Gretchen’s $40 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

1 Kroger Shredded Cheese (16 oz) – $2.99

1 loaf Nature’s Own Bread – $3.39, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $3.19 after rebate

1 Kroger Half and Half – $1.99

3 half gallons Dillons Milk – $1 each

1 General Mills Chex Clusters – $2.99, used $1/1 printable AND $1 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.99 after coupon and rebate

2 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Energy Cereal – $2 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable – $1.50 each after coupons

2 pkg Frozen Waffles/Pancakes – $1 each, used $0.75/2 e-coupon – $0.63 each after coupon

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

1 Lara Bar – $1, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $0.60 after coupon

1 dozen Dillons Eggs – $2.53

8 Larabars/ZoneBars – Marked down to $0.25 each, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate 

1 Skinny Cow Iced Coffee – $1.67, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 bag Oranges – Marked down to $0.99

1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99

1 bag frozen Peas – $1

1 Cottage Cheese – $1

1 Horizon Grahams – Marked down to $0.99

2 Ramen Noodles – $0.20 each

1 bag Kroger Spinach – $2.50

2 Squash/Zucchini – $1.11

1 bunch Tomatoes – $1.33

1 Old El Paso Refried Beans – Marked down to $0.59, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $0.09 after coupon

1 bag Organic Carrots – $1.50, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $1.30 after rebate

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $0.99

1 Broccoli Crown – $0.70, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $0.50 after rebate

4 Cucumbers – $0.50 each

Total with tax after coupons and rebates: $40.90

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfast

Cereal & Juice x 3

Toast & Eggs x 3

Protein Waffles, Eggs, Fruit

Lunches

Crackers/Cheese/Fruit/Veggies x 2

Macaroni & Cheese, Veggies

Tossed Salad, Cottage Cheese

Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Fruit

Leftovers

Dinners

10 Minute Baked Ziti, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Chicken/Squash Skillet, Tossed Salad

Pancakes/Waffles, Eggs, Fruit Smoothies

Venison Stew, Steamed Peas, Homemade Bread

Dinner with family

Chicken Drumsticks, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Chicken & Rice, Tossed Salad

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Gretchen’s $51 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Walmart

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.29 each (Price matched to Aldi), used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $1.19 each after rebate

3 pkg Blueberries – $0.99 each (Price matched to Aldi)

1 Watermelon – $2.99 (Price matched to Aldi)

Total: $8.34

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2 Sour Patch Kids Candy – $1.49 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 6/14 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.49 each after coupon (This is one of my husband’s favorite candy – I love getting him surprises with coupons!) :)

1 Colgate Toothpaste – $1, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 7/12 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 Picante Salsa – $1.59 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.59 each after coupon

2 Prego Sauce – $1.99 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.99 each after coupon

Total after coupons: $4.14

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1/2 gallon Dillons Chocolate Milk – Marked down to $0.99

1 bag Kroger Frozen Peas – $1, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $0.80 after rebate

1 Gogurt Yogurt – $2

1 bag Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.99

1 pkg Kroger Drumsticks – $4.69

3 Totinos Frozen Pizza – 3/$4, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate 

3 Muller Greek Yogurts – $1 each, used $1/3 e-coupon AND $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $0.60 each after coupon

2 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1 each

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.79, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $2.59 after rebate

1 pkg Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.99, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $1.79 after rebate

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $0.79 after rebate

1 dozen Dillons Eggs – $2.53, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $2.33 after rebate

1 pkg Kroger Tortillas – $1.50

1 Pssst Oyster Crackers – $1.27

1 pkg Pretzels – Marked down to $0.89

1.02 lbs Tomatoes – $1.42, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $1.22 after rebate

0.92 lbs Peaches – $0.91

1 can Kroger Beans – $0.69

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – Marked down to $0.69

1 can Psst Soup – Marked down to $0.49

1 bag Kroger Brown Rice – $0.89

Total: $39.12

Total for all grocery items: $51.60

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Eggs & Blueberry Muffins x 3

Oatmeal

Lunches

Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Veggies x 2

Mac & Cheese, Carrot Sticks

Baked Potatoes, Cottage Cheese, Steamed Peas

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Fruit

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Hamburgers, Chips, Watermelon

Chicken & Rice Casserole, Tossed Salad

Mexican Lasagna, Steamed Peas, Watermelon

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Strawberries

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Chicken Drumsticks, Rolls, Green Beans

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

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(Items from both stores are pictured above.)

