Menu Plan Monday and Kroger Cart Buster Sale

Congrats to winner, #103 Robyn!

It’s Monday, and that means time to post a menu plan. But first, did you know that there’s a special sale going on now at Kroger?

Kroger’s Cart Buster Promotion runs nationally February 27 – March 12 (well, most places, I guess. For some reason our new week at Kroger always starts on Thursday here in NE Indiana, so it hasn’t yet begun for me).

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In the 22 – yikes, how has it been that long? – years I’ve lived here, Meijer has usually been my go-to store. You know that I’m serious about my grocery shopping; flying to a bargain like a bee to honey. And Meijer was the first in my town to double dollar-off coupons. For years, I’d match up coupons to ads and get item after item free, each week. Unfortunately, those days are gone. No more dollar doubles, and Meijer’s prices have risen too. For the past few years, I’ve bought nearly as many things at Kroger.

And since this post is about Kroger, let’s discuss things I love about them. I know that policies vary by region, but here, Kroger triples coupons up to .50. This means that a .50 coupon is worth 1.50 to me, which is great. I can still get at least a few things free every week. They double (or triple) coupon values for 2 identical coupons. Also, Kroger frequently has great sales which are detailed each week in their weekly flier.

During this Cart Buster Sale, you can click this Kroger link to see your local ad. The link also has links to download digital coupons onto your Kroger card.

Sidenote: if you don’t already, go to Shortcuts and Cellfire. Both sites let you download digital coupons directly to your Kroger card. The best thing is combining a digital coupon with a paper coupon – lots of great deals and free stuff to be had this way :).

Even more good deals:  “Like” Kroger on Facebook.  Then, each day of the cart buster event, if you’re one of the first 1000 to click on their “deal of the day” item, you’ll get a credit for that item loaded onto your Kroger card free. They’ll be posting the deal each day sometime between noon and 6, and I saw on Facebook that Sunday’s deal posted a bit before 1 p.m. It was for a free full-size bottle of Tide, which would have been great (unfortunately for me, we hadn’t yet returned from church). I would recommend “liking” Bargains to Bounty on Facebook; I think they’ll post the item each day when it’s listed so you can try to get some freebies.

Next Monday I’ll post a photo of some of my great Kroger steals ‘n deals this week. And so that you can share in the bargain shopping, Kroger is giving one of my readers a $25 Kroger gift card! Woo hoo!! If you’d like to win, just enter a comment.

If you’d like a second entry, leave another comment telling me about a bargain you got at Kroger or a Kroger affiliate this week.

I’ll choose a winner March 12, so you have time to shop the Cart Buster Event and stock up.


And since that was so wordy, let’s cut to the chase with the week’s menu plan Monday:

Monday: Healthy Chicken Fingers with Mustard Dipping Sauce – made these last month and they were delish!

Tuesday: Tortilla Soup – a family favorite

16 oz. refried beans

14.5 oz. chicken broth

5 oz. chunk chicken (I usually just cook 1 chicken breast)

15.5 oz. black beans, rinsed

3/4 cup salsa

Combine all ingredients.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 min.

Crumble a few tortilla chips in the bottom of each bowl.

Ladle soup over chips and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Wednesday: No cooking – I got a mystery shop for dinner. YAY!

Thursday: Chicken and Green Chili Enchiladas – from a Super Suppers cookbook I got at Christmas; this is new to us

Friday: Lasagna (thankfully, I made 2 last time and it is in the freezer). Also French bread in the bread machine.

“The information, prize pack and giveaway have all been provided by the Kroger Family of Stores and General Mills/Nestle/Proctor & Gamble through MyBlogSpark.”

133 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday and Kroger Cart Buster Sale

  1. I glory in your spunk with your bargaining. At this stage in my life, I honestly don’t think I am capable of doing lots of the things you described here. I know it works for you and that’s a very good thing!

  2. My bargain at Kroger this week was marked down (manager special) almond milk, plus a coupon. I got a half gallon for 95 cents. Woohoo!

