How to: Make a Delicious Meal for Under $10

I don’t know about you, but it always feels like the grocery bill goes up as soon as summer begins! Making a delicious meal seems like it will be so expensive! But you can do it! It just takes a little planning and creativity!

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Thank goodness for grocery store sales, coupons and Aldi!

Although I really love Aldi, I have to say I have been very impressed with Kroger this last year. They have lowered their prices and continually have markdowns on produce, meats, and dairy products. You may not have a Kroger in your area, but chances are you may have a store that is in their network. And I am almost certain you have a Walmart where you live!

Another store that has really been surprising me is Target! They tend to have a good bit of meat that they clearance out during the week! Walmart has really good sales on their meats as well, and will often have markdowns on their bakery products. Now, I know you probably don’t have the time to be running all over town to five different stores! And I know if you have small children, you certainly don’t want to try to drag them to five different stores! What a nightmare!

Pick your favorite store!

So my suggestion to you is to pick your favorite store who consistently has good deals and impressive markdowns. For me, that has consistently been Kroger. Now, if I happen to be in Target or Walmart, I always check to see what the markdowns are, but I don’t make a special trip. Watch for special  deals at your favorite store, and stock up on sale items. Just this last weekend, Kroger had a sale on GoGurts and Danimals for .99 a pack. My kids love these, so I got 5 each (the max allowed), froze most of them for later and these will last for most of the summer.

So what am I looking for when I go shopping?

When you go shopping for markdowns, you want to cruise the perimeter of the store. The bakery, meats, dairy, etc. Sometimes you might find a markdown in the freezer section, but this is not usual. Meats are probably one of the most expensive items that I have on my grocery list. So, if I can find these on sale, I grab them. You will need to make sure that you make the time to repackage them into freezer bags and freeze what you won’t be using in the next day or so.

I also look for marked down or cheap produce. At Kroger, they keep these behind the bananas. Sometimes, these are really too old for me, but I often find great deals on oranges, potatoes, and eggplant. You just never know, so its always worth a look. The other day, I found a bag of 5 yellow potatoes for .99, which I turned into smashed potatoes! (recipe to follow)

So, how did I create a delicious meal for 6 for under $10?

This is much easier to do than you think! Take your markdowns and combine them with other inexpensive items to make a full meal. For example: The .99 yellow potatoes, two packs of marked down ground turkey $5.50 for both and two cans of green beans .59 each.  That brings the meal total to $7.67. And yes, this fed four hungry kids and two adults!

First, I made a family favorite Turkey Meatballs only this time, I used my 24 ct muffin tin and cooked them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes on each side. Next, I made the Smashed Potatoes and finally I put two cans of green beans in a sauce pan, added a little bacon, salt, and 21 season salute and let them cook on medium for about 20 minutes.

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Smashed Potatoes

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  • 5-6 Yellow or Red Potatoes
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 4 T. Butter
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp Garlic Salt (start with the lower amount, and add more if needed)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup Milk or Almond Milk

  1. Wash and cut potatoes into fourths.
  2. Bring potatoes to a boil in a large pan filled with water.
  3. Allow potatoes to boil for 15 minutes or until completely soft. (a fork should break them)
  4. Drain the water.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup milk in with the potatoes.
  6. Add butter and all spices.
  7. Smash the potatoes with a potato masher
  8. Add more milk if need and stir.
  9. Now they are ready to serve!

Yield: 6

Its that easy! If you are looking for other inexpensive and potentially under $10 meal ideas here are a few of my other recipes! Instant Pot Baked Spaghetti,Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff or Chili! See the full list on my Recipe Index!

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My Weekly Deals at Kroger

This morning I went and found some great deals at Kroger, including 2 money makers! As promised in my video below, I am listing out what I got today at Kroger!

Here are the 20 Items that I got for the Mega Event:

Trix Cereal – Final Price $1 after $1 off/2 Kroger E coupon

Cinnamon Toast Crunch – Final Price $1 after $1 off/2 Kroger E coupon

Weber Seasoning – Final Price .04 cents after $1.25 Checkout 51 Rebate – (bought 2, limit 2) Great Deal!!!

Nature’s Own Bread – $1.50

Ruffles Chips – $1.88

Harvest Snaps – Final Price .49 each after $1 off/2 Kroger E coupon Great Deal !!!

Mrs. Butter Worth’s Syrup – $1.69

Palmolive Dish Liquid – Final Price .49 after .50 off Kroger E coupon

Juicy Juice Boxes – .99

Oral B Toothbrush 2 – pack – Final Price – $2.49 after $1 off Kroger E coupon

Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste – Final Price – I made .51 after $2 Kroger E coupon and $1.50 Ibotta Rebate Great Deal !!!

