Kroger's premium store brand is called Private Selection. I recently got into the Bzzagent campaign for their frozen foods. They sent me a coupon to try out the pizza, an appetizer, and a dessert for free. My husband was very excited about this particular one and said, "Accept it!" lol. These are the three items we got with my coupons.
Appetizer: I got the Southwestern Style Chicken Trumpets. Let me start off by saying that there is NO way we will ever buy these again. They were delicious (I'll get more into the taste and product in a minute) but way, way, way overpriced. When I say way overpriced, I do not just mean by my cheapy standards. This little tiny 6.3 oz box that contained 9 trumpets about the size of my thumb would have cost us $8.19 (originally $8.99) without the coupon. That price is simply outrageous! Now onto the product. They were great! The outsides get a nice crisp on the outside and the filling is very flavorful. I ate mine with a little sour cream like the box suggested. My husband said that they tasted like something you'd get at Chilis. The thing is, even at a restaurant, they would not have cost that much unless it was a bigger portion than the box contained. I don't know how they are selling any at that price.
Pizza. These pizza are small, thin, artisan style pizzas. Our Ralphs had four (I think) varieties of the pizza. but none of them look appetizing to me. I am more of a supreme/combination type person or Philly Cheesesteak pizza not so much bbq chicken, margherita, etc. My husband loves those type pizzas though so I let him pick and he chose the Barbeque Chicken. It didn't take long in the oven and cooked evenly. I wasn't a fan of it (like I had predicted) but again, it's because I don't like that type flavor. My husband and the boys really liked the flavor. The only criticism he had was that it was pretty expensive for the size of the pizza. He said he could have eaten the whole thing himself (though of course that would not have been the healthiest) whereas brands like Digiorno and Tombstone go on sale for cheaper and feed more people. The cost was $4.99 on sale ($6.59 regularly) for a 14.45 oz pizza. Not outrageously priced especially compared to restaurant prices but a bit expensive considering it's less than a pound.
Dessert: This was my favorite part. I got the Belgian Chocolate lava Cakes that came four to a box. They were AMAZING! Seriously, for me they could take the place of the chocolate lava/molten cakes at the restaurants. About one minute in the microwave (each) is all it took to make these rich, chocolately cakes with the most scrumptious center. I was really, truly impressed with these and would recommend them to anybody who loves chocolate as much as I do. They were $5.99 on sale ($6.99 regular price) but considering to buy one from the restaurant (that is about twice the size of these, so the box would be about 1 1/2- 2 restaurant cakes) is about $7-$8 nowadays, this is a better deal and in my opinion just as good. My husband who sadly only got one (what? I don't know where the others went...) agreed that they were delicious.
Overall, these products were very good and very easy to prepare. None of them tasted like frozen food. They all tasted like fresh from the restaurant food. I also tried other desserts which I will post more about once I try the last out of the 3 that were bought ;)
Last week I did not get around to posting so this week, I'll just combine the two into one post. The Toughskins gray shorts were a last resort type find last Tuesday. I had tried on a couple things myself (I know, I know, I don't need anything) and nothing worked out. Some didn't fit right and then there was a pair of denim capri pants that fit me perfectly... seriously they fit me like a glove. The problem? They had some adhesive stuff on the back that felt like a large sticker had been peeled off and didn't take all the adhesive with it. I didn't want to chance it because I know how some adhesive (especially from stickers/labels) does NOT come out. I was bummed. Then I was looking at the rack of shorts (nice quality cargo khaki adjustable waist ones) for a pair of 6, 7, or 8 (the next three sizes for the oldest) to put in our grow into bin. The smallest they had was one pair of size 10 and that is just too big to buy now. The same happened with several other items. In the boys section, sizes 5-8 are really sparse. They have a TON of the bigger sizes and a decent amount of toddler sizes but I wasn't looking for either of those. So anyway, while I wasn't thrilled about using up an "any free clothing" credit up for some shorts that were only $7.99 regular price ($5 at the outlet), it was THE only pair I found under size 10. While they are very plain (two plain pockets on the front and nothing on the back), they feel like they are pretty nice quality so they should hold up well and will definitely go with lots of things.
This week, I again went through several "no's" before deciding that I wanted to get a dress shirt and tie set by Dockers. They seem to run REALLY small. In the smaller boys section, they only had 2 of these while having many in the bigger sizes. Size 6 and size 10. The size 6 looked more like a 4 (though it was better looking than the one I got) and the size 10 looked more like a 7 or 8 so that is what we went with (so that both boys could use it). It is Dockers so it is obviously good quality. The wrinkling is from me leaving it shoved in a bag not from the store. It is going to be great for Easter and any other dress up occasions that may pop up. The MSRP is $24.99. My price was $0!
Remember that Free Apparel Tuesdays continue through the end of the year. You can get one free apparel item (except leather, Levis, or outerwear) per family per week. All you have to do is go to a Sears Outlet that sells clothing and show them your Shop Your Way Rewards card (free to sign up if you are not already a member). That is all. It is very easy. Check out their weekly ad here
for more info. I also have purchased a cute purple infinity scarf recently for $3 (accessories are $3 right now at my store), normally $4 which is still a great price.
**Update: I no longer will recommend any Sears owned company. In fact, I highly encourage you to take your business ANYWHERE else! For my reasoning, check out this post here