Kroger Shopping Trip

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 14, 2009


Walmart and Kroger – Part 1


I was out running errands over the weekend and decided to stop into Walmart to get some brown rice and black beans.  And use some $1/1 Muir Glen coupons to get a few tomato pastes for just $.40 each.

Total Spent at Walmart: $8.51

I wasn’t sure if the 10 item Mega event would be happening again this week at my Kroger (which I now know it is!), so I thought I’d better get in there and use up these Green Giant coupons to get some $.49 bags of frozen veggies!  I also got a bottle of juice for $1 after sale and store coupon from mailer.  And 4 packages of tuna for free.

Yep, free.  Printed the $.50/1 Starkist tuna coupons and they doubled to $1.  The pouches I got are on sale for $1 each through November 5th.  So if you are a Kroger shopper, check your shelves.  And print some Starkist coupons!

Total spent at Kroger – part 1: $10.75

Dots and Kroger – Part 2


Kroger Finds:

  • Bob Evans natural sausage, $.99/1 lb. roll after $1.99 sale and $1 coupon
  • Ground chicken, $2.19/lb.
  • Apples, $.88/lb (should be better sales as the fall progresses)
  • Winter Sqaush, $.49/lb. unadvertised!
  • Cans of soup for Hubs, $1 each
  • Bisquick, used free item coupon
  • Organic baby carrots, 1 lb. for $.67, used $1 coupon from Kroger mailer
  • Charmin Toilet Paper, $3.99 after sale and $1 e-coupon from P&G

Total spent at Kroger – part 2: $34.85

Dot’s Market

I don’t  travel out of my way often, but when there is a sale on farm fresh chicken breasts for $1.49/lb., I’ll stop in!!! I got 2 packages.

Total spent at Dots: $4.32


Also made a stop in Walgreens to get 2 packs of Huggies.  Details on the deal here. Spent $15.26 out of pocket, got back $4 in Register Rewards and will submit for $1.50 in Caregivers Marketplace rebate.

Total after RR/rebates: $9.76

Total for the week: $68.19

(Had to dip into last week’s surplus, but still under budget for the month so far!)

Don’t believe these prices??? My grocery store’s ad scan!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindi October 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Hi Erin.
I saw the Yogurt smoothie mix in your grocery items. Care to give us a review? I was wondering if the smoothies were good.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm


I think they taste DELICIOUS! Totally smooth and creamy! And of course, I was thrilled to get them for $.99 a bag after sale, promotion and $1 coupon. I’ll probably get them when on sale with coupon. They are good!


Vicki October 14, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Hi Erin
I see you bought the Great Value brand rice at Walmart…is it just as good as the other more expensive brands?thanks


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm


It’s what I use to make their boys’ rice milk. Works great and of course, it’s a great value!!!


Stahli October 17, 2009 at 3:03 am

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom,

How do you make the rice milk? I am thinking of adding that to my son’s meals.

Thanks for the info! I love your site!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 17, 2009 at 7:18 am


Search “rice milk” or “how to make rice milk” in the search bar on the right and it will show up!

:) Erin


Jessica October 14, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Your shopping trips are by far my favorite posts:) I just love to see what people are buying at the grocery store…

I’ve been using great value beans and have had great success too!


Janet October 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

oh where do you live that you get $0.88 apples and $0.49 squash? we never get those kind of prices! (Ohio)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 14, 2009 at 8:06 pm


Dayton, OH. I post my ad scan each week if you would like to browse it! It’s at the bottom of the post :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 14, 2009 at 8:08 pm


I live in Dayton, OH. I post my grocery stores ad scan at the bottom of each grocery store post.

:) Erin


OldNuffToKnoBtr October 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Janet & Erin At Meijer this week apples are 2. 29 for a 1/2 peck (5 to 5 1/2 lbs) which is about $.48 a lb. There are many varities at this price and 1/2 peck bags are available at the apple display. I live in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm


I heard about that apple sale…and wish there was a Meijer closer! I’m going to check at my farmer’s market this next week to see if they have any markdowns on apples!


Jean October 15, 2009 at 10:32 am

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom, I know you didn’t make it to TJ’s this week, but there IS a Meijer just down the street from there – you could incorporate it into your trip if there’s a good sale when you’re up in that neck of the woods. I know that there’s another one closer to you, but I don’t think it’s as nice as the one closer to TJ’s.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 15, 2009 at 10:43 am


Yeah. I wish I was up there this week, but our class was canceled because of the holiday on Monday. Hoping the same great deal comes around soon!


Edina October 14, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I want to learn how to shop like you! :/
Good deals. :)


Kerry October 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm

I have been watching the website and i am interested, on how to make this work for me! I live in washington state. I dont have many of the store you say on here? please give me some helpful hints on what to do first? where do i start?


Janet October 17, 2009 at 8:04 pm

wow I live in northern Ohio I have never seen apples less than $0.99/lb and that was at the farmers market! love your website!


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