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I was $3.17 under budget on groceries this week — yay!

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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Last Week’s Groceries

Last Sunday, I didn’t get a chance to share what I bought last week at Kroger because I was in New York City. However, I wanted to show you pictures since I’ll be using these groceries in some of our meals in the next month.

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

First up, I was super excited to get peanut butter for just $0.99! I stocked up on 5 jars! A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

I was also pretty excited about getting those BAGS of avocados for $0.99 per bag. I’ve been eating a lot of avocados the past week!

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

Then Jesse went to Kroger when I was on my trip to stock up on the really good weekend deals — including 32-oz blocks of cheese for $3.99.

All totaled, we spent right at $70 on groceries for everything shown above.

A photo of Kroger MyMagazine

For those who asked about how I got the coupon-filled Kroger magazine, I wrote a post on it here.

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

I didn’t make it to Kroger this week until Thursday and I guess it was a good day to go… because I found bagged salads marked down to $0.25 each.

Say what???? It was pretty exciting because I have never seen bagged salads even remotely close to that price!

I wrote more about how I MADE money on multiple items at Kroger that shopping trip.

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

I was excited about the weekend deals for this week, including Sabra Hummus for $1.49! We love hummus, so I bought the limit of 5

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

A photo of my groceries from Kroger for our $70 budget

Thursday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 bags of Stacy’s Pita Chips — $1.49 each as part of the Kroger Weekend Deals
  • 5 packages Johnsonville Sausage — $1.99 each as part of the Kroger Weekend Deals
  • 5 packages Johnsonville Smoked Sausage — $1.99 each as part of Kroger Weekend Deals + I got a $5 off coupon for buying 5
  • 1 lb. Simple Truth Ground Pork — marked down to $2.50
  • 3 bags of Bagged Salad Kits — marked down to $0.25 each
  • Nourish Bowl — marked down to $1
  • French Bread — marked down to $0.79
  • Dole Salad Kit — marked down to $0.50
  • Spinach — marked down to $1
  • Pickles — $1.49
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • 3 Simple Truth cartons of eggs — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 1 dozen medium Simple Truth eggs — marked down to $1.29
  • Kroger Water — $0.79
  • Whole Milk — $2.59
  • 2 bottles of Kraft Barbecue Sauce — $0.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Gilette Shave Gel — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items + used $0.75 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.24
  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 bag of cuties — marked down to $0.99
  • 4 bags of Mrs. Cubbison’s Croutons — $0.29 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/2 Mrs. Cubbison’s printable coupon + submitted my receipt to get $1 back from iBotta
  • 2 bottles of Ken’s dressing — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items, $1/1 Ken’s dressing peelie coupons +
  • submitted my receipt to get $1.50 back from iBotta
  • Total with tax: $54.19

Blueberries at Sprouts

On Saturday, I was over on the side of town where Sprouts is, so I ran by in take advantage of the weekend deal to get Blackberries for $0.88.

a photo lamb chops

I also looked at the Manager’s Specials for meat and found Lamb Chops marked down to $2.50. Yes, it was more expensive than what I’d usually pay per pound for meat, but I’ve been promising Silas I would buy lamb if I found a deal on it and I finally did! (He fell in love with lamb when we visited South Africa!)

Sprouts Shopping Trip

Saturday Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • 5 cartons of blackberries — $0.88 (Weekend Special)
  • 1 package of Lamb Chop — $2.50
  • Total with tax: $7.37

Psst! If you have a Sprouts nearby, be sure to check out these freebies you can get.

Kroger Shopping Trip

I also stopped by a different Kroger that was right by Sprouts. There wasn’t anything super exciting, but here’s what I picked up:

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip

Total spent on groceries: $66.83

Cashback earned this week: 125 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards, $2.50 back from iBotta

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  • Laura says:

    Thanks for posting your weekly grocery shopping! I have been following your posts for a long time. My weekly budget is much higher, but I am proud that I have been trimming it down, bit by bit. I have hit a good place, where we eat pre-planned, healthy, simple meals that I buy once a week. We still go out to eat occasionally, but not because I don’t have dinner planned. This has been a huge success. Thank you for the weekly inspiration!

  • Beth says:

    Your kids may be interested in making their own hummus. It’s cheap and you can experiment with the flavors. Hmmm… might have to do that this week :).

    • We’ve done it in the past… I felt like it was too much work and cost (buying the tahini, etc.) to make it something we do regularly. But that may have just been me! 🙂

  • Banni says:

    I had a great chuckle when I read your “expensive” comment about lamb chops that were 4.99 a pound. I’m currently living in Australia – where sheep don’t quite outnumber people like in New Zealand, but it’s close! – and lamb is one of the main meats sold in grocery stores. But, I would be thrilled if I could find it anywhere close to 4.99 a pound. In fact, if I find any type of meat at that price I’m thrilled.

    I sometimes get frustrated seeing these posts of yours – because even when I was living in the states I couldn’t get deals even close to what you post. Living here is multiple times worse. But, I keep reminding myself that my family didn’t move here for cheap groceries – and I do the best I can with my budget while making sure my family eats healthy.

    Just a bit of perspective…4.99 isn’t really expensive for lamb, at least in many parts of the world!

    • Oh, just to clarify: $4.99 is great price for Lamb Chops — it’s just a lot more per pound of meat than we usually spend! That’s why I scooped it up. It’s usually a lot more expensive which is why we rarely ever buy it!

  • Chris says:

    RE: The lamb chops. Have you ever considered how much a serving costs versus how much a pound is. I have read this tip before. It is helpful when buying something that doesn’t have many bones compared to something with a whole lot of bones, etc.

    • Yes, I pretty much always consider that. Which is why I typically don’t buy meat that has bones in it. 🙂 This was a special occasion since I found it marked down to such a good price, had the wiggle room in my budget, and knew it would make Silas’ day… which it TOTALLY did!

  • Becky says:

    Awesome deals!

  • Mel says:

    Keep your eye out for ground lamb on Kroger clearance I have been finding it often. Made homemade gyro meat. So good and easy

  • Diane says:

    What’s the exchange rate between Australian currency and US? Just wondering if food is more expensive or dollars are dissimilar.

  • Chris says:

    🙂 Makes things not seem as expensive too. 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    Just wanted to let you know that some avacodos were recalled this week. Not sure if your state was included but wanted to mention just in case!

  • Banni says:

    Actually, the AUD has fallen quite a bit in the last year, so when comparing to USD things have actually gotten cheaper.
    Some food prices here are fairly similar – pantry staples and fruit I can get at similar, or sometimes even cheaper, prices than in the states. But vegetables and meat are SO much more expensive. For example, the other day broccoli was $9.90 a kilo. Converting that to USD/pound makes it about $3.25 per pound – for broccoli! Plain broccoli, not organic or anything special.
    I typically pay the equivalent of about $3.50/pound for chicken breasts, $4.00 for chicken thighs, and pork and beef just go up from there. But, I guess I’ve been here long enough that grocery shopping doesn’t send me into a budget-induced-panic anymore. That just happens now when I pay the rent! 😉

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