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Last Week’s $59.29 Shopping Trip

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of six (two adults, two teens, a pre-teen, and a baby). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, feminine products, etc.). Jesse and I usually eat lunch at home. The kids have lunch at school.

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Three ways we save a lot of money on groceries is by sticking with simple meals, planning our menu based upon what’s on sale at the store and what we have on hand, and making creative substitutions. For instance, I can often get pasta and pasta sauce on great sales. When I find a deal on cheese and cottage cheese, we make Lasagna Casserole (or Baked Ziti, as some people call it.)

I made Chicken Stuffing Casserole for dinner one night last week because I had gotten chicken and frozen veggies on sale and had stuffing that I’d gotten marked down. I didn’t have any sour cream or plain or greek yogurt so I subbed half & half instead. It worked!

I was so excited about this deal on fresh asparagus! We’re going to have roasted asparagus as sides for some of our dinners this week!

Kroger Shopping Trip

Here’s what I got at Kroger this week:

  • 2 Gerber Baby Food — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Comforts Baby Food — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 cans tomato sauce — marked down to $0.19 each
  • 2 packets of yeast — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 1 can tomatoes — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 bags frozen green beans — $1 each
  • Yoplait yogurt — $0.60
  • Moosetracks yogurt — marked down to $0.39
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • Brown Cow yogurt — marked down to $1.99
  • 2 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 2 snack tracks of shrimp and crab — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal — $1.49 each
  • Izzio Multigrain Bread — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Wesson Oil — $1.99
  • 2 lbs. butter — on sale for $1.99 each
  • Meatloaf — $2.49 (marked down to $3.49 + $1 off because it was part of the Buy 5 or More Participating Items, Get $1 off each)
  • Stirfry Kit — marked down to $2.49
  • 4 Butterball Turkey Sausages — $1.49 each
  • Milk — $2.89
  • Nectarines — $1.33
  • Peaches — $1.25
  • Bananas — $0.94
  • Romaine Lettuce — $1.79
  • 3 bunches asparagus — $2.29
  • Grapes — $4.26
  • Potatoes — $2.79
  • Total with tax: $59.29

Menu Plan Ideas

Be sure to follow along on Instagram Stories to see what I’m cooking every day. I’ll likely change a few of these things up! We’ll see!)

Breakfast Ideas: Cereal/Milk, Baked Oatmeal, Eggs

Lunch Ideas: Salad, Leftovers, Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese (The kids eat lunch at school during the week.)

Dinner Ideas:

  • Stirfry with Noodles
  • Change Your Life Chicken
  • Sausage/Potatoes/Onions
  • Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Frozen Veggies
  • Waffles, Eggs, Sausage
  • Leftovers/Fend For Yourself
  • Dinner out

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Last Week’s $71.70 ALDI Shopping Trip

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of six (two adults, two teens, a pre-teen, and a baby). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, feminine products, etc.). Jesse and I usually eat lunch at home. The kids have lunch at school.

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

So many of you have begged me to do another Aldi shopping trip, so this week — since I needed to buy a lot of basic ingredients — I stopped by there for this week’s shopping trip. (Psst! Have you seen my post on my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Aldi?)

Since we had a lot of ice and snow last week, I had heard that the delivery trucks had trouble getting through to some grocery stores — and that was very obvious by the produce section. (However, the produce section was the only section that was really sparse.)

I was excited to find some marked down meat! I had been hearing from people that Aldi has been doing lots of markdowns recently, but this was my first time to find it myself!

 

I also found these heart-shaped pizzas marked down by 50% so I bought two and we had them for dinner on Saturday night.

