Brigette’s $57 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! We are just planning a simple get-together with friends as all of our family live too far away. I’d love to hear what’s on your Thanksgiving menu, or any good deals on groceries you were able to get this week thanks to holiday sales!


3 1-lb packages Ground Turkey (@$1.89/each) – $5.67

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $1.99, plus receive $0.50 back from Snap By Groupon – $1.49 after rebate

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

1 Pineapple – $1.19

3 dozen Eggs (@$1.39/each) – $4.17, plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $3.67/3 after rebate

2 3-lb bags Sweet Potatoes (@$1.17 each) – $2.34

1 jar Minced Onion – $0.99

1 jar Baking Powder – $0.99

1 bunch Bananas (2.53lbs @$0.44/lb) – $1.11, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout51 – $0.86 after rebate

1 package Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 12-oz package fresh Cranberries – $1.19, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon – $0.94 after rebate

1 20-oz  canister Raisins – $2.89

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 16-oz container Eggs Whites – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Fuji Apples – $3.29

1 3-head package Garlic – $0.79

1 8-oz bag Dates – $1.89

Total after Rebates: $33.39


Harris Teeter

2 8-oz packages Mushrooms, reduced (@$0.69/each) – $1.38

1 3-ct bag Avocados, reduced – $1.00

1 16-ct package Tide Pods – $4.99, used $2/1 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstoppables, Bounce Bursts or Gain Fireworks, exp. 12/31/14 (RP 11/16/14), plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.99 after coupons

after coupons 2 pouches Pioneer Gravy Mix (B1G1) – $1.29/2, used $0.65/2 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 1-lb boxes Domino Powdered Sugar – $2.00, used $0.50/2 Domino Brown or Confectioners Sugar, exp. 1/3/15 (RP 11/02/14 R) (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupons

2 8-oz sticks Crisco Baking Sticks – $2.00, used 2 $0.35/1 Crisco Shortening, Spray, or Olive Oil, exp. 12/31/14 (RP 11/02/14 R) (doubled) – $0.60/2 after coupons

2 75-oz jugs Extra Laundry Detergent (B1G1) – $3.99, used 2 $1 off Xtra Liquid or Sure Shot Paks Laundry Detergent, exp. 12/20/14 (SS 11/09/14) – $1.99/2 after coupons

2 5-lb bags Gold Medal Flour – $1.54 (they substituted this brand for me since they were out of the store brand which was advertised)

Total after all Sales, Taxes, and Coupons – $9.73



(My husband price-matched a couple of things for me since he was already making a trip for some non-grocery items.)

1 Turkey (20.76lbs – price-matched Food Lion @ $0.47/lb) – $9.76 (Turkey prices were cheaper here last year, but as it is the week before Thanksgiving – I am not holding out much hope for them to drop any further! What are turkey prices like in your area of the country?), plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon – $8.76

2 5-lb bags Flour (@$0.77/each – price-matched Harris Teeter) – $1.54

Total after Rebate: $10.30



(I couldn’t pass up this peanut butter deal with holiday baking just around the corner!)

5 jars of Skippy Peanut Butter (@$2.00 each) – $10.00, used 2 $0.55/1 printable, plus 2 $0.55/1 printable, plus $1.00/1 insert coupon – $6.80, plus receive $3 ECB back

Total after Coupons and ECB: $3.80/5 ($0.76 each)

Weekly Total for all Groceries: $57.22

Weekly Menu Plan


Omelettes, Oatmeal and Fruit, Smoothies and Toast, Cereal, Cinnamon Rolls (Saturday)


Baked Sweet Potatoes/Bananas; Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar; Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese; Peanut Butter Rice Cakes/Apples; Leftovers x 2; Fried Egg Sandwiches/Oranges/Carrots


Taco Salad, Green Beans

Friend’s House for Dinner – I am bringing Upside Down Praline Apple Pie for dessert

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins

Date Night (Super excited about this!! A sweet friend offered to watch our children just because, and I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my busy husband!)

Thanksgiving Menu: Turkey and Gravy, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls, Green Beans with Almond and Thyme, Our Favorite Sweet Potato Casserole, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie


Turkey Gravy over Brown Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover Muffins or Crescent Rolls


Fudge Babies (I will use pecans instead of walnuts), Popcorn, Homemade Oatmeal Cookies (my husband’s specialty!), Fruit

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Dear Frugal Gal Who is Married to a Spender Husband…

Dear Frugal Gal Who is Married to a Spender Husband

Dear Frugal Gal Who is Married to a Spender Husband,

Oh, how I get you. Because, you see, I am you!

When my husband and I got married, I totally had no clue that people could truly find fulfillment in spending money. Yup, it was a recipe for complete success and harmony in our marriage. Ahem.

I knew he liked to buy brand names. I knew he liked nice things. But I figured that I could help him see how it was so much better to shop at thrift stores and get bargains.

So I went into marriage all prepared to fix my husband. Because, in my incredibly humble opinion (not!), that boy needed a lot of fixing.

