Gretchen’s $78 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan



(I normally never shop at this local grocery store but I wanted to take advantage of the Purex deal. I was glad I stopped in because I was able to get a few other great deals!)

2 Westpac Frozen Vegetables – $0.88 each, used 2 $0.35/1 coupon from the 12/8 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.18 each after coupons

2 Apple Juice – $0.98 each

1 bag Malt O Meal Cereal – $2.99 (This is one of my husband’s favorite kinds of cereal. He had requested that I buy him cereal this week so I was excited to see this price on the Malt O Meal cereals!)

3 Purex Laundry Detergent – $1.98, used 3 $1/1 printable (no longer available) – $0.98 each after coupon

1.77 lbs Fuji Apples @ $0.88/lb – $1.56

4 pkg Strawberries (2 lbs each) – Marked down to $1.49 each (I was SO thrilled to find these! I froze most of them for smoothies.)

Total before coupons and sales: $28.77

Total with tax ($1.39) after coupons and sales: $17.16


1 Pineapple – $1.29

2 pints Blueberries – $1.29 each (Will get $0.25 back from Checkout 51.)

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 can Kidney Beans – $0.59

1 bag Marshmallows – $0.89

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

1 lb Butter – $2.49

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 bag Brown Sugar – $1.19

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $0.99

1 dozen Eggs – $1.15 (Will get $0.50 back from Checkout 51.)

1 gallon Milk – $2.68

1 Cucumber – $0.59 (not pictured)

Total with tax ($1.39): $20.90


2.22 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.31, used $0.50/1 printable (no longer available) – $0.81 after coupon

3 Navel Oranges – $0.69 each

0.58 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $0.92

1 can Kroger Green Chilies – $0.89

1 bag Kroger Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $6.99

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

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

2 Post Great Grains Cereal – $1.88 each, used $1/2 coupon from the January All You magazine – $1.38 each after coupon

2 Kraft Chunk Cheese – $1.99 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert – $1.49 each after coupon

1 Kraft Shredded Cheese – $1.99, used $0.75/1 printable (no longer available) – $1.24 after coupon

2 Lady Speed Stick Deodorant – $1.09 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert – $0.09 each after coupons

1 Speed Stick Gear Deodorant – $2.49, used $2/1 printable - $0.49 after coupon

2 Cascadian Farms Cereal – $1.99, used 2 $0.75/1 printable - $1.24 each after coupon

4 Yoplait Go-Gurt – $1.49 each, used 4 $1/1 printable (no longer available) – $0.49 each after coupons

1 Smuckers Jelly – $0.99

1 Imagine Broth – $1.49, used $1/1 printable - $0.49 after coupon

2 Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups – $5.99 each, used $2/2 catalina coupon – $4.99 each after coupon (I ran out of this coffee a few weeks ago and have been waiting for a sale. This is my favorite coffee so I’m so happy to finally have it back in stock at my house!)

2 Huggies Baby Wipes – $0.99 each, used 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 2/23 SmartSource insert – $0.49 each after coupons

Total before coupons and sales: $93.14

Total with tax after coupons and sales: $40.93

Total for all grocery items: $78.99

Menu Plan for this Week


Homemade Granola, Cereal, Toast, Eggs


Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese, Leftovers, Baked Potatoes with Steamed Broccoli


Chimichangas with toppings, Sliced Oranges

Oven Fried Chicken, Texas Roadhouse CopyCat Rolls, Tossed Salad

Spaghetti Pie, Green Beans, Steamed Cauliflower

French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit Salad

Chicken Broccoli Quiche, Tossed Salad

Taco Casserole, Sliced Veggies

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New Target Mobile coupons: Save on fresh fruit, fresh veggies, eggs, meat, and more!

New Target Mobile coupons

Text THANKS to 827438 to get the following Target Mobile Coupons:

  • $1 off Fresh Fruit Purchase of $1 or more
  • $1 off Fresh Meat Purchase of $1 or more
  • $.50/1 eggs- half dozen or larger
  • $1 off Fresh Vegetable Purchase $1 or more
  • $1/3 Simply Balanced Yogurt
  • $1/2 Market Pantry Cheese – 5 oz. or more
  • $.75/1 Nabisco Wheat Thins
  • $1/1 Kashi Frozen Yogurt Multiserve
  • $1/2 Trident gum-multipack
  • $.75/1 Listerine 16 oz+
  • $.75/2 Ziploc food or storage item
  • $2/2 Pampers Baby Items (wipes 168ct or Diapers 21 ct)
  • $1/2 Paper Item (Puffs, Bounty, Charmin multipack)
  • $1/1 Palmolive Dish Soap
  • $1/2 Glade Air Freshener
  • $2/2 Fabric Softener or Scent Booster Item (Bounce, Downy, Gain)
  • $2/2 Gain or Tide laundry detergent items

Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!

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Natural and Organic Coupons and Deals


Natural and Organic Coupons: $1.00/1 Applegate Farm product, $1.50/1 Seeds of Change product, $0.55/1 Horizon Mac and Cheese, Brown Cow BOGO Coupon, Get $0.50 Cash Back on Any Milk Purchase, Get $0.50 Cash Back on Organic Yogurt Purchase, and get 20% cash back on Tomatoes. Check out the full list of coupons for Natural and Organic products.

