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Brigette’s $79 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family!


2 gallons Whole Milk – $2.90

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.39

1 32-oz carton Plain Greek Yogurt – $2.39

2 5-lb bags Flour – $2.30

5 bags frozen Broccoli Florets – $4.25

1 bag frozen Blueberries – $1.79

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.65

1 5-lb bag Golden Potatoes – $2.89

2 cans Green Beans – $0.76

1 carton Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

1 bag Limes – $1.59

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.49

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.19

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.09

1 bag fresh Cilantro – $0.79

2 bags fresh Green Beans – $3.18

1 pkg fresh Broccoli Crowns – $1.90

1 10-lb Russet Potatoes – $3.99

4 cans Nothern Beans – $1.56

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.49

1-lb Sausage – $1.89

2 16-oz bags Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $5.10

2 8-oz pkgs Sliced Cheese – $2.50

6 individual cartons Greek Yogurt – $3.54

1 can Whipped Dairy Topping – $2.89

3 dozen Eggs – $2.40

1 jar Salsa – $0.89

1 pkg Taco Mix – $0.29

1 jar Garlic Powder – $0.59

1 jar Onion Powder – $0.59

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.75

1 bag Hint of Lime Chips – $1.69

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.59

Total: $72.78

Harris Teeter

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.64

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $1.78

2 boxes Quaker Chewy Granola Bars – $3.34, used $1.00/2 printable, plus receive $1.00 rebate – $1.34/2 boxes

1 Peanut Butter – $0.99

1 Life Cereal – $2.74, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled), plus receive $0.75 rebate – $0.49 after coupon and rebate

2 boxes Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats – $3.98, used $1.00/2 printable, plus receive $0.90/2 rebate and $1.00/2 rebate – $1.08/2 boxes after coupon and rebates

2 boxes Annie’s Mac and Cheese – $2.00, used $1.00/2 printable – $1.00/2 after coupon

Plus receive $0.25 off any receipt from Ibotta

Total after Coupons and Rebates $7.07

Grocery Total for the Week: $79.85

Weekly Menu Plan


Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Cereal, Toast, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Yogurt, Fruit, Smoothies, Veggie Omelets, Oatmeal


Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese, Cucumbers, Oranges x 2

Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, Apples, Mini Peppers x 2

Leftovers x 3


Ham and Bean Soup, World’s Best Honey Cornbread, Broccoli

Date Night (kids eat Mac and Cheese)

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Easy Whole Wheat Bread

Hamburgers (half ground beef and half ground venison), Baked Potato Fries, Tossed Salad, Grilled Cauliflower

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Build-Your-Own-Burrito (Seasoned Ground Venison, Shredded Romaine, Rice, Shredded Cheese, Chopped Cilantro, Limes, Salsa), Chips and Salsa, Broccoli

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, Green Beans, Biscuits

ButcherBox Discount Code: FREE Game Day Bundle (Ribs, Pork, & Bacon!!)

Have you been wanting to give ButcherBox a try? If so, don’t miss this ButcherBox discount code to get a FREE Game Day Bundle in your first box!!

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After doing my ButcherBox review last year, SO many of you were excited about trying ButcherBox and asked me if there’d be more discount codes in the future.

And I have GREAT news!! They’re offering a new deal to get 3 FREE cuts of meat right now!

ButcherBox Discount Code: FREE Game Day Bundle

ButcherBox is running a special deal through February 7, 2021. When you sign up to try ButcherBox, you’ll get a FREE Game Day Bundle of Meat — which includes three FREE cuts of meat! You’ll receive a rack of St. Louis ribs, a pack of pulled pork, and a pack of bacon — all for FREE in your first box.

Just go HERE, enter your email address, and click on the “claim offer” button to get the ButcherBox discount code automatically added to your order. (For more detailed instructions on how to go through the checkout process, see below!)

ButcherBox discount code with different box choices

How to Sign Up for ButcherBox

If you’d like to sign up and take advantage of this deal, just follow these instructions!

After claiming your FREE Game Day Bundle offer, you’ll be taken to the sign-up page, where you can choose between five different types of boxes:

I recommend doing a custom box because it allows you to customize the meat that they send and you are able to get exactly what you know you will use.

ButcherBox pricing options

Once you choose which box you’d like, then you pick your monthly box size. You can choose between a Classic Box ($128-$149/month) or a Big Box ($238-270/month). The price varies depending upon which type of meat box you chose.

meat choices

After you’ve chosen your box size, then you can customize what they will send you. I like that you can see exactly what your options are and you can figure out how to get the best bang for your buck!

