Free Grocery Money


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A few weeks back I won a $25 Kroger Gift Card from Deborah of Taste and Tell’s Give Away.

Kroger Gift Card

Although there are no Kroger’s by me, Ralph’s is in the same family of grocery stores and the card is good at Ralph’s.  I live very close to a Ralph’s and that’s my go-to grocery store.   My second home. I tucked the gift card into my wallet and had no trouble using it.

Wallet open with Kroger Gift Card laying on top

I am always replenishing my produce stash.   I knew I’d have no trouble using my free grocery money.

Vine Ripened Tomatoes

Bag of grapes

You can barely see the little Kroger brand logo on this salad mix, but it’s there.  (Even though I got the salad mix at Ralph’s). See, I knew they were part of the same “family” of stores.

Cucumbers and Romaine Lettuce Blend


I put my grocery finds to immediate use…
Green salad with vegetables on white plate

Dressed with homemade vegan Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

Ingredients for Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing in white bowl with spoonMixed up Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

I made some Sweet ‘n Tangy Chicken-less Salad to go with the green salad.  <—That’s the green food I ate for St. Paddy’s Day.
Close up of Sweet 'n Tangy Chicken-less Salad

And there was also Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate for dessert.

Diced up Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate in white dish

From my last post about What you Stash, it was fun to hear what you stash and stockpile.  From produce to snack bars to chocolate.  You all are hoarders.  Kidding.

And thanks for the compliments on my Amazon Store.  I am excited, but as I said in the post, I don’t plan to really “promote” it all that much.  If someone wants to know what brand of spiralizer or tofupress or yoga mat I use, they can go to my Store and check it out.  If I happen to make 17 cents in the process, great.  If not, oh well. All info about my Amazon store is in my Shop Tab.


1. If you had $25 to spend at the regular grocery store, what would you buy?  Or what do you normally buy with your grocery budget?

Most of my grocery money goes toward fresh produce.  Around that I add plant-based protein like edamame, tofu, nuts, seeds.  Then I think condiments, sauces, dips.  And coffee.

I did two posts that you may find relevant:

Tips for Saving Money on your Grocery Budget (I covered things like I can buy twice the amount of food if I don’t buy organic, why I hardly ever step foot in WF’s, etc.)


My Pantry & Refrigerator Staples (common, easily sourced items I always have and can make pretty much anything from scratch that I want to eat, from what I have on hand)

2. Weekend Plans?

I am possibly getting together with a friend.

And I am most definitely working, doing housework, cooking, cleaning, and you know, sitting on the couch watching soaps and eating bon-bons. Or eating No-Bake White Chocolate Mango Cookie Dough Bites.

Overhead of No-Bake White Chocolate Mango Cookie Dough Bites

And enjoying some of this great weather we’re having in San Diego!

Pink flowering bush

Enjoy your weekend!


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  1. I would spend the $25 dollars on cilantro. All of it. :-) Hehe. I love cilantro.

  2. My weekly grocery budget is around 25 dollars! … and I buy dried beans, whole grains, nuts/seeds and produce.. and canned tomatoes..

  3. Organic fruits and veggies do take up a big chunk of my grocery shopping! It can get pretty crazy, mostly because what I’m craving changes so often!

  4. i think the amazon thing is cool! and it’s great if you get a little dough for it too! speaking of dough…..i’m trying out some of your microwave oat bars soon!

  5. That homemade dressing looks awesome!!
    Also, I’m off to look up some of your raw cookie recipes =D

  6. You’re a far better woman than I! If I had free grocery money it would all be treats and snacks in my basket :P

  7. uhh a grocery gift card is SOOO ideal. it’s amazing how much I spend at the store! lucky duck you :)

  8. hmmm… $25 at a grocery store? vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, yogurt, the odd condiment. most of our grocery shopping is done outside of a grocery store. we hit up independent retailers: fruit store, organic butcher, health food store, bakery.

    woo hoo! friday! enjoy your weekend, averie. i’m super jealous of your weather!