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Have you signed up for the Eat at Home Challenge? (Plus, our groceries & menu plan from this past 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’m gearing up for another Eat at Home Challenge and I’m so excited about it!

I’ll be sharing my grocery list, what we bought at Aldi for the challenge, a video of a quick and simple recipe you can make every day this coming week, plus lots of menu-planning tricks and tips! If you haven’t signed up for the daily emails from me, be sure to go sign up here.

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Here are the groceries I bought this past week and what we ate:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

Target Christmas Clearance Shopping Trip:

  • Milano cookies — marked down to $0.29 each
  • Pepperidge Farm cookies — marked down to $0.89
  • Total with tax: $6.48

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Total spent on groceries: $66.18

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 submitting my receipt and buying Stayfree and 128 points for submitting my three receipts to Fetch rewards.

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, Mangoes, New Year’s Day Brunch with Friends, Yogurt, Banana Bread

Lunches:

  • The kids were home from school so we had really snack-y lunches and everyone took care of fixing their own. We mostly had: Banana Bread, Cheese/Crackers, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies

Snacks:

(We had so much fun hosting our friends for a New Year’s Day Brunch. We moms brought the food and planned the menu and then the dads made it all for us while the moms sat on the couch and sipped tea. It was the BEST! And then everyone stayed for most of the day and played games. It was such a great way to ring in the new year!)

Dinners (Again, since the kids were home and we had a much more relaxed week, our meals were super simple and kind of boring!):

  • Sunday: Dinner out with a gift card
  • Monday: Peas/Potatoes/Sausage in the crockpot, salad, Jello
  • Tuesday:  Leftovers + Tater Tots (we had friends over for a big Brunch that morning and just ate Brunch leftovers that night + we made a bag of Tater Tots… oh and I had a big salad, as I do most nights!)
  • Wednesday: Leftovers (again) — we had some Brunch leftovers still + Monday night dinner leftovers. We also had Twice Baked Potatoes and an apple cake in the crockpot using some peeled and sliced apples from the freezer!
  • Thursday: Turkey Meatballs, Twice Baked Potatoes, Fruit
  • Friday: Dinner out — since we had driven a long way to a basketball game for Kathrynne and ended up staying for all four of her school’s games! Jesse ran and picked up Zaxby’s for us since I had only brought muffins, clementines, and banana bread for snacks thinking we weren’t going to stay the whole night!
  • Saturday: Turkey Meatballs, Twice Baked Potatoes, Fruit

There you have it! I hope that was helpful and inspiring… or at least caused you to feel a little better about the meals you made for your family this week! 😉

These two deals at Kroger end tonight!

I picked up these two deals at Kroger today and wanted to mention them in case you missed them or forgot to pick them up. These both end at midnight tonight.

  • Get DiGiorno Pizza for $3.49 per pizza with the Kroger Digital coupon (you can buy up t0 5 pizzas in one transaction at this price; coupon can only be redeemed once)
  • Get Kroger sausage for just $1.49 per package with the Kroger Digital coupon (you can buy up t0 5 packages in one transaction; coupon can only be used once)

These deals end tonight (December 31, 2018).

Note: I expected to get a $2 catalina good for $2 off my next shopping trip because I bought 5 pizzas but it didn’t print for me. Let us know if yours prints for you!

Oops! I accidentally went over the grocery budget 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, y’all, I had thought I was about $6 under budget this week… and then I went to add up my receipts and discovered I was actually $1.72 over budget.

Whoops! I realized that I read one receipt as saying I had spent $36 when it actually said I saved $36 and spent $42. Oh well!

I have a little wiggle room in the budget since I’ve been under budget a number of weeks, so it will be okay. But lesson learned: Don’t just glance at your receipt before heading to the store!

(I keep my receipts and then use those to tally how much I’ve spent for the week. I know; that’s ridiculously old fashioned, but it’s usually what works for me. Maybe I should move up to something more sophisticated and techie!! Jesse does track it all in YNAB, but he’s usually a few days behind in tracking and inputting everything, so I usually just go off of my receipts!)

