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Last Week’s $79 Grocery Shopping Trip

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!

Since I didn’t spend all of our grocery budget last week, I rolled it over to this week and used some of it for our groceries. Here’s what I bought…

Kroger Shopping Trip:

  • Toilet paper — $3.29
  • Toilet paper — $2.39
  • Kroger Cinnamon Cereal — $1.49
  • Kroger Toasted Oats — $1.49
  • Kroger Honey Nut Oats — $1.49
  • 2 bags frozen veggies — $1 each
  • 5 lbs butter — $1.99 each
  • 8 bags/blocks cheese — 4 for $5
  • Sumptown coffee — marked down to $0.79
  • Mott’s Fruit Snacks — $2.99
  • Almond Breeze Nog — marked down to $1.69
  • Ritz crackers — $1.99
  • Bananas — marked down to $1.23 + $0.97
  • Spinach — marked down to $0.79
  • Salad Kit — marked down to $1.29
  • Cupcakes — marked down to $1.99
  • Milk — $2.39
  • Sweet Potatoes — $0.39/lb. — $3.42
  • 2 bags of peppers — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • Chicken — marked down to $5.67, $4.11, $4.39
  • Pork Loin — marked down to $3.89
  • Total with tax $79.35

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My $37 Shopping Trip This Week

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!

We’ve been slowly introducing the babies to solid foods. Kierstyn has quickly caught on and absolutely LOVES eating table food. In fact, if she sees someone eating, she makes it quite clear that she would like some of whatever it is we are eating. 🙂

I only went to Kroger once this past week — and I only spent half the grocery budget. I plan to spend the rest this coming week, provided I find some great deals to stock up on!

Kroger Shopping Trip

Here’s what I got at Kroger:

  • 2 big bags of candy — marked down to 90% off — $1.30 each!
  • 2 dozen cage free eggs — marked down to $1.49 each
  • 2 boxes yogurt tubes — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Yogurt smoothies — marked down to $1.49
  • 1 yogurt cup — marked down to $0.59
  • 2 bottles Ranch dressing — marked down to $0.59 each
  • Dannon yogurt — marked down to $1
  • Whole Grain Bread — marked down to $1.99 (I’ve been toasting two pieces of this to eat with salad at lunch every day and it’s SO good!)
  • Wholesome Oat Bread — marked down to $1.49
  • Sweet Potatoes — marked down to $1.49
  • 5 bags of peppers — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 DIY mask kits — marked down to $0.75 each
  • Salad Kit — marked down to $1.49
  • Ground Beef — marked down to $2.29
  • 2 tubs raspberries — $1.50 each
  • 30 eggs — marked down to $0.79
  • Milk — $2.39
  • Total with tax: $36.88

We love to cut up the peppers in strips and eat them like chips for a snack!

I still can’t believe those huge bags of candy were just $1.30 each! I have been using them as rewards for the kids + enjoying a few myself each day! 😉

We ate a lot of eggs this week — including French Toast for dinner one night, scrambled eggs and toast for Sunday lunch, and hard boiled eggs with my salads for lunch.

She loves the yogurt tubes — even if she does make quite the mess! 😉

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This week’s $67.28 grocery shopping trip

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!

Kroger Shopping Trip

I only went to Kroger once this week, can you believe it? It was mostly a stock up shopping trip to stock the pantry and freezer since there wasn’t much we needed to purchase. Here’s what I bought:

  • 5 boxes of pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 or more participating items
  • 3 bags flour — $1.49 with weekly Digital Deal Kroger coupon
  • 3 boxes Capri-Sun — $1.49 each when you buy 10 or more participating items
  • 1 bunch of bananas — $1.48
  • 3 tubs raspberries — $1.50 each
  • 3-lb. bag of Cuties — $2.77
  • 1 tub lettuce — marked down to $1.69
  • Milk — $2.39
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • 3 bags Milano cookies — $1.99 each when you buy 10 or more participating items
  • 4 cans green beans — $0.49 each when you buy 10 or more participating items
  • 2 cans chicken broth — $0.49 each when you buy 10 or more participating items
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup — $0.49 each when you buy 10 or more participating items
  • 2 whole chickens — $3.68 + $3.84
  • 4 yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • cinnamon — $1
  • Chicken — $6.70
  • 3 cans Pringles — $0.99 each when you buy 10 or more participating items, used $1/3 coupon = $0.67 each
  • 2 big bags of candy — 70% off, $3.90 each (I’m using these for special treats/incentives.
  • Total with tax: $67.28

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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!