I was going to help him understand how we could save so much money if he would just come over to my frugal side. I was going take those extravagant blinders off his eyes and help him see the frugal light.

It shouldn’t take much work, I was sure. Yes, you could say I was a wee bit naive. ;)

Then we got married. And I set to work fixing him.

For the first few years, we were so poor that there wasn’t any money to spend on anything but necessities. So I really thought all my “sermons” and words of wisdom had cured his “extravagant” appetite.

A few years into our marriage, with law school behind us and a blog that was quickly growing, our income began steadily increasing and my fantasy ideas of how I had fixed my husband were all shattered by reality.

The reality was this: I had married a guy who liked to spend money.

I was aghast! I loved this man, but how on earth could he find fulfillment from spending money?!? My frugal self just couldn’t fathom it!

I had tried fixing and that didn’t work. So then I tried criticizing. And, as you can imagine, that was a complete flop.

I was stubborn and frustrated. However, I loved this man. I really did. And I didn’t want to live life feeling constant tension over money.

So, I humbled myself and started asking questions trying to determine what Jesse’s heart really was. And little bit by little bit, I realized that he wasn’t trying to be extravagant or ruthless; he just enjoyed spending money. It was the way he was wired.

Just like I was wired to enjoy saving money (and he had trouble understanding my frugal nature!), he was wired to enjoy spending money. There was nothing wrong with him. He just had a different personality than me.

I have slowly come to really appreciate him for how different he is than me. Without him in our family, I’d probably be a miser. He’s helped me realize that there is more to life than always doing everything possible to get everything at the rock bottom price.

He’s also helped me to realize that breathing room in our budget can allow us to enjoy some memory-making experiences — like taking the kids out for a special outing or enjoying a date night together at a fun restaurant. Without him in our family, we’d probably have a lot less fun at our house.

I’ve also learned that sometimes, it truly does pay to spend more for a nicer brand. Yes, really. Not always, but sometimes. :)

And, most importantly, he’s helped me learn the joy that comes from generosity. I love watching how much he loves to give and how he is always going out of his way to give to others. Seeing his heart for giving inspires me to live with arms even more outstretched.

The beautiful thing is, Jesse has also learned a lot about me and has come to appreciate my frugal nature — even if he doesn’t always understand it. He thanks me often for how I help our family save money and stick with a budget.

As my attitude changed, it’s made him a lot more open to making compromises for the health of our family’s finances. He’s learned to look for great deals on things he needs to purchase, he’s waited to buy items he wants until we could afford them in our budget, and he’s talked himself out of many purchases because he knew that it wasn’t a wise use of our money.

Dear Frugal Gal Who Is Married to a Spender Husband

We still have moments when there is tension or disagreements when it comes to money, but I’ve learned 4 strategies that have helped bring a lot more harmony to me as a saver who is married to a spender:

1) Nagging Doesn’t Work

If you want to ruin your relationship, start trying to nag and drag your spouse along with your latest and greatest ideas. It’s a recipe for disaster — and discord.

2) It Has To Be an Us Thing, Not a Me Thing

There is no “I” in team. If you want to successfully get on the same page, it has to be a game plan you come up with together.

Don’t expect your spouse to jump on board with you. Instead, ask your spouse if you can sit down together and talk about where you both are financially and where you both want to go together.

3) Compromise Is Key

When you sit down to discuss your finances, come with an open mind. Don’t have everything all mapped out and badger your spouse into signing off on your plan.

Share your concerns in a gentle manner and then listen to your spouse’s thoughts and concerns. If they see that you genuinely want to work with them and want to hear their heart on the matter, they are going to be much more apt to join you in the journey. But they will likely resist from the get-go if you don’t seem to care about their desires and or have any willingness to compromise.

4) Give Grace — And Some Breathing Room!

Because of our different personalities and natures, we’ve found a beautiful compromise in an agreed-upon Blow Category in our budget. We each get an allotted amount of money that we can spend on whatever we’d like, whenever we’d like. This set-up has worked well for us and prevented many unnecessary arguments over money.

When we both accept our differences, agree to compromise, set goals for our family together, and give each other grace, we have so much more unity. And this unity propels us to both be working together to wisely steward our money — instead of constantly fighting and bickering over stuff that really isn’t going to matter too much in 25 years from now.

These four strategies won’t completely remove any money fights or misunderstandings, but I truly believe that they will help improve your communication and oneness in your marriage. And when there’s more communication and oneness in finances, it usually will have a trickle down effect and improve many other areas of marriage.

So hang in there! Start taking baby steps forward and hopefully your effort to better understand and get on the same page with your husband will result in some of the same rewarding results that it has for us in our marriage!

