Gretchen’s $40 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

I was short on time today so I was only able to go to Dillons. I’m trying use up food from our refrigerator and pantry so I didn’t need to buy much for our menu plan this week.

2 Wisk Laundry Detergent – $2.99 each, used 2 $1.50/1 coupon from the 3/9 RedPlum insert – $1.49 each after coupons

1 Kroger Dishwasher Detergent – $2.99

2 Bic Razors – $2.49 each, used 2 $3/1 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert – Free after coupons

2 Reach Toothbrush – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 1/26 SmartSource insert – Free after coupons

1 Kroger Bath Tissue – $2.95

1 Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.99

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.78

8 Yoplait Yogurts – $0.50 each, used 2 $1/4 printable (no longer available) – $0.25 each after coupons

1.15 lbs Tomatoes @ $1.79/lb – $2.06

1.19 lbs Grapes @ $1.89/lb – $2.25

4 Navel Oranges – $0.69 each

1 Kroger Natural Peanut Butter – $2.19

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

3 Gala Apples – $0.33 each

0.82 lbs Broccoli Crowns @ $1.59/lb – $1.30

2 Moms Best Cereal – $1 each

1 Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts – $7.47

Total before coupons and sales: $69.22

Total after coupons and sales: $40.23

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Homemade Granola

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly on Rice Cakes, Fruits/Veggies/Cheese, Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

BBQ Meatballs (from the freezer), Cinnamon Muffins (from my Mom), Tossed Salad, Grapes

Deer Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Fruit Salad

Chicken Fajitas, Steamed Broccoli

Chicken Almondine, Sliced Veggies, Green Beans

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit

Dinner with family

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Gretchen’s $48 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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1 Vegetable Oil – $2.39

1 Salsa – $1.69

2 Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 Rice Cakes – $1.29 (I’m thinking these are going to become a staple at our house. My son loves them!)

1 Corn Chips – $0.89

2 Grapefruit – $0.29 each

1 Cauliflower – $1.69

1 Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 Italian Dressing – $1.39

1 Old Fashioned Oats – $2.29

1 Half & Half – $1.69

3 cans Beans – $0.59 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.73

Total with tax ($1.72): $25.77

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Dillons

7 Mom’s Best Cereal – $1 each (I was so thrilled about this price as this is some of our favorite cereal!)

1.2 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.71

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.34

0.71 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $1.13

1 Kroger Frozen Green Beans – $1

1 Kroger Butter – $2.50

1 Breyer’s Ice Cream – Marked down to $2.70

1 Kroger frozen Apple Juice – $1.29

1 Clabber Girl Baking Powder – $2.25

Total with tax ($1.71): $22.62

Total for all grocery items: $48.39

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Homemade Granola

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, Leftovers

Dinners

Chicken Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, 30 Minute Rolls

Haystacks, Sliced Pineapple

Lasagna Casserole, Homemade Bread, Tossed Salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Sliced Strawberries, Butterhorns

3-Bean Chili, Cornbread, Sliced Veggies

Date night

Dinner with family

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Gretchen’s $25 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 package Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 package Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 gallon Milk – $3.08

1 package Cheddar Cheese (8 oz) – $1.99

1 package Green Peppers – $0.99

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

Total with tax ($0.68): $10.21

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Dillons

1 Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.99

1 bag Marshmallows – $1

1.34 lbs Bananas @ $0.35/lb – $0.47

1 package Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Wipes – $5.29

1 Pineapple – $0.99

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 Cucumber – $0.75 (These are way cheaper at Aldi but the past several weeks the ones at Aldi have been really squishy and felt like they were about to go bad so I’ve decided to buy them at Dillons instead.)

1 bag Kroger Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (3 lbs) – $5.97 (I was so excited to see this price as they’ve been running about $8 the last couple of months.)

Items a Part of the Mega Sale (Buy 6, Get $3 off instantly):

2 Chocolate Toast Crunch – $1.88 each, used 2 $1/1 printable - $0.88 each after coupons (I will also get $0.75 back from SavingStar.com.)

4 Cheerios – $1.88 each, used 2 $1/2 coupon from the 1/26 SmartSource insert – $1.38 each after coupons (I will also get $1 back from SavingStar.com.)

2 Pillsbury Simply Cookie Dough – $1.99 each, used $1/1 coupon from the 12/15 SmartSource insert - $0.99 each after coupons (I will also get $1 back from SavingStar.com.)

1 Breyers Ice Cream – $2.49

4 Motts Fruit Snacks – $1.49 each, used 2 $1.10/2 printable - $0.94 each after coupons (I will also get $0.50 back from SavingStar.com.)

4 Halls Cough Drops – $0.99 each, used 2 $1/2 coupon from the 1/12 SmartSource insert – $0.49 each after coupons (I will also get $1 back from Checkout 51.)

2 Suave Men’s Bodywash – $1.19 each, used 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 1/26 RedPlum insert – $0.69 each after coupons

5 Suave Shampoo/Conditioner – $1.19 each, used 5 $1/1 printable and from the 1/26 RedPlum insert – $0.19 each after coupons

Used $25/$50 Kroger e-coupon (no longer available)

Total before coupons and sales: $88.00

Total with tax ($2.13) after coupons and sales: $15.68

Total for all grocery items: $25.89

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Homemade Granola, Homemade Juice

Lunches

Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese, Lunch with friends (We are bringing cookies.)

