Gretchen’s $47 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 bag Whole Carrots – $0.99

1 bag Red Grapes – $1.98

1 bag Spinach – $1.79

1 carton Mushrooms – $1.49

1 pkg (3 per pack) – Zucchini – $1.49

2 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.59 each

1 can Black Beans – $0.59

1 Frozen Orange Juice – $1.19

1 lb Ground Turkey – $1.89

1 Baking Powder – $0.99

1 Half & Half – $1.89

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 pkg Strawberries – $1.69 (I bought these before I went to Green Acres and saw the marked down strawberries.)

2 Grapefruit – $0.59 each

Total with tax ($1.55): $23.18

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2 pkg Strawberries – Marked down to $0.99 each

1 pkg Organic SuperGreens – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax ($0.23): $3.20

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Dillons

1 Russel Stover Marshmallow Egg – $0.50, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum – $1.29, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon (These free gum coupons are sure coming in handy as rewards for my Awana girls each week!)

1 Dream Blends Milk – $2.25, used $2/1 printable – $0.25 after coupon

0.60 lbs Broccoli – $1.13

0.63 lbs Tomatoes – $0.81

1 gallon Milk – $2.59, used $0.40 Ibotta rebate – $2.19 after rebate

1 Kroger Sandwich Slims – $1.79

1 pkg Corn Tortillas – $1.77

1 Kroger Greek Yogurt – $3.39

1 Kroger Mouthwash – $1.49, used Free mailer coupon – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Spaghetti Sauce – $1

0.93 lbs Asparagus – $1.85

2 Cucumbers – $0.79 each

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

3 Mom’s Best Cereal – $1.50, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.33 each after coupon

Total with tax ($1.44) after coupons and rebate: $21.18

Total for all grocery items: $47.66 

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2

Toast & Eggs x 3

Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs, Orange Juice

10-Minute Stovetop Granola, Fruit

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Rice Cake Sandwiches, Tossed Salad x 2

Fruit/Crackers/Cheese/Veggies x 2

Leftovers, Spinach Smoothies

Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit/Veggies

Sautéed Veggies with Spaghetti Sauce

Dinners

Mexican Lasagna, Steamed Peas, Strawberries

Chicken Pot Pie, Tossed Salad

Veggie and Chicken Stirfry, Oatmeal Muffins

3-Cheese Ziti with Turkey, Steamed Broccoli

Steak Fajita Sandwiches, Grapefruit

Ground Venison Vegetable Soup, Crackers, Cheese Slices

Out to eat

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Gretchen’s $46 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

1 Nature Valley Loaf Bread – $2

1.01 lbs Asparagus – $3.02

1 Sara Lee Cake – $2.99, Used $1/1 printable – $1.99 after coupon (The sale sign said B1G1 Free but it didn’t ring up as that. I’m guessing it was a sign they needed to take down from a previous sale.) :(

1 Thomas English Muffins – $1.59, used $0.40/1 coupon from the 1/11 SmartSource insert – $1.19 after coupon

2 Cucumbers – $0.79 each

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.50

1 bag Kroger Spinach – $2.50

1 dozen Eggs – $1.88

1 Simple Truth Almonds – Marked down to $2.79

2 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1 each

1 Kraft Tarter Sauce – $2

0.59 lbs Broccoli – $1.12

2 Tofuti Cuties – Marked down to $0.95 each (I had never tried these before but thought it would be fun. They aren’t too bad!)

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1

1.94 lbs Bananas – $1.14

2 bunches Lettuce – $0.99 each

2 Pineapple – $1 each

1 Celery – $1.49
I also used a $2/$10 produce coupon Dillons mailed to me.

1 pkg Kroger Chicken Drumsticks – Marked down to $4.43

Mega Sale Items (Buy 6, Get $3 off):

1 Trix Cereal – $1.79, used $1/1 printable (no longer available) – $0.79 after coupon

1 Honey Nut Cheerios – $1.79, used $0.75/1 printable – $1.04 after coupon

3 pkg Motts Fruit Snacks – $1.49 each, used 3 $0.50/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupons

1 Kraft Cheese – $1.99, used $0.75/1 printable – $1.24 after coupon

Total with tax ($3.04): $45.57

I also picked up a box of Fisher Boy Fish Sticks from Homeland this week for $0.99 but don’t have a picture of it.

Total for all grocery items: $46.56

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal

Toast & Eggs x 2

Oatmeal

Homemade Granola

Egg Muffins

Lunches

Fruit/Veggies/Cheese/Crackers x 2

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches and Oranges x 2

Cheese Quesadillas & Carrot Sticks

Baked Potatoes, Cottage Cheese, Fruit

Spinach Smoothies/Tossed Salad

Dinners

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Steamed Asparagus

Dinner with family

Church Valentine’s Banquet

Salad Bar, Pumpkin Muffins

Fish Sticks, Tossed Salad, Steamed Peas, Pineapple

Chicken Enchiladas, Steamed Asparagus, Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Pie, Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Double Fudge Banana Muffins

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Brigette’s $51 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Last week I didn’t go grocery shopping as our children were in various stages of the most aggressive and longest stomach virus that has ever hit our family. :( My husband made a couple of “emergency” trips to the store for a few things, sweet friends stopped by with food, and we survived! I didn’t need to buy as much this week since we still have things to use up, but it felt great to get out of the house again. :)

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 Aldi

1 16-oz bag Frozen Tilapia Fillets – $3.49

2 16-oz  bags Frozen Strawberries – $4.38

2 16-oz packages Frozen Ground Turkey – $3.78

2 3-ct packages Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 bunch Bananas (3.33lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.47, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $1.22

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.99

2 3-ct packages Zucchini – $1.98

1 32-oz container Greek Yogurt – $3.89, plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $3.39

1 3-ct package Green Peppers – $1.19

1 Dijon Mustard – $0.99

1 8-oz Swiss Cheese – $1.79

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.29

3 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $5.97

2 jars Kosher Baby Dills – $2.58

1 Gallon Milk – $2.99

Total after Rebates: $41.01

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Harris Teeter

I bag Bananas, reduced – $1.00

1 box Honey Nut Cheerios Medley – $2.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00 after coupons

2 boxes Gorton’s Grilled Fish Fillets (B1G1) – $4.29, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $1.29/2 after coupons

1 32-oz bag Frozen Broccoli – $2.00

1 32-oz bag Frozen Spinach – $2.00

2 8-oz blocks Kraft Pepper Jack Cheese – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (NLA, doubled) – $2.00/2 after coupons

2 packages Trans Ocean Crab Classic (B1G1) – $2.99, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.99/2 after coupons

Total: $10.28

Weekly Total: $51.29

Weekly Menu

Breakfasts

Cereal

Trim Healthy Mama Pancakes (I use pumpkin puree in place of the cottage cheese)

Baby Shower Brunch – I am bringing French Breakfast Puffs

Steel Cut Oatmeal and Bananas x 2

Veggie Omelettes for me, Scrambled Eggs and Toast for the Family x 2

Lunches

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches, Mini Sweet Peppers x 2

Potluck Lunch at Church – I am bringing Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes and Upside Down Praline Apple Pie

Build-Your-Own-Tossed-Salad x 2

Baked Potatoes with Pepper Jack Cheese and Steamed Spinach, Bananas

Leftovers

Dinners

Spaghizza, Homemade French Bread, Sautéed Zucchini

Dinner at a Friend’s House

Baked Parmesan Tilapia, Steamed Broccoli, Creamy Milk Rice, Tossed Salad

Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Oranges

Taco Salad, Brown Rice, Apple Slices

Chicken Noodle Soup (with homemade noodles), Fresh Veggie Plate, Sliced Cheese and Crackers

Leftovers

Snacks

Greek Yogurt and Strawberries, Smoothies, Popcorn, French Breakfast Puffs

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Gretchen’s $53 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 bag Halo Oranges – $1.98

1 bag Spinach – $1.79

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 bunch Celery – $1.29

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

1 carton Blueberries – $1.69, received $0.25 back from Checkout 51

1 frozen Apple Juice – $0.95

1 Half & Half – $1.89

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.43

1 pkg Arugula – $0.99

Total with tax ($1.27): $18.78

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3 Yoplait Greek Yogurt – Marked down to $0.25 each

1 Yoplait Greek Yogurt – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 bag Frozen Peas – $1, used Free e-coupon (was in my Customer Best folder) and received $0.25 back from Ibotta – Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

1 Kroger Frozen Ice Cream Bars – Marked down to $1

2.13 lbs Bananas – $0.59, Received $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.34 after rebate

0.68 lbs Broccoli – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $1.34, Received $0.25 back from Ibotta – $1.09 after rebate

2 Horizon Mac & Cheese – $1 each, used 2 $0.55/1 printable – $0.45 after coupons

1 Charmin Toilet Paper – $6.49, used $0.55/1 mailer coupon and received $1 back from Ibotta – $4.94 after coupon

Mega Sale Items (Buy 6, Get $3 off instantly): 

2 Honey Nut Cheerios – $1.79 each, used $1/2 printable – $1.29 each after coupon

1 Cocoa Puffs – $1.79, used $1/1 printable (no longer available) and received $0.25 back from Ibotta – $0.54 after coupon and rebate

1 Nutella – $2.99, used $2/1 coupon from the 2/1 SmartSource insert – $0.99 after coupon

6 Kraft Shredded Cheese – $1.99 each, used 3 $1/2 printable and received $0.25 back from Ibotta – $1.44 each after coupon and rebate

2 American Beauty Pasta – $0.69, used $1/2 mailer coupon – $0.19 each after coupon

Total before coupons and sales: $61.02

Total with tax ($2.63) after coupons, rebates and sales: $27.78

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1 Dole Peaches – $2, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

2 Halls Cough Drops – $1.25 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.25 each after coupon

Items a part of Mega Sale (Buy 10, Save $2 instantly):

4 cans Rotel Tomatoes & Green Chilies – $0.80 each, used $0.40/2 printable (doubled) and $0.40/2 coupon from the 1/18 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.40 each after coupons

2 Rosarita Refried Beans – $0.80 each, used $0.40/2 printable (doubled) – $0.40 each after coupon

1 Swiss Miss Cocoa – $0.80, used $0.40/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

3 Hunts Diced Tomatoes – $0.80 each, used $0.50/3 printable (doubled) – $0.47 each after coupon

Total before coupons and sales: $28.43

Total with tax ($0.87) after coupons and sales: $6.98

Total for all grocery items: $53.54

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2, Toast & Eggs x 2, Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit & Yogurt

Lunches

Macaroni & Cheese x 2, Cheese/Crackers/Veggies, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Leftovers, Spinach Smoothies x 5 (I will be eating this every day.)

Dinners

Ground Beef Stroganoff, Tossed Salad

Chicken Fajitas, Fruit

Bean Burritos, Steamed Peas

Oven Fried Chicken, Potatoes, Rolls, Steamed Broccoli

Venison Roast, Carrots, Potatoes, Tossed Salad

Spaghetti, Green Beans

Dinner with family

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Gretchen’s $64 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

We were out of town all last week and I had used up most everything in our refrigerator before we left so this week I had a LOT of items to buy! 

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 pkg Cauliflower – $1.69

1 pkg Celery – $1.29

1 pkg Asparagus – $1.49

1 pkg Green Peppers – $1.49

1 pkg (3 lbs) Navel Oranges – $1.68

1 pkg (5 lbs) Potatoes – $0.99 (I was so excited about this price!)

1 dozen Large Eggs – $1.49

1 pkg Carrots – $1.49

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 pkg Trail Mix – $1.99 (My 3 year old son is growing like a weed and is constantly hungry. I saw this and thought it would be a great snack for him on those days we are out and about.)

1 pkg Ocean Spray Craisins – $1.29

1 pkg Spinach – $1.79

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 pkg Frozen Peas – $0.89

1 frozen Orange Juice – $1.19

1 pkg Mozzarella Cheese – $1.79

1 Mild Salsa – $1.69

1 Grape Jelly – $1.45

1 Natural Peanut Butter – $1.69

Total with tax ($2.16): $32.40

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1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $0.99

2 pkg Tyson Frozen Chicken Breast – $5.57 each (This was NOT on my list to get this week, but when I saw it was on sale for my target price, I ended up buying 2 bags and going over my grocery budget this week. I will spend less next week to even out this month’s grocery budget and will save money in the long run. :) )

2 half gallons Dillons Milk – $1 each

0.32 lbs Broccoli Crowns – $0.60

1.64 lbs Bananas – $0.97

1 South Beach Diet Bars – $6.99, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Chobani Greek Yogurt – $1.25, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

2 Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.99 each (These were advertised as $1.67, so I was disappointed they did not ring up correctly.)

2 Cantaloupe – $0.99 each

Total with tax ($1.61): $24.07

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Homeland

1.11 lbs Tomatoes – $1.43

2 Cucumbers – $0.69 each

1 Farmland Sausage – $1.25, used $0.55/1 printable (doubled) (no longer available) – $0.15 after coupon

1 Hiland Cottage Cheese – $1.94, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.94 after coupon

1 Motts Applesauce – $2.89, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.89 after coupon

2 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts – $1.29 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.29 each after coupon

2 Wishbone Salad Dressing – $1.69 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 1/11 SmartSource insert – $0.69 each after coupon

Total with tax ($0.69): $7.95 

Total for all grocery items: $64.42

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3, Scrambled Eggs & Juice, Oatmeal, Cranberry Almond Scones & Fruit (We are having a playdate at our house this week and I will be serving this.)

Lunches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Veggies, Turkey Meat/Cheese/Fruit/Crackers, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches/Carrots x 2, Leftovers, Vegetable/Banana Smoothies x 5 (I will be eating this for lunch every day.)

Dinners

Hawaiian Haystacks (Brown Rice, Chicken, Gravy, Canned Pineapple, Coconut, Cheese)

Venison Stew, Steamed Asparagus, Leftover Scones

Hamburgers & Fish (A church friend kindly gave us a bag full of fish he had caught, cleaned and frozen for us!), Tossed Salad, Homemade French Fries

German Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Cantaloupe

Venison Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Asparagus

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Dinner with family

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Brigette’s $58 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

I usually enjoy grocery shopping (I know, I’m weird like that), but this week ended up being a less than ideal experience. Every store was completely out of the “best” deals (you know – the ones you go into the store excited to buy), and apparently “cold” weather puts everyone in a shopping mood, because the lines were ridiculously long. My preplanned list mostly went out the window and I just ended up doing the best I could, adjusting my weekly menu plan as needed. Some weeks in life are just like that, though! :)

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Aldi

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

2 2-lb packages Carrots ($1.19 each) – $2.38

2 dozen Eggs ($1.19 each) – $2.38

1 bag Ceasar Salad Mix, reduced – $0.15

1 1-lb box Butter Quarters – $2.99

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

1 1-lb carton Strawberries – $1.49

16-oz bag frozen Peas – $0.89

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

1 3-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples (so disappointed they were out of the advertised Fuji Apples!) - $2.99

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.99

1 bunch Bananas (2.53lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.11, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.86 after rebate

1 12-oz bottle Hot Sauce – $0.85

2 16-oz cartons Eggs Whites ($1.99 each) – $3.98

1 gallon Milk – $3.29

Total after Rebate: $30.72

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Target

5 8-ct packages Pencils ($0.50 each) – $2.50, used $1.50/5 School Supplies printable – $1.00/5 after coupon

4 boxes Barilla Veggie Pasta ($1.16 each) – $4.64, used 2 $1/2 Barilla Proteinplus, Whole Grain, Veggie, White Fiber or Gluten Free Pasta, exp. 3/31/15 (RP 01/04/15) – $2.64/4 after coupon

2 bags Hormel Pepperoni ($2.84 each) – $5.68, used $1/2 Hormel Pepperoni Product, exp. 3/2/15 (SS 01/04/15 #2), plus $1/2 Target printable (NLA) – $3.68/2 after coupon

4 jars Ragu Pizza Sauce ($1.15 each) – $4.60, used 2 $0.75/2 Ragu Product, exp. 2/22/15 (RP 01/25/15 #2 R) – $3.10/4 after coupon

Received $5 Target Gift Card for buying 10 Select Items

Total after Tax, Coupons and Gift Card – $5.49

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 Harris Teeter

2 12-oz bags Eight O’clock Coffee (B1G1) – $6.25, used 2 $1.50/1 printable, plus receive back $1.50 from Ibotta – $1.75/2 after coupons and rebate

3 Lara Bars – $3.00, used $0.75/3 printable (doubled), plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar – $0.75/3 after coupon and rebate

3 boxes Hamburger Helper – $3.00, used $0.75/3 printable (doubled), plus receive $1.00 back from SavingStar – $0.50/3 after coupon and rebate

2 18-oz jars KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce (B1G1) – $2.39, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.39/2 after coupons

1 LA Looks Hair Gel – $1.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 Colgate Toothpaste – $1.00 (used raincheck), used $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 2/14/15 (SS 02/01/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 Frozen Orange Juice concentrate (already made up into juice in the picture :)) – $1.67

2 12-oz packages Frozen Broccoli – $2.00

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

2 packages Butterball Turkey Bacon – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $2.00/2 after coupons

4 packages Gwaltney Hot Dogs -$3.88, used 2 $0.75/2 printable (doubled) – $0.88/4 after coupons (After trying many more expensive brands of hot dogs, my husband and children have declared these their “favorite.” I refuse to eat them, but my husband will buy them if I don’t – so I was happy to find a sale/coupon. These will go into our freezer in anticipation of warmer weather and cookouts over our fire pit!)

Total after Sales, Coupons, Rebates, and Tax – $22.78

Weekly Total: $58.99

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Fruit (using frozen fruit from the freezer stirred in) x 3

Scrambled Eggs/Veggie Omelettes and Toast x 2

Cereal x 2

Lunches

Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Chips x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad (Fresh Veggies, Tuna, Hard Boiled Eggs, Craisins, Sunflower Seeds, etc.) x 2

Fried Egg Sandwiches, Bananas, Carrot Sticks

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Homemade Chili and Cornbread, Carrot Sticks

Date Night Out (Super excited about this! We haven’t had a date in…almost forever it seems. We got several gift cards to restaurants for Christmas, and will finally get to use one of those.)

Chili and Cheese over Baked Potatoes (using leftover chili), Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad

Baked Chicken Nuggets, Steamed Peas, Baked French Fries, Apples

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Brown Rice, Green Beans

Leftovers

Snacks

Popcorn, Apples with Peanut Butter, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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