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CHEAP cereal & cheese, two bags of groceries for $3.80 at Sprouts, and this week’s menu plan!

This $70 weekly grocery budget for a family of 5 is SO inspiring and filled with creative ways to save!

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.

The Friday-Saturday deals at Kroger were super exciting to us this past weekend! I was thrilled to get cheese for $0.99 per block/bag and the kids were thrilled to get one of their favorite cereals (Honey Bunches of Oats) for just $0.99 per box! I bought two bags of cheese to stick in the freezer for later and three blocks to use over the next few weeks.

I also found organic cage-free eggs marked down to $1.99 per dozen, so you better believe I scooped those up! In fact, I ended up getting 6 dozen!! We love eggs — scrambled, fried, hard-boiled, you name it — so I’m always thrilled when I find a great deal on eggs!

In addition, they had a bunch of organic bananas marked down to $0.39 per pound! Actually, they had a cart FULL of bananas marked down, but I just picked up three big bunches to stick in the freezer for smoothies and banana bread and banana muffins!

Of course, I also picked up the free loaf of Nature’s Own bread that was the Free Friday download this past week. I think it’s probably one of the best Free Friday downloads there has been in a long time.

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $28.42

  • Bananas — marked down to $0.39 per pound
  • Nature’s Own Bread — Free Friday download
  • Organic Arugula — marked down to $1.79
  • 5 boxes of Post cereal — $0.99 per box with Digital Coupon
  • 5 packages of cheese — $0.99 each with Digital Coupon
  • Total with tax: $28.42

Monday Aldi Shopping Trip

I ran into Aldi on Monday to see if there were any markdowns + to pick up a few staple items and baking items. I had a team meeting when I got home and didn’t get pictures taken of my shopping trip, but I did get a video made of my Aldi, Big Lots, and Sprouts shopping trip that you can watch above if you are interested.

Aldi Shopping Trip — $15.22

  • Chicken Breasts — $5.99
  • Cantaloupe — $0.99
  • Baking Soda — $0.49
  • Frozen Broccoli — $1.19
  • Baking Powder — $0.99
  • Milk — $2.69
  • Oil — $1.85
  • Total with tax: $15.22

Monday Big Lots Shopping Trip

I also stopped by Big Lots to see if there were any great buys in the clearance cart. I didn’t find anything great, but I did go ahead and pick up some whole wheat flour for $3.

I am planning to make a trip to Nolensville soon to check out the Bulk Foods Store there to see what their prices are on flour and I also want to check Sprouts, but for now, that was a decent price for higher quality flour.

Total spent with tax: $3.20

Monday Sprouts Shopping Trip

Y’all! I am kind of geeking out over this Sprouts discovery! I still can’t believe that this store has been sitting so close to Aldi and I’ve not been shopping there.

Maybe it’s just a good week or something, but based upon what you all are telling me, Sprouts regularly has great deals. And I’ve been so impressed with the quality of their food and their customer service.

Case in point, when I was there on Monday, they had corn on the cob marked for 5 for $1 — which is a fantastic deal. I started filling a bag and a woman who worked there came over to me and told me that the sign was actually incorrect. The deal was actually only for the weekend. She said that they had just changed the deal in their system and hadn’t gotten the signage changed.

She told me they would totally honor the price since it was marked as such. However, she told me to make sure to tell them at checkout that they’d need to adjust the price. She told me if I had any issues to just ask them to ask her about it. And then I saw her go straight over to the checkout lane and tell them to honor the price until they got the sign changed.

Also, I have no idea if this was because I just signed up for their email list or if it was some kind of fluke thing, but in the past 5 days, I have gotten two completely free coupon offers in my inbox.

These were at the bottom of their emails — there was a promo for a completely free item. I just added the promo code to my app and it added the digital coupon to my account. Free food?? Hello, I’ll totally take it! 🙂

Are the rest of you getting these coupons? Is this something they regularly do?

I have no idea, but I highly recommend signing up for their email newsletters and always opening them and scrolling to the bottom of them. Also, be sure to download the app to add the promo codes for these digital coupons if you get them, too!

