### Saving Money at the Grocery Store (Plus, a Chance to Win a \$25 Kroger Gift Card)

Awhile ago, the Wall Street Journal featured an article about using coupons—advocating it as a serious (and worthwhile) way to save. And the argument was based solely on numbers:

The writer found that the average saving per coupon is \$1.44. (Personally I’ve seen very few coupons for that much, but that’s what the research evidently says.) Assuming it takes you a minute to find and clip said coupon, you make \$1.44 per minute. Translated into an hourly wage, that’s \$86.40.

Okay, now you’ve got my attention.

“Very few of us ever do this kind of math, because we tend to treat low finance differently from high finance, and small sums differently from big ones,” the article states. “And the individual amounts of money may seem small, but they prove the old adage about tiny acorns and mighty oaks. Someone who saves \$25 a week will save \$100 a month, and \$1,200 a year. Over a lifetime that can easily grow to \$100,000 or more–even after accounting for inflation.” (Waste not, want not, right?!)

When my husband and I moved to Atlanta and our future financial stability was still unknown (as it was for many months), I started to dip my toes into this world of clipping coupons and shopping grocery sales as a way to save money in case we ever did find ourselves in a situation without income. (Fortunately, that never happened!)

I was impressed by the variety of coupons for high-quality products that could be found—ones for Seventh Generation cleaning supplies or Smart Balance butter, products we were already buying. So even though now that my husband has a stable job and I'm freelancing away, I still make it a point to use coupons and shop sales to get some of the products we would already be buying at significant discounts. Even if we only save \$10 a week, that's more than \$500 a year!

So how do I do it?

Personally, I don’t buy a weekly newspaper; instead, about once or twice a month, I’ll log onto websites where you can print out your own coupons from home. I especially like to use Swagbucks for printing my coupons, because you earn extra points for every coupon redeemed. If you want to learn more about using Swagbucks, you can read my article with more details here. If you're already using Swagbucks, you can find the Coupons section under the tab that says "Earn." You can also find print-at-home coupons at Coupons.com or Smartsource.com.

Then, usually at the beginning of each week, I'll log on to the websites for the stores I shop at most often and check out their weekly ads and make a note of any good sales I see for products we can use. And if I can use a coupon on top of an already good sale price, all the better.

One sale that's going on right now is at Kroger, where you can get a gallon of milk for free or a \$3 credit off your total when you purchase four participating General Mills products. The sale lasts through November 26, and you can find out more about it here. If you routinely buy cereal and milk, this can be a nice way to put a little dent into your grocery budget. Add in some coupons, and you're golden!

Plus, in celebration of their current sale, Kroger is giving away a \$25 gift card to one Life Blessons reader to use to really maximize their savings!

enter this giveaway

The giveaway will end at 11:59pm on Sunday, December 11. One winner (US addresses only, please) will be selected using Random.org from all valid entries. (Entries that do not follow the rules or cannot be verified will be disregarded.) The winner will be emailed and will have 24 hours to respond with their mailing address, and the sponsor will mail the gift card directly.

Disclosure: The Kroger gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

1. I'm couponing to save on groceries! email in profile.

2. I 'like' LB and K on FB! email in profile.

3. i do it with coupons

4. I use coupons and my store card to save on groceries.

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5. I like you both on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

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6. I clip coupons and use sales ads.

7. Like you, I shop the sales and try to match up with my coupons. I also print coupons from the web. But in addition to that I use SavingStar, Cellfire, and e-coupons loaded to my rewards card. I also look for ways to combine a store coupon with a manufacturer's coupons (yes, that IS allowed). I just wish Fred Meyer accepted double coupons. :(

8. I liked Kroger and Life Blessons! Cheri H.

10. I use coupons and shop for BOGOs.

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11. I match coupons with sales. I stock up when I can.
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12. I use coupons combined with the sale items.

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13. I save by using coupons and stocking up on sale items.

14. Like both on fb (Cynthia Conley)

15. Following both on twitter (clc408)

16. My mama is a big (though not extreme) couponer. I've learned a bit from her. I personally have coupons I print from Swagbucks and Eversave. I also look for sales on items while I'm in the stores and save that way. :)
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17. Like both on FB.
Kristin U.

18. I like buying certain products at Giant Eagle because they double coupons! If you have a coupon for 75 cents, well, that's \$1.50...definitely a great deal. :)

19. I shop on sales and use coupons to save
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20. "Like" both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook (
Jessie c.

22. I save on groceries by following sale blogs and using coupons. I also stock up on essentials when they are on sale and I have coupons.
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25. i save by coupons & watching sales

26. I liked both on facebook.

27. I combine sales and coupons.
Thanks for the chance.
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28. i clip coupons out of the newspaper for things that I'm going to buy anyways!

29. i save on groceries by buying as many items as i can on sale, and i try to use coupons when i can.
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30. I combine coupons with sales for extra savings.

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31. i save on groceries by buying store brands, carefully checking the sale flyers and making a weekly meal plan that I stick to

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33. I use a lot of coupons
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34. I too use coupons. Not as much as I should! WOW. But I've definitely become a number-cruncher when it comes to shopping.

