Brigette’s $57 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week! We are just planning a simple get-together with friends as all of our family live too far away. I’d love to hear what’s on your Thanksgiving menu, or any good deals on groceries you were able to get this week thanks to holiday sales!

Aldi

3 1-lb packages Ground Turkey (@$1.89/each) – $5.67

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $1.99, plus receive $0.50 back from Snap By Groupon – $1.49 after rebate

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

1 Pineapple – $1.19

3 dozen Eggs (@$1.39/each) – $4.17, plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $3.67/3 after rebate

2 3-lb bags Sweet Potatoes (@$1.17 each) – $2.34

1 jar Minced Onion – $0.99

1 jar Baking Powder – $0.99

1 bunch Bananas (2.53lbs @$0.44/lb) – $1.11, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout51 – $0.86 after rebate

1 package Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 12-oz package fresh Cranberries – $1.19, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon – $0.94 after rebate

1 20-oz  canister Raisins – $2.89

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 16-oz container Eggs Whites – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Fuji Apples – $3.29

1 3-head package Garlic – $0.79

1 8-oz bag Dates – $1.89

Total after Rebates: $33.39

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Harris Teeter

2 8-oz packages Mushrooms, reduced (@$0.69/each) – $1.38

1 3-ct bag Avocados, reduced – $1.00

1 16-ct package Tide Pods – $4.99, used $2/1 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstoppables, Bounce Bursts or Gain Fireworks, exp. 12/31/14 (RP 11/16/14), plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.99 after coupons

after coupons 2 pouches Pioneer Gravy Mix (B1G1) – $1.29/2, used $0.65/2 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 1-lb boxes Domino Powdered Sugar – $2.00, used $0.50/2 Domino Brown or Confectioners Sugar, exp. 1/3/15 (RP 11/02/14 R) (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupons

2 8-oz sticks Crisco Baking Sticks – $2.00, used 2 $0.35/1 Crisco Shortening, Spray, or Olive Oil, exp. 12/31/14 (RP 11/02/14 R) (doubled) – $0.60/2 after coupons

2 75-oz jugs Extra Laundry Detergent (B1G1) – $3.99, used 2 $1 off Xtra Liquid or Sure Shot Paks Laundry Detergent, exp. 12/20/14 (SS 11/09/14) – $1.99/2 after coupons

2 5-lb bags Gold Medal Flour – $1.54 (they substituted this brand for me since they were out of the store brand which was advertised)

Total after all Sales, Taxes, and Coupons – $9.73

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Walmart

(My husband price-matched a couple of things for me since he was already making a trip for some non-grocery items.)

1 Turkey (20.76lbs – price-matched Food Lion @ $0.47/lb) – $9.76 (Turkey prices were cheaper here last year, but as it is the week before Thanksgiving – I am not holding out much hope for them to drop any further! What are turkey prices like in your area of the country?), plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon – $8.76

2 5-lb bags Flour (@$0.77/each – price-matched Harris Teeter) – $1.54

Total after Rebate: $10.30

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CVS

(I couldn’t pass up this peanut butter deal with holiday baking just around the corner!)

5 jars of Skippy Peanut Butter (@$2.00 each) – $10.00, used 2 $0.55/1 printable, plus 2 $0.55/1 printable, plus $1.00/1 insert coupon – $6.80, plus receive $3 ECB back

Total after Coupons and ECB: $3.80/5 ($0.76 each)

Weekly Total for all Groceries: $57.22

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Omelettes, Oatmeal and Fruit, Smoothies and Toast, Cereal, Cinnamon Rolls (Saturday)

Lunches

Baked Sweet Potatoes/Bananas; Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar; Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese; Peanut Butter Rice Cakes/Apples; Leftovers x 2; Fried Egg Sandwiches/Oranges/Carrots

Dinners

Taco Salad, Green Beans

Friend’s House for Dinner – I am bringing Upside Down Praline Apple Pie for dessert

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins

Date Night (Super excited about this!! A sweet friend offered to watch our children just because, and I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my busy husband!)

