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Kroger 75% off seasonal items (includes toys & games!) & Target toy clearance

Kroger 75% off

I stopped by two Kroger stores in Dallas today and they both had their seasonal merchandise at 75% off. There wasn’t much as far as “seasonal” merchandise but there were lots of games and toys. Tons of Zhu Zhu pets accessories and a few Zhu Zhu pets as well as several board games and activities. Board games included Scrabble, Blokus, Trouble, Monopoly, Connect 4 and Sorry.

As I was checking out, a cashier approached me at the self-checkout and said that 75% off should have come off the lower price (listed on the yellow tag) instead of the original price. I don’t think this is correct, but she insisted (and she works at the Customer Service desk). She had clocked out for the day and the new cashier was not sure what to do to refund my money, so the Customer Service desk employee told me to return tomorrow to get money back.

I bet a lot of the Zhu Zhu pet items will still be around for when items go to 90% off, but the board games and Crayola glow-in-the-dark toy were going quickly.

Also, the semi-annual Target toy clearance process has begun. I saw a lot of toys that had been marked down to 30-50%. We should be hearing about their 75% off sale soon. Last year, I posted about it on January 16.

Free flu shot at four DFW Kroger stores today (12/20)


If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet and plan to, you may be in luck.

Today, from 2-7PM, you can head to one of these Kroger stores in Dallas/Fort Worth (and other cities) to get a free flu shot ($20 value):

9140 Forest Lane — Dallas, TX 75243
752 Wynnewood Village — Dallas, TX 75224
1050 Bridgewood – Fort Worth, TX 76112
1305 S. Hwy. 121 — Lewisville, TX 75067

Up to 10,000 free shots will be given to adults and children (7 years old and older). This year’s flu shot will protect against three strains: H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B virus.

Make Chex Mix for the holidays – Giveaway: Chex Cereal and $25 Kroger gift card (12/27)

Chex Mix Recipes and Chex Cereal & $25 Kroger gift card giveaway

Are you a fan of Chex cereals? If so, you may be interested to know that now through December 25th, Kroger stores are offering Chex cereal at their lowest prices of the year.


I haven’t checked stores to see what the price is and I didn’t see Chex cereals listed in this week’s ad… but you can grab the $1.00/2 coupon from the 12/5 General Mills newspaper insert or print a $1.00/2 coupon (found on 2nd page), and check the price the next time you’re at Kroger.

Sure, you can buy pre-made Chex Mix, but there’s something that says “its holiday time” when you make Chex Mix from scratch. Plus you can have complete control over what ingredients you want to include when you make the mixes yourself!

Unfortunately we can’t eat Chex cereal, but I gave the Chex cereal that I received to a friend who loves to make Chex Mixes. I told her about the Ginger-Honey Crunch Recipe, Chex Pumpkin Pie Mix and other recipes on the Chex Website. Many of the recipes can be made in 15 minutes and the mixes can be served at parties or given as holiday gifts.

If you are eating a gluten-free diet, then you may like to know that the Chex Mix recipes site has a “gluten-free” icon next to certain recipes.

Win two boxes of Chex Cereal and a $25 Kroger gift card

Mandatory Entry (must be completed first):
To enter, please visit the Chex Mix recipes page and let me know which mix you’d like to try.

Additional Entries (optional)
1 – Like Kroger on Facebook (+1)
2 – Like Chex on Facebook (+1)
3 – Like Craving the Savings on Facebook (+1)
4 – Follow @CravingSavings and/or @CravingGiveaway (+1 for each)
5 – Follow me on Google Friend Connect (right column) (+1)
6 – Follow me on Networked Blogs (+1)
7 – Be or become an email subscriber or RSS subscriber (+1 for each)

– Ends at 11:59 PM Central on Monday, December 27, 2010. I will use to select the winner.
– The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email, or I will select a new winner.
– Giveaway is limited to United States residents.

Disclosure: The prize pack, information and giveaway were all provided by Chex and Kroger through MyBlogSpark, but I was not obligated to host the giveaway or post this information. promotion: Win a $5 Kroger coupon – HURRY!

Cellfire promotion

NOTE: This has ended…

I completely forgot about this!!

Until 7PM Central today (11/29), log into your account to see if you have won a $5.00 coupon to use on your next purchase of $5.00 or more at Kroger. They have been giving away 1000 randomly throughout the day today.

I just logged in and won $5. I hope you do too! If you win, the coupon must be used by December 6.

Kroger DFW Deals: McCormick Grinders – free after Catalina & more free items

Kroger DFW Deals

Here’s a great deal on McCormick Grinders that I learned about thanks to Stephanie’s post at Katy Couponers.

Buy 3 ($1.00 each) and get a $3.00 Catalina that you can use on your next Kroger shopping trip! I tried it and got my $3 coupon at checkout.

While there, also pick up free Crest, Dial, Maruchan Yakisoba, Athenos Hummus, Dawn, and Pillsbury Biscuits. Get the coupon match-ups at Couponing101.

Kroger & Shell Fuel Rewards Program Overview & $25 Gift Card Giveaway (10/15)

In late August, Kroger announced the expansion of their fuel rewards program that now allows shoppers to not only save on gas costs at Kroger fuel centers, but also at 400 participating Shell locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (as well as other U.S. cities).

