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I found whole milk marked down to $1.99!!

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.

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Look what I found at Kroger today?? Whole milk marked down to $1.99!! I haven’t seen whole milk marked down in a long time and it’s the only kind of milk we usually buy.

(I know some of you only pay $2 per gallon all the time, but here in this area, I never see milk that cheap unless it’s marked down.)

I also picked up this FREE Hormel Compleats meal which one of my kids was SO excited about. These kinds of meals always look super unappetizing to me… but my kids apparently disagree! 🙂

(Psst! If you have a Kroger or Kroger affiliate, go grab your coupon for a FREE Hormel Compleats Meal.)

Friday Kroger Shopping Trip

What I’ve Spent So Far This Week

Total I’ve Spend So Far This Week: $58.15

Total Left to Spend: $11.85

Cashback Earned This Week: 170 points from Fetch Rewards for buying Oscar Mayer + scanning another receipt + $0.25 back from Ibotta for scanning a receipt

How much do you spend for a gallon of milk and where do you live? I’d love to hear!

How We Afford Snacks and Treats for Our Kids on a Tight Grocery Budget

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.

One thing I promised the kids when we cut our grocery budget back to $70 per week was that I would still find ways to buy treats and some of their favorite foods for them. So I’ve been on the lookout for markdowns and deals on items that they especially love or that I knew would make them excited.

These items aren’t necessarily the best deals ever, but if I can afford to purchase treats for them in our budget, then I’m all about that. Also, it becomes easier to have wiggle room in your grocery budget the more you stock up and buy multiples of items when they are at their lowest price.

Here are some of my tips for being able to afford snacks if you’re on a tight grocery budget:

  1. Follow KrogerKrazy.com. So many of the great deals I find at Kroger are thanks to tips from KrogerKrazy.com. I can’t recommend this site enough! It’s fantastic if you have a Kroger or Kroger affiliate. I may check it something like 3-5 times per day. Yup. I’m THAT weird girl who gets so jazzed about new deals! By the way, the Friday-Saturday/weekend sales recently have had a LOT of great deals on snack foods.
  2. Find a local blogger. Don’t have a Kroger? Search for the name of you local store and “deals” or “coupon blogger” to see if there’s a similar site where a blogger is covering the deals at your local store. (There are so many IHeartPublix.com, TotallyTarget.com, and many more! If you know of a great blogger doing a really great job of covering deals exclusively at one store, please leave a comment and let us know!)
  3. Look for markdowns and closeouts. As you know, I always walk around the perimeter of the store looking for markdowns. If I have extra time, I’ll quickly walk through the aisles looking for the white closeout stickers at Kroger. Other stores like BigLots, have clearance carts that sometimes have really great deals on snack foods. Check at your local stores to see what they offer in the way of clearance and markdowns. I know that Target often has great markdowns on snack foods, too. (Tip: Check out my post on How to Find Great Markdowns at Kroger.)

  1. Stock up when you find a great deal. This is one of those tips that I assume every knows, but when I talk to so many people most people are not stocking up when there’s a great sale. If you know it’s something that your kids love and it’s on a great deal and you can afford it in your budget, get as many as you can! That way, you won’t have to pay full-price for snacks OR you won’t have to tell your kids that there just aren’t any snacks because you didn’t have wiggle room in your budget. I try to buy ahead at least $5-$8 worth of snack type foods each week and then we always have a good selection to choose from.
  2. Set up a stash that the kids can’t get into. Okay, so some of you might think I’m a crazy mom to do this, but I actually have a high shelf in our pantry that is known as “Mom’s Secret Stash.” It’s not really that secret since all the kids know about it, but it’s snack foods that I’ve bought extras of that they aren’t allowed to get into until I get it down. The reason is: if I leave the snack foods easily accessible, my kids go through them at alarming rates. So instead, I will put one or two bags or packages of something in the pantry that they can get into and the rest are saved for the following week (or for whenever we are running low on snacks in the other shelves of the pantry). It’s weird, but by doing this, the kids pace themselves and the snacks last much, much longer.

