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However, for reference here’s a profile of who I shop for:
1. We are a family of 5 that includes 2 adults and 3 children (ages 10, 6 and 4).
2. My husband and I follow a KETO/LCHF way of eating so sometimes I purchase higher cost special ingredients for recipes I want to make.
3. Practically all meals come from these grocery trips. My husband stays home with our daughter and the boys and I pack our lunches for school/work.
4. My family usually eats out once a week if the budget allows.
5. We have our own chickens, so although you might see us eat eggs often, we never buy them. I do budget for their feed, but that is only purchased 3 times a year.
Where do I shop:
Normally I shop at two or three stores each week. The closest city is 30 minutes away, so I will hit up 2 stores on the same trip when I travel into town.
Currently Kroger is my favorite store as they offer the best loss leaders(deep sale items).
We have a Walmart about 5 minutes from our house and I will go there during the week for essentials or items I forgot on my big grocery shopping day.
If there aren’t any good sales at other grocery stores I will just buy basics from Walmart for the week and eat from the freezer/pantry.
Happy Labor Day weekend everyone and welcome to another grocery haul! If I’m being honest, I didn’t even realize until Friday that it was going to be a 3-day weekend. And what a nice surprise it was!!
While we don’t have any plans this weekend, I am certainly going to enjoy an extra day off from work, and will probably just split up my Sunday chores so that I can try to get in a little R&R both Sunday and Monday.
It still feels very much like summer here in Virginia. It was in the 90s this weekend, and I really didn’t want to spend my day in and out of hot parking lots, so this week’s grocery haul is only from Kroger.
I wanted to get some of the 2-day deals that were advertised or otherwise I probably would have stayed close to home.
The top deals at Kroger this week were mostly a part of the 2-day sale. Although a mega event was still going on (buy 5 save 5), I didn’t really need anything as I’m trying to limit the junk food that comes into our house.
Life cereal and Cap’n Crunch cereal was on sale for only $0.99, so I picked up 3 boxes. We still have plenty of cereal stocked away but I have a feeling these cereal prices can’t last forever.
If you’ve read about how I meal plan and it’s benefits, you’ll know that I suggest always having an emergency back up meal on hand.
So this week bags of Tyson’s chicken tenders were on sale for $3.99 so I bought 2 bags to keep in the freezer. These will be great on nights that my youngest two won’t eat what I’m fixing for dinner.
I also paired some already great sales with rebate offers from Ibotta.
Don’t know what Ibotta is? It’s a free app that you use on your phone.
After you purchase items that you’ve added to your rebate offers all you have to do is snap a picture of your receipt and the money is added to your account within minutes. You can cash out using PayPal or even purchase gift cards that they offer.
I was able to get a special keto treat for myself thanks to Ibotta. Halo Top ice cream is normally $4/pint, but after the sale at Kroger and my cash back rebate, I paid just $1.85!!
I also got both this huge bottle of ketchup and mayonnaise for free! There was a peelie coupon on the mayo jar that made the mayo free with the purchase of ketchup.
Then I found an offer on Ibotta for the exact same thing, so I earned $4.50 cash back on my purchase. After all was done, I actually made $1.50.
After buying some boneless chicken breasts and thighs ($1.88/lb) and veggies for the week, our grocery haul total was only $58.17!!
This will set things up nicely for September and sticking to our grocery budget.
Here’s what’s on the menu this week:
Pretty much everyone is on their own for breakfast. I will make a batch of muffins for the kids and they can have that or cereal. My husband will eat whatever and I have Keto waffles in the freezer for myself with coffee.
My boys will bring sandwiches and fruit plus snacks and the rest of us will have leftovers.
Sunday: Oven baked chicken wings, carrots/celery with ranch
Monday: Pasta with meat sauce (I will be having bell peppers stuffed with meat sauce and cheese)
Tuesday: Grilled chicken thighs, broccoli
Wednesday: Easy chicken cordon bleu– baked chicken breasts stuffed with ham and swiss cheese, salad
Thursday: Taco salad
Saturday: Hot dogs, raw veggies