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

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Aldi

1 lb Butter – $3.49 (I about fell over when I saw this price; then I checked prices at Dillons and it was $5.49! I think I may have to cut back on baking this fall.) :(

1 Cucumber – $0.69

1 pkg Grapes – $1.58

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $0.88

Total with tax ($0.57): $8.59

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Health Food Store

2 Grapefruit – $0.69 each

4 Navel Oranges – $0.49 each

1 Silver Hills Sprouted Grain Hot Dog Buns – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax ($0.31): $4.64

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Some friends kindly gave us all this organic meat as they had just ordered a 1/4 of a cow and wanted to share it with us. We have some of the nicest friends! :)

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Dillons

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – $2.50, used $1/1 printable - $1.50 after coupon

1 gallon Milk – $3.09

2 Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.67 each

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $2.29

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.69

2 Mission Soft Tortillas – $1 each (I will be freezing these, thanks to a reader’s tip last week!)

1 pkg Heritage Farms Chicken Thighs – Marked down to $3.29

2 Brawny Paper Towels – $1 each, used 2 $0.55/1 printable - $0.45 each after coupons

1 pkg Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.79

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79

2 Kroger canned Pumpkin – $1 each

1 Kroger canned Tomatoes – $0.69

1 pkg Kroger Pudding – $0.59

1.09 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.64

1.30 lbs Broccoli @ $0.99/lb – $1.29

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 Cantaloupe – $0.99 each

Total after coupons: $31.45

Total for all grocery items: $44.68

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Scrambled Eggs & Juice, Oatmeal, Banana Muffins & Fruit

Lunches

Leftovers, Tossed Salad, Baked Potatoes, Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Dinners

Oven Fried Chicken, Freezer Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Tortilla Chips, Steamed Peas, Cantaloupe

Lasagna Casserole, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls, Tossed Salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Buttered Toasted Hot Dog Buns, Fruit Salad

Grilled Steak, 30 Minute Rolls, Tossed Salad, Sliced Oranges

French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Cantaloupe

Out to eat

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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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Gretchen’s $57 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Health Food Store

3 Grapefruit – $0.89 each

2 (3 lb) bags Gala Apples – $1.99 each

Total with tax: $7.12
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Aldi

1 gallon Milk – $2.40

1 carton Half & Half – $1.69

1 Frozen Orange Juice – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $1.40

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 bag (3 lbs) Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 Honey – $5.29

1 can Refried Beans – $0.79

1 Cucumber – $0.69

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $1.19

1 Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.59

1 bag Tortillas – $1.19

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.69

Total with tax: $28.37

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Dillons

1 Brawny Paper Towels – $1 each, used 2 $0.55/1 coupon from the 9/7 RedPlum insert – $0.45 each after coupons

1 half gallon Dillons Milk – $1 (I bought Aldi milk before I knew Dillons milk was on sale this week. I hated to pass up such a great price so I went ahead a got a half gallon.)

2 Angel Soft Facial Tissue – $1 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable - $0.50 each after coupons

2.19 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.29 (PLUS I received $0.25 back from Checkout 51!)

1 Kroger Pineapple Tidbits – $1.09

1 Cottenelle Bath Tissue – $5.99, used $1/1 e-coupon - $4.99 after coupon

2 Kroger Shredded Cheese – $2 each

1 bag Kroger Brown Rice – $1

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 Flipz Chocolate Covered Pretzels – $1.25 each, used $1/2 printable - $0.75 each after coupon (PLUS, I received $1 back from Ibotta!)

2 Horizon Mac & Cheese – $1.25 each, used $1/2 coupon from Mambo Sprouts coupon booklet – $0.75 each after coupon

2 Ramen Noodles – $0.20 each

1 Mission Tortillas – $1 (These were such a great price I went ahead a bought a package even though I’d already purchased some at Aldi. They will last a couple of week so I will be using them for next week’s menu as well.)

Total with tax: $22.13

Total for all stores: $57.62 (PLUS $1.25 back in rebate cash!)

