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Grocery Ads

Items that are in red is what I am planning on purchasing.

Avocados!!!! .49/ea.
red seedless grapes .88/lb
onions .49/lb
squashes .88/lb
tomatoes .88/lb
broccoli crowns .88/lb
cauliflower heads .88/ea.
gala apples .88/lb
red & green bell peppers .49/ea.

10/10 deals - you do NOT need to buy 10 to get this price
Kroger chips
mia casa tortillas
pace picante sauce
campbells soups
barilla pasta
baby carrots
hormel kids completes
angel soft TP
steamfresh veggies
hormel pepperoni
flips pretzels

boneless skinless chicken 1.99/lb
johnsonville brats 3.99 - $1 coupon I found in front of the parmesan cheese at brookshires.

roma tomatoes .88/lb
avacados .88/ea.
jonagold apples .88/lb
bluebell 3.88 - $1 IP coupons = $2.88!
split chicken breasts (with the bone) .88/lb
yoplait greek yogurt .88
10 pounds of russett's 1.88!!!!!
3 days sale (fri - sun)
-shrimp 3.99/lb
-boneless skinless chicken 1.68/lb
-red grapes .98/lb
-tomestone pizza 2.22/ea.

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boneless skin…

October Challenge - Week 4 (the last one!)

Okay, after my chicken purchases from last week, I am left with $17.87 to get me through the 31st!

Here is my plan for meals:

Monday - Chicken Broccoli Supreme

Tuesday - Black Bean baked taquitos

Wednesday - Creamy Italian crockpot chicken

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - creamy broccoli tuna helper (but with canned chicken instead), veggie of some sort

Saturday - Church Chili cook-off and trunk or treat

Sunday - Pork blade roast w/ taters and green beans.

Monday - shredded pork BBQ sandwiches using leftover pork roast!

Items to buy
1 packet italian seasoning mix - $1.25
cream - $2
pork shoulder - $8
Hamburger Buns - $1

Total -  $12.25

Which means I spent $74.38 for the WHOLE month of October!!

October Challenge - Week 3

Ummm, did I get behind on posting or something?? I'm telling you, the energy failings with the 3rd trimester of pregnancy combined with trying to keep on top of the house, laundry, planning for a garage sale, etc. just finds me with no time anymore!

Here's what we ate this last week:

Monday - Zuppa Toscana soup

Tuesday - Grilled chicken salad - this is like a chef salad with bacon, cheese, avocados, grilled chicken, croutons, hard boiled eggs, etc.

Wednesday - Hamburgers

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Dinner date night

Saturday - Sweet Bajio chicken

Sunday - Bajio chicken nachos

What I bought for those meals:

sprite - $1
green chilies - .79
kale - 1.69
burger patties $5
bacon - $2
Total: $10.48

BUT, I did purchase 20 pounds of beautiful hormone free chicken breasts for $1.49/lb. Costing me $29.80. I'll add that to my purchase total.

Total for the month = $62.13

Gift Closet Deal!!!! Playdoh Cake Maker Set for $5.54!

Today ONLY at, you can pick up the Play-Doh Cake Maker Set.

Just go HERE and add it to your cart. Select ship to store for free shipping.
I bought 2 for $11.99 after tax and I am adding those items to my present closet. My kids get invited to a million birthday parties, so it's always nice to keep several items on hand that I got very inexpensively but are still great presents.
If you are a member of, then you can even get 2% cash back by going through their website. 
If you are NOT a member, then now is a great time to sign up! you get a $5 sign up bonus by going through THIS LINK and it's awesome to get started right before Christmas because you know all those online shopping items will add up. Might as well get a little money back, right??

Grocery Ads!!

Remember - you can price match at Walmart and you do NOT need the ad with you. It's posted on their website HERE.(click on ad match guarantee, it's down a little) I print it out and take it with me.
Items I will be getting are in red.

Boneless pork loin 1.99/lb
asparagus 1.88/lb
avacados 1.00/ea.
pillsbury items 1.00/ea. - this used to be awesome when kroger doubled coupons. *enter sad face here*
yoplait 32 oz. & gogurt 2.00 - use .55 blinkie coupons = $1.45
5 lb bag gala apples 3.99
broccoli crowns 1.25/lb

BC cake mix 1.25
Use in-store coupons for the following:
-blue bunny ice cream (the double strawberry is awesome) 1.99
-planters peanut butter .99 (STOCK UP PRICE!)
-wishbone salad dressing 1.29
3 day sale (fri - sun)
-turkey breast .99/lb
-baby backs 2.88'lb
-peaches .99/lb

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pork shoulder roast 1.49/lb
grapes .99/lb
bulls-eye BBQ 1.88
red/green/romaine lettuce .99

APPLES!!! .69/lb (gala, fuji, granny smith, etc)
red grapes .99/lb
broccoli …

October Challenge - Week 2

Here is my meal plan for this next week -

Monday - Lasagna
Tuesday - Falafel w/ tabouli salad and pitas
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Black bean baked taquitos
Friday - nothing - Dave is camping and I am going to a girls night thingy
Saturday - Crispy southwest chicken wraps
Sunday - Cajun roast pork loin with mashed potatoes and veggies.
Items I needed to buy for this week of meals:
Pork loin 2.79lbs = $5.55 burrito size tortillas $1.48 chick peas .66 ricotta cheese $1.94 cumin $2 cinnamon .50 pita bread $1.24 stick butter .94
Total $14.29
Total for week one $7.56 Total for week two $14.29 Total spent so far $21.85 - which will get us through October 16th!
Note: I didn't purchase some produce items needed for this week in anticipation of my produce basket I get on Monday. If I am missing items needed I will then purchase them but I've got some wiggle room in my budget so I'm not worried.

October Challenge - Week 1

Okay, well today was my first shopping trip with my $20 a week goal. Here's how it went today:

Meals Planned for the next week -

Today (Saturday) - Creamy Italian Crock-pot Chicken

Easy Gluten-Free Creamy Italian Chicken 1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 8 oz cream cheese 1 3/4 C milk 1/2 C cream 1 packet Italian salad dressing mix 1 T chicken base (or bouillon) 1 T corn starch
Put chicken and cream cheese in crock pot.  Whisk milk, cream, salad dressing mix, chicken base and cornstarch together.  Add to crock pot.  Cook on low for about 6 hours or on high for about 4.  Shred chicken (I do this with my wire whip by just using it to pound on the chicken which should fall apart easily after this long in the crock).  Serve over steamed rice or cooked noodles.
Sunday - Italian Sausage soup
Monday - Oven Hot Dogs
Tuesday - Orange Chicken ( in the crockpot)
Wednesday - leftovers!
Thursday - Pasta with Creamy Cajun sauce
Friday - Chicken tortilla casserole
Saturday - leftovers
Sunday - Lemon…

October Challenge!!

With finances tighter than I was expecting (anyone in my area need a babysitter?? I'm looking!), I am continuing the food challenge. Some people think I am insane for not spending $250/month on groceries, but like I've mentioned before - it's because I don't HAVE that much money to spend on groceries!

October will be a $20/week grocery budget.

THAT'S RIGHT!!! I will spend $80 for the entire month of October on a family of 5 (about to be 6).
I will keep on shopping from my pantry and freezers (since they are still pretty full).

Is anyone as crazy as I am? You willing to make a tight grocery budget with me?? You stress about money like I do?

Join me!!