Brigette’s $27 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

We are going to be traveling some over the next couple of weeks, so my grocery spending was lower this week because we won’t be eating every meal at home. This gives us some wiggle room to eat out when we’re on the road.

And… to be perfectly honest, I am guessing there will be at least one impromptu grocery shopping trip made by my husband and children at some point before we leave to buy “necessities” for our vacation. That kind of grocery trip is funded straight from the “splurge” fund, and my husband has strict instructions to put the receipt somewhere that I will never, EVER see it. :) 

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Fresh Produce from a Friend’s Garden — Free!

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Harris Teeter

1 gallon milk – $2.97

2 16-oz packages Mueller’s Pot-Sized Spaghetti (B1G1 @ $1.75) – $1.75, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) - FREE after coupons (I actually got overage, making these a $1.25 MM, but that was because the coupons beeped and my cashier manually entered them in!)

2 Head & Shoulders Shampoo (@$5.00 each) – $10.00, used $5/2 Head & Shoulders Full Size Product, exp. 8/10/14 (P&G 07/27/14), plus $5/2 Harris Teeter evic - FREE after coupons

2 16-oz Kraft Salad Dressings (@$2.00 each) – $4.00, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/2 Harris Teeter evic - FREE after coupons

2 boxes Kelloggs Rice Krispies cereal (@$1.99 each) – $3.98, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) from Kellogg’s Family Rewards – $0.49 each after coupons

4 cans Ortega Green Chilies (@4/$3.00) – $3.00, used 2 $1.00/2 printable - $0.25 each after coupons

9 cans Chicken of the Sea Light Tuna (B1G1 @ $1.29) – $5.80, used 3 $0.75/3 printables (doubled) from here and here - $1.30/9 cans after coupons

2 8-oz containers Land O’ Lakes Butter with Canola Oil (@$1.50 each) – $3.00, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

Total after Sales, Tax and Coupons: $6.70

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Aldi

2 bags Carrots (@$0.69/each) – $1.38

1 pint Blueberries -$1.49

I package Sweet Mini Peppers -$2.29

2 packages Mushrooms (@$0.79/each) – $1.58

1 package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

1 package Zucchini – $1.29

1 carton Egg Whites – $1.99

1 bunch Bananas (@$0.49/lb) – $1.63

1 package (32-oz) Brown Rice – $1.29

Total: $16.22

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CVS

1 Dawn Dish Detergent – $0.99, used a $1.00 off any 9-oz Dawn CVS email I received - FREE after coupon

3 jars Ragu Spaghetti Sauce (@3/$5.00) – $5.00, used $0.40/2 Ragu Product, exp. 8/24/14 (RP 07/27/14 #2) – $4.60/3, plus receive $3 ECB

2 bottles Seltzer Water (@$1.00 each) – $2.00

used $3 ECB from a previous shopping trip, plus $3 complimentary ECB sent to me from CVS Beauty Rewards Club for my birthday

Total after Sales, Tax and Coupons: $0.60, plus receive $3 ECB back

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Farm Market

1 head Reduced Cauliflower – $0.99

Fresh Local Peaches (@$0.99/lb) – $3.14

Total: $4.13

Weekly Total: $27.65

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs and Toast, Smoothies (using frozen fruit), Veggie Omelettes

Lunches

Tuna Sandwiches/Bananas/Carrot Sticks; Cheese Quesadillas/Cucumber Slices/Cantaloupe; Macaroni and Cheese/Peaches; Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar; Stir-Fry Veggies and Rice; PB&J Sandwiches/Blueberries/Pepper Slices

Dinners

Burritos (using homemade tortillas and ground venison for the taco meat), Green Rice, Sliced Peaches

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Carrots, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins

Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole, Sauteed Zucchini, Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Breakfast for Dinner: Best Ever Blueberry Muffins, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Hashbrowns

Spaghetti, Dill Bread, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Leftovers

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Gretchen’s $34 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 Cantaloupe – $1.49

1 pkg Carrots – $0.99

1 Vegetable Oil - $2.29

3 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

2 pkg Strawberries – $0.99 each

1 pkg Cherries – $1.49

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $1.29

1 pkg Celery – $1.19

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 pkg Blueberries – $1.49

Total (with tax): $16.36

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Walmart

I rarely shop at Walmart but couldn’t resist the price of these fabric softeners.

