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We Spent $71.30 on Groceries This Week (+ 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.

Last week, I only spent $60 on groceries, so I went a little bit over this week. Here’s what we bought…

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

Kroger Shopping Trip #3

  • 2 Tyson Anytizer Chicken — $3.99 each with Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Strawberries — $1.67
  • Carrots — $0.99
  • 1 bag avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • Milk — $2.89
  • Cage-free eggs — marked down to $1.29
  • Tortillas — $1.50
  • 2 Private Selection Chips — $0.99 each with Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • Refried beans — marked down to $0.49
  • 4 jars Pace salsa — $0.99 each when Kroger weekend digital coupon
  • Refried beans — $0.79
  • Total with tax: $28.89

Dinners This Past Week

By the way, what are your best tips for keeping lettuce fresh? I don’t want all the lettuce I bought to go to waste before we can use it, but it will probably take us at least 5-7 more days to eat through all that. Any great suggestions?

This Week’s $60 ALDI and Kroger Shopping Trips (+ a different way of grocery shopping!)

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 using the Eat at Home Menu Plan service this week for our meals this past week. I wanted to demonstrate a different way to shop and cook for those who want to stick with a budget but don’t have time to go to multiple stores each week or shop markdowns/sales.

The Eat at Home Menu Plan service only goes on sale twice a year and it’s on sale through Tuesday at midnight for 30% off with coupon code HOME. You can get the annual plan for just $1.13/week with this code — and the code locks in the 30% off rate for the rest of your subscription!

We love this menu plan service and have personally found it to be super helpful during really full seasons of life. Check it out here.

I saw these Tearless Onions at Aldi last week. Have you purchased these before?? I’d never heard of them. Do they actually work and not make you cry when you cut an onion??

Aldi Shopping Trip — $42.75

Kroger Shopping Trip — $17.04

Dinners This Week

  • Sunday — marked down rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans
  • Monday  —  grapefruit, Pumpkin Waffles, bacon
  • Tuesday — oranges, Broccoli Cheese Egg Casserole, Banana Muffins
  • Wednesday —  Slow Cooker Italian Chicken/Potatoes, Banana Muffins, green beans
  • Thursday — Slow Cooker Chicken a la King, Biscuits
  • Friday — Dinner out since Kathrynne had an out of town basketball game
  • Saturday — The kids had leftovers, Jesse and I went out with friends
  • Sunday —  Slow Cooker Cheeseburgers, Sweet Potato Fries

Last week’s Kroger and ALDI Shopping Trips (+ re-organizing the freezer)

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 felt like this was a really meh week when it came to grocery deals. I went to Kroger twice, and both times didn’t find that many good deals.

Because the deals weren’t that great and I still had money left in the budget, I decided to run by ALDI to see what deals I could find. Well, I felt like the deals were pretty non-existent at ALDI, too.

Oh well, not every week is a great deal week, right? And it makes me grateful for all the many deals that usually find!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 4 packages of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • 5 packages of Eckrich sausage — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 4 bags of produce — marked down to $0.99 each
  • No Cow Protein Bar — free with Freebie Friday e-coupon
  • 2 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats — marked down to $1.59 each
  • 1 dozen eggs — marked down to $1.79
  • Gallon of milk — $2.79
  • 3 organic Coconut yogurts — marked down to $0.24 each
  • 2 cottage cheese — marked down to $0.69 each
  • Total with tax: $26.85

Since I’m doing a lot of decluttering right now, I decided it was high time that I declutter the garage freezer, too. I only had about 20 minutes, so I did what I could with the time I had.

Not perfect, but so much better!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • HomeChef Mashed Potatoes — marked down to $1.29
  • Deli Chicken — marked down to $2.39
  • Milk — $2.79
  • Hummus — marked down to $0.99
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • Frozen Green Beans — $1
  • Sugar — $1.59
  • Total with tax: $12.71

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Frozen Broccoli x 2 = $0.99 each
  • Frozen Sweet Peas x 2 = $0.99 each
  • Macaroni & Cheese x 5 = $0.33 each
  • Garlic = $0.99
  • Frozen Berries = $1.95
  • Bananas = $0.59
  • 12-pack of Ramen noodles = $1.94
  • Dill Pickle Spears = $1.39
  • Avocados x 4 = $0.39 each
  • Refried Beans x 2 = $0.75 each
  • Green Beans x 2 = $0.49 each
  • Mozzarella cheese = $1.69
  • Cheddar cheese = $1.69
  • Lemon juice = $2.39
  • Chocolate milk = $1.59
  • Total with tax = $25.48

Overall Total: $65.04

$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