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Friday Finals 3/23

on 3.23.2012 at 5:20pm

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This week was a Kroger week for us.  It was also a small grocery heart break week.  I came home from a home school conference Saturday night to find my stand alone freezer door open and everything inside thawed.  It looked like it hadn’t been closed all the way, but was just enough that it couldn’t keep anything cold.  Three garbage bags later I said goodbye to my freezer stockpile of vegetables from the farmers market, meat, pizza and more.  I don’t even want to think of the retail value of everything.

At Kroger I grabbed the essentials for the week plus I splurged and got hashbrowns and sausage to make a breakfast casserole.  My girls are content with cereal for breakfast but lately my husband and I have been wanting more protein so this held us all week for breakfast.  The sausage wasn’t much of splurge really at 99¢ after coupons and we went house brand for the hashbrowns since nothing was on sale.

Total Before Sales & Coupons: $141.03
Total Spent: $76.14
Total Saved: $64.89 or 46%

I also ran out for ice cream at Bi-Lo to do a review, but they sent me coupons for the ice cream to be free so we won’t count that.  At least they helped me not have an entirely empty freezer…

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.

    • Abjevans

      Oh Jenny, I’m so sorry and feel your pain.  We’ve all had grocery heartbreaks like that.  Hang in there!!!  I appreciate all you do for us who are trying to save a little money : )

    • Trisha

      So sorry that happened, Jenny.  I’m glad that you’re such an awesome shopper and will be back on your feet in no time! 

    • Lu

      Really sorry that happened to you.  Hope you all have a better weekend this week!   (:

    • Jkk1110

      I know this is a little after the fact…. but maybe it’ll hep future heart breaks. My sister has twins that were bad about leaving the fridge/freezer open so she found these beepers that once it’s been open for more than 45 seconds it beeps till you shut it. It’s kind of loud but she hasn’t had to to a total re-haul on her fridge in a year. :) HTH Good luck with replenishment of your freezer!!

      • Jkk1110

        If you cannot find this then a window or door alarm that you can turn on/off when you open the fridge but back on when you close it. 

    • Jane

      Have heard you can claim that as a loss on your homeowners insurance.

    • Singer

      I think we did that to my mom a few times growing up…bwahaha. Yuck!

    • Amelia_m_bell

      I’m so sorry Jenny.  It’s not just the money, it’s also all the time and hard work you put into getting so many items at great prices.  I hope you are handling it better than I would!  :(

    • Erindurkee

      Bless your heart! I am so sorry that happened. A similar thing happened to us last year when our power went out for several days and we lost pretty much everything in the fridge and freezer. I think I cried. Thankfully things are just things and are of no eternal value. But I know it’s not fun to lose all that food. :( (((HUGS)))

    • Jennifer

      I know how you feel.  We went on a three week trip and came back to discover that in our zeal to unplug unused electrical devices before we left, the freezer had been unlugged.  It was sad to say goodbye to several turkeys and about 20 lbs. of free Kraft cheese!  I try to triple wrap my items now, so if another disaster occurs, I don’t have meat juices filling up my freezer.

    • Amy Lauren

      I did really great at Harris Teeter, spending less than $8 and leaving with over $50 worth of groceries. Really sorry to hear about your freezer though, I would freak if ours went because we have a ton of meats and veggies in it. But, I guess if you have to fill it up with something, ice cream is definitely a great option… especially when it’s FREE! 

    • CatBlue

      I hate it about your freezer – the bright side is that you can replace it.

    • atlantashopper

      OH NO! Hope that wasn’t your Zaycon freezer! I worry about losing power every time I put a load of meat in. I think the only thing that would get me through would be the chance to refill it in a more organized manner:-D.

      • That is the one thing I hoping for too.  This time I will make it more organized and easier to find things!  I didn’t lose all of our zaycon meat just a little bit of chicken.

    • darbe

      boo that stinks about your freezer. I just wanted to brag about my trip today-i spent $114 and after coupons was $25, so proud of myself!!!!

    • Kylie

      When my son was 2 he was always messing with the freezer door so we had to keep ours locked because I was scared it would get left open or that he would actually crawl in it

    • Anonymous_Tipster

      Oh, honey, that’s horrible. This may qualify as a catastrophic event and covered under homeowner’s insurance.

    • Bblynbolton

      Jenny, sorry for your loss.  We had that happened last year b/c of lightening. Keep your chin up and thanks for all your hard work!

    • Oh Jenny!  I am so sorry to hear that!  My husband makes fun of me but I triple check the freezer and fridge/freezer twice before I walk out of the house (and our fridge beeps when it’s left open!).  I left my freezer open once, just the small one, and lost a few pounds of chicken and some frozen lunches and it scarred me!  Good luck refilling!  Let us know all the great deals you get along the way! 

    • I’m so sorry to hear of the freeazer mishap.  I have had it happen before and it is definitely heart breaking.  

    • Karmabottle

      Well, my favorite deals this week were the .64 Lance crackerfuls at Publix; I bought five boxes between two different stores as not to clear their small shelf allotment. I bought an item I don’t usually get— Coke Zero at CVS. 12 packs were selling for 3/$9. I bought five, paid for them with $ 10 ECB plus five bucks out of pocket, but promptly got the five back in ECB at the register. Net: 0.

    • Mdthomason5

      I had my freezer door left open a couple of times too. We used to buy beef by the side and I couldn’t afford to lose that. So I invested in a freezer alarm for less than $15 and it works pretty good. It goes off sometimes when the freezer is in defrost mode, but that is a small annoyance to save hundreds of $$ in frozen foods! I bought mine off amazon – copy this link to see it
       Whirlpool 8171458 Freezer Alarm

    • Mslonas

      got free laundry det at Kmart!!!!!!!!!! on the arm/hammer 50-load “gelpacs”, there is a “try me free” rebate for up to $9.99….it was 9.99 this week!! Also- ALL detergent was 0.97cents/ea after the $1 Q doubled!!!

    • LCook530

      Jenny, so sorry about the freezer mishap!  I work at a daycare and as you can imagine our freezer and refrigerator are always overflowing.  We have command hooks on the side of the fridge/freezer, positioned horizontally with the bottom part of the hook facing us.  Then we have very small bungee cords that we wrap around the hook, through and around the fridge/freezer handle and then hooked together.  It takes a few times to remember to hook it, but now it’s second nature to all of us.  It’s a simple and cheap ‘insurance policy’ so to speak.

    • LCook530

      Oh, as for savings this week, we saved 57% at Kroger last night.  Getting over $100 worth of groceries for about $45ish.