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Gretchen’s $86 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5


1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.59

2 bags Frozen Tilapia – $3.79 each

1 bag Frozen Blueberries – $3.49

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $1.89

1 gallon Milk – $2.25

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 dozen Eggs – $1.03

1 bag Flour – $1.15

1 box Saltines – $0.75

1 box Honey Crunch Cereal – $1.29

1 Chocolate Puffs Cereal – $1.29

1 Balance Squares Cereal – $1.69

1 box Cheese Crackers – $2.85

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

6 Yogurts – $0.32 each

2 cans Tuna – $0.65 each

1 lb Oven Roasted Turkey – $4.29

1 carton Organic Greek Yogurt – $5.29 (I did NOT realize this was so expensive. It was marked as $2.29 and I didn’t realize it rang up so expensive until after I got home.)

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

2 boxes Organic Mac & Cheese – $1.15 each

2.06 lbs Bananas – $1.35

1 Pasta Sauce – $0.85

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 Grape Jelly – $1.19

1 can Refried Beans – $0.69

1 Natural Peanut Butter – $1.19

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.92

1 box Organic Spring Mix – $3.59

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 bag Shredded Cheese – $2.75

1 Cinnamon Bagels – $1.49

1 Celery – $1.25

1 Carrots – $1.29

1 bag Spinach – $1.19

1 bag Mandarins – $2.99

1 bag Tomatoes – $2.98

1 Seedless Cucumber – $1.29

2.49 lbs Red Grapes – $3.46

3 Avocados – $0.39 each

1 loaf White Bread – $0.59

1 loaf Wheat Bread – $0.55

Total: $86.42

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal, Bagels, Fruit Smoothies, Eggs, Yogurt


Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches x2, Turkey Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Veggies, Hard Boiled Eggs/Veggies/Cheese, Leftovers


Out of town

Chicken & Rice

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Steamed Peas

Grilled Tilapia, Homemade Bread, Tossed Salad

Bean Burritos, Chips & Homemade Guac

Tossed Salad Bar with Grilled Chicken, Banana Muffins

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

I’m giving away 100 copies of my audiobook (today only!)

It’s just two weeks from today that my new book, Love-Centered Parenting, releases! I’m so excited!!

Remember when I recently went and narrated the audiobook version of Love-Centered Parenting? Since then, so many of you have asked when it will be available. The answer is very soon. However, I have a special opportunity for you today…

Many of you have said that you really, really want to get the audiobook of Love-Centered Parenting as you are not really a book person. Well, I talked to my publisher and they have given me permission to give away 100 copies of the audiobook to you to people who pre-order Love-Centered Parenting today.

If you’ve been on the fence about pre-ordering, today is the day to order! Not only is the book on the lowest price it’s been on both Amazon and, but when you pre-order today, you’ll be entered to win a free audiobook. And since I’m giving away 100 audiobooks, you have a really high chance of winning!

Plus, when you order today, you’ll also get access to my 5 Days to Yell Less and Love More Challenge. It’s free to anyone who pre-orders. (Make sure to sign up here after you pre-order to get this freebie!)

How to Win a Free Audiobook of Love-Centered Parenting

Want to get in on this really special offer? Here’s how to enter to win one of the 100 free audiobooks:

1. Pre-order a copy of Love-Centered Parenting today from any retailer. (Yes, your invoice must be dated with March 2, 2021).

2. Send a copy of your invoice to me (

3. You’re entered and I’ll let you know by tomorrow if you won! (The 100 winners will receive instructions on how to download the audiobook as soon as it is released!)

4. Make sure to also fill out this form to get access to the free pre-order bonus: 5 Days to Yell Less and Love More.

THANK YOU so much for supporting this book launch! You have no idea how much it means to me — and how much of a difference it makes for marketing and sales for you all to be pre-ordering the book!

P.S. I have two other fun surprises coming for everyone who pre-orders any time before the release date. Stay tuned for more details coming on those soon!

Last Week’s $59.29 Shopping Trip

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of six (two adults, two teens, a pre-teen, and a baby). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, feminine products, etc.). Jesse and I usually eat lunch at home. The kids have lunch at school.

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

Three ways we save a lot of money on groceries is by sticking with simple meals, planning our menu based upon what’s on sale at the store and what we have on hand, and making creative substitutions. For instance, I can often get pasta and pasta sauce on great sales. When I find a deal on cheese and cottage cheese, we make Lasagna Casserole (or Baked Ziti, as some people call it.)

I made Chicken Stuffing Casserole for dinner one night last week because I had gotten chicken and frozen veggies on sale and had stuffing that I’d gotten marked down. I didn’t have any sour cream or plain or greek yogurt so I subbed half & half instead. It worked!

I was so excited about this deal on fresh asparagus! We’re going to have roasted asparagus as sides for some of our dinners this week!