Usually I just read the circulars every week, figure out where the best deals are and shop accordingly. Usually one of the 6+ stores I have to chose from has a 10 for 10 sale on stuff I need that week. That and I do a lot of shopping at the Dollar Tree =X

Haha and now I now wish that I still lived within 100 miles of a Kroger. That use to be my go-to store for just about everything when I lived down South.

35. I save on groceries at my local kroger generally by searching all of the aisles for coupons, collecting the coupons that I receive with my kroger's points. Another great way that I save money is by shopping at Aldi's or Trader Joe's (there are only certain items that are a really good deal there).

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36. I save by clipping and buying whats on sale!

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39. I use lots of coupons and buy only what's on sale.
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@dee7469

41. lots of coupons!!
Blogtacular contest! Thanks so much! Janna Johnson Jannajanna@hotmail.com
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42. I like to use coupons
thank you
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43. fb - beth s
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44. tatertot374 - tatertot374
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46. I use my Kroger Card, coupons on beauty and cleaning products, and buy in bulk to freeze on produce when on sale. Also try and buy as locally as possible during the summer months.

47. I save by coupons and watching the ads
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ValerieMabrey
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50. I save on groceries by shopping the sales fliers.

51. I "Like" Kroger and Life Blessons on fb. Faith S.

52. I save money by checking out the markdown section and trying to use coupons there! atlantagalknows at g mail dot com

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54. I like both on Facebook, elizaBeth s
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55. I save on groceries by buying mainly items on super good sales and stocking up on them then. I also save by growing a lot of fruit and veggies in my garden and putting up for the rest of the year

56. I like Life Blessons and Kroger on facebook (Sk Sweeps)

57. I save on groceries by using shopper cards, coupons, electronic coupons and combining them the weekly ads.

58. I like both of you on Facebook as Nancy H.

59. I am already following both of you on Twitter as njhhb.

60. Coupons and shopping the sale ads.
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61. I used lot of coupons paired with sale prices.

ksgillmore at yahoo dot com

62. I shop sales and coupons together every week to save big. I also write a list before I go and stick only to the list

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63. I "LIKE" both on fb (Nicole Larsen)

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65. I use my coupons and also do the "cost per unit" math--a lot of times the generics AREN'T less than the name brands!

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

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66. I coupon and use a weekly menu

67. I save by purchasing only what's on sale.

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68. I clip coupons and match them up with sales.
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69. like both on facebook Tara Huff
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71. I use coupons and I'm all about the leftovers!

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72. we don't shop hungry (always good), try and utilize coupons and savings, and don't buy too many "extras" like snacks, etc.

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73. I shop only produce that is on sale/in season. It saves a ton while I use coupons for the rest and stock up.
--Brandy
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74. Like you both on fb (lynn wilson)
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75. like you both on twitter (brandylwilson)
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76. coupons
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77. I try to look for deals and coupons on items I can live without!

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78. I like Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook!

Taylor S.

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80. I save on groceries by using manufacturer's coupons!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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81. I like Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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82. i save money by using my reward cards and coupon matchups.
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83. I save on groceries by using coupons.
austma7@aol.com.

84. I save by using coupons.. I use swagbucks but not for coupons.. I will have to now!

Is there an Aldi in your area? I am new to the store but am saving tons there and most of the food is better than brand names and they have tons of fresh fruit. I made a fruit salad for less than 10 dollars.

My email is Kaitlingallinger@gmail.com

85. coupons crystletellerday@yahoo.com

86. I save on groceries by buying whats on sale whether name brand or store brand. I also use coupons.
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87. I "like" both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook. FB name Jan Peoples
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89. I clip coupons and watch for sales.
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90. I use coupons and stock up when my store has a good sale
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91. I clip coupons and match them with sales!!

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92. I love using my coupons and finding the great sales going on each week.

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93. I plan my meals around whatever is on sale that week. I also use coupons.
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95. I like both on Facebook. (Marcia Goss)
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96. COUPONS! I get any coupons I can and always use at least three every trip. At least. lol I also read fliers looking for sales at any store in my area as well.

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97. I like you and Kroger on FB!

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98. Following you and Kroger on Twitter! (ShannonEgan2)

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99. I watch the sales and stock up on groceries when they go at their lowest price.

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100. I like both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook
Sasha L.

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@ThriftySassyMam

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102. I save money on groceries by using coupons with sale items.
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103. I save by using coupons and buying things on sale. I also like to check the clearance/manager special areas for deals.

104. I always use coupons and store cards to combine savings. Thanks!
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105. I use a mix of coupons and store sales

106. I use coupons match them up with sales. I avoid "extreme couponing"; I do not clear shelves, nor do I drive to Walgreens at 11:55pm on Saturday night to get free toothpaste.

runningmatey at hotmail dot com

107. I’m a twitter follower (LuckyDuckyToo) of both.

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108. I’m a FB fan (Mari Doug) of both.