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2, Scrambled Eggs & Juice x 2, Smoothies, Oatmeal

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Quiche, Mac & Cheese, Apples & Peanut Butter with Carrot Sticks, Peanut Butter & Jelly on Rice Cakes

Dinners

Hawaiian Haystacks, Homemade Applesauce

Leftover Chili from last week’s cooking, 30 Minute Rolls, Veggies

Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets, Steamed Peas, Grapefruit

Salad Bar, Homemade Bread

Homemade Pizza, Tossed Salad

Dinner with friends (we are bringing a salad)

Dinner with family

 

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Gretchen’s $55 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Health Food Store

3 lb bag Apples – $2.49

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $0.99

4 Oranges – $0.69 each

Total with tax ($0.46): $6.89

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Dillons

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

3 Pampers Wipes – $0.99 each, used 3 $0.50/1 printable - $0.49 each after coupons

2 Kotex Pads – $1.99 each, used $2/2 e-coupon - $0.99 each after coupon

1 Kotex Tampons – $1.99, used $1/1 e-coupon - $0.99 after coupon

1 Herbal Essence Bodywash – $1.99, used $1/1 printable - $0.99 after coupon

2 Gillette Shaving Cream – $0.99 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable - $0.49 each after coupons

2 Barilla Spaghetti Sauce – $1.49 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable - $0.74 each after coupons

2 Wheat Thins – $1.49 each, used $0.75/2 coupon from the 8/10 SmartSource insert – $1.11 each after coupon

1 Casa Fiesta Taco Shells – $0.49

1 Honey Nut Chex – $2.79 (I try to get cereal for under $1.50/box but my husband asked me to buy this so I splurged for him.) :)

Other Deals

3 Barilla Pasta – $1 each, used $1/3 printable - $0.67 each after coupon

2 bags Candy (1 Skittles & 1 Starburst) – $1.50 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 9/7 RedPlum insert – $1 each after coupon (I was looking for a fun reward for my Awana girls this week and was happy when I saw the sale on these!)

1 Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1.25

1 pint Half & Half – $1.39

1 Jimmy Dean Delights Frozen Meal – $2.50, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

3 Totinos Pizza – $1.34 each (I usually make my own pizzas and freeze them for my husband’s lunches, but since we just moved and are still in the process of unpacking, I haven’t had time to stock our freezer up with pizzas yet. So I bought these to hold him over.) :)

1 Dillons Eggs – $0.99

1 Kroger Cheddar Cheese (16 oz) – $3.34

1 pkg Tyson Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – Marked down to $5.41

1 bag Frozen Peas – $1

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.25

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.25

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

4 cans Kroger Beans – $0.50 each

1 can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup – $1.50

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1.45 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.86

1 Private Selection Whole Wheat Buns – $2

Total before coupons and sales: $98.82

Total with tax after coupons and sales: $48.90

Total for both stores: $55.79

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2, Toast, Scrambled Eggs & Orange Juice x 2, Baked Oatmeal

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Leftovers x 2, Tossed Salad

Dinners

Tacos, Sautéed Zucchini, Fruit

Chili, Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, Fruit

Pizza Joes, Tossed Salad

Hamburgers, Homemade French Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Mexican Chicken Chili, Chips

Chicken and Veggies with Cream of Mushroom Soup, 30 Minute Rolls, Oranges

Dinner with family

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Brigette’s $48 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

Aldi

2 3-ct packages Romaine Hearts ($1.99 each) – $3.98

1 3-ct package Green Peppers – $0.99

1 jar (38-oz) Ketchup – $1.29

2 packages (5-lbs each) All-Purpose Flour – $3.10

1 package (12-oz) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 container Honey Mustard – $0.99

1 1-lb package Butter – $2.99 (Yikes!! I am hoping butter will go on sale around the holidays like it did last year at Aldi and if it does – I am seriously stockpiling for the whole year!)

4 packages Baby Carrots ($0.69 each) – $2.76

1 3-lb bag Lemons – $2.99

1 12-oz package Frozen Broccoli – $0.99

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 2-oz container Pure Lemon Extract – $1.99

1 2-oz container Pure Almond Extract – $1.99

1 40-oz package frozen Chicken Tenderloins – $5.99

1 package 3-ct Tomatoes – $0.99

1 32-oz container Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.89

1 bunch Bananas ($0.44/lb) – $0.81

1 gallon Milk – $3.75

Total: $41.57

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter

(I was planning on stockpiling the advertised $0.69/lb chicken, but they only had a couple of not-very-fresh packages left. I got a rain check and will be buying a bunch next week!)

