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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 $51 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

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Aldi

2 Pineapple – $1.29 each

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 bag Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.49

1 box Frosted Flakes – $1.29

1 lb Butter – $2.69

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

2 dozen Eggs – $0.78 each

1 Vegetable Oil – $1.85

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 can Tuna – $0.65

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.99, used $0.25/1 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.74 after rebate

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $2.09

Total after rebate: $24.79

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Dillons

2 Barbara’s Cereal – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 printable AND $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.86 each after coupons and rebate

2 Kraft Dressing – $1.49 each

1 Kroger Ice Cream – $1.98

1 pkg Sargento Shredded Cheese – $1.99, used $1.25/1 e-coupon (no longer available) – $0.74 after coupon

1 pkg Kroger Shredded Cheese – $2.49, used $0.65/1 e-coupon – $1.84 after coupon

1 Nutella – $2.49, used $2/1 e-coupon – $0.49 after coupon

1 Simply Ground Peanut Butter – $1.49, used $0.75/1 e-coupon – $0.74 after coupon

2 half gallons Milk – $0.99 each

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $1

1 pkg Dove Ice Cream Bars – $4.39, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 pkg Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars – $2.50

3 lbs Ground Beef – Marked down to $1.99 each

2 pkg Pasta – Marked down to $0.25 each

1 pkg Kroger Cream Cheese – $1.25, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $0.75 after coupon

1 Sheba Cat Food – $0.70, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 pkg Kroger Rice – $0.89

1 pkg Betty Crocker’s Sugar Cookie Mix – $2, used $1/1 e-coupon (no longer available) – $1 after coupon

3.06 lbs Bananas – $1.81

Total after coupons and rebate: $26.89

Total for both stores: $51.68

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Eggs & Toast x 3

Oatmeal and Smoothies

Lunches

Tuna Sandwiches, Sliced Veggies

Baked Potato Bar

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Sliced Veggies x 2

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Sliced Pineapple/Apples

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Meatloaf, Rolls, Green Beans

Tacos, Rice

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, Pumpkin Muffins

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Veggies

Pancakes, Eggs, Sliced Pineapple

Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Homemade Bread

Leftovers

Gretchen’s $27 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $1.19

1 pkg Frozen Strawberries – $2.09

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $0.89

1 pkg Sharp Cheddar Cheese – $1.49

1 can Cream of Mushroom/Chicken Soup – $0.49 each, used $0.10 Mobisave rebate – $0.44 each after rebate

2 dozen Eggs – $0.89 each, used $0.10 Mobisave rebate – $0.84 each after rebate

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.99

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.85

1 Cucumber – $0.59

Total after rebates: $11.64

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Dillons

3 Kroger Frozen Pizzas – $1 each, used $0.10 Mobisave rebate

1 pkg Hershey Kisses – $1.29, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

4 cans Green Giant Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 Kroger Instant Oatmeal – $0.99, used $0.30/1 e-coupon – $0.69 after coupon

2 pkg Oreos – $2.49 each, used $1.15/2 Checkout 51 rebate – 1.92 each after rebate

6 pkg American Beauty Pasta – $0.49 each, used $0.10 Mobisave rebate 

1 Trolli Candy – $0.50 (My husband loves this candy so I bought it as a special treat for him!) 🙂

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $0.79

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.79, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $0.39 after coupon

2 Del Monte Tomatoes – $0.49 each

2 half gallons Dillons Milk – $0.99 each

1 pkg Kroger Frozen Peas – $0.88

1 Kroger Yogurt – Marked down to $0.99

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $2.29, used Free e-coupon – Free after coupon

2 cans Dole Mandarin Oranges – $1.25 each, used $0.75/2 printable AND $0.75/2 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.50 each after coupon and rebate

2 Chobani Yogurts – Marked down to $0.69 each

2 pkg Ramen Noodles – $0.25 each

1 pkg Green Peppers – Marked down to $0.99

1 pkg Land O Lakes Butter – $2.49, used $0.50/1 printable (no longer available) – $1.99 after coupon

1 pkg Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.49, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $1.09 after coupon

2.49 lbs Bananas – $1.47

1 pkg Nestle Chocolate Chips – $2.50, used Free e-coupon – Free after coupon

Total after coupons and rebates: $27.16

Total for all groceries: $38.80

Menu Plan for This Week

We still have LOTS of apples leftover from last week as well as carrot sticks that I will be using up this week.