Then, just input your payment information and you’re done.

If you’re still hesitant about signing up with ButcherBox, be sure to read my honest ButcherBox review! It goes into more details, plus you’ll get my honest thoughts on the quality of meat and our overall experience.

Go here to get started with ButcherBox and take advantage of this deal.

Free LEGO® Life Magazine Subscription! {Great Valentine’s Day or Easter Gift Idea}

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If you have kids who love all things LEGO®, did you know you can sign them up for a completely free LEGO® magazine subscription?! This makes our list of the top magazine subscriptions for kids!

{Don’t forget to check out our LEGO Gift Guide and all the recent LEGO Deals!}

Free LEGO Life Magazine Subscription for Kids!

Free LEGO® Magazine Subscription

If you have kids who loves LEGOS, I just wanted to remind you about this great FREEBIE!

Did you know you can sign up for a completely free LEGO® magazine subscription?! There are no strings attached and it’s 100% free!

(Well, other than the fact that there’s definitely some marketing and advertising built into each issue about the newest kits coming out…so your kids might get really excited about new LEGO® sets that are on the horizon! ;))

Your first issue will arrive within 6-16 weeks. While the first issue won’t arrive in time for Valentine’s Day, you can always print a photo of the magazine cover and attach a little love note for your child! Or order it for an Easter basket stuffer!

building LEGOS

What is LEGO® Life Magazine?

This magazine used to be called LEGO® Club Magazine but in recent years has rebranded to LEGO® Life Magazine.

It’s designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 9 years old. And after providing your child’s birth date, they will receive this FREE magazines 4 times per year until they are no longer within the age limit window. (And after that, they can download the free LEGO® Life app to use!)

Each issue is filled with stories, activities, posters, comics, contests, creative building ideas, and more!

Kids can even submit their own creations to possibly appear in the magazine!

Kid Holding LEGO Magazine

Our Kids Loved LEGO® Magazine

When they were younger, our kids absolutely loved this magazine.

It was always one of their very favorite magazines to get in the mail, and it was SO fun for them to get some of their own snail mail!

I have fond memories of our three older kids pouring over the latest LEGO® issue and reading it from cover to cover — especially Kathrynne!

This magazine provided hours of entertainment for all of our kids without spending a dime!

free LEGO® magazine subscription

Go here to sign your kid up for a FREE subscription!

Exclusive 20% Discount on H&R Block Online Tax Filing!

Want to save money on filing your taxes? Don’t miss this deal to get 20% off with H&R Block this tax season!

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Make Tax Prep Easier This Year

It’s hard to believe, but tax season is already upon us! If this time of year tends to overwhelm you, be sure to check out H&R Block Online Tax Filing.

H&R Block’s goal is to make filing your taxes easier, less time consuming, and more affordable. And you can file anywhere, on any device, at any time! Online tax prep is super convenient, especially this year if you’re trying to stay at home more often.

H&R Block offers four different online products you can choose from, depending on your needs. And be sure to check if you qualify for FREE filing, because more people can file for FREE with H&R Block than with the TurboTax Free Edition, including students and parents.

If you need a little bit of extra help when doing your own taxes, you can even add support from a tax expert at any point during the process! On-demand chat, screen share, and unlimited help are also available.

One of H&R Block’s highest priorities is transparency — so you’ll always know upfront exactly how much you’ll be paying for your online tax preparation. If your price changes for any reason during the tax preparation process, you’ll immediately be notified.

Save On H&R Block Online Tax Filing

Want to try one of H&R Block’s online products this year? I’ve got an exclusive discount for you!

Right now H&R Block is offering our readers an extra 20% off their online products.

Just click here to browse the options and find the right fit for you at a discounted price!

How to Love Someone You Disagree With

Recently, on Instagram, I got asked the following question, “How do you handle friendships and disrespect in this political turmoil and pandemic.” I shared the slide above to answer it, but I had so many more thoughts swirling in my head as I wrote the answer that I realized it would be the perfect topic to tackle more in-depth in a podcast episode.

So this week on the podcast, Jesse and I share what we have learned and are learning about how to love someone you disagree with and how not to ruin relationships because of differing opinions.

