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$95 Grocery Budget + Weekly Menu Plan for 8

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 a Family of 8 (+ baby!) This Week!

We had a very unexpected, but blessed and stretching week this week! I mentioned last weekend that we took in three kids for a temporary foster care placement (ages 13, 11, and 3). They ended up staying the entire week instead of just the weekend since they are still working to find permanent placement for them (and we didn’t want them to be sleeping in the DCS office this week — something that often happens in these cases, sadly.)

It was interesting to go from 3 kids and one on the way to having a 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, and 3 year old + baby on the way. We had to re-remember how to do the whole car seat thing (which we quickly discovered we were very rusty in!) and shopping with a three-year-old! 🙂

We’ve had so many special moments and made so many fun memories and I’m grateful for the opportunity for us to pour into these sweet kids! We also bought quite a few more groceries than normal since I wanted to make sure to have plenty of their favorite foods and also because 13-year-old boys who are 6 feet tall eat a lot! 😉

(By the way, this week reminded me of how grateful I am that I have such a great stockpile of all sorts of things on hand. It definitely helped allow us to have lots of different meal and snack options without having to keep running to the store or spending a bunch of extra $$ on full-priced groceries!)

Here were the groceries we bought this week…

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 Barilla microwave meals — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 1 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.49
  • 2 Ore-ida Mashed Potatoes — marked down to $0.39 each
  • 3 St. Ives Sheet Masks — marked down to $0.89 each
  • 2 dozen cage-free eggs — marked down to $1.29 each
  • Garlic Bread — marked down to $1.89
  • 2 cartons Minute Maid Peach Punch — marked down to $0.89 each
  • Stoneyfield Yogurt — marked down to $0.99
  • Green Grapes — $3.36
  • Red Grapes — $4.58
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • 7 Simple Truth Yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 2 cartons of raspberries — $1.25 each
  • 4 bags of apples — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of potatoes — $1.99
  • 2% milk — $2.59
  • Whole milk — $2.99
  • 2 Stayfree pads — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $3/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.49 each
  • 2 Colgate toothpaste — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $4/2 Kroger digital coupon = free after coupon
  • Simple Truth Tortilla Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Total with tax: $44.90

There was this HUGE section of dairy markdowns at the store one of the days I went this week! I wished I had more refrigerator space because I would have bought more!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 3 boxes of Kroger cereal — $1.49 each
  • 2 boxes of Coconut Cheerios — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 4 Stoneyfield yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • Kroger rolls — marked down to $1.09
  • 4 6-packs of Danimals drinkable yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 2-packs of Oui yogurts — marked down to $1.09 each
  • 4 bags Kroger potatoes — marked down to $1.49 each
  • 2 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 1 can of carrots — marked down to $0.29
  • 5 bags of Birdseye frozen veggies — $1 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Total with tax: $33.33

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

I wasn’t planning to go to Kroger a third time, but when I saw their deal on cheese over the weekend, I knew I had to run by there again!

  • 5 packages of Kroger cheese — $1.29 each with weekend deal
  • 1 gallon of water — $0.89
  • 2 bottles of apple juice — marked down to $0.89 each
  • 1 bag of onions — marked down to $0.99
  • 5 boxes of Jolly Time popcorn — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items (only 3 are shown because Kathrynne took two boxes to school for a party)
  • 1 loaf French bread — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Total with tax: $17.27

This Week’s Dinners:

Monday: Ritzy Chicken and Peas (the three kids we’re taking care of were with their worker this evening and we just had a crazy simple dinner because we had three different places to be this evening!)

Tuesday: Homemade Rotisserie Chicken in the Crockpot, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Grapes, Garlic Bread.

Wednesday: Barbecued Meatballs, Cinnamon Apples in the Instant Pot, Roasted Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls

Thursday: Dinner provided by Brown Bag (My friend coordinated with them to have them make dinner for us — something that they offer free of charge to foster families! How kind and amazing is that??)

Friday: Salad, Grapes, Ritzy Chicken Casserole, Leftover Corn & Peas, Leftover Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Bread

Saturday: Dinner out

Plan for Sunday: Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, Grapes, Leftover Garlic Bread

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + 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.

We had a full week and it ended with unexpectedly hosting three children from foster care who didn’t have a home to go to this weekend. Because they didn’t get here until Friday evening and it was a teen, tween, and preschooler, we had them pick their favorite fast food restaurant to go to when they got to our house.

Then, on Saturday, we discovered they had never been to Chick-fil-A, we decided to take them there on Saturday night. (Plus, I spent the evening at urgent care with one of them because they came with a bad cough and it got progressively worse so it worked out that I didn’t worry about dinner that night!)

