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

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Health Food Store

3 lb bag Apples – $2.49

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $0.99

4 Oranges – $0.69 each

Total with tax ($0.46): $6.89

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

3 Pampers Wipes – $0.99 each, used 3 $0.50/1 printable - $0.49 each after coupons

2 Kotex Pads – $1.99 each, used $2/2 e-coupon - $0.99 each after coupon

1 Kotex Tampons – $1.99, used $1/1 e-coupon - $0.99 after coupon

1 Herbal Essence Bodywash – $1.99, used $1/1 printable - $0.99 after coupon

2 Gillette Shaving Cream – $0.99 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable - $0.49 each after coupons

2 Barilla Spaghetti Sauce – $1.49 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable - $0.74 each after coupons

2 Wheat Thins – $1.49 each, used $0.75/2 coupon from the 8/10 SmartSource insert – $1.11 each after coupon

1 Casa Fiesta Taco Shells – $0.49

1 Honey Nut Chex – $2.79 (I try to get cereal for under $1.50/box but my husband asked me to buy this so I splurged for him.) :)

Other Deals

3 Barilla Pasta – $1 each, used $1/3 printable - $0.67 each after coupon

2 bags Candy (1 Skittles & 1 Starburst) – $1.50 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 9/7 RedPlum insert – $1 each after coupon (I was looking for a fun reward for my Awana girls this week and was happy when I saw the sale on these!)

1 Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1.25

1 pint Half & Half – $1.39

1 Jimmy Dean Delights Frozen Meal – $2.50, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

3 Totinos Pizza – $1.34 each (I usually make my own pizzas and freeze them for my husband’s lunches, but since we just moved and are still in the process of unpacking, I haven’t had time to stock our freezer up with pizzas yet. So I bought these to hold him over.) :)

1 Dillons Eggs – $0.99

1 Kroger Cheddar Cheese (16 oz) – $3.34

1 pkg Tyson Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – Marked down to $5.41

1 bag Frozen Peas – $1

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.25

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.25

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

4 cans Kroger Beans – $0.50 each

1 can Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup – $1.50

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1.45 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.86

1 Private Selection Whole Wheat Buns – $2

Total before coupons and sales: $98.82

Total with tax after coupons and sales: $48.90

Total for both stores: $55.79

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal x 2, Toast, Scrambled Eggs & Orange Juice x 2, Baked Oatmeal


Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Leftovers x 2, Tossed Salad


Tacos, Sautéed Zucchini, Fruit

Chili, Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins, Fruit

Pizza Joes, Tossed Salad

Hamburgers, Homemade French Fries, Steamed Broccoli

Mexican Chicken Chili, Chips

Chicken and Veggies with Cream of Mushroom Soup, 30 Minute Rolls, Oranges

Dinner with family

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Brigette’s $48 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 6



2 3-ct packages Romaine Hearts ($1.99 each) – $3.98

1 3-ct package Green Peppers – $0.99

1 jar (38-oz) Ketchup – $1.29

2 packages (5-lbs each) All-Purpose Flour - $3.10

1 package (12-oz) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 container Honey Mustard – $0.99

1 1-lb package Butter – $2.99 (Yikes!! I am hoping butter will go on sale around the holidays like it did last year at Aldi and if it does – I am seriously stockpiling for the whole year!)

4 packages Baby Carrots ($0.69 each) – $2.76

1 3-lb bag Lemons – $2.99

1 12-oz package Frozen Broccoli – $0.99

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 2-oz container Pure Lemon Extract - $1.99

1 2-oz container Pure Almond Extract – $1.99

1 40-oz package frozen Chicken Tenderloins – $5.99

1 package 3-ct Tomatoes – $0.99

1 32-oz container Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.89

1 bunch Bananas ($0.44/lb) – $0.81

1 gallon Milk – $3.75

Total: $41.57

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter

(I was planning on stockpiling the advertised $0.69/lb chicken, but they only had a couple of not-very-fresh packages left. I got a rain check and will be buying a bunch next week!)

Peaches ($0.79/lb) – $2.48

3 boxes Hamburger Helper – $3.00, used $0.75/3 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/3 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive back $1.00/3 from SavingStar - $0.50 MM after coupons and rebate

1 20-oz box Bisquick – $1.50, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.50/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive back $0.50 from SavingStar - $0.50 MM after coupons

1 Glade Scented Oil Warmer – $1.79, used $1.00/1 printable, plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.21 MM after coupons

2 boxes Rice Krispies Cereal (B1G1 @ $3.89) – $3.89, used 2 $0.75/1 Kelloggs printable (doubled) – $0.89/2 after coupons

1 jar Smuckers Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread - $2.50 – used $0.75/1 Smuckers printable (doubled) – $1.00 after coupons

1 jar Smuckers Natural Grape Fruit Spread – $2.00 – used $0.75/1 Smuckers printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupons

3 32-oz cartons So Delicious Coconut Milk ($1.50 each) – $4.50, used 3 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $1.20/3 after coupons

Total after all Coupons and Tax: $6.49, plus receive $1.50  back from SavingStar

Weekly Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $48.06, plus receive $1.50 back from SavingStar

