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Just the Basics best deals

Posted March 14, 2013

Just the Basics



Here is the weekly list of good sale prices for the basics at our various grocery & drug stores including milk, meat, produce, eggs, bread, coupon items & more. This list includes deals from the sales ads, with a few regular priced items included. Please add any other great deals on basics that you find!

CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Kroger deals are valid through 3/16.

Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Food Lion and Aldi deals are valid through 3/19.

Abbreviations used below include:

HT = Harris Teeter
LF = Lowes Foods
FL = Food Lion
RA = Rite Aid
WG = Walgreens

Please post any other favorite basics deals in the comments section below!


Kroger: Free Milk promotion: Buy any participating Kelloggs, General Mills, Post, Cascadian Farm, Quaker or Kashi products and get q free gallon of milk of a ½ gallon of organic milk
(See the full Kroger deals list for the coupon match-ups on participating products)


HT: Take & Bake white or wheat bread from the bakery, $1.00

Kroger bread or buns, $1.00

LF: Pepperidge Farm breads, $3 - .75/2 coupon from 2/10 SS = $2.25 each

LF: Arnold bread, BOGO


None in the ads – please post if you find an egg deal. At least we have the .55/2 egg coupon again (see link in box above)


Aldi: Baby carrots, 16 oz package, .69 – great deal

Aldi: Cabbage, .79 each

Aldi: Cantaloupe, .99 each – great deal

Aldi: Green grapes, .99/lb – very good deal

Aldi: Red potatoes, 5 lb bag, $1.29/lb – very good deal

Aldi: Mandarins, 3 lb bag, $1.99

FL: Green cabbage, .39/lb

FL: Avocados, .99 each

FL: Fresh Express or Dole Garden salad, $1.27 - .55/1 Fresh Express coupon from 3/10 SS = .72

FL: Hot house tomatoes, $1.47/lb

FL: Yellow onions, 3 lb bag, $1.79

FL: Russet potatoes, 5 lb bag, $2.50

FL: Baby peeled carrots, 2 lb bag, $2.59 (my buy price for baby carrots is no more than $1/lb)

FL: Gala apples, 3 lb bag, $2.99

FL: Cara Cara navel oranges, 3 lb bag, $2.99

HT: Navel oranges, small, .20 each

HT: Cabbage, .25/lb

HT: Mangoes, $1 each

HT: Yukon gold potatoes, 5 lb bag, $3.99

Kroger: Green cabbage, .33/lb

Kroger: Red slicer tomatoes, $1.48/lb

Kroger: Dole or Fresh selections premium garden salads, 3 for $5

Kroger: White seedless grapes, $1.89/lb

Kroger: Clementines, 3 lb bag, $3.99

LF: Green cabbage, .37/lb

LF: Navel oranges, 2 for .88

LF: Sweet potatoes, .79/lb (NC grown)

LF: Green bell peppers, .99 each

LF: Avocados, $1 each

LF: Mangoes, $1 each

LF: Fresh Express salads, $2.50 - .55 coupon from 3/10 SS = $1.95 ( I don’t think coupon will double)

LF: Creamy red potatoes, 5 lb bag, $1.97

LF: Medium yellow onions, 3 lb bag, $1.97


Aldi: Cattleman’s Ranch corned beef brisket, $3.49/lb

Aldi: Sea Queen popcorn shrimp, 8 oz., $1.69

Aldi: Various frozen fish fillets, fish sticks 19 – 24 oz., $2.99

Aldi: Sea Queen flounder fillets, 16 oz., $3.99

Aldi: Cooked shrimp, 12 oz., $3.99

Aldi: Raw shrimp, medium, 16 oz., $4.99

FL: Chicken leg quarters, 10 lb bag, .69/lb – good price

FL: Boneless chicken breast value pack, $1.79/lb – good price!

FL: Boston Butt, 1 piece, whole pork, $1.79/lb

FL: St. Louis style or Country style pork rib, $1.99/lb

FL: Corned beef brisket, $2.99/lb

FL: Semi-boneless NY strip steaks, value pack, $5.99/lb

Food Lion shrimp, 16 oz., package, BOGO

FL: Salmon fillet, $5.99/lb

FL: Ocean perch fillet, $5.99/lb

FL: Ball Park meat franks, BOGO - .75/2 from 3/10 RP

HT: Harris Teeter chicken breast, boneless, Buy 2 Get 3 Free = $2.11/lb

HT: Stew meat, BOGO for $2.49/lb (good price for stew meat these days)

