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My Kroger Shopping Trip — I got Tide for $0.99, Huggies wipes for $0.49, more!

After being in Cincinnati last week with , including Katie from , I was so inspired to shop with coupons again — something that I haven’t done much of in the last few years. (Read more about how we save on groceries without using coupons here.)

So, I went over to , made my grocery list, printed my coupons, and then promptly lost the coupons! For real.

Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea??? 😉

I ended up finding out that my daughter had put the coupons under a stack of books, so all was not lost! But then when I got to the store, I realized how rusty I was at using coupons. I ended up having to consult Kroger Krazy multiple times on my phone AND I had to return a bottle of laundry detergent to customer service because I had bought the wrong size!!!!

Apparently, using coupons isn’t quite like riding a bike. When you learn how to do it once, you can’t necessarily just hop back on and do it again!

But, as I walked out of the store with my bags in tow and my receipt with all the savings listed, I remembered the rush I got from using coupons and getting deals and now I’m inspired to jump back into it again! 🙂

Here are the deals I got:

Huggies Baby Wipes (56 – 72 count soft pack) – $0.99 (when you buy 4 participating items through 10/24)
$0.49 after coupon

Tide Simply Laundry Detergent (37-40 oz) – $1.99 (when you buy 4 participating items)
Used – Limit 1 (expires 10/28/17)
$0.99 after coupons

(There’s also a printable you could use: )

Twinings Tea Bags (20 ct) – $1.99 (when you buy 4 participating items)
Used  – Limit 1 (exp 11/22/17)
Final cost is as low as $0.99

I also got a bag of Goldfish crackers for just $0.99 as my fourth item for the get $4 off when you buy 4 participating items promotion.

Stayfree Pads (16-24 countt) – $1.99 (when you buy 4 participating items)
Used 2 $2/2 Stayfree product printable
$0.99 each after coupons

Always Radiant or Infinity Flex Foam Pads (14 count) – $2.99 (when you buy 4 participating items)
Used  – Limit 1 (expires 10/28/17)
Paid $1.99 each, Submitted for (2) $1/1 Always Radiant or Infinity Pads – 11 ct or larger ibotta Rebate
$0.99 after coupons and rebate

Tampax Radiant or Pearl Tampons (16 ct) – $2.99 (when you buy 4 participating items)
Used  – Limit 1 (expires 10/28/17)
Paid $1.99 each, Submitted for (2) $1/1 Tampax Radiant or Pearl Tampons 16 ct or larger ibotta Rebate – Limit 3
$0.99 each after coupons and rebate

My total for all of these items was $11.38 + tax! Woot!!

Have you gotten any great deals recently? If so, I’d love to hear about them! Share your deals in the comments!

This Week’s $106 Kroger + ALDI Shopping Trip & Menu Plan

Since we were out of town for two weeks, our fridge was really bare so I did a big shopping trip to stock back up for this week! Here’s what I bought at ALDI:

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Bananas ($0.44/lb.) — $2.39
  • Organic Arugula — $2.49
  • Organic Spring Mix — $2.99
  • Guacamole Cups (my kids picked this out for lunches this week) — $2.99
  • Cilantro — $0.69
  • Whole-Wheat Bread — $1.49
  • 2 packages of Multi-Colored Peppers — $1.69 per package of 3
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts — $5.49
  • Mozzarella — $1.79
  • Turkey Lunch Meat (my kids picked this out for lunches) — $2.49
  • Bacon — $3.49
  • 2 packages of Cherries — $1.99 each
  • Beef Sausage — $2.19
  • Pasta — $1.29
  • 4 packages of Strawberries — $1.49 per package
  • Tortillas — $0.99
  • Whole-Wheat Tortillas — $1.39
  • Italian Bread (Kaitlynn wanted to buy this for a French Toast recipe she wanted to try.) — $3.69
  • Tortilla Chips — $1.19
  • 3 boxes Vanilla/Chocolate Pudding — $0.49 each
  • 2 jars of Salsa — $1.49 each
  • 2 cans Refried Beans — $0.75 each
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • Danimals Smoothies (another lunch treat!) — $2.76
  • Natural Peanut Butter — $1.39
  • 2 cans of Green Beans — $0.44 each
  • 2 Avocados — $0.69 each
  • Caeser Salad Kit — $1.99
  • 2 cans of Corn — $0.44 each
  • Milk — $2.37
  • 2 Cucumbers — $0.49 each
  • Tomatoes on the Vine — $0.99
  • Crisp Rice — $1.19
  • Raisin Bran — $1.79
  • Pasta Sauce — $0.99
  • 1 dozen eggs — $0.89
  • Fruit Bowls (another lunch treat!) — $1.59
  • Water Bottles — $1.99
  • Total with tax: $85.17

I also quickly stopped by Kroger to grab some cage-free eggs (our ALDI doesn’t carry them and these are what we use for scrambled eggs, etc.) and to grab some cottage cheese (because I forgot to buy it at ALDI). I also looked at the markdowns to see what they had.

