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$70 Grocery Budget (+ why I stopped posting my menu plans)

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 .

The last two weeks, I didn’t post our menu plan with my grocery posts. I did this intentionally — without saying anything — to see if people would notice and mention anything.

You see, it takes quite a bit of extra time to track what we eat and share it and it felt like the only comments I had been getting were pretty negative, nit-picky comments about our menu plan (most of these were coming in via email and on social media). I was feeling like a) people weren’t finding the menu plans helpful and b) it probably wasn’t worth my time to share the menu plans if they were only going to get critical comments.

But then… multiple people wrote in and last week and asked about the menu plans and told me you had found it so helpful. That was so encouraging to know that many of you actually do find the menu plans helpful. So, I’m happy to bring them back! 🙂

Here’s what we bought and ate this week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 loaves of bread — marked down to $1.79
  • 10 lb. bag of potatoes — $1.99
  • 2 cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • Kroger vitamin D milk — $2.59
  • Total with tax: $10.77

As you know, I eat a lot of salads every week. This one was one of my favorites from this past week. (Marked down greens, leftover roasted asparagus, leftover Italian chicken.)

Jesse and I went out for a lunch date on Wednesday to one of our favorite places: . I love their Gail Salad with whole grain toast and butter. (Except yikes, that avocado looks nasty — I cut that bad part out before eating the salad!)

We already had a lot of groceries in our pantry, fridge, and freezer and there weren’t any , but since I still had $59 in our grocery budget to use, I went to Kroger on Friday to see what markdowns I could find.

I was not disappointed. In fact, I kind of hit the motherlode of markdowns!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Family-Sized Nabisco Crackers & Cookies — $1.99 with Friday-Saturday Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 3 boxes of Kroger cereal — $1.49 each
  • Frozen Turkey — $0.97/lb. with Friday-Saturday Kroger Digital Coupon = $6.43
  • Minute Rice — marked down to $0.69
  • 2 Wasabi Peanuts — marked down to $0.25 each
  • Ghana chocolate — marked down to $0.69
  • Multigrain bread — marked down to $1.29
  • 2 Whole-wheat Pita pockets — marked down $0.99 each
  • RX Bar — FREE with Free Friday coupon
  • 2 packages Kroger Sausage Links — $1.99 each with 4 Day weekend sale
  • 2 bags Salad Kits — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Simple Truth Eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • Quaker Oat Beverage — marked down to $1
  • 2 big bottles French’s ketchup — marked down to $0.89 each
  • 5 jars of Simple Truth Organic Corn & Bean Salsa — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 2 Simple Truth Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Chi-Chi’s pineapple salsa — marked down to $0.79
  • Hot Salsa — marked down to $1.29
  • Tomato Juice — marked down to $0.89
  • Total with tax: $49.23

I thought you’d like to see how yummy that bagged salad looks like on a plate. Here’s half a bag of the salad. I love that buying these bagged salads makes for such quick and easy — and healthful and inexpensive! — lunches for me!

a photo of Jo and her daughter

Kaitlynn went to 7th and 8th grade camp in Kentucky with 33 other students from church on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I am not a student ministry leader, but they were short on leaders who were able to come so I volunteered to go. And I had a blast getting to hang out with the kids, have fun with them, listen to them, love on them, and encourage them.

So Kaitlynn and I ate camp food for 2 days this week… and it wasn’t that bad! I was especially happy that they had a salad bar for lunch and dinner!

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.

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Salads, Leftovers, Blackberries, Cookies, Protein Bars (Jesse and I went out to lunch on Wednesday)

Snacks:

  • Cantaloupe, Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Crackers & Cheese, Refrigerator Pickles

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Frozen Pizza
  • Monday —Italian Chicken, Pineapple, Roasted Asparagus, Homemade Biscuits, Cantaloupe
  • Tuesday — Beef, Twice Baked Potatoes, Cantaloupe
  • Wednesday — Leftovers (The girls had pizza at church because they went to an activity night.)
  • Thursday — Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Pineapple, Refrigerator Pickles
  • Friday — Roasted Turkey in the Instant Pot, Fruit (Kathrynne was at a birthday party. Kaitlynn and I ate a quick dinner and then left to go to church to take the bus to camp in Kentucky!)
  • Saturday — Jesse and Silas and Kathrynne went out to eat. Kaitlynn and I were at camp.

Total spent on groceries: $60 — I have no idea how I managed to have a perfectly even number!!

