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A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to get a behind-the-scenes peek at Kroger’s new concept store Fresh Fare. It opened last week in Fort Worth, near the TCU campus. Fort Worth is a bit of a drive for me and I couldn’t make it to the tour, but I was curious to see what a Kroger Fresh Fare was like and planned to check it out the next time I was in Fort Worth. It was sooner than I expected, but I got the chance to visit the store on Saturday.
I won a free night at any Hyatt Hotel during an online giveaway Hyatt held last year. The room was set to expire on June 30, so we decided to spend a night in Fort Worth and introduce my daughter to the Stockyards. On the way back to Dallas, we stopped at the Kroger Fresh Fare store. Here’s a photo:
I was there for day four of their Grand Opening celebration. The store was full of employees handing out samples, offering balloons to the kids, welcoming us to the store, etc. We were impressed with the produce selection and picked up some chard, grapes, bananas and apples. I love that they offer 100 USDA-certified organic fruits and vegetables and lots of produce that is locally-grown. I wish the store was closer to Dallas so I could go more often!
I also picked up some Morton’s Natural Sea Salt because I realized I had been using a Morton’s Sea Salt with a caking agent in it — not a good thing when you’re doing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Since starting on this diet, I’m noticing just how much unnecessary junk is in the food we eat – even in foods that you think are simple, like salt. Unfortunately I didn’t realize there was a Morton’s Natural Sea Salt coupon in the 6/20 RP insert when I bought it, but I plan to buy some more before the coupon expires.
Back to Kroger…the Fort Worth Kroger Fresh Fare is the first in Texas, and Kroger hopes to eventually open more. To learn more about all the store offers, check out their press release.
If you live near the Kroger Fresh Fare, be sure to check this week’s ad (I couldn’t find it online – so head to the store to get a copy) because their produce is less expensive than what I listed on my produce price comparison chart. For example, red seedless grapes are $0.88/lb instead of $0.99/lb and peaches are $0.88/lb instead of $1.77/lb.
My blog re-design is finally live, but there are still several issues I need to fix and content that I need to add, so it will be a work-in-progress for a few more days.
The homepage should work. If it does not look right to you, please let me know what browser you are using.
Issues I am aware of:
1. IE browser – right column is halfway down the page
I am also going to tweak a few things to make it easier to read, but that’s after I work out the major kinks!
Now…on to the produce price comparison for this week!
On the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, we are buying LOTS of produce – mostly bananas, apples, pears, blueberries, zucchini, carrots, chard, and French-cut green beans at this stage. We go through dozens of bananas, apples, zucchini and carrots each week for homemade applesauce, banana pancakes, flourless muffins, banana cake, zucchini noodles, etc.
I price-checked produce at Sam’s Club this week to see if I could buy any of these items at a lower cost, but Sam’s was just as expensive or more expensive than the grocery stores! That is not always the case though. I am going to try to hit Sam’s and possibly Costco occasionally to see if buying in bulk will be cheaper. While I will not be covering the warehouse clubs’ prices regularly, I will post any deals I find there.
I am now trying to buy organic whenever possible. For example, I am only buying organic apples since I have read that apples are on the “dirty dozen” list of of produce where it makes the most sense to go organic. I figure if we’re going to do this diet to see if it helps my daughter’s health, then we might as well avoid eating those foods with higher concentrations of pesticide residues. I will include conventional and organic produce in the comparison chart so you can decide where to go based on your preferences. I will create three graphical icons to indicate if produce is:
but for now I just used symbols in the spreadsheet (the symbol meanings are in the footer of each page).
Please keep in mind that stores do not always list the size of the produce. For example, avocados are usually “small” or “large” but the ads don’t always specify. So it will be difficult to know for sure which store has the best price. Whenever possible, I will check on sizes in person and will update the chart.
And last but not least, this is a work-in-progress. This week, I am posting just a PDF download of the chart. In future weeks, I will pull out the best deals and post a summary with a link to the full download.
Please let me know what you like or dislike about this format. And if you stop by a store and find additional produce on sale that is not advertised, please let me know and I will update this list. I plan to do similar comparisons for meat/seafood, nuts and dairy soon.
Download the produce comparison chart for DFW-area stores (PDF format).
At 5PM Central on Friday (June 4), log into a special area on Cellfire.com to load a mystery coupon good for dollar(s) off your next shopping trip to Kroger (or a Kroger-owned store).
