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$70 Grocery Budget (+ what we ate 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.

Thank you so much for your encouragement on my last Grocery Post letting me know how much you enjoy me sharing my menu plans. Your kind words meant a lot to me; thank you for taking the time to share!

And yes, I realized based upon all the comments and emails that many of you really find the menu plans helpful and inspiring — even if most of the social media comments/emails in recent weeks have been from people who have felt frustrated by the menu plans. So I’ll plan to continue sharing them! 🙂

Two of the kids had their yearly testing at school this past week, so they asked if I could make Energy Bites — and we ended up going through 3 batches of these this week! We’ve eaten them for breakfast, lunch, snack, and after-dinner snack! 🙂

Also, I showed on Instagram stories how I make Roasted Broccoli — and literally just stick the frozen broccoli straight from the bag into the oven!

Sometimes, I go to Kroger and find all sorts of great deals and markdowns. Sometimes, I go and basically find nothing.

My first Kroger shopping trip of the week was a complete bust. See above. 🙂 I hope this encourages you to know that it’s not like every single time I head to Kroger I strike gold!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 3 Dannon Yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 bags of carrots — $1 each
  • Total with tax: $3.67

A few pictures of my salads from this past week. For more salad inspiration, see my post on 10 Days of Salads.

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Kroger Pork Roast — marked down to $4.99
  • Ground Turkey — marked down to $2.49
  • Ground Pork — marked down to $2.50
  • 1 multipack of Kleenex travel tissues — $1.69
  • 1 bag of peppers — marked down to $0.99
  • Spinach — marked down to $1.79
  • 3 bags of Mission Street Tacos — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • Palmolive Dish Soap — $1.49 when you buy 6 participating items, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.99
  • 2 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each, got $1 back from iBotta = free after iBotta rebate
  • 2 bags of carrots — $0.99 each
  • Rice bowl — marked down to $0.29
  • Ortega Skillet Sauce — marked down to $0.49
  • 2 cantaloupe — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 bags of Goldfish — $0.99 when you buy 6 participating items
  • 3 bags of cookies — $0.99 when you buy 6 participating items
  • Pringles — $0.99 when you buy 6 participating items
  • Jarlsberg cheese — marked down to $1.69
  • Grapes — $0.99/lb. = $2.11
  • 1 bag Taco Bell Cheese, 1 bag Kraft cheese — $2.29 each when you buy 6 participating items, used Buy One, Get One Free Kroger Digital coupon = $1.10 each after coupon
  • 2 cartons cottage cheese — $0.89 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • Kroger Vitamin D Milk — 2.59
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup — $0.49 when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 box Kellogg’s cereal — marked down to $0.50
  • Total with tax: $46.65

Have you tried the Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls recipe yet? Cassey made them and posted them on Instagram stories this past week. YUM!

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • Deli Chicken — marked down to $4.19
  • 2 cans of Green Beans — $0.49 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 2 cans of Pringles — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 2 bags of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 5 bags of Popchips — $0.99 each as part of the Friday-Saturday deals
  • 18-count eggs — $0.99
  • Nestle Crunch Bars — $1, used $1/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = Free
  • Total with tax: $16.26

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, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrots, Oranges, Salads, Leftovers, Cookies, Protein Bars, Energy Bites

Snacks:

  • Cantaloupe, Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Crackers & Cheese, Refrigerator Pickles, Energy Bites

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend For Yourself
  • Monday — Chicken Tetrazinni, Oranges, Refrigerator Pickles, Carrots, Hummus, Roasted Broccoli
  • Tuesday — Pancakes, Sausage, Oranges
  • Wednesday — Sausage/Peppers/Potatoes, Cantaloupe
  • Thursday — Leftovers/Fend For Yourself
  • Friday — Rotisserie Chicken, Green Beans, Cantaloupe, Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Saturday — Chipotle

Total spent on groceries: $66.58

Cashback earned this week: 205 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $1.10 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

$70 Grocery Budget (+ why I stopped posting my menu plans)

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.

The last two weeks, I didn’t post our menu plan with my grocery posts. I did this intentionally — without saying anything — to see if people would notice and mention anything.

You see, it takes quite a bit of extra time to track what we eat and share it and it felt like the only comments I had been getting were pretty negative, nit-picky comments about our menu plan (most of these were coming in via email and on social media). I was feeling like a) people weren’t finding the menu plans helpful and b) it probably wasn’t worth my time to share the menu plans if they were only going to get critical comments.

