Kroger Shopping Trip – Mega Event and $35 Pantry Challenge Week

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

Did I manage to make my $35/week budget?!? Read on…

I was quite surprised to see a Mega Event sale this week…coming off of 2-3 weeks of solid holiday deals and steals. Thankfully, there were some great deals and coupon matchups as part of this week’s Mega Event.  Free Tuna. Free Cereal. And uber cheap turkey bacon!

I say I’m trying to clear out the freezers…but I can’t help that there were some great stockpile prices this week.  I stashed 4 packages of bacon, 3 packages of ground chuck, and 4 more bags of frozen vegetables into the freezer. I just can’t help it!

(I’m starting to think I may need a support group!)



  • 5 packages $.99 turkey bacon – $.75/1 printable coupon
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes – $.99
  • 3 pkgs. $1.99/lb ground chuck – used $1.50/$7 purchase of meats best customer coupon
  • $.99 Silk Almond Milk – $1.99 sale, used $1/1 e-coupon from Kroger
  • 4 bags $.99 frozen veggies – used 2 $1/2 best customer coupons



  • Bananas, sweet potatoes, pineapple (We have quite a bit of produce left from Thanksgiving…and plenty of frozen veggies! 😉

Manager’s Specials

  • None this week!

Total spent at Kroger: $35.67 (So close!)

My grocery store’s ad scan

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. Cheryl M says

    LOL, I’ll join that support group! I have enough evaporated milk to cook with for MONTHS! (or it makes a really good coffee creamer) & I haven’t bought pasta for almost 2 months.
    I’ve misplaced the ad I got on Sunday so I’m a little lost this week, but I’m hoping I can score some cheap turkey bacon.

  2. Aileen says

    I need that support group! We have so much food on our house that was such a great sale, I think we could survive for 2 months without shopping again!! My husband is going to commit me if I keep it up!! We have stockpiles in our kitchen pantry, a full 5 shelf bookshelf downstairs and now it’s starting to spill into a spare bedroom! :)

  3. Rhonda Hall says

    Sign me up.. My pantry is overflowing but I have been sending care packages to some of my daughter’s neighbors with my extra’s s0 that justifies my stashing, hoarding, stockpiling…as my hubby calls it…
    I also have about 30 cans of evaporated milk at 19 cents a can, who can pass it up….alls I can say is somebodies are getting fudge for Christmas….Now to find a coupon for the sugar…

  4. Beth in Dublin OH says

    I couldn’t find a Butterball coupon good for the turkey bacon you snagged, Erin. I have fully-cooked sausage, dinner sausage, fully-cooked breast, whole bird, but not one that I could use on bacon! I’m so sad :*(

    • Beth in Dublin OH says

      Nevermind my first comment, I went onto the Butterball website and printed the turkey bacon coupon (twice)! I’ve got visions of a BLT dancing in my head now ; P

  5. LisaE says

    I also have a great stash of pantry items overflowing everywhere in my house but now that winter is officially here (cold, windy, and snow) I feel SO much better at having so much to last us a good long spell.

    I am also currently not buying any fresh meat ( unless it is an awesome price, of course! ) because I really need to use up what I have in my 2 1/2 freezers.

    I love having enough food to last a long time in case we get snowed in or simply do not have much money to buy some with the heat bill going up and up….

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