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Gretchen’s $79 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

Dillons

2 pkg Turkey/Ham Kroger Sandwich Meat – $2.50 each, used 2 $0.50/1 e-coupon – $2 each after coupon

1 bag Kroger Tortilla Chips – $1.49

2 bags Kroger Shredded Cheese (16 oz each) – $3.49 each, used 2 $1/1 e-coupon – $2.99 each after coupon

5 pkg Kroger Applesauce Cups – $1.29 each used 5 $0.40/1 e-coupon – $0.89 each after coupons

3 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.49 each, used 3 $0.50/1 e-coupon – $0.99 each after coupon

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

1 loaf Honey Wheat Bread – $2.49, used $1/1 e-coupon – $1.49 after coupon

1 Ground Black Pepper – $1.25

1 can Chopped Olives – $1.39

1.18 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $1.17

1 pkg String Cheese – $3.49, used $1/1 e-coupon – $2.49 after coupon

1 pkg Cookies – Marked down to $1.79

5.31 lbs Bananas – $2.60

1 pkg Mission Tortillas – $2.59

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.99, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.49 after coupon

1 Reese Pieces Bar – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.79

Total after coupons: $38.63

Aldi

2 pkg Frozen Peas – $0.79 each

1 pkg Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 pkg Frozen Chicken Nuggets – $3.79

1 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.49

1 Half & Half – $1.59

2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

1 6-pack Raisins – $1.19

1 dozen Eggs – $0.58

1 bag Mandarin Oranges – $2.39

1 canister Peanuts – $2.19

1 pkg Green Grapes – $2.64

1 MooTubes Yogurt – $1.55

1 pkg Frozen Strawberries – $1.95

1 pkg Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.49 each

1 pkg Chewy Granola Bars – $1.59

1 pkg Snack Crackers – $1.49

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 lb Butter – $2.88

Total: $40.42

Total for both stores: $79.05

Menu Plan for This Week

I’m planning to be out of town several days this week so I bought lots of snacks and easy to prepare foods so my husband doesn’t have to make food for the family/eat out for every meal. 😉

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Eggs, Fruit, Smoothies

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, Crackers/Cheese/Applesauce, Yogurt & Banana Muffins, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Leftovers

Dinners

Soft Tacos, Chips & Salsa, Cookies (We are having friends for dinner and they are bringing rice.)

Spaghetti, Butterhorn Rolls, Steamed Peas

Grilled Steak (from the freezer), Steamed Corn, Strawberries

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Fruit Salad

Grilled Hamburgers (meat and buns from our freezer), Steamed Peas

Chicken & Gravy over Noodles, Biscuits, Tossed Salad

Waffles, Eggs, Fruit

Gretchen’s $67 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

Aldi

1 box Cocoa Rice Cereal – $1.45

1 box Snack Crackers – $1.69

2 Half & Half – $1.79 each

2 pints Blueberries – $1.39 each

1 gallon Milk – $1.19

2 pkg Red Grapes – 2/$4.48

1 pkg Tortilla Chips – $1.69

2 cans Cream of Chicken/Mushroom Soup – $0.49 each

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.49

1 dozen Eggs – $0.58

1 pkg Yeast – $0.89

1 pkg Taco Seasoning – $0.29

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 pkg Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

1 loaf Bread – $1.39

10 lb bag Potatoes – $3.29

1 lb Butter – $2.88

1 pkg Shredded Cheese – $3.39

1 can Refried Beans – $0.79

3 bags Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99 each

Total: $54.91

Dillons

2 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $1 each

1 pkg Frozen Corn – $1

1 pkg Gravy Mix – $0.49

1 pkg Kroger Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $2.69

2 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.49 each

4 lbs Bananas – $1.96

1 can Enchilada Sauce – $1.89

Total: $13.01

Total for both stores: $67.92

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Eggs, English Muffins, Cereal, Bananas

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Mac & Cheese, Crackers/Cheese/Fruit, Leftovers

Dinners

Brown Bag Burritos, Chips, Rice

Pancakes, Eggs (We still have a couple dozen in our refrigerator from the last few weeks!), Fruit

Grilled Chicken, Butterhorn Rolls, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Tossed Salad (Company for dinner – they are bringing dessert)

Dinner with friends (I’m bringing lettuce and salsa for the taco bar.)