Oh and remember the Driscoll’s strawberries I bought last week? Well, I filled out the surveys for the products on the Driscoll’s survey panel and I got $0.50 Driscoll coupons for each survey I filled out.

So you know what I did, don’t you? Oh yes, I took those coupons and went back to Sprouts and bought 5 more packages of strawberries for $0.48 per package!

By the way, when you fill out your 5th survey then they start giving you $0.75 coupons!! Of course, I filled out the surveys for the $0.48 strawberries I bought (well, actually Silas filled out the surveys — I taught him how to and he sat next to me while I worked and filled them out for me!) and earned $0.75 Driscolls coupons! Now I’m prepared for when they go on sale again! 🙂

If you are wondering what we did with 10 packages of strawberries in a week, we ate 6 packages and froze 4 of them to use in smoothies over the next month. I love having frozen berries — especially when I got them so inexpensively!

Monday Sprouts Shopping Trip — $3.80

  • 5 packages of strawberries — on sale for $0.98, used 5 $0.50/1 coupons, $0.48 per package
  • Organic Egg Noodles — used FREE product coupon
  • Tandoori Naan — used FREE product coupon
  • 5 ears of corn on the cob — 5 for $1
  • Total with tax: $3.80

This Week’s Simple Menu Plan

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

Breakfasts

Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Cereal, Fruit, Toast, The Best Ever Bran Muffins

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Cheese/Crackers, Fruit, Veggies, Leftovers, Eggs, Yogurt, Salad, Smoothies

Snacks

Banana Bread, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Hard Boiled Eggs, Marked Down Yogurt Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Dinners

Monday: Frittata with sausage, peppers, onions, cheese, Fruit

Tuesday: Leftover Frittata, Fruit

Wednesday: Barbecued Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Fruit

Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles, Eggs, Fruit

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas, Fruit, Rice, Beans

Sunday: Snack-y Dinner

Total Spent So Far on Groceries This Week

Total spent so far this week: $50.64

Total left to spend: $19.36

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, $0.60 back from Fetch Rewards for scanning three receipts (If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards, you can sign up here and use code WW7XJ and you’ll get a bonus 2,000 points = worth $2.)

Brigette’s $78 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

2 boxes Honey Crunch Oats – $2.58

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

2 pkgs String Cheese – $3.30

2 16-oz bags Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.15

2 8-oz pkgs Deli Sliced Cheese – $2.38

1 canister Raisins – $1.99

1 bag Gluten Free Pretzels – $1.49

5 individual cartons 100-calorie Greek Yogurt – $3.25

1 3-lb pkg Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.29

1 3-lb bag Hamburger Patties – $8.89

1 16-oz pkg Sliced Deli Meat – $3.09

1 jar Marinara Sauce – $0.85

1 16-oz jar Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – $0.99

1 16-oz jar Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $2.69

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.19

2 Avocados – $0.98

2 cartons Blueberries – $2.98

1 carton Blackberries – $1.19

1 pkg Radishes – $0.49

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.35

1 3-ct pkg Fresh Garlic – $0.79

1 box Elevation Bars – $3.99

2 boxes Applesauce Squeeze Pouches – $3.38

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.15

1 loaf White Sandwich Bread – $0.65

1 loaf Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread – $0.85

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65

1 large box of homegrown Zucchini and Summer Squash – gift from a friend

Total: $66.32Harris Teeter

2 pkgs Romaine Hearts – $3.48

1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.99

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

1 pkg Broccoli, reduced – $0.99

1 carton Strawberries, reduced – $0.99

1 bunch Bananas (2.21lbs @ $0.49/lb) – $1.08

5 jars Wishbone Dressing (B2G3) – $5.58, used 2 B1G1 Wish-Bone Dressing – 5-13-18 SS; Includes 15 oz Only; Maximum Value $2.99; DND (exp. 06/24/18) – FREE after coupons

Total after Coupons – $12.50

Grocery Total for the Week: $78.82

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit, Yogurt, Toast, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Zucchini Bread