HT: Corned beef brisket, $3.49/lb

HT: London broil, BOGO for $3.49/lb

HT: EZ Peel white shrimp, BOGO, 2 lb bag

HT: Oscar Mayer beef franks, BOGO for $2.64

HT: Oscar Mayer turkey franks, BOGO for $1.72

Kroger: Tyson split chicken breasts, drumsticks or thighs, .99/lb

Kroger boneless corned beef, $3.49/lb

Kroger: Boneless sirloin tip roast, $3.49/lb

Kroger: Atlantic salmon fillets, farm raised, $4.99/lb

Kroger: White shrimp, $5.99/lb

LF: Sanderson Farms whole fryers, .79/lb, limit 4 with additional purchase

LF: Corned beef brisket, $2.99/lb

LF: Tip sirloin steak, $4.99/lb

LF: Oscar Mayer sliced meats, 10 oz, BOGO

LF: Oscar Mayer bologna, 16 oz., BOGO, $1.80

Dairy & Frozen

Aldi: Frozen blueberries, 12 oz., $1.99

Aldi: Frozen raspberries, 12 oz., $1.99

FL: My essentials orange juice, 128 oz., $3.49

HT: EVIC deal: Red Baron pizza, $2.97. limit 2

HT: Del Monte fruit naturals fruit cups, 7 oz, $1 - .50 coupon for mango variety on = FREE!

HT: Pizza dough balls, (found in the deli), $1.00

Harris Teeter shredded cheese, 8 oz., Buy 2 Get 3 Free, regular price is $2.75, total for 5 = $5.50 ($1.10 each!! – a very good price – time to stock up – remember, you can freeze cheese in the package)

HT: Minute Rice Steamers, 10 oz, frozen, $1.00 - .50/1 coupon from, .50/1 from 3/3 RP or 2/3 SS = FREE!

Harris Teeter cut corn or chopped broccoli, frozen, 16 oz., $1.25

Harris Teeter Ready Quick Broccoli Florets, 12 oz., $1.25

Kroger: Pillsbury refrigerated dough including dinner bread, cinnamon rolls, Grands biscuits, crescent rolls
Sale: $1.25
Coupon: Various .40/2 and .40/3 coupon from 2/3 SS, 2/24 SS, 1/27 SS, 2/10 SS, 1/6 SS, various printable coupons from and coupons: .40/2 cinnamon rolls, .40/3 biscuits, .50/2 crescent rolls

Kroger cheese, 12 – 16 oz., $3.33 each (like paying $1.67 for an 8 oz when you buy the 16 oz.)

LF: Pillsbury cinnamon rolls 7 oz, crescents 4 oz, grands biscuits 10.2 oz selected, golden layers biscuits grands jr 12 oz
Sale: $1.25 each, Buy 8 and earn 10 cent gas bonus
Coupon: Various printable coupons from, Various coupons from 2/3, 1/6, 2/24, 2/10, 1/27 SS, Various coupons from Smart Shopper coupons link from box above
Total after .50/2 crescent rolls coupon from = .75 each

LF: Dannon Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz, $1 - .75/4 coupon from 1/27 SS = .63 each

LF: Tribe hummus, BOGO for $1.75

LF: Michelina’s dinners, $1.00 - $1/5 printable coupon on their website = .80 each

LF: Kahiki egg rolls, $2.5 - .75/1 coupon from 2/3 RP = $1.00

LF: Red Baron Pizza, $3.33 each, classic crust

Misc. Grocery

FL: My Essentials canned vegetables, select 2 for $1.00

FL: My essentials chunk light tuna, 5 oz in water, .73

FL: Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides, 10 for $10 - $2/10 in-store kiosk coupon = 10 for $8 after coupon

HT: Heinz Gravy, $1.25 - .75/1 coupon available on Smart Shopper coupons link recently = FREE!

HT: Sun-Bird Asian seasonings, 1 oz, .99 - .80/1 coupon from Smart Shopper coupons in link above = FREE

HT: McCormick brown gravy mix, BOGO for .59 - .55/2 coupon from 3/10 RP = 4 cents each

HT: Altoids mints, 1.76 oz tin, BOGO for $1.14 - .50/1 coupon from Smart Shopper coupons link in box above = .14

HT: Progresso Recipe Starters, $1.33 - .50 coupon from 1/27 SS = .33 (same price as Lowes Foods but you get bonus gas rewards at Lowes for these this week)

HT: Mario Olives, black olives, 6 oz. BOGO for .99 - .30/1  printable coupon on their website = .39

HT: Harris Teeter yellow mustard, 8 oz, .59

HT: Bisquick, original, 20 oz., $1.99 - .60/1 coupon from = .79
Plus there is a .50/1 e-coupon credit making it only .29 after credit is received!

