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Gretchen’s $54 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan


2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies – $0.45

1 Grape Jelly – $1.39

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $2.39

1 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $1.19

1 pkg Spinach – $1.49

1 pkg Flaxseed – $2.49

1 lb Ground Beef – $2.69

1 gallon Milk – $1.78

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.29 each

2 pkg Frozen Pizza – $0.99 each

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.29

1 pint Blueberries – $1.99

1 loaf Bread – $0.85

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.99

1 pkg Shredded Cheese – $2.99

Total: $27.52


I used Dillons Clicklist again and was given a bag full of freebies when I went to pick up my groceries! Yay! I went ahead and included those freebies in the picture. 🙂 

1 pkg Simple Truth Cleansing Wipes – Free

1 pkg Tide Laundry Detergent Sample – Free

1 Travel Sized Pantene Shampoo – Free

1 mini box Honey Nut Cheerios – Free

1 Breakfast Flats Bar – Free

1 bottle Pure Leaf Tea – Free

1.60 lbs Bananas – $0.94

2 pkg Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $4.77 each, used $1.50/1 e-coupon – $4.02 each after coupon

1 pkg Kroger Frozen Peas – $1

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79, used $0.45/1 e-coupon – $1.34 after coupon

1 Romaine Lettuce – $1.49

1 Lindt Lindor Truffle – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1 Simple Truth Pomegranate Juice – $3.99

1 Simple Truth Organic Columbian Coffee K-Cups – $5.99 (I have fallen in love with these and can’t find any k-cups that compare to the taste! The problem is, you can only buy them in boxes of 12 at a time. If anyone has tried these and found something similar that you can buy in bulk to make it cheaper, please let me know!)

1 can Simple Truth Garbanzo Beans – $1

2 Simple Truth Greek Yogurt – $1 each (I had a coupon on my Dillons card for these, but it didn’t come off.) 🙁

Used $0.25 Ibotta rebate (for submitting any receipt)

Total after coupons and rebate: $26.53

Total for both stores: $54.05

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal x 2

Toast, Eggs, Juice, Spinach x 4

Oatmeal & Fruit


Cheese, Crackers, Fruit, Veggies x 2

Turkey Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks x 2

Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Sliced Cucumbers

Mac & Cheese, Fruit Smoothies



Spaghetti, Cantaloupe, Rolls (from freezer)

Soft Tacos, Chips, Cantaloupe

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili, Biscuits

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Chicken & Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Waffles, Eggs, Juice

Dinner out

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  • This looks great! Awesome chicken breast price. How many people does your menu plan feed?

    • Gretchen says:

      Thanks! I was excited about the chicken price, too! This menu feeds 3 people. I hope that helps! – Gretchen

  • Thanks, Gretchen! It does :-). Way to go!

  • Ann says:

    Do your kids not eat snacks? I’m trying to picture any of us eating cheese and crackers with fruit for lunch and not be starving in an hour. I was just curious!!

    • Gretchen says:

      Yes, we do eat snacks. 🙂 I try and always have granola bars on hand as well as applesauce – my 5 year old always prefers applesauce over anything else for a snack. 🙂 Most days it’s just something simple like that, but if I have muffins on hand we will do those or sometimes I’ll make fruit smoothies. ~Gretchen

  • Jonna says:

    When you shop at Aldi do you find that the cashier throw your items in the cart? I’ve had yogurt and fruit I got for my mother damaged and smashed. Has anyone else had that problem?

  • Elizabeth says:

    Re Kcups, I’m sure you are aware that there are some wonderful brands of reuseable Kcups about. has a wide variety and I’m certain you would find one to fit your particular machine. On a tangent, I use mine for hot chocolate, hot malted milk, mocha drinks as well as coffee and other concoctions.
    I’m sure you could buy a couple of ounces of in-store ground coffee to sample, or write for samples, until you hit upon the flavor of your Organic Columbian coffee you so love for a fraction of the price you have now. Perhaps you could even buy it in bulk and store it in the freezer until required and thus save even more, you could even invest in a coffee grinder and grind it fresh after a few moments reheating in the oven when something else is in there cooking. It really does pick up the flavor from the original roasting!

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