Aldi 1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.47 1 gallon 2% Milk – $1.47 1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.15 2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.18 4 dozen Eggs – $2.84 1 32-oz carton Egg Whites – $2.95 1 pkg fresh Chicken Thighs – $5.38 2 1-lb ...

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Brigette’s $94 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.47

1 gallon 2% Milk – $1.47

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.15

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.18

4 dozen Eggs – $2.84

1 32-oz carton Egg Whites – $2.95

1 pkg fresh Chicken Thighs – $5.38

2 1-lb pkgs fresh Asparagus – $2.38

1 bag Flat Leaf Spinach – $1.19

1 3-ct pkg Multi-Colored Peppers – $2.49

5 bags frozen Broccoli Florets – $4.25

1 bag frozen Mixed Vegetables – $0.75

1 bag Riced Cauliflower – $1.89

2 cans Green Beans – $0.74

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

1 carton Cherub Tomatoes – $2.49

1 Cauliflower – $2.19

1 3-lb bag Mandarins – $2.29

1 bag Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Pinata Apples – $3.99

1 bunch Bananas – $1.25

1 6-pk Raisins – $0.95

1 bag Red Grapes ($0.75/lb) – $2.03

1 16-oz bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.55

1 16-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.55

1 8-oz pkg Sliced Cheese – $1.25

1 pkg American Cheese – $1.15

4 cartons Greek Yogurt – $2.20

1 32-oz carton Plain Greek Yogurt – $2.39

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.49

2 cans Tuna – $1.30

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1-lb Sausage – $1.99

1 bag Pepperoni – $2.19

1 3-lb bag frozen boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.29

1 box Balance Squares – $1.55

1 large box Cheese Crackers – $2.55

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.45

1 bag Nacho Chips – $0.75

1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $0.85

1 32-oz box Elbow Macaroni – $1.09

1 can Baking Cocoa – $1.79

1 jar Garlic Powder – $0.59

1 jar Strawberry Jam – $1.39

1 bag Plain Rice Cakes – $1.75

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.55

Grocery Total for the Week: $94.35

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit, Yogurt, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Smoothies

Lunches

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Grapes, Peppers x 2

Cheese Crackers/Peanut Butter, Mandarin Oranges, Carrots x 2

Tuna Fish on Rice Cakes, Bananas, Cucumbers

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Chicken on the Grill, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli

Sausage Gravy over Rice, Asparagus, Cranberry Muffins (cranberries from freezer)

Pancakes, Turkey Bacon, Hash Browns, Broccoli

Build-Your-Own-Burrito/Taco Salad (Seasoned Ground Venison, Salsa, Shredded Lettuce, Tortillas, Shredded Cheese, Tomatoes, Plain Greek Yogurt, Nacho Chips, Rice), Mixed Vegetables

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs, Biscuits, Roasted Cauliflower

Venison Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, Spinach Salad

    
 

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Psst! Need some help setting up a better daily routine as we gear up for a new year in 2021? Sign up for this free challenge!

If you want some accountability with your intentions and goals each day, be sure to sign up for this completely FREE 5 Days to a Better Morning Challenge.

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When you sign up for this challenge, I’ll send you a short email every morning with a short motivational message and video from me plus a simple, practical strategy for you to implement immediately.

Plus, you’ll also get access to an exclusive Facebook Group (this is optional; I know not everyone is on Facebook!) so you can engage with others who are going through this mini course and we can all keep each other accountable to follow through with our daily projects.

>>Yes, I’m in! I want to take the 5 Days to a Better Morning Challenge.<<

I can’t wait to cheer you on in this process! Here’s to an amazing fresh start in 2021!

    
 

I’m coming to Chino, CA in October & would love to meet you!

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at Fresh Grounded Faith in October in Chino, California! If you live nearby or want to plan a girls’ trip, I’d LOVE to have you join me at the event.

I’ll be speaking twice at the event. Plus, there will some breaks where I’ll have time to interact with attendees. (Getting to meet you all is one of my favorite things, so if you are there, please come introduce yourself!)

This Fresh Grounded Faith event will be October 1-2, 2021. It’s Friday evening from 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s hosted by Bible teacher Jennifer Rothschild and Joni Eareckson Tada will also be speaking + Harold & Elena Guerra will be leading worship.

