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Eat Well, Spend Less: Wk. 3 Round-Up [Giveaway]

Frugal Recipes, Giveaway | 201 comments

This about wraps it up for the Eat Well, Spend Less series. I’m so proud to have been part of such an amazing group of women. I encourage you to check out the other contributors posts. I’ve certainly learned a lot from them.

I hope this series on grocery shopping and cooking for families proved to be a valuable topic worthy of discussion here on GoodLife Eats. Below you’ll find a round-up of the last 3 weeks of posts.

pantry eating and grocery shopping

If you’re interested in this series continuing on a monthly basis, I’d love to hear from you. Please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see addressed.

Don’t forget to check out the Grocery Gift Card Giveaway at the end of this post!

Week 3 – How I Grocery Shop to Save (on Time and Money)

How I grocery shop is probably a little different than the average person just by the nature of being a food blogger. I’m constantly preparing new foods, doing a little recipe development and research, plus feeding my family.

I can’t always “shop the sales” when I need an ingredient, but I can shop for my groceries at the places that give me the best bargain – both monetarily and time.


I’m not saying that the way I grocery shop is the ONLY way. My real message is that you have to shop the way that is best for your family. If you have time to run all over town to find the best deals each store has to offer, then so be it! Or if couponing is your thing, then clip those coupons. Look at your time, your resources, and your budget and find out what is best for you.

For more on how I shop for our family plus some smart grocery shopping tips, check out my Week 3 Eat Well, Spend Less post: How I Shop to Save.

Week 3 Round-Up

Week 2 – Budget Recipes and Meals

I’ve found that I can be pretty resourceful when it seems that there is “nothing” in the house to eat. In reality, there’s quite a lot when you take a look through the pantry items. Very few of us actually have “nothing” in the house.

Really, what I think we mean by that is that there is “nothing” that we want to eat. Or “nothing” that is obvious to make. We just need to get a little creative with our meals.

For more Budget Recipes and meals, check out my Week 2 Eat Well, Spend Less post: 5 Favorite Budget Meals (5 for breakfast, 5 for dinner and a bonus 3 for dessert).

easy pasta recipe

Week 2 Round-Up

Week 1 – Pantry Staples

Why Homemade?

Homemade version offer unlimited customizations specific to your family’s needs and desires. I ventured into this realm out of necessity. Many of the items we love to eat just aren’t an option for Logan with his peanut allergy. I had to start making more and more from scratch.

And through that process, I found that Logan’s difficulty eating has been helped some (not cured) by encouraging him to help me prepare these homemade alternatives.

For more on DIY Recipes for Homemade Pantry Staples, check out my Week 1 Eat Well, Spend Less post. You’ll find ideas for how to get started and some of my favorite DIY Pantry Staple Recipes.

homemade granola bars

Week 1 Round-Up

Before you enter the giveaway PLEASE read the rules.

Giveaway Prize (1 winner):

$50 Kroger Grocery Gift Card*

Each blogger from the Eat Well, Spend Less series is doing this same giveaway, so head to their sites for multiple chances to win!

Giveaway Requirements:

  • What was your greatest takeaway from the Eat Well, Spend Less series? OR What aspects of Eating Well and Spending Less would you like to learn more about?
  • You may NOT enter using multiple email addresses. Automatic disqualification.
  • Additional entries must leave a separate comment.
  • Contest ends May 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
  • Contest open to US States only.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond before disqualified and a new winner chosen.

Extra Entries:

Additional entries can be earned by doing any of the following, giving you a total of 5 entries. Leave a separate comment for each of your entries.

1. Follow Kroger on Twitter and ReTweet the following message: Win a $50 @KrogerCo grocery gift card at @goodlifeeats http://su.pr/21HTHz #giveaway

2. Become a fan of GoodLife Eats on Facebook.

3. Become a fan of Kroger on Facebook.

4. Share the link for the Kroger Grocery Gift Card giveaway on your Facebook wall. Winner will need to verify.

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  • Price-impact warehouse stores – Food 4 Less, Foods Co

Katie

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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    Chris Sorel - April 26, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    I enjoyed the Homemade Substitutes for Grocery Staples many good idea through out

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    Steph - April 26, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    I really enjoyed the posts on meatless main dishes!