2 Final Touch Fabric Softeners – $2.48 each, used 2 $2/1 printable (no longer available) - $0.48 each after coupons

Total with tax ($0.06): $1.02

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Dillons

Items a part of the Mega Sale:

2 Breyers Ice Cream – $2.99 each, used 2 $1.50/1 printable (no longer available) – $1.49 each after coupons

4 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta – $0.49 each, used 2 $1/2 printable - Free after coupons

4 Hefty Storage Bags – $0.99 each, used 2 $1/2 printable - $0.49 each after coupon

2 Kraft Cheese – $2.29, used $2/2 catalina coupon – $1.29 each after coupon

Other Items:

1 Lettuce – $0.99

2 lbs Ground Beef – $1.99 each

1 Green Pepper – $0.99

1.53 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.90

0.67 lbs Broccoli @ $1.59/lb – $1.07

Total before coupons and sales: $46.66

Total with tax ($1.75) after coupons and sales: $17.16

Total for all items: $34.54

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Smoothies, French Toast Roll-Ups (Don’t these look amazing?!? I saw the recipe on Pinterest and knew immediately I had to try it.)

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly on Rice Cakes, Tuna Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese, Baked Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli

Dinners

Salad Bar, Sliced Cantaloupe

Hamburgers (My parents gave us a huge box of frozen hamburger patties last week!), Homemade French Fries, Green Beans, Grapes

Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets, Tossed Salad

Grilled Pizza, Steamed Broccoli

Meat Potato Quiche, Biscuits, Fruit Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Sliced Cantaloupe

Double Date Night with our friends :)

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Gretchen’s $63 Grocery Shopping and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

I’m supposed to bring fruit to 2 get-togethers this week so I took advantage of Aldi’s great prices on strawberries and blueberries this week!

1 Split Top Wheat Bread – $0.99

5 pkg Strawberries – $0.99 each

2 pkg Blueberries – $1.49 each

1 pkg Red Grapes – $2.89

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 pkg (16 oz) Shredded Cheese – $3.69

1 Rice Cakes – $1.29

1 lb Butter – $2.69

1 can Refried Beans – $0.79

Total: $22.74

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Dillons

1 Vanilla Extract – $4.99 (I normally don’t use vanilla extract when a recipe calls for it because it’s too expensive to keep on hand. However, I am making food for other people this week so I thought I should probably use it for that.) :)

1 Kroger Powdered Sugar – $1.49

4 pkg (3 lbs each) Tyson Frozen Chicken Breasts – $4.99 each (I always stock up on frozen chicken breasts when I can get it for this price. This will last us for several weeks.)

2.10 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $1.24

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.79

1 Green Pepper – $0.99

1 Lettuce – $0.99

1 Kroger Bath Tissue – $2.99

1 gallon Milk – $2.99

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 6, Get $3 off instantly):

4 Hefty Freezer Bags – $0.99 each, used 2 $1/2 coupon from the 5/18 RedPlum insert – $0.49 each after coupons

4 Speedstick Deodorant – $0.89 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable and 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 6/15 SmartSource insert – $0.39 each after coupon

4 Ronzoni Pasta – $0.49 each, used 2 $1/2 printable - Free after coupon

Total before sales and coupons: $99.94

Total after sales and coupons: $40.80

Total for all grocery items: $63.54

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Fruit, Smoothies, Cinnamon Rolls (for a special July 4th breakfast), Banana Muffins

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit/Veggies/Banana Muffins, Baked Potatoes & Broccoli, Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter

Dinners

Chicken Fajitas, Grapes

Dinner at my parent’s house (I’m bringing a fruit salad.)

“Boy’s Night Out” (My hubby and son will eat out while I spend the evening with some of my girlfriends – I’m bringing fruit.)

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Southwestern Roll-Ups, Steamed Broccoli, Peaches (from my canning last fall)

Grilled Chicken, 30-Minute Rolls, Tossed Salad

Leftovers

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Brigette’s $28 Weekly Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 6

I tried to keep our grocery spending lower this week – which will give me some wiggle room in the budget to make some bulk purchases the next couple of weeks! We’re going to visit family and friends back in Michigan, and while we’re there I’m excited to go to my all-time-favorite Amish bulk foods store, as well as the “Honey Farm” where we buy raw honey.

For meat this week, I will be cooking up a turkey from the freezer (I always stock up around Thanksgiving when they go on sale – and I’m down to the last one!), as well as venison (thankful for a husband who loves to hunt!). We’ll be using milk from the freezer.

