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15 Dec 2018   ·   11

Oops! I accidentally went over the grocery budget this week!

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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Well, y’all, I had thought I was about $6 under budget this week… and then I went to add up my receipts and discovered I was actually $1.72 over budget.

Whoops! I realized that I read one receipt as saying I had spent $36 when it actually said I saved $36 and spent $42. Oh well!

I have a little wiggle room in the budget since I’ve been under budget a number of weeks, so it will be okay. But lesson learned: Don’t just glance at your receipt before heading to the store!

(I keep my receipts and then use those to tally how much I’ve spent for the week. I know; that’s ridiculously old fashioned, but it’s usually what works for me. Maybe I should move up to something more sophisticated and techie!! Jesse does track it all in YNAB, but he’s usually a few days behind in tracking and inputting everything, so I usually just go off of my receipts!)

I try to stick as close to the $70 mark as possible — it’s a fun challenge for me PLUS I love getting to show you how it works for our family and the deals that I find!

At any rate, here’s what I bought this week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Back to Nature Cookies — on sale for $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, plus used a $1.50/2 coupon that printed while I was checking out = $3.45 for 5 boxes (my kids were SO excited about these!!)
  • Lemon Juice — $2.49
  • Alo Juice — Free with free Friday e-coupon
  • 2 dozen Happy Eggs — marked down to $2.49 per dozen
  • Hillshire Ham — on closeout for $2.09
  • Planter’s Peanuts — $2.49 when you buy 5 participating items, plus used $1.50/1 Kroger digital coupon = $0.99
  • 1 loaf of bread — marked down to $1.39
  • Clementines — $3.99 for a 3-lb bag
  • 3 bags of Sweet Potatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of grapefruit — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 packages of Cheddar Bratwurst — marked down to $1.79 each
  • 4 packages of Eckrich sausage — $1.50 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 5 boxes of Simple Popped Popcorn — $1 per box when you buy 5 participating items (plus each box has a free Redbox movie rental code in it!)
  • 1 container organic Spring Mix (no romaine!) — marked down to $1.79
  • Total with tax: $42.38

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

Cashback earned this week: $0.10 from Ibotta for submitting my receipt and 284 points for submitting my receipt to Fetch rewards (that’s basically the equivalent of $0.28).

Total spent this week: $71.72

Also, I just had to show you this 52-week Meal Planner that my friend, Erin, from Simple Purposeful Living sent me. 

There’s space to write out your menu and then your shopping list — and then it’s perforated so you can tear it out and take your shopping list with you to the store!

Aldi shoppers, I thought this would make you smile. (And excuse the fact that the meme says “Aldi’s” not Aldi and “grill’s” not grills.)

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. 🙂

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon (from the freezer) Yogurt, Hard Boiled Eggs, Banana Bread

Lunches:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, Banana Bread, Cheese/Crackers, Avocados, Salad, Leftovers (for Jesse & Me)
  • Ham Sandwiches, Clementines, Cheese/Crackers, Yogurt, Cookies, Hard Boiled Eggs (for the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)

Snacks:

  • Yogurt, Cheese/Crackers, Popcorn, Hard Boiled Eggs, Cookies

Dinners:

  • Saturday: Dinner out
  • Sunday: Fend For Yourself — snack-y food and leftovers
  • Monday: Peppers & Sausage over Brown Rice
  • Tuesday:  Pork Sandwiches, Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Wednesday: Whole Wheat Pancakes, Bacon, Grapefruit
  • Thursday: Turkey Meatballs, Sweet Potato Fries
  • Friday: Leftover Turkey Meatballs & Sweet Potato Fries
15 Dec 2018   ·   14

What I Wore Today: The perfect outfit for an at-home Saturday

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It’s a quiet at-home Saturday and I picked a comfy and cozy outfit to wear — all that are pieces I got from Amazon or Proozy at great prices!

My sweatshirt is from Amazon and I adore it — and it’s just $19.99 and comes in a lot of different colors.

By the way, the photo on Amazon of the sweatshirt makes it look more distressed, but mine came and it’s brighter and more shiny as shown by these photos.

I pulled the drawstring out of the hoodie part since they were really long and you either need to cut them or just pull them out. Also, the pocket stitching is a little loose and it’s come undone a little bit with a lot of washes, but otherwise, it’s held up really well.

My leggings are some of my favorites and I wear these so often and they are as low as $18.99 on Amazon. They are so comfy and they fit really well. Plus, they have held up well with many, many washings (I’ve had them for quite a long time!)

