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This Week’s Menu Plan + Look What I Found at Kroger!

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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I ran into Kroger this morning with Kathrynne in between dropping Silas and Kaitlynn off at school and needing to drop her off at school. This is becoming part of our morning routine and we’ve been loving it! We set the timer and then go on a sort of “treasure hunt” to see what markdowns we can find in less than 10 minutes!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

After we dropped Kathrynne off at school, we swung by a second Kroger that is right on our way home. I didn’t find much there, but I was excited about the avocados and we stocked up on more Capri-Sun (shh! Don’t tell my kids! I’m hiding this in the garage freezer until

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

This Week’s Menu Plan

We’re headed to Breckenridge, CO with all of my extended family (my dad’s Christmas present to all of us this year was paying for our trip there) to spend Saturday, Sunday, and Monday staying together at this huge and beautiful house there ( if you’d like to see some videos/photos of our trip!), so I’m only planning meals for Monday through Friday of this week.

(We’re doing meals in Breckenridge similar to how we did meals when we were at Bull Shoals Lake with all of my extended family — with everyone bringing some food and helping with the cooking.)

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast/Eggs (Everyone is on their own for breakfast!)

Lunches:

  • Fried Eggs, Avocados, Salad, Whole-Wheat Toast, Leftovers, Apples (Jesse & Me)
  • Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers, Fruit, Veggies, Granola Bars, Cookies, Capri Sun (For the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)

Dinners:

  • Turkey Wings, Corn on the Cob, Cantaloupe
  • Waffles, Bacon, Homemade Applesauce
  • BBQ Chicken, Homemade Mac & Cheese, Roasted Broccoli
  • Sausage/Peppers/Onions in the Crock-Pot, Brown Rice, Fruit
  • Dinner Out

What I’ve Spent So Far This Week

Total I’ve Spend So Far This Week: $19.37

Total Left to Spend: $50.63

Cashback Earned This Week: 215 from Fetch Rewards for buying Capri Sun + $0.25 back from Ibotta

Today’s Kroger, ALDI, Sprouts, and Big Lots shopping trip (I’m $1 under 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 .

Kaitlynn and I went shopping today since we had $53 left to spend on groceries this week. We went to a Kroger that we usually don’t go to — and this Kroger has this section that is all markdowns of scratch and dent items. It looks completely disorganized, but we found some “treasures” in the mess!

Not all Kroger stores have these markdowns sections, but definitely check to see if your store does, if you haven’t already! You never know what you might find!

We bought more junk food than usual — but do the organic veggies and whole wheat flour help balance it out?? 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes Hostess Snacks —
  • 1 box Kroger cereal — marked down to $0.69
  • 1 box Kroger pasta — marked down to $0.49
  • 1 box Kroger Saltine crackers — marked down to $0.69
  • Simple Truth eggs — $2.50
  • Simple Truth Lunch Kits — $2, = $1.20 each after coupons
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.49/lb. = $1.06
  • 5 bags of Simple Truth frozen veggies — $1.29 each, = $0.79 each after coupons
  • Mentos Gum — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 3 6-packs of Pepsi/Sierra Mist —
  • Total with tax: $25.26

Big Lots Shopping Trip — 2 bags of Whole Wheat Flour for $3 each = Total with tax: $6.41

Sprouts — Cantaloupe for $0.98 each, Sweet Corn — $6 for $1, Rolled Oats — $0.99 per lb. — $1.75 = Total with tax: $5.03

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • 3 Avocados — $0.39 each
  • Honey Nut Oats — $1.19
  • 2 packages frozen broccoli — $1.19 each
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 2 packages frozen peas — $0.79 each
  • Dill pickles — $1.39
  • Vanilla — $3.55
  • Total with tax: $14.89

Total Spent This Week

Total spent on groceries this week: $68.13

Cashback Earned: 277 points earned from Fetch for buying Capri Sun & Pepsi & Talenti + $0.50 from iBotta for scanning 2 receipts.

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

GREAT deals at Kroger on chicken, salad dressing, cereal + have you gotten these coupons before?