I was excited with the deals I found:

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 2 dozen Cage-Free Eggs — $2.79 per dozen
  • Cottage Cheese — $1.89
  • 4 packages of Chobani Yogurt (2 yogurts per package) — marked down to $0.79 per package
  • 3 packages Kroger Cubed Ham (I’m going to stick these in the freezer to save for meals over the next few weeks) — marked down to $1.19 per package
  • 4 packages of Chicken Hot Dogs — marked down to $0.69 per package
  • King’s Hawaiian Bread — $1.99
  • Oikos Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Drinkable Yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Total with tax: $21.18

All totaled, we spent $106.35 on groceries. We usually average around $125 in grocery spending per week (though recently, it’s been less — in fact, we set aside all of our extra grocery money from the past few months to use for our food spending on our recent vacation!), so I was excited to restock our fridge and have food for all of our meals this week and still stay under-budget!

Here’s what’s on our menu plan this week:

This Week’s Menu Plan

Breakfast — Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Eggs, Fruit, French Toast

Lunches — Turkey Sandwiches, Chicken Hot Dogs, Cheese Quesadillas, Caeser Salad, Yogurt, Fruit/Veggies, Chips/Salsa/Guac, Leftovers

Dinners — Baked Ziti, Corn Chowder, Haystacks, Breakfast for Dinner (French Toast/Bacon), Southwest Roll-Ups, Sausage & Peppers over Rice, Dinner Out

New to shopping at ALDI? Read how we save close to $1,000 per year by shopping at ALDI. Also, check out my post with my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI.

Want to see me break down my shopping trips and talk more about why I bought each item? Watch these videos:

This Week’s $47 ALDI Shopping Trip

I stopped by ALDI today and got some great deals (as always!):

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Mangoes — just $0.49 each (we’re not a huge fan of mangoes, otherwise I would have bought more!)
  • Watermelon — $2.99 (I thought this was seedless because it was in the seedless watermelon bin, but it was actually with seeds. Oh well!)
  • Organic Arugula — $2.49 (I eat this on salads almost daily and love that it’s so fresh and inexpensive at ALDI!)
  • 3 packages of Strawberries — $1.49 each (I was excited for a deal on strawberries — my kids love berries and so do I!)
  • 2 bags Frozen Broccoli — $1.19 per bag (I usually roast this with a little olive oil and seasonings. SO good!)
  • 1 3-lb. bag of Boneless Chicken Breasts — $5.49 (We’re going to use this for chicken on the grill & Southwest Roll-Ups this week, since I already have salsa, tortillas, cheese, and beans!)
  • 2 packages Beef Smoked Sausage — $2.19 each (We’re going to use this for Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Sweet Potatoes in the crock pot since I already have sauerkraut and sweet potatoes on hand and we’ll probably have enough for two dinners from this.)
  • Red Grapes — $1.98 for the bag (My kids love grapes and they make for an easy lunch or for easy snacks. Growing up, we love to for a summer snack, too!)
  • 1 can Pineapple — $0.89 (I use this in my morning smoothies.)
  • 1 bag Frozen Blueberries — $2.29 (I use this in my morning smoothies.)
  • Bananas — $0.82
  • 1 block Mozzarella cheese — $1.79
  • Cantaloupe — $1.49
  • Bacon — $3.89
  • 4-lb. Pure Cane Sugar — $2.59 (ALDI has such great prices on sugar!)
  • Feta crumbles — $1.49 (I love this on my salads!)
  • Hummus — $1.99
  • Total + tax: $47.94

New to shopping at ALDI? Read how we save close to $1,000 per year by shopping at ALDI.

I planned our menu based upon what we had on hand and what was on sale at ALDI… well, and what I was hungry for (hello, pancakes for dinner!)

We still need to buy 2 dozen eggs (we don’t buy them at ALDI as we buy the farm-fresh brown eggs at Kroger and we are down to 6 eggs) and we will also need to buy some veggies/fruit to bring to the barbecue on Friday.

I also ordered some honey from Amazon (using Swagbucks gift cards) since we were all out. And there’s a good chance I’ll stop by Kroger at least once or twice this week to see if I find any great markdowns.

But other than that, I think we have everything on hand we need to feed our family for the week.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Breakfast Options: Oatmeal and/or smoothies (I am having eggs, whole-wheat English Muffins, and fruit.)

Lunch Options: Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers, PB & J, Snack-y Lunch (I will have a salad with canned tuna or salmon or hard-boiled eggs, whole-wheat bread.)

Snacks: , Apples & Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip, Fruit, Popcorn,

Dinners: Breakfast for Dinner, Chicken on the Grill, Southwest Roll-Ups, Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Sweet Potatoes x 2, Dinner out, BBQ with friends (we’re bringing veggies & fruit).

