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Category: From My Kitchen

This past week’s $65 grocery budget purchases + our dinner menu

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 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.


I loved finding great deals on eggs, dried cranberries, and avocados this past week. I’ve been making some yummy salads this week as a result!

I couldn’t believe all of these markdowns I found at Kroger. Ended up only getting the dried cranberries and some trail mix as those were the best deals.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Chobani Smoothies — marked down to $1.49
  • 2 Caramel Mousse — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 4 boxes of Zatarain’s rice — marked down to $0.59 each
  • 2 cans of pumpkin — $1 each
  • 5 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.90
  • 2 bags of barley — marked down to $0.84 each
  • 4 lbs of sweet potatoes — $0.49/lb.
  • Total with tax: $17.39

Butter was on sale this weekend as part of Kroger’s weekend deals and I was thrilled to be able to stock the freezer again!!

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • 5 lbs. butter — $1.99 each this weekend
  • Dannon yogurt smoothies — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 3 dozen Simple Truth eggs — marked down to $1.39 each
  • Simple Truth cage-free eggs containers — marked down to $1.19
  • 2 containers Siggi’s Skyr — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Whole Grain bread — marked down to $2.29
  • 2 containers organic blueberries/sweet potatoes/apples — marked down to $0.39 (we are going to use this instead of apple butter in Apple Butter Muffins)
  • 3-lb bag of clementines — $2.99
  • 10-lb bag of potatoes — $1.99
  • Takis — $2.89 (Kathrynne was with me and I let her decide how to spend the extra money in the budget so she bought these and gelatin.)
  • 3 packages gelatin — $0.39 each
  • Total with tax: $30.48

Dinners This Past Week

This Week’s Kroger Shopping Trip + Amazon Order = $63 spent!

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 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.

I only ended up going to Kroger once this past week, but I got some great deals and markdowns!

The Cream of Chicken soup was in the markdown section and it was just $0.49 each + it was part of the Buy 10, Get $5 off deal which meant that I got $0.50 off each — making them free!

I was super excited about finding the Yoplait 8-count packs of yogurt for just $0.99 and also the Off the Grid Waffles for just $0.99 each! There is a $0.50/1 iBotta rebate with a limit of 5 so I got back $2.50 for buy 5 boxes!

And finally, I was super thrilled to find eggs marked down! We were down to our last few eggs so it was perfect timing!

Kroger Shopping Trip:

  • 5 Campbell’s Soup — marked down to $0.49, got $0.50 off each because they were part of the buy 10, Get $5 off deal
  • 2 cans of Swanson broth — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 4 cans of Green Beans — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 2 pounds Land O Lakes butter — $2.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items, used $1/3 coupon from a Kroger mailer = $0.50 for all three
  • 2 cartons cottage cheese — $1.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 boxes of Swiss Miss hot cocoa — $0.99 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Annie’s Mac & Cheese — marked down to $0.45
  • 5 boxes Off the Grid Waffles — marked down to $0.99 each, I got $0.50 back per box from iBotta
  • Old El Pasa Taco Shells — marked down to $0.39
  • 2 boxes SO Right frozen burrito bowls — marked down to $0.89 each
  • 1 dozen Kroger eggs — marked down to $0.59
  • 5 dozen cage-free brown eggs — marked down to $1.29 each
  • 2 Chobani yogurt flips — marked down to $0.19 each
  • Kroger peanut butter — free with Kroger coupon from the Kroger mailer
  • Kroger water — $0.89
  • 2 Dannon Oikos yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 packages Roasted Turkey — marked down to $1.79 each
  • Broccoli crowns — $0.70
  • Kroger smoked sausage — free with Kroger mailer coupon
  • 2 8-count packages of Yoplait yogurt — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bunch of green leaf lettuce — $1.79
  • Bag of 3 apples — marked down to $0.99
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.50
  • Dole Salad Kit — $1.79
  • 4-lb bag of oranges — $3.99
  • Milk — $2.99
  • Total with tax: $53.28

Since I had some extra wiggle room in the grocery budget, I went ahead and ordered this great deal off of Amazon.

Dinners This Past Week

Rebates earned: $2.75 back from iBotta + 225 points from Fetch Rewards

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + What We Ate For Dinner

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 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.

I was excited about the deals we found this week and we ate some really yummy food!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Some of the apples in the markdown bag above were Granny Smith, which none of us are fond of eating raw. So I made with them.

These were a HUGE hit with the kids and they ate them up in just a few minutes. Next time, I definitely need to double the recipe!