In addition, we talk about new recipes Jesse is trying using duck, granola and Greek yogurt, wearing real PJs, my habit tracker, a book I loved recently, a funny story about mispronouncing words, and what Jesse has been reading.

In This Episode: 

[01:47] Duck poppers are saving Jesse’s life this week. They were so good!

[05:38] Granola and greek yogurt are saving my life these days.

[07:08] Why I’ve been trying to wear real pajamas to bed.

[09:18] I posted about my habit tracker and came to find out… Jesse was right.

[11:35] I have been reading/listening to We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter.

[15:53] A quick story about how I used to pronounce Yosemite.

[16:58] Jesse has been reading SOG by John Plaster.

[17:53] The question that inspired this episode.

[19:27] There is so much fear circulating in the world causing us to feel reactionary.

[21:06] Then to add on top of the fear is the nature of conversations on social media.

[23:28] We often lose so much context and empathy by not having face-to-face conversations.

[26:22] Why you need to listen with a heart to understand the other person.

[28:07] Don’t make sweeping generalizations.

[30:00] Always remember to care about the person more than you care about their opinion.

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

A Peek Into Last Week (+ my goals!)

Welcome to my weekly update post where I share my weekly goals each week. These goals are based (somewhat) on my yearly goals for 2021, with some extras thrown in depending upon the week and what other short-term goals I have.

But first, a little peek into last week…

She is obsessed with going up the stairs right now… and is getting better and better at going down the stairs!

We got to babysit for him two days last week. He is just growing and learning so much! We are so proud of him and how far he has come. He’s thriving with his mom and we are just so grateful for the gift of continuing to be involved in his life.

Did you check out my $68 Grocery Shopping Trip from last week? I shared lots of in-store pictures this week!

Also, don’t miss my post on the 12 Books I Plan to Read to Kierstyn.

From My Heart…

I walked out to the kitchen to see him feeding her oatmeal for breakfast and reading the Bible to her.

This a picture of who this man is. Day in and day out. He selflessly gives to serve our family.

From the time I was a baby, my parents prayed for my spouse. I don’t know all of the specific prayers they prayed, but I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that God has answered those prayers abundantly in this man.

Jesse: You are one of God’s greatest gifts to me! Your self-sacrificial love is a continual reminder to me of how much I am loved by God.

Thank you for loving me on the good days and on the bad days. Thank you for choosing to stay when it would have been much more convenient to leave. Thank you for committing to love me — even on the days when I’m not very likable at all.

Thank you for listening to me, praying for and with me, pointing me to Jesus, and making me laugh. The past 18 years have been a way wilder ride than either of could have imagined when we stood at the altar and said “I do” but there’s no one else I’d rather be on this adventure with than you!

I love you — and happy anniversary!

And now, onto my goals update…

Last Week’s Goals

Personal Goals

1. Log 8,000 steps/day = 56,000 steps for the week.

2. Finish 2 books: We Were the Lucky Ones + Something Needs to Change.

3. Fill out my habit tracker every day.

Home/Family Goals

4. Read 10 pages of A Boy’s War as a family. Finish reading Charlotte’s Web to Kierstyn.

5. Whole House Clean Out spaces to go through/organize/declutter: Laundry room, bedside table, kitchen cupboards.

Work/Blog Goals

6. Finish all the content and emails for the 10 Days to Be a Happier Mom Challenge.

7. Write a post on the books I plan to read to Kierstyn in 2021.

8. Write a post on how I use my Habit Tracker.

9. Put together details for my book launch team.

10. Film the trailer for my book promo.

Fun Goals

11. Get a manicure with a friend.

12. Do a craft project.

This Week’s Goals

Personal Goals

1. Log 8,000 steps/day = 56,000 steps for the week.

2. Finish 3 books: The Water Keeper, The Things We Cannot Say, and Made Like Martha.

3. Fill out my habit tracker every day.

Home/Family Goals

4. Read 10 pages of A Boy’s War as a family. Read 5 chapters of The Trumpet of the Swan to Kierstyn.

5. Whole House Clean Out spaces to go through/organize/declutter: Pantry, under kitchen sink area, drawers in kitchen.

Work/Blog Goals

6. Run the live coaching event for the 10 Days to Be a Happier Mom group.

7. Write a post on the books I’ve read so far in January.

8. Record 8 hours of the audiobook narration for my new book.

Fun Goals

9. Have a family game night.

10. Do a craft project.

What’s on your list of goals for this week? I’d love to hear — and help keep you accountable!