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 so excited when I went to Kroger and saw these packages of seasoned chicken marked down twice — not only did they have the $5 and $7 off coupons on them, but then they were marked down even more with woohoo stickers! So I bought two packages and stuck them in the freezer. We’ll either bake or grill these for quick dinners when we get back home from Arkansas!

Here’s what I bought at Kroger:

  • 5 jars of Classico pasta sauce — $1.99 each, used (can be used up to 5 times) = $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 5 bottles of Kraft salad dressing — $1.99 each, used (can be used up to 5 times) = $0.99 each
  • 1 Kind bar — free with Free Friday e-coupon
  • 4 boxes of Life cereal — $2.49 each, used (can be used up to 5 times) = $1.49 each

I also got these two coupons at checkout. I don’t recall ever getting Best Customer Coupons printed at checkout. I often get random coupons, but never ones for FREE items (the bottom coupon was for a free package of fudge cookies) and the first coupon was for $1 off any $4 purchase of fresh fruit.

Have you gotten these types of Best Customer Bonus coupons before? Anyone know why you would get them or what would trigger them??

A great deal on pineapple, corn on the cob, cantaloupe, & Triscuits

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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I stopped by Aldi, Sprouts, and Big Lots on Saturday and picked up some great deals! Here’s what I got:

Saturday Aldi Shopping Trip

  • 2 cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 2 packages of Bacon — $3.79 each
  • Pure Cane Sugar — $1.95
  • Natural Peanut Butter — $1.15
  • Cheddar Cheese — $1.69
  • Pure Maple Syrup — $6.29
  • Honey — $2.79
  • Onions — $1.49
  • Kiwi — $1.29
  • Sweet Potatoes — $1.69
  • Total with tax: $33.70

Saturday Sprouts Shopping Trip

  • 3 Pineapple — $0.98 each (they were on a special 72-hour weekend sale)
  • 6 ears of corn — $1 total (they were on a special 72-hour weekend sale)

Total with tax: $4.21

Saturday Big Lots Shopping Trip

  • 3 boxes of Fireside Crackers — marked down to $0.75 each
  • 2 boxes of Triscuits — marked down to $1 per box (got $1 back from  for buying 2 boxes)
  • 2 packages of whole wheat English Muffins — $1.40 each
  • Total with tax: $7.53

Total Spent on Groceries This Week

Total spent on groceries this week: $45.44

Total left to spend on groceries this week: $24.56

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, $1 from for buying Triscuits, 50 points 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.)

CHEAP cereal & cheese, two bags of groceries for $3.80 at Sprouts, and this week’s menu plan!

This $70 weekly grocery budget for a family of 5 is SO inspiring and filled with creative ways to save!

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 Friday-Saturday deals at Kroger were super exciting to us this past weekend! I was thrilled to get cheese for $0.99 per block/bag and the kids were thrilled to get one of their favorite cereals (Honey Bunches of Oats) for just $0.99 per box! I bought two bags of cheese to stick in the freezer for later and three blocks to use over the next few weeks.

I also found organic cage-free eggs marked down to $1.99 per dozen, so you better believe I scooped those up! In fact, I ended up getting 6 dozen!! We love eggs — scrambled, fried, hard-boiled, you name it — so I’m always thrilled when I find a great deal on eggs!

In addition, they had a bunch of organic bananas marked down to $0.39 per pound! Actually, they had a cart FULL of bananas marked down, but I just picked up three big bunches to stick in the freezer for smoothies and banana bread and banana muffins!

Of course, I also picked up the free loaf of Nature’s Own bread that was the Free Friday download this past week. I think it’s probably one of the best Free Friday downloads there has been in a long time.

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $28.42

  • Bananas — marked down to $0.39 per pound
  • Nature’s Own Bread — Free Friday download
  • Organic Arugula — marked down to $1.79
  • 5 boxes of Post cereal — $0.99 per box with Digital Coupon
  • 5 packages of cheese — $0.99 each with Digital Coupon
  • Total with tax: $28.42

Monday Aldi Shopping Trip

I ran into Aldi on Monday to see if there were any markdowns + to pick up a few staple items and baking items. I had a team meeting when I got home and didn’t get pictures taken of my shopping trip, but I did get a video made of my Aldi, Big Lots, and Sprouts shopping trip that you can watch above if you are interested.

