Brigette’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

2 4-lb bags Oranges – $4.98

2 12-oz bags Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – $3.18

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

2 3-ct pkgs Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Tilapia Filets – $5.49

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.39

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

2 dozen Eggs – $3.50

1 16-oz bag Wild Caught Salmon – $3.89

Total: $35.96

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Target

10 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal – $10.00

4 Up & Up 2-ct pkgs Cleaning Sponges – $4.16, used $3/4 Up & Up Cleaning Products/Tools printable – $1.16/4 after coupon

4 bags Market Pantry Frozen Broccoli – $3.84, used $1/4 Target Mobile coupon, plus 5% off Market Pantry Frozen Vegetables Target Cartwheel Offer – $2.69/4 after coupons

2 12-oz cans Nestle Evaporated Milk – $1.92, used $0.55/2 printable, plus $0.50/2 Target printable, plus receive $1 back from Checkout 51 – $0.13 MM after coupons and rebate (these got put in the Harris Teeter picture accidentally – I will blame it on multi-tasking and having my children help me with unloading groceries/taking pics :))

2 15-ct pkgs Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum – $1.98, used 2 $1/1 Target printable – FREE after coupons

Used a $5 Gift Card

Total after Coupons, Taxes, Gift Card and Rebate – $8.77 

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Harris Teeter

3 bottles Pantene Shampoo – $10.00, used $5/3 Pantene Products, exp. 4/30/15 (P&G 03/29/15), plus $5/3 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

2 boxes Betty Crocker Cake Mix – $2.00, used $0.75/2 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/2 Harris Teeter evic – $0.25 MM after coupons, plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar

3 jars Skippy Natural Peanut Butter – $6.00, used 3 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $2.70/3 after coupons, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta

2 15-oz cans Dole Sliced Pineapple – $2.00, used $0.50/2 Dole Canned Fruit, exp. 5/31/15 (SS 03/22/15 R) (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupon, plus receive $1 back from Snap by Groupon

1 McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning – $1.39, used $0.75/1 McCormick Spice, Herb, Extract or Food Color, exp. 4/19/15 (RP 03/15/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 2-ct package Hass Avocad0s – $1.67

2 8-oz bags Sargento Artisan Blends Shredded Cheese – $4.00, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $2.00/2 after coupons

2 32-oz containers Sorrento Ricotta Cheese – $5.49, used 2 $1/1 printable – $3.49/2 after coupons

1 gallon Milk – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta

Total after Coupons, Taxes, and Rebates – $8.95

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Save-A-Lot

2 5-lb bags Flour – $2.98

1 5-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $2.74 after rebate

1 5-lb bag Granny Smith Apples – $2.99

Total after Rebate: $8.71

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Food Lion

3.56lbs of Ground Beef (@$2.49/lb) – $8.86 (also pictured is 5lbs of ground beef given to us this week by our retired butcher friend!)

Total: $8.86   

Weekly Total: $70.98

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Easy Whole Wheat Muffins/Toast and Eggs x 2 (Veggie Omelettes for me)

Apple Baked Oatmeal (adapting this recipe) x 2

Lunches

Stir Fried Veggies over Rice, Apples x 2

Build-Your-Own-Tossed Salad Bar x 2, Crackers

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Oranges, Carrot Sticks x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Pan Fried Tilapia, Crispy Carrot Fries (substituting carrots for the sweet potatoes), Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Freezer Biscuits (Easy Paleo Biscuits for me)

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Tossed Salad, Steamed Peas

Meat Potato Quiche (using leftover ham from the freezer), Steamed Broccoli, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins (I will make a double batch to have leftovers for breakfasts)

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Sliced Baked Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Bread (recipe coming soon!)

Taco Salad, Best Spanish Rice, Oranges

Fried Egg and Cheese Sandwiches (meatless), Homemade Applesauce, Green Beans (from the freezer)

Leftovers

Snacks

Protein Smoothies or Muffin in Mug (for me), Popcorn, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe (+ my Trim Healthy Mama version)

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Last Friday evening, a few of us gals stole away from the homeschool conference to spend the evening at Allison’s house. She served us delicious homemade mochas and the most amazing Flourless Chocolate Cake ever.

