Shopping Update

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

The last 2 weeks, we’ve been doing a really good job of eating out of the freezer and finishing off the produce that I snagged at the 50% off store closing sale. I bopped in last week to get a few things for our Gingerbread Nativity Scene making party. I let the kids push the new kid carts at the new Kroger Marketplace and boy oh boy, did that get a reaction!

While I can see why they could be annoying, it’s all about your perspective and attitude. It takes some extra patience and careful vigilance. It takes some instruction and reminders as you go through the store, but I promise you that it’s possible to get the kids through the store with the carts and not hit anything or anyone. It also helps that we were there early before there were crowds. And it also helps that the aisles are HUGE and there’s plenty of room for them to get through.

I love that they can provide a positive and fun experience for the kids!

This morning I ran in to get some ingredients to make a couple of pans of Creamy Spinach Enchiladas (recipe coming soon) for a guy’s night that my husband is hosting tonight.

I also grabbed a couple packages of boneless chicken thighs that were on sale for $1.74/lb. I’ll be making up some slow cooker freezer bags (this is my favorite recipe for freezing) for my mom to make when I’m traveling in a few weeks. I also got some 85% ground meat on sale…I’m thinking minimeatloaves?! We’ll see!


Spent $17 last week and $43 this week. And I should be set for the rest of the year! Maybe one more milk and bananas trip…

My grocery store’s ad scan and my “Shopping FAQ!”

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. Monica says

    My daughter used to use these at our Kroger when she was smaller. She LOVED them and I never had a problem with her misbehaving with it. She felt like such a grown up!!!!

  2. says

    That is one thing I love about the newer, bigger Kroger here (I don’t think it’s a Marketplace… it might be, but I don’t consider it to be like WalMart) – the wider aisles. Although, it still irks me to no end when people park their cart in one place, and wander off down the aisle, etc. to browse, leaving their cart right in the middle of traffic or where I want to get to!

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