Kroger Shopping Trip

Here’s what I got at Kroger this week:

  • 2 Gerber Baby Food — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Comforts Baby Food — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 cans tomato sauce — marked down to $0.19 each
  • 2 packets of yeast — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 1 can tomatoes — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 bags frozen green beans — $1 each
  • Yoplait yogurt — $0.60
  • Moosetracks yogurt — marked down to $0.39
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • Brown Cow yogurt — marked down to $1.99
  • 2 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 2 snack tracks of shrimp and crab — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal — $1.49 each
  • Izzio Multigrain Bread — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Wesson Oil — $1.99
  • 2 lbs. butter — on sale for $1.99 each
  • Meatloaf — $2.49 (marked down to $3.49 + $1 off because it was part of the Buy 5 or More Participating Items, Get $1 off each)
  • Stirfry Kit — marked down to $2.49
  • 4 Butterball Turkey Sausages — $1.49 each
  • Milk — $2.89
  • Nectarines — $1.33
  • Peaches — $1.25
  • Bananas — $0.94
  • Romaine Lettuce — $1.79
  • 3 bunches asparagus — $2.29
  • Grapes — $4.26
  • Potatoes — $2.79
  • Total with tax: $59.29

Menu Plan Ideas

Be sure to follow along on Instagram Stories to see what I’m cooking every day. I’ll likely change a few of these things up! We’ll see!)

Breakfast Ideas: Cereal/Milk, Baked Oatmeal, Eggs

Lunch Ideas: Salad, Leftovers, Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese (The kids eat lunch at school during the week.)

Dinner Ideas:

  • Stirfry with Noodles
  • Change Your Life Chicken
  • Sausage/Potatoes/Onions
  • Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Frozen Veggies
  • Waffles, Eggs, Sausage
  • Leftovers/Fend For Yourself
  • Dinner out

Want to learn some of my best tips and tricks for cutting your grocery bill? Sign up here for my FREE tip sheet on how to cut your grocery bill by $50 this week.

ButcherBox Discount Code: FREE Ground Beef for Life!!

Have you been wanting to give ButcherBox a try? If so, don’t miss this ButcherBox discount code to get FREE ground beef for life!!

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ButcherBox Discount Code: Free Ground Beef for Life

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 one of their BEST deals right now — FREE ground beef for LIFE!

meat in a pan

ButcherBox Discount Code: FREE Ground Beef for Life

ButcherBox is running a special deal through April 5th, 2021. When you sign up to try ButcherBox, you’ll get 2 pounds of FREE Ground Beef — not just in your first box, but in every single box for the remainder of your subscription!

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 Ground Beef 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.

ButcherBox Grass-Fed Ground Beef

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

A Peek Into the Last Two Weeks + my goals for this week

We were snowed/iced in almost all of last week! Not only did the kids have fun playing in the snow (see below), but we also made lots of yummy food — like this Magical Molten Chocolate Cake.

“If you could go back and tell your younger self a message, what would you say?” An interviewer asked me this question recently as I was recording a podcast for my upcoming book release.

I knew immediately what I would say: If I could go back almost 15 years ago to my 25-year-old self, I’d look her in the eye and tell her gently: “You are loved more wholeheartedly and fully by God than you can imagine. You don’t have to try harder, be more, do more, or achieve more to attain His love. You are enough in Him. You are already — as @jenniferdukeslee says — ‘pre-approved’. When God looks at you, He sees a beautiful creation made in His image.

“You can stop beating yourself up over where you have failed. You can lay down that heavy burden of guilt you’ve been carrying around that you’re not doing enough. And instead, you can rest and receive His love for you.

“Someday, you are going to begin to understand the depths of His love for you. Someday, you are going to start to grasp the glorious grace of the Gospel and how it’s not just for the future but also for the very real real and messy of the present every day. And when you begin to understand this, it’s going to change your life — and give you more freedom and joy than you ever dreamed was possible!”

I didn’t quite say it that eloquently on the interview, but I hope my heart and message shown through: understanding and living as loved has radically changed my life!

If you could go back 15 years, what would you tell your younger self? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Note: If you want to hear more about this journey I’ve been on to live as loved, be sure to pre-order a copy of my new book, Love-Centered Parenting (available from Amazon,, &

I got a new Rocksbox set in the mail! Have you ordered your free set yet?

Kaitlynn fixed her hair into a ponytail one day! She has the sweetest personality and has really started communicating and it’s just the best!

We made a batch of Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists together.

This batch might not look that pretty, but it sure was yummy!

We could not believe how much snow we ended up getting!

The view outside my office window one day last week!

She was not a fan of sitting in the snow!

But as long as she was held, she enjoyed it!

All the neighbor kids had the best time sledding and building snow men and playing in the snow for hours while we were all snowed in. It was so fun to see kids of all ages come together outdoors and have fun together!

After a long break from figure skating, Kaitlynn decided recently that she wanted to go back to it! It means some early, early mornings at the rink before school, but she’s loving it and is quickly getting her jumps back (she almost landed 4 fully-rotated axels yesterday!)

