Thank You for My $2.36 Gas Kroger Fuel Rewards Points

I am a loyal fan of the Kroger Fuel Rewards program.  Tonight I filled up the van with $2.36/gallon gas.

Last week I used a 200 extra points coupon that I received in the mail when I did my Kroger shopping. I am not sure exactly how it worked out but I ended up getting nearly 700 points and spent around $75 after coupons.

Today those points combined with others I had and I got $1 off per gallon of gas!

Kroger customers who use their Kroger Plus card when shopping  get 100 points for each $100 worth of purchases. Once you 100 points, your Kroger  card can be used at participating Shell stations to get $.10 off a gallon for one fill-up. You can get $.30 off  a gallon after buying $300 in groceries and $1 off per gallon after spending $1000.

Here is how it works:

The read-out on a gas pump will ask if you want to use a Kroger fuel-rewards card. If you chose “Yes,” then your full-size Kroger Plus rewards card can be inserted into the station’s credit-card reader to activate the discount, which is subtracted immediately at the pump. If  you only have the  small keychain card with you  then your customer number can be keyed in at the pump and the discount will be taken.

You can check out all the details for Knoxville area Shell stations promotion here. What a great way to save on gas!

Do use Kroger Fuel Rewards? Is it worth if for your family?

Is Dumpster Diving (for Coupons) Legal? Updated with an Answer from Knoxville

I received this question from a reader this morning.

Coupon Katie,

I have a question for you. Is it against the law here in Knoxville or all of Tennessee to dumpster dive? I was thinking of checking out some newspaper recycling dumpsters but, didn’t know if I would be breaking the law or not. I know it is illegal in some areas but, I can’t seem to find anything about Knoxville or Tennessee.

Truthfully I don’t know if there is a law or ordinance regarding dumpster diving in Knoxville or Tennessee. I looked around a little but haven’t found much information. In a few Knox county documents is does say to “ Keep dumpsters secure to prevent illegal dumping and scavenging.” I sent off a few emails and  I’ll update you when I get an answer.

My guess is it will probably depend on where the dumpster is located. If it is on private property (ie. property owned by a store) then it could be considered trespassing. There also might be a sanitation concern.

Anyone else have any ideas?

I sent an email to the Knoxville Solid Waste Project Manager. Here is his answer:

I am sorry, there are a number of reasons we do not allow individuals to go into the containers at the recycling centers.  First on my list is safety.  We do not want to see someone getting hurt reaching into the containers.  You could fall in and hurt or scrape yourself and or scrape yourself on the siding pulling something out.
Next is identity theft. Just because the sign says newspaper does not mean that folks will not throw in their personal materials in the news paper container instead of the mixed paper container. Users of the centers sometimes think that when they see others reaching in and pulling out materials from the containers that they are possibly looking for identification items. We do get calls like this. Thinking the use of materials they just placed in for recycling could be used for identity theft they could possibly confront you in a unfriendly manner and again your safety would be involved.
Third there is a ordinance prohibiting such things. All materials once placed into the containers becomes the property of the City. # O-451-00, § 1 Chapter 13, Section 13.18. No unauthorized person shall uncover, rifle, pilfer, dig into, turn over or in any other manner disturb or use any container or other solid waste or recycling receptacle including but not limited to cans, bins, dumpsters or similar type storage belonging to the city or any person, business or contractor. This section shall not be construed to prohibit the use of public antilitter cans for the deposit of refuse commonly recognized as litter.
If we let one or two persons go through the containers we would have to let all citizens go through them and we would loose control very quickly.  Some would want the material to take for recycling themselves such as the aluminum cans. Others like yourself have very commendable causes.  Some may take as much material as they can and discard unwanted items in the trash later while those residents bringing the materials to the centers do so thinking all will be recycled. Again it is a control item.

I would encourage you to check for any ordinances in you city/county.

Coupon Katie's Best Deals of the Week 6/21/11

Here are the deals I shared this morning on Fox 43.


