Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fru-Gal Column April 14

The sun is here for good so let’s use one of nature’s free resources to help us get healthy. Losing weight can be one of the wonderful rewards of good weather. Get outside start walking, riding your bike, running, hiking or simply just playing in the park. Research shows that, if you’re overweight losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol and provide better blood sugar control. Set goals but be realistic. Right now Kroger is offering free Health Screening during the month of April at The Little Clinic. Get your blood pressure checked along with your cholesterol. You may also receive a free gift from Dulcolax while supplies last. Just call your local clinic to make an appointment. If you have a dog let him or her get the benefits of the good weather also. Put on your sneakers and grab the leash. Track your progress by visiting to chart the distance you cover and calculate the calories you burn. There are many different internet sites that can help you achieve your goals. Check out the following websites to help you get moving more for free.

• Join Walgreens new Walking program to receive coupons from a variety of vendors to use at Walgreens different coupons every week will be emailed to you. Upload your walk, share something or complete a walk in a certain category, you will earn points towards a new badge to display on your profile.

• Receive a $5 mail-in-rebate from Walgreens for 3 G Series Fit products from Gatorade. (rebate slip will print out at checkout)making them free after rebate.

• Join Eating Well Losing Well group to start slimming down. Get support on your weight loss journey; find expert advice along with delicious recipes.

• Download the app for or which, despite its name isn’t limited to running. Take your phone for a run or a ride or a hike using the GPS in your phone these apps will calculate how many calories you burned.

• Want to learn how to eat better? Make an appointment with one of Kroger’s dietitians for a store tour that is fun and free. They will help you address your particular nutrition and dietary needs or just be able to answer your questions.
• Free Atkins Starter Weight Loss Kit that contains three free Atkins bars.

• Free New Taste of Tradition Recipe Book from Sun-Maid.

• Register to participate in Celebrate Urban Birds. The 10 minute bird observation kit will be sent to you containing A Celebrate Urban Bird Poster, Silhouette Poster, Data Form, Seed packet and Stickers. Educators can sign up to get kits for their whole classroom.

Easter Deals-
• Rite Aid has bagged Easter candy on sale two for $5. You will receive $1 in Ups rewards to use on your next shopping trip and use $1 coupon from 4/10 Sunday paper to make the final price after rewards just $1.50 each when you buy two.

• Walgreens has Nestle Butterfinger Nest Eggs bags on sale for $2.50, use 55 cents printable coupon at making the final price just $1.95 a bag.

• Use $1 Mars candy coupon from 4/10 Sunday paper at Walgreens along with $1 store coupon in Walgreens April coupon book (should be right next to sales flyer in front of store) making two bags of Mars candy just $1.50 each.

• Wonka Sweethtarts are on sale at CVS for $2.50, use printable 55 cents coupon from making final price just $1.95 a bag.

• CVS has M&M bagged candy on sale for $1.97, use $1 for two coupon from 4/10 paper making final price just $1.47 each when you buy two bags.

• Russell Stover single serve Easter candy is on sale for 33 cents each originally 88 cents at Rite Aid.

• Coupon in Walgreens flyer for buy one get one free box of Russell Stover boxed candy.

• Look in Walgreens flyer for coupons making Easter pencils 8 cents each, buy one get one free Hot Wheel Cars and 33 cents for Easter grass.

• Buy $15 worth of select Mars Easter candy at Kroger and receive $5 coupon at checkout for gift cards expires Sunday, April 24th. Don’t forget to combine this offer with $1 coupon in 4/10 Sunday paper.

• Free Easter eCookbook from Mr. Food

• Sign up for Kodak Gallery and receive a Free Photo Magnet. Just pay $1 for shipping. Cute basket stuffer.

• Design and order 140 free Easter/Spring labels from Vistaprint, all you pay is $3 in shipping.

• Target has Monopoly, Connect 4 and Cuponk on sale for $8. Use printable $3 coupon at making final price just $5 each.

