Brigette’s $69 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Brigette's Shopping Trip


1 16-oz pkg Frozen Strawberries – $2.19, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon – $1.94

1 3-lb pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.49

3 16-oz pkgs Baby Carrots (@$0.69/each) – $2.07

1 2-lb bag Red Onions – $0.89

2 3-ct pkgs Colored Bell Peppers (@$1.99/each) – $3.98

3 Avocados (@$0.69/each) – $2.07

2 Cucumbers (@$0.39/each) – $0.78, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon – $0.53

1 head Cauliflower – $1.99

2 9-oz pkgs Fresh Spinach (@$0.99/each) – $1.98

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Oranges – $2.99

2 bunches Bananas (@$0.44/lb) – $2.08, plus receive back $0.25 from Checkout 51 – $1.83

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $1.19

4 1-lb boxes Butter (@$2.29 each – Yay! Hopefully this price will continue to drop as we head into holiday sales!) – $5.16

1 8-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.89

1 32-oz carton Half & Half – $1.89

Total: $38.97 after rebates

Brigette's Shopping Trip

Harris Teeter

2 boxes Betty Crocker Cake Mix (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used $0.75/2 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/2 Harris Teeter evic, plus $0.75/2 SavingStar – $1.00 MM after coupons

1 box Cinnamon Sugar SuperPretzel – $2.00, used$0.75/1 SuperPretzel Item, exp. 12/6/14 (RP 10/26/14) (doubled), plus receive $0.75 rebate back from Checkout 51 – $0.25 MM after coupons

2 boxes Tetley Tea Bags (B1G1 @ $2.29) – $2.29, used 2 $0.75/1 Tetley Tea, exp. 12/31/14 (SS 11/09/14 R) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 Zone Bars (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used 2 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

10 cans Del Monte Green Beans (B2G3) – $5.00, used 2 $0.40/4 Del Monte Canned Vegetables, exp. 2/2/15 (SS 11/09/14) (doubled) – $3.80/10 cans after coupons

2 can Dole Mandarin Oranges (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used 2 $0.40/1 printable (NLA) – $0.40/2 after coupons

2 boxes Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls – $4.00, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.50/2 and $0.40/2 Harris Teeter evic (they both came off), plus receive $0.50 back from SavingStar – $0.60/2 after coupons

2 boxes Pillsbury Pie Crust – $4.00, used $0.50/2 Pillsbury Rolled Refrigerated Pie Crusts, exp. 2/7/15 (SS 11/16/14) (doubled), plus $0.75/2 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar – $1.50/2 after coupons

1 jug Hungry Jack Syrup – $1.99, used $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $0.89 after coupons

2 boxes Bigelow Tea (B1G1 @ $3.19) – $3.19, used 2 $0.55/1 printable (NLA) – $0.99/2 after coupons

2 boxes Horizons Macaroni and Cheese (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used $0.75/2 catalina coupon (doubled) – $0.50/2 after coupons

1 3-lb bag Grapefruit, reduced – $0.79

3-lbs of Apples, reduced – $2.00

1 bag of assorted Summer Squash, reduced – $1.11

10 8-oz bags of Shredded Cheese (B2G3) – $13.00

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

1 gallon Milk – $2.97, plus receive back $0.25 from Ibotta – $2.72

Total after all Sales, Coupons and Rebates – $30.60

Weekly Total for all Groceries: $69.57

Weekly Menu Plan


Oatmeal and Fruit (using frozen fruit from some of my bulk purchases at the Farmer’s Market), Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal, Eggs and Toast, Protein Smoothies (for me), Cereal, Cinnamon Rolls (Saturday)


Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Oranges/Carrot Sticks x 2, Leftovers x 2, Tossed Salad with Avocado, Tilapia or Chicken (for me), Veggie Omelettes, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Bananas/Peppers x 2


Taco Salad (using ground turkey), Green Rice, Oranges

Spaghetti Carbonara (family recipe on my husband’s side), Green Beans, Homemade French Bread

Shepherd’s Pie (using mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes for the top), leftover French Bread

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Creamy Milk Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Chili (recipe from the Trim, Healthy Mama book), Raw Veggie Plate, Pumpkin Biscuits

Date Night (out to eat)



Popcorn, Fruit, Angel Face Cookies

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10 Goals For This Week + An Update on Last Week’s Goals

10 Goals For This Week

We got back from our visit to Kansas last night and are buried in a lot of laundry and catch up today. It was good to visit, but it’s always good to get back home, too!

