Shopping Update

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 16, 2009

I apologize for not posting my shopping trips lately!  They have been less than stellar, as grocery shopping has not been my primary focus this last month.  I think I’m on the “upswing” and will soon be back to my bargain shopping ways.  Don’t worry, I have been using coupons and buying mostly “on sale” items…but I haven’t been maintaining my stockpile too well :(

Last week after DS’ allergy appointment, I found myself driving by Whole Foods.  It’s not a store I normally shop in, but because we were “in the area,” I couldn’t help but stop in!  I only spent $12 on a few grains and some pine nuts.  With all the basil I’ve got growing, I figured a pesto dish would be worth a try.  I could hardly contain myself in there, but also didn’t want to spend a fortune!

I also stopped in last week for my “monthly” trip to Trader Joe’s.  I buy rice milk, agave syrup and sweet potato chips there.  I had been getting rice pasta there…if you are GF, I highly their rice pasta…good and less than $2/lb.!  I spent $27.88 for the month.

I also made my weekly run to Walmart and spent $64.31.  I did use coupons for the Kashi cereal and cereal bars, the Rice Krispies, soap, cottage cheese.  I also took advantage of the $6 off pork coupon and got that package of pork chops for $.76 with buying the pickles and charcoal (not pictured.)  The pork chops can be used for 2 meals…planning on brining and grilling next week!


Total for last week = $104.19 (OY!)

Not the greatest week, but I know this BUSY season that will pass soon! 

NOTE: Gallon of milk at my Walmart is $1.79 this week!  Be sure to check your store for this great price!!!  And Deal Seeking Mom has got the best coupon matchups for Walmart here!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Shandra June 16, 2009 at 10:07 am

Hi Erin,
I’m just wondering do you not cook with meat every meal? We really don’t care if we have it or not. I was just curious.



Erin June 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm


No I don’t use meat at every meal. I typically have a vegetarian meal (rice and beans, or rice and lentils) along with a “breakfast for dinner” meal with eggs each week. I use meat/chicken maybe 4-5 times a week. I have a LOT stashed in my freezer from previous grocery trips!


Biz June 17, 2009 at 10:12 am

Thanks for the tip about the agave syrup at TJ’s – never would have thought to look there, but that makes sense!

I went $10 overbudget and spent $135, so I am impressed with your 100 shop!


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