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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget & Menu Plan

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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Remember the Chorizo I bought recently that I said I wasn’t sure what to do with since I’d never purchased it before? Well, you all gave me LOTS of great ideas! And I ended up making Breakfast Burritos with it.

I used the eggs that I had gotten marked down and scrambled with the Chorizo.

Then I topped them with cheese.

And I rolled them up in the tortillas that I got last week for $0.49! I love it when I come up with creative ideas that are made pretty much entirely with ingredients that I’ve gotten on a great deal!

I had some extra burritos, so I froze them for quick lunches for Jesse. I thought the burritos were so-so, the kids weren’t really into them, but Jesse loved them!

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $13.45

    • Club Soda — $0.69
    • Salad blend — marked down to $1.79
    • Fage yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each, got $0.75 Ibotta rebate per cup
    • Bubly Sparkling Water — on sale for $1.99 when you purchase 4 participating items, used $2/2 peelie coupons, plus submitted for $1/2 Ibotta rebate
    • Chocolate Birthday Cake (for Silas’ Birthday) — $5
    • Total with tax: $13.45

Silas turned 9 this past week and he came up with a really creative idea for an inexpensive birthday party.

He invited a few of his friends to come to Home Depot to their free Kid’s Workshop on Saturday morning. (This was 100% his idea!)

The kids loved it and they had a fun project they had made (windmill planters) to bring home. Then they came back to our house for lunch and cake (that I got at Kroger for $5!) and playing together.

I also took Silas out to Baskin-Robbins for a birthday treat (you can get a FREE scoop on your birthday!) for our traditional mother-child Birthday Date that all the kids look forward to!

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This Week’s Super Simple Menu Plan

This menu is subject to change a little if I find some great deals or markdowns! ?


Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs, Fruit, Toast


Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit, Veggies, Capri Sun, Banana Bread, Cream Cheese Blueberry Muffins, (for the kids)

Leftovers, Chorizo Breakfast Burritos (for Jesse)

Leftovers, Salad (for me)


Monday — Meatballs, Roasted Broccoli, Oranges
Tuesday — Sausage/Peppers/Onions in the Crockpot, Brown Rice, Rolls
Wednesday — Waffles, Bacon, Fruit
Thursday — Baked Ziti, Peas, Fruit
Friday — Dinner Out
Saturday — French Toast, Sausage, Fruit
Sunday — Snack-y Dinner (fend for yourself — cereal, popcorn, etc.)

Total spent so far this week:  $13.45

Total left to spend: $56.55

Cash back so far: $0.25 from Ibotta for submitting my receipt, $1.50 from Ibotta for buy 2 cups of Fage yogurt, and $1 from Ibotta for buying Bubly, and $0.25 from Checkout 51 for buying Tortilla Chips last week.

In case you missed it, I spent $67.08 on groceries last week. And here was our menu for last week.

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  • Rb says:

    You can try adding some salsa next time into the burritos to add some extra flavor

  • Marci says:

    Can you give us a review of the Bubly water, please?

  • Julie says:

    Love your posts on your $70 budget!

  • Nicole says:

    I’ve had problems in the past submitting clearance or markdown items for Ibotta rebates. Have you any tips? I think it’s because they normally put the mark down label over the original bar code and sometimes I wasn’t able to get it off while still leaving the original intact.

    • I haven’t had issues… I just make sure to carefully take the woohoo sticker off. Maybe double-check that you think you’ll be able to before purchasing? OR, for me, I try to only purchase items that I would pretty much already purchase at that price without the rebate. That way, the rebate is just gravy on top!

  • Lorraine says:

    I am very impressed with your money saving tips. Unfortunately in Canada we don’t get very many coupons that I can use and we definitely don’t get the mark downs like you do, not where we live anyway. With our dollar being lower than yours prices in the US are a fair amount lower than ours. Anyway you have inspired me to make meals from what I have and Pinterest is my best friend. My husband and I live on $50/week. Sometimes it’s a challenge. I do enjoy your blog and I do like challenges.

    • Way to go! You’re doing a fantastic job!

    • Lesley says:

      I agree with Lorraine, Canada is much more expensive. Walmart in North Battleford, Saskatchewan has 12-packs of Bubly now for $4.97 plus $0.84 environmental fees and $1.20 recycling deposit, fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts are at cheapest $2 each, and it’s not unusual to pay $5-$10 for 3 lbs. of apples. I grew up in southern Manitoba just a few miles north of the border, and we used to grocery shop in the States!

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