10 Weekly GoalsOur three hanging out with three of their cousins in Kansas

I’m headed to the Hearts at Home conference on Friday and Saturday (will any of you be there? I’d love to get to meet you!) and then to Colorado Springs for the Platform Conference and some filming with Focus on the Family. I’m excited because my whole family gets to come and meet me in Colorado on Sunday and stay through Wednesday. Jesse’s sister and her husband live close by, so they have graciously offered to watch our kids while we are at the Platform Conference together.

I’m very excited to take Jesse with me to The Broadmoor (where the conference will be). I had the opportunity to go there once before for a spa day — a gracious gift from my publisher — and I said that I’d jump on the chance to get to go again and take Jesse. So while I’m really excited about the Platform Conference and am honored I was asked to speak there, I am equally excited that we get an all-expenses-paid working getaway trip together at such a beautiful place!

There are many, many times when running our own business is grueling and just plain hard work, but then there are opportunities like this that make you just want to pinch yourself and say, “I can’t believe I get to get paid to do this!” :)

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1.  Read aloud with the kids and/or listen to Kathrynne read Sir Bentley at least three days.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

Personal Goals

3. Work on reviewing and memorizing Romans 1 and Romans 2:1-3.

4. Finish at least two books.

5. Run or exercise at least 4 times.

Business Goals

6. Review/do final edits for chapters 1-9 of my book. Work on chapter 10.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1.  Read aloud with the kids and/or listen to Kathrynne read Sir Bentley at least three days.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Take Kaitlynn on a special outing.

Personal Goals

4. Work on reviewing and memorizing Romans 1 and Romans 2:1-4.

5. Write 2 thank you notes.

6. Finish at least two books.

7. Run or exercise at least 4 times.

Business Goals

8. Finish book draft and send book out to five people who are going to critique it before I turn it into the publisher.

9. Finish & practice my talk for the Platform Conference.

10. Tweak my talks for the Hearts at Home conference.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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Brigette’s $54 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


Harris Teeter

3 Avocados, reduced – $1.00

4 large Apples, reduced ($0.59/lb) – $1.26

2 Red Bell Peppers, reduced – $1.00

1 bag Oranges, reduced – $1.00

1 3-ct package Romaine – $1.99

1 cup Plain Yogurt – $0.37 (starter for homemade yogurt)

2 boxes Kix Cereal (@2/$5.00) – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 Printable (doubled), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus $0.75/1 Saving Star – $0.25/each after coupons and rebate

1 box Rice Krispies (B1G1 @ $3.55) – $1.77, used $0.75/1 Printable (doubled), plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta (any cereal) – $0.02 after coupons and rebate

2 containers Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal (@$1.50/each) – $3.00, used 2 $0.50/1 Printable (doubled), plus receive $0.50 back from Ibotta – $0.25/each after coupons and rebate

1 package Perdue Short Cuts Sliced Chicken (B1G1) – $2.59, used $0.75/1 Perdue Short Cuts Product, exp. 12/31/14 (RP 10/12/14 R) (doubled) – $1.09 after coupons

6 28-oz cans Tuttorosso Tomatoes (B1G1 @ $1.99) – $5.96, used 2 $0.55/3 Printable (doubled) – $3.76 after coupons

1 10-oz package Fisher Chopped Pecans – $3.97, used $1/1 Fisher Recipe Nut, exp. 11/8/14 (SS 10/05/14) – $2.97 after coupons

1 Pantene Hairspray – $4.00, used $2/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment, exp. 10/31/14 (SS 09/14/14), plus $2.00 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

1 Pantene Expert Collection Conditioner – $6.99, used $4/1 Pantene Expert Collection Product, exp. 11/30/14 (P&G 10/26/14), plus $4.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $1.01 MM after coupons

