Category: Gas & Groceries

July 15th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

harris teeter had a few ideas about what staffers would like to see in Richmond grocery stores, inspired by the recent news that Kroger is buying Harris Teeter.

Also, if you’ve ever wondered what those screens with the three yellow eggs above Kroger checkout lanes are about, you’ll be interested in this Times-Dispatch story.

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May 21st, 2013 by RichmondBargains

Saturday May 25 through Friday May 31, 2013 is Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday – During this seven-day period, purchases of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane preparedness will be exempt from sales tax. Exempt items include batteries, flashlights, smoke detectors, generators and bottled water. It’s a good reminder to make sure you have the emergency supplies you need on hand!

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April 29th, 2013 by RichmondBargains


Kroger Mid-Atlantic announced on Facebook yesterday that it would be discontinuing its double coupon program, effective May 12. (Currently it doubles the value of manufacturer’s coupons up to $.50 face value)

Statement from Kroger:

    In an effort to provide you with the most value for your dollar, we are updating our coupon policy and implementing a New Lower Prices program. Effective May 12, 2013, we are discontinuing our practice of doubling (up to 50 cents) manufacturer coupons in the Mid-Atlantic region. We will continue to accept manufacturer coupons and other coupons at face value, including: digital coupons, e-coupons, Catalina coupons and printables. We will also be investing additional resources into lowering prices for our customers on everyday items. We understand that this is a significant change. We hope that you come and see our new low prices – as well as the many other ways to save — for yourself.
    • Downloadable, clip-free coupons daily on
    • Special sales events such as Mega Event and Cart Busters
    • Fuel savings program that offers up to $1 off per gallon at Kroger Fuel Centers
    • 10¢ off per gallon gas savings opportunity at participating Shell stations
    • Loyal Customer Mailings containing customized coupons.
    • $4/$10 generic drug pricing (see Pharmacy for details)

Due to shifts in our family’s eating habits and my couponing habits, we’ve been utilizing fewer double coupons lately, but I know it comes as a blow to many grocery budgets (as evidenced by the 300+ mostly upset comments on Facebook).

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March 11th, 2013 by RichmondBargains


Ready to get the post-snow salt and grime off your car?

Flagstop Car Wash is offering $3 off Express Washes (which start at $5) with code 90305. Enter the code at the autocashier at the entrance to the wash while you are paying. Valid through 4/6/13 at the Parham Road, Staples Mill, and Chester locations.

Two bucks is a great deal, especially since it comes with free use of the vacuums.

(If you’re not a member of the free eclub, you can get a free wash when you sign up)

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March 6th, 2013 by RichmondBargains


The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports that discount department store Roses plans to open two locations in Richmond this year. One will be in the eastern Henrico building that currently houses The Showplace, and the chain is negotiating for the former Winn-Dixie supermarket on Beulah Road in Chesterfield as well.

There are currently Roses stores in Ashland and Hopewell.

Roses, which says its chief competition is Walmart and Kmart, carries an assortment of toys, health and beauty aids, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, snacks, clothing, accessories and jewelry.

Sawyer said the store at The Showplace should open in August or September, and the Beulah Road store could open about a month later if there are no unanticipated hang-ups in negotiations for that space.

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December 10th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

walmart gift card

Today only – “Green Monday” – receive a bonus $10 Walmart eGift Card when you purchase a Walmart eGift card for $100 or more:

Give a gift, get a gift! The Walmart eGift Card is the perfect gift… for them and for you! Add at least $100 onto this Walmart eGift Card and receive an additional $10 eGift Card for free.*

*Terms and Conditions: Supply is limited; offer good on December 10th, 2012, only while supplies last. Bonus eGift Card will be sent separately to qualifying purchaser’s email address within 3-5 days. Limit one bonus eGift Card per customer. Bonus eGift Card offer applies to this item only. Card amount of $100 or more must be loaded to single eGift Card to receive $10 bonus eGift Card.
eGift Cards are sent via email, usually within minutes.

The eGift Cards are valid online at or, or in-stores at Walmart or Sams Club.

Also, remember to stock up on gift cards to your favorite restaurants (and other retailers) during the holidays – many chains, and even sometimes local eateries, offer bonuses when you purchase gift cards/certificates in December. The standard bonus is $5 bonus for a $25 gift card purchase, but it varies widely (for instance, a free burrito with $30 Chipotle gift card purchase, $20 bonus gift cards to P.F. Chang’s with $100 gift card purchase, or free slice of cheesecake with $25 Cheesecake Factory gift card)

Good list of restaurant offers at!

Read the fine print on bonuses, because many have terms and short expiration dates!

Do you have any favorites?

