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

I’m so excited to be back to sharing my grocery trips and menu plans after taking time off for my maternity leave! My goal is to do my Kroger shopping on Wednesdays or Thursdays and then post here by Friday so those who have a Kroger that has the same sales as mine can take advantage of the deals before the sale is done (Kroger sales in our region run Wednesday through Tuesday).

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

In addition to practicing the Buy Ahead Principle, I Reverse Meal Plan. This means that I plan based upon what we have on hand plus what good sales/markdowns I found at the stores. (Read more about Reverse Meal-Planning here.)

Here’s what we bought…

We only spent $57 on groceries last week, so I had extra to spend this week. Jesse went to Walgreens and picked up the $1.99 Arm & Hammer laundry detergent + a half gallon of milk. His total was $11.53.

And then yesterday I went to Kroger and got all of these groceries for $59.97. So I still have $11 left in the budget for this month. I’ll either use it for a great deal that pops up or something we need over the next few days or I’ll roll it over to next week.

I was excited by this sale on peaches/nectarines! Use the digital coupon and you can get five pounds for just $0.99/lb. Cheese was $4.99 for 32-oz bags and blocks with the digital coupon. And blueberries were $2.99 for an 18-oz. carton.

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

I picked up these two bags of tomatoes marked down to $0.99 each. So I made a version of Homemade Salsa using what we have on hand and am thinking of making a Tomato Pie for the first time with the rest.

You can watch this video to see everything 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 usually 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 bought), Frozen Pizza, Leftovers/Fend For Yourself, Dinner Out

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