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$0.49 tortillas, $0.49 flowers, and using ground turkey instead of ground beef!

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.). 

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I have so many thing to share with you today when it comes to how we’re doing on our $70 grocery budget! First off, if you missed yesterday’s post on How to Find Great Markdowns at Kroger, be sure to check it out here.

I had a little time in between two different appointments on Tuesday afternoon, so I ran into Kroger with Kaitlynn and we found some great deals — including $0.99 Sparkling Cranberry Juice!

And we also snagged some more marked down flowers — including one bouquet that was just $0.49 (some of the flowers were pretty wilted, but I was able to salvage a lot of it and combine it with the marked down flowers that were still good from a shopping trip two weeks ago).

And for just $2, I was able to put together two more vases of beautiful flowers that will last us for at least another week!

Fresh flowers just make me so happy! And these were some of the best $2 spent this week!

Tuesday Kroger Grocery Shopping Trip — $22.14 spent

  • Motts Apple Juice — on sale for $1.49 when you bought 4 participating items, used $0.75 Kroger Digital coupon — $0.74 after sale and coupon (this is even cheaper this week!)
  • Hillshire Farms Honey Ham (22 oz.) — marked down for $5.09 (for school lunches)
  • 3 packages of sausage — $1.49 each when you buy 4 participating items
  • Breakfast Sausage — marked down to $1.49
  • Sparkling Cranberry Juice — $0.99
  • Simple Truth Beef Franks — marked down $2.79
  • 2 package of Naan (I love this stuff heated up in the oven with butter!) — marked down to $1.59 per package
  • 1 bouquet of flowers — marked down to $0.49
  • 1 bouquet of flowers — marked down to $1.49
  • Total with tax: $22.41

Want to see more details on this shopping trip? Watch my unbagging video above.

Remember that ground turkey I got marked down recently? Well, some of you suggested I use it in taco meat. And you all were SO right!

We’re not usually big ground turkey fans, but I browned it with the free taco seasoning packet and some water and it turned out amazing and my family loved it!

Psst! Here are some more ways to save money on meat and how to freeze taco meat.

We had some leftover chips and some salsa in the pantry and I used the cheese I got on sale plus the marked down tomatoes and lettuce and we made taco salads for dinner last night.

It was a hit! And Jesse is hoping I’ll find more ground turkey marked down soon so we can repeat this dinner!

And if you have a Kroger or Kroger affiliate, you need to get yourself there this weekend because they are having an amazing Digital Coupon event for Cinco de Mayo. They have avocados for $0.39 (you can get up to 5 in one transaction per card). And they also have…

Organic Corn Tortilla Chips for just $0.99 (up to 5 in one transaction per card!) Be sure to download the digital coupon here.

Tortillas for just $0.49 (up to 5 packages in one transaction per card). Be sure download the digital coupon here.

(My store had the Xtreme Wellness tortillas included, but I heard that most stores don’t. My digital coupons for the tortillas didn’t come off and they couldn’t get it to work so they ended up giving me $3 off per package — which was an even better deal!!)

And finally, you can get Private Selection Salsa for just $0.99 per jar (up to 5 jars in one transaction per card). Be sure to download the digital coupon here.

Thursday Kroger Shopping Trip — spent $9.71

  • Whole milk — $2.59
  • 5 bags of organic tortilla chips — $0.99 each with the Kroger Digital coupon
  • 2 jars of Private Selection salsa — $0.99 each with the Kroger Digital coupon
  • Cantaloupe — marked down to $0.99
  • 5 packages of tortillas — These were supposed to be $0.99 each with the Kroger Digital coupon (as I mentioned above, they couldn’t get my digital coupons to come off, so since it was their fault and they ended up giving me $3 off per package — which made 4 of the packages completely free + overage and the Xtreme Wellness tortillas were just $0.32!!! When you are gracious and kind when something doesn’t work, it’s amazing what a difference it makes!)
  • Total with tax: $9.71

I also logged into my Ibotta account after my shopping trip on Tuesday and discovered that there was another offer to submit a receipt and get $0.25, so I submitted my receipt and earned another $0.25. Hey, it’s only $0.25, but every little bit counts, right?

Want to know more details on my shopping trip? Watch my unbagging video above!

My Grocery Totals For This Week So Far

Total spent so far this week: $64.34
Total left to spend: $5.66 (Stay tuned for updates over the next few days if I score any other great deals!)

Cash back so far: $0.25 from Ibotta for submitting my receipt, $0.50 back from Checkout 51 for buying marked down bananas, and another $0.25 for submitting my Walgreens receipt.

Have you gotten any great deals this week or saved on groceries in any way? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  • Lana says:

    I have not commented in a long, long time but I just wanted to say that these posts are great! We don’t mind ground turkey in sloppy joes and taco meat. One of our stores puts frozen rolls of Jennie O ground turkey on sale for $1 each every 3 months or so and we buy it then. It is lean and really good. We have a new outlet store called Wise Buys that I believe may be a chain and we have been getting crazy deals there. Yesterday it was a 2 pound Kraft Parmesan for $3.99 and we find deals like that every time we go. We have been buying 2 pound bags of coffee beans there for $3 and crazy deals like 2 pound tubs of deli turkey breast for $3.69. The store is clean and well organized and the merchandise is mostly in date and not damaged. So for anyone reading here, if you have one in your area, go check it out!

  • Jessica says:

    Our avocados were marked down to 29 cents.
    They were kinda small, but still a decent price for 29 cents.

  • Jo says:

    We LOVE turkey tacos. My family likes it better than beef! Turkey burgers are awesome also.

  • Melinda says:

    Hey Crystal, The naan bread is great for making homemade individual pizzas!!

  • Kenci says:

    I LOVE these posts. I am a long time follower. I found Money Saving Mom in 2008. I was a new stay at home mom 19 with a 3 year old and a newborn. Long story short though I was young and dumb still and got into some debt. We also grew our family we are now a family of 6. This year we started our debt free journey. We have paid off over $10,000 and cash flowed everything that we have needed. Your daily post on Instagram help keep me going.

    • Courtney says:

      That’s awesome, Kenci! We’re debt free and although the journey is tough it’s totally worth it! Hang in there!!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement — and for being such a longtime follower! And I’m cheering for you on your journey to being debt-free!

  • Angie says:

    I don’t remember where I came across this, but I use a solution for cut flowers that makes them last even longer, and I thought you might be interested! In a half-gallon milk jug, combine 2 T lemon juice, 1 T sugar, 1/2 t bleach and 2 qt lukewarm water (the solution should essentially be room temp). Simply use in place of water in the vase of flowers. I store the jug under the sink and use as needed throughout the season!

  • Courtney says:

    I always check for markdowns at Aldi, too! When I went this week they had their 16″ specialty pizzas marked down for $1, and bananas for $0.14/lb. 🙂

  • Shannon says:

    As Crystal said, check your receipt to make sure the discounts come off after loading them onto your card. Three discounts (the salsa, tortilla chips, and tortillas) didn’t come off for us this morning so they had to manually refund us the money.

  • Old El Paso taco seasoning packets were on sale $0.99/1, Save $5/5, bought 5, and got them all for FREE at Stop and Shop Supermarket!

  • Archie says:

    Thanks for posting this. Those are great deals. I love Ground Turkey

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