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • 2 pizzas — marked down to $2.49 each
  • Half & Half — $1.55
  • Toilet paper — $1.49
  • Orange Juice — $1.59
  • Almond milk — $1.79
  • Mozzarella — $2.75
  • 2 cans green beans — $0.47 each
  • Butter — $2.19
  • 2 bags frozen veggies — $0.95 each
  • 1 can diced tomatoes — $0.45
  • 2 can cream of chicken soup — $0.50 each
  • Crispy Oats cereal — $1.09
  • Honey Crispy Oats cereal — $2.39
  • 3 boxes Mac & Cheese — $0.34 each
  • Honey Crunch Oats cereal — $1.29
  • Brown sugar — $1.29
  • Lettuce — $1.29
  • Chocolate chips — $1.65
  • Bacon — $3.39
  • Celery — $1.29
  • Chicken Thighs — marked down to $3.53
  • Milk — $2.57
  • 2 bags frozen broccoli — $0.85 each
  • 2 3-lb bags chicken tenderloins — $5.45
  • Cheddar cheese — $2.99
  • 2 3-lb bags Gala apples — $2.99 each
  • 2 Cucumbers — $0.59 each
  • Sugar — $1.94
  • Oyster crackers — $0.79
  • Total with tax = $71.70

Menu Plan Ideas

Be sure to follow along on Instagram Stories to see what I’m cooking every day. I’ll likely change a few of these things up! We’ll see!)

Breakfast Ideas: Cereal/Milk, Green Smoothies, Energy Bites (yes, I eat them for breakfast!), Oatmeal

Lunch Ideas: Salad, Leftovers, Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese (The kids eat lunch at school during the week.)

Dinner Ideas:

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Last week’s $65 grocery shopping trip

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of six (two adults, two teens, a pre-teen, and a baby). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, feminine products, etc.). Jesse and I usually eat lunch at home. The kids have lunch at school.

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

After accidentally spending too much on groceries last week, I wanted to get back on track by only spending $65 on groceries this week.

We are supposed to have icy weather and winter storms, so our store was really picked over — especially the produce. I could not believe that there was literally not one single banana left!

I found this turkey marked down. I’m going to use it to make Hot Pockets for dinner + sliders for the kids’ lunches.

If you want some salad inspiration, be sure to follow along on Instagram Stories. I usually show my lunch salad every week day in stories!

I found these StoneFire Artisan Flatbreads marked down too $1.79 for two. I had some pasta sauce + cheese in the freezer, so we used it to make heart pizzas for Valentine’s Day.

I totally forgot to take a photo of all of the groceries before I put them away, so you’ll just have to go off of the screenshots I took from my IG stories. (If you want to see everything I bought, you can watch my Faceboook Live here.)

Here’s what I ended up buying at the store…

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Milk — $2.89
  • Bath tissue — $2.39
  • 2 packages bath tissue — $0.79 each
  • 2 boxes Cheerios — marked down to $1.49 each
  • 2 boxes Ronzoni Pasta — $0.49 each after the digital coupon
  • 2 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each after the digital coupon
  • 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $1.29 each
  • 7 yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • 3 packages turkey — marked down to $2.39 each
  • 2 jars peanut butter — $1.25 each
  • Stonefire pizza crusts — marked down to $1.79
  • Rice — $0.89
  • Rolls — $1.09
  • Frozen veggies — $1
  • Water — $0.89
  • Whole Grain Bread — marked down to $2.29
  • Apple Juice — $0.99 with digital coupon
  • Potatoes — $2.77
  • 2 bags produce — $0.99 each
  • Cantaloupe — marked down to $0.99
  • 12-pack Danimals smoothies — $2.50 with digital coupon
  • Salad Blend — marked down to $2.49
  • Mushrooms — marked down to $1.39
  • Salad mix — marked down to $1.69
  • Carrots — $1
  • Clementines — $3.99
  • Apples — $3.99
  • Total with tax: $65.03

And I was really excited that I almost hit my $65 target — just $0.03 off!

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This Week’s $62.75 Kroger Shopping Trip

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of six (two adults, two teens, a pre-teen, and a baby). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, feminine products, etc.). Jesse and I usually eat lunch at home. The kids have lunch at school.

