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This Week’s $31 Grocery Shopping Trips + What We Ate This Past Week

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.).

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

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I left on Thursday morning for a much-anticipated beach trip with two of my closest friends. So I didn’t do as much grocery shopping this week, as a result. We were pretty stocked up on food from the extras I had bought the past month and stuck in the pantry and freezer, so I didn’t need to buy much.

And I’ll just roll over the money I didn’t spend this week to next week’s grocery budget.

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 in these shopping trips 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. 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

5 boxes of Quaker Oatmeal Packets — $0.99 each when you purchase 5 boxes

Total with tax: $5.31 

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

What We Ate This Week

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, Avocados, Salad, Cottage Cheese, Lasagna Casserole, Turkey Burgers, Apples, Pancakes (Jesse & Me)
  • Turkey Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies, Banana Bread, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Cookies, Capri Sun (For the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)

Snacks:

  • Banana Bread, Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Fruit/Veggies, Cookies, Hard Boiled Eggs

Dinners:

  • Sunday: Leftovers/Fend For Yourself
  • Monday: Lasagna Casserole, Peas, Grapes
  • Tuesday: Turkey Burgers & Spaghetti (Fend For Yourself Night again since everyone had different things going on)
  • Wednesday: Lasagna Casserole, Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins
  • Thursday: French Toast
  • Friday: Dinner Out

What I Spent This Week

Total spent: $30.77

Cashback Earned This Week: 75 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning my receipts

Today’s Kroger, ALDI, Sprouts, and Big Lots shopping trip (I’m $1 under budget!)

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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our .

Kaitlynn and I went shopping today since we had $53 left to spend on groceries this week. We went to a Kroger that we usually don’t go to — and this Kroger has this section that is all markdowns of scratch and dent items. It looks completely disorganized, but we found some “treasures” in the mess!

Not all Kroger stores have these markdowns sections, but definitely check to see if your store does, if you haven’t already! You never know what you might find!

We bought more junk food than usual — but do the organic veggies and whole wheat flour help balance it out?? 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes Hostess Snacks —
  • 1 box Kroger cereal — marked down to $0.69
  • 1 box Kroger pasta — marked down to $0.49
  • 1 box Kroger Saltine crackers — marked down to $0.69
  • Simple Truth eggs — $2.50
  • Simple Truth Lunch Kits — $2, = $1.20 each after coupons
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.49/lb. = $1.06
  • 5 bags of Simple Truth frozen veggies — $1.29 each, = $0.79 each after coupons
  • Mentos Gum — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 3 6-packs of Pepsi/Sierra Mist —
  • Total with tax: $25.26

Big Lots Shopping Trip — 2 bags of Whole Wheat Flour for $3 each = Total with tax: $6.41

Sprouts — Cantaloupe for $0.98 each, Sweet Corn — $6 for $1, Rolled Oats — $0.99 per lb. — $1.75 = Total with tax: $5.03

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • 3 Avocados — $0.39 each
  • Honey Nut Oats — $1.19
  • 2 packages frozen broccoli — $1.19 each
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 2 packages frozen peas — $0.79 each
  • Dill pickles — $1.39
  • Vanilla — $3.55
  • Total with tax: $14.89

Total Spent This Week

Total spent on groceries this week: $68.13

Cashback Earned: 277 points earned from Fetch for buying Capri Sun & Pepsi & Talenti + $0.50 from iBotta for scanning 2 receipts.

Cake Mix Bars, Turmeric Milk, & This Week’s $70 Menu Plan

This $70 weekly grocery budget is impressive for a family of 5!

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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our .

Kroger had some more weekend deals that were worth picking up this past Saturday. (Psst! If you loaded the Ketchup or Mayo coupons onto your card, Kroger extended the date on those through June 30, 2018!)

