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Brigette’s $74 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

3lbs 80/20 Fresh Ground Beef – $6.85

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.19

1 pkg Cheese Sticks – $1.65

1 2-lb pkg Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.89

2 12-oz pkgs Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese – $4.30

2 1-lb boxes Butter – $3.98

1 pkg Gluten-Free Taco Mix – $0.79

1 16-oz pkg Sliced Deli Meat – $2.55

1 pkg Nacho Chips – $0.75

1 14-oz pkg Whole Almonds – $4.55

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

2 64-oz pkgs Orange Juice – $3.38

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.59

1 64-oz carton Almond Milk – $1.89

1 1-lb pkg Strawberries – $1.45

1 Pineapple – $0.89

2 pkgs Artisan Baby Lettuce – $3.78

1 3-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $3.39

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $0.95

1 16-oz bag Organic Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

1 Cauliflower – $1.85

1 bag Radishes – $0.49

1 bag Spinach – $1.49

1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.49

1 Mango – $0.49

1 bag Organic Mini Peppers – $2.89

1 bag Zucchini – $0.99

1 pkg On-the-Vine-Tomatoes – $0.99

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

1 pkg English Muffins, reduced – $0.75

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.59

Total: $65.19

Harris Teeter

1 5-lb bag Pillsbury Bread Flour – $3.39

1 bag Red Seedless Grapes (2.23lbs @ $0.99/lb) – $2.21

1 jar Polaner Fruit-Only Jam – $2.00

2 jars Vlasic Pickles – 2.74, used $1.00/2 Vlasic Pickles, Peppers or Relish – 5-13-18 SS (exp. 07/14/18), receive $0.50 back from  – $1.24/2 after coupon

Total after Coupon and Rebate: $8.84

Grocery Total for the Week: $74.03

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Toast, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit, Veggie Omelets, Glazed Cinnamon Scones, Fruit

Lunches

Sub Sandwiches, Cucumbers/Peppers, Apples x 2

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Grapes, Cauliflower with Dip x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar (Chopped Lettuce, Spinach, Nuts, Craisins, Shredded Cheese, Hard Boiled Eggs, Assorted Chopped Fresh Veggies and Fruit)

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Taco Salad, Mexican Rice, Pineapple

Barbequed Meatballs, Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Make Ahead Butterhorns, Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies (making this meal x 2 and taking to a friend who just had a baby)

Individual Pizzas (English Muffins, Sauce, Cheese, Assorted Toppings), Easy Italian Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Burgers on the Grill (I use a combination of ground venison and ground turkey and seasonings), Roasted Parmesan Broccoli, Sweet Potato Fries

Pancakes, Bacon, Fruit Smoothies

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Biscuits

Leftovers

This Week’s $70 Menu Plan & Monday’s “HUGE” Grocery Shopping Trip

This $70 grocery budget challenge is SO inspiring! And they even menu plan and eat healthy while sticking to their budget 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.).

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It’s Week 4 of my $70 Grocery Budget Challenge and I’m excited to see how this week goes! I’m loving hearing from so many of you who are sharing how this challenge is motivating you to look for ways you can cut your grocery bill, too! That makes me so happy!

By the way, in case you’re interested, I spent $68.36 on groceries last week. And here was our menu last week.

I got these fantastic coupons in the mail from Kroger — including coupons for FREE bacon, FREE cereal, and $10 off any $40 purchase! (If you have a Kroger store, make sure that your address is correct in your account and hopefully you’ll get great coupons like this!)

Here’s what I bought at Kroger yesterday:

Monday Kroger Shopping Trip — $36.18

I wanted to be able to use the $10 off $40 purchase coupon + I hadn’t gone shopping on Saturday or Sunday, so I knew that I could spend extra and have a larger shopping trip (I allot $10 per day — though I don’t always go to the store every day, since it doesn’t always work out in my schedule or we don’t need anything or I’m not going to be driving by a store that day and have time to stop!)