Aldi Shopping Trip — $15.22

  • Chicken Breasts — $5.99
  • Cantaloupe — $0.99
  • Baking Soda — $0.49
  • Frozen Broccoli — $1.19
  • Baking Powder — $0.99
  • Milk — $2.69
  • Oil — $1.85
  • Total with tax: $15.22

Monday Big Lots Shopping Trip

I also stopped by Big Lots to see if there were any great buys in the clearance cart. I didn’t find anything great, but I did go ahead and pick up some whole wheat flour for $3.

I am planning to make a trip to Nolensville soon to check out the Bulk Foods Store there to see what their prices are on flour and I also want to check Sprouts, but for now, that was a decent price for higher quality flour.

Total spent with tax: $3.20

Monday Sprouts Shopping Trip

Y’all! I am kind of geeking out over this Sprouts discovery! I still can’t believe that this store has been sitting so close to Aldi and I’ve not been shopping there.

Maybe it’s just a good week or something, but based upon what you all are telling me, Sprouts regularly has great deals. And I’ve been so impressed with the quality of their food and their customer service.

Case in point, when I was there on Monday, they had corn on the cob marked for 5 for $1 — which is a fantastic deal. I started filling a bag and a woman who worked there came over to me and told me that the sign was actually incorrect. The deal was actually only for the weekend. She said that they had just changed the deal in their system and hadn’t gotten the signage changed.

She told me they would totally honor the price since it was marked as such. However, she told me to make sure to tell them at checkout that they’d need to adjust the price. She told me if I had any issues to just ask them to ask her about it. And then I saw her go straight over to the checkout lane and tell them to honor the price until they got the sign changed.

Also, I have no idea if this was because I just signed up for their email list or if it was some kind of fluke thing, but in the past 5 days, I have gotten two completely free coupon offers in my inbox.

These were at the bottom of their emails — there was a promo for a completely free item. I just added the promo code to my app and it added the digital coupon to my account. Free food?? Hello, I’ll totally take it! 🙂

Are the rest of you getting these coupons? Is this something they regularly do?

I have no idea, but I highly recommend signing up for their email newsletters and always opening them and scrolling to the bottom of them. Also, be sure to download the app to add the promo codes for these digital coupons if you get them, too!

Oh and remember the Driscoll’s strawberries I bought last week? Well, I filled out the and I got $0.50 Driscoll coupons for each survey I filled out.

So you know what I did, don’t you? Oh yes, I took those coupons and went back to Sprouts and bought 5 more packages of strawberries for $0.48 per package!

By the way, when you fill out your 5th survey then they start giving you $0.75 coupons!! Of course, I filled out the surveys for the $0.48 strawberries I bought (well, actually Silas filled out the surveys — I taught him how to and he sat next to me while I worked and filled them out for me!) and earned $0.75 Driscolls coupons! Now I’m prepared for when they go on sale again! 🙂

If you are wondering what we did with 10 packages of strawberries in a week, we ate 6 packages and froze 4 of them to use in smoothies over the next month. I love having frozen berries — especially when I got them so inexpensively!

Monday Sprouts Shopping Trip — $3.80

  • 5 packages of strawberries — on sale for $0.98, used 5 $0.50/1 coupons, $0.48 per package
  • Organic Egg Noodles — used FREE product coupon
  • Tandoori Naan — used FREE product coupon
  • 5 ears of corn on the cob — 5 for $1
  • Total with tax: $3.80

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, Cereal, Fruit, Toast, The Best Ever Bran Muffins

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Cheese/Crackers, Fruit, Veggies, Leftovers, Eggs, Yogurt, Salad, Smoothies

Snacks

Banana Bread, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Hard Boiled Eggs, Marked Down Yogurt Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Dinners

Monday: Frittata with sausage, peppers, onions, cheese, Fruit

Tuesday: Leftover Frittata, Fruit

Wednesday: Barbecued Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Fruit

Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles, Eggs, Fruit

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas, Fruit, Rice, Beans

Sunday: Snack-y Dinner

Total Spent So Far on Groceries This Week

Total spent so far this week: $50.64

Total left to spend: $19.36

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, $0.60 back from Fetch Rewards for scanning three 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.)