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    Chris Sorel - April 26, 2011 @ 7:14 am
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    Chris Sorel - April 26, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    fan of GoodLife Eats on Facebook.

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    Chris Sorel - April 26, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    fan of kroger on facebook

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    Darcy Baldwin - April 26, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    I loved reading everyone’s take on how they shop

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    Marisa - April 26, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    I loved the bread recipes from week 1. I’m trying to go more homemade & bread is daunting!

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    Marisa - April 26, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    I’m a new fan on FB as well!

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    Michelle - April 26, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I do find myself already using coupons, seeking out the best deals and not shoping all over town to get that deal. It pay to think of how much gas you will spend to get that deal and is it worth it? Always be smart in your plans. :)

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    Michelle - April 26, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I like Kroger on FB

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    Jessie C. - April 26, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    I love reading Smart Shopping Do’s and Don’ts and your experience of shopping at Costco.

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    Jessie C. - April 26, 2011 @ 8:14 am
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    Jessie C. - April 26, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    fan of GoodLife Eats on Facebook.@tcarolinep jessieKatie S

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    Jessie C. - April 26, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    fan of Kroger on Facebook.@tcarolinep jessieKatie S

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    Jessie C. - April 26, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Shared on FB@tcarolinep JessieKatie S

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    KQ - April 26, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    I enjoyed learning about making pantry staples economically.

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    Destiny - April 26, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    I really enjoyed the homemade pantry staples!

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    Chris M. - April 26, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I like the fresh produce advice. thanks.

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    karen - April 26, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    I really liked the homemade pantry staples info.

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    karen - April 26, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I like Kroger on FB

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    karen - April 26, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    I like Goodlife Eats on FB

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    Shar - April 26, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    I like the frugal meal ideas.

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    Shar - April 26, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    Follow Kroger on Twitter and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/hjkllkjh/status/62890147309559808

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    Shar - April 26, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    ‘Like’ GoodLife Eats on Facebook.

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    Amy - April 26, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    I liked you on FB.

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    Shar - April 26, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    ‘Like’ Kroger on Facebook.

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    Amy - April 26, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    I would like to learn more about using pantry staples as I am part of a local organic food coop and I buy in bulk. I feel like I need to get a calendar out to remind myself that I need to use certain items.

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    Ali - April 26, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    I loved the recipes for pancake mix, taco seasoning, etc. Can’t wait to try them. But I always like reading other people’s systems on shopping, etc. I do a little bit of everything and it works for me. Walked out of CVS with a load of things and paid nothing….but I don’t have time for it each week. So everything in moderation and fitting your season in life. Great idea to tag-team the series as well!

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    Hillary - April 26, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Making large recipes out of a few, fresh ingredients lets me eat well on a small, graduate student’s budget! I survive on leftovers! Thanks for the helpful recipes!

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    MamaFeelgood - April 26, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    I am enjoying all of the fantastic recipes

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    MamaFeelgood - April 26, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    I am a fan of Good life Eats on Facebook

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    Julie - April 26, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Its true that different stores are better for buying some things and others for different things. Being mindful of that when im deciding what I need and where I should shop has saved me a ton of money!

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    Julie - April 26, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    I’m a fan of GLE on facebook!

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    JUlie - April 26, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    I like Kroger on facebook.

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    JUlie - April 26, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    My biggest takeaway is the recipes. It’s great having some new frugal meals and uses for things I buy. It’ll be great to change things up and add even more healthy dishes to our routine.

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    Destiny - April 26, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

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    Sharon - April 26, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I’d like to learn about menu planning. It really intimidates me, but I’m sure it would be beneficial as far as reducing spending and time cooking.

