Gretchen’s $67 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Health Food Store

3 Navel Oranges – $0.59 each

1 loaf Rudi’s Organic Bread – Marked down to $0.99

1 pkg Rudi’s English Muffins – Marked down to $0.99

1 pkg Kale – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax ($0.34): $5.08

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Aldi

2 Cucumbers – $0.69 each

2 Acorn Squash – $0.69 ach

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $1.19

1 pkg Tortillas – $1.39

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.39

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

Total with tax ($0.81): $12.10

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Dillons

4 pkg Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $5.99 each (Such a great price! I had to stock up.)

2 pkg Pillsbury Toaster Strudel – $1.67 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable - $0.92 each after coupons (And get $0.50 back from SavingStar!)

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.34

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.33

1 Kroger Cream Cheese – $1

4.78 lbs Bananas (Marked down to $0.25/lb) – $1.20 (I will freeze these to use in smoothies and muffins.)

1 bag Kroger Potatoes – $1.49

1 bag Kroger Brown Rice – $1

2 pkg Starkist Tuna – $1 each, used $1/2 printable - $0.50 each after coupon

1 Spaghetti Sauce- $1.

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

Total with tax ($3.10): $41.13

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Homeland

5 cans Tomato Soup – $0.69 each, used $1/5 printable (doubled) – $0.29 each after coupon

3 cans Libby’s Fruit CockTail – $1 each, used $1/3 printable (doubled)- $0.37 each after coupon

1 Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – $2.50, used $1/1 printable (doubled – no longer available) – $0.50 each after coupon

1 Fiora Toilet Paper – $1.79, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.79 after coupon

0.89 lbs Squash @ $1.59/lb – $1.42 (This was marked as $0.69/lb but didn’t ring up as that and I didn’t notice it until I got home. Oh well.)

2 pkg Flour – $1.29 each

Total with tax ($0.92): $8.66

Total for all grocery items: $67.69

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast & Juice, Eggs & Bacon, Smoothies

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Leftovers, Tossed Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna Sandwiches

Dinners

Goulash, Toasted English Muffins, Sliced Oranges

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chicken, Sautéed Squash

Crock Pot Chicken Green Beans & Potatoes, Banana Muffins

Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad

Sausage Egg Casserole, Fruit Salad

Black Bean Quesadillas, Tossed Salad, Squash

Baked Potato Bar, Steamed Broccoli

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

Biggest grocery success of the week: finding huge boxes of reduced produce at the Farmer’s Market and walking away with enough produce to last us for weeks – all for $11.50!!

Biggest grocery failure of the week: somehow losing the pictures documenting this success. I have looked EVERYWHERE on my camera, and they are just not there. (Seriously!! How can you lose pictures on a camera?) So you will just have to use your imagination. :)

Another grocery success this week was trying the $1.69/lb ground turkey from Aldi for the first time – and my husband gave it a thumbs-up! Thanks so much for all of you that gave suggestions and encouragement to me last week! I mixed the turkey with rice, beans, and taco seasonings (and yes, I realize that you could mix just about anything with rice, beans, and taco seasonings and it would taste good, but that’s beside the point) and we used it in taco salad. Yum!

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Aldi

2 3-lb bags Golden Delicious Apples (@$0.69/lb) – $4.14, plus receive $0.50 back from Snap by Groupon

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

2 2-lb bags Honeycrisp Apples (@$1.29/lb) – $5.16

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 Pineapple – $1.29

3 Pomegranates (@$0.69/each) – $2.07

1 bunch Bananas (2.76 lbs @$0.44/lb) – $1.21, receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

Tortilla Chips – $1.19

2 32-oz cartons Half and Half (@1.69/each) – $3.38

1 8-oz package Cream Cheese – $0.99

1 16-oz package Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 dozen Eggs – $1.39

1 gallon Milk – $3.69, plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon

Total: $30.98, plus receive $1.50 back from Snap by Groupon and $0.25 back from Checkout 51

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Harris Teeter

1 carton Egg Whites – $3.97

2 16-oz packages Turkey Bacon (@$2.50/each) – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 Printable (doubled) – $1.00/each after coupons