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $24.36

  • 1 bag of limes — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 cantaloupe — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of peppers — marked down to $0.99
  • Eggs — $1.09
  • Pickles — $1.49
  • 5 packages of Hillshire Farms Sausage — $1.88 each with the Weekend Digital Coupon Deals
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 2 Fage yogurts — marked down to $0.59 (got $0.75 back per cup from Ibotta making them essentially “free + overage” after rebate)
  • 2 bottles of Heinz Ketchup — $0.99 each with the Weekend Digital Coupon Deals
  • 1 jar Mayo — $0.99 with the Weekend Digital Coupon Deal
  • 3 boxes of Aunt Jemima pancake mix — marked down to $0.99 per box (these were on the Scratch & Dent table at Kroger) — I bought these so we can have our friends over for more Breakfast for Dinner nights after going to pool! We did this last week and it was such a hit & I’m hoping it will work out again this week, too!
  • Total with tax: 24.36


So many of you asked for the “ that I mentioned Kathrynne was going to be making. These were so yummy — and turned out beautifully!

In healthier news, I have been making (or tea or whatever you want to call it) every day. This stuff is so good — and so good for you!

I hit the jackpot of great markdowns today at Kroger! Here’s what I got:

Tuesday Kroger Shopping Trip — $20.22

  • 3 packages of Frigo Cheese — $1.99 each when you purchase 6 participating items, used $0.75/1 , used 2 $0.75/1 = $1.24 each after coupons
  • Bananas — marked down — $0.87
  • Bag of 3 cucumbers and a pepper — marked down to $0.99
  • Big bag of clementines — marked down to $0.99
  • 4 bottles of Cream Soda — marked down to $0.39 each (+ I got a 10% off discount at checkout on these — not sure why, but I’ll take an additional $0.14 off!)
  • 3 boxes of cereal — marked down to $1.19 each
  • 2 bottles of Organic Agave nectar — marked down to $1 each
  • 1 Lifeway Kefir cup —marked down to $0.89
  • 2 yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • 4 yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 3 bags of Mrs. Cubbinson’s Croutons — $0.89 each when you buy 6 participating items, used 1  (+ submitted for $0.25 Ibotta rebate per bag)
  • Total with tax: $20.22

This Week’s Simple Menu Plan

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

Breakfasts

Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Baked Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit, Toast, The Best Ever Bran Muffins

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Cheese/Crackers, Fruit, Veggies, Leftovers, Eggs, Yogurt, Salad

Snacks

Marked Down Yogurt, Fruit, Ice Cream Bars, Cheese/Crackers, Granola Bars

Monday: Peppers/Onions/Sausage over rice, Fruit

Tuesday: Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, Fruit

Wednesday: Grilling out — Sausage & Corn on the Cob, Fruit

Thursday: Dinner out with my parents (they are coming into town for a day!)

Friday:  Ziti (from the freezer), Peas, Fruit

Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit

Sunday: Snack-y Dinner

Total Spending So Far This Week

Total spent so far this week: $44.58

Total left to spend: $25.42

Rebates: $2.50 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta & buying the Fage yogurt and croutons, $0.37 back from Fetch Rewards for scanning two 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.)

I found the clearance cart at Big Lots + Aldi & Kroger shopping trips & our menu plan!

Check out this shopping haul from ALDI, Kroger, and Big Lots -- all on a $70 weekly grocery budget!

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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our .

I’ve got LOTS of great deals to report to you today! Buckle your seat belt, this might be a l-o-n-g post!

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $15.66

Kroger had a Saturday Only Sale where you could get Smithfield Bacon for just $2.99 per package with the digital coupon. There was a limit of 5 packages and you better believe we took advantage of the deal and got 5 packages… because, BACON! 🙂

Tuesday Big Lots Shopping Trip — $3.47

After scoring the great deal on bread at Big Lots, a few of you told me that I needed to check for the Clearance Cart at Big Lots… and you said that you’ve found some amazing deals in it! Well, I checked when I went today and I found it — and these crackers were in it for just $0.25 per package!

I also grabbed some Krusteaz pancake mix for $2.25 since we kind of last-minute invited friends to go to the pool with us tonight and then come back to our house for Breakfast for Dinner and Games.

I’m not sure if that’s a good price on pancake mix (I usually make mine, but it was less expensive and easier for me today to just buy it), but I thought it was a pretty decent deal and I’ve heard that that pancake mix is really good.

