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$75 Weekly Shopping and Menu 8-26-19

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Well, we survived our first full week of Kindergarten! Allison did amazing and absolutely loves her new school; and while I’m still getting adjusted to being a working mom, things are still going pretty smoothly. Finding a new routine takes time, right?

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One thing I did differently this week was to use non-grocery money to buy some grocery items- namely, Crystal Light packets. When they go on sale for 99 cents, we try to buy as much as possible; but this week I didn’t have any leftover money from Grocery to cover it, so we took it out of our Miscellaneous budget instead. I don’t do this often- the last time was like last year when I bought 8 jars of peanut butter!

Image of a Yumbox lunch box with a lunch packed inside

Allison’s also packing her lunches, and has requested something different for lunch every day instead of having the same thing 5 days in a row. So I’m trying to figure out an easy way to keep track of how many items from each food group I need to buy every week without blowing the budget. If I come up with something by next week, I’ll let you know!

Here’s what I managed to buy this week:

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Mr. Mac’s Grocery Outlet

2 bags Birdseye Protein Blends: $1.00 each
Ritz Toasted Chips: $2.00
Gevalia coffee: $3.25
Nature Valley Bars: $1.50
Kodiak Cakes frozen chocolate chip pancakes: $2.25

Total: $11.00

Image of groceries bought at Aldi
Image of groceries bought at Aldi


2 packages zucchini: $.99 each, marked down
Applesauce pouches: $1.49
Roma tomatoes: $.95
Green grapes, 4.89 pounds: $4.35
Spinach: $1.39
Carrots, 2-pound bag: $1.49
Half & half: $1.55
Baking potatoes, 5-pound bag: $2.89
2 containers cottage cheese: $1.59 each
2 packages string cheese: $2.49 each, for Allison’s school snack
Yogurt tubes: $1.39
2 packages lunch meat (Ham and turkey): $1.99 each
Turkey bacon: $1.89
Tortillas: $1.59
Green bell peppers: $1.75
Eggs: $.58
Canned chickpeas: $.49
Black pepper: $2.59
Strawberries: $1.75
Romaine hearts: $2.19
Milk: $1.89
Cantaloupe: $1.19
4 cups Skyr: $.99 each
Bananas, 2.26 pounds: $.99

Total: $50.48

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Red onion: $.89
Split chicken breasts, about 5.5 pounds: $4.69
2 Bolthouse Farms dressings: $3.99 each, were BOGO free
Butter: $1.99 with a digital coupon
Fettuccine: $1.00
2 tubes Colgate toothpaste: $1.00 each

Total: $14.71
Weekly Total: $76.19. Also received 250 points from Fetch Rewards! Sign up here and use the code PV2QH and we’ll both receive 2,000 points when you scan your first receipt!


Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.

Instant Pot Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken sausages*, frozen broccoli*
Rice and black bean burrito bowls (Rice*, black beans*, frozen corn*, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, salsa*, sour cream*)
Deli meat wraps, potatoes in the air fryer
Breakfast quesadillas (Scrambled eggs, cheese*, turkey bacon), fruit
Chef salad (Lettuce, tomatoes, deli ham and turkey, hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon)
Small group: Bringing grapes and cantaloupe
Pizza Meatball Baked Potatoes (Meatballs from my ground turkey*, leftover pizza sauce from freezer*, mozzarella cheese*), frozen veggies*

Kodiak Cake pancakes
Mini bagels* with sausage patties*
Egg casserole (Similar to my Breakfast Casserole but just using eggs, cottage cheese, spinach, and zucchini)

What’s on your menu this week? Share below in the comments!


Monday 26th of August 2019

I received an air fryer as a birthday gift (yay!) and I have seen that some people bake a potato, refrigerate then cut into wedges before putting it in the air fryer. How do you do your potatoes?


Monday 26th of August 2019

Awesome!! What I've been doing is cutting my potatoes into small chunks (Like homefries/hash browns) and just frying them raw that way. I'll spray them with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then fry them at 400 for 15-17 minutes!

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