Want to see more details on my ALDI shopping trip? I did a quick video for Facebook Live below…

What’s on YOUR menu plan this week? Let us know in the comments!

I got all of this at Kroger for just $8.24!!

I went to Kroger a few days ago to take advantage of some freebie coupons I had and I was so excited with the deals that I found!

Only one coupon — the Gillette Razor coupon — was one I had signed up for online. The other freebie coupons were ones that Kroger sent to me in the mail.

For years, we stopped getting Kroger coupons in the mail. I think it was because we had forgotten to change our address on our account when we moved.

So we recently got a new card and put our new address on it. Well, would you know it? Within a few weeks, we got a packet full of amazing free coupons in the mail! And then we just got another packet of high-value coupons a few weeks later!

My Kroger Deals

In addition to some freebies I got, I also found some great markdowns at Kroger, too! Here are the deals I got:

  • 2 loaves of Whole Wheat Bread — marked down to $1.49 per loaf
  • Dole Salad Blend — originally $3.49, used FREE coupon
  • Jif Peanut Butter — originally $2.69, used FREE coupon
  • Silk Almond Milk — originally $2.69, used FREE coupon
  • Suja juice — marked down to $0.79, used $1/1 Kroger coupon = FREE + overage!
  • 1 package Private Selections Bacon — originally $4.29, used FREE coupon
  • Gillette razor — originally $9.99, used FREE coupon
  • 2 pounds of bananas — marked down to $0.78
  • 3 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 per bag (there were 6-7 avocados in each bag!)

My total with tax ($1.72) was $8.24!! You can where I share more about this grocery haul.

What are you going to do with all those avocados???

Yes, I know that that is a LOT of avocados. And many of you asked right away when I posted this on Instagram Stories, what on EARTH are you going to do with all those avocados.

and I ended up taking your advice and decided to try freezing them.

You can . And then look for a post soon with more details and step-by-step instructions.

Come see what I got for $43 at ALDI this week!

I got some — including Gala apples for just $1.69 per pound, cheese for $1.49 per block, and more!

Come , hear how I accidentally bought the wrong thing (and didn’t realize it until I was LIVE on camera!), and hear about why I bought sharp cheese (does the tip really work?)

This Week’s $74.06 ALDI Grocery Shopping Trip

Jesse was so kind to go grocery shopping for us again this week as I had another very full week.(See our menu plan for this week here.) He spent $74.06 at ALDI. (Have you read my Open Letter to ALDI?)

Our Grocery Budget

We currently budget $125 per week for groceries for our family of 5. This does not include eating out once a week (we budget separately for that).

We also get some of our expensive groceries and personal products (such as makeup) via Amazon using credit earned from Swagbucks + we get the majority of our household products (cleaners, toothpaste, detergent, etc.) via credit earned from Grove.

We only spent $74.06, which leaves me wiggle room to buy more markdowns at Kroger if I have time to swing by there later this week to see if they have some great markdowns. If I don’t have time or they don’t have good markdowns, I’ll roll over the extra $$ to next week.

This Week's $74 ALDI Shopping Trip

Here’s what we bought:

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • 2 cans pineapple chunks — $0.99 each
  • 3 bags frozen broccoli — $1.19 each
  • Bread — $1.39
  • 4 boxes mac & cheese — $0.33 each
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup — $0.89 each
  • 3 packages cheddar cheese — $1.89 each
  • Organic brown rice — $2.99
  • 1 bag Fuji apples — $3.89
  • 2 bags frozen chicken breasts — $5.99 each
  • 1 box Cinnamon Squares (not pictured) — $1.39
  • 2 packages of strawberries — $2.49
  • 2 packages of Mini Babybels — $2.79
  • Brown sugar — $1.29
  • Butter — $2.89
  • Honey Nut Cheerios (not pictured) — $2.69
  • 2 packages of Cream cheese — $1.29 each
  • String cheese — $2.79
  • Tortillas — $1.29
  • 1 bag Granny Smith apples — $2.99
  • Ketchup — $1.49
  • Strawberry preserves — $1.79
  • Natural Peanut Butter — $1.49
  • Frozen Sweet corn — $0.95
  • Granny Smith Apples — $2.99
  • Cocoa Puff Cereal — $1.39
  • Total with tax — $74.06 (Plus, don’t forget that when you shop at ALDI — or any grocery store — you can  & earned a little cashback for doing so. If you haven’t , use my coupon code MONEYSAVINGMOM when you sign up to earn more.)

This Week’s Menu Plan

Interested in what we’re eating this week? You can see our menu plan for this week here. I plan our menu based upon what we already have on hand, so I didn’t have to buy every single item needed to make everything on our menu.

How to Be a Meal-Planning Mama

Struggling with menu planning? Check out this post on How to Be a Meal Planning Mama.