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



I was short on time today so I was only able to go to Dillons. I’m trying use up food from our refrigerator and pantry so I didn’t need to buy much for our menu plan this week.

2 Wisk Laundry Detergent – $2.99 each, used 2 $1.50/1 coupon from the 3/9 RedPlum insert – $1.49 each after coupons

1 Kroger Dishwasher Detergent – $2.99

2 Bic Razors – $2.49 each, used 2 $3/1 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert – Free after coupons

2 Reach Toothbrush – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 1/26 SmartSource insert – Free after coupons

1 Kroger Bath Tissue – $2.95

1 Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.99

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.78

8 Yoplait Yogurts – $0.50 each, used 2 $1/4 printable (no longer available) – $0.25 each after coupons

1.15 lbs Tomatoes @ $1.79/lb – $2.06

1.19 lbs Grapes @ $1.89/lb – $2.25

4 Navel Oranges – $0.69 each

1 Kroger Natural Peanut Butter – $2.19

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

3 Gala Apples – $0.33 each

0.82 lbs Broccoli Crowns @ $1.59/lb – $1.30

2 Moms Best Cereal – $1 each

1 Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts – $7.47

Total before coupons and sales: $69.22

Total after coupons and sales: $40.23

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Homemade Granola


Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly on Rice Cakes, Fruits/Veggies/Cheese, Leftovers x 2


Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

BBQ Meatballs (from the freezer), Cinnamon Muffins (from my Mom), Tossed Salad, Grapes

Deer Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Fruit Salad

Chicken Fajitas, Steamed Broccoli

Chicken Almondine, Sliced Veggies, Green Beans

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit

Dinner with family

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Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten-free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Guest post by Becki from Running with Team Hogan

Our family has been gluten-free for over a year. Finding filling, healthy snacks – especially when we are on the go – hasn’t been the easiest task.

A friend shared a muffin recipe with me, but my family liked them just so-so until I made a few modifications. Now, I make a double batch at least weekly, and they are devoured. I actually seek out ripe bananas every time I go to a store for my muffin making.

These muffins freeze well, make great snacks to pack for my kids, and really help fill up my children. They are a go-to fast breakfast as well in our home. These muffins (even using pricey gluten-free oats) cost us less than $0.25 a muffin. A great savings over most pre-packaged gluten-free snacks!

This recipe actually can easily be made non-gluten free as well and would be even cheaper with regular oats. Enjoy!

Becki Hogan is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of 4. In between making batches of banana muffins, Becki enjoys reading and playing games with her family. She and her husband Seth blog about “running the race God has set before” them at

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Homemade Whipped Honey Butter

Homemade Whipped Honey Butter As I mentioned earlier this week, I tried my hand at making Homemade Honey Whipped Butter and was so pleased with how it turned out. Seriously, I can’t believe that I waited this long to try this idea! I was inspired by my younger sister, Olivia. She made dinner for us the week my book launched (wasn’t that sweet of her?) and one of the things she made was fresh rolls and Whipped Honey Butter. Jesse loved the Honey Butter so much that I knew I had to try my hand at making it. And it was so, so easy and delicious! You could try mixing in all sorts of different things — seasonings, maple syrup, cinnamon, or even just leaving out the honey and having whipped butter. What I loved about this idea is that it not only stretches butter a little farther, but it also makes it much easier to spread the butter. 13127021824_8a9f34feb3 Homemade Whipped Honey Butter Homemade Whipped Honey Butter Homemade Whipped Honey Butter

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Gretchen’s $48 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


1 Vegetable Oil – $2.39

1 Salsa – $1.69

2 Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 Rice Cakes – $1.29 (I’m thinking these are going to become a staple at our house. My son loves them!)

1 Corn Chips – $0.89

2 Grapefruit – $0.29 each

1 Cauliflower – $1.69

1 Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 Italian Dressing – $1.39

1 Old Fashioned Oats – $2.29

1 Half & Half – $1.69

3 cans Beans – $0.59 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.73

Total with tax ($1.72): $25.77


7 Mom’s Best Cereal – $1 each (I was so thrilled about this price as this is some of our favorite cereal!)

1.2 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.71

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.34

0.71 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $1.13

1 Kroger Frozen Green Beans – $1

1 Kroger Butter – $2.50

1 Breyer’s Ice Cream – Marked down to $2.70

1 Kroger frozen Apple Juice – $1.29

1 Clabber Girl Baking Powder – $2.25

Total with tax ($1.71): $22.62

Total for all grocery items: $48.39

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Homemade Granola


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


Chicken Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, 30 Minute Rolls

Haystacks, Sliced Pineapple

Lasagna Casserole, Homemade Bread, Tossed Salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Sliced Strawberries, Butterhorns

3-Bean Chili, Cornbread, Sliced Veggies

Date night

Dinner with family

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This Week’s Menu Plan + Freezer Cooking in an Hour Plan

Homemade Pizza Dough


Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, and/or Fruit


Mac & cheese, fruit
Snack-y lunch {veggies, cheese, yogurt, fruit, crackers, etc.}
PB&J, carrot sticks, apples
Cheese quesadillas, carrot sticks
Leftovers x 3


Boiled eggs Homemade Pizza Dough

Freezer Cooking in an Hour Plan

Cornmeal Pancakes
Cinnamon Sugar Oven Pancake
Homemade Pizza Dough


Homemade Pizza, veggies, fruit
Slow Cooker Southwest Soup, fruit
Breakfast for Dinner: Cornmeal Pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit
Build Your Own Haystacks, fruit
Dinner out
Dinner with friends
Dinner with extended family

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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Gretchen’s $39 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan



1 Celery – $1.19

1 Cantaloupe – $1.49

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 Flour Tortillas – $1.19

2 Grapefruit – $0.29 each

2 packages Cheese – $1.99 each

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

1 Roma Tomatoes – $0.99

1 lb Butter – $1.89

1 package Sugar – $1.57

Total with tax ($1.20): $17.95


1 Honey Nut Chex – $3.79

1 South Beach Meal Bars – $5, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) - Free after coupon

1 can Water Chestnuts – $0.99

1 bag Kroger Brown Rice – $1

1 Kroger Ice Cream – $2.50

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 gallons Milk – $2.78 each (This is cheaper than Aldi’s price!)

0.96 lbs Bananas @ $0.55/lb – $0.53

1 Back to Nature Crackers – Marked down to $1.84

1 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1.69, used $0.75/1 catalina coupon – $0.94 after coupon

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1

1 Cucumber – $0.79

1 So Delicious Yogurt – $0.99, used $1/1 printable - Free after coupon

Total with tax ($1.42) after coupons: $21.34

Total for all grocery items: $39.29

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Homemade Granola, Toast


Mac & Cheese, Cheese/Crackers/Veggies, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream, Cheese Quesadillas


Spaghetti, Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Steamed Carrots

Chicken Almondine, Grapefruit, Tossed Salad

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Peas, Sliced Oranges

Pancakes, Eggs, Hashbrowns

Italian Chicken, 30-Minute Rolls, Tossed Salad

Rice & Beans, Tortilla Chips, Cantaloupe


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