Cashback earned this week: 50 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

Our $68 grocery budget: What we spent and we ate

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 .

Did you get your ? We already have a lot of pasta, but I couldn’t pass up free pasta!

Here’s what I bought at Kroger this past week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 4 boxes of Creamette Thick & Hearty pasta — on sale for $1 each, used = $0.50 each + get $2 back from iBotta = Free after coupon and cashback
  • 5 boxes of Kroger Instant Oatmeal — on sale for $1.49 each, used (could be used up to 5 times) = $0.99 each after coupon
  • 2 packages of Simple Truth Ground Turkey — marked down to $2.79 each
  • Kroger pork tenderloin — marked down to $3.49
  • Kroger spinach — $1.59
  • Kroger Asian Salad Kit — marked down to $1.49
  • 3 dozen Cage-Free Brown Eggs — marked down to $1.19 each
  • 3 loaves bread — marked down to $1.79 each
  • Salad Kit — marked down to $1.49
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.39/lb. = $2.06
  • Kroger Juice — $2.49
  • Kroger half & half — $1.79
  • Kroger milk — $2.49
  • Deerpark Water — $3.34 — used FREE coupon
  • Total with tax: $40.96

Kroger shopping trip #2:

  • 5 packages of Smithfield bacon — on sale for
  • 1 bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 bags of King Arthur Flour — $2.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 3 bottles of Suave shampoo/conditioner — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Total with tax: $27.49

I was hungry for Lasagna one day, so I got creative with what we had on hand. And mixed a pound of ground beef (from the freezer) with a can of tomatoes I had in the pantry.

I also had some cottage cheese in the freezer, so I mixed that with an egg, some salt and pepper and basil, and mozzarella cheese I had in the freezer.

And then I layered that with noodles and the meat sauce and topped it off with cheese… for a Lasagna-ish casserole! 🙂

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.

Breakfasts:

  • Brought to church brunch on Sunday: Egg Casserole & Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Hard Boiled Eggs, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Bacon, Bananas

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grapefruit, Avocados, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salads, Leftovers, Oranges, Apples, Cookies

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend for yourself
  • Monday — Turkey Meatballs, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Salad
  • Tuesday — Italian Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas
  • Wednesday — Italian Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Peas
  • Thursday — Lasagna Casserole, Peas
  • Friday — Leftovers/Fend for yourself
  • Saturday — Frozen Pizza, Apples

Total spent on groceries: $68.45

Cashback earned this week: 134 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards$2.25 back from iBotta for buying Creamette Pasta and scanning a receipt.

$68 Grocery Budget: What we bought & ate

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 Shopping Trip #1

  • 2 dozen Simple Truth eggs — marked down $1.19 each
  • Kroger butter — marked down to $1.49
  • Kerrygold butter — marked down to $1.59
  • 3 cartons cage-free eggs — marked down $1.19 each
  • 4 boxes Ronzoni Veggie pasta — $1 each, used $2/4 = $0.50 each after coupon
  • 4 boxes Ronzoni SmartTaste pasta — $1 each, used $2/4 = $0.50 each after coupon
  • 4 boxes Creamette pasta — $1 each, used $2/4 = $0.50 each after coupon — You can get $1 back from iBotta for buying two — which makes 2 boxes completely free!
  • Whole Wheat Pitettes — marked down to $1.29
  • 3 bags of grapefruit — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Chopped spinach — $1.59
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray — $2.99
  • 5 boxes Kroger Instant Oatmeal — $1.49 each, used $0.50/1 = $0.99 each
  • Sweet Tarts Ropes — free with Free Friday coupon
  • Total with tax: $30.62

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • Dannon Oikos Triple Zero — marked down to $1.89
  • 1 bag of oranges — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 Carmex Lip Balm — marked down to $0.29
  • Organic Romaine Lettuce — $1.79
  • Kroger Powdered Sugar — $1.49
  • 1 bag of potatoes — marked down to $1.50
  • Total with tax: $8.78

I also because I saw that there was a great coupon available (I don’t think it’s still available? I can’t see for sure since I already used it!)

I used a gift card earned for free from Swagbucks to pay for this, but I still deducted the amount spent from my grocery budget to keep it fair for you all who are following along with our $70 budget.

I got some great freebies in the mail this week! Kroger sent me an envelope of coupons, including coupons for a free box of Cheerios and a free box of Quaker Granola Bars! (If you have a Kroger store, make sure your address is correct in your account. They send these out quite often!)

