Gretchen’s $63 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Target

5 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal – $1 each, used 20% off Cartwheel coupon – $0.80 each after coupon (I was SO excited about this deal as we love this cereal! I might have to run back and get a few more boxes before the week is over.)

Total with tax ($0.28): $4.28

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3 Totino’s Frozen Pizza – $1.34 each

1 Bob’s Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust – Marked down to $0.99

1 Bob’s Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour – Marked down to $1.99, used $1 off natural foods e-coupon – $0.99 after coupon

2 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1 each, used $1/2 e-coupon – $0.50 each after coupon

1 Yoplait Greek Whips Yogurt – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $6.99, used $1.45/1 e-coupon – $5.54 after coupon

3 Kroger Greek Yogurt – $0.99 each, used $0.50/3 e-coupon – $0.82 each after coupon

1 Twix Egg – $0.59, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 bag Kroger Potatoes – $2.50

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

1 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – $1.99, used $0.50/1 printable – $1.49 after coupon

1 V8 Carrot Mango Juice – $1.69, used $1/1 printable – $0.69 after coupon

1 Hormel Turkey Deli Meat – $2.49, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.99 after coupon

1 Cascadian Farms Cereal – $1.99, used $0.75/1 e-coupon – $1.24 after coupon

1 Gogurt Yogurt – $1.49

Total with tax ($2.08): $27.46

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Aldi

1 dozen Eggs – $1.48

1 gallon Milk – $2.42

1 bag Halo Oranges – $2.99, used $1/1 Snap rebate – $1.99 after rebate

1 bag Spinach – $1.79

1 carton Half & Half – $1.89

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $0.79

2 Cucumbers – $0.39 each

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 pkg Old Fashioned Oats – $2.29

1 pkg Chia Seeds – $2.99

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

1 pkg Pure Vanilla – $1.99 (not pictured)

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 Grape Jelly – $1.45

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 pkg Strawberries – $1.69

1 pkg Raspberries – $1.99

Total with tax ($2.19): $31.89

Total for all grocery items: $63.63

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Homemade Granola (I’m planning to make a big batch this week.) 

Scrambled Eggs and Toast x 4

Fruit & Cereal x 2

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Rice Cake Sandwiches, Oranges

Turkey Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks

Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit

Pizza Quesadillas, Veggies

Veggie Soup, Crackers

Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Leftovers

Spinach Smoothies/Tossed Salads x 5 (for me)

Dinners

Chicken & Rice Casserole (using leftover chicken and rice from our Hawaiian Haystacks last week), Tossed Salad

Cabbage & Venison, Grapefruit, Apple Crisp (using frozen apples from last fall)

Venison Stew, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Grilled Chicken, Tossed Salad

Venison Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Biscuits

Turkey Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Fruit

Date night

Snacks

Yogurt with Raspberries, Skinny Monkey Oats Cookies, Double Fudge Banana Muffins, Nut Mix

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

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Aldi

10lbs Russet Potatoes – $3.49

2 2-lb bags Carrots – $1.58

1 bunch Bananas (2.32lbs @ $0.35/lb) – $0.81, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.56 after rebate

2 dozen Eggs – $2.98

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.99

1 large bag Kale – $1.99

2 bags Spinach – $1.98

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $1.59

1 16-oz box Baking Soda – $0.49

1 8-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.89

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 8-oz can Baking Powder – $0.99

2 Avocados – $1.98

1 5.75 oz jar Spanish Olives – $1.19

1 16-oz jar Black Olives – $0.99

1 32-oz carton Plain Greek Yogurt – $3.89

2 8-oz pkgs Cream Cheese – $1.78

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99 (which accidentally didn’t make it into the picture!)

Total: $38.41

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Harris Teeter

2 large pkgs fresh Chicken Leg Quarters (13.11lbs @ 0.49/lb) – $6.46

1 dozen Egglands Best Eggs – $2.00, used $0.35/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs, exp. 5/1/15 (SS 02/01/15 R) (doubled) – $1.30 after coupon

8 16-oz pkgs assorted Frozen Vegetables (Green Beans, Broccoli, Spinach, Cauliflower) – $7.92

1 18-ct pkg Tampax Pearl – $3.99, used $2/1 Tampax Pearl or Radiant Tampon, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15), plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

1 jar McCormick Roasted Garlic 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 gallon Milk – $2.99

2 12-ct pkgs Rhodes Dinner Rolls – $2.39, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.39/2 after coupons

Total after coupons and tax: $19.42

Weekly Total: $57.83

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal with Strawberries (from the freezer) x 3

Scrambled Eggs (Veggie Omelettes for me) and Toast x 2

Homemade Granola x 2 (for the family, Refrigerator Oatmeal for me)

Lunches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Peppers x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad-Bar, Leftover Easy Potato Bread

Leftovers x 2

Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese, Kale Chips x 2

Dinners

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Homemade Noodles (I currently have some sick children, and this is always a feel-better meal!), Easy Potato Bread

Upside Down Pizza (using ground turkey), Tossed Salad, Steamed Carrots

Crockpot Venison Roast, Perfect Baked Potatoes, Cauliflower, Cream Cheese Biscuits

The Best Chicken Breasts (although I am going to be trying this with bone-in thighs and legs ;)), Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Baked French Fries, Tossed Salad

Ham and Bean Soup (using more of the ham that a friend gave us a couple of weeks ago), World’s Best Honey Cornbread, Relish Plate

Leftovers x 2

Snacks

Zucchini Muffins, Popcorn, Strawberry Smoothies

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (& the most non-Pinterest-perfect pictures ever!)

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Happy sigh. I came home from working at our office space for the afternoon and was met by an excited Silas who had been eagerly looking forward to my return so we could play another game of baseball together.

The warm sun, green grass, and my enthusiastic 5-year-old we’re too alluring, so I didn’t even change out of my flats. :)

I’m so grateful for sunshine, beautiful weather, and for breathing room in my life again after a full few weeks. It’s amazing what those three things do for my soul!

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After baseball, I’d promised Kathrynne I would make some Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins for her. I haven’t made this recipe in years, so I’m surprised she even remembered it!

But she brought it up earlier in the day and talked about how she wished I would make it again. We happened to have some bananas that were on their last leg, so today was the perfect day to make it!

Kathrynne’s still feeling pretty miserable and running a fever and very little food sounds good to her, so I was especially happy to hear that she was hungry for something.

Silas & Kaitlynn asked if they could help me make muffins. So we had some fun together in the kitchen before dinner…

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I know that there are a lot of amazingly staged photos of recipes abounding on cooking blogs all over the internet. And I have no problem with these beautiful pictures. In fact, I find them inspiring, artistic, and mouth-watering.

But we all know that Pinterest-perfect, magazine-worthy pictures and backgrounds aren’t really real life.

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So tonight, I snapped some very un-staged pictures while I helped the kids make the muffins. Looking at these pictures, I’m reminded that this is the stuff that memories are made of. The messes, the every day moments, the time together.

And to me personally, these pictures are much more meaningful than the most artistic food photograph out there. Because these are my people and we are living life together — dirty dishes, spills, cluttered countertops, and all!

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These muffins are neither healthy nor Trim Healthy Mama-approved, but they are yummy, frugal, and so easy to whip up. Here’s the recipe… and you’re welcome! :)

 

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