I try to stick as close to the $70 mark as possible — it’s a fun challenge for me PLUS I love getting to show you how it works for our family and the deals that I find!

At any rate, here’s what I bought this week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Back to Nature Cookies — on sale for $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, plus used a $1.50/2 coupon that printed while I was checking out = $3.45 for 5 boxes (my kids were SO excited about these!!)
  • Lemon Juice — $2.49
  • Alo Juice — Free with free Friday e-coupon
  • 2 dozen Happy Eggs — marked down to $2.49 per dozen
  • Hillshire Ham — on closeout for $2.09
  • Planter’s Peanuts — $2.49 when you buy 5 participating items, plus used $1.50/1 Kroger digital coupon = $0.99
  • 1 loaf of bread — marked down to $1.39
  • Clementines — $3.99 for a 3-lb bag
  • 3 bags of Sweet Potatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of grapefruit — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 packages of Cheddar Bratwurst — marked down to $1.79 each
  • 4 packages of Eckrich sausage — $1.50 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 5 boxes of Simple Popped Popcorn — $1 per box when you buy 5 participating items (plus each box has a free Redbox movie rental code in it!)
  • 1 container organic Spring Mix (no romaine!) — marked down to $1.79
  • Total with tax: $42.38

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

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

Cashback earned this week: $0.10 from Ibotta for submitting my receipt and 284 points for submitting my receipt to Fetch rewards (that’s basically the equivalent of $0.28).

Total spent this week: $71.72

Also, I just had to show you this 52-week Meal Planner that my friend, Erin, from Simple Purposeful Living sent me. 

There’s space to write out your menu and then your shopping list — and then it’s perforated so you can tear it out and take your shopping list with you to the store!

Aldi shoppers, I thought this would make you smile. (And excuse the fact that the meme says “Aldi’s” not Aldi and “grill’s” not grills.)

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, Bacon (from the freezer) Yogurt, Hard Boiled Eggs, Banana Bread

Lunches:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, Banana Bread, Cheese/Crackers, Avocados, Salad, Leftovers (for Jesse & Me)
  • Ham Sandwiches, Clementines, Cheese/Crackers, Yogurt, Cookies, Hard Boiled Eggs (for the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)

Snacks:

  • Yogurt, Cheese/Crackers, Popcorn, Hard Boiled Eggs, Cookies

Dinners:

  • Saturday: Dinner out
  • Sunday: Fend For Yourself — snack-y food and leftovers
  • Monday: Peppers & Sausage over Brown Rice
  • Tuesday:  Pork Sandwiches, Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Wednesday: Whole Wheat Pancakes, Bacon, Grapefruit
  • Thursday: Turkey Meatballs, Sweet Potato Fries
  • Friday: Leftover Turkey Meatballs & Sweet Potato Fries

I got some FANTASTIC deals at Kroger!

After taking a few weeks off from deal-shopping because of our trip to Rome and India, and then going to Kansas for Thanksgiving, and then all the extra work on Black Friday/Cyber Monday week, I’m so happy to finally be back to regular deal-shopping again! I’ve missed it!

Here’s what I picked up at Kroger this past week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Eckrich Sausage — $1.50 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Land O’ Lakes Half & Half — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 16-oz. Kroger cheese — 2.49 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Danimal Smoothies — $1.49 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Cheerios — $1.79 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Kroger brown rice — $1.69
  • Vigo Beans and Rice — on closeout for $0.89
  • 3 Chobani Flip yogurt — 2 on closeout for $0.35 each, one marked down to $0.39
  • 6 Fage yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 1 lb. ground beef — marked down to $3.79
  • Organic eggs — marked down to $2.99
  • Park Loin — marked down to $2.90
  • 2 packages of Chimichurri Beef — marked down to $3.99 per package
  • 2 lb. Jennie-O ground turkey — marked down to $2.29 per package
  • Kroger sour cream — $1.39
  • 2 bags of peppers and zucchini — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Kroger unbleached flour — $1. 59
  • Kroger whole-wheat flour — $2.49
  • Whole milk — $2.49
  • Used $5 off $50 coupon that had printed at checkout for us two weeks ago (these are randomly printing for people right now!)
  • Total with tax: $44.47

I was excited to get such great deals on meal and dairy products! Wondering how I find such great markdowns? Read this post.

