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$0.99 Cheese & Crackers at Kroger + deals on Peanut Butter, Gatorade, and more!

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 Kroger on the way home from school drop-offs this morning (like I said yesterday, going to Kroger before 8 a.m. is such a good time to shop!) and got some great deals!

Not only were they having some Friday-Saturday sales, but they also had Thursday through Sunday sales! I didn’t even realize that there were the extra Thursday through Sunday sales, so that was a fun surprise!

They had Nabisco crackers for just $0.99 per box.

Plus, $0.99 cheese, peanut butter for just $1, Gatorade 12-packs for $3.99, mandarins for $3.49 per bag, and more!

Here’s what I ended up buying:

Friday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes of Nabisco crackers —
  • 5 packages of Kroger shredded cheese — 
  • 2 12-packs of Gatorade —
  • 1 Zone Perfect bar — Free with the Free Friday download coupon
  • 1 bag of Mandarin oranges — $3.49
  • 2 jars of peanut butter — $1 each
  • 3 tubs of Chobani yogurt — $0.29 each
  • 1 dozen eggs — $2.79
  • 1 gallon of milk — $2.79
  • 1 bag of carrots — $0.99
  • Total with tax: $32.46

Cashback I Earned

626 points from Fetch Rewards for submitting my receipt — this was earned from purchasing the Gatorade.

Brigette’s $81 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 6


Aldi

I box Honey Wheat Puffs – $1.19

1 box Honey Nut Oats – $1.15

3 dozen Eggs – $2.97 (We are also feeding chickens this week for some friends who are out of town – so I’m super excited for farm fresh eggs everyday!)

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 3-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $3.69

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

1 16-oz bag Spinach – $1.19

2 Cauliflower – $3.56

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.49

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.99

2 pkgs Baby Carrots – $1.58

2 pkgs Romaine Hearts – $1.98

2 cans Green Beans – $0.98

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.19

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $2.99

2 carton Strawberries – $2.38

1 pkg Turkey Pepperoni – $1.99

1 jug Honey – $4.99

1 32-oz carton Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.49

1 canister Rolled Oats – $2.39

1 5-lb bag Cornmeal – $1.95

1 64-oz carton Almond Milk – $1.89

1 gallon Whole Milk – $2.18

1 32-oz bag Pinto Beans – $1.49

2 pkgs Rice Cakes – $2.98

1 1-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.49

1 1-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.49

1 12-oz bag Cheese Sticks – $1.99

1 6-lb Fresh Whole Chicken – $5.89

1 6-lb pkg Fresh Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $8.92

Peaches – Gift from a friend who went to a local orchard this week

Total – $78.94


Harris Teeter

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $1.98

1 pkg Ortega Taco Seasoning – $0.89, used $0.50/1 Ortega Product – 8-12-18 SS; DND (exp. 12/31/18)(doubled) – FREE after coupon

2 pkgs Oscar Meyer Lunch Meat – 6.67, used 2  (doubled) – $3.37/2 after coupons

1 Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl – $2.00, used $0.75/1 Jimmy Dean Frozen Breakfast Product – 8-5-18 RMN; Excludes Single Serve Sandwiches (exp. 09/02/18) (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

1 Sola Ice Cream – $2.75, used , receive $2.00 rebate from  and $1.50 rebate from  – $2.75 MM after coupon and rebate!

Total after Coupons and Rebates – $3.01

Grocery Total for the Week: $81.95

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfast. Choices include:

Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit, Yogurt, Scrambled/Fried/Hard Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets

Lunches

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Carrots

Peanut Butter on Rice Cakes, Cheese Sticks, Peaches, Cucumbers x 2

Egg Salad Sandwiches, Strawberries, Raw Cauliflower with Dip

Fruit Smoothies, Baked Potatoes

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Build-Your-Own-Burritos (Ground Venison Taco Meat, Shredded Cheese, Homemade Refried Beans, Lettuce, Onions, Salsa on Homemade Corn Tortillas), Roasted Cauliflower

 (I won’t be using the fennel), Green Beans, Baked Potatoes, Peaches

Meat Potato Quiche (I’ll use one of the packages of lunch meat in this), Tossed Salad, Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists

Pizza (using a gift card to Dominos someone gave us)

Pancakes, , Fruit Salad

Venison Roast Gravy over Rice, Tossed Salad, Roasted Zucchini, Biscuits

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Carrots, Tossed Salad, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins

Some GREAT Freebies & Deals I Got at Kroger Today!

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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Kroger! I’ve missed you! And of course, when , you had to have some fantastic deals that I missed. I saw them online and wished I could fly back just to get them… but alas, that wasn’t really feasible.

(I did get to go to a grocery store called More while I was in India. The prices were pretty downright incredible! I took a bunch of pictures and will do a post about that sometime in the next few weeks. Our Indian friends found it quite funny that I was so excited about all of the deals there and how cheaply I could feed our family. Of course, considering the whole and the fact that at the end of the trip, I think I’ll happily stick with shopping at Kroger here in the US!)

The kids are back in school and that means that I can swing by Kroger on the way home from school drop offs. I actually drive right by two different Kroger stores on the way home, believe it or not! Best of all, I can run into Kroger at the perfect time of day to shop: before 8 a.m.! Not only are there usually some good markdowns, but there also is usually almost no one at the store!

