Shopping Adventures – The “My Kroger Store Closed and the 50% off Sale” Edition

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 8, 2011

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

We interrupt this “Edible Holiday Gifts” week for a quick shopping update…

So, my shopping trips have been as sporadic as my shopping updates lately. I’ve not settled back into my normal “Monday noon” shopping routine. Variety of reasons, but I’m craving the routine again…but I won’t be back in it anytime soon.

And here’s why…

My Kroger store closed yesterday. And a new Kroger marketplace is opening just down the way. To be honest, I’m not really thrilled about the whole concept. And I wish there were another grocery store close by…but the nearest ones are 10-15-20 minutes drive. Why am I not thrilled? The new store is the largest Marketplace they have built yet (a Kroger Marketplace is like a Super Walmart…it sells furniture, towels, everything really.) and I don’t want to have to fish through all the extra stuff to get from one side of the store (produce) to the other (pharmacy needs). I imagine my shopping time will increase by quite a bit as well…but on the bright side, a little more exercise?!?

And I’m craving routine…and having to get used to a new store will take at least 8-12 weeks…learning where are my favorite products are, writing my grocery list in the order the products can be found in the store, etc. (Yes, I am “that Type A!”)

I don’t mean to come across as complaining…just not looking forward to the little extra stress this change will bring to my normally pleasant and simple shopping adventures.

The other reason I won’t be getting back into my regular shopping routine is…

I bought just about all I need for the rest of the month (minus milk and bananas!) yesterday. The closing store had a 50% off ALL perishable foods…produce, cheese, frozen food, etc. So I hit it hard and stocked up!


Charlie saying “hi,” in his goofy, silly way!


  • 5 $2.49 Daiya mozzarella cheese (dairy-free, soy-free cheese for the kid’s pizza!)
  • 2 $1.49 sliced vegan cheese (for the boy’s grilled cheese sandwiches!)
  • 2 pints $2.49 coconut milk ice cream (special treat for the boys!)
  • LOTS of $.50 bags frozen vegetables
  • $.50 avocadoes


    • I intentionally chose fruits and veggies that were not quite ripe so they would last a few weeks in the fridge.
    • And the berries we don’t eat this week, I will freeze for smoothies.


    • Summer sausage, ham, shrimp, lunchmeat (all of the beef, pork and chicken was gone by the time I got there…40 minutes after the sale started!)

    Total spent at Kroger this week: $121…with only needing a few more $$ to spend each week on milk!

    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!


    { 8 comments… read them below or add one }

    Jennifer B December 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I feel your pain about the new Marketplace; I was very hesitant that I would like it. But we have had one for about a year now, and I LOVE it! Yes, it is bigger, but they now carry so much more grocery variety (esp natural/organic/international) and they have toys! That go on sale! Quite often!


    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom December 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Good to know about the toys Jennifer!

    What I worry about is that I’ll start to think I “need” things that I don’t really need because I am seeing them every week. I’m not much of an errand runner and don’t buy lots and lots of things. I go to Target once every quarter…or less! It will be challenging, but I will overcome! :)



    Lisa December 8, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with our Kroger Marketplace. It’s FABULOUS that I know longer have to drive an hour and 15 minutes or more each way to Whole Foods or Jungle Jims or the Chinese supermarket ( Live very rural)–so the selection is very helpful. The downside is when I need a gallon of milk I go to (shame blush, blush) the GAS STATION. I grossly overpay. Why? I hate going into a store the with more square feet than my town just for milk!!! So the good with the bad.

    I’m jealous! When our old Krogers closed we saved almost nothing–just on perishables.


    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I can sense a love-hate relationship starting soon for me too :)



    Kelly Wiggains December 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t be too discouraged about the Marketplace. Our Marketplace had a great layout, where the furniture, toys, and storage items were on one side of the store, and the grocery store part was on the other. Plus, I could buy some gourmet coffee and get free tasty samples while I shopped (if I happened to be in the store without the kids.)


    Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom December 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks Kelly! I’m sure I’m imagining the worst…but I don’t really want to deal with the need/want/must have temptations that come from stores “like that”…super walmarts, super targets, marketplaces. You can end up spending more that you want/need to. But I’m ready for the challenge!



    FisherBoy December 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Whoa, all that produce and only a $121 spend — we applaud your coupon use :) While sad your local Kroger is closing, it does sound like the new store will be an adventure getting used to it. Though not perishable, did you take advantage of any frozen fish and seafood product offers?


    Jessica December 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    We had the same thing happen in Centerville – I went to the new Market Place this week and came out dazed and confused! I can’t find the manager’s specials ANYWHERE! sob sob sob! Bonus boo that I missed our going out of business sale b/c I was out of town. ARG!

    How do you only go to Target once a quarter?! We are going over our budget for the new year and the “errands” trips = BLEEDING MONEY!


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