But I have to admit that when my total rang up (before I swiped my card and my discounts and coupons had come off), I was a little scared to see such a high number showing on the screen. It said that my total was $76!!!

I know that’s not a huge amount, but since most of my shopping trips have been more like $10 or $15 each, this felt like some crazy ridiculous amount! 🙂

However, I was super happy that after the discounts and coupons, my total came down to $36.18. Much, much better!

Here’s what I bought:

  • 2 16-oz. blocks of cheese — $2.49 when you buy 4 participating items
  • 2 Skintimate Shave Creams — $1.99 each when you buy 4 participating items, used 2 , $0.99 each after coupons
  • 2 dozen Simple Truth eggs — $2.50 each
  • 3 packages of Salad Pockets — marked down to $1.29 each
  • 2 bags of produce — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of Kroger rice — $1.69
  • 1 carton of Simple Truth egg yolks — marked down to $1.29
  • 2 pounds of Simple Truth Ground Turkey — marked down to $2.79 each
  • 1 package of Bacon — used FREE coupon that Kroger sent to me (see above)
  • 2 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • 2 tubs of Hillshire Farms Honey Ham — marked down to $2.39 each
  • 3 Suave Professionals Shampoo/Conditioner — $1.99 each when you buy 4 participating items, used 2  and used — $0.99 each after coupons
  • 1 Stayfree Pads — $1.79 when you buy 4 participating items, used
  • 4 packages of Goldfish crackers — $0.99 each when you buy 4 participating items
  • Kroger Raisin Bran — used FREE coupon that Kroger sent me (see above)
  • 2 boxes of Capri Sun (for lunches) — $2.49 each, used $1.40/2 coupon that Kroger sent to me (see above) — $1.79 each after coupon
  • Used $10/$40 that Kroger sent to me (see above)
  • Total with tax: $36.18

I was so excited about the salad pockets. I love to use them for quick sandwiches for myself. But in my excitement, I forgot to thoroughly check them before putting them in my cart.

And while two of them were great, one looked like this…

YUCK! Word to the wise: Always carefully check items that are marked down before buying them!

I used the liquid whole eggs to make some French Toast “batter” for that night’s dinner.

I love , if you couldn’t tell! 🙂

It might seem weird for me to take the time in the morning to mix up the “batter” for French Toast, but I try to do as much prep as possible for dinner as early in the day as possible, because I’m often not super energetic or inspired at dinner time. So having dinner as done as much as I can, makes it so much easier!

Last night, Silas had a double-header Flag Football Game (his team won!), so being able to whip up French Toast in just a few minutes was such a help for getting out the door!

This Week’s Super Simple Menu Plan

This menu is subject to change a little if I find some great deals or markdowns! 🙂

Breakfasts

Cereal, Baked Oatmeal, Eggs, Fruit, Toast

Lunches

Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit, Veggies, Capri Sun, Banana Bread, , (for the kids) Leftovers, Chorizo Breakfast Burritos (for Jesse) Leftovers, Eggs, Pita Pocket Sandwiches, Salad (for me)

Dinners

Monday — French Toast, Bacon, Oranges
Tuesday — Southwest Rollups, Fruit, Rice
Wednesday — Meatballs, Corn on the Cob, Homemade French Fries
Thursday — Haystacks
Friday — Steak (We had some in the freezer that I need to use up!), Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Saturday — Dinner Out
Sunday — Snack-y Dinner (fend for yourself — cereal, leftovers, etc.)

Total spent so far this week: $36.18

Total left to spend: $33.82

Brigette’s $58 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

1 16-oz carton Whipping Cream – $1.55

1 5-lb bag All-Purpose Flour – $1.15

1 5-lb bag Self-Rising Flour – $1.25 (I wrote “bread flour” on the list, and this is what my husband came home with.🙂 Oh well, we will use it!)