  3. My grocery shopping has really decreased, but I love shopping at Kroger. Wish there was one closer to my house.

  4. I LOVE Kroger! I add coupons to my Kroger Card via the Kroger app on my SmartPhone, but I also love the personalized coupons they send me in the mail. I didn’t used to ever cut coupons becuase they were only for processed foods that I don’t buy. But now they send me coupons (and sometimes “free” coupons) for stuff I actually buy like produce, proteins, and dairy.

  5. I find it interesting that on a normal day, only a couple of us comment on your column. But when there’s a freebie, people come out of the woodwork.

    On another subject entirely, there is not a Kroger store in all of Grand Rapids. People think Meijer is so great, but if they lived in a city where Meijer has a corner on the market, they might be a bit less enamored of it. Give me a super Walmart any day. Unfortunately, there are none of them within miles of me either, thanks to Meijer. So, there is no point in entering me in the contest, since I couldn’t use the gift card anyway.

  6. This is for you to toss my name in the Kroger Kettle. I do not have a Kroger in my town. We do have Jay C which is owned by Kroger, so perhaps the deals are similar.
    Years ago I was told by a Columbus resident that Kroger’s prices were very high. Perhaps that has changed.

  7. love Kroger
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  8. Would love to win to give to aunt. We don’t have Krogers in Fl:(

  9. I would love to win! QFC is my Kroger affiliate and I love that store!

  10. My QFC (Kroger affiliate) bargain of the week was marked down case of yogurt that I had a coupon for and got for 49 cents! We had yummy smoothies!

  11. I love shopping at Kroger (called Owen’s North) in Huntington!
    Their fresh produce is excellent quality and we especially like the fresh fruits. Just got my first strawberries of the season!
    My very favorite thing about Kroger is their 10/10 items since $1 seems very affordable for just about anything. I usually buy cottage cheese and frozen vegetables when that sale is on.
    Thanks for arranging this contest!

  12. Thanks for the great giveaway. Kroger has been having some great sales lately.


  13. I recently got 10 bottles of purex for free plus $3 overage.


  14. My Kroger bargain this week was a Charmin 12 pack of double rolls for $3! It was already on sale for $5.99 and there was a $3 digital coupon on the Kroger card, a really good deal!

  15. I love playing the shopping game at Kroger’s to see how far I can stretch my dollar. Thanks

  16. Fry’s by me allows coupons for other stores. So recently Safeway had a coupon book. Amongst other things in the book was $1 off Johnville sausage,(use 12 coupons) they also had a weekly ad coupon for $1 off Johnville sausage up to 5 lbs.(used 3 coupons) Frys had it on sale for 3.99. And Fresh and easy had a coupon for $5 a $25 purchase. So I got 12 lbs of Sausage for $20.87 or 1.60 per lb. And yes Frys allows multiple coupons from other stores.

  17. We love our Dillons store. Just this week we got 8 boxes of cereal for about $8 and that included a box of Kashi cereal or it would have been 7 boxes for about $5!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I am an email subscriber and I love this giveaway!

  19. The last 2 weeks of grad school=no shopping for me. Shouldn’t even be reading my favorite blogs, but I needed a break! Can’t wait to get back into cooking and bargain hunting!

  20. I’m excited about the bargain of free ice cream from Krogers!

  21. I love Kroger!!!!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. i love smith’s (my kroger affiliate)! Thanks for posting your menu plan- i love to get ideas from others!

  23. awesome deal i got last week was manager’s special mark down on a gallon of milk for $1.09 🙂

  24. Thanks for the giveaway, I shop at Kroger stores often!

  25. My favorite cart buster deal is 5 GM cereals for $10. Matched with with coupons, it is a great deal!

  26. This past week I got an awesome deal on Hormel pepperoni with coupons and the sale!!
    jenncutie at hotmail dot com

  27. Voted for you as Jay Coupon
    jenncutie at hotmail dot com

  28. I went to the market today and got a cart buster deal on Stouffer’s

  29. Ralph’s (a Kroger store) is my market of choice 🙂

  30. I just got a Di Giorgno pizza for close to half off! (I already tossed my recipt so I don’t have the exact amount)

  31. We got a bag of rock salt and 3 pack of paper towels this week at Kroger’s for $.26! I had a $3.00 coupon downloaded from Cellfire as well as a $3.00 off coupon printed out via the register my last shopping trip! Would be great to win a GC!

