Love is in the air, and the ads this week definitely seem to share a common theme of red fruit, flowers, and chocolate (what fun!). The deals are perhaps a bit sparse in other areas, but you’ll spot a few good pantry staples here and there. And isn’t chocolate a pantry staple really? I can’t be the only mom who keeps a bar hidden in the bookshelf to furtively devour during naptime on extra-long days. Hypothetically. Um… let’s dive in, shall we?
- Green Bell Peppers. 2 for $1.
- Broccoli Crowns. 1 pound for $0.99.
- Russet Potatoes. $2.99 for 8 lbs isn’t bad, and they pair well with other sale ingredients this week if you want to cook them with a roast or make mashed potatoes.
- Kroger Butter. $2.50/lb, and if you check your Kroger digital coupons, you may have some additional savings (I have a couple $0.40-off Kroger Butter “Best Customer Bonus” coupons right now, but “Best Customer” coupons seem to be customized to your particular buying habits… if you’ve ever bought butter, it’s worth checking, haha). I like to keep a few boxes in my freezer for making pie crusts.
- Almond Breeze Almond Milk. On sale for $2.50 per half-gallon, but clip the Kroger digital coupon for $0.50-off to get them for $2.00 each (you can use the coupon up to 5 times on one trip, if you really have room in your fridge for 5 cartons of almond milk). 😉
- Ground Turkey. For $2.99, one pound can be the start of a nice chili (this recipe for Sweet Potato Turkey Chili looks amazing).
- Angus Boneless Chuck Roast. $2.99/lb is a decent price if you want to splurge and make a nice roast one day of the week.
- WEEKEND SALE BONUS: February 10-12, you can buy yellow peaches or nectarines for $0.99/lb, or a 12-16oz package of Smithfield bacon for $2.88.
- FREE FRIDAY COUPON: Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch Caramel Bar (1.4 oz). Every Friday Kroger puts up an ecoupon for a free item – you MUST log in and clip the coupon on Friday, but you can then redeem the coupon anytime during the next two weeks. I often forget to visit Kroger’s website and load the deal to my rewards card if I’m having a busy Friday, so I’ll post the coupon link here each week as a friendly reminder. You can click the image below to load it to your card. 🙂
Sprouts Farmer’s Market
- Green Seedless Grapes. Bucking the red fruit trend, Sprouts is getting a little crazy with green grapes for $0.98/lb.
- Red Delicious Apples. Ah, here we go, back to red. Crisp, crunchy, and this week you can buy 2 pounds for $1.
- Tropical Red Mangoes. Two mangoes for $1. Perfect for pretending you are somewhere much more tropical when you wake up and it’s only 24 degrees outside.
- Raw Almonds. $4.99/lb is a great price, if you like to keep them on hand for snacks, recipes, or have always wanted to try your hand at making almond butter (I’m tempted… and look, it’s more economical!). And of course, they pair well with chocolate. ;D
- Chocolate. As promised! ;D Chocolove (3.1-3.2oz), Divine (3.5oz), and Endangered Species (3 oz) chocolate bars are all on sale – 2 for $3. YUM. I love the Chocolove varieties, but this week I bought an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Forest Mint bar because (1) it sounded amazing, and (2) Will hates mint but he’s on a diet so I won’t feel bad about not sharing. I’M SO EXCITED (is it naptime yet?). ;D
- Thompson Seedless Raisins (Bulk). $1.99/lb. Great for topping oatmeal (economical breakfast of champions!), mixing into salads, feeding toddlers, making granola, or disappointing people who prefer chocolate chip cookies.
- White or Brown Rice (Bulk). Rice is definitely your friend if you’re trying to stretch your proteins a little farther (think curries, stir-frys, stews, rice and beans, etc.), and this week it’s only $0.69/lb. And nothing says romantic like beans and rice… ;D
☆ SPROUTS BONUS COUPONING ROUND ☆
- Dried Figs, Dates, or Apricots (Bulk Foods brand): Not an essential, but a nice treat if you’re a fan of dried fruit. You can download the Sprouts app onto your phone (highly recommended if this is one of your go-to grocery stores) and clip a $2-off coupon to scan at checkout and snag a 12 oz bag for $3.
- Good Earth Tea: Currently on sale this month for $3 a box, but you can then scan it with the ibotta app and get a rebate of $1.25 (make sure you scan it before the offer expires on 2/20). That’s 18 high-quality cups of tea for $1.75! I highly recommend the Pomegranate Burst variety. It’s amazing.
