Crystal’s $72 Walgreens + Kroger Shopping Trips (+ our menu)

I’m so fired up to be back to sharing my grocery journeys and menu strategies after requiring time off for my maternity leave! My objective is to do my Kroger shopping on Wednesdays or Thursdays and after that post here by Friday so those who have a Kroger that has the very same sales as my own can benefit from the offers prior to the sale is done (Kroger sales in our area run Wednesday through Tuesday).

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If you’re brand-new here, I practice the Buy Ahead Principle — which indicates that what we purchase weekly is typically for future weeks. We stock up on the very best offers and markdowns weekly which indicates that we then have a range of products from previous shopping journeys to utilize to prepare a menu from.

In addition to practicing the Buy Ahead Principle, I Reverse Meal Plan. This indicates that I prepare based upon what we have on hand plus what excellent sales/markdowns I discovered at the shops. (Read more about Reverse Meal-Planning here.)

Here’s what we purchased…

We just invested $57 on groceries recently, so I had additional to invest today. Jesse went to Walgreens and got the $1.99 Arm & Hammer laundry cleaning agent + a half gallon of milk. His overall was $11.53.

And then the other day I went to Kroger and got all of these groceries for $59.97. So I still have actually $11 left in the budget plan for this month. I’ll either utilize it for a good deal that appears or something we require over the next couple of days or I’ll roll it over to next week.

I was thrilled by this sale on peaches/nectarines! Use the digital discount coupon and you can get 5 pounds for simply $0.99/pound. Cheese was $4.99 for 32-oz bags and obstructs with the digital discount coupon. And blueberries were $2.99 for an 18-oz. container.

They likewise had watermelons for $2 and $2.99!!

I got these 2 bags of tomatoes discounted to $0.99 each. So I made a variation of Homemade Salsa utilizing what we have on hand and am thinking about making a Tomato Pie for the very first time with the rest.

You can enjoy this video to see whatever I got and what I paid.

Our Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfast — toast, fruit, cheese, eggs, bagels, Baked Oatmeal, Cinnamon Rolls

Lunches — turkey, veggies, fruit, cheese/crackers, leftovers, yogurt, PB&J, Tomato Pie, homemade salsa/chips

Snacks — Banana Bread, cheese/crackers, popcorn, fruit, M&M’s, brownies, chips

Dinners (we generally have fruit/veggies on the side) —Turkey & Cheese Sliders, Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole, Meatballs, Homemade Hot Pockets (I’m filling them with the ham & cheese I purchased), Frozen Pizza, Leftovers/Fend For Yourself, Dinner Out


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