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An MRI & Beef Fajitas in the Crockpot

Are you joining me for the Eat at Home Challenge! I’m thrilled to have SO many of you participating this time around!

I shared my menu plan for this week and the grocery list in the email I sent out to the Eat at Home email list. (Not on that list? Sign up here.)

Last Night’s Dinner:

Last night’s dinner (Meatballs in the Slow Cooker — see above) was our least favorite meal of the week. I think it was because of the spaghetti sauce. I think it would have been super yummy with some kind of barbecue sauce instead of spaghetti sauce. (We’re not big fans of spaghetti sauce, though, so if you are, I’m sure you’d love the recipe!)

We served it twice baked potatoes, blueberries, and salad.

What I Made Today:

My day started with an MRI on my wrist. It was my first ever MRI and it was quite an interesting experience. I’m glad to have it behind me — and we’re hoping to find out some answers from it (I was in a pretty bad car accident in December and have had chronic hand/wrist pain ever since. They’ve done lots of x-rays but can’t see anything wrong, so the specialist ordered an MRI to hopefully give some clarity!)

When I got home from the MRI, I made Beef Fajitas in the crockpot. This recipe was a little more time-intensive to do than most of the other recipes that could be made in just a few minutes, but it was still really simple.

If you want to watch me make it on on live video, here you go:

And here’s the super simple recipe:

I’ll let you know what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy!

Thanks for joining me in this challenge. If you want to share what you cooked today, head over here to the Facebook Group and leave a comment and tell us!

Looking for some inspiration to eat at home more often?

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

Eat at Home is a menu-planning service designed to make getting dinner on the table much easier every night. It was a service created by Tiffany, a mom of 4 who loves to cook and loves to gather her family around the table, but has found that if she doesn’t have a quick and easy plan, it’s hard to make that happen.

How Does the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service Work?

The Eat at Home menu-planning service is an incredible way to help you save time and save money. You don’t have to worry about planning menus OR grocery list, because Tiffany does all of that for you as part of the menu-planning service.

She has designed it specifically with busy families in mind and the menu plans offer:

The recipes can all be fixed quickly, with only a few minutes of hands-on prep. Because the recipes use common pantry ingredients, it’s likely that you have everything you need to make many of the recipes.

It’s so convenient because all the work is done for you! You just choose which menu plan you’ll use, print the grocery list, go shopping, and then spend a few minutes prepping food each day and dinner is D-O-N-E!

When you sign up for the plan (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

  • An entire money of No Flour, No Sugar menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions (this is my favorite!)
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let Eat at Home do the work for you.

This week only, when you sign up for their plan (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan, you can get 30% off through January 14, 2019 by using coupon code NEW at checkout!)

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all four plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

Go sign up for this incredible menu-planning service here!

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)

Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.

Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

Are you joining me for the Eat at Home Challenge! I’m thrilled to have SO many of you participating this time around!

I shared my menu plan for this week and the grocery list in the email I sent out to the Eat at Home email list. (Not on that list? Sign up here.)

Last Night’s Dinner:

Last night’s dinner (see above — Chipotle Chicken in the Crockpot) was a big hit! And surprise, surprise, it wasn’t too spicy!

We served it with beans and rice, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce. It was the perfect combo and everyone liked it!

What I Made Today:

Today’s recipe was for Meatball Subs. I was supposed to use frozen meatballs, but I had some ground beef in the freezer and decided to make my own meatballs instead.

I just used spices, milk, an egg, some garlic, and liquid smoke. If you want to watch me make it on on live video, here you go:

I’ll let you know tomorrow what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy — and it was so simple to make!

Thanks for joining me in this challenge. If you want to share what you cooked today, head over here to the Facebook Group and leave a comment and tell us!

Looking for some inspiration to eat at home more often?

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

Eat at Home is a menu-planning service designed to make getting dinner on the table much easier every night. It was a service created by Tiffany, a mom of 4 who loves to cook and loves to gather her family around the table, but has found that if she doesn’t have a quick and easy plan, it’s hard to make that happen.

How Does the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service Work?

The Eat at Home menu-planning service is an incredible way to help you save time and save money. You don’t have to worry about planning menus OR grocery list, because Tiffany does all of that for you as part of the menu-planning service.

She has designed it specifically with busy families in mind and the menu plans offer:

The recipes can all be fixed quickly, with only a few minutes of hands-on prep. Because the recipes use common pantry ingredients, it’s likely that you have everything you need to make many of the recipes.

It’s so convenient because all the work is done for you! You just choose which menu plan you’ll use, print the grocery list, go shopping, and then spend a few minutes prepping food each day and dinner is D-O-N-E!

