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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget

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 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.

After three weeks of traveling, it felt good to be home all week this week and to be back into the swing of regular grocery shopping and menu planning again!

Here’s what we bought this week…

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 bouquets of flowers — marked down to $1 each (this was one of my favorite deals!)
  • 5 cartons of Almond Breeze — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items (got $0.25 + $0.75 back from iBotta)
  • 2 bags of frozen peas — $1 each
  • 1 bottle Eat Kansas City barbecue sauce — marked down to $0.69
  • 2 boxes Honey Bunches of Oats — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items (got $0.50 each back from iBotta)
  • 1 bottle of Simple Truth Marinade — marked down to $0.69
  • 2 bags of Kettle Chips — marked down to $0.69 each
  • 1 bag of Kettle Chips — marked down to $0.79
  • 2 bags of peppers — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of Tortilla Chips — marked down to $0.79
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • 2 gallons milk — $2.79 each
  • Veggie Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Zevia — marked down to $1.25 (got $0.75 back from iBotta)
  • 2 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Kale Salad Mix — marked down to $2.99
  • 2 Colgate toothpaste — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $4/2 Digital Coupon = free
  • Total with tax: $35.45

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 5 bottles of Simply Lemonade — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday Deal
  • 5 packages Ballpark Buns — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday Deal
  • Saltines — $1.29
  • 4 bags of marked down produce — $0.99 each
  • Bananas — $0.70
  • Italian Meatballs/Brats — $1.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Total with tax: $27.41

Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • 6 ears of corn — 6 for $1
  • Watermelon —  $1.77
  • Total with tax: $2.96

Filling Up Our Freezer Again on Our $70/Budget

If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you know that while we were out of town, our freezer power went out and we lost everything in our freezer.

Gratefully, we had opened up our home a lot in the weeks prior and the freezer didn’t have that much in it because we’d eaten down a lot of the surplus (I had been thinking I really needed to replenish it!)

Also, we’re grateful that everything was stuff we’d gotten really inexpensively and that all of the packages stayed in tact so it was not a huge mess to clean up.

I thought it would be fun for you to watch me fill back up my freezer — while sticking with the $70 weekly budget. Here’s what it looked like after week 1. (The package of hot dogs and the buns/bread was in our fridge freezer — I moved it out here since that freezer was pretty stuffed.)

The chicken and ribs were from last week’s Friday-Saturday deals.

And here’s what it looks like as of this weekend. I’m excited because we not have 14 pounds of meat in there! (We usually eat 3-5 pounds of meat per week and I try to stock up on at least 4-7 pounds, so that we’re usually always putting a little more in the freezer than we’re eating.)

What We Ate On Our $70 Grocery Budget 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.

Our Menu Plan

Breakfasts:

  • Fried Eggs, Cereal, Pancakes, Apple Muffins, Banana Muffins

Lunches:

  •  Leftovers, Salad, Mac & Cheese, Fruit

Snacks:

  • Fruit, Popcorn, Cookies, Peppers

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs
  • Monday — Barbecued Chicken, Corn, Fruit
  • Tuesday — Barbecued Chicken Pizza
  • Wednesday — Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday — Mac & Cheese, Marinated Chicken, Salad
  • Friday — Ribs, Corn, Peas
  • Saturday — Takeout from Chili’s

$70 Grocery Budget Totals

Total spent on groceries: $65.82

Cashback earned this week: 400 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $3.10 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

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A Peek Into Our Week (+ Sprouts & Kroger 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 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.

Well, it was another week of travel and adventures — so I didn’t track what we ate in order to share in a post. But I did make it to Kroger twice and Sprouts once and got some great deals.

I thought it would be fun to share a little peek into our week + what I bought at the grocery store.

For Father’s Day, Jesse wanted to try out this new brunch restaurant in town. It was delicious and we had fun celebrating this man we love so much!

We also ran by Kroger and Sprouts to pick up some deals. Sprouts was having their weekend deals and I didn’t want to miss them.

Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • Sweet corn — 6 for $1 (weekend deal)
  • 3 dozen cage free eggs — $1.88 per dozen (weekend deal)
  • 1 Coconut Bliss “ice cream” — used free coupon (I got the Peanut Butter Chocolate and it is good!) — I forgot to take this out of the freezer to put in the photo!
  • Total with tax: $7.49

I also wanted to get to grab a few of the Kroger Buy 5, Get $5 off deals on Sunday since I knew I was going to be out of town for the next few days. I especially wanted to get 5 boxes of the $0.99 Quaker Granola bars.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • 5 boxes of Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 bags Jef Puffed Marshmallows — marked down to $0.69 each (I’m going to stick these in the freezer for rice krispy treats.)
  • 3 packages of Hillshire Sausage — $1.88 each with weekend deal
  • Private Selection Barbecue Sauce — used free coupon (no longer available)
  • 1 bag Kroger Pot Roast — marked down to $5.49
  • 5 bags of produce — marked down to $0.99 per bag
  • 2 packages of ground turkey — marked down to $2.69 each
  • Izzio Multigrain Bread — marked down to $1.29
  • Spinach — marked down to $1.79
  • 5 packages of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Kroger Private Selection ice cream (not pictured — I forgot to take it out of the freezer for the picture!) — used free coupon (no longer available)
  • Milk — $2.69
  • Kroger oatmeal — $1.59, used $0.40/1 coupon Kroger mailed to me = $1.09
  • Total with tax: $42.12

I left on Monday morning to fly to Dallas for my mom to have surgery.

My Time in Kansas

I rode back to Wichita, KS with my parents on Monday evening after my mom’s surgery and I stayed with them through Wednesday evening. I got to hang out with my mom and help take care of her during the day while my dad went to work.

In addition to getting to spend lots of time talking with her, I helped a little with my brother’s eBay business (my Mom and sister are running the business for him while he’s away serving as a counselor at the Wild’s camp in NC), and make yummy food for my mom and me (she’s the one who first inspired me to love salads so much!)

Kaitlynn’s Birthday

I flew back to TN on Wednesday night — just in time to celebrate Kaitlynn’s birthday on Thursday! Can you believe she is 12?

I wrote a letter to her here that shares some of my thoughts on her life and the joy and spark she brings to us.

I always take each child out on a birthday date of their choosing. Kaitlynn chose to go to a place that makes rolled ice cream and Bubble Milk Tea. It was my first time to have both of them and we had such a fun outing together!

Our Trip to Iceland

As many of you know, it’s our family goal to visit all 7 continents and 50 states by the time Kathrynne turns 18. We had planned to visit Europe this summer but prices to places like London and Rome are crazy during June and July. However, I found some cheap tickets to Iceland and jumped on them!

So we packed up on Friday morning to head to Iceland… but not before hitting the Friday-Saturday Kroger deals (I couldn’t pass up $0.99 cheese!)

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 4 bags of Kettle chips, 1 bag of Snyder’s pretzel’s — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals
  • 5 packages of Kroger cheese — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals
  • 5 bottles of Pace salsa — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals
  • 1 package bacon — $2.99 with Friday-Saturday deals
  • Total with tax: $18.96

Grocery Totals: $68.75

Cashback Earned: 375 points back from Fetch, $0.06 from CoinOut,

Want to follow along with our Iceland trip and get tips for how we are doing it on a budget? Be sure to follow my stories on Instagram this week!

Aldi, Sprouts, Big Lots, and Kroger Shopping Trips + Our Weekly Menu Plan

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 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.

I finally made it to Sprouts on a Wednesday!! If you’re unfamiliar with Sprouts’ sales cycles, they have overlapping sales on Wednesdays — which means you can get the sales from the last week + the sales from the coming week on Wednesdays!

They had some great produce deals that I stocked up on:

Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • 6 packages of strawberries — $1.25 each
  • 3 Cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • 2 Pineapple — $0.98 each
  • Sprouts Chocolate Chip cookies — used free coupon
  • Total with tax: $13.24

Did you get your freebies from Sprouts? If not, be sure to sign up for them here.

I was SO excited to find so many good clearance deals at BigLots when I went on Wednesday!!

My biggest score? Boxes of Kodiak Cakes for $0.75 each!!! Jesse loves these and he was super thrilled at this score!

Big Lots Shopping Trip

  • 4 boxes of Kodiak Cakes — marked down to $0.75 each
  • 5 packages of bread, bagels, & English Muffins — $1.40 each (I stuck these in the freezer.)
  • 1 can of Split Pea Soup — marked down to $0.25
  • 3 cans of corn — $0.25
  • Total with tax: $11.74

Aldi Shopping Trip:

  • Honey Crunch Oats — $1.59
  • All Purpose Flour — $1.89
  • 2 packages of hot dog buns — $0.85 each
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Cream Cheese — $1.29
  • Cheddar Cheese — $1.99
  • Eggs — $0.73
  • 10 lb potatoes — $3.49
  • Watermelon — $2.99
  • Total with tax: $19.39

Have you read my post on my 25 Favorite Things to Purchase From Aldi. And 5 Things You Should Not Buy at Aldi.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Eggs — marked down to $1.39
  • All Egg Whites — $4.99
  • 2 loaves of bread — marked down to $0.89 and $0.99
  • 1 bag of apples — $0.99
  • 1 bag of grapefruit — $0.99
  • Total with tax: $11.36

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

Bush’s Baked Beans — $0.99 each with the Weekend Only deals

This past week, we got to host three college girls from Pine Cove all week long who were here leading a Camp in the City for local kids.

We provided breakfast every morning for them. Then, we got to have dinner with them on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (they had dinners elsewhere the other nights).

Just for fun, we invited extra friends over on Wednesday and Friday night. I was excited that we were able to do all of the entertaining and still stick with our $70 grocery budget!

Oh and we ate a lot of leftovers this past week because we had a lot of extra food. 🙂 (I always want to make sure there is a enough food when we have guests, so that means I tend to plan a lot more food than we actually need! But hey, it means dinner is taken care of the next night!)

What We Ate On Our $70 Grocery Budget 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.

Our Menu Plan

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Pancakes, Bagels, Toast, Waffles, Fruit, Yogurt, Bacon, Sausage, Banana Bread, Apple Muffins

Lunches:

  •  Leftovers, Salad, Mac & Cheese, Turkey, Fruit

Snacks:

  • Fruit, Popcorn, Cookies, Banana Bread

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend for yourself
  • Monday — Dinner with our guests: Spaghetti with Meatballs, Green Beans, Fruit, Salad, French Bread
  • Tuesday — Leftovers
  • Wednesday — Dinner with our guests and some other friends: Barbecued Meatballs, Twice Baked Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Brussels, Fruit Salad, French Bread
  • Thursday — Leftovers
  • Friday — Dinner with our guests and some other friends: Brats/Hot Dogs, Squash Casserole, Salad, Fruit Salad, Homemade Mac & Cheese.
  • Saturday — Leftovers

$70 Grocery Budget Totals

Total spent on groceries: $61.23

Cashback earned this week: 625 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $0.10 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

This Week’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trip (I was under-budget!)

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 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.

I was out of town for two days this week at a blogging conference where I helped lead small group discussions in Instagram and also met with a number of different brands who are interested in working with me.

So once again, I didn’t end up writing down what all we ate this week. I had to laugh at my frugal ways though, because I managed to only spend $0.53 on food while I was on the road (I used a small Starbucks gift card to buy a few things one of the days and it didn’t quite cover everything so I owed $0.53!)

Some of our friends were out of town this week, so they offered us their share at a local farm since they wouldn’t be in town to pick it up. And they wouldn’t let us pay them for it! So we had roasted broccoli, cabbage and sausage, fresh strawberries, and lots of salads with fresh greens!

And then I found some great deals at Kroger on Friday:

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes of Go-gurts — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 2 packages of Turkey Breast — on closeout for $2 each
  • 5 packages of Danimals Smoothies — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 8 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • 1 bag of Chex Mix + 1 bag of Bugles — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/2 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.74 each
  • 2 bottles of Aussie shampoo/conditioner — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/2 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.99 each
  • 1 Simply Popped Popcorn — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 boxes of Earth’s Best French Toast Sticks — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 3 bags of Simple Truth Dried Mango — marked down to $1.12 each
  • 3 Kroger Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 Kroger yogurt — marked down to $0.25 each
  • Turkey Jerky — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Parmesan Cheese — $2.19
  • 10 1/2 pounds marked down bananas ($0.39/lb.) — $4.09
  • Simple Truth Eggs — $2.79, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $2.29
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • 3 pounds ground sirloin — marked down to $3.79 each
  • Kroger milk — $2.99
  • Turkey Hill Tea — $1.34, used $0.75/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.59
  • 1 bag of peaches — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax: $67.68

Last week, I was a few dollars over-budget (intentionally), but I promised I would be under budget this week — and I was!

Of course, we got our FREE Krispy Kreme donuts on Friday + Silas got free donuts for his A’s on his report card. (Note: They said that they have a limit of 6 free donuts per report card. Also, I’ve heard that some stores no longer offer this.)

This Week’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trips (the vacation edition)

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 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.

We were in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois until Wednesday evening, so I’m skipping post a menu plan this week because we went out once a day while on vacation and ate the free hotel breakfast in the mornings and then just had one snack-y meal using snacks we brought on the road with us.

