I had a request to post what a basic trip to the grocery store for the necessary things looks like for me. I plan and match my Qs with sales the best I can, but sometimes you just need bread and broccoli asap and there's not much you can do about prices, so I just try to balance it out with getting some things free/cheap and paying extra for some other things that I want natural/organic/etc.
This was my trip from July 18. There was a Mega Sale going on at the time. Mega Sale items denoted by * - prices listed before .50 discount.
2 Boca products @ 2.69* - used $1/2 MFQ = $2.19 ea.
2 Quaker Quakes @ 1.49* - used (1) $1/1 Cat = .49 and 1.49
Arizona Tea gallon @ 2.99 (sale) - for Jon ;D
2 Welch's 100% grape juice @ 2.99* - used (2) $1/1 MFQs = $1.99 ea.
2 Boulder Canyon chips @ $1.49* - used $1/2 Print Q = $1 ea.
2 large Kroger cottage cheese @ 1.99
Kroger half&half @ $1.09
Horizon organic milk gallon @ $3.09 (clearance 50% off b/c it was near expiration date, but was good for at least a week)
Degree deoderant @ $2* - used $1/1 MFQ = $1 (yeah I still can't find a natural deodorant that I like)
3 Rold Gold can tomatos @ .99* ea. - used $1/3 MFQ = .33 ea. (did you know there is more lycopene in canned toms?)
1 Sargento cheese @ 2.38* - used .55/1 MFQ = $1.38* (after dbl Q)
Horizon organic vanilla milk singles 3 pk. @ 2.49* - used $1/1 peelie found on Cascadian Farms cereal = $1.49
Kroger organic raisins (giant bag!) @ 3.99
Digiornio deep dish pizza @ 3.19 - used FREE Q from request mailer = FREE
4 Breyer's ice cream @ 2.47* - used (2) $1/2 MFQs = 1.97 ea.
16 oz. Kroger shredded cheddar @ 2.99 (sale from 4.99)
Asparagus @ 2.49/lb. = 1.87
fresh Portabello mushrooms @ 1.50 (clearance 50% off)
2 Tombstone pizza @ 2.99* - used (2) $2/1 print Qs from Facebook = .99 ea.
Lime juice @ .99
Bag organic gala apples @ 3.99
Organic bananas @ .59/lb. = 1.29
Roma tomatoes @ .98/lb. = .61
2 Organic Lundberg brown rice bag @ 2.49 B1G1
Barilla pasta plus (w/DHA, etc.) @ 1.59
Bag of chips @ $2 (I'm not sure what kind these were b/c the receipt says "fstg chips" and I can't recall what that could be
Kroger pie shell @ 1.89
Pack of 7th Generation diapers @ 9.99 - used FREE Q from mailer request = FREE
Chocolate Silk soymilk @ 2.99 - had a $2/1 Q I ordered from ebay, but I forgot to use it! = 2.99
32 oz. Horizon organic vanilla yogurt @ 3.59
Hanson's natural apple juice @ 2.99
1 lb. (ish) Laura's lean ground beef @ 4.58
Mott's apple sauce 6 pk. @ 1.85 (the harvest apple flavor with calcium does not have HFCS in it!)
2 Organic Lundberg Risotto @ 2.69 B1G1 = 2.69 for both
half gallon Odwalla super food juice @ 5.99 (sale from 7.99!)
Suave Shampoo @ 2.09 - used a FREE Q from a mailer request but the cashier didn't scan it. I have to go back for my refund still.
-$10 total for my 20 mega sale items
Coupon savings = $33.43
Kroger plus savings = $44.00
Total savings = $77.43 aka 49%!!!!!!!!
OOP = 78.34
I will also post another smaller trip that involved less planning and was more typical next, so you can get a real idea of what my Kroger shopping looks like.