Gretchen’s $67 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Health Food Store

3 Navel Oranges – $0.59 each

1 loaf Rudi’s Organic Bread – Marked down to $0.99

1 pkg Rudi’s English Muffins – Marked down to $0.99

1 pkg Kale – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax ($0.34): $5.08

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Aldi

2 Cucumbers – $0.69 each

2 Acorn Squash – $0.69 ach

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $1.19

1 pkg Tortillas – $1.39

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.39

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

Total with tax ($0.81): $12.10

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Dillons

4 pkg Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $5.99 each (Such a great price! I had to stock up.)

2 pkg Pillsbury Toaster Strudel – $1.67 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable - $0.92 each after coupons (And get $0.50 back from SavingStar!)

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.34

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.33

1 Kroger Cream Cheese – $1

4.78 lbs Bananas (Marked down to $0.25/lb) – $1.20 (I will freeze these to use in smoothies and muffins.)

1 bag Kroger Potatoes – $1.49

1 bag Kroger Brown Rice – $1

2 pkg Starkist Tuna – $1 each, used $1/2 printable - $0.50 each after coupon

1 Spaghetti Sauce- $1.

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

Total with tax ($3.10): $41.13

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Homeland

5 cans Tomato Soup – $0.69 each, used $1/5 printable (doubled) – $0.29 each after coupon

3 cans Libby’s Fruit CockTail – $1 each, used $1/3 printable (doubled)- $0.37 each after coupon

1 Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – $2.50, used $1/1 printable (doubled – no longer available) – $0.50 each after coupon

1 Fiora Toilet Paper – $1.79, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.79 after coupon

0.89 lbs Squash @ $1.59/lb – $1.42 (This was marked as $0.69/lb but didn’t ring up as that and I didn’t notice it until I got home. Oh well.)

2 pkg Flour – $1.29 each

Total with tax ($0.92): $8.66

Total for all grocery items: $67.69

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast & Juice, Eggs & Bacon, Smoothies

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Leftovers, Tossed Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna Sandwiches

Dinners

Goulash, Toasted English Muffins, Sliced Oranges

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chicken, Sautéed Squash

Crock Pot Chicken Green Beans & Potatoes, Banana Muffins

Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad

Sausage Egg Casserole, Fruit Salad

Black Bean Quesadillas, Tossed Salad, Squash

Baked Potato Bar, Steamed Broccoli

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Brigette’s $56 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Biggest grocery success of the week: finding huge boxes of reduced produce at the Farmer’s Market and walking away with enough produce to last us for weeks – all for $11.50!!

Biggest grocery failure of the week: somehow losing the pictures documenting this success. I have looked EVERYWHERE on my camera, and they are just not there. (Seriously!! How can you lose pictures on a camera?) So you will just have to use your imagination. :)

Another grocery success this week was trying the $1.69/lb ground turkey from Aldi for the first time – and my husband gave it a thumbs-up! Thanks so much for all of you that gave suggestions and encouragement to me last week! I mixed the turkey with rice, beans, and taco seasonings (and yes, I realize that you could mix just about anything with rice, beans, and taco seasonings and it would taste good, but that’s beside the point) and we used it in taco salad. Yum!

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Aldi

2 3-lb bags Golden Delicious Apples (@$0.69/lb) – $4.14, plus receive $0.50 back from Snap by Groupon

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

2 2-lb bags Honeycrisp Apples (@$1.29/lb) – $5.16

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 Pineapple – $1.29

3 Pomegranates (@$0.69/each) – $2.07

1 bunch Bananas (2.76 lbs @$0.44/lb) – $1.21, receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

Tortilla Chips – $1.19

2 32-oz cartons Half and Half (@1.69/each) – $3.38

1 8-oz package Cream Cheese – $0.99

1 16-oz package Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 dozen Eggs – $1.39

1 gallon Milk – $3.69, plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon

Total: $30.98, plus receive $1.50 back from Snap by Groupon and $0.25 back from Checkout 51

