Gretchen’s $45 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


Health Food Store

2 Organic Greens – Marked down to $0.99 each

2 Bell Peppers – $0.49 each

2 Limes – $0.25 each

1 Rudi’s Cinnamon Raisin Bagels – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax ($0.32): $4.77


1 pkg (18 double rolls) Toilet Paper – $6.99

1 pkg Green Peppers – $1.49

1 Chocolate Ice Cream – $2.29

1 pkg Strawberries – $1.25

1 pkg Tomatoes – $0.99 (I’ll get back $0.50 from Checkout 51.)

3 Cucumbers – $0.59 each (I’ll get back $0.25 from Checkout 51.)

1 Sour Cream – $1.29

2 cans Refried Beans – $0.79 each

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

2 pkg Cheese – $1.99 each

Total with tax ($1.63): $24.45


1 Frosted Flakes – $1.99 (My hubby requested me to buy this.) :)

1 Dish Detergent – $0.99

2 Horizon Mac & Cheese – $1 each, used $0.75/2 printable - $0.63 each after coupon

1 Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1

1 Cheese Slices – $0.99

4 Kroger Greek Yogurts – Marked down to $0.10 each

2 Jennie-O Ground Turkey – $1.99 each, used $0.75/2 printable - $1.61 each after coupon

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – Marked down to $0.49

3 gallons Milk – Marked down to $1.75 each and I’ll get back $0.25 from Ibotta. (I will freeze these to use in pancakes/breads/smoothies.)

Total with tax: $16.70

Total for all grocery items: $45.92

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal x 2, Toasted Bagels, Smoothies using frozen fruit, Pancake Bites


Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadillas, Salad, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese


Boys’ night out (I’ll be at a girl’s get together so my guys are eating out. I’m bringing chips and this dip to my friend’s house.)

Tossed Salad, Strawberries

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Tossed Salad

Hamburgers (using frozen burgers my parent’s gave us), Homemade French Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Peas, Peaches (My mom brought us a bunch of fresh peaches she picked this week. Yum!)

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Ground Turkey/Potatoes/Green Beans Skillet, 30 Minute Rolls

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My Six-Year-Old Daughter’s Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Routines

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Lisa from Created for Learning sent me a link to her blog post this week and I just LOVED it:

Transitioning from teacher to mother has been more difficult than I thought . . . I mean, I could patiently handle twenty 1st and 2nd grade students, how hard could it be to parent three kids?  Right?  But I currently feel like I’m in survival mode. I am overwhelmed by all the responsibilities that my brain is telling me I need to juggle. I LOVE my girls but I find myself saying, “I procreated myself out of my sanity,” more times than I care to experience.

Time-management is a weakness of mine. I desperately want to think through and set up household routines that will help maintain order in our home . . . basically I want my home to run as peacefully as my classroom did.

To help with this, I’ve been listening in the car to an audiobook, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. Usually my kids ask for me to change it to music, but sometimes I can slip in some listening time for “mommy’s turn.”

Well, the other day we were getting ready to leave for a fun day-trip (so I was trying not to feel frantic, thinking I would forget something) and my just-turned-six-year-old daughter, online we’ll call her Miss Responsible, came up to me and said her list was all done for this morning just like the lady on my CD said to do. I stopped my swirling preparations to look at her and ask her for more details to see what she had paid attention to when listening.

She amazed me.

She led me into her bedroom where *Holycowwhendidshehavettimetodothis!* she had posted all these lists on her wall. She’d written her list for what she needs to do in a day.  It was on 4-separate pages and labeled accordingly, “Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Bedtime.”  Well, I’m assessing, she may not know the difference between evening and afternoon…”

You can read her whole post here.

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Free Ebooks: Hopeful Parenting, Beginner Paleo Cookbook, Fast and Easy Mug Recipes, and more

NOTE: The price of these ebooks is currently $0.00, but that could change at any time. Be sure to verify before checking out that it is still free.

