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

This was an epic grocery shopping week for me because I did not use a single coupon! My computer was acting up and wouldn’t print right, and honestly, there weren’t a whole lot of coupons worth printing. It felt REALLY strange, and kind of nice all at once. I might even do it again in the future – as long as I live close to an Aldi! :)

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Aldi

(I didn’t take photos immediately after getting home, which means that some of the items were already opened by the time I got around to taking pictures :))

2 packages (3-ct each) Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 2-lb package Brown Rice – $1.19

1 5-lb package White Rice – $2.49

1 3-lb bag Onions – $1.49

1 16-oz bag Frozen Strawberries – $2.19

1 bunch Bananas (2.41lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.06, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.81 after rebate

1 2-lb bag Frozen Tilapia – $5.49

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

1 bag Garden Salad – $0.99

1 16-oz bag Frozen Peas – $0.89 (accidentally pictured in the Harris Teeter photo)

1 head Cauliflower – $1.99

2 bags (3-ct each) Colored Peppers – $3.98

1 large bag Kale – $1.99

3 Avocados ($0.59/each) – $1.77

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

1 24-oz package Roma Tomatoes – $1.19, plus receive back $0.50 from Checkout51 – $0.69 after rebate

1 1-lb package Ground Turkey – $1.89

1 3-ct package Garlic – $0.79

1 Dijon Mustard – $0.99

Total: $37.19 after rebates

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Harris Teeter

1 16-oz can Lite Coconut Milk – $1.77

1 Whole Chicken (5.42lb @ $0.89/lb) – $4.82

2 8-0z packages Shredded Cheese ($1.67 each) – $3.34 (one bag was gone before I snapped a picture)

1 5-lb bag Fuji Apples – $4.99

4 16-oz bags Frozen Broccoli and Cauliflower ($1.19 each) – $4.76

Total: 19.68

Weekly Total: $56.87

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal (It is chilly outside, and this is my children’s favorite breakfast. We are going to have it every weekday this week.), Cereal (Sunday), Pancakes (Saturday)

Lunches

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Apples x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad with Hardboiled Eggs and Tuna

Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches on Homemade Bread, Pepper Slices, Bananas x 2

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Simple Roast Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins (I have been making kefir, and am going to try subbing kefir in place of buttermilk)

Coconut Chicken and Vegetable Curry over Rice, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Homemade Cheese Pizza (meatless), Apple Slices

Taco Salad, Fruit Salad

Baked Tilapia (minus the capers)Roasted Carrots, Mashed Garlic Cauliflower

Hamburger Vegetable SoupHomemade Dill Bread

Leftovers

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

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Homeland

Farmland Bacon – $4.69, used $1/1 mailer coupon (doubled) – $2.69 after coupon

2.39 lbs Fuji Apples @ $0.99/lb – $2.34

1 Cucumber – $0.69

2 Hungry Jack Hashbrowns – $1.59 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 10/5 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.59 each after coupon

1 Welch’s Fruit Snacks – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Wishbone Salad Dressing – $1.67, used $0.50/1 mailer coupon (doubled) – $0.67 after coupon

Items a part of the Kellogg’s sale (Buy 4, Save $4 instantly): 

3 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal – $1.50 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 12/7 RedPlum insert (doubled) and $1/1 printable (doubled) – 1 Free and 2 for $0.50 each after coupons

3 Kellogg’s Special K Crackers – $1.50 each, used $1/3 coupon from the 1/4 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.83 each after coupon

2 Kellogg’s Granola Bars – $1.50 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupon

Total before coupons and sales: $54.38

Total with tax ($1.38) after coupons and sales: $12.94

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Dillons

3 half gallons Milk – $1 each

1 Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1.25

1 Welch’s Natural Fruit Spread – $2.99

1 Malt O Meal Cereal – $3.49, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – $3.49 after coupon

0.79 lbs Tomatoes @ $1.99/lb – $1.57

1 can Kroger Refried Beans – Marked down to $0.49

1 Kroger Butter – $3.99, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $3.59 after coupon

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $2.19

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 Kroger Mouthwash – $1.49, used Free mailer coupon – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Tortillas – $1.79

2.82 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.66

0.51 lbs Broccoli @ $1.89/lb – $0.96

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 dozen Dillons Large Eggs – $1.25 each

1 Nabisco Belvita Biscuits – $3.49, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

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

2 Gillette Shave Gel (pk of 2) – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 12/14 RedPlum insert – $0.99 after coupons (Makes them $0.49 each)

1 Nature’s Valley Bread – $1

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

1 Cascade Dishwasher Detergent – $2.99, used $1/1 mailer coupon – $0.99 after coupon

Total after coupons and sales: $32.27

Total for all grocery items: $45.91

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3 Grapefruit/Oatmeal, Toast & Juice

Lunches

Bacon/Eggs/Grapefruit, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes, Leftovers, Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Dinners

Ground Venison and Noodles, Biscuits, Steamed Peas

French Toast, Eggs, Hashbrowns

Venison Burgers, Homemade French Fries, Tossed Salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Homemade Bread

Bean Burritos, Chips/Salsa, Grapefruit

Salad Bar, Pumpkin Muffins

Out to eat

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Trim Healthy Mama Chocolate Cupcakes (grain-free, dairy-free)

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I found this Trim Healthy Mama Cupcake recipe when I was browsing on Pinterest the other day. I realized that we happened to have all of the ingredients on hand for it, so Silas and I spent a little time in the kitchen making it today.

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This boy. He melts my heart! I love how much he loves to help and serve. He has the sweetest heart and is always looking for ways to bless his mama.

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Silas did all of the stirring and mixing and then filled up the muffin tins — with very little help from me.

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Here’s the link to the recipe we used: Trim Healthy Mama Cupcake recipe.

Overall, we were happy with the end result. For the healthful ingredients they have in them, they were fairly delicious.

I probably would have loved them more if they didn’t have almond flour as their base, though. I keep telling myself I’m going to learn to like almond flour, but so far, I just can’t quite get over the texture and taste of it in baked goods. It just always tastes a little too nutty and off to me.

Is anyone else like that? Maybe I’m just weird!

I do, however, think this batter would be really yummy made in the waffle iron and slathered with butter. Or, topped with some kind of frosting. Otherwise, these were a little on the dry and bland side to me.

Have you cooked or baked anything this week? Have any new must-try recipe links to share?

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