Today I went to Kroger with a goal. To use my coupons and try to spend only the cash I had on me. I had planned on going by the bank to take out $20 but didn’t and only had $15 on me. I had planned 3 different transactions because Kroger was doing a Mega Event that would take $5 off your order if you bought 10 participating products. Rather than get all the items on my list and only get $5 off, doing it separately saved $15. This takes a little more planning and time but was well worth it. The $5 takes 50 cents off the price of each of the participating items.

This is my grand total from all 3 transactions. I got a couple more things than I had originally planned and had to change my plans around a bit due to different products being available.

Grand Total out of pocket:

**$19.28**Total Saved due to sales and coupons

**$69.74**

So I did not stay within my $15 limit, but had I brought the $20 I had originally planned on doing I would have been well within that budget

Transaction 1

5 Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.49 x 5 = $7.45

Soft Soap $1.50 [I used 1 $0.50/1 coupon that doubled to $1]

4 Spaghetti-Os $0.99 x 4 = $3.96 [I used 2 $0.50/2 coupons that doubled to $1]

Total = $12.91

- $5 Mega Event

- $1 Soft Soap

-$1 Spaghetti-Os

-$1 Spaghetti-Os

Total Out of Pocket $4.92 [For some reason I was charged $4.91]

Received a $5.00 off coupon for my next order

I received the Cheese, Soap and Spaghetti-Os for free after coupons (counting the $5 Catalina I received). I was actually paid $0.09 to do this transaction.

The “proof” of the first transaction and the $5 coupon that printed once I had paid.

Transaction 2 [only Mega Event items pictured]

5 Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.49 x 5 = $7.45

1 Tombstone Pizza $2.49 [I used a $2/1 coupon from Facebook]

2 Del Monte Fruit Chillers $1.99 x 2 = $3.98 [I used a $1/2 coupon]

2 Quaker Rice Cakes $1.49 x 2 = $2.98 [I used a $1/2 coupon]

- $5 Mega Event

-$2 Tombstone

-$1 Fruit Chillers

-$1 Quaker

-$5 Kraft Coupon (from the previous order)

Total $2.90

I received the Cheese and Pizza for free after $5 Catalina. In this same transaction I bought some Kroger brand training pants that were $7.49 + tax. I had a coupon for $1.55 off the package making them only $5.94 + .07 (this was all the tax I was charged for some reason). This made my real total $8.91.

Transaction 3 [only Mega Event items pictured]

Kraft Mayo $2.19 [I used a $0.75/1 coupon]

Lasagna Baking Pans $1.50 x 2 = $3.00

Breyer’s Ice Cream $2.47 [I used a $0.75/1 coupon]

2 Dan-i-mo Yogurts $2.29 x 2 = $4.58 [I used 2 $1/1 coupons]

1 Dannimals Yogurt $2.29

Degree Deodorant $2.00 [I used a $1/1 coupon ]

Sargento Cheese $2.38 [I used a $0.50/1 coupon that doubled to $1]

Soft Soap $1.50 [I used a $0.50/1 coupon that doubled to $1]

Suave $1.99 [I used a free coupon that I got in the mail]

- $5 Mega Event

-$0.75 Kraft

-$0.75 Breyer’s

-$2 Dan-i-mo Coupons

-$1 Degree

-$1 Sargento

-$1 Soft Soap

-$3 Suave [for some reason it rang up for $3 off]

-$5 Kraft Coupon (from the previous order)

Total $2.90 + 0.21 tax = $3.11

I also bought 3 boxes of fruit snacks because my kids picked that as their treat for being so good while I did these multiple transactions. They were $1 each, so $3.00 – the 0.65 coupon I had for buying three adding $2.35 to my total making it $5.46.

Transaction 1 = $4.91

Transaction 2 = $8.91

Transaction 3 = $5.46

**Total = $19.82**

*Free Items after Mega Event Sale, Coupons, and Catalina Coupons:***10 Philadelphia Cream Cheese**[.99 x 10 = $9.90; Received 2 $5 coupons, so $10 – 9.90 = $0.10. I was technically paid 10 cents to get the cheese]

**4 Spaghetti-Os**[.49 x 4 = $1.96; Used 2 $0.50/2 coupons doubling to $1/2, so $2.00 - $1.96 = $0.04. I was technically paid 4 cents to get the Spaghetti-Os]

**2 Soft Soaps**[1.00 x 2 = $2; Used 2 $0.50/1 coupons doubling to $2/2, so $2 – 2 = $0.]

**Tombstone Pizza**[$1.99; Used a $2/1 coupon, so $2 – 1.99 = $0.01. I was technically paid 1 cent to get the pizza]

**Suave Conditioner**[$1.99; Used a Free coupon that rang up as $3.00 off, so $3.00 – 1.99 = $1.01. I was technically paid $1.01 to get the Conditioner]

Had I kept to my lists and not purchased the additional items my total would have been $10.92, but I still feel like I did really well to get all this for under $20!

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