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$47 Kroger Shopping Trip

I had a little more energy and a little less nausea this week (YAY for almost being in the second trimester!!), so I did a bit more of a “real” shopping trip.

Full disclosure: We’re still a few weeks away from getting back to our $70 grocery budget and the family is still eating a lot of cereal, snack foods, super quick meals (like scrambled eggs and frozen waffles), and take out. I’m okay with that because we always loosen up our grocery bill and eating out budget during the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s a season and one of the reasons we are so careful and intentional with our finances is so that we can change up the budget categories, if need be.

I hope to be back to our $70 grocery budget and menu planning in the next few weeks, just as soon as more energy returns and I feel well enough to be able to do more cooking/planning/grocery shopping.

For now, I’m just celebrating the fact that I made it to the store with a small plan and was able to get some good deals on groceries and managed to survive without getting sick! Here’s what we bought:

$47 Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes of Red Baron pizza — $1.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • 4 bags of Kettle Chips — $0.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • Simple Truth Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Grapes — $0.99/lb. — $1.90
  • 30 eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • 1 bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • 5 boxes of Mott’s Fruit Snacks (40-count) — $1.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • Yoplait Gogurts — marked down to $0.99
  • Tropicana OJ — $3
  • Flour — $1.59
  • Sugar — $1.59
  • Milk — $2.99
  • 4 cans of pumpkin — $0.89 each
  • Chocolate chips — $1.99 (I was craving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins… unfortunately, my stomach quickly decided it did not like them at all. But hey, my family was happy to eat the rest!)
  • Total with tax: $47.19

Cash Back I Earned: 1,025 points from Fetch Rewards + $0.10 from iBotta.

Did you find any great deals at the grocery store this week?

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + Our Menu Plan

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.


Did you see that the is on sale for just $1.13/week for the next few days? I love this menu plan service and think it is so fantastic if you need quick and easy menu plans that are family friendly and affordable.

You get access to (No Sugar/No Flour, Instant Pot/Slow Cooker, Traditional, and Traditional Wholesome) AND you for each menu plan every single week!

If you want to get some ideas of how this menu plan works and what the recipes are like, I’ve been making the recipes this week on live video. Here are three of them that I made:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Ground Beef — marked down to $4.29
  • 2 bags of apples  — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of onions — marked down to $0.99
  • Santa Cruz lemonade — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 Nourish bowls — marked down to $1 each
  • 1 carton of Siggi’s — marked down to $0.99
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 3 boxes of Cheerios — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1.50/3 coupon = $0.99 each
  • Corn Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.45/1 coupon that Kroger emailed me = $0.54
  • Diced tomatoes — $0.50
  • Teriyaki sauce — $2.29
  • Total with tax: $19.57

My Toilet Paper Order

I ordered the toilet paper deal and it came in this week. I paid just $19.49 for the equivalent of 128 regular rolls! We should be stocked up for awhile!

By the way, this deal is still available! Check out all of the details here.

I was excited about the Friday-Saturday deals at Kroger — including a stock-up price on butter ($1.99 per pound!) I bought 5 and stuck them in the freezer!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

What We Ate This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here.

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Ham Sandwiches, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Capri Sun, Salad, Leftovers, Fruit

Snacks:

  • Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Go-Gurts, Fruit, Cheese,

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend For Yourself
  • Monday —Tortilla Chicken Soup with crackers & cheese,  fruit
  • Tuesday — 
  • Wednesday — 
  • Thursday — 
  • Friday — Spaghetti, fruit
  • Saturday — Leftovers

Total spent on groceries: $67.04

Cashback earned this week: 50 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards

This Week’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trip (I was under-budget!)

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 out of town for two days this week at a blogging conference where I helped lead small group discussions in Instagram and also met with a number of different brands who are interested in working with me.

So once again, I didn’t end up writing down what all we ate this week. I had to laugh at my frugal ways though, because I managed to only spend $0.53 on food while I was on the road (I used a small Starbucks gift card to buy a few things one of the days and it didn’t quite cover everything so I owed $0.53!)

Some of our friends were out of town this week, so they offered us their share at a local farm since they wouldn’t be in town to pick it up. And they wouldn’t let us pay them for it! So we had roasted broccoli, cabbage and sausage, fresh strawberries, and lots of salads with fresh greens!