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Harris Teeter

1 carton Egg Whites – $3.97

2 16-oz packages Turkey Bacon (@$2.50/each) – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 Printable (doubled) – $1.00/each after coupons

1 Cabbage (@$0.39/lb) -$1.37

1 2-liter bottle Cheerwine – $1.00, used .50/1 SS 10/6 (doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 bag Harris Teeter Shredded Cheese -$1.67

4 cans Progresso Soup – $5.30, used 2 $0.50/2 Progresso Product, exp. 12/13/14 (SS 10/19/14) (doubled), plus $1.00 Harris Teeter evic – $2.30/4 after coupons, plus receive $1.50 catalina for buying 4 (this works out to $0.20 each, and is worth it to me since my husband like taking these to work for his lunch)

2 bags Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips (@$2.00/each) – $4.00, used 2 $0.75/1 Printable (doubled) – $0.50/each after coupons

1 package Sargento Muenster Cheese Slices – $3.00, used $0.55/1 Printable (doubled), plus $0.55/1 Harris Teeter evic – $1.35 after coupons

2 containers McCormick Cinnamon (B1G1 @ $1.79) – $1.79, used $1.75/2 McCormick Spices or Herbs, exp. 11/2/14 (RP 10/05/14) – $0.02/each after coupons

Total after all Coupons, Sales and Tax: $13.70, plus receive $1.50 catalina back

Farmer’s Market 

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1 box of green beans, reduced (about 13 lbs) – $5.00

1 huge box of assorted fresh vegetables including zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, green peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, and hot peppers – $5.00

1 3-lb bag Apples – $1.50

Total: $11.50

Weekly Total after all Sales, Taxes, and Coupons: $56.18, plus receive $3.25 back in rebates and catalinas

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and fruit x 5, Cinnamon Rolls and Eggs, Cereal

Lunches

Shared lunch at the park with friends – I am bringing fruit for everyone; Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Fresh Veggies and Fruit x 2; Leftovers x 2; Baked Potatoes with Cheese and Broccoli/Fruit x 2,

Dinners

Dinner Out with Friends

Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon (breakfast for dinner)

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (using ground turkey instead of hamburger), Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Dinner with our Shepherding Group at Church

Taco Salad (back by multiple requests!), Steamed Cauliflower

Dinner at a Friend’s House – I am bringing Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Bars

Leftovers

Snacks/Desserts

Popcorn

Dessert Night with Friends (I am hosting): Homemade Caramel Corn, Apple Slices with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese DipFreezer-Friendly Pumpkin Bars

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Brigette’s $57 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 large Pumpkin (to cook up and freeze) – $2.99

1 gallon Milk – $3.69

2 packages bagged Italian Salad (@$0.99/each) – $1.98

1 quart Half & Half – $1.69

2 24-oz packages Zucchini (@1.39 each) – $2.78

1 3-lb package frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $6.49

1 3-lb bag Onions – $0.99

1 2-oz pure Almond Extract – $1.99

1 2-oz pure Peppermint Extract – $1.99

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 3-lb bag Lemons – $2.69

1 24-oz package Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

3 1-lb packages frozen Ground Turkey (@1.69/each) – $5.07 (This is my first and probably last time buying these. I figured it was worth a try, since they are less than half the price of ground beef!)

1 jug Pumpkin Spice Creamer (Bad me, I know! I have been craving this stuff and between nursing a big baby and training for a half marathon next weekend, I am consuming massive amounts of calories. I am trying for healthy calories overall, but this is my splurge :))

1 3-ct package Green Peppers – $1.29

1 2-lb bag Carrots – $1.19

1 16-oz bag frozen Strawberries – $2.19

1 bunch Bananas (2.85lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.25, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

Total: $41.44, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

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Harris Teeter (Trip #1)

1 jar Sharwoods Curry Sauce – $1.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled), plus $1/1 Harris Teeter evic – $1.00 MM after coupons

