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Gretchen’s $74 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

5 pkg Strawberries – $0.99 each

1 loaf White Bread – $0.95

1 loaf Wheat Bread – $0.95

2 bags Frozen Peas/Corn – $0.79 each

1 bunch Asparagus – $1.79

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.85

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $0.99

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

3 dozen Eggs – $1.07 each

1 bag Sugar – $1.57

1 can Black Beans – $0.48

1 container Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.45

1 canister Quick Oats – $2.39

1 Pineapple – $1.39

1 gallon Milk – $2.39

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 pkg Flour Torillas – $1.25

0.94 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $0.89

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.75

1 bag Powdered Sugar – $1.29

Total: $43.55

Kroger

1 Bisquick Baking Mix – Marked down to $0.99

1 Nature’s Path Cereal – Marked down to $1.49

1 Kroger Popcorn – Marked down to $0.89

2 Nature Valley Granola Bars – Marked down to $0.99 each, used $0.50/2 e-coupon – $0.74 each after coupon

1 pkg Kroger Ground Beef – $8.37

2 pkg Nabisco Oreo Cookies – $1.49 each after e-coupon (no longer available)

1 pkg Kroger Flour – $1.59

6 pkg Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $0.79 each, used 2 $1/3 printable – $0.45 each after coupon

3 pkg Kroger Cheese Slices – Marked down to $1 each

1 Love Good Fats Bar – $2.49, used Free Ibotta rebate – Free after rebate

4 Ragu Simply Sauce – $0.89 each, used 4 $0.75/1 Checkout 51 rebate AND $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.07 each after rebates

1 Malt O Meal Cereal – $2.99, used $1/1 e-coupon AND $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.74 after coupon and rebate

1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99

2 pkg Philadelphia Cream Cheese – $1.49 each

2.36 lbs Bananas – $1.39

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

Used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $31.31

Total for both stores: $74.86

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, Toast, Oatmeal

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches x 2, Turkey Sandwiches, Tossed Salad Bar, Mac & Cheese, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Veggies, Papa John’s Pizza (using a gift card)

Dinners

Barbecue Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuits, Asparagus, Oreo Cheesecake

Lasagna Casserole, Homemade Bread, Steamed Peas

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit Salad

Tacos, Sliced Strawberries

Hawaiian Haystack Bar

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Leftovers

Gretchen’s $77 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

1 loaf Bread – $.0.95

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

1 bag Spinach – $1.39

1 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.85

2 bags Shredded Cheese – $2.75 each

1 can Pineapple Chunks – $0.95

1 gallon Milk – $2.15

1 pkg Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 pkg Flour – $1.15

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.25

1 pkg White Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks – $4.83

1 lb Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $3.99

1 pint Blueberries – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $0.98

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

1 can Black Beans – $0.48

1 Half & Half – $1.55

1 Frozen Peas – $0.79

1 pkg Tilapia Fillets – $3.79

Roma Tomatoes – $0.86

1 Deli Cheese Pizza – $4.99 (not pictured)

Total: $46.45

Kroger

4 Post Cereals – $0.99 each after digital coupon

1 Zone Kidz Bars – Marked down to $2.57, used $0.20/1 Ibotta rebate – $2.37 after rebate

1 Core Water – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

4 Danimals/Go-Gurt Yogurt Packs – $1.99 each after digital coupon

2 Kroger Mac & Cheese – $0.50 each

3 Ronzoni Pasta – $0.49 each after digital coupon

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $0.99 after digital coupon

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.67 each

1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

1 bunch Bananas – $1.87

1 jar Pickles – $1.99

4 cans Chicken of the Sea Tuna – $0.50 each after digital coupon

1 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks – $0.99 after digital coupon

1 lb Jimmy Dean Sausage – $1.99 after digital coupon

Used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $31.36

Total for both stores: $77.81

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, Toast, Yogurt, Cinnamon Rolls

Lunches

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

Dinners

Deli Pizza from Aldi, Popcorn, Apples

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Steamed Broccoli

Homemade Chipotle Bowls, Chips

Grilled Tilapia and Chicken, Biscuits, Mashed Potatoes

Lasagna Casserole, Steamed Peas, Tossed Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit Smoothies (from fruit I frozen last week)

