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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.).

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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:

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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. ?


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


  • 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!)


  • 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! 😉

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  • Melie says:

    I’m also enjoying tulips this weekend! I found them marked down at Sprouts, and the checker ended up giving them to me for free and told me to grab a second package on my way out the door – they just wanted them gone. 🙂 I love our Sprouts.

  • Jennie says:

    Do you follow a recipe for the sausage, potatoes and peppers in the crockpot?

    I’ve fed my family frozen pizza for dinner several times this week. ?

  • Laura says:

    I’ve only been following your blog/instagram for little awhile but I just wanted to say thank you for being so real/down to earth and for posting your actual meals you ate. It may seem like a small thing but it helps to see what other “normal” people are eating, as a busy family with 3 kids (4th due next month) I feel so much “Pinterest pressure” to come up with fancy dinners and your blog is a breath of fresh air (not saying your meals aren’t delicious sounding, just meant realistic:)

  • Mel says:

    With 3 company dinner parties to attend with my husband this week, my kids have been living on pizza. When i do make it to the grocery store this time of year i seem to focus on holiday baking and entertaining and forget that my family still needs real food to eat!

  • Mary says:

    I wish a pork roast would last my family three nights! I’m actually making one today. On another note, I’ve been missing your Wednesday posts! When will you start those up again?

    • It was two big pork roasts (see my pictures) so that’s why it last longer. Plus, the one night they didn’t eat much because there were a lot of snacks at the Christmas party.

      The Wednesday posts were just for this past year. 🙂 I have new word and a bit of a new blogging schedule/plan in 2019 and am not taking Wednesdays off. More on that next week. I’m so glad you enjoyed those posts. I enjoyed getting to do them!

  • Mireille says:

    This week we had meatballs, pizza and chicken nuggets, none from scratch! ?. Been dealing with kids taking turns with the flu the past 2 weeks with baby having it now. Praying tomorrow is the end of it. And having healthier meals plans for this week!

  • Laura says:

    I made spaghetti with a $1.50 jar of sauce (I usually use a great recipe from my Italian friend) and $1 box of pasta. Everyone loved it! I forget that things don’t need to be fancy for my family to enjoy it.

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