I’d heard rumblings of this cake recipe here and there on the internet, but I’d never actually tried it. And now that I have, I understand why everyone has raved about it.

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It’s heavenly. And I knew I had to make it for my family because I was sure they’d love it, too.

However, you know me, I had to tweak the original recipe. :) I was determined to make it on plan with my Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, so I made a few changes.

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And, because you know that life doesn’t look all Pinterest-y and perfect at our house, here’s a peek into my real-life, baking session pictures:

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I was so proud of myself for coming up with this double boiler alternative. In fact, I even considered that I should do a post about making do with what you have when you don’t own a double boiler.

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And, um, then I actually used said makeshift “double boiler”. Let me tell you, this is not a good idea. Water boiled out everywhere. Everywhere. Gratefully, it was just water or it would have been a huge mess!

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I made these right before dinner, so there was also a crock pot of meat sitting out plus some mashed sweet potatoes. And my computer balanced on the edge of the countertop so I could refer to the recipe.

{Now that I look at this picture and see how close my computer and phone were to the boiling over mess, it’s a miracle they didn’t get soaked. I can just see that Frugal Fail post… in an effort to make do without a double boiler, I ruin both my computer and my phone. Yes, I am very grateful they were spared!}

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This little guy was eager to help out!

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I realized that when you need to whisk 5 eggs in one at a time and you’re in the middle of helping kiddos with various things and answering questions and, yes, even breaking up one argument, it’s a good thing to keep the eggs in the carton and to start with a full carton. Otherwise, I would have lost track of how many I’d put in at least three different times!

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You mean you don’t have a sink full of dishes like this while you’re cooking??

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The aftermath. Yikes! I definitely wouldn’t win an award for being a Neat Cook!

Jesse was so kind to offer to clean up the kitchen after dinner. I went upstairs and laid down for a 10 minute nap… that ended up turning into a 3-hour nap! I woke up at midnight with my contacts still in and full makeup still on… whoops! Guess I was just a little bit tired!

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The final product was a winner recipe. The kids loved it. I loved it. And — score! — Jesse loved it. I believe this might be my first Trim Healthy Mama dessert recipe that got rave reviews from everyone.

It was worth the double broiler overflow incident and the messy kitchen. Well, I’m not so sure on the messy kitchen part. You’d have to ask Jesse about that. I was sound asleep dreaming of chocolate or something else pleasant like that! :)

Have you tried any new recipes this week? Any winners I should try, too? Tell us in the comments!

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Gretchen’s $63 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Target

5 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal – $1 each, used 20% off Cartwheel coupon – $0.80 each after coupon (I was SO excited about this deal as we love this cereal! I might have to run back and get a few more boxes before the week is over.)

Total with tax ($0.28): $4.28

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3 Totino’s Frozen Pizza – $1.34 each

1 Bob’s Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust – Marked down to $0.99

1 Bob’s Mill Gluten Free Baking Flour – Marked down to $1.99, used $1 off natural foods e-coupon – $0.99 after coupon

2 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1 each, used $1/2 e-coupon – $0.50 each after coupon

1 Yoplait Greek Whips Yogurt – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $6.99, used $1.45/1 e-coupon – $5.54 after coupon

3 Kroger Greek Yogurt – $0.99 each, used $0.50/3 e-coupon – $0.82 each after coupon

1 Twix Egg – $0.59, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 bag Kroger Potatoes – $2.50

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

1 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – $1.99, used $0.50/1 printable – $1.49 after coupon

1 V8 Carrot Mango Juice – $1.69, used $1/1 printable – $0.69 after coupon

1 Hormel Turkey Deli Meat – $2.49, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.99 after coupon

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

1 Gogurt Yogurt – $1.49

Total with tax ($2.08): $27.46

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Aldi

1 dozen Eggs – $1.48

1 gallon Milk – $2.42

1 bag Halo Oranges – $2.99, used $1/1 Snap rebate – $1.99 after rebate

1 bag Spinach – $1.79

1 carton Half & Half – $1.89

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $0.79

2 Cucumbers – $0.39 each

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 pkg Old Fashioned Oats – $2.29

1 pkg Chia Seeds – $2.99

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

1 pkg Pure Vanilla – $1.99 (not pictured)

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 Grape Jelly – $1.45

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 pkg Strawberries – $1.69

1 pkg Raspberries – $1.99

Total with tax ($2.19): $31.89

Total for all grocery items: $63.63

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Homemade Granola (I’m planning to make a big batch this week.) 