1 box Pure and Simple Bars – $3.99

2 boxes Macaroni and Cheese – $0.50

1 canister Parmesan Cheese – $2.29

1 pkg Taco Mix Seasoning – $0.35

1 jar Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – $1.99 (35.06)

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

1 3-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $3.39

1 pkg Baby Lettuce – $1.79

1 3-ct pk Multi-Colored Peppers – $2.49

2 pkgs Baby Carrots – $1.58

2 1-lb pkg Asparagus – $2.98

1 head Cauliflower – $1.95

1 pkg Radishes – $0.49

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.45

1 16-oz pkg Medjool Dates – $3.99

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.45

1 jar Green Olives – $0.95

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.79

1 bag Lemons – $2.75

1 32-oz pkg Spaghetti – $1.09

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.59

Total: $50.88

Harris Teeter

All of the things in the picture were bought earlier in the week when Harris Teeter was running a 3-day Double Dollar Coupon event, so these deals are no longer available. I wasn’t able to make it to the store until the final day of the sale, so they were out of many of the freebies, but I still was happy with what I got (especially the free Sola ice cream and ice cream bars ;))!

Total after Coupons and Rebates: $7.25

Grocery Total for the Week: $58.13

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit, Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins (recipe from a church cookbook), Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Toast (Easy Whole Wheat Bread)

Lunches

Refried Bean with Cheese, Cucumbers, Apples x 2

Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, Peppers, Applesauce x 2

Pasta with Cheese, Carrots, Applesauce

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

, Make Ahead Butterhorns, Tossed Salad, Roasted Broccoli, , Ice cream (Mother’s Day)

Italian Chicken, Tossed Salad, 

Grilled Hamburgers (I’ll use a combo of ground venison and ground turkey since we still have plenty of both in our freezer stash), Baked French Fries, Steamed Cauliflower, Pineapple (leftover from last week)

Pan-Fried Fish (My guys are going fishing this weekend!), Macaroni and Cheese, Asparagus

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes with Ham (I will follow the recipe but add diced ham), Asparagus, 

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Green Beans, Baked Potatoes, Buttered Steamed Carrots

Leftovers, Roasted Parmesan Zucchini

Brigette’s $68 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.89

2 8-oz pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $2.90

1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.89

1 pkg Sliced Pepperoni – $1.95

1 pkg Cheese Sticks – $1.65

1 pkg Gluten Free Pretzels – $1.75

1 16-oz pkg Deli Sliced Meat – $3.09

1 jar Parmesan Cheese – $2.29

2 12-oz pkg Shredded Colby Jack – $3.30

1 12-oz pkg Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese – $1.75

1 20-ct pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.99

2 4-count pkgs Corn on the Cob – $3.38

1 jar Garlic Powder – $0.99

1 jar Onion Powder – $0.99

1 5-lb bag Jasmine Rice – $3.85

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.69

1 pkg Baby Lettuce – $1.79

1 pkg Radishes – $0.49

1 pkg Mushrooms – $0.99

1 3-lb Pink Lady Apples – $3.39

2 heads Cauliflower – $3.90

1 Pineapple – $0.89

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.49

2 cartons Blueberries – $4.78

3 Avocados – $1.17

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.45

1 pkg Organic Mini Cucumbers – $2.09

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

3 dozen Eggs – $3.47 (Yikes! I’m so sad about egg prices right now.)

Total: $68.26

Pounds of strawberries from a local orchard – gift from a friend

I normally shop at Harris Teeter every week, but since they are running a 3-day Double Dollar Coupon event starting on Sunday, I decided I will wait until Monday to do my Harris Teeter shopping for this week. I will include a picture of it on next week’s post.

