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We spent $71.40 on groceries this week (+ what a wild & crazy 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.

Whew! What a wild week it’s been!

In addition to everything surrounding COVID-19… school cancellations, church cancellations, sports cancellations, my parents cancelling their trip to come see us, Kathrynne being in Suriname while all this was going down*, and just figuring out how to navigate life in the middle of all of the unknown, we’ve also personally had some pretty HUGE things happen at our house this week… namely, we said yes to fostering a newborn who was born prematurely and is currently in the NICU.

So, much of our week was spent at the NICU loving on this little baby and meeting with the social worker/DCS/the medical team and learning how to care for a medically fragile baby.

I had never stepped foot in the NICU up until 4 days ago, so it’s been a whole new experience. And of all of the weeks, this was probably one of the most unique and weird weeks to be spending a lot of time at a hospital!! (They have a screening process just to get in the door and then to get in the NICU is a whole other level!)

The nurses and staff and social worker and DCS have all been amazing throughout this process and they have taught me so much and walked alongside us so well through this new territory. Also, we are so thrilled that the baby is doing so well, has started to bottle feed a little this week, and maybe get to come home in a few weeks!

(And yes, in case you’re wondering, this means that we’re planning to have two newborns at our house soon!! The kids could not be more excited!! Of course, this is foster care, so things could always change at any time… we’re just taking one day at a time and seeking to love well in this.)

If you want to follow along with this journey, I’m sharing little peeks on my Instagram stories every day.

*As of last night, Kathrynne is currently stranded in Suriname because they closed the borders just hours before she was supposed to fly back home today! Her school is working hard to get this situation resolved ASAP and get the girls back home. In the mean time, she has such a good attitude about it all. You can read more details here.

Okay, enough of an update! Let’s talk about groceries!

We checked our stockpile and realized it was lacking in a few areas, so we shored up those areas so that we have a 30-day supply on hand — even though not everything was on sale this week.

I’m grateful that we did this earlier in the week, because our stores are pretty sold out of a lot of staple items now.

Jesse ran by Kroger on Monday to pick up a few things we needed:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Potatoes — $2.49
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Cheese — $2.29
  • 4 yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Total with tax: $9.91

And then he ran by Aldi later on in the week to get a few more staple items:

Aldi Shopping Trip

  • 10-lb. potatoes — $3.79
  • Eggs — $0.58
  • Black Beans — $2.45
  • 4 boxes Mac & Cheese — $0.33 each
  • Steel Cut Oats —  $2.99
  • Great Northern Beans — $1.69
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Total with tax: $16.07 (The bag of sugar had a small hole in it, so they gave it to Jesse for free!!)

Psst! Have you checked out my post on my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Aldi?

I’m glad we got potatoes, because our store was completely sold out of them by Friday! (Who knew potatoes would be the big thing to stock up on?? That one surprised me!)

Kroger had some three-day sales that I wanted to try to take advantage of. I wasn’t sure whether they would have these items in stock when I went by on Friday night, but they did!

In thinking of making sure we have a 30-day supply of food and household items, I made sure we had enough on hand to make 30 dinners with our freezer and pantry items. I always love to have a few frozen pizzas on hand — especially for a quick dinner on busy nights or if the kids have friends over at the last minute! Yay for them being on sale for just $3.14!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 2 Kroger Pizzas — $3.14 each with the three-day sale
  • 2 bags of rice — $1.99 each
  • 5 packages Kroger cheese — $1.29 each with the three-day sale
  • Eggs — $1.19
  • 3 packages strawberries — $1.67 each
  • 2 bunches bananas — $2.71 total
  • 5 packages Nathan Beef Franks — $1.99 each with the three-day sale
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Apples — $3.99
  • Total with tax: $45.42

Our Menu Plan This 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

Lunches/Snacks: Leftovers, Salad, Apples/Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Banana Muffins, Danimals, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Cookies, Pears, Yogurt, Random other markdowns/sale items 🙂

