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24 Oct 2020   ·   0

This week’s $66.61 grocery shopping trips

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family (two adults, two teenagers, one preteen, and two babies*). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunch for Jesse and me (the kids have lunches at school most days), snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

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

*Note: Champ’s formula is currently being covered by the state since he’s in foster care. Kierstyn is nursing, but we are supplementing with formula each day since my supply is low despite all my efforts to increase it. We have a separate budget for her formula. We also haven’t bought any diapers because friends have been so generous and have gifted us with so many diapers that we haven’t had to buy any yet! We may change the budget in the near future as the babies get older and their needs change. We’ll see!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a grocery post and I’ve missed getting to share these with you! I took a break from sharing these while I finished the final edits to my book and we focused on sharing all the deals leading up to and after Prime Days!

Here’s what we bought at the store this week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Romaine lettuce — $1.99
  • Bananas — $1.26
  • 2 Kroger Shredded Cheese — $2.29
  • 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Kroger cocoa — $2.19
  • Kroger oatmeal — $1.49, used $0.50/1 Kroger e-coupon = $0.99 after coupon
  • 5 boxes Quaker Granola Bars — $2.29 each, used $1/1 Kroger e-coupon = $1.29 each
  • Half & half — $1.99
  • 2 boxes Kroger cereal — $1.49 each
  • Water — $0.89
  • 4 pounds sausage — marked down to $1.89 each
  • Kozy pudding — marked down to $0.99
  • Kroger frozen chicken breasts —  $7.99, used $1.25/1 coupon that came in a mailer = $6.74
  • 2 bags marked down produce — $0.99 each
  • 10 lb. bag of potatoes = $2.99
  • Milk — $2.59
  • 3 lb. bag apples — $2.99, used $1/1 coupon that came in a mailer = $1.99
  • Total with tax: $54.25

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 3 Goldfish — $1.99, used $1/1 e-coupon = $0.99 each
  • 3 bags chocolate chips — $1.67 each
  • 2 packages Colby Jack cheese — marked down to $1.49 each
  • French bread — marked down $0.49
  • Total with tax = $12.36

On Instagram, I’ve been talking about meal planning and how I grocery shop this past week. Here were a few of the questions I answered (want to make sure you don’t miss these conversations in the future, be sure to follow me on Instagram here):

By the way, the other evening, I was craving something sweet and we were out of chocolate chips so I couldn’t do my favorite peanut butter on a spoon sprinkled with chocolate chips. So instead, I made No Bake Cookies. I forgot how good these were — and how easy they were to make!

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.

24 Oct 2020   ·   7
Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

Dollar Shave Club Starter Set for just $5 shipped!

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Have you been wanting to try Dollar Shave Club? You can get their Starter Set for just $5 shipped right now!

Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

If you’ve been curious about Dollar Shave Club, you can sign up and get a Starter Set for just $5 shipped right now! This also might make a unique gift idea for someone!

This initial Starter Set includes the executive razor handle, four 6-blade razor cartridges, a trial-sized shave butter, a trial-sized post shave dew, and a trial-sized prep scrub. This is a great value!!

I’ve been using Dollar Shave Club for quite a while now, and I really like it! You can read my completely honest review of Dollar Shave Club here.

Note: When you take advantage of this deal, it signs you up for the Dollar Shave Club membership that will renew after the first month at the full executive razor price of $9/month. Be sure to go into your membership settings and cancel (or change to a cheaper razor) if you don’t want to continue.

Stylized Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

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24 Oct 2020   ·   0
Toluna Influencers Program

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24 Oct 2020   ·   2
Arches National Park

Free National Park Day | November 11, 2020

Love national parks? Don’t miss the next Free National Park Day on November 11th!

{Psst! be sure to also check out these 10 ways to save on visiting National Parks with kids! And don’t forget about the Every Kid In A Park promotion!}

Arches National Park

Free National Park Day

Did you know there are several times per year that National Parks offer completely FREE entrance without having to pay?

The next FREE Entrance Day will be on November 11th in celebration of the Veteran’s Day!

See all the entrance-free days for 2020 here.

Looking for more FREE kids activities?

Go here to see the most recent FREE Kids Activities available! And don’t forget to check out our Kids Eat Free list!

