Brigette’s $28 Weekly Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 6

I tried to keep our grocery spending lower this week – which will give me some wiggle room in the budget to make some bulk purchases the next couple of weeks! We’re going to visit family and friends back in Michigan, and while we’re there I’m excited to go to my all-time-favorite Amish bulk foods store, as well as the “Honey Farm” where we buy raw honey.

For meat this week, I will be cooking up a turkey from the freezer (I always stock up around Thanksgiving when they go on sale – and I’m down to the last one!), as well as venison (thankful for a husband who loves to hunt!). We’ll be using milk from the freezer.



(Harris Teeter was running a 2-day sale last weekend on eggs, but rather than drive a few miles to Harris Teeter for just one thing, I price-matched at Walmart since it is less than a mile from our house)

2 cartons (30-ct each) eggs – $2.37 each (price-matched Harris Teeter) - $4.74

1 gallon Orange Juice (price-matched Food Lion) – $3.49

Total: $8.23



Harris Teeter

(Super Doubles this week, up to $2 coupons – wahoo! I made two separate trips, and below is the combined totals)

2 packages Reynolds Cupcake Liners (@$1.19 each) – $2.38, used $1/2 Reynolds printable (doubled) plus $1/2 Harris Teeter evic - $0.62 MM on 2 after coupons

1 Gillette Deodorant – $5.49, used $2/1 Gillette printable (doubled) plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.49 MM after coupons

2 cartons organic Evolution Organic Greens Juice ($3.99 each) – $7.98, used 2 $2/1 printable – NLA (doubled) – FREE after coupons

3 packages Perdue Simply Smart Chicken Nuggets (B1G1 @ 7.99) – $11.99, used 3 $2/1 Perdue printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 (36-ct) packages Chinet Plates (B1G1 @ $3.69) – $3.69, used 2 $1/1 Chinet printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 (40-ct) Truvia ($3.75) each – $15.00, used 4 $2/1 Truvia printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

3 cartons So Delicious Coconut Milk ($1.50 each) – $4.50, used 3 $1/1 So Delicious Dairy Free Product, exp. 9/30/14 (SS 06/15/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 (6-ct) packs Zevia ($3.33 each) – $9.99, used 2 $2/1 Zevia printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 boxes Muellers Pasta (B1G1 @ $1.99) – $3.98, used 2 $1/2 Mueller’s printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 jars Earth Balance Peanut and Coconut Spread (@$2.50 each) – $5.00, used 2 $1/1 Earth Balance printable (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

2 packages Hefty plates (B1G1 @ $2.99) – $2.99, used $1/2 Hefty plates printable - $0.99 for 2 after coupons

3 boxes Horizons Macaroni and Cheese ($1.25 each) – $3.75, used $0.55/1 Horizons printable (doubled), $1/2 Horizons catalina printout (doubled), and $0.55/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.10 for 3 boxes after coupons

2 boxes Cheerios ($2.00 each) – $4.00, used $1.10/2 printable (doubled) – $0.90 each after coupons

2 boxes Total ($2.00 each) – $4.00, used $1.10/2 printable (doubled) – $0.90 each after coupons

2 (24-ct) boxes Lipton Tea (B1G1 @$3.29) – $3.29, used 2 $0.75/1 Lipton printable (doubled) – $0.29 for 2 after coupons

2 Sweet Baby Rays Barbeque Sauce (B1G1 @ $2.29) – used $1/2 Sweet Baby Ray’s printable (doubled) - $0.29 for 2 after coupons

2 bags Lays Kettle Cut Chips ($2.50 each) – $5.00, used $1/1 printable – NLA (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

1 package Huggies Pull-Ups – $8.99 – used $2/1 Pull-Ups printable (doubled) plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic - $2.99 after coupons

1 bag Milky Way Unwrapped Bites – $3.69, used $1/1 Unwrapped Bites from RP 06/15/22 insert (doubled – I needed these for a baking project for VBS) – $1.69 after coupons

Baking Powder – $1.27

1 bag (3-ct) Reduced Avocados – $1.00

~Received $2.15 refund at Customer Service for the Fiber One/Nature Valley Bars that rang up incorrectly last week

Total after all sales, tax and coupons: $12.23


Local Farmer’s Market

3 heads of reduced Broccoli @ $0.79 each – $2.37

1 reduced Cabbage @ $0.29/lb – $0.97

1 head Romaine lettuce – $1.29

3.25 lbs reduced ripe Strawberries – $2.99

Total: $7.62


Fresh Produce from a Friend’s Garden

Total: Free  (Thanks, Kathryn!! :))

Weekly Total after all sales, tax, and coupons: $28.08

Weekly Menu Plan


Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Avocado Smoothies, Cereal x2, Oatmeal x2, Zucchini bread


Macaroni and Cheese/Strawberries/Cucumber Slices, PB&J on Homemade Bread/Carrot Sticks, Build-Your-Own Tossed Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Chips/Cucumbers, Veggie Omelettes/Strawberry Smoothies, Leftovers x2


Meat Potato Quiche, Roasted Broccoli, Strawberries

Chicken Nuggets, Homemade Oven Baked French Fries, Sautéed Green Beans

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Pull-Apart Oat Rolls, Tossed Salad

Best Chicken Pot Pie (I will be using turkey), Steamed Broccoli

Broccoli/Cheese Baked Potatoes, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins, Relish Plate

Grilled Turkey Burgers on Homemade Buns, Grilled Broccoli, Creamy Milk Rice

Venison Roast/Potatoes/Carrots in the Crockpot, leftover Pull-Apart Oat Rolls

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Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins


Guest post from Laura of Life As A Loewen

I love the way blueberry muffins can be eaten for breakfast, snack, or even dessert! This recipe is super-simple, (practically) fool-proof, and makes you the “muffin hero” in less than a half-an-hour!

