Gretchen’s $44 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Walmart

2 cartons Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 pkg Celery – $0.69 (Price matched to Aldi)

1 Cantaloupe – $1.29 (Price matched to Aldi)

1.03 lbs Asparagus – $0.71 (Price matched to Aldi’s $0.69/lb)

Total with tax ($0.40): $5.67

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1 Bar Keepers Friend – $1.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Glad Cling Wrap – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 Lance Cracker Packs – $1.67 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.67 each after coupon

2 Rosarita Refried Beans – $1 each, used $0.40/2 printable (doubled) – $0.60 each after coupon

2 Kellogg’s Cocoa Rice Krispies – $2.50 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $1.50 each after coupon (Buy 2, Receive Free Jet Puffed Marshmallows)

1 Jet-Puffed Marshmallows – $1.50, Bought 2 Cocoa Krispies – Free after sale

6 Hiland Yogurts – $0.44 each, used $1/6 printable (doubled) – $0.11 each after coupon

2 Red Bell Peppers – $0.33 each, Received $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.20 each after rebate

1 Sargento Shredded Cheese – $2, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $1 after coupon

Total with tax ($1.10) after coupons, sales and rebate: $8.67

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Dillons

2 gallons Dillons Milk – $1.99 each

1 bag Kroger Spinach – $2.50

1 Jello Pudding – $0.89

2 dozen Dillons Eggs – $0.99 each, received $0.50 rebate from Ibotta – $0.74 each after rebate

1 Kroger Dishwasher Detergent – $3.49, used $2/1 mailer coupon – $1.49 after coupon

1 Dishsoap – $0.99, received $0.25 rebate from Ibotta – $0.74 after rebate

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.49

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – Marked down to $1.92

2 Cucumbers – $0.50 each

2 Green Peppers – $0.50 each

1 Kroger Applesauce – $2.19

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 10, Get $5 off):

1 Fritos Chips – $1.49

2 Bic Razors – $2.49 each, used 2 $3/1 coupon from the 3/8 SmartSource insert – Free plus overage after coupons

2 Prego Spaghetti Sauce – $1.49 each, used $0.40/2 coupon from the 3/1 SmartSource insert – $1.29 each after coupon

2 half gallons Kroger Orange Juice – $0.88 each

1 Nature Valley Loaf Bread – $1.49

2 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.88 each

Total with tax ($2.59) after coupons, sales and rebates: $30.15

Total for all grocery items: $44.49 

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Toast & Eggs x 3

Cereal x 2

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake, Orange Juice, Fruit

Oatmeal with Strawberries

Lunches

Baked Potatoes, Oranges

Turkey/Cheese/Crackers/Veggies x 2

Peanut Butter Quesadillas, Celery

Lunch at our friend’s house

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Leftovers

Tossed Salad/Spinach Smoothies x 5 (for me)

Dinners

Bean and Rice Soup, Biscuits

Venison Roast, Carrots, Potatoes, Banana Fudge Muffins

French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Juice

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Tossed Salad, Peas

Chicken Fajitas, Fruit

Build Your Own Haystacks

Date Night (We’re celebrating our 6-year engagement anniversary this week!) :)

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CVS: Deals for the week of March 29-April 4, 2015

Here are the best deals at CVS this week, with a big thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help in compiling them:

Buy 3 Band Aid Bandages (starts) at $2.89, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1.50/2 printable or $3/3 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert
$0.22 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste or Toothbrush at $2.99, Get $1.50 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 printable or $0.50/1 coupon from the 3/22 SmartSource insert
$0.49 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush $5.99, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 printable or $0.75/1 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 4 M&M’s (9 – 12 oz) at $3, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 coupon from the 3/22 RedPlum insert
$1 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Tena Pads $6.99 (Buy 1, Get 1 50% OFF), Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 printable
$1.24 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 3 Hershey’s, Kisses, Eggs, Miniatures or Cadbury Mini Eggs ( 7 – 15 oz) at $3, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/3 coupon from the 3/22 SmartSource insert
And use $1/2 CVS printable
$1.33 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Gillette Razors (starts) at $8.29, Get $5 ECBs
Use $3/1 coupon from the 2/8 RedPlum or 3/29 P&G insert
$2.79 each after coupon and ECBs

Spend $10, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*
Buy 5 NYC Cosmetics – $1.99
Use $1/1 coupon (must be over $1.72) from the 3/29 RedPlum insert
Pay $4.95 out of pocket, Get $5 ECBs
Free after coupons and ECBs

Spend $30, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*
Buy 2 Charmin (16 pk) – $9.99
Buy 1 Bounty Paper Towels (12 pk) – $9.99
Use $0.55/1 printable or $0.25/1 coupon from the 3/1 P&G insert
Use $0.25/1 printable or $0.25/1 coupon from the 3/1 P&G insert
Pay $28.62 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs
$6.20 each after coupon and ECBs or $.39 per toilet paper roll or $.52 per paper towel roll

OR

Buy 3 Pampers – $9
Buy 3 Dawn Dish Soaps – $0.99
Use 3 $1.50/1 Pampers printable, $1.50/1 coupon from the 3/1 P&G insert or $1/2 coupon from the 3/29 P&G insert
Use 3 $1.50/1 Pampers CVS printable (will be available on 3/29)
Use 3 $0.25/1 Dawn printable
Pay $20.22 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs
$3.40 per pack (plus 3 Dawn dish soaps) after coupons and ECBs

OR

Buy 9 Pantene Shampoos – $3.33 (great donation item to your local homeless shelter)
Use $2/2 printable or $5/3 coupon from the 3/29 p&G insert
Pay $14.97 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs
$0.22 each after coupons and ECBs

Spend $25, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*
Buy 2 Excedrin – $5.99
Buy 2 Gas X – $6.79
Use $3/2 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert
Pay $19.56 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs
$2.39 each after coupons and ECBs

New to shopping at CVS? Be sure to check out my CVS 101 post that gives you the full scoop on how to get the best bargains at CVS. See the full list of deals at CVS this week here.

