Final week’s $74 grocery purchasing journey


March 8, 2021 | Crystal Paine


I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of six (two adults, two teens, a pre-teen, and a baby). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, feminine products, etc.). Jesse and I usually eat lunch at home. The kids have lunch at school.

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If you remember from last week, I spent $59 on groceries last week. So I had a little extra to spend on groceries this week. Plus, Kroger had sent me a $7 off $70 coupon in a mailer — so that helped me stretch the grocery budget even more this week!

I was excited about a strawberry deal! The best deal is always when I can get them for $0.99 at Aldi, but I’ll take 3 for $5!

Since Jesse, Kathrynne, and Kaitlynn are in Florida this week (for school trips) and my book launches next week, my mom is here helping with Kierstyn while I do a lot of different interviews for book launch. My mom was the one who first inspired me to love salads, so I bought lots of ingredients for salads this week!

I was so excited to find cheese marked down! That is a rare thing at our store!

And I was going to buy some Goldfish since they were supposed to be $0.99 when you bought five or more participating items… but then I found some for $0.39!!

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 3 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal — $1.49 each when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • Instant Oatmeal — $1.49, used $0.40 mailer coupon = $1.09
  • Crackers — on closeout for $0.69
  • Mott’s Fruit Snacks — $1.49 when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • 3 bags Goldfish — $0.39 each when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • Oral B Toothbrush — $1
  • Crackers — on closeout for $0.87
  • 3 2-pack Gerber baby food — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 2 packs yeast — marked down to $0.49 each
  • Craisins — $1.59 when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • Rice — $0.89
  • Peanut Butter — $1.50
  • Parmesan cheese — marked down to $1.79
  • Brown Cow yogurt — marked down to $1.99
  • 4 bags frozen veggies — $1 each — used 2 $0.50/2 coupons = $0.75 each
  • BodyArmour Drink — $1.50 (I messed up and didn’t get the Edge drink — this was supposed to be $0.50
  • Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Flour — $1.49
  • Cottage Cheese — $1.25
  • Apple Juice — $1.50
  • 4 Salad Kits — marked down to $1.69 each
  • Greens — marked down to $2.49
  • Bananas — marked down to $1.29
  • Apples — marked down to $0.99
  • Oats — $2.69
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Spring Mix — marked down to $1.69
  • Romaine Lettuce — $1.29
  • Mushrooms — marked down to $1.19
  • Cauliflower — marked down to $0.99
  • Eggs – $2.79
  • Triscuits — $1.49
  • Cheese — marked down to $3.29
  • Bread — $1.99
  • Bread — $1.39
  • Bork — marked down to $4.49
  • 3 packages strawberries — $5
  • Spinach — marked down to $2.49
  • Granola Bars — used free coupon sent in a mailer
  • Used $7 off $70 coupon
  • Total with tax: $74.81

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