Brigette’s $91 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Brigette’s $91 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Brigette’s $91 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6
Aldi 1/2 gallon Orange Juice – $1.59 1/2 gallon Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.65 1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97 1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55 1 box Butter Quarters – $2.58 1 box Rice Squares – $1.49 1 pkg Plain Rice Cakes – $1.45 1 32-oz carton Egg Whites – $2.95 1 jug Pancake Syrup – $1.29 1 jar Chicken Bouillon Cubes – $1.69 1 jar Beef Bouillon Cubes – $1.69 1 jar Hot Sauce – $1.53 1 jar Chili Powder – $0.79 1 jar Onion Powder – $0.79 1 4-lb bag Sugar – $1.73 2 loaves Sandwich Bread – $1.34 1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.95 1 10-lb bag Fresh Chicken Leg Quarters – $4.99 1 jar Green Olives – $0.79 3 cans Green Beans – $1.14 1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.29 1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.69 1 pkg Zucchini – $1.17 1 Cauliflower – $1.99 1 bag Lemons – $2.09 1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.99 1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.979 1 large tube Organic Spring Mix – $3.49 1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.99 1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.99 1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.33 1 tub Goat Cheese Crumbles – $2.19 1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99 1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.55 1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85 1 pkg Pepperoni – $2.09 1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89 2 bags frozen Steamed Mixed Vegetables – $1.14 2 pkgs frozen Broccoli Florets – $1.92 1 carton Grape Tomatoes – $1.49 1 jar Salsa – $0.79 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $0.85 2 cans Biscuits – $1.90 3 dozen Eggs – $2.88 Total: $85.29 Harris Teeter I got all of the above for $5.88 during 3-day Double Dollar Coupons last weekend. I’m not including the coupon links as the prices are no longer valid, but I am including this in my grocery total this week. Total: $5.88 Grocery Total for the Week: $91.17 Weekly Menu Plan Breakfasts Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include: Cereal, Toast, Fruit (we have lots of leftover fruit from the last few weeks), Cottage Cheese, Scrambled/Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Smoothies Lazy Monkey Bread  (for a brunch with friends on Saturday) Lunches Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Cucumbers x 2 Cooked Pasta with Shredded Cheese, Oranges, Carrots/Mini Peppers x 2 Leftovers x 3 Dinners Crustless Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Quiche, Biscuits, Applesauce Chicken Noodle Soup, Dill Bread Shredded Venison BBQ on Homemade Buns, Roasted Broccoli, Tossed Salad Crispy Baked Chicken, Tossed Salad, Roasted Cauliflower, Creamy Milk Rice Date Night Out (kids eat Grilled Cheese and Green Beans at home) Pepperoni Pizza, Mixed Vegetables, Tossed Salad Leftovers
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84% of Grocery Chains Don’t Properly Warn You of This Health Risk

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84% of Grocery Chains Don’t Properly Warn You of This Health Risk
Food safety recalls can be scary. But even more frightening is knowing that your local grocer might not provide the details you need about such recalls to keep your family safe. In fact, the vast majority of major food retailers earn a failing grade in keeping the public aware of such episodes, according to a recent U.S. PIRG Education Fund survey. The nonprofit consumer advocacy organization says... [...]
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T-Rex & Triceratops Dinosaur Bump & Go Toy Cars (Set of 4) only $18.89 shipped!

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T-Rex & Triceratops Dinosaur Bump & Go Toy Cars (Set of 4) only $18.89 shipped!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. These T-Rex & Triceratops Dinosaur Bump & Go Toy Cars (Set of 4) look like SO much fun! You can get these T-Rex & Triceratops Dinosaur Bump & Go Toy Cars (Set of 4) for just $14.99 shipped when you use the promo code PRES10 at checkout! This set includes two T-Rexes and two Triceratopses, all individually wrapped — making them the perfect Easter basket gift idea! Valid through February 17, 2020, while supplies last. [...]
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Carter’s Baby 5-Pack Bodysuits only $9.51 at Kohl’s!

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Carter’s Baby 5-Pack Bodysuits only $9.51 at Kohl’s!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. These Carter’s Baby 5-Pack Bodysuits would make a great baby shower gift idea! You can get Carter’s Baby 5-Pack Bodysuits for only $9.51 at Kohl’s right now! Here’s how: Infant Boys or Girls Carter’s 5-Pack Bodysuits – $13.99 (regularly $28.99) Use promo code BABY20 (20% off Baby Clothing & Accessories) Use promo code ROSES (20% off $100+ purchase or 15% off) Choose free in-store pickup $9.51 after codes – just $1.90 per bodysuit! Thanks, Hip2Save! [...]
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Taking a Disney Trip? Here Are Two Key Budget Hacks

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Taking a Disney Trip? Here Are Two Key Budget Hacks
Between the ages of 7 and 21, I visited the happiest places on Earth — Disneyland and Disneyworld — a total of five times. My first four times, my mom paid for my trips/tickets. For my fifth visit, I was actually paid (in per diem) to go to Disneyworld by my college to compete in ... Read More about Taking a Disney Trip? Here Are Two Key Budget Hacks The post Taking a Disney Trip? Here Are Two Key Budget Hacks appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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Dominique Gazel-Anthoine: “Each closing is my most successful operation”

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Dominique Gazel-Anthoine: “Each closing is my most successful operation”
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Brigette’s $87 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Brigette’s $87 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6
My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family! Aldi 1 5-lb roll 73/27 Ground Beef – $9.95 1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89 1 pkg Uncured Turkey Franks – $2.09 1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $5.19 1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85 1 8-oz pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.33 1 pkg American Cheese – $1.45 1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99 3 large cans Diced Organic Tomatoes – $4.77 2 cans Green Beans – $0.76 1 can Garbanzo Beans – $0.48 1 can Tomato Paste – $0.29 1 can Baking Powder – $0.99 1 Garlic Powder – $0.69 2 cans Chili Beans – $0.96 1 24-oz jar Pasta Sauce – $0.85 1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.55 1 gallon 1% Milk – $0.97 1/2 gallon Orange Juice- $1.64 1-lb box Butter Quarters – $2.61 1 large jar Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95 1 Cauliflower – $2.19 1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.79 1 2-lb bag Yellow Onions – $1.16 1 pkg Zucchini – $1.17 1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.39 2 pkgs Fresh Broccoli Crowns – $2.38 1 3-lb bag Mandarin Oranges – $2.29 1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.69 1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.19 1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.69 1 3-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $3.69 1 bunch Bananas – $0.91 1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $1.29 2 cartons Blueberries – $2.96 1 large canister Quick Oats – $2.36 1 box Raisin Bran – $1.59 1 Family-Size box Honey Nut Oats – $2.45 1 bag Pretzels – $0.82 1 bag Gluten-Free Pretzels – $1.85 1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.67 1 pkg Plain Rice Cakes – $1.45 2 dozen Eggs – $1.76 Grocery Total for the Week: $87.99 Weekly Menu Plan Breakfasts Lazy Monkey Bread (Birthday Breakfast Request from my 9-yr old – I completely forgot to buy the canned biscuits for this recipe! I’ll either be making a quick trip back to the store, or experimenting with homemade biscuit dough.) Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include: Oatmeal, Cereal, Smoothies, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Fruit, Toast Lunches Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Blueberries, Carrots (Birthday Lunch Request) Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, Cheese Sticks, Oranges, Cucumbers x 2 Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Mini Peppers Leftovers x 3 Dinners Pakistani Kima over Rice (recipe from “More With Less” Cookbook), Make-Ahead Butterhorns, Cauliflower, Ice Cream Cake (Birthday Dinner Request) Pancakes, Turkey Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Blueberries Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli Chili with Shredded Cheese, Corn Muffins Hot Dogs on Homemade Buns, Baked French Fries, Broccoli Date Night (kids eat leftovers at home) Taco Salad, Mexican Rice, Roasted Zucchini [...]
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Is Costco Membership Worth it for Gas Alone?

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Is Costco Membership Worth it for Gas Alone?
I grew up in Kansas, but have lived in San Diego for the past four years. Instinctively, I knew gas prices would be more expensive in California. No matter, I thought. My Costco membership card might just dampen the blow from gasoline costs. But I had my doubts. Is a Costco membership worth it for ... Read More about Is Costco Membership Worth it for Gas Alone? The post Is Costco Membership Worth it for Gas Alone? appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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We Spent $71.30 on Groceries This Week (+ our dinner menu)

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We Spent $71.30 on Groceries This Week (+ our dinner menu)
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. Last week, I only spent $60 on groceries, so I went a little bit over this week. Here’s what we bought… Kroger Shopping Trip #1 2 bags of apples —  marked down to $0.99 each 5 bags of Chicken Breasts — $4.99 per bag with Kroger digital coupon Total with tax = $28.61 Kroger Shopping Trip #2 4 tubs of lettuce — marked down to $0.99 each 3 bags of apples — marked down to $0.99 each Promised Land Chocolate Milk — marked down to $0.99 Rice Bitz cereal — marked down to $0.79 Cage-Free eggs — marked down to $1.39 Milk — $2.89 Total with tax: $13.80 Kroger Shopping Trip #3 2 Tyson Anytizer Chicken — $3.99 each with Kroger weekend digital coupon 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.39 each Strawberries — $1.67 Carrots — $0.99 1 bag avocados — marked down to $0.99 Milk — $2.89 Cage-free eggs — marked down to $1.29 Tortillas — $1.50 2 Private Selection Chips — $0.99 each with Kroger weekend digital coupon Refried beans — marked down to $0.49 4 jars Pace salsa — $0.99 each when Kroger weekend digital coupon Refried beans — $0.79 Total with tax: $28.89 Dinners This Past Week Frozen Pizza, Popcorn Slow Cooker Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup, Biscuits, and Apples Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, and Apples Roasted Potatoes, Roast in the Crockpot, Instant Pot Apples, Roasted Broccoli Italian Chicken, Salad Leftovers Dinner Out By the way, what are your best tips for keeping lettuce fresh? I don’t want all the lettuce I bought to go to waste before we can use it, but it will probably take us at least 5-7 more days to eat through all that. Any great suggestions? [...]
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National Park Free Days: When to Plan Your Next Trip in 2020

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National Park Free Days: When to Plan Your Next Trip in 2020
If you’re already looking ahead to road trips or family vacations this year, here’s one way to do it on the cheap. While most of the 417 national parks in the U.S. are free to use anytime, 125 of them charge an entrance fee.  To encourage travelers and campers to visit new places, the National Park Service will waive these fees for five days in 2020: Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day April 18: The first day of National Park Week August 25: National Park Service Birthday Sept. 26: National Public Lands Day Nov. 11: Veterans Day Some of the nation’s most popular parks are among those that normally charge a fee, making fee-free days an opportunity to see places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Death Valley and Crater Lake. Not the outdoorsy type? Even some national historic sites, like Vanderbilt Mansion in New York, are included. If you’re interested, you can find all participating parks by state or search through the full list of national parks, including those that are free anytime, to find one near you (or your next destination). Note: You may still encounter fees for things like camping, parking, reservations or concessions. The fees waived on fee-free days include entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. If you plan on camping, here are a few tips for camping on a budget. More Ways to Use National Parks for Free If you can’t make it to a national park on one of the fee-free days, you may be able to get free or discounted entrance to national parks year-round some other way. The National Parks Service offers an $80 annual pass that covers entrance to national parks, lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and other sites. Military members can get the annual pass for free. Through the national Every Kid in the Park program, fourth-graders can get a free annual pass for their families. Educators can also get involved through this program, obtaining free passes to take students on a national park field trip. Seniors age 62 and older can buy a lifetime pass for $80 or an annual pass for $20. Senior passes require proper documentation and may be purchased in person at a federal recreation site, online or through the mail. People with disabilities can get a free pass in person, or through the mail or online with a $10 processing fee. Both the senior pass and the access pass offer a 50% discount on some amenities like camping, swimming, boat launching and specialized interpretive services. Volunteer with participating federal agencies for at least 250 hours, and you’ll receive a free volunteer pass that is valid for 12 months. If you want to learn while you travel, you can apply for an Artist-in-Residence program with the National Park Service and stay at a participating park for free while you work on your next project. However you do it, consider including national parks or historic sites in your 2018 travel plans. For families — and curious travelers of all ages — it’s a fun, educational and affordable way to spend a vacation. With more than 400 to choose from, there’s probably one not far from you! Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a former branded content editor at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Brigette’s $88 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Brigette’s $88 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6
Aldi 1 bag Frozen Blueberries – $1.85 2 bags Frozen Mixed Vegetables – $1.14 1 2-lb bag Pazazz Apples – $2.49 1 2-lb bag Honey Crisp Apples – $2.49 1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.09 1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.89 1 large bag Organic Kale – $2.89 1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.39 1 Cauliflower – $2.29 1 Pineapple – $1.19 2 Avocados – $0.98 1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.39 1 bag Dried Cranberries – $1.19 1 tub Grape Tomatoes – $1.39 2 bags Red Grapes ($1.29/lb) – $4.97 1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.49 1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89 1 8-oz pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.79 1 Goat Cheese Log – $1.55 1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99 1 16-oz carton Egg Whites – $1.69 5 dozen Eggs – $4.95 1 16-oz pkg Deli Sliced Meat – $2.85 1 jar Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil – $3.59 1 24-oz jar Pasta Sauce – $0.85 2 cans Tomato Sauce – $0.38 1 box Honey Crunch Oats – $1.29 1 box Cinnamon Crunch Squares – $1.32 1 box Crispy Oats – $1.15 2 boxes Macaroni and Cheese – $0.66 1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.99 1 gallon 1% Milk – $1.99 2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.28 1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.65 1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $0.99 1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55 1 pkg Butter Quarters – $2.49 1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59 1 can Parmesan Cheese – $2.29 2 large cans Organic Diced Tomatoes – $3.18 1 large canister Old Fashioned Oats – $2.29 1 pkg Sliced Pepperoni – $2.19 1 bag Gluten Free Pretzels – $1.85 1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.67 Grocery Total for the Week: $88.07 Weekly Menu Plan We have SO MUCH food in our pantry and freezer right now – 7 deer from my husband’s hunting season efforts, plus all kinds of foodie christmas gifts and leftovers. We will be working on eating it up over the next few weeks especially (although the venison will take the whole year ;)). Also, I got an Instant Pot for Christmas! So feel free to hit me up with your favorite recipes. Breakfasts Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include: Oatmeal, Toast, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Cereal, Fruit, Cottage Cheese, Smoothies Lunches Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Cucumbers x 2 Pretzels and Peanut Butter, Cheese Sticks, Grapes Baked Potatoes with Shredded Cheese/Cottage Cheese, Grapes Mini Peppers Leftovers x 3 Dinners Pancakes, Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Roasted Parmesan Broccoli (breakfast for dinner) Instant Pot Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots (I’ll use a Venison Roast and my variation of this), Tossed Salad Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Steamed Mixed Vegetables, Kale Craisin Salad Taco Salad (using ground venison), Spanish Rice, Oranges Chili with Shredded Cheese, Homemade Cornbread, Raw Carrots/Ranch Dip Date Night Out (Kids eat Mac and Cheese at home) Leftovers [...]
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Holidays for Less with Dollar General