Don’t give up! I’m cheering for you…


P.S. For more suggestions, check out my post on How Can We Improve Communication About Finances In Marriage?

photo credit #1; photo credit #2

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Gretchen’s $44 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


1 pkg Kroger Tortillas – $1.79

1 Quilted Northern (4 double rolls) Toilet Paper – $3.59, used $0.75/1 e-coupon – $2.84 after coupon

1 Kroger Ice Cream – $1.99, used $0.40/1 e-coupon - $1.59 after coupon

1 Hamburger Buns – Marked down to $0.49

1 Dillons Eggs (dozen) – $1.69

1 can Kroger Black Beans – $0.69

4 Dannon Yogurts – 3 of these were marked down to $0.29 and 1 was $0.50

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $3.09 (Received $0.25 back from Ibotta)

1 Kroger Italian Dressing – $1.50

1 Avocado – $0.99

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks – Marked down to $2.71

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Sweet Potato – $0.70

1 Broccoli Crown – $0.67

1 Onion – $0.58

2 Green Peppers – $0.79 each

1 Hillshire Farms All Natural Turkey Breast Sandwich Meat – $3.49, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Jimmy Dean Sausage – $2.99

1 Cucumber – $0.79

1 can Kroger Corn – $0.50

Total with tax ($2.28): $31.05



1 pkg Farmland Bacon – $3.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled; no longer available) – $1.99 after coupon

1 pkg Ritz Crackers – $1.67, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.67 after coupon

1 Chinet Napkins – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

4 Betty Crocker Cake Mix – $1 each, used 2 $0.75/2 printable (first one doubled) – $0.43 each after coupons (Buy 4, Get Best Choice Butter for $0.99)

Best Choice Butter – $0.99

5 Jello Instant Pudding Mix – $0.79 (Buy 5, Get $2 off instantly), used 2 $0.55/2 printable (first one doubled) – $0.06 each after coupons and savings

2 C&H Brown Sugar/Powdered Sugar – $1.79 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.79 each after coupon

2 Halls Cough Drops  $1.25 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 11/2 SmartSource insert – $0.25 each after coupon

1.60 lbs Navel Oranges @ $0.99/lb – $1.58

1 pkg Ocean Spray Cranberries – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 cans Lindsay Olives – $1 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 cans Libby Pumpkin – $1.50 each, used $0.75/2 coupon from the 11/2 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.75 each after coupon

2 Kellogg’s Rice Crispies – $2.50 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (first one doubled) – $1.37 each after coupons (Buy 2, Get Free Jet Puffed Marshmallows)

1 Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows – Free

Total before coupons and sales: $67.38

Total with tax ($1.95) after coupons and sales: $13.49

Total for all grocery items: $44.54

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal x 2, Bacon and Eggs, Homemade Granola, Toast & Eggs


Turkey Sandwiches x 2, Tossed Salad, Fruit/Yogurt/Veggies, Cheese Quessadillas


Italian Chicken Drumsticks, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Biscuits & Gravy, Homemade Applesauce

Easy Cheesy Tex Mex Skillet, Tossed Salad

Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Broccoli

Easy Fajita Chicken Bake, World’s Best Dinner Rolls, Steamed Peas

Baked Spaghetti, Tossed Salad, Sliced Oranges

Baked Creamy Cheesy Chicken Flautas, Homemade Applesauce, Steamed Carrots

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Reader Tip: How I Save on Gifts All Year Long

garage sale finds

Beka emailed in the following tip:

We’re avid garage sale people — we go nearly every Saturday. Some days we find absolutely nothing, while other days we hit the jackpot!

We have 5 children (who are still young enough that gifts don’t have to come in brand new packaging), so by garage-saling, we are able to stock up on Christmas and birthday gifts during peak garage sale months. This has saved our gift budget a LOT of money!

Thankfully, we live in a suburb in Texas and garage sales are happening 9 months out of the year — however, even if you have a shorter garage sale seasons, this is still an excellent way to save on Christmas and birthday gifts! -Beka

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48-Hour Giveaway: Artisan Granola from Gathering Grains (6 Winners)


Do you love homemade granola? If so, you’ll definitely want to enter this giveaway!

Gathering Grains is a company that offers delicious homemade granola. And I don’t say that lightly!

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I’ve tried multiple varieties they offer and they are so delicious! My favorite, of course, is the Chocolate Peanut Butter kind.


Mixed in with some coconut milk, almond milk, yogurt, or milk, it’s the perfect start to your morning!


Gathering Grains Granola is made by Andrea — a mom who was concerned with the chemicals her children were eating for breakfast and went on a mission to do something about it.

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Andrea started making things from scratch, reading really old recipes, creating great friendships with an Amish family, and doing some research. Eventually, she started a business fueled by her passion to bring natural food back into her home.

Her motto became: “If my great-grandmother can’t identify it, it’s not coming into our house!”

She says that her granola has been “approved by the neighbor children, encouraged by great friends, and supported by a (very) understanding husband.”


Gathering Grains Granola is handmade, with 100% non-gmo ingredients, including heart healthy coconut oil and non-pasturized Amish raised honey. It is 100% sodium and preservative free.

Special orders are available, including gluten-free and nut-free. Contact Andrea directly to place special orders (gatheringgrains @

For more information, check out the Gathering Grains website or follow Gathering Grains on Facebook.

Would you like to try some Gathering Grains Granola? Click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address to be entered to win. Six winners, each will receive a sample of granola, including full size jars and snack packs. This giveaway ends Saturday, November 22, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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