Even more, I love that this recipe is fairly healthy, using intentional ingredients to make a more nutritious muffin. It’s a great recipe to make when blueberries are on sale!

Try this recipe today and feel free to use your own variations to suit your family’s needs. Either way, these will be a big hit and probably a new staple in your home!

Laura is a mama of three littles {and adopting another!} trying to pursue Jesus daily. Attempting to be genuine and raw, Laura seeks to find the humor in everyday life. Laura shares her journey through faith, motherhood and marriage at Life As A Loewen. She’s passionate, sometimes loud, and always in the mood for cupcake ice cream.



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Gretchen’s $32.21 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


Health Food Store

2.21 lbs Zucchini/Squash @ $0.79/lb – $1.75

0.80 lbs Green Beans @ $1.29/lb – $1.03

Total: $2.78


2 pkg Red Grapes – $1.78 each (I was SO excited about this price! This is the cheapest grapes have been in our area for a long time!)

1 can Black Beans – $0.59

1 lb Butter – $2.40

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

4 Plums – $0.29 each

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 box Saltine Crackers – $0.89

Total: $11.67


1 gallon Milk – $2.99

1 pkg Kroger Cheese – $2

1 pkg Yogurt – Marked down to $0.99

2 Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade/Orange Juice – $1 each, used 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 6/15 RedPlum insert – $0.50 each after coupons

1 dozen Eggs – $1.50

1 bag Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.99

1 Bear Naked Energy Bar – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1.44 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $2.29

Total: $17.76

Total for all grocery items: $32.21

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Homemade Granola, Eggs, Toast, Smoothies (with frozen fruit from the freezer)


Macaroni & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers


Chicken & Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit

Black Bean & Cheese Quesadillas, Veggies (from freezer)

Italian Chicken, Freezer Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli, Baked Potatoes

Stirfry (using squash, zucchini, green beans and chicken), Sliced Apples (from last week’s shopping)

Dinner with family

Deer Roast, Freezer Biscuits, Peaches (from canning I did in the fall)

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This Week’s Menu Plan + My One-Hour Freezer Cooking Plan

This Week's Menu Plan


Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Granola, Cereal, and/or Fruit


Turkey Sandwiches x 2
Snack-y lunch {veggies, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.}
PB&J, carrot sticks, apples
Leftovers x 3


Boiled eggs
Homemade Energy Bites


One-Hour Freezer Cooking Plan

Whole-Wheat Pancakes (I’ll make some with chocolate chips, some without.)
Homemade Energy Bites (my kids ate every last one of these I made last week & requested that I make more!)
Peanut Butter Skinny Chocolate (Mom needs her chocolate fix, too! :))


Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes, eggs, fruit
Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans, Tortilla chips, shredded cheese, salsa, carrots
Shredded chicken, green beans
Turkey sandwiches, carrot sticks, fruit
Pancakes, bacon, eggs
Baked potatoes, Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans, corn on the cob, fruit
Dinner Out

What’s on your menu this week? Tell us in the comments or leave a link to your menu plan post.

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Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Jesse joined a gym here in TN not too long ago and has been working toward some ambitious fitness goals. As a result, he’s been looking for recipes that pack a nutritious punch.

Yesterday, he made these Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes and we thought they were pretty good — especially for their high protein content.

Here’s how he tweaked the recipe:

What are your favorite high-protein, high-nutrition recipes? I’d love to know!

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One Hour Freezer Cooking: Cowboy Beans, Spaghetti, & Energy Bites

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

Here’s a little peek into my recent One-Hour Freezer Cooking session

I browned a massive pan of ground beef and onions. And kind of chose a pan that was too small. Whoops!

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

While the ground beef was browning, I put everything in the crockpot for the Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans. These were so simple and easy to make!


One-Hour Freezer Cooking

And the ground beef was finally done. Yikes! I made a MESS on the stove!

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I had planned to make Million Dollar Spaghetti, but I was running short on time and I didn’t want to turn on the oven because the house was already so hot, so I decided to just boil the noodles, add a jar of pasta sauce to some of the ground beef, and make spaghetti for dinner.

Er, maybe I was just lazy? Well, I’m going with the fact that the house was too hot to turn on the oven. Yup, that’s my story. :)

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

While everyone was getting dinner on their plates and getting situated at the table (which always seems to take a LONG time!), I dumped everything in a bowl for the Homemade Energy Bites.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

And then I quickly rolled these in balls and stuck them in the freezer. Well, after we did a little taste-testing. ;)

Recipes Made:

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