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Target + Kroger Shopping Trips: Spent $61.59, Saved $70.93

by Tara Kuczykowski on April 20, 2011 · 10 comments

My first stop this week was Target, where I stocked up on Revlon nail files and Zyrtec (finally, yay!).

I'm not really sure how their registers are programmed these days. The Revlon Target coupons adjusted down to the selling price, but on the Zyrtec, I was given the overage on the manufacturer's coupons. Not complaining at all since it helped reduce the price of the TP that was already a good deal!

My total spent for this trip was $4.85, a savings of $28.59.

Plus I received these two awesome Catalinas that I can use on a future purchase.

They're manufacturer's coupons, so I can stack them with some of the Target store coupons that I still have to save even more!

My next stop was Kroger to see if I could get more of the cheap Santa Cruz organic juice, as well as to get milk. Unfortunately, our store was out of the private label organic milk, so I had to purchase Horizon organic milk at $6.79 a gallon -- ouch!

  • (2) Arnold 100% Wheat Bread -- on sale 2/$6
  • Horizon Organic Milk
  • Kroger Brand Turbinado Sugar
  • Smuckers Sugar-Free Jam
  • Bananas
  • Onions

I later returned the Smuckers Jam because I didn't realize that it was made with Splenda, and I also had my $0.50 ecoupon from Cellfire come off my total from the Grand Slam Savings promo last week.

My total spent for this trip was $24.01, a savings of $14.07.

Finally, I had to send my husband back to Kroger yesterday to get more milk and bread, both of which we have been going through like crazy lately, and I had him pick up a few other items for me.

  • Purex Naturals Laundry Detergent, $1.99 -- used $1/1 Purex Detergent or Laundry Sheets (RP 03/13/11), $0.99
  • (2) Kroger Bakery Italian Bread Loaves -- on sale $1 ea.
  • (2) Arnold 100% Wheat Bread -- on sale 2/$6
  • (2) Private Selections Organic Milk
  • Kroger Gelatin
  • Black Grapes

My total spent for this trip was $32.73, a savings of $28.27.

I never did make it to Sam's Club last week like I wanted to, but we'll be going in the next few days. I'm well under budget for the past few weeks, so I'll be able to stock up on plenty of meat and produce!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cristina April 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

The reduced sugar Smuckers is VERY good - you should get that instead. There are no artificial sweeteners in it. Then, if you have time you should try freezer jam - so easy and so good and not too much sugar (use the Ball pectin that comes in a green envelope). The reduced sugar smuckers is a pretty good alternative to the homemade freezer jam!


2 Tara Kuczykowski April 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Thanks, I'm going to look for the reduced sugar variety -- someone else had recommended that as well.

I actually bought the gelatin on the last trip so I can try making some homemade sugar-free grape jelly, and I have some pectin for freezer jam too. Just waiting for a stellar deal on strawberries!


3 Corine April 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

I like to get the smuckers that is sweetened with fruit juice. My little girl was on a pb&j kick so we also got natural peanut butter. A little more, but in my opinion worth it.


4 Melissa M April 21, 2011 at 9:03 am

These posts are so helpful, but how in the world do you get access to so many of the same coupon? (Ex: how many coupons for the Santa Cruz juice do you have and how did you get them). I usually only get 1 set of coupons from my Sunday paper along with whatever I can print online.


5 Tara Kuczykowski April 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

In the case of the Santa Cruz coupon, it's a printable coupon and doesn't seem to have a print limit on it. Most printable coupons only allow two prints per coupon, but I have access to three computers that I can print from.

As for the Sunday insert coupons, you can often purchase additional coupons on eBay or from coupon clipping services. You can find a list here:


6 Kim April 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

Where do you find the Target Beauty Tool Coupons?


7 Tara Kuczykowski April 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

Some regions received them in their inserts this past Sunday.


8 debra November 14, 2012 at 2:25 am

...wait, I'm confused. How was the santa cruz .65?

(4) Santa Cruz Organic Juice, $4.29 (B1G1) -- used (4) $0.75/1 Santa Cruz Product printables, $0.65 ea.

that would be a total of $8.58 for the 4 of them, then subtract the (4) .75/1 coupons and that would make them $5.58 altogether, or $1.39 each. How did you get .65 cents each out of this equation?


9 Tara Kuczykowski November 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

Hi Debra! Kroger stores in my area double coupons up to $0.99, so each coupon would actually deduct $1.50.


10 Nancy November 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

This is pretty incredible stuff. Another way to save money is to use credit cards that offer rewards. I have trouble keeping track of that stuff, so I use an app called, Smorecard, it tells me which of my credit cards is good to use in any given situation. Check it out... smorecard.


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