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The best freebies from this past week


Here’s a long list of freebies that have been available recently that should still be available. Thanks to Kaley from Cha-Ching on a Shoestring for compiling these:

Free Samples:

Free Schiff Move Free Ultra Omega Sample

Free Nivea Lotion Sample

Free Emergen-C Sample

Free Truvia Natural Sweetener Sample

Free L’Oreal Triple Resist Haircare Sample

Free Origins GinZing Moisturizer Sample

Free Downloads, Books, and Magazines:

Free eBook: Raw Faith

Free eBook: The Paleo Summer Survival Guide

Free eBook: All About Jesus

Free Download: 2014-1015 Calendar Binder

Free Magazine Subscription: Family Fun

Free Magazine Subscription: Martha Stewart Living + Everyday Food

Educational Freebies:

Free Back to School Walmart Price Comparison Sheet

Free 2-Month Trial of ALEKS Math Program

Free Cats Preschool Printable Pack

Free Child’s Hands-On Play Telecast

Free List of 50 Free Things To Do This Summer

Free Set of Bird Nature Study Printables

Free Biggest List of Freebies for Homeschoolers

Free Homeschool Curriculum & Resources

Free Food:

Free Birthday Dessert at T.G.I. Friday’s

Free Birthday Pancakes at IHOP

Free Fish & Fries at Long Jon Silver’s (on 8/2)

Free Birthday Pretzel at Auntie Anne’s

Free Birthday Grand Slam at Denny’s

Free Birthday Cupcake for Kids at Barnes & Noble

Store Freebies:

Free Old El Paso Guacamole Seasoning at Walmart

Free Benadryl Anti Itch at CVS

Free L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo or Conditioner at Target

Free Just the Basics Paper Towels at CVS (thru 7/26)

Free Philly Swirl Stix Frozen Treats at Dollar Tree

Free Old El Paso Spicy Sour Cream Seasoning at Walmart

Free Sally Hansen Nail Polish at CVS

Free Crystal Light Drink Mix at Dollar Tree

Free Skittles at Walgreens

Free Suave Shampoo or Conditioner at Target

Free Lysol Handsoap Dispenser at Walmart

Free Brachs Candy at Dollar Tree

Free Starbucks Refreshers at CVS

Free Raid Fly Ribbon Strips at Walmart

Other Freebies:

Huge List of Free Activities for Kids this Summer

Free 25 Recyclebank Points Earning Opportunity

Free 10 Pampers Gifts to Grow Points

Free 50 Free Kellogg’s Family Rewards Points

Free Colgate Kit for Teachers

Free 20 Pampers Gifts to Grow Points

Possible Free Nivea Pure and Natural Lipstick Product Test

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Checkout 51: Save on M&Ms, apples, Prego Italian Sauces, and more

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Have you signed up for Checkout 51 yet? It’s a way to save money on groceries and more—without clipping coupons! You can download the Checkout 51 app or use Checkout 51 straight from your home computer.


Checkout 51 added new coupons today—for apples, M&Ms, Dole Pineapple juice, Lays chips, and more! Check them out here. These coupons will expire next Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

What is Checkout 51?

Checkout 51 helps you save money on the brands you love. Every Thursday morning, Checkout 51 updates with a new list of offers. All you have to do is pick the ones you like, purchase them at any store, and upload a photo of your receipt through their mobile app or website. When your account reaches $20, Checkout 51 sends you a check. Checkout 51

More tips for using Checkout 51:

  • Offers go live on Thursdays at 12:00 AM in each time zone. They expire the following Wednesday at 11:59 PM in each time zone. You must submit the receipts while the offers are live.
  • Offers are available in limited quantities. Check your offer list before you go shopping to ensure that the offer is still available, and upload the receipt immediately after purchase to avoid disappointment.
  • A quantity of (1) of each offer is eligible for cash back per member.
  • Each receipt can only be used once.
  • They can only give cash back for the exact product listed, so please read carefully.
  • You are permitted to use Checkout 51 cash back offers with any other coupon or discount unless otherwise stated.
  • Items purchased from online retailers are eligible for cash back. Packing slips are accepted as proof of purchase. Online purchases are subject to the same submission timelines as receipts.

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