Kroger & Farmer’s Market – Shopping Trips

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 10, 2011

So I’ve been away much of the past 2 weeks. But I did manage to get to the store on Tuesday. And to the farmer’s market yesterday.

I broke all my own rules…but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

I took all the kids into Kroger, with a growling stomach, no meal plan and no coupons.

(I know. Shocking.)

I don’t plan on doing that again anytime soon…like I said, gotta do what you gotta do…we needed food. We’d been out of town. And it was all I could do to muster the energy to get to the store after getting home at 1 am!

While I didn’t have any coupons and had only glanced at the circular, I did happen upon a number of Manager’s Special items…wahoo!

  • Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins (for the freezer), Coconut Milk Yogurt (for Tyler), Pita Pockets

Plus more $1 raspberries. Otherwise, it was a very uneventful, yet somewhat expensive trip. Mainly because I needed a few of Tyler’s “expensive food allergy” products, like the Earth Balance butter, GF pretzels, GF brownie mix and GFCFSF chocolate chips.  And thankfully the coconut yogurt was just $.59 per container, as opposed to $2.99 per container!

I also stopped at the farmer’s market and picked up a whole organic free range chicken (and boy, was that an expensive bird!), free range eggs and homemade peach jam.

But it’s Friday, and I’m still sorting through the piles of mail (seen in background of the photo), end of school papers and summer reading lists!  A mother’s work is never done…

Total spent this week: $124.57 (eepers!)

Hopefully next week we can live off the stockpile and some of the kale, chard and lettuce that’s ready for harvest!

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Laura Wailes June 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

I am so glad you posted this. I have been trying really hard to save at the grocery lately. We have 3 boys (twins at 2 1/2 and a 6mo), so our costs have gone up in a short period of time. I took a very similar trip to the grocery last week and felt so much guilt, but told myself the same thing– sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. It’s nice to know that everyone has to bite the bullet sometimes : )

Thanks for sharing so honestly.

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Amelia June 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I recently had a baby, and I’ve noticed I’m spending so much more on food than I used to, probably because I want to get in-and-out of the store before she cries ,so I just buy what looks good as opposed to scrutinizing every price tag. The little splurges are adding up! I’m hoping that as she gets a little older I’ll be able to devote more time to planning, shopping, and cooking. Eating healthy on a budget is totally possible, just takes a little effort.

Thanks for sharing this post!

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Angelia June 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

In that case have you tried the shopping online and having your groceries delivered? For the small delivery fee it allows you to shop at home with no pressures…

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Debbie June 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Can you typically use coupons for groceries online?

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Stephanie June 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Debbie,
I don’t know where you live, but I know ShopRite here in NJ takes coupons & doubles and uses sales etc. It’s worth checking out. It came in handy for us during the Christmas season when we literally couldn’t fit it in the schedule! Especially without the kids LOL

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Shonda June 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I made the same mistakes yesterday!! Took all three kids, at snack time, no coupons – because I was just getting milk and a pineapple!! 30 minutes and $58 dollars later…..

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Christy June 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

I miss the Ohio farmer’s markets and u-picks. Still studying the options here. One place charges $8/person (kids under 2 free) to pick strawberries and then still charges $6/quart!!! Ouch!

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Nancy Tangkengko January 6, 2014 at 3:42 am

Where to you buy coconut milk yogurt? Or can you make it?

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