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Oatmeal, Cereal, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Fruit, Toast, Smoothies

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Cucumbers, Strawberries, Avocado Slices x 2

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, Blueberries, Cauliflower with Dip x 2

Apples with Peanut Butter, Cheese Sticks, Carrots, Pretzels

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Pan Fried Catfish (fresh from our local generous fisherman friend!), Green Beans,  Corn on the Cob, (I’ll use homemade baking mix)

Boys on a campout (food is provided); Girls eating dinner at friend’s house

Cheesy Hamburger Soup, Fresh Veggie Relish Plate, Easy Whole Wheat Bread

Chicken Pot Pie (I don’t have an official recipe for this – I usually just wing it 🙂), Fruit Salad

Pizza Bierocks (recipe from a church cookbook), Tossed Salad

Grilled Hot Dogs (hot dogs from the freezer) on Homemade Buns, Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Baked Potato Wedges, Pineapple

Shepherd’s Pie, Tossed Salad, Pull Apart Oat Rolls

Leftovers

This Week’s $70 Menu Plan (+ grocery shopping pictures & deals I scored this weekend!)

The $70 Grocery Budget Challenge! This family of 5 plans their entire weekly menu around the markdowns at Kroger! It's SO cool!

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 .

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 .

It’s Week 2 of my $70 Grocery Budget Challenge and I’m excited to see how this week goes! I’m loving hearing from so many of you who are sharing how this challenge is motivating you to look for ways you can cut your grocery bill, too! That just thrills my heart!

Here’s an update on what I bought the past three days:

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $15.58

  • 3 boxes Ronzoni Pasta — on sale for $0.99 each, used (can use it up to 5 times in one transaction) — $0.49 each after coupons
  • Chorizo — marked down to $2.29
  • Cinnamon Rolls — marked down to $1.99
  • 2 bags of yellow/orange peppers — $0.99 per bag
  • 1 bag of apples — $0.99
  • 2 grapefruit — $0.99
  • 5 packages of Keebler cookies — $0.99 per package ()
  • Total with tax: $15.58

Saturday Dollar Tree Shopping Trip — $4.39

We hosted most of the 4 families from our Community Group yesterday and I needed some plasticware and paper plates/cups for that. So Dollar Tree to the rescue! My total with tax was $4.39 — which is why I’m such a fan of Dollar Tree (read about my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Dollar Tree here.)

Remember the Sourdough Bread I got marked down last week? Well, we used that some of the eggs I got marked down to make some amazing French Toast for lunch on Sunday and we have enough leftover to also have it for dinner tonight with fruit and bacon (that we got for $1.99 last week!)

And we served it yesterday with Berry Smoothies that I made with some frozen berries I had in the freezer already (from ALDI) and the frozen Cottage Cheese some vanilla and raw sugar and almond milk.

Monday Kroger Shopping Trip — $9.23

  • Capri Sun (for school lunches) — $2
  • 2 packs of applesauce cups — on sale for $2, used — $1.50 after coupon
  • 5 boxes of Ronzoni Pasta — on sale for $0.99 each, used (can be used up to 5 times in one transaction) — $0.49 each after coupon
  • 2 bunches of bananas marked down — $1.63 total
  • 2 packages of Bic razors — $2.99 each, used 2 — FREE after coupons
  • Total with tax: $9.23

Go Get Your FREE Razors!

Walmart and Kroger both have these priced at less than $3 making them free after the . Do note that since the price of the item is less than the coupon, the coupon will likely beep and they’ll have to manually push it through — and some cashiers are leery of doing that.

Just be kind and polite and if they refuse to do so, just graciously ask for them to take those off your order and take the coupons back. And then you can try again another day with another cashier.

(Note: This is a 100% legitimate use of coupons, it’s just that when coupons beep, some cashiers get a little freaked out about it. It’s usually because they’ve seen coupon abuse in the past. That’s why I think it’s always so important for us couponers to be as kind and gracious and polite as possible. Let’s give couponing a good name!)