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My $110 Shopping Trip at ALDI (I’m trying something new this week!)

I’ve heard from so many of you over the last few years who have said, “I want to lower my grocery bill, but I can’t shop like you do.”

Maybe you don’t have a Kroger, or you don’t have access to great markdowns, or you don’t want to shop more than once a week, or you find it stressful to think of planning a menu based upon what you have on hand and what is on sale at the store.

How I Usually Grocery Shop

I know that the way I grocery shop can seem weird and confusing. I buy ahead for the weeks to come based upon what’s on sale, what’s marked down, and what we’re running low on.

Much of time, this means that my grocery shopping trips are sort of a random assortment of food that doesn’t look like it would really make many meals. And that’s exactly right — because often, I AM buying a random assortment of items that are marked down or on sale at rockbottom prices.

I aim to never pay full price for pretty much anything, so I base our menu plans almost entirely on what we already have in the pantry, fridge, and freezer — which is usually a big assortment of different items I’ve gotten in previous shopping trips — plus, what’s marked down and what’s on sale.

For me, it’s fun and life-giving to play a sort of version of Chopped every night in how I make our meals. However, I know that not everyone would enjoy shopping this way nor does everyone have access to the stores and deals I do. But just because you don’t want to shop and cook like this and just because you have different stores with different prices and sales, doesn’t mean that you can’t save money on groceries!

Why I Spent $110 on Groceries This Week

This week, I’m going to be showcasing how you could shop on a budget even if you want to just buy all your groceries for the week and not mess with buying ahead or matching coupons with sales at the grocery store.

The shopping trip below is almost everything we need to eat for a week. (Not 100% everything, but most everything, because I did let myself use a few items we already had on hand — which I think most people would do a little bit of each week!)

We usually spend $70 at the grocery store, but I got creative and we only spent $40 last week and then I had a little extra in the budget from the past few months, so I let myself just pretend like I was a “normal shopper” this week — while also being somewhat mindful of being thoughtful about how I spent money.

Simple Ways to Save — When You’re Short on Time

A few simple suggestions for saving money on groceries when you don’t have a lot of grocery options and/or you don’t have a lot of time:

  1. Make a plan. Take 15 minutes to plan your menu for the week. Need a little help? You could try a menu-planning service. I’m using the Eat at Home Slow Cooker/Instant Pot plan for our meals this week — it’s just a few dollars per week to have someone do all the leg work for you! (Use code EASY to save 30% off this week. That’s the best deal that they offer! See some sample menu plans here.)
  2. Stick with the plan. 🙂 Seriously. Use self control. Bring only cash to the store. Get an accountability partner. Whatever you need to do, do it so that you come home with what you planned to buy and not a cart full of impulse purchases!
  3. Choose inexpensive meals. This is one simple way to cut your grocery bill, no matter what stores you have. Choose chicken over other expensive cuts of meat. Choose meals with fewer, frugal ingredients. Focus on making ingredients you can get inexpensively the stars of your cooking show. If you can save a few dollars each meal by doing this, it all adds up!
  4. Buy the produce that’s on sale. Rather than always buying the same variety of produce, buy the few varieties that are on sale that week. I shoot for fruit that is $0.99/lb. or less and stock up on that. It might mean we don’t have as much variety each week, but it means that we have lots of variety over the course of a few months.