While packaged snacks can be fun and my kids love them, they also love homemade snack foods, too. Here are some options that are favorites around here:

8 Quick & Easy Homemade Snack Ideas

  1. Hard-Boiled Eggs
  2. Veggies
  3. Fruit
  4. Homemade Yogurt in the Crockpot
  5. Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets
  6. Popcorn
  7. Homemade Crockpot Pear or Applesauce Sauce
  8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

8 Freezer-Friendly Snack Ideas

When you have a free day or a laid-back weekend, use some of that time to make meals and parts of meals to stick in your freezer. Things like homemade popsicleshomemade gogurtshomemade cookie doughhomemade muffins, and homemade smoothie kits are great to have on hand.

  1. Freezer-Friendly Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
  2. Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread
  3. Easy Morning Glory Muffins
  4. Homemade Energy Bites
  5. Brown Bag Burritos
  6. Homemade Pizza Pockets
  7. Southwest Roll-ups
  8. Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

I stopped by Kroger on Monday and Tuesday of this week after school dropoffs and here’s what I picked up:

Monday Kroger Shopping Trip

Tuesday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 1 package of Simple Truth popcorn — $2.99 — used $0.50/1 Simple Truth Digital Coupon (no longer available) — $2.49
  • 1 Popwell Chipotle BBQ snack — on closeout for $0.87
  • 1 Cousin Willie’s Popcorn — on closeout for $1.25
  • EPIC Protein Bar — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 3 boxes of Simple Truth Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles — on sale for $1.29, used $0.50/1 Simple Truth Digital Coupon (no longer available) — $0.79 each after coupon
  • Siggis Yogurt — marked down to $0.79
  • 3 Oscar Mayer Deli Turkey Meat — on closeout for $2.09 each
  • Lettuce — marked down to $1.29
  • 1 Dole Organic Salad Kit — $1.99
  • Gallon of milk — $2.69
  • Total with tax: $21.29

What I’ve Spent So Far This Week

Total I’ve Spend So Far This Week: $33.21

Total Left to Spend: $36.79

Cashback Earned This Week: 87 points from Fetch Rewards for buying Oscar Mayer + scanning another receipt + $0.25 back from Ibotta for scanning a receipt

Looking for more ideas?

What tips and advice do you have for saving money on snacks? I’d love to hear!

Look what I got for $0.05 each at Kroger!! (Plus, our menu plan for the 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 ran into Kroger today to see what markdowns there were and to pick up a few deals that are ending tomorrow. I was also excited to find some good deals on organic honey and maple syrup as we just finished off the last of the honey and we go through a lot of maple syrup around here since we have Breakfast for Dinner so often!

I also got the four items above for just $0.19 total! I thought they were going to be $1.69 total and was excited about that deal — and then someone on Facebook Live this morning told me about the Stayfree iBotta rebate that I completely missed. That meant that I got $1.50 back for buying Stayfree and I only paid $0.79 for it!

So all 4 items were only $0.19 total — just $0.05 each!!! Sadly, it looks like the Skintimate and Colgate coupons are no longer available.

But the Stayfree coupon still is available so you can get it free + overage — if you’re planning to buy 3 other Buy 4, Get $4 Off Participating items. This deal is valid through Tuesday (September 11, 2018).

Monday’s Kroger Shopping Trip

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This Week’s Menu Plan

It’s a full week this week! It’s Jesse’s birthday so we have some special family activities and friend get-together planned for that, we have a number of activities and get-togethers, I have a number of extra work projects, we’re going camping with our Community Group on Friday and Saturday, and we’re doing the Tough Mudder on Sunday. Whew! 

We’re also starting another very popular Eat at Home Challenge on Thursday. I’ll be making dinner in the crockpot every morning on Live video and sharing what I’m making each day. More details to come!

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast/Eggs (Everyone is on their own for breakfast!)

Lunches:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, Avocados, Salad, Whole-Wheat Toast, Leftovers, Apples (Jesse & Me)
  • Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers, Fruit, Veggies, Granola Bars, Cookies, Capri Sun (For the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)

Dinners:

  • Monday: Dinner out as a family for Jesse’s birthday
  • Tuesday: Top Golf and dinner out with friends for Jesse’s birthday
  • Wednesday: Meatballs, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli
  • Thursday: Smoked Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup, Whole Wheat Bread, Fruit/Veggies, Crackers
  • Friday: Camping with Community Group — Everyone is bringing stuff for Grilling Out. We’re bringing beef hot dogs and brats for everyone (from the freezer), condiments (we already have them on hand), fruit, veggies, and baked beans (we already have these on hand).
  • Saturday: Camping with Community Group — Again, everyone is bring stuff for Tacos/Fajitas for dinner. We’re bringing sour cream, cheese, and salsa. (I think I mostly have all of this on hand.)
  • Sunday: Slow Cooker Black Bean & Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing, fruit, steamed veggies