Big Lots tip: Be sure to sign up for a BuzzRewards card. You are supposed to get a $5 off $15 coupon for every three shopping trips. I’m excited to see if this actually works — because that could be a great way to stretch our budget a little bit more!

Tuesday Aldi Shopping Trip — $17.80

  • 5 packages of strawberries — $1.29 each (we’re using 4 cartons of these for our Breakfast for Dinner with friends tonight)
  • Cantaloupe — $1.49
  • Pancake Mix — $1.49 (I grabbed a second box of pancake mix just to be sure we have plenty for Breakfast for Dinner tonight!)
  • Pure Maple Syrup — $5.99
  • 5 ears of Sweet Corn — $0.25 each

Total with tax: $17.80

Today is the last day of the Kroger Buy 5, Get $5 Off Sale, so I wanted to stop by and get a few more items before the sale ended. Here’s what I got:

Tuesday Kroger Shopping Trip — $20.84

  • 2 bags of apples — $0.99 each
  • 2 bags of avocados — $0.99 each
  • Goldfish crackers — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 gallon Whole Milk — $2.69
  • Suave Kids Bodywash — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used = $0.24 after coupon
  • Suave Bodywash — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Cascadian Farms Cereal — $2.49 each when you buy 5 participating items, used 2 $1/1  = $1.49 each after coupons
  • 5 boxes of Nature Valley Bars — $1.79 each when you buy 5 participating items, used , used 2 $0.50/2  + = that’s like paying $0.89 per box after the coupons, sale, and Catalina (which I’ll use on my shopping trip on Thursday or Friday to help lower that grocery bill!)

Total with tax: $20.74 + I got a $3 catalina to use on my next shopping trip!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Catalina Deal, but when I saw , I knew I had to do it. These will make for great snacks to take with us to the pool! Remember, the Buy 5, Get $5 Off sale ends tonight. So if you want to get in on this deal, hurry out to your store before midnight!

(Also, the best deal is to buy the crunchy bars — there are 12 per box. But we decided to try a few different kinds, just for fun!)

This Week’s Simple Menu Plan

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

Breakfasts

Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Baked Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit, Toast

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Chips/Salsa, Fruit, Veggies, Leftovers, Eggs, Yogurt, Salad

Snacks

Marked Down Yogurt, Fruit, Ice Cream Bars, Crackers, Granola Bars

Monday: Bacon & Eggs & Fruit & Southwest Roll-Ups (from the freezer) — these things don’t go together at all, really, but the girls and I went with friends to a movie and I just put this together at the last minute

Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner with Friends — Pancakes, Eggs (that I got marked down recently), Bacon, Strawberries

Wednesday: Haystacks, Chips & Homemade Guac, Fruit

Thursday: Sausage & Onions in the CrockPot, Noodles, Fruit

Friday: Dinner Out (I’m volunteering at the setup for Kaitlynn’s school’s yard sale.)

Saturday: Cookout — Sausage on the Grill, Corn on the Cob, Fruit

Sunday: Snack-y Dinner

Total Spending So Far This Week

Total spent so far this week: $57.77

Total left to spend: $12.23

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, $0.98 back from Fetch Rewards for purchasing Goldfish & Suave + scanning two other 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.)

CHEAP Cereal & Ice Cream + This Week’s Crazy Simple 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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our .

I took Silas to the store with me on Tuesday to see what deals we could find at Kroger. I did all my shopping during the school year when they were at school, so it’s been awhile since he and I have gone to the store together.

Silas was SO impressed with the deals I was able to find and it reminded me that I should take my kids with me at least occasionally — because I want them to learn how to be strategic shoppers at the grocery store, too!

Tuesday Kroger Shopping Trip — $20.74

  • Brown Cage-Free Eggs – marked down to $1.29
  • 5 cucumbers — marked down to $0.99
  • Colgate toothpaste — $1.79 when you buy 5 participating items, = free + overage after the coupon
  • 1 bottle of Core — Free with the FREE Friday download e-coupon
  • 2 bottles of Santa Cruz organic lemonade — $0.99 when you 5 participating items, used $1/2 hangtag coupon = $0.49 each after coupon
  • Goldfish crackers — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 Suave Kids body wash — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Kroger Honey Nut Toasted Oats — $1.49
  • 6 boxes of Cheerios — $1.49 per box when you buy 5 participating items, used 2 $1/2 coupons + 2 $0.50/1 coupons (no longer available) = $0.99 per box after coupons
  • 3 tubs Edy’s ice cream — $2.49 per tub when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/3 coupon (no longer available) = $1.83 per tub
  • Total with tax: $20.74

To see more details on my shopping trip, . (And you can  if you’re interested in watching other shopping haul videos, recipe videos, and more money-saving videos!)