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Walmart

(Harris Teeter was running a 2-day sale last weekend on eggs, but rather than drive a few miles to Harris Teeter for just one thing, I price-matched at Walmart since it is less than a mile from our house)

2 cartons (30-ct each) eggs – $2.37 each (price-matched Harris Teeter) - $4.74

1 gallon Orange Juice (price-matched Food Lion) – $3.49

Total: $8.23

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Harris Teeter

(Super Doubles this week, up to $2 coupons – wahoo! I made two separate trips, and below is the combined totals)

2 packages Reynolds Cupcake Liners (@$1.19 each) – $2.38, used $1/2 Reynolds printable (doubled) plus $1/2 Harris Teeter evic - $0.62 MM on 2 after coupons

1 Gillette Deodorant – $5.49, used $2/1 Gillette printable (doubled) plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.49 MM after coupons

2 cartons organic Evolution Organic Greens Juice ($3.99 each) – $7.98, used 2 $2/1 printable – NLA (doubled) – FREE after coupons

3 packages Perdue Simply Smart Chicken Nuggets (B1G1 @ 7.99) – $11.99, used 3 $2/1 Perdue printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 (36-ct) packages Chinet Plates (B1G1 @ $3.69) – $3.69, used 2 $1/1 Chinet printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 (40-ct) Truvia ($3.75) each – $15.00, used 4 $2/1 Truvia printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

3 cartons So Delicious Coconut Milk ($1.50 each) – $4.50, used 3 $1/1 So Delicious Dairy Free Product, exp. 9/30/14 (SS 06/15/14) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 (6-ct) packs Zevia ($3.33 each) – $9.99, used 2 $2/1 Zevia printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 boxes Muellers Pasta (B1G1 @ $1.99) – $3.98, used 2 $1/2 Mueller’s printable (doubled) – FREE after coupons

2 jars Earth Balance Peanut and Coconut Spread (@$2.50 each) – $5.00, used 2 $1/1 Earth Balance printable (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

2 packages Hefty plates (B1G1 @ $2.99) – $2.99, used $1/2 Hefty plates printable - $0.99 for 2 after coupons

3 boxes Horizons Macaroni and Cheese ($1.25 each) – $3.75, used $0.55/1 Horizons printable (doubled), $1/2 Horizons catalina printout (doubled), and $0.55/1 Harris Teeter evic - $0.10 for 3 boxes after coupons

2 boxes Cheerios ($2.00 each) – $4.00, used $1.10/2 printable (doubled) – $0.90 each after coupons

2 boxes Total ($2.00 each) – $4.00, used $1.10/2 printable (doubled) – $0.90 each after coupons

2 (24-ct) boxes Lipton Tea (B1G1 @$3.29) – $3.29, used 2 $0.75/1 Lipton printable (doubled) – $0.29 for 2 after coupons

2 Sweet Baby Rays Barbeque Sauce (B1G1 @ $2.29) – used $1/2 Sweet Baby Ray’s printable (doubled) - $0.29 for 2 after coupons

2 bags Lays Kettle Cut Chips ($2.50 each) – $5.00, used $1/1 printable – NLA (doubled) – $0.50 each after coupons

1 package Huggies Pull-Ups – $8.99 – used $2/1 Pull-Ups printable (doubled) plus $2/1 Harris Teeter evic - $2.99 after coupons

1 bag Milky Way Unwrapped Bites – $3.69, used $1/1 Unwrapped Bites from RP 06/15/22 insert (doubled – I needed these for a baking project for VBS) – $1.69 after coupons

Baking Powder – $1.27

1 bag (3-ct) Reduced Avocados – $1.00

~Received $2.15 refund at Customer Service for the Fiber One/Nature Valley Bars that rang up incorrectly last week

Total after all sales, tax and coupons: $12.23

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Local Farmer’s Market

3 heads of reduced Broccoli @ $0.79 each – $2.37

1 reduced Cabbage @ $0.29/lb – $0.97

1 head Romaine lettuce – $1.29

3.25 lbs reduced ripe Strawberries – $2.99

Total: $7.62

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Fresh Produce from a Friend’s Garden

Total: Free  (Thanks, Kathryn!! :))

Weekly Total after all sales, tax, and coupons: $28.08

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Avocado Smoothies, Cereal x2, Oatmeal x2, Zucchini bread

Lunches

Macaroni and Cheese/Strawberries/Cucumber Slices, PB&J on Homemade Bread/Carrot Sticks, Build-Your-Own Tossed Salad with Hard Boiled Eggs, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Chips/Cucumbers, Veggie Omelettes/Strawberry Smoothies, Leftovers x2

Dinners

Meat Potato Quiche, Roasted Broccoli, Strawberries

Chicken Nuggets, Homemade Oven Baked French Fries, Sautéed Green Beans

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Pull-Apart Oat Rolls, Tossed Salad

Best Chicken Pot Pie (I will be using turkey), Steamed Broccoli

Broccoli/Cheese Baked Potatoes, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins, Relish Plate

Grilled Turkey Burgers on Homemade Buns, Grilled Broccoli, Creamy Milk Rice

Venison Roast/Potatoes/Carrots in the Crockpot, leftover Pull-Apart Oat Rolls

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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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