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GROCERY STORES

Every Wednesday I cover some top grocery picks in my weekly RVA Deals column on RVA News

KrogerWeekly sales run from Sunday through Saturday
Plus card – store loyalty card required to get the sale prices. Also allows you to add e-coupons to your card, tracks your fuel rewards savings, and gets you on mailing list for quarterly coupons
-Doubles coupons up to $.50 face value every day
-How to make the most of Mega Event sales
fuel rewards – Earn 1 point for every $1 in grocery spending, and 100 points for every 2 prescriptions filled. 100 points = $.10 off per gallon at Kroger fuel centers and Shell gas stations

MARTIN’SWeekly sales run from Sunday through Saturday
Bonuscard – Store loyalty card required to receive sale prices
Coupon policy – Doubles coupons up to $1 total value ($.55 coupon “doubles” to $1). Only 1 of each coupon will double per transaction
-Kiosk coupons printed in-store
fuelperks – Earn 1 point for every $1 in grocery purchases, and 100 points = $.10 off per gallon at participating Uppy’s BP and Exxon stations. There are also weekly offers for “bonus fuelperks” when buying a certain number of items in the promotion

Food LionWeekly sales run from Wednesday through Tuesday
MVP card – Store loyalty card required to receive sale prices
e-coupons
can be loaded to your MVP card
Mobile club coupons – discounts sent to your mobile phone that you can save to your MVP card

Whole FoodsWeekly sales run from Wednesday through Tuesday
Weekday specials such as “Buy one, get one free” pizzas on Tuesdays
Free evening classes
Value Tour – Offered regularly to show shoppers how to get the most for their money at Whole Foods
Whole Deal – bi-monthly publication about everyday values and including a number of coupons for products carried at Whole Foods. Booklets are available in-store, or coupons can be printed from the website
Savings tips at Whole Foods

Tom Leonard’s (4150 Brookriver Dr) – Weekly sales run from Wednesday through Tuesday. Good prices on produce and meat

Fresh Market (1527 N. Parham Road and 1200 Huguenot Rd) – Weekly sales run from Wednesday through Tuesday

Ellwood Thompson’s (4 N. Thompson St) – Monthly sales
Savings tips for Ellwood Thompson’s

Good Foods Grocery (3062 Stony Point Road and 1312 Gaskins Rd) – Monthly sales
Savings tips for Good Foods Grocery

Trader Joe’s (11331 W Broad St, Glen Allen) – Great values on wine (starting with three-buck-chuck) and numerous other all-natural products
Fearless Flyer highlights seasonal and new products
-No sales. Accept’s manufacturer’s coupons, but has majority “house label” brands

TargetWeekly sales run Sunday through Saturday
Printable Target coupons available, which can be stacked with manufacturer’s coupons for extra savings

WalmartWeekly ad
-Will price-match competitor’s ads

Drugstores
– Can help save on groceries, particularly personal care items (NEVER pay for toothpaste!). Deal Seeking Mom has some tutorials to get you started saving at CVS, Walgreen’s, and Rite Aid.

Miscellaneous Grocery Savings Tips from my RVA Deals column:

coupons

COUPON SITES

    Websites offering printable coupons:
    Coupons.com
    Smartsource.com
    RedPlum.com
    Many sites will require you to download a special application to print their coupons. Usually, you are limited to printing each coupon twice. At the beginning of every month, check for new coupons to be listed.
    Websites offering digital coupons or e-coupons:
    Cellfire.com
    Shortcuts.com
    Kroger
    P&GeSAVER
    Upromise (e-coupon savings credited to your Upromise account instead of being deducted at checkout)

    Most of these can currently only be used at Kroger. These are considered “manufacturer’s coupons” just like paper coupons, so you shouldn’t combine them with a paper coupon.

    More Coupon Resources:
    Couponmom.com – Free site (registration required) that lists sales for stores in your state (like Kroger, Target, CVS), as well as the matching coupons
    Grocery Game – Like CouponMom.com, but charges a monthly fee after free trial. Tells you when items are on sale for “stock up” prices. Can be helpful if you’re new to couponing
    AFullCup.com – (Registration required) Offers a searchable coupon database, so you can find which date’s coupon insert contained coupons for a particular item. Also a number of forums to discuss deals and couponing
    Hotcouponworld.com – Similar to AFullCup

fresh to frozen

GROCERY SALVAGE STORES

You’ve gotta be a savvy shopper – checking for damage and expired goods, as well as competitive prices, but these stores can save you a lot in groceries!

    Fresh to Frozen (Facebook) (see review)
    7803 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond
    804-675-SAVE

    Salvage Barn
    5240 Hull Street Road, Richmond
    (804) 231-1187

    N&W Salvage (see review)
    319 West Williamsburg Road, Sandston
    (804) 737-0279

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    January 27th, 2011 by RichmondBargains