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A great deal on pineapple, corn on the cob, cantaloupe, & Triscuits

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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I stopped by Aldi, Sprouts, and Big Lots on Saturday and picked up some great deals! Here’s what I got:

Saturday Aldi Shopping Trip

  • 2 cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 2 packages of Bacon — $3.79 each
  • Pure Cane Sugar — $1.95
  • Natural Peanut Butter — $1.15
  • Cheddar Cheese — $1.69
  • Pure Maple Syrup — $6.29
  • Honey — $2.79
  • Onions — $1.49
  • Kiwi — $1.29
  • Sweet Potatoes — $1.69
  • Total with tax: $33.70

Saturday Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • 3 Pineapple — $0.98 each (they were on a special 72-hour weekend sale)
  • 6 ears of corn — $1 total (they were on a special 72-hour weekend sale)

Total with tax: $4.21

Saturday Big Lots Shopping Trip

  • 3 boxes of Fireside Crackers — marked down to $0.75 each
  • 2 boxes of Triscuits — marked down to $1 per box (got $1 back from  for buying 2 boxes)
  • 2 packages of whole wheat English Muffins — $1.40 each
  • Total with tax: $7.53

Total Spent on Groceries This Week

Total spent on groceries this week: $45.44

Total left to spend on groceries this week: $24.56

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, $1 from for buying Triscuits, 50 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning four receipts (If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards, you can  and use code WW7XJ and you’ll get a bonus 2,000 points = worth $2.)

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The BEST Deal on Eggs I Think I’ve Ever Gotten!

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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After two whole weeks of not stepping foot into a grocery store , it felt really wonderful to be back to shopping today. And Kroger didn’t disappoint!

I was mostly just stopping by to see what markdowns they had and to grab the deal on organic frozen veggies. But I scored big time when I went to the dairy section and saw they had Simple Truth Cage Free Brown Eggs for just $0.99!!!! I was thrilled to get them for $1.99 per dozen two weeks ago… so I could not believe this price when I saw it.

And if we didn’t already have 4 dozen eggs in our fridge and weren’t going out of town really soon, I would have bought 10 dozen. But I settled on 6 dozen since that felt like a good amount! 🙂

I gave two dozen away to a friend today and will be using the rest for scrambled eggs, fried eggs, hard boiled eggs, French Toast… and baking. And I also might make a quiche. We all love eggs, so I doubt we’ll have an issue using them up in the next few weeks!

I also picked up the Free Friday candy — which my kids were thrilled about. We basically never buy anything with food coloring in it, so it’s always a really, really big deal when I actually buy something that has it in it. But these were free and I knew my kids would absolutely go nuts about them (they did!) so I surprised them with a very unexpected treat.

I’m not sure what we’re going to use these for — maybe for our road trip to Arkansas at the end of the month? We’ll see!

Here’s what I ended up buying:

Friday Kroger Shopping Trip

Total Spent on Groceries This Week

Total spent on groceries this week: $17.03

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, 50 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning four receipts (If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards, you can  and use code WW7XJ and you’ll get a bonus 2,000 points = worth $2.)

7 Budget-Saving Cash Envelope Hacks

Whether you're new to cash envelopes or a cash envelope veteran, these 7 hacks are genius!

Guest post from Lauren of :

Whether you’re just learning how to budget or you’re a seasoned pro, incorporating cash envelopes into your budgeting system will undoubtedly save you money.

It’s often easier to overspend with a credit card, while cash helps us to be more conscientious about our purchases… but let’s face it, cards sure are convenient!

However, if you’re willing to give it a try, a cash envelope system will help you save money and stick to your budget every single time. Here are seven tips to help you make the switch.

1. Start with just three categories.

There’s no rule that says you have to commit to all cash, all the time.

Instead, try easing into a cash envelope system by picking three categories. My top recommendations are groceries, restaurants, and entertainment.

You’ll immediately notice how you feel differently about spending cash versus swiping a card and how easy it is to keep track of your budget.

2. Budget your cash categories in $20 increments.

It’s one thing to make a quick trip to the ATM, but it’s a dreaded chore to have to stand in line at the bank during business hours.

If you budget your cash categories in $20 increments, you can simply grab your cash at the ATM and fill your envelopes in no time.

3. Schedule your ATM runs.

As with any system, you have to follow it in order to be successful… so write down “ATM at 4:00 pm” on the calendar like you would a doctor’s appointment. It’s shockingly easy to forget about this little mini-errand until it feels like part of your normal routine.

4. Make a “no borrowing” rule.

If you leave your money at home, it can be tempting to bring out the debit card “just this once,” promising yourself that you’ll reimburse the account.

One purchase leads to another, and before you know it, everything is out of whack.

When you commit to the “no borrowing” rule, you ensure success with your budget.

5. Divide up the grocery envelope.

Using a grocery envelope is all well and good until you realize in the middle of cooking enchiladas that you’re out of cheese. When this happens to me, I call my husband and ask him to pick up said missing ingredient on his way home from work.

In keeping with the “no borrowing” rule, give your spouse a portion of the grocery money so either of you can make that quick trip when needed.

6. Don’t use envelopes.

There’s nothing magic about the actual envelope. Lots of people prefer not using envelopes simply because they don’t fit conveniently into their wallet. And that’s a valid consideration!

The good news is you have lots of great options, such as color-coded mini binder clips and store-bought file folders that you can cut out to custom-fit your wallet. If you want to invest a little money, you can even buy a wallet designed specifically to organize your cash by category.

7. Buy gift cards for online shopping.

In an increasingly online-oriented world, it’s almost impossible to avoid online shopping. I shop on Amazon for essentials like diapers and I’m so thankful for it!

But since you can’t use cash for online orders, here is a workaround: use cash to buy a gift card.

Almost every grocery store sells gift cards you can use online, so add it to your shopping list, pay for it with cash, and then enter the gift card code to the store’s online site.

This also provides a safeguard from online impulse shopping. If it’s worth buying, it’s worth taking the time to buy a gift card first.

Be patient with yourself as you get acclimated to a new way of spending money. New habits — especially good ones — take time to get used to, but you can be confident that incorporating cash into your budgeting system is worth it!

Hi, I’m Lauren! I share practical solutions to conquer financial stress at . I’m a wife and mom, a follower of Jesus, an aspiring morning person, and a trained financial coach. I’m excited to show you how to take solid financial principles and apply them to real life!