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Well, after last week’s accidental $82 shopping trip with Kroger Pickup, I was excited to get back to shopping in-store. And I’d planned that I was only going to spend $58 to make up for the overage I’d spent with pick up.

I was so excited because Kroger had sent me a $6 coupon good for any $60 or more shopping trip. I had my shopping trip planned and I was excited about the deals! I did my shopping and found lots of great deals… but when I got up to the self-checkout to scan and pay for my groceries, I couldn’t find my $6 coupon anywhere.

I went through all of the contents of my purse. It wasn’t there.

I looked through the shopping cart thinking it may have fallen. It wasn’t there.

I asked the lady at self-checkout if I could leave my groceries and quickly go look in the car for the coupon (I had gone later at night and there was almost no one at the store!). I couldn’t find the coupon anywhere.

So, I just ended up paying for my groceries and heading home.

Guess what I found stuck down on the side of the driver’s seat when I got home? The $6 coupon!!!

Of course, it expires tomorrow, so I couldn’t just keep it to use for groceries this coming week. Multiple people told me on Instagram that I should bring my receipt back to the store with the coupon the next day and they would give me a refund. Since I was going to be right by the store, I decided to try it.

Well, I found out that they totally would have given me a refund… only I hadn’t spent enough money to qualify to even use the coupon in the first place!! (The fine print says you have to spend $60 *before* tax!)

I thought some of you might find it encouraging that I still lose coupons and fail to read the fine print — even after years of shopping like this!!

Oh well, I’ll just spend $65 at Kroger this coming week and I’ll be within budget and it’s all good. And this is one good reason we budget out enough money to last for the next month in each category!

I also had to take pictures of both the produce markdown area and the bread cart. Because I thought it might encourage you to see that sometimes it’s really picked over at our store, too!

I did end up getting one loaf of Italian bread marked down to $0.79 to stick in the freezer, though.

I’ve been loving all of the yogurt markdowns they’ve had recently!

Kierstyn loves yogurt, so I’ve been buying the vanilla for her. And the plain yogurt is great to sub for sour cream, as well.!

Two of our older three still love those Danimals drinkable yogurt, so I pick them up whenever I find them marked down.

I’ve not tried the Sweet Biscuits before, bought I bought two cans and we’ll see what we think! And I picked up the cookie dough to use for when we had a group of teens over for dinner this weekend.

I couldn’t believe that our store was still so stocked with the $0.99 cereal!

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 2 Pillsbury Oreo Cookie Dough — marked down to $1.29 each
  • 2 containers salmon — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 2 Martha White Chocolate Muffin Mix — on closeout for $0.30 each
  • 2 rolls Pillsbury Biscuits — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 4 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • Kroger yogurt — marked down to $0.99
  • Peach Greek yogurt — $0.29
  • 2 packages Ore-Ida Tater Tots — on sale Buy One, Get One Free — $2.99 each
  • Kroger Half & Half — $1.99
  • Kroger Milk — $2.69
  • Bananas — $1.62
  • Tangerines — $2.99
  • 2 dozen eggs — marked down to $1.49 each
  • 5 boxes Post cereal — $0.99 each with the weekly digital deals
  • Yoplait Yogurt — marked down to $1.29
  • 2 Kroger Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Whole Fryer — marked down to $3.38
  • Strawberry Kefir — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 packages of Danimal Yogurts — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Kroger Cottage Cheese — $1.25
  • Smoked Turkey — marked down to $2.39
  • Hummus — marked down to $1.79
  • Oregano — $1
  • Kroger Flour — $1.49
  • 2 boxes powdered sugar — marked down to $0.79 each
  • Salad Kit — marked down to $1.69
  • 3 pouches baby food — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Italian Bread — marked down to $0.79
  • Total with tax: $62.75

My Not-So-Great Experience With ALDI Instacart Grocery Delivery

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Thinking of trying ALDI grocery delivery through Instacart and looking for reviews? These are my really honest thoughts on my experience with it! (You might also enjoy my honest Kroger Pickup Review!)

