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Our $70 Kroger Shopping Trip + What We Ate for Dinner This Past 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.

I am so happy to be (mostly!) back to cooking and grocery shopping. I still have times during the day when I’m sick to my stomach, but I usually have at least a few times during the day when I’m feeling well enough to cook — which I am so excited about! It’s so good to be in the second trimester.

I’m also back to much healthier eating (and daily salads!) after a number of weeks of just eating whatever I thought I could keep down that had some sort of nutritional value. Man, I have missed salads.

I’ve been in the mood for all things pumpkin now that we are experiencing fall weather here in Nashville, so I’ve been eating a lot of these pumpkin waffles this week!

Kroger had some more great weekend deals this week! I was especially excited about the chicken deal.

The kids were excited about the ice cream and granola bars deal. 😉

Also, I was excited about this Friday Freebie. For some reason, this looked SO good to me! And it tasted really good, too! 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Idahoan potatoes — free with Free Friday e-coupon
  • 2 tubs Private Selection Ice Cream — $2.49 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 5 bags of Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts — $4.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Reese’s Minis — 70% off — $1.20
  • Hershey Kisses — 70% off — $1.20
  • M&M’s — 70% off — $1.17
  • 5 boxes Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Celery — $1.99
  • Carrots — $1.69
  • Can of Chili — $0.39
  • 2 packages blackberries — $1.66 each
  • Lemon Juice — $1.69
  • 2 packages raspberries — $1.66 each
  • 5 boxes of Kroger instant oatmeal — $0.99 per box with Kroger digital coupon
  • Onions — $1.61
  • 3 snack boxes — marked down to $1 each
  • Total with tax: $66.46

Jesse also ran to Publix earlier in the week and got some cheese and lettuce (not pictured) and spent around $4 for that for our taco salad night.

ButcherBox sent us a box of meat for me to unbox on Facebook and Instagram, so Jesse smoked the spare ribs on Friday night and they were SO good!

The meat from ButcherBox is a lot pricier than what we usually pay, but you can definitely tell the quality in how it tastes. It was SO good!

Dinners From This Past Week

Dinners:

  • Monday — Leftover Hamburger Vegetable Soup, World’s Best Honey Corn Bread
  • Tuesday — English Muffins (from the freezer), Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Grapes/Oranges
  • Wednesday — Taco Salad
  • Thursday — Pumpkin Waffles, Sausage (from the freezer), Fruit Salad
  • Friday — Smoked Ribs, Peas, Corn, Roasted Potatoes
  • Saturday — Dinner out
  • Sunday — Fend for yourself

I’m back to cooking & shopping! See what I bought & cooked this past week!

I went to the grocery store twice this week — AND I actually made dinner three nights (which is a HUGE victory since I’ve been too sick to my stomach to cook for 6 weeks!) Hallelujah!

Since I’m feeling so much better this week, I feel like I’ll be able to be back to our normal $70 grocery budget and menu plan starting this coming week. I know so many of you have missed this, so I’m thrilled to be feeling well enough to bring it back for you!

In the mean time, here’s what I bought at the store this week:

I was so excited about this deal on these crackers at Kroger. By the way, the cheese crackers are SO good!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 bags of Simple Truth Tortilla Chips — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Kettle Chips — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 4 cups of Mac & Cheese — marked down to $0.99
  • Kroger Brown Eggs — marked down to $1.29
  • 5 cups of Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.49
  • Back to Nature Crackers — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 3 Barbecue salmon fillets — $0.99 each
  • Multigrain bread — marked down to $1.49
  • Bush’s Beans — marked down to $0.49
  • Corn Starch — marked down to $0.79
  • Kroger Olives — marked down to $0.20
  • 5 cans Progresso Lasagna Soup — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Betty Crocker Brownies — marked down to $0.49
  • Bush’s Chili Beans — marked down to $0.45
  • Sweet Tea — marked down $0.99
  • 2 packages pasta — marked down to $0.79
  • Kroger brownies — marked down to $0.49
  • 4 cans Amy’s Lentil soup — marked down to $2.50
  • Oranges — marked down to $0.99
  • Onions — $2.49
  • Potatoes — $2.49
  • Kroger granola bars — marked down to $0.45
  • King Arthur All Purpose Flour — marked down to $0.79
  • Total with tax: $34.33