Lunches

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Carrots x 2

Peanut Butter on Rice Cakes or Pretzels, Bananas

Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar (Romaine, Chopped Fresh Veggies, Shredded Cheese, Craisins, Hard Boiled Eggs, Nuts), Applesauce Pouches x 2

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Hamburgers, Roasted Parmesan Zucchini, Watermelon (leftover from last week)

Cheese Pizza, Raw Veggies with Dip

Burritos, Mexican Rice, Fruit

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Baked Potatoes, Summer Squash Side Dish, Make-Ahead Butterhorns

Leftovers

Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Zucchini (I’ll use this recipe and add some diced ham), Fruit, Homemade French Bread

Grilled Chicken, Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole, Fruit Salad, Roasted Broccoli, Swirled Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cake Mix Bars, Turmeric Milk, & This Week’s $70 Menu Plan

This $70 weekly grocery budget is impressive for a family of 5!

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 had some more weekend deals that were worth picking up this past Saturday. (Psst! If you loaded the Ketchup or Mayo coupons onto your card, Kroger extended the date on those through June 30, 2018!)

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $24.36

  • 1 bag of limes — marked down to $0.99
  • 2 cantaloupe — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 1 bag of peppers — marked down to $0.99
  • Eggs — $1.09
  • Pickles — $1.49
  • 5 packages of Hillshire Farms Sausage — $1.88 each with the Weekend Digital Coupon Deals
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 2 Fage yogurts — marked down to $0.59 (got $0.75 back per cup from Ibotta making them essentially “free + overage” after rebate)
  • 2 bottles of Heinz Ketchup — $0.99 each with the Weekend Digital Coupon Deals
  • 1 jar Mayo — $0.99 with the Weekend Digital Coupon Deal
  • 3 boxes of Aunt Jemima pancake mix — marked down to $0.99 per box (these were on the Scratch & Dent table at Kroger) — I bought these so we can have our friends over for more Breakfast for Dinner nights after going to pool! We did this last week and it was such a hit & I’m hoping it will work out again this week, too!
  • Total with tax: 24.36


So many of you asked for the “Unhealthy Cake Mix Bar Recipe” that I mentioned Kathrynne was going to be making. These were so yummy — and turned out beautifully!

Get the recipe here.

In healthier news, I have been making a cup of Turmeric Milk (or tea or whatever you want to call it) every day. This stuff is so good — and so good for you!

I hit the jackpot of great markdowns today at Kroger! Here’s what I got:

Tuesday Kroger Shopping Trip — $20.22

  • 3 packages of Frigo Cheese — $1.99 each when you purchase 6 participating items, used $0.75/1 Kroger Digital Coupon, used 2 $0.75/1 Frigo Cheese coupons = $1.24 each after coupons
  • Bananas — marked down — $0.87
  • Bag of 3 cucumbers and a pepper — marked down to $0.99
  • Big bag of clementines — marked down to $0.99
  • 4 bottles of Cream Soda — marked down to $0.39 each (+ I got a 10% off discount at checkout on these — not sure why, but I’ll take an additional $0.14 off!)
  • 3 boxes of cereal — marked down to $1.19 each
  • 2 bottles of Organic Agave nectar — marked down to $1 each
  • 1 Lifeway Kefir cup —marked down to $0.89
  • 2 yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • 4 yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 3 bags of Mrs. Cubbinson’s Croutons — $0.89 each when you buy 6 participating items, used 1 $1/2 coupons (+ submitted for $0.25 Ibotta rebate per bag)
  • Total with tax: $20.22

This Week’s Simple Menu Plan

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

Breakfasts

Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Baked Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit, Toast, The Best Ever Bran Muffins

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Cheese/Crackers, Fruit, Veggies, Leftovers, Eggs, Yogurt, Salad

Snacks

Marked Down Yogurt, Fruit, Ice Cream Bars, Cheese/Crackers, Granola Bars

Monday: Peppers/Onions/Sausage over rice, Fruit

Tuesday: Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, Fruit

Wednesday: Grilling out — Sausage & Corn on the Cob, Fruit

Thursday: Dinner out with my parents (they are coming into town for a day!)