Be sure to . They usually offer one per week for just taking the 15 seconds to submit your receipt — no matter what you purchased! $0.25 isn’t much, but it’s something and for the time required to submit it, that’s a pretty good return! 🙂

This Week’s Super Simple Menu Plan

This menu is subject to change a little if I find some great deals or markdowns! 🙂

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs, Fruit, Toast

Lunches

Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit, Veggies, Applesauce Cups, Capri Sun, Banana Bread, Fried Eggs, Salad, Leftovers

Dinners

Monday — French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fruit
Tuesday — Sausage/Potatoes/Carrots/Onions in the Crockpot, Fruit, Rolls
Wednesday — Taco Salad, Fruit
Thursday — Dinner Out (Spirit Night for Kaitlynn’s school at a local pizza place.)
Friday — Chorizo with Eggs (haven’t decided on sides for this — I’ve never made Chorizo before, what goes with it?)
Saturday — Goulash, Rolls, Salad
Sunday — Snack-y Dinner (fend for yourself — cereal, popcorn, etc.)

Total spent so far this week: $29.20
Total left to spend: $40.80 (Stay tuned for updates over the next few days if I score any great deals!)

Cash back so far: for submitting my receipt

In case you missed it, I spent $68.22 total on groceries last week. And here was our menu for last week.

What’s on YOUR menu this week? Have you gotten any great deal the past few days? Tell us about them in the comments!

Brigette’s $77 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

I wasn’t feeling well this week, so my sweet husband offered to “wing it,” and go grocery shopping without a list. I think he did pretty well! 🙂

1 pkg Brats – $2.99

1 container Premium Ice Cream – $3.49

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.75

1 pkg Spirals String Cheese – $1.99

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.45

1 12-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.15

1 jar Deli Mustard – $1.19

1 32-oz carton Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.29

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.59

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65

1 16-oz carton Whipping Cream – $1.55

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65

1 pkg Hotdog Buns – $0.59

1 loaf Bread – $0.10 (!! Wish he would have bought several more to stick in the freezer at this price!)

2 dozen Eggs – $2.38

1 pkg Pepperoni – $1.95

1 Olive Oil Cooking Spray – $1.35

1 32-oz pkg Spaghetti – $1.09

1 bag Pretzels – $0.85

1 box Pure And Simple Bars – $3.99

1 1-lb box Butter – $1.99

1 Seedless Watermelon – $2.25

1 bag Broccoli Crowns – $1.45

1 3-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $2.89

1 bag Fresh Brussel Sprouts – $1.89

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.79

2 pkgs Baby Lettuce – $3.70

1 bag Fresh Green Beans – $0.99

1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.59

1 bag Radishes – $0.49

1 Pineapple – $0.89

1 pkg Applesauce Squeeze Pouches – $1.69

1 Cabbage – $1.29

2 pkgs Baby Carrots – $1.30

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

2 heads Cauliflower – $3.98

1 pkg Zucchini – $0.99

1 3-pk Multi-Colored Peppers – $2.49

1 bunch Organic Bananas (1.49lbs @ $0.41/lb) – $0.61

Total: $77.23

Grocery Total for the Week: $77.84

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Cereal, Yogurt, Toast, Scrambled/Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Fruit

Lunches

Baked Sweet Potatoes, Pineapple, Cucumbers, Pretzels

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, Fruit/Applesauce Pouches, Carrots x 2

Build-Your-Own-Tossed-Salad (Lettuce, Chopped Assorted Fresh Veggies, Shredded Cheese, Craisins, Hard Boiled Eggs, Dressing), Apples x 2

Peanut Butter on Rice Cakes, Cheese Sticks, Carrots, Watermelon

Leftovers

Dinners

Grilled Brats, Steamed Cauliflower and Broccoli, Make-Ahead Butterhorns, Homemade Ice Cream Cake (Birthday Meal for my Husband)

, , Roasted Brussel Spouts, Pineapple

Grilled Turkey Burgers on the Grill, Grilled Green Beans, Watermelon

Shepherd’s Pie, Make-Ahead Butterhorns, Tossed Salad

Dinner Out (before my daughter’s orchestra concert – we have to drop her off early, and it’s a 45-minute drive)

Build-Your-Own-Burritos (Seasoned Venison Meat, Shredded Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Salsa, Plain Greek Yogurt, Homemade Tortillas), Pineapple, Roasted Cauliflower

Leftovers