Brigette’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

2 4-lb bags Oranges – $4.98

2 12-oz bags Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – $3.18

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

2 3-ct pkgs Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Tilapia Filets – $5.49

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.39

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

2 dozen Eggs – $3.50

1 16-oz bag Wild Caught Salmon – $3.89

Total: $35.96

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Target

10 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal – $10.00

4 Up & Up 2-ct pkgs Cleaning Sponges – $4.16, used $3/4 Up & Up Cleaning Products/Tools printable – $1.16/4 after coupon

4 bags Market Pantry Frozen Broccoli – $3.84, used $1/4 Target Mobile coupon, plus 5% off Market Pantry Frozen Vegetables Target Cartwheel Offer – $2.69/4 after coupons

2 12-oz cans Nestle Evaporated Milk – $1.92, used $0.55/2 printable, plus $0.50/2 Target printable, plus receive $1 back from Checkout 51 – $0.13 MM after coupons and rebate (these got put in the Harris Teeter picture accidentally – I will blame it on multi-tasking and having my children help me with unloading groceries/taking pics :))

2 15-ct pkgs Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum – $1.98, used 2 $1/1 Target printable – FREE after coupons

Used a $5 Gift Card

Total after Coupons, Taxes, Gift Card and Rebate – $8.77 

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Harris Teeter

3 bottles Pantene Shampoo – $10.00, used $5/3 Pantene Products, exp. 4/30/15 (P&G 03/29/15), plus $5/3 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

2 boxes Betty Crocker Cake Mix – $2.00, used $0.75/2 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/2 Harris Teeter evic – $0.25 MM after coupons, plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar

3 jars Skippy Natural Peanut Butter – $6.00, used 3 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $2.70/3 after coupons, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta

2 15-oz cans Dole Sliced Pineapple – $2.00, used $0.50/2 Dole Canned Fruit, exp. 5/31/15 (SS 03/22/15 R) (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupon, plus receive $1 back from Snap by Groupon

1 McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning – $1.39, used $0.75/1 McCormick Spice, Herb, Extract or Food Color, exp. 4/19/15 (RP 03/15/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 2-ct package Hass Avocad0s – $1.67

2 8-oz bags Sargento Artisan Blends Shredded Cheese – $4.00, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $2.00/2 after coupons

2 32-oz containers Sorrento Ricotta Cheese – $5.49, used 2 $1/1 printable – $3.49/2 after coupons

1 gallon Milk – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta

Total after Coupons, Taxes, and Rebates – $8.95

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Save-A-Lot

2 5-lb bags Flour – $2.98

1 5-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $2.74 after rebate

1 5-lb bag Granny Smith Apples – $2.99

Total after Rebate: $8.71

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Food Lion

3.56lbs of Ground Beef (@$2.49/lb) – $8.86 (also pictured is 5lbs of ground beef given to us this week by our retired butcher friend!)

Total: $8.86   

Weekly Total: $70.98

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Easy Whole Wheat Muffins/Toast and Eggs x 2 (Veggie Omelettes for me)

Apple Baked Oatmeal (adapting this recipe) x 2

Lunches

Stir Fried Veggies over Rice, Apples x 2

Build-Your-Own-Tossed Salad Bar x 2, Crackers

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Oranges, Carrot Sticks x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Pan Fried Tilapia, Crispy Carrot Fries (substituting carrots for the sweet potatoes), Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Freezer Biscuits (Easy Paleo Biscuits for me)

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Tossed Salad, Steamed Peas

Meat Potato Quiche (using leftover ham from the freezer), Steamed Broccoli, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins (I will make a double batch to have leftovers for breakfasts)

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Sliced Baked Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Bread (recipe coming soon!)

Taco Salad, Best Spanish Rice, Oranges

Fried Egg and Cheese Sandwiches (meatless), Homemade Applesauce, Green Beans (from the freezer)

Leftovers

Snacks

Protein Smoothies or Muffin in Mug (for me), Popcorn, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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Why I Like My Smaller House

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Guest post from Rachael of Mumbling Mommy

I had a strange dream after my husband and I signed paperwork to buy our first house. I dreamed I was standing in our new master bathroom and the walls began closing in on me. In reality, it IS a small bathroom — my dream only exaggerated that fact.

When my mom came to visit and first saw the bathroom, she wondered if it had originally been a closet (it hadn’t.) However, despite its diminutive dimensions, our master bathroom works for us.

The rest of our house isn’t big either. At approximately 1,050 square feet, some people might consider our house to be on the small side, but we don’t plan to upsize. Our house served us well when we were a young couple with no children, and it has accommodated our growing family, with adequate space for our two daughters. We are happy at the prospect of spending our retirement years here, too.

I like my house so much that I sometimes feel sorry for friends who live in larger houses.

Here are the top reasons why I like small houses:

1. Smaller houses cost less to own and operate.

Everything about smaller houses is smaller, like mortgages, heating and cooling bills, electric bills, and taxes.

