Brigette’s $62 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Produce

Produce and Jams from a Friend’s Garden

Aldi

Aldi

2 cartons Oil (@$2.49 each) – $4.98

4 packages Blueberries (@$1.29 each) – $5.16

2 packages Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts (@$5.99 each) – $11.98

1 package Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.29

1 bunch Bananas (@$0.44/lb) – $1.15

2 bags Carrots ($0.69 each) – $1.38

1 bag Limes – $0.79

1 bag Gala Apples – $3.29

1 package Chocolate Chips – $1.59

1 jar Black Pepper – $1.99

 Total: $34.60

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Farmer’s Mart

4 heads Cauliflower (marked down to $0.99 each)

Total: $3.97

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter

1 gallon Milk – $2.97

10 bags of Shredded Cheese (@B2G3 free) – $11.98

5 boxes Kashi Cereal – $1.99 each, used 2 $0.70/1 Kashi printable (doubled), plus $1.00/2 Kashi printable - $6.20 after coupons

3 boxes Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese (@$1.00 each) – $3.00, used 3 $0.35/1 Annie’s printable - $0.30/each after coupons

1 carton So Delicious Almond Milk – $2.50, used $0.55/1 So Delicious printable, plus receive $1.00/1 Ibotta rebate - $0.40 after coupons

8 individual Yoplait yogurts (@$0.37 each) – $2.96, used $0.60/8 Yoplait printable (doubled), plus $0.40/6 Harris Teeter evic, plus $0.40/6 Saving Star - $0.96/8 after coupons and rebate

Total after all sales, coupons and rebates – $23.01

Bread

Bakery Outlet

10 packages of assorted Buns (@$0.10 each!! They expire August 30th, so I will freeze most of them)

Total: $1.00

Weekly Total after all Sales and Coupons: $62.58

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal x 2, Veggie Omelettes, Scrambled Eggs with Toast/Jam, Cereal x 2, Smoothies

Lunches

PB&J/Carrots/Bananas, Tuna fish Sandwiches/Pepper slices/Apples, Leftovers x 3, Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Oranges, Build-Your-Own Salad Bar/Roasted Cauliflower

Dinners

Taco Salad, Steamed Cauliflower

Grilled Hobo Packets, Easy Whole Wheat Bread, Blueberries

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Sandwiches, Fresh Veggie Tray, Homemade Applesauce

Baked Macaroni and Cheese (meatless night), Roasted Cauliflower, Tossed Salad

Homemade Pizza, Steamed Broccoli

Dinner at a Friend’s House – I am bringing Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies and Ice Cream

Classic Grilled Chicken, Cucumber and Tomato Salad, leftover Macaroni and Cheese, Blueberries

Brigette's Grocery Shopping Trip

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

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Aldi

2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each (I will get $0.25 back from Checkout 51.)

1 lb Butter – $2.69

1 Honey Bear – $2.99

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

2 Strawberries – $1.25 each

2 Avocados – $0.33 each

1 bag Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 pkg Kitchen Trash Bags – $4.99

1 can Refried Beans – $0.79

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.19 (I will get $0.25 back from Checkout 51.)

1 pkg Carrots – $0.99

Total with tax ($1.51): $22.66

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Dillons

2 half gallons Milk – $1.34 each

1 half gallon Buttermilk – Marked down to $0.10 (I couldn’t pass this up! I’m going to make buttermilk biscuits and pancakes to freeze. I don’t think I’ve ever bought buttermilk before since I always just make my own so I’m curious to see if it tastes any better with the real stuff.) :)

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.25

1 pkg Raspberries – $0.99

0.71 lb Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $1.13

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 Kroger Frozen Hashbrowns – $1.99

1 Kroger Dishwasher Detergent – $3.49

2 cans Green Beans – $0.44

1 Kentucky Legend Ham Steak – $2.99

1 lb Simple Truth Ground Beef – Marked down to $3.34

2 bags Kroger Shredded Cheese – $2 each

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks – $5.59

1 bag Life Is Good Coffee – Marked down to $2.25 (I’ve never tried this coffee before. It is normally over $9 but they had all the Life Is Good coffee on clearance. I’m anxious to try it!)

Total with tax ($2.18): $32.72

Total for all grocery items: $55.38 (And I will also get $0.50 back from Checkout 51.)