Ivory Bar Soap (3 ct)-$.95
-$1/1 coupon from the 5/1 PG
Final cost=Free

Benadryl Itch Relief Stick (0.47 oz.)-$2.29
-$2/1 any Benadryl Topical Product coupon from the 6/19 RP
Final cost=$.29

Ritz Crackerfuls-$2.54
-$1/1 coupon found here
stack with $.75/1 printable manufacturer coupon
Final cost=$.79

Suave Naturals Body Lotion (18oz)-$2.69
$1/1 printable Suave coupon
stack with the $.75/1 coupon (click on the “Beauty” category)
Final cost =$.94


Hershey’s Bliss (8.6-9.6oz)-$5.99, Get $5.99 ECB (limit 1)
-$1/1 coupon from the 5/1 SS (Exp 6/26)
Final cost=Free + $1 overage after coupon and ECB

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste (4 oz) -$2.79, GEt $2 ECB (limit 2)
-$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced coupon from the 6/12 SS
Final cost=Free  after coupon and ECB

All Scotch Tape-on sale Buy One Get One Free
Buy 2 rolls of Scotch Magic Tape-$1.99
-2 $1/1 Scotch printable coupons
Final cost=2 for Free

Schick Hydro 3 or Hydro 5 razor (1 ct)-$8.99 each on sale Buy One Get One Free
-2 $4/1 coupon from the 6/12 SS
Final cost=$.50 each


Speed Stick Deodorant-$1
$.50/1 Speed Stick coupon
Final cost=Free

Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish-$1
$.35/1 Goldfish Grahams printable
Final cost=$.30

$1/5 Powerade coupon
Final cost=$.49

Silk Soy Milk-$2.99
$2/1 Silk coupon
Final cost=$.99


Youth T-shirts- $1.50

Flip Flops-$1.41-$1.77


Free National Parks Entrance Day- June 21st

Free DIY Organic Baby Food eBook

Free Summer Travel Guides


If you are new to couponing here are a few resources on my site that will help you make sense of it all.
Walgreens Store Guide
CVS Store Guide

Target Shipping Tips
Couponese-The Language of the Coupon World
Coupon Ethics

My CVS Trip: The Plan & The Reality

I had a $10 ECB that expired tomorrow so, the boys and I ran by CVS today on our way to the pool. Here is what I had planned/hoped to buy:

Zyrtec 24 hr Tablets (5ct.)-$5.99, Get $5.99 ECB (Limit 1)
$2/1 Zyrtec Product
Bayer Advanced Aspirin (20ct)-$3, Get $1 ECB (limit 1)
-$2/1 coupon from the 6/12 SS
Schick Hydro 3 or Hydro 5 razor (1 ct)-$8 , Get $4 ECB (limit 1)
-$4/1 coupon from the 6/12 SS
2 Colgate total whitening -on sale Buy One Get One Free- $2.39
– $.75/1 from the 6/5 SS
-$1/1 from Kroger insert 6/12
-my $10 ECB

In theory:
Out of Pocket=just a little tax
Get Back=$10.99 in ECB

However, the CVS I stopped out was out of everything but the razor. So this is what I actually did:

Schick Hydro 5 razor (1 ct)-$8 , Get $4 ECB (limit 1)
-$4/1 coupon from the 6/12 SS
Schick Hydro 5 cartridges (4ct)-$8.79, Get $4 ECB (limit 1)
-$2/1 Schick refill coupon from the 6/12 SS
-my $10 ECB

Out of Pocket= $2.34 ($1.55 in tax)
Got Back=$8 in ECB

This is why it is always good to have a back up plan when drug store shopping. You never know what deal will work best until you see what is in stock.

