premium Protection dry dog or cat food
Iams $1/1 ProActive Health dry dog or cat food
Iams B3G1 free (up to $1) canned dog or cat food
Ivory/Safeguard $.50/1 Ivory body wash or bar or Safeguard bar or liquid hand soap
Metamucil $1/1
Metamucil $1/1 fiber singles, capsules, or wafers
Olay $3/1 Regenerist facial moisturizer ets
Olay $5/1 Pro-X facial moisturizer or Pro-X Clear (excludes trial, cleanser, cleansing device and refills)
Olay Buy one body wash, bar or hand and body lotion, get one Satin Care shave gel free (up to $3.99)
Oral-B $.75/1 floss or floss picks 3ct+
Oral-B $.75/1 Pulsar CrossAction Advantage or $.75/2 Indicator or Cavity Defense manual toothbrushes
Oral-B $10/2 replacement brush heads 3ct+
Oral-B $3/1 battery toothbrush
Oral-B $3/1 replacement brush heads 3ct+
Oral-B/Crest $.50/1 Oral-B Stages, Zooth or Crest kid’s manual or power toothbrush
Oral-B/Crest $.50/1 Stages, Zooth or Crest kid’s toothpaste
Pampers $1/2 bags or $1/1 box diapers or pants
Pampers $2 off 1 diapers or pants AND 1 wipes 60ct+
Pampers $2/1 Swaddlers Sensitive, Swaddlers, Cruisers, Limited Edition Prints or Extra Protection
Pantene $1/2 ets
Pringles $.50/1 Snack Stack or Stix
Pringles $1/2 fat free 165g+
Pringles $1/4 Super Stack cans 180g+
Puffs $.25/3 singles or $.25/1 3-pack
Scope $.75/1 mouthwash 710mL+
Secret $1/1 Flawless, Scent Expressions or Fresh Effects deodorant twin pack
Secret Buy 2 Scent Expressions or Fresh Effects deodorants, get one body spray free (up to $5)
Swiffer $.75/1 refill or Dust & Shine
Swiffer $1/1 Sweeper or Dusters starter kit
Swiffer $5/1 Wet Jet or Sweeper Vac starter kit
Tampax $.50/1 18ct+
Tampax $1/1 Pearl or Pearl Compak 18ct+
Tampax B1G1 free Pearl Compak (18-20ct) (up to $3.99)
Tide $.50/1 Stain Release product
Tide $1.50/1 Stain Release 26-50oz powder, 15-34ct duo pac or 36-68oz liquid
Tide $1/1 detergent
Venus $2/1 Venus or Daisy disposable razor
Venus Buy one refill, get $5 off a razor excludes disposables)