I have watched my Kroger fuel rewards come and go because I don’t have a Kroger fuel station near me. I was thrilled to hear about this new partnership so I can start using the 10 cents per gallon discount for every 100 points I accumulate on my Kroger Plus card! I have several participating Shell locations not too far from me.

You can redeem fuel points by entering your Kroger Plus Card number or alternate ID (phone number) at the pump.

Did you know you can earn additional fuel points by:

purchasing prescriptions: 50 fuel points for each eligible prescription you fill
gift cards: 2 fuel points for every dollar spent on third-party gift cards from Kroger’s in-store Gift Card Malls.

Have questions about the program? You can call Kroger Customer Service at 1-800-576-4377, or contact Shell Customer Service at 1-888-GO-SHELL for assistance identifying participating Shell locations.

Win It

To help promote this new partnership, Kroger sent me two $25 gift cards to use for a giveaway – one for Kroger and one for Shell. For this giveaway, one winner will get to select either the $25 Kroger gift card OR the $25 Shell gasoline gift card.

I will give away the second gift card during an upcoming Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop.

Mandatory entry:

Leave one comment letting me know which gift card ($25 Kroger or $25 Shell Gasoline) you would like to win.

Additional entries (if you already do these, please leave comments too!):

– Follow me on Google Friend Connect (right column) – 1 extra entry
– Follow me on Twitter (@CravingSavings and @CravingGiveaway) – 1 extra entry for each
– Follow on Networked Blogs (right column) – 1 extra entry
– Like Craving the Savings on Facebook – 1 extra entry
– Become an email subscriber or RSS subscriber (top right column) – 1 extra entry for each

This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM Central on Friday, October 15. I will use to select a winner sometime that weekend. I will email the winner who will have 48 hours to respond or else a new winner will be selected. The winner will select either the $25 Kroger gift card OR the $25 Shell gift card. This giveaway is open to US residents only.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I received two $25 gift cards that will be given away to readers. I did not receive any gift cards or other compensation for personal use.

Price Comparison (DFW): Produce & Some Meat, Dairy & Nuts – week of 7/14/10

Cheap Peaches & Nectarines
If you are looking for cheap US-grown peaches and nectarines, today is the last day to get them for $0.47/lb at Newflower Farmers Market. The store is located at 1800 N. Henderson Avenue, north of downtown Dallas. I purchased several pounds of their peaches a few days ago.

They are not nearly as good as the Texas-grown peaches I purchased at Central Market for $1.50/lb, but they’re fine for making peach sorbet and sauces!

Speaking of Texas-grown peaches, the man who did the Williams-Sonoma technique class last weekend raved about Ham Orchard peaches. My daughter and I are planning a trip to Terrell to check it out. I’ll let you know what we find!

Best Price on Organic Fuji Apples
I am only buying organic apples these days, and the prices usually range from $1.99-2.49/lb. I have found that my apple peeler/corer/slicer consistently works the best with Fuji apples and had been paying $2.49/lb for these apples at Whole Foods and Central Market.

Last week, I found that Super Target sells them for $1.99/lb! Target does not have a huge quantity of these apples, and I only found a few that I felt were still worth buying, but given the amount of apples I buy each week, a $0.50/lb savings is huge!

I use the apples to make applesauce (which we eat as is, and also in recipes) and baked apples. I have also started juicing apples since no commercial apple juices are “legal” on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Have you heard?
Roy’s Natural Market is closing in early August. The store is located at Preston/Royal in Dallas. From now until July 16, visit the store between 2-4PM to wish Roy a happy retirement, get discounts and register to win prizes.

Now on to the produce comparison document for the week of July 14…

Here’s what I am thinking about buying this week:


– Welch’s 100% Grape Juice 64 oz – $1.49 ea (use $1.00/1 printable coupon and must buy 10 participating items in mega sale – I may buy batteries). I printed the coupon last week, so I’m not sure if it is still available.
– Hass Avocados (small) – $0.50 ea

Newflower Farmers Market

– Apricots (US Grown) – $0.88/lb
– Blueberries (US Grown) – $0.88/pint
– Peaches (US Grown – 7/14 only) – $0.47/lb
– Seedless Watermelon – $0.19/lb (they weigh around 10 lbs)
– Celery (Organic) – $0.99 ea
– Chard & Kale (Organic) – $1.50/bunch
– Cashews, unsalted or raw – $4.99/lb
– Yellow Cheddar – $2.99/lb


– Seedless Watermelon – $1.49 ea (if cheaper than Newflower Farmers Market)
– Almonds, unsalted/raw – $4.99/lb

Download the full comparison (PDF format). It covers the DFW-area following stores:

Central Market
Market Street
Sunflower Market
Tom Thumb
Whole Foods

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Produce Price Comparison for week of 6/30 (DFW)

Download this week’s produce price comparison document (PDF). It covers advertised prices for conventional and organic produce at the following stores:

Central Market
Market Street
Sunflower Market
Tom Thumb
Whole Foods

I will be posting about my kale chip experiment soon. I have read and heard many good things about kale chips, so when I saw the organic kale is $1.50/bunch this week at New Flower Market, I decided to get some. I have two “recipes” – one that you can make in the oven and one that you can make in a dehydrator. I tried the oven method today and think I over oiled them, but some were good. I am going to try the dehydrator method on Sunday and will post a comparison with photos.

