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Gretchen’s $38 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan


1 Strawberries – $0.99

1 Carrots – $0.99

1 Roma Tomatoes – $1.29

1 Cauliflower – $1.69

1 bag Oranges – $2.99

Total with tax (7.3%) – $8.53


1 (3 lbs) Kroger Frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $6.98

1 Kroger Applesauce – $2.19

2 M&M’s Ice Cream Sandwiches – $2.99, used 2 $2/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupons (These are great to have in our freezer when we have last minute company, which happens quite often.)

1 gallon Horizon Organic Milk – Marked down to $0.99

1 Kroger Napkins – $0.95

1.42 lbs Organic Bananas @ $0.67/lb – $0.95

2 Nivea Lotion – Marked down to $2.56, used 2 $2/1 coupon from the 6/23 RedPlum insert – $0.56 each after coupon (Always keep your eyes open for items marked down on the shelf. These are normally $7.49! We can never have too much lotion around our house.)

1 Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon (We prefer homemade Mac & Cheese but I’ll use the pasta from this and throw the “cheese” away.)

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

0.65 lbs Broccoli Crowns @ $0.99/lb – $0.64

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1 Kroger Canned Black Beans – $0.69

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 4 – Get $4 off instantly): (Prices listed below are after $4 savings)

2 Turkey Hill Natural Ice Cream – $2.49 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $1.49 after coupons (I think we should be stocked up on ice cream for a while!)

2 Huggies Baby Wipes – $0.99 each, used 2 $0.50/1 coupon from the 6/23 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupons

2 Kraft Cheddar Cheese – $1.99 each, used $0.50/2 printable (doubled) – $1.49 each after coupon

1 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – $1.99 (I asked my husband before I went shopping if there was anything he needed me to buy. Frosted Flakes was his answer. 🙂 )

3 Old Spice Shave Gel – $0.99 each, used 3 $1/1 coupon from the 6/2 P&G insert – Free after coupons

2 Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese – $0.99 each, used $0.50/2 printable (doubled) – $0.49 each after coupon

4 Ken’s Salad Dressing – $0.99 each, used 4 $0.50/1 coupon from the 5/5 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupons (I will donate these because we don’t eat this kind of dressing.)

Total before coupons and sales: $93.23

Total after coupons and sales: $30.25

Total for all grocery items: $38.78

Menu Plan for this Week


Oatmeal, Applesauce, Bananas, Cereal, Toast


Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers, Cauliflower Cheese-Sticks, Fruit


Chicken & Rice Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, Gluten-Free Oatmeal Spice Muffins

Chicken Pockets, Tossed Salad, Sliced Oranges

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, 30 Minute Rolls, Steamed Carrots

Haystacks, Steamed Cauliflower, Toasted Organic Multigrain Buns (I got these a while back on clearance and froze them.)

 Taco Pasta, Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread, Tossed Salad

Crock Pot Black Bean Chicken, Parker House Rolls, Fruit, Steamed Broccoli

Dinner with extended family

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  • Jody says:

    I just love these posts! I enjoy seeing the groceries you are getting being used and most of the time pretty healthy! Love it! Thanks 🙂

  • Allison V. says:

    Gretchen, I am totally jealous of your shopping. In fact, I’m getting back into couponing because of your shopping trips!

  • Marie says:

    We don’t have Dillon’s here in MN. but I try to find deals as they come. A local gas station, that I have never even gone to before, had gallon milk 2/ $3!! There’s no limit and it was a month long sale so we’ve been buying 4-8 gallons a week and filling our freezer.
    Then today there was an amazing deal on kraft cheese. Basically you end up with 5 packages of cheese for .20cents each. And ground beef 80/20 was $1.99 a pound.
    So we fill blessed when these types of sales happen so we can stock up.
    I can’t always coupon but when deals like this happen we can stock up and save in the long run.

  • Mary C says:

    I am curious if yall stick to your menu planning? I try to but it seems no one in the house is in the mood for what I have planned.

    • Jen says:

      I don’t know about the author, but I had to strike a balance between winging it every night and planning each day of the week….. I feel suffocated when I think I HAVE to make something a certain night, because what if I don’t feel like it or don’t get around to doing the prep in time, etc? So before I shop, I make a list of about 5 meals for that week, and I’ll use those as my guide. I always make sure to ask my husband if there’s something he’s hungry for that week. My kids are too little, they have to go with the flow! That leaves two meals to either go out, or have breakfast for dinner, or leftovers, etc. If I don’t do this bare minimum plan, then I’m at the grocery store 3 or more times in a week to pick up what I need that night!

      • Gretchen says:

        I make out the menu plan for the week and then every night I get my menu plan “list” out and give my husband a few options for dinner from the list. I can’t stand to be tied down to making a certain meal on a certain day either. I have found this works great for us. And yes, I DO have days that nothing on the menu plan sounds good (or I’m too lazy to spend that much time in the kitchen after a loooong day) so I make something easy from my stockpile (spaghetti and homemade cheese pizza are our favorite go-to easy meals and I always have ingredients for those on hand). 🙂

  • Jenn says:

    Gretchen, could I ask what your weekly grocery budget is?

  • Diana says:

    Gretchen, Last week I think you said you have to eat dairy-free? But tons of these recipes call for milk or cheese. What do you eat instead of those things? 🙂 (Or maybe you answered this last week…if so, maybe someone could reply and tell me that and I’ll go find it 🙂 )

    The Parkerhouse rolls look so good!

    • Gretchen says:

      I use Almond Milk in place of milk in most recipes (I stocked up on this a few months ago when I found a great sale). As far as cheese goes, if I buy the sharp cheddar cheese, it doesn’t bother me as long as I don’t eat very much of it. Sharp cheddar cheese is the only cheese that I’ve found which I can eat small portions of and not have a reaction (when I researched dairy allergies, it seemed that a lot of people with dairy allergies can eat sharp cheddar cheese).

      Some of these recipes also include cream cheese. I haven’t yet determined whether cream cheese bothers me or not so I guess I will find out this week (we haven’t had cream cheese in our house for about a year and I only discovered I have a dairy allergy about 5 months ago).

      I hope that helps!

      • Diana says:

        That does help–thanks! Interesting that the sharp cheddar doesn’t bother you–maybe it’s the lactose bothering you instead of the casein or whey proteins? Hope you find out about the cream cheese without too many ill effects 🙂

  • christine says:

    wow! base price listed whether regular or on sale are unheard of here in MA.
    i’d be happy with those prices without coupons 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Do you happen to have a Kroger store there? If so, you’ll probably be able to get similar prices/sales as the Dillon’s deals listed there. And Aldi is in MA too (not sure if it’s near you), but the prices will be somewhat similar there, as well.

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