Whole Foods Market March and April Coupons: There are new Whole Foods Market Coupons for the months of March and April. Coupon list includes all current coupon stacks.

Whole Foods Market One Day Sale Tulips: If you are shopping Whole Foods today, 3/7/14, be sure to check out the one day sale on tulips.

Costco Coupon Deals: Costco shoppers can get extra savings on organic and natural products with the March book of Costco coupons.

Target Burt’s Bees Baby Cream Just $5.99: This week you can get Burt’s Bees Baby Cream to Powder for just $5.99 – a $4 savings!

Target Mobile Coupons: Make sure you get these Target Mobile Coupons so you can save $1.00 on fresh fruit, vegetables and meat!

Earth Month Coupon Booklet: April is Earth month. Be sure to request your Earth Month coupon booklet be mailed to you. They usually make for some hot deals in the month of April.

Amazon KIND Bars Coupon: Load up on KIND bars at Amazon and pay just $1.39/bar.

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Andrea Green of The Greenbacks Gal is an organic coupon expert. What if you could find affordable organic and eco-friendly products on a budget? Eco-friendly moms need affordable solutions. Andrea finds the best green deals, helping hundreds of families save on the frugal, green lifestyle. Nothing makes her happier than to help people realize being organic doesn’t have to cost more.

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Giveaways Galore

Of the 1,645 entries, the winners of the Emeals breakfast, lunch, and dinner plan are:

Dana (Danapassmore@)
Megan (heymeggiebaby@)
Amy (amys85@)
Tracy (nursetracy12@)
Renee (putercloth@)

If you’re not a winner, you may still use the discount code MEALS15 for 15% off any meal plan.

Each of you should have received an email with further instructions on claiming your prize.


Are you giving something away on your blog this week? If so, post your link below and let all the readers here know so they can get in on the action! Your giveaway must be family-friendly and no-strings-attached. In addition, to make it easy to navigate, your link must go directly to your giveaway post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your giveaway post will be deleted. Links left solely for the purpose of promoting an affiliate link will also be deleted.

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How to Start Offering Giveaways on Your Blog

How to Make Money Blogging: Learn How To Start Offering Giveaways On Your Blog

A question I have heard over and over during the past few years is: “How do I start offering giveaways on my blog?” I get the impression that many new bloggers think you must have a big blog or super secret sources in order to host giveaways on your blog.

Well, guess what? There is no super secret society one must be admitted to in order to run giveaways and you don’t have to have amazing traffic, either.

No matter the size of your blog, if you’ve built up a loyal readership of people who respect your opinion, there are many companies who would love to offer a giveaway to your readers. They are excited to have the opportunity to showcase their product to your audience.

Here are four simple ways to get started offering blog giveaways:

1) Give something of your own away.

When I was very new to blogging and didn’t know any better, I often paid for my own giveaways. In fact, I often gave away products that I personally owned and no longer needed. I still do this almost every month, just for fun.

While this can get expensive — especially when you add on shipping costs — it is an excellent way to “get your feet wet” when it comes to giveaways. When you approach a company regarding running a giveaway (see next point), you’ll likely have better success in procuring a giveaway if you can show them that you’ve successfully run giveaways in the past.

If you use Swagbucks, you could give away a gift card you’ve earned through them. That way, it doesn’t cost you actual money out of pocket. And readers love gift card giveaways.

2) Approach companies and ask if they’ll run a giveaway.

If you don’t have companies beating your door down to request that you do a giveaway with them, start getting proactive! Have a product or website that you love, write and ask them if they’d consider running a giveaway on your blog. It’s that easy!

Be professional, be concise, and make sure to clearly explain how running a giveaway on your blog would be a win for their company. I’d recommend that you share your blog stats with them, link to a recent giveaway you’ve run, and share why you feel their product or website is well-suited to your blog’s audience. In addition, I’d state upfront two ideas you have for a giveaway but also convey that you’re open to other ideas they might have.

3) Ask for a contact from another blogger who has run a giveaway.

Has one of your blogging friends run a giveaway with a company that you think would also be a great fit for your blog? Ask them if they’d be willing to pass along their contact at that company to you.

Now, please don’t abuse this idea! Most bloggers are happy to share their contacts with you, but don’t expect or demand that they must share all their contacts with you as most bloggers work hard to establish relationships with PR and Advertising companies. But if they are willing to share, this can be a great way to get a direct contact for a person at a company or PR Agency which is likely interested in running giveaways on blogs.

4) Respond to a press release with a giveaway pitch.

Once you’ve been blogging for a little while, you’ll often begin to receive press releases about new products from companies and PR Agencies. If you’re interested in the product and think it would be a great fit for your blog’s audience, consider writing back and pitching a giveaway. Companies are sending out a press release to garner buzz for their product, so they’ll often bite on a giveaway pitch.

If you’re a new blogger or thinking about starting a blog, read my series on blogging.

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