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Holidays for Less with Dollar General
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dollar General. All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any parties. Thanksgiving is a week away, and you know that that means — Christmas is knocking on your door!  Since Thanksgiving is so late this year, there is less time between the two holidays.  ... Read More about Holidays for Less with Dollar General The post Holidays for Less with Dollar General appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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Life Update: Pregnancy (Week 22) + our trip to Kansas for Christmas

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Life Update: Pregnancy (Week 22) + our trip to Kansas for Christmas
Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram. 22 weeks!! And this week’s pregnant belly picture is brought to you from our Starbucks bathroom road trip pit stop (we drove back from Kansas yesterday). HIGHLIGHTS I’m so grateful to be feeling great overall! It was such a blessing to be able to enjoy Christmas! I only had two days where I felt pretty nauseous and one really bad night. Besides that, other than moving at a slower pace than usual and lingering congestion and cough from my recent head cold, I am feeling so good!! NOTABLE This trip to Kansas to visit family for Christmas was our last big planned trip before the baby arrives. That’s pretty surreal to realize — that the next time we’re in Kansas, we’ll have a baby with us (and maybe another child or two from foster care, too!) It seems like the time is flying by right now and I’m trying to soak it up! CRAVINGS I was able to enjoy most all the Christmas food, including one of my mom’s amazing Peanut Butter Bon-Bons! Weight gain: 14 lbs. We traveled to Kansas to spend Christmas with both of our extended families. (We’re so blessed that they live about 5 minutes from each other!) My dad — ever the practical one! — buys a live evergreen tree for their Christmas tree each year. They only keep it in the house for two days and then he plants it on their land afterward. We all got matching blinking light hats for Christmas! We’re getting ready to celebrate 17 years of marriage — oh how I love this man! My dad usually does a scavenger hunt for the kids with their gifts, complete with poems that take them all over the house to find their gifts! Christmas morning with Jesse’s side of the family always starts with group pictures in jammies. Jesse with his siblings… this was the best picture I got as they were all giving each other a hard time and then only half of them would be looking at the camera at once. (Jesse’s face here is all, “Are we done with pictures yet??”) My nephew was SO excited about this Batman costume he got! We finished out the day like usual — with stockings. The kids were so anxious to tear into theirs, but they waited patiently so we could snap another picture! 🙂 In Case You Missed It: All the details on our family Christmas celebration Maybe you needed this reminder this Christmas? Why I Failed on My Goals for 2019 The Top 10 Books I Read in 2019 [...]
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How to Plan Your Travel Rewards Strategy for 2020

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How to Plan Your Travel Rewards Strategy for 2020
As New Year’s resolutions go, “maximizing points and miles” might not be on the top of everyone’s list. But making a plan for how to earn and use points and miles in the coming year can make the difference between a stress-free travel year and an overwhelming one. Everyone has different reward travel plans and... Sam Kemmis is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: skemmis@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @samsambutdif. The article How to Plan Your Travel Rewards Strategy for 2020 originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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$95 Grocery Budget + Weekly Menu Plan for 8

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$95 Grocery Budget + Weekly Menu Plan for 8
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. We Were a Family of 8 (+ baby!) This Week! We had a very unexpected, but blessed and stretching week this week! I mentioned last weekend that we took in three kids for a temporary foster care placement (ages 13, 11, and 3). They ended up staying the entire week instead of just the weekend since they are still working to find permanent placement for them (and we didn’t want them to be sleeping in the DCS office this week — something that often happens in these cases, sadly.) It was interesting to go from 3 kids and one on the way to having a 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, and 3 year old + baby on the way. We had to re-remember how to do the whole car seat thing (which we quickly discovered we were very rusty in!) and shopping with a three-year-old! 🙂 We’ve had so many special moments and made so many fun memories and I’m grateful for the opportunity for us to pour into these sweet kids! We also bought quite a few more groceries than normal since I wanted to make sure to have plenty of their favorite foods and also because 13-year-old boys who are 6 feet tall eat a lot! 😉 (By the way, this week reminded me of how grateful I am that I have such a great stockpile of all sorts of things on hand. It definitely helped allow us to have lots of different meal and snack options without having to keep running to the store or spending a bunch of extra $$ on full-priced groceries!) Here were the groceries we bought this week… Kroger Shopping Trip #1: 2 Barilla microwave meals — marked down to $0.79 each 1 dozen eggs — marked down to $0.49 2 Ore-ida Mashed Potatoes — marked down to $0.39 each 3 St. Ives Sheet Masks — marked down to $0.89 each 2 dozen cage-free eggs — marked down to $1.29 each Garlic Bread — marked down to $1.89 2 cartons Minute Maid Peach Punch — marked down to $0.89 each Stoneyfield Yogurt — marked down to $0.99 Green Grapes — $3.36 Red Grapes — $4.58 Lettuce — $1.79 7 Simple Truth Yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each 2 cartons of raspberries — $1.25 each 4 bags of apples — marked down to $0.99 each 1 bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99 1 bag of potatoes — $1.99 2% milk — $2.59 Whole milk — $2.99 2 Stayfree pads — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $3/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.49 each 2 Colgate toothpaste — $1.99 each when you buy 5 participating items, used $4/2 Kroger digital coupon = free after coupon Simple Truth Tortilla Chips — $0.99 when you buy 5 participating items Total with tax: $44.90 There was this HUGE section of dairy markdowns at the store one of the days I went this week! I wished I had more refrigerator space because I would have bought more! Kroger Shopping Trip #2: 3 boxes of Kroger cereal — $1.49 each 2 boxes of Coconut Cheerios — marked down to $0.79 each 4 Stoneyfield yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each Kroger rolls — marked down to $1.09 4 6-packs of Danimals drinkable yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each 2 2-packs of Oui yogurts — marked down to $1.09 each 4 bags Kroger potatoes — marked down to $1.49 each 2 Simple Truth yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each 1 can of carrots — marked down to $0.29 5 bags of Birdseye frozen veggies — $1 each when you buy 5 participating items Total with tax: $33.33 Kroger Shopping Trip #3: I wasn’t planning to go to Kroger a third time, but when I saw their deal on cheese over the weekend, I knew I had to run by there again! 5 packages of Kroger cheese — $1.29 each with weekend deal 1 gallon of water — $0.89 2 bottles of apple juice — marked down to $0.89 each 1 bag of onions — marked down to $0.99 5 boxes of Jolly Time popcorn — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items (only 3 are shown because Kathrynne took two boxes to school for a party) 1 loaf French bread — marked down to $0.99 each Total with tax: $17.27 This Week’s Dinners: Monday: Ritzy Chicken and Peas (the three kids we’re taking care of were with their worker this evening and we just had a crazy simple dinner because we had three different places to be this evening!) Tuesday: Homemade Rotisserie Chicken in the Crockpot, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Grapes, Garlic Bread. Wednesday: Barbecued Meatballs, Cinnamon Apples in the Instant Pot, Roasted Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls Thursday: Dinner provided by Brown Bag (My friend coordinated with them to have them make dinner for us — something that they offer free of charge to foster families! How kind and amazing is that??) Friday: Salad, Grapes, Ritzy Chicken Casserole, Leftover Corn & Peas, Leftover Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Bread Saturday: Dinner out Plan for Sunday: Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, Grapes, Leftover Garlic Bread [...]
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These 14 Strategies Will Help You Save Big on Your Universal Orlando Trip

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These 14 Strategies Will Help You Save Big on Your Universal Orlando Trip
While theme parks are high on the list of favorite vacation destinations, they can get really expensive really quickly when you factor in extras like hotels and food.  Here at The Penny Hoarder, we believe in a healthy balance between work and play. So if you can afford it, take that dream vacation and enjoy every second of it — just make sure you don’t completely abandon your penny hoarding ways.  If you’re headed to Universal Orlando Resort — home to the incredible Wizarding World of Harry Potter — check out the insider tips I’ve developed as an Orlando native and former witch at Universal’s Diagon Alley. You’ll save money in the parks without sacrificing any of the fun.  Find Tickets for Less Your savings can start before you even step through the turnstiles — check out these ideas for cutting the cost of park admission! 1. Buy Your Tickets Ahead of Time The simplest way to save on Universal Studios’ prices for park entry is to buy your tickets before you get to the gate. You can save up to $20 per person when you buy multiday tickets online. If you’re traveling with a family of four, that’s $80 in savings already.  2. Use Your AAA Membership to Your Advantage Prices vary, so make sure to ask about discounted Universal tickets at your local AAA office. You can save 15% or more when you buy through AAA. 3. Buy the Lowest-Tier Ticket and Upgrade Later As long as you purchase your tickets directly through Universal Studios, you can upgrade your tickets at guest services at any point during your trip.  This is a good idea for anyone traveling with kids — they get sick, burned out and do not care if you spent a hundred extra dollars on a three-day ticket.  If you come to find everyone is up for an extra day, you can upgrade your tickets by paying the difference — as long as you do so before you leave the park. Once your tickets expire, you’ll have to pay for new ones.  4. Shop Around Carefully Orlando is riddled with sleazy ticket vendors promising half-price theme park tickets.  But beware — even if the tickets you purchase are real, these vendors may be selling them illegally. These tickets often come from park employees or locals who work special events and receive complimentary passes. Universal does not permit the sale of these passes.  If you get caught at the gate, you’re out of luck — and money.  Still, there are some reputable ticket sites out there. Just make sure to do your research on the seller before buying. Travel and Accommodations After tickets, the hotel and travel fees are the biggest items in your vacation budget. Here are some strategies for saving on these expenses. 5. Book Everything in Advance If you’re a seasoned Penny Hoarder, you probably already know this tactic: Purchasing plane tickets and reserving your hotel room ahead of time are the easiest ways to get the best rates. 6. To Resort or Not to Resort? Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer here: It’s going to take some number crunching on your end to figure out which hotel situation is right for you. There are less expensive hotels (or Airbnb rentals!) if you leave the Universal Resort property, but you may end up paying more in the long run because you’ll miss out on some pretty sweet perks at the parks.  To keep it brief(ish), here’s a cost-effectiveness breakdown: Select Universal Resort hotels include shuttle transport to and from the airport and the parks. So staying on the property could save you on transportation costs, plus the $25/day parking fee you’d pay if you were driving. But more importantly, and something to consider if you had planned to buy Express Passes anyway: Certain resort hotels throw in free Universal Express Unlimited passes for each member of the family — a $129 value per person per day. (Think: Family of four spending four days in the parks. $129 times four people times four days = $2,064.)  Another bonus? Universal Resort hotel guests get early entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and parts of Volcano Bay: You’ll get a whole hour to explore each morning before the major crowds come pouring in. Whew. Did you catch all that? Great, because I have one final point to make: If you go the Universal Resort hotel route, and you take advantage of those Express Unlimited passes, you could feasibly cut a day off your in-park time and a day off your trip (which means one less day paying for tickets and a hotel.)  If you’re not concerned about crowds, wait times or transportation (maybe you’re driving in to save on airfare!), then a cheaper, off-property hotel might be the right answer for your family. I’m just trying to show you all the options, friends! Making the Most of Your Time By making the most of your time, you can hit more attractions without shelling out for extra days inside the gates. 7. Decide if Express Passes Are Right for You If you’re still on the fence about whether to secure Express Passes for your trip (and you’re not going the resort hotel route), here are some points to consider. Visitors can often package Express Passes with admission tickets, lowering the overall cost significantly.  However, if you’re a serious Harry Potter fan, you should know that Express Passes are not valid for some attractions in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Here’s a really helpful guide that breaks down Express Passes along with the rides and attractions they work on.  If you decide you don’t need to skip the lines all day every day, you could buy each member of your family a one-day Express Unlimited pass. You can knock out a pretty hefty list of attractions that day, then go at a more leisurely pace for the remainder of your trip. 8. Plan Your Vacation Around Peak Season Check this handy crowd calendar from Orlando Informer (a seriously great resource for all things Orlando and theme parks) to figure out which days will be the least crowded. Smaller crowds mean less wait time; less wait time means you can spend fewer days in the parks; and fewer days in the parks means you save on tickets.  Attendance is lowest on weekdays, particularly in late fall and late winter. If your family can afford the time off work and school, you’ll get the most bang for your buck at these times. Save on Universal Studios’ Prices Inside the Park While most of your savings will come from big-ticket items like park entry and the hotel, the little things can add up quickly.  9. Use the Lockers Bring everything you think you’ll need with you, and rent an all-day locker for about $10 per day. You get unlimited opening privileges, unlike the timed and complimentary lockers, so you can use your locker as a home base to return to when you need to reapply sunscreen, change into dry clothes or grab a sweatshirt for the evening chill (yep, even in Florida).  Even though you’re paying $10 a day, you’re saving money by not shelling out for $40 sweatshirts for the whole family when the sun goes down.  10. Avoid Paying for Pricy Food Theme park food is expensive. On your way to your hotel, purchase breakfast food (if your hotel doesn’t offer free breakfast) and portable snacks. The parks allow small snacks that don’t require heating or refrigeration — and while you can’t bring a picnic lunch, the rules are a little fuzzy as to what constitutes a “small snack,” so you can probably make a case for many items. Avoid buying expensive sodas and bottled water inside the parks — you can bring in sealed or empty water bottles to refill throughout the day.  Now, while this Penny Hoarder would usually recommend bringing all the snacks, splitting meals four ways, and avoiding expensive alcohol and novelty treats, I do have one caveat: If you’re primarily there for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience, consider investing in a dining plan. Even if you just purchase one, your whole party will be able to sample the fun Wizarding World treats — and if butterbeer i [...]
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How to Earn AmEx Points via Rakuten’s Shopping Portal

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How to Earn AmEx Points via Rakuten’s Shopping Portal
Are you a member of Rakuten and have an AmEx credit card that earns Membership Rewards points? You could rack up extra AmEx points by using a new or existing Rakuten account. Here’s how the new partnership works. About Rakuten First, let’s talk about Rakuten: It’s a shopping portal designed to reward customers for everyday... Caroline Lupini is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article How to Earn AmEx Points via Rakuten’s Shopping Portal originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Life Update: Pregnancy (week 18), a trip to Kansas, Thanksgiving meal prep