HT: Chex Mix, 8.75, $2 - .60/1 coupon from = .80

HT: Fleishmann’s Simply Homemade bread mix, $2.50 - .75/1 coupon from 3/10 and 2/10 RP = $1.00

HT: Classico pasta sauce, Buy 2 Get 3 Free, regular price is $3.29
Coupon: $1/3 coupon from 2/10 SS
Catalina deal: $1 register coupon when you buy 3, $1.50 register coupon when you buy 4
Total at register when you buy 5 and use the $1/3 coupon (they seem to be allowing us to use a coupon even on the free items of a B2G3 Free deal) = $5.58 ($1.11 each) and you should receive a register coupon for $1.50 (making it .82 each after register coupon!)

Harris Teeter ketchup, 24 oz., $1.00

Harris Teeter pineapple chunks, 20 oz., $1.00

HT: Harris Teeter strawberry preserves, 12 oz., $1.27

HT: Dei Fratelli tomatoes, 28 oz, BOGO for $1.34

HT: Fiber One Protein Bars, $2.50 - .60/1 coupon from = $1.30
PLUS there is a .50 SavingStar e-coupon credit (if you already loaded it – it’s no longer available to load). Total after savingstar = .80

HT: Cheez-It crackers, BOGO for $1.87 each - $1/2 coupon from 1/27 RP = $1.37 each
There was also an ibotta coupon available recently, as well

HT: Harris Teeter self rising flour, 5 lb bag, $2.27

HT: Dixie Crystals, 4 lb bag, $2.49 - .50/1 printable coupon on their website (when you register) = $1.49

HT: Eight O Clock coffee, 12 oz., BOGO for $3.24 - $1 coupon from 2/3 RP = $2.24

Kroger beans, 15 – 15.5 oz cans, .69

Kroger: Ragu Pasta Sauce, 3 for $5
Deal: Buy 3 Ragu sauces and get 2 FREE boxes of Kroger pasta
Coupon: .75/2 Kroger digital coupon
Total = $4.25 for all 5 products

LF: Progresso Recipe Starters, 18 oz can, $1.33 each, Buy 3 and earn 10 cent gas bonus
Coupon: .50/1 coupon from 1/27 SS
Total = .33 each

RA: M&M Mars snack size candy, 6-pack or King size candy bars
Sale: 2 for $2
+UP: $1 +UP when you buy 2, limit 4 deals
Coupon: $1/2 snack size 6-packs cupon from 3/3 RP
Total after coupon and +UP = 2 for FREE!

RA: Chex Mix, Gardetto’s, Bugles, Pringles,
Sale: 2 for $3
+UP: $1 +UP rewards when you buy 2
Coupon: .60/1 Chex mix coupon from
Total after +UP and 2 coupons = .40 each


FL: Pepsi products, 2 ltr, BOGO

FL: My Essentials cola, 3 ltr, $1.15

FL: Seattle’s Best coffee, 12 oz., $4.99 - $1.50 coupon from 2/24 SS = $3.49

Kroger: Coke products, 2 ltr, Buy 4 get 2 free = $1 each when you 6 at the same time

RA: Simplify soda, 2 ltrs, or flavored water 1 ltr., .88

RA: Pepsi 2 ltrs, .99

WG: 7UP, A&W, Sunkist, Canada Dry, Hawaiian Punch, 2 ltr, 2 for $2, limit 4 - .75 coupon for diet and ten varieties from 3/3 beverage insert

WG: Dr. Pepper, 2 ltrs, 2 for $2.5 - .75 coupon for Dr Pepper Ten or Diet from 3/3 beverage insert = .50 each


CVS: Edge shave gel
Price: $3.49
ECB: $2.00 Extrabucks reward
Coupon: $1.00 coupon from 2/10 SS, BOGO printable coupon on Smart Shoper coupons link recently (valid for up to $3)
Total after reward and $1 coupon and BOGO coupon = .49 each

CVS: Di-gel liquid, 12 oz
Sale: $5.00
Extrabucks: $2.00
Coupon: $2.50/1 printable coupon
Total after $2.50 coupon and ECB = .50

CVS: Irish Spring body Wash 15 oz or bar 6 pack
Sale: 3 for $9
Extrabucks: $3 when you buy 3
Coupon: .50/1 coupons possibly in 3/10 SS
Total when you buy 3 and use 3 coupons and ECB = $1.50 each

CVS: Sparkle paper towels 8 rolls and Angel Soft bath tissue 12 double rolls
Sale: 2 for $10
ECB: $2 Extrabucks
Coupon: .25/1 Angel Soft coupon on their website, $1 Sparkle coupon on Smart Shopper coupons link above recently   Total = $3 each with 2 of the $1 coupons

HT: Suave deodorant, 2.6 oz., $1.66 - .50/1 coupon from 3/10 RP = .66

RA: Speed Stick Ladies and Men’s deodorant, $1.99 – BOGO coupon from 3/10 SS = $1 each

RA: Arm & Hammer laundry detergent 45 – 50 oz, Suavitel softener, Palmolive 25 oz, Mr Clean, Magic Erasers, Clorox Bleach 96 oz
Sale: 2 for $5.00
+UP: $2.00 +UP, limit 2 offers
Coupons: .75/2 Arm & Hammer coupon from 2/10 SS, .50 Palmolive coupon from 3/3 SS, $1/2 Magic Eraser coupon from 3/3 PG
Scenario: Buy 2 Arm & Hammer detergents, use .75/2 coupon = $1.13 each after +UP reward! Very good price for 50 oz laundry detergent!

