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20 Sep 2018   ·   12

How We Afford Snacks and Treats for Our Kids on a Tight Grocery Budget

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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One thing I promised the kids when we cut our grocery budget back to $70 per week was that I would still find ways to buy treats and some of their favorite foods for them. So I’ve been on the lookout for markdowns and deals on items that they especially love or that I knew would make them excited.

These items aren’t necessarily the best deals ever, but if I can afford to purchase treats for them in our budget, then I’m all about that. Also, it becomes easier to have wiggle room in your grocery budget the more you stock up and buy multiples of items when they are at their lowest price.

Here are some of my tips for being able to afford snacks if you’re on a tight grocery budget:

  1. Follow KrogerKrazy.com. So many of the great deals I find at Kroger are thanks to tips from KrogerKrazy.com. I can’t recommend this site enough! It’s fantastic if you have a Kroger or Kroger affiliate. I may check it something like 3-5 times per day. Yup. I’m THAT weird girl who gets so jazzed about new deals! By the way, the Friday-Saturday/weekend sales recently have had a LOT of great deals on snack foods.
  2. Find a local blogger. Don’t have a Kroger? Search for the name of you local store and “deals” or “coupon blogger” to see if there’s a similar site where a blogger is covering the deals at your local store. (There are so many IHeartPublix.com, TotallyTarget.com, and many more! If you know of a great blogger doing a really great job of covering deals exclusively at one store, please leave a comment and let us know!)
  3. Look for markdowns and closeouts. As you know, I always walk around the perimeter of the store looking for markdowns. If I have extra time, I’ll quickly walk through the aisles looking for the white closeout stickers at Kroger. Other stores like BigLots, have clearance carts that sometimes have really great deals on snack foods. Check at your local stores to see what they offer in the way of clearance and markdowns. I know that Target often has great markdowns on snack foods, too. (Tip: Check out my post on How to Find Great Markdowns at Kroger.)

  1. Stock up when you find a great deal. This is one of those tips that I assume every knows, but when I talk to so many people most people are not stocking up when there’s a great sale. If you know it’s something that your kids love and it’s on a great deal and you can afford it in your budget, get as many as you can! That way, you won’t have to pay full-price for snacks OR you won’t have to tell your kids that there just aren’t any snacks because you didn’t have wiggle room in your budget. I try to buy ahead at least $5-$8 worth of snack type foods each week and then we always have a good selection to choose from.
  2. Set up a stash that the kids can’t get into. Okay, so some of you might think I’m a crazy mom to do this, but I actually have a high shelf in our pantry that is known as “Mom’s Secret Stash.” It’s not really that secret since all the kids know about it, but it’s snack foods that I’ve bought extras of that they aren’t allowed to get into until I get it down. The reason is: if I leave the snack foods easily accessible, my kids go through them at alarming rates. So instead, I will put one or two bags or packages of something in the pantry that they can get into and the rest are saved for the following week (or for whenever we are running low on snacks in the other shelves of the pantry). It’s weird, but by doing this, the kids pace themselves and the snacks last much, much longer.

While packaged snacks can be fun and my kids love them, they also love homemade snack foods, too. Here are some options that are favorites around here:

8 Quick & Easy Homemade Snack Ideas

  1. Hard-Boiled Eggs
  2. Veggies
  3. Fruit
  4. Homemade Yogurt in the Crockpot
  5. Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
  6. Popcorn
  7. Homemade Crockpot Pear or Applesauce Sauce
  8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

8 Freezer-Friendly Snack Ideas

When you have a free day or a laid-back weekend, use some of that time to make meals and parts of meals to stick in your freezer. Things like homemade popsicleshomemade gogurtshomemade cookie doughhomemade muffins, and homemade smoothie kits are great to have on hand.

  1. Freezer-Friendly Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
  2. Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread
  3. Easy Morning Glory Muffins
  4. Homemade Energy Bites
  5. Brown Bag Burritos
  6. Homemade Pizza Pockets
  7. Southwest Roll-ups
  8. Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

I stopped by Kroger on Monday and Tuesday of this week after school dropoffs and here’s what I picked up:

