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$70 Grocery Budget (I’m loving these weekend deals!)

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.).

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I was excited about the weekend deals this week! Since the Labor Day sales went through Monday, we split up our budget so that we got some of them last week and some of them this week.

Monday’s Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 bags of Tyson Anytizers — $3.99 each with the weekend deals
  • 4 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • Milk — $2.89
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • 2 half gallons Almond milk — $1.99 each
  • 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $1.29/dozen
  • 5 boxes of Betty Crocker brownie and cake mix — $0.50 each with weekend deals
  • Total with tax: $42.03

I can’t remember the last time I bought Lunchables, but my kids absolutely love them. So when I saw that they were priced at just $0.99 at Kroger this weekend, I surprised them by getting them some. Needless to say, they were THRILLED!

Friday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes Lunchables — $0.99 each with the Friday-Saturday deals
  • 4 lbs. ground beef — marked down to $2.49 each
  • 1 bag of lemons — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 bags of grapes — $0.99/lb.
  • 1 tub lettuce — marked down to $1.79
  • 2 family size boxes of cereal — $1.99 each with the Friday-Saturday deals
  • Total with tax: $27

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.


  • Cereal, Toast, Oatmeal, Eggs, Smoothies


  • Chicken, Capri Sun, Salad, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, PB & Honey Sandwich, Leftovers, Fruit, Crackers,


  • Cookies, Eggs, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Apple Crisp, Fruit, Veggies


  • Sunday — Out to eat at Chili’s
  • Monday — Chicken, Roasted Broccoli
  • Tuesday — Chicken/Broccoli/Rice Casserole
  • Wednesday — Breakfast for Dinner: French Toast
  • Thursday — Pizza
  • Friday — Fend for yourself
  • Saturday — Cereal

Total spent on groceries: $69.03

Cashback earned this week: 675 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards, $0.50 back from iBotta

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  • Chris says:

    Looks like a busy week at your house. Thanks for keeping it real by saying you had cereal for dinner one night. Life happens.

  • Sheena says:

    Do you feel like ibotta hasn’t been paying out as much lately? I bought so many of the name brand deals this weekend at Kroger. I only got $1.50 back from buying pop tarts. Also I love you did cereal for dinner too. We often do cereal for dinner once a week on my daughters game days.

    • Meg says:

      I think it kind of comes in waves, honestly. Sometimes I feel like I’m earning SO much and other times (like lately) I feel like the offers are sub-par! -Meg, MSM Team

    • Anees miller says:

      I had some issues with not being credited for deals that I made with my linked card. I contacted them and they very promptly credited my account. If you haven’t been credited for deals that you purchased, you should reach out to them. I was impressed by their responsiveness.

  • Sarah says:

    We found great deals at safeway today that I have to share! They have kuners canned beans for 50 cents a can (buy 12) right now and also gm cereal for 1.49 (buy 5). I used two coupons save $1 on 2 (can’t remember but from either smart source or red plum inserts) for the cereal bringing it down to about 1.10 per box! Really good stock up prices that we found by accident.

  • Lori says:

    Hate that I missed the Lunchables, that’s a great price!

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