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    AshleyD - April 26, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    I’d love to see ideas and recipes for having people over.

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    Betsy - April 26, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    I try to grow a garden in the summer to save on my vegi bill.

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    Katie D. - April 26, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    What I would like to know more about: I am a college student living on campus. I have access to a microwave, but that is it. How can I eat real food for less? I do yogurt and instant oatmeal for breakfast, but I’m stuck on everything else.

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    Julie Sanchez - April 26, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    I learned that if I’m going to do this healthy eating thing (ha!) I’m not going to be able to use a coupon on everything that I buy. :)

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    natalie (the sweets life) - April 26, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I think the biggest takeaway is your key message–that it’s different for every family!I know things I do don’t necessarily work for others and vice versa…I also know things will change as our family expands.

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    Kelli - April 26, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    Utilize your freezer to buy in bulk when things are on sale.

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    Dawn C - April 26, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I shop different stores for the best price and that saves me money, whether produce or bulk or everyday items and I save gas by doing it with other errands

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    Micah - April 26, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Loved the frugal recipes.

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    karen - April 26, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    My take away was inspiration to try all the great frugal meals that were shared! It was wonderful to see so many family friendly frugal meals–my May menu plan is ready to go!

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    Melissa - April 26, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    I would love to see more ideas for frugal, homemade meals and pantry staples. I can’t get enough of those! I feel like I get into a meal rut where I’m making the same things over and over. Maybe a quarterly series of this based on seasonal foods?

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    Melissa - April 26, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    I follow both goodlifeeats and Kroger on Twitter, I just tweeted about the giveaway.

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    Melissa - April 26, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    I like Good Life Eats on Facebook.

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    Melissa - April 26, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    I like Kroger on Facebook.

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    Erika - April 26, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    I liked Carrie’s breakdown for what each store has the best prices on.

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    Kristi F. - April 26, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    I learned that there are lots of different ways to save money on good food, and no one right way. I’m working to put lots of these ideas together to find a system that works for us.

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    Sarah - April 26, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Making more from scratch!

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    Sarah - April 26, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    Liked Kroger on FB!

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    Sarah - April 26, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Liked Good Life {eats} on FB!

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    Sarah - April 26, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Shared on FB!

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    Amy L - April 26, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    I liked your recipe for making granola bars. It’s great that you made it flexible, so I can choose my preferred ingredients. I can’t wait to see how my own bars will compare with the ones I’ve been buying. Thanks!

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    Becky - April 26, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    I really liked the article on Pantry Meals. It really helped me to think more creatively when planning meals.

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    Becky - April 26, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    I “liked” Good Life Eats on FB

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    Becky - April 26, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    I liked Kroger on FB

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    Amy L - April 26, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    following kroger on twitter & tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/amylou61/status/62935656183246848

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    Heidi - April 26, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    I try to plan weekly menus with similar ingredients. Then shop at Meijer or Trader Joes

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    Jessica - April 26, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    I just recently started using coupons, so I really enjoyed the suggestions about how to use coupons for healthy foods. Very helpful!

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    Mami2jcn - April 26, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    I liked the info about long term food storage.

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    Mami2jcn - April 26, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    I like Kroger on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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    Mami2jcn - April 26, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    I like GoodLife Eats on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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    Mami2jcn - April 26, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    I follow Kroger on Twitter (@mami2jcn) and tweeted-http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/62944734175432704

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    Mami2jcn - April 26, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    I shared on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy.

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    Liz Meyer - April 26, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    I learned a lot from all of the homemade tips and recipes. I’m excited to try them out! I am also working to incorporate more beans to supplement or replace meat in our weekly menus.

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    Liz Meyer - April 26, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    I am a fan of Kroger on Facebook.

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    Liz Meyer - April 26, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    I just became a fan of goodLife Eats on Facebook.

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    Liz Meyer - April 26, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    I just posted about your giveaway on my Facebook page. Thanks!

