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I may have changed my mind about Sprouts ($0.98 strawberries!!!) + what I got at Aldi & Big Lots

Shopping at Sprouts on a $70 weekly grocery budget?! I never knew Sprouts had such GREAT deals!!

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 .

Well, I may have changed my mind about Sprouts! You see, I had checked out Sprouts maybe a year or two ago when we first got a Sprouts here. I had heard from so many people that they had these “amazing deals”… but when I checked them out I was under-whelmed and un-impressed.

So I had written off Sprouts. Because they had great food and fantastic produce, but their prices seemed significantly higher than what I would pay.

Last night, a friend sent me a text telling me that Sprouts had $0.98 strawberries this week. And you all know I can’t pass up a deal like that — especially since I was excited about Aldi having strawberries for $1.29 recently.

So I got myself right over to Sprouts this morning and I was really impressed. Not only did they have LOTS of strawberries available, the strawberries looked like super high-quality and fresh strawberries. I didn’t even really have to pick through them to find the best ones — because almost every package looked so good!

(Psst! There’s a and you can earn free coupons here. I was told that Sprouts takes coupons, too!)

I’m going to start checking out the Sprout’s produce deals every week. I’m hearing from  that Sprouts typically has one or two produce deals every week that are really good. And if you go on Wednesdays, they have Double Ad Day — which means that the ad from the week before and the ad for the next week are valid. So you can double up on the good deals!

(Speaking of Instagram, are you following me there? That’s always the best place to get first-word news… because I often share deals as I find them in real-time on Stories! — and then click on my circle profile to see my latest video clips of the day!)

So I picked up 5 packages of strawberries and I might go back on Tuesday to get more, if we eat these up before then. (Or I might freeze some for smoothies!)

I also got two dozen cage-free eggs to use to make scrambled eggs tomorrow night because we invited friends over for Breakfast for Dinner after we hang out at the pool.

Total with tax spent at Sprouts: $10.97

I also stopped by BigLots to check out their clearance cart and bread racks. I picked up two loaves of Thomas Swirl Bread to stick in the freezer. This bread is SO good toasted with butter! I paid $1.40 per loaf for it.

Total with tax spent at Big Lots: $2.99

And I also stopped by Aldi because it was right there and I needed to get a few items that we are out of or running low on:

Thursday Aldi Shopping Trip — $11.71

  • Gallon of water — $0.79
  • Eggs — $1.17
  • Oats — $2.39
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 3 boxes Mac & Cheese — $0.33 each
  • Cantaloupe — $0.99
  • Pure Cane Sugar — $1.95
  • Total with tax: $11.71

Total Spent This Week

You’ll notice that I went $0.25 over this week on our $70 budget. I knew I was cutting it close but I didn’t realize how close I was cutting it — and that I’d be a little bit over. But considering the fact that I’ve been under budget for the past number of weeks, I’m totally okay with it.

That’s why we have the extra “padding” in the budget from all those weeks of being under budget! But next week, I’ll definitely double-check my numbers better ahead of time!

Total spent this week: $70.25

Rebates: $2.75 for submitting two receipts to Ibotta & for buying the Fage yogurt and croutons, $0.77 back from Fetch Rewards for scanning four 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.)

See our menu plan for this week here.

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.)

I had my first “bad” shopping trip at Kroger in awhile + my grocery totals for this week

Sometimes our couponing shopping trips don't go as expected...

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 went to Kroger on Friday to pick up some deals that had popped up in the past few days and to spend the $32 I still had left in our grocery budget for the week to spend.

I had a l-o-n-g list of things I was hoping to buy. And I didn’t have a lot of time to shop.

I also knew that I was going to be doing multiple Buy 5 Participating Items, Get $5 Off deals. Because you can mix and match items, but you also need to have exactly 5 items. And our store was out of or didn’t have certain items I had planned to buy (or maybe I just couldn’t find them?)

Then, while I was shopping, I checked my e-coupons that I had loaded to my account and discovered that at least 5 of them that I had thought were on there weren’t loaded anymore (I’m guessing maybe they had expired?). So that changed what I was going to buy, too.

Because of these hiccups and because I had to revamp my list of what I was planning to buy in the store, it took me at least 30 minutes to shop — which is about twice as long as usual!

Then, I got up to the self-checkout and realized that I probably had more items in my cart than was really “acceptable” for self-checkout. I mean, they don’t say there’s a limit for self-checkout, but they also don’t offer a lot of space to put groceries after you’ve rung them up.

(I usually always use self-checkout because it allows me to take my time and double-check the screen carefully to make sure that all of my e-coupons came off and that all of the specials/sale prices were correct.)

I decided to just bag my groceries and stick them in the cart as soon as I rang them up. This worked well and everything was going to smoothly… until I needed to ring up my coupons and rain checks.