And my shoes are my new Nike shoes from Proozy and they are just $45 shipped through Sunday night! (Be sure to use coupon code MSM45 to get this deal!).

Oh and my tumbler is my very favorite Contigo tumbler. It’s one of my secret weapons to help me drink a gallon of water every day.

By the way, would you be interested in seeing posts like this occasionally where I share an outfit and details on where I got everything? Let me know!

15 Dec 2018   ·   0

The Top 6 Online Deals This Week!

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Happy Saturday! Worried you missed a top deal from this week?

Check out this list of the most popular online deals from this past week that are still available…

1. Crazy LOW Price on the She Reads Truth Bible

I am SO excited about this crazy deal on one of my favorite Bibles! You can get the She Reads Truth Bible as low as $18.77 shipped!!

I LOVE this Bible! It’s the one I’ve used all year! It’s beautiful and high quality and filled with great devotions and illustrations. One of my favorite parts is that there are Bible reading plans for each book of the Bible right at the front of each book.

2. FREE KiwiCo Box Delivered by Christmas

Wow! Just when we thought KiwiCo was done with their holiday promotions, they rolled out one last goodie for us!!

Get a FREE KiwiCo Box delivered by Christmas when you sign up for any 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription.

3. RARE Discounts on Holiday Cards at Shutterfly

If you still need to make holiday cards, Shutterfly is offering a HOT deal!

You can get 50% off their Foil and Glitter Cards plus FREE shipping. (And they’re offering 50% off their photobooks right now, too!)

4. FREE Burt’s Bees Gift Set after Rebate

Looking for a last minute gift idea or stocking stuffer on a budget?

TopCashBack is offering a $10 rebate on select Burt’s Bees Gift Sets at Walmart right now — making them FREE!

5. Complete Collection of Jane Austen Audiobooks

You can currently get the complete audiobook collection of Jane Austen Novels for just $0.82!!

This is a CRAZY good deal on audiobooks!

6. Get $5 off any $20 Amazon Book Purchase

And last but certainly not least, my favorite Black Friday deal has been extended through December 21st!!

Get $5 off ANY $20 book purchase over at Amazon. (And I even provide some of my top book recommendations, if you’re looking for ideas on what to read!)

See all the hottest deals from this past week here.

15 Dec 2018   ·   2

Brigette’s $86 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6


Aldi

1 48-oz carton Canola Oil – $1.79

1 24-oz jar Honey – $4.69

1 5-lb bag All Purpose Flour – $1.15

1 bag Powdered Sugar – $0.95

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1 10-oz bag Pecan Halves – $3.99

1 10-oz bag Chopped Pecans – $3.99

1 32-oz bag Pinto Beans – $1.45

1 24-oz jar Pasta Sauce – $0.85

1 jar Garlic Powder – $0.99

1 jar Cinnamon – $0.99

1 large canister Old Fashioned Oats – $2.39

1 large box Corn Flakes – $0.99

1 box Crispy Rice – $1.15

2 boxes Honey Nut Oats – $2.30

2 jars Organic Salsa – $2.70

1 pkg Pepperoni – $1.95

1 pkg Turkey Pepperoni – $2.19

1 16-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.15

1 3-lb bag Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $1.39

2 cans Chicken Breasts – $3.10

1 large jar Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

1 head Cauliflower – $1.85

2 bags Riced Cauliflower – $3.78

1 carton Organic Grape Tomatoes – $1.39

1 bunch Organic Bananas (1.94lbs $0.51/lb) – $0.99

1 bunch Bananas (1.53lbs @ $0.38/lb) – $0.58

1 5-lb bag Red Potatoes – $1.49

1 bag Frozen Organic Broccoli Florets – $1.09

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Apples – $1.99

1 carton Organic Strawberries – $1.99

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.99

3 bags Baby Carrots – $2.25

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.39

2 pkgs Blackberries – $1.78

1 3-lb bag Mandarin Oranges – $1.99

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.32

1 32-oz carton Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt – $3.29

2 dozen Eggs – $2.20

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

1 pkg Tortillas (I can’t find these anywhere on my recipt!)