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Life Update: Pregnancy (week 18), a trip to Kansas, Thanksgiving meal prep
Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram. Week 18! I can’t believe I’m almost halfway!! HIGHLIGHTS Baby has been kicking up a storm and all the kids were excited that they were able to each feel kicks this week!! They want to sit and just keep their hands on my belly so they don’t miss any kicks!! NOTABLE I implemented some of your suggestions for heartburn and sleep and while I can’t point to one specific thing that I’m certain worked, I am thrilled to report that I only had one really bad heartburn/nausea day this week and I’m positive it was because I wasn’t super careful with what I ate that day. Otherwise, I had very little heartburn this week and I slept for six hour stretches multiple nights!! Also notable: this week marked my last planned flights until (likely) well after the baby is born. It feels weird that, if all goes as planned, I won’t be hopping on a plane again for months and months! I’m excited to get to stay home and write my next book, possibly get to love on and care for a child who is in foster care (we think there’s a good chance we’ll be getting a placement soon!), and start prepping for bringing this new baby into our home! CRAVINGS Scrambled eggs and avocados with sourdough toast and butter (this has become one of my go-to meals) and frozen yogurt. Also, I absolutely loved the turkey and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving! It hit the spot! WEIGHT GAIN: 9 lbs. We went to Wichita, Kansas all week to spend time with both sides of our family. I took almost zero pictures the entire time because I was just offline and soaking up the time with family, so I have almost none to show of our time there. But it was a really fantastic trip and we’re so glad our families both live so close so that we can spend holidays with both sides! We all enjoyed getting to spend a lot of time with so many of the nieces and nephews/cousins. Each year, we have two family Thanksgiving celebrations with extended family on Thursday and everyone who comes signs up to bring parts of the meal. This year, because I’m running on a lot less energy that I usually have, I asked the kids if they would be willing to help out. They each signed up to make one item for both houses. Kathrynne made Pistachio Salad and Green Bean Casserole. Kaitlynn made two Apple Pies (be sure to check out the braided crust she did — see below!). Silas made two Pumpkin Pie fillings. And Jesse peeled and cut up 10 lbs. of sweet potatoes. All I did was oversee, make pie crusts, and finish the two Sweet Potato Casseroles — and we were done in two hours with everything! Mamas of littles, holidays might be really hard right now. You’re tired. There’s so much to do. And you have to do so much of it yourself. Well, just hang on… there’s a day coming soon when your kids will be old enough to not only take care of getting themselves dressed and fed, but they’ll be cooking Thanksgiving dinner for you, too! What I’m… Reading: Parenting and The Killing Tide Watching: We subscribed to Disney+ for December at the kids’ request since we usually watch a lot more family movies together this month! The kids are loving it! We watched 12 First Dates last night as a family. This was a fun, feel good movie that reminds us to see our blessings right in front of us. (Note: It was a big cheesy in parts, had a tiny bit of mild language in it, and was definitely a bit of a rip-off of Groundhog Day, but we all still enjoyed it.) What are your family’s favorite Christmas movies? Listening to: Christmas Music! (Of course!) Also, after months of getting nauseous from listening to audiobooks (just one of the many weird things that makes me sick to my stomach in pregnancy!), I just downloaded a few from Libby and am going to try again this week! Loving: That it’s December and we have so many memory-making plans for this month! It’s one of my favorite months and I’m excited about it! What are you reading, watching, listening to, and/or loving? I’d love to hear! [...]
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Brigette’s $87 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Brigette’s $87 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6
Aldi 1 20-lb Turkey – $15.40 2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.28 1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97 1 gallon 1% Milk – $0.97 1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.79 1 bag Coffee – $3.49 1 Olive Oil Cooking Spray – $0.97 2 5-lb bags Flour – $1.98 1 5-lb bag Corn Masa – $1.65 1 box Pie Crusts – $0.99 1 jar Baking Cocoa – $1.49 1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99 1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59 5 single-serving size cartons Greek Yogurt – $3.45 1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheese – $4.99 2 bag frozen Broccoli Florets – $1.90 1 bag frozen Riced Cauliflower – $1.89 1 bag Steamed Mixed Vegetables – $0.95 1 head Cauliflower – $1.99 1 3-lb bag Mandarin Oranges – $2.39 1 3-lb bag Apples – $2.99 1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.49 1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99 2 bags Fresh Green Beans – $2.98 1 bag Lemons – $1.99 1 bunch Bananas – $1.09 1 pkg Snacking Tomatoes, reduced – $0.99 1 pkg Pepperoni – $1.99 1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.69 1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.65 1-lb Ground Sausage – $1.89 2 large cans Chicken Breast – $3.98 1 bag Pecans – $3.99 1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.49 1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65 1 large jar Corn Syrup – $1.69 1 bag Brown Sugar – $0.89 2 cans Tomato Sauce – $0.38 2 large cans Crushed Tomatoes – $1.04 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $0.75 1 box Frosted Flakes – $1.19 2 boxes Honey Crisp Oats – $2.38 1 large canister Quick Oats – $2.16 1 loaf Sandwich Bread, reduced – $0.25 1 pkg Plain Rice Cakes – $1.15 2 dozen Eggs – $1.54 Used a $20 Aldi Gift Card received as a gift from a friend Total: ($102.52 – $20): 82.52 Harris Teeter 1 pkg fresh Cauliflower Rice, reduced – $1.00 1 bag Spinach, reduced – $1.00 5 cans Green Beans – $1.38 Sweet Potatoes ($0.25/lb) – $1.38 Total: $4.76 Grocery Total for the Week: $87.58 Weekly Menu Plan Breakfasts Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include: Cereal, Oatmeal, Banana Muffins, Boiled/Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Toast, Yogurt, Smoothies Lunches Cheese Quesadillas, Apples, Mini Carrots Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Grapes, Mini Cucumbers x 2 Peanut Butter on Rice Cakes, Oranges, Cheese Sticks, Grape Tomatoes x 2 Leftovers x 2 Dinners Spaghizza, Tossed Salad, Roasted Cauliflower, Breadsticks Chili with Shredded Cheese, World’s Best Honey Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie, Steamed Green Beans, Tossed Salad Pancakes, Hashbrowns, Sausage, Roasted Broccoli Meatloaf, Twice Baked Potatoes, Cauliflower Rice (I make it similar to this without the cilantro), Green Beans, Butterhorns, Pecan Pie (company for dinner) Date Night Out (kids will eat leftovers or something simple at home) Leftovers [...]
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Grocery Savings that Come in a Box

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Grocery Savings that Come in a Box
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Do you struggle with the cost of produce for your family? If so, check out this solution for grocery savings that come in a box — delivered to your door! Psst! Looking for more grocery savings? Sign up for my FREE cheat sheet on 10 ways to cut your grocery bill by $50 per week! The following is a guest post by Samantha Hatcher from Inspired By Lucile and Self Care Mama Club. The Cost of Produce Have you ever gotten to the middle of the pay period only to discover you have either run out of produce or what you have has gone bad? That was my problem for years. Produce would go bad because I didn’t get to it fast enough, or we would be scrounging around for any vegetable to put with our main dish. (And with nine people in the house, this is a real problem!) Besides meat, produce is usually the most expensive item for most people. When you are trying to make sure your family has a nice variety of fruits and vegetables, it can start to add up in cost. And when not everything is in season, the prices of out of season imported produce is even higher! My family has their favorite veggies and fruits that I almost always pick up at Aldi, and while they have some of the best prices for organic produce, their out of season produce isn’t very flavorful. Think of a garden-fresh tomato and one from the store. They taste completely different. The Struggle with Buying Produce Buying produce can be overwhelming. Maybe you pick up the same exact produce each shopping trip, despite being sick of eating it. Why? Because you know these tried and true purchases will work for your family. Or perhaps you stand there not knowing what to buy, overwhelmed by the rainbow of produce in front of you. Or maybe you’re the mom who doesn’t have time to go to the store to buy real food between work, errands, and kids’ activities. You don’t care what they eat; you wish it would show up at your door like magic. I have dealt with all these struggles during different seasons of my life. I know the stress and brainpower it takes to plan meals, shop, put it all away, and cook all the meals. And the night of shopping, we usually just end up having pizza. I’ve honestly gone through seasons when even going to the grocery store made me want to consider having my entire family fast. This past year I realized I desperately needed a solution — one that would take care of all these struggles and not break the bank. Enter Misfits Market A few months ago, I discovered Misfits Market through a friend. On a whim, I decided to sign up with her referral link to get 25% off my first box. And I was SO pleased!! Everything was fresh, delivered with several cold packs, and was shipped to my house in two days. The variety of items was overwhelming, but looked like almost all of it was something I would have bought anyway. Things were a bit odd-shaped or sized, but I definitely didn’t mind! I checked out the price and picked the larger box, which says it is for a family of five and is 18-22 pounds. The box is normally $35, but with the 25% discount it brought it down to $26.25 — which is a great price, considering all of it is organic! I was pretty hooked after my first box and knew that I couldn’t get that much produce at the store for that price, especially organic. I decided to give it a try, and knew that we could cancel the subscription if we didn’t like it. Changing Up Our New Favorite Produce I was the mom who bought the same produce over and over without thinking. And when I got tired of it, I just stood there and stared at the produce, hoping it would have some answers for me. When my first Misfits Market box arrived, everything looked like something we would eat, except for eggplant. I have only eaten eggplant a few times in my life. It was slimy and gross, but I was determined to give it a try. I found this great recipe for eggplant fries, and that changed everything! The first night we tried them, we ran out of eggplant fries instead of chicken, and my children were asking for more! We had a hit on our hands. The next box contained swiss chard and more eggplant. We once again made the fries, and we roasted the swiss chard with gnocchi. Yum! Once again, something new was a big hit for our family. When our third box arrives, my six-year-old said, “Oh, goodie, I hope there is an eggplant.” To her disappointment, there wasn’t eggplant, but we discovered how much we loved pomegranates! Grocery Savings that Come in a Box Because of the Misfits Market box, I no longer have to make a mid-paycheck trip to the grocery store, which would cost more than it should. This Misfits Market box not only has saved me from going to the grocery store, but has pushed me to expand my culinary skills and our children’s taste buds. Never did I imagine that any of my children would say they hope we got eggplant. Never did I imagine my kids would be so excited about new foods and finding recipes to try. But here we are! I have cut my grocery bill by $250 each month, my family is trying new things, and my children are learning to like new things that I would never have bought before. Because of all these reasons, I’ve become a faithful Misfits Market subscriber! Samantha is a SAHM of 7 children who has spent 25 years learning how to live on one income. She used the wisdom of her Grandma Lucile, who grew up during the depression, to learn how to get the best bang for her buck. When she isn’t homeschooling her kids, you will find her blogging at Inspired By Lucile or the Self Care Mama Club. [...]
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Life Update: Pregnancy (week 16), a trip to Wichita, the Blissdom blogging conference

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Life Update: Pregnancy (week 16), a trip to Wichita, the Blissdom blogging conference
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram. 16 weeks!! (And excuse the sort of goofy pose/facial expression. I was hanging out with some good blogging friends after the Blissdom conference on Friday night and we were all laughing over something right before this photo was taken and I couldn’t stop laughing enough to take a more normal looking photo!) Jami Balmet is pregnant with baby #6 (she had two sets of twin boys in two years and then she had a little girl!) and we are both due on the same day so we had to get a belly shot! We were teasing her that she’s so chill about her pregnancy because she’s so experienced that she rarely ever talks about it online. Whereas I’m over here documenting everything like a first-time mom! HIGHLIGHTS I can feel the baby moving a lot more — especially in the last few days. The kids are so hopeful they’ll be able to feel movement on my tummy soon. I keep telling them it likely won’t be for another few weeks, but they are super excited about it. NOTABLE I have finally been able to start drinking more water again after weeks and weeks of having to get super creative in getting in liquids since water made me sick. As someone who used to drink a gallon of water everyday, this has been a challenge and I’m so happy to be back to my water-guzzling habits! CRAVINGS I have been ravenously hungry this past week! It seems the baby is going through a big growth spurt or something. I am so grateful that I have been able to get back to eating much healthier now, even if I do still crave pizza and tacos and (now) desserts. But hey, being able to eat and enjoy salads after so many weeks of just eating whatever I thought I could keep down has been so nice!! WEIGHT GAIN: 9 lbs. How are the rest of you pregnant mamas doing?? I got to fly down to Wichita, KS for my mom’s 66th birthday this past weekend. Unfortunately, I only got one picture (the one above of my parents) because I was so focused on just hanging out with my family. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to go. Since we’ll likely be opening up our home soon to a child (or children) in foster care and I’m having a baby in the spring, I know that I probably won’t be able to just hop on a plane and go somewhere by myself in the coming months and years! I love these three more than words can describe — but I kinda wish that they had a little more personality. 😉 We went to get their passports renewed over lunch break on Tuesday. (Kathrynne is going to Suriname in the Spring so we renewed them all while we were at it!) In my usual desire to document life so I don’t forget, I asked them all to stand under the passport sign so I could take a cute picture of them. I said, “Smile!” and this was the result. Of course I could have said something like, “C’mon guys, actually smile for me!” (And I do say that sometimes!!) But I also love having photos like this that show their personalities way more than a perfectly staged smiling picture ever would. I’m trying to soak up these days, these moments, these personalities, these people who are growing up so quickly. It’s hard to think they were once tiny babes in my womb! Also, this current tiny human in my womb has no idea what they are in for when they arrive into this world!! These three already have a host of plans, ideas, and dreams for how they will be loving on, nurturing, teaching, and spending time with the baby and I can hardly wait to get to watch them all interact together (though I’m wondering if I’m ever going to get to hold the baby myself! Maybe at the midnight feedings?!?) I got to speak at the Blissdom blogging conference on Friday on the topic of live video (one of my favorite topics!). It was so good to get to meet some of you there! While I love getting to speak, one of the best parts of conferences is getting to connect individually with people after I speak! I love hearing stories and providing individual encouragement and cheerleading! I loved getting to meet and do an interview with Jo Saxton on leadership. One of the best parts of the conference was getting to see so many longtime blogging friends! A bunch of these women had gotten an AirBnB together and they invited me to come over afterwards for dinner. I haven’t laughed as hard as we laughed in a really long time. It was such a gift for my soul! What I’m Currently… Reading: Families Where Grace is in Place and The Killing Tide Watching: You’ve Got Mail (I haven’t watched this in ages! We had a discussion about AOL recently as a family and I remembered this movie so I watched it with the girls to give them a better understanding of what email was like when we were teenagers!) Listening to: Christmas Music! Loving: The fact that I’ve finished all my business travel + speaking engagements for 2019! I’ve loved getting to travel and speak and meet so many of you this year, but I’m also grateful that I get to stay home now and just enjoy my family and making special memories together for the holidays (plus begin work on the new book I’m writing in 2020!) In Case You Missed It… This Past Week’s $63 Grocery Shopping Trip — Plus, see our dinners that we ate last week. 20+ Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers Under $30 — This is a great gift guide for the nature lover/hiker/outdoors person in your life! The Enneagram & Marriage — Whether you love all things Enneagram, are skeptical of it, or don’t even know what it is, I think you’ll enjoy this candid conversation Jesse and I had about our differences, how we have worked through them, and what it looks like to love and respect someone who is the complete opposite of you in many ways. 20+ LEGO Gifts Under $30 — Do you have a LEGO lover in your life? Sometimes finding the perfect set to give as a gift can be difficult. Check out this list of LEGO gifts for some ideas! [...]
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This Week’s Kroger Shopping Trip + Amazon Order = $63 spent!

