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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.

What I bought for $60 at the grocery store 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.).

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 got some GREAT deals at Kroger this week. Unlike most weeks, where I run into Kroger a few different times as I’m driving by. This week, I only went to Kroger once… and I got quite a haul of groceries!

I was really excited about the Kroger chicken deal we posted that was available on Friday and Saturday only. I got 5 bags and stuck them in the freezer and we should have enough chicken to last us for the next few weeks.

I saw this on over on Kroger Krazy. Download the $1.50/1 and then you can get a box for as low $0.35!

Did you see this great deal on Simple Truth veggies? They are priced at $1.29 each and there is a $0.50/1 that you can use up to five times per transaction. That makes these just $0.79 each for organic veggies!

And there is currently the best deal on cereal I’ve seen in a long time! We posted all the details here.

And there’s also a great deal on Simple Truth veggies? They are priced at $1.49 each and there is a $0.50/1 that you can use up to five times per transaction. That makes these just $0.99 each for organic tortilla chips!

I got a small cart at Kroger because I thought it would be plenty big enough to hold the groceries I was planning to buy. I guess I may have under-estimated the deals I was going to find! 😉

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 bags Simple Truth frozen veggies — $1.29 each, used $0.50/1  (can be used 5 times per transaction) = $0.79 each
  • 3 dozen cage-free brown eggs — marked down to $1.19 each
  • 1 dozen medium eggs — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 4 boxes of Special K Cereal — $1.50 (through 1/22) — used 2 $1/2 = $1 each
    + submit 
  • 1 Private Selections Pasta — $0.89, used $0.45  = $0.44
  • 1 Miracle Maize Corn Bread Mix — $1.85, used $1.50  = $0.35
  • 5 3-lb. bags of frozen chicken — $4.99 each
  • 1 loaf of bread — marked down to $1.29
  • King’s Hawaiian Rolls — marked down to $1.99
  • 3 bags of apples — marked down to $0.99 per bag
  • Organic Kale Mix — marked down to $2.99
  • 2 bags of Kroger potatoes — marked down to $1 each
  • 1 gallon water — $0.99
  • 1 gallon of Vitamin D milk — $2.39
  • 5 bags of Simple Truth organic tortilla chips — $1.49, used $0.50/1  (can be used 5 times per transaction) = $0.99 each
  • Total with tax = $60.97

Total spent on groceries: $60.97

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

Cashback earned this week: $1.50 from Ibotta for buying Kellogg’s + submitting receipt and 25 points for submitting my receipt to Fetch rewards.

Have you signed up yet?

It’s the LAST DAY of the Eat at Home Challenge. I’m sad for it to come to an end, but it’s been fun to get to hang out with you on Facebook and to get so many great recipe ideas and inspiration from you all!

I wanted to remind you that today is also the very last day to get a subscription to for 30% off! If you haven’t taken advantage of this deal yet and have been meaning to, this is your gentle reminder that you need to run over and purchase — because the deal ends at midnight!

I’m just loving getting these messages from those of you who are :

My Top 3 Reasons I Love

  1. My favorite thing about the  is that — unlike many other menu plan services — you don’t have to pick one menu plan — you get access to four complete menu plans every single week. Yes, that’s right!
  2. I also LOVE that — and many of the recipes can be made in less than 15 minutes.
  3. Finally, ! Someone asked this morning on Facebook Live whether we like all of the recipes and I could genuinely say that we typically love 50% of them, that we like 40-45% of them, and there are just 5-10% that aren’t necessarily ones we like. I think that’s pretty impressive considering we’re feeding 5 people here who have different palates!

Last Night’s Dinner:

Last night, we had Chicken Curry in the Crockpot. It was my first time making Chicken Curry and I was so happy with how it turned out!

Everyone liked it and it reminded us of our time in India last year. (We had the kids try their hand at eating without silverware since that’s the way they eat Chicken Curry in India!)

What I Made Today:

Today’s recipe was Chicken Tortilla Soup. It was a simple recipe and the only extra work required was to cook the chicken. We did that yesterday (I like to bake chicken instead of boil it; it’s so much more tender!).

I’m excited to try the recipe out tonight — it smells so delicious!

If you want to , here you go:

 

On the Fence About Purchasing?

Many of you have already purchased the and have written to tell me you are excited about all of the time and effort and money you are going to save with it.

But others of you are still sitting on the fence and wondering whether it’s worth the investment. And I totally get that.