We were able to pay ahead on our mortgage and refinanced so our home will be paid off in 15 years, which wouldn’t be possible if we lived in a larger, more expensive home.

We also only need one furnace to heat our home, compared to larger homes that function most efficiently when they have separate furnaces for lower and upper floors.

2. Smaller houses are more environmentally friendly.

I recycle, compost, and try to leave a small carbon footprint. I like smaller houses because they are built with fewer natural resources like wood, and they require less electricity and gas to heat, cool, and cook with.

3. Smaller houses can make remodeling projects more affordable.

You need less paint and carpet and fewer wall cabinets in smaller houses. When we had ceramic tile floors installed in our bathrooms, we saved on labor costs because the rooms were small. I can paint a bedroom with only one gallon of paint and still have paint left over.

4. Smaller houses help keep clutter to a minimum.

We need less furniture and fewer things like decorations and curtains to fill our space.

Small houses also are motivation to pare down excess belongings. We keep only what we need and are less tempted to buy toys or gadgets that would clutter our home.

I feel less pressure to “keep up with the Joneses.”

5. Smaller houses are easier for families with young children.

Our open floor plan, which makes our house seem bigger than it really is, allows me to stand in my dining room and see almost every room in our house. I can cook in the kitchen and keep tabs on my children playing in the living room or their bedrooms.

If my children wake at night, I don’t have to walk down a long hall or up or down stairs to their bedrooms.

The bathroom is never far away during potty training, and when accidents happen, the laundry room is nearby, too.

6. Smaller houses take less time and effort to clean.

This is my favorite part about my small home! Less square footage means less space to clean.

Our bathrooms are so small my children frequently stand in the hall while brushing their teeth, but that also means I can clean our bathrooms in a short time.

We have friends who have two or three times as much house to clean, and some of them hire house cleaners, which brings us back to my first point about all the ways smaller houses save money.

For our family, having less space is a good tradeoff if it means we save money and sanity.

What do you like about smaller houses? On the other end of the spectrum, have you experienced benefits from living in a large house?

Rachael is a wife, mom of two daughters, and associate editor for Mumbling Mommy, a blog about the challenges, pitfalls, and triumphs of parenting. In her spare time, she can be found gardening, cooking, singing with ladies from church, or reading Charlotte Bronte novels.

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Cents of Style: Mint & Peach Accessories — as low as $5 shipped!

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Today’s Fashion Friday offer from Cents of Style is Mint & Peach Accessories for 50% off when you use coupon code MINT at checkout.

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You can get lightweight spring scarves, earrings, ballet flats, and more starting as low as $5 shipped.

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I ordered these adorable teardrop stud earrings to go with a few of my speaking outfits and they were just $6.47 shipped!

This deal is only valid today, March 27, 2015.

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.)
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HUGE List of FREE Homeschool Curriculum & Resources

This is the weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Jamerrill from FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

Minecraft Homeschool

You are going to love all the goodies we found this week. There is a lot of fun themed resources, starting with this Free Minecraft Homeschool Resources: Printables, Crafts, Snacks, Games + More! list. Then move onto Easter and Resurrection freebies as well as math, grammar, art and more.

Preschool

These FREE Alphabet Dot-a-Dot Printables are fun for everyone who needs alphabet practice.

Your boys will love to learn with this FREE Dinosaur Printable PreK- 1st Grade Pack.

Mazes are so much fun! Here is a FREE Big Book of Preschool Mazes.

There are a lot of creative ways to use these FREE ABC Puzzle Cards.

Here are 50 FREE Fine Motor Activity Ideas for Children 3-6.

Reading

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Have fun learning short vowel reading with this FREE SHORT VOWEL CLIP CARDS 24 pack! (instant download).

Practice sight words with this FREE Dolch Primer Sight Words Play Dough Tracing Mats.

Don’t know what to give your 2nd grader to read? Try this FREE Printable 2nd Grade Reading List.

More Homeschool Goodness

Need help with your homeschool planning? Don’t miss this Free Homeschool Planning Webinar!

Love Minecraft? If the recource list about wasn’t enough, try this FREE Minecraft STEM Printable pack!

Spring is here! Celebrate with this FREE Prewriting Printables with Spring Theme.

Giving thanks is something to work on all year long. Here are FREE Teach Our Children to Give Thanks Printables.

Science

Combine Easter and science with this FREE Egg-speriment Pack.

Study space with these FREE Space Themed Coloring and Copywork Pages and these Free Solar System Map Drill.

With everything in bloom, now is the perfect time to study plants with this FREE Learning About Plants 6 Weeks of Lessons.

Easter and Resurrection Freebies

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Easter games are so much fun! Try these FREE Printable Easter Board Game and this FREE Easter Basket Game Printables.

Cut and color until your heart is content with these great resources:

Preschoolers will enjoy Easter themed resources when they have FREE Easter Play Dough Mats, and a FREE Easter Themed Preschool Math Game, and this FREE PreK- Grade 1 Easter Printable Pack.