Thanksgiving Menu: Turkey and Gravy, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls, Green Beans with Almond and Thyme, Our Favorite Sweet Potato Casserole, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie

Leftovers

Turkey Gravy over Brown Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover Muffins or Crescent Rolls

Snacks

Fudge Babies (I will use pecans instead of walnuts), Popcorn, Homemade Oatmeal Cookies (my husband’s specialty!), Fruit

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Gretchen’s $37 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillon’s

1 loaf Nature’s Own Bread – $2, received $1 back from Snap by Groupon AND $0.25 back from Ibotta

1 can Kroger Cream of Chicken Soup – $1

1 pkg Keebler Town House Crackers – $2

1 box Honey Nut Chex – $2.99, received $0.25 back from Ibotta

1 can Psst Cream of Chicken Soup – $0.89

1 gallon Dillon’s Milk – $2.50, received $0.25 back from Ibotta

1 bag Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1.25

0.99 lbs Roma Tomatoes @ $0.99/lb – $0.98

1 Cucumber – $0.79

1 Quaker Cranberry Almond – $2, used $2/1 printable - Free after coupon

1 Barbara’s Organic Cereal – $2.50, used $1/1 printable - $1.50 after coupon

1 pkg Steaks – Marked down to $4

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99, received $0.25 back from Checkout 51

1 pkg Kroger Tortillas – $1.79

1 pint Half & Half – $1.59

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79

Total with tax: $28.05, plus received $2 back in rebates

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Homeland

1 Deans Guacamole Dip – $1.50, used $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $0.40 after coupon

1 Minute Maid Orange Juice – $2.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.99 after coupon

2 All Laundry Detergent – $2.99 each, used $1/1 printable NLA (doubled) $1/1 coupon from the 9/28 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.99 each after coupons

2.16 lbs Navel Oranges @ $0.99/lb – $2.14

2 lbs Challenge Butter – $3.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled) and $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $2.44 each after coupons (I was super happy to get butter at this price as it’s $3.49 at Aldi right now!)

Total before coupons and sales: $36

Total with tax after coupons and sales: $11.65

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We went to my parent’s house last night and my Dad sent 6 lbs of ground beef home with us. So we also have 6 lbs of FREE ground beef in our freezer. I have the best parents ever in case you didn’t know! :)

Total for all grocery items after coupons and rebates: $37.70

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3, Toast, Oatmeal, Fruit Smoothies (from frozen fruit)

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches and Fruit/Veggies, Tossed Salad, Leftovers (My son asks for a PB&J sandwich every single day. So that is pretty much all we do for lunch these days.)

Dinners

Mexican Lasagna (from freezer – I froze this a couple weeks back), Steamed Broccoli

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Tortilla Chips and Dip, Fruit

Chicken and Veggies in the Crockpot, CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

BBQ Meatballs, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit

Out to Eat

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Gretchen’s $67 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Health Food Store

3 Navel Oranges – $0.59 each

1 loaf Rudi’s Organic Bread – Marked down to $0.99

1 pkg Rudi’s English Muffins – Marked down to $0.99

1 pkg Kale – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax ($0.34): $5.08

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Aldi

2 Cucumbers – $0.69 each

2 Acorn Squash – $0.69 ach

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $1.19

1 pkg Tortillas – $1.39

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.39

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

Total with tax ($0.81): $12.10

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Dillons

4 pkg Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $5.99 each (Such a great price! I had to stock up.)

2 pkg Pillsbury Toaster Strudel – $1.67 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable - $0.92 each after coupons (And get $0.50 back from SavingStar!)

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $1.34

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.33

1 Kroger Cream Cheese – $1

4.78 lbs Bananas (Marked down to $0.25/lb) – $1.20 (I will freeze these to use in smoothies and muffins.)

