Brigette’s $71 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

It’s been gorgeous weather here in the South the past week! I ended up not making several of the meals on my menu plan last week so that we could grill out. In January.

With this being only my second winter here, and having spent the previous 6 winters in Detroit – this still blows my mind. I love it! This wasn’t an amazing grocery week as far as the sales went, but I did stockpile chicken and bread. And I jumped way out of my comfort zone and bought toilet paper at Aldi. :)

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Aldi

1 24-oz package Zucchini – $1.99

1 bunch Bananas (3.12lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.37, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $1.12 after rebate

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

1 large bag Kale – $1.99 (I have never liked kale until recently – and I cannot get enough of the stuff now!)

3 6-oz containers Yogurt – $1.17

2 3-ct packages Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 16-oz package Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 3-lb bag Tangerines – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.99

1 3-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples – $2.99

1 1-lb package Ground Turkey – $1.89

1 head Cauliflower – $1.99

1 16-oz carton Strawberries – $1.49, plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $0.99 after rebate

1 8oz package Mushrooms – $1.29

1 can Baking Powder – $0.99

1 gallon Milk – $3.39

1 12-double roll package Toilet Paper (Buying toilet paper at Aldi is a first for me…but there were no good sales that I saw at other stores and we needed it! :)) – $4.99

Total after Tax and Rebates – $36.38

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Harris Teeter

1 gallon White Vinegar – $2.59

2 Chex Mix (B1G1) – $2.79, used $0.50/2 printable (doubled), plus $0/50/2 evic, plus$0.50/2 SavingStar – $0.79/2 after coupons

2 packages Mariani Dried Cranberries (B1G1) – $3.39, used 2 $0.50/1 Mariani Dried Fruit Snack, exp. 1/31/15 (SS 11/23/14) (doubled) – $1.39/2 after coupons

1 16-oz can Lite Coconut Milk – $1.50

2 5.5oz bags Riceworks Chips (B1G1) – $2.99, used 2 $1/1 Riceworks Product, exp. 1/24/15 (SS 12/07/14 #2 R) – $0.99/2 after coupons

2 1-lb bag Carrots – $1.00

1 16-oz can Kraft Parmesan Cheese – $4.29, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/1 evic, plus receive $0.55 back from Snap by Groupon – $1.49 after coupons and rebate

1 18-ct carton Egglands Best Eggs – $2.77, used $0.50/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs, exp. 2/2/15 (SS 11/02/14) (doubled), plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $1.27

5 bags (2.5lbs each) Frozen Chicken Tenderloins (B2G3) – $21.98

Total after Sales, Coupons and Rebates – $33.00

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Flower Foods Bakery

9 packages of assorted bread (sliced sandwich bread, bagel thins, hamburger buns), reduced (4/$1.00) – $2.25

Weekly Total: $71.63

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal x 3

Eggs and Toast x 2

Gluten Free Apple Oat Muffins (adapting this recipe) and Yogurt

French Toast (Saturday)

Lunches

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

Macaroni and Cheese, Strawberries

Build-Your-Own Salad with Tuna, Hard Boiled Eggs, Sunflower Seeds, Dried Cranberries and Fresh Veggies x 2

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice (I make it like this but use vegetables my family eats), Tangerines

Venison Roast in the Crockpot (Yay for a hunter friend who shared some meat with us!), Creamy Milk Rice, Roasted Carrots

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Easy Potato Bread

Spaghetti (using ground turkey and frozen homemade spaghetti sauce), Tossed Salad with Parmesan Italian Dressing, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover Easy Potato Bread

Fried Egg Sandwiches (meatless meal), Sautéed Zucchini, Apples

Chicken on the Grill, Parmesan Grilled Cauliflower, Apple Cranberry Tossed Salad

Leftovers

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Brigette’s $56 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

This was an epic grocery shopping week for me because I did not use a single coupon! My computer was acting up and wouldn’t print right, and honestly, there weren’t a whole lot of coupons worth printing. It felt REALLY strange, and kind of nice all at once. I might even do it again in the future – as long as I live close to an Aldi! :)

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Aldi

(I didn’t take photos immediately after getting home, which means that some of the items were already opened by the time I got around to taking pictures :))

2 packages (3-ct each) Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 2-lb package Brown Rice – $1.19

1 5-lb package White Rice – $2.49

1 3-lb bag Onions – $1.49

1 16-oz bag Frozen Strawberries – $2.19

1 bunch Bananas (2.41lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.06, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.81 after rebate

1 2-lb bag Frozen Tilapia – $5.49

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

1 bag Garden Salad – $0.99

1 16-oz bag Frozen Peas – $0.89 (accidentally pictured in the Harris Teeter photo)

1 head Cauliflower – $1.99

2 bags (3-ct each) Colored Peppers – $3.98

1 large bag Kale – $1.99

3 Avocados ($0.59/each) – $1.77

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

1 24-oz package Roma Tomatoes – $1.19, plus receive back $0.50 from Checkout51 – $0.69 after rebate