We have a weird week this week when it comes to meals. Kaitlynn and Jesse were out of town the beginning of the week, we have multiple things going on in the evenings, and we were invited over to two different family’s houses for dinner!

The only thing we’re hosting this week is my Discipleship Small Group — and I’m just serving snacks for that (I think we’re doing cheese & crackers, fruit, Banana Bread, and sparkling water).

So our menu is super, crazy simple!

This Week’s Super Simple Menu Plan

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

Breakfasts

Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Baked Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit, Toast

Lunches

Ham Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Chips/Salsa, Fruit, Veggies, Leftovers, Eggs, Yogurt, Salad

Snacks

Marked Down Yogurt, Fruit, Ice Cream Bars, Homemade Energy Bites, Banana Bread

Dinners

Monday — Southwest Roll-Ups from the freezer, salad
Tuesday — Leftovers (Jesse and Kaitlynn gone so I’m keeping it simple and we’re doing a Clean Out the Fridge night!)
Wednesday —Breakfast for dinner: Waffles, Eggs
Thursday — Cookout & Game Night at our friends’ house — I’m bringing some hot dogs and buns from the freezer.
Friday — Dinner at another friend’s house
Saturday — Snack-y Dinner (fend for yourself — cereal, leftovers, etc.)
Sunday — Brats (from the freezer), Sliced Cucumbers, Fruit, Crackers/Cheese

Freezer Cooking to Do: Waffles,

Total Spending So Far This Week

Total spent so far this week: $20.74

Total left to spend: $49.26

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, $0.56 back from Fetch Rewards for purchasing Goldfish & Suave (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.)

My $30 Kroger Stock-Up Shopping Trip (I got great deals on laundry detergent and barbecue sauce!)

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.).

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

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our .

Kaitlynn had her end of school Awards Day all morning on Tuesday morning, so I didn’t get any freezer cooking done. But I did find some great deals at Kroger!

I was going to do the Buy 4, Get $4 Off Deal, but I only had 3 ALL laundry detergents and our store didn’t have the the razors I was going to buy, so I hopped onto on my phone in the store to see if there were any new deals that had popped up since the last time I checked.

And low and behold, there was a hot tip about how Kraft barbecue sauce was marked down (for one day only!) to just $0.25 each when you buy 4 participating items — no coupons needed!

So, of course, I grabbed some of them up! I decided to get 5 bottles because I think that will last us for at least 3-5 months.

Note to self: Always remember to check when I’m in-store so I don’t miss a hot deal tip!

Kroger Shopping Trip — $30.04

  • 2 lbs. Ground Turkey — marked down to $2.09 each
  • 4 pears — marked down to $0.99
  • 5 apples — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 3 jars of Oui yogurt — marked down to $0.59 each
  • 2 Dreaming Cow Grassfed yogurt — marked down to $0.59 each
  • Eggs — $2.79
  • 1 bottle of nail polish remover — $1
  • 1 gallon milk — $2.79
  • 5 lbs. of sausage — marked down to $1.69 each
  • 5 bottles of Kraft Barbecue Sauce — $0.25 each when you buy 4 participating items (offer no longer valid)
  • 3 bottles of ALL laundry detergent — $1.99 each when you buy 4 participating items (offer no longer valid), Used 2 
  • + $1/1 digital coupon (no longer available) = $0.99 each after sale and coupons
  • Total with tax: $30.04

Total spent so far this week: $58.51

Total left to spend: $11.19

Rebates: $1.50 for buying the 2 Fage yogurts, $0.25 for submitting my receipt, + a second $0.25 for submitting another receipt.

See our $70 menu plan for this week. See all my posts about our $70 grocery budget here.