I was so excited about a few of the Weekend Deals at Kroger — especially the cheese deal!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • La Croix — $1.99 per 8-pack with Friday-Sunday deals
  • Classico Pasta Sauce — $0.99 each with Friday-Sunday deals
  • 5 Simple Truth Greek yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 bags of Quaker Rice Snacks — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 boxes Swiss Miss — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 5 bags/packages Kroger cheese — $1.29 with Friday-Sunday deals
  • 2 containers cottage cheese — $1.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Coconut sugar — marked down to $0.99
  • 3 boxes pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 box pasta — marked down to $0.39
  • Taco Kit — marked down to $0.99
  • Half & Half — $1.49
  • 5 cans Green Giant veggies — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Grapes — $0.99/lb.
  • 2 packages meat — marked down to $2.50 each
  • Milk — $2.79
  • Honeycrisp apples — 3 lb. bag for $2.99
  • 4 cans Swanson broth — $0.49 each when buy 10 participating items
  • Total with tax: $48.34

Dinners From This Past Week

  • Sunday — Frozen pizza, leftovers (fend for yourself)
  • Monday — Chicken Tetrazzini, Best Ever Bran Muffins, Green Beans, Celery with peanut butter
  • Tuesday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Biscuits, Grapefruit, Pumpkin Bars
  • Wednesday — Pumpkin Pancakes, Bacon,
  • Thursday — Roast with Potatoes and Carrots and Onions in the crockpot
  • Friday — with bacon and cheese
  • Sunday — Dinner out

What did you eat at your house this week? Any winner frugal recipes you tried that you think we should try?

Our $70 Kroger Shopping Trip + What We Ate for Dinner This Past Week

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 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.

I am so happy to be (mostly!) back to cooking and grocery shopping. I still have times during the day when I’m sick to my stomach, but I usually have at least a few times during the day when I’m feeling well enough to cook — which I am so excited about! It’s so good to be in the second trimester.

I’m also back to much healthier eating (and daily salads!) after a number of weeks of just eating whatever I thought I could keep down that had some sort of nutritional value. Man, I have missed salads.

I’ve been in the mood for all things pumpkin now that we are experiencing fall weather here in Nashville, so I’ve been eating a lot of these pumpkin waffles this week!

Kroger had some more great weekend deals this week! I was especially excited about the chicken deal.

The kids were excited about the ice cream and granola bars deal. 😉

Also, I was excited about this Friday Freebie. For some reason, this looked SO good to me! And it tasted really good, too! 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Idahoan potatoes — free with Free Friday e-coupon
  • 2 tubs Private Selection Ice Cream — $2.49 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 5 bags of Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts — $4.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Reese’s Minis — 70% off — $1.20
  • Hershey Kisses — 70% off — $1.20
  • M&M’s — 70% off — $1.17
  • 5 boxes Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Celery — $1.99
  • Carrots — $1.69
  • Can of Chili — $0.39
  • 2 packages blackberries — $1.66 each
  • Lemon Juice — $1.69
  • 2 packages raspberries — $1.66 each
  • 5 boxes of Kroger instant oatmeal — $0.99 per box with Kroger digital coupon
  • Onions — $1.61
  • 3 snack boxes — marked down to $1 each
  • Total with tax: $66.46

Jesse also ran to Publix earlier in the week and got some cheese and lettuce (not pictured) and spent around $4 for that for our taco salad night.

sent us a box of meat for me to unbox on Facebook and Instagram, so Jesse smoked the spare ribs on Friday night and they were SO good!

The is a lot pricier than what we usually pay, but you can definitely tell the quality in how it tastes. It was SO good!

Dinners From This Past Week

Dinners:

  • Monday — Leftover Hamburger Vegetable Soup, World’s Best Honey Corn Bread
  • Tuesday — English Muffins (from the freezer), Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Grapes/Oranges
  • Wednesday — Taco Salad
  • Thursday — Pumpkin Waffles, Sausage (from the freezer), Fruit Salad
  • Friday — Smoked Ribs, Peas, Corn, Roasted Potatoes
  • Saturday — Dinner out
  • Sunday — Fend for yourself

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe

Looking for a yummy and easy slow cooker soup recipe? This Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup Recipe is one you should definitely try!

prep for slow cooker tortellini soup

I cooked dinner for the first time in six weeks on Monday! And it felt SO good to be back in the kitchen after weeks of not being able to stand doing any food prep because of morning, noon, and night sickness.

ingredients for soup in slow cooker

Since the weather has cooled down here, I though an easy soup recipe would be perfect. Boy oh boy did this one hit the spot!

delicious slow cooker tortellini soup
emptied slow cooker after making soup

Every person in our family loved it and the entire slow cooker pot was finished off in less than 15 minutes (see above)! Also, everyone declared this recipe a win! Or, maybe they were just so excited that Mom was finally cooking again so they were extra enthusiastic about it?? 😉

serving of slow cooker tortellini soup

This recipe is so simple to make and it’s a fun twist on traditional chicken noodle soup. Plus, it can be made ahead in the crock pot!

The only thing I would recommend would be buying more flavorful cheese tortellini (we bought the Kroger brand and I thought it was kind of bland) OR adding more salt and pepper to the soup to make it a little more flavorful.

Looking for more yummy soup recipes? Here are some of our favorites:

Crockpot Taco Soup

Best Ever Black Bean Soup

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup

Hamburger Vegetable Soup recipe

What is your favorite soup recipe for fall months? I’d love to hear!