Breakfasts

Eggs, Toast and Smoothies x 4

Cereal x 2

Oatmeal

Lunches

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Green Peppers x 2

Cheese Quesadillas, Sliced Apples

Cheese, Crackers, Fruit, Veggies x 2

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Spaghetti, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Peas

Hamburgers, Chips, Green Beans, Apples

Chicken Tetrazzini, Steamed Broccoli, Pumpkin Muffins (from the freezer)

Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets, Sliced Apples and Bananas

Shepherd’s Pie, Biscuits

Chicken Enchiladas, Rice, Steamed Peas

Dinner with family

Gretchen’s $50 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

2 bags Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.77 each

3 Kroger Frozen Pizzas – $1 each

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks – $3.44 (I plan to freeze half of these.)

1 Nancy’s Plain Yogurt – Marked down to $1.69

1 Old El Paso Refried Beans – $1.25, used $0.50/1 printable – $0.75 after coupon

2 Pace Salsa – $1.99 each, used Buy One Get One Free printable – $0.99 each after coupon

1 pkg Sunbelt Granola Bars – $2.50, used $0.75/1 Mobisave rebate – $1.75 after rebate

1 Pineapple – $0.99

1 Jolly Time Popcorn – $1, used $1/1 printable – Free after coupon

1 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1, used $0.50/1 printable – $0.50 after coupon

2.41 lbs Bananas – $1.42, used $0.28 SavingStar.com rebate – $1.14 after rebate

1 Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.79

3 bags Kroger Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $4.98 each, used $1.50/1 e-coupon AND 2 $1.45/1 e-coupons – $3.51 each after coupons

Total after coupons and rebates: $31.10

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Aldi

1 Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate – $1.19

2 pkgs Chicken Alfredo Noodles – $0.69 each

1 loaf Bread – $0.99, used $0.10 Mobisave rebate – $0.89 after rebate

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.49

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $2.09

1 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $1.19

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.49

2 dozen Eggs – $0.99 each, used $0.10 Mobisave rebate – $0.94 each after rebate

1 gallon Milk – $2.46

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.69

1 lb Butter – $2.87

1 pkg Spinach – $1.79

1 Cucumber – $0.59, used $0.25 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.34 after rebate

1 can Green Beans – $0.47

Total after rebates: $19.22

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My sweet mother in law also gave me over 12 lbs of apples as well. 🙂

Total for all groceries: $50.32

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Eggs, Toast, Spinach/Fruit Smoothies x 4

Cereal x 3

Lunches

Crackers, Cheese, Fruit, Veggies

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks x 2

Apples & Peanut Butter, Sliced Cucumbers, Pumpkin Muffins (from freezer)

Lunch at my mom’s house

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Pumpkin Muffins, Steamed Carrots

Chicken & Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, Sliced Pineapple

Bean Burritos, Sliced Apples, Spinach Salad

Chicken with Cream of Mushroom Soup, Steamed Peas, Biscuits

Spaghetti, Homemade Bread, Green Beans

Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon, Juice

Venison Roast, Potatoes, Carrots

Gretchen’s $52 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

2 pkgs Butter – $2.99 each, used 2 $1/1 e-coupon – $1.99 each after coupon

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1

1 pkg Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.79

2 Kroger Frozen Pizza – $1 each, used $0.50/2 e-coupon – $0.75 each after coupon

2 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1 each

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99, used 20% off SavingStar.com rebate – $0.79 after rebate

2 Simple Truth Grain Bread – Marked down to $0.75 each

1 Pineapple – $0.99, used $0.25/1 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.74 after rebate

5 lbs Laura’s Lean Ground Beef – Marked down to $2.99 each (I was SO excited to find this! We love this brand of ground beef but rarely find a good deal on it.)

2.4 lbs Bananas – $1.42

1 bag Potatoes – $1.50, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.25 after rebate

Total after coupons and rebates: $30.92

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Aldi

2 dozen Eggs – $0.99 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.54

1 can Kidney Beans – $0.49

2 cans Black Beans – $0.59 each

2 cans Chili Beans – $0.49 each

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks – $1.74

1 can Pumpkin – $0.89

1 can Diced Tomatoes – $).49

1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $0.99

1 pkg Corn Chips – $0.79

1 Baking Powder – $0.99

1 Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate – $1.19

1 can Green Beans – $0.49

1 bag Gala Apples – $1.49

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.49

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.99

2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

Total: $21.87

Total for both stores: $52.79

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Eggs, Pancakes, Juice x 3

Cereal x 3

Oatmeal

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Celery x 2

Sliced Apples and Peanut Butter, Crackers, Celery

Mac & Cheese, Sliced Veggies

Salad Bar

Baked Potato Bar

Out to eat (using a gift card someone gave us!)

Dinners

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Toasted Simple Truth Bread Loaf

Lasagna, Tossed Salad, Biscuits

Chili with toppings, Homemade Bread, Sliced Veggies, Brownies

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Veggies (from freezer)

Venison Roast (I’m SO excited to have 30+ lbs of venison in our freezer again, thanks to my husband’s hunting skills!), Potatoes, Carrots

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Pumpkin Muffins

Leftovers