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Gretchen’s $51 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan



1 Kroger Tortillas – $1.59

1 Cardboard box – $0.47 (I needed this for a package I’m sending to someone.)

1 Kroger Butter – $2.59

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.98

1 Back to Nature Crackers – $2.50 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $1.50 each after coupons

1 Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.99

1 Green Pepper – $0.75

0.81 lbs Broccoli @ $1.49/lb – $1.21

1 POM Juice – $1, used $0.50/1 printable – $0.50 after coupon

1 Cucumber – $0.75

1 Kroger Chicken Drumsticks – $4.21 ($0.99/lb)

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 6, Get $3 off instantly):

1 Bird’s Eye Recipe Ready Frozen Vegetables – $1.49, used $1.50/1 coupon from the 1/12 SmartSource insert – Free after coupon

3 Red Baron Frozen Pizza – $2.49 each, used $3/3 printable – $1.49 each after coupon

1 Kraft Cheese – $1.99

2 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – $3.99 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $2.99 each after coupons

4 Quaker Popped Rice Snacks – $0.79 each, used 2 $0.75/2 coupon from the 1/12 RedPlum insert – $0.42 each after coupons

2 Multigrain Cheerios – $1.99 each, used 2 $0.75/1 coupon from the 1/12 SmartSource insert – $1.24 each after coupons

1 Success Rice – $1.29, used $0.50/1 coupon from the January All You magazine – $0.79 after coupon

1 Minute Brown Rice – $1.29, used $0.50/1 coupon from the January All You magazine – $0.79 after coupon

1 Snuggle Fabric Softener – $1.99, used $1.50/1 e-coupon – $0.49 after coupon

2 Pull-Ups Big Kid Wipes – $1.19 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $0.19 each after coupons

3 Kraft Barbecue Sauce – $0.49 each

5 All Laundry Detergent – $1.99 each, used 2 $3/2 coupon from the 1/5 RedPlum insert and $1.50/1 e-coupon – $0.49 each after coupons (I also will received a $1 SavingStar rebate!)

1 Casa Fiesta Enchilada Sauce – $0.69

1 Casa Fiesta Green Chilies – $0.69

2 Casa Fiesta Refried Beans – $0.69 each

Total before sales and coupons: $120.70

Total with tax ($4.77) after sales and coupons: $50.76

Menu Plan for this Week


Cereal and/or Homemade Granola


Leftovers, Cheese/Crackers/Veggies, Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Veggie Stirfry


Chicken Drumsticks, Tossed Salad, Baked Potatoes, Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Green Chicken Enchiladas, Fruit Salad

Rice and Beans, Sliced Avocados

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Hashbrown Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

Dinner with friends

Dinner with family

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  • Kim says:

    If you have a smartphone, the Ibotta app has a 50 cent rebate on 1 gallon of milk (any brand) at several stores including Dillon’s. You could add the app, then scan your receipt & bar code on the milk you already purchased (receipts are good for 7 days as long as the offer is still there).

    Also, has a 20% rebate on broccoli this week at Gerbes, which is a Kroger/Dillon’s store, & HyVee. You just load the offers you want on your store loyalty card. My Gerbes credits my SavingStar balance in 2 weeks. My HyVee credits my account in 2 days.

    • Kim says:

      The All Detergent has $1 rebate on too! I have a 50 cent profit coming on one bottle after the $1.50 e-coupon!! 🙂

  • Meagan says:

    Wow, $2.98 for a gallon of milk? :/ Where I live it’s anywhere from $3.48 to $4.50. I normally buy milk 4 gallons at a time, milk takes up a lot of my grocery money. I wish we had a Dillons around here. Lol

    • Susan says:


      I’m lucky … milk is relatively inexpensive where I live. This week I paid $2.19 per gallon. Our Kroger affiliate frequently has in-ad coupons for $1.25 for a half gallon, which I think is still a good price.

  • sue says:

    I paid $1.98 for a gallon of whole milk today and $0.98 for a dozen eggs.

  • Rhonda says:

    I wish we had more options around here…Walmart, Price Cutter, Aldi & a couple of local (more expensive) grocery stores. I did some shopping at Aldi today & even there paid over $3 for a gallon of milk! BTW – I know the cardboard box was only $0.47, but you can get free boxes at the post office & the shipping is usually cheaper using a flat rate shipping carton vs your own box. I do love to see how you ladies combine sales, coupons, etc to get such good deals. Thanks for sharing.

  • Becky says:

    That hashbrown casserole looks so good! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Lesley says:

    We are really lucky. Our milk is $1.59 at Aldi. This week I bought a whole cart full of food at Aldi for $31. Thankful for the great prices there, saves us a ton.

  • Jillian Kay says:

    Wow, I am so impressed. Great job on the detergent!

  • Jamie says:

    Gretchen, If my memory is right, I am thinking you live in Wichita. I wondered if you ever go to Homeland in Haysville? It is only a few miles from Wichita. It is worth the trip…they double coupons up to and including $1. I walk out of there each week with about $70 or more in groceries for under $20…usually around $15!!!

  • I wanted to use the Birds Eye Recipe Ready coupon, but my Kroger will not let me use a coupon if it is more than the value of the item, even by the one cent that it is in this case! I guess I could risk it and try again but I have always been disappointed in the past. 🙁

  • Stephanie says:

    Do you have a recipe for your ‘rice and beans with sliced avacado’ meal?
    Thanks so much for this awesome food outlet!

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