But I did go grocery shopping twice, but before I share those trips, I have to share a few food related pictures from our trip.

Wisconsin, we fell in love with you! Also, Silas says that his impression is that everything is FREE in Madison! 😉

But seriously, if you’re looking for a great vacation spot with kids, check out Madison, WI. I’ll be sharing more of our day there and some of the free things we did in a post in a few weeks.

Based upon all of your recommendations, we stopped at the Cheese Chalet and bought cheese curds and then headed to Culver’s for frozen custard. Yum!

 

I have so many more pictures I could share from our trip, but I save those for future posts. For now, here’s a peek into what groceries we bought last week…

I found a number of closeout prices at Kroger on dried fruit, fruit snacks, and healthy cereal. Since these are closeouts, not markdowns, they qualify for the Buy 5, Get $5 Off deal!

There was only one box left of the Mott’s Fruit Snacks, but I was excited to get it for just $0.37!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 bags Bugles — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Veggie Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 Mott’s Tropical Fruit Snacks — $0.37 when you buy 5 participating items (on closeout)
  • 4 boxes of cereal — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 bags Raisins — on closeout for $1.18 each
  • Milk — $2.99
  • 2 bags of Chex Mix — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 bag of papaya — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 coconuts — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 Colgate toothpastes — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items (I thought it was going to take the $4/2 Digital coupon off, but instead it took off the $2/1 Digital coupon — lesson learned, either load the coupons on one and a time and don’t load another one until I’ve used one or else buy 3 toothpastes in order to get all 3 free! I could have asked them to take this off my order, but then the coupon already came off and then it would have messed up my Buy 5, Get $5 off deal… I decided to just pay for toothpaste — something I haven’t done in a long time!)
  • 2 lbs. of ground turkey — marked down to $2.09 each
  • Cheddar brats — marked down to $1.29 each
  • Simply Popped — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Total with tax: $31.24

I was excited about the bread and bacon Friday-Saturday deals!

Wow! Look at all these Produce Markdowns I found this past week! My eyes sort of bulged out when I saw all of these $0.99 red bags!

I bought 5 packages each (the limit) of bread and bacon and stuck all of them in the freezer to have for summer. I’m thinking the bread will be great for sandwiches or French Toast and the bacon will be great for Breakfast for Dinner nights!

I could barely fit everything into one photo!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn — marked down to $0.69
  • Oui Petites — marked down to $0.99
  • Simple Truth Eggs — $2.79
  • 5 loaves of Sara Lee bread — $0.99 each as the Friday-Saturday deal
  • 3 big bags of Mom’s Best cereal — on closeout for $1.15 each
  • 2 tubes of Colgate toothpaste — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $4/2 Digital coupon (it worked today!) = free after coupon
  • Palmolive dish soap — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/1 Digital coupon = $0.49 after coupon
  • Veggie Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Simply Popped Popcorn — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 5 packages Kroger bacon — $2.99 each as the Friday-Saturday deal
  • 8 bags of marked down produce — $0.99 each
  • Total with tax: $41.82

Shopping Trip Totals: $73.06

And yes, I was a bit over-budget (by $3) this week, but I wanted to go ahead and stock up on these deals as I’m going to be out of town Tuesday and Wednesday at a conference and I’ll make sure I’m a few dollars under-budget this coming week.

Did you get any great deals this past week? I’d love to hear about them!

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget (+ what we ate)

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 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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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget

I told you we were doing a 100 Days of Summer Fun Challenge this summer. We’re currently on Day 10 and it’s been so good. This photo was taken at the top of Fort Negley in Nashville.

We went there as a family to have a picnic dinner one night this past week. It was my idea — and well, let’s just say, the kids weren’t as excited about it as I was.

(You can read more about our evening there here… and hopefully it helps you remember that we’re far from perfect over here!)

photo of a salad

I bought some marked down salmon a few weeks ago and it was a fun addition to my daily salads this past week. Yum!

Pizza Hot Pockets

On Tuesday evening, I made a big batch of Pizza Hot Pockets. I used the basic idea from Ham & Cheese Pockets, but I used pasta sauce, browned ground beef, and cheddar cheese.

I made two pans and it was enough for two nights (plus some extras for lunch) and these were a hit!

Kroger Grocery Shopping Trip

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

$0.50 salad

I loved the $0.50 salads. The second day, I added some of the cooked salmon to it and it tasted amazing!