Scrambled Eggs and Toast x 4

Fruit & Cereal x 2

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Rice Cake Sandwiches, Oranges

Turkey Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks

Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit

Pizza Quesadillas, Veggies

Veggie Soup, Crackers

Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Leftovers

Spinach Smoothies/Tossed Salads x 5 (for me)

Dinners

Chicken & Rice Casserole (using leftover chicken and rice from our Hawaiian Haystacks last week), Tossed Salad

Cabbage & Venison, Grapefruit, Apple Crisp (using frozen apples from last fall)

Venison Stew, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Grilled Chicken, Tossed Salad

Venison Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Biscuits

Turkey Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Fruit

Date night

Snacks

Yogurt with Raspberries, Skinny Monkey Oats Cookies, Double Fudge Banana Muffins, Nut Mix

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Brigette’s $57 Grocery Shopping Trip + Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

10lbs Russet Potatoes – $3.49

2 2-lb bags Carrots – $1.58

1 bunch Bananas (2.32lbs @ $0.35/lb) – $0.81, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.56 after rebate

2 dozen Eggs – $2.98

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.99

1 large bag Kale – $1.99

2 bags Spinach – $1.98

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $1.59

1 16-oz box Baking Soda – $0.49

1 8-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.89

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 8-oz can Baking Powder – $0.99

2 Avocados – $1.98

1 5.75 oz jar Spanish Olives – $1.19

1 16-oz jar Black Olives – $0.99

1 32-oz carton Plain Greek Yogurt – $3.89

2 8-oz pkgs Cream Cheese – $1.78

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99 (which accidentally didn’t make it into the picture!)

Total: $38.41

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Harris Teeter

2 large pkgs fresh Chicken Leg Quarters (13.11lbs @ 0.49/lb) – $6.46

1 dozen Egglands Best Eggs – $2.00, used $0.35/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs, exp. 5/1/15 (SS 02/01/15 R) (doubled) – $1.30 after coupon

8 16-oz pkgs assorted Frozen Vegetables (Green Beans, Broccoli, Spinach, Cauliflower) – $7.92

1 18-ct pkg Tampax Pearl – $3.99, used $2/1 Tampax Pearl or Radiant Tampon, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15), plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

1 jar McCormick Roasted Garlic Seasoning – $1.39, used $0.75/1 McCormick Spice, Herb, Extract or Food Color, exp. 4/19/15 (RP 03/15/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 gallon Milk – $2.99

2 12-ct pkgs Rhodes Dinner Rolls – $2.39, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.39/2 after coupons

Total after coupons and tax: $19.42

Weekly Total: $57.83

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal with Strawberries (from the freezer) x 3

Scrambled Eggs (Veggie Omelettes for me) and Toast x 2

Homemade Granola x 2 (for the family, Refrigerator Oatmeal for me)

Lunches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Peppers x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad-Bar, Leftover Easy Potato Bread

Leftovers x 2

Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese, Kale Chips x 2

Dinners

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Homemade Noodles (I currently have some sick children, and this is always a feel-better meal!), Easy Potato Bread

Upside Down Pizza (using ground turkey), Tossed Salad, Steamed Carrots

Crockpot Venison Roast, Perfect Baked Potatoes, Cauliflower, Cream Cheese Biscuits

The Best Chicken Breasts (although I am going to be trying this with bone-in thighs and legs ;)), Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Baked French Fries, Tossed Salad

Ham and Bean Soup (using more of the ham that a friend gave us a couple of weeks ago), World’s Best Honey Cornbread, Relish Plate

Leftovers x 2

Snacks

Zucchini Muffins, Popcorn, Strawberry Smoothies

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