1 5-ct package Gillette Razors – $3.99, used $3/1 Gillette Disposable Razor 10/12 RP, plus $3/1 Harris Teeter evic – $2.01 MM after coupons

used $1.50 catalina coupon from last week

Total after all Sales, Tax, Coupons, and Rebates – $11.99



5 1-lb packages Ground Turkey (@$1.89/each) – $9.45

2 8-oz packages Cream Cheese (@$0.99/each) – $1.98

2 54-oz cartons Orange Juice (@$1.79/each) – $3.58

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $2.29

2 Butternut Squash (@$1.29/each) – $2.58

1 jar Salsa – $1.69

2 bunches Bananas (@$0.44/lb) – $2.39, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon

2 packages Tortilla Chips (@$1.19/each) – $2.38

2 lbs frozen Tilapia Fillets – $5.99

1 gallon Milk – $3.47

Total: $35.80, plus receive $0.25 back


Flower Foods Bakery

From the “Reduced” Table (mix and match @3/$0.99):

2 8-ct packages Whole Wheat English Muffins

1 8-ct package Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns

1 8-ct package Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

1 loaf Italian Bread

4 loaves Whole Wheat Bread (“Publix Premium” brand – 100% Whole Wheat)

Total: $2.97, plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon 


Farmer’s Mart

1 large box of Tomatoes, reduced (about 30lbs – I will use these to make a big batch of spaghetti sauce to freeze) – $5.00

Total: $5.00

Weekly Total after all Sales, Taxes, Coupons, and Rebates: $54.51

Weekly Menu Plan


Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs and Toast, Smoothies, Veggie Omelettes, French Toast


Cheese Quesadillas/Apples/Carrots x 2, Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Oranges/Cucumbers, Leftovers x 2, Tuna Sandwiches/Peppers/Bananas, Macaroni and Cheese/Carrots/Apples


Fried Eggs/Cheese Sandwiches on English Muffins, Cauliflower, Applesauce

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti (using ground turkey), Broccoli, Homemade Breadsticks in the Bread Machine

Dinner at a Friend’s House – I am bringing Chocolate Pecan Pie and Homemade Frosted Sugar Cookies

Egg Roll in a Bowl (I have leftover cabbage from last week that needs to be used up), Fried Rice, Tossed Salad


Apple Cider Chicken, Sautéed Zucchini with Parmesan Cheese, Cheddar Drop Biscuits (low-carb and gluten-free), Fruit Salad



Finger Foods for a Get-Together I am hosting: Layered Nacho Dip and Chips, Pumpkin Bars, Mini Pecan Pies, Carrots/Red Peppers/Cucumbers Veggie Tray

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Peek Into Our Week: A visit from my parents, Trim Healthy Mama, swim meets, a parenting lesson I’ve been learning, and GO ROYALS! :)

Has it really been over three weeks since I did a Peek Into Week post?? I always have every intention to do one of these posts each week. And then, well, life happens… :)

Peek Into Our Week

Home Ec class one day: prepping food together for some new friends we had over for dinner! So fun to work together like this! And yes, I’m not sure exactly what kind of hairstyle Kaitlynn is sporting! :)

Peek Into Week

I made some Homemade Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. This has been a family favorite recipe for years. I love that you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it in balls. Then just pull out a few — or a dozen! — and have fresh baked cookies whenever you’d like!

Peek Into Week

We took our kids to the Compassion Experience that was set up here for a few days. Walking through it and seeing the poverty that kids around the world experience reminded us a lot of our time in the Dominican Republic.

We so appreciate the work Compassion is doing around the world to release children from poverty. Our whole family has been blessed by the opportunity to sponsor two girls, correspond with them, and learn more about where they live and the struggles they face.

Peek Into Week

So grateful for this energetic, analytic, detail-oriented boy of mine. He keeps me on my toes, keeps us in line (he always has a running mental list of what we need to buy at the grocery store!), and amazes us with his math skills (he taught himself subtraction and skip-counting earlier this year, he just learned three-digit addition and carrying by sitting in on Kaitlynn’s 3rd grade school lessons, and now he’s asking if we can teach him multiplication and division!)

I hope he never outgrows his need for mama snuggles… The highlight of the end of every day for me!

Peek Into Week

Guess who flew to TN for my birthday?? Yes, my mom and dad!! They did a bunch of house projects for us — like switching around bedrooms in order to make office space for me in this house — and also babysat our kids so Jesse and I could go on a date.

