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$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.).

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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.


  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast


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


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


  • 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.

$0.99 Cheese & Crackers at Kroger + deals on Peanut Butter, Gatorade, and more!

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.

I stopped by Kroger on the way home from school drop-offs this morning (like I said yesterday, going to Kroger before 8 a.m. is such a good time to shop!) and got some great deals!

Not only were they having some Friday-Saturday sales, but they also had Thursday through Sunday sales! I didn’t even realize that there were the extra Thursday through Sunday sales, so that was a fun surprise!

They had Nabisco crackers for just $0.99 per box.

Plus, $0.99 cheese, peanut butter for just $1, Gatorade 12-packs for $3.99, mandarins for $3.49 per bag, and more!

Here’s what I ended up buying:

Friday Kroger Shopping Trip

Cashback I Earned

626 points from Fetch Rewards for submitting my receipt — this was earned from purchasing the Gatorade.

Fantastic Kroger Weekend-Only Deals!

I meant to post this shopping trip earlier, but with all the last-minute prep for our trip to South Africa, I’m not getting it posted it until today. Oh well!

Kroger has some fantastic Digital Coupon Deals that are only good through tonight (Sunday evening). Here’s what we got:

  • Butter — $1.99 per package with the Digital Coupon (limit 5)
  • Cage-Free Brown Eggs — $1.99 per dozen with the Digital Coupon (limit 5)
  • 3-lb. bags of Frozen Chicken Breasts — $4.99 each with the Digital Coupon (limit 5)

They also have a few other deals, but I didn’t get them because I didn’t think they were as great. I’m sticking the chicken and butter in the freezer and the eggs will keep for at least a few weeks. I am excited to be stocked up on these items that we use all the time!

This Week’s $78.87 Shopping Trip + Menu Plan!

I went to ALDI for groceries this week, but on the way there and back, I stopped at two different Kroger stores that were on my route.

Here’s what I got:

Kroger Trip #1

  • Red Grapes — on sale for $0.99 per pound — $2.01 total
  • 2 loaves of Whole-Wheat Bread — marked down to $1.49 per loaf
  • Total with tax: $5.30

Kroger Trip #2:

  • 1 pound Ground Sirloin — $5.99
  • 2 packages Ballpark Turkey Franks — marked down to $1.09 per package
  • 2 Dannon Oikos Drinkable Yogurts — marked down to $0.69 each
  • 3 Dannon Coffee Yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 1 dozen Cage-Free Eggs — $2.50
  • Total with tax: $13.73

And here’s what I got at ALDI:

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Honey Nut Oats — $1.39
  • Raisin Bran — $1.79
  • Bottled Water — $1.99
  • 3.85 pounds of Bananas — $0.44 per pound = $1.69 total
  • Sweet Potatoes — $1.89
  • Mozzarella Cheese — $1.79
  • Cheddar Cheese — $1.79
  • Sprouted Bread (I love Ezekiel Bread but it’s SO pricey, so I wanted to try this knock-off to see what I thought — even though the price is still high on this!) — $2.89
  • Butter — $2.59
  • Lemon Juice — $2.19
  • 2 cans of Refried Beans — $0.75 each
  • 5 packages of Strawberries — $0.99 per package (I was SO excited about this deal!!)
  • Whipping cream — $1.69
  • 10 pounds of Potatoes — $3.69
  • Corn Chips — $0.89
  • 2 bags of Tortilla Chips — $1.19 each
  • 2 Cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • Brown Sugar — $0.99
  • Feta Cheese — $1.49
  • Onions — $1.69
  • 3-pound bag of Mandarin Oranges — $2.99
  • Baby Carrots — $0.89
  • Milk — $2.37
  • Crisp Rice Cereal — $1.19
  • Tortillas — $0.99
  • 1 Mango — $0.49
  • Vanilla Pudding — $0.49
  • 1 2-pound bag of Plums — $1.98
  • 1 package of 4 heads of Baby Lettuce — $1.89
  • Total with tax: $59.84

Here’s what’s on our menu plan this week:

This Week’s Menu Plan

Breakfast — Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Eggs, Fruit

Lunches — Chicken/Turkey Hot Dogs, Cheese Quesadillas, Refried Beans & Cheese With Chips, Yogurt, Fruit/Veggies, Chips/Salsa, Leftovers, Salad

Dinners — Corn Chowder, Haystacks, Egg & Ham Casserole, Southwest Roll-Ups, Sausage/Sweet Potatoes/Onions, Goulash, Dinner Out

New to shopping at ALDI? Read how we save close to $1,000 per year by shopping at ALDI. Also, check out my post with my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI.

