Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fru-Gal Column March 11

What I share about saving money is simple common sense.
For example, in my first column, I said I wasn’t going to tell you to stop buying that $3 coffee every morning or go out and grow your own food. Common sense tells you if you make your coffee at home or use coupons you are going to save money. It all is a give and take but learning the benefits in the end is what matters. Let’s say you go out to lunch four times a week, bring your lunch enjoy reading a book while eating or take a walk because your not wasting gas driving to a restaurant and you have extra time in the end. In today’s economy you can find ways to cut costs without sacrificing your lifestyle. Turn off the TV and ride a bike. Enjoy what you have, not wanting what you don’t.

It is common sense that if you eat better you become healthier leading you to savings on future medical costs. Kroger is helping you with that. If you go to their stores you will see signs that say Health Matters. This program is designed to help you make the better choice along with saving money. Kroger is letting you see the nutritional value of foods “at a glance” with the NuVal scoring system. All foods are scored from 1 to 100; the higher the score, the higher the food’s overall nutrition. The NuVal score appears on store shelf tags. Kroger also has added registered licensed dietitians to be in stores on a scheduled basis. They will conduct FREE scheduled tours for weight management, gluten free, heart friendly products even shopping for kids tour sharing information about childhood obesity. For more information visit

Kroger stores now have a revolutionary health station called LUCY. For FREE you can measure several key health concerns including weight, body mass index, blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen and for those who are diabetic, they can download information from their diabetes meter. A computer enables customers to confidentially track their numbers in each of theses areas over time. All you need is to setup a password at the station.


Coupons from Campbell’s Soup Kitchen

Join the Kashi community to receive exclusive coupons and free samples

Sign up for myStonyfield to get access to special offers, coupons and newsletter.

$1.00 off two boxes of Healthy Harvest Ronzoni Pasta

$1.00 off any box of Skinny Cow Truffle Box

Print out Healthy Choice coupons

Become a member of the Pillsbury group to take advantage of savings and get exclusive benefits.

Sign up for Post cereal newsletter and get a $2 off any POST Natural Advantage cereal coupon

Shape magazine’s Virtual Trainer gives you a personalized fitness routine based on your goals and allows you to track your meals for FREE!

Register for Tylenol keep moving program and you will receive a free DVD and pedometer to help you keep moving.

Sign up to learn more about Novo Nordisk insulin options then choose either a Eating Well with Diabetes Cookbook, Blood Glucose Diary or they will make a donation on your behalf to Project Hope.


Save $2.00 when you buy 3 bags of Hershey Easter candy

Save $1.00 when you buy two bags of NESTLE NestEggs
Save $1.00 when you buy any two bags of WONDKA Jelly


FREE Lego Club Magazine subscription.

Order Join the Lorax and help protect the earth from global warming for kids

FREE Autism Speaks 100 day kit for newly diagnosed families helping them make the best possible use of the 100 days following the diagnosis of autism

FREE digital books from Dr. Suess and kidthing!
Here’s how to get your free Dr. Seuss books:
Download the kidthing software. (download starts automatically)
Go to the Store tab and enter KTCODE-NEA5RAA into the search engine and hit ENTER.
Add the 4 books to your cart.
Go to checkout and download them for FREE!
An educational site that offers a change-making game for virtual shoppers, who must act as their own cashiers.

Older kids interested in bigger bucks can read up on earning and investing or take quizzes about their money habits.

Aspiring cartoonists can create strips with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Order your tickets for Disney on Ice at Rupp Arena, March 25-28 and save $5 with code BELLE

Stop into Dunkin Donuts on Mondays for the remainder of March and get a free medium hot or iced coffee.

This May, thousands of women will come together to take ownership of their health through National Women’s Health Week, an effort coordinated by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Off ice on Women’s Health. Log on to to take their Pledge for Better Health, obtain tools and articles, and view pledges from other motivated women.

Alltech St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Saturday, March 13 from 11 am to 7pm. The festival will feature Irish entertainment, singers, dancers, pipers, story tellers and more. The parade starts at 1:00pm.

Walk with Sidney. The 2K walk with Sidney is a family fun walk through Fayette Mall. Entry Fee is $20. Walkers will receive goodie bag and discounts at mall stores. Immediately following the walk, all walkers are invited to a free health screening provided by KHAKY and Central Baptist Hospital. For entry form go to website or call (859) 277-8259

7th Annual St. Patrick Day Bash at Harry’s at Lansdowne, Hamburg and Palomar. Wednesday, March 17 from 10:00am to 4:00pm enjoy a FREE Irish Buffet. There will be FREE door prizes to the first 100 people through the doors.

Madison County Home Energy Expo on March 13th from noon - 4pm at the Perkins Building on Kit Carson Drive in Richmond. There will be over 30 exhibitors, 9 workshops, kids activities, and give-aways. The door prizes will be 2 -$200 gift cards. For more information

Alltech and UK Opera Theatre presents Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition
Sunday, March 14, 2010 from 2 pm – 5pm at Singletary Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, University of Kentucky. FREE event open to the public. for more information

Enjoy a manicure and a martini for just $10 at Wines on Vine at 400 Old Vine Street for Martinis & Manicures every Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Call (859) 243-0017 for more information. FREE wine tasting every Wednesday night from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

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