My mom and I had a date one of the afternoons. We enjoyed yummy salads and heart-to-heart conversations outside on the porch at Frothy Monkey — one of our favorite places in downtown Franklin.

Peek Into Week

It was fun to be quoted in the October issue of Southwest Air magazine!

Someone asked me a few days ago, “Where do you see yourself in two years from now?” My response: “God’s plans for my life have been so crazily beyond what I could have ever dreamed that I’m just trusting Him for light for the next step. I’ll take that next step and then trust Him for light for the next.”

Whether today’s “next thing” is cleaning a toilet, doing a national media interview, folding laundry, speaking to a large audience, hanging out with my family, or writing a book… I just want to be faithful and continually seek the Lord’s guidance and direction to do what He calls me to.

Peek Into Week

I “Trim Healthy Mama-fied” the Blueberry Crisp from Bread & Wine and it is SO good! Get the recipe here.

I cannot believe how much I love this way of eating… I never thought that sweet-tooth, carb-loving me would survive without sugar and lots of carbs. But I’m not just surviving; I’m thriving — and it’s been five months now, so I think we might be able to officially declare it a lifestyle change??

Laundry Parties

The kids have been taking a lot more initiative around the house recently and are SUCH big helps!

We’ve been having Laundry Parties at night. We have so much fun and get so much done when we all work together. And when Mom’s excited about it, the attitude is usually contagious! :)

Peek Into Week

I’m so proud of my girl for punching fear in the face and swimming in her first swim meet! She was so nervous about it, but she went out there, smiled, held her head up high, and swam in three different races.

She inspires me to be brave and courageous even when I feel timid and scared.

Peek Into Week

We are loving this new book from Lysa TerKeurst! It’s such a beautiful story with so much depth and meaning. I wanted to just read it over and over as I needed to hear the simple, but profound message.

Are you struggling, overwhelmed, or discouraged right now? Remember this: your Heavenly Father sees, He hears, and He is watching over you… It will be okay.

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Grandma sent new colored pencils and crayons in the mail recently, so this has been a scene we’ve seen a lot at our house. I love that my kids all still enjoy hanging out together and doing simple things like this. It warms my mama heart.

{And lest you think our home is all roses and rainbows, in full disclosure, there was an argument and crying almost as soon as I snapped this serene-looking photo!}

Peek Into Week

Coloring is so cathartic, even at age 33! I need to do this more often as my kids were like, “Mom, we love to see you coloring.” :)

Peek Into Week

You can take the girl out of Kansas but you can’t take the Kansas out of the girl. :)

I’m so proud of my boys in blue and that they made it to the World Series and are 1-1!!! We loved Wednesday night’s game especially. Halfway through the game, Silas (a DIE HARD Royals fan and Mr. baseball stat encyclopedia) said, “They are on fire in Kansas City tonight!”


Peek Into Week

A few days after her first swim meet, Kathrynne had her second swim meet.

Her coach put her in six different events and she was a nervous wreck after the first heat. But she took deep breaths, toweled off, and jumped in and swam again. And again.

By event #3, her whole demeanor had changed and she just totally starting attacking the water with fierce intensity. My heart was just about ready to burst!

I’m loving seeing my kids blossom and overcome fear like this. Also, I love how this is such a family affair and how engaged Jesse is in helping Kathrynne excel (see him giving her a pep talk and walking her through her next event above.)

Peek Into Week

Oh me, oh my! I Trim-Healthy-Mamafied a Starbucks Hot Cocoa recipe!!!! And it’s delicious and good for you, too! You better believe I did a happy dance!

Recipe is here, in case you want to join me in drinking this deliciousness!

Peek Into Week
This is what’s been stirring in my heart recently and I have a full post coming on it soon. One child in particular has really been going through a tough time and I’ve been frustrated and at my wit’s end over this child.

Last week, God really convicted me to do something to show love to this child every time I was tempted to lash out in frustration. Well, guess what? This week there has been remarkable difference in this child’s demeanor and behavior. Love works!

So that’s what’s been happening around our house. What has been happening at YOUR house? Anything exciting or hard or interesting? Tell us about it in the comments.

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