Aldi

1 dozen Eggs – $2.29

2 cans Green Beans – $0.48 each

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $1.19

Total: $4.44

Dillons

(I had a bunch of e-coupons that didn’t come off of my card when they scanned it. My Dillons won’t reimburse me either – they just tell me to email corporate. I came home slightly frustrated, but I always run that risk when I use e-coupons.)

1 Pssst Honey – $5.29

1 Green Pepper – $0.89

1 pkg Hormel Turkey – $3.79

1 bag Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.79

0.89 lb Green Beans – $0.88

1 bag Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.99

2 bag Kroger Shredded Cheese – $2 each

5 Muller Yogurts – $1 each

Grapes – $2.86

1 Lara Bar – $1

2 Kroger Spaghetti Sauce – $1.49 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.29

3 Totinos Pizza – $1.34

1.41 lbs Squash – $1.40

5 lbs Ground Beef – Marked down to $1.99 each (So excited about finding this!)

Total: $53.11

Total for both grocery stores: $57.55

Menu Plan for this Week

(We have a lot of fruit and veggies leftover in our refrigerator from the last several week of grocery shopping and our garden. We will be trying to use these up this week.)

Breakfast

Eggs & Toast x 3

Cereal x 2

Oatmeal

Cinnamon Rolls

Lunches

Veggies & Fruit, Yogurt x 2

Cheese/Turkey/Crackers/Fruit x 2

Fruit Smoothies (from frozen fruit), Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (from the freezer)

Turkey Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit

Macaroni and Cheese, Fruit & Veggies

Dinners

Roast (from the freezer), Potatoes, Green Beans

Bacon, Eggs, Biscuits

Spaghetti, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Chicken/Squash Skillet Meal, Tossed Salad

Chicken Fajitas, Chips & Salsa

Bean Burritos, Tossed Salad

Salad Bar, Blueberry Muffins

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Gretchen’s $50 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Dillons

2 half gallons Milk – Marked down to $1.25 each

2 bags (8 oz) Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.99 each

4 Gala Apples – $1.98

4 Nectarines – $1.41

2 Chuck Pot Roast – Marked down to $3.36 and $3.92

1 bag Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1

1 Celery – $1.49

1 Lettuce – $0.99 (I bought this and then noticed later that day that the lettuce in our garden was ready to be picked. We have lots and lots of lettuce now so we’ll be eating quite a few salads this week.)

1 lb Simple Truth Organic Ground Beef – Marked down to $3.49

1 Green Pepper – $0.79

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $3.47

4 Muller Greek Yogurt – $0.88 each

2 Larabars – $1 each, used 2 $0.40/1 printable – $0.60 each after coupons

1 Kroger Spaghetti Sauce – $1.49, received $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $1.29 after rebate

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

2 Barbara’s Cereal – $1.99 each, used $1.50/1 printable and $1/1 printable – $0.74 each after coupons

1 Goldfish Puffs – $0.99, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 6/14 SmartSource insert – $0.49 after coupon

1 Oscar Meyer Deli Meat – $2.49

1 Cottage Cheese (16 oz) – $1.49

Total after sales and coupons: $40.34 

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Homeland

1 pkg Grapes – $2.13

2 Cucumbers – $0.60 each

1 Challenge Butter – $2.99, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $1.49 after coupon

1 Jolly Time Popcorn – $1.49, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.49 after coupon

4 boxes Cheerios Cereal – $1.99, used 2 $1/2 printable (both doubled because they were different coupons) – $0.99 each after coupons

1 box Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix – $1.89, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.39 after coupon

1 Fiber One Lemon Bars – $1.99, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.49 after coupon

Total after coupons: $10.15

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My mom also gave me 4 bags of chocolate chips as well as a bag of frozen blueberries and a bag of frozen mulberries (from their mulberry bush).