Here were the groceries we bought this week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • King’s Hawaiian Bread —  marked down to $1.79
  • Sugar — $1.59
  • Baking powder — $0.89
  • 2 packages Glutino cookies — marked down to $1 each
  • Multigrain Sprouted bread — marked down to $2.29
  • 2 Siggi’s yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Simple Truth Eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • 2 cans of pumpkin — $1 each
  • Water — $0.89
  • Red Grapes — $0.99/lb.
  • Total with tax: $21.65

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

I could not believe this price on this yogurt! I used it in muffins and in two yogurt/whipped cream/raspberry pies, and plan to use the rest for yogurt/granola/fruit parfaits this coming week!

I was so excited about the weekend deals at Kroger this week! Just in time for holiday baking!

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • 5 bags Nestle Chocolate Chips — $1.49 each with 3-day weekend deals
  • Whipped topping — $0.89
  • 2 cartons Turkey broth — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Ripple Half & Half — on closeout for $0.87
  • 2 boxes Quaker Cocoa and Sea Salt oatmeal — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 5 bags Gold Medal Flour — $1.49 each with 3-day weekend deals
  • 2 tubs of raspberries — $1.25 each
  • 5 bottles of Wesson oil — $1.49 each with 3-day weekend deals
  • Ground beef — marked down to $3.79
  • Total with tax: $35.28

My grand total for groceries this week was a little over budget ($73.11), but since I’ve been under budget the last few weeks, I had a little wiggle room to spare!

This Week’s Dinners:

  • Monday — French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fruit
  • Tuesday — Marked Down King’s Hawaiian Bread, Mashed Potatoes, Sausage, Green Beans, Clementines
  • Wednesday — Italian Chicken, Grapes, Peas, Mashed Potatoes, Marked Down King’s Hawaiian Bread
  • Thursday — Corn Chowder, Banana Muffins, Grapes
  • Friday — Sonic (the choice of the kids who were staying with us this weekend!)
  • Saturday — Chick-fil-A (the kids staying with us had never been and were so excited to get to go!)
  • Sunday — Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, Grapes

This past week’s $65 grocery budget purchases + our dinner menu

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 loved finding great deals on eggs, dried cranberries, and avocados this past week. I’ve been making some yummy salads this week as a result!

I couldn’t believe all of these markdowns I found at Kroger. Ended up only getting the dried cranberries and some trail mix as those were the best deals.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Chobani Smoothies — marked down to $1.49
  • 2 Caramel Mousse — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 4 boxes of Zatarain’s rice — marked down to $0.59 each
  • 2 cans of pumpkin — $1 each
  • 5 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.90
  • 2 bags of barley — marked down to $0.84 each
  • 4 lbs of sweet potatoes — $0.49/lb.
  • Total with tax: $17.39

Butter was on sale this weekend as part of Kroger’s weekend deals and I was thrilled to be able to stock the freezer again!!

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • 5 lbs. butter — $1.99 each this weekend
  • Dannon yogurt smoothies — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 3 dozen Simple Truth eggs — marked down to $1.39 each
  • Simple Truth cage-free eggs containers — marked down to $1.19
  • 2 containers Siggi’s Skyr — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Whole Grain bread — marked down to $2.29
  • 2 containers organic blueberries/sweet potatoes/apples — marked down to $0.39 (we are going to use this instead of apple butter in Apple Butter Muffins)
  • 3-lb bag of clementines — $2.99
  • 10-lb bag of potatoes — $1.99
  • Takis — $2.89 (Kathrynne was with me and I let her decide how to spend the extra money in the budget so she bought these and gelatin.)
  • 3 packages gelatin — $0.39 each
  • Total with tax: $30.48

Dinners This Past Week

This Week’s Kroger Shopping Trip + Amazon Order = $63 spent!

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 only ended up going to Kroger once this past week, but I got some great deals and markdowns!

The Cream of Chicken soup was in the markdown section and it was just $0.49 each + it was part of the Buy 10, Get $5 off deal which meant that I got $0.50 off each — making them free!

I was super excited about finding the Yoplait 8-count packs of yogurt for just $0.99 and also the Off the Grid Waffles for just $0.99 each! There is a $0.50/1 iBotta rebate with a limit of 5 so I got back $2.50 for buy 5 boxes!

And finally, I was super thrilled to find eggs marked down! We were down to our last few eggs so it was perfect timing!

Kroger Shopping Trip:

  • 5 Campbell’s Soup — marked down to $0.49, got $0.50 off each because they were part of the buy 10, Get $5 off deal
  • 2 cans of Swanson broth — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 4 cans of Green Beans — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 2 pounds Land O Lakes butter — $2.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items, used $1/3 coupon from a Kroger mailer = $0.50 for all three
  • 2 cartons cottage cheese — $1.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 boxes of Swiss Miss hot cocoa — $0.99 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Annie’s Mac & Cheese — marked down to $0.45
  • 5 boxes Off the Grid Waffles — marked down to $0.99 each, plus I got $0.50 back per box from iBotta
  • Old El Pasa Taco Shells — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 boxes SO Right frozen burrito bowls — marked down to $0.89 each
  • 1 dozen Kroger eggs — marked down to $0.59
  • 5 dozen cage-free brown eggs — marked down to $1.29 each
  • 2 Chobani yogurt flips — marked down to $0.19 each
  • Kroger peanut butter — free with Kroger coupon from the Kroger mailer
  • Kroger water — $0.89
  • 2 Dannon Oikos yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 packages Roasted Turkey — marked down to $1.79 each
  • Broccoli crowns — $0.70
  • Kroger smoked sausage — free with Kroger mailer coupon
  • 2 8-count packages of Yoplait yogurt — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bunch of green leaf lettuce — $1.79
  • Bag of 3 apples — marked down to $0.99
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.50
  • Dole Salad Kit — $1.79
  • 4-lb bag of oranges — $3.99
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Total with tax: $53.28

