I spent $67.46 on groceries this week + you were right about Big Lots!!

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

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Since Wednesday is my Slow Day, I had some extra time to devote to shopping. So I stopped by Dollar Tree, Aldi, Kroger, and Big Lots. And I got some great deals!

Wednesday Dollar Tree Shopping Trip — $6.44

  • Brown Rice — $1
  • Pinto Beans — $1
  • 3 bottles Lemon Juice — $1 each
  • Swabs — $1 each (After I bought these I discovered that these are a tad cheaper to buy at Aldi. Just FYI.)
  • Total with tax: $6.44

Wednesday Aldi Shopping Trip — $14.14

  • Colby Jack Cheese — $1.69
  • Sharp Cheddar — $1.69
  • Package of 7 kiwi — $1.49
  • Cantaloupe — $1.49
  • Strawberries — $1.29
  • Chocolate Chips — $1.69
  • Red Grapes — $2.67
  • Natural Peanut Butter — $1.15 (I just realized that this PB was only $1.15!! I should have bought more! It wasn’t tagged at this price, though! That’s a great deal!)
  • Total with tax: $14.14

Wednesday Kroger Shopping Trip — $2.93

  • 2 yogurts — marked down to $0.39 each
  • 2 bags of assorted fruit — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Total with tax: $2.93 

Did you know that Big Lots sells bread?!? I had no idea.

I haven’t been in a Big Lots store in years and had sort of forgotten about them. But some of you kept suggesting I go in there and check it out.

When I walked in the door and saw the reduced bread cart, I was all, “No!!!! This has been here for the 4 years we’ve lived here and I never knew?!?!”

They had a lot of different bread and bagels on the cart — all priced at $1.40 per loaf. If you have a Bread Outlet, you might be able to find bread less expensive than this, but this is a great deal for these name brand breads in our area.

Yes, the bread is close to the sell by date so you’ll need to freeze it when you get home. But we always freeze our bread anyway and then just use it from the freezer as needed.

I’ve never tried the Eureka bread before but some of you said it usually retails for $6 a loaf and that it’s fantastic!

Moral of the story: You never know where you’re going to find great deals! There might be some hidden gems right where you live that you don’t know about because you’ve just never checked.

Second moral of the story: If you like fantastic bread at a great price, go run and check out your local Big Lots store. (They also have good deals on olive oil and other oils. I didn’t see much else to write home about, but their stock changes every time, so I’ll keep looking!)

Third moral of the story: You guys were right. 😉

Wednesday Big Lots Shopping Trip — $4.48

  • 3 loaves of bread — marked down to $1.40 each
  • Total with tax: $4.48

To see me talk more about my Big Lots trip, watch my video above. (And you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here if you’re interested in watching other shopping haul videos, recipe videos, and more money-saving videos!)

I took this hot guy with me shopping this morning. 🙂 I was getting ready to hop in the car to run to Aldi and I spontaneously asked him if he wanted to come with me. It was a quick shopping trip, but we had some great discussions in the car and just love opportunities like this to get to be together!

15 years and we still love spending time together! Also, it’s so fun that our kids are old enough that we can now leave them at home by themselves!

Friday Aldi Shopping Trip — $18.73

  • Cantaloupe — $1.49
  • 8 Sweet Corn Ears — $0.25 each
  • 6 packages of Strawberries — $1.29 each
  • Milk — $2.69
  • Lettuce — $1.99
  • 1 package of 7 Kiwi — $1.49
  • Total with tax: $18.73

I was kind of sad that I was $2+ under budget. I would have purchased another item or two at Aldi, but I was afraid that I was going to be over, so I didn’t just in case! 🙂 Oh well!

Spending Totals

Total spent on groceries this week: $67.46

Rebates: $0.50 for submitting two receipts to Ibotta, $1.36 back from Fetch Rewards for purchasing Goldfish & Suave and scanning 5 qualifying receipts. You can scan any grocery store receipts — including Aldi! The only receipt from this week that I didn’t get any points from was Big Lots. (If you haven’t signed up for Fetch Rewards, you can sign up here and use code WW7XJ and you’ll get a bonus 2,000 points = worth $2.)

See this week’s menu here.

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