Kroger Shopping Trip – More Mega Event and Another $35 Spending Challenge

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

Here’s what I have been buying and will be buying with this month’s “extra” grocery budget money. (But it’s not really “extra.”) (And what I’m buying is normally part of the grocery budget.) (But not part of the $35/week food challenge.) (Whatever.) (You get it.)


Whole Foods

Last week I stopped into Whole Foods while I was down in Cincinnati for one of Tyler’s therapy appointments.  We don’t have a Whole Foods in Dayton, but I’ll stop at the one in Cincinnati a few times a year when I’m in the area to pick up a few things, mostly from the bulk bins.

I have been planning to use the leftover $20 from November’s grocery money for some goodies from Whole Foods. Just so happens that we were passing nearby just last week!  I bought quite a bit of basmati brown rice, some red quinoa, GF cocoa puffs cereal (I totally caved on this one…the boys remembered it from awhile back and we begging!), and some oat-free “cheerios” for Tyler.  “All” for $16.76.

(And I put “all” in quotes, because 4 items for $16 is a LOT in my book. A LOT.)

Trader Joes

I haven’t been yet, but I’m planning on going this afternoon to pick up some goodies for our cookie decorating event this afternoon.  Like Whole Foods, I only stop in if I’m “in the area,” and I just so happen to have an errand “in the area.”

I’m using some of the “extra” grocery budget that will be leftover from the $35/week challenges to splurge on a little fun, getting some pre-made cookies, as well as dough for cooking cutting from TJs!

Yes…it continues.

I just got wind of this great offer for first time users. There is a promotional code valid until 12/31/2010, that takes $20 off any order of $75. The only stipulation, it has to be your first order ever with  You can have ordered from and still qualify. Here’s a breakdown of the ways to save on…

  • $20 off $75 promotional code: 20BUCKSONSOAP
  • offers free shipping over $25
  • First time ever customers can get an additional 15% off their first order by entering the following promotional code at checkout: 5DDM

Since I have never ordered from, I’m planning on using $55-ish of this month’s “extra” grocery budget to restock on laundry soap, trash bags and (maybe) toilet paper…we’ll see what the total comes to.  Obviously, my goal will be to spend as close to $75, get the free shipping and $20 off…totaling $55-ish!

After my purchase, the Trader Joe’s trip and my $35/week challenge trips, I should have about $75 leftover in December’s grocery budget.  Do I save that and do more stockpiling of household items, or do I sock it away in a savings account?!?

Decisions. Decisions.



  • 3 boxes Chex cereal for $1.13 – $1.79 Sale/Promotion and used $2/3 best customer coupon
  • 2 boxes Chex cereal for $1.29 – used $1/2 printable coupon
  • 2 bags Steamfresh veggies – $.49 each, used Facebook promo coupon
  • 3 boxes Kleenex for $.67 – $.99 sale and used $1/3 coupon
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes for $.99 – to make homemade spaghetti sauce


  • 16 packets of Bumblebee Tuna – Used 10 coupons that doubled to $1, giving $.51 overage on 10 packets…the overage covered the cost of the 6 other $.49 packets.  I bought 6 more to bring my 3rd set of “10 items” to total 1o.
  • 2 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal – $.99 sale price, used coupon that doubled to $1 = free!


  • Bananas, $3 apples, $2.49 oranges, $2 blueberries (And you don’t see any veggies this week because I have a TON of frozen veggies in the freezer…so we’ll be dining and snacking on those this week!)

Total spent at Kroger: $36.13 (again…so close!)

Total for the month: $35.67 + $36.13 = $71.80

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. AllieZirkle says

    I’m on trying out the deal. It is only allowing 1 code, either 5ddm OR 20bucksonsoap… Would you let me know if there’s a trick to pushing it through?

    :) Allie

  2. alexis says

    Where did you find the Mom’s Naturals cereal. I have the coupon but couldn’t find it in my store? Is it supposed to be with regualar cereal or in the natuarl food section.

    There are 2 Whole Foods Stores in Cincinnati, Mason and Rookwood. We always stop there too when we have our kids (yes all 3 kids) at Occupational Therapy in Mason, we like that store better. If you are ever in Columbus though, the Dublin store (near the zoo) is absolutely amazing!!

  3. Katie says

    Boy, it took a lot of talking and a lot of waiting around for the cashier to double my $.55/1 blinkies for the tuna. I shop at Fry’s (a Kroger family store) and usually they are really good about doubling even the DND mqs, but I got a different checker and he was not happy about it, although in the end I prevailed. :-)

  4. Karen Han says

    I went to Safeway today and got the Simply Orange for 1.99 and then had the 1.00 off coupon for 2.99. Plus I had the .99 raincheck for the eggs. YES!!!!!!!

  5. homeblessings says

    I am trying to do the order too as a new customer. I can only get one code to work. How are you getting both? Please let me know.

  6. says

    Re: Your save or stockpile question – I would suggest a 3rd option: use it to buy food to and/or just donate to the Salvation Army or a local food pantry. Your boys could help shop and pick out food, allowing them to be able to participate in donating. I know the Salvation Army here in Central Ohio is way behind on donations compared to last year, which were down compared to the year before, and if you’re in a position to be able to contribute, why not? ~~ And I second the suggestion to visit the Whole Foods in Columbus (corner of Rt 161 and Sawmill Road). You could spend a whole afternoon in there just looking (and drooling!).

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