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December 5th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

new kroger cloverleaf mall

I had the opportunity to preview the Kroger Marketplace at Stonebridge yesterday, which opened to the public this morning at 7 a.m.

Check out the photos from my visit in this Facebook album. Apologies for some that are a little dark – I figured out halfway through that my camera settings had switch to “night.”

It’s located near the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and Chippenham Parkway, on the site where Cloverleaf Mall used to be. There’s a fuel center outside, as well as a number of other surrounding buildings under construction.

Inside, you’ll find a 123,000 square foot space that includes a Starbucks and a new concept to Kroger: the Marketplace. Kroger wants to be a one-stop shop offering expanded selections of items not typically found in grocery stores – you can pick up a KitchenAid mixer, bath towel, and furniture for your living room, and your baby will be set with clothes, car seats and more.

I can’t comment too much on prices – from my brief examination, some of the sale items appeared to be good deals, such as a Hungry Hungry Hippos game at half-price for ~$11.50. All purchases at the store qualify for fuel points that you can use for gas discounts at the Kroger fuel centers.

I had my boys with me in a shopping cart as I looked around, and not looking particularly “media-ish,” I couldn’t go more than a few feet at a time without some poor Kroger employee kindly trying to explain to me that the store wasn’t opening until tomorrow 🙂

Grand opening giveaways, while supplies last each day:

12/5 Heiners Old Fashioned Bread (20 oz)
12/6 4ct Kings Hawaiian Rolls
12/7 Frito Lay Deli Lays (10oz)
12/8 Info 4 Life Medical Information Packs, Pill Reminders
12/9 On the Border Chips

Every Saturday through January 5th, you can also enter to win big prizes like gift cards.

kroger sale

Some of the special prices available through Saturday worth noting (prices only good at Kroger Marketplace store):

    5-lb box Clementines $2.99
    USDA Choice Boneless Bottom Round Roast $2.49/lb
    Atlantic salmon fillets $3.99/lb
    Boar’s Head Sweet Slice Ham $5.99/lb
    Aconga wines $3.99
    Organic Braeburn apples $1.39/lb
    Clif or Luna bars $.88

If you received a holiday bonus of $15-$35 from spending at least $500 at Kroger stores last month (it will be listed on the bottom of your Kroger receipts), you can redeem it now through 12/22 at the Marketplace location.

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November 8th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

whole foods beer richmond

Whole Foods will be offering half-price growler fills of draft beer this Sunday, November 11, from 8am to 10pm.

“Friend” Whole Foods Short Pump Beer Page on Facebook to see photos of some of the beers currently available on draft.

If, like me, you are not too familiar with explosively popular craft beer scene, a beer growler is a (typically) 64oz/half-gallon glass or ceramic jug used to transport draft beer.

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November 1st, 2012 by RichmondBargains

boy scouts scouting for food

The Central Virginia Food Bank needs donations!

This Saturday, November 3rd, the Boy Scouts will be Scouting for Food – Fill your paper bag (dropped off by the scouts last week) with canned/non-perishable items and leave it on your doorstep for pick up.

(Another option for helping: Chick-fil-A at Willow Lawn will be giving away a free chicken biscuit with the donation of four canned goods on Saturday morning Nov 3, 7:30-11am!)

Want to help? Here are a few items at good prices during Kroger’s 10-item Mega Event this week and next – save $5 for every 10 participating items you buy. After that additional $.50 per item savings, the prices are:

    Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken soups $.69/can (Use “$.40 off 3″ coupon from or $.40 off 4 from the 10/7 SmartSource insert to get them for as low as $.42 per can)

    Hormel canned chili $.87/can. I found a “$1 off 2” coupon in an aisle dispenser next to the cans, making them just $.37/can! (look for a $1 off 2 coupon in the 9/9 SmartSource insert too)

    Green Giant canned vegetables $.49/can

    Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese $.69/box

    Reach toothbrushes $1.49 each. Print “$2 off 2” coupon from to make them $.49 each, plus you’ll get a $2 off your next purchase Catalina coupon printed at the register (a $1 moneymaker!) (I realize you can’t eat toothbrushes, but you can use or donate them, and maybe use the overage savings for a few more cans of chili!)

(A few more Kroger deals in this week’s RVA Deals post)

Have you spotted any bargains that would be perfect for donations??

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October 18th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Because out family is traveling this week, I didn’t write up my usual RVA Deals grocery column for RVA News. BUT you shouldn’t miss some of the great deals available with the “Buy 5 any 5 participating items, and save $5 on a future order” promotion running this week at Kroger. The $5 off a future order comes in the form of a coupon that prints at checkout, and expires in one week. Saturday 10/20 is the last day to get these deals.

KrogerKrazy has a good list of all the items and coupons to match – some are free or money-makers with coupons!

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