But then… multiple people wrote in and last week and asked about the menu plans and told me you had found it so helpful. That was so encouraging to know that many of you actually do find the menu plans helpful. So, I’m happy to bring them back! 🙂

Here’s what we bought and ate this week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 loaves of bread — marked down to $1.79
  • 10 lb. bag of potatoes — $1.99
  • 2 cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • Kroger vitamin D milk — $2.59
  • Total with tax: $10.77

As you know, I eat a lot of salads every week. This one was one of my favorites from this past week. (Marked down greens, leftover roasted asparagus, leftover Italian chicken.)

Jesse and I went out for a lunch date on Wednesday to one of our favorite places: Frothy Monkey. I love their Gail Salad with whole grain toast and butter. (Except yikes, that avocado looks nasty — I cut that bad part out before eating the salad!)

We already had a lot of groceries in our pantry, fridge, and freezer and there weren’t any really fantastic coupon deals at Kroger, but since I still had $59 in our grocery budget to use, I went to Kroger on Friday to see what markdowns I could find.

I was not disappointed. In fact, I kind of hit the motherlode of markdowns!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Family-Sized Nabisco Crackers & Cookies — $1.99 with Friday-Saturday Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 3 boxes of Kroger cereal — $1.49 each
  • Frozen Turkey — $0.97/lb. with Friday-Saturday Kroger Digital Coupon = $6.43
  • Minute Rice — marked down to $0.69
  • 2 Wasabi Peanuts — marked down to $0.25 each
  • Ghana chocolate — marked down to $0.69
  • Multigrain bread — marked down to $1.29
  • 2 Whole-wheat Pita pockets — marked down $0.99 each
  • RX Bar — FREE with Free Friday coupon
  • 2 packages Kroger Sausage Links — $1.99 each with 4 Day weekend sale
  • 2 bags Salad Kits — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Simple Truth Eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • Quaker Oat Beverage — marked down to $1
  • 2 big bottles French’s ketchup — marked down to $0.89 each
  • 5 jars of Simple Truth Organic Corn & Bean Salsa — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 2 Simple Truth Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Chi-Chi’s pineapple salsa — marked down to $0.79
  • Hot Salsa — marked down to $1.29
  • Tomato Juice — marked down to $0.89
  • Total with tax: $49.23

I thought you’d like to see how yummy that bagged salad looks like on a plate. Here’s half a bag of the salad. I love that buying these bagged salads makes for such quick and easy — and healthful and inexpensive! — lunches for me!

a photo of Crystal Paine and her daughter

Kaitlynn went to 7th and 8th grade camp in Kentucky with 33 other students from church on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I am not a student ministry leader, but they were short on leaders who were able to come so I volunteered to go. And I had a blast getting to hang out with the kids, have fun with them, listen to them, love on them, and encourage them.

So Kaitlynn and I ate camp food for 2 days this week… and it wasn’t that bad! I was especially happy that they had a salad bar for lunch and dinner!

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, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Salads, Leftovers, Blackberries, Cookies, Protein Bars (Jesse and I went out to lunch on Wednesday)

Snacks:

  • Cantaloupe, Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Crackers & Cheese, Refrigerator Pickles

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Frozen Pizza
  • Monday —Italian Chicken, Pineapple, Roasted Asparagus, Homemade Biscuits, Cantaloupe
  • Tuesday — Beef, Twice Baked Potatoes, Cantaloupe
  • Wednesday — Leftovers (The girls had pizza at church because they went to an activity night.)
  • Thursday — Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Pineapple, Refrigerator Pickles
  • Friday — Roasted Turkey in the Instant Pot, Fruit (Kathrynne was at a birthday party. Kaitlynn and I ate a quick dinner and then left to go to church to take the bus to camp in Kentucky!)
  • Saturday — Jesse and Silas and Kathrynne went out to eat. Kaitlynn and I were at camp.

Total spent on groceries: $60 — I have no idea how I managed to have a perfectly even number!!

Cashback earned this week: 50 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

$70 Grocery Budget: Kroger Deals & Sprouts Weekend 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.

a photo of groceries

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 Aussie Conditioning Treatment — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/2 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes of Orville Redenbacher popcorn — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 Bertolli Pasta Sauce — $1.29 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 bag potato chips — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 packages of Beef Fajitas — marked down to $3.99 each
  • 2 dozen organic eggs — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Olive Oil Spray — $2.99
  • Vitamin D Milk — $2.49
  • Total with tax: $27.06

Kroger deals

I went to Kroger again on Friday to grab the Special K bars that were part of the Friday & Saturday deal.

