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I spent $58.91 on groceries this 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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After going over budget last week, I was super extra careful to make sure to stay in budget — and I ended up being over $10 under budget!

Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

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It was a rather rough start of the week for me for a lot of reasons and I felt pretty emotionally and physically spent, so finding these flowers marked down to $1 was just the perfect boost of happy for me. And they’ve made me so happy to look at all week long!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Cashback earned this week: $0.35 from Ibotta for submitting my receipt and buying cake mix and 50 points for submitting my two receipts to Fetch rewards.

Total spent this week: $58.91

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:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs with Avocados/Cheese/Salsa, Yogurt, Oatmeal, Hard Boiled Eggs, Banana Bread

Lunches:

  • Banana Bread, Cheese/Crackers, Avocados, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies & Jesse took the kids out to lunch one day to celebrate the end of school and I went to Panera by myself for lunch on my offline day to plan and read and just soak up some quiet — it was amazing!)

Snacks:

  • Yogurt, Cheese/Crackers, Popcorn, Peppers, Cookies

Dinners — we had so little variety in our dinners this week that I’m almost embarrassed to share this and I also realized that we had pork every single night — oops! But here goes…

  • Saturday: Dinner out
  • Sunday: Fend For Yourself — snack-y food and leftovers
  • Monday: Sausage/Potatoes/Peppers in the crock pot, mango, banana bread
  • Tuesday:  Pork Roast, Scalloped Potatoes, Salad + snacks at a school Christmas Program
  • Wednesday: Pork Roast, Salad, Mangoes & Pomegranates
  • Thursday: Pork Roast, Twice Baked Potatoes, Salad, Pomegranates
  • Friday: Sausage/Potatoes/Peppers in the crock pot, Salad

There you have it! I hope that was helpful and inspiring… or at least caused you to feel a little better about the meals you made for your family this week! 😉

$70 Budget: What We Ate & What We Bought This Week

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 follow my Instagram Stories. 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 disclosure policy here.

I Found a Great Deal on Ground Beef!

I was so excited to get a good deal on higher quality ground beef this week as part of our $70 budget.

We don’t use a lot of beef since it’s more expensive than many other meats and I don’t often find good markdowns on it, so I’m always excited when I find a deal! We used one pound this week and put the rest in the freezer.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

Stocking Up on Oatmeal & Cheese & Peanut Butter

I was excited, because the Kroger weekend deals this weekend were great stock up deals on some of our favorite foods: Cheese, peanut butter, and oatmeal!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

  • 5 packages of Kroger cheese — $0.99 with Kroger Weekend Digital deals
  • Half & Half — $1.49
  • Vitamin D milk — $2.69
  • 5 boxes of Kroger oatmeal — $1.49 each, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon (limit 5) = $0.99 each
  • 5 jars Kroger Natural peanut butter — $1.79 each, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon (limit 5) = $1.29 each
  • Total with tax: $21.81

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

Lunches:

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

Snacks:

  • Fruit, Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Crackers & Cheese, Carrots & Hummus

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend for yourself
  • Monday — Meatballs, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Potatoes, Mangos
  • Tuesday — Salsa Chicken, Rice, Fruit
  • Wednesday — Leftover Meatballs, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Potatoes, Mangos
  • Thursday — Chicken Fajitas, Fruit
  • Friday — Dinner out
  • Saturday — Salads topped with leftover meatballs & roasted Brussel Sprouts, Toast (Jesse and I brought food and ate it on the road while we drove to Destin, FL. The kids stayed home with Jesse’s dad this weekend and they told me that he took them out to dinner.)

Grocery Budget Totals

Total spent on groceries: $64.15

Cashback earned this week: 50 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $1.35 for submitting my receipt to iBotta 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 follow my Instagram Stories. 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 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.74 each
  • 2 bottles of Aussie shampoo/conditioner — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/2 Kroger Digital coupon = $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 Kroger Digital coupon = $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 Kroger Digital Coupon = $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 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 follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Rotisserie Chicken — marked down to $4.19
  • Broccoli Pearls — marked down to $1
  • Bag of Nectarines — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 bottles of Kroger salad dressing — marked down to $0.79 each
  • Butter — $2.89
  • Eggs — $2.99
  • Green Leaf Lettuce — $1.79
  • 4 cans of Campbell’s soup — on closeout for $0.50 each
  • Loaf of Quinoa Bread — marked down for $1.79 each
  • Brown Rice — $0.69
  • 2 boxes Kellogg’s cereal — on sale for $1.79 when you buy 5 participating items, used $1/2 coupon = $1.29 each
  • 3 boxes Mom’s Best cereal — $1.49 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Total with tax: $28.86

I’ve been finding so many closeout deals at Kroger recently! If you have time when you’re at Kroger, I recommend going through each aisle and looking for the white closeout tags to see what you find!

I was excited about the Friday-Saturday deals at Kroger. And, as you can imagine, my kids were pretty excited about the $0.99 ice cream!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2

Sprouts Shopping Trip

Dollar Tree Shopping Trip

(We stopped by to buy a few things for a project Kathrynne was working on so I grabbed these two things while we were there.)

  • 1 package of lentils — $1
  • 1 package of swabs — $1
  • Total with tax: $2.18

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:

  • Scrambled Eggs/Avocado/Salsa, Fried Eggs, Cereal, Blueberries, Bran Muffins

Lunches:

  •  Leftovers, Salad/Toast, Blueberries, Cereal, Soup, Banana Muffins, Watermelon

Snacks:

  • Popcorn, Cookies, Blueberries

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Leftovers/fend for yourself
  • Monday — Brats, Corn on the Cob
  • Tuesday — Chicken Casserole, Peas, Banana Muffins
  • Wednesday — Rotisserie Chicken, Rice, Fruit
  • Thursday — Broccoli and Rice Stirfry with Leftover Rotisserie Chicken, Watermelon
  • Friday — Olive Garden Take Out
  • Saturday — Meatballs, Peas, Leftover Olive Garden Breadsticks

$70 Grocery Budget Totals

Total spent on groceries: $59.54 

Cashback earned this week: 100 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $0.10 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

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