Sprouts coupon

Sprouts coupon

Did you download your free Sprouts coupons??

Sprouts Shopping Trip

Sprouts Shopping Trip

I got both of these for just $0.20 out of pocket at Sprouts!

Note: I accidentally picked up the non-organic peppers. I realized my mistake at the register when the coupon didn’t come off! I offered to go get the organic peppers so I could exchange them with these and the cashier said, “Oh, don’t worry about it! I’ll just take those off your order!”

If you missed my post from last week and you love Dollar Tree, be sure to check out my thoughts on 5 Things You Should Not Buy at Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree Shopping Trip

Dollar Tree Shopping Trip

While I was at Dollar Tree taking photos for the above post, I also picked up 4 bottles of lemon juice (for my Gallon of Lemon Water a Day habit) and I picked up some Coconut Oil cooking spray to try out.

I asked on Instagram if anyone had tried the coconut oil cooking spray. Some of you said you loved it. Some of you said it didn’t work at all. So I guess I’ll just have to try it for myself and see! 🙂

Sonic Corn Dogs

And of course, we had to stop by Sonic for their $0.50 corn dogs on Thursday!

Kroger sale

I was so excited about the fun deals at Kroger for Memorial Day weekend! (And the kids were super excited about sweet tea, cookies, and ice cream bars!)

Kroger sale

Kroger deals

Someone told me that they use the Deluxe Grahams for s’mores! We’ll have to try that!
Kroger deals

These are so great to have on hand for hosting people over the summer!

Kroger deals

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 5 packages of Keebler cookies — $0.99 each with the Weekend Digital coupon
  • 1 pack of Snapple — $1.99 with the Weekend Digital coupon
  • 5 boxes of ice cream bars — $0.99 each with the Weekend Digital coupon
  • 5 packages of hot dog buns — $1.19 each
  • 4 boxes Cinnamon Frosted Flakes — marked down to $1 each
  • 2 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 package Butterscotch chips — marked down to $1
  • 2 packages turkey — on closeout for $2 each
  • Pickle relish — $0.79
  • Kroger pickles — $1.59
  • Mustard — $0.49
  • Dijon mustard — $1.25
  • 3 salad kits — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Total with tax: $39.79

Practicing Hospitality on a Budget

A question I often get is how we can afford to practice hospitality with a $70 grocery budget. We love opening up our home and I love finding creative ways to do it frugally. (See my post here for some ideas for hospitality on a budget.)

Some friends from India were in the states and we wanted to have them over along with a few other families. I knew that our Indian friends actually enjoy real American food so I thought a traditional cookout would be fun!

We had about 20 packages of beef hot dogs and beef brats in the freezer — that I’ve picked up when they’ve been on great sales over the past 3-6 months. So I invited everyone to come and said we’d provide the hot dogs, brats, buns, and condiments. Everyone else brought a side and/or drink.

This made it easy for everyone and also really simple to pull off! It was such a wonderful evening of games, laughter, and good conversation!

Headed on a Road Trip!

On Saturday morning, we left for a quick family road trip to visit three states we haven’t all visited before (Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa). We brought snacks for the road, some food for some meals, and we are staying at hotels with free breakfasts. We love to splurge on one meal out at a local restaurant each day on our trip.

(Follow along on Instagram stories to see what we’re doing, seeing, and eating in these states!)

What We Ate On Our $70 Grocery Budget 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.

Our Menu Plan

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Pancakes, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Toast

Lunches:

  • Ham Sandwiches, Carrots, Oranges, Salads, Leftovers, Cookies (We also got a few $0.50 corn dogs at Sonic in the afternoon.)

Snacks:

  • Fruit, Peppers, Popcorn, Cookies, Hard Boiled Eggs, Cereal, Granola Bars, Chocolate Milk

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend for yourself
  • Monday — Grilled Beef, Twice Baked Potatoes, Hawaiian Rolls, Oranges
  • Tuesday — Homemade Pizza Pockets, Oranges
  • Wednesday — Leftover Pizza Pockets, Peppers, Creme Brulee
  • Thursday — Pancakes
  • Friday — Cookout with five other families at our house (we provided all of the Brats/Hot Dogs — I had these stockpiled in the freezer from recent deals — plus the condiments and buns. Everyone else brought a side/drinks.)
  • Saturday — We stopped at McAlister’s on our way to Madison, WI.

$70 Grocery Budget Totals

Total spent on groceries: $70.64

Cashback earned this week: 100 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $0.75 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards and buying snack bars + a snack.