Brigette’s $43 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

I thought about skipping a blog post this week, but decided I needed the accountability to get back on track. The last 2 weeks have been full of disruptions: Thanksgiving break and illnesses, plus a car accident that totaled our car and resulted in minor-but-painful injuries. I’m very thankful for help from friends who brought meals, and a husband who made a couple of grocery store trips for things we needed (and came home with a bunch of things we DIDN’T need too, of course). I am looking forward to having a budget and a plan again this week! I even tried a new-to-me grocery store. :)

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Aldi

(I was thrilled to discover reduced gallons of milk for $0.79 each! I will freeze of the gallons for future weeks.)

2 packages Baby Carrots (@$.99/each) – $1.98

2 dozen Eggs (@$1.59/each) – $3.18

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Tangerines – $1.69

3 1-lb packages frozen Ground Turkey (@$1.89/each) – $5.67

1 12-oz package fresh Cranberries – $1.19

2 1-lb boxes Butter (@$2.29/each), $4.58/2, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

2 24-oz containers Cottage Cheese (@$2.29/each) – $4.58

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.99

1 bunch Bananas (2.9lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.28, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon

4 gallons Milk (@$.0/79 each!!!) – $3.16, plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon

Total after Rebates:$30.79

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Harris Teeter

1 jar Polaner All-Natural Fruit-Only Jam – $2.00

2 1-lb packages Butterball Sausage (@$2.50/each) – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $2.00/2 after coupons

1 32-oz carton Egg Whites – $4.47

1 dozen Land O Lakes Brown Eggs – $3.99 – used $0.55/1 insert coupon (doubled), plus receive $0.25 back from ibotta – $2.64 after coupon (for my nine-month old)

2 packages Sargento Tastings Cheese (on sale B1G1) – $2.99, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 bag of Winter Squash, reduced – $0.49 (I have no idea what these gourd-like objects are! However, I like trying new things, and they had stickers on them with a website offering recipe ideas, so I assumed they are not decorative. ;))

1 3-lb bag Grapefruit – $1.49

2 16-oz bags Birds Eye Recipe Ready Vegetables (@$1.94 each wyb 2) – $3.88, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.88/2 after coupons

1 box Horizon Graham Crackers – $2.50, used $0.75/1 catalina (doubled) – $1.00 after coupons

1 2-oz bottle Tabasco Sauce – $1.50, used $0.50/1 printable – $0.50 after coupon

used 3 $5 Walgreens Register Rewards (GREAT way to use up leftover RR from Black Friday sales at Walgreens!)

Total after Rebate: $1.22

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Publix

This is the first time I have shopped at a Publix store. I was impressed with the friendly customer service and cleanliness of the store; however, I figured out the hard way that they do NOT double coupons (I so feel for all of you that live in places where NONE of your stores double coupons!). I doubt I will be back very often since I left the store paying quite a bit more than I thought I was going to pay, but it was still fun to try something different. Live and learn. :)

2 double roll 6-ct packages Quilted Northern Toilet Paper – (on sale B1G1) – $4.99, used 2 $0.75/1 Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong, exp. 12/16/14 (RP 11/16/14) – $3.49/2 after coupons

2 boxes Duncan Hines Decadent Cake Mix (on sale B1G1) – $3.29, used 2 $0.75/1 printable – $1.79/2 after coupons

2 bags Dole Frozen Blueberries (on sale B1G1) – $4.69, used 2 $1/1 printable – $2.69/2 after coupons

1 12-ct box Orville Redenbacher Popcorn – $2.23, used $2/1 Orville Redenbachers Gourmet Popcorn, exp. 12/31/14 (SS 10/26/14)  – $0.23 after coupon

2 boxes Honey Maid Graham Crackers (on sale B1G1) – $4.19, used 2 $0.50/1 printable, plus receive $0.50 back from ibotta – $2.69/2 after coupons

Total after Rebate:$11.24

Weekly Total: $43.25

Weekly Meal Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Fruit, Toast and Eggs, Veggie Omelettes, Smoothies, Cereal, Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes

Lunches

Build-Your-Own Salad; Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Raw Veggies and Dip; Leftovers x 2; Peanut Butter and Honey on Rice Cakes/Grapefruit/Carrots; Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Apples; Macaroni and Cheese/Bananas/Carrots

Dinners

Turkey Pot Pie, Fruit Salad

Chicken Barley Soup, Raw Veggies and Dip, Blueberry Muffins

Spaghetti (I use homemade sauce from the freezer and ground turkey), Homemade Dill Bread, Tossed Salad

Skillet Hash (Potatoes, Green Beans, and leftover Smoked Pork), Apples, leftover Dill Bread

Meat Potato Quiche (without the meat! :)), Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists, Steamed Broccoli

Taco Salad, Orange Slices

Leftovers

Snacks

Popcorn, Cottage Cheese Pie (a family recipe on my husband’s side – not my favorite, but he LOVES it!), Fruit, Sweet Mini Muffins

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

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! We are just planning a simple get-together with friends as all of our family live too far away. I’d love to hear what’s on your Thanksgiving menu, or any good deals on groceries you were able to get this week thanks to holiday sales!