1 bag Kroger Potatoes – $1.49

1 bag Kroger Brown Rice – $1

2 pkg Starkist Tuna – $1 each, used $1/2 printable - $0.50 each after coupon

1 Spaghetti Sauce- $1.

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

Total with tax ($3.10): $41.13

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Homeland

5 cans Tomato Soup – $0.69 each, used $1/5 printable (doubled) – $0.29 each after coupon

3 cans Libby’s Fruit CockTail – $1 each, used $1/3 printable (doubled)- $0.37 each after coupon

1 Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – $2.50, used $1/1 printable (doubled – no longer available) – $0.50 each after coupon

1 Fiora Toilet Paper – $1.79, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.79 after coupon

0.89 lbs Squash @ $1.59/lb – $1.42 (This was marked as $0.69/lb but didn’t ring up as that and I didn’t notice it until I got home. Oh well.)

2 pkg Flour – $1.29 each

Total with tax ($0.92): $8.66

Total for all grocery items: $67.69

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast & Juice, Eggs & Bacon, Smoothies

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Leftovers, Tossed Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna Sandwiches

Dinners

Goulash, Toasted English Muffins, Sliced Oranges

Slow Cooker Black Bean Chicken, Sautéed Squash

Crock Pot Chicken Green Beans & Potatoes, Banana Muffins

Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Salad

Sausage Egg Casserole, Fruit Salad

Black Bean Quesadillas, Tossed Salad, Squash

Baked Potato Bar, Steamed Broccoli

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

Biggest grocery success of the week: finding huge boxes of reduced produce at the Farmer’s Market and walking away with enough produce to last us for weeks – all for $11.50!!

Biggest grocery failure of the week: somehow losing the pictures documenting this success. I have looked EVERYWHERE on my camera, and they are just not there. (Seriously!! How can you lose pictures on a camera?) So you will just have to use your imagination. :)

Another grocery success this week was trying the $1.69/lb ground turkey from Aldi for the first time – and my husband gave it a thumbs-up! Thanks so much for all of you that gave suggestions and encouragement to me last week! I mixed the turkey with rice, beans, and taco seasonings (and yes, I realize that you could mix just about anything with rice, beans, and taco seasonings and it would taste good, but that’s beside the point) and we used it in taco salad. Yum!

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Aldi

2 3-lb bags Golden Delicious Apples (@$0.69/lb) – $4.14, plus receive $0.50 back from Snap by Groupon

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

2 2-lb bags Honeycrisp Apples (@$1.29/lb) – $5.16

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 Pineapple – $1.29

3 Pomegranates (@$0.69/each) – $2.07

1 bunch Bananas (2.76 lbs @$0.44/lb) – $1.21, receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

Tortilla Chips – $1.19

2 32-oz cartons Half and Half (@1.69/each) – $3.38

1 8-oz package Cream Cheese – $0.99

1 16-oz package Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 dozen Eggs – $1.39

1 gallon Milk – $3.69, plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon

Total: $30.98, plus receive $1.50 back from Snap by Groupon and $0.25 back from Checkout 51

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Harris Teeter

1 carton Egg Whites – $3.97

2 16-oz packages Turkey Bacon (@$2.50/each) – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 Printable (doubled) – $1.00/each after coupons

1 Cabbage (@$0.39/lb) -$1.37

1 2-liter bottle Cheerwine – $1.00, used .50/1 SS 10/6 (doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 bag Harris Teeter Shredded Cheese -$1.67

4 cans Progresso Soup – $5.30, used 2 $0.50/2 Progresso Product, exp. 12/13/14 (SS 10/19/14) (doubled), plus $1.00 Harris Teeter evic – $2.30/4 after coupons, plus receive $1.50 catalina for buying 4 (this works out to $0.20 each, and is worth it to me since my husband like taking these to work for his lunch)

2 bags Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips (@$2.00/each) – $4.00, used 2 $0.75/1 Printable (doubled) – $0.50/each after coupons

1 package Sargento Muenster Cheese Slices – $3.00, used $0.55/1 Printable (doubled), plus $0.55/1 Harris Teeter evic – $1.35 after coupons

2 containers McCormick Cinnamon (B1G1 @ $1.79) – $1.79, used $1.75/2 McCormick Spices or Herbs, exp. 11/2/14 (RP 10/05/14) – $0.02/each after coupons

