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Brigette’s $58 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

I usually enjoy grocery shopping (I know, I’m weird like that), but this week ended up being a less than ideal experience. Every store was completely out of the “best” deals (you know – the ones you go into the store excited to buy), and apparently “cold” weather puts everyone in a shopping mood, because the lines were ridiculously long. My preplanned list mostly went out the window and I just ended up doing the best I could, adjusting my weekly menu plan as needed. Some weeks in life are just like that, though! 🙂

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Aldi

1 3-ct package Romaine Hearts – $1.99

2 2-lb packages Carrots ($1.19 each) – $2.38

2 dozen Eggs ($1.19 each) – $2.38

1 bag Ceasar Salad Mix, reduced – $0.15

1 1-lb box Butter Quarters – $2.99

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

1 1-lb carton Strawberries – $1.49

16-oz bag frozen Peas – $0.89

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

1 3-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples (so disappointed they were out of the advertised Fuji Apples!) – $2.99

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.99

1 bunch Bananas (2.53lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.11, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.86 after rebate

1 12-oz bottle Hot Sauce – $0.85

2 16-oz cartons Eggs Whites ($1.99 each) – $3.98

1 gallon Milk – $3.29

Total after Rebate: $30.72

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Target

5 8-ct packages Pencils ($0.50 each) – $2.50, used $1.50/5 School Supplies printable – $1.00/5 after coupon

4 boxes Barilla Veggie Pasta ($1.16 each) – $4.64, used 2 $1/2 Barilla Proteinplus, Whole Grain, Veggie, White Fiber or Gluten Free Pasta, exp. 3/31/15 (RP 01/04/15) – $2.64/4 after coupon

2 bags Hormel Pepperoni ($2.84 each) – $5.68, used $1/2 Hormel Pepperoni Product, exp. 3/2/15 (SS 01/04/15 #2), plus $1/2 Target printable (NLA) – $3.68/2 after coupon

4 jars Ragu Pizza Sauce ($1.15 each) – $4.60, used 2 $0.75/2 Ragu Product, exp. 2/22/15 (RP 01/25/15 #2 R) – $3.10/4 after coupon

Received $5 Target Gift Card for buying 10 Select Items

Total after Tax, Coupons and Gift Card – $5.49

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 Harris Teeter

2 12-oz bags Eight O’clock Coffee (B1G1) – $6.25, used 2 $1.50/1 printable, plus receive back $1.50 from Ibotta – $1.75/2 after coupons and rebate

3 Lara Bars – $3.00, used $0.75/3 printable (doubled), plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar – $0.75/3 after coupon and rebate

3 boxes Hamburger Helper – $3.00, used $0.75/3 printable (doubled), plus receive $1.00 back from SavingStar – $0.50/3 after coupon and rebate

2 18-oz jars KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce (B1G1) – $2.39, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $0.39/2 after coupons

1 LA Looks Hair Gel – $1.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 Colgate Toothpaste – $1.00 (used raincheck), used $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 2/14/15 (SS 02/01/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 Frozen Orange Juice concentrate (already made up into juice in the picture :)) – $1.67

2 12-oz packages Frozen Broccoli – $2.00

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

2 packages Butterball Turkey Bacon – $5.00, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $2.00/2 after coupons

4 packages Gwaltney Hot Dogs -$3.88, used 2 $0.75/2 printable (doubled) – $0.88/4 after coupons (After trying many more expensive brands of hot dogs, my husband and children have declared these their “favorite.” I refuse to eat them, but my husband will buy them if I don’t – so I was happy to find a sale/coupon. These will go into our freezer in anticipation of warmer weather and cookouts over our fire pit!)

Total after Sales, Coupons, Rebates, and Tax – $22.78

Weekly Total: $58.99

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Fruit (using frozen fruit from the freezer stirred in) x 3

Scrambled Eggs/Veggie Omelettes and Toast x 2

Cereal x 2

Lunches

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

Build-Your-Own-Salad (Fresh Veggies, Tuna, Hard Boiled Eggs, Craisins, Sunflower Seeds, etc.) x 2

Fried Egg Sandwiches, Bananas, Carrot Sticks

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Homemade Chili and Cornbread, Carrot Sticks

Date Night Out (Super excited about this! We haven’t had a date in…almost forever it seems. We got several gift cards to restaurants for Christmas, and will finally get to use one of those.)

Chili and Cheese over Baked Potatoes (using leftover chili), Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad

Baked Chicken Nuggets, Steamed Peas, Baked French Fries, Apples

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Brown Rice, Green Beans

Leftovers

Snacks

Popcorn, Apples with Peanut Butter, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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5 Comments

  • Lana says:

    There have been times when the store is out of everything that I just wanted to quietly park my cart somewhere and go out to my car and drive away. I haven’t done it—-yet.

  • Becky says:

    I hear ya! You still did a great job.

  • Kathy says:

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoy seeing the grocery items you purchase each week. So much fresh and healthy items and still you keep it under budget!

  • Jennifer says:

    I hear you about the store craziness. We’ve had record breaking snowfalls in Maine the past two weeks with more to come starting Sunday. All people are doing are grocery shopping when they’re not shoveling snow.

    I feel your Fuji pain. Golden Delicious are my least favorites.

  • Jess T says:

    The deals at our stores were pretty much gone this week too! Some weeks are like that! We tried the Egg Roll in a Bowl this week for the first time and it was a HUGE hit!! Thanks for the idea!

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