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18 Feb 2019   ·   2

$68 Grocery Budget: What we bought & ate

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery 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.

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Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • Dannon Oikos Triple Zero — marked down to $1.89
  • 1 bag of oranges — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 Carmex Lip Balm — marked down to $0.29
  • Organic Romaine Lettuce — $1.79
  • Kroger Powdered Sugar — $1.49
  • 1 bag of potatoes — marked down to $1.50
  • Total with tax: $8.78

I also ordered a box of trash bags from Amazon because I saw that there was a great coupon available (I don’t think it’s still available? I can’t see for sure since I already used it!)

I used a gift card earned for free from Swagbucks to pay for this, but I still deducted the amount spent from my grocery budget to keep it fair for you all who are following along with our $70 budget.

I got some great freebies in the mail this week! Kroger sent me an envelope of coupons, including coupons for a free box of Cheerios and a free box of Quaker Granola Bars! (If you have a Kroger store, make sure your address is correct in your account. They send these out quite often!)

I also got my free Deer Park water coupon and my free Natural Calm sample. What did YOU get in the mail this week?

I complete forgot to take a photo of my last Kroger shopping trip… but I did do a video on Facebook that I shared above (you can click on it to watch it). Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

This was one of the salads I ate almost every day this week because it was so good: spinach, avocado, Swiss cheese, and dried cranberries.

I am LOVING those of you who are posting your salads on Instagram and sharing your pictures of salads with me. I thought the above message was really impressive and inspiring!

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:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Hard Boiled Eggs, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast, Bacon

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Yogurt, Grapefruit, Avocados, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Oranges, Cookies

Snacks:

  • Yogurt, Oranges, Cookies, Grapefruit, Chocolate Cookies, Chips/Guac

Taco Casserole, Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit, Fend for Yourself, Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit/Salad, Chicken/Roasted Potatoes/oranges, scalloped potatoes, turkey sausage, oranges.

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Taco Casserole, Salad
  • Monday — Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit
  • Tuesday — Fend for Yourself
  • Wednesday —Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit/Salad
  • Thursday — Italian Chicken/Roasted Potatoes/oranges
  • Friday — Scalloped potatoes, turkey sausage, oranges
  • Saturday — Frozen pizza (for the kids), Dinner out with two other couples (Jesse & I)

Total spent on groceries: $68.41

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: 125 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards$1.80 back from iBotta for buying Creamette Pasta, Jimmy Dean sausage, and scanning a receipt.

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

Free Parent’s Choice Infant Formula after rebate!!

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TopCashBack is offering an $10 rebate on a 20-ounce jar of Parent’s Choice Infant Formula purchased from Walmart, making it FREE!

Here’s how to get your FREE Parent’s Choice Infant Formula:

1. Head here for the special Infant Formula offer and sign up for a new Top Cash Back account.

2. Order the 20-ounce jar of Parent’s Choice Infant Formula for $9.86. Select free in-store pickup at your local Walmart to avoid shipping costs.

3. Within 21 days, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $10 — enough to cover the cost + tax!

4. After you receive the $10 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your bank account or request a Paypal payment.

This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already a member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

This deal is valid through February 24, 2019 — or while supplies last.

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

ILIFE Robotic Vacuum for just $111.99 shipped! (Lowest price!)

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Amazon has this ILIFE Robotic Vacuum for just $111.99 shipped today, while supples last!

This is a really big price drop and the LOWEST price on record!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

Checks Unlimited: Get two boxes of regular checks for just $4.74 each, shipped!! (New customers only)

{This deal post is sponsored by Checks Unlimited and contains affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.}

If you’ve never tried Checks Unlimited before and you need some new checks, this exclusive deal for MSM readers is a CRAZY good deal!

If you’re a new Checks Unlimited customers, you can currently grab TWO boxes of checks for as low as $4.74 each, shipped!

