This Week’s Menu Plan

This Week's Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Granola, Cereal, and/or Fruit

Lunches

Pizza Pockets
Snack-y lunch {veggies, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.}
PB&J, carrot sticks, apples
Leftovers x 3

Snacks

Fruit/veggies
Popcorn
Boiled eggs
Homemade Energy Bites
Homemade Energy Bites

Dinners

Meaty Monday (A local family coordinates this every week & they were so gracious to invite us to be apart — it’s a weekly informal gathering of friends — each family brings some kind of meat for the grill and some kind of side.)
Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans, steamed veggies
Pasta Salad Bar, fruit
Homemade Chicken Salsa Pizza, fruit
Million Dollar Spaghetti
Barbecued Chicken in the crockpot, steamed veggies, potatoes
Dinner Out

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

This Week's Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Granola, Cereal, Flaky Biscuits, and/or Fruit

Lunches

Pizza Pockets
Brown Sugar Meatloaf, blueberries, cucumbers
Snack-y lunch {veggies, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.}
Sack Lunch at the Park with Friends: PB&J, carrot sticks, apples
Leftovers x 3

Snacks

Fruit/veggies
Popcorn
Boiled eggs
Homemade Energy Bites

Homemade Energy Bites

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

Million Dollar Spaghetti
Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
Homemade Energy Bites

Dinners

Meaty Monday (A local family coordinates this every week & they were so gracious to invite us to be apart — it’s a weekly informal gathering of friends — each family brings some kind of meat for the grill and some kind of side.)
Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans, brown rice, steamed veggies
Pasta Salad Bar, fruit
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
Steamed Cabbage With Beef
Million Dollar Spaghetti
Dinner Out

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Brigette’s $77 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Note from Crystal: My oldest sister, Brigette, lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children. I asked her recently if she’d start sharing her shopping trips here since she’s an amazing bargain-shopper and has some different stores in her area than Gretchen and I do. Enjoy!

(Note from Brigette: I generally try to stay around $50/week for groceries, but this week my brother and his family of 4 will be staying with us for 3 days, so I gave myself a little extra in the budget!)

Aldi

1 bag frozen boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.99

2 packages Butter ($2.49 each) – $4.98

3 dozen Eggs ($1.35 each) – $4.05

1 jar Salsa – $1.69

1 5-lb bag Flour – $1.55

2 42-oz containers Old Fashioned Oats ($2.29 each) – $4.58

2 24-oz cartons Cottage Cheese ($2.29 each) – $4.58

1 jar Olive Oil – $2.99

2 Avocados ($0.79 each) – $1.58

1 Cucumber – $0.39

1 package Baby Carrots – $0.99

2 3-pk Colored Peppers ($1.99 each) – $3.98

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts -$1.99

1 8-oz package Baby Mushrooms – $0.99

2 packages Grape Tomatoes $0.99 each) – $1.98

1 bunch Bananas (2.84lb @ $0.44/lb) – $1.25

1 10-lb bag Potatoes – $3.49

1 12-oz package Chocolate Chips – $1.59

1 box Honey Wheat Puffs – $1.79

1 box Corn Flakes – $1.49

1 box Frosted Flakes – $1.49

1 can Black Olives – $0.99

Total: $54.40

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BI-LO

5 8-oz packages Oscar Meyer Oven Roasted Turkey (B1G1 free) – $7.45, plus receive a $4 catalina wyb 5 – $0.69 each (I realize these aren’t the healthiest choice ever, but with out-of-town company here, I thought these would be great for quick, easy lunches! :))

2 64-oz cartons So Delicious Coconut Milk ($2 each) – used $0.55/1 So Delicious Dairy Free Product (doubled) – $0.90 each (I am dairy-free right now since dairy doesn’t agree with my nursing baby!)

1 box (30-ct) gallon Freezer Bags – $1.59 (not a good deal – we just needed these!)