1 Cabbage (@$0.39/lb) -$1.37

1 2-liter bottle Cheerwine – $1.00, used .50/1 SS 10/6 (doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 bag Harris Teeter Shredded Cheese -$1.67

4 cans Progresso Soup – $5.30, used 2 $0.50/2 Progresso Product, exp. 12/13/14 (SS 10/19/14) (doubled), plus $1.00 Harris Teeter evic – $2.30/4 after coupons, plus receive $1.50 catalina for buying 4 (this works out to $0.20 each, and is worth it to me since my husband like taking these to work for his lunch)

2 bags Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips (@$2.00/each) – $4.00, used 2 $0.75/1 Printable (doubled) – $0.50/each after coupons

1 package Sargento Muenster Cheese Slices – $3.00, used $0.55/1 Printable (doubled), plus $0.55/1 Harris Teeter evic – $1.35 after coupons

2 containers McCormick Cinnamon (B1G1 @ $1.79) – $1.79, used $1.75/2 McCormick Spices or Herbs, exp. 11/2/14 (RP 10/05/14) – $0.02/each after coupons

Total after all Coupons, Sales and Tax: $13.70, plus receive $1.50 catalina back

Farmer’s Market 

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1 box of green beans, reduced (about 13 lbs) – $5.00

1 huge box of assorted fresh vegetables including zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, green peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, and hot peppers – $5.00

1 3-lb bag Apples – $1.50

Total: $11.50

Weekly Total after all Sales, Taxes, and Coupons: $56.18, plus receive $3.25 back in rebates and catalinas

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and fruit x 5, Cinnamon Rolls and Eggs, Cereal

Lunches

Shared lunch at the park with friends – I am bringing fruit for everyone; Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Fresh Veggies and Fruit x 2; Leftovers x 2; Baked Potatoes with Cheese and Broccoli/Fruit x 2,

Dinners

Dinner Out with Friends

Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon (breakfast for dinner)

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (using ground turkey instead of hamburger), Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Dinner with our Shepherding Group at Church

Taco Salad (back by multiple requests!), Steamed Cauliflower

Dinner at a Friend’s House – I am bringing Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Bars

Leftovers

Snacks/Desserts

Popcorn

Dessert Night with Friends (I am hosting): Homemade Caramel Corn, Apple Slices with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese DipFreezer-Friendly Pumpkin Bars

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This Week’s $103 Grocery Shopping Trip + Menu Plan for 5

This Week's Grocery Shopping Trip

ALDI Shopping Trip

Bananas — $0.44 per pound — $3.42 (Got $0.25 back from Checkout51.)
2 packages of  Multi-Colored Peppers — $2.49
2 bags of mixed veggies — $0.99 each
Butter — $3.49
3 bags of Gala apples — $2.99 per bag (Got $0.25 back from Checkout51.)
Avocados — $0.99 each
Bag of onions — $0.99
2 cucumbers — $0.49 each
2 boxes of shredded wheat — $1.99 per box
Peanut butter — $1.69

Total with tax — $38.23

Kroger Shopping Trip

2 dozen eggs — $2.99 per dozen
Italian sausage — $4.99
Sliced cheese — $3.49
Travel sized toothpaste — $1
Travel sized body wash — $1.09
Half & Half — $2.69
1 gallon of milk — $2.99
Smoked turkey — $26.63
2 lbs. ground sirloin –5.99 per pound
Total with tax: $65.35

Total for all groceries: $103.58

Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Bacon & Eggs or Oatmeal

Lunches

Sandwiches or Leftovers (We had Protein French Toast and Pumpkin Protein Pancakes for lunch on Sunday.)

Snacks

Popcorn
Fruit/Veggies
Cheese
Apples with Almond Butter
Pumpkin Pie Smoothies
Healthy Cake in a Mug

Dinners

Dinner with our small group — We did a salad bar this week and we brought hard boiled eggs, chopped peppers, salad dressing, sunflower seeds, and avocados.
Leftovers
Italian Sausage and Sweet Potatoes
Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Dinner Out

What’s on YOUR menu this week? Tell us in the comments!

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