• Toys R Us has Crayola Outdoor Chalk and Bubbles on sale for buy one get one free this week use $2 coupon from 4/3 Sunday paper for additional savings.

• Toys R Us has Little Tikes toys on sale for buy one get one free use printable coupon for $5 off $30 purchase or $10 off $100 purchase.

• The Easter Bunny will be at Gattitown in Lexington on Thursday, April 21 from 5pm to 7:30pm. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt, with lots of prizes along with a chance to win an XBOX Kinect. Call (859)559-5655 for more information.

• Toys R Us is having a 3D Easter Adventure this Saturday starting at 12pm to 2pm. Bring the kids for an Easter Hunt and get a free gift bag, activity book plus more.

• Easter Egg Hunt for your dog at Love of Dogs Bakery located at 113 Clay Avenue on April 23 starting at 3pm. Eggs will be filled with gourmet treats. All dogs must be on leashes. Call (859)233-3647 for more information.

• Don’t forget about Joseph Beth Bookseller’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23 starting at 11am. Hunt for Easter Eggs, sing songs and more.

• Start a photo team share site at Shutterfly that lets you privately share your pictures and videos with friends and family. When you do you will score thirty free prints.

• This month, Sam’s Club is inviting members and non-members alike to visit their local Sam’s Club from April 15 to April 17 for a special, free tasting event to celebrate the spring season and the launch of the Sam’s Club cookbook, Fresh Fast and Fabulous. During this exclusive weekend only, you can download your very own version of the cookbook for free when you like Sam’s Club on their facebook page.

• Free one year subscription to Runway magazine, no strings attached.

• Huggies and Parent Magazine want to congratulate you on your new baby. Receive free seven issues of Parents magazines.

• Buy Cars Blue-ray/DVD combo pack for $24.98 and buy Incredibles Blue-ray/DVD combo pack for $24.98 at Best Buy and you will receive $10 off instantly for buying them together. If you previously owned the DVD copy of the two movies you will be able to print out $10 Incredible upgrade Blue-ray coupon along with $8 Cars upgrade Blue-ray coupon to pay just $21.96 for both. You also receive two tickets to see the new movie Cars 2 worth $8.50 each. Don't forget when you see the movie you can enter you ticket codes for Disney Movie Reward points and enter UPC codes from the movies for points.

• Petsmart and Innova Pet Food are giving away 2,000 pet food coupons every day until May 22. Register daily to win.

• Sign up to volunteer during the month of April with Volunteer Match and receive a coupon a free Newman’s Own product.

• Use your Speedy Rewards card when you purchase one of the following items at Speedway: King Size Snickers, King Size Butterfinger, or King Size Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and get a coupon for a Rent One get One Free DVD rental from Blockbuster Express.

• Want to save even more money on gas. Kroger is offering a new fuel program. For every 100 points you earn at Kroger you will receive 10 cents off per gallon up to $1 per gallon at Kroger Fuel stations. How do you earn points? When you use your Kroger Plus card to shop for groceries you receive 1 point for every dollar spent. Use your card in the pharmacy and receive 50 points for every non-federally funded prescription. Buy $50 in gift cards and receive 100 points but does exclude Kroger Gift Cards.

• This week at Kroger you can get a $5 gift card when you buy any 4 participating General Mills cereals or snacks using your Kroger plus card. Combine this with $1 coupon on three boxes of General Mill cereal at for additional savings.

• Like CVS extracare beauty club on their facebook page to receive a coupon for a FREE Essence of Beauty Antibacterial Collection product.

• Fetch a $5 Kroger coupon for Pedigree dog food

• April is National cheese month. Jarlsberg cheese is giving away grilled cheese toaster sleeves along with $1 coupon for Jarlsberg cheese on their facebook page.

Last week’s column had a couple of mistakes that I apologize for.

Three Chimneys Farm does not offer free tours they are $10 per person but all proceeds go to charity. Send an email to to schedule.

The Kellogg’s $10 Gas Card mail-in-rebate is for purchasing ten boxes of Kellogg’s cereal not five. This still is a good deal if you use it combined with coupons.

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