Aldi

3 1-lb packages Ground Turkey (@$1.89/each) – $5.67

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $1.99, plus receive $0.50 back from Snap By Groupon – $1.49 after rebate

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

1 Pineapple – $1.19

3 dozen Eggs (@$1.39/each) – $4.17, plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $3.67/3 after rebate

2 3-lb bags Sweet Potatoes (@$1.17 each) – $2.34

1 jar Minced Onion – $0.99

1 jar Baking Powder – $0.99

1 bunch Bananas (2.53lbs @$0.44/lb) – $1.11, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout51 – $0.86 after rebate

1 package Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 12-oz package fresh Cranberries – $1.19, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon – $0.94 after rebate

1 20-oz  canister Raisins – $2.89

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 16-oz container Eggs Whites – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Fuji Apples – $3.29

1 3-head package Garlic – $0.79

1 8-oz bag Dates – $1.89

Total after Rebates: $33.39

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Harris Teeter

2 8-oz packages Mushrooms, reduced (@$0.69/each) – $1.38

1 3-ct bag Avocados, reduced – $1.00

1 16-ct package Tide Pods – $4.99, used $2/1 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstoppables, Bounce Bursts or Gain Fireworks, exp. 12/31/14 (RP 11/16/14), plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.99 after coupons

after coupons 2 pouches Pioneer Gravy Mix (B1G1) – $1.29/2, used $0.65/2 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 1-lb boxes Domino Powdered Sugar – $2.00, used $0.50/2 Domino Brown or Confectioners Sugar, exp. 1/3/15 (RP 11/02/14 R) (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupons

2 8-oz sticks Crisco Baking Sticks – $2.00, used 2 $0.35/1 Crisco Shortening, Spray, or Olive Oil, exp. 12/31/14 (RP 11/02/14 R) (doubled) – $0.60/2 after coupons

2 75-oz jugs Extra Laundry Detergent (B1G1) – $3.99, used 2 $1 off Xtra Liquid or Sure Shot Paks Laundry Detergent, exp. 12/20/14 (SS 11/09/14) – $1.99/2 after coupons

2 5-lb bags Gold Medal Flour – $1.54 (they substituted this brand for me since they were out of the store brand which was advertised)

Total after all Sales, Taxes, and Coupons – $9.73

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Walmart

(My husband price-matched a couple of things for me since he was already making a trip for some non-grocery items.)

1 Turkey (20.76lbs – price-matched Food Lion @ $0.47/lb) – $9.76 (Turkey prices were cheaper here last year, but as it is the week before Thanksgiving – I am not holding out much hope for them to drop any further! What are turkey prices like in your area of the country?), plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon – $8.76

2 5-lb bags Flour (@$0.77/each – price-matched Harris Teeter) – $1.54

Total after Rebate: $10.30

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CVS

(I couldn’t pass up this peanut butter deal with holiday baking just around the corner!)

5 jars of Skippy Peanut Butter (@$2.00 each) – $10.00, used 2 $0.55/1 printable, plus 2 $0.55/1 printable, plus $1.00/1 insert coupon – $6.80, plus receive $3 ECB back

Total after Coupons and ECB: $3.80/5 ($0.76 each)

Weekly Total for all Groceries: $57.22

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Omelettes, Oatmeal and Fruit, Smoothies and Toast, Cereal, Cinnamon Rolls (Saturday)

Lunches

Baked Sweet Potatoes/Bananas; Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar; Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese; Peanut Butter Rice Cakes/Apples; Leftovers x 2; Fried Egg Sandwiches/Oranges/Carrots

Dinners

Taco Salad, Green Beans

Friend’s House for Dinner – I am bringing Upside Down Praline Apple Pie for dessert

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins

Date Night (Super excited about this!! A sweet friend offered to watch our children just because, and I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my busy husband!)

Thanksgiving Menu: Turkey and Gravy, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls, Green Beans with Almond and Thyme, Our Favorite Sweet Potato Casserole, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie

Leftovers

Turkey Gravy over Brown Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover Muffins or Crescent Rolls

Snacks

Fudge Babies (I will use pecans instead of walnuts), Popcorn, Homemade Oatmeal Cookies (my husband’s specialty!), Fruit

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

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Dillons

1 pkg Kroger Tortillas – $1.79

1 Quilted Northern (4 double rolls) Toilet Paper – $3.59, used $0.75/1 e-coupon – $2.84 after coupon

1 Kroger Ice Cream – $1.99, used $0.40/1 e-coupon - $1.59 after coupon

1 Hamburger Buns – Marked down to $0.49

1 Dillons Eggs (dozen) – $1.69

1 can Kroger Black Beans – $0.69

4 Dannon Yogurts – 3 of these were marked down to $0.29 and 1 was $0.50

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $3.09 (Received $0.25 back from Ibotta)