Dinners:

Sunday — Fend for yourself

Monday — Turkey Meatballs, Breaded Eggplant, Salad

Tuesday — Rotisserie Chicken, Steamed Veggies, Twice Baked Potatoes

Wednesday — Chicken Tetrazinni, Banana Muffins, Veggies

Thursday — Meatballs, Apple Crisp

Friday — Leftover Meatballs, Leftover Twice Baked Potatoes, Steamed Veggies

Saturday — Pumpkin Waffles, Bacon, Strawberries

Cashback Earned: 75 points from Fetch Rewards and $1 from iBotta

We spent $62.05 on groceries last week (+ 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.

This week we had a lot of different things going on — Jesse got home from the men’s Discipleship retreat on Sunday, we had things going on almost every evening, Kathrynne left for a 9-day trip to Suriname on Friday, and I spent Friday-Sunday out of town at the women’s Discipleship retreat (both Jesse and I are small group co-leaders for our church’s Discipleship Intensive program).

We also went with our youth group to the indoor waterpark at the Gaylord Opryland on Wednesday evening (Jesse and I both co-lead a small group of teens in our church’s youth group, too).

So, when you see our menu plan below, you’ll notice we didn’t have a lot of “normal” dinners as a result. 🙂 But hey, this is real life right now!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

I was excited about the Friday-Saturday deals!

Especially the $0.99 Prego!

And the $1.49 Kellogg’s cereal!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 5 boxes Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes — $1.49 each with the Friday-Saturday deals
  • 2 boxes Krusteaz Sugar Cookie Mix — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 5 Ghirardelli Chocolate Cake Mix — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Baking powder — $1.05
  • Salt — $0.49
  • Beefaroni — marked down to $0.39
  • Refried Beans — marked down to $0.39
  • Progresso Soup — marked down to $0.49
  • 5 jars Prego (only 4 are pictured because we accidentally dropped one while bringing in the groceries!) — $0.99 each as part of the Friday-Saturday deals — earned $0.75 cash back from iBotta
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Apples — $3.99, used $0.50/1 Kroger digital coupon = $3.49
  • Bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • Kroger lemonade — marked down to $0.89
  • Kroger orange juice — marked down to $0.99
  • King’s Hawaiian Rolls — marked down to $0.79
  • Total with tax: $30.58

Our Menu Plan This 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

Lunches/Snacks: Leftovers, Salad, Turkey/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples/Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Danimals, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Cookies, Pears, Random other markdowns/sale items 🙂

Dinners:

Sunday — Fend for yourself

Monday — Turkey meatballs, Acorn Squash

Tuesday — Broccoli, Creamed Corn, Garlic Bread, Meatloaf

Wednesday — Pizza (Jesse, Kaitlynn, and I were at a youth group event and they served pizza & ice cream), Silas and Kathrynne had cereal

Thursday — Pot Roast + Sweet Potatoes & Carrots, Pears/Apples, Spaghetti Squash, Biscuits

Friday — Leftover Buffet (I was out of town at a retreat.)

Saturday — Chili’s (I was out of town at a retreat.)

We spent $68.74 on groceries this week (ALDI + Kroger)

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’ve been eating a LOT of cereal these days. Somewhat because I’m moving more slowly and am more tired now that I’m in the third trimester so it’s an easy snack/meal, but also because I keep getting great deals on it and cereal/milk are one of the few things that don’t give me heartburn!

(I didn’t get a picture of these groceries before the kids already got into the cereal & milk!)

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • 1 gallon milk — $2.69
  • 2 tubes Colgate toothpaste — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $4/2 Kroger digital coupon = free after coupons
  • 1 box Raisin Bran — $1.79 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 boxes Cheerios — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $1.49 each after coupons
  • Total with tax: $8.49

I was so excited that Kroger had butter on sale for $1.99 again this week! We still have 4 pounds in the freezer from the last sale, but you can bet I went ahead and got 5 more pounds to stock the freezer!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Since we had about $26 left in our grocery budget, I decided to run by Aldi on Saturday after Silas’ baseball practice. I was hoping to pick up some cereal and cheese. I let Silas add up the amount of the our purchases as we added things to the cart and he made sure we stayed within our budget. He did a great job of doing the mental math!