When another mother and I met with a Dallas-area Whole Foods store ambassador about food allergies a few weeks ago, she gave us a tour of the produce area. She told us about all the health benefits of kale (better than spinach, she said), and she gave us a small piece to try. It was interesting, but not something I would eat raw very regularly. The kale chips were much more tolerable. Best of all, my daughter LOVED them.

Kroger Fresh Fare opens in Fort Worth

A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to get a behind-the-scenes peek at Kroger’s new concept store Fresh Fare. It opened last week in Fort Worth, near the TCU campus. Fort Worth is a bit of a drive for me and I couldn’t make it to the tour, but I was curious to see what a Kroger Fresh Fare was like and planned to check it out the next time I was in Fort Worth. It was sooner than I expected, but I got the chance to visit the store on Saturday.

I won a free night at any Hyatt Hotel during an online giveaway Hyatt held last year. The room was set to expire on June 30, so we decided to spend a night in Fort Worth and introduce my daughter to the Stockyards. On the way back to Dallas, we stopped at the Kroger Fresh Fare store. Here’s a photo:

I was there for day four of their Grand Opening celebration. The store was full of employees handing out samples, offering balloons to the kids, welcoming us to the store, etc. We were impressed with the produce selection and picked up some chard, grapes, bananas and apples. I love that they offer 100 USDA-certified organic fruits and vegetables and lots of produce that is locally-grown. I wish the store was closer to Dallas so I could go more often!

I also picked up some Morton’s Natural Sea Salt because I realized I had been using a Morton’s Sea Salt with a caking agent in it — not a good thing when you’re doing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Since starting on this diet, I’m noticing just how much unnecessary junk is in the food we eat – even in foods that you think are simple, like salt. Unfortunately I didn’t realize there was a Morton’s Natural Sea Salt coupon in the 6/20 RP insert when I bought it, but I plan to buy some more before the coupon expires.

Back to Kroger…the Fort Worth Kroger Fresh Fare is the first in Texas, and Kroger hopes to eventually open more. To learn more about all the store offers, check out their press release.

If you live near the Kroger Fresh Fare, be sure to check this week’s ad (I couldn’t find it online – so head to the store to get a copy) because their produce is less expensive than what I listed on my produce price comparison chart. For example, red seedless grapes are $0.88/lb instead of $0.99/lb and peaches are $0.88/lb instead of $1.77/lb.

Produce Price Comparison for week of 6/23 (DFW)

My blog re-design is finally live, but there are still several issues I need to fix and content that I need to add, so it will be a work-in-progress for a few more days.

The homepage should work. If it does not look right to you, please let me know what browser you are using.

Issues I am aware of:

1. IE browser – right column is halfway down the page
2. IE and Firefox browsers – inner pages have right column covering the content

I am also going to tweak a few things to make it easier to read, but that’s after I work out the major kinks!

Now…on to the produce price comparison for this week!

Produce Price Comparison

On the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, we are buying LOTS of produce – mostly bananas, apples, pears, blueberries, zucchini, carrots, chard, and French-cut green beans at this stage. We go through dozens of bananas, apples, zucchini and carrots each week for homemade applesauce, banana pancakes, flourless muffins, banana cake, zucchini noodles, etc.

I price-checked produce at Sam’s Club this week to see if I could buy any of these items at a lower cost, but Sam’s was just as expensive or more expensive than the grocery stores! That is not always the case though. I am going to try to hit Sam’s and possibly Costco occasionally to see if buying in bulk will be cheaper. While I will not be covering the warehouse clubs’ prices regularly, I will post any deals I find there.

I am now trying to buy organic whenever possible. For example, I am only buying organic apples since I have read that apples are on the “dirty dozen” list of of produce where it makes the most sense to go organic. I figure if we’re going to do this diet to see if it helps my daughter’s health, then we might as well avoid eating those foods with higher concentrations of pesticide residues. I will include conventional and organic produce in the comparison chart so you can decide where to go based on your preferences. I will create three graphical icons to indicate if produce is:

– Organic
– Locally-grown (“Texas”)
– USA-grown

but for now I just used symbols in the spreadsheet (the symbol meanings are in the footer of each page).

Please keep in mind that stores do not always list the size of the produce. For example, avocados are usually “small” or “large” but the ads don’t always specify. So it will be difficult to know for sure which store has the best price. Whenever possible, I will check on sizes in person and will update the chart.

And last but not least, this is a work-in-progress. This week, I am posting just a PDF download of the chart. In future weeks, I will pull out the best deals and post a summary with a link to the full download.

Please let me know what you like or dislike about this format. And if you stop by a store and find additional produce on sale that is not advertised, please let me know and I will update this list. I plan to do similar comparisons for meat/seafood, nuts and dairy soon.

Download the produce comparison chart for DFW-area stores (PDF format).

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