1 Kroger Italian Dressing – $1.50

1 Avocado – $0.99

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks – Marked down to $2.71

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Sweet Potato – $0.70

1 Broccoli Crown – $0.67

1 Onion – $0.58

2 Green Peppers – $0.79 each

1 Hillshire Farms All Natural Turkey Breast Sandwich Meat – $3.49, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Jimmy Dean Sausage – $2.99

1 Cucumber – $0.79

1 can Kroger Corn – $0.50

Total with tax ($2.28): $31.05

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Homeland

1 pkg Farmland Bacon – $3.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled; no longer available) – $1.99 after coupon

1 pkg Ritz Crackers – $1.67, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.67 after coupon

1 Chinet Napkins – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

4 Betty Crocker Cake Mix – $1 each, used 2 $0.75/2 printable (first one doubled) – $0.43 each after coupons (Buy 4, Get Best Choice Butter for $0.99)

Best Choice Butter – $0.99

5 Jello Instant Pudding Mix – $0.79 (Buy 5, Get $2 off instantly), used 2 $0.55/2 printable (first one doubled) – $0.06 each after coupons and savings

2 C&H Brown Sugar/Powdered Sugar – $1.79 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.79 each after coupon

2 Halls Cough Drops  $1.25 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 11/2 SmartSource insert – $0.25 each after coupon

1.60 lbs Navel Oranges @ $0.99/lb – $1.58

1 pkg Ocean Spray Cranberries – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 cans Lindsay Olives – $1 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 cans Libby Pumpkin – $1.50 each, used $0.75/2 coupon from the 11/2 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.75 each after coupon

2 Kellogg’s Rice Crispies – $2.50 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (first one doubled) – $1.37 each after coupons (Buy 2, Get Free Jet Puffed Marshmallows)

1 Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows – Free

Total before coupons and sales: $67.38

Total with tax ($1.95) after coupons and sales: $13.49

Total for all grocery items: $44.54

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2, Bacon and Eggs, Homemade Granola, Toast & Eggs

Lunches

Turkey Sandwiches x 2, Tossed Salad, Fruit/Yogurt/Veggies, Cheese Quessadillas

Dinners

Italian Chicken Drumsticks, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Biscuits & Gravy, Homemade Applesauce

Easy Cheesy Tex Mex Skillet, Tossed Salad

Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Broccoli

Easy Fajita Chicken Bake, World’s Best Dinner Rolls, Steamed Peas

Baked Spaghetti, Tossed Salad, Sliced Oranges

Baked Creamy Cheesy Chicken Flautas, Homemade Applesauce, Steamed Carrots

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

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Health Food Store

2 pkg Organic Lettuce – Marked down to $0.99 each

1 pkg Pita Bread – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax ($0.21): $3.18

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Homeland

1 pkg Fiora Bath Tissue – $1.79, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.79 after coupon

1 Best Choice Mini Marshmallows – $0.59 after coupon

1 Best Choice Foil – $1

1 Jolly Time Popcorn – $1.59, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free plus overage after coupon

1 Lipton Tea – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Best Choice Chocolate Chips – $1.29

Total before coupons and sales: $15.71

Total with tax ($0.47) after coupons and sales: $3.73

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Dillons

1 Honey Nut Cheerios – $3.99, used Free e-coupon - Free after coupon (Plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta)

4 Yoplait Yogurt – Marked down to $0.25 each

1 box Raisins – $1.99

1 bag Frozen Peas – $1

1 dozen Dillons Eggs – $1.69 (Plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta)

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 can Goya Beans – $1.19

2 Horizon Mac & Cheese – $1 each, used 2 $1/2 coupon from the Fall Mambo Sprouts coupon booklet – $0.50 each after coupon

1 pkg Stew Beef – $5.49

1 bag Kroger Slivered Almonds – $1.79

1 Psst Honey $5.29

1 bag Unsweetened Coconut – $1.25

1 canister Kroger Old Fashioned Oats – $2.99

1 bag Clementines (3 lbs) – $3.99

0.84 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $0.83

3 half gallons Dillons Milk – $1.33 each

Total with tax: $38.33

Total for all grocery items: $45.24 (Plus receive $0.50 back from Ibotta)

Menu Plans for This Week

Breakfast

Cereal x 2, Toast, Scrambled Eggs & Juice, Homemade Granola (I plan to make a huge batch of this this week.)

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Vegetable Soup (I will make a big batch of this and eat it for several lunches this week.)

Dinners

Macaroni & Cheese with Ground Beef, Steamed Peas

Chipotle Beef Chili, Homemade Applesauce, Sliced Veggies

Chicken & Rice Casserole, Tossed Salad, Steamed Broccoli

Crock Pot Beef Stroganof, CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Rolls, Tossed Salad

Mexican Chicken Chili, Biscuits, Oranges

Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon

Dinner with family

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