Kroger Shopping Trip

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 27, 2010

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom


*HOT DEALS*

$1 BlackberriesI *love* when berries are on sale for $1/box. History goes to show that I like to buy LOTS when at this price…and then freeze them for future use. Like I did with the raspberriesAnd with the blueberries.

What will I do with all these blackberries?!?

It’s just what I do.  I can’t help but stock up on these power packed antioxidant rich little gems!

FREE – 1/2 gallon Almond Milk (catalina from last week’s trip AND I got another one for next week!)

PRODUCE - Lettuce, $.49/lb watermelon, $.25/ear corn, $1 Blackberries, $.50/each mangoes,

MEAT - $.99/lb chicken thighs…for the grill!

COUPONS - Free Item Almond Milk, 1 $.50/1 for the Blue Diamond Almond Milk

(If you wonder why all the Almond Milk, I’m using it for smoothies…love the tastes that it gives to smoothies!)

Total spent at Kroger: $25.64

My grocery store’s ad scan

My grocery store’s coupon match-ups

Find the coupon match-ups for your grocery store at The Frugal Map!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Toni April 27, 2010 at 6:57 am

My parents have a whole patch of wild blackberries that we pick each year. Usually end up with 7 or 8 gallon bags of them :) Typically, we freeze them until we can make them into preserves – but my mom will also throw them in muffins or make blackberry cobbler. You have to appreciate the seeds though. (I strain them out for preserves.)

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Sarah (Frontier Kitchen) April 27, 2010 at 8:37 am

I love blackberry cobler! I just made some the other day. :)

Also, blackberry jam is always good. You can make freezer jam super easy by just mashing the fruit, adding pectin and whatever sweetener you want to use (I like honey and usually use half the recommeneded amount to keep things healthy).

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Julie R April 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

There is nothing better than blackberry cobbler. Except maybe blackberry syrup…or jam…or just plain ole’ blackberries!

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Kelly April 27, 2010 at 10:16 am

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how these are all healthy foods, not just high fat, high sodium, high sugar junk foods! Great shopping trip!

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Candi April 27, 2010 at 10:38 am

I’d have to agree with everyone else, blackberry cobbler is the way to go with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

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stephanie bass April 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

Our standard smoothie recipe: 1 banana, 1 cup frozen fruit (your choice – blackberries!), 1 cup OJ, 1 cup yogurt (we prefer plain, but any kind will do!) – blend and drink!

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Tosha April 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

we love the taste almond milk gives smoothies too. We use 2 cups frozen bananas, 2 cups almond milk, and 3 tablespoons of natural peanut butter. “Now that’s a smoothie I can call groovy” lol/

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familyofthree April 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Yeah! I just blogged about my own shopping trip… you inspired me! :) I only put up the things I considered to be particularly good deals… the rest was just normal stuff like milk, garlic, sour cream, baby carrots… nothing too exciting. :)

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Christina April 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

so funny! i had a trip to kroger yesturday that looked alot like this!! almond milk, bananas, blackberries..i too made smoothies!

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Michelle April 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I don’t know if it falls under $5 – but this is my favorite thing to do with blackberries since seeing Alton Brown make it one night on TV :

For a picture of this – it is on Foodnetwork.com

Blackberry Grunt
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2005

Prep Time:25 minInactive Prep Time:30 minCook Time:35 min
Level:
Easy
Serves:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
9 1/2 ounces all purpose flour, approximately 2 cups
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
1 cup buttermilk
1 pound 3 ounces fresh or frozen blackberries, approximately 4 cups
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a piece of foil on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any drippings.

Place the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda into the bowl of a food processor and process for 3 to 4 pulses. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and, using your hands, work the butter into the flour mixture until about half of the fat disappears and the rest is left in pea-size pieces. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the buttermilk and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon just until it comes together. Turn the mixture out onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper that has been lightly dusted with flour, shape into a ball and wrap and store in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Combine the blackberries, sugar, water and ginger in a large mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into a 10-inch cast iron skillet and place over medium heat. Bring this to a simmer decrease the heat to medium low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until the liquid is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Retrieve the dough from the refrigerator and gently drop it on the fruit mixture using a 1-ounce disher or large spoon, evenly distributing it over the top. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top is just starting to brown. Remove from the oven and allow the grunt to cool for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.

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Jen April 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

Thanks for the heads up about the blackberries. I normally don’t shop at Kroger, but stopped by just to get blackberries yesterday after reading your post.

As for smoothies – I make them often, my favorite uses about a half a cup of plain yogurt, 2 Tbs wheat germ, two bananas cut up, a spoon full of peanut butter, a squeeze of chocolate syrup and enough milk to allow the blender to mix it all up. When I have berries around I will do plain yogurt, wheat germ, squeeze of honey, OJ and a hand full or two of berries – also tasty!

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Crystal April 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

I guess our smoothies aren’t as healthy. We had a scoop or two of orange sherbert, a splash of milk, strawberries, bananas, blackberries, and blueberries. My daughter calls it homemade Jamba Juice and prefers it over the store made ones. My hubby will ask for them too.

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