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Brigette’s $54 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Harris Teeter

3 Avocados, reduced – $1.00

4 large Apples, reduced ($0.59/lb) – $1.26

2 Red Bell Peppers, reduced – $1.00

1 bag Oranges, reduced – $1.00

1 3-ct package Romaine – $1.99

1 cup Plain Yogurt – $0.37 (starter for homemade yogurt)

2 boxes Kix Cereal (@2/$5.00) – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 Printable (doubled), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus $0.75/1 Saving Star – $0.25/each after coupons and rebate

1 box Rice Krispies (B1G1 @ $3.55) – $1.77, used $0.75/1 Printable (doubled), plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta (any cereal) – $0.02 after coupons and rebate

2 containers Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal (@$1.50/each) – $3.00, used 2 $0.50/1 Printable (doubled), plus receive $0.50 back from Ibotta – $0.25/each after coupons and rebate

1 package Perdue Short Cuts Sliced Chicken (B1G1) – $2.59, used $0.75/1 Perdue Short Cuts Product, exp. 12/31/14 (RP 10/12/14 R) (doubled) – $1.09 after coupons

6 28-oz cans Tuttorosso Tomatoes (B1G1 @ $1.99) – $5.96, used 2 $0.55/3 Printable (doubled) – $3.76 after coupons

1 10-oz package Fisher Chopped Pecans – $3.97, used $1/1 Fisher Recipe Nut, exp. 11/8/14 (SS 10/05/14) – $2.97 after coupons

1 Pantene Hairspray – $4.00, used $2/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment, exp. 10/31/14 (SS 09/14/14), plus $2.00 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

1 Pantene Expert Collection Conditioner – $6.99, used $4/1 Pantene Expert Collection Product, exp. 11/30/14 (P&G 10/26/14), plus $4.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $1.01 MM after coupons

1 5-ct package Gillette Razors – $3.99, used $3/1 Gillette Disposable Razor 10/12 RP, plus $3/1 Harris Teeter evic – $2.01 MM after coupons

used $1.50 catalina coupon from last week

Total after all Sales, Tax, Coupons, and Rebates – $11.99

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Aldi

5 1-lb packages Ground Turkey (@$1.89/each) – $9.45

2 8-oz packages Cream Cheese (@$0.99/each) – $1.98

2 54-oz cartons Orange Juice (@$1.79/each) – $3.58

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $2.29

2 Butternut Squash (@$1.29/each) – $2.58

1 jar Salsa – $1.69

2 bunches Bananas (@$0.44/lb) – $2.39, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon

2 packages Tortilla Chips (@$1.19/each) – $2.38

2 lbs frozen Tilapia Fillets – $5.99

1 gallon Milk – $3.47

Total: $35.80, plus receive $0.25 back

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Flower Foods Bakery

From the “Reduced” Table (mix and match @3/$0.99):

2 8-ct packages Whole Wheat English Muffins

1 8-ct package Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns

1 8-ct package Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

1 loaf Italian Bread

4 loaves Whole Wheat Bread (“Publix Premium” brand – 100% Whole Wheat)

Total: $2.97, plus receive $1.00 back from Snap by Groupon 

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Farmer’s Mart

1 large box of Tomatoes, reduced (about 30lbs – I will use these to make a big batch of spaghetti sauce to freeze) – $5.00

Total: $5.00

Weekly Total after all Sales, Taxes, Coupons, and Rebates: $54.51

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs and Toast, Smoothies, Veggie Omelettes, French Toast

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas/Apples/Carrots x 2, Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Oranges/Cucumbers, Leftovers x 2, Tuna Sandwiches/Peppers/Bananas, Macaroni and Cheese/Carrots/Apples

Dinners

Fried Eggs/Cheese Sandwiches on English Muffins, Cauliflower, Applesauce

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti (using ground turkey), Broccoli, Homemade Breadsticks in the Bread Machine

Dinner at a Friend’s House – I am bringing Chocolate Pecan Pie and Homemade Frosted Sugar Cookies

Egg Roll in a Bowl (I have leftover cabbage from last week that needs to be used up), Fried Rice, Tossed Salad

Leftovers

Apple Cider Chicken, Sautéed Zucchini with Parmesan Cheese, Cheddar Drop Biscuits (low-carb and gluten-free), Fruit Salad

Snacks/Desserts

Popcorn

Finger Foods for a Get-Together I am hosting: Layered Nacho Dip and Chips, Pumpkin Bars, Mini Pecan Pies, Carrots/Red Peppers/Cucumbers Veggie Tray

How We Saved $700 With House Sitters America

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Marenda emailed in the following tip:

As many of you know, lodging is often one of the most expensive parts of any vacation. However, thanks to HouseSittersAmerica.com, my husband and I have been able to enjoy very frugal getaways!

If you’ve never heard of House Sitters America, it’s basically a website that connects travelers with homeowners across the country looking for reliable and responsible house sitters and pet sitters. There is a $30 membership fee, but we recouped that cost after one free night of lodging.

My husband and I just got back from a week of housesitting in North Carolina (we’re from Indiana). The homeowner enjoyed a week of vacation while we took care of her two sweet kitties and brought the mail and home deliveries inside the house.

We cooked and ate our breakfast and dinner in our new “adopted home” and chose to eat our noon meal out while we were sightseeing.

We did our laundry and tried to leave the house cleaner than we found it, including washing our sheets and putting them back on the bed.

While it was a little additional work on our part, we figured it saved us at least $700 on lodging for the week!

How to Save By Using the Target Cartwheel App

How to Cartwheel by TargetHave you used the Target Cartwheel app? It’s a FREE app you can download and use at checkout to save money on purchases at Target.

Target Cartwheel app

Here’s how it works:

1. Download the Target Cartwheel app. It’s free and available in the iTunes app store or an Google play. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can also connect your Facebook or Google+ accounts to Cartwheel and access the coupons that way.

Target By Cartwheel App

2. Scroll through the offers to decide which offers you are interested in/think you’ll use. There are coupons available for groceries, fresh product, clothing, household items and more. The coupons are updated/changed regularly. There are specific brands offered as well as general purchases (see above: get 5% off any pumpkin purchase).

Tip: You can scan the bar code of any item you are planning to purchase to see if there’s a coupon available for it. Sometimes, you might not remember or realize that there’s a coupon available for an item, so it might be worth it to scan each and every item as you stick it in the cart.

Target By Cartwheel

3. At checkout, have the cashier scan the Target bar code on your device and it will take off all of the applicable coupons on your order. Note: You must scan the Target Cartwheel bar code after all other coupons are already taken off. You can combine Target Cartwheel coupons with other mobile coupons or printable coupons for more savings.

Tip: If you don’t have a device, you can print the barcode after you’ve added the coupons you plan to use to it and the cashier can scan this at checkout.

Target By Cartwheel

And that’s it! The Target Cartwheel app is another great way to stretch your hard-earned money… especially if you’re able to use it to save on items you were already planning to buy!

Do you use the Target Cartwheel app? If so, I’d love to hear your favorite tips and tricks for using it to get the best bang for your buck.

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