The Mansfield court was told how Charlene Kerr (35), of Babworth Court, stole women’s underwear and a waterproof jacket worth £8 from Primark.
Robert Carr, prosecuting, said Kerr was seen on CCTV paying for one item but not the other and attempting to leave the premises.
When interviewed by police Kerr admitted the theft and that she paid for an item costing £1 but not the other.
Mark Stocks, defending, said Kerr’s problems had worsened when she returned to Mansfield from a probation hostal.
Part of her bail conditions were not to associate with a certain individual and she resorted to stealing in order to avoid breaching bail by attending his address to retrieve her clothes.
He added: “It is unfortunate because if she had let me know I could have contacted the police and arranged to have the clothes collected.
“The offence was not the most serious or sophisticated and she only has one offence for theft on her record.”
A probation officer told magistrates: “Things went wrong when she had a change address. There were other drug users in the new property who were using. It is whether you decide to give her another chance.”
A magistrate said: “ Because of your early guilty plea and circumstances probation are willing to work with you.
“You need to get out of this spiral. You have a long life ahead of you. Try and make it a good one.”
Kerr was fined £80 and made to pay a £20 victim surcharge.