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Rite Aid: Deals for the week of March 28-April 4, 2015


Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to Shannon for her help in compiling them. If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, click here.

Combos 6.3 oz – 2/$2
Use $1/2 printable
$0.50 each after coupon

Gillette and Old Spice Body Wash, and Select Gillette Shave Gel – 2/$7
Use $2/1 coupon from the 3/1 P&G insert
$1.50 after coupon

Starbucks K-Cup Coffee, 10pk – $6.99
Use $2/1 printable
$4.99 after coupon

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, 6.6-8oz, or Food Should Taste Good Snacks – 2/$4
Use $1/1 printable
$1 each after coupon

Bengay Products, 2oz – $3.99
Use $2/1 coupon from the 3/29 RedPlum insert
$1.99 after coupon

See the full list of deals at Rite Aid this week here.

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Walgreens: Deals for the week of March 28-April 4, 2015

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help with compiling these:

Balance Reward Points

Buy $20, Get 5,000 Balance Reward Points

*Deal Idea*

Buy 1 Bounty Paper Towels (8 Roll) – $8.99
Buy 1 Charmin Toilet Paper (16 Double Roll) – $8.99
Buy 1 Tide Laundry Detergent $5.99
Use $1/2 coupon from the 3/29 P&G insert
Use $1/1 printable
Pay $21.97 out of pocket, Get 5,000 Balance Reward Points
$5.65 per item or $.70 per paper towel roll or $.35 per double toilet paper roll

Register Rewards

Buy 3 Crest Toothpaste at $3, Get $3 Register Rewards
Use $3/3 coupon from the 3/29 P&G insert
$1 after coupon and Register Rewards

Other Deals In Ad

All Laundry Detergent – $3.49
Use $1/1 printable or coupon from the 1/1 RedPlum insert
$2.49 after coupon

Buy 1 Well Beginnings Diapers at $8.79, Get 1 Free
Use $1.50/1 printable
$3.65 per pack after coupon

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week over at Passionate Penny Pincher.

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7 Ways to Save on Organic Groceries (No Coupons Required!)

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Guest post from Molly of Perfect Pea

It’s no surprise that there is a consumer demand for organic food — with sales of organic food enjoying double-digit growth year over year.

But with cost of organic food being 10-30% higher than the conventional alternatives (based on USDA estimates), organic food can break the budget very quickly.

Since not all of us have the time or space to plant gardens, and farmers markets aren’t usually year-round, many of us are left paying higher prices at the grocery store during “off season”.

If that sounds like you, here are 7 tips to save on organic food at the good old grocery store:

1. Focus on the Worst Offenders

Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists are a great place to start when trying to focus your organic purchases. These lists will help you steer clear of the stuff with the most pesticides, and save money buying conventional when it comes to the cleanest fruits and veggies.

2. Search for Seasonal

Buying berries in December can be brutal on your budget. But look for produce that’s in your local growing season, and you can save big on the organic options.

3. Look for Local

Know which grocery stores stock local and price compare with the imported alternatives. Sometimes you can rake in dramatic savings on organic goods when you’re not paying the added packaging and transportation cost of food. However, this is not always the case, so be sure to look closely!

4. Buy the Bag

Bulk purchases can mean big savings. For example, just one organic apple may seem outrageous, but right next to it might be a bag full at a big discount.

Be sure, however, to purchase only what you’ll eat. Even if it means adjusting your menu plan for the week, if you’re not going to use it all of what you buy, chances are you’ll wind up wasting money.

5. Minimize Meat and Dairy

Adding lots of organic meat and dairy to your shopping cart is a quick way to skyrocket your grocery bill. Since buying conventional versions of these ingredients may mean exposure to chemicals you’d rather avoid, try cutting down on your meat and dairy consumption all together so you can select organic, knowing you’ll use these ingredients more as a side dish than the main entrée.

6. Find Frozen Fruit and Veggies

Fruit and veggie smoothies are a great way to get your greens all year round. However, buying these ingredients organic 12 months a year isn’t always realistic.

Before abandoning produce all together, take a look in the frozen section and you may be surprised to find organic, frozen alternatives can mean fantastic savings.

7. Compare with Conventional

Believe it or not, buying conventional over organic isn’t always cheaper! Although avocados are on the clean fifteen list, sometimes the organic alternatives sitting right next to them in the produce section are actually cheaper! In this case, you may want to opt for the organic option.

What are your tips for frugal organic finds?

Molly writes for Perfect Pea, a food blog focused on making dinnertime healthier, more fun, and less stressful for families who already have enough on their plates. Perfect Pea’s quick and easy recipes, dinnertime activities, and informative food facts help families avoid the bad stuff like processed foods, get more of the good stuff like fresh, organic vegetables, and have fun bringing family time back to the dinner table.

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