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This Week’s Kroger Shopping Trip + Amazon Order = $63 spent!
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 only ended up going to Kroger once this past week, but I got some great deals and markdowns! The Cream of Chicken soup was in the markdown section and it was just $0.49 each + it was part of the Buy 10, Get $5 off deal which meant that I got $0.50 off each — making them free! I was super excited about finding the Yoplait 8-count packs of yogurt for just $0.99 and also the Off the Grid Waffles for just $0.99 each! There is a $0.50/1 iBotta rebate with a limit of 5 so I got back $2.50 for buy 5 boxes! And finally, I was super thrilled to find eggs marked down! We were down to our last few eggs so it was perfect timing! Kroger Shopping Trip: 5 Campbell’s Soup — marked down to $0.49, got $0.50 off each because they were part of the buy 10, Get $5 off deal 2 cans of Swanson broth — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items 4 cans of Green Beans — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items 2 pounds Land O Lakes butter — $2.49 each when you buy 10 participating items 3 boxes Creamette Pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items, used $1/3 coupon from a Kroger mailer = $0.50 for all three 2 cartons cottage cheese — $1.49 each when you buy 10 participating items 3 boxes of Swiss Miss hot cocoa — $0.99 each when you buy 10 participating items Annie’s Mac & Cheese — marked down to $0.45 5 boxes Off the Grid Waffles — marked down to $0.99 each, plus I got $0.50 back per box from iBotta Old El Pasa Taco Shells — marked down to $0.39 2 boxes SO Right frozen burrito bowls — marked down to $0.89 each 1 dozen Kroger eggs — marked down to $0.59 5 dozen cage-free brown eggs — marked down to $1.29 each 2 Chobani yogurt flips — marked down to $0.19 each Kroger peanut butter — free with Kroger coupon from the Kroger mailer Kroger water — $0.89 2 Dannon Oikos yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each 2 packages Roasted Turkey — marked down to $1.79 each Broccoli crowns — $0.70 Kroger smoked sausage — free with Kroger mailer coupon 2 8-count packages of Yoplait yogurt — marked down to $0.99 each 1 bunch of green leaf lettuce — $1.79 Bag of 3 apples — marked down to $0.99 Bananas — marked down to $0.50 Dole Salad Kit — $1.79 4-lb bag of oranges — $3.99 Milk — $2.99 Total with tax: $53.28 Since I had some extra wiggle room in the grocery budget, I went ahead and ordered this great deal off of Amazon. Dinners This Past Week Monday: Frozen Pizza Tuesday: Lasagna Casserole, Green Beans, Rolls Wednesday: Chicken Noodle Soup, Best Bran Muffins, Cinnamon Apples Thursday: Homemade Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Grapes, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Friday: Pumpkin Waffles, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs Saturday: Leftovers (fend for yourself) Rebates earned: $2.75 back from iBotta + 225 points from Fetch Rewards [...]
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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + What We Ate For Dinner

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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + What We Ate For Dinner
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 excited about the deals we found this week and we ate some really yummy food! Kroger Shopping Trip #1 2 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 each 3 bags of potatoes — marked down to $0.99 each 1 bag peppers — marked down to $0.99 Milk — $2.99 1 container cottage cheese — $2 2 heads lettuce — $1.79 each 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99 Total with tax: $17.05 Some of the apples in the markdown bag above were Granny Smith, which none of us are fond of eating raw. So I made Cinnamon Apples in the Instant Pot with them. These were a HUGE hit with the kids and they ate them up in just a few minutes. Next time, I definitely need to double the recipe! I was so excited about a few of the Weekend Deals at Kroger — especially the cheese deal! Kroger Shopping Trip #2: La Croix — $1.99 per 8-pack with Friday-Sunday deals Classico Pasta Sauce — $0.99 each with Friday-Sunday deals 5 Simple Truth Greek yogurts — marked down to $0.49 each 2 bags of Quaker Rice Snacks — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items 3 boxes Swiss Miss — $0.99 when you buy 10 participating items 5 bags/packages Kroger cheese — $1.29 with Friday-Sunday deals 2 containers cottage cheese — $1.49 each when you buy 10 participating items Coconut sugar — marked down to $0.99 3 boxes pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items 1 box pasta — marked down to $0.39 Taco Kit — marked down to $0.99 Half & Half — $1.49 5 cans Green Giant veggies — $0.49 each when you buy 10 participating items Grapes — $0.99/lb. 2 packages meat — marked down to $2.50 each Milk — $2.79 Honeycrisp apples — 3 lb. bag for $2.99 4 cans Swanson broth — $0.49 each when buy 10 participating items Total with tax: $48.34 Dinners From This Past Week Sunday — Frozen pizza, leftovers (fend for yourself) Monday — Chicken Tetrazzini, Best Ever Bran Muffins, Green Beans, Celery with peanut butter Tuesday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Biscuits, Grapefruit, Pumpkin Bars Wednesday — Pumpkin Pancakes, Bacon, Cinnamon Apples in the Instant Pot Thursday — Roast with Potatoes and Carrots and Onions in the crockpot Friday — $0.45 Potato Soup with bacon and cheese Sunday — Dinner out What did you eat at your house this week? Any winner frugal recipes you tried that you think we should try? [...]
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Brigette’s $92 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Brigette’s $92 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6
Aldi 2 64-oz carton Orange Juice – $3.28 1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.49 1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97 1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55 1/2 gallon 1% Milk – $0.58 1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.29 3 bags frozen Broccoli Florets – $2.65 1 pkg fresh Zucchini – $1.48 1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.59 1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.79 1 Pineapple – $1.39 1 Cauliflower – $1.79 1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $1.09 1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.59 1 large carton Organic Spring Mix – $3.49 1 carton Blackberries – $1.19 1 carton Strawberries – $1.39 1 bunch Bananas ($0.38/lb) – $1.28 2 pkgs Broccoli Crowns – $3.38 1 large bag Green Grapes ($0.89/lb) – $2.10 1 16-oz pkg Turkey Deli Meat – $2.85 1 10-lb bag fresh Chicken Quarters – $5.49 1 pkg (2.49lbs) 80/20 fresh Ground Beef, reduced – $3.94 1 pkg Pepperoni – $1.99 1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59 1 pkg Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese – $1.59 1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $3.99 1 pkg String Cheese – $1.95 1 can Whipped Topping – $2.45 1 large canister Quick Oats – $2.16 1 4-lb bag Sugar – $1.44 1 5-lb bag Flour – $0.99 1 jar Paprika – $0.79 1 box Rice Squares – $1.39 2 boxes Honey Nut Oats – $2.38 1 jar Balsamic Vinegar – $1.59 2 dozen Eggs – $1.54 1 jar Honey – $4.79 1 loaf Sandwich Bread, reduced  – $0.25 Total: $80.52 Harris Teeter 1 pkg Tortillas – $0.89 1 box Krusteaz Pancake Mix – $1.49, used $0.25 printable (doubled), plus receive $0.75 Rebate from Ibotta – $0.25 after Coupon and Rebate 1 bag Red Grapes ($0.99/lb) – $2.08 1 bag Pillsbury Best Bread Flour – $3.39 Total:$6.62 The things in the above are from a trip I took to Harris Teeter this past weekend during a 3-day Double Dollar Coupon Event. It has already ended, so I won’t put the coupon links in for you since these prices are no longer available. I got all of the above for $6.10 after coupons and rebates! Grocery Total for the Week: $93.24 Weekly Menu Plan Breakfasts Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfast. Choices include: Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit, Yogurt, Smoothies, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Toast Lunches Cheese Quesadillas, Grapes, Cucumbers x 2 Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Bananas, Carrots x 2 Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Cottage Cheese/Broccoli, Grapes, Mini Peppers Leftovers x 2 Dinners Pepperoni Pizza (using the flatbreads as crust), Tossed Salad, Green Beans Chicken Noodle Soup, Roasted Broccoli, Butterhorns Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Cauliflower Freezer-Friendly Barbequed Meatballs, Butterhorns, Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad, Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes, The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies (making enough of this meal to take to some friends who just had a baby) Classic Grilled Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Green Beans, Creamy Milk Rice Leftovers [...]
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$47 Kroger Shopping Trip

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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? [...]
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Life Update: Pregnancy (week 11) & a trip to South Africa & Herndon, VA

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Life Update: Pregnancy (week 11) & a trip to South Africa & Herndon, VA
Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram. In case you missed last week’s update, check it out here. 11 weeks! I’m so excited to be getting close to the 2nd trimester! This week was a week full of ups and downs. I had some really bad days and two surprisingly decent days where I actually had a few short windows where I didn’t feel nauseous. It was the most incredible feeling and, even though it was short-lived, it was just the encouragement I needed after having a really rough and discouraging week last week nausea-wise. (By the way, it seems that most people have told me that their nausea is always worst in the mornings. For some reason, mine gets progressively worse as the day goes on. By bedtime, it’s at the severe level and often keeps me up for a few hours. I don’t have any explanation for this but it’s how it’s been in all my pregnancies so I guess it just is what it is!) HIGHLIGHTS: I had another doctor’s appointment this week and another ultrasound. Since Jesse and Kathrynne are in South Africa, I took Silas and Kaitlynn with me to the appointment. It was exciting for them to get to see our baby on the screen! Also, my doctor says the baby has grown quite a bit & everything is looking so healthy. NOTABLE: We had the NIPT test done this week. We opted to do it for a variety of reasons, even though it’s not 100% accurate. One exciting side benefit: we should be finding out what we’re having in the next two weeks! We haven’t decided whether we’ll be telling people or not. We didn’t find out with either of the girls but chose to find out with Silas and decided that we preferred finding out to being surprised. However, with Silas, we decided to keep it a secret from everyone, including our extended family. We may or may not do that again. WEIGHT GAIN: A total of 4 pounds so far… which means that I have officially outgrown a lot of my clothes. I ordered a few new tunic tops from Amazon and a few new pairs of leggings. I also went through my closet and pared it down to the looser-fitting tops/bottoms I already own that I can still into comfortably. I’m guessing I’ll be transitioning to maternity clothes sometime in the next 4-6 weeks. (If I remember right, I usually start wearing them around 17-20 week but I feel like my belly has popped faster this pregnancy!) A Peek Into Our Week A number of you have asked for me to post a picture of Quill (our pet hedgehog). He’s doing so well and has grown so big. A Trip to South Africa Jesse and Kathrynne flew to South Africa on Wednesday to visit our friends there and see how things were going with the ministry we support there. (We usually go every year and it’s one of my favorite places ever, but for some reason, I didn’t feel a peace about going this year. It didn’t make any sense at all, but I just felt strongly that I wasn’t supposed to go… little did I know that it was going to be because I was pregnant!) They’ve been sending me pictures of their time there and I am just so happy for them. Jesse said that Kathrynne is having the best time and it warms my mama heart so much to see my girl halfway around the world loving on these kids and teens. While they’ve been gone, we stayed busy back here. I got to interview Aundi Kolber for next week’s podcast episode. I can’t wait for you to listen to this episode; it is fantastic! (Also, we looked like we were dressed for a gender reveal party or something! I didn’t even realize it until I looked at the picture we took together after she left!) I also was so excited one morning to feel well enough to go to Kroger quickly and pick up their Friday-Saturday deals! A Trip to Herdon, VA And then Kaitlynn and Silas flew with me to Herdon, VA for me to speak at the 2:1 conference. (I usually only bring one child with me on speaking engagements, but since they were both on fall break and Jesse and Kathrynne were gone, they both got to come with me!) One of the highlights of the conference was getting to meet Janet Benge, who has co-authored so many of the Christian Heroes Then and Now books. I had to get a picture for my mom. I loved getting to do a breakout workshop about exploding your engagement on Instagram! The attendees were the best and I could have stayed for another hour or two and answered all the questions I didn’t get to answer during the session and at the end! One of my favorite things is getting to help others also fall in love with the power of Instagram. Speaking of which, are you following me on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out as I share lots of behind-the-scenes, money-saving deals, and real-time updates there… many that I never get space to share here on the blog! I also gave the morning keynote sharing how my parents impacted my life and the power of legacy. What I’m… Reading right now: The Only Plane in the Sky (Note: This has a little bit of language in it, but it is a very worthwhile read and I would highly recommend it.) Watching right now: Have you seen the Enneagram Rhapsody? Multiple sent it to me this week and I had to laugh because there was so much truth in it. If you are an Enneagram fan, you’ll probably love it, if you haven’t seen it yet. 🙂 Listening to right now: This week, I’ve been listening to the Serene and Pearl UnShow at night when I have trouble sleeping because of nausea. I love the Trim Healthy Mama podcast and their quirky sense of humor and the way they disagree with one another and tease one another. (A lot of people are annoyed with how they talk over each other on their podcast. I happen to love it — probably because I grew up in a large family and we are always talking over each other and teasing one another mercilessly!) Loving right now: This kimono (I have it on in the photo at the top of this post. It’s perfect to dress up an outfit, so comfortable, and is something I’ve worn multiple times in the last month!) What are YOU reading, watching, listening to, and loving right now? I’d love to hear! In Case You Missed It: Guess what? I actually went to Kroger! Jesse Answers Your Burning Questions 2019 Goals: September Update [...]
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18 Creative Ways We Cut Our Grocery Bill

