Meet Kendra

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So, this is LONG overdue. I have mentioned my “helper” a few times on the blog, but I wanted to actually introduce you to her because she is a HUGE part of the Kroger Krazy you know and love today.

Let’s be honest, the amount of work that running a blog like Kroger Krazy is literal insanity. I’m not saying that to boast, receive kudos or even sympathy…it’s just the truth. I’ve been doing this for 4 1/2 years and for the first couple of years I did it all on my own. I never slept. Those of you who know me or have been reading for awhile know that I LOVE my blog…it is my 2nd child and it’s my business. I rarely put my computer down. However, my blog has grown substantially and while the amount of daily posts we grind out everyday has not changed, the back end administrative workload has increased considerably. If I had to do this all on my own, I would be a crazy (crazier?) person.

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I found Kendra when I advertised for help on my blog last year. She didn’t actually apply for the job, but she had been taking pictures for me just to “help out”. We had been emailing back and forth a lot and just clicked. Like immediate friends, to the point that we now insist we were separated at birth. I had a lot of other great applicants, but none that fit the position perfectly. I wanted Kendra. The problem was, she already had a job. And a fantastic one at that. She is a Title 1 teacher with an impressive list of credentials. She loves her job and I couldn’t ask her to give that up. Well, because she is so awesome, Kendra decided she could do both (with a lot of pressure and coaxing from me!). We are now coming up on our 1-year blogaversary and I can’t imagine my life without her.

She is kind, giving, honest, HILARIOUS and many many more adjectives that I could never have time to list. She is one of those people you meet and just want to thank her momma! (so, thank you Virginia!)

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She is the most amazing VA (virtual assistant for my non-blog lingo speaking friends) who every single day goes over and beyond. I ask a lot of her and she works it out like a rockstar.

She is a SMARTY! She is my brain.

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Kendra is always Team Katie and Team Kroger Krazy. She is loyal. I could not ask for more.

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One of my favorite expressions is “Hustle your face off!” Kendra takes this to a new level. She is the one who runs out to Kroger at 10 pm because a new coupon pops up that she just HAS to match up. In fact, she is at Kroger SEVERAL times a day scouting out deals for us.

She is the one who tests deals (like Catalinas) to make sure they are legit.

She gives me credibility.

She is invaluable.

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Thank you Kendra for taking AWESOME to a new level. Thank you for helping to make Kroger Krazy what it is today. You are a dream. One that I hope continues for a long long time.

And as I always tease her… Don’t EVER leave me.





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Sale Cycle Change for Columbus/Great Lakes Kroger Region (April 2nd)

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Attention Columbus/Great Lakes Kroger region-ers! In case you didn’t notice the announcement in the weeky Kroger ad, I wanted to make sure that everyone is aware that beginning April 2nd, the Columbus Division that currently runs Mon-Sun will now be on a Wed-Tue cycle.

From Kroger:

“We believe it will allow customers to better plan their weekend shopping trips, as they will have a “heads up” on specials. All customers will still receive ads the same way they did before, and the same day as they have in the past, they simply won’t be effective until Wednesday. With this change, customers can plan ahead for their weekend trip to the store, or shop early (Wed-Fri) to take advantage of that weeks’ sales. Either way, it’s still 7 days of savings. This change also allows our stores to make sure they have the items our customers want when they are shopping. In the past, Sundays were the last day of the ad cycle, and our stores had to prepare to change displays and tags for Monday’s new sales. With Sunday being one of the busiest shopping days of the week, it didn’t make sense to keep it as the last day in the ad cycle. Many of the divisions across the company are making this change.”

What does this mean for Kroger Krazy? Well, for one…certain posts like the Weekly Ad Matchup and Must-Do deals will be published on new days.

At the moment, both Cincinnati and Michigan Kroger regions still operate on a Mon-Sun sale cycle but are rumored to change this sometime in May. I have not heard anything about Fred Meyer (which runs Sun-Sat), Jay-C Foods (which runs Thu-Wed) or the Central region (which runs Thu-Wed). Hopefully these regions follow suit in the near future, as that will make things much easier when trying to figure out if the deals I post are current for you or not.

Kroger Family of Stores

:: Kroger Regions

Southwest (Texas, Louisiana)
ad runs Wed-Tue

Delta (Memphis, Arkansas, Mississippi, western Kentucky and southern Missouri)
ad runs Wed-Tue

Atlanta (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and parts of Tennessee)
ad runs Wed-Tue

Mid-Atlantic (North Carolina, Virginia, most of West Virginia, and tiny adjacent slivers of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio)
ad runs Wed-Tue

Central (Indiana and Illinois, as well as a few stray stores in Missouri, Michigan and Ohio)
ad runs Thu-Wed

Mid-South (aka: Louisville) (Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Southern Illionois)
ad runs Wed-Tue

Michigan
ad runs Wed-Tues

Cincinnati
ad runs Wed-Tues

Columbus/Great Lakes
ad runs Wed-Tues

Not sure what Kroger region you are in?
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:: Kroger Affiliate Stores

