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6 Jun 2020   ·   5

We spent $66 on groceries this week!

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.

Well, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a grocery post! I actually didn’t step foot into a store for around 12 weeks! (We’ve been doing Kroger pickup instead.)

How I have missed shopping and looking for markdowns! It was so good — and a little weird! — to be back to shopping. I ended up going shopping twice this past week.

Here’s what I got:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 5 boxes Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • 4 bottles of Dove shampoo/conditioner — $2.49 each when you buy 5 or more participating items, used $1.50/1 Kroger digital coupon = $0.99 each after coupon
  • Kroger coconut oil — $3.99
  • Happy Eggs dozen eggs — marked down to $1.99
  • 2 dozen Simple Truth — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Yoplait Oui yogurt — marked down to $0.69
  • Yoplait yogurt — marked down to $0.25
  • 5 bags of Chex Mix — $0.99 each when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • Kroger Cake Mix — marked down to $0.50
  • Kroger Peanut Butter — used FREE coupon that I got in a Kroger mailer
  • Bob’s Flaxseed — on closeout for $1.09 each
  • Milk — $2.59
  • 2 bags of coconut — $1.27 each
  • Cheerios — $1.79 when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • 3 boxes — on closeout for $1.40 each
  • Gallon of water — $0.79
  • Quinoa Bread — marked down to $2.29
  • Salad — $1.69
  • Salad greens — $1.79
  • Total with tax: $49.87

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Honey — $3.99
  • 2 packages Kroger Sausage — marked down to $1.29 each
  • Whole chicken — marked down to $5.37
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.39 each — $1.18 total
  • Total with tax: $16.69

I’m freezing the bananas and I think I’m going to use them for Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins or Banana Bread.

Total spent on groceries: $66.56

Our Menu Plan This 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.

Dinners:

Sunday — Mac & Cheese

Monday — Sweet Potatoes/Apples/Sausage in the Crockpot, English Muffin Bread, Steamed Peas

TuesdayBreakfast Casserole, Instant Pot Cinnamon Apples

Wednesday — BBQ Chicken in the Crockpot, Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes, Peas, English Muffin Bread, Salad

Thursday — Leftovers

Friday — I had planned that we were going to get takeout, but the night got away from us and that didn’t happen. I had a salad with hard boiled eggs and toast, everyone else had cereal and other odds and ends (hey, I’m just keeping it real here!)

Saturday — Takeout

6 Jun 2020   ·   27
ReadingIQ App Promotes a Love of Reading

*HOT* ReadingIQ Deal: Annual subscription for just $2.49 per month! {Silas loves this app!}

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If you have a child who struggles with reading, I highly, highly recommend this ReadingIQ app! And this is a GREAT discount!

ReadingIQ App Promotes a Love of Reading

ReadingIQ is once again offering a great discount to get 68% off their annual subscription — which means you’ll pay just $29.99 total for an entire year! That’s like getting eight months for FREE. You’ll pay just $2.49 per month!!

ReadingIQ is a recently new online digital library for kids that offers thousands of books for all reading levels. And I can’t sing the praises of this reading app enough!

Silas had never been excited about reading until he started using this app last year. This app 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 digital books

When you sign up with ReadingIQ, 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

They’ve only offered this discount a handful of times, so definitely take advantage of it! This is a HUGE savings off the regular price of $7.99 per month!

Psst! If you’re not sure you’re ready to purchase yet, you can still get a FREE one-month trial instead! After the first month is up, if you decide to continue your subscription, it’ll cost $7.99 per month.

Go here to get this ReadingIQ discount.

6 Jun 2020   ·   4

Brigette’s $93 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97

1/2 gallon Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.65

1/2 gallon Orange Juice – $1.59

1 3-lb frozen Boneless Chicken Thighs – $5.99

1 3-lb frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.59

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85

1 pkg Pepperoni – $2.19

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1 8-oz Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.33

1 jar Organic Creamy Peanut Butter – $3.45

1 jar Green Olives – $0.79

1 can Black Olives – $1.05

1 box Rice Squares – $1.49

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.89

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Honey Crisp Apples – $3.29

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

1 Cabbage – $1.79

1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms – $1.49

1 bunch Bananas ($0.38/lb) – $0.83

1 large bag Organic Kale – $2.99

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.19

1 carton Grape Tomatoes – $1.55

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.97

4 cartons Strawberries – $3.96

2 1-lb pkgs Asparagus – $3.78

1 2-lb bag Peaches – $1.58

1 bag Green Grapes ($0.99/lb) – $2.17

4 pkgs Hot Dog Buns, reduced – $0.40!!

