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I spent $58.91 on groceries this week!

December 21, 2018 | Crystal Paine

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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:

  • Fresh Tulips — marked down to $1
  • Flowers — marked down to $1
  • Pita Bread — marked down to $0.99
  • Organic Ground Beef — marked down to $3.99 per pound
  • 2 Pork Roasts — marked down to $4.99 each
  • 1 bag of small peppers — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of pomegranates — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of peppers — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bagged organic salad — marked down to $2.29
  • 5 yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • High Brew Coffee — free with Free Friday coupon
  • Total with tax: $39.01

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

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:

  • 6 boxes of Kroger Oatmeal — $1.59 per box, used $0.50/1 digital coupon (may be used up to 5 times in one transaction) + $0.65/1 digital coupon (Best Customer Bonus = $1.07 per box (my kids LOVE these and would eat these every single day for breakfast!)
  • 2 Kroger Graham Cracker Crusts — $1.19 per crust, used $0.30/1 digital coupon (may be used up to 5 times in one transaction) = $0.89 after coupon
  • 5 boxes of Betty Crocker Cake Mix/Brownie Mix — $1.29 per box, used $0.50/1 digital coupon (may be used up to 5 times in one transaction) = $0.79 per box
  • 4 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 bunches of bananas — marked down to $0.39 per pound
  • 1 bag of salad — marked down to $1.29
  • 1 bag of potatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax: $19.90

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. ?


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


  • 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!)


  • 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

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