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I got some FANTASTIC deals at Kroger!

After taking a few weeks off from deal-shopping because of our trip to Rome and India, and then going to Kansas for Thanksgiving, and then all the extra work on Black Friday/Cyber Monday week, I’m so happy to finally be back to regular deal-shopping again! I’ve missed it!

Here’s what I picked up at Kroger this past week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • Eckrich Sausage — $1.50 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Land O’ Lakes Half & Half — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 16-oz. Kroger cheese — 2.49 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Danimal Smoothies — $1.49 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Cheerios — $1.79 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Kroger brown rice — $1.69
  • Vigo Beans and Rice — on closeout for $0.89
  • 3 Chobani Flip yogurt — 2 on closeout for $0.35 each, one marked down to $0.39
  • 6 Fage yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 1 lb. ground beef — marked down to $3.79
  • Organic eggs — marked down to $2.99
  • Park Loin — marked down to $2.90
  • 2 packages of Chimichurri Beef — marked down to $3.99 per package
  • 2 lb. Jennie-O ground turkey — marked down to $2.29 per package
  • Kroger sour cream — $1.39
  • 2 bags of peppers and zucchini — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Kroger unbleached flour — $1. 59
  • Kroger whole-wheat flour — $2.49
  • Whole milk — $2.49
  • Used $5 off $50 coupon that had printed at checkout for us two weeks ago (these are randomly printing for people right now!)
  • Total with tax: $44.47

I was excited to get such great deals on meal and dairy products! Wondering how I find such great markdowns? Read this post.

We made turkey meatballs with the ground turkey and ground beef and put those in the freezer. I’m planning to make the pork loin in the crockpot with barbecue sauce.

Kroger had some amazing deals on baking products this past weekend and I was so excited about them — and they ended up being even better when I got in the store!

See the coupons on the display? Those were for Buy 2 Hershey’s baking chips, Get 1 Free. Well these were already on sale for $0.99 each (limit 5) with the Kroger digital coupon.

So guess what? I bought 5 and used 2 coupons and ended up getting 7 bags of Hershey’s baking chips for $4.98 total!!!

I should be stocked up baking supplies for Christmas baking!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Cashback: 104 points from Fetch for submitting my receipts, $0.10 from iBotta for submitting my receipt

My biggest grocery shopping trip in a long time!

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 follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

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We went shopping twice this week. Jesse ran by Aldi to pick up a few staple items and then I went and did a BIG shopping trip at Kroger today.

ALDI Shopping Trip:

  • Olive Oil Spray — $1.49
  • 24-oz bag of Chocolate Chips — $2.79
  • Oil — $1.85
  • Salt — $0.39
  • Brown Sugar — $0.95
  • Cheddar Cheese — $1.69
  • Shredded Wheat Cereal — $1.39
  • Hamburger Buns — $0.85
  • Ramen (my kids love Ramen and have been begging me to buy it!) — $1.94
  • Total with tax: $14.32

Jesse and I leave on Monday for Rome and India. We’re so excited that all of the details of this trip worked out and I’ll be sure to share lots of pictures and videos on Instagram.

We’re going with another couple we are really close friends with and will be gone for 10 days. My mom is coming to watch our kids and I didn’t want her to have to worry about doing much grocery shopping while we’re gone, so I went ahead and did a big stock up trip at Kroger today.

Check your Kroger account or app to see if this $10 off $50 digital coupon is available for you. It was for me, but some people told me they didn’t have it offered in their account.

I am LOVING the Friday-Saturday deals available at Kroger this week + the buy 10, Get $5 off deals. There were SO many great deals that I had a hard time choosing which ones I was going to stick with!

My LOADED up cart! I ended up saving $100 after coupons and deals!! Here’s what I bought…

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 Solero — $1.99 each on Friday and Saturday with the Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 3 Handi-Foil Pans — $1 each on Friday and Saturday with the Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 7 BirdsEye Steamfresh — $0.75 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 5 BirdsEye Frozen veggies — $0.75 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 2 boxes of Cousin Willie’s popcorn — $1 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 2 cans of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 3 cans of RedGold Tomatoes — $0.39 each when you buy 10 participating items, submit for $0.90 Ibotta rebate = $0.09 each
  • 1 Lays Stax — $0.69 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 Pringles — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 Palmolive — $1.49 when you buy 10 participating items, used $0.50 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.99
  • Jef-Puffed Marshmallows — $1.25 (I thought my $1/1 Digital Coupon was going to come off since it was still showing in my account even though I used it last week, but looking on my receipt, it looks like it didn’t come off.), submit for $0.25 Ibotta rebate
  • 3 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 ALL Laundry detergent — $2.49 each when you buy 10 participating items, used $1/1 Kroger digital coupon, $1.49 after coupon
  • 2 boxes of Betty Crocker Brownie Mix — $0.75 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 box Betty Crocker Cake Mix — $0.75 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 1 Capri Sun — $1.79 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • 5 Halo Top — $1.99 each when you buy 10 participating items
  • Milk — $1.99
  • 5 Kroger Yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • Private Selection Hot Cocoa — $0.67, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.17 after coupon
  • Chobani — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 2 pounds of ground beef — marked down to $3.79 and $3.29
  • 2 pounds of Ground Turkey — marked down to $3.19 each
  • Bagged Salads — marked down to $1.29 and $1.99
  • Kroger Eggs — marked down $1.29, submit for $0.25 Ibotta rebate
  • 5 packages of Smithfield Bacon — $2.99 each on Friday and Saturday with the Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 5 Post Honey Bunches of Oats — $0.99 each on Friday and Saturday with the Kroger Digital Coupon
  • Used $10 off $50 Digital coupon
  • Used $3 On Your Next Order coupon
  • Total with tax: $82.82 (saved $100.54!)

What I Spent This Week

Total spent: $97.14 (and yes, it’s technically “over” our $70 budget, but since I was buying ahead for the next two weeks (see above), I’m okay with that!)

Cashback Earned This Week: 75 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning my receipts $1.50 for scanning my receipt on iBotta

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. 🙂

What We Ate This Week

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Pumpkin Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Yogurt, English Muffins (from the freezer), Bagels (from the freezer)

Lunches:

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Saturday: Dinner out
  • Sunday: Fend For Yourself — snack-y food and leftovers
  • Monday: Pumpkin Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit
  • Tuesday:  Jesse and I went out with friends to celebrate my birthday (finally! We’d been planning to do it earlier in the month but it didn’t work out. We went to a Virtual Reality place in Murfreesboro and then had planned to eat dinner at The Green Dragon, but when we got there, they weren’t serving food anymore so we got pretzels — the only food they had! — and drinks and then ordered from McDonald’s on the way home because we were so hungry and basically everywhere was closed because it was late!) and the kids had turkey sandwiches
  • Wednesday: Turkey, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Fruit
  • Thursday: Frozen Pizza, Fruit
  • Friday: Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, Muffins, Salad

Whoa! This grocery shopping trip and weekly menu plan for a family of 5 is SO inspiring!

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 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 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 (follow me on Instagram Stories 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 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.

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

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 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.

Kroger! I’ve missed you! And of course, when I was gone to India, 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 not using toilet paper thing and the fact that I got sick as a dog with Dehli Belly 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 $1.50/1 Kroger Digital coupon, 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 $2/1 Kroger digital coupon = 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 $3/1 Kroger digital coupon = $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 $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.49 per box after coupon + submitted for $1/2 Checkout 51 rebate = 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 $1/1 Kroger digital coupon 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 $1 back from Checkout 51 for buying Welch’s Fruit Rolls.

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 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 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:

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??