When you sign up for the plan (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

  • An entire money of No Flour, No Sugar menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions (this is my favorite!)
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let Eat at Home do the work for you.

This week only, when you sign up for their plan (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan, you can get 30% off through January 14, 2019 by using coupon code NEW at checkout!)

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all four plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

Go sign up for this incredible menu-planning service here!

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)

Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.

Smoky Chipotle Chicken in the crockpot

(A sample of one of the Eat at Home menu-planning service grocery lists. I love how organized & time-saving these are!)

Are you joining me for the Eat at Home Challenge! I’m thrilled to have SO many of you participating this time around!

For those who missed my earlier posts on this challenge, here are the details:

  1. I’ll be on Facebook Live every weekday morning this week around 9 a.m. prepping our dinner for that evening. If you want to join us live, I’d love to have you do so!
  2. Every day at 2 p.m., I’ll send out an email with the video for that day’s recipe, the recipe I made, plus some menu-planning tips and money-saving suggestions. There will be a lot of things that I’ll only be sharing in the email (I won’t be posting them here), so if you don’t want to miss out, be sure to sign up to get my emails here.
  3. You can also interact on the Facebook Group every day and share what you are making for dinner, if you’d like!
  4. I’ll be using the Eat at Home Menu Plans for this week’s menu plan. I love these menu plans because you get 4 different meal plans in two different sizes and you get a color-coded grocery list. Plus, they are on sale for as low as $1.13 per week. (I’ll share more details in the coming days!)

I shared my menu plan for this week and the grocery list in the email I sent out to the Eat at Home email list. (Not on that list? Sign up here.)

Last Night’s Dinner:

For those of you who asked, we all liked the Pesto Chicken from yesterday. I thought it was a little bland, but my family gobbled it up — in fact, I didn’t get a photo of it because it was almost all gone before I thought to take a picture of it!!

What I Made Today:

Today’s recipe was pretty simple, but I have to admit, I was a little scared about cutting up a chipotle pepper on live video. I was heading to my discipleship group right afterwards and I was so scared I was going to accidentally touch my eyes and then they’d be all burning and red for four hours.

Gratefully, someone on the live video suggested I just drain the can over the chicken and use that sauce instead of actually cutting up a pepper. I think it was a brilliant idea — and it worked like a charm!

Anyway, if you want to watch me (and laugh!) on live video, here you go:

 

I’ll let you know tomorrow what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy — and it was so simple to make!

Thanks for joining me in this challenge. If you want to share what you cooked today, head over here to the Facebook Group and leave a comment and tell us!

Looking for some inspiration to eat at home more often?

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

Eat at Home is a menu-planning service designed to make getting dinner on the table much easier every night. It was a service created by Tiffany, a mom of 4 who loves to cook and loves to gather her family around the table, but has found that if she doesn’t have a quick and easy plan, it’s hard to make that happen.

How Does the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service Work?

The Eat at Home menu-planning service is an incredible way to help you save time and save money. You don’t have to worry about planning menus OR grocery list, because Tiffany does all of that for you as part of the menu-planning service.

She has designed it specifically with busy families in mind and the menu plans offer:

The recipes can all be fixed quickly, with only a few minutes of hands-on prep. Because the recipes use common pantry ingredients, it’s likely that you have everything you need to make many of the recipes.

It’s so convenient because all the work is done for you! You just choose which menu plan you’ll use, print the grocery list, go shopping, and then spend a few minutes prepping food each day and dinner is D-O-N-E!

When you sign up for the plan (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

  • An entire money of No Flour, No Sugar menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions (this is my favorite!)
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let Eat at Home do the work for you.

This week only, when you sign up for their plan (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan, you can get 30% off through January 14, 2019 by using coupon code NEW at checkout!)

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all four plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

Go sign up for this incredible menu-planning service here!

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)

Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.

Pesto Chicken in the Crockpot (+ last night’s dinner was YUMMY!)

Are you joining me for the Eat at Home Challenge! I’m thrilled to have SO many of you participating this time around!

For those who missed my earlier posts on this challenge, here are the details:

  1. I’ll be on Facebook Live every weekday morning this week around 9 a.m. prepping our dinner for that evening. If you want to join us live, I’d love to have you do so!
  2. Every day at 2 p.m., I’ll send out an email with the video for that day’s recipe, the recipe I made, plus some menu-planning tips and money-saving suggestions. There will be a lot of things that I’ll only be sharing in the email (I won’t be posting them here), so if you don’t want to miss out, be sure to sign up to get my emails here.
  3. You can also interact on the Facebook Group every day and share what you are making for dinner, if you’d like!
  4. I’ll be using the Eat at Home Menu Plans for this week’s menu plan. I love these menu plans because you get 4 different meal plans in two different sizes and you get a color-coded grocery list. Plus, they are on sale for as low as $1.13 per week. (I’ll share more details in the coming days!)

