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$70 Grocery Budget: Aldi, Dollar Tree, Sprouts, Big Lots, Walgreens, and Kroger hauls + what we ate 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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

Well, after a few weeks of mostly shopping at Kroger, I’m excited to have a LOT of stores to highlight in today’s post. I know that many of you are often begging for me to show more than just Kroger, so enjoy this post with LOTS of stories featured in it!

A photo of Xtra laundry detergent

Walgreens had Xtra laundry detergent on sale for just $0.99 this past week — no coupons needed! While we still have some laundry detergent in our stockpile, I went ahead and bought three more to add to our stockpile since I couldn’t pass up this price!

Xtra laundry detergent

Walgreens Shopping Trip

A photo of $0.99 cantaloupe

I was excited to discover that Kroger had cantaloupe on sale for $0.99.

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Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Kroger half & half — $1.79
  • Vitamin D milk — $2.49
  • Cage-Free Organic Brown Eggs — marked down to $1.79 per dozen
  • Queso Fresco — free with Free Friday download coupon
  • 2 loaves of bread — marked down to $1.79 each
  • 3 bags of oranges — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of pears/apple — marked down to $0.99
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.39 per pound
  • 2 Cantaloupes — $0.99 each
  • Suave Men’s Shampoo — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Palmolive dish soap — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items, Used $1/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.99
  • Suave Kids’ Shampoo — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, Used $1/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = free after coupon
  • Suave Shampoo — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Irish Spring deodorant — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 3 cartons of Almond Breeze Milk — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Epic Bar — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = free after coupon
  • 6-pack Ginger Beer — marked down to $0.89
  • 8 packages of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • Kind Granola Bars — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $1.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.49 after coupon
  • Total with tax: $40.03

Shopping in Aldi

We ran into Aldi today because we were right by there to see if there were any good deals. Unfortunately, I made a mistake and picked up the squash thinking the sign said it was $0.79… and discovered when I got home that it was actually $0.79 per POUND. Oops!

Psst! See my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Aldi.

Aldi Groceries

Aldi Shopping Trip

  • 2 Mac & Cheese — $0.49 each
  • Mango Juice — $1.29
  • Organic apples — $2.99
  • Strawberries — $1.49
  • Chocolate Chips — $1.89
  • Squash — $2.39 (NOT $0.79 — oh well!)
  • Total with tax: $11.38

Dollar Tree

And then we went to Dollar Tree — Kaitlynn’s favorite store! (See my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Dollar Tree.)

 

Groceries from Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree Shopping Trip

Dried Cranberries

And we ran by Big Lots because I was hoping to find some markdowns or some clearance bread, but I only found these dried cranberries for $0.15 — which will be perfect for my salads.

Total at Big Lots with tax: $0.64

Sprouts deals

Did you see the freebies we posted that you could get at Sprouts right now? I added them to my app and was able to pick two of them up today (they were out of the Lemon Snaps) and also pick up the $0.75 blackberries (they sent out a coupon via email that was good this weekend).

Groceries from Sprouts

Sprouts Shopping Trip

A photo of freebies I got in the mail

By the way, here are the freebies I got in the mail this week:

By the way, if you want to start getting great freebies in your mailbox, just start signing up for the free things I post every day that interest you. Within 4-6 weeks, your mailbox will start filling up with great freebies!

A photo of an omelette

I have been loving the free Queso Fresco I got (I had never tried it before that I know of!). And I have found that it is so yummy on my salads and so delicious in omelettes.

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.

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Omelettes, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast, Bananas

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grapefruit, Avocados, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salads, Leftovers, Oranges, Apples, Cookies

Snacks:

  • Oranges, Cookies, Bananas, Hard Boiled Eggs

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Cracker Barrel
  • Monday — Noodles, Italian Chicken, Peas
  • Tuesday — Roasted Potatoes, Pork Tenderloin, Oranges
  • Wednesday — Barbecued Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, Baked Potatoes, Naan, Cantaloupe
  • Thursday — Pancakes, Fried Potatoes, Bacon, Cantaloupe
  • Friday — Leftovers/Fend for yourself
  • Saturday — Papa John’s (We had a gift card!)

Total spent on groceries: $62.92

Cashback earned this week: 160 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards.

Our $68 grocery budget: What we spent and we ate

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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

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.

Breakfasts:

  • 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

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grapefruit, Avocados, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salads, Leftovers, Oranges, Apples, Cookies

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • 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

Cashback earned this week: 134 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards$2.25 back from iBotta for buying Creamette Pasta and scanning a receipt.