Dinners

Chicken Enchiladas (From the freezer – I doubled this last time I made it!), Tossed Salad

Homemade Pizza, Breadsticks, Pineapple

BBQ Venison Sandwiches (from leftover BBQ Venison I made last week) with Homemade Buns, Chips, Carrot Sticks, Fruit

Salad Bar, 30 Minute Rolls

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, Oranges

Spaghetti, Homemade Bread, Tossed Salad

Dinner with family

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This Week’s Menu Plan + Freezer Cooking in an Hour Plan

Build Your Own Haystacks

Breakfasts

Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, and/or Fruit

Lunches

Mac & cheese, fruit
Snack-y lunch {veggies, cheese, yogurt, fruit, crackers, etc.}
PB&J, carrot sticks, apples
Cheese quesadillas, carrot sticks
Leftovers x 3

Snacks

Fruit/veggies
Popcorn
Boiled eggs
Butterscotch Brownies

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Freezer Cooking in an Hour Plan

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Ham & Cheese Pockets

Homemade Pizza

Dinners

Homemade Pizza, veggies, fruit
Slow Cooker Southwest Soup, Homemade Soft Pretzels, fruit
Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes from the Freezer, scrambled eggs, fruit
Build Your Own Haystacks, fruit
Ham & Cheese Pockets, Fruit
Dinner at our church’s Valentine’s Banquet
Dinner out (We’re going to Oklahoma City as a family for a fun getaway trip and are planning to use our gift card to The Cheesecake Factory that we got as a Christmas gift one of the nights!}

What’s on your menu this week? Tell us in the comments or leave a link to your menu plan post.

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This Week’s Menu + One-Hour Freezer Cooking Plan

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Breakfasts

Oatmeal, Cereal, Eggs, and/or Fruit

Lunches

Mac & cheese, fruit
Snack-y lunch {veggies, cheese, yogurt, fruit, crackers, etc.}
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches from the freezer, carrot sticks, apples
Cheese quesadillas, carrot sticks
Leftovers x 3

Banana Bars

Snacks

Fruit/veggies
Popcorn
Boiled eggs
Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting

Freezer Cooking in an Hour Plan

Butterscotch Brownies
Giant Cinnamon Roll Cake
Baked Chicken
Taco Meat
Upside Down Pizza

Dinners

Homemade Chicken Salsa Pizza, veggies, fruit
Slow Cooker Southwest Soup, Homemade Soft Pretzels, fruit
Upside Down Pizza, fruit salad, steamed veggies
Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes from the Freezer, scrambled eggs, fruit
Olympic-Ringed Pizza, fruit, steamed veggies
Dinner out
Dinner with extended family x 2

What’s on your menu this week? Tell us in the comments or leave a link to your menu plan post.

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Gretchen’s $59 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

3 Cucumbers – $0.29 each

1 Honey Wheat Bread – $1.29

2 Chunk Cheese – $1.79 each

1 Cotton Swabs – $1.39

1 Mini Marshmallows – $0.89

1 Italian Dressing – $1.39

1 gallon Milk – $2.88

2 Broccoli Crowns – $0.99 (I only bought one package but they charged me for 2 broccoli crowns and there were 2 inside the package. Does anyone know if they normally charge per broccoli crown that is inside each package?)

Total with tax ($1.02): $15.29

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Dillons

I had one of those shopping trips at Dillons this week where you just want to forget ever using coupons again after checking out. They wouldn’t allow me to use the Buy One Get One Free coupon on 4 boxes of Cheerios that I had purchased as part of the Mega Sale (Buy 6, Get $3 off). I didn’t end up buying them, which meant I had to take out 2 more items from my groceries so that it would make the number of Mega items I was buying divisible by 6. In the end, there was a huge line waiting behind me, my cashier didn’t take off all 6 items and I ended up paying $1.99 extra. Oh well…

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 6, Get $3 off instantly):

2 Starkist Tuna – $0.99 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 1/5 SmartSource insert – $0.49 each after coupon

4 Hefty Storage Bags – $1.49 each, used 2 $1/2 coupon from the 1/5 RedPlum insert – $0.99 each after coupons

2 Velveta Cups – $0.49 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable - Free after coupons

1 can Green Chilies – $0.69

1 can Refried Beans – $0.69

1 Barilla Gluten Free Pasta – $1.99, used $0.75/1 mailer coupon – $1.24 after coupon

1 bag Golden Puffs Cereal – $2.99

2 Jose Ole Nacho/Taquito Bites – $2.50 each, used $3/2 printable - $1 each after coupon

1 Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts – $7.49

3 Red Baron Frozen Pizza – $2.49 each, used $3/3 printable – $1.49 each after coupon

Other Items

1 Jimmy Dean Sausage – $3.59

1 Dillons Eggs (dozen) – $1.25

2 Rice Dream – $2.19 each, used 2 $2/1 printable - $0.19 each after coupons

2 Angel Soft Bath Tissue – $1.25 each, used 2 $0.45/1 coupon from the 1/5 RedPlum insert – $0.80 each after coupons

1 Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1

2 Ramen Noodles – $0.20 each

1 Kroger Potatoes (5 lbs) – $2.99

1 Kroger band aids – $1

1 Romaine Lettuce – $1.49

Total before coupons and sales: $84.40

Total after coupons and sales: $44.42

Total for all grocery items: $59.71

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Homemade Granola, Toast

Lunches

Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna Sandwiches, Cheese and Crackers/Fruit and Veggies, Leftovers, Peanut Butter Quesadillas

Dinners

Chicken Enchiladas, Brown Rice, Broccoli

Deer Roast, Potatoes, Carrots

Chicken and Rice Casserole, Broccoli, Tossed Salad

Sausage, Eggs and Biscuits, Fruit Salad

Southwestern Roll Ups, Cornbread, Steamed Cauliflower

Upside Down Pizza, Tossed Salad, Steamed Broccoli

Snacky Dinner (Frozen Pizza/Nacho Bites, Chips and Dip) for Super Bowl Sunday

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