6 packs Trident Gum (@$1.00 each) – $6.00, used 3 $1/2 off Trident Singles exp. 11/22/14 (SS 10/12/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 boxes Muellers Hidden Veggie Pasta (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta Product, exp. 11/20/14 (SS 09/21/14 R)(doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 tube Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – $3.00, used $1/1 printable (doubled), plus $1/1 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

1 can Vidal Sassoon Hairspray – $3.49, used $2/1 Vidal Sassoon Shampoo or Conditioner, exp. 10/31/14 (SS 09/21/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 4-pk Dannon Yogurt (@2 for $4.00) – $4.00, used 2 $1/1 (These were insert coupons, but I am not seeing them in the database, so I am not sure where I got them from!) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 jars Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter – (@2 for $5.00) – $5.00, used 2 $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

1 box Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch – $2.09, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.59 after coupons

2 jars Smuckers Natural Fruit Jam (@2 for $4.00) – $4.00, used $1.50/2 Harris Teeter catalina (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

2 12-oz packages Sorrento Stringsters – $6.00, used 2 $1/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00 each after coupons

2 Bird’s Eye Voila Alfredo Chicken (B1G1) – $5.69/2, used 2 $1/1 Birds Eye Voila Variety, exp. 11/13/14 (SS 07/27/14) (doubled) – $1.69/2 after coupons

2 18-ct cartons Eggs (@$1.77 each) – $3.54

Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $9.03

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Harris Teeter (Trip #2)

1 container Dole Garden Soup – $2.50, used $1.00/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.50 MM after coupons

4 packages Maruchan Bowls (@$1.00/each) – $4.00, used 2 $1/2 coupons (SS 08/17/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 packages Yakisoba Noodles (@$1.00/each) – $4.00, used  2 $1/2 coupons (SS 08/17/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 single El Monterey Burritos (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 cans Healthy Request Campbells Soup (@$2.15/each) – $8.60, used 2 $1/2 printable (doubled), plus $1.00 Harris Teeter evic and $0.50 Harris Teeter evic – $3.10/4 after coupons, plus receive a $1.00 catalina for buying 4 (which should doubled to $2.00 if I use it before next Wednesday)

1 jar Vlassic Farmer’s Garden Pickles – $2.50, used $1.00/1 printable (NLA) (doubled) – $0.50 after coupons

1 package Campbells To Go Soup – $3.19, used $1.00/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.19 after coupons

2 Yellow Squash, reduced – $0.49

2 8-oz packages Kraft Cheese (@$1.69/each) – $3.38

Total after all Sales, Coupons and Tax: $7.16, plus receive $1.00 catalina back

Total for all Groceries for the Week: $57.63, plus receive $1.25 back in rebates

Weekly Menu

Breakfasts

Oatmeal x 3 (My kids have been BEGGING for oatmeal for breakfast recently! I stir in frozen fruit which they love and it helps it cool off faster!), Eggs and Toast x 2, Cereal x 2

Lunches

PB&J on Homemade Bread/Cucumbers/Apples; Leftovers x 2; Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar; Veggie Omelettes/Bananas; Tuna Sandwiches/Carrot Sticks; Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Green Pepper Slices

Dinners

Taco Salad, Peas

Venison in the Crockpot (The last of the venison from last year…REALLY hoping my husband gets some venison this year as well!), Sautéed Zucchini, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Out to Dinner with Friends

Best Chicken Pot Pie, Tossed Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing, Apple Slices

Leftovers

BBQ Chicken Pizza (without cilantro), Carrots

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Snacks

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Baked Apple Oatmeal

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Gretchen’s $31 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Homeland

1 Herbal Essence Bodywash – $2.49, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.49 after coupon

1 Herbel Essence Conditioner – $2.49, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.49 after coupon

2 Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal – $2.29 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $1.29 each after coupon

1 Hiland Cottage Cheese (24 oz) – $1.99, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 8/10 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.99 after coupon

1.05 lbs Tomatoes @ $0.89/lb – $0.93

1 Nestle Pure Life Water Bottles – $2.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.99 after coupon

10 Red Gold canned Tomatoes – $0.69 (Buy 10, Get $4 off instantly), used 2 $0.55/3 printable (one of them doubled) – $0.12 each after coupons (I’m stocked up for fall soups and chili!)