Here’s how to get this exclusive deal:

  1. Head over here, browse the designs, and choose your checks.
  2. Change the quantity to two boxes.
  3. Use coupon code R66Q in the “offer code” box before clicking the “continue” button.
  4. You should see the price drop to $4.95 for two boxes of regular checks or $5.95 for two boxes of duplicate checks.
  5. Click the “Continue” button to proceed through the checkout process.
  6. Add your banking/personal information to the checks.
  7. During checkout, be sure to decline any extras that add additional costs. Also, be sure to select the “No” box for the EZShield Check Fraud Protection Program underneath the product description on the Order Review page to not accrue additional charges on your order (You’ll need to select the “No” box 2 different times).
  8. Choose the standard shipping option to get FREE shipping on your order. You’ll just pay a $3.90 handling fee.
  9. With the handling fee, your total will be $8.85 + tax for two boxes of single checks. With tax, you’ll pay around $4.74 per box, shipped!!

There are SO many designs to choose from: Disney, nature, Warner Bros, classic, animals, inspirational, sports teams, and more!! And all of them are included in this deal!

This is the BEST deal we’ve seen in months on checks. Prior to this, the lowest we’ve seen them is $6.99 per box, so definitely jump on this exclusive deal!

Go here to take advantage of this deal.

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

Get a 96-count box of Ticonderoga Pencils for just $9.96!!

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Amazon.com: Ticonderoga Pencils, 96-count for just $10.19!

Need to freshen up your school supplies through the end of the year? This super popular deal is available again, and it doesn’t usually last this long! Grab ’em while you can!

Amazon has these Ticonderoga Pencils, 96-count for just $9.96 right now!

At just $0.10 per pencil, that’s a really great deal on these highly-rated pencils!!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

LippyClip Lip Balm Holder only $8.49 shipped!

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Jane has these LippyClip Lip Balm Holders for only $8.49 shipped right now!

There are 14 cute styles to choose from.

You can also get these LippyClip Lip Balm Holders with Gold Hardware for only $8.99 shipped! Choose from 14 styles.

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

IZZE Sparkling Juice, 4 Flavor Variety Pack (24 count) only $9.42 shipped!

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Amazon has this IZZE Sparkling Juice, 4 Flavor Variety Pack (24 count) for only $9.42 shipped when you clip the 30% off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

That’s like paying only $0.39 each when is a GREAT price!

Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

Get two Monaco Throws for just $13.49 each, shipped!

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This popular deal has returned!

Jane has these two-pack Monaco Throws for only $26.99 shipped right now — which means you’re paying just $13.49 per throw!

These 100% cotton throws come in a variety of colors and are completed with charming end tassels for a timeless look.

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones only $159.99 shipped (Reg. $300!)

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Best Buy has these Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones in matte gold marked down to only $159.99 shipped (regularly $299.99)!

This is such a great deal on these highly rated headphones!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid Plus only $24.99!

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Amazon has this Crest 3D White Whitestrips Vivid Plus for only $24.99 when you clip the $5 off e-coupon – the lowest price on record!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

LEGO Friends Mia’s Tree House Building Kit only $18.99!

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Amazon has this LEGO Friends Mia’s Tree House Building Kit for only $18.99 right now – the lowest price ever on record!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

18 Feb 2019   ·   0

V8 +Energy Drinks (24 count) as low as $10.47 shipped!

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Amazon is currently offering 25% off select V8 +Energy Drinks when you clip the e-coupon! Here are some deals you can score:

Get this V8 +Energy, Juice Drink with Green Tea, Pomegranate Blueberry (Pack of 24) for only $10.47 shipped when you clip the e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get this V8 +Energy, Juice Drink with Green Tea, Orange Pineapple (Pack of 24) for only $11.14 shipped when you clip the 25% off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get this V8 +Energy, Juice Drink with Green Tea, Diet Strawberry Lemonade (Pack of 24) for only $11.14 shipped when you clip the 25% off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get this V8 +Energy, Juice Drink with Green Tea, Black Cherry (Pack of 24) for only $11.14 shipped when you clip the 25% off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!