Friday:  Ziti (from the freezer), Peas, Fruit

Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit

Sunday: Snack-y Dinner

Total Spending So Far This Week

Total spent so far this week: $44.58

Total left to spend: $25.42

Rebates: $2.50 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta & buying the Fage yogurt and croutons, $0.37 back from Fetch Rewards for scanning two receipts (If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards, you can sign up here and use code WW7XJ and you’ll get a bonus 2,000 points = worth $2.)

I found the clearance cart at Big Lots + Aldi & Kroger shopping trips & our menu plan!

Check out this shopping haul from ALDI, Kroger, and Big Lots -- all on a $70 weekly grocery 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.

I’ve got LOTS of great deals to report to you today! Buckle your seat belt, this might be a l-o-n-g post!

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $15.66

Kroger had a Saturday Only Sale where you could get Smithfield Bacon for just $2.99 per package with the digital coupon. There was a limit of 5 packages and you better believe we took advantage of the deal and got 5 packages… because, BACON! 🙂

Tuesday Big Lots Shopping Trip — $3.47

After scoring the great deal on bread at Big Lots, a few of you told me that I needed to check for the Clearance Cart at Big Lots… and you said that you’ve found some amazing deals in it! Well, I checked when I went today and I found it — and these crackers were in it for just $0.25 per package!

I also grabbed some Krusteaz pancake mix for $2.25 since we kind of last-minute invited friends to go to the pool with us tonight and then come back to our house for Breakfast for Dinner and Games.

I’m not sure if that’s a good price on pancake mix (I usually make mine, but it was less expensive and easier for me today to just buy it), but I thought it was a pretty decent deal and I’ve heard that that pancake mix is really good.

Big Lots tip: Be sure to sign up for a BuzzRewards card. You are supposed to get a $5 off $15 coupon for every three shopping trips. I’m excited to see if this actually works — because that could be a great way to stretch our budget a little bit more!

Tuesday Aldi Shopping Trip — $17.80

  • 5 packages of strawberries — $1.29 each (we’re using 4 cartons of these for our Breakfast for Dinner with friends tonight)
  • Cantaloupe — $1.49
  • Pancake Mix — $1.49 (I grabbed a second box of pancake mix just to be sure we have plenty for Breakfast for Dinner tonight!)
  • Pure Maple Syrup — $5.99
  • 5 ears of Sweet Corn — $0.25 each

Total with tax: $17.80

Today is the last day of the Kroger Buy 5, Get $5 Off Sale, so I wanted to stop by and get a few more items before the sale ended. Here’s what I got:

Tuesday Kroger Shopping Trip — $20.84

  • 2 bags of apples — $0.99 each
  • 2 bags of avocados — $0.99 each
  • Goldfish crackers — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 1 gallon Whole Milk — $2.69
  • Suave Kids Bodywash — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.75/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.24 after coupon
  • Suave Bodywash — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • Cascadian Farms Cereal — $2.49 each when you buy 5 participating items, used 2 $1/1 Cascadian Farms cereal coupons = $1.49 each after coupons
  • 5 boxes of Nature Valley Bars — $1.79 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital coupon, used 2 $0.50/2 Nature Valley coupons + got a $3 catalina for buy 5 boxes = that’s like paying $0.89 per box after the coupons, sale, and Catalina (which I’ll use on my shopping trip on Thursday or Friday to help lower that grocery bill!)

Total with tax: $20.74 + I got a $3 catalina to use on my next shopping trip!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Catalina Deal, but when I saw this Nature Valley deal, I knew I had to do it. These will make for great snacks to take with us to the pool! Remember, the Buy 5, Get $5 Off sale ends tonight. So if you want to get in on this deal, hurry out to your store before midnight!

(Also, the best deal is to buy the crunchy bars — there are 12 per box. But we decided to try a few different kinds, just for fun!)