I shared my menu plan for this week and the grocery list in the email I sent out to the Eat at Home email list. (Not on that list? Sign up here.)

Last Night’s Dinner:

For those of you who asked, we LOVED the All Day Beef Stew I made yesterday. It was a HUGE hit and so easy and yummy and healthful. My whole family said it was good — which rarely happens! So I’ll call that a win.

Here’s a photo — with bad indoor lighting since we didn’t get home until afternoon 7:30 p.m. last night since Kathrynne had a basketball game.

What I Made Today:

Today’s recipe was super simple and easy to make. Although I managed to almost knock my phone out of the tripod and across the room AND drop my crockpot while making it on live video. Y’all, I’m just such a hot mess some days

(Speaking of which, I discovered last night — after having worn my outfit all day AND having done multiple videos that went out to thousands of people — that I had been wearing my shirt on backwards! Where is my brain??)

Anyway, if you want to watch me (and laugh!) on live video, here you go:

I’ll let you know tomorrow what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy — and it was so simple to make!

Thanks for joining me in this challenge. If you want to share what you cooked today, head over here to the Facebook Group and leave a comment and tell us!

Looking for some inspiration to eat at home more often?

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

Eat at Home is a menu-planning service designed to make getting dinner on the table much easier every night. It was a service created by Tiffany, a mom of 4 who loves to cook and loves to gather her family around the table, but has found that if she doesn’t have a quick and easy plan, it’s hard to make that happen.

How Does the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service Work?

The Eat at Home menu-planning service is an incredible way to help you save time and save money. You don’t have to worry about planning menus OR grocery list, because Tiffany does all of that for you as part of the menu-planning service.

She has designed it specifically with busy families in mind and the menu plans offer:

The recipes can all be fixed quickly, with only a few minutes of hands-on prep. Because the recipes use common pantry ingredients, it’s likely that you have everything you need to make many of the recipes.

It’s so convenient because all the work is done for you! You just choose which menu plan you’ll use, print the grocery list, go shopping, and then spend a few minutes prepping food each day and dinner is D-O-N-E!

When you sign up for the plan (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

  • An entire money of No Flour, No Sugar menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions (this is my favorite!)
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let Eat at Home do the work for you.

This week only, when you sign up for their plan (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan, you can get 30% off through January 14, 2019 by using coupon code NEW at checkout!)

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all four plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

Go sign up for this incredible menu-planning service here!

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)

Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.

All Day Beef Stew in the Crock Pot (+ our $75 Aldi shopping trip this week)

Are you joining me for the Eat at Home Challenge! I’m thrilled to have SO many of you participating this time around!

For those who are wondering how the challenge will work, here are the details:

  1. I’ll be on Facebook Live every weekday morning this week around 9 a.m. prepping our dinner for that evening. If you want to join us live, I’d love to have you do so!
  2. Every day at 2 p.m., I’ll send out an email with the video for that day’s recipe, the recipe I made, plus some menu-planning tips and money-saving suggestions. There will be a lot of things that I’ll only be sharing in the email (I won’t be posting them here), so if you don’t want to miss out, be sure to sign up to get my emails here.
  3. You can also interact on the Facebook Group every day and share what you are making for dinner, if you’d like!
  4. I’ll be using the Eat at Home Menu Plans for this week’s menu plan. I love these menu plans because you get 4 different meal plans in two different sizes and you get a color-coded grocery list. Plus, they are on sale for as low as $1.13 per week. (I’ll share more details in the coming days!)

I shared my menu plan for this week and the grocery list in the email I sent out to the Eat at Home email list. (Not on that list? Sign up here.)

We went to Aldi and bought everything we needed for these recipes. We also picked up some other items we needed (milk, juice, half & half, blueberries for $1.29, apples for $1.49, and frozen veggies).

We already have quite a few staple items on hand (cereal, lunch stuff, snack stuff, etc.) and I already have some ground beef on hand that I’m going to use for the meatballs instead of buying pre-made meatballs.

Our total for all these groceries was $75.01 — and that (combined with what we already have on hand) should cover all of our breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks this week.

A Few Important Notes:

If you follow here on MoneySavingMom.com, you know that I typically buy what’s on sale, what’s marked down, and what I can get on a really great deal with coupons. So we typically have a lot groceries on hand and that’s what I usually plan our menus based upon.

