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Category: From My Kitchen

We spent $71.40 on groceries this week (+ what a wild & crazy 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.

Whew! What a wild week it’s been!

In addition to everything surrounding COVID-19… school cancellations, church cancellations, sports cancellations, my parents cancelling their trip to come see us, Kathrynne being in Suriname while all this was going down*, and just figuring out how to navigate life in the middle of all of the unknown, we’ve also personally had some pretty HUGE things happen at our house this week… namely, we said yes to fostering a newborn who was born prematurely and is currently in the NICU.

So, much of our week was spent at the NICU loving on this little baby and meeting with the social worker/DCS/the medical team and learning how to care for a medically fragile baby.

I had never stepped foot in the NICU up until 4 days ago, so it’s been a whole new experience. And of all of the weeks, this was probably one of the most unique and weird weeks to be spending a lot of time at a hospital!! (They have a screening process just to get in the door and then to get in the NICU is a whole other level!)

The nurses and staff and social worker and DCS have all been amazing throughout this process and they have taught me so much and walked alongside us so well through this new territory. Also, we are so thrilled that the baby is doing so well, has started to bottle feed a little this week, and maybe get to come home in a few weeks!

(And yes, in case you’re wondering, this means that we’re planning to have two newborns at our house soon!! The kids could not be more excited!! Of course, this is foster care, so things could always change at any time… we’re just taking one day at a time and seeking to love well in this.)

If you want to follow along with this journey, I’m sharing little peeks on my Instagram stories every day.

*As of last night, Kathrynne is currently stranded in Suriname because they closed the borders just hours before she was supposed to fly back home today! Her school is working hard to get this situation resolved ASAP and get the girls back home. In the mean time, she has such a good attitude about it all. You can read more details here.

Okay, enough of an update! Let’s talk about groceries!

We checked our stockpile and realized it was lacking in a few areas, so we shored up those areas so that we have a 30-day supply on hand — even though not everything was on sale this week.

I’m grateful that we did this earlier in the week, because our stores are pretty sold out of a lot of staple items now.

Jesse ran by Kroger on Monday to pick up a few things we needed:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Potatoes — $2.49
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Cheese — $2.29
  • 4 yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Total with tax: $9.91

And then he ran by Aldi later on in the week to get a few more staple items:

Aldi Shopping Trip

  • 10-lb. potatoes — $3.79
  • Eggs — $0.58
  • Black Beans — $2.45
  • 4 boxes Mac & Cheese — $0.33 each
  • Steel Cut Oats —  $2.99
  • Great Northern Beans — $1.69
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Total with tax: $16.07 (The bag of sugar had a small hole in it, so they gave it to Jesse for free!!)

Psst! Have you checked out my post on my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Aldi?

I’m glad we got potatoes, because our store was completely sold out of them by Friday! (Who knew potatoes would be the big thing to stock up on?? That one surprised me!)

Kroger had some three-day sales that I wanted to try to take advantage of. I wasn’t sure whether they would have these items in stock when I went by on Friday night, but they did!

In thinking of making sure we have a 30-day supply of food and household items, I made sure we had enough on hand to make 30 dinners with our freezer and pantry items. I always love to have a few frozen pizzas on hand — especially for a quick dinner on busy nights or if the kids have friends over at the last minute! Yay for them being on sale for just $3.14!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 2 Kroger Pizzas — $3.14 each with the three-day sale
  • 2 bags of rice — $1.99 each
  • 5 packages Kroger cheese — $1.29 each with the three-day sale
  • Eggs — $1.19
  • 3 packages strawberries — $1.67 each
  • 2 bunches bananas — $2.71 total
  • 5 packages Nathan Beef Franks — $1.99 each with the three-day sale
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Apples — $3.99
  • Total with tax: $45.42

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.

Breakfasts: Cereal

Lunches/Snacks: Leftovers, Salad, Apples/Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Banana Muffins, Danimals, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Cookies, Pears, Yogurt, Random other markdowns/sale items 🙂

Dinners:

Sunday — Fend for yourself

Monday — Turkey Meatballs, Breaded Eggplant, Salad

Tuesday — Rotisserie Chicken, Steamed Veggies, Twice Baked Potatoes

Wednesday — Chicken Tetrazinni, Banana Muffins, Veggies

Thursday — Meatballs, Apple Crisp

Friday — Leftover Meatballs, Leftover Twice Baked Potatoes, Steamed Veggies

Saturday — Pumpkin Waffles, Bacon, Strawberries

Cashback Earned: 75 points from Fetch Rewards and $1 from iBotta

We spent $62.05 on groceries last week (+ what we ate)

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.