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    Elizabeth - April 26, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    I liked all the ways to make delicious food on a low budget. I’m especially interested in eating less meat to stretch the budget.

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    Julie H - April 26, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

    I’ve learned to watch sale cycles, buy what I need until the next cycle. KNowing that I can always put together a meal with what i already have!

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    Nicole Greene - April 26, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    I really enjoyed the Budget Recipes and Meals—seems everything I cook takes a lot of ingredients, time, and money. These really helped with ideas for meals!

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    Nicole Greene - April 26, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

    I follow Kroger on twitter @pittsy82 and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/pittsy82/status/62960744408428546

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    Nicole Greene - April 26, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    I “LIKE” Kroger on FB (Nicole Pitts)

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    Nicole Greene - April 26, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    I “LIKE” you on FB (Nicole Pitts)

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    Nicole Greene - April 26, 2011 @ 1:28 pm
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    Suanna - April 26, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    I enjoyed seeing what goes on in other parts of the country.

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    Heather Spooner - April 26, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    I’ve learned to keep an inventory of my pantry, so I don’t overbuy.

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    Sara Dickinson - April 26, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    I am currently working on a price database for the stores that I shop and the most common items I buy so that I can pair my coupons with sale items for the best price possible.

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    Tina - April 26, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    I love your website. I learned to check the pantry and create meals with ingredients that I have in stock

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    Heather M. - April 26, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    Making a lot of foods from scratch, beans, yogurt, etc.

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    Kristy - April 26, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    I love the homemade pantry staples list – that is going to be put to great use!

    But the biggest take away for me was the knowledge that is okay not to be a coupon shopper right now, especially when I was not able to save the price of the paper each month. I can still feed my family healthy cheap meals.

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    Darla - April 26, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    I am trying to focus on shopping less, using from my freezer and pantry and being more diligent about meal planning.

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    Jessica-MomForHim - April 26, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Trying to use more beans!

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    Shannon - April 26, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    Having a meal plan helps tremendously!

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    Shannon - April 26, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    I follow Kroger on FB.

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    Megan - April 26, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    The best thing that I took away from this series was the encouragement that eating well for less can be done!

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    April W. - April 26, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    The thing I learned today from the series is that the top 5 most expensive items aren’t only exclusive to my area. I’d thought cheese might be less expensive elsewhere. Comparatively speaking, I guess not.

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    Renee - April 26, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    I loved the homemade versions for cooking staples.
    I also loved the discussion on dry beans.

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    Tara - April 26, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    I enjoyed the Budget Recipes and Meals.

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    Tara - April 26, 2011 @ 5:05 pm
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    Tara - April 26, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    like you on facebook

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    Tara - April 26, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    like Kroger on facebook

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    Joy - April 26, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    I would like to do more meal planning and see how that helps me save money each month.

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    Mary Elderton - April 26, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    I’ve enjoyed the “How I Shop.” When I had teenage boys at home and a very tightly budgeted teacher’s salary, I hit the sales, couponed, stockpiled–anything I could do to stretch a penny. Now that it just my husband and me–still on a budget, but not so much panic!—I am relearning how to shop and am grateful to hear what others are doing

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    Mary Elderton - April 26, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    I joined Kroger on twitter as mbm218 and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/mbm218/status/63049963894095872

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    Julie Turner - April 26, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    I loved this series! My favorite posts were on priorities- saving time and money. Encouraged to start meal planning more diligently and also use my Costco membership to the fullest. Thanks!

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    Allison C - April 26, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    I was a big fan of all the budget friendly recipes. We are saving for our first house so saving money tips we very much appreciated. This was a great series. Thanks!

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    Leigh - April 26, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    I want info on preserving and canning! I loved the homemade staples that you shared!!!

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    Leigh - April 26, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    I follow Kroger and tweeted!

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    Leigh - April 26, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    I like you on FB!

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    Leigh - April 26, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    I like Kroger on FB!

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    Karen - April 26, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    Tips on stretching meat for several meals; making pantry staples like salad dressings, jams, etc. from scratch; and lots of frugal meal suggestions.