1 package Foam Plates – $1.21, used $1 off any paper plate purchase (BI-LO catalina coupon) – $0.21 after coupon :

Total after Sales and Coupons: $11.05, plus receive $4 catalina back

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Harris Teeter

3 boxes Annie’s Mac and Cheese (B1G1 ) – $3.28, used 3 $0.35/1 Annie’s printable - $0.39 each after coupon

1 8-oz Daisy Sour Cream – $1.00

2 bags Utz Multigrain Tortilla Chips (B1G1) – used 2 $0.75/1 Utz Chips (doubled) – $0.24 each after coupons

1 Eggplant – reduced to $.60

1 family size bag Pictsweet Green Beans – $1.84, used $0.50/1 Pictsweet Product from Red Plum insert 03/02/14 (doubled) – $0.84 after coupon

Used $4 catalina received from previous BI-LO purchase (Yes, Harris Teeter is AWESOME about taking OYNO catalina coupons from other stores – even Walgreens register rewards!)

Total after Sales and Coupons $0.09 (!)

 

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Sunbeam Bakery 

(I love stopping at this factory outlet store – it’s right on the way to other grocery stores, and they almost always have reduced-price bread! Several of these loaves will go straight to the freezer.)

3 loaves Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread ($0.50 each) – $1.50

1 loaf Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread – $0.50

1 package Sara Lee 16-ct Hot Dog Buns – $1.00

Total: $3.00

 

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 Local Farmer’s Market

(I’m SO happy it’s fresh peach season here in SC! Yum!!)

1 box Green Beans (11 lbs) – $5.00

Tomatoes ($0.99/lb) – $1.50

Peaches ($0.99/lb) – $2.42

Total: $8.92

Total for all Groceries for the Week: $77.46

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Fruit, Homemade Granola, Cereal, Banana Muffins, Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal, Smoothies

Lunches

Turkey Sandwiches, PB and J Sandwiches, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Potato Bar, Fresh Raw Veggies, Fruit

Dinners

Homemade Pizza, Tossed Salad, Pineapple

Grilled Chicken, Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Freezer Biscuits, Fruit Salad

Haystacks, Green Beans

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Baked Potatoes (I always use olive oil and sprinkle with additional spices such as rosemary), Steamed Carrots, Pull Apart Oat Rolls

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti, Homemade French Bread, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup, Banana Muffins, Fresh Veggie Plate

Leftovers

Snacks

Chewy No Bake Granola Bars, Fruit and Veggies, Smoothies

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This Week’s Simple Menu Plan

This Week's Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal, Granola, 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

Dinners

Pancakes, Eggs, & Bacon
Bell Pepper Nachos
Steamed Cabbage With Beef
Grilling out with friends — we’re bringing meat, veggies, and fruit
Pizza Stuffed Pretzel Rolls, fruit
Brown Sugar Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, fruit
Dinner Out

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Brigette’s $52 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Note from Crystal: My oldest sister, Brigette, lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children. I asked her recently if she’d start sharing her shopping trips here since she’s an amazing bargain-shopper and has some different stores in her area than Gretchen and I do. Enjoy!

Harris Teeter

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Red Leaf Lettuce – $0.99

Zucchini squash (2.30lbs @ $0.99/lb) – $2.28

Chicken Leg Quarters (5.75lbs @ $0.69/lb) – $3.97

5 Dozen Eggs ($1.25/dozen) – $6.25

3 Boxes Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese – $1.10 each, used 3 $0.35/1 printable coupon from their website - $0.40 each after coupons

2 Boxes Horizon Organic Macaroni and Cheese – $1.50 each – used -$0.55/1 Horizon mac & cheese printable - $0.40 each after coupons (they were all out of the boxes that were on sale for $1 each and would have been free)

3 Boxes (4-ct) Hunt’s Snack Pudding – $1 each – used $0.75 off any THREE (3) Snack Pack Pudding 4ct - $0.50 each after coupons (my husband can use these in his daily sack lunches at work.)