Peaches ($0.79/lb) – $2.48

3 boxes Hamburger Helper – $3.00, used $0.75/3 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/3 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive back $1.00/3 from SavingStar – $0.50 MM after coupons and rebate

1 20-oz box Bisquick – $1.50, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.50/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive back $0.50 from SavingStar – $0.50 MM after coupons

1 Glade Scented Oil Warmer – $1.79, used $1.00/1 printable, plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.21 MM after coupons

2 boxes Rice Krispies Cereal (B1G1 @ $3.89) – $3.89, used 2 $0.75/1 Kelloggs printable (doubled) – $0.89/2 after coupons

1 jar Smuckers Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread – $2.50 – used $0.75/1 Smuckers printable (doubled) – $1.00 after coupons

1 jar Smuckers Natural Grape Fruit Spread – $2.00 – used $0.75/1 Smuckers printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupons

3 32-oz cartons So Delicious Coconut Milk ($1.50 each) – $4.50, used 3 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $1.20/3 after coupons

Total after all Coupons and Tax: $6.49, plus receive $1.50  back from SavingStar

Weekly Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $48.06, plus receive $1.50 back from SavingStar

Weekly Menu

Breakfasts

Oatmeal x 2, Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Smoothies (using frozen fruit and coconut milk), Cereal x 2, Pancakes

Lunches

Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar x 2, Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Bananas x 2, Tuna Sandwiches/Pepper Slices/Peaches, Macaroni and Cheese/Apples/Carrots, PB&J Sandwiches/Cucumbers

Dinners

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Carrot Fries, Baked Potatoes

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup (using ground venison), Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Spaghizza, Tossed Salad, Roasted Yellow Squash

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Carrots, Homemade Applesauce

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets, Homemade Baked French Fries, Tossed Salad, Big Daddy Biscuits

Fried Egg Sandwiches (meatless), Broccoli

Leftovers

Snacks

Popcorn, Oatmeal Cookies (for the rest of the family), Chocolate Zucchini Cake (for me – a new Trim Healthy Mama recipe)

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Brigette’s $30 Weekly Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu for 6

This week is our first official full week back in homeschooling, so I tried to stay home as much as possible to help us adjust to a new schedule. My husband is a teacher and has the summers off – which we LOVE, but it is really hard to stick to a consistent summer schedule with Daddy home. :)

This makes transitioning back to a regular routine in the fall a little more challenging! I chose to stick to a simple menu and focus on using what we already had in the freezer and pantry. I am also hoping to clean up some of the not-so-great eating habits (like too much sugar and processed foods) we fell into over the summer.

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 Farmer’s Market

1 large bag Brussel Sprouts, reduced – $2.00

1 huge box of assorted Fresh Vegetables, reduced (included Cabbage, Red and Green Peppers, Cucumbers, Yellow Squash) – $5.00

Total: $7.00

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Walmart

I had my husband do some price-matching at Walmart this week, since it is 1/2 mile from our house and very convenient. The regular prices on the brown rice, potatoes and romaine are all cheaper at Aldi, but since they aren’t listed in their sales flyer, I couldn’t price-match those. Aldi is a good 15 minutes from my house, so I only make the drive there when I am buying more than a few items.

4 ears of corn ($0.25/each) – $1.00

5 avocados ($0.49/each – price-matched Aldi) – $2.45

1 16-oz bag Brown Rice – $1.28

1 15-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $5.68

5 dozen Eggs ($0.99/each – price-matched Harris Teeter) – $4.95

Red Seedless Grapes ($0.99/lb – price-matched Harris Teeter) – $2.54

1 gallon Milk (price-matched Harris Teeter) – $2.97

3-ct package Romaine Lettuce – $2.98

Total: $23.85

Weekly Total for all Groceries: $30.85

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2, Oatmeal x 2, Smoothies and Hard Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelettes, French Toast and Scrambled Eggs

Lunches

Stir Fry Veggies/Salmon over Brown Rice, Baked Potato Bar, Leftovers x 2, “Snack” Lunch x 2 (plate of cut up fresh veggies and fruits, cheese slices), Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar

Dinners

Stuffed Baked Peppers (using ground venison), Corn on the Cob, Cucumber Slices, Grapes

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, “Mock” Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chicken on the Grill, Grilled Yellow Squash and Red Peppers, Grapes, Homemade Freezer Biscuits

Grilled Peppers with Chicken Sante Fe, Sliced Avocados, Balsamic Maple Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, Apple Slices, Homemade Freezer Biscuits

Dinner at a Friend’s House

Leftovers

Snacks

Homemade Protein Bars (for me – I am training for a half marathon next month plus nursing a 6-month old, so trying to focus on lots of healthy fats, carbs and protein!), Homemade Popcorn, Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (for the rest of the family)

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