Oral B Floss Picks – Final Price -.99 after $1 Kroger E coupon

Stonyfield Tubes – Final Price $2.19 after $1 Ibotta rebate

Heluva Good Dip – .99 (bought 3)

Kroger 32 oz Shredded Cheese – $4.99

Kroger Makeup Brush – Final Price $1 after $1 off Kroger E coupon (There is a $1 brush you could get for free)

Todays Free Friday : Core Drinks (as seen in video)

Money Maker: Last weeks Free Friday was for a Vitamin Water Active and there is an Ibotta rebate for .25 for any brand sports drink!



So there you have it! Happy Shopping!


Weekly Meal Plan and Deals

This week, our meal plan was really easy, because we had almost everything we needed in the freezer or pantry. I remembered to check my Kitchen Inventory that you can get here. I remembered to write down my recipe ingredients, and I stayed well below my grocery budget so far this week.

Here is this weeks meal plan:

Quinoa Tacos

Frozen Pizza Night

Spaghetti and Garlic Bread

White Beans and Andouille Sausage – Recipe Notes: I am using chopped carrots and no collards. I am also not using breadsticks, because I am going to make cornbread instead. 

(Small Group on Thursday so no cooking that night)


My meal planning weeks run from Saturday to Friday, and I usually cook On Saturday’s, but this week my family went out to eat, so there is one less meal here.

Grocery Store Notes:

Sprouts has Grapes for .77/lb and Blackberries for .98 each. Shrimp is $5.99/lb (plus a $5 off $30 coupon)

Aldi has Mangoes for .49 each, Vidalia Onions .99 per 2 lb bag, Zucchini or Squash for .99 per 20 oz pkg, and Chicken for $1.69/lb.

Kroger has Sweet Corn 6/$2, Lunchables for $1 (So we can make it through the last week of school), and they are still running that Buy 4, Save $4 sale (You can see if they still have the All coupon available, but Ibotta has a $1 rebate, so you can still get the All for .99!!)


What are you making this week?


This Week’s Grocery Finds and Easy Meal Plan

Over the past few weeks, I have been challenging myself to spend less money on groceries. For me, this means that instead of making one big grocery shopping trip, I go several times a week to shop the clearance at the grocery store.

Last week, I found ground beef at Walmart (96/4) for only $3.40 per 1 pound pack. I picked up four of those. I also found quite a few pork products on sale over the last couple of weeks that I split up and froze. I found a huge pork tenderloin for $6 and cut it into 4 pieces. Two I froze and the other two I cut into boneless pork chops. I cooked one set of chops (Pork Chops and Eggs) and froze the other set. I also have pork carnitas that I found on clearance for $4. So we are very well stocked on meat.

I have also been stocking up on fresh baked bread as well. I have several loaves on French Bread that I have bought anywhere from 58 cents to 99 cents. I pull these out and thaw them and butter/garlic butter them and use them with our meals like spaghetti.

Another way that I have been able to stock up on items is by paying close attention to the sales that are going on and checking for coupons. I don’t usually spend a bunch of time printing coupons unless it is a really good deal. But there are always great e-coupons on Krogers app/website. I also get quite a lot of their coupons in the mail. So before you go to the store, take a look at your apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51, Kroger, Target, etc. See if anything you need has an e-coupon you can download.

Let me break down some numbers for you.(and myself, because this is what motivates me) I spent $13.60 total on 4 lbs of ground beef. If I had paid full price it would have cost $21.92. That is a savings of $8.32, and if I were to continue saving $8.32 every 3 weeks for a year, that would total around $144 in savings for the entire year. When you think about the pork that I bought for $6 that will last for about 4-5 weeks that was a $4 savings. If I were to save $4 on pork every 4 weeks that is $52 for the year.

Now, lets think about your grocery total. If you would normally spend $180 in groceries per week, and could get that total to around $100 per week. Here is that math: 52 x 180 = $9360. 52 x 100= $5200 That is a savings of $4160 for the year. Think about what you could do at Christmas with that kind of money. Think about the vacation you could take with that. Now that is the kind of thing that makes me want to keep trying to do everything I can to keep that money in my bank and not in Kroger’s bank!

