Giveaway: $30 Gift Card Challenge

by Beth Montgomery on August 19, 2009 · 53 comments

in Giveaways

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I have a $30 gift card for Kroger burning a hole in my pocket! I’ve been challenged by General Mills, PepsiCo, and MyBlogSpark to see how much I can buy (or more importantly, how much I can save) during Kroger’s Mega Savings Event, which takes place August 16-September 2nd.

With a newborn in the house and a stocked freezer, I’ve been on a shopping hiatus, but I figured I could come out of temporary retirement to rise to the challenge! Plus, I love challenges like this! So today, I’m off to Kroger with my 3 little ones in tow to spend $30 and hopefully save even more!

Come back tomorrow to see what I bought, how much I spent, and how much I saved!

WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE CHALLENGE?

One lucky IN Good ‘Cents’ reader will one a $30 gift card that can be used at Kroger or any Kroger family store! How much do you think you can save?

HOW TO WIN:

Leave a comment on this post letting me know how much you think you could save on your shopping trip if you had only $30 to spend! Give me a percent or even a dollar amount!

WANT MORE CHANCES TO WIN?

You can get extra entries by completing one or more of the following. Each task equals 1 entry for a total of 4 extra opportunities to win!

1. Subscribe to IN Good ‘Cents’ by e-mail (on side bar of website).

2. Blog about you shopping trip this week and this giveaway. Include a link so your readers can enter to win too. Come back here and leave a comment to let me know you’ve done it with a link to the post.

3. Follow IN Good ‘Cents’ on Twitter and Tweet about this give away. Come back here and leave a comment to let me know you did it!

4. Follow IN Good ‘Cents’ on Facebook and share this post with your friends via Networked Blogs. Come back here and leave a comment to let me know you did it!

HURRY AND ENTER NOW!

You have until Saturday, August 22nd at midnight Eastern to get your entries in! A winner will be selected randomly through Random.org and announced here on Sunday, August 23rd.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Note: Comments on this blog are moderated, so it may take a while for your comment to show up! Be patient. Don’t forget to include your e-mail address if you are listed as anonymous!

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1 Jess August 20, 2009 at 3:20 AM

I have subscribed to your blog by email. I live in Johnson County and have been a lurker for a little bit. Thanks for putting this together!

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2 Jess August 20, 2009 at 3:23 AM

I typically only shop at Kroger for their great sales. I use both hard coupons and ecoupons because loading them on my Kroger card is so easy. If I had $30 to spend at Kroger, I bet I could save at least $40, after deals and coupons, at least doubling my money!

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3 Anonymous August 20, 2009 at 3:37 AM

I recently shopped at Kroger & my bill came to over 50.00. I paid 2.63 out of pocket! So, I think 30.00 could take me a long way. Thanks for the opportunity. Stephanie (can't seem to post my name, it keeps regecting it?!?! Help!)

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4 Joanna August 20, 2009 at 5:53 AM

On a typical trip to Kroger, I save 40-60%, and, if I'm trying a little bit harder, and up that to 75-80%. The actual amount I'd save would be contingent on how much forethought I put into the shopping trip :)

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5 Joanna August 20, 2009 at 5:53 AM

I'm an RSS subscriber – not an email subscriber, does that count as an entry?

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6 Yoly August 20, 2009 at 6:52 AM

I think I can save at least 80&!!

cuponeando [at] gmail.com

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7 Roxyb62 August 20, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Beth,
I love your site. I think I could could get over $100 worth of groceries for $30! Maybe even better with this mega sale.
Roxy

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8 Jenn August 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM

I just started couponing and have been helping my mom learn as well. She is on a very fixed budget so Kroger has become our new store to shop. We are also learning how to meal plan from the pantry vs going out and purchasing what we need every week. Our typical savings has been around 65 – 70%. We are working on upping our percentages. A $30 gift card would allow us to purchse around $100 or more.

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9 Maggie August 20, 2009 at 9:20 AM

I think I could get about $100-125 worth of groceries during a mega event at Kroger for $30
Good luck!!! (Just don't buy much produce!)

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10 Anonymous August 20, 2009 at 9:28 AM

okay- – I'm not quite as good as everyone else, but I cn usually asve 50%, so a $30.00 GC would buy me over $60 worth THanks! Hope I win!
jill

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11 Angela August 20, 2009 at 9:59 AM

My personal high score has been 97% The Hubs was most impressed!

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12 Janet August 20, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Ah! I am just learning how to save money with coupons, but I have a stack of coupons ready to go, and Kroger is one of my 3 stores I generally shop at. My coupons total $25 worth of savings, but I would def. watch their ad to get some additional savings. $30 off my bill would be a great way to get me going!

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13 Heather August 20, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I usually save 50-60% at Kroger.

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14 Anonymous August 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM

I shop several different stores to get the best deals but I do shop mostly at Kroger. I easily save 30-60% off my total.

Laura

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15 kobe0007 August 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM

According to my fancy spreadsheet, I will be able to purchase $70 worth of deals and will come to be $3.62. This spans 4 transactions and does include the catalina deals I will get back. Thank you Kroger's special customer flyer :D

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16 Anjie August 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

I love this "IN Good Cents". I think because this site has taught me so well I could save about 60% if I had a $30.00 gift card.