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.95

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.67

1 can Baking Powder – $0.99

1 32-oz carton Egg Whites – $2.95

4 dozen Eggs – $3.92

2 16-oz bags Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $5.50

1 jar Pasta Sauce – $0.85

4 Skyr Yogurts – $1.96

1 can Baking Cocoa – $1.79

1 bag Kettle Chips – $1.08

1 canister Raisins – $2.85

Grocery Total for the Week: $93.78

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

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

Lunches

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Mini Cucumbers, Apples/Bananas x 2

PB and J on Hot Dog Buns, Peaches, Kale Chips x 2

Cheese Quesadillas, Grapes, Carrots x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon, Strawberries

Shredded Chicken with BBQ Sauce on Hot Dog Buns, Potato Chips, Tossed Salad, Asparagus

Pepperoni Pizza, Roasted Broccoli

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Rice, Strawberries

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Vegetables, Biscuits

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Steamed Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes

Leftovers

6 Jun 2020   ·   0

New Ibotta Offers: Lean Cuisine, Barilla, Watermelon, plus more!

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Don’t miss out on this week’s newest Ibotta offers!

New Ibotta Offers

New Ibotta Offers

Have you signed up for Ibotta yet? It’s one of my favorite money-making apps, and it’s a great way to save money on groceries and more—without clipping coupons! You can download the Ibotta app to get started.

Ibotta added new cash back offers this week — including Yasso, Lean Cuisine, Hellman’s, Barilla, Bai, Kellogg’s, Perfect Bars, Pringles, So Delicious, watermelon, and more! Check them out here.

What is Ibotta?

Ibotta helps you save money on the brands you love by offering cash back on your purchases. Here’s how it works:

::Sign up for Ibotta and download the free app.

::Choose any of the products that you plan to buy at the store and click on the earning opportunities. Then watch the videos, take the quick surveys, or read the information to add the cash to your account.

::Purchase the product at an approved retailer (make sure you’re buying it when it’s on a great sale and using a coupon, too!)

::Take a picture of your receipt when you get home and your cash will be added to your account.

::You can transfer your cash to your Paypal account whenever you want to cash out.

Sign up for the Ibotta app

New to Ibotta? Go here to learn how to get started.

6 Jun 2020   ·   0

10 Ways to Make $100 With Your Blog

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6 Jun 2020   ·   0

Free Online Kids Cooking Camp ($99 Value!)

This is such a fun freebie for kids!

Have kids interested in cooking? Sign them up for this FREE Online Kids Cooking Camp!

This is designed for kids of all ages and includes:

  • At list of Challenges and Activities for you to choose from.
  • A stack of printables for you to use as you work your way through the Challenges and Activities.
  • Huge lists of recipes that you can pick from and enjoy.

This is a $99 value and it’s only FREE through June 9, 2020.

Go here to sign up for FREE!

5 Jun 2020   ·   7

The One Book I Finished Last Week (well, actually all of last month!)

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Welcome to my weekly book update post where I share what books I read this past week + my honest thoughts and star ratings of them.

A Word on My Star Ratings

The star ratings I give the books I read are based on a 5-star rating system. I rarely will ever give a book a 1-star rating (maybe never?), because my philosophy is that if a book is only worthy of one star, I’m more than likely going to quit reading it. 🙂 In the same vein, you’ll also notice that I’ll rarely give a 5-star rating as I reserve those for only my very, very favorite books.

Want to see all of the books I’ve read so far this year? Check out my Good Reads page.

I took a hiatus from doing much of any book-reading and audiobook-listening while adjusting to life with two babies. And boy did I miss it! I’m excited to slowly be adding it back into my life… even if it’s just 10-15 minutes/day most days right now. I’m taking the, “Something is better than nothing” approach. 🙂

Last week, I did finish one book — and that felt like such a victory! Here’s my review…

Stay by Anjuli Paschall

I savored this book in bits and pieces over the last two months. It is a beautifully written memoir-like read. Each chapter can mostly stand alone and is more like individual essays.

