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.
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If you remember from last week, I spent $59 on groceries last week. So I had a little extra to spend on groceries this week. Plus, Kroger had sent me a $7 off $70 coupon in a mailer — so that helped me stretch the grocery budget even more this week!
I was excited about a strawberry deal! The best deal is always when I can get them for $0.99 at Aldi, but I’ll take 3 for $5!
Since Jesse, Kathrynne, and Kaitlynn are in Florida this week (for school trips) and my book launches next week, my mom is here helping with Kierstyn while I do a lot of different interviews for book launch. My mom was the one who first inspired me to love salads, so I bought lots of ingredients for salads this week!
I was so excited to find cheese marked down! That is a rare thing at our store!
And I was going to buy some Goldfish since they were supposed to be $0.99 when you bought five or more participating items… but then I found some for $0.39!!
Kroger Shopping Trip
- 3 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal — $1.49 each when you buy 5 or more participating items
- Instant Oatmeal — $1.49, used $0.40 mailer coupon = $1.09
- Crackers — on closeout for $0.69
- Mott’s Fruit Snacks — $1.49 when you buy 5 or more participating items
- 3 bags Goldfish — $0.39 each when you buy 5 or more participating items
- Oral B Toothbrush — $1
- Crackers — on closeout for $0.87
- 3 2-pack Gerber baby food — marked down to $0.49 each
- 2 packs yeast — marked down to $0.49 each
- Craisins — $1.59 when you buy 5 or more participating items
- Rice — $0.89
- Peanut Butter — $1.50
- Parmesan cheese — marked down to $1.79
- Brown Cow yogurt — marked down to $1.99
- 4 bags frozen veggies — $1 each — used 2 $0.50/2 coupons = $0.75 each
- BodyArmour Drink — $1.50 (I messed up and didn’t get the Edge drink — this was supposed to be $0.50
- Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49
- Flour — $1.49
- Cottage Cheese — $1.25
- Apple Juice — $1.50
- 4 Salad Kits — marked down to $1.69 each
- Greens — marked down to $2.49
- Bananas — marked down to $1.29
- Apples — marked down to $0.99
- Oats — $2.69
- Milk — $2.49
- Spring Mix — marked down to $1.69
- Romaine Lettuce — $1.29
- Mushrooms — marked down to $1.19
- Cauliflower — marked down to $0.99
- Eggs – $2.79
- Triscuits — $1.49
- Cheese — marked down to $3.29
- Bread — $1.99
- Bread — $1.39
- Bork — marked down to $4.49
- 3 packages strawberries — $5
- Spinach — marked down to $2.49
- Granola Bars — used free coupon sent in a mailer
- Used $7 off $70 coupon
- Total with tax: $74.81
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Rachel R. says
so fun to find so many blessings! I switched up which day/time I normally shop this week, and found so many good sales/clearance items too.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that around spring break that bread/fresh meat goes on sale by us as there are not as many buyers.
Crystal Paine says
Oh yay for good sales/clearance!! And that is such a great tip about bread and meat around Spring Break. I’d never thought of that being the case!
If half of your family was away for the week shouldn’t you have cut your budget in half?
Good week to stockpile so future weeks can cost less!
Crystal Paine says
I typically buy a lot of stuff for future weeks, so while most of the salad stuff was for this week, a lot of the other items were for future weeks. That said, my mom is staying with us for the whole week and Kathrynne is only gone for part of the week, so it’s not that big of a difference people-wise here. 🙂 The beauty of budgeting is that we get to choose what works best for our families… maybe some families would cut their grocery bill in half on a week like this, but I see it as a great opportunity to buy ahead a little more for future weeks!
Danielle Spears says
I love seeing what you all buy each week. I’m a little frustrated and jealous of all your mark downs. I’ve never had a Kroger near me that ever had that great or many markdowns. Do you go at a specific day/time? I know typically the produce has a quick expiration date. How do you use it all up in time?
Crystal Paine says
I’ve found that it just really depends from store to store and day to day. So there’s not necessarily a time or day that I consistently find great markdowns. I try to be very careful to only buy what I know we’ll use or can freeze before it goes bad… which is why I often leave lots of markdowns on the shelves!