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18 Creative Ways We Cut Our Grocery Bill
Looking for some creative ways to cut your grocery bill? Here are 18 strategies from my followers that you might not have thought of doing: Creative Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill I recently asked my followers to share some of their best creative ideas for cutting their grocery bill. Here are a few of my favorites that were submitted… (Psst! Have more creative ideas to cut your grocery bill? Please leave a comment on this post and let us know!) 1. Can you make it yourself? “Make homemade items instead of buying them in the store. Example: homemade taco seasoning. You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry. Use less meat and more veggies in your recipes. You don’t have to use all the meat that comes in the package. “Make homemade laundry detergent (for coloreds and darks). It doesn’t have to be a long term commitment just long enough to help you save money now. Almost anything you get at the store you can make at home. Think outside the box.” -Christine 2. Pretend you’re Ma Ingalls! “I always pretend our family is Little House on the Prairie and it’s a day’s horse ride into town to get groceries. So, once I have purchased groceries, I don’t go back to the store. I get clever about what I can make with what I have. Kind of my own version of Chopped.” -Kathleen 3. Order groceries online. “One thing that helps us save money is to order groceries online. I can closely watch what is being spent. Yes, that means I may give up my 25-cent-off coupon, but if I’m saving $5 because I bought something on an impulse, then I still see it as saving. Or, I’ll order online and then shop my coupons in store. Saving money is hard, you always need to be watching, always counting, always scouring for the best deal. It’s a job all in itself. But when it pays off…boy does that feel great!” -Jessica 4. Cash is king! “If you don’t have it, you can’t spend it! We spend $100/week on food and toiletries for our family of 6. It’s hard but doable. The reality is, if you only have $150, you’ll only spend $150. Maybe working a zero-based budget will help you succeed more?!” -Alicia 5. Stretch your chicken. “I buy big packs of chicken breast and can use 1 pack for 3 meals. I separate the chicken tenders from the breast and cut those into cubes for casseroles. Then, I place those pieces and seasonings/marinades in labeled freezer bags and freeze them. The breasts, I fillet, turning one portion into two. These I season/marinade and place in bags or parchment lined tins and freeze — it just depends on how I plan to cook them.” -Jessica Pro Tip: Check out this post on How to Stretch One Package of Chicken to Make 4 Dinners. 6. Have a Waste Not, Want Not Day. “Take a look at what’s leftover at the end of the week from your most recent shopping trip. What meal(s) can you make out if it? Or snacks, treats, etc.? Every so often I have a “Waste Not Want Not Day” and I use up every odd/leftover food items I can find. Be creative.” -Helen 7. Stop using so much! “Rethink how you use some items. Using too much laundry soap? Only use the bare minimum. And sometimes hand wash small batches! Shampoo? Wash your hair every 2nd or 3rd day, rather than every day.” -Sue Pro tip: Read my post on How I Only Wash My Hair Once a Week. 8. Think in terms of cost per meal. “I try to break it down by cost per meal. Most meals (dinners) I make regularly can be done for under $10-12 for my family of 5… $4 or less worth of meat, a couple bucks in veggies, a couple bucks in carbs. “I try to keep snacks under $0.30/each, at most $0.50, so I’ll break down the cost per item or estimate the number of snacks I can get from one box and divide. “It really helps to see exactly what your meals are costing you, if the ingredients you use in your average dinner costs $25 to buy, you either need to reevaluate your menus or reevaluate your budget.” -Jessica 9. Use a store gift card & shop with a calculator. “A tip to avoid going over on groceries is IF you shop at stores like Safeway (Vons) or QFC (Kroger) that offer gift cards for purchase… load up a gift card each week for the dollar amount you have planned. Only use that gift card (as best you can) for grocery shopping. “If your card doesn’t have enough to cover it at checkout, it’ll really make you have to think twice when you have to pull out your debit card to cover the difference. “Also, shop with a calculator in hand. I’ve done that so many times during tight payday periods. Then you can re-evaluate what’s most important in your cart before you get to checkout.” -Helen 10. Shop Dollar General for OTC medicines. “I’ve recently been introduced to Dollar General brand of OTC meds. They actually seem to work better than most of the name brands.” -Alice 11. Simplify your meals. “Simplify your meals. Some nights we don’t do the traditional meat, starch, veggie. We hardly ever have a bread/roll or even dessert. We might have just a casserole or just spaghetti alone with no sides.” -Allison 12. Shop at CVS. “CVS is the best for personal care items. Although their regular prices are high, their deals can’t be beat. One day recently, I walked out with 2 bottles of L’Oreal shampoo, 2 Pantene hairsprays, and 1 shaving cream for $0.53. I used the coupons at the kiosk, with manufacturer’s coupons on sale items. When I get an overabundance, I share with my daughter or donate to one of the local shelters.” -Kathy 13. Make your own convenience items. “Making cleaning products with vinegar, baking soda, ammonia provides lots of savings. Also, we stopped using paper towels years ago. (You can even cut up old t-shirts for hand towels. I keep them in a basket by the sink.) “Make convenience items from scratch. Or find homemade solutions for expensive items. “When I had kids at home, I made lots of muffins, baked oatmeal, homemade frozen hot pockets, and frozen burritos. Hillbilly Housewife had a great basic muffin recipe and I made it with whatever I had for add-ins. “Eating breakfast for supper saves lots and having things like pancakes, biscuits and gravy, or eggs and toast. Cooking once to re-use leftovers saves a lot also. Taco meat becomes chili, baked chicken becomes soup.” -Gina 14. Cut down on what you buy. “You can still go broke chasing a good deal! Former coupon instructor here. You can up the amount of your budget OR you can cut down on what you buy. “Perhaps one week a month (or a quarter), do a spending fast and don’t shop. Use what’s in the pantry, and eat what’s in the fridge/freezer.” -Amanda 15. Use Walmart Grocery Pickup. “Walmart Online grocery pickup has been great for me lately. You can see exactly what you’re spending before you get to checkout and you are only buying what you need for the week/two weeks versus buying things that you see that jump into your cart. “I still have to supplement with trips here and there to our local grocery store, but knowing I can purchase the bulk of it for very low prices and control what I’m spending WHILE I spend it, has been a great thing for me.” -Susan Pro tip: Did you know you can earn United Airline Miles by using Walmart Grocery Pickup? 16. Use bar soap instead of liquid soap. “Bar soap is also a fraction of the price of liquid, one $2 bar of Dove lasts more than a month compared to a $6 bottle of liquid for 2 weeks!” -Marge 17. Try the Envelope System. “I highly recommend the envelope system. Put your grocery money for the week envelope and only spend that amount (you might need to leave your credit/debit cards at home until you get the hang of shopping with a set amount of cash).” [...]
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$70 Grocery Budget (I’m loving these weekend deals!)

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$70 Grocery Budget (I’m loving these weekend deals!)
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 excited about the weekend deals this week! Since the Labor Day sales went through Monday, we split up our budget so that we got some of them last week and some of them this week. Monday’s Kroger Shopping Trip 5 bags of Tyson Anytizers — $3.99 each with the weekend deals 4 bags of frozen veggies — $1 each Milk — $2.89 Half & Half — $1.99 2 half gallons Almond milk — $1.99 each 3 dozen eggs — marked down to $1.29/dozen 5 boxes of Betty Crocker brownie and cake mix — $0.50 each with weekend deals Total with tax: $42.03 I can’t remember the last time I bought Lunchables, but my kids absolutely love them. So when I saw that they were priced at just $0.99 at Kroger this weekend, I surprised them by getting them some. Needless to say, they were THRILLED! Friday Kroger Shopping Trip 5 boxes Lunchables — $0.99 each with the Friday-Saturday deals 4 lbs. ground beef — marked down to $2.49 each 1 bag of lemons — marked down to $0.99 2 bags of grapes — $0.99/lb. 1 tub lettuce — marked down to $1.79 2 family size boxes of cereal — $1.99 each with the Friday-Saturday deals Total with tax: $27 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, Toast, Oatmeal, Eggs, Smoothies Lunches: Chicken, Capri Sun, Salad, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, PB & Honey Sandwich, Leftovers, Fruit, Crackers, Snacks: Cookies, Eggs, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Apple Crisp, Fruit, Veggies Dinners: Sunday — Out to eat at Chili’s Monday — Chicken, Roasted Broccoli Tuesday — Chicken/Broccoli/Rice Casserole Wednesday — Breakfast for Dinner: French Toast Thursday — Pizza Friday — Fend for yourself Saturday — Cereal Total spent on groceries: $69.03 Cashback earned this week: 675 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards, $0.50 back from iBotta [...]
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Last Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + Menu Plan

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Last Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + 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 follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here. I’ve been finding a LOT of random markdowns at Kroger recently, so my shopping trips this week were mostly made up of those! Kroger Shopping Trip #1 Kroger Eggs — marked down to $1.29 Cinnamon Raisin Bread — marked down to $1.29 2 cans of canned Pineapple — marked down to $0.49 each JIF peanut butter — marked down to $0.99 each Kettle cooked chips — marked down to $0.79 Kroger sour cream — $1.39 Deli chicken — marked down to $2.39 Elbow macaroni — marked down to $0.39 1 bag of peppers/squash — marked down to $0.99 Kroger peanuts — marked down to $0.89 Sirloin Steak — marked down to $4.40 1 bag of cucumbers — marked down to $0.99 Strawberries — $1.50 2 cans of Kroger soup — $0.79 each 1 bag of lemons — marked down to $0.99 Bananas — marked down to $0.39/lb. = $0.71 Tyson Frozen Chicken — $6.99 2 cans of salmon — marked down to $1.99 each Package of Kind Breakfast Bars — marked down to $0.99 2 cans of green beans — marked down to $0.29 each Simple Truth organic seltzer water — marked down to $0.99 each 2 boxes of Rice-a-Roni — marked down to $0.49 each Kroger taco seasoning — marked down to $0.19 Total with tax: $41.96 I was excited about the Weekend Deals at Kroger this week and am going back to hit some of the others on Monday! Kroger Shopping Trip #2 Salad Kit — $1.99 Nature Valley Granola Bar — marked down to $0.69 Kroger eggs — marked down to $1.29 Annie’s Mac & Cheese — marked down to $0.59 each Capri Sun — marked down to $0.69 JIF Peanut Butter — marked down to $0.89 3 packages of Smithfield Bacon — $2.99 each with Weekend Deals Kind bar — Free with Free Friday coupon Creamed Corn — $0.99 Kroger Green Beans — $0.59 5 Lara Bars — $0.50 each with Weekend Deals Franks Red Hot Sauce — Well, I thought this was supposed to be $0.99 with the Kroger Weekend Deals but as I was typing this up, I realized that I think I actually paid $2.99 for this!! Now I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth taking back to the store. Probably not? But I kind of surprised that I didn’t catch that I overpaid for this. 🙁 I usually am really good at carefully checking everything. Here’s another good reason why you should check your receipt really thoroughly before leaving the store! Lettuce — $1.79 Total with tax: $26.18 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, Toast, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwiches (Silas and Kaitlynn have been loving this for breakfast recently!), Eggs Lunches: Ham Sandwiches, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Capri Sun, Salad, Leftovers, Fruit Snacks: Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Go-Gurts, Apple Crisp, Fruit, Veggies Dinners: Sunday — Fend For Yourself Monday — Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef with Pineapple over rice, fruit Tuesday — Slow Cooker Chicken Tetrazzini, green beans Wednesday — Breakfast for dinner: Pancakes, sausage, fruit Thursday — Barbecue Chicken, Noodles, Fruit Friday — Smoked Ribs, Green Beans with bacon/garlic/onion, creamed corn Saturday — Leftovers Total spent on groceries: $68.14 Cashback earned this week: 50 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards [...]
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{Last Chance!} Get the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service for 30% off!

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{Last Chance!} Get the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service for 30% off!
It’s the LAST DAY to get a subscription to Eat at Home Menu Planning service for 30% off! If you haven’t taken advantage of this deal yet and have been meaning to, this is your gentle reminder that you need to run over and purchase — because the deal ends at midnight! I’m just loving getting these messages from those of you who are signing up: My Top 3 Reasons I Love Eat at Home My favorite thing about the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service is that — unlike many other menu plan services — you don’t have to pick one menu plan — you get access to four complete menu plans every single week. Yes, that’s right! I also LOVE that the plans were put together with busy families in mind — and many of the recipes can be made in less than 15 minutes. Finally, the recipes are GOOD! Someone asked this morning on Facebook Live whether we like all of the recipes and I could genuinely say that we typically love 50% of them, that we like 40-45% of them, and there are just 5-10% that aren’t necessarily ones we like. I think that’s pretty impressive considering we’re feeding 5 people here who have different palates! On the Fence About Purchasing? Many of you have already purchased the Eat at Home menu-planning service and have written to tell me you are excited about all of the time and effort and money you are going to save with it. But others of you are still sitting on the fence and wondering whether it’s worth the investment. And I totally get that. I don’t want you to spend your hard-earned money on something that isn’t going to be a great fit for you. But I also don’t want you to miss this opportunity to get such a great deal… because this deal only comes around two times per year and it’s the lowest price that you’ll ever find this menu-planning service. If you’re on the fence about purchasing, I want to help you out. Here are three steps I encourage you to take to make sure this is for you: 1. Leave a Comment… I’m Here to Answer Your Questions! I will be checking comments here this afternoon and evening and am happy to answer your questions about the Eat at Home menu-planning service. Just leave a comment and ask whatever questions you have. I’ll personally do my best to answer your question or to find out the answer for you! And trust me, I will be incredibly honest with you and let you know if I don’t think this menu-planning service is a good fit for you. 2. Download the Sample Menus Want to see some samples of what the Eat at Home menu-plan service is like? You can view a sample menu plan for each of the 4 different menu plans you’ll get when you sign up for this service. Just go here to check out the sample menu plans here. 3. Try it Out for 30 Days Eat at Home offers a full 30-day money-back guarantee. So if you think the service might work for you but you’re not sure, I recommend that you go ahead and signed up and try it out for a week to see if it will work. If it doesn’t, you can just email in and ask for your money back — no questions asked! Have Picky Eaters? Someone asked in the Eat at Home Facebook Group whether the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service would work if you have picky eaters. I can’t promise or guarantee you anything, but here were some of the responses: You can go here to read the rest of the responses to this question. What You Get When You Sign Up When you sign up for the Eat at Home Menu plan service (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get: An entire month of No Flour, No Sugar menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions An entire month of Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions (this is my favorite!) An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings) Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can, too Access to the entire month at once! 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour! You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have! Go sign up here — and use coupon code YES at checkout to get 30% off! That makes the annual plan just $1.13 per week! If you have any questions about the Eat at Home Menu Plan service, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer your question promptly! P.S. Don’t forget, the Eat at Home Menu Plan service is only on sale until tonight at midnight! Use coupon code YES at checkout to get 30% off — that’s the lowest price you’ll get this year! Find more details on these fantastic menu plans here. Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we will receive a commission — at no additional cost to you! Thank you for your support. [...]
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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + Our Menu Plan

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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 follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here. Did you see that the Eat at Home Menu Plan service 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 4 different menu plans (No Sugar/No Flour, Instant Pot/Slow Cooker, Traditional, and Traditional Wholesome) AND you get a color-coded grocery list 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: Slow Cooker Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Instant Pot Chicken Sandwiches Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken 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: 4 dozen Simple Truth Organic eggs — $1.99 each with Friday-Saturday coupon 5 pounds butter — $1.99 each with Friday-Saturday coupon Detergent — $1.49 Whole Wheat bread — marked down to $1.29 1 bag of grapefruit — marked down to $0.99 Tomato puree — $0.89 Tomato sauce — $0.99 1 bag of clementines — marked down to $0.99 Tub of Baby Spring Mix — marked down to $1.79 Total with tax $28.04 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, Homemade Granola, Toast, Whole Wheat Banana Bread, Eggs,  Yogurt Lunches: Ham Sandwiches, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Capri Sun, Salad, Leftovers, Fruit Snacks: Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Go-Gurts, Fruit, Cheese, Whole Wheat Banana Bread Dinners: Sunday — Fend For Yourself Monday —Tortilla Chicken Soup with crackers & cheese,  fruit Tuesday — Slow Cooker Teriyaki BBQ Chicken over noodles, fruit Wednesday — Instant Pot Chicken Sandwiches Thursday — Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken over noodles, green beans, fruit Friday — Spaghetti, fruit Saturday — Leftovers Total spent on groceries: $67.04 Cashback earned this week: 50 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards [...]
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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + Menu Plan