We made turkey meatballs with the ground turkey and ground beef and put those in the freezer. I’m planning to make the pork loin in the crockpot with barbecue sauce.

Kroger had some amazing deals on baking products this past weekend and I was so excited about them — and they ended up being even better when I got in the store!

See the coupons on the display? Those were for Buy 2 Hershey’s baking chips, Get 1 Free. Well these were already on sale for $0.99 each (limit 5) with the Kroger digital coupon.

So guess what? I bought 5 and used 2 coupons and ended up getting 7 bags of Hershey’s baking chips for $4.98 total!!!

I should be stocked up baking supplies for Christmas baking!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Cashback: 104 points from Fetch for submitting my receipts, $0.10 from iBotta for submitting my receipt

My biggest grocery shopping trip in a long time!

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.

We went shopping twice this week. Jesse ran by Aldi to pick up a few staple items and then I went and did a BIG shopping trip at Kroger today.

ALDI Shopping Trip:

  • Olive Oil Spray — $1.49
  • 24-oz bag of Chocolate Chips — $2.79
  • Oil — $1.85
  • Salt — $0.39
  • Brown Sugar — $0.95
  • Cheddar Cheese — $1.69
  • Shredded Wheat Cereal — $1.39
  • Hamburger Buns — $0.85
  • Ramen (my kids love Ramen and have been begging me to buy it!) — $1.94
  • Total with tax: $14.32

Jesse and I leave on Monday for Rome and India. We’re so excited that all of the details of this trip worked out and I’ll be sure to share lots of pictures and videos on Instagram.

We’re going with another couple we are really close friends with and will be gone for 10 days. My mom is coming to watch our kids and I didn’t want her to have to worry about doing much grocery shopping while we’re gone, so I went ahead and did a big stock up trip at Kroger today.

Check your Kroger account or app to see if this $10 off $50 digital coupon is available for you. It was for me, but some people told me they didn’t have it offered in their account.

I am LOVING the Friday-Saturday deals available at Kroger this week + the buy 10, Get $5 off deals. There were SO many great deals that I had a hard time choosing which ones I was going to stick with!

My LOADED up cart! I ended up saving $100 after coupons and deals!! Here’s what I bought…

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 Solero — $1.99 each on Friday and Saturday with the Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 3 Handi-Foil Pans — $1 each on Friday and Saturday with the Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 7 BirdsEye Steamfresh — $0.75 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 5 BirdsEye Frozen veggies — $0.75 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 2 boxes of Cousin Willie’s popcorn — $1 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 2 cans of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 cans of RedGold Tomatoes — $0.39 each when you buy 10 participating items, submit for $0.90 Ibotta rebate = $0.09 each
  • 1 Lays Stax — $0.69 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 Pringles — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 Palmolive — $1.49 when you buy 10 participating items, used $0.50 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.99
  • Jef-Puffed Marshmallows — $1.25 (I thought my $1/1 Digital Coupon was going to come off since it was still showing in my account even though I used it last week, but looking on my receipt, it looks like it didn’t come off.), submit for $0.25 Ibotta rebate
  • 3 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 ALL Laundry detergent — $2.49 each when you buy 10 participating items, used $1/1 Kroger digital coupon, $1.49 after coupon
  • 2 boxes of Betty Crocker Brownie Mix — $0.75 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 box Betty Crocker Cake Mix — $0.75 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 Capri Sun — $1.79 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 5 Halo Top — $1.99 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Milk — $1.99
  • 5 Kroger Yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Private Selection Hot Cocoa — $0.67, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.17 after coupon
  • Chobani — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 2 pounds of ground beef — marked down to $3.79 and $3.29
  • 2 pounds of Ground Turkey — marked down to $3.19 each
  • Bagged Salads — marked down to $1.29 and $1.99
  • Kroger Eggs — marked down $1.29, submit for $0.25 Ibotta rebate
  • 5 packages of Smithfield Bacon — $2.99 each on Friday and Saturday with the Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 5 Post Honey Bunches of Oats — $0.99 each on Friday and Saturday with the Kroger Digital Coupon
  • Used $10 off $50 Digital coupon
  • Used $3 On Your Next Order coupon
  • Total with tax: $82.82 (saved $100.54!)

