Another Kroger Run

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 27, 2009

So. This week I’m thinking that 2 of my meals won’t come in under $5. *sigh*

We shall see!

I only used $5 worth of coupons. I mostly shopped the items that were advertised. I also managed to get 2 packages of steak that were marked down, one of which I had a coupon for!

Total spent $83.64
Total saved $36.32 (30%)

Not my greatest week. Over budget again! *big sigh*

I’m hoping to make next week a “Pantry Challenge” week…where I use up what’s in the pantry and spend very little at the store :)

I’m sharing this trip at The New Frugal Mom Blog’s “Let’s Go Krogering” Round-Up!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Miriam January 27, 2009 at 8:13 am

Hi Erin :) Looks like you did pretty good this week! Also wanted to let you know that the link to “The New Frugal Mom Blog” doesn’t work. Have a great day :)


$5 Dinner Mom January 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

Thanks Miriam! All fixed now :)


Upstatemomof3 January 27, 2009 at 9:05 am

Ohhh! I love Pantry Challenges. It is the best way to get rid of what you have and save money. Plus, it is fun to be that creative and see what you can come up with.


Astrid January 27, 2009 at 9:27 am

Lately it seems that my grocery shopping trips are adding up fast- to above my budget. My grocery stores don’t take printed out coupons. Oh, and they don’t double (and certainly not triple) the coupon value. Plus…I rarely find coupons for the actual things I want to buy (most of the coupons I come across are for pre-made food stuff).
I do try to plan meals with what’s on sale but that isn’t always easy!


Anonymous January 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

I think you’re doing fine. I find that I might have one or two weeks in a row where I’m slightly over budget, but I’m able to make it up in future weeks by being under budget with little to no effort. It all works out in the end if you continue to be diligent and mindful about your purchases.

And I have to say, we tried the Lundberg wild rice mix just last night and we loved it. Definitely substitute chicken stock for the water when you make it.



Mara Yardlay January 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

I love doing “pantry Challenges” I did this on my own about once a month to ever 2 months and my shopping bills those week are so low. I love it. I still have to buy a few things to make the meals complete, but it still is ALOT less than my normal shopping.


Stephanie January 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm

I love your recipes and the concept. I write a similar post on my blog every Tuesday; it’s called “Recession Cuisine”…come by and check it out!



Maria January 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I just found your blog and I love it!! I love shopping the sales!


shannanb aka mommy bits January 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Love the idea of a pantry challenge. I often see things in ours that have been there forever.


Danielle January 27, 2009 at 9:32 pm

yum to those blueberries! what do you have in store for them?


FromThe Creek January 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

It is very difficult to stay within the budgetwhen you have to buy GF foods…I have that same problem!


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