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Gretchen’s $20 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


Since it’s the last week of the month and we’ve had lots of company over this month, I only had a little over $20 left in our grocery budget for this week. So I looked through our freezer and pantry and planned the menu off of what I had stock piled/leftovers in my refrigerator. I only purchased the necessities this week at the store and skipped all the great coupon deals. 

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each, used $0.25 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.36 each after rebate

1 bag Green Peppers – $0.99

1 pkg Chicken Tenderloins – $4.36, used $1 off peelie coupon – $3.36 after coupon

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 bag Red Grapes – $1.98

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $0.99

1 pkg Cheddar Cheese – $1.89

Total after coupon and rebate: $12.82


1 lb Strawberries – $1.50

1 Pineapple – $0.98

1 Organic Celery – $0.98

2.76 lbs Pink Lady Apples @ $0.98/lb – $2.70, used $0.15 Ibotta rebate – $2.55 after rebate

0.71 lb Roma Tomaotes – $0.36

Total: $6.37


1 Chobani Yogurt – Marked down to $0.49

2 Siggis Yogurt – Marked down to $0.79 each

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $1.99

1 pkg Oreos – $2.99, used Free Mobisave rebate AND $0.15 Ibotta rebate – Free plus overage after rebate

Total after rebates: $3.91

Total for all stores: $20.40

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal x 4

Toast & Eggs x 2



Macaroni & Cheese, Strawberries

Cheese, Crackers, Fruits and Veggies x 2

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Veggies x 2

Apples and Peanut Butter, Celery, Pumpkin Muffins



Homemade Pizza, Breadsticks

Chili, Biscuits, Veggies

Sour Cream Chicken, Green Beans, Rice

Waffles, Eggs, Fruit Salad

Venison Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Pumpkin Muffins

Brown Bag Burritos (from the freezer), Chips & Salsa, Steamed Peas (from the freezer)

Chicken Noodle Casserole (I doubled this last week and froze one so I’ll be using the frozen one this week), Steamed Cauliflower (from the freezer), Sliced Apples

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