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    Pamela - April 26, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    What I found the most useful was the recipes and encouragement to cook from scratch. Thanks!

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    Tina M - April 26, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    I liked how you Budget Recipes and Meals

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    Sam - April 26, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    I loved the tips on frugal meals, especially meatless ones. I’m trying to incorporate more of those.

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    Sam - April 26, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    I liked Kroger on FB.

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    Sam - April 26, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

    I like you on FB.

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    Stacy G - April 27, 2011 @ 12:05 am

    I liked all the vegetarian meals and loads of other new ideas

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    Happy When Not Hungry - April 27, 2011 @ 5:13 am

    Tips on making homemade staples instead of buying them was definitely helpful for me! I eat a granola bar everyday for my afternoon snack at work and making homemade ones is cheaper and also healthier!

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    Elizabeth W - April 27, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    The greatest thing for me was seeing the benefits of homemade.

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    Aoril V - April 27, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    I loved reading about being creative when there’s “nothing” to eat. We usually have lots of things, just things we really don’t want. We could probably make lots of great things if we try with the things we do have!

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    Aoril V - April 27, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    FB fan of Kroger.

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    Katie - April 27, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    I really liked the segment on homemade pantry staples, really great ideas!

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    Katie - April 27, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    I like you on facebook

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    Vanessa - April 27, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    Thanks for this great series! I am focusing on shopping less during the month.

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    Janet Krugel - April 27, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    I have caught the end of this Eat Well, Spend Less, but I am so excited to get caught up!! My husband and I have been on a weight loss journey for the past year. I have lost 90 lbs and he has lost 160 lbs!!! We both have quite a way to go, but it’s been fun so far. We have just discovered the power of coupons and I have been trying to find the right network of blogs for me. I wondered when we began looking at coupons if we would be able to keep up our good eating habits with the coupons and this series is PERFECT!!

    How we save money (prior to discovering coupons): My husband works in the meat market at Brookshires and my stepmom is a Dept. Manager at Kroger. We find out about deals at both stores through those inside connections!! The trick is we have to have money when the special happens and that is not always easy for us. We have bought a LOT of markdown, almost out of date, meat over the past couple of years and it feels like we are at the mercy of people not buying something before it goes bad. Just in the past three weeks, we are getting better at the coupons and are having so much fun!!

    I am following all of the bloggers on this series now through email and when our computer gets out of the pawn shop (ugh!!) I will be following everyone on Facebook as well.

    God Bless You All!!!
    Janet

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    Elizabeth F - April 27, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    I enjoy your blog. I am new at couponing so it was helpful to read about it and how to get good deal on healthy foods.

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    Elizabeth F - April 27, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    I am a fan of your blog on FB.

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    Elizabeth F - April 27, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    I am a fan of Kroger on FB.

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    Shea Tinder - April 27, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    I loved the homemade staples post. Great ideas!!

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    Lauren - April 27, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    I really liked the idea of shopping at more than one store. It might take a bit more time, but I suppose you could save a lot!

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    Kate - April 27, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    I have learned to utilize pantry staples on a regular basis even when there is nothing to eat!

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    Cheryl F. - April 27, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    I learned that “Not only is it cheaper to make your own real food staples, you know exactly what is going into your food.” *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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    Cheryl F. - April 27, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Following @KrogerCo on Twitter and Tweeted the giveaway

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    Cheryl F. - April 27, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    I Like goodLife {eats} on Facebook

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    Cheryl F. - April 27, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    I Like Kroger on Facebook

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    Cheryl F. - April 27, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    Shared the giveaway on Facebook

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    Suzanne - April 27, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    I’d love to learn more about canning! I”m new at that!

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    Jen - April 27, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    I liked hearing everyone’s comments about shopping at Costco!

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    Sarah - April 27, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    The thing that I took away most from the series is to do what you can. I also want to try to make more foods from scratch, starting with yogurt.

