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Gretchen’s $26 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan


1 can Tuna – $0.99

2 boxes Cheerios – $1.79 each, used 2 $1/1 printable AND $1/2 rebate – $0.29 each after coupons and rebate

4 American Beauty Pasta – $0.49 each, used 2 $1/2 printable – Free after coupons

2 Ronzoni Pasta – $0.49 each, used $1/2 printable – Free after coupon

4 Ragu Pasta – $1.29 each, used 2 $1/2 printable – $0.79 each after coupons

1 loaf Honey Wheat Bread – $1.89

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – $3, used $1.50/1 printable – $1.50 after coupon

1 Half & Half – $2.29

1 Enjoy Life Cookies – $3.79, used $3/1 printable AND $1/1 Checkout 51 rebate – Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

1 Enjoy Life Cookies – $4.19, used $3/1 printable AND $1/1 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.19 after coupon and rebate

1 Sunbelt Granola Bars – $2.69, used $1/1 printable – $1.69 after coupon

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1

1 bag Kroger Frozen Chicken – $6.99, used $1.50/1 e-coupon – $5.49 after coupon

Used $0.25 Ibotta rebate

Total after coupons and rebates: $18.53


1 pkg Tortillas – $0.99

1 loaf Bread – $0.83

2 dozen Eggs – $0.47 each

1 gallon Milk – $1.77

1 bag Potato Chips – $1.09

2 pkg Strawberries – $0.99 each

Total: $7.60

Total for both stores: $26.13

Menu Plan for This Week

We still have a lot of fruits and veggies leftover from last week which I’ll be using up this week. 🙂


Toast & Eggs x 4

Cereal x 2

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake


Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cucumber Slices, Chips x 2

Mac & Cheese, Carrot Sticks

Lunch with our LifeGroup

Leftovers x 2


Italian Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Strawberries

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Spinach Salad

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Steamed Cauliflower

Chicken Fajitas, Refried Beans

French Toast, Eggs, Fruit Smoothies

Out to eat

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  • DeeDee says:

    Crystal, Gretchen’s menu for the week sounds delicious. Do you or Gretchen have a recipe for the Chicken Noodle Casserole? I’d like to add this to our rotating summer menu since it sounds like it’s a good make ahead dish. I came up with a meatless healthy make ahead menu for our family. Since it’s too hot to put the oven on the summer, let alone in Florida, I like to make recipes in the evening or a rainy day and freeze. Thanks Crystal!

    • Gretchen says:

      Hi Deedee! I don’t really use a recipe. Most of the time, I cook 3-4 chicken breasts and shred it. Then cook 1 pkg of noodles (whatever I have on hand); combine the chicken and noodles and add in 1 can of cream of chicken soup (or make my own), about 1/2 cup of milk, 1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, salt and minced onion. Pour into a pan and cover with shredded cheese. I will either freeze it like that or cook it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The ingredients and measurements vary each time depending on what I have on hand, but it’s such a budget friendly meal and super easy to make! I hope that helps! -Gretchen

  • K says:

    I don’t see the Ragu coupon. Is there a different zip code I could try?

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