Kroger deals

When I walked in, I saw this sign for this 4-day sale that I didn’t know anything about!! Plus, I found that they had pineapple and cantaloupe on sale for $0.99 each!

a photo of groceries

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 5 boxes of Special K Bars — $1.49 each with Friday-Saturday deals
  • Flour — marked down $1.39
  • 3 bags of sugar — $0.99 each
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips — marked down to $1.50
  • Organic Greens — marked down to $2.99
  • 2 Grapefruit — marked down to $0.99
  • Organic canned tomatoes — marked down to $0.49
  • Pumpkin Spice Sparkling Cider — marked down to $1.39
  • Half & Half – $1.79
  • Asparagus — $0.89
  • Kroger cereal — $1.49
  • 3 tubs of Purity Ice Cream — $1.99 each
  • 2 cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • 2 pineapple — $0.99 each
  • Total with tax: $35.41

Sprouts deals

And I got an email from Sprouts with a coupon to scan at the register to get some GREAT produce deals. (This coupon is also available in the app, if you have the app.)

a photo of groceries

Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • 2 Blackberries — $0.99 each
  • 8 cucumbers — 4 for $1
  • 8 pounds of oranges — $1 per 4 pounds
  • Total with tax: $6.22

Total spent on groceries: $68.69

Cashback earned this week: 75 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards,$0.25 back from iBotta for submitting my receipt

I was $3.17 under budget on groceries this week — yay!

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.

Last Week’s Groceries

Last Sunday, I didn’t get a chance to share what I bought last week at Kroger because I was in New York City. However, I wanted to show you pictures since I’ll be using these groceries in some of our meals in the next month.

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

First up, I was super excited to get peanut butter for just $0.99! I stocked up on 5 jars! A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

I was also pretty excited about getting those BAGS of avocados for $0.99 per bag. I’ve been eating a lot of avocados the past week!

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

Then Jesse went to Kroger when I was on my trip to stock up on the really good weekend deals — including 32-oz blocks of cheese for $3.99.

All totaled, we spent right at $70 on groceries for everything shown above.

A photo of Kroger MyMagazine

For those who asked about how I got the coupon-filled Kroger magazine, I wrote a post on it here.

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

I didn’t make it to Kroger this week until Thursday and I guess it was a good day to go… because I found bagged salads marked down to $0.25 each.

Say what???? It was pretty exciting because I have never seen bagged salads even remotely close to that price!

I wrote more about how I MADE money on multiple items at Kroger that shopping trip.

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

I was excited about the weekend deals for this week, including Sabra Hummus for $1.49! We love hummus, so I bought the limit of 5

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

Thursday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 bags of Stacy’s Pita Chips — $1.49 each as part of the Kroger Weekend Deals
  • 5 packages Johnsonville Sausage — $1.99 each as part of the Kroger Weekend Deals
  • 5 packages Johnsonville Smoked Sausage — $1.99 each as part of Kroger Weekend Deals + I got a $5 off coupon for buying 5
  • 1 lb. Simple Truth Ground Pork — marked down to $2.50
  • 3 bags of Bagged Salad Kits — marked down to $0.25 each
  • Nourish Bowl — marked down to $1
  • French Bread — marked down to $0.79
  • Dole Salad Kit — marked down to $0.50
  • Spinach — marked down to $1
  • Pickles — $1.49
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • 3 Simple Truth cartons of eggs — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 1 dozen medium Simple Truth eggs — marked down to $1.29
  • Kroger Water — $0.79
  • Whole Milk — $2.59
  • 2 bottles of Kraft Barbecue Sauce — $0.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Gilette Shave Gel — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items + used $0.75 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.24
  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 bag of cuties — marked down to $0.99
  • 4 bags of Mrs. Cubbison’s Croutons — $0.29 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/2 Mrs. Cubbison’s printable coupon + submitted my receipt to get $1 back from iBotta
  • 2 bottles of Ken’s dressing — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items, $1/1 Ken’s dressing peelie coupons +
  • submitted my receipt to get $1.50 back from iBotta
  • Total with tax: $54.19

Blueberries at Sprouts

On Saturday, I was over on the side of town where Sprouts is, so I ran by in take advantage of the weekend deal to get Blackberries for $0.88.

a photo lamb chops

I also looked at the Manager’s Specials for meat and found Lamb Chops marked down to $2.50. Yes, it was more expensive than what I’d usually pay per pound for meat, but I’ve been promising Silas I would buy lamb if I found a deal on it and I finally did! (He fell in love with lamb when we visited South Africa!)

Sprouts Shopping Trip

Saturday Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • 5 cartons of blackberries — $0.88 (Weekend Special)
  • 1 package of Lamb Chop — $2.50
  • Total with tax: $7.37

Psst! If you have a Sprouts nearby, be sure to check out these freebies you can get.

Kroger Shopping Trip

I also stopped by a different Kroger that was right by Sprouts. There wasn’t anything super exciting, but here’s what I picked up:

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip

Total spent on groceries: $66.83

Cashback earned this week: 125 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards, $2.50 back from iBotta

$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.