Crystal’s $85 Kroger Shopping Trip (+ our menu strategy)

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

With the boost in grocery rates, I’ve chosen to raise our grocery spending plan to $100 a week due to the fact that I’ve not been having enough wiggle space to stockpile like I’d wish to. This quantity will still challenge me to be imaginative while likewise providing me sufficient breathing space to stockpile and continue to practice the Buy Ahead Principle.

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 great sales/markdowns I discovered at the shops. (Read more about Reverse Meal-Planning here.)

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Here’s what I purchased for $85 today at Kroger…

I was delighted about this sale on raspberries and blackberries.

Kellogg’s cereal was $1.79 + there is a $1/2 digital voucher on the Kellogg’s benefits website! Also, you can get a totally free book with complimentary shipping for each Kellogg’s item you purchase (approximately 10 complimentary books!)

Gala apples were on sale for $2.99 for a 3/lb bag. Eggs were $2.79/lots — which, unfortunately, I now think about a bargain! Kroger sausage (links and patties) are $1.99 with the digital voucher (you can get up to 5 at this rate).

The Kraft String Cheese is $2.79/bundle with the digital voucher (you can get up to 5 plans).

Apple juice is $1.29/bottle with the digital voucher (you can get up to 5 at that rate).

We’ll either utilize the additional $15 left in the spending plan on a bargain that turns up or roll it to next week.

Our Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts —Pumpkin Bread, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs, Oatmeal, Baked Oatmeal

Lunches (the older kids have lunch at school) — Sliced Peppers, String cheese, Yogurt, Toast, Hard-Boiled Eggs, Fruit, Leftovers

Snacks — Popcorn, Fruit, String Cheese, Frozen Pizza, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


Thursday: Cereal (hey, simply keeping it genuine — this was on Thursday night after I shopped!)

Friday: Tailgating at the Football Game with good friends (our good friends offered meat and everybody else brought sides/drinks — we brought tater toddlers, green beans, and fruit, plus Waterloo for beverages)

Saturday: Chicken Barley Soup, Artisan Bread, Sliced Apples

Sunday: Dinner Out

Monday: Chicken Fried Rice, Homemade Rolls, Fruit

Tuesday: Snack-y Dinner at football video game (PB&J sandwiches, String Cheese, Fruit, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins)

Wednesday: Waffles, Bacon, Fruit


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