This Week’s Shopping – The “I Can’t Get Into My Kitchen” Edition

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

Yep, that’s right…I can’t get into my kitchen. We are just weeks away from putting our house on the market, so we are now in “beautify” mode. Part of “beautifying” for our home is having the kitchen floor redone, stripping wallpaper/repainting over it, and a few other minor tweaks. So I wasn’t been able to get into the kitchen yesterday, part of today and again later in the week.

Not a huge deal, but enough to cause us to “shift our food monies” around this week.  We have moved half of our weekly grocery budget over to the restaurant envelope this week to account for the extra eating out we’re doing this week. My goal was to spend $40 on groceries (from Kroger, Aldi and CVS)…and use the other $40 for going out to eat this week. I do have a Chili’s gift card from Swagbucks that we can use, as well as a gazillion points on my Subway rewards cards. (We’ve been letting them accumulate for a while now!)

I have a strange feeling that we might be eating out more in the weeks that our house is on the market. I have these notions (which may or may not end up come true), that I’ll be getting ready to start cooking dinner and our realtor will call to say that someone wants to the see the house at about the same time I’d be putting food on the table.

That being said, we are moving into a “we must have a very flexible meal plan” phase of our lives…so for this week I have a few options from the freezer/pantry, as well as a few dining out options too. This also will mean that my grocery shopping and spending might be erratic over the coming weeks!

FREEZER – I don’t normally do this, but thought I’d offer it to you all first (before I throw it out there on Craigslist)…We have decided to sell our black Frigidaire 7.2 cu. ft. deep freezer for just $50 (reg. $250ish). It needs a new home here in Dayton. If you’re interested, please email me. (First come, first serve.)


Blue cheese and an extra bag of tortillas…for a little something delicious I’ll be whipping up for the Super Bowl. Hoping to post a recipe before the end of the week…

Otherwise, nothing terribly exciting about this week’s shopping trip!

Manager’s Specials

  • Lettuce – $1.49

Total spent at Kroger: $35.11


Because we needed to be out of the house while they work in the kitchen, I ended up running most of my errands on Monday. So it was no trouble at all to wander around the city…


  • $.69 grape tomatoes
  • $.59 avocados
  • $.49 baby carrots
  • $.89 crushed tomatoes
  • $1.29 pretzel bags

Total spent at Aldi: $5.53


PHOTO – none available


  • $4.99 dishsoap
  • $5.98 toilet paper

Total spent at CVS: $.74 OOP (Used $10 SaveMore Gift Card, and 2 P&G coupons)

Total for the month: $41.38

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. says

    Luckily, our house was only on the market 2 weeks and sold; however, it was always the worst possible times that we would get a call that someone wanted to see the house. I had a 6 month old at the time and we’d get a call someone was coming and be running around like crazy trying to get all the baby stuff to the garage! Good luck to you, praying it sells fast!

  2. Dana says

    We are redoing our kitchen in three weeks! We are also fixing it up (painting cabinets, adding new hardware and replacing the laminate with more laminate) to sell it. But our hope is to be able to wait a few years before selling. Best of luck!! :)

  3. Michele P says

    Yep, it WILL happen! When we had our first showing,the realator called from the driveway to stop by and I was feeding three kids plus three of mine…TUNA! :) Oh well, God’s got the little details! Praying it sells fast for you!

  4. Kara M says


    I remember when we were trying to sell our house a little over a year ago we got that phone call during supper that someone was in our driveway and the realtor could be there to show it if that was OK with us. (Of course you always work to say yes because that might be “the buyer”.) My husband and the kids were pretty much done but of course not me since I was the last to sit down and eat so we drove around with me eating from my plate that I just carried to the car with me. It was funny–they weren’t the buyers. Good luck during this week–it’s always hard to not be able to be in the kitchen.

  5. says

    Good luck with the house selling, Erin! We had our house on the market last spring, and meal preps and dinnertime were stressful for me because we never knew what our schedule would be like from day to day. It seemed most couples interested in our smaller house were first time buyers and were available to look at our house after work at dinnertime. We did end up eating out a lot more than we usually do, but in the end it will all be worth it. Just like when your babies keep you up at night and you long for a full night’s sleep, this is just a season and soon it will all be behind you. You’ll soon be creating fabulous $5 dinners from your new place.

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