Middle of the Week Shopping Trip

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 11, 2011

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

The grocery shopping stars aligned and I made another trip to the store this week!

Actually I was planning on going back to take advantage of the $1.18 boxes of Chex this week, but I wasn’t planning on killing two birds with 1 stone.

Yesterday morning, at an hour that I prefer to be sleeping, the kids and I went down to Cincinnati for a follow up appointment with the Feeding Team for Tyler.  We talked about a number of different things and they gave me a few more suggestions for helping him transition off the bottle.

He currently drinks his high calorie formula from a bottle, and while I’d like for him to move away from the bottle and drink it from a sippy cup or open cup, he needs the calories desperately, so the bottle is has been/will be.  We will continue using the bottle, but will also start using a “plastic” juice box and smaller mini-water bottle with wide mouth openings.  He did well trying both at the appointment.

Another issue we discussed was his nighttime wakings.  For the past several weeks he has been waking several times a night SCREAMING and arching his back, etc.  Very much what a person with painful reflux would do if they woke up in the middle of the night with heartburn. I found myself swinging on the following pendulum…

On one side…This is my problem as a parent.  I am the one who needs to let him cry it out and soothe himself back to sleep.

On the other side…This is clearly his problem and he is actually in pain.  I need to see if this needs medical attention.

I would swing back and forth, back and forth.  But yesterday, we discussed it at the appointment and they agreed to try a new medication at bedtime to see if it would help.

So…time to kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

A stop at the Kroger pharmacy to pick up the new medication, and while we wait, we take advantage of the great Chex sale!

It’s on sale for $2.18/box, and there was a $.50/1 coupon in this past weekend’s newspaper.  There are regularly $1/2 coupons for Chex cereal, both online and in the newspaper…but I haven’t seen a $.50/1 coupon in a long time.  So I ordered 10 for $1.35 and no shipping from eBay.  After the store doubles the  coupon to $1 off per box, I ended up paying just $1.18/box, plus the $1.35 for the coupons.  Not bad for a box of cereal that normally costs $3.52!

And yes, he made it through last night without any screaming.  He did fuss two or three times, but he did not have 1 screaming episode.  I was fully expecting the medication not to help, or that it would take a few weeks to work, but thankfully I think we are on a path to peaceful nights sleep again!

Oh…and he gained almost a full pound since his last weight check (probably from all the milk he’s been drinking at night to soothe his tummy pain)…but we’ll take it!  *happy dance*

Kroger

Health Foods Store

I also stopped in to the health food store to get some dairy free and soy free cheese and yogurt for Tyler.  Also got some oat-free “cheerios” and granola bars that were 45% off.  And some flaxseed to grind and use for smoothies and baking!

Total spent at Kroger: $13.15 for the Chex and coupons

Total spent at Health Foods Store: $21.67

Total for the month: $146.54 + $13.15 + $21.67 = $181.40

My grocery store’s ad scan and my “Shopping FAQ!”

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!

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Janna Williams March 11, 2011 at 2:36 pm

We also have allergies and I know how hard it is to find frugal and healthy allergy free food. Thanks for sharing ideas. Janna

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LisaE March 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm

So glad to hear Tyler ganied a pound-that is great news! I know how hard it is to wait and see if your child will start to thrive and seems he is on the right path. I hope Tyler continues to gain!

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shelly March 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

It’s great that your son’s new meds are helping him, and that he’s gaining weight. I know how goes. My son is almost 5, and we are still struggling w/ his weight.
Anyway, I had a question about your coupon doubling. How do you get 10 coupons doubled. Do you also “buy” the double coupons? Or is that just a Kroger thing? The safeway and thriftway will only double up to 4, and the alberstons just had 3 last week. I’m still a couponing newbie, so, sorry if this is a dumb question.

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