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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.).

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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.)

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