And then I found some great deals at Kroger on Friday:

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes of Go-gurts — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 2 packages of Turkey Breast — on closeout for $2 each
  • 5 packages of Danimals Smoothies — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 8 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each
  • 1 bag of Chex Mix + 1 bag of Bugles — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/2 = $0.74 each
  • 2 bottles of Aussie shampoo/conditioner — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/2 = $0.99 each
  • 1 Simply Popped Popcorn — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 boxes of Earth’s Best French Toast Sticks — marked down to $0.79 each
  • 3 bags of Simple Truth Dried Mango — marked down to $1.12 each
  • 3 Kroger Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 Kroger yogurt — marked down to $0.25 each
  • Turkey Jerky — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Parmesan Cheese — $2.19
  • 10 1/2 pounds marked down bananas ($0.39/lb.) — $4.09
  • Simple Truth Eggs — $2.79, used $0.50/1 = $2.29
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • 3 pounds ground sirloin — marked down to $3.79 each
  • Kroger milk — $2.99
  • Turkey Hill Tea — $1.34, used $0.75/1 = $0.59
  • 1 bag of peaches — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax: $67.68

Last week, I was a few dollars over-budget (intentionally), but I promised I would be under budget this week — and I was!

Of course, we got our FREE Krispy Kreme donuts on Friday + Silas got free donuts for his A’s on his report card. (Note: They said that they have a limit of 6 free donuts per report card. Also, I’ve heard that some stores no longer offer this.)

This Week’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trips (the vacation edition)

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.

We were in until Wednesday evening, so I’m skipping post a menu plan this week because we went out once a day while on vacation and ate the free hotel breakfast in the mornings and then just had one snack-y meal using snacks we brought on the road with us.

But I did go grocery shopping twice, but before I share those trips, I have to share a few food related pictures from our trip.

Wisconsin, we fell in love with you! Also, Silas says that his impression is that ! 😉

But seriously, if you’re looking for a great vacation spot with kids, check out Madison, WI. I’ll be sharing more of our day there and some of the free things we did in a post in a few weeks.

Based upon all of your recommendations, we stopped at the Cheese Chalet and bought cheese curds and then headed to Culver’s for frozen custard. Yum!

 

I have so many more pictures I could share from our trip, but I save those for future posts. For now, here’s a peek into what groceries we bought last week…

I found a number of closeout prices at Kroger on dried fruit, fruit snacks, and healthy cereal. Since these are closeouts, not markdowns, they qualify for the Buy 5, Get $5 Off deal!

There was only one box left of the Mott’s Fruit Snacks, but I was excited to get it for just $0.37!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 2 bags Bugles — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Veggie Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 Mott’s Tropical Fruit Snacks — $0.37 when you buy 5 participating items (on closeout)
  • 4 boxes of cereal — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 bags Raisins — on closeout for $1.18 each
  • Milk — $2.99
  • 2 bags of Chex Mix — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 bag of papaya — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 coconuts — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 Colgate toothpastes — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items (I thought it was going to take the $4/2 Digital coupon off, but instead it took off the $2/1 Digital coupon — lesson learned, either load the coupons on one and a time and don’t load another one until I’ve used one or else buy 3 toothpastes in order to get all 3 free! I could have asked them to take this off my order, but then the coupon already came off and then it would have messed up my Buy 5, Get $5 off deal… I decided to just pay for toothpaste — something I haven’t done in a long time!)
  • 2 lbs. of ground turkey — marked down to $2.09 each
  • Cheddar brats — marked down to $1.29 each
  • Simply Popped — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Total with tax: $31.24

I was excited about the bread and bacon Friday-Saturday deals!

Wow! Look at all these Produce Markdowns I found this past week! My eyes sort of bulged out when I saw all of these $0.99 red bags!

I bought 5 packages each (the limit) of bread and bacon and stuck all of them in the freezer to have for summer. I’m thinking the bread will be great for sandwiches or French Toast and the bacon will be great for Breakfast for Dinner nights!

I could barely fit everything into one photo!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Orville Redenbacher popcorn — marked down to $0.69
  • Oui Petites — marked down to $0.99
  • Simple Truth Eggs — $2.79
  • 5 loaves of Sara Lee bread — $0.99 each as the Friday-Saturday deal
  • 3 big bags of Mom’s Best cereal — on closeout for $1.15 each
  • 2 tubes of Colgate toothpaste — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $4/2 Digital coupon (it worked today!) = free after coupon
  • Palmolive dish soap — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/1 Digital coupon = $0.49 after coupon
  • Veggie Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Simply Popped Popcorn — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 5 packages Kroger bacon — $2.99 each as the Friday-Saturday deal
  • 8 bags of marked down produce — $0.99 each
  • Total with tax: $41.82

Shopping Trip Totals: $73.06

And yes, I was a bit over-budget (by $3) this week, but I wanted to go ahead and stock up on these deals as I’m going to be out of town Tuesday and Wednesday at a conference and I’ll make sure I’m a few dollars under-budget this coming week.

