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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Did you get your free Creamette Thick & Hearty Pasta at Kroger? We already have a lot of pasta, but I couldn’t pass up free pasta!
Here’s what I bought at Kroger this past week:
Kroger Shopping Trip #1:
- 4 boxes of Creamette Thick & Hearty pasta — on sale for $1 each, used $2/4 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.50 each + get $2 back from iBotta = Free after coupon and cashback
- 5 boxes of Kroger Instant Oatmeal — on sale for $1.49 each, used $0.50/1 Kroger coupon (could be used up to 5 times) = $0.99 each after coupon
- 2 packages of Simple Truth Ground Turkey — marked down to $2.79 each
- Kroger pork tenderloin — marked down to $3.49
- Kroger spinach — $1.59
- Kroger Asian Salad Kit — marked down to $1.49
- 3 dozen Cage-Free Brown Eggs — marked down to $1.19 each
- 3 loaves bread — marked down to $1.79 each
- Salad Kit — marked down to $1.49
- Bananas — marked down to $0.39/lb. = $2.06
- Kroger Juice — $2.49
- Kroger half & half — $1.79
- Kroger milk — $2.49
- Deerpark Water — $3.34 — used FREE coupon
- Total with tax: $40.96
Kroger shopping trip #2:
- 5 packages of Smithfield bacon — on sale for $2.99 each with Friday-Saturday Kroger coupon
- 1 bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
- 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
- 2 bags of King Arthur Flour — $2.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
- 3 bottles of Suave shampoo/conditioner — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
- Total with tax: $27.49
I was hungry for Lasagna one day, so I got creative with what we had on hand. And mixed a pound of ground beef (from the freezer) with a can of tomatoes I had in the pantry.
I also had some cottage cheese in the freezer, so I mixed that with an egg, some salt and pepper and basil, and mozzarella cheese I had in the freezer.
And then I layered that with noodles and the meat sauce and topped it off with cheese… for a Lasagna-ish casserole! 🙂
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.
- Brought to church brunch on Sunday: Egg Casserole & Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
- Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Hard Boiled Eggs, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Bacon, Bananas
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grapefruit, Avocados, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salads, Leftovers, Oranges, Apples, Cookies
- Oranges, Cookies, Bananas, Grapefruit, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Sunday — Fend for yourself
- Monday — Turkey Meatballs, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Salad
- Tuesday — Italian Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas
- Wednesday — Italian Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas
- Thursday — Lasagna Casserole, Peas
- Friday — Leftovers/Fend for yourself
- Saturday — Frozen Pizza, Apples
Total spent on groceries: $68.45
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