Monday Kroger Shopping Trip

Tuesday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 1 package of Simple Truth popcorn — $2.99 — used $0.50/1 Simple Truth Digital Coupon (no longer available) — $2.49
  • 1 Popwell Chipotle BBQ snack — on closeout for $0.87
  • 1 Cousin Willie’s Popcorn — on closeout for $1.25
  • EPIC Protein Bar — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 3 boxes of Simple Truth Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles — on sale for $1.29, used $0.50/1 Simple Truth Digital Coupon (no longer available) — $0.79 each after coupon
  • Siggis Yogurt — marked down to $0.79
  • 3 Oscar Mayer Deli Turkey Meat — on closeout for $2.09 each
  • Lettuce — marked down to $1.29
  • 1 Dole Organic Salad Kit — $1.99
  • Gallon of milk — $2.69
  • Total with tax: $21.29

What I’ve Spent So Far This Week

Total I’ve Spend So Far This Week: $33.21

Total Left to Spend: $36.79

Cashback Earned This Week: 87 points from Fetch Rewards for buying Oscar Mayer + scanning another receipt + $0.25 back from Ibotta for scanning a receipt

What tips and advice do you have for saving money on snacks? I’d love to hear!

20 Sep 2018   ·   0

Money Saving Mom’s Daily Deal Round-Up for September 20, 2018

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20 Sep 2018   ·   1

*HOT* DaySpring Coupon Code: $10 Off ANY Purchase (TONS of gift ideas starting at just $3.48 each, shipped!!)

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DaySpring is currently offering $10 off ANY purchase! This is a HOT offer because this coupon code is valid on any purchase, regardless of the amount. That means you can shop the clearance section to get FREE items after coupon code!

Shipping adds on $6.95 for purchases under $20. To maximize your savings and get the most out of this deal, I’d recommend grabbing at least two items from the clearance section that add up to $10 or less, so that you’re paying just $6.95 shipped for TWO items!

That’s like paying just $3.48 per item, shipped — which is just as good as a getting huge discounts on these items with free shipping! This is a great opportunity to grab really inexpensive gift ideas to put away for later. Think birthdays, Christmas, and more!

Here are just a few deals I spotted (and feel free to mix & match!)…

Buy 2 Inspirational Coloring Books at $5 each (reg. $9.99)
Use code MERRY10 to get $10 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped — like paying $3.48 each!

(These are so great for friends who love adult coloring!)

Buy 2 Jumbo Coffee Mugs at $5 each (reg. $12.99)
Use code MERRY10 to get $10 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped — like paying $3.48 each!
(Easy gift idea for just about anyone who drinks coffee, tea, or hot chocolate! These are perfect for Christmas gifts!)

Buy 2 Wall Art Pieces at $4-$5 each (reg. $9.99 – $14.99)
Use code MERRY10 to get $8-$10 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped — like paying $3.48 each!
(These make such great wedding, birthday, Mother’s Day, or Christmas gift ideas on a budget!)

Buy 2 Sets of 3-Pack Pocket Notebooks at $4 each (reg. $8)
Use code MERRY10 to get $8 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped — like paying $3.48 per set!

(These make great just because, encouragement, or “I’m thinking of you” gifts!)

Buy 2 Sets of Magnets (6 count) at $3.99 – $5 each (reg. $7.99 – $9.98)
Use code MERRY10 to get $7.98-$10 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped — like paying $3.48 per set!
(These would pair great with the pocket notebooks to round out a nice gift for a friend or family member!)

Buy 3 Sets of Note Cards or Boxed Cards (10-12 count) at $3 each (reg. $5.99)
Use code MERRY10 to get $9 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped — like paying $2.32 per set!
(These are great to have on hand when you need them!)

Let There Be Printed Canvas Block – $10 (reg. $20)
Use code MERRY10 to get $10 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped!
(How cute is this for someone who loves coffee?!)

Redeemed Beautiful In Its Time Magnetic Calendar – $10 (reg. $26.99)
Use code MERRY10 to get $10 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped!
(This is such a beautiful gift idea on the cheap!)

Whimsical Bookcloth Premium Christian Journal – $8 (reg. $24.99)
Use code MERRY10 to get $8 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped!
(This is such a great gift idea for teens!)

Welcome to the World! Baby Memory Books – $10 (reg. $24.99)
Use code MERRY10 to get $10 off
Free after code
Shipping adds $6.95
Pay $6.95 shipped!

(Great baby shower gift idea on a budget!)

This sale runs through September 25th, but shop right away before all the best stuff sells out!

Go here to shop the clearance sale and use your coupon code!

20 Sep 2018   ·   1

Women’s Long Sleeve Patchwork Casual Shirt as low as $10.49!

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This popular shirt is back on sale!!

Today only, Amazon is offering this Women’s Long Sleeve Round Neck Patchwork Casual Shirt as low as $10.49! The price varies slightly depending on which size and color you choose.

