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22 Apr 2019   ·   6

$70 Budget: What we ate, how much we spent, and how we splurged

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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Our $70 Budget

This week we didn’t eat at home as much as we usually do since we traveled to Kansas for Easter Friday through Sunday. But we did get some great deals at the grocery store — and we used our extra money from the past number of weeks that we’ve been under budget to pay for our extra dinner out this week!

Sprouts Shopping Trip

Sprouts had some good weekend deals last weekend and Jesse ran by to pick up a few of them. He got 4 mangoes for $1 and 4 grapefruit for $1.

Total with tax: $2.14

Jesse also ran by Kroger for me after he dropped the kids off at school. I asked him if he could pick up any marked down lettuce/salads he saw. Well, went around and looked at markdowns throughout the entire store! And he found some great deals!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • King’s Hawaiian Hot Dog Buns — marked down to $1.99
  • Bread — marked down to $1.89
  • Pita Bread — marked down to $0.99
  • Bananas — $0.96
  • Strawberries — $2.99
  • 3 bags of potatoes — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 6 packages of blackberries — $0.99 each
  • Salad bowl — marked down to $1.99
  • 1 bag of fruit — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Organic lettuce — marked down to $1.49
  • Total with tax: $25.69

I got some great freebies in the mail this week, including MyKroger magazine (which has great coupons in it!), a free copy of Real Simple magazine, free issues of Health magazine, plus some other great freebies!

Kroger was having some fantastic weekend deals this week. We were supposed to leave on our trip to Kansas at 9:30 a.m. and we weren’t going to be getting back until Sunday night. Of course, the sale only ran Friday through Sunday!

I really didn’t want to miss it, so I got packed and ready early on Friday morning and then ran to the store early. I’m so glad I did, because I got some great deals!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 5 boxes (family size) Kellogg’s cereal — $1.49 each with Friday-Sunday Digital Coupon deal
  • 5 tubs ice cream — $1.99 each with Friday-Sunday Digital Coupon deal
  • 1 10-lb bag of potatoes — $1.88
  • 4 bags of fruit — $0.99
  • 1 gallon milk — $2.69
  • Miracle Maize Corn Muffin Mix — $1.89, used $1.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.39 (we bought this one other time when it was on sale and it was SO good)
  • Total with tax: $27.92

Walgreens Shopping Trip

Walgreens had bags on sale Buy 1, Get 2 free — which made each box less than $1.

For some reason, we also got an additional 25% off at checkout (does anyone have any idea why? It said E25% next to the price). At any rate, they only charged us $2.09 per box and then we got 2 boxes for free!

So that meant we got six boxes for just $4.18 + tax!!

Total with tax: $4.59

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, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs


  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrots, Oranges, Salads, Leftovers, Cookies, Protein Bars, Popchips
  • Dinner at Spangles on Saturday


  • Grapefruit, Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Crackers & Cheese, Peach Cobbler, Carrots & Hummus, Popchips


  • Sunday — Cheese quesadillas/snack-y dinner
  • Monday — Taco Casserole/Peas/Blackberries/Peach Cobbler
  • Tuesday — Dinner at Cracker Barrel (we had a gift card)
  • Wednesday — Leftover Taco Casserole
  • Thursday — Pork Roast/Twice Baked Potatoes/Fruit
  • Friday — Dinner out (we decided to use the extra grocery money from the last few weeks to go to this place in Wichita we love that offers really healthy meals all pre-made for you)
  • Saturday — Dinner with Jesse’s family

Total spent on groceries: $60.34

Cashback earned this week: 100 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards+ $1.10 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
ReadingIQ App Promotes a Love of Reading

This ReadingIQ App Made Silas Fall in Love with Reading!

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If you have a child who struggles with reading, I highly, highly recommend this ReadingIQ app! And you can get a FREE one-month trial right now!

ReadingIQ App Promotes a Love of Reading

Did you see that you can still get a FREE one-month trial to the ReadingIQ app?!

ReadingIQ is a brand-new online digital library for kids that offers thousands of books for all reading levels.

I can’t sing the praises of this reading app enough.

Silas had never been excited about reading until he started using this app a couple months ago. This app has made him fall in love with reading — something I never thought would be possible after years of his struggle with reading.