This week we had a lot of different things going on — Jesse got home from the men’s Discipleship retreat on Sunday, we had things going on almost every evening, Kathrynne left for a 9-day trip to Suriname on Friday, and I spent Friday-Sunday out of town at the women’s Discipleship retreat (both Jesse and I are small group co-leaders for our church’s Discipleship Intensive program).

We also went with our youth group to the indoor waterpark at the Gaylord Opryland on Wednesday evening (Jesse and I both co-lead a small group of teens in our church’s youth group, too).

So, when you see our menu plan below, you’ll notice we didn’t have a lot of “normal” dinners as a result. 🙂 But hey, this is real life right now!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

I was excited about the Friday-Saturday deals!

Especially the $0.99 Prego!

And the $1.49 Kellogg’s cereal!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 5 boxes Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes — $1.49 each with the Friday-Saturday deals
  • 2 boxes Krusteaz Sugar Cookie Mix — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 5 Ghirardelli Chocolate Cake Mix — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Baking powder — $1.05
  • Salt — $0.49
  • Beefaroni — marked down to $0.39
  • Refried Beans — marked down to $0.39
  • Progresso Soup — marked down to $0.49
  • 5 jars Prego (only 4 are pictured because we accidentally dropped one while bringing in the groceries!) — $0.99 each as part of the Friday-Saturday deals — earned $0.75 cash back from iBotta
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Apples — $3.99, used $0.50/1 Kroger digital coupon = $3.49
  • Bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • Kroger lemonade — marked down to $0.89
  • Kroger orange juice — marked down to $0.99
  • King’s Hawaiian Rolls — marked down to $0.79
  • Total with tax: $30.58

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.

Breakfasts: Cereal

Lunches/Snacks: Leftovers, Salad, Turkey/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples/Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Danimals, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Cookies, Pears, Random other markdowns/sale items 🙂

Dinners:

Sunday — Fend for yourself

Monday — Turkey meatballs, Acorn Squash

Tuesday — Broccoli, Creamed Corn, Garlic Bread, Meatloaf

Wednesday — Pizza (Jesse, Kaitlynn, and I were at a youth group event and they served pizza & ice cream), Silas and Kathrynne had cereal

Thursday — Pot Roast + Sweet Potatoes & Carrots, Pears/Apples, Spaghetti Squash, Biscuits

Friday — Leftover Buffet (I was out of town at a retreat.)

Saturday — Chili’s (I was out of town at a retreat.)

We Spent $68.24 at the Grocery Store This Week (+ our dinner menus)

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.

I was excited to find some great deals at Kroger, be able to stock up on a few things, and stay under budget. Here’s what we bought this week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 4 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each with the Kroger digital coupon
  • Duncan Hines Microwave Cakes (I thought these would be fun to have for a movie night!) — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Kroger Hashbrowns — $1.79
  • Fresh Salsa — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 3 jars Kroger peanut butter — $0.99 each after Kroger digital coupon
  • 1 jar natural Kroger peanut butter — $1.79
  • Kroger cheese (16 oz.) — $3.99
  • Pillsbury Pie Crust — marked down to $0.99
  • 3-lb bag of Gala apples — $3.99
  • 2 lbs ground beef — marked down to $1.99 each
  • 3 bottles Odwalla juice — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes Kroger cereal — $1.49 each
  • Milk — $2.79
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • Total with tax: $38.38

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 2 boxes Kroger cereal — $1.49 each
  • Hostess Cupcake Dessert Mix — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 cans Chef Boyardee — marked down to $0.19 each
  • Simple Truth Refried Beans — marked down to $0.39
  • 4 bags Kroger Frozen Veggies — $1 each
  • Lemi-Shine Dishwasher Tabs — marked down to $0.89
  • 5 packages of Pampers wipes — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday digital coupon
  • 2 Stayfree pads — $1.69 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $3/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.19 each
  • 2 Suave shampoo/conditioner — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.49 each
  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran — $1.79 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Simple Truth Eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • Total with tax: $29.86

 

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.

Breakfasts: Cereal

Lunches: Leftovers, Salad, Apples/Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Yogurt, Cookies, Chips, Random other markdowns/sale items 🙂

Dinners: 

Sunday: Leftovers + Mac & Cheese

Monday: Breakfast Casserole (recipe sent to me by a follower)

Tuesday: Fend for yourself + leftovers

Wednesday: Tyson Anytizers, Broccoli, Brown Rice

Thursday: Chicken Tetrazinni, Green Beans, Bran Muffins

Friday: Pumpkin Waffles, Bacon (Jesse & I went out to dinner with a gift card we were given by his parents — we’re trying to get in some dates before the baby gets here!)