Did you get any great deals this past week? I’d love to hear about them!

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget (+ what we ate)

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.

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 .

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget

I told you we were doing a this summer. We’re currently on Day 10 and it’s been so good. This photo was taken at the top of in Nashville.

We went there as a family to have a picnic dinner one night this past week. It was my idea — and well, let’s just say, the kids weren’t as excited about it as I was.

(You can … and hopefully it helps you remember that we’re far from perfect over here!)

photo of a salad

I bought some marked down salmon a few weeks ago and it was a fun addition to my daily salads this past week. Yum!

Pizza Hot Pockets

On Tuesday evening, I made a big batch of Pizza Hot Pockets. I used the basic idea from Ham & Cheese Pockets, but I used pasta sauce, browned ground beef, and cheddar cheese.

I made two pans and it was enough for two nights ( some extras for lunch) and these were a hit!

Kroger Grocery Shopping Trip

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

$0.50 salad

I loved the $0.50 salads. The second day, I added some of the cooked salmon to it and it tasted amazing!

Sprouts coupon

Sprouts coupon

Did you download your free Sprouts coupons??

Sprouts Shopping Trip

Sprouts Shopping Trip

I got both of these for just $0.20 out of pocket at Sprouts!

Note: I accidentally picked up the non-organic peppers. I realized my mistake at the register when the coupon didn’t come off! I offered to go get the organic peppers so I could exchange them with these and the cashier said, “Oh, don’t worry about it! I’ll just take those off your order!”

If you missed my post from last week and you love Dollar Tree, be sure to check out my thoughts on 5 Things You Should Not Buy at Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree Shopping Trip

Dollar Tree Shopping Trip

While I was at Dollar Tree taking photos for the above post, I also picked up 4 bottles of lemon juice (for my Gallon of Lemon Water a Day habit) and I picked up some Coconut Oil cooking spray to try out.

I asked on if anyone had tried the coconut oil cooking spray. Some of you said you loved it. Some of you said it didn’t work at all. So I guess I’ll just have to try it for myself and see! 🙂

Sonic Corn Dogs

And of course, we had to stop by Sonic for their $0.50 corn dogs on Thursday!

Kroger sale

I was so excited about the fun deals at Kroger for Memorial Day weekend! (And the kids were super excited about sweet tea, s, and ice cream bars!)

Kroger sale

Kroger deals

Someone told me that they use the Deluxe Grahams for s’mores! We’ll have to try that!
Kroger deals

These are so great to have on hand for hosting people over the summer!

Kroger deals

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 5 packages of Keebler s — $0.99 each with the Weekend Digital coupon
  • 1 pack of Snapple — $1.99 with the Weekend Digital coupon
  • 5 boxes of ice cream bars — $0.99 each with the Weekend Digital coupon
  • 5 packages of hot dog buns — $1.19 each
  • 4 boxes Cinnamon Frosted Flakes — marked down to $1 each
  • 2 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 package Butterscotch chips — marked down to $1
  • 2 packages turkey — on closeout for $2 each
  • Pickle relish — $0.79
  • Kroger pickles — $1.59
  • Mustard — $0.49
  • Dijon mustard — $1.25
  • 3 salad kits — marked down to $1.49 each
  • Total with tax: $39.79

Practicing Hospitality on a Budget

A question I often get is how we can afford to practice hospitality with a $70 grocery budget. We love opening up our home and I love finding creative ways to do it frugally. (See my post here for some ideas for hospitality on a budget.)

Some friends from India were in the states and we wanted to have them over along with a few other families. I knew that our Indian friends actually enjoy real American food so I thought a traditional cookout would be fun!

We had about 20 packages of beef hot dogs and beef brats in the freezer — that I’ve picked up when they’ve been on great sales over the past 3-6 months. So I invited everyone to come and said we’d provide the hot dogs, brats, buns, and condiments. Everyone else brought a side and/or drink.

This made it easy for everyone and also really simple to pull off! It was such a wonderful evening of games, laughter, and good conversation!

Headed on a Road Trip!

On Saturday morning, we left for a quick family road trip to visit three states we haven’t all visited before (Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa). We brought snacks for the road, some food for some meals, and we are staying at hotels with free breakfasts. We love to splurge on one meal out at a local restaurant each day on our trip.

( to see what we’re doing, seeing, and eating in these states!)