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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget + 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 follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here. Because of our traveling the last 4 weeks, I haven’t posted our grocery budget + menu plan posts. It feels good to be back to it now that school has started and we’re back into the swing of a more normal routine. Speaking of school starting, here’s a real-life photo from the first day: Kathrynne headed out to a 4-day back to school camp (her school starts with an all-school 4-day camp!), Silas all ready for his first day in his uniform, and Kaitlynn sporting a thermometer because she had a low grade fever and had to stay home. I couldn’t believe this HUGE cart full of egg noodles marked down to $0.69 each at Kroger this week! But I didn’t buy them because Kroger has Private Selection on pasta for $0.50 when you buy 5 participating items. Kroger Shopping Trip #1: Kroger breakfast links — free with coupons from Kroger mailer 2 canisters of breadcrumbs — on closeout for $0.47 each Kroger peanut butter — free with coupons from Kroger mailer A&W Cream Soda — free with coupon mailed to me Quest bar — free with Freebie Friday coupon 1 can Kroger green beans — marked down to $0.29 2 cans of hominy — marked down to $0.29 each Turkey Hill Tea — marked down to $0.39 Kroger broth — marked down to $0.69 3 boxes of Kroger toaster pastries — marked down to $0.59 each 1 bag of peppers — marked down to $0.99 1 cantaloupe — marked down to $0.99 1 bag of onions/avocados — marked down to $0.99 1 can Simple Truth green beans — marked down to $0.49 1 package of egg roll wraps — marked down to $0.49 2 bags of Blue Corn chips — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items 1 package of Oscar Mayer hot dogs — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items 2 bags of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items 4 packages of Private Selection pasta — $0.50 each when you buy 5 participating items 1 box of oatmeal — used $0.40/1 Kroger digital coupon = $1.09 after coupon Total with tax: $18.95 Kaitlynn and I flew to Portland, Maine for me to speak at the Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference. One of the best parts of speaking at food blogging conferences? The BEST gift sacks full of yummy food and snacks from sponsors! Kroger Shopping Trip #2 Kroger whole wheat flour — marked down to $1.69 Brown rice — marked down to $1.19 3 packages of Eckrich sausage — $1.69 each when you buy 5 participating items 5 packages of cheese — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal 2 boxes of Cheerios — $1.49 when you buy 5 participating items — used $1/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.99 each Bag of grapefruit/lime juice — $0.99 Tub of lettuce — marked down to $1.79 1 dozen cage-free eggs — $2.50 1 back to school brownie bites — marked down to $2.49 Total with tax: $25.09 Sprouts Shopping Trip Bartlett Pears — $0.95 3 18-oz. cartons of blueberries — $1.98 each Peaches — $1.09 Water — $1.98 Total with tax: $10.64 BigLots Shopping Trip 2 bags of chips — $0.25 each 2 double packs of English Muffins — $1.40 each 4 packages of Keebler cookies — $0.25 each 4 to-go cups — $0.25 each 4 bags of peanuts — $0.25 each Total with tax: $7.26 I couldn’t believe the great deals we found at BigLots! It reminded me of the Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery last week! 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, Homemade Granola, Toast, Cantaloupe, Yogurt Lunches: Ham Sandwiches, Granola Bars, Yogurt, Capri Sun, Salad, Leftovers, Fruit, Snacks: Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Go-Gurts Dinners: Sunday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Oyster Crackers Monday — Fend for Yourself Tuesday — Chick-fil-A Wednesday — Smoked Ribs Thursday — Chicken Noodle Soup, Bran Muffins Friday — Chicken Rice Casserole, Cantaloupe, Roasted Broccoli Saturday — Leftovers Total spent on groceries: $61.94 Cashback earned this week: 308 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards [...]
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Easy Meals for 25 People | Our Vacation Menu Plan for 27 People

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Easy Meals for 25 People | Our Vacation Menu Plan for 27 People
Need some easy meals for 25 people…or maybe just some easy recipes for large groups? Here’s how we fed 27 people on our recently family vacation including the meals we made + how we divvied up the responsibilities. Be sure to also check out my post from earlier this year on Our Vacation Menu Plan for a Crowd + last year’s Big Family Vacation Menu Plan! Easy Meals for 25+ People Last week, we drove to Lampe, MO to spend a week at Table Rock Lake with almost all of my extended family. (This time around it was my parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and their spouses and kids. My youngest brother couldn’t come because he’s working at the Wild’s camp this summer). My dad rented Caboose Junction Resort for us all (it has a main house and then 6 caboose that have been turned into small “cabins”). In addition to spending lots of time skiing, boating, and swimming, we ate a lot of yummy meals. But in order to feed 27 people without it being too much work, we not only stuck with easy meals for 25+ people, but we also all pitched in and helped with the food. Since you all loved my large group menu plan posts, I wanted to, once again, share what we ate and how we planned and divided up the responsibilities. This might give you some inspiration in case you need some suggestions for easy meals for 25+ people.   How We Planned and Divvied Things Up Like last time, my sister planned the menu with easy meals that would feed a crowd and sent out a sign-up form using Perfect Potluck (it’s free and so easy to use!). Each family signed up for the main dishes and side dishes they wanted to be in charge of. (A screenshot of the sign up form on Perfect Potluck.) Whatever meals or parts of meals you signed up for, you were in charge of bringing the ingredients for and cooking/baking. We also had a sign-up for kitchen clean-up, too, so that one person didn’t have to do a bunch of the clean up and everyone could enjoy plenty of time for fun! Easy Breakfasts for 25+ People Here’s what we served for breakfast: Pancakes, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Sausage, Eggs, Orange Juice Baked French Toast, Bacon, Eggs, Orange Juice Baked Oatmeal Sausage, Eggs, Orange Juice Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, Orange Juice Homemade Granola with fruit and yogurt Easy Lunches for 25+ People For lunch, we had our usual huge Build-Your-Own Salad Bar (most all of my family loves salads!). We also had bread and meat/cheese for sandwiches for the kids and any adults who didn’t just want a salad. In addition, we set out any leftovers from breakfast or dinner. Build-Your-Own Salad Bar Ingredients: A variety of Greens and Lettuce, Canned Salmon, Boiled Eggs, Raisins, Seeds/Nuts, Avocados, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Chickpeas, Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Croutons, Dressings Simple Dinners for 25+ People If you’re looking for some really easy meals for 25+ people, here’s what we made for the dinners: Spaghetti Pie, Lettuce Salad, Garlic Bread, Green Beans, Fruit Southwest Rollups (Toppings: Shredded Lettuce, Sour Cream, Salsa), Mexican Rice, Fruit Pizza & Soda Pop (We ordered from a local pizza place — we ordered it online and then my dad went and picked it up.) Baked Potato Bar & Five Cup Salad (The toppings we had: Baked Potatoes, Taco Meat, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, Chopped Green Onions, Shredded Cheese, Bacon, Salsa, Chopped Tomatoes, Broccoli.) Grilled Chicken, Lettuce Salad, Homemade Biscuits, Corn on the Cob, Fruit Salad, Steamed Veggies,  Twice Baked Potatoes. (I used the leftover baked potatoes to make these.) Hamburgers/Hot Dogs, Homemade French Fries, Veggie Tray, Leftover Corn on the Cob, Leftover Fruit Salad It’s amazing how it’s not too much work on any one person to feed 20+ people if we all pitch in and help! What other ideas of easy meals for 25+ people or easy recipes for large groups do you have? I’d love to hear! Want to cut your grocery budget? Go here and sign up (it’s free!) I’ll send you my 10 Easy Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill By $50. [...]
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Our Visit to Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery

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Our Visit to Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery
Have you checked out Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery in Ozark, MO? In this post, I share about our recent trip there, the deals I found, and my honest thoughts on the store. Visiting Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery Our family met up with all of my extended family this past week in Lampe, MO for our annual week at the lake trip. On our way home, we stopped at Lambert’s Cafe in Ozark, MO for lunch. I had mentioned this on Instagram stories and one of my followers messaged me and said we had to check out this discount store that was close to Lambert’s called Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery. (Note: they don’t seem to have an actual website that I could find. They do have a very regularly-updated Facebook Page.) It just so happened, that we were at the gas station right down the road when I read the message and it just so happened that we had some wiggle room in our day. So I asked Jesse if we could run into the store to check it out. I Was So Impressed With the Deals! Honestly, because of all of the great deals I often find at my local stores, it takes a lot to impress me when it comes to grocery deals. And when we first walked in and I looked at some of the prices, I figured that this might have a few good deals but probably most of the prices weren’t anything to get too excited about. But then I kept looking and I started getting more and more excited. I should have known one of my followers wouldn’t steer me wrong! I picked up a few boxes of $0.49 cookies and crackers and then a few more. Pretty soon, when I started dropping things because my arms were full, Jesse looked at me and said, “Um, I think you need to get a shopping basket.” That was the point when I knew that I wasn’t going to make it out of this store with “just a few purchases” as I had initially planned on. I was quickly falling in love with Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery. There were SO many, many good deals! I was especially impressed with the prices on crackers and cookies. They had boxes and boxes and boxes of name brands that were $0.49 to $0.99! Also, I discovered that if you kept looking, there were many that were marked down to half price! The Best Deals Were on Snack Items Some of the prices were more than what I’d pay at my grocery stores when pairing coupons and sales. However, most of the snack prices were less expensive than I can ever find. For instance, Jesse was thrilled to find Sunflower Seeds for $0.49/bag! All of the protein bars — including RXbars — were $0.50 each!! They even had this medicine area with $0.49 items! I found a number of organic items at great prices, too! And the candy prices were so good. My kids just couldn’t believe it! So much for buying just a few things! How Much I Spent at Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery Jesse laughed as he saw me walking towards him with my precariously balanced basket. I couldn’t fit one more item in so I knew it was time to call it quits. (We didn’t have a lot of extra space in the car, otherwise I probably would have purchased 2-3 times as much!) Guess how much we paid for this entire basket full of stuff? $14!!! Basically, I felt like we were shopping at Dollar Tree! That said, since so many of the items were just $0.49 each, it felt even better than Dollar Tree! If you are ever in or near Ozark, MO, I highly recommend checking out Christian County Discount Freight & Grocery! [...]
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Back-to-School Shopping: Kids Influenced by Social Media Push Parents to Overspend

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Back-to-School Shopping: Kids Influenced by Social Media Push Parents to Overspend
Kids pushing their parents for the coolest in back-to-school gear is a late-summer tradition, and today, youngsters have some backup: social media influencers. Peer and social media influences on children are not news unto themselves, but it turns out these factors are affecting how parents spend their back-to-school dollars, according to a new NerdWallet survey... Elizabeth Renter is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: elizabeth@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @elizabethrenter. The article Back-to-School Shopping: Kids Influenced by Social Media Push Parents to Overspend originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Gretchen’s Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

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Gretchen’s Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5
Dillons 2 Enlightened Ice Creams – $5.47 each, used $1/1 e-coupon and $5.99 Ibotta rebate AND $5.99 Kroger cash back rebate – Free plus $1.40 overage after coupons and rebates 1 Yoplait Gogurt – Marked down to $0.49 1 Sara Lee Loaf Bread – $2.49, used $1/1 e-coupon – $1.49 after coupon 2 bags Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1.25 each 5 bags Kroger Cheese – $1.99 each, used $0.50/1 e-coupon x 5 – $1.49 each after coupon 1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99 2 pkg Kroger Applesauce – $1.29, used $0.30/1 e-coupon x 2 – $0.99 each after coupon 1 Kroger Eggs – Marked down to $0.49 2 Mott’s Fruit Snacks – $1.99 each, used $1/1 e-coupon x 2 – $0.99 each after coupon 1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.59 1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.39 1 bag Green Peppers – Marked down to $0.99 2 pkg Strawberries – $2.88 each, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $2.63 each after coupon 3.32 lbs Bananas – $1.63 2 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.29 each 1 Stonyfield Yogurt – Marked down to $1.79, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.29 after coupon Received $0.10 Ibotta rebate Received $0.09 Coinout rebate (I’m loving this new app!) Total after coupons and rebates: $30.51 Aldi 2 bag Frozen Broccoli – $0.95 each 1 Half & Half – $1.59 1 pkg Butter – $2.88 1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79 1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99 1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.99 1 pkg Cream Cheese – $0.99 1 pkg Taco Seasoning – $0.39 1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19 1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49 1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.89 1 can Refried Beans – $0.79 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup – $0.49 2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each 1 gallon Milk – $1.49 1 pkg Granola Bars – $1.59 Received $0.03 Coinout rebate Total: $25.60 Total for both stores: $56.11 Menu Plan for This Week We are still getting veggies from our garden which I will be using this week! Breakfasts Cereal, Toast, Eggs, Fruit, Oatmeal Lunches Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad Bar, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese, Cheese Quesadillas, Mac & Cheese, Leftovers Dinners Chicken & Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli Dinner with Lifegroup (I’m bringing Chips and Bean Dip!) BBQ Meatballs, Rolls, Steamed Peas, Mashed Potatoes Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit Salad Out to dinner for our wedding anniversary Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad Taco Bar [...]
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Free Printable Back to School Shopping Planner

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Free Printable Back to School Shopping Planner
Grab this free planner to help with all your Back To School shopping! Download a free printable Back to School Shopping Planner! It includes budget pages, sales trackers, price trackers, shopping lists, and more. Be sure to check out all of the Best 2019 Back To School Deals! Don’t forget you can also sign up for our daily email newsletter to get all of the best back to school deals emailed to you every week! And be sure to check out my post on 5 Simple Ways to Save on Back to School Deals. [...]
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These States’ Tax-Free Holidays Mean Big Savings on Back-to-School Shopping

