This Week’s Shopping Adventures – The “Oh My..Convenience Food is Expensive. Or Not?” Edition

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

So I wasted no time at all yesterday morning to get to the grocery store. This week I’m headed to NYC, then the morning after I get home, I’m off to Atlanta for a weekend meeting of the Savvy Blogging Summit minds!

So I’ll be gone for almost 6 days…a record for me!

Needless to say, I wanted to make sure that all was OK on the food front while I was gone. I ended up getting more convenience foods than I normally buy, to make it easier for my husband and our sitter while I’m gone.

I’ll be sharing more about the “meals I’m leaving behind” later today…


This was not my best shopping trip. But it is what it is. Still cheaper than my husband taking the kids out for dinner 5 nights in a row! And that would just be the dinner food…not including all the other foods they’d need!

So I learned that convenience foods are quite pricey…and I’ll look forward to getting back to my (mostly) homemade ways!

Total spent at Kroger: $104.12

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

(Sorry about the sun glare!)

But not all convenience food is so pricey…

My friend Becky told me about a giant box of granola bars that she bought at Ollie’s for $3.99. It’s a new store here in Dayton and I’m so glad to know about it. I was hoping they’d still have the granola bars and they did…so I bought 2 boxes…these are perfect for Steve’s lunch!  Such a great deal!

Total spent at Ollie’s: $7.98


(Charlie wants you all to know that he arranged the food in this photo. He wanted the pineapple to be playing hide and seek with you!)

Ollie’s just so happens to be right next to Aldi, and they are both not far from where Charlie’s speech evaluation was yesterday morning. So we bopped into both to grab a few other goodies. I’m still scoping out prices at Aldi…and their snack foods seem to be cheaper. I think I’ll be stopping in there once or twice a month…whenever they have good produce sales!

Total spent at Aldi: $7.04

Total for this week” $120ish

Total for the month: $162.76 + $4.14 + $120 = $286.90

(Leaving just $34 for next week!)

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!



  1. mary w says

    I don’t eat a lot of convience food either. However, one of the reasons that it seemed so expensive is that you bought it when you needed it (now) rather than being able to stock up when it’s on sale and you had a coupon.

  2. says

    I have one real splurge, once a month I buy preboxed chinese meal at Sam’s club, it is $10 a box and we eat one box for a meal, when it should be two meals, BUT is is less than half the price of eating out, so adding that to my grocery budget helps keep me on track of not order taking out.
    Thank you Erin for helping keep me on track and cook for my family.

  3. Gil Becker says

    It’s been years since I shopped at Ollies’s but hope to soon. I do like shopping at Aldi & I did yesterday. I like their prices, people are friendly & the selection is good. I don’t always shop every week so my totals vary for the month. Other stores I like to shop at are Dollar General, Dollar Tree & Redner’s Warehouse Market.

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