What We Ate On Our $70 Grocery Budget This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here.

Our Menu Plan

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Pancakes, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Toast

Lunches:

  • Ham Sandwiches, Carrots, Oranges, Salads, Leftovers, Cookies (We also got a few $0.50 corn dogs at Sonic in the afternoon.)

Snacks:

  • Fruit, Peppers, Popcorn, Cookies, Hard Boiled Eggs, Cereal, Granola Bars, Chocolate Milk

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend for yourself
  • Monday — Grilled Beef, Twice Baked Potatoes, Hawaiian Rolls, Oranges
  • Tuesday — Homemade Pizza Pockets, Oranges
  • Wednesday — Leftover Pizza Pockets, Peppers, Creme Brulee
  • Thursday — Pancakes
  • Friday — Cookout with five other families at our house (we provided all of the Brats/Hot Dogs — I had these stockpiled in the freezer from recent deals — the condiments and buns. Everyone else brought a side/drinks.)
  • Saturday — We stopped at McAlister’s on our way to Madison, WI.

$70 Grocery Budget Totals

Total spent on groceries: $70.64

Cashback earned this week: 100 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $0.75 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards and buying snack bars + a snack.

This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget (+ our menu plan!)

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.

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 excited about the Buy 5, Get $5 Off Sale that Kroger was running this week! Barbecue Sauce for $0.49 — no coupon needed? Sign me up!

I was sad to find that my store was completely sold out of the Pancake Mix that was on sale for just $0.99. But I still have three boxes of pancake mix that I got on sale/marked down, so I can totally wait for another sale!

Here’s what I got at Kroger on Tuesday (I especially excited to finally find another markdown on eggs again!):

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Chex cereal — marked down to $0.69
  • 5 dozen cage-free brown eggs — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 Moose Tracks yogurt — marked down to $0.25 each
  • 2 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Simple Truth Organic Maple Syrup — $3.99, used $1/1 = $2.99
  • 2 boxes Kroger Raisin Bran — $1.49 each
  • Hillshire Farm ham — marked down to $2.19
  • Hillshire Farm brats — marked down to $1.49 each
  • 3 Bountiful Salad Kits — marked down to $1 each
  • 2 pounds Private Selection Ground Beef — marked down to $3.79 each
  • 1 bag of onions — marked down to $0.99
  • Vitamin D milk — $2.69
  • Huggies baby wipes — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/1 = $0.49
  • 2 bottles Kraft barbecue sauce — $0.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Suave Kids’ Shampoo — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/1 = $0.99
  • 2 Speedstick deodorant — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Sara Lee whole wheat bread — $1.49 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Tropicana Probiotic — marked down to $1.29
  • Bear Naked Granola — $2.49 when you buy 5 participating items, used $3/1 = free after coupon
  • Stayfree pads — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/2 = $0.99 after coupon
  • Total with tax: $44.06

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a photo of Aldi

Did you see my post on 5 Things You Should NOT Buy at Aldi?

By the way, the marked down Lentil Salad I got above was kind of blah and I wouldn’t buy it again.

I was super stoked that Kroger had a weekend sale on butter! We had just ran out of the butter I bought in the last sale!

Did you get your free Core Hydration Water at Kroger?

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

family fun at Sonic

We kicked off 100 Days of Summer Fun on Saturday with walking to Sonic. Our goal is to do some simple family fun activity every day for the next 100 days.

If you want to join us, you can where I’ll be documenting what we do each day.

(And if you want to join us, I’d love for you to share your family fun on Instagram or Facebook and tag me (@themoneysavingmom) and use the hashtag #100DaysofSummerFun.)

What We Ate This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here.

Our Menu Plan

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Toast

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrots, Oranges, Salads, Leftovers, Cookies

Snacks:

  • Fruit, Peppers, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Hard Boiled Eggs

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Leftover ziti, Bread Machine Buttery Rolls, salad, peas
  • Monday — Leftovers (We apparently made way too much for when we had guests over on Saturday night! Hey, at least it meant I got two nights off from cooking!)
  • Tuesday — Corn bread, ground beef with tomatoes and onions, fruit
  • Wednesday — Leftover corn bread with chili and cheese
  • Thursday — KFC
  • Friday — Breakfast for dinner: pancakes, sausage, fruit
  • Saturday — Leftover pancakes and sausage, frozen pizza + we walked to Sonic and the kids got drinks and chili dogs

Grocery Budget Totals

Total spent on groceries: $68.13

Cashback earned this week: 136 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $0.20 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.