I went to Food Lion last week to take advantage of their deal on charcoal: buy Kingsford and get FREE Hidden Valley Ranch or KC Masterpiece. I also had some coupons to take even better advantage of the deal. I know some people don't like Food Lion because they don't double coupons or offer a lot of BOGO deals, but I've done really well shopping there regardless.
Trip summary: I did two transactions to maximize my number of FREEBIES. I also had some coupons that could not be used together in the same transaction. I was able to get 3 FREE Hidden Valley Ranch; 2 from the deal and 1 by coupon. Go to GatherRoundTheGrill to get FREE item coupons to use when buying KingsFord.
I bought 1 whole chicken, 3 bottles of Hidden Valley Ranch (FREE), 10lbs of Russet potatoes, 3 gallons of skim milk (almost $15!), 4 boxes of FL Mac&Cheese (FREE), 2 cans of Campbell's Chicken noodle (FREE), 1 box of ice cream pops, approx 4lbs of ground chuck, 2 small containers of Skinny Cow ice cream (25 cents total), 2 bags of KingsFord briquets, 2lbs of carrots, 2 18oz boxes of Cheerios, 1 Vlasic pickle spears, and 3lbs of pork ribs (just $1.30!).
Total before savings and coupons: $102.52
Total out of pocket: $57.98
saved 42% --- I may have saved even more; when my Food Lion does markdowns, they only show the lowest price on the receipt, not the original, higher price. I was also glad I did this in Georgia; very little food tax helps with the savings.