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Gretchen’s $96 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

Aldi

3 lbs Ground Beef – $7.99

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

1 gallon Milk – $1.69

2 dozen Eggs – $1.03 each

1 bag Shredded Cheese – $2.75

2 pkg Moo Tubes – $1.29 each

1 lb Butter – $2.66

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $0.79

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 box Chewy Granola Bars – $0.95

1 bag Sugar – $2.08

1 can Northern Beans – $0.58

1 jar Pasta Sauce – $0.85

1 Cinnamon Crunch Cereal – $1.39

1 can Pineapple Chunks – $0.98

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 box Instant Oatmeal – $1.49

2 cans Green Beans – $0.38 each

2 pkg Tortillas – $1.35 each

2 cans Tuna – $0.68 each

1 lb Sausage – $1.89

1 box Mac & Cheese – $0.34

1 Cantaloupe – $1.49

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

1 Taco Mix – $0.39

2 Cucumbers – $1.29 each

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.69

1 Chunk Cheese – $1.45

1 bag Corn Chips – $0.75

1 pkg Snack Crackers – $1.59

1 bag Mandarins – $2.89

2.24 lbs Red Grapes – $3.34

1 bag Romaine Lettuce – $2.19

1 bag Spinach – $1.19

4 Avocados – $0.49 each

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 pkg Blueberry Bagels – $1.49

1 loaf Bread – $0.79

1 can Refried Beans – $0.75

Total: $69.01

Target

(Aldi was out of several things on my list so I ran into Target right next door to get them.)

1 bag (4 lbs) Frozen Chicken Breasts – $9.99

1 Herdez Salsa Verde – $2.99

1 can Rotel Tomatoes – $0.99

1 Good & Gather Cinnamon – $1.29

Total: $15.26

Local Farmer’s Stand

We stopped by a local farmer’s stand over the weekend and ended up getting several things. These tomatoes are some of the biggest I’ve ever seen! I’ve also never made fried okra before but thought it might be fun to try!

Total: $8.49

Total for all groceries: $92.76

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Bagels, Eggs, Spinach Smoothies, Yogurt

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad Bar, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Apples & Peanut Butter/Hard Boiled Eggs, Cheese Quesadillas, McDonald’s Kid’s Meals (special treat for first day of school), Leftovers

Dinners

Mac & Cheese with Beef, Fruit Salad

Grilled Chicken, Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli

Baked Chicken Taquitos, Chips & Homemade Guacamole

BBQ Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Homemade Rolls

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili, Chips, Veggies

Hawaiian Haystacks

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

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10 Comments

  • Rhoda says:

    I buy boneless skinless fresh chicken breasts at Target in a family pack for $1.99 a pound. They are large, clean and delicious and I freeze wrap them when I get home. I live in South Florida and prices everywhere else I shop are much higher.

    • Gretchen says:

      Oh wow! That’s a great price. I’ll have to keep an eye out at my Target in the fresh meat department. Thanks for that tip! – Gretchen, MSM Team

      • Becky says:

        Could you share your spinach smoothie recipe? We’ve been looking to try one!

        • Gretchen says:

          Sure! I usually throw in 1 banana, 1/2 apple, 1/2 orange, 1/2 cup greek yogurt (or plain yogurt), 1 heaping scoop of collagen and then fill it to the top with spinach. Sometimes I’ll add in some frozen blueberries if I have them. This is my breakfast every morning. It’s fast and easy for this on-the-go mama and my little boys usually end up eating some of it, too. 🙂

  • Janet says:

    Cut your fresh okra okra into 1/4” or 1/2” rounds. Put them in a bag of cornmeal and shake. Pan fry/sauté using just a little vegetable oil. It’s the best and easier and healthier than breading and deep frying. Salt and pepper to taste.

    • Gretchen says:

      Oh wow! Thank you SO much for this recipe! I am planning to try it tonight. I can’t wait! – Gretchen, MSM Team

  • Rachel says:

    Where do we find the recipes for the dinners?

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