This soft and comfy shirt is perfect to pair with leggings and boots for fall!

And don’t forget that Amazon offers free returns if the item doesn’t fit.

Valid today only, September 20, 2018, while supplies last.

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.

20 Sep 2018   ·   2

*HOT* Spend $10 at Carter’s, Get $10 Cash Back {Plus a bonus coupon code and free shipping!!}

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Love shopping at Carter’s for the kids? This is a really RARE offer from Top Cash Back!

Top Cash Back is offering new members $10 cash back on ANY $10 purchase at Carter’s, making it free! (And scroll down to read more about pairing this with a coupon code and free shipping for a CRAZY deal!!)

Here’s how to get your FREE $10 Carter’s purchase:

1. Head here for the special Carter’s offer and sign up for a new Top Cash Back account.

2. Make a purchase valued at $10 or higher.

{Psst! Carter’s is currently running some great sales, plus you can use coupon code YAY25 to get an extra 25% off your entire purchase (excluding clearance and doorbusters)! And today only, September 20th, you can also get FREE shipping on all orders. Combine the sale prices, coupon code, cash back, and free shipping…and you’ve got a CRAZY deal!}

3. Within 14 days, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $10 — enough to cover your purchase!

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.

Deal is valid through September 21, 2018 — or while supplies last.

20 Sep 2018   ·   0

TOMS Youth Classic Shoes as low as $19.99, plus more!

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Through September 23rd, TOMs is having a Surprise Sale where you can get up to 50% off select styles for the whole family!

Get these Daisy Embroidered Denim Youth Luca Slip-Ons for just $19.99!

Get these Multi Pink Floral Embroidered Youth Classics for just $19.99!

Get these Multi Pink Floral Tiny TOMS Mary Jane Flats for only $19.99!

Get these Glow in the Dark Fireworks Navy Canvas Youth Classics for just $24.99!

Get these Glow in the Dark Fireflies Youth Classics for just $24.99!

Shipping is free on orders over $60; otherwise, shipping is $5.99.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

20 Sep 2018   ·   0

Girl’s Leggings only $3.99 shipped!

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Right now, Gymboree has select girl’s leggings on sale for only $3.99! Plus, shipping is free!

This is a great time to stock up for fall and winter.

Valid through September 30, 2018, while supplies last.

20 Sep 2018   ·   1

Presto! Ultra-Soft Toilet Paper, 24 Mega Rolls only $16.43 shipped!

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Amazon has this Presto! 308-Sheet Mega Roll Toilet Paper, Ultra-Soft, 24 count for only $16.43 shipped when you clip the $3 off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

That’s like paying only $0.68 per mega roll or $0.17 per regular roll shipped!

Note: For Subscribe & Save items, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders after your first shipment.

Thanks, SwagGrabber!

20 Sep 2018   ·   0

The Disney Princess Cookbook only $6.29!

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Amazon has this highly rated The Disney Princess Cookbook for only $6.29 right now!

This beautiful cookbook is filled with delicious recipes inspired by the Princesses’ many adventures and includes simple step-by-step instructions, mouth-watering photos of each dish, and helpful tips.

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!

20 Sep 2018   ·   1

Frito-Lay Classic Mix Variety Pack, 35 count only $8.10 shipped!

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Amazon has this Frito-Lay Classic Mix Variety Pack, 35 count for only $8.10 shipped when you clip the 20% off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

These are great for school lunches!

Note: For Subscribe & Save items, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders after your first shipment.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

20 Sep 2018   ·   0

Under Armour Hustle III Backpack only $38 shipped (reg. $54.99!)

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Proozy has this when you Under Armour Hustle III Backpack for just $38 shipped use coupon code MSM38 at checkout!

This is regularly priced at $54.99, so this is an amazing deal!! Choose from 5 different colors.

Valid through September 23rd, while supplies last.

20 Sep 2018   ·   0

Favorite Girls Dresses only $14.99 + shipping!

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Jane has these Favorite Girls Dresses for just $14.99 + shipping right now!

Choose from over 35 different styles.

Shipping is $3.99 for the first dress and $0.99 for each additional dress shipped within the same order.

20 Sep 2018   ·   0

Sabra Hummus Snackers only $0.99 at Target!

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You can get Sabra Hummus Snackers for only $0.99 at Target this week! Here’s how:

Buy 1 Sabra Hummus Snackers – $1.99
Use 25% off Cartwheel offer
And use $0.50/1 printable
$0.99 after coupons

Thanks, Freebie Shark!