This Week’s $72 ALDI & Kroger Shopping Trip + Our Weekly Menu Plan

We went to Kroger and to ALDI this week and got some great deals! Here’s what we got at Kroger:

  • Corn on the cob — $3
  • 2 dozen cage-free brown eggs — $2.79 per dozen
  • 2 bags of colored peppers — marked down to $0.99 per bag
  • 4 regular peppers — $5 total
  • 2 bags of brown rice — $0.89 per bag
  • Whole milk — marked down to $1.89 (we got this for a treat since we love this milk!)
  • Sweet Italian Sausage — marked down to $1.49
  • Italian Meatballs — marked down to $2.49
  • Turkey Sausage links — marked down to $1.49
  • Garlic bread — marked down to $1.19
  • 2 loaves whole wheat bread — marked down to $1.49 per loaf
  • 3 bunches of bananas — marked down to $0.38 per pound (we put all of these in the freezer to use in smoothies & banana bread) — $0.78 total

Total with tax: $33.57

I was super excited about the meat markdowns and ended up planning our menu based upon those meat markdowns. I then went to ALDI today to pick up the rest of the items we needed for this week.

Here’s what I bought at ALDI:

  • 2 2-lb. bags of Peaches — $1.98 per bag (I was excited about this deal!)
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • Feta cheese — $1.49
  • Whole milk – $2.37
  • Oats — $2.39
  • 2 cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • 32 oz. of plain yogurt — $1.89
  • Green onions — $0.99
  • Tiny potatoes — $2.99 (This was a total splurge, but we had roasted tiny potatoes at a friends’ cookout last week and my kids loved it so much that they begged if I could buy these and make this for us this week!)
  • 3 packages of blueberries — $1.69 per package
  • Lemon juice — $2.19
  • 2 bunches of bananas — $0.91 total
  • 3 cucumbers — $1.47
  • Olive oil — $3.49
  • Pasta sauce — $0.99
  • Flour — $1.29

Total with tax: $38.76

This Week’s Menu Plan

All in all, we spent $72.33 on groceries this week and we should have enough for all of our meals and snacks. Here’s our menu plan for the week:

Breakfast Options: Oatmeal and/or smoothies (I’m having eggs, veggies, cheese, and whole-wheat toast.)

Lunch Options: Leftovers, PB & J, Snack-y Lunch (I’m having a salad with some kind of protein, plus whole-wheat bread.)

Snacks: Fruit, Popcorn, Veggies & Dip, Banana Bread, Pick Me Up Smoothies, Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls


  • Breakfast for Dinner (Waffles & Turkey Sausage)
  • Marinated chicken on the grill, grilled peppers, brown rice in the Instant Pot, garlic bread, melons
  • Chicken Broccoli Rice casserole, fruit, veggies & dip
  • Sausage, roasted potatoes, sauerkraut, fruit
  • Spaghetti & meatballs, fruit, roasted broccoli
  • Sausage & veggie soup in the crockpot, fruit, whole wheat bread
  • Dinner out

New to shopping at ALDI? Read how we save close to $1,000 per year by shopping at ALDI. Also, check out my post with my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI.

Want to see more details on what I bought at ALDI, what deals I’m excited about, and what I’m planning to use all the items for? Watch this video about my shopping trip:

My $3.86 Kroger Shopping Trip — Markdowns!

I ran into Kroger last night after an appointment and found some great markdowns! I was especially excited about the Greek yogurt for just $0.10 each!!! I don’t think I’ve ever found it marked down so much!!

Here’s what I got:

  • 7 Yoplait Whips (one is not shown because Kaitlynn asked if she could eat it!) — $0.29 each
  • 1 Greek yogurt — $0.19
  • 4 Greek yogurts — $0.10 each
  • 2 other specialty yogurts — $0.49 each

Total with tax: $3.86

You can watch my quick video here where I talk more about what I got and how I find markdowns. (Have you subscribed to my YouTube channel yet? I’ve been posting fun, inspirational, and motivational videos every day and would love to have you join our little community on YouTube!)

What deals have YOU gotten recently? Tell us in the comments.