Brigette’s $50 Shopping Trip + Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Brigette's Shopping TripAldi

1 16-oz Package Frozen Strawberries – $2.19

1 48-oz Package Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.49

2 Heads of Cabbage – $1.98

1 Bunch Bananas ($0.44/lb) – $1.38, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 Mobile Coupon

1 32-oz Carton Half & Half – $1.69 (splurge item/impulse buy that was NOT on my list! I LOVE this stuff in my hot drinks in the fall!)

1 3-lb bag Navel Oranges – $2.49

1 3-lb Bag Yellow Onions – $0.99

1 3-Head Bag Garlic – $0.79

1 16-oz Can Pumpkin – $0.89

Baking Powder – For some reason, this is not on my receipt. I am not sure why it didn’t ring up.

Total: $18.89, plus receive $0.25 back

Brigette's Shopping Trip

BI-LO

4 Boxes Betty Crocker Cake Mix – $6.00, used 2 $0.75/2 printable (doubled) – $3.00 after coupons, plus receive $0.12 fuel perks

6 Bags Frozen Vegetables Green Giant Steamers – $8.00, used 2 $0.60/3 printable (doubled), plus $0.50/2 from SavingStar – $5.10 after coupons and rebate, plus receive $0.10 fuel perks, plus an additional $0.10 fuel perks for buying 10 General Mills products

Gala Apples ($0.99/lb) – $2.29

5 Packages Challenge Butter (B1G1 @ $4.89) – $12.20, used 2 $0.55/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.50/2 catalina coupon from Harris Teeter – $8.50 after coupons, plus receive $0.75/1 Ibotta App Mobile Coupon, and $1.00/1 Checkout 51 Mobile Coupon ($6.75 after rebates for 5 packages of butter! Yes please!!!)

Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $19.39, plus receive $2.25 back in rebates, and earned $0.37 in fuel perks (that’s 37 cents off every gallon of gas)

Brigette's Shopping Trip

Harris Teeter

1 8-oz Baking Soda – $0.47

1 8-oz Package of Sliced Mushrooms, reduced – $1.00

6 Containers Yoplait Yogurt (3 of which are not in this picture since they were eaten immediately when we got home. I did 6 stores with 4 littles in 2.5 hours without any meltdowns. I will unashamedly admit that all the credit for that accomplishment goes to the yogurt. Which may or may not have been offered as an “incentive.” :)) – $2.22, used $0.40/6 printable (doubled), plus $0.40/6 Harris Teeter Evic, plus receive $0.40/6 SavingStar – $0.62/6 after coupons

2 Bags of Shredded Cheese ($1.37 each, limit 2) – $2.74

1 64-oz Carton Silk – $3.00, used $1/1 Silk Half Gallon, exp. 10/18/14 (RP 09/14/14), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter Evic – $1.00 after coupons

1 Jar Barilla Pasta Sauce – $2.00, used $0.55/1 Barilla Pasta Sauce Jar, exp. 11/1/14 (SS 09/07/14 #2) (doubled), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter Evic – $0.15 after coupons

2 Boxes Celestial Seasonings Tea, reduced – $2.50 (Another impulse buy… stocking up for the cooler weather that will come eventually)

Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $8.88, plus receive $0.40 back from Saving Star

Brigette's Shopping Trip

Farmer’s Mart

1 Butternut Squash ($0.79/lb) – $2.12

3 Ears of Corn ($0.29/each) – $0.87

Tomatoes ($0.79/lb) – $1.15

Total: $4.14

Brigette's Shopping Trip

Flower Foods Bakery

6 Loaves of Bread, reduced (3/$0.99)

Total: $1.98

Weekly Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Rebates: $50.38 (plus $0.37 fuel perks)

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

French Toast (birthday breakfast choice for my son), Cereal x 2, Oatmeal x 2, Smoothies, Eggs and Toast

Lunches

Hotdogs/Fruit/Corn (birthday lunch choice), Macaroni and Cheese/Carrots/Apples, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Oranges/Sliced Tomatoes x 2, Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches/Cucumber Slices, Veggie Omelettes/Peaches (I have a bunch of frozen peach slices, and my children love eating them straight from the freezer), Leftovers

Dinners

Papa Johns Pizza (birthday dinner choice), Cake (specific kind still TBD!)

Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Breadsticks

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Baked Butternut Squash, Tossed Salad

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Buttered Carrots, Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower, Leftover Breadsticks

Chicken Fried Rice, Oranges

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (using leftover venison meat instead of hamburger), Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Leftovers

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Shutterfly: FREE Custom Photo Mug (just pay shipping)

Free Shutterfly Photo Mug

Through September 23, 2014, you can get a FREE custom Photo Mug when you use coupon code MUGSEP14 at checkout. You’ll still pay shipping which is around $6 to $8 total.

This is a great gift idea for someone on your Christmas gift list. There are many different styles to choose from and lots of ways to customize your mug.

FREE Shutterfly Photo MugI made a photo mug of a picture I love of the kids. I was going to give it as a gift to someone, but I think Jesse and I will want to hang onto it since it I think I’m going to love it so much. :)

FREE Shutterfly Custom Photo MugMy total was $8.73 for shipping and tax.

Go here to make your custom photo mug and just pay shipping.

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5 Ways to Live Well on One Income

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Guest post from Liz of The Quick Journey

As a momma to four kiddos and one handsome hubby, I am always on the lookout for ways to stretch our money and still live well. Many people think that giving up the “two-income” lifestyle means that everything else goes with it.

Sure, you’ll probably need to pare down some, but life doesn’t need to be boring and stifling. I have found 5 tried and true ways to save our pennies and still enjoy a good life:

1. Set Goals

It is so important to set goals for your family. When you have goals in place, it makes it easier to save those pennies because you get to dream about the reward at the end of the journey.

Goals also add resolve when things might get tough. Remember, pennies add up to dollars and dollars to hundreds of dollars. So every penny counts toward your family goal!

2. Find Free Family Fun

Instead of spending a lot of money going on expensive family trips, find ways to enjoy each other without spending the money. Some great ways to “stay-cation” would be to gather around a campfire and roast s’mores with the fall season coming up. Or, go to the park for a family picnic.

Then, when you do get to experience a “true” family vacation, it will be well appreciated and the experience will be much sweeter.

3. Eliminate Desires:

It is simple: the less I see, the less I want.

When we transitioned into a one-income family, I had to eliminate desires from our home. That meant eliminating TV so commercials didn’t create the “I want” effect for both my husband, myself, and the kids. The less we saw, the less we wanted things.

I also limit my time on Pinterest and websites that drive my desires. When I go shopping, I avoid those areas that encourage me to spend on things I don’t need.

4. Limit Shopping Trips:

The more I go to the store, the more I buy. Because of this, I only go to the store twice a month to prevent extra buying opportunities.

I also go with a list and stick closely to the list. Not only does this help with “little” purchases here and there, but it saves on gas!

5. Utilize Bargain Shopping:

Aldi has been mentioned here on the blog many times. I love shopping Aldi and reaping the rewards that go along with that!

I also think a great way to purchase products is second-hand. Whether it be thrifting or garage saling, it saves money and still allows the shopper to enjoy “new” items without breaking their budget!

These are simple ways to pinch pennies and not feel too restricted.  They have worked great for our family and I hope they work for yours as well!

What would add to my list?

Liz is a stay-at-home, homeschooling momma to four precious kiddos. She finds joy in the little moments and enjoys spending her evenings snuggled up with her handsome “high school sweetheart” hubby. Liz blogs at The Quick Journey where she shares her journey through motherhood.

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Have you tried to build a business? What struggles have you encountered?

In a section of my upcoming book, I’m going to be talking about the struggles one can often encounter when trying to build a business.

If you have started a business or tried to start a business, what struggles have you experienced in growing your business? What are the biggest lessons have you learned in the process?

You can leave a comment answering this question or shoot an email with your answers to crystal @ moneysavingmom.com.

As always, any comments left on this post or emails sent in will be considered for publication in my book. If you would prefer to remain anonymous or do not want your comment or email published, please let us know.

Thanks so much!

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