Gretchen’s $33 Grocery Shopping Trip + Weekly Menu Plan



1 Raisins – $2.79

1 Roma Tomatoes – $1.29

3 lbs Gala Apples – $2.99

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 dozen Eggs – $1.49

1 canister Oats – $2.29

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 can Refried Beans – $0.79

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $1.19

1 Flour Tortillas – $0.99

Total with tax ($1.10): $16.50



4 General Mills Cereals – $2.50 each, used $2/4 catalina coupon – $2 each after coupon

1 gallon Milk – Free (since I bought 4 General Mills cereals)

1 Kroger Cheddar Cheese (16 oz) – $2.99

1.68 lbs Banana @ $0.54/lb – $0.91

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Ham Steak – $2.79

Total with tax ($1.26): $16.94

Total for all grocery items: $33.44

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Bananas


Pancakes, Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Leftovers, Tossed Salad


Cheese Pizza, Steamed Cauliflower

Ham & Cheese Biscuit Bake, Steamed Broccoli

Poor Man’s Steak (using ground deer meat), Butterhorn Rolls, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (using ground deer meat), 30 Minute Rolls

Southwestern Roll-ups, Chips and Salsa, Fruit Salad

Chicken Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

Spaghetti, Toast, Green Beans

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  1. Julie says

    Impressive! May I ask how many people you’re feeding? I have a family of 4, and while these meals might work, I buy about four gallons of milk a week!
    The only other thing I noticed is I think you could get your cheese a bit cheaper. In our area, it goes on sale for about $2 for a 2 cup bag (sometimes actually $2 each, sometimes a $4 BOGO). I stock up when it’s on sale–it freezes really well.

  2. Kim says

    What do you do for snacks? I feel like the snacks I have to send with the kids to school
    really add up!

    • Jessica Valentino says

      I don’t think Gretchen has children in school yet if I recall from past posts. I do though, so I know what you mean about snacks adding up. I usually get a couple of large bags of pretzels, sun chips, graham crackers etc… from Aldi and then immediately divide them into zip lock bags. I keep these snacks in a bin in a high cabinet. Otherwise my kids will grab that bag of chips and eat the whole thing in an afternoon after school. That way I only spend 2-3 dollars a week on school snacks. For after school snacks I serve something that is more difficult to send to school, but usually more nutritious. Yogurt (from a big container, not cups), fruit, spoons full of peanut butter, cottage cheese, celery with peanut butter, freshly popped corn, homemade kale chips, or homemade healthier baked goods.