Shopping Trip & Batch Cooking Plan

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

So the Earth Fare is now open near me…and I haven’t had a chance to stop in yet. I left for New York the day before it opened and it’s almost been a week. They have their own coupon page on their site, and that their sales are on a monthly basis. They also sent me a coupon for 25% off their bulk bin items…which I’ll be giving to Steve. He’s already declared he’ll be using the rest of his “blow money” to get some goodies from the bulk bins.

I’m so excited to get in there and get some deals on what are typically expensive ingredients!

I’m hoping to do a combination of shopping at Kroger, Earth Fare and Aldi in the coming weeks. But for this week…getting home late Sunday night and needing to restock the fridge, I just stopped into Kroger for the basics.

Batch Cooking Plan

Yesterday I took one look at my planner and figured I could spend most of the morning in the kitchen. I needed to bake some pumpkin muffins for Ryan to take to school today and next Monday, so I figured…while I’m at it, I might as well get a bunch of stuff done.

I had all the ingredients to make Steve some sour cream enchiladas to enjoy at lunch. What he doesn’t eat this week, I’ll freeze in lunch containers for next week. I also whipped out some black bean brownies for snacks and lunchbox…and made a batch (wishing I’d made two!) of Katie’s pumpkin cinnamon rolls. They are almost all whole wheat…I ran out of flour and ended up using about 3/4 cup white flour, plus enough for kneading.

Nothing terribly exciting about this week’s trip to the store.


I did find a gallon of milk for Steve for $1.99…sell by date of November 3rd. I have no doubt he will drink it all by then…and if it looks like he won’t, I’ll make him a big batch of waffles to use it all up.

I also found a 6+ lb. whole chicken for $5.48…dropped in right into the slow cooker when I got home from the store, and I used 1/3 of the shredded chicken for the enchiladas, and also have 2 meals worth of shredded chicken and stock in the freezer.

Plus I got another $4 catalina coupon for the almond milk.

Total spent at Kroger: $52.17

Total for the month: $286.90 + $52.17 = $339.07 (I had to dip into my “restaurant” cash envelope, which we haven’t used much of this month to pay the almost $20 difference!)

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. Kimberly says

    With five weekends in October, our grocery budget has seemed to be extra stretched as well! I had to dig into my secret stash!

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