November 4, 2012

QFC (Kroger) – I saved more than $100+ from coupons, sales and produce markdowns

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I can’t believe the deals at QFC this week. I think we should all get very excited because there are some fantastic stock-up prices. I ended up spending $48 for everything pictured above – $10 of that is Manager markdown produce that should have cost me close to $50. I plan to make a run to the Food Bank this week or next and picked up extras for a donation. I saved $102 on my receipt, but I actually saved more than that because it doesn’t take into consideration regular price for the manager markdowns.

This Buy 5, save $2.50 sale continues through November 13, so we have lots of time to get these deals. If you want a lot of one thing, place a special order with your store. My local store, in Lacey Washington, has amazing stock (they always do for the sales)! If you see a printable coupon, though, I’d snag it while you can. You can print two from each computer.

Dozen eggs – FREE with store coupon from QFC mailer

Stove Top Stuffing – $0.79, part of buy 5 promo
$1/2 Stove Top Stuffing
Final Price = $0.29 each when you buy 2
plus look for tear pads for Buy 4, get one FREE!

Peppers – orange, yellow, green, red – Marked down by produce manager
3 to a bag for only $0.99!
Final price = $0.33 cents each!
*STOCK UP price, so I did. I’ll be freezing them for future fajita nights*

Stonyfield Brown Cow yogurt – $0.35 cents, manager markdown

Swanson’s Broth – $0.49, part of buy 5 promo
$0.40/5 Swanson, broth, cans 11/04/2012 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2012)
Final price = $0.41 each when you buy 5!

Cool Whip 8 oz – $0.99, part of buy 5 promo
$1/2 Cool Whip 
Final Price – $0.49 each when you buy

Boulder Canyon chips – $1.49
$1/1 Boulder Canyon chips
Final price = $0.49 cents
*Stock-up price. These are gluten-free!?!*

Lipton Onion Soup Mix – $1
Buy 2, get $1 off your next order as a catalina!
This is not part of Mix & Match sale. I was expecting a catalina for $0.75, so was surprised when one printed for $1

 Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows 8-10 oz – $0.79, part of buy 5 promo
$0.50/2 Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
Final Price = $0.54 each when you buy 2

Annie’s Mac & Cheese, all varieties – $0.69 cents each, part of buy 5 promo
*stock up price!*

Organic cherry tomatoes, 10 oz – $0.99, manager markdown (they are regularly $4.59!)

Bananas – $0.99, manager markdown because they are a little bruised.

Imagine organic broth – $1.99
I had $1.50/2 peelies left over from the sale LAST year (when I used insert coupons to pay for them, I keep the peelies for a later sale – a WHOLE year later. I knew this sale was coming!).
$0.55/1 Imagine, Soup, Stock, or Gravy
Final price = as low as $1.24

Tillamook cheddar, 2 pounds – $4.99, part of buy 5 promo

You can buy as many of the Mix & Match items as you’d like in one transaction – just keep them in increments of 5. All your discounts will come off at checkout!

Other deals that I spotted in-store, but didn’t buy:

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest pasta – $0.99, part of buy 5 promo
$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest printable coupon
Final price = $0.49 cents each
*stock up price*

Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk – $0.75, part of buy 5 promo
$0.50/2 Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk, cans, 12 oz 09/30/2012 RP Insert (exp 12/31/2012)
Final price = $0.50 cents each!
*great price!!*

Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice – $0.99, part of buy 5 promo
$1/2 Uncle Ben’s, White or Brown Rice 10/07/2012 SS Insert (exp 12/01/2012)
$1/4 Uncle Ben’s Rice product 09/09/2012 RP Insert (exp 11/10/2012)
B3G1 Uncle Ben’s Rice Cup WYB Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice product, up to $1.40 09/09/2012 RP Insert (exp 11/10/2012)
$1/3 Uncle Ben’s Products
$1/3 Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown Rice Product
Final price = as low as $0.49 cents

Mom’s Best Cereal – $1.29
$1.50/2 Mom’s Best Naturals Cereals
$1.50/3 Mom’s Best Naturals Cereals
$1.50/3 Mom’s Best Naturals Product
Final price = as low as $0.54 cents a box!
*stock up price!*

Manwich – $0.69 cents
*stock up price*

Quaker Rice Snacks – 
$0.99, part of buy 5 promo
Look for $0.55/2 peelies
Final price = $0.72 cents

Honest teas – $0.75, part of buy 5 promo

Pillsbury and Nestle refrigerated Halloween cookies – $1.25 (end cap near meat)
$1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
$0.50/1 Nestle Toll House Kit, cookie brownie delight or original chip cookie 10/28/2012 RP Insert (exp 01/31/2013)
Final price = as low as $0.75 cents each!