I also got my free Deer Park water coupon and my free Natural Calm sample. What did YOU get in the mail this week?

I complete forgot to take a photo of my last Kroger shopping trip… but I did do a video on Facebook that I shared above (you can click on it to watch it). Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • 1 box of Cheerios — free with coupon mailed to me (see above)
  • 2 packages of Jimmy Dean sausage —
  • 5 packages of Oreos —
  • Jimmy Dean turkey sausage — — you can get $0.80 back from Ibotta, which made this just $1.19
  • Vitamin D milk — $2.49
  • 1 bags of oranges — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 box of Quaker granola bars — free with coupon mailed to me (see above)
  • Total with tax: $17.96

This was one of the salads I ate almost every day this week because it was so good: spinach, avocado, Swiss cheese, and dried cranberries.

I am LOVING those of you who are posting your salads on and sharing your pictures of salads with me. I thought the above message was really impressive and inspiring!

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. ?

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Hard Boiled Eggs, Peanut Butter/Banana Toast, Bacon

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Yogurt, Grapefruit, Avocados, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Oranges, Cookies

Snacks:

  • Yogurt, Oranges, Cookies, Grapefruit, Chocolate Cookies, Chips/Guac

Taco Casserole, Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit, Fend for Yourself, Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit/Salad, Chicken/Roasted Potatoes/oranges, scalloped potatoes, turkey sausage, oranges.

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Taco Casserole, Salad
  • Monday — Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit
  • Tuesday — Fend for Yourself
  • Wednesday —Chicken Tetrazinni/Grapefruit/Salad
  • Thursday — Italian Chicken/Roasted Potatoes/oranges
  • Friday — Scalloped potatoes, turkey sausage, oranges
  • Saturday — Frozen pizza (for the kids), Dinner out with two other couples (Jesse & I)

Total spent on groceries: $68.41

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: 125 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards$1.80 back from iBotta for buying Creamette Pasta, Jimmy Dean sausage, and scanning a receipt.

We Spent $70 at Walgreens, Publix, and Kroger last 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.

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 .

A number of you have been asking if I can go to stores other than Kroger… and so I’m going to try to make that happen, if it works out in our schedule and there’s a good enough deal warrant going to Publix or Walgreens or CVS or Sprouts or Aldi. We’ll see!

(As most of you know, I drive by multiple Kroger stores on an almost-daily basis. So it makes it SO easy to pop in there. Most of the other stores require going out of my way a little to shop at them, so that’s why you don’t see me shop at them as often. Plus, I’m just so familiar with Kroger and usually find such great deals there, that it’s hard for me to sometimes want to go to other stores!)

This week, Jesse and I were right by Publix and Walgreens one of the days and I had a few minutes, so I ran in to get a few deals. Plus, I went to Kroger three different times.

Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1 (pictured above):

  • Back to Nature Cookies — $2.99 — used  + $2/2 coupon that had printed for me at Kroger recently = $0.99 each + submitted for 3 
  • Bai Bubbles — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 3 bags of Simple Truth organic tortilla chips — $1.49, used $0.50/1  (can be used 5 times per transaction) = $0.99 each
  • Lemon Juice — $2.49
  • 1 bag Simple Truth frozen veggies — $1.29, used $0.50/1  (can be used 5 times per transaction) = $0.79
  • 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of peppers + radishes — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of sweet potatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax = $12.56

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Colgate MaxFresh — $1.99 when you buy 6 participating items, used $2/1 = Free after coupon
  • 5 packages of Cheese — $2.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • Kroger half & half — $1.79
  • Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer — marked down to $0.29 (I don’t think I’ve ever tried this before and I am loving it in my tea, especially at this crazy price!)
  • Kroger Unbleached Flour — $1.49
  • Kroger Whole Wheat Flour — $1.99
  • 5 cans of Simple Truth Organic Refried Beans — $1.19 each, used $0.40/1 (can be used up to 5 times per transaction) = $0.79 each
  • 4 pounds of ground turkey — marked down to $1.99 per pound
  • Romaine Lettuce — marked down to $0.50
  • Dole Salad Kit — marked down to $0.89
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Hot Sauce — free after 
  • 1 bag of tomatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax: $37.28

Pineapple and blackberries are just $0.99 at Kroger right now!

I was super excited to find these tomatoes just $0.39 per can when you buy 5 participating items at Kroger!