This Week’s Simple Menu Plan

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

Breakfasts

Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Baked Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit, Toast

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Chips/Salsa, Fruit, Veggies, Leftovers, Eggs, Yogurt, Salad

Snacks

Marked Down Yogurt, Fruit, Ice Cream Bars, Crackers, Granola Bars

Monday: Bacon & Eggs & Fruit & Southwest Roll-Ups (from the freezer) — these things don’t go together at all, really, but the girls and I went with friends to a movie and I just put this together at the last minute

Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner with Friends — Pancakes, Eggs (that I got marked down recently), Bacon, Strawberries

Wednesday: Haystacks, Chips & Homemade Guac, Fruit

Thursday: Sausage & Onions in the CrockPot, Noodles, Fruit

Friday: Dinner Out (I’m volunteering at the setup for Kaitlynn’s school’s yard sale.)

Saturday: Cookout — Sausage on the Grill, Corn on the Cob, Fruit

Sunday: Snack-y Dinner

Total Spending So Far This Week

Total spent so far this week: $57.77

Total left to spend: $12.23

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, $0.98 back from Fetch Rewards for purchasing Goldfish & Suave + scanning two other receipts (If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards, you can sign up here and use code WW7XJ and you’ll get a bonus 2,000 points = worth $2.)

Brigette’s $98 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6


Aldi

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.59

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.55

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

1 64-oz carton Almond Milk – $1.89

2 16-oz bags Mini Cucumbers – $3.38

1 bag Red Grapes (2.17lbs @ $0.89/lb) – $1.93

1 Cantaloupe – $1.29

2 bags Spring Mix – $3.78

1 Seedless Watermelon – $2.89

1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $0.99

2 pkgs Strawberries – $2.58

2 Cauliflower – $3.70

1 bag Zucchini – $1.69

2 3-ct pkgs Multi-Colored Peppers – $3.98

2 pkgs Artisan Lettuce – $3.78

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.59

1 3-lb bag Jazz Apples – $2.99

1 pkg Radishes – $0.49

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.45

1 3-lb pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.39

1 16-oz pkg Deli Sliced Turkey Meat – $2.55

1 large canister Quick Oats – $2.29

1 32-oz box Elbow Macaroni – $1.39

1 5-lb bag All-Purpose Flour – $1.15

1 pkg Burrito-Size Tortillas – $1.29

1 20-ct pkg Fajita-Size Tortillas – $1.99

1 jar Barbeque Sauce – $0.85

1 32-oz carton Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.29

5 single-serving sized 100-calorie Greek Yogurts – $3.25

1 jar Kosher-Spear Pickles – $1.35

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.35

1 loaf Honey Wheat Bread – $0.85

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.59

Total: $72.86

Harris Teeter

5 cartons Turkey Hill Ice Cream (B2G3) – $9.98

6 cans Green Beans – $2.22

2 bags Chex Mix – $2.00, used $0.50/2 printable (doubled), plus $0.50/2 Harris Teeter evic – $0.50/2 after coupons

2 Larabars – $2.00, used $0.50/2 printable (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupon

1 4-ct pkg Activia Yogurt – $1.39, used $1.00/1 printable – $0.39 after coupon

1 Yoplait Mix-ins – $0.88, used $0.40/1 printable (doubled) – $0.08 after coupon

plus receive $0.25 when you submit any receipt to Ibotta

Total after Coupons and Rebate: $13.92

I also went to Harris Teeter earlier in the week for their Super Double Coupons. These deals are no longer available, so I won’t post links, but my total for everything in this picture was $11.47. It includes 4 boxes of Special K, 2 pkgs Strawberries, 2 pkgs Coleman Hot Dogs, 3 pkgs Yakisoba, 2 Galbani Ricotta Cheese, and 6 assorted boxes frozen bars/ice cream novelties.

Total: $11.47

Grocery Total for the Week: $98.25

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Cereal, Scrambled/Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Smoothies, Oatmeal, Fruit, Yogurt, Strawberry Muffins

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Carrots, Strawberries x 2

Turkey Sandwiches, Apples, Cucumbers x 2

Chick-Fil-A  (A friend kindly offered to take our kids out; since we won’t have kids, my husband and I will join the “Young At Heart” group at church for their regular lunch at Golden Corral since it is during the same time. We aren’t seniors yet 😉, but enjoy getting to spend time learning from people who have a lot to share with us!)

