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

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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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How to Make 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour—Part 2

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Ruth at Living Well, Spending Less has written a sequel to her great post on How to Make 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour:

I am excited to share this no-bake version of 10 Meals in an Hour, which includes five awesome warm weather recipes that are cooked either on the grill or in the crockpot—no oven required!  (Of course, if you would rather use the oven than the grill, that is always an option—you can generally just bake your chicken covered at 400 degrees for 25 minutes to get the same results!)

In order to make the cut this time, each recipe had to meet ALL of the following criteria: 

  • Deemed delicious by both my kids and husband
  • No pre-cooking required
  • Freezer friendly
  • Easy to cook
  • Uses budget-friendly ingredients and pantry staples
  • No oven required on cooking day

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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10 Chicken Crock Pot Freezer Recipes and Shopping List

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Saving You Dinero shares 10 Chicken Crock Pot Freezer Recipes. Plus, she also shares her Shopping List for making these recipes.

For more Crockpost Freezer Cooking ideas, check out the following links:

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