The Kroger employees are usually so kind and helpful and gracious, but I think that this woman was just overwhelmed and had a lot on her plate because she acted like I was a big inconvenience.

I tried to be as gracious and kind as possible, but she was upset that I had a rain check and I had already rung up the items on the rain check (I haven’t used a raincheck in a long time and haven’t used one at self-checkout so I didn’t know I should just wait and have them ring the items up individually.)

And then she was upset when she also discovered that the rain check was for the 4-day sale items. She told me in no uncertain terms that I was not supposed to have gotten a rain check and she needed to “train her employees better”. Clearly, you all were right about saying that they shouldn’t have given me a rain check on the 4-day sale items! Live and learn.

(Note: Our store hasn’t had signage on the 4-day sales that says “while supplies last” nor have they posted anything about “no rain checks” on the 4-day or 1-day sale items. But it appears that this is likely the direction they are going based upon what she said and based upon what the rest of you have told me.)

She said that since they had written me a rain check, she would honor it. But then she had a really hard time voiding the five items and re-ringing it up correctly. She finally got it to work, but I could tell she was really frustrated.

Again, I just tried to be grateful — and I was also grateful that I only had a few other paper coupons in addition to the raincheck! I’m not sure what she would have done had I had a big stack of coupons!

One thing I learned: it’s honestly so much easier to do the smaller trips. I know some of you have commented about how that seems like so much more work and how you can’t imagine going to the store multiple times per week.

But truthfully, I realized that it’s so much less complicated to only go in and buy 8-12 items and use 1-2 coupons + a few e-coupons, then to have purchased 30 items, have a raincheck for 5 items, a coupon for a free item, a few other coupons, multiple e-coupons, 4 different Buy 5, Get $5 off transactions.

Whew! So I survived the shopping trip and I got some great deals, but I wanted to share the details of this trip with you to encourage you that not every shopping trip is a home run for me!

I was super excited to find this deal in store — and I’ve not seen anyone post about it elsewhere so I wanted to call attention to it here. The Santa Cruz drinks (lemonade, raspberry lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and more!) are on sale for $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items.

I was already considering getting some of these because they are organic and so delicious. But then, as I was looking at them, I discovered that some of the bottles had hangtag coupons on them for $1 off 2 bottles!

So I ended up getting 4 bottles — for just $0.49 each after the coupon! Definitely check your store to see if you find these coupons, too!

Friday Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 2 boxes of Cheerios — $1.48 each when you purchase 5 participating items
  • 3 packages of Goldfish crackers — $0.99 each when you purchase 5 participating items
  • 1 Gillette shave gel — $0.95 when you purchase 5 participating items
  • 1 Palmolive Dish Detergent — $0.99 when you purchase 5 participating items, used $0.50 e-coupon (no longer available) = $0.49
  • 1 package Kleenex wipes — $0.79 when you purchase 5 participating items, used = free + overage!
  • 1 package Nature’s Own hot dog buns — $1.49 when you purchase 5 participating items
  • 1 box Outshine Fruit Bars — $2.49 when you purchase 5 participating items, used $1/1 coupon that Kroger mailed to me = $1.49
  • 6 Greek Yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 1 Yogurt Mix-Ins — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 bags of apples — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of clementines — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 cantaloupes — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 gallon milk — $2.69
  • 4 bottles of Santa Cruz lemonade — $0.99 each when you purchase 5 participating items, used 2 $1/2 hangtag coupons = $0.49 each
  • 1 box Cascadian Farms cereal — $2.49 when you purchase 5 participating items, used = $1.49
  • 1 case of DeerPark Sparkling Water — used FREE coupon
  • Total with tax: $32.01

This Week’s Totals

Total spent this week: $69.45! (I can’t believe how close I got it to $70 this week!!)

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, I also earned the equivalent of a few dollar back from Fetch Rewards in points for scanning my receipts. I had three receipts that qualified for points + the 500 bonus per receipt (because of the BBQ sauce I bought last week and the Oscar Mayer lunchmeat and Goldfish Crackers I bought this week).

Plus, I earned 200 points per receipt for scanning a few other receipts that had no qualifying items on it. I think I earned the equivalent of about $3 total! 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).

Note: 1,000 points = $1 in gift cards on Fetch Rewards.

And I’m still loving Fetch Rewards, but I’ll keep you posted. I’m curious to see if I can actually earn $5+ in Amazon gift cards every month just for scanning my receipts and buying things I’m already planning to buy! You can read some of my initial thoughts here.

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This Week’s $70 Menu Plan & Kroger $29 Shopping Trip

This $70 Grocery Budget for a family of 5 is SO inspiring! She even shares her menu plan each 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 was super excited to find eggs marked down at Kroger yesterday! We love eggs — fried, scrambled, hard-boiled, egg casserole, you name it! I bought six dozen — enough to last us at least three weeks!