Ralph’s  (California)
ad runs Wed through Tue

King Soopers (Colorado)
ad runs Wed through Tue

Fry’s Food  (Arizona)
ad runs Wed thru Tue

City Market (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)
ad runs Wed through Tue

Dillons & Gerbes  (Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska)
ad runs Wed through Tue

Baker’s (Iowa, Nebraska)
ad runs Wed through Tue

Smith’s Food and Drug (Arizona, Idaho)
ad runs Wed through Tue

QFC (Quality Food Centers) (Oregon, Washington)
ad runs Wed through Tue

Jay-C Foods (Indiana)
ad runs Thu through Wed

Fred Meyer (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska)
ad runs Sun through Sat

Food 4 Less (California, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Nevada)
Operates in some areas as Food Co. 
ad runs Wed through Tue




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Heluva Good Dips ONLY $0.24 at Kroger!

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We have a fabulous deal on Heluva Good Dips with the Kroger Mega Event…as low as $0.24 depending on what coupon value you received! FREE for high doublers!

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Betty Crocker BOLD Helpers

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Have you seen the new BOLD Helper on your Kroger shelves yet?  Be on the lookout for the cool black packaging, exclusive to Kroger! If you like bold flavors with just enough spicy kick, you’ll want to give these a try! They have 3 new flavors: Spicy Chipotle Chicken Enchilada, Firehouse Chili Macaroni & Crispy Buffalo Chicken. I love spicy, so I was excited to try them out!

Here’s a fun fact: These new BOLD products were developed by Kroger shoppers who shared that they add a lot of things to their Helper to make it taste bolder. Are you known to do that as well? I know we always have hot sauce or jalapenos on hand to spice things up, but these bold flavors replace the need to add hot sauce or other condiments to kick up the flavor!

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Bold Helper is a great way to answer the dreaded “what’s for dinner?” question, and requires very little time or effort. It’s also a great way to make a small amount of meat go a long way! For the Firehouse Chili Macaroni Bold Helper I decided to try it with just a half pound of ground beef and had enough to feed my family, plus leftovers for my lunch tomorrow! I could eat macaroni every day (but probably shouldn’t), and this meal did not disappoint and had just the right amount of spicy.

The Crispy Buffalo Chicken was amazing! A total party in my mouth! It tastes just like buffalo chicken wings with that smoky goodness, without the deep frying. I used chicken strips, cut them in half (although you could probably even skip that step if they’re small enough) and pan fried them in a little oil and butter mixture. The package comes with a pasta salad mix as well, but I saved that for next time and just ate them dipped in a little blue cheese dressing. Delicious!

I’m saving the Spicy Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Bold Helper for later, but my friend Rene tells me that it is the best Helper she has ever had, so I may be making that sooner than later.

Next time your family wants to know “what’s for dinner”, don’t stress – think BOLD Helper! It’s super easy to prepare and doesn’t dirty up a ton of dishes in the process. I hadn’t made Helper in a long time, and was totally thinking I had to boil the pasta separately. Nope! It all goes in just ONE pan, so that made me very happy. Dinner AND cleanup done in no time flat!

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These are currently full price at Kroger, but a great deal after this fantastic new Kroger Digital coupon available to load!

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This is a sponsored post. This sale information has been provided by General Mills. All opinions remain my own.




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Coupons You Never See…But Should Totally Exist!

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Ok, one of my readers decided to write up and send me ideas for “coupons you never see” and I laughed so hard I just had to share.  Some of these are actually great ideas that I think we should pitch to brands. :D

  • “Free Milk with Purchase of Lactose Intolerant Cookbook”
  • “Buy Any Combination of Coffee, Merlot and Oreos and Get Free Tube of Tooth Whitener”
  • “Buy Two Vegan Frozen Entrees, Get Free Pound of Ground Veal”
  • “Buy Ten Cans of Hormel Chili, Get Free Four-Pack of Generic Toilet Paper”
  • “Free Rash Cream with Any Purchase of Generic Toilet Paper”
  • “Buy Any Rogaine Product Get Free Shampoo For Life”
  • “Free Ipecac with any Purchase of Expired Sushi”
  • “Free Renuzit with Purchase of Fresh Asparagus and Cauliflower”
  • “Free Extra-Terrestrial with Purchase of Reese’s Pieces”
  • “Buy Chef Knife and 10 Boxes of Plasic Wrap Get Free Season 7 of Dexter
  • “Buy Great Value Condoms Get Free Pregnancy Test….Get Free Pregnancy Test Get 20 Free Cans of Gerber Food…Get Free Gerber Food Get Free Package of Diapers….Get Free Diapers BUY Glade Industrial Strength”

(thanks Korey…that was fun!)

If you’re interested in reading more from Korey, check out his book Ghostwriter.




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Simple Truth Kroger Natural and Organic Brands

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Have you tried Kroger’s All Natural and Organic Simple Truth Brands yet? I have been trying to eat more organic and natural foods for a few years now and must say that the Simple Truth brand has really made it easier on the pocketbook without sacrificing quality.