Coupon Katie's WBIR Best Deals of the Week 6/13/11

Here are all the deals I shared this evening on WBIR 10 News at Five


Beech-Nut Infant Cereals-$1.48
$1/1 Beechnut Cereal printable coupon
Final cost=$.48

Huggies Baby Wipes (64-72ct)-$1.49
-$.50/1 Huggies wipes coupon from the 6/12 SmartSource insert
Final cost=$.49


Kroger Buns (sandwich or hot dog)-$.77

Kroger Foam Plates (50ct)-$.98

Food City

Hormel Compleats (10 oz)-$1.49
-$1/1 Hormel Compleats Kids coupon from 5/8 SmartSource or printable Kids Compleats or $1/1 printable
Final cost=$.49

Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta  Salad-$.99
-$.50/2 coupon from 6/5 SmartSource insert
Final cost=$.74 ea

Fresh Express Salad Mix-$1.49
$.50/1 Fresh Express Salad coupon (try zip 77477)
Final cost=$.99

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix-$.99


Nivea Body Wash for Men $3.04
-$1/1 Target store Nivea coupon
-$2/1 Nivea Men’s Body Wash coupon from the 6/5 RP
Final cost =$0.04

Up & Up Aluminum Foil (25sq ft)-$1.02
$.50/1 up & up™ Aluminum Foil Target  Coupon
Final cost=$.52

Up & Up Spray Detangler (10oz) $1.34
-$0.50/1 Up & Up Hair Care Item TARGET coupon
Final cost=$.84

Up & Up Baby Shampoo (15oz)-$1.37
-$0.50/1Up & Up Baby  Item , TARGET coupon
Final cost=$.87

Free Stuff

Office Max Free Sharpie Highlighter 5 pack with online coupon

BlockbusterFree Unlimited in store Rentals until July 4th with one rental of new release.

Regal Cinema Summer Movie Express-Tuesday & Wednesday’s 10am $1 admission
Carmike Summer Kids Series-Thursday’s 10 am $1 admission



If you are new to couponing here are a few resources on my site that will help you make sense of it all.
Walgreens Store Guide
CVS Store Guide

Target Shipping Tips
Couponese-The Language of the Coupon World
Coupon Ethics

Knoxville News Sentinel's $1000 Gas Giveaway

I received an email about this promotion this morning and then I saw a flyer in my newspaper this afternoon.
The Knoxville News Sentinel is running a $1000 Gas Giveaway with three winners. First prize is a $1,000 gas gift card, second is a $500 gas gift card and third is a $100 gas gift card.

Here is all the fine print and how to enter:

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Beginning 6/9/2011 through 6/19/2011, any day between the hours of 8:00 AM Eastern Time through 10:00 PM Eastern Time, call toll free 1-866-327-1706, 1-866-327-1708, 1-866-327-1709, 1-866-327-1710, 1-866-327-1711, or 1-866-327-1712 to enter. Limit one entry per person/household address regardless of which number you call.
Drawing will be held on or about 6/21/11. For Official Rules, go to 2332 News Sentinel Dr, Knoxville, TN 37921. Must be 18 years of age or older and a Tennessee resident to enter. (1) First Prize: $1000.00 Gift Card; (1) Second Prize: $500.00 Gift Card; (1) Third Prize: $100.00 Gift Card. Sponsor: Scripps Media, Inc. dba Knoxville News Sentinel, 2332 News Sentinel Drive, Knoxville, TN 37921.

Let me know if you enter and definitely let me know if you win!!

**Update- So strange-I just tried all these numbers and none were working! I will try again in the morning. Did anyone else see this insert today?

Great Uses for Used Dryer Sheets

This post idea came from comments on the Coupon Katie Facebook page.

Is there any good use for used dryer sheets?

I have a small box on top of my dryer that I use to collect dryer lint and used dryer sheets. However, there always seems to be used dryer sheets in the bottom of my laundry baskets, in sock drawers, in the towels etc. It doesn’t really bother me I just started thinking there has to be some use for these.

Do you have any creative ideas?
To get you started thinking here are a few uses from 20 Household Uses for Used (Yes, Used) Dryer Sheets:

  • Dryer sheets make great dusting cloths for your wooden furniture.
  • Is your hair dry and full of static electricity? Gently wipe a used dryer sheet over your head to get rid of it.
  • Use old dryer sheets to easily wipe up talcum powder, flour, and other messes of this type.

There are a few more ideas on using used dryer sheets here.  These include scrubbing your shower and cleaning bugs off your car!

I am excited to hear your good ideas.