Meat Potato Quiche, Fruit Salad

Gretchen’s $87 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

2 gallons Milk – $2.41 each

0.78 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $0.54

1 Ranch Dressing – $0.89

1 box Granola Bars – $1.15

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.45

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.85

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $3.99

1 box MooTubes – $1.55

1 Taco Mix – $0.39

2 dozen Eggs – $0.95 each

1 loaf Bread – $0.85

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 Honey Bear – $2.89

1 bag Gala Apples – $2.79

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

1 Lemon Juice – $2.39

2 pkg Chunk Cheese – $1.69 each

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

2 Avocados – $0.39 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 bag Shredded Cheese – $2.75

1 bag Mandarins – $2.69

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 box Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.98

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $0.99

1 can Black Beans – $0.48

1 can Refried Beans – $0.75

Total: $47.12

Kroger

2 Family Size Box Cheez-Its – $1.99 each

3 lb package Ground Beef – $7.47

3 pkg Strawberries – $1.25 each

2 Red Baron Frozen Pizzas – $1.99 each

1 Kroger Flour – $1.59

3 lb Butter – $1.99 each

2 Kroger Mac & Cheese – $0.50 each

2 boxes Corn Chex Cereal – Marked down to $0.99 each (I don’t know why these didn’t make it in the picture.)

1.31 lbs Grapes – $1.95

1 Sargento Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.99

2.07 lbs Bananas – $1.22

1 bunch Cilantro – $0.79

1 Kroger Cream Cheese – $1.19

Used $0.20 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total: $37.45

Publix

3 Publix Soda – $0.99 each, used $1/3 e-coupon – $0.65 each after coupon

1 Mountain Dew Zero – $1.99, used Free e-coupon – Free after coupon

1 Minute Rice – $1.67, used $1.88 Ibotta rebate – Free plus $0.21 overage after rebate

1 Del Monte Bubble Fruit Cups – $2, used Buy One, Get One Free Publix coupon AND $0.75/1 printable – $0.25 after coupons

1 Breakstone’s Sour Cream – $1.32, used $0.75/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.57 after rebate

1 pkg Mission Tortillas – $1.37, used $1/1 printable – $0.37 after coupon

1 Vero Gusto Pasta Sauce – $5.99, used $6/1 Ibotta rebate – Free plus $0.01 overage after rebate

Total after coupons and rebates: $2.92

Total for all groceries: $87.49

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, Toast, Oatmeal, Yogurt

Lunches

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

Dinners

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

Grilled Hamburgers, Chips (leftover from last week), Fruit Salad

Snacky Dinner (Cheese/Crackers, Fruit/Veggies, Chips & Bean Dip, Puppy Chow)

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit Smoothies

Homemade Chipotle Bowls

Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets, Steamed Broccoli

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Steamed Peas

Gretchen’s $82 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 5

Aldi

2 dozen Eggs – $0.90 each

1 pkg Chicken Thighs – Marked down to $3.03

2 pkg Shredded Cheese – $2.79 each

2 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79 each

1 Chunk Cheese – $1.69

1 pkg Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 pkg Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 Half & Half – $1.55

1 Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 lb Butter – $2.89

2 gallon Milk – $2.41 each

1 jar Dill Pickles – $0.95

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

2 pkg Yeast – $0.89 each

1 bag Spinach – $1.39

1 can Diced Tomatoes – $0.45

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

2 pkg Frozen Peas/Corn – $0.79 each

1 pkg MooTubes – $1.55

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.45

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.79 each

1 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $0.99

1 pkg Blueberries – $1.49

1 jar Marinara Sauce – $0.85

1 can Refried Beans – $0.75

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

Total: $55.15

Kroger

1 Mom’s Best Cereal – $2.49, used $1/1 e-coupon AND $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.24 after coupon and rebate

1 box Zone Perfect Kidz Bars – Marked down to $2.57 (My son LOVES these and I rarely buy them because they are so expensive. I was super excited to find these marked down to surprise him!)

1 Vero Gusto by Barilla Sauce – $3.99, used $6/1 Ibotta rebate – $2.01 moneymaker after rebate

2 The GFB Bars – $0.99 each, used $2.19/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.21 moneymaker after rebate

1 Smucker’s Grape Jelly – $1.29

1 Private Selection Chips – $0.99 after e-coupon (no longer available)

1 Pace Picante Sauce – $0.99 after e-coupon (no longer available)

1 Love Grown Cereal – $2.49, used $1.50/1 e-coupon – $0.99 after coupon

2 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1.49 each, used $1/2 e-coupon – $0.99 each after coupon

3 Kashi GO Cereal – $1.79 each, used 3 $0.65/1 Ibotta rebate AND 3 $0.50/1 Kroger Cash Back – $0.64 each after rebates

1 box Larabars – Marked down to $2.99, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $2.49 after coupon

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.67 each (I didn’t realized these were cheaper than Aldi until I saw the sale while shopping so I ended up picking up 2 more packages.)