- Carrots: They’re not on sale, but the regular price is a very affordable $0.79 for a 1 pound bag, which you can then combine with a $0.25 Any Brand Carrots rebate on ibotta (expires 2/13, so use it before Sunday), bringing the total to only $0.54! 🙂
As a side note, if you don’t have the ibotta app installed on your phone already, click here to sign up and save some major dollars! I’ll wait. 🙂 Ibotta is a free app that allows you to quickly and easily earn rebates on lots of common grocery and household items you already purchase – you can then redeem your rebates as gift cards or deposit the money directly into your bank account via Paypal or Venmo. I recommend the latter… you can always buy a giftcard if you need to, but the goal is to put that money back in your budget so you can save for other things, right? A house downpayment, in our case. 🙂 The rebates may seem small, but they really add up, especially if you can manage to complete some of the bonuses that periodically appear – last year I earned $180 in rebates! If you use the link above or enter my referral code sbvnikc when you sign up, you’ll receive a $10 welcome bonus to get you started – whoo hoo! 😀
- Red Grapes. For $1.99 you can buy a 2lb bag.
- Mandarins. $2.49 for a 3lb bag. Not the most outstanding deal ever, but a decent price if you’re in the mood for something bright, refreshing, and full of sunshine. 🙂 I’m always thankful that citrus is most plentiful in the winter when we need it most! These make a fun, healthy snack, or you can make some Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices.
- Strawberries. You can pick up a pound for $1.49 (you can also buy them at Sprouts for the same price).
- Choceur Chocolate Bars. A 5.29 oz bar is $1.69, if you want to pair it with strawberries for a very affordable Valentine treat. 🙂
- Flowers. I’m not sure what Aldi’s flowers are like, but this week you can buy a small bouquet of tulips for $2.99, or roses and mixed bouquets for $3.99, starting February 12. The houseplants I’ve purchased at Aldi have been very healthy and long-lived, so you might want to check these out. They’re marketed for Valentine’s Day of course, but I love having fresh flowers on the table, especially in the winter when you need something bright and cheery to remind you that spring isn’t so very far off. 🙂
- Singer Simple Sewing Machine Model 3232. Randomly, if you’re in the market for a basic sewing machine, you can buy one at Aldi this week for $79.99 (about $30 cheaper than the one on Amazon, which was the next best deal I could find for this model). Who knew? ;D
I don’t recommend Food Lion as your Grocery Shopping Headquarters because Kroger generally has better prices overall, but if you shop here regularly or it’s not out of your way, this week they have two MVP sales that are worth mentioning:
- Boneless Pork Loin. $1.59/lb isn’t the very best price I’ve ever seen, but it’s quite close (occasionally you can buy it 10 cents cheaper per pound at Kroger).
- Sweet Potatoes. At $0.69/lb, this is the best price I’ve seen since Thanksgiving. I love sweet potatoes, so we’ll definitely be buying a few pounds. 🙂
- Silk Almond/Cashew/Coconut/Soy Milk. If you have room in your fridge to buy 3 half-gallons (it’s a buy 2, get 1 free sale), they’ll be $2 each.
For everything else… there’s Kroger, Sprouts, and Aldi. (Sorry, Food Lion).
Recommendation: Skip It. If you’re trying to save money, you probably don’t want to shop here. I didn’t see anything in their ad that you couldn’t buy cheaper somewhere else. Shopping at Publix might be a pleasure, but not for your wallet.
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As I mentioned before, this is obviously not a comprehensive shopping list, but if you can work any of these items into your meal planning this week, you’ll have a head start on saving some money on groceries. 🙂 Based on the ingredients above, here are a few ideas you might consider:
- Stir Fry or Curry (use the broccoli & bell peppers with a meat of your choice and serve over rice).
- Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
- Slow-cooker Pork Loin with Apples, Onions, and Sweet Potatoes
- Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes
- Pot Roast with Carrots, Potatoes, and Onions
- …And of course, plenty of chocolate, almonds, and fruit for Valentine snacks 🙂
I’ll may post my own meal plan for the upcoming week on Monday, but if you feel stumped, Pinterest is a great resource – just type in an ingredient or two and the word “recipe” and see what comes up. 🙂 If you want to just browse for something that catches your eye, you can find a bunch of my favorite recipes here.
Please Note: All sales mentioned in this post are current for the Nashville, TN area, and the pricing I list will probably be far more consistent with your local stores if you live in the southeastern United States. Produce, in particular, can be priced very differently depending on the part of the country you call home. If in doubt, check your local sales flyer online. This list is by no means comprehensive, but hopefully these suggestions will make shopping on a budget less overwhelming and time-consuming if you live in Nashville or Middle Tennessee, and even if you live further afield I hope this concept provides some budget shopping inspiration and helps you get started. 🙂