Total after all Coupons, Sales and Tax: $13.70, plus receive $1.50 catalina back

Farmer’s Market 

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1 box of green beans, reduced (about 13 lbs) – $5.00

1 huge box of assorted fresh vegetables including zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, green peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, and hot peppers – $5.00

1 3-lb bag Apples – $1.50

Total: $11.50

Weekly Total after all Sales, Taxes, and Coupons: $56.18, plus receive $3.25 back in rebates and catalinas

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and fruit x 5, Cinnamon Rolls and Eggs, Cereal

Lunches

Shared lunch at the park with friends – I am bringing fruit for everyone; Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Fresh Veggies and Fruit x 2; Leftovers x 2; Baked Potatoes with Cheese and Broccoli/Fruit x 2,

Dinners

Dinner Out with Friends

Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon (breakfast for dinner)

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (using ground turkey instead of hamburger), Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Dinner with our Shepherding Group at Church

Taco Salad (back by multiple requests!), Steamed Cauliflower

Dinner at a Friend’s House – I am bringing Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Bars

Leftovers

Snacks/Desserts

Popcorn

Dessert Night with Friends (I am hosting): Homemade Caramel Corn, Apple Slices with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese DipFreezer-Friendly Pumpkin Bars

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This Week’s $103 Grocery Shopping Trip + Menu Plan for 5

This Week's Grocery Shopping Trip

ALDI Shopping Trip

Bananas — $0.44 per pound — $3.42 (Got $0.25 back from Checkout51.)
2 packages of  Multi-Colored Peppers — $2.49
2 bags of mixed veggies — $0.99 each
Butter — $3.49
3 bags of Gala apples — $2.99 per bag (Got $0.25 back from Checkout51.)
Avocados — $0.99 each
Bag of onions — $0.99
2 cucumbers — $0.49 each
2 boxes of shredded wheat — $1.99 per box
Peanut butter — $1.69

Total with tax — $38.23

Kroger Shopping Trip

2 dozen eggs — $2.99 per dozen
Italian sausage — $4.99
Sliced cheese — $3.49
Travel sized toothpaste — $1
Travel sized body wash — $1.09
Half & Half — $2.69
1 gallon of milk — $2.99
Smoked turkey — $26.63
2 lbs. ground sirloin –5.99 per pound
Total with tax: $65.35

Total for all groceries: $103.58

Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Bacon & Eggs or Oatmeal

Lunches

Sandwiches or Leftovers (We had Protein French Toast and Pumpkin Protein Pancakes for lunch on Sunday.)

Snacks

Popcorn
Fruit/Veggies
Cheese
Apples with Almond Butter
Pumpkin Pie Smoothies
Healthy Cake in a Mug

Dinners

Dinner with our small group — We did a salad bar this week and we brought hard boiled eggs, chopped peppers, salad dressing, sunflower seeds, and avocados.
Leftovers
Italian Sausage and Sweet Potatoes
Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Dinner Out

What’s on YOUR menu this week? Tell us in the comments!

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Brigette’s $57 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 large Pumpkin (to cook up and freeze) – $2.99

1 gallon Milk – $3.69

2 packages bagged Italian Salad (@$0.99/each) – $1.98

1 quart Half & Half – $1.69

2 24-oz packages Zucchini (@1.39 each) – $2.78

1 3-lb package frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $6.49

1 3-lb bag Onions – $0.99

1 2-oz pure Almond Extract – $1.99

1 2-oz pure Peppermint Extract – $1.99

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 3-lb bag Lemons – $2.69

1 24-oz package Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

3 1-lb packages frozen Ground Turkey (@1.69/each) – $5.07 (This is my first and probably last time buying these. I figured it was worth a try, since they are less than half the price of ground beef!)