Aldi Shopping Trip

  • Chocolate Chip — $1.69
  • Dried Cranberries — $1.29
  • 2 Cinnamon Crunch cereal — $1.39 each
  • 3 boxes of Macaroni & Cheese — $0.33 each
  • 6-pack of Peach Tea — $3.99
  • Eggs — $0.58
  • Baby Carrots — $0.89
  • 2 Honey Crunch Oats cereal — $1.29
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Frosted Flakes — $2.29
  • 2 packages cheese — $1.69 each
  • Total with tax: $24.55

Our Menu Plan This 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

Lunches/Snacks: Leftovers, Salad, Apples/Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Danimals, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Scrambled Eggs, Cookies, Chips, Random other markdowns/sale items 🙂

Dinners:

Sunday — Frozen Pizza

Monday — Quiche (used marked down pie crust, mixed veggies, ground beef, eggs, spices), Apple Turnover (used marked down pie crust)

Tuesday — Instant Pot Apples, Pumpkin Waffles, Sausage

Wednesday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Thursday — Parmesan Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Peas, Biscuits

Friday — Leftover Buffet, Oranges (Jesse was out of town)

Saturday — Frozen Pizza, Salad (Jesse was out of town)

We Spent $68.24 at the Grocery Store This Week (+ our dinner menus)

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 to find some great deals at Kroger, be able to stock up on a few things, and stay under budget. Here’s what we bought this week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 4 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each with the Kroger digital coupon
  • Duncan Hines Microwave Cakes (I thought these would be fun to have for a movie night!) — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Kroger Hashbrowns — $1.79
  • Fresh Salsa — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 3 jars Kroger peanut butter — $0.99 each after Kroger digital coupon
  • 1 jar natural Kroger peanut butter — $1.79
  • Kroger cheese (16 oz.) — $3.99
  • Pillsbury Pie Crust — marked down to $0.99
  • 3-lb bag of Gala apples — $3.99
  • 2 lbs ground beef — marked down to $1.99 each
  • 3 bottles Odwalla juice — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes Kroger cereal — $1.49 each
  • Milk — $2.79
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • Total with tax: $38.38

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 2 boxes Kroger cereal — $1.49 each
  • Hostess Cupcake Dessert Mix — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 cans Chef Boyardee — marked down to $0.19 each
  • Simple Truth Refried Beans — marked down to $0.39
  • 4 bags Kroger Frozen Veggies — $1 each
  • Lemi-Shine Dishwasher Tabs — marked down to $0.89
  • 5 packages of Pampers wipes — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday digital coupon
  • 2 Stayfree pads — $1.69 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $3/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.19 each
  • 2 Suave shampoo/conditioner — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.49 each
  • Kellogg’s Raisin Bran — $1.79 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Simple Truth Eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • Total with tax: $29.86

 

Our Menu Plan This 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

Lunches: Leftovers, Salad, Apples/Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Yogurt, Cookies, Chips, Random other markdowns/sale items 🙂

Dinners: 

Sunday: Leftovers + Mac & Cheese

Monday: Breakfast Casserole (recipe sent to me by a follower)

Tuesday: Fend for yourself + leftovers

Wednesday: Tyson Anytizers, Broccoli, Brown Rice

Thursday: Chicken Tetrazinni, Green Beans, Bran Muffins

Friday: Pumpkin Waffles, Bacon (Jesse & I went out to dinner with a gift card we were given by his parents — we’re trying to get in some dates before the baby gets here!)

Saturday: Dinner out (Kathrynne had an out of town basketball tournament)

$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