Gretchen’s $32.21 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Health Food Store

2.21 lbs Zucchini/Squash @ $0.79/lb – $1.75

0.80 lbs Green Beans @ $1.29/lb – $1.03

Total: $2.78

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Aldi

2 pkg Red Grapes – $1.78 each (I was SO excited about this price! This is the cheapest grapes have been in our area for a long time!)

1 can Black Beans – $0.59

1 lb Butter – $2.40

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

4 Plums – $0.29 each

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 box Saltine Crackers – $0.89

Total: $11.67

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Dillons

1 gallon Milk – $2.99

1 pkg Kroger Cheese – $2

1 pkg Yogurt – Marked down to $0.99

2 Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade/Orange Juice – $1 each, used 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 6/15 RedPlum insert – $0.50 each after coupons

1 dozen Eggs – $1.50

1 bag Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.99

1 Bear Naked Energy Bar – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1.44 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $2.29

Total: $17.76

Total for all grocery items: $32.21

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Homemade Granola, Eggs, Toast, Smoothies (with frozen fruit from the freezer)

Lunches

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

Dinners

Chicken & Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit

Black Bean & Cheese Quesadillas, Veggies (from freezer)

Italian Chicken, Freezer Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli, Baked Potatoes

Stirfry (using squash, zucchini, green beans and chicken), Sliced Apples (from last week’s shopping)

Dinner with family

Deer Roast, Freezer Biscuits, Peaches (from canning I did in the fall)

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

This Week's Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Lunches

Turkey Sandwiches x 2
Snack-y lunch {veggies, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.}
PB&J, carrot sticks, apples
Leftovers x 3

Snacks

Fruit/veggies
Boiled eggs
Homemade Energy Bites

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One-Hour Freezer Cooking Plan

Whole-Wheat Pancakes (I’ll make some with chocolate chips, some without.)
Homemade Energy Bites (my kids ate every last one of these I made last week & requested that I make more!)
Peanut Butter Skinny Chocolate (Mom needs her chocolate fix, too! :))

Dinners

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes, eggs, fruit
Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans, Tortilla chips, shredded cheese, salsa, carrots
Shredded chicken, green beans
Turkey sandwiches, carrot sticks, fruit
Pancakes, bacon, eggs
Baked potatoes, Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans, corn on the cob, fruit
Dinner Out

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 $60 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 pkg Tomatoes – $0.99

1 Pineapple – $1.29

2 pints Blueberries – $1.49 each (I was so excited about this price as we love blueberries!)

1 Rice Cakes – $1.29

2 pkg Cheese – $1.99 each

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

3 lbs Gala Apples – $2.99

3 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

1 Half & Half – $1.69 (I’ve recently started using this in my coffee and love it! 2% milk just isn’t the same…) :)

1 pkg Ground Black Pepper – $1.99

1 pkg Pecans – $3.29

1 Cauliflower – $1.69

1 dozen Eggs – $1.59

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 pkg Grapes – $2.98

Total with tax ($2.19): $32.89

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Dillons

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

2 Herbal Essence Shampoo/Conditioner – $1.99 each, used $3/2 coupon from the 5/11 P&G insert – $0.49 each after coupon

2 Gillette Satin Care Shave Cream – $1.19 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 5/18 RedPlum insert – $0.19 each after coupon

1 Juicy Juice Apple Juice – $1.49 (Not the best price but we go through apple juice like crazy at our house.)

Other Items:

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese  – $1.50 (not pictured)

1 Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.99

3 Carefree Liners – $1 each, used 3 $1/1 printable (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Mayo – $2.19

5 lb bag Potatoes – $2.99 (I was disappointed to find my Dillons didn’t have any bags left of the brand that was on sale for $1.99.)

1 Kroger Natural Peanut Butter – $2.19

2.39 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.41

1/2 gallon Milk – $1.39

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 bag Oranges – Marked down to $0.99

0.66 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $1.05

Total before sales and coupons: $50.25

Total with tax ($2.33) after sales and coupons: $27.77

Total for all grocery items: $60.66

Menu Plan for This Week

We just got back from a 2-week vacation and I’m also having surgery on my wrist this week, so we’re sticking to really simple meals.

Breakfasts

Cereal, Fruit, Scrambled Eggs & Toast

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers/Veggies, Tossed Salad, Macaroni & Cheese, Leftovers

Dinners

Potato Bar, Steamed Broccoli

Salad Bar, Fruit

Pasta Salad, Sliced Apples

Soft Tacos, Peas (from the freezer)

Meal from my Mom (She was so sweet to offer to bring us dinner the day of my surgery.)

Grilled Chicken, Tossed Salad

Chicken Fried “Steak” (venison) from the freezer, Steamed Cauliflower, Toast

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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

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

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

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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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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