Publix Shopping Trip:

Hershey Gold & Pretzel Candy (10-ounce bag) – $4.19
Buy One, Get One Free Sale
Used 2 
$0.10 each after sale and coupons

*Note: If you don’t live in the land of true BOGO, you can buy just one bag at $2.10 and get it for $0.10. If your store is true BOGO, you’ll have to buy two bags and use two coupons to get the price of $0.10 per bag!

Publix Shopping Trip Total with tax: $0.60

Walgreens Shopping Trip:

3 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent – $1.99
Used 3 
$0.99 each after coup

Walgreens Shopping Trip Total with tax: $3.55

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • 2 bags of clementines — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios — $1.79 each when you buy 6 participating items, used $1/2 , $1.29 each after coupon
  • 4 cans of Red Gold tomatoes — $0.39 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 can Bumble Bee tuna — $0.79 when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 carton of sour cream — marked down to $0.49
  • 1 pineapple — $0.99
  • 3 boxes of Creamette pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 2 bags of Goldfish crackers — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • Kroger sandwich bags — $1.49
  • Kroger gallon bags — $1.99
  • Total with tax: $16.36

Kathrynne signed up for birthday freebies since it’s her birthday week and when she signed up for Krispy Kreme she got a coupon for a completely free DOZEN doughnuts!! Needless to say, we’ve all been enjoying those! I may or may not have had one for breakfast! 😉

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. ?

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadillas, Cheese/Crackers, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Frozen Pizza, salad
  • Monday — Leftovers, apples, chips & salsa
  • Tuesday — Baked Chicken, mashed potatoes, Roasted Broccoli
  • Wednesday — Brats, Sweet Potato Fries, salad
  • Thursday — Refried beans with cheese, chips, lettuce (sort of a meatless build-your-own taco salad)
  • Friday — Dinner at Chipotle for Kathrynne’s birthday (we had some of her friends over), brownies
  • Saturday — Snack-y dinner (fend for yourself)

Total spent on groceries: $70.35

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: $3 from Ibotta for buying Back to Nature and 150 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards.

All Day Beef Stew in the Crock Pot (+ our $75 Aldi shopping trip this week)

Are you joining me for the ! I’m thrilled to have SO many of you participating this time around!

For those who are wondering how the challenge will work, here are the details:

  1. I’ll be on every weekday morning this week around 9 a.m. prepping our dinner for that evening. If you want to join us live, I’d love to have you do so!
  2. Every day at 2 p.m., , the recipe I made, some menu-planning tips and money-saving suggestions. There will be a lot of things that I’ll only be sharing in the email (I won’t be posting them here), so if you don’t want to miss out, be sure to .
  3. You can also every day and share what you are making for dinner, if you’d like!
  4. I’ll be using the for this week’s menu plan. I love these menu plans because you get 4 different meal plans in two different sizes and you get a color-coded grocery list. Plus, they are on sale for as low as $1.13 per week. (I’ll share more details in the coming days!)

I shared my menu plan for this week and the grocery list in the email I sent out to the (Not on that list? .)

We went to Aldi and bought everything we needed for these recipes. We also picked up some other items we needed (milk, juice, half & half, blueberries for $1.29, apples for $1.49, and frozen veggies).

We already have quite a few staple items on hand (cereal, lunch stuff, snack stuff, etc.) and I already have some ground beef on hand that I’m going to use for the meatballs instead of buying pre-made meatballs.

Our total for all these groceries was $75.01 — and that (combined with what we already have on hand) should cover all of our breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks this week.

A Few Important Notes:

If you follow here on December212012.info, you know that I typically buy what’s on sale, what’s marked down, and what I can get on a really great deal with coupons. So we typically have a lot groceries on hand and that’s what I usually plan our menus based upon.

But for this week, since I know most of you probably don’t have a big stockpile of items and you might also not have time to be using coupons or hunting down the best deals and markdowns multiple times per week, I wanted to show you a more realistic look at how you can buy your groceries and not spend a huge amount of money at the store. 

If we were to have bought a few boxes of cereal for breakfasts, eggs, some lunchmeat, some bread, maybe a few items for snacks, and a few other necessities, we still could have bought everything needed for all of our meals and spent $125 or less.

You might have different stores and different prices, but planning a menu based upon fairly inexpensive ingredients, spending a little time in the kitchen everyday, and basing your snacks and sides upon what’s on sale (we just bought the fruit that was on sale and will eat a lot of apples and blueberries this week!), you can keep it simple and keep your grocery budget low!