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs/Fruit, Toast, Cereal, Smoothies

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Macaroni & Cheese, Tossed Salad, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers, Leftovers

Dinners

Baked Chicken Drumsticks (this package will last us 2 meals so I will freeze half of it), Fruit

Beef & Cheese Noodle Bake, Tossed Salad, Peas (from freezer)

Hashbrown Casserole (I will be doubling this and putting one casserole in the freezer), Buttermilk Biscuits, Cantaloupe

Spaghetti with Garlic Chicken Gravy, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Deer Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Blueberry Muffins

Brown Bag Burritos (I will make the full recipe and freeze half of them), Tossed Salad

Date Night (using a gift card I earned from MyPoints.com)

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Brigette’s $46 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

We got back from a wonderful vacation with extended family last Saturday, and my husband made an emergency trip to Aldi for a few basic perishables to hold us over until Monday when I could go grocery shopping. I was just SO happy to have survived the long road trip with 4 littles (and multiple stops for carsickness, a diaper explosion, and a 4-hr flat tire incident) that I forgot to snap a picture or save the receipt. He spent around $20 and bought milk, eggs, frozen vegetables, romaine, fruit, and frozen chicken breasts.

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Harris Teeter

I bag Organic Limes, reduced – $1.00

1 bag Peaches and Nectarines, reduced to $0.59/lb – $1.67

1 bag Oranges, reduced – $1.00

1 bag Avocados, reduced – $1.00

1 16-oz container Mushrooms, reduced – $1.00

1 bag Apples, reduced to $0.59/lb – $1.30

2 Annie’s Bunny Grahams (@$1.99 each) – $3.98, used 2 $0.75/1 Annie’s printable (doubled) – $0.49/each after coupons

2 bags Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chip (B1G1 @ $3.59) – $3.59, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.59/2 after coupons

2 Vidal Sassoon Shampoo – $4.98, used $3/2 Vidal Sassoon Shampoo or Conditioner, exp. 8/31/14 (P&G 07/27/14), plus $3.00/2 Harris Teeter evic - $1.02 MM after coupons

Total after Sales, Tax and Coupons: $8.87

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Walmart

2 5-lb bags Flour ($1.68 each) – $3.36

1 lb Ground Pork – $2.37

1 Onion Powder – $3.00 (this is what it my receipt shows, but this seems high for this brand!)

1 Hunts Ketchup – $1.00

2 pkgs Salad Mix (price-matched Aldi) – $0.59/each

1 Cucumber (price-matched Aldi) – $0.39

2-lb bag Red Onions (price-matched Aldi) – $0.89

2 bags Baby Carrots (price-matched Aldi) – $0.69/each

2 pkgs Grape Tomatoes (price-matched Aldi) – $0.99/each

Total: $15.55

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Harris Teeter (Super Doubles #1 Trip)

2 Pantene Hairspray ($4.00 each) – $8.00, used $2.00/1 Pantene printable (doubled), plus $3.00/2 Harris Teeter evic - $3.00 MM after coupons

1 40-ct box Truvia – $4.45, used $2/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.55/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.10 MM after coupons

1 box Multigrain Cheerios – $2.50, used $0.75/1 Multigrain Cheerios printable (doubled), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus $0.75/1 Saving Star - $0.50 MM after all coupons and rebates

1 box Trix Cereal – $2.50, used $0.85/1 Trix printable (doubled), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus $0.75/1 Trix Saving Star - $0.70 MM after coupons

2 cartons Breyers Ice Cream – $5.14, used 2 $1.50/1 printable, NLA (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 pouches Starkist Tuna – $2.50, used $0.75/2 Starkist pouches printable (doubled), plus $1.00/2 Harris Teeter evic - FREE after coupons

6 Vintage Seltzer Waters (B1G1 @ $0.95) – $2.85/6, used $1.50/6 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

3 Naked Coconut Waters ($1.99/each) – $5.97, used 3 $1.00/1 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 Axe Deodorant – $3.99, used $1.00/1 Axe printable (doubled), plus $2.00/1 Harris Teeter evic - FREE after coupons

2 pkgs Bird’s Eye Recipe Ready Vegetables ($1.67 each) – $3.34, used 2 $1.00/1 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 pkgs Hillshire Farms American Craft Sausage (B1G1 @ $5.99) – $5.99, used 2 $1.00/1 Hillshire Farms printable (doubled), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.99/2 after coupons

2 Chex Mix – $2.79, used $0.50/2 Chex Mix printable (doubled), plus $0.50/2 Harris Teeter evic, plus $0.50/2 Saving Star - $0.79/2 after all coupons and rebates

1 bag Pampers Diapers – $8.99, used $1.50/1 printable (doubled), plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic - $3.99 after coupons