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17 Linda Shifflett August 20, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I should be able to get at least $60 worth with the $30 giftcard. Thanks for the opportunity.
lindashifflett@yahoo.com

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18 Linda Shifflett August 20, 2009 at 3:45 PM

I am a subscriber by email.
lindashifflett@yahoo.com

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19 Nancy August 20, 2009 at 3:51 PM

With $30 to spend, additional coupons, and the current great deals at Kroger, I think I could save 60 – 70% with careful shopping!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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20 Nancy August 20, 2009 at 3:52 PM

I am also an e-mail subscriber.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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21 Helen S August 20, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I think that I could save at least 40-60%. I love shopping at Krogers.
helencutie06@aol.com

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22 Helen S August 20, 2009 at 4:14 PM
23 Anonymous August 21, 2009 at 4:23 AM

Oh, I suppose I could save at least 60%…due to your help of course!!!

Tanya Y.
sphyg101@yahoo.com

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24 Steph August 21, 2009 at 5:03 AM

I think I could save about 40%. This is a great giveaway–thanks!

ms0812@zoominternet.net

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25 Steph August 21, 2009 at 5:04 AM

E-mail subscriber!

ms0812@zoominternet.net

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26 Steph August 21, 2009 at 5:06 AM
27 Shannon August 21, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I am guessing I'd save about 16 dollars. I'm still new at this shopping with coupons thing and I'm learning.. so I'm guessing low. :)

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28 Shannon August 21, 2009 at 10:22 AM
29 pat August 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I'm getting better by reading your blog (I get via email). I would hope to save 60% at least!!
pmbtomk@yahoo.com

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30 Shannon August 21, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I have saved up to 80% before when I've really done my "homework". I'd love to give it a try! Thanks.
Shannon
shannonbaskets at yahoo dot com

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31 Shannon August 21, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I'm a subscriber
shannonbaskets at yahoo dot com

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32 Anonymous August 21, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Pam B.
I am also a subscriber. Love your blog.

plboyd@hotmail.com

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33 Anonymous August 21, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I would love to get the $30 GC. I could probably take it pretty far with the Mega Event, all the MQs, internet coupons, along with the shortcut coupons. I am lovin it right now.

plboyd@hotmail.com

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34 Tiffany August 21, 2009 at 3:03 PM

With $30 to spend at Kroger, I believe I could get $45 worth of groceries. Especially if milk's on sale.

tblandes@sbcglobal.net (already a subscriber)

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35 Kelly August 21, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I love shopping at Kroger with thier Mega Events. I think I could at save at least 50% while shopping thier sales and using coupons!

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36 Kelly August 21, 2009 at 5:27 PM

I also just subscribed to your blog!

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37 DORA August 21, 2009 at 6:53 PM

I think with only $30 to spend I could at least get $80 worth of groceries.

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38 Anonymous August 22, 2009 at 8:35 AM

I would love to try for a 90% savings. My last trip was 60% and the one before that was 77%. Thanks for the great savings opportunities that you provide for us through your blogging. My husband has been surprised at the amount in the grocery cart compared to the small amount paid!

Kathy A
kat1890@hotmail.com

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39 Anonymous August 22, 2009 at 8:37 AM

I'm an email subscriber

Kathy A
kat1890@hotmail.com

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40 Toni Smith August 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Signed up for emails

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41 Toni Smith August 22, 2009 at 12:17 PM

With $30.00 i can get 75.00 worth of groceries. I just started saving thi week. But yes, I am good with not too many coupons.

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42 Toni Smith August 22, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I just subscribed to your blog.

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43 TXsunlover August 22, 2009 at 1:22 PM

My goal is always to save at least 50% on each shopping trip so I'm hoping to save around 65% at the Mega Event.
Thanks for the chance to win!
proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

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44 Anonymous August 22, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I think I could save 80% if I get this win. THANKS chorchner@yahoo.com

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45 Sarah August 22, 2009 at 2:17 PM

I think I could save 70-75% with this promotion and coupons. I love this type of sale!

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46 Sarah August 22, 2009 at 2:18 PM

I'm a subscriber.

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47 Sarah August 22, 2009 at 2:18 PM
48 Tisha August 22, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Thanks sooo much for all of your encouragement! Since I'm a stay at home mom I feel like saving money when I shop is my job. Sometimes I can earn $20 an hour by working my coupons and deals! Proverbs 31:18 says she sees that her trading profitable! That's me! I usually save %70-75 when Kroger is having a good sale week.
Thanks again!

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49 Morgan August 22, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Hi Beth. You've saved me a lot of money since I started reading your blog early this summer.

With coupons and careful shopping, I'm sure I can save 50% on my grocery bill.

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50 biedenblog August 22, 2009 at 8:19 PM

I shopped the mega event and bought about $73 worth for $25 after deals and coupons (65% savings) plus paid for $16 of the $25 with what was left on a gift card I still had from a previous pharmacy coupon deal.

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51 biedenblog August 22, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Here's a link to my blog post about the challenge:
http://biedenblog.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/patting-my-own-back/

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52 Anonymous August 24, 2009 at 5:39 AM

Pam B.

I'm a subscriber and love your blog.
plboyd@hotmail.com

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53 Anonymous August 24, 2009 at 5:41 AM

With this Mega Event I have been able to save 75% to 85% on my grocery bill. :) It would be nice to have a $30 GC!!
plboyd@hotmail.com

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