1 1-lb package Ground Turkey – $1.89

1 3-ct package Garlic – $0.79

1 Dijon Mustard – $0.99

Total: $37.19 after rebates

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Harris Teeter

1 16-oz can Lite Coconut Milk – $1.77

1 Whole Chicken (5.42lb @ $0.89/lb) – $4.82

2 8-0z packages Shredded Cheese ($1.67 each) – $3.34 (one bag was gone before I snapped a picture)

1 5-lb bag Fuji Apples – $4.99

4 16-oz bags Frozen Broccoli and Cauliflower ($1.19 each) – $4.76

Total: 19.68

Weekly Total: $56.87

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal (It is chilly outside, and this is my children’s favorite breakfast. We are going to have it every weekday this week.), Cereal (Sunday), Pancakes (Saturday)

Lunches

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Apples x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad with Hardboiled Eggs and Tuna

Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches on Homemade Bread, Pepper Slices, Bananas x 2

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Simple Roast Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins (I have been making kefir, and am going to try subbing kefir in place of buttermilk)

Coconut Chicken and Vegetable Curry over Rice, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Homemade Cheese Pizza (meatless), Apple Slices

Taco Salad, Fruit Salad

Baked Tilapia (minus the capers)Roasted Carrots, Mashed Garlic Cauliflower

Hamburger Vegetable SoupHomemade Dill Bread

Leftovers

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Gretchen’s $45 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Homeland

Farmland Bacon – $4.69, used $1/1 mailer coupon (doubled) – $2.69 after coupon

2.39 lbs Fuji Apples @ $0.99/lb – $2.34

1 Cucumber – $0.69

2 Hungry Jack Hashbrowns – $1.59 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 10/5 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.59 each after coupon

1 Welch’s Fruit Snacks – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Wishbone Salad Dressing – $1.67, used $0.50/1 mailer coupon (doubled) – $0.67 after coupon

Items a part of the Kellogg’s sale (Buy 4, Save $4 instantly): 

3 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal – $1.50 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 12/7 RedPlum insert (doubled) and $1/1 printable (doubled) – 1 Free and 2 for $0.50 each after coupons

3 Kellogg’s Special K Crackers – $1.50 each, used $1/3 coupon from the 1/4 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.83 each after coupon

2 Kellogg’s Granola Bars – $1.50 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupon

Total before coupons and sales: $54.38

Total with tax ($1.38) after coupons and sales: $12.94

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Dillons

3 half gallons Milk – $1 each

1 Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1.25

1 Welch’s Natural Fruit Spread – $2.99

1 Malt O Meal Cereal – $3.49, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – $3.49 after coupon

0.79 lbs Tomatoes @ $1.99/lb – $1.57

1 can Kroger Refried Beans – Marked down to $0.49

1 Kroger Butter – $3.99, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $3.59 after coupon

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $2.19

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

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

1 Kroger Tortillas – $1.79

2.82 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.66

0.51 lbs Broccoli @ $1.89/lb – $0.96

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 dozen Dillons Large Eggs – $1.25 each

1 Nabisco Belvita Biscuits – $3.49, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

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

2 Gillette Shave Gel (pk of 2) – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 12/14 RedPlum insert – $0.99 after coupons (Makes them $0.49 each)

1 Nature’s Valley Bread – $1

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

1 Cascade Dishwasher Detergent – $2.99, used $1/1 mailer coupon – $0.99 after coupon

Total after coupons and sales: $32.27

Total for all grocery items: $45.91

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3 Grapefruit/Oatmeal, Toast & Juice

Lunches

Bacon/Eggs/Grapefruit, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes, Leftovers, Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Dinners

Ground Venison and Noodles, Biscuits, Steamed Peas

French Toast, Eggs, Hashbrowns

Venison Burgers, Homemade French Fries, Tossed Salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Homemade Bread

Bean Burritos, Chips/Salsa, Grapefruit

Salad Bar, Pumpkin Muffins

Out to eat

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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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Gretchen’s $32 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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1 Alpha-Bits Cereal – $2.50, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

2 Flour – $1 each

3 Hershey’s Chocolate Chips – $1.66, used $1/2 coupon from the 11/16 SmartSource insert (doubled) and $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.66 each after coupons

1 Suave Deodorant – $1.39, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 11/16 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.39 after coupon

2 Reynolds Cupcake Liners – $0.89 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – Free plus overage after coupon

2 Ragu Spaghetti Sauce – $1.25 each, used $0.60/2 coupon from the 11/16 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.65 each after coupon

1 Vegetable Oil – $1.99

1 Pert Plus 2 in 1 Shampoo – $1.99, used $1/1 coupon from the 11/23 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Suave Kids 2 in 1 Bodywash – $2.45, used $1/1 coupon from the 1/16 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.45 after coupon

1 Carefree Liners – $1.45, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.45 after coupon

Total before coupons and sales: $37.51

Total with tax ($1.32) after coupons and sales: $10.37

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Dillons

1 Moms Best Mallow Oats Cereal – $1.88 (I haven’t seen this cereal in any of my local stores in several years. My husband and I used to eat this all the time when we were first married and I could get it free with coupons. When I saw it this week I had to buy it just for fun!)