Kierstyn has been going with Kaitlynn and me on Saturdays to the rink. She loves watching the skaters — especially the young ones!

Silas’ team just wrapped up their final basketball games of the season. They ended up losing most of their games, but they played hard and learned so much character in the process!

In contrast to last week’s snow, it was almost 70 degrees today, so we took Kierstyn out to play out in the grass. I think it was her first time to be sitting with bare feet in the grass and she loved it. I’m excited for warmer temperatures ahead so that she can enjoy lots of time outside in the coming weeks and months!

The biggest event of the past two weeks was Kathrynne’s baptism. Our church held a smaller baptism service on Wednesday night at youth group and each baptismal candidate got their own tank! Kathrynne bravely shared her testimony of putting her faith in Jesus and was baptized in front of a room full of young people. (Watch a short video clip here. And yes, we celebrate baptisms big at our church — including with confetti and cowbells!!)

She asked me to prepare something to share before she was baptized and, with lots of emotion and tears (my heart felt it might burst!), here’s what I shared:

“Over 16 years ago, you came into this world and we gave you the name Kathrynne Elizabeth. Kathrynne means pure and Elizabeth means gift of God.

Our heart’s desire for you since birth was for you to live a life that points others to Jesus — a pure gift of God to the world.

Tonight, you are publicly professing your faith in Jesus and your desire to honor Him with your life. We couldn’t be more proud of you and the young woman of God you are becoming.

In the days, weeks, months, and years to come, there will be times when you will be tempted to choose things that dishonor the Lord and don’t bring glory to Him.

Our prayer is that you will remember tonight in those moments and remember your desire to publicly identify with Christ. It might not be cool to do so. It might mean that you are the only one who is choosing not to do something that everyone else is. It might mean that people misunderstand you or even make fun of you.

But I can promise you this: you will never, ever regret your decision to honor the Lord and choose to glorify Him with your life.

We love you and we will always be standing on the sidelines and cheering you on your journey of faith!”

This Week’s Goals

Personal Goals

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

2. Finish 3 books: Praying Women, Growing Slow, and Can’t Steal My Joy.

3. Fill out my habit tracker every day.

Home/Family Goals

4. Read 10 pages of A Boy’s War as a family. Read 10 chapters of The BFG aloud to Kirerstyn.

Work/Blog Goals

5. Set up live event for my book launch night. (More details coming!)

Fun Goals

6. Have an At-Home Date with Jesse (we’re going to use one of the Date Night in a Box Kits we got from Happily.)

How are things at your house? Did you get snow? I’d love to hear if there were any highlights (or hard things) in the past two weeks. Tell us in the comments!

Brigette’s $76 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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!


1 64-oz carton Orange Juice – $1.59

1 gallon 1% Milk – $1.47

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.47

6 pkgs frozen Broccoli Florets – $5.10

1 bag frozen Mixed Vegetables – $0.75

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.65

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

1 carton Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

2 Avocados – $0.66

2 Cauliflower – $4.38

2 pkgs Romaine Hearts – $4.38

1 pkg Zucchini – $2.00

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks ($0.79/lb) – $5.13

1 3-lb bag frozen Tilapia Fillets – $3.79

1 box frozen Corn Dogs – $1.99

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.49

1 pkg Pepperoni – $2.19

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1-lb Sausage – $1.99

1 pkg 8-oz Sliced Cheese – $1.25

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.49

4 single-serving cartons Greek Yogurt – $2.20

1 16-oz bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.55

1 16-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.55

1 jar Pancake Syrup – $0.99

1 5-lb bag Flour – $1.15

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.45

1 bag Powdered Sugar – $1.29

1 tub Vanilla Ice Cream – $1.85

1 box Frosted Shredded Wheat – $1.07

2 boxes Balance Squares – $3.38

1 40-oz jar Creamy Peanut Butter – $2.25

1 bag Nacho Chips – $0.75

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.75

1 box Clubhouse Crackers – $1.79

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.59

2 loaves Sandwich Bread – $1.10

Grocery Total for the Week: $76.85

Weekly Menu Plan


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

Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit, Smoothies

~ Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Bacon (Birthday Breakfast for my 7-yr old)


Corn Dogs, Applesauce (Birthday Lunch)

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Cucumbers x 2

Peanut Butter and Crackers/Rice Cakes, Oranges, Carrots x 2

Leftovers x 2


Baked Tilapia, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Cake Pops and Ice Cream (Birthday Dinner)

Grilled Venison Burgers, Broccoli

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, Creamy Milk Rice, Grilled Zucchini

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Broccoli

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad

Build-Your-Own-Taco-Salad/Burrito (Seasoned Ground Venison, Shredded Lettuce, Mexican Rice, Shredded Cheese, Chopped Peppers, Avocado, Nacho Chips, Tortillas, Tomatoes, Salsa)

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli