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14 Jul 2019   ·   2

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget

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.).

For live updates, be sure to . See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

After three weeks of traveling, it felt good to be home all week this week and to be back into the swing of regular grocery shopping and menu planning again!

Here’s what we bought this week…

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 bouquets of flowers — marked down to $1 each (this was one of my favorite deals!)
  • 5 cartons of Almond Breeze — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items (got $0.25 + $0.75 back from iBotta)
  • 2 bags of frozen peas — $1 each
  • 1 bottle Eat Kansas City barbecue sauce — marked down to $0.69
  • 2 boxes Honey Bunches of Oats — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items (got $0.50 each back from iBotta)
  • 1 bottle of Simple Truth Marinade — marked down to $0.69
  • 2 bags of Kettle Chips — marked down to $0.69 each
  • 1 bag of Kettle Chips — marked down to $0.79
  • 2 bags of peppers — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of Tortilla Chips — marked down to $0.79
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • 2 gallons milk — $2.79 each
  • Veggie Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Zevia — marked down to $1.25 (got $0.75 back from iBotta)
  • 2 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Kale Salad Mix — marked down to $2.99
  • 2 Colgate toothpaste — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $4/2 Digital Coupon = free
  • Total with tax: $35.45

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 5 bottles of Simply Lemonade — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday Deal
  • 5 packages Ballpark Buns — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday Deal
  • Saltines — $1.29
  • 4 bags of marked down produce — $0.99 each
  • Bananas — $0.70
  • Italian Meatballs/Brats — $1.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Total with tax: $27.41

Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • 6 ears of corn — 6 for $1
  • Watermelon —  $1.77
  • Total with tax: $2.96

Filling Up Our Freezer Again on Our $70/Budget

If you , you know that while we were out of town, our freezer power went out and we lost everything in our freezer.

Gratefully, we had opened up our home a lot in the weeks prior and the freezer didn’t have that much in it because we’d eaten down a lot of the sur (I had been thinking I really needed to replenish it!)

Also, we’re grateful that everything was stuff we’d gotten really inexpensively and that all of the packages stayed in tact so it was not a huge mess to clean up.

I thought it would be fun for you to watch me fill back up my freezer — while sticking with the $70 weekly budget. Here’s what it looked like after week 1. (The package of hot dogs and the buns/bread was in our fridge freezer — I moved it out here since that freezer was pretty stuffed.)

The chicken and ribs were from last week’s Friday-Saturday deals.

And here’s what it looks like as of this weekend. I’m excited because we not have 14 pounds of meat in there! (We usually eat 3-5 pounds of meat per week and I try to stock up on at least 4-7 pounds, so that we’re usually always putting a little more in the freezer than we’re eating.)

What We Ate On Our $70 Grocery Budget This Past 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.

Our Menu Plan


  • Fried Eggs, Cereal, Pancakes, Apple Muffins, Banana Muffins


  •  Leftovers, Salad, Mac & Cheese, Fruit


  • Fruit, Popcorn, Cookies, Peppers


  • Sunday — Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs
  • Monday — Barbecued Chicken, Corn, Fruit
  • Tuesday — Barbecued Chicken Pizza
  • Wednesday — Mac & Cheese
  • Thursday — Mac & Cheese, Marinated Chicken, Salad
  • Friday — Ribs, Corn, Peas
  • Saturday — Takeout from Chili’s

$70 Grocery Budget Totals

Total spent on groceries: $65.82

Cashback earned this week: 400 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $3.10 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

13 Jul 2019   ·   2

Who wants a FREE $5 Amazon gift card??

Amazon Prime Day is coming on Monday and I’ve got a way for you to easily earn a $5 Amazon gift card in just minutes — completely free! If you are planning to do any errands or shopping in the next 24 hours, don’t miss this!

Here’s how to earn your free $5 gift card:

1. , use code MOM5 during the registration process.

2. Go to one store listed in the app this weekend (some of the stores listed: Kroger, CVS, Walmart, Target, Publix, Dollar General, Aldi, Sprouts, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club, and more!).

3. When you’re at the store, open up your app and click on the store and then scans. Scan one product listed in the app.

4. That’s it! You don’t have to purchase anything. Just use the code MOM5 when signing up and then scan one item in-store.

5. Because you used the code above, you’ll get 1250 bonus “kicks” instantly added to your account. You can trade these in for a $5 Amazon gift card! (Or any other gift card!)

Psst! Want to earn more points? Make sure to have the Shopkick app open when you walk in the store (you’ll earn kicks for this) and then scan all the other items listed in the app that you can earn points for.

Read more about how Shopkick works and how to earn more points with Shopkick here. Also, check out my post on 7 Easy Ways to Earn Amazon Gift Cards for other ways to earn free Amazon gift cards.

13 Jul 2019   ·   2
Adventure Academy virtual world

*HOT* Adventure Academy Annual Subscription for just $4.99 per month!

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Whoa!! Do you have elementary or middle school aged kids who love online gaming? Be sure to check out this great deal on an annual subscription to Adventure Academy!!

You can currently — which is like paying $4.99 per month!

This is regularly priced at $110, so this is a HUGE savings! It’s like getting 5 months for free at the regular price.

Adventure Academy is a brand new MMO game created specifically for kids in elementary and middle school. It features thousands of enjoyable learning activities that kids can discover on quests through an interactive virtual world.

Developed by the top video gaming designers and crafted by a team of curriculum experts, Adventure Academy is a highly engaging and creative platform that focuses on building critical knowledge and skills in language arts, math, social studies, science, and more!

 features thousands of educational learning activities, such as videos, reading experiences, games, quizzes, and many other interactive elements— all within the frameworks of U.S. (and international) curriculum standards.

I checked it out and it plays a lot like an adventure game (think Zelda!) but within an educational framework. It’s really cool!

Psst! If you’re not quite ready to take the leap and pay for a subscription, you can instead get a FREE 30-day trial!

13 Jul 2019   ·   0
Truman's Starter Kit

Truman’s Non-Toxic Household Cleaners Starter Kit for just $7.50 shipped!

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Interested in non-toxic household cleaning options? Check out this deal on Truman’s Household Cleaners!!

Have you heard of ? It’s a relatively new subscription service that delivers non-toxic household cleaners to your doorstep!

Each includes four different cleaners for your kitchen, floors, bathroom, and glass surfaces. (And the kitchen spray is also an all-purpose cleaner!)

You receive the spray bottles and cleaners on your very first delivery and then cleaner refill cartridges on each subsequent delivery. Each delivery of cleaners should last you 6 months, but you can pause, skip, cancel, or change your subscription at any time.

And right now you can with code SUMMER at checkout. Here’s how:

  1. .
  2. Click on “Get Your Starter Kit.”
  3. Choose the $15 option. When you choose this option, you’ll be signed up for automatic subscriptions but you can pause, skip, or cancel your subscription at any time after your first order ships out.
  4. Click through to checkout.
  5. On the page where you enter all of your information, look on the right side of the page where it says “Have a discount code? Enter it here.” Use code SUMMER to get 50% off!
  6. You’ll pay just $7.50 and shipping is FREE.

If you love and want to continue with your subscription, you’ll be automatically charged at the regular price of $15 for your subsequent deliveries. (Note: The next delivery ships out after 45 days, so be sure to go in and change that since each delivery lasts for 6 months!) If you don’t want to continue after your first discounted starter kit, just go in and cancel before your next shipment. Super simple!

This seems really cool! Have any of you tried it yet? I’d love to hear in the comments!

13 Jul 2019   ·   0

Sign up for my free 5 Days to a Better Morning Challenge!

Feeling like you’re losing momentum on your 2019 goals? Need something to help you get back on track? Sign up for this FREE 5 Days to a Better Morning Challenge!

We’ve hit the halfway mark in 2019! Can you believe it?

If you need something to keep you encouraged, motivated, and accountable, sign up for this completely FREE .

I designed this to give you a sort of shot in the arm to help you thrive the rest of this year!

When you , I’ll send you a short email every morning with a short motivational message and video from me a simple, practical strategy for you to implement immediately.

Plus, you’ll also (this is optional; I know not everyone is on Facebook!) so you can engage with others who are going through this mini course and we can all keep each other accountable to follow through with our daily projects.

I can’t wait to cheer you on in this process! Here’s to an amazing rest of the year!

13 Jul 2019   ·   0

Free eCourse: How to Make Money from Home with an Amazon FBA Business

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Looking for some unique ways to make money from home? You might want to try an Amazon FBA Business!

If you’re interested in making an income from home and you’re looking for ideas, be sure to .

This e-mail series is taught by the Selling family — a husband and wife team who have been making a full-time income from home through Amazon since 2011.

In this series, you will learn:

  • What an Amazon FBA business is and how it works
  • What types of items you can sell on Amazon and how prices differ
  • How to set up an Amazon seller account
  • Plus more!


Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book , where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book is packed with hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

I also highly, highly recommend . This step-by-step guide is packed with valuable information and tips!