Here is a 33 Page FREE Easter Learning Pack and a FREE Easter Math Activities and Printables.

Math

This FREE Fractions Reference Pack will be helpful to print and hang or keep in a notebook for 3rd-8th grade students.

Practice number 1-12 with this FREE Numbers 1-12 Worksheets for Bingo Markers.

Grammar and Language Arts

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Here are FREE Farm Themed Noun Printables and Lesson because what child doesn’t love animals?

Make grammar fun with this FREE Parts of Speech Bingo Game.

These FREE English Worksheets for K-5 are not only an excellent resource, they are printable by topic!

Art

Just in thme for Easter, here is a Free The Last Supper Art Lesson.

If you are looking for art resources, try this Mega List of FREE Online Art Resource.

Click here thousands of homeschool freebies!

*Don’t forget! If you are looking for additional free homeschool resources please check the huge growing list of free homeschool curriculum and resources on MoneySavingMom.com!

Jamerrill is the homeschooling mother of a large and growing family. After seasons of spending $50 or less annually to homeschool her children, she started Free Homeschool Deals in 2012 to help all families afford the homeschool life. You can follow the homeschool goodness on Pinterest and Facebook.

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Amazon.com: 50% off Ladies’ Denim (+ my excitement over finding a few pair of jeans that actually fit!)

50% off Ladies' Denim

Today only (March 27, 2015), Amazon is offering 50% off Ladies’ Denim. If you typically buy more expensive jeans, I’d recommend taking a look as many of the prices are quite good for these quality brands.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a big struggle for me to find jeans that fit me. I’m right between petite and regular and am small with kind of weird proportions. Multiple friends have suggested I should pay for a tailor, but I’ve never actually worked up the guts to try that or fork out the money for that. :)

My Secret to Finding Jeans that Fit

However, at this point, my very best success in my quest to find jeans that actually fit has been through Stitch Fix. I earned a few hundred dollars’ worth of credit from them when I posted this pretty much downright awful review. (I know, I was shocked that anyone actually tried out the service after I shared such an honest review!)

Because I had a little credit, I decided to try a few more fixes and I ended up using my credit to cover three pairs of jeans — all that I love, that fit me so well, and that I wear pretty much all. the. time.

After being so frustrated for so long over not being able to find pants and jeans that were the right length and right fit in-store, I’m thrilled that I actually have found a few pairs that fit! Other short and weirdly proportioned people like me can probably relate to how you can get almost giddy over finding something that actually fits! :)

My Completely Honest Review of Stitch Fix

I’ve have only kept a few other items from the fixes I’ve gotten from Stitch Fix and haven’t spent any money out of pocket, but the fact that I found three pairs of jeans that fit and used my credit to pay for them has made me fall in love with Stitch Fix. Which has totally surprised me given what my initial experience was!

(In full disclosure, I think Stitch Fix clothes are very much on the pricey side, so if you don’t have a bit of credit built up, I can’t say that it would be worth paying for the items.)

Tip: I’d also recommend checking out Thred Up and Like Twice for deals on name brand jeans and other Ladies’ Clothing. I’ve had good experiences with both sites.

Laying Out My Clothes Every Night

By the way, inspired by Amy from MomAdvice, I’ve been laying out my clothes for each day the night before. I’ve surprised myself by how much I enjoy this and am really digging coming up with new outfit combinations with what I already have in my closet!

The best benefit is that it makes my mornings so much smoother. Is there hope for me to maybe develop into a wee bit of a fashionista?!? Miracles still happen, ya know! ;)

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Natural & Organic Coupons & Deals

Natural & Organic DealsHere are the best natural & organic coupons & deals available right now, with thanks to Andrea from The Greenbacks Gal for compiling them:

Natural and Organic Coupons: Hot coupons this week include $1/1 King Arthur Flour and $0.75/1 Kit’s Organic Fruit and Nut Bars. Check out the full list of coupons for Natural and Organic products.

Burt’s Bees: This is one of my favorite offers! Burt’s Bees grab bags are on sale for only $20. These make great teacher’s gifts.

50% Savings Activated Charcoal: Does your natural medicine cabinet include activated charcoal? Save 50% on a bottle of Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal 100 capsule pack.

Outside Magazine: Ready to get Outside? Subscribe to Outside magazine for just $4.99/year.

Free eBook Downloads: For a limited time you can download Mason Jar Salads Made Easy, Locally Grown and Freezer Meals for FREE!

Target: Excellent price on Bear Naked Granola Bars. Get a box for just $1.40!

Andrea Green of The Greenbacks Gal is an organic coupon expert. What if you could find affordable organic and eco-friendly products on a budget? Eco-friendly moms need affordable solutions. Andrea finds the best green deals, helping hundreds of families save on the frugal, green lifestyle. Nothing makes her happier than to help people realize being organic doesn’t have to cost more.

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