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Gretchen’s $42 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan



1 Nestle Splash Water Bottles – $1.99, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Chobani Yogurt – $1.25, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Organic Fuel Drink – $2.49, used $1.50/1 printable AND $1.50/1 Ibotta rebate – Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

2.30 lbs Bananas – $1.36, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.11 after rebate

1 Yoplait Yogurt – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice Medley – $1.99, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Trident Gum – $2.50, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

2 Kraft Shredded Cheese – $3.19 each, used $0.50/1 Ibotta rebate – $2.94 each after rebate (I was in a huge hurry at the store and I meant to grab the Kroger brand that was on sale. I didn’t realize until I got home that I had grabbed the wrong brand. Ouch!) 🙁

1 Stouffer Frozen Meal – $3.49, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

Items a part of the Mega Sale:

4 PowerBar – $0.49 each, used $2/4 printable – Free after coupon

2 Frosted Flakes Cereal – $1.49 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupons

Total after coupons and rebates: $8.42



1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.79

1 bag frozen Broccoli – $1.09

1 bag Frozen Brussel Sprouts – $1.29

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $2.09

1 bag Spinach – $1.49

1 bag Italian Salad – $1.49

1 gallon Milk – $2.39

1 dozen Large Eggs – $1.39

1 bag Pink Lady Apples – $2.99

1 bag Red Grapes – $2.78

1 Half & Half – $1.89

1 bag (10 lbs) Potatoes – $2.99, used $0.25/1 Checkout 51 rebate – $2.79 after rebate

1 Cucumber – $0.79

1 Baking Soda – $0.49

3 Grapefruit – $0.69 each

1 Vanilla – $2.19

1 lb Butter – $2.69

1 can Chili Beans – $0.59

Total after rebate: $33.73

Total for both stores: $42.15

Menu Plan for This Week


Eggs, Spinach x 4

Toast, Fruit

Cereal x 2


Fruit/Veggies/Crackers x 2

Baked Potatoes, Cottage Cheese

Spinach/Fruit Smoothies, Banana Muffins

Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Veggies



Chicken Noodle Casserole, Tossed Salad, Apple Pie

Chicken Fajitas, Grapefruit

Chili, Corn Chips (leftover from last week), Fruit Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon

Beef & Gravy over Noodles, Tossed Salad

Poor Man’s Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Out to Eat (using a gift card someone gave us)

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  • Jen says:

    Hi! I’ve been reading Money Saving Mom since 2007! And I love it!! These shopping trip/meal plan posts are my favorite. I love that it shows and inspires me to: keep it simple, no need to spend hundreds at the store each week, use coupons reasonably (some site are coupon crazzy ), and make real foods (not much processed), easy meals my family would actually but with variety and nutrition considered. I LOVE IT! PLEASE KEEP IT GOING! THANK YOU!!

  • M Parker says:

    Curious where I can find some of your recipes like chicken noodle casserole beef and gravy over noodles and poor mans steak. Thanks for the inspiration too

  • M Parker says:

    Where can I find some of the recipes that go with the meal plans? Thank you love these ideas and plans

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