Total: $86.00

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Cereal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit, Oatmeal, Homemade Granola, Fried/Scrambled/Hard Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets

Lunches

Tossed Salad Bar (Chicken, Romaine, Spring Mix, Craisins, Pecans, Chopped Fruit and Veggies, Hard Boiled Eggs, Shredded Cheese, Dressing), Crackers x 3

PB and J Sandwiches, Carrots, Applesauce x 2

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Build-Your-Own-Burritos (pinto beans, seasoned ground venison, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, salsa, plain greek yogurt), Broccoli

Pinto Beans and Ham (ham is from my freezer stockpile), Homemade Cornbread

Cheesy Hamburger Soup, Make-Ahead Butterhorns,

Spaghetti All Carbonara, Breadsticks, Roasted Cauliflower

Italian Chicken, Parmesan Cauliflower Rice, Easy Whole Wheat Bread, Oranges

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Broccoli

Leftovers

15 Dec 2018   ·   0

ABCmouse Early Learning Academy Subscription for just $3.75 per month {Black Friday Pricing!}

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ABCmouse brought their Black Friday pricing back as a holiday special through December 26th!

ABCmouse.com — an online Early Learning Academy that specializes in full online curriculum for children ages 2 to 8 — is running their most popular deal as a holiday special!

You can get 62% off an annual subscription, which means you’ll pay just $45 total for an entire year! That’s like getting seven months for FREE. You’ll pay just $3.75 per month!!

This is such a great deal, and ABCmouse was the top purchased iOS kids education app for the past three months. This rare discount only comes around every so often!

Valid through December 26, 2018.

{If you’d rather try it for free or a shorter period of time, you can still sign up for a free 30-day trial here or try two months for just $5 here. You’ll automatically be billed $9.95 per month after your introductory trial, if you wish to continue.}

Go here to get 62% off an annual subscription to ABCmouse.com!

15 Dec 2018   ·   0

Adidas Toddler Two-Piece Track Jacket & Pants Gift Set only $19.99 shipped!

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Proozy has this Adidas Toddler Two-Piece Track Jacket & Pants Gift Set for just $19.99 shipped when you use the promo code MSM1999 at checkout!

This is regularly $65, and this is a great price on this brand. Choose from three color options.

Valid through December 17, 2018, while supplies last.

15 Dec 2018   ·   0

Last Minute Gift Idea: Magazine Subscriptions at HUGE Discounts!!

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Discount Mags is having a HUGE magazine sale this weekend, and it features some premium, popular titles at unusually LOW prices — some that we almost never see discounts on and many that we haven’t seen in a really long time!

For example, get deals on these titles:

  • Consumer Reports
  • HGTV
  • Food Network
  • Cook’s Illustrated
  • Southern Living
  • Sunset
  • Money
  • Real Simple

No coupon code is needed. Use this deal to get new subscriptions, renew existing subscriptions, or even to give gifts for Christmas! I love that you can select an e-mail greeting to announce your gift and you can even select the date that your gift announcement arrives!

Valid through December 17th, 2018.

Go here to see all of the titles in this sale!

14 Dec 2018   ·   2

Women’s Nike Running Shoes for just $45 shipped!

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Need some new running shoes or wanting to take up running in 2019? Proozy is offering these super cute Nike Women’s Running Shoes for just $45 with free shipping when you use coupon code MSM45 at checkout.

They sent me a pair to try out and I was so excited about them, especially since I’ve been needing to replace my running shoes.

These Women’s Kaishi 2.0 Running Shoes are so lightweight and come in 3 different colors.

Sizes are selling out quickly and there is a limited quantity.

Go here to order and use coupon code MSM45 to get this deal.

14 Dec 2018   ·   0

The Best FREE and Cheap In-Store Deals This Week

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Happy Friday! Worried you missed the best in-store deals from this week? 

Check out this list of the best FREE and cheap in-store deals from this past week that are still available…

CVS Deals

Spend $15, Get $8 ECBs

Buy 2 Covergirl Eye Liner – $4.99
Buy 1 Covergirl Invisible Concealer – $6.79
Use $3/1 Eye printable (Limit 1) or $3/1 coupon from the 12/9 Retail Me Not insert (Limit 1)
Use $3/1 Face product printable (Limit 1) or $3/1 coupon from the 12/9 Retail Me Not insert (Limit 1)
Use $3/1 Covergirl App coupon
Pay $7.77 out of pocket, Get $8 ECBs
Free plus $0.23 moneymaker after coupons and ECBs

Colgate Max or 2 in 1 Toothpaste – $3
Use $1/1 App coupon
Use $2/1 CVS coupon from CVS machine
Free after coupons