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 2 bunches Bananas — marked down — $1.56
  • 3 Green Giant Steamers — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 5 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Kroger Half & Half — $1.49
  • 2 DiGiorno Pizzas — $2.99 with Friday-Saturday deals
  • 1 tub of greens — marked down to $1.69
  • 2 chopped salads — marked down to $1.29 each
  • 5 packages of Smithfield bacon — $2.99 with Friday-Saturday deals
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Total with tax: $38.31

Dinners This Week

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup, Grapes, Banana Muffins

Lasagna Soup (this was from cans of Progresso that I got marked down to $0.39 each!)

$0.45 Potato Soup with cheese and bacon (this was a winner recipe!)

Taco Bell Box of Tacos (hello, pregnancy cravings!)

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Oranges, World’s Best Honey Cornbread

Chicken Fajitas (provided by the church because I was hosting a group of women for a Discipleship Retreat)

$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?

Guess what?!? I actually went to Kroger!

I can’t believe it,  but I actually made it to Kroger today! And I’m only 11 weeks pregnant!

For those of you who are wondering what that has to do with anything, let me explain: I usually have morning, noon, and night sickness in my first trimester and partway into my second trimester. This makes cooking, grocery shopping, or having much of anything to do with food prep entirely impossible because it just makes me too nauseous.

So that’s why you haven’t seen any Kroger shopping trips here or menu plans recently. The thought of even considering grocery shopping or menu planning was pretty much completely off limits for my stomach for weeks.

Jesse and Kathrynne are in South Africa right now and I was sad that that meant Jesse wouldn’t be able to run to the store to grab the Friday-Saturday deals.

But then, this morning, I woke up and felt uncharacteristically not queasy (I had totally forgotten what that was even like!) I decided I just might be able to brave a quick trip to the store.

And folks, I did it — and I made it out without getting sick!!!

I brought this helper along with me and couldn’t have done it without him. He helped me pick out everything and scanned most of the groceries at the self-checkout. He also decided to see how high he could stack the ice cream and it still stay in the cart while he pushed it! 😉

Here’s what we bought:

  • 5 cartons Kroger ice cream — $1.49 with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 1 bunch marked down bananas —  $0.71
  • 5 Danimals — $0.99 with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 2 boxes Kroger yogurt tubes —  marked down to $0.89 each (I put these in the freezer for the kids to use in their lunches)
  • 4 packages Jell-O cups — $0.99 each (These looked SO good to me for some reason. And then I got home and decided they didn’t look good at all. But the kids were so excited about them, so I don’t think they are going to go to waste!)
  • 1 Hershey’s pudding cups — $2 — I grabbed this not even realizing it wasn’t Jell-O. And didn’t even realize it until I got home. Clearly, I am a little rusty at the shopping thing! 🙂 We can also blame pregnancy brain considering I also left the keys in the car and the car unlocked when I went into the store. And didn’t realize it until I got back out to the car!! Oh goodness. I might need a babysitter!

Total with tax: $22.68

I can’t promise that I’ll be bringing back grocery store shopping trip posts on the regular just yet, but I am definitely celebrating that it happened today!

$70 Grocery Budget (I’m loving these weekend deals!)

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 about the weekend deals this week! Since the Labor Day sales went through Monday, we split up our budget so that we got some of them last week and some of them this week.

Monday’s Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 bags of Tyson Anytizers — $3.99 each with the weekend deals
  • 4 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • Milk — $2.89
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • 2 half gallons Almond milk — $1.99 each
  • 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $1.29/dozen
  • 5 boxes of Betty Crocker brownie and cake mix — $0.50 each with weekend deals
  • Total with tax: $42.03

I can’t remember the last time I bought Lunchables, but my kids absolutely love them. So when I saw that they were priced at just $0.99 at Kroger this weekend, I surprised them by getting them some. Needless to say, they were THRILLED!