This would be the perfect girls’ weekend! It will be an encouraging week of Biblical wisdom designed to freshen up your faith and ground you more deeply in God’s love! Get ready to experience a socially-distant, yet spiritually-connected time of refreshment with other women!

Click here to find out more details and get your ticket.

P.S. If you register, be sure to shoot me an email to let me know you did (moneysavingmom @ gmail.com)! I’d love to be on the lookout for you at the event — and I’m thinking about possibly doing some kind of meet-up, too!)

    
 

Phones, Social Media, and Being Present With Your Kids

Do you struggle to set good parameters for social media? In this week’s podcast episode, Jesse and I tackle a question from a listener about how we set boundaries for our phones (trust me, we’re a work in progress when it comes to this, as you’ll find out in the episode!)

We talk about different strategies we’ve implemented, why I take one day off from posting on social media each week, how Jesse had Kathrynne set up accountability for him, what I learned from my time-tracking experiment, mistakes we’ve made, and how we’re wanting to model setting an example for our kids.

We also chat about what it’s like to have a teen driver, how we’re seeking to expose Baby D to Spanish in our home (and different resources we’re using for that), and how early morning ice skating sessions for Kaitlynn has been making such a difference for Jesse.

 

In This Episode: 

[00:33] We’re having a conversation about phones, social media, and being present with our kids.

[03:12] Not only do we have a new driver, she’s also taking the kids to and from school!

[05:58] I am learning Spanish because Baby D’s family speaks Spanish and Duo Lingo is saving my life.

[10:42] Ice skating has been saving Jesse’s life because it’s helping him get up earlier.

[13:49] Hear the listener’s question that inspired this episode.

[17:35] Why I take time away from my phone.

[20:30] Creating your own boundaries is also modeling behavior for your kids.

[22:28] You can create parental controls on your own phone to stay accountable.

[24:26] Plus, you don’t have to do this perfectly. Give yourself grace.

[25:40] Tracking your time is an amazing way to see what you do with your day.

[28:28] Learn my big takeaways from tracking my time.

[31:08] Batching has been a lifesaver.

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

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Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

    
 

This Week’s $59 Kroger Pickup Order

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of six (two adults, two teens, a pre-teen, and a baby. We are also fostering an 8-month-old, but he only has formula through his g-tube right now and that is all covered by state insurance.) This includes almost all of our breakfasts, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, feminine products, etc.). Jesse and I usually eat lunch at home. The kids have lunch at school.

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

I’ve been staying at the hospital the last three days — our sweet Baby D had his cleft lip repair surgery on Monday and has been having a few complications as a result of the surgery. So, until things resolve, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is my new home away from home!

Because of the surgery and a full weekend, I decided to just do a grocery pick-up order from Kroger. The only time we could work it out to do the pickup was literally minutes before we had to leave for the surgery. So Jesse ran by Kroger to pick up our grocery order and I only had a few minutes to set things out, take pictures, and put things away, so these aren’t the best grocery photos I’ve ever posted! But hopefully you get the point! 🙂

By the way, when Jesse went to pick up the groceries, they gave him this bag of samples!

It was filled with yummy snacks that ended up being a blessing while we were waiting in the hospital waiting room during the surgery!

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Bananas — $1.27
  • 4 Betty Crocker Mixes –$0.50 with the weekly digital deal
  • 2 Breath Savers Mints — $0.99 each with weekly digital deal
  • 2 Pineapple — $1.29 each
  • 3-lb bag apples — $2.99
  • Sweet potatoes — $2.59
  • Apple Juice — $0.99
  • 2 cans Pringles — $0.99 each
  • 5 boxes pasta — $0.49 each
  • Kroger cereal –$1.49
  • 2 boxes Cheerios — $1.79, plus used $1/2 digital coupon = $1.29 each
  • Peanut Butter — $1.25
  • Sugar — $2.49
  • 2 bags frozen peas — $1 each
  • 2 cartons ice cream — $1.99 each
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • 10-lb bag potatoes — $3.99
  • Turkey breast — $2.50
  • Half & Half — $1.99
  • Milk — $2.59
  • Cage-free eggs — $1.99
  • 4 packages cheese — $1.50 each when you buy 4
  • Total with tax: $59.87