Target Deals

Buy three Colgate Toothpastes (select varieties) – $3.99 each
Use 10% off Colgate Sensitive Or Enamel Health Toothpaste Cartwheel Offer (exp. 12/15)
Use 3 $1/1 printable
Pay $7.77
Get free $5 Target Gift Card
Get $0.75 from Ibotta when you buy Colgate Sensitive Or Enamel Health Toothpaste (Limit 5) = $2.25
$0.17 each after coupons and rebates

Blue Bunny Load’d Sundaes – 2/$4 (Sale thru 12/22)
Use $0.75/1 printable (Must sign up; limit 2)
Submit $0.75 Ibotta cash back (Limit 5)
$0.50 each after coupon and cash back

Buy 1 Ocho Coconut Chocolate Minis – $1.99 (Ends 12/15)
Use $1/1 printable
$0.99 after coupon

Buy 2 Schick Disposable or Razors at $9.99, Get $5 Gift Card
Use $3/1 printable or coupon from the 12/2 SmartSource insert
Submit for $3/1 Ibotta Rebate (Limit 3)
Pay $13.98 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card and $6 Rebates
$1.49 each after coupons and gift card

Buy 1 Yasso Holiday Pint or Bars – $3.50 (Ends 12/15)
Use 25% off Cartwheel Offer
And use $1/1 printable
$1.63 after coupons

Buy 1 Foodstirs Organic Baking Mix – $4.99
Use 40% off Foodstirs Cartwheel Offer
And use $1/1 printable
$1.99 after coupons

Walgreens Deals

Buy 2 Hershey’s with Reese’s Pieces – $0.79 each
Use $0.79/2 Digital Coupon
$0.40 each after coupon

Buy 4 Crest Toothpaste at $2.99, Get $6 Register Rewards
Use $2/1 digital coupon
Pay $9.96 out of pocket, Get $6 Register Rewards
$0.99 after coupons and Register Rewards

Rite Aid Deals

Single Serve Candy Bars – $0.77
Use $0.55/1 coupon from the 11/4 SmartSource insert
$0.22 after coupon

Garnier Whole Blends 12.5 oz – $3.49
Use $2/1 coupon from the 12/9 Retail Me Not insert
$1.49 after coupon

Walmart Deals

Poise Pads (30 ct) – $4.84
Use $2/1 printable or coupon from the 12/9 SmartSource insert
Submit for $3/1 Ibotta Rebate
Pay $2.84 out of pocket, Get $3 rebate
Free plus $0.16 moneymaker after coupon and rebate

Buy 2 Forto Organic Coffee Shots – $1.98
Use 2 $1/1 printable
Submit for $1.98/2 Ibotta Rebate (Limit 2)
Pay $1.96 out of pocket, Get $1.98 Rebate
Free after coupons and rebate

See all the store deals from this past week here.

14 Dec 2018   ·   0

Money Saving Mom’s Daily Deal Round-Up for December 14, 2018

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Hottest Deals

Online Deals

Freebies and Coupons

In Store Deals

Popular Deals Still Available

14 Dec 2018   ·   1

*HOT* Licensed PopSocket Grips just $7.50 shipped!!

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Today only, PopSockets is running a buy one, get one free sale on their licensed PopSocket Grips with code BOGOPC at checkout! And shipping is FREE!

These are regularly $15 each, so you’ll pay just $7.50 each, shipped! These make such fun stocking stuffers.

There are TONS to choose from, including football teams, Harry Potter, Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Ninja Turtles, DC Comics, and more!

Valid today only, December 14, 2018.

14 Dec 2018   ·   0

*HOT* LOWEST Prices on Favorite Toys from Battat, Play Circle & Bristle Blocks!

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Today only, Amazon is offering huge savings on favorite toys from Battat, Play Circle & Bristle Blocks! Many of these are the LOWEST prices ever on record!

Get this Toy Drum Set (includes 7 Percussion Instruments) for only $16.47 shipped!

Get this Take-Apart Crane Truck for only $9.25 shipped!

Get this Pop Beads Jewelry Making Kit for only $8.43 shipped!

Get this Educational Stacking Cups with Numbers and Shapes for Toddlers for only $5.16 shipped!

Shop the toy sale here.

Valid today only, December 14, 2018, while supplies last.

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum until Christmas! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.

14 Dec 2018   ·   0

Apple iPad (Newest Model) for just $249 shipped! {Black Friday Pricing!!}

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Still looking for a deal on an iPad?

Walmart has the newest model of the Apple iPad in stock again at Black Friday pricing — just $249 shipped!

Hurry! It’s currently available in all three colors, but it probably won’t last long!

Thanks, Savings Done Simply!