Saturday: Dinner out (Kathrynne had an out of town basketball tournament)

We spent $69.60 on groceries this week (+ our dinner menu)

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.

Hospitality on a Budget

We hosted a 10-year-old girl from foster care all week this week while her foster mom was out of town. We also hosted the group of 8th grade girls small group from youth group I help co-lead for a fun evening, complete with ice cream sundaes.

People often ask me how we manage to open our home and be hospitable on a budget. One thing that helps us be able to keep our budget down is by buying ahead when items are on their lowest prices.

For instance, in the photos below, you’ll see that I stocked up on butter, sugar, smoked sausage, ice cream, potatoes, and frozen pizza this week. We only used two of the tubs of ice cream for ice cream sundaes, so I’ll save the rest for when we have guests over next. And I like to always have 3-5 frozen pizzas in the freezer for a last-minute meal if the kids have their friends over or we have guests at the last minute.

Every week, if possible, I stock up on a few things that work for quick hospitality. That way, we almost always have a variety of things on hand to work with and opening our home doesn’t mean that we have to run to the store to buy a bunch of items.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

One simple and inexpensive way to feed people on a smaller budget is to do dessert instead of a full meal. For the ice cream sundae bar, we already had some chocolate chips, cookies (I crushed some of these up to sprinkle on top of ice cream), and sprinkles on hand that I had gotten on other sales/deals. And then Kroger had ice cream on sale for $1.79/tub when you bought 5 participating items.

I set these items out and some of the girls brought other things — like whipped topping, M&Ms, and chocolate syrup. All in all, we had a really fantastic ice cream sundae bar… and we still stayed within our grocery budget!

For more ideas, check out my post on How to Practice Hospitality on a Budget. Also, check out my 5 Simple Ideas for Hospitality on a Budget here.

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Orange Juice — $1.99
  • Bananas — $1.40
  • Honey Nut Crispy Oats — $2.45
  • Rice Squares — $1.49
  • Frosted Flakes — $1.39
  • Honey Crunch N Oats — $1.29
  • 3 blocks of cheese — $1.69 each
  • Baby carrots — $0.89
  • 2 cucumbers — $0.55 each
  • Oranges — $1.99
  • 10-lb. bag potatoes — $2.49
  • 6-lb. bag of Cane Sugar — $3.49
  • Strawberries — $1.79
  • Total with tax: $29.79

New to shopping at ALDI? Check out my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI and 5 Things You Should Not Buy at ALDI.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Milk — $2.89
  • Fruit Snacks (I bought these for the girl who was staying with us as we discovered she loved to take these for her morning snack at school.) — $2.50
  • 4 tubs Kroger Ice Cream — $1.79 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 tub Turkey Hill Ice Cream — $2.49 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Foam Bowls — $1.89
  • Total with tax: $18.05

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Total Spent — $69.60

Cashback earned this week: 1575 points from Fetch + $1 back from iBotta for scanning my receipt

Dinners This Week

  • Monday: Pumpkin Waffles, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice
  • Tuesday: Lettuce Salad, Fruit Salad, Southwest Rollups
  • Wednesday: Italian Chicken, leftover Fruit Salad, Peas, Mashed Potatoes
  • Thursday: Shepherd’s Pie, Lettuce Salad, Oranges
  • Friday: Out for Chinese Food (the girl staying with us had a birthday this week so we had her choose where she wanted to go to dinner and she chose Chinese!)
  • Saturday: Leftovers
  • Sunday: Super Bowl Snacks — Refried Bean Dip, Homemade Guac, Chips/Salsa, Popcorn, Apples, Carrots, Leftovers

We Spent $71.30 on Groceries This Week (+ our dinner menu)

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.

Last week, I only spent $60 on groceries, so I went a little bit over this week. Here’s what we bought…

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

Kroger Shopping Trip #3

  • 2 Tyson Anytizer Chicken — $3.99 each with Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Strawberries — $1.67
  • Carrots — $0.99
  • 1 bag avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • Milk — $2.89
  • Cage-free eggs — marked down to $1.29
  • Tortillas — $1.50
  • 2 Private Selection Chips — $0.99 each with Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • Refried beans — marked down to $0.49
  • 4 jars Pace salsa — $0.99 each when Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • Refried beans — $0.79
  • Total with tax: $28.89

Dinners This Past Week

By the way, what are your best tips for keeping lettuce fresh? I don’t want all the lettuce I bought to go to waste before we can use it, but it will probably take us at least 5-7 more days to eat through all that. Any great suggestions?

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