This Week’s Shopping Trip(s)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 28, 2010

Shopping with the $5 Dinner Mom

So I hit up a few stores this week.  Kroger twice.

First time on Monday for our “regular shopping”…we were all out of juice, bananas, milk…you know, the essentials!

Second time to rock the toothpaste and $4 P&G sale. And rock it, I did!

I also bopped into Whole Foods while we were in the neighborhood in Cincinnati for an appointment.  I wanted to get some more quinoa, and also got some sucanat from the bulk bins as well.  While I REALLY wanted to go ballistic and blow my grocery budget out of the water, I restrained myself, mustered up some self-control and walked out of there only spending $5.76!

No farmer’s market trip for me this week.  The fridge is full of all sorts of fabulous produce, peppers, tomatoes, squash…from last week’s trip and from our own garden.

(I’m thinking BLT sandwiches for lunch everyday for the next 2 months.  I really don’t think I’d get sick of them.)

(I love them like I love chocolate, rosemary and garlic.)

Kroger Trip #1

My “regular” trip…included some great manager’s special deals on pork chops, sliced mushrooms, a bag of stir fry veggies, and organic apple slices. Also, grabbed some $.50/can tuna, $1.99/lb chicken breasts and $1.69/lb ground beef.

Kroger Trip #2

20 tubes of Crest, 1 100 oz Tide Free and Clear, 1 box Bounce Free, big old pack of Charmin, and an air freshener. (It’s summer and my boys are stinky!)

  • Used 20 $.50/1 Crest coupons – FREE!!!
  • $3/1 Charmin from P & G E-Saver – Total of $2.99 after sale, promotion and e-coupon
  • $2/1 Tide from P & G E-Saver – Total of $7.99 after sale, promotion and e-coupon

Should have paid over $86 for all that…but instead only paid $18.72!!!

Total spent at Kroger: $66.60 and $18.72

Total for the week: $103.58 for all trips plus farmer’s market

Total for the month: $255.62

Just $15 over my $60/week budget for July~ More details on the August budget next week!

My grocery store’s ad scan

Thanks to Andrea at Mommy Snacks 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!


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

The Working Home Keeper July 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

Love quinoa! Our Trader Joe’s has a better price/lb on quinoa than our Whole Foods. I haven’t noticed sucanat in the bulk bins at our WF. I’ll have to check again! I buy the small bag of Rapunzel organic, unbleached, unrefined whole cane sugar.

Mary Ellen


Jodi July 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

I don’t think my Kroger doubles coupons up to that many times because when I did the hand soap last week, they only doubled up to 8 coupons. Still a good deal!


Katie B July 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Was the toothpaste on sale? Where did you get the .50 coupon for crest???


Stephanie July 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Can you tell me how you cook the quinoa, and I think succanat is a sugar, but what do you use it for? I am trying to get more all natural/organic foods but unsure about some of them. Thanks so much for your help and the great blog!


Kristen July 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Did the Crest toothpaste trigger the $4 off for the P&G promo? The flyer claims it’s part of the deal, but it seems too good to be true to get free toothpaste PLUS $4 off.


Jodi July 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

@Kristen, the Crest toothpaste is part of the 10 for $10 sale – not the $4 off savings.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 29, 2010 at 8:29 am


I think the Crest Pro Health is part of the deal…the kind that I bought was not included in the promo.


Rhonda Hall July 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Did you get any $5 off your next order print out from last week??
Last week I got 3- $5 off ..bought 20 bricks of cream cheese at 99 cents and they popped out…Hope to get some good deals with those this week.


Amanda July 29, 2010 at 8:14 am

I purchased 4 items on the Procter & Gamble mega event to stock up on toilet paper, soap and dishwashing detergent! I got a pack of the Charmin tissue paper (16 rolls), 1 Cascade detergent gel bottle, 1 Cascade action pacs detergent and 1 10-pack of Ivory bar soap for only $13!


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