Jell-O Snacks – $1.29
$1/2 Jell-O Refrigerated Pudding or Gelatin Snacks, 4 pk
$1/2 Jell-O Refrigerated Snacks 10/21/2012 SS Insert (exp 11/18/2012)
Look for 1/2 blinkie coupons (see photo) for the dessert style ones
Final price = $0.79 cents

Ronzoni Smart Taste pasta – $0.99 cents, part of buy 5 promo

I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter – $1.99, part of buy 5 promo
$1/1 I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter (try zip code 33033)
Final price = $0.99 cents

Wholly products – $2
$1/2 Wholly Guacamole 10/21/2012 SS Insert (exp 11/11/2012)
$1/1 Wholly Guacamole 10/21/2012 SS Insert (exp 11/11/2012)
$1/1 Wholly Guacamole, Wholly Salsa or Wholly Queso
$1/1 Wholly Guacamole, Wholly Salsa or Wholly Queso Product
Final price = as low as $1
*stock up price!*

Skintimate or Edge shave gel – $1.99, part of buy 5 promo
$1.50/2 Skintimate Shave Gels or Cremes, excludes 2.75 oz. size
$1.50/2 Edge Shave Gels, excludes 2.75 oz. size
Final price = $1.24

Kraft salad dressing – $1.79, part of buy 5 promo
$1/2 Kraft Salad dressing
Final price = $1.29 each

Country Crock spread – $2
$0.55/1 Country Crock printable coupon (try zip 33033)
Final price = $1.45 each

Stayfree pad – $1.99, part of buy 5 promo
$0.50/1 Stayfree 10/28/2012 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2012)
$0.50/1 Stayfree Product
Final price = $1.49 each

Martinelli sparkling cider – $1.99
Look for $1/2 hang tags, I didn’t see at my store, but  heard from Julie who found them at her store
Final price = as low as $1.49 if you find the hang tags!

Franz donut packs – $1.50 (reg. $4.19), part of buy 5 promo
*if you stock up on donuts, LOL, this seems like a very good deal. Plus, I love that Franz is a NW company*

Marie Callender’s refrigerated single serve pies – $1.69, part of buy 5 promo

Simply Organic Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips 10 oz – 
$1.99 each
Seems like a great deal for organic chocolate chips, sale goes thru 11/27

Snapple 6 packs – $4.99

Marie Callender’s refrigerated pies – $5.49, part of buy 5 promo
Regular price is as much as $9.99 on some of these!

Starbucks K-Cups and coffee – $6.99
$3/2 Starbucks printable coupon
Final price = $5.49 each

p.s. Don’t give me any crap about buying Stove Top, Cool Whip, marshmallows or mac and cheese. I don’t feed my kids this everyday (which is obvious by my recipe posts) – so please do not leave nasty comments about food choices. I won’t judge you for yours and you shouldn’t judge others, either. I mean that in the nicest possible way.

So are you going to QFC?! I am so excited, this week is a super week to stock-up!

See a full list of QFC ad deals here.


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  1. Regarding the “buy 5, get $2.50 off” promo, is that an automatic price reduction or a Catalina? I’d like to get some of the Swanson’s broth and a turkey, but if I have to seperate out into sets of 5 for a catalina then I am not sure how that would work. 😛

    And I have to buy in sets of 5, right? Not 6 and expecting the same deal on the 6th item…

  2. Thank you!!! I especially LOVE your bit about not judging!! When people find out that I coupon…they immediately start with the …about unhealthy eating. But the jokes on them…I bought 3 bags of mini-marshmellows last month…after coupon and sale at a military grocery store they were about 60 cents for a 1 lb bag :0) Even more awesome…when it was time to volunteer to bring something to my daughter’s school party for halloween…her teacer asked me for minimarshmellows! I donated 2 bags!! By way, I also use my stuffing as bread crumbs or croutons for salads :0) Thanks again for sharing these great deals.