Here’s what I got this morning:

Thursday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Gillette Satin Gel — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items in the current Kroger Mega Event (buy $5, get $5 off)
  • 2 Lady Speed Stick Deodorants –$0.99 when you buy 5 participating items in the current Kroger Mega Event (buy $5, get $5 off)
  • Wrigley Extra Chewy Mints — priced at $1.50, use , FREE after coupon
  • Colgate Toothpaste — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items in the current Kroger Mega Event (buy $5, get $5 off), used = FREE after coupon
  • Gillette Daisy Razors — $3.99 when you buy 5 participating items in the current Kroger Mega Event (buy $5, get $5 off), used = $0.99 after coupon
  • 2 boxes Welch’s Fruit Rolls (these particular ones didn’t have any food coloring or artificial flavoring!) — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items in the current Kroger Mega Event (buy $5, get $5 off), used = $0.49 per box after coupon + submitted for $1/2 = FREE after coupon and rebate!
  • 2 bags of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items in the current Kroger Mega Event (buy $5, get $5 off)
  • 1 bar of Kraft cheese — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items in the current Kroger Mega Event (buy $5, get $5 off) — I thought that my was going to come off for this, making it just $0.99. I discovered when I got home that the coupon was only good on shredded cheese, not bar cheese. Oh well!
  • 6 tubs of Chobani yogurtmarked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 tubs of Kroger Greek Moose Tracks yogurtmarked down to $0.29 each
  • 2 bags of Peatosmarked down to $0.99 each (Have you tried these before? We haven’t, so I only bought two bags in two different flavors because I wasn’t sure if they were good or not.)
  • Half and Half — $2.99
  • Smoothie Greensmarked down to $2.99
  • Used $4 catalina I earned on my last shopping trip to Kroger
  • Total with tax: $18.34

Cashback I Earned

$0.25 from iBotta for submitting my receipt, 69 points from Fetch Rewards for submitting my receipt, and

The 3 Books I Read Last Week

Welcome to my weekly Book-ish post where I share what I’ve been reading and watching recently. If you missed it, you can see my Reading Goals for 2018 and 44 Books I Plan to Read This Year

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And it’s week #6 of reading 3 books in a week! I’m so excited that I’m continuing on with this trend! Here are the three books I finished this past week:

1.

This was a book I’ve been wanting to read for a few years. I thought it did a great job of giving insight into what Japanese and Chinese families in the US experienced during World War II — a topic that I feel like is rarely covered and is really important.

It was a sweet story. Sad, in many ways. But also very beautiful. It was quite predictable and I had guessed the ending pretty soon into it, but I still enjoyed it.

2.

I thought this would be a great book to read as my Word of 2018 is SLOW. It wasn’t what I expected, but there were some encouraging tidbits and good reminders. It reads pretty memoir-like and is the story of how the author discovered peace in the midst of a lot of grief and unexpected upheaval in her life.

3.

This book has been on my To Read pile for quite awhile. It was written by a reader who sent a long note with it to tell me she was inspired to find the time to write it as a result of reading . Those types of notes always humble me and blow me away!

Anyway, it was a pretty engaging read and didn’t end at all like I expected. That said, I thought parts of it were a little bit more dramatic and somewhat unrealistic, but other parts were beautifully raw and real and I loved that.

It’s not at all written from a Christian standpoint and I felt like it was missing so much that it could have because of this. It also has some language and is a little more edgy than most novels I read. However, I felt like it did such a great job of giving insight into some of the struggles that military families go through and I found a lot of insight because of that.

When I Find Time to Read

People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.

I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.

What did you read and watch this past week? Any books or movies or shows you really think I need to read or watch?

How I Cut $80 Off Our Weekly Grocery Bill

Wow! Easily cut $80 off your grocery bill with these simple tips! I love this testimony!

A few months ago, Naomi left a comment on one of posts and said:

“We are also a family of five but we have special dietary issues. My goal this past week was to reduce our weekly food budget to $100 and it was $99! Previously, I thought that I couldn’t save money because of our food restrictions but I wasn’t really ready to try.”

I wrote her back and asked if she could share some specific tips she had implemented. Here’s what she said:

First of all, our restrictions are soy, nuts, and seeds allergies (including their oils). I myself am supposed to eat as preservative-free as possible with high fiber thrown into the mix because of a chronic medical condition. As a point of reference, I was spending about $180 a week on our food.

Here was my strategy:

1) Create a food shopping budget. I based this off of the recommendations for food consumption. On my shopping list, I put a dollar amount next to each category that I was shopping. For example, Fruits were allotted $20. Grains were $13 and so on. (My categories are Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy and Protein.)

2) Don’t make a meal plan until I see the local sales. I got this tip from you! I looked all the sale leaflets up online and filled in my shopping list categories, being careful to write down the price of what I was expecting to buy to stay with my category’s budgeted amount.

3) Shop the sales at my local Kroger, Aldi and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. For us, Thursday is “Double Ad Day” at Fresh Thyme, where the previous and coming week’s sales are all up for grabs.

4) I did all my shopping on one day and kept a running total of each category on my shopping list. I knew when I hit $13 for grains.

5) Don’t buy pre-packaged items. A big key for me to make this work for our family was to buy only “ingredient items,” no prepackaged foods. For breakfast this week, we are eating muesli but instead of buying an allergen friendly muesli, I bought the ingredients to make my own.

6) Allow some wiggle room for extras. I gave myself $25 for extras. Fats and sugars fell under this category, along with coffee beans and tea. I used some of this to buy marked down ground beef I hadn’t been planning on purchasing ahead of time. I saved so much, we used some extra money to buy our favorite allergen friendly pizza.

Thanks for inspiring me to try to save! Our pantry and refrigerator are stocked for the week and I feel pleased with myself for saving money.