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We spent $84.09 on groceries this past week (ground beef stock-up!)

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 seven. 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 talked about how we were around $15 under our $70/weekly budget and how I wanted to use that extra to stock up on a good deal this week. I wasn’t sure what good deal I was going to stock up on… until I saw ground beef marked down to $1.99/lb.!!! You better believe I grabbed up that deal to stick in the freezer!

Here’s what we bought at the store this past week…

The boxes of cereal were only $0.79 — because they were bent. Hey, so long the boxes are not torn, I will gladly pay half price for boxes of cereal that just don’t look as pretty!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • 6 jars Pasta Sauce — $1 each
  • 3 2-lb flats of strawberries — $1.88 each
  • Facial Tissue — marked down to $0.49
  • Breakfast Sausage — marked down to $1.79
  • Burnt Pork Ends — marked down to $2.99
  • Marshmallows — marked down to $0.69
  • Comet — marked down to $0.49
  • 8 jars peanut butter — $0.99 each
  • Cinnamon Cereal — marked down to $0.79 per box
  • 2 meatloaves — marked down to $3.99 each
  • Milk — $2.59
  • Chocolate Chips — $1.99, used $0.30/1 Kroger digital coupon = $1.69
  • Organic Bananas — $1.27
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • White vinegar — marked down to $0.89
  • Total with tax: $48.55

I could not believe this price on ground beef when I saw it — WOW!!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 6 pounds ground beef — marked down to $1.99 each
  • Danimals — marked down to $1.59
  • 2 cans refried beans — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Milk — $2.59
  • Salad Greens — marked down to $2.49
  • 2 packages Butterscotch Chips — on closeout for $0.80 each
  • 3 bags Flaxseed Meal — on closeout for $0.67 each (we use this in Energy Bites)
  • 2 Mott’s Fruit Snacks — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Cheerios/Honey Nut Cheerios — $1.79 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $1.29 each
  • Rice a Roni — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 loaves bread — $0.99
  • Water — $0.79
  • 2 bags Chex Mix — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/2 Kroger coupon — $0.75 each after coupon
  • Total with tax = $35.54

Total spent on groceries this week — $84.09

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, Eggs/Avocados/Strawberries, Toaster Pastries, Apple Cinnamon Bars, Energy Bites, Breakfast at McDonald’s (Saturday morning), Breakfast at the hotel (Sunday morning)

Lunches — PB & Honey Sandwiches, Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Cereal, Strawberries, Bananas

Snacks — Cereal, Strawberries, Energy Bites, Oatmeal/Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Bread, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Eggs & Sausage with Cheese
  • Monday — Egg Casserole, Banana Bread, Strawberries
  • Tuesday — Salad topped with marinated chicken and hardboiled eggs, Banana Bread
  • Wednesday — Leftovers
  • Thursday — Meat loaf, mashed sweet potatoes, salad, peas, strawberries/bananas
  • Friday — Dinner on the road: Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwiches, Chex Mix, Fruit Snacks, Danimals
  • Saturday — Dinner out with two of my sisters and their families

Cashback Earned: 100 points from Fetch Rewards

We Spent $68.87 on Groceries This Past Week (Kroger, Aldi, Big Lots)

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 seven. 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’m loving getting back into the swing of bargain shopping again! This week, I went to Kroger twice plus Aldi and Big Lots. Here’s what I got…

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Salad Greens — marked down to $1.79
  • Greek Salad Kit — marked down to $1.69
  • 2 jars peanut butter — $1.50 each
  • Peppers — marked down to $0.99
  • Grapes — $1.52
  • Total with tax: $9.53

I went to another Kroger later in the week and found crazy egg markdowns!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 5 boxes Kellogg’s cereal — $1.69 each when you buy 6 or more participating items + get $0.75 back from iBotta = $0.94 each after iBotta rebate
  • Godiva Pudding — marked down to $0.79
  • 2 Yoplait Yogurt 8-packs — marked down to $2.19 each
  • 5 blocks/bags cheese — $1.49 each when you buy 6 or more participating items
  • 2 Nourish bowls — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 3 cans Pringles — $0.99 each when you buy 6 or more participating items
  • Capri-Sun — $1.79 when you buy 6 or more participating items
  • Dole Spinach — marked down to $0.79
  • 2 30-count eggs — marked down to $0.69 each
  • Kroger brown eggs — $0.99
  • 3 bags avocados — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 bags nectarines — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Milk — $2.59
  • Kroger cookies — $1.29, used $1/1 digital coupon = $0.29
  • 3 2-lb packs of strawberries — $1.88 each
  • Total with tax: $47.22

BigLots Shopping Trip:

  • 2 loaves bread — $1.40 each
  • 1 pack hot dog buns
  • Total with tax: $4.48

ALDI Shopping Trip:

  • Oats — $2.39
  • 3-lb bag of Fuji Apples — $2.99
  • Tortilla Chips — $0.89
  • Bananas — $0.89
  • Total with tax: $7.64

Total spent on groceries: $68.87

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 — Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Toast

MondayCrockpot Rotisserie Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, Salad, Grapes

Tuesday — Chicken & Noodles, Oranges, Cheesy Garlic Bread

Wednesday — Sausage/Potatoes/Peppers in the Crockpot, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

ThursdayBreakfast Casserole, Roasted Potatoes, Grapes

Friday — Leftovers, Fruit Salad

Saturday — Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwiches, Strawberries, Pringles (we are taking a short little in-state road trip this weekend to visit my sister and her family who currently live in Johnson City so we’re eating this on the road!)

Gretchen’s $47 Grocery Shopping Trip & Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 pkg Plain English Muffins – Marked down to $0.50

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

2 pkg Lasagna Noodles – Marked down to $0.49 each

2 gallons Milk – $1.99 each

1 pkg Frozen Tilapia Fillets – $3.39

1 bag Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $6.69

1 Half & Half – $1.79

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

1 Honey – $4.99

1 Celery – $0.69

1 bag Yellow Potatoes – $0.99

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 bag Mini Marshmallows – $0.69

Used $5 Aldi coupon that was mailed to me

Total after coupon: $23.86

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Dillons

4 Moms Best Cereal – $1.50 each

1 Welch’s Grape Juice – $1.99, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 pkg Romaine Lettuce – Marked down to $1.79

1 Kroger French Bread – $1.99 (We will split this in half and use it for 2 dinners.)

2 lbs Ground Beef – Marked down to $0.99 each

1 pkg Stew Pork – Marked down to $2.25 (I will use this for 2 dinners.)

1 pkg Hormel Deli Turkey – $3.99, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $3.49 after coupon

1 Cucumber – $0.50

1 Nabisco Ritz Crackers – $2

2.33 lbs Bananas – $1.37

1 StonyField Kids Yogurt – Marked down to $1.89

Total after coupons: $23.26

Total for both stores: $47.12

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Baked Oatmeal

Eggs & English Muffins

Brunch with family

Cinnamon Rolls

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Rice Cakes, Carrot Sticks

Turkey Sandwiches, Veggies x 2

Pizza (from a friend), Salad

Leftovers x 2

Lunch with family

Dinners

Spaghetti, Tossed Salad, French Bread

Grilled Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Baked Potatoes

Chicken & Rice Casserole from freezer, Butterhorns from freezer

Pork & Gravy in Crockpot, Green Beans, French Bread

Grilled Tilapia, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Lasagna, English Muffins, Green Beans

Dinner out

Gretchen’s $42 Grocery Shopping and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

3 pkgs (3 lbs each) Ground Beef – Marked down to $3.99 each (I was excited to find this – we are stocked up on ground beef for a while now!)

1 Dillons Eggs – $2.76

2.56 lbs Bananas – $1.51, used $0.25/1 Checkout 51 rebate – $1.26 after rebate

2 Cucumbers – 2/$0.99

0.61 lbs Tomatoes – $0.91, used $0.50/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.41 after rebate

1 Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup – Marked down to $0.50

1 can Bush’s Kidney Beans – Marked down to $0.49

1 Goya Olive Oil – Marked down to $0.79

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.59

2 Kroger Drumsticks – $1.60 & $1.66

1 Lettuce – $0.99

3 half gallons Milk – $1.25 each

Mega Sale Items (Buy 4, Get $4 off instantly): 

2 Minute Maid Orange Juice – $1.79 each, used 2 $0.55/1 printable AND $0.50/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.99 each after coupons and rebate

2 Kroger Ice Cream – $1.77 each, used $0.40/1 e-coupon AND $0.50/1 catalina coupon – $1.32 each after coupons

2 Bird’s Eye Frozen Vegetables – $1.49 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $0.49 each after coupons

2 pkgs Keebler Cookies – $1.49 each, used 2 $0.60/1 printable – $0.89 each after coupons

1 Danimal Smoothie Yogurts – $1.49

2 pkgs Kroger Shredded Cheese (16 oz each) – $2.49 each, used $0.75/1 Ibotta rebate – $2.11 each after rebate

1 C&H Sugar – $0.99

Total after sales, coupons and rebates: $42.08

Menu Plan for This Week

My husband did grocery shopping last week for me and bought a ton of fruits and vegetables. We’re still using those up this week. 🙂

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Baked Oatmeal x 2

Bagels (from freezer) and Fruit

Toast & Eggs

Lunches

Macaroni & Cheese, Apple Slices

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks

Tossed Salad, Cottage Cheese

Baked Potatoes

Veggies, Fruit, Crackers, Cheese x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Tossed Salad

Chili, Banana Muffins

Taco Salad, Oranges

Meatloaf, Butterhorn Rolls, Green Beans

Meal from freezer

Pancakes, Eggs, Orange Juice

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Crackers, Fruit

Brigette’s $45 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Thanks to being well-stocked on staple items like meat, cheese, and eggs – as well as having leftover produce from last week to use up – this was a low-spending grocery week. I’m looking forward to using up some freezer and pantry items, as well as hosting Thanksgiving! What’s on your menu plan for the holiday?