  3. We moved this summer to Illinois and I have to say, there are a lot of things I miss about Washington, but a big one is definitely the Lacey QFC. Great manager specials, great deals and most of all, great people!

  4. Thank you for your post. I went to QFC this morning and bought 30 items from this promotion and I got $3 cat from buying Jello-O. I got 4 Jello-O.

  5. We LOVED this deal! We are going back again today as we didn’t realize we didn’t have to do multiple trips to get the $.50 off for more than 5 items at a time! LOL!

  6. Ashley S. says:

    Im sad that you felt you had to defend your purchases. I think that you post wonderful healthy things all the time and things like chocolate chips and cool whip have so many uses and it is VERY obvious to me that you do NOT feed your children those types of things a lot. So thank you for posting these things and I hope that you will continue your wonderful posts, without getting persecuted.
    Ps I don’t have a Qfc close but these deals are so good I might have to go anyways!

    • Agreed! Everything in moderation – I love the meals you post very balanced and yes I have “goodies” in my pantry too.
      Thank you for all that you do Heather 🙂

    • I agree also. Everything in moderation and besides you have young kids. No matter how many healthy things I put on my 2 year olds plate. If I let him he would eat Mac and cheese, cool whip and hot dogs non stop. My doctor just reminds me his nutrition eventually balances out by the end of the month.

    • I don’t even eat Cool Whip but now I’m tempted to go buy it just to make someone crazy. But that’s how I roll
      ;-D…..OOOOHHH rolls…..maybe I will get some of those too. To go with the mac & cheese.
      I’m sincerely glad I am not in charge of what everyone eats. That’s more responsibility than I want to take on. Besides no matter what we do for our families, we will hear on Oprah in twenty years how we screwed it up.

  7. Marshmallows!! <3 that's it, i'm moving in with Heather, she has good food. haha awesome shopping trip and thanks for the heads up on all the awesome deals going on. Thanks Heather, and i LOVE manager's specials, they make my day. 😀

  8. Beth Johnson says:

    In my dreams “all varieties” of Annie’s Mac n Cheese includes the rice pasta ones. Can it be?

  9. My qfc ad doesn’t have the mac and cheese on sale. Is it not in the ad or is it just not my store?

    • Kathy – It’s not in my ad either, but a lot of these buy 5 promos I listed aren’t in the ad. You should be good! 🙂 Please let me know if you don’t find them on sale at your local QFC, but usually they are the same at all stores.

  10. Who would say anything bad about stove top! Its delicious! And just the right time to stock up for thanksgiving! Our family members “doctor” it up by putting other stuff in it. I don’t because I think its awesome all on its own! Pair with some green bean casserole and potatoes…mmm!

    • I just wish I could find the coupons without the Walmart logo. I love this stuff for so many uses. Great tasting breadcrumbs after a trip around the old food processor and so many other things.

      • Mary – the Walmart logo does not PRINT on the coupon. There is no mention of Walmart on the actual coupon, it’s only an add on the preview side of things. 🙂 Promise.

        • Thank you so much for letting me know that. I hated to waste the ink and not be able to use the coupon. I am off to see if it’s still available.

  11. Trina Newman says:

    Thanks Heather…my daughter also found some great manager’s mark downs this week! Wish we all could see your receipt from QFC!!!

  12. I was just there too, surprised I didn’t see you! But now I need to go back:)

  13. Heather J. says:

    I have a fantastic recipe for the marshmallows, cool whip and eggs! It’s called Frog Eye Salad! DELICIOUS!!!

  14. You freeze the peppers for later? Is there a receipe for this? Great idea!

    • I don’t think any recipe. Just rinse, pat dry, clean out insides, lay out cookie sheet, freeze, then throw into a freezer bag! They will work for things like fajitas, but I probably wouldn’t take them out and put them on a veggie tray, they won’t stay crunchy (I think).

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