Crystal’s $85 Kroger Shopping Trip (+ Our Menu Plan)

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If you’re new here, I practice the Buy Ahead principle – meaning what we buy each week is often for future weeks. We stock up on the best deals and markdowns each week and that means we have a wide variety of items from past shopping trips to use to plan a menu.

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With grocery prices rising, I’ve decided to increase my grocery budget to $100 a week because I don’t have enough room to stock up as I’d like. This amount will still challenge me to be creative, while also giving me enough breathing space to stock up and continue to practice the Buy Forward principle.

In addition to practicing the Buy Ahead principle, I reverse the meal plan. This means that I plan based on what we have and how good sales/markdowns I’ve got at the stores. (Read more about reverse mile-planning here.)

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Here’s what I bought for $85 this week at Kroger…

I was excited about this sale on Raspberry and Blackberry.

Kellogg’s Cereal Was $1.79 + Kellogg’s Rewards Site Has a $1/2 Digital Coupon! Plus, you can get a free book with free shipping for every Kellogg’s product (up to 10 free books!).

Gala apples were on sale for $2.99 ​​for a 3/lb bag. Eggs were $2.79/dozen – which, sadly, I now consider a good deal! Kroger sausages (links and patties) are $1.99 with digital coupon (you can get up to 5 at this price).

Kraft String Cheese is $2.79/package with digital coupon (you can get up to 5 packages).

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

We’ll either use the extra $15 left in the budget on a good deal that’s coming up or implement it by next week.

Our menu plan for this week

Breakfast – Pumpkin Bread, Cereal, Scrambled Eggs, Oatmeal, Baked Oatmeal

Lunch (older kids eat lunch at school) – sliced ​​peppers, string cheese, yogurt, toast, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, leftovers

Snacks – Popcorn, Fruits, String Cheese, Frozen Pizza, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


Thursday: Cereal (hey, just keeping it real – it was on the Thursday night after shopping!)

Friday: Tailgating at a football game with friends (our friends provided meat and everyone else brought sides/drinks – we brought tater tots, green beans, and fruit, plus Waterloo for drinks)

Saturday: Chicken Barley Soup, Artisan Bread, Sliced ​​Apples

Sunday: Dinner Out

Monday: Chicken Fried Rice, Homemade Rolls, Fruit

Tuesday: Snack-y dinner at the football game (PB&J sandwich, string cheese, fruit, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins)

Wednesday: Waffles, Bacon, Fruit

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