1 jug Pumpkin Spice Creamer (Bad me, I know! I have been craving this stuff and between nursing a big baby and training for a half marathon next weekend, I am consuming massive amounts of calories. I am trying for healthy calories overall, but this is my splurge :))

1 3-ct package Green Peppers – $1.29

1 2-lb bag Carrots – $1.19

1 16-oz bag frozen Strawberries – $2.19

1 bunch Bananas (2.85lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.25, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

Total: $41.44, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51

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Harris Teeter (Trip #1)

1 jar Sharwoods Curry Sauce – $1.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled), plus $1/1 Harris Teeter evic – $1.00 MM after coupons

6 packs Trident Gum (@$1.00 each) – $6.00, used 3 $1/2 off Trident Singles exp. 11/22/14 (SS 10/12/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 boxes Muellers Hidden Veggie Pasta (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta Product, exp. 11/20/14 (SS 09/21/14 R)(doubled) – FREE after coupons

1 tube Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – $3.00, used $1/1 printable (doubled), plus $1/1 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

1 can Vidal Sassoon Hairspray – $3.49, used $2/1 Vidal Sassoon Shampoo or Conditioner, exp. 10/31/14 (SS 09/21/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 4-pk Dannon Yogurt (@2 for $4.00) – $4.00, used 2 $1/1 (These were insert coupons, but I am not seeing them in the database, so I am not sure where I got them from!) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 jars Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter – (@2 for $5.00) – $5.00, used 2 $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

1 box Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch – $2.09, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.59 after coupons

2 jars Smuckers Natural Fruit Jam (@2 for $4.00) – $4.00, used $1.50/2 Harris Teeter catalina (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

2 12-oz packages Sorrento Stringsters – $6.00, used 2 $1/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00 each after coupons

2 Bird’s Eye Voila Alfredo Chicken (B1G1) – $5.69/2, used 2 $1/1 Birds Eye Voila Variety, exp. 11/13/14 (SS 07/27/14) (doubled) – $1.69/2 after coupons

2 18-ct cartons Eggs (@$1.77 each) – $3.54

Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $9.03

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Harris Teeter (Trip #2)

1 container Dole Garden Soup – $2.50, used $1.00/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.50 MM after coupons

4 packages Maruchan Bowls (@$1.00/each) – $4.00, used 2 $1/2 coupons (SS 08/17/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 packages Yakisoba Noodles (@$1.00/each) – $4.00, used  2 $1/2 coupons (SS 08/17/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 single El Monterey Burritos (@$1.00 each) – $2.00, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 cans Healthy Request Campbells Soup (@$2.15/each) – $8.60, used 2 $1/2 printable (doubled), plus $1.00 Harris Teeter evic and $0.50 Harris Teeter evic – $3.10/4 after coupons, plus receive a $1.00 catalina for buying 4 (which should doubled to $2.00 if I use it before next Wednesday)

1 jar Vlassic Farmer’s Garden Pickles – $2.50, used $1.00/1 printable (NLA) (doubled) – $0.50 after coupons

1 package Campbells To Go Soup – $3.19, used $1.00/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.19 after coupons

2 Yellow Squash, reduced – $0.49

2 8-oz packages Kraft Cheese (@$1.69/each) – $3.38

Total after all Sales, Coupons and Tax: $7.16, plus receive $1.00 catalina back

Total for all Groceries for the Week: $57.63, plus receive $1.25 back in rebates

Weekly Menu

Breakfasts

Oatmeal x 3 (My kids have been BEGGING for oatmeal for breakfast recently! I stir in frozen fruit which they love and it helps it cool off faster!), Eggs and Toast x 2, Cereal x 2

Lunches

PB&J on Homemade Bread/Cucumbers/Apples; Leftovers x 2; Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar; Veggie Omelettes/Bananas; Tuna Sandwiches/Carrot Sticks; Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Green Pepper Slices

Dinners

Taco Salad, Peas

Venison in the Crockpot (The last of the venison from last year…REALLY hoping my husband gets some venison this year as well!), Sautéed Zucchini, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Out to Dinner with Friends

Best Chicken Pot Pie, Tossed Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing, Apple Slices

Leftovers

BBQ Chicken Pizza (without cilantro), Carrots

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Snacks

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Baked Apple Oatmeal

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