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

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Homeland

3 pkg Glad Sandwich Bags – $1 each, used 3 $1/1 printable (first one doubled) – Free plus overage after coupons

1 loaf Nature’s Own Bread – $1.79, used $0.55/1 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.69 after coupon

2 Cucumbers – $0.69 each

1 McCafe Coffee K-Cups – $5.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $3.99 after coupon

1 Farmland Pork Sausage – $1

2 Ronzoni Pasta – $1 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

0.5 lbs Tomatoes – $0.50

2 Tic Tacs – $1.29 each, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.29 each after coupon

2 Horizon Mac & Cheese – $1.79 each, used $0.75/2 printable (doubled) – $1.04 each after coupon

1 Skippy Peanut Butter – $2, used $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $0.90 after coupon

3 Chobani Greek Yogurt – $1 each, used $1/3 printable (doubled) – $0.33 each after coupon

Total with tax ($1.63) after coupons: $12.75

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3 half gallons Dillons Milk – $1 each

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.99

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.50 each

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $0.50

2 Jello Puddings – $1.50 each, used $0.80/2 e-coupon – $1.10 each after coupon (I got this as a special treat for my husband who has been working long hours this week.)

1 bag Kroger Frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $6.99

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 bag Kroger Chocolate Chips – $1.88

1 Chobani Kids Yogurt – Marked down to $1.50

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1 bag Kroger Potatoes – $2.79

Total with tax ($1.94): $27.36

Total for both stores: $40.11

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2

Toast & Eggs x 3

Date with my son at Starbucks (using a gift card)

Cinnamon Rolls

Lunches

Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit

Lunch at my sister-in-law’s house

Tossed Salad x 2

Baked Potatoes, Fruit

Lunch at my in-law’s (I’m bringing dessert)

Leftovers

Dinners

I’m trying to use up random things we have in our refrigerator and pantry this week. :)

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Peas

Venison & Cabbage, Biscuits (from the freezer)

Baked Ziti (meatless), Tossed Salad, Steamed Broccoli, Toast

Salad Bar with Grilled Chicken

Bean Burritos, Chips and Salsa, Fruit Salad

Venison Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Butterhorn Rolls

French Toast, Eggs, Orange Juice

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Free Make Ahead Breakfasts for the Freezer Cooking Plan

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Head over to Life as Mom to get a Breakfast Freezer Cooking Plan to help you make breakfasts much easier at your house. Here’s what you’ll make:

  • Buttered Maple French Toast Casserole, 3 batches
  • Cinnamon Apple Oat Cakes, 2 batches
  • Spicy Turkey Egg Bake, 2 batches
  • Steel-Cut Oats, 2 batches (servings vary)
  • Ham and Gruyere Quiche, 2 quiche
  • Lemon Drop Scones, 2 batches
  • Maple Vanilla Almond Granola, 1 batch
  • Basic Pancakes, 2 batches mix
  • Homemade Waffles, 2 batches (baked)

The downloadable plan gives you the recipes, the shopping list, the instructions on how to prep everything, and details on how to freeze and thaw items.

Get the plan for free here.

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Brigette’s $55 Grocery Shopping Trip + Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Since I got such great deals on bulk produce this week, I decided to keep the rest of my grocery shopping pretty simple. We still have eggs leftover from last week, and I will be using milk and meat from my freezer stash. I went ahead and stocked up on cheese even though we still have some and don’t actually need it right now. It was a good price, I had wiggle room in my budget – and there is no such a thing as too much cheese, right? ;)

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Sawyer’s Produce

(We will be eating lots of strawberries and grapes over the next week, and then freezing or dehydrating the rest. This is ALOT of produce – much more in real life than it looks like in this picture!)

16 1-lb pkgs Strawberries – $10.00

18lbs Green Grapes – $12.00

4 2-lb bags of Green Leaf Lettuce (these are huge bags!) – $5.00

Total: $27.00

 

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Walmart

2 32-oz bags of Baby Carrots (price matched Aldi @ $0.69/each – fantastic price for the big bags!) - $1.38

2 huge heads of Cabbage (price matched Aldi @ $0.99/each) – $1.98

1 24-oz container Cottage Cheese (price matched Bi-Lo) – $2.69

1 32-oz container Half and Half (price matched Food Lion) $1.97

1 32-oz container Egg Whites – $4.44

1 bunch Bananas – $1.11, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.86 after rebate

Total: $13.32

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 Harris Teeter

10 bags of Shredded Cheese – $13.00

1 box Reeses Puffs – $2.50, used  $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00 after coupon, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta  – $0.75 after coupon and rebate

1 box Honey Nut Cheerios – $2.50, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $1.50 after coupon, plus receive $0.50 back from SavingStar – $1.00 after coupon and rebate

Total after Coupons and Rebates: $14.75

Weekly Grocery Total: $55.07

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Strawberries x 3

Toast and Eggs (Veggie Omelettes for me) x 2

Cereal x 2

Lunches

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Grapes x 2

Build-Your-Own Tossed Salad Bar, Strawberries x 2 (I plan on eating a tossed salad everyday for lunch since we have so much lettuce to use up!)

Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches on Easy Whole Wheat Bread, Baked Carrot Fries, Fruit

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti, Tossed Salad with Homemade Dressing, Dill Bread

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Easy Whole Wheat Bread (I will make a double recipe)

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Brown Rice, Fruit Salad

Homemade Cheese Pizza (meatless), Tossed Salad, Carrot Sticks

Ham and Potato Soup (using this recipe and subbing ham instead of hamburger – we still have a lot of ham in the freezer from a friend), Leftover Dill Bread, Tossed Salad

Leftovers x 2

Snacks

Coconut Almond Crunchies, THM Shakes, Strawberries, Grapes, Carrots, Strawberry Oat Muffins

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Easy Whole Wheat Bread

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Guest post from Brigette Shevy

There’s nothing like homemade bread fresh from the oven! While I love baking and trying new recipes, this is my standard go-to recipe. It is healthy, super easy, and can be thrown together in less than five minutes if you use a bread machine.

I normally use all whole wheat flour (I grind my own using hard white spring wheat), but you can use any combination of white flour/ bread flour/whole wheat flour. I’ve even been known to throw in some other flours on occasion and make it multi-grain! The dough is extremely versatile and can be used for dinner bread, sandwich bread, rolls, and buns.

If you’ve never made bread before, this is a fabulous recipe to start with!

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Gretchen’s $42 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Walmart

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1 pkg Strawberries – $1.29

1 bag Halos – $3.75

1 Pineapple – $1.29 (Price matched to Aldi)

Broccoli – $1.31

Bananas – $1.29

Total with tax ($0.75): $10.67

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1 dozen Kroger Eggs – $1.79, used $0.25 Snap rebate and $0.50 Ibotta rebate – $1.04 after rebates

1 pkg Pecan Pieces – $2.57

1 bag Kroger Chocolate Chips – $2

1 Red Leaf Lettuce – $0.99

3 Chobani Yogurt – $1.25 each, used $1/3 printable – $0.92 each after coupon

1 C&H Brown Sugar – $1.49

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.59

2 Brut Deodorant – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 3/22 SmartSource insert – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Salt – $0.57

1 Orowheat Bread 24 oz – $2.50, used $1/1 printable – $1.50 after coupon

1 pkg Chicken Thighs – Marked down to $3.30

1 Johnsonville Sausage Links – $2.50 (I thought I had a coupon on my Dillons card for these but it turns out I didn’t. Oh well!)

Total with tax ($1.99): $23.29

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2 cans Peanuts – $1.69 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.69 each after coupon

1 pkg Honey Buns – $1.25, used $0.95/1 printable (doubled) – Free plus overage after coupon

1 Keebler Crackers – $1.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies – $0.79 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 2/22 SmartSource insert – Free plus overage after coupon

2 Kraft Shredded Cheese – $2 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1 each after coupon

1 McCormick Vanilla Extract – $2, used $0.75/1 coupon from the 3/15 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

1.89 lbs Tomatoes – $2.17

2 pkgs McCormick Brown Gravy – $0.50 each, used $0.50/2 coupon from the 3/8 RedPlum insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

Total with tax ($0.92): $6

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1 Honey Buns – $1.25, used $0.95/1 printable – Free plus overage after coupon

2 pkgs Kraft Cheese – $2 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1 each after coupon

1 pkg Kraft Chipotle Cheese – $2, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon (I now have 15 packages of cheese in my freezer after getting such great prices the last few weeks! I’m so happy to be stocked up for a while.)

2 Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies – $0.79 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 2/22 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free plus overage after coupon

1 McCormick Vanilla Extract – $2, used $0.75/1 coupon from the 3/15 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

Total with tax ($0.15): $2.19

Total for all grocery items: $42.15

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2

Toast & Eggs x 4

Biscuits & Gravy, Pineapple

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit

Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Veggies x 2

Peanut Butter & Jelly on Ricecakes, Oranges

Baked Potatoes, Steamed Carrots

Oven Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Butterhorn Rolls (Easter Sunday lunch)

Leftovers

Spinach Smoothies x 5 (for me)

Dinners

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Smoothies

Venison Burgers, Steamed Peas, Cantaloupe

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

BBQ Venison Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Fruit, Steamed Broccoli

Salad Bar

Leftovers

Dinner with family

Snacks

Double Fudge Banana Muffins, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookies, Banana Protein Shake, Applesauce, Yogurt

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