So what did we plan with all my sale stuff? Here is this weeks meal plan:

Brunswick Stew – Using Frozen BBQ from a few months ago, $1 bag of stew vegetables, Diced Tomatoes 50 cents, spices, beef buillion & water. Total Meal Cost = $2

Spaghetti & Salad – Noodles 49 cents (sale), Ground beef $3.40, Spaghetti Sauce – $2.00, Salad $1.99. Total Cost = $7.88


Small Group – Another family is providing this meal so this is free. Last week we made a double portion of baked spaghetti, salad and bread. Total cost =$16

Tacos – Ground Beef $3.40, Tortillas – .50, Taco Seasoning – Kroger Freebie Friday, Tomatoes – .98, Onion – .50, Cilantro – .68, Cheese – $1.50 (Sale), Leftover Frozen Refried Beans, Sour Cream – 1.50, Avocado – .69. Total Cost = $9.75

Taco Tuesday

Pizza Night – $15.00 – Not included in our grocery budget – this goes under dining out.

I have been really excited and motivated to keep on working at keeping our grocery budget low and still eat good, healthy meals. Honestly, it is kind of exciting to see how much I can save. What are you eating this week? Did you find any awesome deals that you would like to share? What would you spend all that money you are saving on? Let me know in the comments below!



Deals of the Week – 4/27

Here are today’s deals – check them out before they are gone! Don’t forget that Kroger has a huge 5x coupon sale, where you can stock up on some good deals.

April 16-30 – 15% Off Mother’s Day Gifts with GIFT4MOM at

Sophie17 Womens Braidy2 Flat Sandal Shoes – $14.99 Shipped!

Buy One Get One 50% Off select Sandals at!

Curious Chef 3-Piece Nylon Knife Set – $8.87 Shipped!

12 months of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for $5.00

LIMITED TIME ONLY! Buy 5 Oils Get 1 Free [10mL] + FREE Bonus Box at Plant Therapy! Use Code MYOWNSET Today and Save!

Unbranded* Women’s Sleeveless Dress Pockets Casual Swing T-Shirt Dresses $14.81 Shipped

CobraCo Evening Sky Campfire Ring – $24.99 Shipped Today ONLY

4×4 PrintBook
or 4×6 only $1.75 when you use coupon code BOOK75 – Ends May 1st!

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Meal Plan Wednesdays



I am changing things up a bit, as the sale posts can be very time consuming and you can download the apps on your phone! I currently have the Kroger, Sprouts, and Publix apps on my phone. You can create a grocery list(checking it off as you shop), clip coupons, even order online right from your phone. So, I will be creating one grocery/meal plan post each week, with recipes, so I can also expand to other content on my site. Aldi has an app as well, but it isn’t quite as versatile as the other apps and you can try it out as well.

So here are this weeks meal plans by store:



Baked Spaghetti – remember this is really easy – Boil your noodles, cook your meat, add sauce. Combine all ingredients in a 13×9 pan and top with Italian Blend Cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes. Quinoa Noodles are on sale if your are gluten free. If you are Dairy Free- grab a bag of Daiya.

Taco Tuesday – with tomatoes, avocado, carne asada, and grass fed beef on sale, whip up some yummy tacos. Hint: Cook the carne asada in the crock pot on low all day with some Mexican seasoning and a little water.

Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin with fried apples and Roasted Cauliflower

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie Dinner 

BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Roast Squash and Zucchini



Crock Pot Roast

Taco Tuesday – Ground Beef, Cilantro, Avocado, and Jalapenos are all on sale this week.

Sour Kraut and Sausage – This is really easy as well. Slice the sausage and brown. Add the sour kraut and stir in 2 tblsp of brown sugar to tame the sour down a bit. Cook on low for about 10 – 15 minutes. This pairs well with mac and cheese.

Easy and Kid Friendly Lasagna

Pizza Night



Pizza Night – DiGiorno, California Pizza Kitchen, and Kroger Deli Pizza are on sale

Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

Baked Spaghetti (see instructions above)

Crock Pot Roast

Sausage and Egg Muffins with Hashbrowns and Berries



Pizza Night

Taco Tuesday

Easy Pork Chops and Eggs

Italian Style Stuffed Meatballs, Cous Cous and Spring Mix Salad

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks – (Bake at 350 for about 30 -40 minutes, baste with BBQ sauce and put under broiler for about 2 -3 minutes.) Mac and Cheese and Salad

I really hope you like the new format. Give me some feedback in the comments and let me know what you think.








Aldi Deals and Meals

Aldi has some good produce and meat deals this week. They also have a wine and party snack sale going on. Might be a good place to grab an easy appetizer for a party.

