Gretchen’s $55 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan



1 Red Grapes – $3.18

1 loaf Bread – $1.29

1 gallon Milk – $2.68

1 Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

1 Baby Carrots – $0.69

1 bag Navel Oranges – $1.99

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $1.19

2 packages Cheese – $1.99 each

3 Cucumbers – $0.59 each (I will also get back $0.25 from Checkout 51!)

1 Italian Dressing – $1.39

1 Cauliflower – $1.69

1 Celery – $0.69

1 package Pecans – $2.99

1 can Refried Beans – $0.79

1 Flour Tortillas – $1.19

Total: $27.59


1 Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.99, used $0.40/1 coupon from mailer – $1.59 after coupon

1 Triscuits – $2, used $1/1 printable - $1 after coupon (I will also get $1 back from Checkout 51 making this free!)

3 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1 each

1 Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.99, used $1.45/1 coupon from mailer – $5.54 after coupon

1 Kroger Sandwich Slims – $1.79

1 Kroger Ice Cream – $2.50, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $2.10 after coupon

1 Hormel Natural Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.59, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 3/16 SmartSource insert – $3.09 after coupon

1 Thomas English Muffins at $2.99 – On Sale Buy One Get One Free, used $0.50/1 printable - $0.99 after coupon

4 packages Carrots – Marked down to $0.25 each

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 Kroger Brown Rice – $1

1 Kroger Cherry Tomatoes – $2.99

0.96 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $1.53

1 Green Bell Pepper – $0.99

Total before coupons and sales: $41.38

Total after coupons and sales: $27.60

Total for all grocery items: $55.19

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Homemade Granola, Homemade Veggie/Fruit Juice, Resurrection Cookies (I will be making these with my son on Saturday evening to eat Easter morning as a special treat!)


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


Turkey Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit

Dinner with family (I’m bringing Herbed Carrots.)

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Rice & Beans, Steamed Broccoli, Sliced Oranges

Deer Steak, Biscuits, Peas

Lasagna Casserole, 30 Minute Rolls, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Oven Fried Chicken, Toasted English Muffins, Steamed Cauliflower

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Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo


Guest post from Brooke of Skinny Mom

Who doesn’t love Fettuccine Alfredo?

It’s a favorite with my family. My little man, E, loves to slurp up the creamy noodles one at a time and his little fettuccine-covered face creates an Instagram moment every time we have it for dinner.

This used to be a meal that we splurged on when eating out at our favorite Italian restaurant but I was determined to create a more affordable, and more waist-line friendly, version that I could prepare at home.

The most economical aspect of this recipe is that you likely have most of the ingredients needed already (butter, garlic, flour, milk, etc.). The few items you may have to add to your shopping list are the whole wheat fettuccine, which can also be substituted for spinach fettuccine depending on which one might be on sale or you have a coupon for.

In addition to the cheese, the recipe calls for fresh parsley, but if you don’t have this on hand, you can opt for the dried seasoning in your spice cabinet to save a few dollars.

Preparing homemade sauces, dressings, and other condiments can usually be surprisingly less expensive than you might expect when you realize the foundation ingredients are already in your pantry and refrigerator. This is a great way to control the amount of artificial ingredients, added sodium, calories, and fat that can be hidden in the canned and jarred ready-to-use options.

Don’t be afraid to make more of this recipe than you need for one meal. I promise, your family will love it and it’s just as scrumptious served as leftovers the next day. You can even jazz it up with some of your pantry staples by adding tomatoes (canned or fresh) and/or some spinach (frozen or fresh) when you serve it for lunch or dinner the next day to mix up the presentation.



What are your favorite frugal dinner recipes?

Brooke is the founder and CEO of Skinny Mom, the digital lifestyle brand that gives moms the skinny on healthy living. Brooke is also a certified personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, however Brooke’s most important job is being a single mom to her 3 year old son. In her spare time Brooke loves cooking skinny meals and running outdoors

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Gretchen’s $49 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan



2 packages Carrots – $0.99 each

1 bag (3 lbs) Gala Apples – $2.99

1 package Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

1 bag (5 lbs) Potatoes – $1.99

1 package Radishes – $0.99

1 package Celery – $1.19

1 package Green Onions – $1.19

1 gallon Milk – $2.68

3 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 package Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $1.24

3 Lemons – $0.39 each

1 carton Sour Cream – $1.29

Total with tax ($1.57): $23.51



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

1 Post Cereal – $1.88, used $1/1 coupon from the March All You magazine – $0.88 after coupon

1 Lays Chips – $1.99

2 Breyers Ice Cream – $2.49 each, used $1.25/2 e-coupon - $1.86 each after coupon

2 Kraft Block Cheese – $1.99 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert – $1.49 each after coupon

2 Dove + Men Shampoo – $2.49 each, used 2 $2.50/1 coupon from the 3/23 RedPlum insert – Free after coupons

2 Dove Shampoo – $2.49 each, used $3.75/2 printable (no longer available) – $0.62 each after coupon

Other Deals:

0.62 lbs Broccoli Crowns @ $1.59/lb – $0.99

4 Navel Oranges – $0.69 each

2 Barilla Pasta – $1 each, used $1/2 printable - $0.50 each after coupon

1 Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.99, used $0.40/1 e-coupon - $1.59 after coupon

1 Cheerios – $3.19, used Free e-coupon - Free after coupon

0.53 lbs Organic Kale @ $1.99/lb – $1.05

1 Hamburger Buns – $0.99

1 lb Ground Turkey – $2.99

1 Kroger American Cheese – $2.39

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1.97 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1

Used $1 off next shopping trip e-coupon (Dillons definitely sent me some nice e-coupons this last week! :) )

Total before coupons: $53.13

Total after coupons and sales: $25.56

Total for all grocery items: $49.07

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Homemade Granola, Homemade Veggie/Fruit Juice


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


Hamburgers (Using ground beef that my parents gave to us a few weeks ago), Corn (from the freezer), Chips

Apple Turkey Picadillo, 30 Minute Rolls, Tossed Salad

Braided Pizza Bread, Steamed Broccoli

BBQ Meatballs (using venison), Banana Muffins, Green Beans

Baked Chicken Fried Steak (I’m using deer steaks and tweaking this recipe a bit), Homemade Bread, Tossed Salad

Crockpot Chicken and Veggies, Biscuits, Fruit Salad

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Fruit Salad, Steamed Carrots

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Freezer Cooking in an Hour: Cornmeal Pancakes, Cinnamon Sugar Oven Pancake, and Homemade Pizza Dough

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I just realized I forgot to post about my recent Freezer Cooking in an Hour session! As happens often, I had a very willing and eager helper! :)

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

We mixed up the Cornmeal Pancakes together. I was surprised that the recipe didn’t call for any sweetener! Despite that, I thought these turned out really well. They were beautiful pancakes with a great texture.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Then, I supervised while Silas helped make some of his own pancake creations. He had so much fun — and he kept excitedly telling me what shape each one was. It cracked me up what he came up with — from a rocket to an elephant and more!

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Oh, how I love this boy! He is not only so precious, but he guarantees that there’s never a dull moment at our house. :)

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I also mixed up a batch of our favorite Homemade Pizza Dough. This is SUCH a great recipe. If you’ve not tried it before, you must. The best part about it is that it freezes so well!

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

The Cinnamon Sugar Oven Pancake was sadly disappointing. It just didn’t taste all that delicious. I guess that’s maybe because I much prefer traditional pancakes?

Recipes Made:

Have you done any freezer cooking or baking ahead recently? Have you discovered any fantastic new recipes recently? Tell us in the comments!

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