Total before coupons and sales: $43.47

Total with tax after coupons and sales: $7.72

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Dillon’s

Pssst Sugar – $1.99

1 Kroger Just Fruit Jelly – Marked down to $0.99

2 cans Beans – $0.60 each

1 Cucumber – $0.89

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 pkg Kroger Bacon – $2.88

1 pkg Pork Loins – Marked down to $3.65

1 bag Potatoes – $2.69

1 bunch Bananas @ $0.52/lb – $0.72

1 bunch Asparagus @ $1.99/lb –  $2.38

1 pkg Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – $3.97

1 Milky Way Bites – Free with Free e-coupon (no longer available)

2 heads Broccoli @ $0.99/lb – $1.28

Total after coupon and sales: $23.63

Total for all both stores: $31.35

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Scrambled Eggs & Bacon x 2, Toast with Jelly, Oatmeal

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly on Rice Cakes, Tossed Salad with Cottage Cheese, Baked Potatoes & Broccoli, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers

Dinners

Chicken Fajitas, Homemade Applesauce

Mexican Casserole, Steamed Peas

Steak, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Meat Potato Quiche, Pumpkin Bread, Steamed Broccoli

Black Bean Quesadillas, Tossed Salad

Crock Pot Pork Loins, Homemade Bread, Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus

Chicken & Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

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Gretchen’s $40 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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My husband is out of town for half of the week so I’m doing a simple menu based off of stuff in our pantry and refrigerator. We have quite a few random fruits and veggies in our refrigerator that I will be using up. I took this opportunity to buy a few fun snack items and stock up on cheese.

Dillons

2 Barbara’s Cereal – $2.50 each, used $1.25/1 and $1.50/1 printable - $1.12 each after coupons

1 Yoplait Go-Gurt – $2.79 (My son has been begging me to buy this for weeks now. He was beyond thrilled with this surprise!)

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 dozen Dillons Eggs – $0.99

Bananas – $1.06

1 Kroger Bath Tissue (12 double rolls) – Marked down to $3.99

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $0.99

2 Sierra Mist – $1, used $1/2 printable - $0.50 each after coupon

1 gallon Milk – $2.50, used $0.25 Ibotta rebate - $2.25

1 pkg Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs – $3.46

Total with tax ($1.86): $22.48 (And I will get $0.25 back from Ibotta.)

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Homeland

We recently moved to a new town and there is a Homeland store nearby. I finally got a chance this week to shop there and was excited about the good deals I got. I will definitely be shopping there more often now. :)

2 Horizon Mac & Cheese – $1.25 each, used $1/2 coupon from Summer Mambo Sprouts Savings Booklet (doubled) – $0.25 each after coupon

1 Stayfree Pads – $2.50, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

1 Pagoda Egg Rolls – $2.50, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

Buy 10, Get $10 off instantly:

1 Mayo – $2.99, used $0.75/1 printable - $0.49 after coupon and instant savings

9 Kraft Shredded Cheese – $1.49 each after instant savings (I will freeze most of this!)

Total with tax ($1.63): $17.93

Total for both stores: $40.41

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Fruit Smoothies & Eggs x 2, Toast & Juice, Oatmeal

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese/Veggies, Tossed Salad, Egg Rolls and Fruit, Leftovers

Dinners

Italian Chicken, Toasted Hamburger Buns (from the freezer), Tossed Salad, Steamed Carrots

Spaghetti, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Tacos, Rice, Sliced Oranges/Apples

Pancakes, Eggs, Homemade Applesauce

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Crackers/Cheese, Peaches (from my canning)

Venison Roast, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Broccoli

Dinner with friends

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