  32. One of the bargains I got at Kroger this week was Charmin 12 double roll for 2.99. On sale for 5.99 plus Kroger ecoupon for 3.00 off.

  33. gift cards are great- thanks for the giveaway.
    i hope you win the votes- i tried but when i saw fb i had to exit- i;m at work and not allowed to be on there- sorry i couldnt help
    tcogbill at live dot com

  34. I got an awesome bargain at krogers last week on their pizzas with ecoupons and interent coupons.
    tcogbill at live dot com

  35. this weekend at Frys (Kroger) I used my PG coupon book coupons and loaded coupons to my Frys card and used those coupons on sale items. I saved $67!!!! I was stoked!

  36. I got a gallon of milk on clearance for $1.09–way better than $3.39–& we’re big milk drinkers. Thanks

  37. what a nice giveaway!

    I’m saving your soup recipe to try next week!

  38. Please enter me! I’ve been following the Cart Busters but have yet to buy anything.

  39. Oh how I would love to use the $25 for my weekly shop. Thanks for the chance!

  40. My deal this week was a managers special sale on organic eggs, 1.99 and used a $1 off coupon. Not bad for a dozen organic eggs!

  41. The last great deal I got at Smith’s was milk for 99cents! Thanks!

  42. i’d love to win- we hope to go on vacation next month & there’s lots of krogers there- it’d be great to cut down on food expenses! thanks for the chance

  43. I havent had the chance to make it to Kroger yet(its a bit far for me) but I did get some awesome things at Harris Teeter

  44. I’d love to win. Crossing my fingers need to go grocery shopping.

  45. thanks for the tip about liking them on fb. and thanks for the giveaway.

  46. love it. cartbuster sales and others are great! combine with coupons and wahoo!

  47. This is not another entry– just a comment. lol Why is it 2:25 (CST) where I am, but already March 13 on your web site? Are you in the Twilight zone?

  48. I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway

  49. I found Danon yogurt marked down this week, which I paired with a $1 off MFQ for $0.98 yogurt!

  50. I love Smith’s (the kroger store in our area) especially the meat department, great prices and wonderful quality!

  51. I got bounty paper towels for 3.99 and charmin TP (12 rolls) for 2.99, using the coupons on my kroger card!

  52. Thanks for the giveaway-I shop at Kroger’s once a week

  53. Wow…….great giveaway…..who could not use an extra $25 at the grocery store!


  54. Last week I got some Egglands best eggs on markdown for 99 and I used a 50 cent coupon. Score!!!

  55. I would love to win this for stocking up on paper products.
    spiersrp at gmail dot com

  56. I voted for you, hope it helps towards your goals.
    spiersrp at gmail dot com

  57. My son’s 13th birthday was yesterday. he requested steak for dinner. I sent my husband to the store while I put the finishing touches on the cake – I froze about 5 minutes after he left, thinking about how much those steak were going to cost with my husband buying them. Oh, well, too late now. He got a great deal, though! Rib eye steaks marked down from $12.49/lb. to $5.99/lb! And these weren’t marked down because their expiration dates were coming up, they were just on sale.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

  58. I am going to stock up on some super-cheap yogurt with the $1/1 coupons and mega event bonus!

  59. I got great deals this week! I got a package of huggies wipes for 59 cents, a box of gerber fruit twists for 39 cents! All with coupons!

    LOVE kroger!

  60. Thanks for a great giveaway and love ur tips:) annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

  61. A great deal I got at Kroger recently (i think it was the week before last) was $2.50 for Nature’s Paths toaster pastries:) annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

  62. I voted for you:) I’m anne dall on fb.

  63. I love Kroger!!! Chex mix is $1.25 this week and I had 8 $1 coupons!

  64. “I love Kroger and this is such a great sale to stock up

  65. I bought a 24 count box of kellogs panckes for free plus 12 cents back after sale and coupon

  66. I love Krogers and would love to win. Thank you 🙂

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