Kroger Shopping Trip – The It’s Back to Cash Edition (and some printable coupons!)

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

I went shopping yesterday. Just Tyler and me. It was so peaceful. After a summer of shopping with all 3 kids, it’s such a breeze shopping with just the babe.  Here’s what I snagged.  The basics plus a few good deals. And be sure to check out a few of the printable coupons that I used!

But before we continue, a Public Service Announcement if you will…

Use cash at the grocery store.

Over the past few months, out of sheer laziness, I fell into the habit of using my debit card when buying groceries.  I say laziness because the bank is just 1 minute from the grocery store. And I can drive through the ATM, pull out 3 $20s and be on my way to the store.  I can’t say it was from lack of time, because it would only add 5 minutes, maybe, on to my shopping trip.  But if you hadn’t noticed, I have gone over budget consistently this entire summer.  Why?  The debit card.

If you are looking for a little accountability with your grocery spending and don’t want to ask a friend or your husband, then try cash. It’s the best accountability partner…because it won’t let you spend more than you have.

So if you are struggling with your grocery budget and keeping your spending in check. Switch to cash.

End PSA now.



  • $.99 Cantaloupe – Which I cut right away and froze for smoothies!
  • 2 $.98 Quaker Oats – $1/1 coupon here
  • $.60 cans of beans
  • $.50 cans of veggies
  • $.99 box Playtex – $2.99 sale, used $2/1 coupon
  • $3.77 DiGiorno Pizza – $1/1 coupon from newspaper


  • Bananas, Berries, Apples, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Potatoes…still getting lots of tomatoes and green beans from the garden


Other Coupons Used

  • $1 off your next order catalina from last week
  • $1.50 off your next order catalina from last week
  • $1/1 Blue Diamond Almond Milk catalina
  • $4/2 Nivea Body Wash

Total spent at Kroger: $59.54 (Just barely squeaked in under my $60 cash limit!!!)

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. hilary says

    We do all cash in our house for everything except the bills we pay online, or checks that we write for a few things. It’s cut our spending SO much! How I do my grocery cash: I make a meal plan!, make a list of necessities, cut my coupons, shop the sales, hopefully get LOTS of freebies! I make one big “meals” trip to the grocery store with the food money for the week. Then, whatever I have left is for “extras” like McDonalds for ice cream, or for stockpiling items that are on great deals. Some weeks, we can go out to eat, other weeks, we can’t! We stay on budget, though. With four kids that are getting older (voracious eaters!:), it’s a challenge!

  2. Sarah (Frontier Kitchen) says

    I really need to go back to using cash. The last two weeks I’ve used my debit card and spent $20 more than I normally would. It’s slightly painful when you know you really don’t need to spend so much!

  3. Paula says

    I agree, using cash is the best way to keep yourself accountable. I have never tried a frozen cantaloupe smoothie, is it good? What else do you add?

  4. Lisa says

    Debit cards are bad news for me staying within the grocery budget also. I get my cash out once every two weeks and have a hard time parting with more than $50 at a time. Having some money means I can take advantage of unexpected manager markdowns, but has also resulted in my freezer being packed again!

    I like the way they marked down that cantelope!!

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