What I’ve Spent So Far This Week

Total I’ve Spend So Far This Week: $17.67

Total Left to Spend: $52.33

Cashback Earned This Week: 25 points from Fetch Rewards for buying Capri Sun + $1.50 back from Ibotta

Can you really buy healthy food on a budget?

Can you eat healthy on a budget? Absolutely!! Here's how!

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.

People ask me all the time if I think it’s possible to eat healthfully on a budget. And my answer is always, absolutely!

You might spend a little more if you decide to prioritize certain things, but you can find great deals on clean and healthy (and even organic!) foods.

We choose to have a pretty balanced diet around here. I buy some treats and junk food and then we also eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains. That’s what works for our family.

But something else might work for your family — and you can still find plenty of creative ways to keep your grocery budget low. It’s all about deciding that you are going to do the best you can instead of throwing up your hands and convincing yourself that you can’t.

This morning, I ran into Kroger to get some of the deals that are part of their Buy 4, Get $5 Off sale. I ended up not even having any time to get those because I found so many markdowns and great deals.

Markdowns are one of my favorite ways to save money on healthful foods. And so many stores offer them (people keep telling me that Target has great markdowns on meat! Have you found that to be true? I need to go scout out Target soon!).

Thursday Kroger Shopping Trip

Here’s what I got:

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Quaker Granola Bars for just $0.99 per box this weekend at Kroger!

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.

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Kroger has another great weekend of Digital Deals available! These are good for 4 days and they include deals on Larabars, Tyson Frozen Chicken, Ballpark Franks, and Quaker Granola Bars for just $0.99 per box! (See all the details of the deals here.)

I decided to just grab the Quaker Granola Bars since we leave for Breckenridge tomorrow and I need to use some of my $70 grocery budget to buy groceries for meals there (we’re doing meals similar to what we did on our extended family trip to Arkansas).

Actually, Jesse went to the store and grabbed these for me this morning while he was out because I had a really full work day today and I still needed to pack for the trip (we leave in about 30 minutes! Gratefully, I’m almost all ready so I’m writing this post!)

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes of Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 per box with the Weekend Only Digital Coupon Deal
  • Total with tax: $5.26

What I’ve Spent So Far This Week

Total I’ve Spend So Far This Week: $59.30

Total Left to Spend: $10.70

Cashback Earned This Week: 391 from Fetch Rewards for buying Capri Sun + submitting receipts + buying Quaker Granola Bars + $0.50 back from Ibotta for uploading 2 receipts

Potatoes for $1, Krusteaz Cookie Mix for $0.99, plus more deals!

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 went to two Krogers on Tuesday but never had a chance to post the deals I got — because I ran out of blogging time because I spent it all on the South Africa post. And then I stopped by Kroger again today. So here are my 3 Kroger shopping trips…

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Yoplait Oui petites — marked down to $1.19
  • Ground Beef – marked down to $3.79
  • Noosa yogurt — marked down to $0.79
  • Total with tax: $6.13

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • Milk — $2.69
  • 1 bag of plums — marked down to $0.99
  • Bag of buns — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 Naked Juice — $2.99, used $2.50/1 coupon (the person in front of me left it at the Catalina machine at the self checkout!)
  • Total with tax: $5.64

Kroger Shopping Trip #3

  • Krusteaz Cookie Mix — on sale for $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Baking cocoa — $1.99
  • Raw sugar — $2.89
  • 4 dozen eggs — marked down to $1.19 each
  • 2 packages of sausage — marked down to $1.49 each
  • 2 bags of potatoes — marked down to $1 each
  • 1 bag of buns — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax: $22.90

What I’ve Spent So Far This Week

Total I’ve Spend So Far This Week: $54.04

Total Left to Spend: $15.96

Cashback Earned This Week: 291 from Fetch Rewards for buying Capri Sun + $0.50 back from Ibotta for uploading 2 receipts