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Aldi

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

1 pkg Baby Artisan Lettuce – $1.99

1 jar Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

1 head Cauliflower – $1.99

1 bunch Bananas (2.32lbs @ $0.38/lb) – $0.88

1 Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $3.29 (which apparently didn’t make it into the picture)

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

3 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $7.77

1 3-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples – $2.99

1 bag Tortilla Chips (already eaten for dinner – Taco Salad – before I got this picture taken :))

1 bag Cranberries – $0.99

1 4-pk Zucchini – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Yellow Onions – $0.99

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.99

1 2-lb bag Carrots – $0.79

1 gallon Milk – $3.29

Total: $35.32

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Harris Teeter

1 bag 4-ct Grapefruit, reduced – $1.00

1 bottle Liquid Smoke – $1.99

2 boxes Nilla Wafers (B1G1) – $3.49, $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker, exp. 12/31/15 (SS 11/08/15)(doubled) – $1.99/2 after coupons

1 bag Rice Works – $1.59, used $1/1 Riceworks Chips, exp. 1/23/16 (SS 11/15/15 R) – $0.59 after coupon

4 jars McCormick Cinnamon (B1G1) – $3.58, used 2 $1.75/2 McCormick Spices, Herbs or Extracts, exp. 11/29/15 (RP 11/01/15 #2) – $0.08/4 after coupons

2 boxes Frosted Flakes (B1G1) – $3.68, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $1.68/2 after coupons

2 jugs Xtra Laundry Detergent (B1G1) – $3.98, used $1/2 off Xtra Liquid Detergent, Nice ‘N Fluffy Fabric Softeners or Sureshot Laundry Detergent Paks, exp. 12/19/15 (SS 11/08/15) – $2.98/2 after coupons

Total: $10.56

Weekly Total: $45.88

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2

Toast and Hard Boiled Eggs x 2

Overnight, Slow Cooker Apple CInnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal x 2

Veggie Omelettes

Lunches

Bagels with Almond Butter, Carrots, Apples x 2

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Bananas, Mini Peppers x 2

Cheese Quesadillas, Grapefruit, Carrots

Leftovers x 2

Dinner

Taco Salad, Green Rice Casserole

Dinner Party at my Husband’s Work

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup, Homemade Breadsticks

Grilled Chicken, Mashed Cauliflower, Tossed Salad

Wicked White Chili (Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook), Cornbread, Relish Plate

Thanksgiving: Turkey, Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls, Steamed Broccoli, The Great Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie Bars

Leftovers

Gretchen’s $41 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

1 Trolli Sour Watermelon Pieces – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

2 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99 each, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $0.89 each after rebate

1 dozen Dillons Eggs – $3.29

1 loaf Nature’s Own Bread – $2.29, used $0.55 Checkout 51 rebate – $1.74 after rebate

1 Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.88

1.96 lbs Bananas – $1.16, used $0.25 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.91 after rebate

1 Kroger Half and Half – $1.59

2 Mission Flour Tortillas – $1 each

1 pkg Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $3.58

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.85, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $2.65 after rebate

1 Cucumber – $0.79

1 Yoplait Gogurt – $2.79

2 Moms Best Cereal – $2 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable – $1.50 each after coupons

1 Kroger Just Fruit Jelly – $1.79

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.50

1 Psst Sugar – $1.89

2 Cantaloupes – $0.99 each

1 pkg Kroger Drumsticks – $4.57

1 bag Green Peppers – Marked down to $0.99

1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99

1.08 lbs Broccoli – $2.15

Total after coupons and rebates: $41.86

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Oatmeal x 2

Cereal x 2

Eggs & Toast x 2

Omelets, Fruit

Lunches

Cheese, Crackers, Fruits, Veggies x 2

Macaroni and Cheese, Carrots

Tossed Salad with Cottage Cheese

Tuna Sandwiches, Cantaloupe

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad

Leftovers

Dinners

Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks, Cantaloupe, Blueberry Bread (from frozen blueberries)

Chicken Fajitas, Fruit Salad

Upside Down Pizza, Tossed Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage (from freezer)

Chicken & Rice with Gravy, Tossed Salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Homemade Bread

Leftovers