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

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Aldi

1 large Pumpkin (to cook up and freeze) – $2.99

1 gallon Milk – $3.69

2 packages bagged Italian Salad (@$0.99/each) – $1.98

1 quart Half & Half – $1.69

2 24-oz packages Zucchini (@1.39 each) – $2.78

1 3-lb package frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $6.49

1 3-lb bag Onions – $0.99

1 2-oz pure Almond Extract – $1.99

1 2-oz pure Peppermint Extract – $1.99

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 3-lb bag Lemons – $2.69

1 24-oz package Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

3 1-lb packages frozen Ground Turkey (@1.69/each) – $5.07 (This is my first and probably last time buying these. I figured it was worth a try, since they are less than half the price of ground beef!)

1 jug Pumpkin Spice Creamer (Bad me, I know! I have been craving this stuff and between nursing a big baby and training for a half marathon next weekend, I am consuming massive amounts of calories. I am trying for healthy calories overall, but this is my splurge :))

1 3-ct package Green Peppers – $1.29

1 2-lb bag Carrots – $1.19

1 16-oz bag frozen Strawberries – $2.19

1 bunch Bananas (2.85lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.25, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

Total: $41.44, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

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Harris Teeter (Trip #1)

1 jar Sharwoods Curry Sauce – $1.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled), plus $1/1 Harris Teeter evic – $1.00 MM after coupons

6 packs Trident Gum (@$1.00 each) – $6.00, used 3 $1/2 off Trident Singles exp. 11/22/14 (SS 10/12/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 boxes Muellers Hidden Veggie Pasta (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta Product, exp. 11/20/14 (SS 09/21/14 R)(doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 tube Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – $3.00, used $1/1 printable (doubled), plus $1/1 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

1 can Vidal Sassoon Hairspray – $3.49, used $2/1 Vidal Sassoon Shampoo or Conditioner, exp. 10/31/14 (SS 09/21/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 4-pk Dannon Yogurt (@2 for $4.00) – $4.00, used 2 $1/1 (These were insert coupons, but I am not seeing them in the database, so I am not sure where I got them from!) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

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

1 box Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch – $2.09, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.59 after coupons

2 jars Smuckers Natural Fruit Jam (@2 for $4.00) – $4.00, used $1.50/2 Harris Teeter catalina (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

2 12-oz packages Sorrento Stringsters – $6.00, used 2 $1/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00 each after coupons

2 Bird’s Eye Voila Alfredo Chicken (B1G1) – $5.69/2, used 2 $1/1 Birds Eye Voila Variety, exp. 11/13/14 (SS 07/27/14) (doubled) – $1.69/2 after coupons

2 18-ct cartons Eggs (@$1.77 each) – $3.54

Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $9.03

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Harris Teeter (Trip #2)

1 container Dole Garden Soup – $2.50, used $1.00/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.50 MM after coupons

4 packages Maruchan Bowls (@$1.00/each) – $4.00, used 2 $1/2 coupons (SS 08/17/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 packages Yakisoba Noodles (@$1.00/each) – $4.00, used  2 $1/2 coupons (SS 08/17/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 single El Monterey Burritos (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 cans Healthy Request Campbells Soup (@$2.15/each) – $8.60, used 2 $1/2 printable (doubled), plus $1.00 Harris Teeter evic and $0.50 Harris Teeter evic – $3.10/4 after coupons, plus receive a $1.00 catalina for buying 4 (which should doubled to $2.00 if I use it before next Wednesday)

1 jar Vlassic Farmer’s Garden Pickles – $2.50, used $1.00/1 printable (NLA) (doubled) – $0.50 after coupons

1 package Campbells To Go Soup – $3.19, used $1.00/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.19 after coupons

2 Yellow Squash, reduced – $0.49

2 8-oz packages Kraft Cheese (@$1.69/each) – $3.38

Total after all Sales, Coupons and Tax: $7.16, plus receive $1.00 catalina back

Total for all Groceries for the Week: $57.63, plus receive $1.25 back in rebates

Weekly Menu

Breakfasts

Oatmeal x 3 (My kids have been BEGGING for oatmeal for breakfast recently! I stir in frozen fruit which they love and it helps it cool off faster!), Eggs and Toast x 2, Cereal x 2

Lunches

PB&J on Homemade Bread/Cucumbers/Apples; Leftovers x 2; Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar; Veggie Omelettes/Bananas; Tuna Sandwiches/Carrot Sticks; Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Green Pepper Slices

Dinners

Taco Salad, Peas

Venison in the Crockpot (The last of the venison from last year…REALLY hoping my husband gets some venison this year as well!), Sautéed Zucchini, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Out to Dinner with Friends

Best Chicken Pot Pie, Tossed Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing, Apple Slices

Leftovers

BBQ Chicken Pizza (without cilantro), Carrots

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Snacks

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Baked Apple Oatmeal

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Healthy Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Healthy Blueberry Crisp

I “Trim Healthy Mama-fied” the Blueberry Crisp recipe from Bread & Wine a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve made it a few more times to tweak it and get it just right.

Many of you asked me for this recipe, so I’m happy to share it. Please note that if you’re not familiar with the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating, this recipe might just look really weird to you… and it might even have a few ingredients you’ve never heard of before.

I get that, because I was pretty cynical of the whole THM way of eating for a number of months. But now that I experimented with it, I’ve fallen in love with it. And seeing as it’s been going on five months of eating this way, I think it just might be a new lifestyle. :)

Please note: This has a higher fat content than a typical THM E meal. You can either eat just a small amount for a meal, eat it as part of a Crossover meal or snack, or use twice as much fruit to the crumb topping ratio.

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