1 Arm and Hammer Toothpaste – $2.50, used $0.75/1 Arm & Hammer Toothpaste or Whitening Booster, exp. 9/30/14 (SS 07/27/14 #2), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.25 after coupons

Total after Sales, Tax, and Coupons: $0.88, plus receive $2.00 Saving Star rebate

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Harris Teeter (Super Doubles Trip #2)

3 Cesar Top Sirloin dog foods (I will find a friend with a dog who can use these) – $2.10/3, used $1.00/3 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/3 Harris Teeter evic - $0.90 MM after coupons

1 Tampax Pearl Tampons – $5.19, used $2/1 Tampax Pearl or Radiant Tampon, exp. 8/31/14 (P&G 07/27/14) (doubled), plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.81 MM after coupons

3 Laughing Cow Cheeses (B1G1 @ $3.99) – $5.99, used 3 $1.00/1 printable (doubled), plus submit for $1.00 Ibotta rebate – $1.00 MM after coupons

1 16-ct box Lipton Tea Bags – $1.50, used $0.60/1 Lipton Tea Bags, K-Cups, Tea & Honey or Iced Tea Mix Product, exp. 8/24/14 (RP 07/27/14 #2 R) (doubled), plus $0.60/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.10 MM after coupons

6 Vintage Seltzer Waters (B1G1 @ $0.95) – $2.85/6, used $1.50/6 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

3 Illy Issimo Iced Coffee ($3.99 each) – $11.97, used 3 $2/1 Illy printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 L.A. Looks hair gel – $1.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 Apple Cinnamon Cheerios – $2.50, used $1.00/1 Apple Cinnamon Cheerios coupon cut from back of a Cheerios box (doubled) – $0.50 after coupons

2 6-pk Zevia Sodas ($5.99 each) – $11.98, used 2 $2/1 Zevia printable (doubled), plus $2/2 Harris Teeter evic - $0.99/each after coupons

Total after Sales, Tax, and Coupons: $0.86, plus receive $1.oo rebate from Ibotta

($20 Post-Vacation Essentials Shopping Trip to Aldi, not pictured)

 Weekly Total for all Groceries: $46.16, plus receive $2.00 back from Saving Star, $1.00 rebate from Ibotta

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2, Oatmeal x 2, Scrambled Eggs and Veggies, Smoothies, Fried Eggs and Toast

Lunches

Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese/Carrots/Peaches; Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Cucumbers/Apples; Baked Potatoes/Oranges; Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar; PB&J Sandwiches/Carrots/Apples; Fried Egg Sandwiches/Peaches/Peppers; Tuna Fish Sandwiches/Nectarines/Carrots

Dinners

Freezer Friendly Barbequed Meatballs (using a ground venison/ground pork mix), Tossed Salad, Steamed Carrots, Make Ahead Butterhorns

Bratwurst on the grill, Homemade French Fries, Grapes, Steamed Broccoli

Venison in the Crockpot, Creamy Milk Rice, Homemade Applesauce, Green Beans

Pakistani Kima (my mom’s recipe) over Rice, Homemade Naan, Tossed Salad

Mini Pizzas (using leftover Naan as individual crusts), Fresh Veggie Plate

Leftovers x 2

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Delicious Left-Overs Quiche

left-over quiche

Guest post from Laura of Life as a Loewen

Any frugal-minded mama will tell you: it’s all about using what you have on-hand.

Finding creative ways to use what’s already in your fridge and pantry will save you a ton of money {and time}!

This quiche recipe combines two of my favorite things: pinching pennies and amazing-tasting food. It’s thick and hearty, and can be served for breakfast, brunch or dinner.

For breakfast or brunch, try bacon and Swiss cheese served with fresh, seasonal fruit.

For dinner, try ground lamb or beef with feta served with a salad and fresh bread.

The ideas are truly endless, just include what your family loves and what’s in the fridge!

Below is what we used the other day, and my entire family {husband and kids aged 5, 3, and 1} gobbled it up.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can put in whatever you have on hand. Depending upon which ingredients you chose and time of day you serve it, you can really have a entirely new meal from one great baseline recipe!

Laura is a mama of three littles {and adopting another!} trying to pursue Jesus daily. Attempting to be genuine and raw, Laura seeks to find the humor in everyday life. Laura shares her journey through faith, motherhood, and marriage at Life As A Loewen. She’s passionate, sometimes loud, and always in the mood for cupcake ice cream.

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