Bargain Meal of the Week – Kroger, Meijer

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 3, 2009

Not sure what to eat this week? Not a coupon user? Planning meals is a great way to save a little money at the grocery store. Planning meals based on the advertised sales alone can REALLY help reduce your grocery budget.

Here are a few frugal meals that I see this week (Prices based on SW Ohio store circulars):

Kroger - Pork Chops ($1.99/lb) with Mashed Sweet Potatoes ($.79/lb) and Sauteed Asparagus ($.99/lb)

For a family of 4, purchase 1 package of pork chops for about $2.25, 4 small sweet potatoes for $1.58, and 1 bunch of asparagus for $.99.

Pork Chop and Sweet Potato recipes found here

Total for the meal: $4.82

Meijer - Pork Loin ($1.79/lb), Mashed Potatoes ($2.49/8 lbs), and Asparagus ($1.47/lb)

For a family of 4, purchase 2 lb pork loin ($3.58), 1 8 lb bag of potatoes (use only 1/3 of the bag) ($.83), and 1 bunch of asparagus ($1.47)

Pork Loin and Mashed Potato Recipes found here

Total for the meal: $5.88


Catch My Vision: I would LOVE to have more frugal meals to post each week! Here’s where I need your help!!! If you would like to help others save money at the grocery store (and of course help yourself at the same time!), then I’ve got a proposition for you. I would love to have more meals deals for different grocery stores around the country. I WISH I had time to explore the different grocery store circulars and post a meal for each of them. Since I can’t do it alone, I need you to help. If you are interested in helping me get more grocery stores on the “Frugal Meal of the Week” post, please email me (click on “Contact” above!). I would be glad to send you more details. Thanks so much :)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Reborn February 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

I just found this site through a link at Journey to A Gracious Woman and I’m really interested in this concept. However, is 4 small potatoes and 1 bunch of asparagus really enough for 4 people? My hubby and I definitely eat 1 bunch of asparagus between the two of us regularly.

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Amanda February 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I love this idea! Have you considered also opening it up to meal ideas based upon ads from other Kroger regions? I know based upon weekly Kroger posts/shopping trips that I read around the web that prices and sales can vary considerably from one Kroger region to the next.

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$5 Dinner Mom February 3, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Amanda- Yes, I would love to feature more Kroger stores in different regions! If you are interested in helping, please let me know.

Reborn- I picked up about 1 lb of Asparagus for $.99. It was a large bunch of skinnier asparagus. It will be plenty for my family. Of course, you can always buy more :)

Erin

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Anonymous February 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Have you ever done low-carb $5 dinners??? I know potatoes, pasta, rice…it’s all very cheap. But, low-carb is NONE of those. I follow a high protein, low carb and low fat diet (lots of meat, veggies and salads). This can be quite expensive, even with my zillion coupons! Any ideas??

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Kathleen in MT February 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I read your interview at the Once A Month Mom site. If you are craving lasagna, here is how I can do one for $7.71 for my seven (including 3 teenagers!). This is based on recent things I have bought and have in my pantry right now:

1 lb burger…1.79 at Walmart
4 c cottage cheese….$2 at Smiths
4 c tomato sauce from Sam’s (half a large can $1.30
1 can mushrooms $0.25
2 cups mozarella, shredded, bought on sale at Smith’s for $2.75/lb…..1.37
1 package Lasagna noodles….$1
Total $7.71

That is enough to fee my family of 7 so for a family of four that would come out to $4.40 and leaves enough for some onions and garlic and other spices you already have on hand.

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Jessica February 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

Hello! I am interested in sharing grocery store sale prices from my area (midwest) if you would like! Also I read your interview at Once a Month Mom and have a suggestion. Why not add a segment such as “Sunday Splurges”, where the recipes are still budget-minded but can go over the $5 limit? Thanks for producing this site! I recently started a recipe blog too, which centers around my all-consuming obsession with cookbooks. Recipes online are no different – I just love recipes! Not the glamourous high style gourmet stuff, but quick and simple, affordable, yummy recipes. Especially in today’s economy, a site like yours is a blessing! Thanks again!
Jess

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Jessica February 5, 2009 at 11:40 am

Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I made the plunge and moved from WordPress to Blogger; I think in the long run they will better meet my needs. I will email you the new link to my Price Chopper Budget Meals section.

Thanks!

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