What I Bought At ALDI

Now, on to the groceries! Here’s what I bought this week at ALDI:

  • Water — $0.79
  • Ranch dressing — $0.79
  • Bananas — $1.04
  • 3 bags of Gala Apples — $1.99 each
  • Bacon Bits — $1.29
  • Ranch dressing mix — $0.45
  • Mandarin oranges — $2.89
  • Chicken tenderloins — $5.45
  • Chicken Breasts — $5.59
  • Taco Seasoning — $0.39
  • Tortillas — $1.15
  • Pork Chops — $5.51
  • Feta Cheese — $2.19
  • 2 cans Refried Beans — $0.75 each
  • 10 lbs. potatoes — $4.29
  • 4 bags Organic Peas — $1.99 (whoops — I thought these were $0.75 each! I just realized that when I was typing this up — oops!)
  • Mozzarella cheese — $1.69
  • 2 bags shredded cheddar cheese — $2.19 each
  • Honey — $4.99
  • Cane Sugar — $3.49
  • Sweet Potatoes — $2.39
  • Baking Powder — $0.99
  • Chocolate Chips — $1.69
  • Cantaloupe — $1.69
  • Brown Sugar — $1.29
  • Yellow Onions — $1.89
  • 2 cans pumpkin — $0.85 each
  • 2 Chicken Broth — $1.19 each
  • Baking cocoa — $1.79
  • Pineapple — $0.95
  • Lettuce — $1.39
  • Eggs — $0.58
  • Black Beans — $0.58
  • Flour — $1.15
  • Diced Tomatoes — $0.45
  • Mined Garlic — $1.79
  • Cinnamon — $0.95
  • Honey Nut Crispy Oats — $2.69
  • Honey Crunch Oats — $1.29
  • Red Grapes — $1/85
  • Peppers — $2.99
  • Cinnamon Crunch Squares — $1.39
  • Carrots — $1.19
  • Tomato Paste — $0.39
  • Celery — $1.29
  • 2 gallons milk — $2.20 each
  • Total with tax: $110.37

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I’ll share what our menu plan is for this week using these groceries! Any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Our $68.05 Grocery Purchases This Week

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!

I went to Kroger twice this week and here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 boxes Kellogg’s cereals — $1.79 each when you purchase 5 or more participating items, used $1/2 Kroger e-coupon = $1.29 each
  • 2 boxes GoGo Squeeze — on closeout for $0.65 each
  • Chobani Flips — marked down to $0.49
  • Mediterranean Salad — marked down to $1.49
  • Teriyaki Meal Kit — marked down to $2.49
  • Milk — $2.79
  • Salad Blend — marked down to $2.49
  • 2 Mott’s Applesauce — on closeout for $1.03 each
  • 2 boxes Quaker granola bars — $1.29 each when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • Canola Oil — $1.99 when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • 3 double packages of brats — marked down to $4.49 each
  • Ground Beef — marked down to $3.39
  • Pack of water — $1.99 when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • Pie Crusts — marked down to $0.89
  • Kroger peanut butter — free with Kroger mailer coupon
  • Used $2 off coupon from Kroger mailer
  • Total with tax: $40.57

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Water — $0.89
  • Kroger Honey Nut Cereal — $1.49
  • Kroger Cinnamon Cereal — $1.49
  • 3 packages of butter — $1.99 each, used $0.55/1 Kroger coupon
  • Chex Mix — marked down to $0.25
  • Kroger peanut butter — free with Kroger mailer coupon
  • 2 boxes Nature Valley Bars (family size) — on sale BOGO ($2.50 each), used $1/2 Kroger coupon = $2
  • 2 boxes Fiber One Bars (family size) — on sale BOGO ($2.50 each), used $1/2 Kroger coupon = $2
  • Eggs — $0.79
  • 1 can beans — $0.29
  • Perdue Chicken — on sale for $2.99, used $1.50/1 Kroger coupon = $1.50 + $1.25 iBotta rebate = $0.24
  • Bananas — $1.57
  • Oats — $2.49
  • Total with tax: $27.48

I was so excited about this deal on Perdue Chicken! With the sale, Kroger coupon, and iBotta rebate, it was just $0.24!!

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