Gretchen’s $32 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


This week, I’m trying to make meals based on what we have in our cabinets and freezer. I mainly just stocked up on snack items this week since they were having some great sales.


1 Green Onions – $1.19

1 gallon Milk – $2.49

1 Butter – $2.49

1 Flour Tortillas – $0.99

Total with tax ($0.51): $7.67



2 Bamba Snacks – Marked down to $0.29 each

1.96 lbs Grapes @ $2.49/lb – $4.88 (I should have purchased these at Aldi…)

1 Jeno’s Frozen Pizza – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

3 Ramen Noodles – $0.20 each

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – $3.99

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.25

1 Kroger Marble Cheese (24 oz) – $4.99

1 Kroger Frozen Onions – $1

1 Kroger Marshmallows – $1

2 Yoplait GoGurt Yogurt – $2 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $1 each after coupon

5 Dole Fruit Squish’ems (4 pk) – $2 each, used 5 $1/1 printable and coupon from the 1/5 SmartSource insert – $1 each after coupons

Total before sales and coupons: $43.28

Total after sales and coupons: $25.29

Total for all grocery items: $32.96

Menu Plan


Cereal x 3, Oatmeal, Toast and Eggs, Homemade Granola


Leftovers, Cheese & Crackers, Fruit/Veggies, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Macaroni and Cheese


Lasagna Casserole, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Broccoli

Meat Potato Quiche, Banana Muffins, Tossed Salad

Apple Turkey Picadillo, Peas

Cheesy Hamburger Soup, Homemade Bread, Sliced Oranges

Braided Pizza Bread, Tossed Salad

Barbecue Sandwiches, Chips, Steamed Cauliflower

Italian Chicken, Green Beans, Baked Potatoes

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  1. Kim says

    I see your menu for sandwiches. If you have a bread receipt, any brand of milk & bread just showed up on the Ibotta app! The receipts are good for a week, so if you have a bread receipt dated within the past 7 days it should count. Woohoo!!! I’d love Aldi to get approved on Ibotta.

  2. Mary G. says

    Thanks for sharing your shopping trip and menu plans. I’m going to try the braided pizza bread as a dinner option with salad. It looks like a nice change from standard pizza. :)

  3. Shannon Seal says

    Gretchen, I recently contacted Turkey Hill, and the rep told me they will send coupons by mail once per month if asked (by email is fine). In response to an inquiry from me, they sent 12 coupons in a single mailing, up to $1 off an item. This would knock the price of the ice cream down even more! (I sure do love their Columbian Coffee ice cream!)

  4. Lolly says

    If you have a Walmart nearby check out the Christmas clearance. I bought Carnation Coffee Cake mixes @ 2.00 with 75% off which makes them .50 cents a piece. Tonight I will be making chili and coffee cake. The funfetti cake mixes are marked down to .50 cents and the pumpkin bread mixes are the same. Great to stock up and use for different events.

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