13 Jul 2019   ·   2

Dunkin’ Bingo Instant Win Game (56,160 Winners!)

Play this new Dunkin’ Bingo Instant Win Game for your chance to win a free gift card!

Play this for your chance to win a FREE $5 Dunkin’ gift card!

Simply use the UPC code 9916359823 to play. There will be one winner every minute so you have a pretty good chance to win!

You can play once per day through August 31, 2019.


12 Jul 2019   ·   7

How to Get the Best Deals on Amazon Prime Day

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Want to know how to get the best deals on Amazon Prime Day? In this post, I share my best tips for saving money and scoring great deals on Amazon Prime Day!

(Did you read the story of the woman who for six months from their family and relatives and then set them all out on April Fool’s Day!)

How to Get the Best Deals on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is coming on July 15-16, 2019. And this year, it looks like it’s going to be better than ever!

Not only is Amazon promising to offer amazing deals (last year, the Prime Day deals were on par with Black Friday week!), but a number of other companies are also jumping on the bandwagon and trying to be competitive with the deals Amazon is offering.

Guess what that means for us? More deals and more savings!

I predict that on July 15-16, 2019 we’ll see a flurry of deals similar to what we usually see on Black Friday week. Because of this, I want to help you prepare accordingly so you can save the most money.

5 Ways to Prepare for Amazon Prime Day

To help you prepare well to maximize your savings for Amazon Prime Day Deals, here are 5 strategies I suggest:

1. Sign up for a .

Not an ? No worries, now is the perfect time to .

This way, you’ll get all of the benefits of Prime and be able to take advantage of the deals, but you want have to pay for a Prime subscription. At the end of the 30 days, just be sure to go into your account and cancel your subscription and you won’t be charged!

2. Subscribe to my Hot Deals email newsletter.

Did you see that I just launched a brand-new Hot Deals Email Newsletter? When you sign up, I’ll send you no more than 1-2 emails each day featuring the hottest and best deals hand-picked by me as soon as they become available.

This way, you won’t have to wait for the daily enewsletter to go out in the afternoon; you can jump on the hottest deals right away!

I’ll be sending out two email newsletters both days on Monday and Tuesday featuring only the BEST deals that are my top picks.

Sign up for this newsletter here.

3. Follow me on Instagram

If you’re not already , I would LOVE for you to and hit the follow button.

One of my favorite things is getting to personally share deals I find and am excited about on (, I share lots of other behind-the-scenes stuff and my grocery shopping hauls!

On Amazon Prime Day, I’ll be hopping onto multiple times throughout the day telling you about the best deals that I am most excited about!

4. Follow our &

My team will be posting all the deals all day long on our and . Plus, I’ll be popping on throughout the day to do live videos covering some of my favorite deals.

Psst! We’ll be posting all of the Prime Day Deals at this link right here all day Monday and Tuesday.

5. Make a List & a Budget

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to make a list of the items you are most interested in buying, as well as the budget you have to spend. This way, you don’t just jump on a good deal because it’s “such a good deal”, when it’s not something you need or can afford.

Want to stretch your dollars even further? Now is the time to cash out your free Amazon gift cards or spend some time this weekend earning some extra Amazon gift cards.

(Tip: A super easy way to earn a $5 Amazon Gift Card is by signing up for Shopkick and then scanning one item listed in their app if you’re out shopping this weekend.)

What specific deals are you looking for on Prime Day? Leave a comment and tell us!

12 Jul 2019   ·   0
5-Piece Backpack Set

Macy’s: 5-Piece Kid’s Backpack Sets only $15.99!

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Doing back to school shopping? Here’s a great deal on a backpack set!

Macy’s has these right now (regularly $40)!

These 5-piece set include a backpack, lunch bag, gadget case, cinch sack and water bottle. There are lots of fun styles to choose from including Toy Story, Avengers, Moana, Paw Patrol and lots more!

Shipping is free on orders over $49.

Be sure to check out all of the Best 2019 Back To School Deals! Don’t forget you can also sign up for our daily email newsletter to get all of the best back to school deals emailed to you every week! And be sure to check out my post on 5 Simple Ways to Save on Back to School Deals.

12 Jul 2019   ·   2
Men’s & Women’s Running Shoes Brooks

Men’s & Women’s Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoes only $77.98 shipped (Reg. $120!)

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Calling all runners! Get these highly rated Men’s & Women’s Brooks Running Shoes for a great deal!

Men’s & Women’s Running Shoes Brooks

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