WG: Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick, 2.3 – 3.25 oz., 2 for $4 – BOGO coupon from 3/10 SS = $1 each

WG: Irish Spring body wash, soap 4-pack
Sale: 2 for $6
RR: $3 Register Rewards
Coupon: .50/1 from 3/10/13 Total after 2 coupons and RR = $1 each

Pet Care

LF: Paws dog biscuits, 26 oz., BOGO for $1.33




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  • Nancy Mar 14, 2013

    "Has anyone ever frozen breakfast casserole?"

    I have :) Worked very well! I let it cool, put it on a lined cookie sheet (after cutting it into individual size servings) - flash freeze on the cookie sheet for about 4-6 hours, then vacuum sealed two servings per package. I'm thinking when the egg deals start rolling, I'll probably do that as well as a variety of other things I can freeze.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 14, 2013

    Nancy - thanks for all your egg research. I do not freeze eggs although I know others who do. I like to make items with eggs and freeze them, as jdouglas selected. Favorites are baked goods like muffins, french toast, pancakes. I have not tried to freeze breakfast casserole though.

    FYI - the Lowes Foods brand of tortilla chips are on sale BOGO for .99. This is a very good deal.

  • jdouglas13 Mar 14, 2013

    FWIW, maybe the answer to the egg glut solution is to use it as an ingredient in something that freezes well like french toast. Has anyone ever frozen breakfast casserole? That would be a good use of the eggs. And I'm thinking if scrambled eggs freeze well, perhaps a frittata will too??

    Of course, there are plenty of "fresh" dishes that use a lot of eggs -- lemon meringue pie, spaghetti carbonara, lemon curd, angel food cake (which freezes). Fortunately, eggs keep pretty well, and go on sale pretty often.

  • Nancy Mar 14, 2013

    Ok, here's the bad news about freezing hard boiled eggs:

    "You won't like the result. The water in the egg white moves about and crystallizes when it freezes, altering the structure, so that when the egg is thawed, the white is both watery and rubbery.

    You can freeze the yolk, however, and, once thawed, crumble it on salads or use it for a garnish. But it won't have the smooth, almost paté-like texture one finds in a freshly hard-boiled egg.

    In either case, freezing is not really the highest and best use of a hard-cooked egg. "


  • Nancy Mar 14, 2013

    When the egg deals hit, it will be setting up the feast or famine scenario :( Unfortunately, eggs are not a freezable item. I did try taking them out of shells, whipping just to mix but not add air and freezing them that way for cooking use - did NOT like the results even then! So that's not an option anymore.

    Wonder if hard boiled eggs freeze? .... hhhmmm, off to research that. At least if they do, they could be used in salads and such? Will report back on what I find out about that.

    I do know that scrambled eggs freeze well though, another option to take advantage of the inevitable eggs deals we should be seeing very soon.

  • nakabi Mar 14, 2013

    corbin-Shame that CVS won't take competitor coupons so you could use the .75 Sparke q from FL :(

  • corbin04 Mar 14, 2013

    Sorry Faye, i guess didn't refresh my page before posting my 2nd comment. Ty for knew exactly what i was doing wrong lol.

    Jdouglas...yes they can be tricky...they honestly kind of overwhelm me but i'll risk it here and there when push comes to being out of paper towels lol.

  • jdouglas13 Mar 14, 2013

    corbin, those drug store deals can be tricky. Math is not my strong suit, and sometimes I have to go over it a few times to make sure I've got it right. Someone else also had a really good deal on Scott 6 mega paper towels... I want to say $3.99 at Lowes?? I'm sure there's a coupon out there somewhere for them.

    Flying, I was thinking the same thing about an egg deal. You'd think this close to Easter, we'd be inundated with egg deals.

    CVS also had the Coke deal this week - 5/$15, get $5 ECB. I got it yesterday, and the girl looked at me like I had two heads when I mentioned that I was hoping for a RC ;)

    Thanks for all your work putting together this list, Faye!

  • corbin04 Mar 14, 2013

    Ahhh, i think i caught my's $2 ebux for the both of them...i was thinking $2 ebux EACH. I'm a slow learner!

  • scoutmomof2 Mar 14, 2013


    I believe you are thinking you are getting $2 ecb for each of the Sparkle when it is $2 total for the two paper towels. $10 - 2-$1 coupons -$2 ecb= $6 or $3 each.