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    misty gorman - April 27, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    this would be a whole week of groceries for my family. thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Kathy - April 27, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    I’d like to learn more about eating seasonally and preserving each season’s bounty to use at other times of year (canning, drying, etc).

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    Melissa - April 27, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    I learned about being more resourceful with what is in the pantry, rather than heading to the store. This week, today would be my normal grocery shopping day. We’ve had such nasty storms, that I’ve decided to see if I can extend the trip to the weekend, if not all the way until next week, by working with what I have.

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    Melissa - April 27, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    I like Kroger on FB

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    Melissa - April 27, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    I am following @KrogerCo on Twitter & tweeted the giveaway

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    Melissa - April 27, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    I shared the giveaway on FB

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    Melissa - April 27, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    I “liked” Goodlife Eats on FB

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    Rachel - April 27, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    I would also like to hear more about canning! :)

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    Whitney - April 27, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    My biggest takeaway was that if I plan well, and take a bit of extra time in the kitchen ahead of time, I can provide nutritious and healtier foods for my family. And I think this would take a bit of the evening ‘what do I cook?’ stress off of me as well as the guilt of not taking more time to cook a good meal for my family.
    I would like to learn more about preparing dishes or components of the dishes ahead of time, so that I can quickly put dinner together.

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    Courtney - April 27, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    Liked Kroger of Facebook.

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    Courtney - April 27, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    It helps me to spend less where it matters.

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    Coco and Isa - April 27, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    I learned to always bring a list. I am a horrible shopper.

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    Amy E. - April 27, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    My greatest takeaway from the series is that there are many different ways to save money and you can do what works best for you – coupons have not worked well for me but sticking to mostly homemade foods a couple of stores is the way I save.

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    Thesa - April 27, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    I have just been thrilled to read all this and see that I am on the right track. Lots of good info and I am relaxed in the fact that I should do what works for me and my family. Over the last 3-4 years I have learned that eating well and saving money takes planning AND it does not happen overnight. Lots of trial and error until it becomes a part of life.

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    lesley - April 27, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    I was looking through your post and I spotted a picture of bow tie pasta, broccoli and sausage. I was thinking I’ve seen this picture before .. yes I had, Pioneer woman recently posted this picture with a link to your recipe. Looks good !

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    Melissa G. - April 27, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    Your series had made me realize that shopping and living smart take planning, but that the planning is doable.

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    Emily - April 27, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    I’d like to know more about couponing.

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    Emily - April 27, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    I like Kroger on facebook.

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    Emily - April 27, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    I like you on facebook.

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    Brianna - April 27, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Well, really, the thing I liked the most was doing the basic food staples. I love cooking from scratch, but there are definately some things I haven’t messed with, you know? Like, I will make my own BBQ sauce some of the time, but yogurt, no way. Well, I am ready to try it now and looking forward to it! Thanks!

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    Christina - April 27, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    The greatest part for me was the homemade pantry staples. I prefer to make things to have in the house rather than buying them pre-packaged. I love the recipes–especially the granola bars. Yummy!

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    Annalisa - April 28, 2011 @ 3:48 am

    I loved the homemade substitutes for grocery staples. I have been increasingly interesting in making my own of as much as I can from scratch over the last few years. This gave me some great ideas that I would really like to look into more and think about in the future!

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    Annalisa - April 28, 2011 @ 3:59 am

    Followed Kroger and retweeted the message

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    Annalisa - April 28, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    Became a GoodLifeEats fan on Facebook

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    Annalisa - April 28, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    Became a Kroger fan on Facebook

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    Annalisa - April 28, 2011 @ 4:15 am

    Shared the link on my Facebook wall

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    Steph S - April 28, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    I would like to learn how to can the vegetables I’ll be growing in my garden this year so I can make them last much longer.

