Kroger Shopping Trip – January 25

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 27, 2010

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom


That’s it for the month.  Yikes!

I wasn’t sure I could do it…all that’s left is $31.69!

This is my last shopping trip for this pantry challenge month…thankfully there is the awesome Mega Event Sale that continues into next week, so I can restock up on some essentials!!!

First stop…Walgreens…for diapers!

Bought 3 packs of Huggies diapers – used 3 $1 coupons and the $1 IVC coupon from the Children’s Activity book (sold by the pharmacy)…paid $22.65…got back $5 in Register Rewards.

Used the $5 RR to buy 2 apple juices and some flour (to make muffins!)…paid $1.29.

Got home to make muffins for snacks for the week…only to find we were out of eggs.  (This crazy pantry challenge is almost over!)

Sent Steve to the store with 3 quarters, 2 dimes, 3 nickels and 4 pennies. No lie! $1.19 for a dozen eggs!

So far this week I’d spent $25.13

(Can you see that I am bound and determined to only spend $100 this month!!!)

It’s gonna be close.



Free – 2 loaves of bread, toddler bath bar (used free item coupons and $1 off J&J coupon)

Produce – 2/$1 mangoes and an apple plus some bananas

Total spent at Kroger: $9.81

Total for the week: $34.94

Total for the month: $103.25

DOH!  $3 and a quarter over!

Oh well…I enjoyed the challenge!  Not gonna beat myself up over it!  I’m thrilled that I spent just over $100 for the month.  I look forward to getting back to regular $60/week grocery shopping!  And it’s perfect timing…as the Kroger Mega Event Sale continues into next week!  Next week’s agenda…STOCK UP!

My grocery store’s ad scan

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

DaMora January 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm

You are amazing when it comes to shopping. I clip a coupon here and there and always shop the ad paper. I save but nothing close to what you do.

Do you use cloth bags? Here in WA Kroger is Fred Meyer and you get 5 cents back for every re-usable bag you use.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm


I do most of the time…every now and again I leave them in the car!


Jodi Olson February 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm

We’re blogging about you every Monday at and the response is great! Many people are entering for a chance to win your EXCELLENT cookbook. Love it!!! Don’t really want to give it away!! Fantastic ideas.
Jodi Olson
The Frugalitarian


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom February 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm

@Jodi Olson,

Thanks Jodi!!!


Shannon January 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Ok, how did you get free coupons for Arnold bread? That is what we usually buy. I can usually get it on sale, but rarely do I see coupons for it.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm


They were part of a care package that came for Blissdom attendees.


Cara January 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

If you get the Grade B eggs, it’s less than a dollar for a dozen. They are just repackaged eggs – if one breaks in a carton, the rest of them have to be repackaged into a new carton and get called “Grade B.” There’s nothing wrong with them. They are always good and fresh. I often find Egglands Best or nice brown eggs in the carton when I buy them. I just can’t make myself spend $3 for a carton any more when I know I can get them for $.08/egg…


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 28, 2010 at 10:20 am


Interesting Cara! Thanks for sharing…I’ll check them out…have never noticed them in my store!


Cara January 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm

@Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom,
We have two King Soopers (aka Kroger in other locations) in town, and the grade B eggs are only consistently available at one of them for some reason. If you don’t see them (in a plain white foam egg carton at my store), ask!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm


Will do…thanks!


Lisa January 28, 2010 at 12:26 am

Keep in mind that you were paying taxes … I know it’s not much for the food (1%?) but higher for diapers. Consider that extra $3 protection from too many potholes while you drive :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 28, 2010 at 10:18 am


LOL! Yes…no taxes on food here…but yes taxes on diapers! I’m thrilled to have gotten so close to $100!


Danielle January 28, 2010 at 1:42 am

I didn’t get to do the challenge this month so I plan to start in february. I am excited nad thank you for all your recipes.


Jean January 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

If you didn’t count diapers in your grocery budget, you would have been way under your $100 goal. I need to put myself on a strict grocery budget – I spend WAY too much for just one person.


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