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I only spent $67.08 on groceries 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.). 

You can see all of my $70 Grocery Budget Update posts here. For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories.

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I only had $5.66 left in my $70 grocery budget to spend on Friday, so I had to be careful and use it sparingly. I only needed to pick up two items — distilled water for my sinus rinse (this has been the BEST thing ever — I no longer have to be on allergy meds or sinus meds because of using this daily and changing my diet!) and lemon water for my gallon of lemon water a day habit. 🙂

(I should have realized that I was almost out of both of these things earlier in the week, but I totally didn’t. That’s just life sometimes, isn’t it?!)

So, while I was at Kroger, I picked up my FREE Friday item — the picture shows the Doritos Blaze, but it’s actually good on ANY Doritos. I didn’t realize this until I got home and was talking about it on Facebook Live.

I also wanted to pick up some Kroger bandages. They are on sale for $1 per box right now AND there is a $1/2 digital coupon. Since I only had $5.66 left in my grocery budget, I just picked up two boxes since I thought they would be $0.50 each.

Well, when I went to check out, they rang up as $1 per box, but then the e-coupon took $4 off — making each box FREE! I couldn’t figure out why my total was so low until I looked carefully at my receipt.

Kroger Shopping Trip — spent $2.74

  • Doritos — Free with Free Friday Download digital coupon
  • Lemon Juice — $1.69
  • Distilled Water — $0.89
  • 4 boxes of bandages — on sale for $1 each, used $1/2 digital coupon (limit of 5 uses per card per transaction) — the coupon took off $4 (I’m not sure why!) making these FREE!
  • Total with tax: $2.74

See more details on the deals I got in the video above.

All totaled, I spent $2.74 at the store — bringing my final grocery spending total for this week to just $67.08, a few dollars under my $70 budget! YAY!

By the way, if these posts on my grocery budget have been making you frustrated or you’re feeling like, “I just can’t do what she’s doing!”, I want you to read this post I wrote.

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I found an AMAZING deal on avocados (what should I do with them?)

As I told you in yesterday’s Kroger markdowns post, because I’m changing my morning routine, it means I have time to run by the store and shop for markdowns or great deals again in the mornings — which I have really missed having the margin to do.

So expect to be seeing a lot more posts about my shopping trips. Here’s what I got today (I just popped into Kroger on my home from school drop-offs):

Today’s Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 3 cartons of cottage cheese — marked down to $0.99 per carton
  • 1 yogurt whips — marked down $0.29
  • 3 bags (with 7 avocados each!) — marked down to just $0.99 each!!!!

Total with tax: $6.62

I froze the cottage cheese and we’ll use it in Berry Cottage Whip or smoothies.

I’m on the fence as to what to do with the avocados. As you may recall, I found a similar deal on avocados last year and we ended up freezing them! Truth be told, we didn’t love them that way.

So, this time around, I’m thinking that we’ll eat as many as we can in the next few days and make a big ole batch of guacamole, too!

Any other ideas for what we should do with the avocados? I’d love your suggestions!

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