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Gretchen’s $36 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Local Health Food Store

1.42 lbs Apples @ $0.99/lb – $1.41

4 Oranges – $0.25 each (I was so excited to see they had their oranges back in stock!)

Total with tax (7.3%): $2.59


1 Tortillas – $0.99

1 Butter – $2.39

1 Raisins – $2.79

1 gallon Milk – $1.99

1 Sour Cream (16 oz) – $1.29

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 pint Blueberries – $1.69

Total with tax (7.3%) – $12.57


Items part of the Mega Event (Buy 10, Get $5 off instantly):

1 Cheerios – $1.99, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.99 after coupon

1 Multigrain Cheerios – $1.99, used $0.75/1 printable (no longer available) (doubled to $1) – $0.99 after coupon

1 Oatmeal Crisp – $1.99, used $0.75/1 printable (no longer available) (doubled to $1) – $0.99 after coupon (I haven’t seen a deal on this cereal in forever!)

4 Hefty Slider Bags – $0.99, used 2 $1/2 printable – $0.49 each after coupons (I love being able to stock up on things like this!)

1 Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper (12 double rolls) – $5.99, used $3/1 coupon from recent sample mailer – $2.99 after coupon

2 Schick Xtreme3 Razor – $4.49, used Buy One Get One Free coupon from the 6/30 SmartSource insert (took off $6.69) AND $3/1 coupon from the 6/9 SmartSource insert – Free after coupons

Other items:

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Tai Pei Frozen Meal – $2.50, used Free coupon from recent promotion – Free after coupon

1 Tostitos Salsa – $3, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

2 Larabar – Marked down to $0.25 each, used $0.50/2 coupon from Dillons mailer – Free after coupon

3 Larabar – Marked down to $0.50 each, used $0.75/3 printable (doubled to $1) – $0.17 each after coupon

1 Lemon – $0.50

0.56 lbs Broccoli @ $0.99/lb – $0.55

1 Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1 (My Mom gave us some of her delicious homemade dip, so I had to get chips. Yum!)

1 Nature’s Harvest Bread – $2, used $0.55/1 printable (doubled to $1) – $1 after coupon

1 Silk Soy Milk (1/2 gallon) – $2.99, used $0.50/1 coupon from Dillons mailer – $1.99 after coupon

1 Almond Breeze Milk (1/2 gallon) – $2.99, used $0.50/1 coupon from Dillons mailer – $1.99 after coupon (I’m still trying to find a good substitute for milk. I thought I’d try Soy milk and this brand of Almond milk this week.)

1 Jello Pudding – Marked down to $1 (I love surprising my hubby with stuff like this!)

1 Organic Eggs (1 dozen) – $2.89

1 Vlasic Farmer’s Garden Pickles – $3.99, used Free printable (no longer available) – Free after coupon

Total before sales and coupons: $77.08

Total with tax (7.3%) after sales and coupons: $21.61
Total for all grocery items: $36.77

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal, Oatmeal, Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake (for July 4th), Toast, Bananas


Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Leftovers, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Rice, Baked Potatoes


I only needed to plan 5 dinners this week as one night we have a work/party event and the other is July 4th. 🙂

Southwestern Rollups, Chips & Dip, Tossed Salad

German Pancake, Eggs, Fruit

CrockPot Black Bean Chicken, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Broccoli and Carrots

Homemade Cheese Pizza (I will make a huge batch of dough and make up individual pizza crusts, bake and then freeze them to use over the next few weeks for lunches.), Tossed Salad

BBQ Meatballs, Homemade Bread, Green Beans, Fruit

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  • It’s really interesting to see how prices vary. Your milk is so much less than ours ($2.69-$2.72 here), but blueberries here are $3.79.

  • Emily says:

    You can get the Simple Truth organic eggs for $2.89/dozen??? Wow. My Kroger charges around that for just the natural, cage free dozen. The certified organic runs over $4 something for the dozen.

    • Gretchen says:

      Ooops! After I read your comment I went and looked at the eggs I bought. I guess they are just the natural, cage free ones after all and NOT organic.

  • Lori says:

    Great job Gretchen! I wish I knew what you were paying for your meat, flour, cheese, pbj, etc!

  • lindsey says:

    great job! The recipe for the crock pot black bean chicken looks delicious! I hope to try it next week.

  • theresa says:

    Is this for a family of four?

  • Anne says:

    Gretchen, are you dairy-free with milk? I am lactose intolerant so I try to stock up on Silk soy milk when QFC (our Kroger) has it as part of the buy 5, save $5 promotion for $1.99. There are often coupons in SmartSource and I frequently find $0.55 off blinkie coupons which don’t double here but would for you. Almond milk has a lot less protein but there is a lot of debate around the hormones with soy. Good luck looking for your milk alternative.

    • Gretchen says:

      Yes, I cannot have milk, cottage cheese, yogurt or sour cream (and certain ice creams). This week was the first time I tried the Soy milk (because I, too, have heard the debate about the hormones and was hesitant to buy it) but I don’t really like it. I’ve tried coconut milk and rice milk, too, but didn’t care for the taste. Almond milk is okay (meaning I can tolerate it if I don’t think about it!). I’m not sure what else there is to try but I’m keeping my eyes open. 🙂

      • Tori says:

        I was dairy free while nursing my oldest and the only milk alternative I could stand was hemp milk. It was the closest in my opinion to 2%. My daughter loves almond milk now and we get the vanilla almond milk from aldi.

  • Amie says:

    Great job. I shopped one day early to catch the end of this week’s sale. I spent about $44 and I’m hoping to not spend more. I bought:
    Wags: 8 turkey bacon -3x $1 off and 5x $.55 off coupons, 4 local papers (for coupons) – $1 RR and 1000 points and spent $2.44, including tax
    Kroger: 8 Kool Aid -4x $1/2, 2 Lucky Charms -2x $.50 doubled and $.50 saving star ecoupon, eggs -free coupon, bananas, 1 Twix Ice Cream Bars – $1.50, 3 Kroger chips – $1/$4 snack coupon and $.60/2 ecoupon, 2 Kroger sharp cheddar – $.75/2 ecoupon, boneless pork loin -$1, frozen veggies, big bag of cat food – $42 with tax.
    Luckily, I have salad fixings and berries from my garden. I have chicken, milk, bread, etc. from the freezer and a well stocked pantry.
    I saw that Kroger has another Mega Event coming up and I have a hard time not shopping those to stock up. My budget is $75 for a family of four people, 2 cats, and 8 dogs, but I stocked up on dog food a few weeks ago and went over budget so I’m trying to balance things out by the end of the month. I think I need to get back to meal planning. lol.

  • Mary C says:

    I get extremely depressed when I read how some families can eat on $50 / week and the simplicity of lunch. Then I find out you are feeding toddlers and a husband who works outside the home. I have 20 year old daughter, 18 year old BOY (who is starving all the time), and 8 year year old whom I homeschool, AND a husband who works at home. I am feeding 4 adults who are in and out during the day for college and work. I think my budget of $100-125 is pretty low LOL (that includes all HBA and food)

    I need to rethink my budget 🙂

    • Don’t feel bad! I spend about $175-$200 a week for a family of 5 (2 adults, a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 20 month old). I feel good about what I buy and it works for my family.

      Don’t compare yourself to others- I am sure you are doing what is best for your family 🙂

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