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

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches for the Freezer

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
Lunch with friends
Cheese quesadillas, carrot sticks
Leftovers x 2

This Week's Menu Plan

Snacks

Fruit/veggies
Popcorn
Boiled eggs

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Banana Bars with Brown Butter Frosting
Crockpot Granola
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
Italian Chicken

Dinners

Italian Chicken, veggies, bread
Dinner out for Kathrynne’s birthday
Barbecue Chicken, rice pilaf, veggies, fruit
Sloppy Joe Pizza, veggies, fruit
Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes, eggs, fruit
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 $32 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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This week, I’m trying to make meals based on what we have in our cabinets and freezer. I mainly just stocked up on snack items this week since they were having some great sales.

Aldi

1 Green Onions – $1.19

1 gallon Milk – $2.49

1 Butter – $2.49

1 Flour Tortillas – $0.99

Total with tax ($0.51): $7.67

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Dillons

2 Bamba Snacks – Marked down to $0.29 each

1.96 lbs Grapes @ $2.49/lb – $4.88 (I should have purchased these at Aldi…)

1 Jeno’s Frozen Pizza – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

3 Ramen Noodles – $0.20 each

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – $3.99

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.25

1 Kroger Marble Cheese (24 oz) – $4.99

1 Kroger Frozen Onions – $1

1 Kroger Marshmallows – $1

2 Yoplait GoGurt Yogurt – $2 each, used 2 $1/1 printable - $1 each after coupon

5 Dole Fruit Squish’ems (4 pk) – $2 each, used 5 $1/1 printable and coupon from the 1/5 SmartSource insert – $1 each after coupons

Total before sales and coupons: $43.28

Total after sales and coupons: $25.29

Total for all grocery items: $32.96

Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3, Oatmeal, Toast and Eggs, Homemade Granola

Lunches

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

Dinners

Lasagna Casserole, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Broccoli

Meat Potato Quiche, Banana Muffins, Tossed Salad

Apple Turkey Picadillo, Peas

Cheesy Hamburger Soup, Homemade Bread, Sliced Oranges

Braided Pizza Bread, Tossed Salad

Barbecue Sandwiches, Chips, Steamed Cauliflower

Italian Chicken, Green Beans, Baked Potatoes

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This Week’s Menu Plan (the P90X edition)

P90X Phase I Downloadable Menu Plan

So, this week’s menu plan post is a little bit different than usual because I’m doing P90X again… which means I’ve somewhat altered my diet to go along with the program. :)

If you’re interested in seeing the menu plan I came up with, you can download it here. My husband and kids are eating a similar diet, but I’m throwing in extra fruits and veggies and carbs for them. And since the exercise plan is only six days per week, I planned the menu accordingly. I’m taking Sundays off and will eat similar to the plan, but give myself a little breathing room and not adhere to it so strictly.

The menu plan is very quick and easy — and I’m sure some of you might find it way too simple and boring. However, I knew that if I planned meals that required hours of work, thought and effort, I’d be setting myself up for failure. My goal is to do all food prep for the entire day in less than one hour.

I also incorporated our weekly dinner out into the plan as well as a once-a-week treat of a smoothie from Starbucks. If you wanted to follow a similar menu but reduce the costs, you could substitute these items for homemade foods.

Last week, I followed this menu plan and it went really well. In fact, I felt a lot more energetic — though that may have just been because of exercising more and getting back to getting up early again. But regardless, I’m hoping for another successful week!

And don’t forget to join us for the 12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge check-ins every Friday. I’m so inspired by all of you and your commitment to getting more exercise this month!

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 Plan

Weekly 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

This Week's Menu Plan

Dinners

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit
PB&J sandwiches, carrots, fruit (Jesse will be gone, so I’m keeping it simple!)
Mini Chicken Pot Pies (I’m going to make homemade biscuit dough for these), fruit
Ham & Cheese Pockets, fruit salad, steamed veggies
Chicken & Stuffing Casserole, fruit salad, steamed veggies
Dinner out
Dinner with extended family

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 $33 Grocery Shopping Trip + Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 Raisins – $2.79

1 Roma Tomatoes – $1.29

3 lbs Gala Apples – $2.99

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 dozen Eggs – $1.49

1 canister Oats – $2.29

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 can Refried Beans – $0.79

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $1.19

1 Flour Tortillas – $0.99

Total with tax ($1.10): $16.50

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Dillons

4 General Mills Cereals – $2.50 each, used $2/4 catalina coupon – $2 each after coupon

1 gallon Milk – Free (since I bought 4 General Mills cereals)

1 Kroger Cheddar Cheese (16 oz) – $2.99

1.68 lbs Banana @ $0.54/lb – $0.91

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Ham Steak – $2.79

Total with tax ($1.26): $16.94

Total for all grocery items: $33.44

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Bananas

Lunches

Pancakes, Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Leftovers, Tossed Salad

Dinners

Cheese Pizza, Steamed Cauliflower

Ham & Cheese Biscuit Bake, Steamed Broccoli

Poor Man’s Steak (using ground deer meat), Butterhorn Rolls, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (using ground deer meat), 30 Minute Rolls

Southwestern Roll-ups, Chips and Salsa, Fruit Salad

Chicken Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

Spaghetti, Toast, Green Beans

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