ALDI Grocery Delivery Review

As you all know, I love ALDI. If I didn’t have multiple Kroger stores nearby that offered such great markdowns and digital coupon deals, I’d likely be shopping at ALDI every week.

Last week, I took you along on my grocery shopping trip — and so many people said they found it really helpful for me to do so but asked if I could showcase different methods of shopping. So this week, I decided to try a different method: ALDI Instacart Delivery Service.

My Honest ALDI Delivery Review

I challenged myself to see if I could get everything we needed for our menu plan this week and spend less than $70 while using ALDI Grocery Delivery. Well, I definitely learned some lessons in the process…

1) Instacart Charges You More Per Item

I noticed right away that each of the items cost just a little bit more on Instacart than they do by shopping in-store at Aldi. It was just about $0.10-$0.50 per item, but that adds up quickly! I estimate I paid about $4-5 more than I would have spent in-store because of this.

2) Instacart Does Not Offer the Weekly Sale Prices

Also of note: I wasn’t able to get any of the weekly produce specials. Usually, I mostly just buy the produce specials at ALDI. Instead, I went with the more inexpensive regularly priced produce options, but I still would have saved probably $6-7 by purchasing only the sale priced fruits/veggies.

3) The Tip/Service Fee/Delivery Charge Add Up Quickly

Because I don’t have an Instacart membership, I paid $14 for the tip (15%) + service fee + delivery fee. You won’t pay as much each time if you have the membership, but you have to pay the membership fee — which is pretty hefty.

So, all total, I estimate I spent about $25 more by using Instacart than by shopping in-store. And there’s no way we could sustain a $70 weekly grocery budget if we were to exclusively shop ALDI with Instacart delivery.

In fact, the only way I was able to stick with our $70 budget this week was because I relied heavily on what we already had in our pantry and freezer that we have gotten marked down in previous weeks with different sales and coupons.

ALDI delivery grocery haul

My ALDI Grocery Delivery Shopping Trip

  • Broccoli Crowns — $2.28
  • Tortilla Chips — $0.89
  • 10-lb bag of Potatoes — $4.39
  • 3-lb bag of Onions — $1.35
  • 1 pint blueberries — $2.09
  • 3-lb bag of Gala apples — $3.65
  • 2 cans Refried Beans — $0.89 each
  • Tater Tots — $1.65
  • 2 cans Green Beans — $0.55 each
  • Oats — $2.65
  • Oyster Crackers — $0.89
  • Crispy Oats — $1.25
  • Milk – -$2.59
  • Eggs — $0.95
  • 16-inch Pizza — $5.49
  • Salsa — $1.35
  • 3-lb. bag of Jazz apples — $4.22
  • 3-count Romaine hearts — $3.04
  • Carrots — $1.55
  • Cottage Cheese — $1.87
  • 16-oz Mozzarella Cheese — $3.22
  • 16-oz. Cheddar Cheese — $3.22
  • Powdered Sugar — $1.55
  • Tax: $3.50
  • Delivery charge: $3.99
  • Service fee: $2.60
  • Tip (15%): $7.78
  • Total: $70.12

4) You Might Not Get What You Ordered

While I felt like the price — with the extra fees — were more than I’d want to pay on a weekly basis, the overall experience was pretty easy and I was kind of excited to have the groceries delivered to our door… which felt like this crazy luxury!

The only thing was, when they were delivered, 7 items were completely missing! The shopper had just left everything on our porch and then we got an email that it was delivered. When we went out there, we discovered that probably what amounted to an entire bag of groceries was missing.

I’m guessing that somehow the groceries were delivered to a different house or left in her vehicle. It was probably a fluke thing, but it was definitely a disappointment.