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These States’ Tax-Free Holidays Mean Big Savings on Back-to-School Shopping
Back-to-school shopping may be exciting for the kids who’ll get new gear, but less so for the parents who have to pay for it all. The National Retail Federation estimates the average household with kids in elementary through high school is expected to spend about $697 on new clothes, shoes, electronics and school supplies in 2019.  Some shoppers will be able to find a little financial relief this summer as 16 states hold tax-free holidays during July and August, saving consumers from paying sales tax on certain school-related items. Now, you may not save a ton of money by shopping during tax-free holidays. For example, if you bought $500 worth of clothes, shoes and school supplies during Florida’s tax-free weekend in a county where the sales tax is 6%, you would save only $30. But what parent wouldn’t want to save 30 bucks?   And if you use the tax-free holidays in conjunction with smart comparison shopping and deal-stacking, you’ll save even more on your back-to-school supplies.   Some states’ tax-free holidays are held over a weekend, while others are a week long. Each state has different criteria for what merchandise won’t be taxed, and many states require the purchases to be under a certain price threshold. Tax-Free Weekends: When, Where and What The states that have back-to-school tax-free weekends (or weeks) this year are Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Alabama When: July 19-21 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — $100 or less per item.  Books — $30 or less per item.  School supplies — $50 or less per item. Computers and related equipment — $750 or less per item.  Arkansas When: Aug. 3-4 What is tax-free: Clothing and shoes — less than $100 per item.  Clothing accessories — less than $50 per item. School supplies — no price threshold, but must be on a state-approved list. Connecticut When: Aug. 18-24 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — less than $100 per item. Florida When: Aug. 2-6 What is tax-free:  Computers and certain electronics — $1,000 or less per item.  Clothing, accessories and shoes — $60 or less per item. School supplies — $15 or less per item. Iowa When: Aug. 2-3 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — less than $100 per item. Maryland When: Aug. 11-17 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — $100 or less per item. Bookbags/backpacks — the first $40 is tax-free. Massachusetts When: Aug. 17-18 What is tax-free:  Most consumer products — $2,500 or less per item. Clothing — Massachusetts does not charge any sales tax on clothes under $175 year round. Mississippi When: July 26-27 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — less than $100 per item. Missouri When: Aug. 2-4 What is tax-free: Clothing and shoes — $100 or less per item. School supplies — $50 or less per purchase (exception: graphing calculators must be $150 or less). Computers and related equipment — $1,500 or less per item.  Computer software — $350 or less. FROM THE SAVE MONEY FORUM Summer Is Here: Is Your Electric Bill Affected by Running the AC? 7/17/19 @ 4:08 PM Do You Ever Pick up A Stray Penny? 2/7/19 @ 5:27 PM Do drive-in movie theaters save you money? 7/1/19 @ 7:38 PM What to buy (and not buy) from Fourth of July Sales 2019 6/27/19 @ 1:00 PM M See more in Save Money or ask a money question New Mexico When: Aug. 2-4 What is tax-free:  Clothing, accessories and shoes — less than $100 per item.  School supplies — less than $30 per item (exceptions: backpacks, maps and globes must be under $100 and calculators must be under $200). Computers — $1,000 or less per item.  Computer hardware — $500 or less per item. Ohio When: Aug. 2-4 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — $75 or less per item. School supplies — $20 or less per item. School instructional materials — $20 or less per item. Oklahoma When: Aug. 2-4 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — less than $100 per item.  South Carolina When: Aug. 2-4 What is tax-free: Clothing, accessories and shoes — no price threshold. School supplies — no price threshold. Computers and related equipment — no price threshold. Bedding, pillows, bath towels, wash cloths and shower curtains — no price threshold. Books and musical instruments — no price threshold (if they are for school assignments). Tennessee When: July 26-28 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — $100 or less per item.  School supplies — $100 or less per item.  Computers — $1,500 or less per item. Texas When: Aug. 9-11 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — less than $100 per item. School supplies — less than $100 per item. Virginia When: Aug. 2-4 What is tax-free:  Clothing and shoes — $100 or less per item. School supplies — $20 or less per item. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Easy Meals for 20+ People | Our Vacation Menu Plan for 28 People

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Easy Meals for 20+ People | Our Vacation Menu Plan for 28 People
Need some easy meals for 20 people? Here’s how we fed 28 people on our recently family vacation including the meals we made + how we divvied up the responsibilities. Want more easy recipes for large groups? Check out my post on last year’s Big Family Vacation Menu Plan. Easy Meals for 20+ People We recently went to Utah with my entire extended family (parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and their spouses and kids). My dad rented a huge cabin for us to stay in and we all pitched in and helped with the food. I thought it would be fun to share what we ate and how we planned and divided up the responsibilities. This might give you some inspiration in case you need some suggestions for easy meals for 20+ people! How We Planned and Divvied Things Up My sister planned the menu with easy meals that would feed a crowd and sent out a sign-up form using Perfect Potluck (it’s free and so easy to use!). Each family signed up for the main dishes and side dishes they wanted to be in charge of. (A screenshot of the sign up form on Perfect Potluck.) Whatever meals or parts of meals you signed up for, you were in charge of bringing the ingredients for and cooking/baking. This time around, we also had a sign-up for kitchen clean-up, too, so that my dad wouldn’t spend the entire trip doing dishes. (He’s always working in the kitchen, it seems! He says he loves it, but 28 people make a LOT of dishes!) What We Made for Breakfast Here’s what we served for breakfast: Pancakes, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice Baked Oatmeal (my sister made the mix of the dry ingredients ahead of time for this), Sausage, Orange Juice Cereal, Fruit, Leftover Pancakes & Eggs What We Made for Lunch For lunch, we had a huge Build-Your-Own Salad Bar (most all of my family loves salads!). We also had bread and meat/cheese for sandwiches for the kids and any adults who didn’t just want a salad. In addition, we set out any leftovers from breakfast or dinner. Build-Your-Own Salad Bar Ingredients: A variety of Greens and Lettuce, Canned Tuna/Salmon, Boiled Eggs, Raisins, Seeds/Nuts, Avocados, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Chickpeas, Cherry Tomatoes, Dressings What We Made for Dinner Here’s what we made for the dinners: Build-Your-Own Haystacks, Homemade Guacamole, Rice Grilled Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Fruit, Green Beans, Homemade Rolls Hamburgers/Hot Dogs, Tater Tots, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon, Veggie Tray, Steamed Broccoli Here’s what our family contributed contributed (I went to Smith’s — a Kroger affiliate — and was able to get all of this for around $50!) + I brought some salad toppings, canned tuna and salmon, and some extra snacks in our luggage. It’s amazing how it’s not too much work on any one person to feed 20+ people if we all pitch in and help! What other ideas of easy meals for 20+ people do you have? I’d love to hear! Want to cut your grocery budget? Go here and sign up (it’s free!) I’ll send you my 10 Easy Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill By $50. [...]
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10 Simple Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill

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10 Simple Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill
Need some practical ideas to cut your grocery bill? Here’s a list of 10 simple ideas to shave money off your grocery budget. Looking for more tips? Check out my post on 25 Ways to Save Money on Groceries and my $70 Grocery Budget posts. photo by KitAy Guest Post by MaryEllen from Centsible Savings While picking up my milk for the week, I stopped to consider how many people might wonder why I was digging all the way to the back of the refrigerated section. Then I started thinking about how easy it is for anyone to reduce their grocery budget just by following a few simple guidelines. I’m not talking about spending hours every week clipping coupons and scouring the sale papers for deals. These are simple strategies that everyone can use to help keep their food costs down: 1. Look toward the back of the refrigerated section for the latest-dated milk, cheese, meat and other perishables. It certainly won’t help you cut expenses if your food goes bad and you have to throw it out and buy more. 2. Buy whole milk and mix it with water. It will taste different at first, but you’ll get used to it after a while. If you can bring your taste buds to agree to mixing your milk half and half with water then you’re getting two gallons for the price of one! (Note: Keep in mind that if you have young children, watering down your milk will affect the nutrition of it.) 3. If you’re buying individual fruits (e.g. apples, oranges, etc.) by the pound, pick out the smallest ones. The total weight will be less, and therefore you won’t pay as much, but you won’t notice the difference when you’re eating your apple. 4. Shop early in the morning if at all possible. That is when you’ll find most of the marked down produce, meat, and bread. Even if you can’t shop in the morning, be sure to still keep an eye out for products that have been marked down. 5. Don’t buy too much produce at one time. Produce (especially if it has been shipped a long distance) will not last very long before it has to be thrown out. Try to buy only enough for about one week at a time. 6. If you find a good sale on something you normally buy that has an extended shelf-life or freezer life, stock up. Why wait until later and pay full price when you can buy several now at a much lower price? 7. Be creative and cook with what you have on hand. Make your weekly menus based on what is already in your pantry or freezer. Then you’ll just need to buy a few ingredients to fill in the gaps. 8. Make a list and stick to it when you shop. Unplanned “extras” add up very quickly. 9. Consider how badly you really need something. For example, it doesn’t really take any longer to make pancakes or biscuits from scratch than from a box mix. Yet those box mixes often quite a bit more than just buying the ingredients would cost. (Cooking from scratch is much better for your health, too!) 10. Use coupons. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not talking about spending hours each week on clipping coupons and scoping out deals. But if something is on your list, you should at least check to see if there is a coupon out for it. A good place to check is the coupon database. You’ll be surprised at the difference fifty cents here and a dollar there can make! What other tips or strategies for cutting your grocery bill would you add to this list? (originally published in 2008) [...]
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Grocery Shopping in Iceland

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Grocery Shopping in Iceland
Want details on grocery shopping in Iceland? We went to Bonus — a discount grocery store — on our trip to Iceland. Here’s a little peek into our shopping trip and what the prices were. You might also like my post: Grocery Shopping in South Africa. Grocery Shopping in Iceland One of the things I heard over and over again as I researched how to save money when visiting Iceland was that the price of food was really high. So we prepared accordingly by bringing an entire suitcase of packaged food with us (you get a free checked bag per person when you fly internationally). This suitcase of packaged food saved us at least $700 to $1000 in food costs while we were in Iceland because we only ate a few meals out (and we went to really inexpensive places). We also booked an apartment instead of a hotel so we could cook our own food. Shopping at Bonus On the first day we got there, we walked to Bonus — a discount grocery store in Iceland. I had heard that this was one of the best and cheapest grocery stores to shop at there. This store was located in a pretty touristy part of Reykjavík and was a smaller store. It kind of reminded me of a mix of Aldi + the Indian grocery stores I went to. They had a lot of American brands — especially when it came to cereal. And there were a lot of things written in English, too, which made it really helpful when shopping! 🙂 One of the coolest features was that all of the refrigerated items were in a big refrigerated room. (You can see a video of it if you look on my highlights on Instagram stories.) Were the Prices Really High? Well, compared to paying for a meal at a restaurant, it was much cheaper to go buy groceries and make your own food. However, compared to what I am used to paying at a discount grocery store (or by combining coupons with sales), most things were at least 2-3 times the price I would typically pay. Here’s what we ended up buying: 1 dozen eggs Loaf bread Head lettuce Bunch of bananas 3 bottles of Coke (the kids get to drink soda pop once a week on Saturdays and we were there on a Saturday, so you better believe they bought their Coke! ;)) 1 large bottle of water (for my sinus rinse) 12-pack of bottled water (you can drink the tap water in Iceland, so we bought these to just refill throughout the week) 1 carton cream (for my tea) Our total was 2,997 ISK — which is around $24 USD. What We’d Do Differently Next Time Around If you ever head to Iceland, I highly recommend bringing a lot of your own snacks and food. I also would recommend shopping at Bonus. We brought trail mix, nuts, dried fruit and veggies, granola bars, beef jerky, and some protein bites and bars. So we had toast and eggs and bananas for two of our meals and I made salads with the lettuce and topped with a little trail mix and beef jerky. And we ate a lot of jerky and trail mix and dried fruit for snack-y meals. If we did it again, we would definitely bring oatmeal packets and a few other types of things that we can add hot water to in order to make hot food. The kids got pretty tired of cold packaged food after two days! 🙂 [...]
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A Peek Into Our Week (+ Sprouts & Kroger Shopping Trips)

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A Peek Into Our Week (+ Sprouts & Kroger Shopping Trips)
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. Well, it was another week of travel and adventures — so I didn’t track what we ate in order to share in a post. But I did make it to Kroger twice and Sprouts once and got some great deals. I thought it would be fun to share a little peek into our week + what I bought at the grocery store. For Father’s Day, Jesse wanted to try out this new brunch restaurant in town. It was delicious and we had fun celebrating this man we love so much! We also ran by Kroger and Sprouts to pick up some deals. Sprouts was having their weekend deals and I didn’t want to miss them. Sprouts Shopping Trip Sweet corn — 6 for $1 (weekend deal) 3 dozen cage free eggs — $1.88 per dozen (weekend deal) 1 Coconut Bliss “ice cream” — used free coupon (I got the Peanut Butter Chocolate and it is good!) — I forgot to take this out of the freezer to put in the photo! Total with tax: $7.49 I also wanted to get to grab a few of the Kroger Buy 5, Get $5 off deals on Sunday since I knew I was going to be out of town for the next few days. I especially wanted to get 5 boxes of the $0.99 Quaker Granola bars. Kroger Shopping Trip #1 5 boxes of Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items 2 bags Jef Puffed Marshmallows — marked down to $0.69 each (I’m going to stick these in the freezer for rice krispy treats.) 3 packages of Hillshire Sausage — $1.88 each with weekend deal Private Selection Barbecue Sauce — used free coupon (no longer available) 1 bag Kroger Pot Roast — marked down to $5.49 5 bags of produce — marked down to $0.99 per bag 2 packages of ground turkey — marked down to $2.69 each Izzio Multigrain Bread — marked down to $1.29 Spinach — marked down to $1.79 5 packages of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 5 participating items Kroger Private Selection ice cream (not pictured — I forgot to take it out of the freezer for the picture!) — used free coupon (no longer available) Milk — $2.69 Kroger oatmeal — $1.59, used $0.40/1 coupon Kroger mailed to me = $1.09 Total with tax: $42.12 I left on Monday morning to fly to Dallas for my mom to have surgery. My Time in Kansas I rode back to Wichita, KS with my parents on Monday evening after my mom’s surgery and I stayed with them through Wednesday evening. I got to hang out with my mom and help take care of her during the day while my dad went to work. In addition to getting to spend lots of time talking with her, I helped a little with my brother’s eBay business (my Mom and sister are running the business for him while he’s away serving as a counselor at the Wild’s camp in NC), and make yummy food for my mom and me (she’s the one who first inspired me to love salads so much!) Kaitlynn’s Birthday I flew back to TN on Wednesday night — just in time to celebrate Kaitlynn’s birthday on Thursday! Can you believe she is 12? I wrote a letter to her here that shares some of my thoughts on her life and the joy and spark she brings to us. I always take each child out on a birthday date of their choosing. Kaitlynn chose to go to a place that makes rolled ice cream and Bubble Milk Tea. It was my first time to have both of them and we had such a fun outing together! Our Trip to Iceland As many of you know, it’s our family goal to visit all 7 continents and 50 states by the time Kathrynne turns 18. We had planned to visit Europe this summer but prices to places like London and Rome are crazy during June and July. However, I found some cheap tickets to Iceland and jumped on them! So we packed up on Friday morning to head to Iceland… but not before hitting the Friday-Saturday Kroger deals (I couldn’t pass up $0.99 cheese!) Kroger Shopping Trip #2 4 bags of Kettle chips, 1 bag of Snyder’s pretzel’s — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals 5 packages of Kroger cheese — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals 5 bottles of Pace salsa — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deals 1 package bacon — $2.99 with Friday-Saturday deals Total with tax: $18.96 Grocery Totals: $68.75 Cashback Earned: 375 points back from Fetch, $0.06 from CoinOut, Want to follow along with our Iceland trip and get tips for how we are doing it on a budget? Be sure to follow my stories on Instagram this week! [...]
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Save Hundreds on Your Wedding By Shopping Secondhand