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff (using venison), Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Crackers, Fruit

Easy Baked Ziti, Amish White Bread, Steamed Broccoli

Gretchen’s Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Dillons Trip #1

I grabbed a few items at Dillons and was planning to go to Aldi the next morning, but my husband offered to go grocery shopping for me since I have an extremely busy and stressful week and I said, “YES, please!” However, he refuses to shop at Aldi so he took my Aldi list and went to Dillons instead. 😉 So our groceries this week were a *little* bit higher than I planned, but I’ll just spend less than planned next week to even it all out. 

3.15 lbs Bananas – $1.54

1 Half & Half – $1.79

1 box CheezIt Crackers – $2.99, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $2.49 after coupon (I got this as a special treat for my son who has been BEGGING for CheezIts for a long time!)

1 Blue Bunny Ice Cream – $4.99 (For our at home date night!)

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.49

1 Cucumber – $0.59

2 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69 each

Total after coupon: $16.27

Dillons Trip #2

2 pkg Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $9.99 each

2 dozen Eggs – $0.59 each

1 pkg Ritz Crackers – $2.99

1 pkg Nabisco Premium Crackers – $2.49

1 Kroger Applesauce – $1.99

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.79

1 lb Butter – $3.29

2 cans Cream of Chicken/Mushroom Soup – $1.25 each

2 pkg Kroger Shredded Cheese – $3.49 each

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $2.89

2 pkg Strawberries – $2.50 each

1 box Nutri-Grain Bars – $2.99

1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 pkg Mission Tortillas – $2.10, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.85 after rebate

1 loaf Bread – $2.49, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.99 after coupon

1 pkg English Muffins – $2.79

2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

Used $0.10/1 Ibotta rebate for receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $63.27

Total for both stores: $79.54

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, English Muffins, Scrambled Eggs, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Leftovers

Dinners

Salad Bar with Grilled Chicken

Chicken & Gravy over Rice, Leftover fruit from last week

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Tossed Salad

Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets, Steamed Broccoli

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit Smoothies

Grilled Steak (from the freezer), Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Ice Cream (At home date after the kids are in bed!)

Gretchen’s $85 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi Trip #1

I had to go to Aldi two times because while I was there the first time, I had to rush home so my husband could leave. So that’s why there are two Aldi trips this week! 🙂 It worked out in my favor though because the ad switched today so there were different produce sales! (And our Aldi is just one block from our house which is why it wasn’t a big deal to go back. I love having Aldi so close!)

1 bag Mandarins – $2.39

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

2 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19 each

1 lb Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.99

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.49

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

1 loaf Honey Wheat Bread – $1.39

1 box Crackers – $1.69

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.39 each

1 pkg Green Grapes – $2.09

Total: $24.61

Dillons

2 pkg Mentos – $0.79 each, used $0.50/2 e-coupon – $0.45 each after coupon

4 Ronzoni Pasta – $1 each, used $2/4 e-coupon – $0.50 each after coupon

2 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1 each

1 Kroger Instant Oatmeal – $1.49, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $0.99 after coupon

2 Low Cow Ice Cream – $1.99 each (These were marked as $0.50 each which is why I purchased them. I didn’t notice they rang up wrong until I got home. Ugh!)

1 SweeTarts Candy – $0.50, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 loaf Honey Oat Bread – Marked down to $0.49 (Using this for French Toast!)

2 Lindt Truffle Bags – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – Free after coupon

4 Totino’s Frozen Pizza – $1.25 each, used $1/4 e-coupon AND $1/4 Ibotta rebate – $0.75 each after coupon and rebate

2 thinkThin Bars – $1.50 each, used $1/2 e-coupon – $1 each after coupon

4 lbs Ground Beef – Marked down to $0.99 each (SOO excited to find this!)

1 Garlic Salt – $1

2 jars Classico Pasta Sauce – $0.99 each, Received a $1 off catalina for buying 2

4 American Beauty Pasta – $1 each, used $2/4 e-coupon – $0.50 each after coupon

4.57 lbs Bananas – $2.24

Used $0.10 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $26.44

Aldi Trip #2

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 box Granola Cereal – $2.49

1 bag Shredded Cheese – $3.39

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.49

2.26 lbs Green Grapes – $2.01

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 Half & Half – $1.79

1 Cottage Cheese – $1.79

1 Pineapple – $1.29

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 lb Butter – $2.88

4 pkg Strawberries – $1.19 each

2 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79 each

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $1.19

Total: $34.79

Total for all groceries: $85.84

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Toasted English Muffins, Eggs, Toast, Cereal, Bananas

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, Tossed Salad Bar, Frozen Pizzas, Crackers/Cheese/Fruit, Leftovers

Dinners

Grilled Hamburgers (using buns from the freezer), Steamed Corn

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

French Toast, Eggs, Fruit Salad

Taco Bar

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Brown Bag Burritos (from the freezer), Chips, Fruit

