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.).
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I was excited about the Buy 5, Get $5 Off Sale that Kroger was running this week! Barbecue Sauce for $0.49 — no coupon needed? Sign me up!
I was sad to find that my store was completely sold out of the Pancake Mix that was on sale for just $0.99. But I still have three boxes of pancake mix that I got on sale/marked down, so I can totally wait for another sale!
Here’s what I got at Kroger on Tuesday (I especially excited to finally find another markdown on eggs again!):
Kroger Shopping Trip #1:
- Chex cereal — marked down to $0.69
- 5 dozen cage-free brown eggs — marked down to $0.99 each
- 2 Moose Tracks yogurt — marked down to $0.25 each
- 2 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
- Simple Truth Organic Maple Syrup — $3.99, used $1/1 = $2.99
- 2 boxes Kroger Raisin Bran — $1.49 each
- Hillshire Farm ham — marked down to $2.19
- Hillshire Farm brats — marked down to $1.49 each
- 3 Bountiful Salad Kits — marked down to $1 each
- 2 pounds Private Selection Ground Beef — marked down to $3.79 each
- 1 bag of onions — marked down to $0.99
- Vitamin D milk — $2.69
- Huggies baby wipes — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/1 = $0.49
- 2 bottles Kraft barbecue sauce — $0.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
- Suave Kids’ Shampoo — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/1 = $0.99
- 2 Speedstick deodorant — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
- Sara Lee whole wheat bread — $1.49 when you buy 5 participating items
- Tropicana Probiotic — marked down to $1.29
- Bear Naked Granola — $2.49 when you buy 5 participating items, used $3/1 = free after coupon
- Stayfree pads — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/2 = $0.99 after coupon
- Total with tax: $44.06
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By the way, the marked down Lentil Salad I got above was kind of blah and I wouldn’t buy it again.
I was super stoked that Kroger had a weekend sale on butter! We had just ran out of the butter I bought in the last sale!
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Kroger Shopping Trip #2:
- 2 bags of peppers — marked down to $0.99 each
- 1 bag of oranges/lemons — marked down to $0.99 each
- 1 bag of oranges — marked down to $0.99
- 2 tubs of salsa — marked down to $0.50 each
- 1 bottle of organic carrot juice — marked down to $1
- Core water — FREE
- King’s Hawaiian Rolls — marked down to $1.79
- 5 jars of Prego — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday special deals
- 5 pounds of butter — $1.99 each with the Friday-Saturday special deals
- Total with tax: $24.07
We kicked off 100 Days of Summer Fun on Saturday with walking to Sonic. Our goal is to do some simple family fun activity every day for the next 100 days.
If you want to join us, you can where I’ll be documenting what we do each day.
(And if you want to join us, I’d love for you to share your family fun on Instagram or Facebook and tag me (@themoneysavingmom) and use the hashtag #100DaysofSummerFun.)
What We Ate 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
- Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Toast
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrots, Oranges, Salads, Leftovers, Cookies
- Fruit, Peppers, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Hard Boiled Eggs
- Sunday — Leftover ziti, Bread Machine Buttery Rolls, salad, peas
- Monday — Leftovers (We apparently made way too much for when we had guests over on Saturday night! Hey, at least it meant I got two nights off from cooking!)
- Tuesday — Corn bread, ground beef with tomatoes and onions, fruit
- Wednesday — Leftover corn bread with chili and cheese
- Thursday — KFC
- Friday — Breakfast for dinner: pancakes, sausage, fruit
- Saturday — Leftover pancakes and sausage, frozen pizza + we walked to Sonic and the kids got drinks and chili dogs
Grocery Budget Totals
Total spent on groceries: $68.13