What’s your favorite National Park? We’d love to hear in the comments!

24 Oct 2020   ·   0

Brigette’s $96 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!


1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.43

1 gallon 1% Milk – $1.43

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.32

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.45

2 Loaves Sandwich Bread – $1.18

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.59

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.19

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.25

1 bag Corn Chips – $0.75

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.19

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

2 large cans Chicken Breast – $3.98

1 Pork Loin ($1.49/lb) – $7.96

1 pkg Ground Beef, reduced ($1.49/lb) – $8.17

2 dozen Eggs – $1.08

5 cans Chili Beans – $2.30

2 cans Tomato Sauce – $0.38

2 cans Diced Tomatoes – $0.58

2 pkg Fresh Green Beans – $3.18

2 cans Green Beans – $0.76

1 bunch Bananas – $1.15

2 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.58

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.19

1 pkg Artisan Lettuce – $2.79

1 large tub Organic Srping Mix – $3.49

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

1 3-pk Colored Peppers – $1.99

2 bags frozen Broccoi Florets – $1.78

1 bag frozen Strawberries – $1.89

1 3-lb bag Mandarins – $3.09

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.95

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.25

2 8-oz blocks Cheddar Cheese – $2.50

2 8-oz blocks Mozzarella Cheese – $2.50

1 16-oz pkg Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.19

2 1-lb boxes Butter – $3.92

2 cans Diced Tomatoes – $0.87

1 canister Table Salt – $0.29

1 48-oz jar Vegetable Oil – $1.69

1 jar Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $3.89

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.25

1 jar Cumin – $0.69

1 box Rice Squares – $1.29

5 individual Greek Yogurts – $2.94

Total: $91.83

Harris Teeter

4 cartons Orange Juice – $3.16

2 Asparagus, reduced – $1.98

Total: $5.14

Grocery Total for the Week: $96.97

Weekly Menu Plan


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit, Smoothies, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets


Cheese Quesadillas, Bananas, Broccoli x 2

Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, Apples, Cucumbers x 2

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Oranges, Peppers x 2



Church Get-Together – I’m bringing a large crockpot of Pearl’s Chili (recipe from “Trim Healthy Mama” cookbook) with Corn Chips and shredded Cheese

Birthday Party (Dinner Provided)

Best Baked Pork Loin, Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Baked Potatoes

Grilled Venison Bacon Burgers, Asparagus, Tossed Salad

French Toast, Bacon, Roasted Cauliflower

Chicken Gravy Over Rice, Tossed Salad, Green Beans


24 Oct 2020   ·   1

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I can’t wait to cheer you on in this process! Here’s to an amazing rest of the year!

23 Oct 2020   ·   2
The Big One Backrest Pillows Just $15

The Big One Backrest Pillows only $15.29 (Reg. $30!)

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These The Big One Backrest Pillows would make such fun gift ideas!

The Big One Backrest Pillows Just $15

Kohl’s has these The Big One Backrest Pillows for only $15.29 right now! There are several cute designs to choose from.

Here’s how to score this deal:

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Thanks, Hip2Save!

23 Oct 2020   ·   0

TOMS Marvel Baby & Kids Shoes as low as $11.23, plus more!

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Love TOMS? These Marvel Baby and Kid’s shoes are so cute!

Today only, TOMS is offering an extra 25% of off sale items when you use the promo code BIGDEAL at checkout!

Here are some deal ideas…

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Thanks, Hip2Save!

23 Oct 2020   ·   3

LEGO City Advent Calendar only $19.97, plus more!

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If you’re thinking ahead to Christmas, be sure to grab these hot deals on LEGO Advent Calendars!

Amazon has this LEGO City Advent Calendar for just $19.97 right now!

You can also get this LEGO Friends Advent Calendar for just $19.97!

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Thanks, Midwest Money Saving Mommas!

23 Oct 2020   ·   3

Essential Oil Diffuser + 10 Essential Oils Gift Set for just $27.99 shipped!

Wow! This is such a fun gift idea!

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Wow! You can currently get this Essential Oil Diffuser Gift Set with 10 Essential Oils for just $27.99 shipped when you clip the $7 e-coupon and use coupon code YKWQMGHG at checkout.

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