I don’t want you to spend your hard-earned money on something that isn’t going to be a great fit for you. But I also don’t want you to miss this opportunity to get such a great deal… because this deal only comes around two times per year and it’s the lowest price that you’ll ever find this menu-planning service.

If you’re on the fence about purchasing, I want to help you out. Here are three steps I encourage you to take to make sure this is for you:

1. Do not be silent… I’m Here to Answer Your Questions!

I will be checking comments here this afternoon and evening and am happy to answer your questions about the . Just leave a comment and ask whatever questions you have.

I’ll personally do my best to answer your question or to find out the answer for you! And trust me, I will be incredibly honest with you and let you know if I don’t think this menu-planning service is a good fit for you.

2. Download the Sample Menus

Want to see some samples of what the is like? You can  for each of the  you’ll get when you sign up for this service. Just go here to 

3. Try it Out for Two Weeks

offers a full two-week money-back guarantee. So if you think the service might work for you but you’re not sure, I recommend that you go ahead and signed up and try it out for a week to see if it will work. If it doesn’t, you can just email in and ask for your money back — no questions asked!

Have Picky Eaters?

Someone asked in the whether the would work if you have picky eaters. I can’t promise or guarantee you anything, but here were some of the responses:

You can to read the .

What You Get When You Sign Up

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

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!

And don’t forget, if you have any questions about the , just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer your question promptly!

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P.S. Don’t forget, the is only on sale until tonight at midnight! Use coupon code NEW at checkout to get  — that’s the lowest price you’ll get this year! 

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we will receive a commission — at no additional cost to you! Thank you for your support.

Want to see a sample menu? Plus, chicken curry in the crockpot!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

I’ve loved doing this with you and seeing all of the things you are cooking and hearing how this is helping you to save money and eat more dinners at home. Tomorrow is the last day of the challenge — and it’s also the day that the really fantastic price on the ends.

What You Get When You Sign Up

My favorite thing about the is that you don’t have to pick one menu plan — you get access to four complete menu plans every single week. Yes, that’s right!

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

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!

Want to See Some Sample Menu Plans?

If you have been considering but are still on the fence, I wanted to let you know that you can for each of the you’ll get when you sign up for this service. Go

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.

I’m loving all the messages I’m getting from those of you who are and are excited about it:

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.

Through Tuesday only (January 15, 2018), when you  (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan) you can get 30% off 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!)

Friday Night’s Dinner:

Friday night’s dinner was Beef Fajitas and it was a HIT! Everyone loved it — definitely a recipe we’d make again and again!

What I Made Today:

I made Chicken Curry in the crockpot today. I have actually never made curry before, but we ate a LOT of it when it visited India twice last year. So I’m excited to see how this turns out!

If you want to , here you go:

I’ll let you know what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy!

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

P.S. Don’t forget, the Eat at Home Menu Plan service is only on sale until tomorrow at midnight! Use coupon code NEW at checkout to get  — that’s the lowest price you’ll get this year! 

An MRI & Beef Fajitas in the Crockpot

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

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

Last Night’s Dinner:

Last night’s dinner (Meatballs in the Slow Cooker — see above) was our least favorite meal of the week. I think it was because of the spaghetti sauce. I think it would have been super yummy with some kind of barbecue sauce instead of spaghetti sauce. (We’re not big fans of spaghetti sauce, though, so if you are, I’m sure you’d love the recipe!)

We served it twice baked potatoes, blueberries, and salad.

What I Made Today:

My day started with an MRI on my wrist. It was my first ever MRI and it was quite an interesting experience. I’m glad to have it behind me — and we’re hoping to find out some answers from it (I was in a pretty bad car accident in December and have had chronic hand/wrist pain ever since. They’ve done lots of x-rays but can’t see anything wrong, so the specialist ordered an MRI to hopefully give some clarity!)

When I got home from the MRI, I made Beef Fajitas in the crockpot. This recipe was a little more time-intensive to do than most of the other recipes that could be made in just a few minutes, but it was still really simple.

If you want to , here you go:

And here’s :

I’ll let you know what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy!

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!)

Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our .

Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

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

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

Last Night’s Dinner:

Last night’s dinner (see above — Chipotle Chicken in the Crockpot) was a big hit! And surprise, surprise, it wasn’t too spicy!

We served it with beans and rice, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce. It was the perfect combo and everyone liked it!

What I Made Today:

Today’s recipe was for Meatball Subs. I was supposed to use frozen meatballs, but I had some ground beef in the freezer and decided to make my own meatballs instead.

I just used spices, milk, an egg, some garlic, and liquid smoke. If you want to , here you go:

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!)

Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our .