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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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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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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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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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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