What I Made Today

Today’s recipe was All Day Beef Stew. I made it in the crockpot and set it on low and used the timer feature to set the timer for 7 hours. Kathrynne has a basketball game tonight so we probably won’t be home until 7:30 p.m.

When the timer goes off on the crockpot, it will just stay on warm and will be ready for us when we walk in the door! We’re going to serve it with crackers and cheese that I already had on hand and some sliced apples.

You can watch me make the recipe live below:

And here’s what the final product looked like before I cooked it:

I’ll let you know tomorrow what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy — and it was so simple to make!

Thanks for joining me in this challenge. If you want to , head over and leave a comment and tell us!

Looking for some inspiration to eat at home more often?

I’m using the  for my recipes for this challenge. I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

 is a menu-planning service designed to make getting dinner on the table much easier every night. It was a service created by Tiffany, a mom of 4 who loves to cook and loves to gather her family around the table, but has found that if she doesn’t have a quick and easy plan, it’s hard to make that happen.

How Does the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service Work?

The  is an incredible way to help you save time and save money. You don’t have to worry about planning menus OR grocery list, because Tiffany does all of that for you as part of the menu-planning service.

She has designed it specifically with busy families in mind and the menu plans offer:

  • Quick to fix meals (even as fast as 15 minutes to the table!)
  • Lots of slow cooker recipes

The recipes can all be fixed quickly, with only a few minutes of hands-on prep. Because the recipes use common pantry ingredients, it’s likely that you have everything you need to make many of the recipes.

It’s so convenient because all the work is done for you! You just choose which menu plan you’ll use, print the grocery list, go shopping, and then spend a few minutes prepping food each day and dinner is D-O-N-E!

When you  (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

  • An entire money of No Flour, No Sugar menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions (this is my favorite!)
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let  do the work for you.

This week only, when you  (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan, you can get 30% off through January 14, 2019 by using coupon code NEW at checkout!)

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all four plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)
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I spent $58.91 on groceries this 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.).

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After going over budget last week, I was super extra careful to make sure to stay in budget — and I ended up being over $10 under budget!

Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

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It was a rather rough start of the week for me for a lot of reasons and I felt pretty emotionally and physically spent, so finding these flowers marked down to $1 was just the perfect boost of happy for me. And they’ve made me so happy to look at all week long!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 6 boxes of Kroger Oatmeal — $1.59 per box, used (may be used up to 5 times in one transaction) + $0.65/1 digital coupon (Best Customer Bonus = $1.07 per box (my kids LOVE these and would eat these every single day for breakfast!)
  • 2 Kroger Graham Cracker Crusts — $1.19 per crust, used (may be used up to 5 times in one transaction) = $0.89 after coupon
  • 5 boxes of Betty Crocker Cake Mix/Brownie Mix — $1.29 per box, used (may be used up to 5 times in one transaction) = $0.79 per box
  • 4 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 bunches of bananas — marked down to $0.39 per pound
  • 1 bag of salad — marked down to $1.29
  • 1 bag of potatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax: $19.90

Cashback earned this week:  for submitting my receipt and buying cake mix and 50 points for submitting my two receipts to Fetch rewards.

Total spent this week: $58.91

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. ?

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs with Avocados/Cheese/Salsa, Yogurt, Oatmeal, Hard Boiled Eggs, Banana Bread

Lunches:

  • Banana Bread, Cheese/Crackers, Avocados, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies & Jesse took the kids out to lunch one day to celebrate the end of school and I went to Panera by myself for lunch on my offline day to plan and read and just soak up some quiet — it was amazing!)

Snacks:

  • Yogurt, Cheese/Crackers, Popcorn, Peppers, Cookies

Dinners — we had so little variety in our dinners this week that I’m almost embarrassed to share this and I also realized that we had pork every single night — oops! But here goes…

  • Saturday: Dinner out
  • Sunday: Fend For Yourself — snack-y food and leftovers
  • Monday: Sausage/Potatoes/Peppers in the crock pot, mango, banana bread
  • Tuesday:  Pork Roast, Scalloped Potatoes, Salad + snacks at a school Christmas Program
  • Wednesday: Pork Roast, Salad, Mangoes & Pomegranates
  • Thursday: Pork Roast, Twice Baked Potatoes, Salad, Pomegranates
  • Friday: Sausage/Potatoes/Peppers in the crock pot, Salad

There you have it! I hope that was helpful and inspiring… or at least caused you to feel a little better about the meals you made for your family this week! 😉