Total for all grocery items: $50.49

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Toast & Eggs x 2

Oatmeal with Fruit

Cereal x 3

Banana Muffins (I have a few bananas that are going bad from the last couple of weeks so I’m planning to use these up.), Fruit

Lunches

Turkey, Cheese, Crackers, Carrots x 2

Macaroni and Cheese, Tossed Salad

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Celery Sticks

Turkey Sandwiches, Sliced Apples

Lunch at my parents

Tossed Salad, Crackers

Dinners

Roast, Potatoes, Carrots

Dinner with my family (celebrating my sister’s birthday)

Taco Salad

Spaghetti, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Salad Bar with Grilled Chicken

Chicken Drumsticks (from last week’s shopping trip), Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Leftovers

Snacks

Yogurt, Fruit Smoothies, Banana Muffins, Granola Bars

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Gretchen’s $60 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $0.99

1 Cauliflower – $1.69

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 pkg Tortillas – $1.19

1 Half & Half – $1.89

1 dozen Eggs – $1.84

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

3 cans Green Beans – $0.48 each

Total with tax ($1.02): $15.23

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1 Old Orchard Juice – $1.35, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.35 after coupon

1 pkg Blue Bunny Ice Cream Bars – $2.85 – used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.85 after coupon

2 Hershey’s Chocolate Caramels – $2.09, used $1/1 coupon from the 5/31 SmartSource insert (doubled) and $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.09 each after coupons

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.89

1 Dannon Activia Yogurt – $1.59, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Suave Bodywash – $1.50, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

1 Old El Paso Refried Beans – $1.79, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.79 after coupon

2 Hormel Bacon – $2.49 each, used 2 $1/1 printable (first one doubled) – $0.99 each after coupons

Total with tax ($1.03): $6.19

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Dillons

1 gallon Milk – $2.50, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $2.30 after rebate

1.41 lbs Organic Broccoli – $2.66

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 Kroger Mouthwash – $1.59, used Free coupon that was mailed to me – Free after coupon

2 pkg Tyson Chicken Drumsticks – Marked down to $2.38 and $2.40

2 KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce – $1.25 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert – $0.75 each after coupon

2.11 lbs Bananas – $1.24, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $1.04 after rebate

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.25 each

1 pkg Raspberries – $1.25

1 pkg Kroger American Cheese – $1

2 Larabars – $1 each, used 2 $0.40/1 printable – $0.60 each after coupons

8 Clif Bars – Marked down to $0.25 each, used 2 $1/4 coupon from Mambo Sprouts Spring Savings booklet – Free after coupons

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

2 Clorox Bleach Toilet Cleaner – $0.99, used $1/2 printable AND $0.50 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.24 each after coupon and rebate

3 Oxiclean Laundry Detergent – $3.99, used 3 $3/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupons

2 U by Kotex – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupon (Plus received $2 catalina)

2 Edy’s Ice Cream – $2.49, used $1.50/2 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert – $1.74 each after coupon

2 Barbara’s Puffins Cereal – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupons

1 Kashi Cereal – $1.99, used $1/1 mailer coupon – $0.99 after coupon

2 Shout Stain Remover – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupon (Plus received $1 catalina and $1.50 catalina)

1 Gogurt Yogurt – $1.49

Total with tax ($4.42) after coupons and rebates: $38.99 (and received $4.50 in catalinas)