In the first 6 weeks of using it, he logged close to 600 minutes of reading on ReadingIQ… all on his own. And did I mention this was with almost zero coaxing or encouragement from me?

ReadingIQ App for Kids

When you sign up for your FREE ReadingIQ trial, you get:

  • Unlimited access to thousands of books. Anytime. Anywhere.
  • Accessible on desktops, tablets, and phones
  • Popular titles and characters that children know and love
  • All titles carefully curated for readers 12 and under
  • Book recommendations for every child based on his or her level
  • Ability to monitor your child’s progress
  • Award-winning titles, including Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners
  • Up to 3 children per account
  • Guided Reading and Lexile® levels available for thousands of books
  • Ability to preview the content your child is exploring
  • More than 700 professionally voiced titles

After the first month is up, if you decide to continue your subscription, it’s just $4.99 per month!

Note: After your free trial is up, you’ll be automatically charged at the regular monthly price of $4.99 per month. If you no longer wish to continue, be sure to cancel before your free trial is up.

You can go here to read my complete review of the ReadingIQ app! Or if you want to try it out for yourself, just click below!

Sign up for a FREE one-month trial of ReadingIQ.

22 Apr 2019   ·   1

Have you gotten your bag of Amora coffee for just $1 shipped?!

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Have you gotten your FREE bag of Amora coffee yet?! Jesse was so excited about this deal!

Did you see the deal we posted to get a FREE bag of Amora Coffee (you just have to pay $1 for shipping)?

ordered this deal myself and was so impressed with what I got — and I just paid $1 total!

You can choose from nine different blends and these coffees are usually $14.95 per bag + shipping, so this is a fantastic deal!

Note: When you order the coffee for just $1, you will be signed up for automatic shipments of coffee at the regular price of $14.95 + $8.95 shipping two weeks after this order. If you no longer wish to receive regular shipments of coffee, you can call to cancel after your first order ships out so long as you do it before your next order ships.

By the way, I cancelled my order after I got the $1 bag of coffee and had no issue at all. In fact, the customer service representative on the phone was SO nice and kind and didn’t ask any questions. They processed my cancellation on the phone and I got an email within a minute saying that it had been cancelled.

Here’s how to get this deal:

  1. Click here and pick which coffee flavor you’d like to order.
  2. Go through the order process — it should just be $1 total at checkout.
  3. Once you’ve received your coffee, if you want to cancel your subscription, call 1-855-642-6672. (You cannot cancel online, but it’s super easy to call and cancel. It took me maybe 2 minutes!)
  4. If you don’t cancel your subscription, you’ll continue to receive a bag of coffee priced at $14.95 + $8.95 shipping with each shipment.

That’s it! Let me know if you have any questions. And enjoy your $1 bag of coffee!

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Carter's Sale Free Shipping

*HOT* Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh: Up to 70% off the entire site + Free Shipping!

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Wow! Stock up on baby and kids clothes with these HOT sales at Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh!

Carter's Sale Free Shipping

Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh are currently running their biggest sale of the year — up to 70% off the entire site! Plus, through tomorrow, shipping is FREE!!

Even better, you can get an extra 15% off your purchase of $20 or more when you use promo code CART5477 at checkout.

Here are some deals we spotted…

Carter's Kids Tees

Get Kids Tees as low as $2.99 shipped!

Carter's 3 Piece Sets

Get Carter’s 3-Piece Little Character Sets for only $6.60 shipped (regularly $22)!

5 Pack Bodysuits

Get Baby Girl and Baby Boy 5-Pack Bodysuits for only $7.80 shipped!

Kids Pull On Shorts

Get Kids Pull On Shorts for only $5 shipped (regularly $14)!

Valid through tomorrow, April 22, 2019.

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Woman with water tracker bottle

Daily Tracker Water Bottle for just $9.99 + shipping!

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Need a little push to drink more water each day? The deal on these cute daily tracker water bottles is back!!

Woman with water tracker bottle

Jane has these Daily Tracker Water Bottles for just $9.99 + shipping.

These BPA-free water bottles help motivate you to drink 64 ounces of water each day. There are three different styles to choose from.

Three styles of Water tracker bottles

Shipping is $3.99 for the first water bottle, and then $1.99 for each additional bottle shipped within the same order.