Since I had some extra wiggle room in the grocery budget, I went ahead and ordered this great deal off of Amazon.

Dinners This Past Week

Rebates earned: $2.75 back from iBotta + 225 points from Fetch Rewards

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + What We Ate For Dinner

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 excited about the deals we found this week and we ate some really yummy food!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Some of the apples in the markdown bag above were Granny Smith, which none of us are fond of eating raw. So I made Cinnamon Apples in the Instant Pot with them.

These were a HUGE hit with the kids and they ate them up in just a few minutes. Next time, I definitely need to double the recipe!

I was so excited about a few of the Weekend Deals at Kroger — especially the cheese deal!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • La Croix — $1.99 per 8-pack with Friday-Sunday deals
  • Classico Pasta Sauce — $0.99 each with Friday-Sunday deals
  • 5 Simple Truth Greek yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 bags of Quaker Rice Snacks — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 boxes Swiss Miss — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 5 bags/packages Kroger cheese — $1.29 with Friday-Sunday deals
  • 2 containers cottage cheese — $1.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Coconut sugar — marked down to $0.99
  • 3 boxes pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 box pasta — marked down to $0.39
  • Taco Kit — marked down to $0.99
  • Half & Half — $1.49
  • 5 cans Green Giant veggies — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Grapes — $0.99/lb.
  • 2 packages meat — marked down to $2.50 each
  • Milk — $2.79
  • Honeycrisp apples — 3 lb. bag for $2.99
  • 4 cans Swanson broth — $0.49 each when buy 10 participating items
  • Total with tax: $48.34

Dinners From This Past Week

What did you eat at your house this week? Any winner frugal recipes you tried that you think we should try?

Our $70 Kroger Shopping Trip + What We Ate for Dinner This Past 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 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 am so happy to be (mostly!) back to cooking and grocery shopping. I still have times during the day when I’m sick to my stomach, but I usually have at least a few times during the day when I’m feeling well enough to cook — which I am so excited about! It’s so good to be in the second trimester.

I’m also back to much healthier eating (and daily salads!) after a number of weeks of just eating whatever I thought I could keep down that had some sort of nutritional value. Man, I have missed salads.

I’ve been in the mood for all things pumpkin now that we are experiencing fall weather here in Nashville, so I’ve been eating a lot of these pumpkin waffles this week!

Kroger had some more great weekend deals this week! I was especially excited about the chicken deal.

The kids were excited about the ice cream and granola bars deal. 😉

Also, I was excited about this Friday Freebie. For some reason, this looked SO good to me! And it tasted really good, too! 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Idahoan potatoes — free with Free Friday e-coupon
  • 2 tubs Private Selection Ice Cream — $2.49 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 5 bags of Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts — $4.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Reese’s Minis — 70% off — $1.20
  • Hershey Kisses — 70% off — $1.20
  • M&M’s — 70% off — $1.17
  • 5 boxes Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Celery — $1.99
  • Carrots — $1.69
  • Can of Chili — $0.39
  • 2 packages blackberries — $1.66 each
  • Lemon Juice — $1.69
  • 2 packages raspberries — $1.66 each
  • 5 boxes of Kroger instant oatmeal — $0.99 per box with Kroger digital coupon
  • Onions — $1.61
  • 3 snack boxes — marked down to $1 each
  • Total with tax: $66.46

Jesse also ran to Publix earlier in the week and got some cheese and lettuce (not pictured) and spent around $4 for that for our taco salad night.

ButcherBox sent us a box of meat for me to unbox on Facebook and Instagram, so Jesse smoked the spare ribs on Friday night and they were SO good!

The meat from ButcherBox is a lot pricier than what we usually pay, but you can definitely tell the quality in how it tastes. It was SO good!

Dinners From This Past Week

Dinners:

  • Monday — Leftover Hamburger Vegetable Soup, World’s Best Honey Corn Bread
  • Tuesday — English Muffins (from the freezer), Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Grapes/Oranges
  • Wednesday — Taco Salad
  • Thursday — Pumpkin Waffles, Sausage (from the freezer), Fruit Salad
  • Friday — Smoked Ribs, Peas, Corn, Roasted Potatoes
  • Saturday — Dinner out
  • Sunday — Fend for yourself