1 Picsweet Steamers Green Beans – $1, used -$0.50/1  from the 3/02 Red Plum insert – free after coupon

1 Silk Almond Milk – $3, used $1 off Silk Almond, half gallon printable, plus $1 Harris Teeter eCoupon - $1 after coupons

2 Bags Santitas Corn Chips – $2 each, used $1 off of $3 salty snack purchase (BI-LO catalina coupon) – $1.50 each after coupon

Used $3 off of $30 total purchase (BI-LO catalina coupon)

Total after sales and coupons: $16.46

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WalMart (We were already there to pick up something, so I price-matched a couple of Aldi’s produce prices while we were there.)

3 Avocados @ $0.69 each – $2.07

1 Pineapple – $1.19

1 5lb bag of Flour – $1.68

2 Gallons Milk ($3.98 each) – $7.96

Total: $12.90

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BI-LO (They were out of most things I went for, unfortunately.)

1 Large Box Honey Nut Cheerios – $3, used $0.50/1 General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios or Honey Nut Medley Crunch Cereal - $2 after coupon (not a good price, but my husband likes cereal for weekday breakfasts, and we were out!)

5 Yoplait 100-Calorie Greek Yogurt Cups – $3 (must buy in sets of 5 for this price), used Bi-Lo eCoupon, plus SavingStar (EXP 05/31) eCoupon - $1 for 5 after coupons and SavingStar

1 Half Gallon Minute Maid Orange Juice – marked down to $2.49

1 (4-pk) YoCrunch Chips Ahoy Yogurt – marked down to $2.29, used $0.75/1  printable - $0.79 after coupon

Total after sales and coupons: $7.28, plus receive $1 from SavingStar

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Local Farmer’s Market (I LOVE this place, and I totally scored there today!)

Huge Box of Bananas – $5.00 (I came home and weighed it because I’m weird like that. :) It was 43 lbs!!  We will eat as many as we can over the next week, and then freeze up the rest for baking and smoothies.)

Box of Assorted Pears – $4.00 (21 lbs!)

4 Heads of Cauliflower ($1.25 each) – $5.00

3 Roma Tomatoes (@ $0.49/lb) – $0.56

1 Bag of Mini Carrots – $0.99

Total: $15.55

Total for all grocery items: $52.19, plus receive $1 back from SavingStar

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Scrambled Eggs, Yogurt, Fruit, Easy Baked Apple Oatmeal (I will use pears instead of apples.), Smoothies, Toast

Lunches

Baked Potatoes (I bought a large discounted bag of potatoes last week that needs to be used up), Macaroni and Cheese, PB&J on Homemade Bread, Tossed Salad, Leftovers, Carrot Sticks, Fruit

Dinners

Spaghetti Marinara (using homemade sauce from the freezer), Easy Italian Breadsticks, Green Beans

Venison Roast in the Crockpot (my husband loves to hunt, and we have an abundance of deer meat in our freezer!), Baked Potatoes, Roasted Cauliflower, Biscuits

Taco Salad (I use ground venison instead of beef.), Fresh Fruit

Chicken Gravy over Rice, Steamed Cauliflower, Pears

Meat Potato Quiche, Banana Pear Muffins, Broccoli

Grilled Pizza, Tossed Salad

Baked Chicken, Cheesy Mashed Potato Cauliflower Bake, Banana Oat Muffins (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, sugar-free! Recipe coming soon!)

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

This Week's Menu Plan

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

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Freezer Cooking in an Hour Plan

Pizza Stuffed Pretzel Rolls
Flaky Biscuits
Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough

Dinners

Eggs & Bacon (our simple Sunday night dinner!)
Cheeseburger Flatbread Melts, steamed veggies, fruit
Brown Sugar Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, fruit
Million Dollar Spaghetti, steamed veggies,
Southwest Roll-Ups, fruit, salad
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, fruit
Dinner Out

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