Feeding 5 For $125 Per Week: 2nd Week of February 2017

Meijer: $24.55

The mister stopped and bought two cases of water because the reverse osmosis is still on the fritz, some beer, and a few frozen cheese pizzas on sale.

Kroger: $99.91

Rebates: $4 from Ibotta, $1 from Checkout 51, and $0.25 from Saving Star. If you want to try Ibotta, you’ll get $10 cash back when you submit your first rebate. I am getting close to getting $6 in February bonuses for Ibotta too.

One daughter was born in January and one was born in February. We usually have the combined party in February and it tends to hit around the Superbowl. That means party foods are at their lowest. As a bonus, many of these same party foods will earn cash back through grocery apps. A lot of what you see is for next Saturday’s party, and we are eating from the pantry.

Monthly goal: $500

Weekly total: $124.46

Running total: $247.72

Feeding 5 for $125 Per Week: 1st Week of February 2017

Kroger: $123.26

Rebates: I’ll get $1.50 from Ibotta and $1 from Checkout 51. (Try Ibotta through my referral link and you’ll get a $10 cash bonus after submitting your first rebate).

This week’s focus is on convenience and easy things that the Mister can cook for dinner. I bought frozen pizza for our Pizza Fridays.

If you shop at Kroger, did you get the All detergent for $2.99 each along with your free Snuggle fabric softener?

Monthly goal: $500

Weekly total: $123.26

End of Month total: $123.26

Feeding 5 For $125 Per Week: 3rd Week of January 2017

Kroger: $78.43

This week begins a bit of an experiment for me. I have multiple autoimmune issues and IBS, and my IBS has been very active lately. I’ve been told to go off dairy and all grains for a short time to see if it helps, so meals are going to focus more on meat, eggs, veggies, fruits, and some legumes. It was a little more pricey this week (thanks to the meat) so we’ll see how successful this is for my health, and if I need to adjust my grocery budget upwards.

Aldi: $55.85


Monthly goal: $500

Weekly total: $134.28

Running total: $383.68

Feeding 5 For $125 Per Week: 2nd Week of January 2017

Kroger: $126.02

Ibotta rebate: $1 (If you sign up through this referral link, you’ll get an extra $10 cash back bonus after submitting your first rebate).

Kroger had ground beef in the discount meat area, so I grabbed a couple of them. They have a little Christmas stuff on clearance and I found napkins at $0.37 each that I will save to donate to class parties next year. I also bought the more expensive organic milk, organic beef, and eggs, as planned. Ibotta has a $0.75 rebate for Laura’s Lean ground beef this week.

Someone was so excited about raspberries that she couldn’t wait until I took a picture

Monthly goal: $500

Weekly total: $126.02

Running total: $249.40

Feeding 5 For $125 Per Week: 1st Week of January 2017

First off, did anyone notice anything different?

We are near the end of my two-year graduate school journey and I pay my last tuition in March. We have everything we need to pay it so we are starting 2017 with some new goals. Because we aren’t worried about paying for my master’s in nursing we’re going to be a little more expansive in our grocery budget.

Our new $125 budget it still much thriftier than average, but will allow us to buy higher quality local meat and eggs, and possibly organic dairy.

This week we’ve had to buy water (the reverse osmosis filter is on the fritz again) , soup, and extra juices. We have another norovirus running through the family:(. I bought juice boxes on sale for the girls’ combined birthday party in February.

Kroger: $ 123.38

Anticipated Ibotta rebate: $5 (Sign up through my referral link and submit a rebate within 2 weeks to get a bonus $10 cash back.

Monthly goal: $500

Running total: $123.38

Monthly total: $123.38

Feeding 5 For $100 Per Week: Last Week of December 2016

Kroger: $123.85 (before rebates)

I knew I was going to hit a couple Ibotta bonuses this week. I got my usual $7 rebate plus $21 in bonuses.

(This is a referral link. If you want to try yourself, you will get a $10 bonus after successfully submitting your first rebate).

We had five extra visitors in our house this week plus I made Christmas dinner.I’m a little over my $400 budget for the month, but all things considered, it’s not that bad considering the special meal and extra guests. That big Ibotta bonus brought me to $97 in rebates since October, and that’s another $100 that is going towards my Roth goal.

Weekly total : $123.85

Running total: $443.45

Coming next month: a pantry challenge!

Feeding 5 For $100 Per Week: 3rd Week of December 2016

Kroger: $120.67

This is the week before Christmas, and I am hosting my in-laws this coming weekend. On top of that, we are donating some food to a family a friend of ours sponsored. We bought toys and essentially a week’s worth of groceries for a couple and 5 kids. I gave them the turkey we had in the freezer.

If you have a Kroger near you,I hope you are taking advantage of their 25 Merry Days promotion. Thanks to that, we got free dried cranberries, Werther’s candy, Pillsbury cake mix, Aquafina water, and 7Up. New coupons are released every day. Don’t discount the non-freebie coupons! Some are high value and will get you something for next to nothing.

I’m expecting about $7 in cash back from Ibotta. If you want to try, submit your first rebate within 2 weeks of signing up and you’ll get a bonus $10 cash back.

Target: $63.83 (not pictured)

This includes food for the family, holiday sprinkles for a girl scout activity, and food and snacks for my husband to bring to a Christmas party at work.

This is the time of year we do extra charitable giving, so the food for the family comes from that particular budget envelope.

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Weekly total (our food): $105.27

Charitable food total: $79.23

Running total: $319.60

 

Feeding 5 For $100 Per Week: 2nd Week of December 2016

Kroger: $99.53 (cost before rebates)

Rebates:

Ibotta: $7.25 (Try Ibotta and submit your first rebate within 2 weeks,and get $10 bonus cash back)

Checkout 51: $1.40

Saving Star: $1

I only got a few of the Kroger freebies loaded to my card, but my kids were very excited about those Dove ice cream treats. I picked up chips, granola bars, candy, and cookies to bring to family parties, school parties, and donate to PTO staff appreciation. I am donating napkins to a school party as well, but have plenty in my stockpile.

A few of the best deals I found:

Two boxes of Chex cereal for $0.25 each by combining sale, a coupon, $1 Ibotta rebate, and $1 Saving Star rebate. This same deal was available last week, so I was able to buy 4 boxes for $1!

A 4 oz. bag of Pirate’s Booty was on sale for $1.67 per bag, and there was a $1.50 Ibotta rebate, making it $0.17!

Peanut butter, 18 count eggs, and 5 lb bags of flour are $0.99 each. Peanut butter is a great donation item for food pantries.

Two packages of Oreos for $1.67 each. They were $2.99 each on sale, and I paired with a $1.25 ecoupon, $1.15 Checkout 51 rebate, and $0.25 Ibotta rebate.

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Weekly total: $99.53

Running total: $214.33

 

Feeding 5 For $100 Per Week: 1st Week of December 2016

Kroger: $114.80

My best deals:

Chex cereal for $0.25 each by combining sale, $1 Ibotta rebate, and $1 Saving Star rebate

Dannon yogurt for $0.05 each after using B1G1 coupon and getting $0.50 Ibotta rebate

Pacific Soy Milk $1 after Kroger ecoupon

Two avocados for $0.75 after B1G1 Coupons.com coupon and $0.25 Ibotta rebate

Kroger frozen broccoli for $0.38 after sale price of $0.88 and $0.50 ecoupon

Kraft BBQ sauce FREE with ecoupon

Twix Santa bars FREE with ecoupon

Skippy $0.89 after $2 Kroger ecoupon

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This is also from Kroger. Did you get the All for $0.99 each? (Buy 4 and they are $1.99 each. Use two $2 off 2 coupons.)

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Weekly total: $114.80

Running total: $114.80