But for this week, since I know most of you probably don’t have a big stockpile of items and you might also not have time to be using coupons or hunting down the best deals and markdowns multiple times per week, I wanted to show you a more realistic look at how you can buy your groceries and not spend a huge amount of money at the store. 

If we were to have bought a few boxes of cereal for breakfasts, eggs, some lunchmeat, some bread, maybe a few items for snacks, and a few other necessities, we still could have bought everything needed for all of our meals and spent $125 or less.

You might have different stores and different prices, but planning a menu based upon fairly inexpensive ingredients, spending a little time in the kitchen everyday, and basing your snacks and sides upon what’s on sale (we just bought the fruit that was on sale and will eat a lot of apples and blueberries this week!), you can keep it simple and keep your grocery budget low!

What I Made Today

Today’s recipe was All Day Beef Stew. I made it in the crockpot and set it on low and used the timer feature to set the timer for 7 hours. Kathrynne has a basketball game tonight so we probably won’t be home until 7:30 p.m.

When the timer goes off on the crockpot, it will just stay on warm and will be ready for us when we walk in the door! We’re going to serve it with crackers and cheese that I already had on hand and some sliced apples.

You can watch me make the recipe live below:

And here’s what the final product looked like before I cooked it:

I’ll let you know tomorrow what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy — and it was so simple to make!

Thanks for joining me in this challenge. If you want to share what you cooked today, head over here to the Facebook Group and leave a comment and tell us!

Looking for some inspiration to eat at home more often?

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

Eat at Home is a menu-planning service designed to make getting dinner on the table much easier every night. It was a service created by Tiffany, a mom of 4 who loves to cook and loves to gather her family around the table, but has found that if she doesn’t have a quick and easy plan, it’s hard to make that happen.

How Does the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service Work?

The Eat at Home menu-planning service is an incredible way to help you save time and save money. You don’t have to worry about planning menus OR grocery list, because Tiffany does all of that for you as part of the menu-planning service.

She has designed it specifically with busy families in mind and the menu plans offer:

The recipes can all be fixed quickly, with only a few minutes of hands-on prep. Because the recipes use common pantry ingredients, it’s likely that you have everything you need to make many of the recipes.

It’s so convenient because all the work is done for you! You just choose which menu plan you’ll use, print the grocery list, go shopping, and then spend a few minutes prepping food each day and dinner is D-O-N-E!

When you sign up for the plan (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

  • An entire money of No Flour, No Sugar menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions (this is my favorite!)
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let Eat at Home do the work for you.

This week only, when you sign up for their plan (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan, you can get 30% off through January 14, 2019 by using coupon code NEW at checkout!)

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all four plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

Go sign up for this incredible menu-planning service here!

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)
Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.

I spent $58.91 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.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

After going over budget last week, I was super extra careful to make sure to stay in budget — and I ended up being over $10 under budget!

Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

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

It was a rather rough start of the week for me for a lot of reasons and I felt pretty emotionally and physically spent, so finding these flowers marked down to $1 was just the perfect boost of happy for me. And they’ve made me so happy to look at all week long!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Cashback earned this week: $0.35 from Ibotta for submitting my receipt and buying cake mix and 50 points for submitting my two receipts to Fetch rewards.

Total spent this week: $58.91

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 with Avocados/Cheese/Salsa, Yogurt, Oatmeal, Hard Boiled Eggs, Banana Bread

Lunches:

  • Banana Bread, Cheese/Crackers, Avocados, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies & Jesse took the kids out to lunch one day to celebrate the end of school and I went to Panera by myself for lunch on my offline day to plan and read and just soak up some quiet — it was amazing!)

Snacks:

  • Yogurt, Cheese/Crackers, Popcorn, Peppers, Cookies

Dinners — we had so little variety in our dinners this week that I’m almost embarrassed to share this and I also realized that we had pork every single night — oops! But here goes…

  • Saturday: Dinner out
  • Sunday: Fend For Yourself — snack-y food and leftovers
  • Monday: Sausage/Potatoes/Peppers in the crock pot, mango, banana bread
  • Tuesday:  Pork Roast, Scalloped Potatoes, Salad + snacks at a school Christmas Program
  • Wednesday: Pork Roast, Salad, Mangoes & Pomegranates
  • Thursday: Pork Roast, Twice Baked Potatoes, Salad, Pomegranates
  • Friday: Sausage/Potatoes/Peppers in the crock pot, Salad

There you have it! I hope that was helpful and inspiring… or at least caused you to feel a little better about the meals you made for your family this week! 😉