Friday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes Lunchables — $0.99 each with the Friday-Saturday deals
  • 4 lbs. ground beef — marked down to $2.49 each
  • 1 bag of lemons — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 bags of grapes — $0.99/lb.
  • 1 tub lettuce — marked down to $1.79
  • 2 family size boxes of cereal — $1.99 each with the Friday-Saturday deals
  • Total with tax: $27

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:

  • Cereal, Toast, Oatmeal, Eggs, Smoothies

Lunches:

  • Chicken, Capri Sun, Salad, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, PB & Honey Sandwich, Leftovers, Fruit, Crackers,

Snacks:

  • Cookies, Eggs, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Apple Crisp, Fruit, Veggies

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Out to eat at Chili’s
  • Monday — Chicken, Roasted Broccoli
  • Tuesday — Chicken/Broccoli/Rice Casserole
  • Wednesday — Breakfast for Dinner: French Toast
  • Thursday — Pizza
  • Friday — Fend for yourself
  • Saturday — Cereal

Total spent on groceries: $69.03

Cashback earned this week: 675 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards, $0.50 back from iBotta

Last 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.

I’ve been finding a LOT of random markdowns at Kroger recently, so my shopping trips this week were mostly made up of those!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Kroger Eggs — marked down to $1.29
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread — marked down to $1.29
  • 2 cans of canned Pineapple — marked down to $0.49 each
  • JIF peanut butter — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Kettle cooked chips — marked down to $0.79
  • Kroger sour cream — $1.39
  • Deli chicken — marked down to $2.39
  • Elbow macaroni — marked down to $0.39
  • 1 bag of peppers/squash — marked down to $0.99
  • Kroger peanuts — marked down to $0.89
  • Sirloin Steak — marked down to $4.40
  • 1 bag of cucumbers — marked down to $0.99
  • Strawberries — $1.50
  • 2 cans of Kroger soup — $0.79 each
  • 1 bag of lemons — marked down to $0.99
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.39/lb. = $0.71
  • Tyson Frozen Chicken — $6.99
  • 2 cans of salmon — marked down to $1.99 each
  • Package of Kind Breakfast Bars — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 cans of green beans — marked down to $0.29 each
  • Simple Truth organic seltzer water — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes of Rice-a-Roni — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Kroger taco seasoning — marked down to $0.19
  • Total with tax: $41.96

I was excited about the Weekend Deals at Kroger this week and am going back to hit some of the others on Monday!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • Salad Kit — $1.99
  • Nature Valley Granola Bar — marked down to $0.69
  • Kroger eggs — marked down to $1.29
  • Annie’s Mac & Cheese — marked down to $0.59 each
  • Capri Sun — marked down to $0.69
  • JIF Peanut Butter — marked down to $0.89
  • 3 packages of Smithfield Bacon — $2.99 each with Weekend Deals
  • Kind bar — Free with Free Friday coupon
  • Creamed Corn — $0.99
  • Kroger Green Beans — $0.59
  • 5 Lara Bars — $0.50 each with Weekend Deals
  • Franks Red Hot Sauce — Well, I thought this was supposed to be $0.99 with the Kroger Weekend Deals but as I was typing this up, I realized that I think I actually paid $2.99 for this!! Now I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth taking back to the store. Probably not? But I kind of surprised that I didn’t catch that I overpaid for this. 🙁 I usually am really good at carefully checking everything. Here’s another good reason why you should check your receipt really thoroughly before leaving the store!
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • Total with tax: $26.18

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:

  • Cereal, Toast, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwiches (Silas and Kaitlynn have been loving this for breakfast recently!), Eggs

Lunches:

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

Snacks:

  • Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Go-Gurts, Apple Crisp, Fruit, Veggies

Dinners:

Total spent on groceries: $68.14

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