1 qt Kroger Half & Half – $1.99

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.77, Received $0.25 back from Ibotta

1 Kroger Laundry Detergent – $4.99, used Free coupon from Dillons mailer – Free after coupon (I couldn’t find the regular laundry detergent anywhere so I bought the baby laundry detergent.)

1 pkg Kroger Drumsticks – $5.19 ($0.99/lb)

1 dozen Dillons Eggs – $1.69

1 Leaf Lettuce – $0.99

2 Brut Deodorant – $1, used $1/1 coupon from the 11/23 SmartSource insert – Free after coupons

0.89 lbs Tomatoes @ $1.99/lb – $1.77

1.97 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.16

1 Kraft BBQ Sauce – $1.99, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Cucumber – $0.79

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 4, Get $4 off instantly): 

1 Honey Nut Cheerios – $1.49, used $0.50/1 printable – $0.99 after coupon

1 Vidal Salon Styling Gel – Marked down to $1.24, used $2/1 e-coupon - Free plus overage after coupon

1 Listerine Floss – $0.99, used $1/1 printable – Free after coupon

1 pkg Thomas English Muffins – $1.99, used $1/1 printable – $0.99 after coupon

Total before coupons and sales: $49.32

Total with tax ($2.37) after coupons and sales: $21.81

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My parents also gave us all these grapefruit this week. We love grapefruit at our house!

Total for all grocery items: $32.18

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2, Toasted English Muffins, Scrambled Eggs and Bananas, Homemade Granola

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grapefuit/Crackers/Veggies, Tuna Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Leftovers

Dinners

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Tossed Salad

Dinner with friends (I’m bringing Chocolate Sheet Cake.)

Chicken & Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

Spaghetti, Rolls, Tossed Salad

Deer Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Toasted English Muffins

Breakfast Casserole, Grapefruit

Hawaiian Haystacks, Green Beans

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Brigette’s $43 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

2 9-oz bags Spinach (@$0.99/each) – $1.98

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

2 Avocados (@$0.59/each) – $1.18

2 16-oz bags Baby Carrots (@$0.69/each) – $1.38

1 3-ct package Green Peppers – $1.19

1 Cucumber – $0.39

Total: $8.11

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Harris Teeter

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

2 18-ct cartons Eggs (@$1.77/each) – $3.54, receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $3.04 after rebate

2 13-oz packages Land O’ Frost Simply Delicious Lunchmeat – (B1G1) – $5.49, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $2.49/2 after coupons

2 boxes Bigelow Tea (B1G1) – $2.99, used 2 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $0.79/2 after coupons

1 package Mariani Craisins – $1.69, used $0.50/1 Mariani Dried Fruit Snack, exp. 1/31/15 (SS 11/23/14) –  $0.69 after coupon

used $15 Walgreens Register Rewards (leftover from Black Friday Walgreens deals)

Total after Rebate: $5.01

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Azure Standard

(a friend from church coordinates group orders from Azure Standard, and I have been able to get some great deals from this online store)

20lbs “In Season” Organic Apples – $14.00

Total with Tax: $15.14

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Flower Foods Bakery

(My husband came home with all of the following – the man has definitely learned how to score a great deal! You should have seen how proud he was of himself. :) And yes, most of this is white and processed, but it went straight to our freezer, and will be interspersed with homemade whole-grain baked goods.)

19 packages of Bread (including Regular and Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, Bagel Thins, English Muffins, Hot Dog Buns and Sandwich Bread)  – $6.30

Total: $6.30

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Sams

(a friend picked this up for me – a fantastic price for coconut flour!)

5lbs of Organic Coconut Flour – $8.98

Total: $8.98

Weekly Total: $43.64

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Fruit (we have bananas, pears, cranberries and blueberries in the freezer right now, so the children love picking a different fruit each morning to stir into their oatmeal); Eggs and Toasted Bagels, Cereal, Buckwheat Pancakes, Homemade Yogurt and Granola

Lunches

Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches, Apples, Green Pepper Slices

Baked Potatoes with Cheese and Broccoli

Tuna Sandwiches, Cucumbers, Apples

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Carrot Sticks

Scrambled Eggs and Spinach, Buttered Brown Rice

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes with Ham (someone gave us a ham at Thanksgiving, and we have lots of leftover in the freezer), Green Beans, Toasted Bagels

Christmas Banquet Dinner at our Church

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad, Carrot Sticks

Egg McMuffin Sandwiches (Fried Egg, Cheese, and Lunchmeat on English Muffins), Spinach Salad, Steamed Broccoli

Baked Spaghetti, French Bread, Green Beans with Parmesan Cheese

Baked Chicken Nuggets (using homemade bread crumbs), Roasted Cauliflower, Freezer Biscuits

Leftovers

Snacks

Apples, Popcorn, Smoothies, Granola

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