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18 Aug 2019   ·   2

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + Menu Plan

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Because of our traveling the last 4 weeks, I haven’t posted our grocery budget + menu plan posts. It feels good to be back to it now that school has started and we’re back into the swing of a more normal routine.

Speaking of school starting, here’s a real-life photo from the first day: Kathrynne headed out to a 4-day back to school camp (her school starts with an all-school 4-day camp!), Silas all ready for his first day in his uniform, and Kaitlynn sporting a thermometer because she had a low grade fever and had to stay home.

I couldn’t believe this HUGE cart full of egg noodles marked down to $0.69 each at Kroger this week!

But I didn’t buy them because Kroger has Private Selection on pasta for $0.50 when you buy 5 participating items.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Kroger breakfast links — free with coupons from Kroger mailer
  • 2 canisters of breadcrumbs — on closeout for $0.47 each
  • Kroger peanut butter — free with coupons from Kroger mailer
  • A&W Cream Soda — free with coupon mailed to me
  • Quest bar — free with Freebie Friday coupon
  • 1 can Kroger green beans — marked down to $0.29
  • 2 cans of hominy — marked down to $0.29 each
  • Turkey Hill Tea — marked down to $0.39
  • Kroger broth — marked down to $0.69
  • 3 boxes of Kroger toaster pastries — marked down to $0.59 each
  • 1 bag of peppers — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 cantaloupe — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of onions/avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 can Simple Truth green beans — marked down to $0.49
  • 1 package of egg roll wraps — marked down to $0.49
  • 2 bags of Blue Corn chips — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 package of Oscar Mayer hot dogs — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 bags of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 4 packages of Private Selection pasta — $0.50 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 box of oatmeal — used $0.40/1 Kroger digital coupon = $1.09 after coupon
  • Total with tax: $18.95

Kaitlynn and I flew to Portland, Maine for me to speak at the Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference. One of the best parts of speaking at food blogging conferences? The BEST gift sacks full of yummy food and snacks from sponsors!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • Kroger whole wheat flour — marked down to $1.69
  • Brown rice — marked down to $1.19
  • 3 packages of Eckrich sausage — $1.69 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 5 packages of cheese — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 2 boxes of Cheerios — $1.49 when you buy 5 participating items — used $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.99 each
  • Bag of grapefruit/lime juice — $0.99
  • Tub of lettuce — marked down to $1.79
  • 1 dozen cage-free eggs — $2.50
  • 1 back to school brownie bites — marked down to $2.49
  • Total with tax: $25.09

Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • Bartlett Pears — $0.95
  • 3 18-oz. cartons of blueberries — $1.98 each
  • Peaches — $1.09
  • Water — $1.98
  • Total with tax: $10.64

BigLots Shopping Trip

  • 2 bags of chips — $0.25 each
  • 2 double packs of English Muffins — $1.40 each
  • 4 packages of Keebler cookies — $0.25 each
  • 4 to-go cups — $0.25 each
  • 4 bags of peanuts — $0.25 each
  • Total with tax: $7.26

$70 Grocery Budget + Menu Plan

I couldn’t believe the great deals we found at BigLots! It reminded me of the Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery last week!

What We Ate This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here.

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Ham Sandwiches, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Capri Sun, Salad, Leftovers, Fruit,

Snacks:

  • Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Go-Gurts

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Oyster Crackers
  • Monday — Fend for Yourself
  • Tuesday — Chick-fil-A
  • Wednesday — Smoked Ribs
  • Thursday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Bran Muffins
  • Friday — Chicken Rice Casserole, Cantaloupe, Roasted Broccoli
  • Saturday — Leftovers

Total spent on groceries: $61.94

Cashback earned this week: 308 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards

17 Aug 2019   ·   0
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17 Aug 2019   ·   2

Brigette’s $95 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.18

2 64-oz cartons Whole Milk – $1.40

1 Can Whipping Cream – $1.99

1 32-oz carton Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.39

4 single-serving sized cartos Flavored Greek Yogurts – $2.36

4 dozen Eggs – $3.12

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.38

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2 16-oz bags Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $3.98

1 8-oz pkg Colby Jack Sliced Cheese – $1.19

1 can Parmesan Cheese – $2.19

2 bags Riced Cauliflower – $3.78

1 48-oz bag Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.39

1 16-oz pkg Sliced Deli Meat – $2.15

1 pkg Sliced Pepperoni – $1.99

2 cans Green Beans – $0.78

1 2-lb bag Red Onions – $1.79

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.79

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.85

1 bunch Bananas – $0.92

2 Avocados – $1.30

1 bag Radishes – $0.79

1 6-ct pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.25

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $2.49

1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.69

1 can Garbanzo Beans – $0.38

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.19

2 pkgs Broccoli Crowns – $2.98

2 4-ct pkgs Sweet Corn – $3.38

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.39

1 3-lb bag Lemons – $1.69

1 carton Strawberries – $1.25

1 Cauliflower – $1.49

3 large bags Red Grapes (@ $0.89/lb) – $5.69

1 1-lb box Butter Quarters – $2.19

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1 loaf French Bread, reduced to $0.50

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.65

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.59

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.15

1 can Baking Powder – $0.99

1 jar Onion Powder – $0.95

1 can Olive Oil Cooking Spray – $1.35

1 jar Honey – $3.69

1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix – $0.39

Grocery Total for the Week: $95.57 

(This is a little more than I usually spend – but this is our first real grocery trip since getting back from vacation, and the fridge was getting pretty bare!)

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Cereal, Fruit, Yogurt, Smoothies, Oatmeal

Lunches

Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter and Honey, Bananas, Carrots

Cheese Quesadillas, Grapes, Mini Cucumbers x 2

Baked Sweet Potatoes, Cottage Cheese, Peaches (gift from friends who visited a local orchard), Carrots

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Grapes, Mini Peppers x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Spaghetti Carbonara (family recipe, very similar to this), Garlic Bread, Tossed Salad

Hot Dogs on the Grill, Baked French Fries, Corn on the Cob, Applesauce

Pour-A-Pan Pizza, (I will be omitting the sausage and the green pepper), Roasted Cauliflower, Grapes

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Green Beans, Biscuits

Build-Your-Own-Taco-Salad Bar (Seasoned Ground Beef, Lettuce, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Salsa, Avocados, Plain Greek Yogurt, Fritos)

Lemon Chicken With Broccoli, Rice/Cauliflower Rice, Peaches

Leftovers

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