Here are my picks for the week:

Pineapple – $1.49

Blackberries or Cranberries – .99

Organic Gala Apples 3lb bag – $3.99

Organic Baby Spinach – $2.49

Medjool Dates – $2.99

Brussels Sprouts – $1.49

Mandarins 3lb bag – $2.99

Family Pack Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – $1.69/lb

Beef Sirloin Tip Roast – $3.99/lb

Bone In Ribeye Roast – $6.99/lb

Butter – $2.29

Cream Cheese – .79

Sout Cream – .89

Crescent Rolls – .99

Simply Nature Organic Chicken Broth – $1.49

Appleton Farms Bite Size Salami – $2.99

Cranberry White Cheddar Cheese – $2.99

Specially Selected Hand Rolled Goat Cheese Log – $3.99 (I love Goat Cheese)

Artisan Crackers – $2.99

Prosciutto Di Parma – $4.49

Stuffed Olives – $3.29


Here are your Meal Ideas: 

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie Dinner – (Brussels for the veggie)

Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots 

(while not on sale, Aldi usually has good prices on ground beef so, here are some meals using ground beef)

Baked Spaghetti – this is so easy, just combine your noodles and meat and sauce mixture in a 13×9 pan and sprinkle with Italian Blend Cheese – Bake for 20 – 30 minutes at 350.

Enchilada Casserole -This is a big hit at our house and something your littles can help with!




Sprouts Weekly Deals and Meal Ideas

Sprouts has some great produce and meat deals as usual this week. They also have a $10 off any $50 purchase coupon! So be sure to grab an ad on your way into the store. That could definitely be useful if you are looking to stock up on your meat, as that can really add up quickly.

I don’t typically blog about vitamins, but they have quite a few supplements on sale this week. So you may want to mosy on over to those aisles. The reason I mention it is because I picked up a thyroid supplement two weeks ago and it has helped tremendously with my energy level.  I also noticed that the Herb Pharm Anxiety Soother is 20% off, I know I have recommended this to friends with anxiety. So if that is something that you struggle with, you might go grab a bottle and try it out.

Here are my picks for this week:


Pineapples – .98 ea.

Grapefruit and Mangos – 2/$1

Cuties 2lb bag – 2/$5

Sprouts Organic Salads – 2/$5

Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, or Raspberries – 2/$5

Purple,Green,Orange or White Cauliflower – .98/lb  (Never knew about purple or green cauliflower)

Fuji Apples – .98/lb

Pears – .88/lb

Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Peppers – 4/$5

On the Vine tomatoes – 4lbs/$5

Hothouse Cucumbers or Baby Peedled Carrots 4/$5

In the Bulk Aisles:

Rolled, Quick or Steel Cut Oats – .69/lb

Pecan Halves or Pieces – $9.99/lb

Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips – $3.99/lb

Dried Cranberries – $1.99/lb

Bulk Baking Essentials – 25% off

Coffee Beans – $7.99/lb


Vital Farms Eggs 18 ct – $5.99

Vital Farms Butter – $2.99

Simply Juice – 2/$7

California Farms Almond Milk – $2.99

Vans Waffles – 2/$5

Horizon Organic Milk – 2/$7

The Spice Hunter Spices – 50% off

Sprouts EVOO – $5.99

Sprouts Organic Broth – 3/$5

Wholesome Organic Sweeteners – 35% off

Sprouts Baking Essentials  2/$5

Bob’s Red Mill Flour – 2/$6

Beef Rib Roast – $7.99/lb

Pork Loin Roast – $2.99/lb

Chicken or Pork Sausage  $2.99/lb

Pork Shoulder Roast – $1.99/lb

Grass Fed Beef – $4.99/lb

Chicken Tenders or Thighs – $1.77/lb

Here are your Meal Ideas:

Unstuffed Egg Rolls

Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin  with a salad and fried apples

Slow Cooker Red Wine Pot Roast or Crock Pot Roast

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner  (Maybe try some of that colorful cauliflower roasted)

Comment or leave a photo if you tried something and loved it! Bonus points if the kids ate it too!



Kroger Weekly Deals and Meal Ideas

This week at Kroger there are some great sales on meal items. It looks like there are some really easy meals to be made this week! A few things to remember about Kroger are: You need the plus card to get their sale prices. The app is a great tool to use to create your shopping list and add coupons. They also have Clicklist, which will allow you to get groceries without stepping foot in the store.  Finally, you can also order from Kroger on the Shipt app. The prices are higher and you do have to have a Shipt membership. However, you have a personal shopper and it is delivered to you. Use my link when you sign up and get free groceries!

Here are my picks for the week:

Atlantic Slamon Sides – $7.99/lb

Boneless Half Pork Loin – .99/lb !!!

