This Week’s $130 Grocery Shopping Trip & Menu Plan

Our $130 Grocery Shopping Trip & Weekly Menu Plan

So, I told you last week that we’ve recently more than doubled our grocery budget. Here’s a picture of what $130 in groceries looks like for us.

We shopped at Aldi and Harris Teeter this week. And I somehow misplaced the Aldi receipt (dug through the trash and everything to try to locate it) and it’s nowhere to be found.

So I’m not going to give the break down of prices, because I’m not completely sure what they were. But I will try to do a better job of saving the receipt (maybe I’ll snap a photo of it as soon as I get home?) this coming week so that I can give you a detailed description of everything we bought and what we paid for it.

Our $130 Grocery Shopping Trip & Weekly Menu Plan

I also downloaded the Snap App and got $1.75 in cashback for these purchases. I loved that the Snap App gives you cashback for items purchased at any store — including ALDI — unlike some of the cashback apps that require you to purchase at a specific store. Plus, I got $1.75 back from Checkout 51 for the above purchases. Yay!

This Week’s Menu Plan


Bacon & Eggs or Oatmeal

Jesse also made Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Eggs & Cheese one morning. It was a new recipe and it was SO good. It might sound weird, but it was amazing!


Sandwiches or Leftovers

I also made a Healthy Blueberry Crisp that I ate as lunch two days (recipe coming on the blog tomorrow — hopefully!)


Apples with Almond Butter
Snacks sent to us from Wild Oats Organic
Protein Shakes
Healthy Cake in a Mug


Crustless Quiche
Crockpot Triple Cheeseburger Creation
Crockpot Stuffed Peppers with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Chicken Pineapple Kabobs
Stuffed Chicken
Italian Sausage with Potatoes and Vinegar
Dinner with friends (we’re bringing a side dish — probably a veggie tray)

What’s on your menu this week? Leave a link to your menu plan or tell us in the comments.

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How I Saved Today: Making Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

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How did YOU save today?

I saved by making my own Pumpkin Pie Spice. I’ve been wanting to make a few different recipes recently that call for Pumpkin Pie Spice. Instead of buying it, I mixed up some of it myself with spices I already had on hand.

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It was so easy to make. Here’s the recipe I used:

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

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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.


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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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


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


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


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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A quick & easy Crock-Pot Chicken recipe (+ enter to win $5,000 from Crock-Pot!)

If you’ve been reading here for any time at all, you know how much I love my Crock-Pot! It’s a life-saver on busy days when you don’t want to have to think about cooking dinner at 5 p.m.

In the video above, I share one of my favorite quick and easy Crock-Pot dinner recipes. I have detailed written instructions for the recipe I talk about on the video above here. This is so easy I’m almost not sure that it should even be called a “recipe”. :)

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  • Visit sometime between October 1-31, 2014 (site goes live October 1, 2014).
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