Total for all grocery items: $60.41

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfast

Cereal & Juice x 3

Toast & Eggs x 2

Oatmeal x 2

Lunches

Cheese, Crackers, Fruit, Veggies x 2

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrots

Tuna Sandwiches, Fruit

Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit Salad

Baked Potatoes with Steamed Broccoli

Leftovers

Dinners

Chicken Drumsticks, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Hamburgers, Corn

Chicken & Rice Casserole, Broccoli

Salad Bar, Homemade Bread

Venison Roast, Carrots, Potatoes

Leftovers

Out to eat

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Brigette’s $66 Weekly Grocery Trip and Menu Plan for 6

Zaycon Update: I promised you last week that I would let you know what I thought of my Zaycon order, and I have to tell you – I am HOOKED! :) The chicken is so much fresher and better-tasting than what we have gotten used to, and the whole ordering online/picking up experience was super easy, quick and painless (I didn’t even have to get out of my car!).

Obviously, the main attraction for me was the price – it’s hard to beat $1.69/lb for boneless, skinless chicken breasts! You do have to purchase 40lbs minimum, and since it is fresh, it needs to be packaged/frozen/taken care of pretty soon after you pick it up – so it does require a little bit of work. :)

 If you have a pick-up location in your area, I would definitely recommend it. I know I plan on buying all my chicken this way from now on!

Brigette's $66 Grocery Shopping Trip + Menu Plan

Aldi

1 16-oz pkg Baby Carrots – $0.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.74 after rebate

1 8-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.89

1 24-oz container Cottage Cheese – $2.29

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Carrots – $1.19

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.99

2 containers Baby Artisan Lettuce – $3.98

2 Avocados – $1.38

1 32-oz tub Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.69

1 5.75-oz jar Green Olives – $1.19

2 1-lb pkgs Ground Turkey – $3.88

1 1-lb bag Tilapia Filets – $3.39

1 jar Kosher Baby Dills – $1.29

1 24-oz pkg Vine Ripe Tomatoes – $1.29

2 cans Green Beans – $0.98

1 4-ct pkg Sweet Corn – $1.49

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

Total: $35.83

Brigette's $66 Grocery Shopping Trip

Harris Teeter

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

1 18-ct carton Extra-Large Eggs – $2.95 (YIKES! And this was the cheapest I could get them anywhere this week. Have your egg prices gone up as much as ours have? And does anyone know when the bird flu is going to be over?!)

2 16-oz pkgs Butterball Turkey Bacon – $5.58, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $2.58/2 after coupons

1 16-oz can Mama Francesca Parmesan Cheese (B1G1) – $2.15

2 16-oz pkgs Butterball Turkey Rope Sausage – $5.58, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $2.58/2 after coupons

1 16-oz can Old El Paso Refried Beans – $1.69, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.50/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive $0.50 back from SavingStar – $0.31 MM after coupons and rebate

1 gallon Milk – $2.99

Total after coupons and rebate: $26.93

Brigette's $66 Grocery Shopping Trip

Flower Foods Bakery

8 assorted pkgs of Bread, Buns, and Bagels, reduced – $4.00

Total: $4.00

Weekly Grocery Total: $66.76

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Strawberries (from the freezer) x 2

Homemade Granola x 3

Yogurt (leftover from last week), Toast x 2

Lunches

(My goal for lunches this week is to finish up all the oranges and apples that we have accumulated in our fridge over the last few weeks! :))

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Oranges, Mini Peppers x 2

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

Hard Boiled Eggs, Oranges, Toast

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Pan Fried Tilapia, Oven Baked French Fries, Corn on the Cob, Tossed Salad

Grilled Hobo Packets, Oranges, Italian Cheese Bread

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Raw Veggie Plate with Ranch Dressing Dip

Sweet and Sour Chicken Over Rice, Cooked Carrots, Apple Slices

Spaghetti Carbonara, French Bread, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Dinner Out with Friends

Leftovers

Snacks

Smoothies (using frozen fruit from the freezer and fresh oranges), Popcorn, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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