Smartsource Preview + 7/31

Here is a list of the available coupons in this upcoming week’s Smartsource. Remember, these aren’t available in the SJ-R, but can be found in the Tribune and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Red Lobster $4.00 off any two dinner entree’s (9/8)
Red Lobster $3.00 off any two lunch entree’s (9/8)
BIC Stationery Products Save $1.00/2 (9/30)
General Mills Cereals Chex*Fiber One*Honey Nut*Oatmeal Crisp*Raisin Nut*Total (9/10)
Yoplait Greek Yogurt Save $.50/2 (9/24)
Save $1.00 on any fresh eggs when you purchase two packages of Naturesweet Cherry Tomatoes (10/31)
Welch’s Jams Jellies or Spreads Save $1.00/3 (10/31)
Blink Tears or Blink Gel Tears Lubricating Eye Drops Save $1.00 (9/30)
Complete Multipurpose Solution Save $1.00/1 12 oz+ (9/30)
Complete Blink-n-clean Drops or Blink Contacts Lubricant Eye Drops Save $1.00 (9/30)
Listerine Mouthwash 50 ml or larger OR Reach Toothbrush OR Reach Floss OR Reach Access Flosser Save $.50/1 (12/31)
Listerine Mouthwash 500ml or larger and/or Reach Toothbrush and/or Reach Floss or Reach Access Flosser Save $1.50/any 2(12/31)
Listerine Mouthwash 500ml or larger AND Reach Toothbrush AND Reach Floss or Reach Access Flosser Save $3.00/3 (12/31)
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash 1L+ or any Total Care plus Whitening Mouthwash 32 fl oz OR Restoring Listerine Mouthwash 1L OR Listerine Zero Mouthwash 1L Save $1.00/1 (12/31)
Listerine Smart Rinse Mouthwash OR Listerine Agent Cool Blue Rinse 500ml IR Reach Kids Toothbrush Save $1.00/1 (12/31)
Band-aid Adhesive Bandage Save $.50/1 (12/31)
Efferdent Product or Effergrip Save $.75/1 (11/30)
Ensure Multipack Save $1.00/1 (10/31)
Eat smart Naturals Snack Save $.75/1 5 oz+ (10/31)
Extra, Orbit, Eclipse, Juicy Fruit, Double mint, Spearmint, Big Red or Winterfresh Save $1.00/1 Three Packs (10/31)
Extra, Orbit, Eclipse, Juicy Fruit, Double mint, Spearmint, Big Red or Winterfresh Save $.50/2 14-15 Pc Pack (10/31)
Clean & Clear Product Save $1.00/1 (9/30)
Splenda Sugar Blend or Brown Sugar Blend Save $1.00 (9/12)
Splenda Essentials Save $3.00/1 (8/15)
Eggland’s Best Cage Free Dozen Eggs Save $.35/1 (12/31)
Eggland’s’ best Eggs Save $.35 (12/31)
Neosporin product and one Band-aid Adhesive Product and Save $1.50 (9/30)
Aveeno Suncare Product Save $1.00/1 (8/31)
Listerine Smart Rinse Product OR Reach Toothbrush Product Save $1.00 (12/31)
Tyson Grilled and ready Products Save $1.00 (10/31)
Duck Brand packaging Tape save $.50/1 (9/30)
Woolite Formula Save $1.00/1 (9/30)
Woolite Stomp’n Go Save $1.00 (9/30)
Finish Quantum save $1.00 (9/11)
Finish Powerball or Gelpac Save $.75/1 (9/11)
Windex Products save $1.00/2 (9/24)
Revlon Beauty Tool Save $1.00/1 (10/31)
Bestlife Buttery Spread, Spray, Sticks Save e$.50/1 (10/09)
Purell Product Save $1.00/1 8 oz+ (10/31)
Purell Products Save $1.00/3 (10/31)
Glade Scented Oil Plugins or Two Single refills Save $1.00 (8/20)
Glade Scented Oil Lasting Impressions Holder save $3.00/1 (9/20)
Glade Fabric & Odor Eliminator Product Save $1.00 (9/10)
Glade Automatic Spray Refill save $1.50 (9/10)
Scrubbing Bubbles Active Scrub Cream Cleanser Save $1.00 (9/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaners Save $1.00/2 (9/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner Save $1.00 (9/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Extend A Clean Bathroom Cleaner or Daily Shower Clener Save $1.00 (9/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Wipes Save $1.00/2 (9/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer Save $1.00 99/11)
BUY ONE Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel GET ANY Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush Product FREE (9/11)
Mitchum for Women Product save $.75/1 (9/4)
Rubbermaid takealongs Save $1.00/2 (9/10)
Schiff Mega Red Save $3.00 (10/31)
Schiff Glucosamine Save $2.00 (10/31)
Schiff Mega D3 Save $2.00 (10/31)
Schiff Vitamin or Supplement Save $1.00 (10/31)
Neutrogena Face Makeup Save $2.00 (8/31)
Neutrogena Lip or Eye Makeup save $1.00 (8/31)
Colgate Sensitive Pro-relief Toothpaste Save $1.50/1 (8/31)
Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothbrush Save $1.00 (8/31)
Wonder file Portable Workstation Save $3.00 99/18)
BIC Razor Save $2.00/1 (9/11)

Reminder: Chicago Tribune

Reminder, if you haven’t subscribed to the Trib, DO IT. They have usually TWICE as many coupons as the SJ-R. There are three types of inserts, Redplum, Smartsouce and P&G Saver. The Trib carries all of these, the SJ-R only gets a regional Redplum and the P&G Saver, which runs about once a month. Also, no coupons on holiday weekends!!