You must have a Cellfire account, and your Kroger card must be linked to your Cellfire.com account.
There will be a limited supply of these coupons, so set a reminder! In case you do miss it, Cellfire will be offering more mystery coupons over the next several weeks (worth up to $10!).
Go to Target.com’s site to print a coupon for $5.00 off 4 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal.
Note: If you have trouble with the link, go directly to Target.com, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the Grocery Coupons link and then sort by “groceries” in the left column of the printable coupon page. The coupon should be on the first 4 or 5 pages. I was only able to print one coupon.
I haven’t printed it yet, but read on DFW Couponcuties that the coupon is good at any store.
Kroger has a 50% off sale on Kellogg’s cereal this Saturday from 8 AM to 10 PM, so this coupon will get you some cheap cereal. Look for the Toy Story display (I found one by the dairy section) to get a free cereal bowl when you purchase a box of Kellogg’s cereal. The bowl designs included Toucan (Froot Loops), Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes) and Toy Story.
I also found $1.00/1 peelies on boxes of Froot Loops that are good on 5+ oz containers.
UPDATE: I tried this on Monday and it worked. I tried on Tuesday night and it didn’t, so it looks like the machines have been fixed.
Stock up on batteries at Kroger! This deal is hot especially since you can roll it (meaning use the $5 catalina on your next purchase of batteries).
Stephanie at Katy Couponers reports that the sale price for 4-packs of AA and AAA batteries and the 2-packs of C and D is $1.88, but the catalina machine is calculating them at the regular price of $3.39, so you will only need to purchase six packs to get the $5.00 catalina. Use the $0.75/1 Duracell coupon from the 11/1 PG insert.
The catalina deal is buy $10 worth of Duracell, get $2 catalina or buy $20 worth, get $5 catalina.
I don’t know if the catalina machine will be corrected and I haven’t tried this myself yet.
While you’re at Kroger, look for B1G1 Free coupon tearpads for Trident Layers gum (on a display at the front by the checkout area). Also look for Madre y Mujer coupon booklets. When I stopped in quickly yesterday, there was a woman near the dairy section handing out coupon booklets with these coupons that don’t expire until 12/31/10:
Huggies Diapers $1.00/1
Today is the last day for the Kroger mega sale (Texas/Louisiana). I waited until the last minute to take advantage of this, and will be heading out today to stock up on a few items.
I created this spreadsheet with the items I’m planning to buy. There are many other items on sale, but perhaps this can serve as a starting point if you haven’t been to Kroger yet or if you are thinking about making a last run. Since I won’t have time to post a photo with details, hopefully this will help someone who waited until the last minute like I did!
The Kroger Mega Sale continues this week, which is great news because I only had time to do two small transactions last week.
I went out late on Halloween night. Some people wearing creepy masks pulled up next to me, driving at my speed until I looked over. After that bizarre encounter, I decided it would be best to get home and I didn’t take any photos. I will attempt to do match-ups before the weekend and photos of any transactions I do. There are quite a few match-ups at Hotcouponworld.com if you haven’t gone there already.
The sale appears to be a repeat from a year ago when I stocked up on evaporated milk, butter, hot cocoa, turkey pepperoni and more for very little out of pocket.
I’ve had a lot going on lately, so I haven’t had a chance to blog. I will start back up again by this weekend.
I wanted to post something quickly about Omaha Steaks since their mailer arrived yesterday and I opened it today. I almost tossed it so I wanted to alert you to open yours if you get one.
I received a “we want you back – our holiday gift to you” gift card mailer for $20 off $20+ at Omaha Steaks. I don’t buy red meat very often, so it almost went in the recycle bin, but then I saw some small text about a gift card being enclosed.
I got a “gift card for you” for the Container Store recently and was excited until I saw I had to spend $100 first to get the additional gift card. So I thought the Omaha Steaks one might be similar. Nope! There are no conditions. Pretty nice!
Omaha Steaks also sells side dishes, desserts and even dog treats so even if you don’t eat meat, you can still get stuff there.
If you get one of these mailers, be sure to open it!
On a separate note, if you haven’t already heard the news….there’s a Kroger mega sale going on now! Head over to Katy Couponers for match-ups (Stephanie is the moderator for the Kroger forum on Hot Coupon World).
I haven’t had a chance to look at the deals other than reading bits and pieces about all the freebies you can get.
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