Kroger Shopping Trip – The I Was Too Busy to Write a List Edition

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

Tia is here. Tia is my sister. Tia means “aunt” in Spanish.

We named her Tia long before Ryan could talk…mainly because her first name is easily, and often, mispronounced by toddlers and ends up sounding like a curse word…so we decided to just rename her Tia to avoid any and all kinds of toddler profanity.

It’s perfect for her. Tia.

So she’s here…and the day was a little hectic yesterday…driving from one appointment to the next, then to school and then to another appointment. (Nothing like filling up your day after the holiday.  I’ll be sure not to do that again.)  Needless to say, I had not one chance to make a grocery list.  I glanced at the store circular long enough to know that there were no stellar sales this week, and no major coupon matchups (other than the Barilla pasta matchup that I already knew about.)

Thankfully my coupon binder was in the car…so I pulled out a few coupons and made my way into the store. We hustled around the store, as we were squeezing this trip in between a school drop off and a dentist appointment. In the end we got what we needed, scored a few deals along the way, and now have a fridge full of food for the week!

Mostly I got lucky with some of the coupon matchups…and was able to come close to our $60/week budget. Going only a smidge…which is not bad, considering the 0 minutes that went into planning this week’s trip!



  • 2 $.53 bags of frozen vegetables – $.88 sale and used $.70/2 store coupon
  • 4 $.50 boxes of Barilla pasta
  • 2 packs Ziploc containers (for the boy’s school snacks) – $1 each – After sale, coupon and catalina
  • 3 $2 Almond Milk – Used 1 $1 catalina coupon for one brand, got back 2 $1 catalina for next purchase


  • Bananas
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries


  • 1 pkg $1.19/lb chicken thighs

Total spent at Kroger: $66.10

My grocery store’s ad scan

Thanks to Andrea at Mommy Snacks 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. Cheap Thrills says

    Excellent. Funny how life tosses in nice surprises with the rest, huh? Okay, what does this mean: “sdsd, sdds” ?! I see it in your posts, have searched for it on your site, have looked for a “terminology” post, etc. Help me get this, please.

  2. Michelle Straub says

    I just had to comment that I am “Tia” to my nieces and nephew also! I love it and the kids do too, made it much easier than trying to learn “Aunt Michelle” when very young. Plus, I was only 18 when my sister had her first, so thought I was “too young to be an ‘aunt’ at 18” LOL!

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