Gretchen $49 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

2 Dillons dozen Eggs – $1.25 each

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $3.09

2 Vidal Sassoon Hair Styling Cream – Marked down to $2.24 each, used 2 $2/1 coupon from the 12/7 RedPlum insert – $0.24 each after coupons

4 cans Del Monte Green Beans – $0.50 each, used $0.40/4 coupon from the 11/9 SmartSource insert – $0.40 each after coupon

1 Frosted Flakes – $2.99 (A request from my husband)

1 loaf Nature Valley Bread – $2

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – $2.99, used $1/1 printable – $1.99 after coupon

2 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.50 each (I’m planning to make Christmas cookies this week and will need lots of peanut butter!)

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.25

1 Bottom Round Steak – Marked down to $2.36

1 Bottom Round Steak – Marked down to $2.53

1 bag Kroger Baby Carrots – $1.69, used $0.40/1 mailer coupon – $1.29 after coupon

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1.25 lbs Tomatoes @ $1.99/lb – $2.49 (These are SO expensive right now!)

Total with tax: $30.74

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

2 Hefty Plates – $1.50 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 11/16 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupon

4 cans Del Monte Green Beans – $0.59 each, used $0.40/4 coupon from the 11/9 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.39 each after coupon

2 boxes Ritz Crackers – $1.88 each, used $0.75/2 coupon from the 12/14 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1.13 each after coupon (I’m using these to make this AMAZING cookie recipe here.)

2 Kraft Cheese – $1.67 each

1 Farmland Bacon – $3.49, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $1.49 after coupon

2 Keebler Crackers – $2, used $1/2 coupon from the 12/7 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $1 each after coupon

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

1 Cucumber – $0.69

Total before coupons and sales: $53.92

Total with tax after coupons and sales: $14.91

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I also ran into Walmart to price match a couple of fruit items from other stores I wasn’t going to make it to this week.

2 Pineapple – $0.99 each (Price matched to Save A Lot)

1 (4 lbs) bag Navel Oranges – $1.68 (Price matched to Aldi)

Total with tax: $3.93

My husband also got a deer this week (yay!) and after processing it we now have over 40 lbs of ground venison and roasts in our freezer! :) I will be substituting ground venison for ground beef in most recipes for the next several months.

Total for all grocery items: $49.58

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Homemade Granola, Toast & Juice

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Scrambled Eggs/Bacon & Fruit, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers/Cheese, Leftovers, Baked Potatoes

Dinners

Steak, Toast, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit Salad

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Grapefruit

Homemade Pizza, Breadsticks, Steamed Carrots

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Rolls, Fruit Salad

Sloppy Joes, Homemade French Fries, Veggies

Dinner with family (I’m bringing fruit.)

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Walgreens: Deals for the week of December 21-27, 2014


Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help with compiling these:

Balance Reward Points

Buy 2 Hershey Christmas Candy (7 – 8 oz) at $2, Get 1,000 Balance Reward Points
Use $1/2 coupon from the 11/16 SmartSource insert
$1 after coupon and Balance Reward Points

Buy 2 Nabisco Cookies at $3, Get 1,000 Balance Reward Points
Use $0.50/1 printable
$2 each after coupon and Balance Reward Points

Register Rewards

Buy 1 Goody’s Hair Accessories or Combs at $2.99, Get $2 Register Rewards
$0.99 after Register Rewards

Buy 2 Ziploc Bags at $2.75, Get $1.50 Register Rewards
Use $1/2 printable
$1.50 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Other Deals

Delsym Cough Suppersant – $9.99
Use FREE Delsym Product – Mail In Rebate (Valid from 11/1/14) (Expires 03/31/15)
Free after Mail in Rebate

Buy 1 Scott’s Paper Towels (6 Roll) or Cottonelle Toilet Paper (12 large rolls) at $4.99
Use $1/1 in-ad coupon
And use $1/1 coupon from the 12/7 SmartSource insert
$2.99 after coupons

Buy 1 Well Beginnings Diapers at $8.79, Get 50% OFF
Use $1.50/1 printable
$5.09 after coupons

12/25/14-12/27/14 AD

Sunny Single Paper Towels – $0.49 with in-ad coupon

Swiss Miss 6 pk – $0.99
Use $0.40/1 coupon from the 11/9 SmartSource insert
$0.59 after coupon

Sunny Smile Laundry Detergent – $1.99 with in-ad coupon

Scott Extra Bathroom Tissue (16 big roll) – $7.99
Use $2/1 Walgreens in-ad cupon
And use $0.75/1 printable
$5.24 after coupons 

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week over at Passionate Penny Pincher.

