This Week’s Shopping Adventures – The “Multiple Store Edition”

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 5, 2012

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

Wanting to kick the year off as best I could on the grocery front. Because my husband was home on Monday, I decided to “shop around.” I went to Meijer and Aldi on Monday. Then to Kroger on Tuesday.

My grocery goal for the year will be $80-$90 per week. Some weeks it will be more, depending the meat sales and stock-up times.  Other weeks, it will be less…for pantry challenges, clearing out the freezer, etc. But on average, I’m going for $80ish per week.

Meijer

*HOT DEALS*

  • FREE Toothpaste – $1 sale with
  • FREE Tomatoes – $1 sale with this coupon
  • $1 lettuce, $1 carrots (3 lbs), $1 cucumber (Cheap salad lunches for me this week!)
  • $.50 blackberries
  • $.67 frozen spinach – $.99 sale, used $.60/3 newspaper coupon that double
  • $.94 Red Gold crushed tomatoes (28 oz.), to use for homemade spaghetti sauce or chili
  • $1.05 Thai coconut milk cans – On sale for $1.55 each, used $1/2 manufacturers coupon

Meats

  • $3.99 for 1 lb tilapia fillets

Total spent at Meijer: $22.52

Aldi

*HOT DEALS*

  • $.39 yogurt
  • $.29 t0mato sauce
  • $.99 canned pumpkin (because I’m out!)
  • $1.19 corn tortillas, pack of 30
  • $1.99 pineapple
  • $1.29 cabbage
  • $3.29 string cheese (for my husband’s lunches!)

Total spent at Aldi: $10.79

Kroger

*HOT DEALS*

  • $1.99 Kashi cereals -> free gallon of milk ($1 coupons here)
  • $1.50 berries, $2 sale, used 2 $1/2 store issued coupons

Produce

  • $.99 avocados
  • $1.50 cantaloupe
  • $3.29 oranges (my kids eat these like candy!)

Meats

  • $2.99/lb chuck roast
  • 2 $2.50 BE sausage – $3 sale with $1/2 coupon

Manager’s Specials

  • $1.25 veggie tray…snacks and lunches!

Total spent at Kroger: $67.42

Total for this week: $100.73ght

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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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kimberly January 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

I started using Adli in addition to my normal grocery store in the last year and a half. It helps me stretch a buck for my grocery items. Aldi’s is great and the kids are the well behaved while I am shopping there! Who knew!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I’m hoping to do more shopping this year. Keep up the good work!

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SharonMarie January 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thanks for sharing your shopping trips! I also went yesterday to Aldi and Meijer and got most of the deals too, but also missed some. My goal for the year is $100 average for 5 teens and adults. Your website gives me ideas to keep it there! Keep up the good work!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Great goal! You can totally do it!

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Kristin January 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I am new to all of this! I typically, in the past, have just bought whatever from the store to make whatever I needed for that week. BUT, times are a changing. My husband and I are wanting to reign in our money and really get a hold of what we are spending money on. For me – this means groceries/general merchandise since I am the one that is “in charge” of that. It’s me, the hubs, two boys (3 and 1) and another little boy due in February. I feel completely overwhelmed when I sit down and start reading through blogs like yours. I want so badly to be able to be a “pro” at this and really do well at it. But I feel like I don’t even know where to start. Especially when you start adding in the coupons. I also want to make healthy, quick meals for my family. My town has Wal-mart, Sam’s Club, and then there is a locally owned grocery store, Brookshires (and they have a similar version of a Sam’s for groceries called Super 1 Foods), that pretty much has the monopoly on groceries. No one else can compete with them. But their prices tend to be higher. So my options are limited. Any advice, help, etc would be great for this busy mom of young ones. I have $400/month to spend on groceries and general merchandise (toiletries, diapers, etc).

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Sarah January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I followed the link to the kashi/free milk deal, but couldn’t find the coupon. Is it gone?

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Jill January 6, 2012 at 7:46 am

Thanks for the tomato coupon! I had missed that one. Plan to hit Meijer this morning after I drop the big girls at school and pick up a few bargains.

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