2.78 lbs Bananas – $1.64

Used $0.10/1 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $17.12

Food City

1 bag Romaine Lettuce Hearts – $2

2 bags Golden Potatoes – $2 each

2 bags Navel Oranges – $2 each

Total: $10

Publix

The MOST exciting discovery of the week was that there is a Publix in my new town as well! I’ve never shopped at Publix before but I see so many good deals there on the blogs I follow so I am thrilled.

2 Nivea Men’s Shaving Foam – $1.75 each, used 2 $1.80/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.10 moneymaker after rebates

2 GoGo Blastz at $3.29 – On Sale Buy One, Get One Free, used $3.29/1 Ibotta rebate – Free after rebate

1 Oikos Pro-Fuel Yogurt – $2.50, used Free e-coupon – Free after coupon

Total: $0.10 moneymaker after coupon and rebates

Total for all stores: $82.17

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Yogurt, Fruit, Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Hot Dogs, Hard Boiled Eggs/Fruit/Cheese, Tossed Salad Bar, Baked Potatoes, Mac & Cheese

Dinners

Cheese Pizza

Oven Fried Chicken Thighs, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuits

Southwest Rollups, Chips & Salsa

Eggs, Biscuits (leftover), Fruit

Baked Ziti, Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Bread

Chicken Tetrazzini, Steamed Peas, Tossed Salad

Beef & Gravy over Rice, Sliced Oranges

Gretchen’s $89 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

Aldi

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

2 Blueberries – $1.49 each

1 Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.45

2 gallons Milk – $2.38 each

1 lb Butter – $2.61

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 Sour Cream – $0.89

1 bag Shredded Mexican Cheese – $2.49

1 Taco Seasoning – $0.39

1 bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.79

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 MooTubes – $1.55

1 box Granola Bars – $1.15

2 bags Steamed Peas/Corn – $0.79 each

3 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 pkg Yeast – $0.89 (not pictured)

1 Cream Cheese – $0.79

3 dozen Eggs – $0.99 each

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 pkg Tortillas – $1.19

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

0.95 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $0.47

1 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79

1 Peanut Butter – $1.15

1 lb Turkey Breast – $3.99

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.49

Total: $48.34

Kroger

2 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal – $2.49 each, used 2 $1/1 e-coupon AND 2 $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate AND 2 $0.25/1 Kroger Cash Back – $0.99 each after coupons and cash back

1 box Kroger Graham Crackers – $1.79, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.29 after coupon

1 Kroger Apple Juice – $1.49, used $0.45/1 Ibotta rebate AND $0.45/1 Kroger Cash Back – $0.59 after cash back

2 Mott’s Fruit Snacks – $1.99, used $1/2 e-coupon – $1.49 after coupon

2 Kettle Chips – $2 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $1 each after coupons

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79

1 Zia Pasta Sauce – $1

1 Mexican Salsa – $1.50, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.25 after rebate

2 The GFB Bar – $1.50 each, used 20% off e-coupon (no longer available) AND $2.19 Ibotta rebate – $0.10 each after coupon and rebate

4 Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts (3 lbs each) – $4.99 each

2 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $1 each

3 lbs Ground Beef – Marked down to $4.99 each

1 Kroger Hot Cocoa – $1.25, used $0.50/1 Ibotta rebate AND $0.50/1 Kroger Cash Back – $0.25 after cash back

3.72 lbs Bananas – $2.19

1 Lettuce – $1.69

1 Kroger Ketchup – $1

2 RX Peanut Butter – $6.79 each, used 2 $2.50/1 printable AND 2 $2/1 Ibotta rebate AND $2/1 Kroger Cash Back – $0.29 each after coupons and cash back (I LOVE this peanut butter so I was thrilled to get it for almost free!)

5 Simple Truth Little Cubs Crackers – Marked down to $1.24 each, used 5 $1/1 e-coupon – $0.24 each after coupon

1 Simple Truth Hot Sauce – $1.89, used $0.30/1 e-coupon – $1.59 after coupon

Used $0.10/1 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons, rebates and cash back: $39.46

Food City

I ventured into Food City this week! I only grabbed cereal as we didn’t have anything left in our grocery budget for more, but I found marked down fruits and veggies and lots of decent markdowns on meat as well. I’ll definitely be popping in there to check out markdowns each week!

