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How I got PAID to buy groceries today (I promise this is legal!)

I love finding deals at Kroger! If you have a Kroger store or Kroger affiliate, you don’t want to miss this post! 

I got PAID to buy groceries today. Well, I mean, the store clerk didn’t hand me money (though that has happened before when I had so many coupons that I had a negative balance!), but I did get all of these items for FREE — and I made money back for buying them.

I usually wait to share my grocery posts with you on Sundays. But I just can’t wait to share my deals with you today, because my Kroger shopping trip was kind of insane… and well, you might find the same deals at your Kroger, so I figured I shouldn’t keep this to myself until Sunday.

How I Got Paid To Buy Groceries

Kroger is running a Buy 5, Get $5 Off deal through April 2, 2019. I was planning to buy Mrs, Cubbison’s croutons because my kids love them (they literally eat them like potato chips; I know, weird but true!).

I thought they were priced at $0.49 each when you buy 5 participating items. When I got to the store, I discovered that our store had them for $0.29 — no coupons needed. Best of all, there was a $1/2 coupon + an iBotta rebate. So they were MORE than free.

However, that’s not all, there were peelie coupons on them for $1 off any Ken’s salad dressing when buy 2. Ken’s dressing is also part of the Buy 5, Get $5 Off deal AND there is an Ibotta rebate for Ken’s dressing, too.

Here Are the Details on What I Bought

Here’s how I ended up working this deal:

  • I bought 4 bags of Mrs. Cubbison’s Croutons — $0.29 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • And I bought 2 bottles of Ken’s dressing — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Then, I used $1/2 Mrs. Cubbison’s printable coupon
  • And I used 2 $1/1 Ken’s dressing peelie coupons
  • Plus, I submitted my receipt to get $1 back from iBotta for buying 4 bags of Mrs. Cubbison’s Croutons
  • AND, I submitted my receipt to get $1.50 back from iBotta for buying 2 bottles of Ken’s dressing
  • After the deals, the coupons, and the rebates = everything was FREE + overage*

Oh and by the way, guess what else I found marked down at the store today? Salads marked down to $0.25 each!!!! (Seeing as I usually eat two salads every day, I should be stocked up on salad ingredients for a little while!)

*In case you are wondering, I also bought 4 other Buy 5, Get $5 Off participating items. I’ll share all of my groceries on Sunday. I spent $54 and saved $60!

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  • debra jester says:

    i just want to say there is no kroger store where i live ,im in wilkes baeer pa we do have a walmart

  • Kristine says:

    You probably know this, but I’ll share just in case! You can freeze spinach and it works great in smoothies! We find that spinach goes bad very quickly in our house, but it’s cheaper to buy bigger bags. So we freeze half every time.

    Just in case you can’t eat all of those greens before they go bad!

  • Michelle says:

    I love your Kroger! Our Woohoo markdowns are not nearly as good!

  • krystal says:

    WHAT?!! Amazing!! You are sure hit the jackpot, Crystal!!!! My Kroger hardly ever has any salads marked down!! The secret must be out in my area 😉 lol

  • Jennifer says:

    Amazing! I just don’t understand how Kroger can stay in business with their rock bottom prices. I don’t have a Kroger. But when I visit my son at school he has one and I take him shopping there. Things that I just bought in OH are half that price in WV – not even on sale, the regular prices. So it is baffling to me how they do it AND frustrating to me that in OH everything is so much more.

    Prices definitely vary around the country. I wonder what factors go into setting them.

    • Prices also seem to vary at my store from day to day. For instance, I often pay $1.89 for the same bagged salads as a mark down price. So I have no idea where the $0.25 came from!!!

  • Monica says:

    That’s not weird, croutons are delicious!

  • Annie says:

    It’s great that you have these stores at your disposal and can get great deals. I live in an area that is far off in the sticks and the local grocery store takes advantage of that. They make you pay high prices because there is no other store for them to compete with and if you want to shop at a big box grocery store you have to drive to a major city to do so which is not saving money because you spend your savings in gas. I’m sure there are many other people who have this same issue. Our local store doesn’t even have a loyalty card and most internet coupons are not products that are carried in the store. How else can money be saved given these circumstances. Thanks.

  • Lea says:

    My husband works in a small town with the same problem – we don’t live there and have “better” stores where we live. One thing I did notice, is that when things are on sale, they are on sale in a fairly big way – 10lb potatoes for 99c, 1lb strawberries for 99c, etc. We stock up when things hit that price as much as we can. We also don’t buy chips, crackers (I make those – it’s fairly easy), soda pop, juice, single serve anything, etc. We try to stick with the basics and cook from scratch. Hope that’s helpful!

  • Tracy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the dressing and crouton deals at Kroger. I would have missed it if you had not shared.

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