What I Spent This Week

Total spent: $97.14 (and yes, it’s technically “over” our $70 budget, but since I was buying ahead for the next two weeks (see above), I’m okay with that!)

Cashback Earned This Week: 75 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning my receipts $1.50 for scanning my receipt on iBotta

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. 🙂

What We Ate This Week

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Pumpkin Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Yogurt, English Muffins (from the freezer), Bagels (from the freezer)

Lunches:

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Saturday: Dinner out
  • Sunday: Fend For Yourself — snack-y food and leftovers
  • Monday: Pumpkin Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit
  • Tuesday:  Jesse and I went out with friends to celebrate my birthday (finally! We’d been planning to do it earlier in the month but it didn’t work out. We went to a Virtual Reality place in Murfreesboro and then had planned to eat dinner at The Green Dragon, but when we got there, they weren’t serving food anymore so we got pretzels — the only food they had! — and drinks and then ordered from McDonald’s on the way home because we were so hungry and basically everywhere was closed because it was late!) and the kids had turkey sandwiches
  • Wednesday: Turkey, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Fruit
  • Thursday: Frozen Pizza, Fruit
  • Friday: Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, Muffins, Salad

Whoa! This grocery shopping trip and weekly menu plan for a family of 5 is SO inspiring!

We Spent $69.46 on Groceries This Week (and here’s what 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.

We got back from Kansas late, late Sunday night. Well, actually it was early Monday morning because our flights got delayed for a total of 9 hours.

Unlike the last 3 weeks where I was traveling each weekend, this week, we were home all week and didn’t travel this weekend — which was nice! After three weeks of back to back travel, it was nice to have a week at home where we ate dinner at home together and got to just hang out together in the evenings!

Kroger Trip #1:

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

A friend of mine — who is a sourdough expert — gave me some sourdough starter and I’m having fun learning how to feed it an use it.

I was happy with how the sourdough pancakes turned out, but the sourdough bread didn’t quite turn out how I had envisioned it — though it wasn’t terrible. I’m excited to keep experimenting!

I was excited to earn extra points from Fetch Rewards this week for buying Oscar Mayer, Suave, and Pepperidge Farm. Have you signed up for Fetch Rewards yet? If not, I highly recommend it. It’s such an easy way to earn cashback every week just for scanning your grocery receipts! Read more on how to sign up here.

What I Spent This Week

Total spent: $69.46

Cashback Earned This Week: 258 points + 149 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning my receipts + $0.10 for scanning my receipt on iBotta

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. And  it also means we didn’t use all of these groceries up this week — because some of them will be saved for later weeks!

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. 🙂

What We Ate This Week

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Baked Oatmeal (from the freezer), Yogurt, English Muffins (from the freezer)

Lunches:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, Best Bran Muffins, Avocados, Salad, Grapefruit, Apples, Sourdough Bread (for Jesse and me)
  • Turkey Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies, Yogurt, Cookies, Hard Boiled Eggs (For the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Saturday: Dinner with Jesse’s family (we were in KS for my sister’s wedding)
  • Sunday: Dinner at the airport (our flight was delayed by 9 hours, so we ended up having to buy food at the airport)
  • Monday: Turkey Meatballs from the freezer, mashed potatoes, fruit
  • Tuesday: Sourdough Pancakes, eggs, fruit, yogurt
  • Wednesday: Turkey, Rice, Cantaloupe
  • Thursday: Sausage/Peppers/Onions in the Crockpot, cantaloupe, homemade Sourdough Bread
  • Friday: Dinner Out