Weekly Menu


Oatmeal x 2, Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Smoothies (using frozen fruit and coconut milk), Cereal x 2, Pancakes


Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar x 2, Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Bananas x 2, Tuna Sandwiches/Pepper Slices/Peaches, Macaroni and Cheese/Apples/Carrots, PB&J Sandwiches/Cucumbers


Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Carrot Fries, Baked Potatoes

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup (using ground venison), Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Spaghizza, Tossed Salad, Roasted Yellow Squash

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Carrots, Homemade Applesauce

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets, Homemade Baked French Fries, Tossed Salad, Big Daddy Biscuits

Fried Egg Sandwiches (meatless), Broccoli



Popcorn, Oatmeal Cookies (for the rest of the family), Chocolate Zucchini Cake (for me – a new Trim Healthy Mama recipe)

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How to Make 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour (Part 3)


Ruth at Living Well, Spending Less has written a part 3 to her series on How to Make 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour:

Today I am super excited to share this Comfort Foods Edition of 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour, which includes five delicious home-cooked meals that are perfect for fall.

As usual, in order to make the cut, each recipe must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Deemed delicious by both my kids and husband
  • No pre-cooking required (aside from browning ground beef)
  • Freezer friendly
  • Easy to cook
  • Uses budget-friendly ingredients and pantry staples

In this one post you will find everything you need to prep 10 awesome freezer meals in about an hour of hands-on time (not including grocery shopping.)

Read the full post here.

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Brigette’s $30 Weekly Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu for 6

This week is our first official full week back in homeschooling, so I tried to stay home as much as possible to help us adjust to a new schedule. My husband is a teacher and has the summers off – which we LOVE, but it is really hard to stick to a consistent summer schedule with Daddy home. :)

This makes transitioning back to a regular routine in the fall a little more challenging! I chose to stick to a simple menu and focus on using what we already had in the freezer and pantry. I am also hoping to clean up some of the not-so-great eating habits (like too much sugar and processed foods) we fell into over the summer.


 Farmer’s Market

1 large bag Brussel Sprouts, reduced – $2.00

1 huge box of assorted Fresh Vegetables, reduced (included Cabbage, Red and Green Peppers, Cucumbers, Yellow Squash) – $5.00

Total: $7.00



I had my husband do some price-matching at Walmart this week, since it is 1/2 mile from our house and very convenient. The regular prices on the brown rice, potatoes and romaine are all cheaper at Aldi, but since they aren’t listed in their sales flyer, I couldn’t price-match those. Aldi is a good 15 minutes from my house, so I only make the drive there when I am buying more than a few items.

4 ears of corn ($0.25/each) – $1.00

5 avocados ($0.49/each – price-matched Aldi) – $2.45

1 16-oz bag Brown Rice – $1.28

1 15-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $5.68

5 dozen Eggs ($0.99/each – price-matched Harris Teeter) – $4.95

Red Seedless Grapes ($0.99/lb – price-matched Harris Teeter) – $2.54

1 gallon Milk (price-matched Harris Teeter) – $2.97

3-ct package Romaine Lettuce – $2.98

Total: $23.85

Weekly Total for all Groceries: $30.85

Weekly Menu Plan


Cereal x 2, Oatmeal x 2, Smoothies and Hard Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelettes, French Toast and Scrambled Eggs


Stir Fry Veggies/Salmon over Brown Rice, Baked Potato Bar, Leftovers x 2, “Snack” Lunch x 2 (plate of cut up fresh veggies and fruits, cheese slices), Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar


Stuffed Baked Peppers (using ground venison), Corn on the Cob, Cucumber Slices, Grapes

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, “Mock” Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Chicken on the Grill, Grilled Yellow Squash and Red Peppers, Grapes, Homemade Freezer Biscuits

Grilled Peppers with Chicken Sante Fe, Sliced Avocados, Balsamic Maple Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, Apple Slices, Homemade Freezer Biscuits

Dinner at a Friend’s House



Homemade Protein Bars (for me – I am training for a half marathon next month plus nursing a 6-month old, so trying to focus on lots of healthy fats, carbs and protein!), Homemade Popcorn, Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (for the rest of the family)

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Best-Ever Black Bean Soup


I found this recipe in a recent issue of ALL YOU magazine and it looked easy, frugal, and delicious. Exactly my kind of recipe. :)

Honestly, I was not expecting this recipe to be as delicious as it turned out to be. I thought it would be yummy, but I didn’t expect it be one of those major winner recipes.

Jesse was out with Kaitlynn at her ice skating practice last night and when he walked in the door, his first remark was, “That smells so good.” And it did.

But it tasted even better than it smelled! In fact, I wanted to eat it straight from the soup pot. :)


Jesse kept commenting as he was eating it last night, “This is such a great recipe.” I totally agreed.

What surprised me most of all was that our kids loved it, too. They even asked if they could please eat the leftovers today.

It’s a simple recipe and it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, you could add some hot sauce or salsa to it.

I also think it’d be great served with some crushed tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocado. If you have a family who isn’t really into meatless meals, you could add some cooked chopped chicken.


What are your favorite soups for fall and winter? Any recipes you think we must try? I’d love to hear!

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