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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Thanks for your patience with me as I was mostly offline Friday and Saturday for my sister’s wedding (see a picture from the wedding here). I had planned to get this up on Friday and then was busy with family stuff and wedding stuff and it didn’t happen. And then I was gone from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. on the day of the wedding and only cracked my computer open for a few minutes!
But here I am with our grocery update — even if it’s two days late! 🙂
This was another weird grocery week again because we got home from our road trip on Sunday night and then I left on Wednesday for my sister’s wedding in Kansas and then Jesse and the kids flew down late Friday night (after school was out) to meet me in Kansas for the wedding on Saturday.
So once again, I didn’t do much grocery shopping and we mostly ate from the freezer and pantry when we were home. But I did pick up a few markdowns from Kroger.
We’ll be home for the next two weeks, so I’ll likely be doing quite a bit of stocking up while we’re home so that our pantry and freezer is filled back up again now that we’ve sort of eaten it down because of not doing much shopping the past few weeks.
Here’s what I bought:
Kroger Shopping Trip
- Kroger water — $0.89
- Gallon of milk — $2.59
- 6 bottles of Turkey Hill Tea — marked down to $0.39 each
- Yoplait Oui Petites — marked down to $0.99 each
- 1 loaf of bread — marked down to $1.49 each
- 2 bags of potatoes/sweet potatoes — marked down to $0.99 each
- Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice — free with Free Friday coupon
- Bumblebee Tuna — free with Free Friday coupon
- Simple Truth Eggs — priced at just $0.50 per dozen!! (This was only at one Kroger store — they must have been overstocked. I went to another Kroger store and they were $2.79.)
- 3 family-size packages of Oscar Mayer deli meat — marked down to $2.99 each
- Total with tax: $19.37
By the way, yes I’m that woman who brings pretty much most all of my own food when I fly. Not only does it save a lot of money… it also means that I eat healthier!
What I Spent This Week
Total spent: $19.37
Cashback Earned This Week: 75 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning my receipts
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. And it also means we didn’t use all of these groceries up this week — because some of them will be saved for later weeks!
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. ?
What We Ate This Week
- Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, free breakfast at the hotel (Everyone is on their own for breakfast!)
- Hard Boiled Eggs, Best Bran Muffins, Avocados, Salad, Grapefruit, Cottage Cheese, Apples, Pumpkin Pancakes, lunch with my family for the wedding (Jesse & Me)
- Turkey Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies, Yogurt, Cookies, Capri Sun (For the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)
- Saturday: Dinner Out on our road trip (we used extra grocery money that we hadn’t spent for this)
- Sunday: Leftovers/Fend For Yourself
- Monday: Sausage/Peppers/Onions in the Crockpot, brown rice
- Tuesday: Lasagna Casserole (from the freezer) Salad
- Wednesday: Meatballs from the freezer, mashed potatoes
- Thursday: French toast
- Friday: Dinner Out (Jesse and the kids were flying out to Wichita for my sister’s wedding; I ate dinner with my family at the rehearsal dinner.