Yelena Radisaljevic was spotted concealing £22 of items in her “bag for life” by security at B&M Bargains, and CCTV was later checked at Poundland, which showed her stealing £7 of goods, on May 12.
Radisaljevic, 39, of Tennyson Drive, admitted two counts of theft when she appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Thursday.
Tim Haines, mitigating, said: “She has been under a deal of stress. She has had the care of her 14-year-old niece to reduce pressure on her sister.
“She has been taking medication for depression. She finds it difficult to explain these actions.”
She was given a two year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.