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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 $68.24 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)

We spent $69.60 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.

Hospitality on a Budget

We hosted a 10-year-old girl from foster care all week this week while her foster mom was out of town. We also hosted the group of 8th grade girls small group from youth group I help co-lead for a fun evening, complete with ice cream sundaes.

People often ask me how we manage to open our home and be hospitable on a budget. One thing that helps us be able to keep our budget down is by buying ahead when items are on their lowest prices.

For instance, in the photos below, you’ll see that I stocked up on butter, sugar, smoked sausage, ice cream, potatoes, and frozen pizza this week. We only used two of the tubs of ice cream for ice cream sundaes, so I’ll save the rest for when we have guests over next. And I like to always have 3-5 frozen pizzas in the freezer for a last-minute meal if the kids have their friends over or we have guests at the last minute.

Every week, if possible, I stock up on a few things that work for quick hospitality. That way, we almost always have a variety of things on hand to work with and opening our home doesn’t mean that we have to run to the store to buy a bunch of items.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

One simple and inexpensive way to feed people on a smaller budget is to do dessert instead of a full meal. For the ice cream sundae bar, we already had some chocolate chips, cookies (I crushed some of these up to sprinkle on top of ice cream), and sprinkles on hand that I had gotten on other sales/deals. And then Kroger had ice cream on sale for $1.79/tub when you bought 5 participating items.

I set these items out and some of the girls brought other things — like whipped topping, M&Ms, and chocolate syrup. All in all, we had a really fantastic ice cream sundae bar… and we still stayed within our grocery budget!

For more ideas, check out my post on How to Practice Hospitality on a Budget. Also, check out my 5 Simple Ideas for Hospitality on a Budget here.

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Orange Juice — $1.99
  • Bananas — $1.40
  • Honey Nut Crispy Oats — $2.45
  • Rice Squares — $1.49
  • Frosted Flakes — $1.39
  • Honey Crunch N Oats — $1.29
  • 3 blocks of cheese — $1.69 each
  • Baby carrots — $0.89
  • 2 cucumbers — $0.55 each
  • Oranges — $1.99
  • 10-lb. bag potatoes — $2.49
  • 6-lb. bag of Cane Sugar — $3.49
  • Strawberries — $1.79
  • Total with tax: $29.79

New to shopping at ALDI? Check out my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI and 5 Things You Should Not Buy at ALDI.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Milk — $2.89
  • Fruit Snacks (I bought these for the girl who was staying with us as we discovered she loved to take these for her morning snack at school.) — $2.50
  • 4 tubs Kroger Ice Cream — $1.79 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 tub Turkey Hill Ice Cream — $2.49 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Foam Bowls — $1.89
  • Total with tax: $18.05

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Total Spent — $69.60

Cashback earned this week: 1575 points from Fetch + $1 back from iBotta for scanning my receipt

Dinners This Week

  • Monday: Pumpkin Waffles, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice
  • Tuesday: Lettuce Salad, Fruit Salad, Southwest Rollups
  • Wednesday: Italian Chicken, leftover Fruit Salad, Peas, Mashed Potatoes
  • Thursday: Shepherd’s Pie, Lettuce Salad, Oranges
  • Friday: Out for Chinese Food (the girl staying with us had a birthday this week so we had her choose where she wanted to go to dinner and she chose Chinese!)
  • Saturday: Leftovers
  • Sunday: Super Bowl Snacks — Refried Bean Dip, Homemade Guac, Chips/Salsa, Popcorn, Apples, Carrots, Leftovers

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

$47 Kroger Shopping Trip

I had a little more energy and a little less nausea this week (YAY for almost being in the second trimester!!), so I did a bit more of a “real” shopping trip.

Full disclosure: We’re still a few weeks away from getting back to our $70 grocery budget and the family is still eating a lot of cereal, snack foods, super quick meals (like scrambled eggs and frozen waffles), and take out. I’m okay with that because we always loosen up our grocery bill and eating out budget during the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s a season and one of the reasons we are so careful and intentional with our finances is so that we can change up the budget categories, if need be.

I hope to be back to our $70 grocery budget and menu planning in the next few weeks, just as soon as more energy returns and I feel well enough to be able to do more cooking/planning/grocery shopping.

For now, I’m just celebrating the fact that I made it to the store with a small plan and was able to get some good deals on groceries and managed to survive without getting sick! Here’s what we bought:

$47 Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes of Red Baron pizza — $1.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • 4 bags of Kettle Chips — $0.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • Simple Truth Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Grapes — $0.99/lb. — $1.90
  • 30 eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • 1 bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • 5 boxes of Mott’s Fruit Snacks (40-count) — $1.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • Yoplait Gogurts — marked down to $0.99
  • Tropicana OJ — $3
  • Flour — $1.59
  • Sugar — $1.59
  • Milk — $2.99
  • 4 cans of pumpkin — $0.89 each
  • Chocolate chips — $1.99 (I was craving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins… unfortunately, my stomach quickly decided it did not like them at all. But hey, my family was happy to eat the rest!)
  • Total with tax: $47.19

Cash Back I Earned: 1,025 points from Fetch Rewards + $0.10 from iBotta.

Did you find any great deals at the grocery store this week?

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + Our 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.


Did you see that the Eat at Home Menu Plan service is on sale for just $1.13/week for the next few days? I love this menu plan service and think it is so fantastic if you need quick and easy menu plans that are family friendly and affordable.

You get access to 4 different menu plans (No Sugar/No Flour, Instant Pot/Slow Cooker, Traditional, and Traditional Wholesome) AND you get a color-coded grocery list for each menu plan every single week!

If you want to get some ideas of how this menu plan works and what the recipes are like, I’ve been making the recipes this week on live video. Here are three of them that I made:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Ground Beef — marked down to $4.29
  • 2 bags of apples  — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of onions — marked down to $0.99
  • Santa Cruz lemonade — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 Nourish bowls — marked down to $1 each
  • 1 carton of Siggi’s — marked down to $0.99
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 3 boxes of Cheerios — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1.50/3 coupon = $0.99 each
  • Corn Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.45/1 coupon that Kroger emailed me = $0.54
  • Diced tomatoes — $0.50
  • Teriyaki sauce — $2.29
  • Total with tax: $19.57

My Toilet Paper Order

I ordered the toilet paper deal and it came in this week. I paid just $19.49 for the equivalent of 128 regular rolls! We should be stocked up for awhile!

By the way, this deal is still available! Check out all of the details here.

I was excited about the Friday-Saturday deals at Kroger — including a stock-up price on butter ($1.99 per pound!) I bought 5 and stuck them in the freezer!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

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.

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Ham Sandwiches, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Capri Sun, Salad, Leftovers, Fruit

Snacks:

Dinners:

Total spent on groceries: $67.04

Cashback earned this week: 50 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards