//Have you signed up for the Eat at Home Challenge? (Plus, our groceries & menu plan from this past week!)

Have you signed up for the Eat at Home Challenge? (Plus, our groceries & menu plan from this past week!)

January 6, 2019 | Crystal Paine

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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I’m gearing up for another Eat at Home Challenge and I’m so excited about it!

I’ll be sharing my grocery list, what we bought at Aldi for the challenge, a video of a quick and simple recipe you can make every day this coming week, plus lots of menu-planning tricks and tips! If you haven’t signed up for the daily emails from me, be sure to go sign up here.

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Here are the groceries I bought this past week and what we ate:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

Target Christmas Clearance Shopping Trip:

  • Milano cookies — marked down to $0.29 each
  • Pepperidge Farm cookies — marked down to $0.89
  • Total with tax: $6.48

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

Total spent on groceries: $66.18

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.


Cashback earned this week: $1.50 from Ibotta for submitting my receipt and buying Stayfree and 128 points for submitting my three receipts to Fetch rewards.

What We Ate This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here. 🙂


  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Mangoes, New Year’s Day Brunch with Friends, Yogurt, Banana Bread


  • The kids were home from school so we had really snack-y lunches and everyone took care of fixing their own. We mostly had: Banana Bread, Cheese/Crackers, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies


(We had so much fun hosting our friends for a New Year’s Day Brunch. We moms brought the food and planned the menu and then the dads made it all for us while the moms sat on the couch and sipped tea. It was the BEST! And then everyone stayed for most of the day and played games. It was such a great way to ring in the new year!)

Dinners (Again, since the kids were home and we had a much more relaxed week, our meals were super simple and kind of boring!):

  • Sunday: Dinner out with a gift card
  • Monday: Peas/Potatoes/Sausage in the crockpot, salad, Jello
  • Tuesday:  Leftovers + Tater Tots (we had friends over for a big Brunch that morning and just ate Brunch leftovers that night + we made a bag of Tater Tots… oh and I had a big salad, as I do most nights!)
  • Wednesday: Leftovers (again) — we had some Brunch leftovers still + Monday night dinner leftovers. We also had Twice Baked Potatoes and an apple cake in the crockpot using some peeled and sliced apples from the freezer!
  • Thursday: Turkey Meatballs, Twice Baked Potatoes, Fruit
  • Friday: Dinner out — since we had driven a long way to a basketball game for Kathrynne and ended up staying for all four of her school’s games! Jesse ran and picked up Zaxby’s for us since I had only brought muffins, clementines, and banana bread for snacks thinking we weren’t going to stay the whole night!
  • Saturday: Turkey Meatballs, Twice Baked Potatoes, Fruit

There you have it! I hope that was helpful and inspiring… or at least caused you to feel a little better about the meals you made for your family this week! 😉

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