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.).
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:
- 5 boxes Kellogg’s Raisin Bran — $1.79 per box when you buy 5 participating items, get $0.60 back from iBotta for each box purchased
- Oscar Mayer Deli Meat — marked down to $1.79 — earned Fetch rewards
- Lettuce — $1.79
- Half & Half — $1.99
- Sandwich buns — marked down to $1.29
- 3 lbs. ground turkey — marked down to $2.09
- 3 bags of marked down produce — $0.99 each
- 2 gallons water — $0.89
- Milk — $2.99
- Total with tax: $31.47
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.
Lunches/Snacks: Leftovers, Salad, Turkey/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples/Peanut Butter, Mac & Cheese, Danimals, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Cookies, Pears, Random other markdowns/sale items 🙂
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.)