$68 Grocery Budget: What we bought & ate

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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • Dannon Oikos Triple Zero — marked down to $1.89
  • 1 bag of oranges — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 Carmex Lip Balm — marked down to $0.29
  • Organic Romaine Lettuce — $1.79
  • Kroger Powdered Sugar — $1.49
  • 1 bag of potatoes — marked down to $1.50
  • Total with tax: $8.78

I also ordered a box of trash bags from Amazon because I saw that there was a great coupon available (I don’t think it’s still available? I can’t see for sure since I already used it!)

I used a gift card earned for free from Swagbucks to pay for this, but I still deducted the amount spent from my grocery budget to keep it fair for you all who are following along with our $70 budget.

I got some great freebies in the mail this week! Kroger sent me an envelope of coupons, including coupons for a free box of Cheerios and a free box of Quaker Granola Bars! (If you have a Kroger store, make sure your address is correct in your account. They send these out quite often!)

I also got my free Deer Park water coupon and my free Natural Calm sample. What did YOU get in the mail this week?

I complete forgot to take a photo of my last Kroger shopping trip… but I did do a video on Facebook that I shared above (you can click on it to watch it). Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

This was one of the salads I ate almost every day this week because it was so good: spinach, avocado, Swiss cheese, and dried cranberries.

I am LOVING those of you who are posting your salads on Instagram and sharing your pictures of salads with me. I thought the above message was really impressive and inspiring!

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. ?

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Hard Boiled Eggs, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast, Bacon

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Yogurt, Grapefruit, Avocados, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Oranges, Cookies

Snacks:

  • Yogurt, Oranges, Cookies, Grapefruit, Chocolate Cookies, Chips/Guac

Taco Casserole, Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit, Fend for Yourself, Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit/Salad, Chicken/Roasted Potatoes/oranges, scalloped potatoes, turkey sausage, oranges.

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Taco Casserole, Salad
  • Monday — Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit
  • Tuesday — Fend for Yourself
  • Wednesday —Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit/Salad
  • Thursday — Italian Chicken/Roasted Potatoes/oranges
  • Friday — Scalloped potatoes, turkey sausage, oranges
  • Saturday — Frozen pizza (for the kids), Dinner out with two other couples (Jesse & I)

Total spent on groceries: $68.41

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: 125 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards$1.80 back from iBotta for buying Creamette Pasta, Jimmy Dean sausage, and scanning a receipt.

We spent $66 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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

I was so happy with all of the groceries we got this past week. And I was especially excited to realize we now have 25 pounds of meat in the freezer and a pantry that is really, really full. All that has been stockpiled a little bit at a time on our $70 grocery budget.

An Important Note for Those Who Are Feeling Frustrated

Some of you have been frustrated recently that I share my groceries because you don’t have Kroger. Here’s what I want to encourage you with: instead of being frustrated, focus on what you CAN do. I’ve lived without a Kroger and been able to still have a small grocery budget. It just takes a can-do creative attitude… and a willingness to do the best you can with the time and resources you have.

A few tips for beginners:

  • If you’re new to trying to cut your grocery bill, start by having a grocery budget, working on sticking with it, and planning a menu based upon simple, inexpensive meals.
  • Then, step it up, by planning your meals based upon what is on sale at the store and what you have on hand.
  • Next, pay attention to why items are at their lowest prices and start setting aside a little bit of your grocery budget to stock up on items when they are at their lowest prices.
  • The more you do this, the easier it will get to lower your grocery budget and slowly build a stockpile of food that you got at a discount!

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

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Romaine lettuce — marked down to $1.29
  • Spinach — $2.99
  • Lemon juice — $2.59
  • Loaf of bread — marked down to $1.29
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Total with tax: $8.85 

I spent $3 on this Harry’s Shaving Bundle (I forgot to add this into my grocery budget last week, so I’m adding it here.). I was super impressed with the razor and have been using it all week.

Walgreens Shopping Trip

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 3 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios — $1.79 each when you buy 6 participating items, used $1.50/3 coupon that printed last time I went to the store = $1.29 each after coupon
  • 4 tubs of Fage & Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 3 tubs of Moose Tracks yogurt — marked down to $0.19 each
  • Pita bread — marked down to $1.29
  • Land O’ Lakes butter — $2.99
  • Pork Roast — marked down to $4.99
  • Cousin Willie’s Kettle Corn — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 2 half gallons of Apple Cider — marked down to $0.50 each
  • Baking Powder — $1.19
  • Ocean Spray Pink Grapefruit Juice — $1.99 when you buy 6 participating items, used $1/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.99
  • Total with tax: $22.29

Kroger Shopping Trip #3

(I was almost out of lettuce for my two salads a day, so Jesse ran by Kroger when he was out and found two bags marked down for me!)