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Save Hundreds on Your Wedding By Shopping Secondhand
Looking for clever ways to save money on your wedding? Think “something used.” Used gown, vintage jewelry, repurposed centerpieces. Selecting used items and opting out of retail prices wherever possible can help you save big on your big day. When Candi Block got married in June 2016, she bought a previously owned wedding dress, jewelry and some of her decor from the online marketplace OfferUp. “I personally love shopping secondhand,” Block said. “I love taking secondhand items and either repurposing them or doing something creative to make it a bit my style. So when it came to our wedding, that just seemed like a really natural fit for me. “It was a big bonus that it was also a great way to save money.” While The Knot reports that the average bride spent over $1,500 on her gown in 2016, Block snagged her dress for $200. She spent about $100 on pre-owned LED candles, which served as her decor. The secondhand statement necklace Block donned for her rehearsal dinner only cost 18 bucks. While Block said OfferUp is her go-to platform for secondhand goodies, it certainly isn’t the only one. When Marian Schembari got married in October 2014, she wore a dress she bought off OnceWed for $500. She had originally spotted it new at a bridal boutique for $1,300. Instead of paying retail, she set a Google alert for the brand and name of the dress and eventually got a ping for the exact gown — only worn once — in her size. Other websites where you can find used wedding gear include Nearly Newlywed, Stillwhite, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Tradesy and Letgo. Offline, couples can shop at thrift stores, consignment shops, Goodwill, flea markets and antique shows for discounted treasures. When Laura Grace Tarpley got married in October 2016, she purchased multiple mason jars, vases, picture frames, candlesticks, linens and chalkboard signs for her decor — plus a flower girl basket — for a total of $120 at Goodwill. Garage sales and the classified section in your local newspaper may also turn up some cheap finds. Tarpley’s father-in-law snagged the arch she and her husband married under at a garage sale for $45. A comparable arch new would have cost over $130 online. FROM THE SAVE MONEY FORUM SAVING MONEY ON A FIXED INCOME 6/7/19 @ 9:31 AM Save my money! 6/13/19 @ 9:38 AM D Always buy used when possible 6/12/19 @ 1:48 PM Over Couponing 4/15/19 @ 12:43 PM B See more in Save Money or ask a money question Tips for Buying Wedding Items Secondhand Block, the bride who used OfferUp, is also a wedding planner and founder of Block Weddings and Events. She advises couples to buy used if they want to save money, incorporate DIY projects or reduce their ecological footprint. “You don’t need a brand new item for it to be special on your wedding day,” Block said. Here are a few tips she has for buying used wedding goods: Get creative. You can repurpose or personalize gently used items to make them unique to you. Add a jeweled belt to embellish a used wedding dress, or use old Mason jars as vases for table centerpieces. Search in different categories. Some items that’ll work for your big day might not be advertised as wedding specific. Do a little digging and search through other categories — like home decor or antiques — where you might find vases, dishware, mirrors, picture frames and more. Look for sellers whose wedding style is similar to yours. Often times, people post a bundle of their decorations. If their aesthetic mirrors yours, you’ll be able to purchase a lot of items at one time for an affordable price. Take your time. If you have a long engagement, space out your search and collect the things you need at a comfortable pace. Search marketplaces as wedding season is wrapping up. On OfferUp, you can set an alert to get notifications when new items that match your search terms are posted. Making Money With Your Haul After the Wedding While secondhand markets can help couples save money for their weddings, they’re also great platforms to cash in after the big day. After Sandy Yong got married in 2018, she was able to make a few hundred dollars selling her wedding veil, wedding shawl, faux flower bouquet and other items on sites like Facebook Marketplace, Letgo and Kijiji, a Canadian online classified ad service. Block and her husband revisited OfferUp to resell the dozens of LED candles they had bought. They also sold other elements of their decor to break even on their purchases. The one exception? Block’s husband put his woodworking skills to use and made a custom bench seat out of two wooden chairs they found at a thrift store for about $5. The couple was able to turn a profit with that. It sold for $150. Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Shopping Around for a Mortgage Could Make You $30K Richer

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Shopping Around for a Mortgage Could Make You $30K Richer
When you purchase a home, the wheeling and dealing typically begins when you put an offer in. But home buyers who think the only opportunity to save big comes during those negotiations may miss a relatively effortless way to pay significantly less. Comparing lenders is something just 50% of home buyers do, according to our... Elizabeth Renter is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: elizabeth@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @elizabethrenter. The article Shopping Around for a Mortgage Could Make You $30K Richer originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Aldi, Sprouts, Big Lots, and Kroger Shopping Trips + Our Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi, Sprouts, Big Lots, and Kroger Shopping Trips + Our Weekly 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 follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here. I finally made it to Sprouts on a Wednesday!! If you’re unfamiliar with Sprouts’ sales cycles, they have overlapping sales on Wednesdays — which means you can get the sales from the last week + the sales from the coming week on Wednesdays! They had some great produce deals that I stocked up on: Sprouts Shopping Trip 6 packages of strawberries — $1.25 each 3 Cantaloupe — $0.99 each 2 Pineapple — $0.98 each Sprouts Chocolate Chip cookies — used free coupon Total with tax: $13.24 Did you get your freebies from Sprouts? If not, be sure to sign up for them here. I was SO excited to find so many good clearance deals at BigLots when I went on Wednesday!! My biggest score? Boxes of Kodiak Cakes for $0.75 each!!! Jesse loves these and he was super thrilled at this score! Big Lots Shopping Trip 4 boxes of Kodiak Cakes — marked down to $0.75 each 5 packages of bread, bagels, & English Muffins — $1.40 each (I stuck these in the freezer.) 1 can of Split Pea Soup — marked down to $0.25 3 cans of corn — $0.25 Total with tax: $11.74 Aldi Shopping Trip: Honey Crunch Oats — $1.59 All Purpose Flour — $1.89 2 packages of hot dog buns — $0.85 each Milk — $2.49 Cream Cheese — $1.29 Cheddar Cheese — $1.99 Eggs — $0.73 10 lb potatoes — $3.49 Watermelon — $2.99 Total with tax: $19.39 Have you read my post on my 25 Favorite Things to Purchase From Aldi. And 5 Things You Should Not Buy at Aldi. Kroger Shopping Trip #1 Eggs — marked down to $1.39 All Egg Whites — $4.99 2 loaves of bread — marked down to $0.89 and $0.99 1 bag of apples — $0.99 1 bag of grapefruit — $0.99 Total with tax: $11.36 Kroger Shopping Trip #2 Bush’s Baked Beans — $0.99 each with the Weekend Only deals This past week, we got to host three college girls from Pine Cove all week long who were here leading a Camp in the City for local kids. We provided breakfast every morning for them. Then, we got to have dinner with them on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (they had dinners elsewhere the other nights). Just for fun, we invited extra friends over on Wednesday and Friday night. I was excited that we were able to do all of the entertaining and still stick with our $70 grocery budget! Oh and we ate a lot of leftovers this past week because we had a lot of extra food. 🙂 (I always want to make sure there is a enough food when we have guests, so that means I tend to plan a lot more food than we actually need! But hey, it means dinner is taken care of the next night!) 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, Bagels, Toast, Waffles, Fruit, Yogurt, Bacon, Sausage, Banana Bread, Apple Muffins Lunches:  Leftovers, Salad, Mac & Cheese, Turkey, Fruit Snacks: Fruit, Popcorn, Cookies, Banana Bread Dinners: Sunday — Fend for yourself Monday — Dinner with our guests: Spaghetti with Meatballs, Green Beans, Fruit, Salad, French Bread Tuesday — Leftovers Wednesday — Dinner with our guests and some other friends: Barbecued Meatballs, Twice Baked Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Brussels, Fruit Salad, French Bread Thursday — Leftovers Friday — Dinner with our guests and some other friends: Brats/Hot Dogs, Squash Casserole, Salad, Fruit Salad, Homemade Mac & Cheese. Saturday — Leftovers $70 Grocery Budget Totals Total spent on groceries: $61.23 Cashback earned this week: 625 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $0.10 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards. [...]
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This Week’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trip (I was under-budget!)

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

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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 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. This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget I told you we were doing a 100 Days of Summer Fun Challenge this summer. We’re currently on Day 10 and it’s been so good. This photo was taken at the top of Fort Negley 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 read more about our evening there here… and hopefully it helps you remember that we’re far from perfect over here!) I bought some marked down salmon a few weeks ago and it was a fun addition to my daily salads this past week. Yum! 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 (plus some extras for lunch) and these were a hit! Kroger Shopping Trip #1 Kroger Half & Half — $1.79 Cupcakes — marked down to $1.99 Appletini Drink Mix — marked down to $0.59 Milk — $2.79 Honey Nut Cheerios — free with coupon Kroger sent me Salad Kit — marked down to $1.49 Spinach — marked down to $0.99 2 bags of peppers — marked down to $0.99 each Baking chocolate — marked down to $0.50 2 loaves of bread — marked down to $1.79 each 2 salad bowls — marked down to $0.50 each Water — $0.89 Quaker Granola Bars — free with coupon Kroger sent me 8-pack Soda — marked down to $1.29 Chocolate Milk — $1.99 Olive Oil Cooking Spray — $2.69 Total with tax: $25.31 I loved the $0.50 salads. The second day, I added some of the cooked salmon to it and it tasted amazing! Did you download your free Sprouts coupons?? 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 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 Instagram 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! 🙂 And of course, we had to stop by Sonic for their $0.50 corn dogs on Thursday! I was so excited about the fun deals at Kroger for Memorial Day weekend! (And the kids were super excited about sweet tea, cookies, and ice cream bars!) Someone told me that they use the Deluxe Grahams for s’mores! We’ll have to try that! These are so great to have on hand for hosting people over the summer! Kroger Shopping Trip #2 5 packages of Keebler cookies — $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. (Follow along on Instagram stories 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 — plus 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. [...]
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How to Build a Backpacking Trip on the Cheap

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How to Build a Backpacking Trip on the Cheap
You might be looking at your belongings in your new backpack and the balance in your bank account with the same question: Is this enough for the weeks- or the monthslong journey ahead? In all likelihood, you overpacked and you’ll ditch half of it at the next hostel. Then, a week into your life-changing trip, you’ll realize... Meghan Coyle is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: mcoyle@nerdwallet.com. The article How to Build a Backpacking Trip on the Cheap originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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This Week’s $70 Grocery Budget (+ our menu plan!)

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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 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 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 Kroger digital coupon = $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 Kroger digital coupon = $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 Kroger digital coupon = $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 Kroger digital coupon = free after coupon Stayfree pads — $1.99 when you buy 5 participating items, used $2/2 Kroger digital coupon = $0.99 after coupon Total with tax: $44.06 Need an end of year Teacher Gift? Here’s a great idea! Asheritah wrote in and said: “I made your chocolate chip cookies today for my preschooler to take to school. They’re DELICIOUS! I feel like I’m #winning at this mom thing… at least for a nanosecond out of my day.” (By the way, here’s the free label she used.) 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: 2 bags of peppers — marked down to $0.99 each 1 bag of oranges/lemons — marked down to $0.99 each 1 bag of oranges — marked down to $0.99 2 tubs of salsa — marked down to $0.50 each 1 bottle of organic carrot juice — marked down to $1 Core water — FREE King’s Hawaiian Rolls — marked down to $1.79 5 jars of Prego — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday special deals 5 pounds of butter — $1.99 each with the Friday-Saturday special deals Total with tax: $24.07 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 follow along with my Instagram stories 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. [...]
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Brigette’s $87 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Brigette’s $87 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6
My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family! Aldi 2 bags Riced Cauliflower – $3.78 1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.89 1 bag frozen Broccoli Florets – $0.95 1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.55 1 Pineapple – $0.99 2 Avocados – $0.88 1 pkg Zucchini – $1.24 1 Cauliflower – $2.19 1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.49 1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.49 1 2-lb bag Red Onions – $1.79 3 large Cucumbers – $1.47 1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.79 1 pkg Vine-Ripened Tomatoes – $1.48 1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.39 1 3-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $2.79 1 bunch Bananas (3.52lbs @ $0.42/lb) – $1.48 1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms – $0.99 1 pkg Artisan Lettuce – $2.39 1 pkg (5.53lbs) Fresh Boneless Chicken Breasts – $8.45 1 jar Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $2.69 1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.45 1/2 gallon 1% Milk – $0.95 1/2 gallon Orange Juice – $1.59 1/2 gallon Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.69 1 can Whipped Dairy Topping – $2.65 1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59 4 Individual Cartons Flavored Greek Yogurt – $1.96 1 can Parmesan Cheese – $2.29 1 can Baking Powder – $0.99 1 can Garbanzo Beans – $0.48 1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.49 2 2-lb bags Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.30 1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.65 2 boxes Honey Nut Oats – $2.30 1 bag Gluten-Free Pretzels – $1.85 1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49 1 pkg Plain Rice Cakes – $1.15 2 cartons Egg Whites – $3.18 2 dozen Eggs – $1.78 1 pkg Turkey Pepperoni – $1.99 1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65 1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.59 1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65 Total: $87.87 Grocery Total for the Week: $87.87 Weekly Menu Plan Breakfasts Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include: Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Fruit, Yogurt, Scrambled/Fried/Hard Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets Lunches Cheese Quesadillas, Carrots, Apples x 2 Pretzels/Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter, Mini Peppers, Bananas x 2 Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar, Rice Cakes Leftovers x 2 Dinners Hot Dog Cookout (Church Event – we just have to show up!) Pizza Casserole (recipe from the “Trim Healthy Table Cookbook” – the crust is made from riced cauliflower), Tossed Salad Crustless Ham Quiche, Broccoli, Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Pineapple, Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Healthy Roasted Veggie/Rice Bowl (making a variation of this recipe), Cucumber Salad Oven Baked Chicken Breasts, Quick Garlic Breadsticks, Zucchini Fries, Pineapple Venison Burgers, Oven Baked French Fries, Tossed Salad [...]
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Walmart Grocery Service: $10 off any $50 purchase

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Walmart Grocery Service: $10 off any $50 purchase
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Planning to do a grocery pick up order at Walmart soon? You can score $10 off a $50 purchase right now! Walmart Grocery Service is currently offering $10 off any $50 purchase when you use the promo code LA9ARAAC at checkout! This is valid for new and existing customers. You can enter your zip code here to see if this service is available at your local Walmart. Valid through December 31, 2019. [...]
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