2 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupons

Total: $1.98

Total for all stores: $89.78

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Eggs, Oatmeal, Yogurt

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Hard Boiled Eggs, Tossed Salad, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Chips, Leftovers

Dinners

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Brownies

Cream of Mushroom Gravy and Beef over Noodles, Steamed Peas

Grilled Chicken, Biscuits, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Corn

Nachos, Sliced Apples (leftover from last week)

French Toast, Eggs

Chicken Taquitos, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Pasta Goulash in the Slow Cooker, Oatmeal Spice Muffins, Tossed Salad

Gretchen’s $86 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

I’m happy to be back posting my menu plans after taking a couple of weeks off due to moving across the country to TN! We used up of most of our stockpile of groceries and all the meat in our freezer before we moved so I’m going to slowly be trying to build that back up. There was basically nothing in our cabinets before I went shopping this week so I ending up spending quite a bit. I’m expecting it to be like that for the next few weeks as I slowly stock our refrigerator and freezer.

We still have Kroger and Aldi in our new town, but we also have Ingles, Food City and Earthfare. I know nothing about these stores though and feel overwhelmed trying to figure out the sales there. So I just stuck with the two I knew – Kroger and Aldi. However, if any of you shop at an Ingles, Food City or Earthfare, I would love all the tips and tricks you can give me! I’m curious if these stores have better deals than Kroger or if they’re worth shopping at.

Kroger

1 pkg Chobani Yogurt – $1.49 after e-coupon (no longer available)

2 pkg Gold Metal Flour – Marked down to $0.99 each

1 Zia Marinara Sauce – $1

1 bag Mandarin Oranges – Marked down to $0.99

1 Wesson Oil – Marked down to $1.49

3.43 lbs Bananas – $2.02

1 Cascadian Farms Cereal – $1.99

1 Post Honey Bunches of Oats – $1.49, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.24 after rebate

1 bag Grapefruit – Marked down to $0.99

1 LGF Bar – $1.67, used Free Ibotta rebate – Free after rebate

2 The GFB Bars – $1.50 each, Used $2.19/2 Ibotta Rebate AND $2.19/2 Kroger Cash Back – Free plus $1.38 overage after rebates

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

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

1 Cracker Barrel Cheese Cubes – $1, used $0.50/1 Ibotta rebate and $0.50/1 Kroger Cash Back – Free after rebates

5 bags Chocolate Chips – Marked down to $1 each (Sticking these in my freezer!)

1 Kroger Salad Dressing – $1.49

2 pkg Spaghetti Noodles – $0.49 each

Used $0.10 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $20.44

Aldi

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

1 pkg MooTubes – $1.55

2 dozen Eggs – $1.29 each

1 can Black Beans – $0.49

2 can Northern Beans – $0.55 each

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

1 pkg Sausage – $1.89

1 lb Butter – $2.99

2 pkg Frozen Corn/Peas – $0.79 each

1 bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.79

1 bag Honeycrisp Apples – $2.49

1 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79

5 lb bag Potatoes – $2.59

1 bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.49

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.85

1 lb Ground Beef – $3.29

2.03 lbs Grapes – $2.62

1 bag Spinach – $1.39

1 bag Tilapia Fillets – $3.79

1 Seedless Cucumber – $1.29

1 small Cucumber – $0.45

1 pkg English Muffins – $1.15

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.99

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.89

1 box Graham Crackers – $0.89

1 Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 Pineapple – $1.19

1 bag Sugar – $1.57

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 Baking Powder – $0.99

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 can Diced Tomatoes – $0.45

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.49

0.93 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $0.88

1 Chunk Cheese – $1.69

2 Gallons Milk – $2.15 each

Total: $65.59

Total for both stores: $86.03

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, English Muffins, Fruit, Oatmeal, Yogurt

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches x 2, Tossed Salad Bar, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Veggies x 2, Hot Dogs, Leftovers

Dinners

Pizza from Papa Johns using a gift card

Spaghetti, Grapefruit, Biscuits

Grilled Chicken & Tilapia, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Peas, Leftover Biscuits

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Steamed Carrots

Black Bean Quesadillas, Tortilla Chips (leftover from traveling), Steamed Corn

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup, Mandarin Oranges, Sliced Cucumers

Meat Potato Quiche, Homemade Bread, Tossed Salad