  • 2 bags of Kroger Romaine — marked down to $1.29 each
  • Total with tax: $2.74

Speaking of salads, I’ve gotten a lot of comments and messages about the fact that I’ve mentioned that I eat two salads a day in recent weeks.

So I decided to show people practically what this looks like for me. I’ve been posting my lunch salad on Instagram stories — and I’m loving that it’s inspiring so many of you to also eat more salads!

Wondering how I make my salads? It’s usually a bed of Romaine or dark greens I’ve gotten marked down at Kroger (these are pre-washed and ready to go so I literally just stick them on my plate) topped with whatever odds and ends I find in the fridge (other marked down veggies, fruit, leftover steamed or roasted veggies from dinner the night before, a hard boiled egg —we make a batch in bulk in the Instant Pot each week, or leftover meat from last night’s dinner.)

It typically takes me no more than 3 minutes to put together my lunch salad. Who says eating healthfully has to take a bunch more time?

And then for dinner, I usually just put the main dish on a bed of lettuce. That might sound gross to you, but I’ve gotten so used to it that it doesn’t bother me at all.

I feel so much healthier and energetic when I eat a lot of salads and fresh fruits and veggies, so I’ve worked to find creative ways to make more salad eating possible without spending a lot of time and money to do so.

Also, for those who are wondering, I rarely ever use dressing. Yes, I know, that might sound crazy but it’s true!

Kroger Shopping Trip #4:

  • Capri Sun — $1.79 when you buy 6 participating items, used $0.60/1 coupon Kroger had sent me recently, $1.19 after coupon
  • Bananas — $1.30
  • 5 cans of Red Gold Tomatoes — $0.39 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 bag oranges/apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 18-count Simple Truth Cage Free brown eggs — $3.49, used $1/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $2.49
  • Cabo Guacamole — $2.99 when you buy 6 participating items, used $3/1 coupon = Free after coupon
  • 2 bags of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 3 boxes of Creamette pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 6 participating items, used $1/3 coupon that Kroger sent me recently = $0.47 for all three
  • Kroger Purified Water — $0.79
  • Total with tax = $12.13

Kathrynne and I made Homemade Pizza for Friday night and I showed her how we used to make pizza when Jesse was in law school and we’d only buy one bag of chicken every other week most weeks (that would typically be the only meat we’d be able to afford in our budget), so we’d just put a tiny bit of meat on the pizza usually (see example above).

It was good to remember those days. I never want to forget and I want our kids to know this part of our story.

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. ?

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadillas, Cheese/Crackers, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend for yourself (snack-y dinner)
  • Monday — Cracker Barrel for dinner for Kathrynne’s birthday
  • Tuesday — Pork Roast, Oreida Fries, Roasted Broccoli
  • Wednesday — Baked Chicken, Peas, Pineapple, Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Thursday — Kielbasa, Peas, Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Friday — Homemade Pizza, pineapple
  • Saturday — Leftovers

Total spent on groceries: $66.12

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: 125 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $1 back from iBotta for buying bread, milk. water, and scanning a receipt.

We Spent $70 at Walgreens, Publix, and Kroger last 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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

A number of you have been asking if I can go to stores other than Kroger… and so I’m going to try to make that happen, if it works out in our schedule and there’s a good enough deal warrant going to Publix or Walgreens or CVS or Sprouts or Aldi. We’ll see!

(As most of you know, I drive by multiple Kroger stores on an almost-daily basis. So it makes it SO easy to pop in there. Most of the other stores require going out of my way a little to shop at them, so that’s why you don’t see me shop at them as often. Plus, I’m just so familiar with Kroger and usually find such great deals there, that it’s hard for me to sometimes want to go to other stores!)

This week, Jesse and I were right by Publix and Walgreens one of the days and I had a few minutes, so I ran in to get a few deals. Plus, I went to Kroger three different times.

Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1 (pictured above):

  • Back to Nature Cookies — $2.99 — used $1/1 printable + $2/2 coupon that had printed for me at Kroger recently = $0.99 each + submitted for 3 $1/1 Ibotta rebates = free after coupons and rebates
  • Bai Bubbles — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 3 bags of Simple Truth organic tortilla chips — $1.49, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon (can be used 5 times per transaction) = $0.99 each
  • Lemon Juice — $2.49
  • 1 bag Simple Truth frozen veggies — $1.29, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon (can be used 5 times per transaction) = $0.79
  • 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of peppers + radishes — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of sweet potatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax = $12.56

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Colgate MaxFresh — $1.99 when you buy 6 participating items, used $2/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = Free after coupon
  • 5 packages of Cheese — $2.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • Kroger half & half — $1.79
  • Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer — marked down to $0.29 (I don’t think I’ve ever tried this before and I am loving it in my tea, especially at this crazy price!)
  • Kroger Unbleached Flour — $1.49
  • Kroger Whole Wheat Flour — $1.99
  • 5 cans of Simple Truth Organic Refried Beans — $1.19 each, used $0.40/1 Kroger Digital Coupon (can be used up to 5 times per transaction) = $0.79 each
  • 4 pounds of ground turkey — marked down to $1.99 per pound
  • Romaine Lettuce — marked down to $0.50
  • Dole Salad Kit — marked down to $0.89
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Hot Sauce — free after Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 1 bag of tomatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax: $37.28

Pineapple and blackberries are just $0.99 at Kroger right now!

I was super excited to find these tomatoes just $0.39 per can when you buy 5 participating items at Kroger!

Publix Shopping Trip:

Hershey Gold & Pretzel Candy (10-ounce bag) – $4.19
Buy One, Get One Free Sale
Used 2 $2/1 printables
$0.10 each after sale and coupons

*Note: If you don’t live in the land of true BOGO, you can buy just one bag at $2.10 and get it for $0.10. If your store is true BOGO, you’ll have to buy two bags and use two coupons to get the price of $0.10 per bag!

Publix Shopping Trip Total with tax: $0.60

Walgreens Shopping Trip:

3 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent – $1.99
Used 3 $1/1 printable
$0.99 each after coup

Walgreens Shopping Trip Total with tax: $3.55

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • 2 bags of clementines — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios — $1.79 each when you buy 6 participating items, used $1/2 Kroger Digital Coupon, $1.29 each after coupon
  • 4 cans of Red Gold tomatoes — $0.39 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 can Bumble Bee tuna — $0.79 when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 carton of sour cream — marked down to $0.49
  • 1 pineapple — $0.99
  • 3 boxes of Creamette pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 2 bags of Goldfish crackers — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • Kroger sandwich bags — $1.49
  • Kroger gallon bags — $1.99
  • Total with tax: $16.36

Kathrynne signed up for birthday freebies since it’s her birthday week and when she signed up for Krispy Kreme she got a coupon for a completely free DOZEN doughnuts!! Needless to say, we’ve all been enjoying those! I may or may not have had one for breakfast! 😉

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. ?

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadillas, Cheese/Crackers, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Frozen Pizza, salad
  • Monday — Leftovers, apples, chips & salsa
  • Tuesday — Baked Chicken, mashed potatoes, Roasted Broccoli
  • Wednesday — Brats, Sweet Potato Fries, salad
  • Thursday — Refried beans with cheese, chips, lettuce (sort of a meatless build-your-own taco salad)
  • Friday — Dinner at Chipotle for Kathrynne’s birthday (we had some of her friends over), brownies
  • Saturday — Snack-y dinner (fend for yourself)

Total spent on groceries: $70.35

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: $3 from Ibotta for buying Back to Nature and 150 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards.

What I bought for $60 at the grocery store 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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I got some GREAT deals at Kroger this week. Unlike most weeks, where I run into Kroger a few different times as I’m driving by. This week, I only went to Kroger once… and I got quite a haul of groceries!

I was really excited about the Kroger chicken deal we posted that was available on Friday and Saturday only. I got 5 bags and stuck them in the freezer and we should have enough chicken to last us for the next few weeks.

I saw this hot deal on Miracle Maize Corn Bread & Muffin Mix over on Kroger Krazy. Download the $1.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon and then you can get a box for as low $0.35!

Did you see this great deal on Simple Truth veggies? They are priced at $1.29 each and there is a $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon that you can use up to five times per transaction. That makes these just $0.79 each for organic veggies!

And there is currently the best deal on cereal I’ve seen in a long time! We posted all the details here.

And there’s also a great deal on Simple Truth veggies? They are priced at $1.49 each and there is a $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon that you can use up to five times per transaction. That makes these just $0.99 each for organic tortilla chips!

I got a small cart at Kroger because I thought it would be plenty big enough to hold the groceries I was planning to buy. I guess I may have under-estimated the deals I was going to find! 😉

Kroger Shopping Trip

Total spent on groceries: $60.97

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: $1.50 from Ibotta for buying Kellogg’s + submitting receipt and 25 points for submitting my receipt to Fetch rewards.