Kroger Shopping Trip

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…



  • 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


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


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


  • 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!



    • Jodi B says

      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.

  1. says

    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!

  2. Aileen says

    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!!

  3. April says

    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.

  4. Alicia says

    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!


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