Beef & Gravy over Noodles, Steamed Peas

Gretchen’s $29 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Dillons

1 Private Selection Honey Oat Bread – $1.88, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.63 after rebate

1 bag Kroger English Muffins – $1.19, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.94 after rebate

2 bags Apples – Marked down to $0.99 each

2 bags Oranges/Cuties – Marked down to $0.99 each

1 pkg Oscar Meyer Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.49

2 pkg Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.88 each

1 bag Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $8.99, used $1.25/1 e-coupon – $7.74 after coupon

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $1.49

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.79

3.31 lbs Bananas – $1.62

2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

2 dozen Dillons Eggs – $0.59 each

Used $0.50/1 Ibotta rebate for any item

Total after coupon and rebates: $29.97

Menu Plan for This Week

We didn’t need many groceries this week as I’ll be using a lot of stuff in my pantry for meals. Also, my mom brought us several pounds of ground beef, steak and muffins so we will be using that! Plus, my husband is out of town several days this week so I’m keeping things simple and kid-friendly on those days. 🙂

Breakfasts

Eggs, Toast, Fruit, Cereal, Blueberry Muffins (from my mom)

Lunches

Crackers/Cheese/Fruit, Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (from my mom) & Fruit, Leftovers

Dinners

Spaghetti, Steamed Peas

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Sliced Apples

Pancakes, Eggs

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Grilled Steak, Homemade Rolls, Steamed Veggies

Chicken & Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Leftovers

Gretchen’s $76 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Dillons

2 boxes Cheerios – $1.79 each, used $1/2 e-coupon – $1.29 each after coupon

1 box Honey Nut Cheerios – $1.79, used $0.50/1 printable and $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.04 after coupon and rebate

3 boxes Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $0.99 each

1 bag Kroger Shredded Cheese – $2.99

4 pkg American Beauty Pasta – $0.49 each

2 cans Red Gold Tomatoes – $0.49 each

1 Sweet Baby Ray Hot Sauce – $1.99, used Free e-coupon – Free after coupon

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

1 Ronzoni Pasta – $0.49

1 bag Oranges – Marked down to $0.99

1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $0.89

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.89

1 Simple Truth Maple Syrup – $4.99, used $1/1 e-coupon – $3.99 after coupon

2 Pineapples – $0.99 each

2 pkg Back to Nature Cookies – $1.99 each, used $1.50/2 catalina coupon AND 2 $1/1 Ibotta rebates – $0.24 each after coupon and catalina

1 Kroger Ranch Dressing Mix – $0.59

1 Dried Onions – $1

1 Oregano – $1

1 Zia Pasta Sauce – $1

5.02 lbs Bananas – $2.46

Total after coupons and rebates: $30.96

Aldi

3 pkg Strawberries – $1.49 each

1 loaf Bread – $1.39

2 Half & Half – $1.79 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

1 pkg Frozen Peas – $0.79

2 cans Refried Beans – $0.79 each

1 lb Butter – $2.88

2 pkg Tortilla Chips – $0.99 each

1 pkg Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

1 pkg Fruit Squeezies – $1.49

1 can Chicken Breast – $1.99

1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

1 pkg Green Grapes – $2.58

1 pkg Crackers – $1.39

1 Yeast Packets – $0.89

3 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19 each

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

Total: $38.99

Walmart

I ended up having to run into Walmart to grab ground beef and enchilada sauce because my Aldi was out.

1 lb Ground Beef – $3.44

1 can Enchilada Sauce – $1.96

2 Gogo Squeeze Blasts – $2.94 each, used 2 $1/1 peelie coupons AND 2 $1/1 Ibotta rebates – $0.94 each after coupons and rebates

Used $0.25 Ibotta rebate for the receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $7.03

Total for all stores: $76.98

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Eggs, Toast, Fruit, Cereal, Granola Bars

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salads, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Mac & Cheese, Leftovers

Dinners

Brown Bag Burritos, Chips & Salsa, Fruit Salad (We’re having company for dinner this night. Plus, I’m taking this as a meal to a friend who suddenly lost her dad last week.)

Chicken & Rice with Gravy, Pineapple

Pancakes, Eggs, Oranges

10 Minute Baked Ziti, Biscuits, Steamed Peas

Grilled Steaks (from my mom), Butterhorns, Baked Potatoes

Super Bowl Party – We are having a party at our house and everyone is bringing fingerfoods. I’ll be making Mac & Cheese, Chicken Crack Pinwheels, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Leftovers