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    gala - April 28, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    I learned about making my own salad dressing and other staples

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    gala - April 28, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    a fan of GoodLife Eats on Facebook (gala ya)

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    Callie - April 28, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Biggest giveaway was that I don’t have to spend a ton of time couponing to save money. It all adds up and little things and changes could save me a lot of money! Like buying produce only in season. And not buying toiletries at the grocery store but at costco!

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    gala - April 28, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    your fan on FB (gala ya)

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    Callie - April 28, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    I like you on FB (Callie Alley)

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    Jennifer N. - April 28, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Don’t have a lot of time, but learning to cook homemade quickly is a big help.

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    Adriana - April 28, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    The menu planning was a huge help to me. I thought I knew what I was doing before when I would “plan the menu” but clearly I didn’t have a clue….until now!!

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    Jen - April 28, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    This was a great series. I’m so guilty of saying “we have nothing here” when in fact i have a pantry full of goodies just waiting to be created.

    I agree if you have some space and a little time growing your own food is a great way to save money. My husband and I actually made a garden in the front of our house where grass refused to grow. We planted 5 lbs of seed potatoes and got over 60 lbs. at harvest. All organic too. :)

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    jenn nahrstadt - April 28, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    i like the recipes for mixes, like the pancake one! more of those please, as well as how to cook for a smaller family when so much of stuff is sized for larger groups of people to consume.

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    Jennifer P - April 28, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    I learned that you need to plan for healthy eating, even during busy or stressful times. That is my biggest downfall. I need to have a game plan to eat healthy & save money!!

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    Just Coupons - April 28, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    Well I learned about using similar ingredients in multiple meals to avoid over purchasing

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    Just Coupons - April 28, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    I am a fan of Kroger on Facebook
    (Fb name Just Coupons)

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    Just Coupons - April 28, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    I follow Kroger on Twitter @Just_Coupons
    Tweet http://twitter.com/Just_Coupons/status/63736401082073090

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    Rebecca R - April 28, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    I learned how to shop multiple stores in order to get the best deal, and learned practical insights for making more home-made pantry staples.

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    Ann Kirkham - April 28, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    I learned to not let potential $$ slip by, be they coupons or gift cards. ; )

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    Shannon H - April 28, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    Learned more about meal planning and stretching meals and leftovers.

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    Shannon H - April 28, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    I follow you on Facebook.

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    Sarah in MO - April 29, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    It’s been fun to see the variety and unique approach of each participant. :)

    Eating well for less can come in many sizes and shapes. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Valerie Gordon - April 30, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    What impressed me the most was to focus on whole and healthy foods and to use menu plans.

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    Mary J - April 30, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    I found some new websites to enjoy tips and recipes.

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    Mary J - April 30, 2011 @ 4:50 pm
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    Mary J - April 30, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    I like GoodLife Eats on Facebook -Mary Jaco

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    Mary J - April 30, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    I like Kroger on FB-Mary jaco

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    Gina @ The Crave to Save - May 01, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    I learned how vital meal planning is in the saving money and eating healthy process!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Gina @ The Crave to Save - May 01, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    follow kroger on twitter and tweeted:http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/64671328795500545

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Gina @ The Crave to Save - May 01, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    I like you on FB! “Crave to Save”
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Gina @ The Crave to Save - May 01, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    I like kroger on FB! “Crave to Save”
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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    Mari - May 01, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    I’d like to learn more about diets/recipes that cater to people with food sensitivities/allergies.

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    Mari - May 01, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    I follow kroger on Twitter and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/64922924007698432

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    Mari - May 01, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    I like you on FB (Mari Doug)

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    Mari - May 01, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    I like kroger on FB (Mari Doug)

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    Courtney Shackelford - May 04, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I am graduating college and getting married this fall, so I am very concerned with shopping and cooking for two on a budget. I would love to learn more about good dinner recipes that I can make without spending a whole lot.

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    Courtney Shackelford - May 04, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    I am a fan of GoodLife Eats on facebook

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    Courtney Shackelford - May 04, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    I am a fan of Kroger on facebook

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    Courtney Shackelford - May 04, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    I am following Kroger on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway

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