Kroger Shopping Trip

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 11, 2011

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

I had a hard time concentrating on this trip…not because it’s 20 degrees outside, not because I had Tyler asleep in the sling, not because I ran into 2 friends in the store and stopped to chat…but because the store was CRAZY crowded for 1 pm on a Monday afternoon.  I’ve never seen it so crowded at that hour before…reason…impending snow storm.  I think people were planning on being stuck inside for 2 weeks, they way people were acting! ;)

Nevertheless, I didn’t go horribly overbudget…but I will be playing catchup for the second half of January…trying to pull in under $240 for the month!

Here’s my haul…

Kroger


*HOT DEALS*

  • 2 $.18 Softsoaps – $.68 sale price and used $.50/2 manufacturer’s coupon that came in Kroger best customer coupons, doubled to $1
  • 4 $.50 cans corn and peas
  • 2 $3.69 Coconut milk – used BOGO coupon – ABSOLTELY love the flavor that it gives to our smoothies
  • 8 boxes of cereal and granola bars for $1.12 each! Sale, coupons and Get 1 Cinnamon Chex free wyb 3 other participating products

Free

  • 2 Colgate toothpastes – $1 sale plus $.50/1 newspaper coupons that doubled

Produce

  • Bananas, oranges, $2 berries, $2 cantaloupe, $2 lettuce (after sale and store coupon)

Meats

  • 2 pkgs chicken breasts = $1.88/lb
  • 1 4 lb pork tenderloin = $1.88/lb (I will turn this tenderloin into 3 meals.)

Other Coupons Used

  • Store coupons for apple juice, basmati brown rice, both bags of pretzels, Cascadian farms organic cereal, and $2 off $10 purchase of meats/chicken/pork

Total spent at Kroger: $72.13

Total for the month: $64.14 + $72.13 = $136.27

My grocery store’s ad scan

Thanks to Andrea at Savings Lifestyle and Marcy at Stretching a Buck for posting the best deals and coupon matchups at my stores each week! Find the coupon match-ups for your grocery store at The Frugal Map!

A

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama January 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm

How did you get the coupons for produce? Coconut milk does make a good smoothie, especially with some mango!

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Jodi B January 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I’ve seen coupons for the lil cuties in the newspaper but Kroger will mail out coupons, especially for produce. I’ve gotten some for carrots.

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Shelly January 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Erin – I just had a total revelation. You wouldn’t think it was that big of a deal… and it really makes sense. I feel like a goober just for needing to leave a comment about it! Your budget is $60/wk. BUT! It’s also $240/mo. So if I screw up my $60/wk budget, it’s OK! Because I have the remaining weeks in the month to average it back out. I don’t know why that never clicked before. I always feel awful when I go over-budget, but so often I go from a $65-75 week to a $30 week that it makes the math work out to an average that is at or below my weekly goal.

Thank you for all you do!

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Aileen January 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

Love the FREE toothpaste! I haven’t paid for toothpaste in a few years! I’m starting to get such a stockpile though, I need to start donating it!

Thanks for all your help! I don’t know how you have the energy to organize your groceries like that after shopping! I just want to put them away and be done with it!!

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Debbie January 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Great job! You are inspiring me! :)

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April January 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

how do you get the coupons for produce and the meat? if you get them mailed to you how do you sign up for that? i really need to get my grocery budget under control. i have figured out that i cant take my husband grocery shopping i always spend tons more with him then without.

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Alicia January 14, 2011 at 7:33 am

Hello! I read a coupon matchup website to get some steals in my area, but you always have coupons for things I never see, haha. You must work really hard at it, it’s impressive. I love seeing the pictures and always watch for a link to your shopping trips, LOL! This is my fav blog, thanks for the great humor!

Alicia

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