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CVS: Deals for the week of December 21-27, 2014

Here are the best deals at CVS this week, with a big thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help in compiling them:

Buy 1 Listerine Original, FreshBurst, Cool Mint rinse 500ml, Pocket Paks or Floss at $2.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 printable
Free after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Colgate Optic White, Enamel Health Toothpaste (3 – 4 oz) or 360 Toothbrush (1 ct) at $3, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 printable
$0.50 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Band-Aid Brand decorative 20 ct. at $3.49, Get $2.50 ECBs (Limit 1)
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Hershey’s Holiday Kisses or Miniatures (7 – 8 oz) at $2.50, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/2 coupon from the 12/7 SmartSource insert
$1 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Physicians Formula Cosmetics at $14, Get $10 ECBs
$4 after ECBs

Buy 1 Axe Gift Set at $9.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 coupon from the 12/7 RedPlum insert
$5.99 after coupon and ECBs

Spend $30, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*
Buy 4 Huggies Diapers, Pull-Ups, GoodNites or Tru-Fit Refills (Jumbo Pack) – $7.99
Use $2/1 printable
And use 4 $1/1 CVS printables (will need two computers)
Pay $19.96 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs
$2.49 each after coupons and ECBs

Other Deals In Ad

Softsoap Liquid Hand Soap (7 oz) or CVS Body Wash (12 oz) – $1.88
Use $1/1 coupon from the CVS coupon machine
$0.88 after coupon

Buy 1 Tide Simply Clean & Fresh (25 Loads) at $6.99, Get 1 Free
$3.49 each after sale

New to shopping at CVS? Be sure to check out my CVS 101 post that gives you the full scoop on how to get the best bargains at CVS. See the full list of deals at CVS this week here.

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What Everyone Really Wants for Christmas

How to Create a Christmas Budget -- and Stick With It!

Jon Acuff has a fantastic post up on The Gift Everyone Really Wants for Christmas. It’s a must-read. Here’s a snippet:

Your husband? He wants your presence.

Your wife? She wants your presence.

Your kids? They want your presence.

Your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your father, your mother, your friend, your neighbor? They all want your presence.

Every day this gift becomes rarer and rarer. Can you remember the last time you had a full conversation with someone’s face, not just their forehead as they stared at their phone? Can you remember the last time someone was “all there” not just partially there because interacting with you wasn’t enough to hold their full attention? I have to leave my phone in the car when we go to dinner parties or I will be physically present but absent in every other way possible as I engage with the phone instead of anyone else.

Don’t miss Christmas because you’re working or you’re lost in your phone.

This year, give someone that rarest gift of all, your presence. No one else can give them that.

It costs nothing, but it’s worth everything.

Read the full post.

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Why We Simplified Christmas This Year

Less Under Our Tree

I was with a group of friends earlier this week and one of the gals asked me, “So, are you all ready for Christmas?”

She was referring to whether or not I have all our presents purchased and wrapped and whether the myriad of other Christmas details were taken care of.

I wasn’t sure how to answer that question. You see, we simplified Christmas so much this year that it almost feels like we cancelled Christmas.

Only we didn’t.

We just decided that the past few months have been full enough that instead of trying to pack our December full, we’d instead leave it really, really empty.

Our extended families had already asked if we could cut back and really simplify when it came to gifts this year and we’d already decided that we were going to keep our kids’ gifts super simple, too.

Then, we decided to just let the kids choose which Christmas decorations they wanted to put up. They opted for their little pink Christmas tree — which they had fun decorating themselves.

Next, we decided that we’d skip sending Christmas cards. And pretty soon, after we’d crossed off or nixed most of the usual Christmas obligations or activities we’d opted to do in the past, we were left with a wide open December.

And it has been bliss. Bliss, I tell you.

Why We Simplified Christmas This Year

We’ve hung out as a family more. We’ve read together more. We’ve snuggled together and watched Christmas movies together. We’ve listened to a lot of Christmas music. We’ve gone to bed early. We’ve slept in. And we’ve not felt rushed or stressed or exhausted or frantic.

For the most part, December has been one of the calmest and quietest months we’ve had in ages. And it’s freed up much-needed space to just breathe, listen, love, rest, and enjoy being together.

Do I think families who have opted for lots of beautiful decorations, lots of Christmas shopping, and lots of festive activities are doing it wrong? Not in the least.

We’ve had years in the past where the Christmas season has been bustling with a lot of fun and where I found so much fulfillment in spending hours and hours picking out the perfect gifts to bless others. I don’t regret those years or those memories one bit.

But I also don’t regret having a quiet and simple Christmas this year. Sometimes, your soul just needs to take a step back and breathe.

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