The good news? I contacted Instacart and they quickly contacted me back and processed a refund for what I didn’t get…

ALDI delivery review experience

I shared about my Instacart shopping trip on Instagram stories and heard from a few hundred of you about your experiences. Here were just a few of the responses:

amazing Instacart customer service

I heard from so many people that they’ve had a good experience with Instacart Customer Service, so that was encouraging to me!

Instacart Issues

I thought maybe the person who got my bag of groceries may have needed the groceries or maybe it was a special blessing for them in some way.

funny story about Walmart Pickup

This made me laugh! 🙂

Instacart Delivery Review

I just had to share this one above. I love it so much!

Overall, I’d say my ALDI delivery review is that it’s probably not for me, but I could see how it would be really helpful for many families!! And based on the messages I received on Instagram, I do think my experience of having items missing may have been kind of a fluke thing.

Have you ever tried ALDI grocery delivery or Instacart? I’d love to hear your reviews, if so!

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Last Week’s $68 Shopping Trip

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family (two adults, two teenagers, one preteen, and one baby). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunch for Jesse and me (the kids have lunches at school most days), snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

This week, I decided to do a Shop With Me feature on my Instagram Stories. Which means, I took my Instagram followers along with me from start to finish of a shopping trip at Kroger — including the planning, how I look for markdowns and re-arrange my list while at the store based upon what I find, where I find markdowns, and what I ended up buying for $70 this week.

If you are interested in watching this, I saved it as a highlight on my Instagram stories. You can view it here or go to my Instagram profile and look for the bubble at the top that says “Shop With Me”.

The bakery clearance cart was pretty empty, but I still found some garlic bread and rolls marked down to about $1 each.

Our store has started to have this section in the health food/natural area with markdowns on frozen healthy/allergen-free foods. Does your store have this?

The Mom’s Best Cereal deal is still going — and the iBotta rebate is still available, too! If you’ve not done this deal yet, you can get 5 boxes of cereal for $0.97 to $1.49 each and then submit for 5 $1 rebates from iBotta. This makes the 5 boxes of cereal either free or just $0.49!

I found a lot of closeouts at the store this week! If you have time when you’re shopping at Kroger, go through the aisles and look for these white tags. I was especially excited about the $0.97 granola! I got 3 bags at this price and it’s SO yummy!

I’ve been eating the granola over the honey Greek yogurt I found marked down to $1.99. Delicious!

Does your store have a section for dairy markdowns? You never know what you’ll find in ours!

There were lots of Thanksgiving/Christmas markdowns in the clearance section this week.

I got yeast, StoveTop stuffing, Snickers bars, and lots of canned goods!

And pasta is on stockup price at Kroger again!

My Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 9 boxes pasta — $0.49 each when you use the Kroger digital coupon
  • 2 boxes StoveTop stuffing — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 packets of yeast — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 boxes Jell-O pudding — marked down to $0.25 each
  • 2 Snickers bars — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 2 cans Campbell’s soup — marked down to $0.25 each
  • 4 cans beans — marked down to $0.29 each
  • Baking powder — $0.99
  • 3 bags granola — on closeout to $0.97 each
  • 1 bag rolls — marked down to $1.09
  • 1 loaf garlic bread — marked down to $1
  • 2 cups yogurt — marked down to $0.39 each
  • 2 bags Tyson chicken breasts — $5.99 each when you use the Kroger weekly digital coupon
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • 5 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal — $0.97 to $1.49 each with Kroger digital coupon
  • Bananas — $1.63
  • 2 heads Romaine lettuce — $3.58
  • Red Leaf Lettuce — $1.79
  • Radishes — $0.99
  • Carrots — $1
  • Honey Greek Yogurt — marked down to $1.99
  • Whole Chicken — marked down to $3.36
  • Deli chicken — marked down to $4.99
  • Diced pork — marked down to $3.91
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Total with tax: $68.14

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