If you are interested in learning more about Simple Truth, my buddy Jordan over at Growing Up Natural explains everything:

Simple Truth is a Kroger exclusive store brand that claims to be their healthiest line of products yet. Under the umbrella of Simple Truth you’ll find items like fresh produce, meat, snacks, dairy, beverages and so much more! But the question still remains. Is it all good for you? The packaging claims to be free of 101 artificial preservatives and ingredients (that “their customers” told them they didn’t want in their foods) but here are some further details you might like to know…

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:: Simple Truth NATURAL

According to Simple Truth, these natural products meet or exceed federal standards for natural food because they:

  • Are minimally processed
  • Contain no artificial ingredients
  • Are fed a 100% vegetarian diet
  • Contain no antibiotics, ever
  • Contain no added hormones*

Federal regulations do not permit the use of hormones in chicken.

But what does natural mean?

The term “natural” applies broadly to foods that are minimally processed and free of:

  • synthetic preservatives
  • hydrogenated oils
  • stabilizers
  • emulsifiers
  • artificial sweeteners
  • most artificial colors
  • artificial flavors
  • artificial additives

It’s important to note that the term “natural” is NOT regulated (except for meat and poultry). However, the Kroger policy has “remained the same as the FDA’s policy on natural foods since 1993.”

So what are the benefits to the natural line of products?

Simple Truth states that they do not use any type of added growth hormones or antibiotics. Additionally, they do not feed their livestock any animal by-products. Instead, the animals are fed a 100% vegetarian diet which “lends to the extraordinary flavor of our natural pork, beef and eggs.” Basically they’re saying these products just consistently taste better than non-natural equivalents.

But because the non-livestock products (ex. chips, salsa, etc.) are not monitored, you are simply given the free of 101 artificial preservatives and ingredients list. Nothing is said about genetically modified organisms (GMO) or how the ingredients are sourced.

While the natural line is still significantly better than some of the other options out there, be sure to always check labels yourself and stick to your gut about which items you purchase! Do not trust what product packaging is advertising alone because looks can be extremely deceiving (see here for a great list of the top 10 highly processed foods to avoid and here for an A to Z list of some seriously evil ingredients).

:: Simple Truth ORGANIC

Certified organic products are different from “natural” ones because they ARE monitored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

What does certified organic mean?

  • These products must be produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, genetic engineering, sewage sludge or irradiation.
  • Organic foods are free from artificial preservatives.
  • National organic standards require that organic growers and handlers be certified by third-party agencies, state or private, or other organizations that are accredited by the USDA.

Different foods have to meet different standards in order to be certified as organic. For example, irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides and genetically modified organisms may not be used in organic crops. In order for livestock to be certified organic, producers must meet animal health and welfare standards, may not use antibiotics or growth hormones, must use 100% organic feed, and must provide animals with access to the outdoors. Lastly, in order for multi-ingredient foods to be labeled with the organic seal they must contain 95% organic content (see more about labeling organics here).

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So what are the benefits to the organic line of products?

Certified organic products have strict guidelines in place in order to provide consumers with a clear purchasing choice. The term natural can be loosely applied to just about anything however, organic cannot. When buying Simple Truth items with the organic seal, you know you are consuming products that hold true to your values.
Simple Truth Organic products are often priced lower than name-brand similar items which is a nice perk for the budget minded. Always make sure to price compare while shopping! Between sales and coupons, it pays to be aware of your store brand vs. mainstream options.

This article was written as a guest post by Jordan Candido, a financial expert on all things organic, natural and allergen friendly. To learn more about how to beat the myth that living healthier is too expensive, visit GrowingUpNatural.com.

Sources: Simple Truth100 Days of Real FoodNatural NewsThe National Organic Program




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Marzetti Newsletter: Recipes, Tips and more (coupons?)!

One of the best ways to get your hands on some great coupons is to sign up for newsletters. Here’s one from Marzetti’s that I just signed up for.

Sign up for Marzetti’s free email newsletter and receive access to their best recipes, tips and more (hopefully coupons!) sent to you each month.

 




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Upcoming Classico Pasta Sauce Kroger Catalina

Classico Pasta Sauce Kroger Catalina

Ok, up next we have a new Classico Catalina starting next week at Kroger!

10/7 – 11/3 | Classico Pasta Sauces (15 oz+)
Buy (3) = $2.00 OYNO
Buy (4) = $3.00 OYNO

We have a couple of coupons available for these that you’ll want to get ready. I will update with a deal scenario next week.

$1/3 Classico Product printable
$1/3 Classico Product from 09/08 SS (exp 10/19)




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Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes Coupon + Kroger Deals!

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YAY! The Muir Glen coupon has made a return! Use it on ANY of these organic tomato products…which just happen to be on sale at Kroger right now!

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Prices range from $1.09 to $2.00 at my store, but some of you may see these as low as $0.99 so let us know!

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Muir Glen Tomato Paste (6 oz) – $1.09 (thru 10/15)
Use $0.50/1 Muir Glen Product printable - zip 03303
Final cost is $0.59
= $0.09 if doubled!




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