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109. I use coupons most of the time to save on groceries. Love Kroger! Thanks for the chance! :)
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112. i use coupons and pay attention to sale ads
diane grubbs
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113. liked LIFE BLESSONS on fb
diane grubbs
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114. liked kroger on fb
diane grubbs
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115. following life blessons on twitter
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117. We live in a small town, about an hour from a Kroger. We actually save a lot of money by traveling there on the weekends. I plan ahead, and check out their ad and e-coupons online before I go. Their deals are so much better than our small-town grocer.

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Tammy J Mcnally

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(tnimmer)

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120. I save on groceries by using coupons and matching them up to store sales.

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121. I "Like" both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook
(T.h.Ransom)

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(@THRansom)

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123. I compare ads and combine sales with coupons to get the most out of our one-income budget

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124. "like" you on Kroger on FB
Kathy R

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125. following both you on Kroger on Twitter
LKARambo

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126. Use coupons and take advantage of sales when possible--

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127. Like you and Kroger on FB (Karin A-g)

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128. I always have a list and never go to the store when I'm hungry.
Thanks for the contest.

129. FB like both: Slehan

131. We save using coupons, loyalty cards and shopping sales. trinitygsd at yahoo dto com

132. use coupons and enter contest to win food items :)
thanks
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133. like u on fb Julie A Scott Laws
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134. I make out a list and match those items with items on sale and coupons I have

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135. Like both on fb Susan Smith

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137. I use coupons and stick with purchasing items that are on sale.

138. i use store circulars to find the best deal and coupons
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139. I use coupons whenever possible!

Kimberley Meier
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140. "Like" both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook- Kimberley Rose Meier

Kimberley Meier
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Kimberley Meier
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142. I save on groceries on by using coupons, buying sale items in bulk and always looking for good deals.
ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

143. To save- I never go shopping when I'm hungry, always have a list and tons of coupons. I only buy what's on the list.
Diane Baum
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144. I use coupons to save on groceries.

tiffany.hoyt@hotmail.com

145. I like both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook as Tiffany Hoyt.

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146. I follow both Life Blessons and Kroger on Twitter as HoytTiffany.

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147. I save on groceries by couponing!
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148. I save on groceries by combining coupons with sales, angelacisco79(at)yahoo(dot)com

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151. I save by scanning the sales of three different stores and shopping them each one day a week.

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152. I "Like" both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook

Debbie C

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153. I use coupons to save money on groceries

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154. I like Life Blessons and Kroger on FB - Robin Trexel

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156. definitely follow the sales & utilize coupons, both cutout and electronic; just wish my Kroger hadnt stopped doing double coupons. They do have good sales though

157. like you & kroger on fb, tamatha h.

158. following you and kroger on twitter, tamatha h.

159. I pay attention to the prices and stock up when they're on sale.

160. I like you both on FB. Julie M

162. I use both store coupons matched with deals and manufacture coupons.

lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

163. I like you BOTH on FB as Lyndsey Rullman.

lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

164. I save on groceries by using coupons and combining with sales.
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165. like both on fb--julie hawkins
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167. I save by reading the grocery store ads that come in my mailbox every week. I try to shop when things are on sale as opposed to when I NEED them. Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

168. I like you and Kroger on fb as Becca O.

169. I use coupons to save money on groceries. I liked both on fb-erma hurtt and i am followering on twitter-wwe11
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170. I like you and Kroger on twitter as sbshortie

171. I save on groceries by watching the sales ad and using double cps to help lower my grocery bill

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172. I use coupons and I scour the weekly ads.

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173. like both FB as kyhere h.

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174. like both twitter as ky2here1

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175. I save on groceries by getting the generic brands.

jessilikey AT gmail DOT com

176. I like both you and Kroger on Facebook. (Jessi Likey)

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178. I save on groceries by price matching at Walmart and using coupons

179. I use coupons and match my coupons to sales!
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180. "Like" both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook (ashleyHatten)
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181. I look through sale fliers to find the price and use coupons

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182. Liked both on FB (AngelaWinesburg)

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183. Following both via Twitter (@Hotsnotty2), Thanks!

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184. I save on groceries by clipping coupons and planning my list around the circular ads, especially items that are BOGO.

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185. I use coupons and check out sales.

itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

187. I follow both of you on FB.
Melissa P.

188. I save by buying in bulk and on sale.

stormraven at gmail dot com

189. We cut coupons and note items in the circular that are on sale and also on our grocery list.

msurosey@yahoo.com

190. I like you both on FB (Sarah Smile).

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191. I save by using coupons! Thanks!

coolnatty12 at yahoo dot com

coolnatty12 at yahoo dot com

193. I save by stockpiling and coupons.

194. I try to plan my meals around store sales.

195. I take advantage of sales and use coupons to save money. Thanks!
mandalarctic at gmail dot com

196. Following Blessons & Kroger on Twitter (@mandalarctic)
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197. "Like" both Life Blessons and Kroger on Facebook
dawn r
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198. I save by combining coupons and sales.

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199. I Follow both Life Blessons and Kroger on Twitter as smdrm.

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200. I take advantage of BOGO offers and also plan our week's meals around whatever is on sale.

Jamie

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