Kroger Shopping Trip – The “I Will Definitely Be Going over Budget in February” Edition

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

This is the “I Will Definitely Be Going over Budget in February” Edition.

Here’s why…I have already been to the store 4 times, and it’s only the 8th of February.

  • This week’s regularly scheduled Kroger trip.
  • The Health Food Store trip.
  • An stop for potatoes and other food in the middle of last week.

While our pantry is well stockpiled, our freezers and fridge are not. Last week I was forced to do some “food triage,” as a result of the power being out for 3 days.  Some came with us.  Some went into the cooler that sat outside. Some went into grandma’s freezer and fridge. And some stayed behind.

I was secretly hoping that the food that stayed behind in the deep freeze would stay frozen, as it is in our utility room that I knew would get colder in that part of the house with the heat/power out.  It did not survive. :(

I’m hoping to spend the next couple weeks restocking it as the sales cycles allow!  I’m going to do my best to stay under $240 for the month…but I’ll probably have to bump it up to $300 for this month!

You’ll see the totals below!!!

(But the good news is that we now have all the meats/chicken that we need for the rest of the month.  So the next 2 shopping trips will be for the basics and for produce!)



  • 6 pkg. $.88 Kroger frozen veggies
  • 2 bags of Sargento cheese (2 cups) – $1.27 each after Q


  • Bananas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados, red and green bell pepper, lettuce, lettuce and more lettuce
  • $2.50 blueberries – some for real fruit smoothies, some for the freezer (how to freeze blueberries).


  • 3 pkgs chicken breasts – $1.99/lb
  • 1 pkg boneless chicken thighs – $1.99/lb
  • 2 pkg ground chicken – $2.29 each, sale
  • 1 pkg Italian sausage – $2.79
  • 1.5 lb. pkg ground round – $3.57
  • 1 large pkg cube steak – $6.48 (Will use for 3 meals.)

Coupons Used

  • $1.50/1 Dole lettuce catalina coupon
  • $1/2 Sargento cheese coupon
  • $1/2 Rice Chex cereal
  • $2/$10 produce purchase – store mailer coupons
  • $5/$50 entire grocery purchase – store mailer coupons

Manager’s Specials

  • 2 pkgs $.99 apple slices – Went straight in the freezer to use for real fruit smoothies.
  • $.99 Spring Mix lettuce – Was my lunch yesterday and today!

Total spent at Kroger: $95.79

Total for the month: $88.37 + $2.01 + $17.89 + $26.77 + $95.79 = $230.83 (Eeps…see what I mean!)

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!



  1. says

    I do monthly menu planning/shopping and I’m halfway through my current cycle-and I’m over too! I found a good deal on ham, that we use a lot, so I ended up getting 9 lbs of that. And then I ran out of bread flour-which is a crucial ingredient over here! I normally buy 5lb bags for around $3, but since I just got a Costco membership I ended up getting a 50lb bag there for around $14. Both items were necessities, and they’ll last me a while, but it pushed my numbers over-bleh!

  2. says

    I am new to the whole budgeting/menu planning. I was sticker shocked at how much I shell out for things that I know I could get a better price on if I paid attention, oh the guilt. I can have a good week and then fail the next. I am feeling pretty bummed, but trying to push through and do better this coming weekend when we go shopping. I have a $40 weekly budget that I use to feed my family of 3 and a few children that I provide childcare for. I could really use some advice, tips, pointers…. anything. Thanks

  3. Amanda says

    How do apple slices work in smoothies? I have never thought of using them before – do you peel them or just use as is? What do you like to combine them with? Thanks!

  4. says

    I know your post really isn’t about budgets even though it is in the title :) I wondered if you had anything on how to figure out the budget for your family? I just quit my job to stay home with my son so we have to live on my husbands income and if I can make it work, then I get to stay home… if not, I am back to the grindstone. I am afraid that I am either going to set it too high or too low (or get so freaked out and not do it at all). I have been couponing for two years to work my way up to being able to support my family on lower amounts but it is always so different based on the sales (even though we luckily kept our power since we have a very full freezer). Any advice on how you come to your monthly budget and any advice on when to break it???

  5. says

    Have you checked with your homeowners’ insurance about reimbursing you for the food you lost due to the power outage? We have renters’ insurance with USAA, and it’s covered for us!

    • says

      When Hurricane Ike came through Ohio and knocked our power out for 4 days, and did some damage to our roof… it wasn’t worthwhile to file a claim. We have a $1k deductible on our homeowners. Our roof damage was a $800 job and we lost about $250 worth of food. After our deductible we would have gotten just $50 and our rate would’ve gone up. Not worth it for us :(

  6. says

    Do you ever get to Wal-mart for groceries? Just curious because I see your chicken is $1.99/lb. and I’ve been getting boneless, skinless chicken breasts at Wal-mart for $1.78/lb for quite some time now! Sorry about your power outage…we had rolling blackouts last week due to the weather, but thankfully our outage was only 45 minutes! -3 wind chill with sleet and snow in Fort Worth today!

  7. Alicia says

    I just love reading your shopping trip deals! I have limited myself on what I can buy since it’s just me at the house right now and I have plenty of things that need to be ate thats in the pantry & freezer. The fridge usually is kinda sparse, however I have a few things going in there right now. Chicken & Corn chower, pancake mix, homemade english muffins, talapia and a baked tater. Im only buying things like milk & eggs that I cant really pull out myself.

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