Shop right away, because it’s only valid today, April 22nd!

22 Apr 2019   ·   2

Mother’s Day Jewelry only $9.99 shipped!

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Looking for a sweet Mother’s Day gift idea? These Custom Mama’s Necklaces would be perfect!

Jane has these Custom Mama’s Sweet Peas Necklaces for only $9.99 shipped right now!

Choose up to 8 pearls for your necklace in an assortment of colors, plus either bronze, silver, or gold wiring.

You can also get these Mama Bird Wire Nest Necklaces for just $9.99 shipped!

Choose up to 8 pearls for your necklace in an assortment of colors, plus either bronze, silver, or gold wiring

These make great gift ideas for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and more.

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat w/ 8 Instrument Settings

Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat only $31.99 shipped (Reg. $73!)

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Have a child who loves to dance? This Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat will provide hours of fun!

Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat w/ 8 Instrument Settings

Right now, you can get this Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat with 8 Instrument Settings for only $31.99 shipped when you use the promo code BCP4338 at checkout!

This is regularly $72.99 so this is a great deal!

Valid through April 30, 2019.

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Free Customized Mother’s Day Card + FREE Delivery

Free Personalized Mother’s Day Card + Free Delivery!

Wow! This is such a RARE freebie! You can send a personalized Mother’s Day card for FREE!

Free Customized Mother’s Day Card + FREE Delivery

Through May 1st, Artifact Uprising is offering a FREE Personalized Mother’s Day Card! Plus, they will mail it for you completely free!

Your card will be delivered between May 8th and 11th.

This is a really rare deal so hurry and take advantage of it!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Target Baby Bodysuits

Cloud Island 4-pack Bodysuits only $4.99 at Target, plus more!

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If you have a baby or know someone who does, this is a great time to grab a few Cloud Island Bodysuits! Plus, check out these other deals, too!

Target Baby Bodysuits

Right now, Target is offering 50% off select Baby Clothing & Accessories – no promo code needed! This deal is valid online only.

Here are some deals you can score…

Get these Cloud Island 4-pack Bodysuits for only $4.99 (regularly $9.99)!

Cloud Island 2-pack Rompers

Get these Cloud Island 2-pack Rompers for just $5.49 (regularly $10.99)!

Baby Boys' 10pc "Take Me Home" Layette & Bath Set

Get these Baby Boys’ 10pc “Take Me Home” Layette & Bath Sets for just $9.99 (regularly $19.99)!

Cloud Island Lightweight Hooded Towels 3-pack

Get these Cloud Island Lightweight Hooded Towels 3-pack for just $7.49 (regularly $14.99)!

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
NIVEA Pamper Time Gift Set

NIVEA Pamper Time 5 Piece Luxury Gift Set only $14.30!

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This NIVEA Pamper Time 5 Piece Luxury Gift Set would make a great Mother’s Day gift idea!

NIVEA Pamper Time Gift Set

Amazon has this NIVEA Pamper Time 5 Piece Luxury Gift Set for only $14.30 when you clip the 40% off e-coupon!

This gift set includes a cute travel bag and five full-size Nivea moisturizing products including the NIVEA Essentially Enriched Body Lotion, NIVEA In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion, NIVEA Creme, NIVEA Foaming Silk Mousse Creme Moisture Body Wash, and NIVEA Moisture Lip Care.

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, Hip2Save!

22 Apr 2019   ·   2

CVS: Free 8×10 Photo or Collage Print (free in-store pickup)

Through April 23rd, you can get a free 8×10 Photo or Collage Print at CVS with free same day in-store pickup.

Just upload your picture on the CVS photo site, go to checkout, use coupon code HAPPY810 and choose same day in-store pickup. Your total should be $0.00! Please note that this does not work on the app.

Limit 1 per account.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Staples Coupon

Staples: $10 off a $30 Purchase Coupon

Have old technology laying around? Bring them to Staples and receive a $10 off $30 purchase coupon!

Staples Coupon

Staples Rewards Members (free to join) can get a $10 off $30 Purchase Coupon when you bring in select outdated technology items!

Items accepted include computers, printers, tablets and mobile tech + other technology like computer speakers, cordless phones, CD players and more.

Valid through April 27, 2019.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!