I also stocked up on the Johnsonville Brats for just $1.99 per package — these will be great for grilling out! I’m trying to slowly stock our freezer with meat that will be great for grilling so we can have friends over for some impromptu cookouts this summer!

Here’s everything I bought…

Monday Kroger Shopping Trip — $29.85

Always Ask for a Raincheck!

They were out of the Townhouse and Club crackers that were supposed to , so I got a raincheck so I can get 5 boxes as soon as they are back in stock. If your store is out of something, always go to guest services and ask for a raincheck! It just takes a minute and it means you don’t have to miss out on the deal!

For 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!)

Have You Signed Up for Fetch Rewards?

One of my readers recommended that I sign up for because I bought Oscar Mayer products. I’m still checking Fetch Rewards out and, so far, I don’t like it as much as I like Ibotta. (I also sporadically use … though I find that it’s harder to earn $$ on Checkout 51 just because I don’t buy many things that they have offers for.)

But I’m going to test it out and keep you posted! Have you signed up for it yet? If not, you can and use code WW7XJ and you’ll get a bonus 2,000 points (worth $2).

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, Fruit, Toast

Lunches

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

Snacks

Marked Down Yogurt, Fruit, Slab Apple Pie (from the freezer — we served this when we had guests last week and had some leftovers)

Dinners

Monday — Dinner Out at The Cheesecake Factory (our realtor gave us a gift card as a thank you when we bought our house and we saved it to use for summer break!)
Tuesday — Ham Sandwiches, Chips, Salsa, Apples (Jesse and Kathrynne are going to be gone this night.)
Wednesday — Grilled Brats, Corn on the Cob, Grilled Peppers, Cantaloupe
Thursday — Haystacks
Friday — Breakfast for dinner: Waffles, Eggs, Sausage
Saturday — Leftover Pizza (I froze some of the leftover pizza from our dinner with guests last week!), Veggies
Sunday — Snack-y Dinner (fend for yourself — cereal, leftovers, etc.)

Freezer Cooking to Do: WafflesBaked Oatmeal

Total spent so far this week: $28.95

Total left to spend: $40.15

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta

Hospitality on a $70 Budget + GREAT deals at Kroger this weekend!

You can show hospitality even on a small grocery budget! This post is so inspiring!!

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 .

One of the best parts of this $70/week grocery budget challenge is not that we’re saving a few hundred dollars every month (though I’m stoked about that!) nor is it the fact that I’ve been re-invigorated to fill our freezer with food (we currently have close to 15 meals in there and I’m slowly adding to the stash every week!).

The best part is that buying ahead and stocking up on the sales and markdowns and being more of a strategic shopper means we have a lot more food at our house at any one given time — which means that spontaneous hospitality is so much easier to pull off!

Wednesday morning, I had the idea to invite a mom and her four kids over for dinner. She just recently moved to the area with her kids and I well remember what a big move like that is like!

I looked in our fridge and cupboards and realized I had just bought 7 pounds of marked down meat the day before, I had corn on the cob, marked down potatoes, and some frozen broccoli.

So we invited her family over two other families from church. I texted everyone and said that I was just making what I already had on hand. It wouldn’t be anything fancy, but we’d love to have them!

We ended up having 18 people for dinner — and we had plenty of food! Meatballs, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, roasted broccoli, and the other women offered to bring salad, mac and cheese, and fruit.

It was simple, it was inexpensive, and it was an evening of laughter, great conversation, and games.

Hospitality doesn’t have to require a lot of extra time or special ingredients. It doesn’t even mean you need to spend more $$ to pull off.

Hospitality is about welcoming people into your real life and bringing your real, imperfect selves to the table. It’s about saying, “Welcome! I want to share what we have with you. Come as you are and pull up a chair!”

While I was working on making food for our guests on Wednesday, Kaitlynn made two dinners’ worth of Spaghetti Casserole. We just made up the recipe using pasta we had gotten marked down, cheese I got on sale, pasta sauce I got from Aldi, ground sausage I got marked down, and cottage cheese I had gotten marked down and had frozen.

Kroger has some ! Download their digital coupons (they are good through Monday evening) to (you can purchase up to 5 watermelon in one transaction at this price).

They also have with the digital coupon (you can get up to 5 boxes in one transaction at this price).

I got the watermelon to take to a picnic we’re attending tonight where we’re supposed to bring enough of a side dish to feed 15 people and I got the ice cream sandwiches for tomorrow evening since we’re having two families over for pizza!

My total for the 5 boxes of bars/ice cream sandwiches + the watermelon was $9.49 — bringing my grand total for this week in grocery expenditures to $68, $2 under my $70 grocery budget!

Total spent so far this week: $68 (Yes! $68 even!)

Total left to spend: $2

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.