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Grilled Chicken, Relish Plate with Dip, Make-Ahead ButterhornsMacaroni and Cheese, Fruit Salad, Green Beans, Ice Cream (Company for Dinner)

Dinner at a Friend’s House – I’m bringing Watermelon, Tossed Salad, and Ice Cream

Hot Dogs on the Grill, Baked Homemade Fries, Roasted Broccoli

Build-Your-Own-Burritos (Seasoned Ground Venison, Shredded Cheese, Salsa, Plain Greek Yogurt, Shredded Lettuce), Roasted Cauliflower

Barbequed Meatballs (I’ll use a combination of ground turkey and ground venison), Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes, Green Beans, Cantaloupe

Baked Potatoes with Meat and Cheese, Tossed Salad

Leftovers

CHEAP Cereal & Ice Cream + This Week’s Crazy Simple Menu Plan

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 took Silas to the store with me on Tuesday to see what deals we could find at Kroger. I did all my shopping during the school year when they were at school, so it’s been awhile since he and I have gone to the store together.

Silas was SO impressed with the deals I was able to find and it reminded me that I should take my kids with me at least occasionally — because I want them to learn how to be strategic shoppers at the grocery store, too!

Tuesday Kroger Shopping Trip — $20.74

  • Brown Cage-Free Eggs – marked down to $1.29
  • 5 cucumbers — marked down to $0.99
  • Colgate toothpaste — $1.79 when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/1 digital coupon = free + overage after the coupon
  • 1 bottle of Core — Free with the FREE Friday download e-coupon
  • 2 bottles of Santa Cruz organic lemonade — $0.99 when you 5 participating items, used $1/2 hangtag coupon = $0.49 each after coupon
  • Goldfish crackers — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items
  • 2 Suave Kids body wash — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items
  • Kroger Honey Nut Toasted Oats — $1.49
  • 6 boxes of Cheerios — $1.49 per box when you buy 5 participating items, used 2 $1/2 coupons + 2 $0.50/1 coupons (no longer available) = $0.99 per box after coupons
  • 3 tubs Edy’s ice cream — $2.49 per tub when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/3 coupon (no longer available) = $1.83 per tub
  • Total with tax: $20.74

To see more details on my shopping trip, watch my video above. (And you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here if you’re interested in watching other shopping haul videos, recipe videos, and more money-saving videos!)

We have a weird week this week when it comes to meals. Kaitlynn and Jesse were out of town the beginning of the week, we have multiple things going on in the evenings, and we were invited over to two different family’s houses for dinner!

The only thing we’re hosting this week is my Discipleship Small Group — and I’m just serving snacks for that (I think we’re doing cheese & crackers, fruit, Banana Bread, and sparkling water).

So our menu is super, crazy simple!

This Week’s Super Simple Menu Plan

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

Breakfasts

Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Baked Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit, Toast

Lunches

Ham Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Chips/Salsa, Fruit, Veggies, Leftovers, Eggs, Yogurt, Salad

Snacks

Marked Down Yogurt, Fruit, Ice Cream Bars, Homemade Energy Bites, Banana Bread

Dinners

Monday — Southwest Roll-Ups from the freezer, salad
Tuesday — Leftovers (Jesse and Kaitlynn gone so I’m keeping it simple and we’re doing a Clean Out the Fridge night!)
Wednesday —Breakfast for dinner: Waffles, Eggs
Thursday — Cookout & Game Night at our friends’ house — I’m bringing some hot dogs and buns from the freezer.
Friday — Dinner at another friend’s house
Saturday — Snack-y Dinner (fend for yourself — cereal, leftovers, etc.)
Sunday — Brats (from the freezer), Sliced Cucumbers, Fruit, Crackers/Cheese

Freezer Cooking to Do: Waffles, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

Total Spending So Far This Week

Total spent so far this week: $20.74

Total left to spend: $49.26

Rebates: $0.25 for submitting a receipt to Ibotta, $0.56 back from Fetch Rewards for purchasing Goldfish & Suave (If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards, you can sign up here and use code WW7XJ and you’ll get a bonus 2,000 points = worth $2.)