Boneless Pork Chops – $3.49/lb

Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts – $2.99/lb

Ground Round or Angus Ground Sirloin – $4.99/lb

Kroger Meatballs, Ground Pork, or Kroger Brats/Italian Sausage – $2.99

Kroger Shrimp Platter – $12.99

Standing Rib Eye Roast – $6.99/lb

Tennessee Pride Breakfast Sausage – 2/$6

Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies – 2/$5

Boars Head Sweet Slice Ham – $6.99/lb

Alexia Potatoes – 2/$6

Birds Eye Vegetables – BOGO

Kroger Frozen Vegetables – 10/$10

Kroger Frozen Potatoes – $1.69

Sister Schubert’s Rolls – $2.99

Del Monte Vegetables – BOGO

Kraft Natural Cheese – BOGO

Kroger Butter – $2.99

Kroger Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese – 4/$5

Kroger Shredded Cheese or Slices – $1.77

Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Pillsbury Crescents, or Sweet Rolls – 3/$5

Tropicana – $2.69

Kroger Spices – BOGO

Pacific Foods – 2/$5

Simple Truth Cage Free Eggs and Simply Juice – 2/$5

Simple Truth Organic Spices – 33%

Starbucks Coffee or K-cups – $5.99

Tostitos – 2/$5

Hawaiian Dinner Rolls – 2/$6

Handi – foil Large Roasting or Baking Pans – 2/$6

Brocolli – $1.49/lb

California Clementines – $4.99

Jumbo Russet Potatoes – $2.99

Kale, Turnip, Collard, or Mustard Greens – .99

Large Pineapple – 3/$5

Organic Celery – $1.49

Raspberries or Blackberries – 2/$5

Simple Truth Organic Salad – 2/$6

Sweet Potatoes – .49/lb

Here are your meal ideas:

Sausage Egg Muffins with Fruit and Hashbrowns

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Hawaiian Roll Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries with Aoli (you don’t have to use all the ingredients in the sandwiches for them to be good. Ham, cheese, and mustard are delicious also!)

Crock Pot Roast


Happy Shopping!!



Sprouts Weekly Deals and Meal Ideas

Sprouts has some great produce deals this week! There are also many options in the meat department as well. Here are my picks:

Clementines – $3.88/ 5lb box

Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers – .88 ea.

Pineapples – 2/$5

Grapefruit – .88 ea.

Gala and Granny Smith Apples – .98/lb

Organic Hass Avocados – .88 ea. !!!

Brocolli Crowns and Cauliflower – .98/lb

Taylor Farms Chopped Salad Kits – 2/$6

Spaghetti Squash – .88/lb

Gourmet Stuffed Chicken Breasts – $2.99/lb

Whole Chicken – $1.59/lb

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $1.67/lb

Ground Beef 80% lean – $2.67/lb

Baby Back or St.Louis Style Ribs – $2.99/lb

Boneless Chuck Roast  $4.99/lb

EZ Peel Large Raw Shrimp – $5.99/lb

Organic Coconut Sugar – $3.99/lb (Bulk)

Green or Red Lentils – .99/lb (Bulk)

Sprouts Pasta – .99

Sprouts Organic Quinoa – $2.99

Sprouts Butter – $2.99

Sprouts Cage Free Eggs – $2.99

Daiya Dairy Free Cheese Alternatives – 2/$6  (These are actually not too bad)

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt – $2.99

Tropicana Orange Juice – $2.99

Sprouts Appetizers – 2/$7

Sprouts Stevia  – BOGO

The Deli also has quite a few trays on sale this week, so you may want to check that out if you have a party coming up.

Here are your meal ideas:

If you like lentils or want to try something healthier, here is a recipe for you: Chicken Lentil Soup

With the Bell Peppers being on sale it is a great time to try my Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe.

You could also try this Goulash recipe from Paula Deen  – I don’t use 2 lbs of ground beef, I only use one. I use Beef Broth instead of water. Instead of house seasoning, I use 21 season mix, and about 1/2 tsp. of garlic and onion powder. Sometimes I leave out the onion, and I only use 1 tbsp. of the Italian Seasoning. However I make it, my family always loves it. Except Caleb of course, it isn’t pizza after all.

Try out my Quinoa Tacos

Grab some Chicken and a Taylor Farms Chipotle Salad Mix- Bake your chicken and slice, serve it with the salad.  The chicken can be cooked ahead of time and refrigerated.

Last but not least, give these kid friendly Egg Muffins a try!

I would love to see what you decide to make, leave a comment below!