In this period in our country with so much unrest, upheaval, and unknown, I thought it couldn’t be a more fitting read. The subtitle is Discovering Grace, Freedom, and Wholeness Where You Never Imagined Looking and the author encourages you to not only stay where you are planted and see the beauty there, but also to stay rooted in the truth of how much you are loved by God.

It is an engaging read and the author makes you feel like she’s walking alongside you and in the trenches, learning and growing with you. She’s honest, real, and raw.

Overall, I really loved the book and would recommend it. The only thing I think I would have loved is if the author would have fleshed out some of her stories more. I would have loved to hear even more details and more depth in many places. 🙂

The one other reservation I had with the book was her statement that her only purpose in life is be loved by God. I’m still mulling over that one, but I’m not sure that I fully agree. Although when I try to explain why I disagree, I struggle to put it into words. I’ve so long held to the catechism answer that says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Maybe the fruit of being loved by God is that we will dedicate our life to glorifying Him and enjoying Him forever? I’m not sure… like I said, this is something I’m still pondering. But I did want to mention it.

Verdict: 4 stars

What have you read recently? I’d love to hear! Tell us in the comments!

5 Jun 2020   ·   0

Dyson V8 Animal Pro+ Vacuum Cleaner only $299.99 shipped (Reg. $450!)

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Wow! If you are in the market for a new vacuum, be sure to check out this HOT deal on this Dyson!

Dyson has this Dyson V8 Animal Pro+ Vacuum Cleaner for only $299.99 shipped right now!

This is regularly $449.99 so this is a fantastic price! And Dyson Stick Vacuums are the BEST — so convenient to use!!

Thanks, Kosher On A Budget!

5 Jun 2020   ·   0

Up to 50% off Hydro Flask Tumblers and Bottles!

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Get up to 50% off Hydro Flask Tumblers and Bottles!

REI is offering up to 50% off Hydro Flask Tumblers and Bottles right now! No promo code needed.

Here are some deals you can get…

Get this Hydro Flask Vacuum Tumbler, 32 fl. oz. for just $23.73 (regularly $39.95)!

Get this Hydro Flask Oasis 128 fl. oz. Container – 1 gallon for just $87.73 shipped (regularly $124.95)!

Get this Hydro Flask Oasis 64 fl. oz. Container – 1/2 gallon for just $66.73 shipped (regularly $94.95)!

Shop the entire sale here.

Shipping is free on orders over $50.

Thanks, Wear It For Less!

5 Jun 2020   ·   0

Up to 40% off Sanuk Sandals!

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This is a great deal on Sanuk Sandals!

Right now, Zulily is having a sale on Sanuk Sandals and you can score up to 40% off!

Get these Natural Triple Crisscross Yoga Salty Flip-Flops for just $21.99 (regularly $35)!

Get these Tan & Gray Mist Yoga Sandy Flip-Flops for just $19.98 (regularly $30)!

Get these Washed Brown Beer Cozy Coaster Flip-Flops for just $24.99 (regularly $36)!

Shop the Sanuk sale here.

Shipping is $5.99.

5 Jun 2020   ·   0
Converse Sneakers from $25 Shipped

Converse Sneakers just $25.18 shipped, plus more!

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Wow! You can get some great deals on Converse shoes!

Converse Sneakers from $25 Shipped

Through June 6th, Converse is offering an extra 40% off select shoes when you use the promo code FLASH40 at checkout!

Even better, get free shipping when you create a Converse.com account (free to join).

Here are some deal ideas…

Converse Stars & Stripes Chuck Taylor All Star – $41.97 (regularly $55)
Use promo code FLASH40 (40% off)
Shipping is free when signed into your Converse account
$25.18 shipped after code

Converse Summer Breathe Chuck Taylor All Star – as low as $41.97 (regularly $60)
Use promo code FLASH40 (40% off)
Shipping is free when signed into your Converse account
$25.18 shipped after code

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Stripes – $42.97 (regularly $60)
Use promo code FLASH40 (40% off)
Shipping is free when signed into your Converse account
$25.78 shipped after code

Converse Seasonal Color Twill Jack Purcell – $52.97 (regularly $70)
Use promo code FLASH40 (40% off)
Shipping is free when signed into your Converse account
$31.78 shipped after code

Valid through June 6, 2020.

Thanks, Hip2Save!