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Gretchen’s $95 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

I ended up being out of town some of last week and wasn’t able to do a grocery shopping trip for last week. So we basically were out of almost everything. Our meals were getting really creative by the end of the week. Because of this, I had quite a huge grocery list this week!

Aldi

4 dozen Eggs – $0.98 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.19 (I usually make our milk last longer by adding water to it once it gets down to half a gallon about mid-week.)

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

2 bags Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.59 each

2 box MooTubes – $1.55

1 bag Frozen Tilapia – $3.79

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $1.89

1 bag Spinach – $1.19

1 bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.19

1 box Chewy Granola Bars – $1.15

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

2 pkg Strawberries – $0.99 each (I wanted to purchase more but a lot of the strawberries were either already moldy or looking old.)

1 can Refried Beans – $0.75

1 pkg Green Peppers – $1.99

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.69

1 Flour Tortillas – $1.25

1 pkg Pazazz Apples – $2.79

2 cans Tuna – $0.79 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 can Black Beans – $0.48

3 boxes Mac & Cheese – $0.33 each

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 bag Sugar – $1.57

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $0.79

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

1 box Graham Crackers – $0.99

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 lb Ground Turkey – $1.89

1.70 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $1.89

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

2 lbs Ground Beef – $1.89 each

Total: $68.14

Kroger

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.49

4 boxes Mott’s Fruit Snacks – $0.99 each

1 box Kroger Peanut Butter Cereal – $1.49

2.36 lbs Bananas – $1.16

2.24 lbs Bananas – Marked down to $0.87

1 bag Kroger Potato Chips – $1.25

1 Kroger Ice Cream – $1.79

1 Mom’s Best Cereal – $3.29 (This is the ONLY cereal my two little boys will eat. They ask for it every single morning.)

1 bag Clementines – $3.99

4 bags Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.88 each

1 bag Frozen Peas – $1

Total: $27.81

Total for both stores: $95.95

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Spinach Smoothies, Eggs, Oatmeal, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers/Veggies, Apples & Peanut Butter/Hard Boiled Eggs, Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Leftovers

Dinners

Tossed Salad Bar with Chicken

Grilled Chicken and Tilapia, Biscuits, Fruit Salad

Baked Chicken Taquitos, Chips & Salsa, Steamed Peas

Spaghetti, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Crepes, Strawberry Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

Barbecue Meatballs, Homemade Bread, Steamed Broccoli

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

Aldi

1 Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 bag Spinach – $1.19

3 pkg Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.49

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

1 Ranch Dressing – $0.89

1 can Black Beans – $0.48

2 dozen Eggs – $0.98 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

2 cans Chunk Tuna – $0.79 each

1 lb Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $3.99

5 lb bag Potatoes – $2.99

2 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $0.89 each

1 bag Kettle Chips – $1.29

1 box Cinnamon Squares Cereal – $1.39

1 bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.19

1 pkg Deli Cheese – $1.79

3 pkg Chunk Cheese – $1.69 each

1 Baking Cocoa – $1.79

1 box Chewy Granola Bars – $1.15

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 bag Jazz Apples – $3.49

1 MooTubes – $1.55

1 bag Chopped Walnuts – $2.89

1 bag Coconut flakes – $1.29

1 Pure Maple Syrup – $5.99

1 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79

1.08 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $1.07

1 Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

2.86 lbs Grapes – $5.41

1 bag Oyster Crackers – $0.79

Total: $71.42

Kroger

1 bag Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.99, used $1.25/1 mailer coupon – $5.74 after coupon

1 Kroger Butter – $2.50, used $0.55/1 mailer coupon – $1.95 after coupon

1 dozen Nellie’s Free Range Eggs – Marked down to $1.50

1 bag Kroger Hoagie Rolls – $1.79

1 Kroger Flour – $1.59, used $0.40/1 mailer coupon – $1.19 after coupon

1 bag Sliced Turkey Breast – Marked down to $2.29

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.59

4.26 lbs Bananas – $2.33

Used $1 off order mailer coupon

Total: $18.38

Total for both stores: $89.80

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Homemade Granola, Spinach Smoothies, Eggs, Yogurt, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Lunches

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

Dinners

Hoagie Sandwiches, Chips

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Fruit

Rice & Beans, Tortilla Chips (leftover from last week)

Soft Taco Bar, Sliced Apples

Grilled Chicken & Hot Dogs, Mashed Potatoes, Steam Broccoli

Crepes/Pancakes, Strawberries, Eggs

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

Gretchen’s $82 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

I finally did a big grocery shopping haul this week and it felt SO good to get back into the swing of meal planning and grocery shopping! 

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 box Cinnamon Cereal – $1.39

1.18 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $1.12

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.69

1 bag Cinnamon Bagels – $1.49

1 bag Spinach – $1.39

1 bag Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79

1 bag Cucumbers – $2.55

1 box MooTubes – $1.55

1 bag Frozen Tilapia – $3.79

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.59

2 dozen Eggs – $1.19 each

1 pkg Ground Beef – $7.27

2 pkg Frozen Peas/Corn – $0.79 each

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

1 Vegetable Oil – $1.69

2 boxes Mac & Cheese – $0.33 each

1 gallon Milk – $2.15

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.25

2 jars Pasta Sauce – $0.85 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

2 bags Frozen Broccoli – $0.89 each

2 pkg Shredded Cheese – $2.75 each

1 lb Butter – $2.09

1 Baking Powder – $0.99

1 Pineapple – $1.49

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $2.29

1 bag Apples – $2.99

1 Organic Yogurt – $2.09

Total: $71.66

Kroger

2 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.49 each

1 La Banderita Tortillas – $1 (I already had purchased tortillas at Aldi but couldn’t pass up this price!)

3.14 lbs Bananas – $1.85

2 lbs Strawberries – $2.99, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $2.74 after rebate

8 Clementines – $2

Total: $10.57

Total for both stores: $82.23

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Fruit Smoothies, Oatmeal, Bagels, Yogurt

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese, Cheese Quesadillas, Tossed Salad, Leftovers

Dinners

Tossed Salad Bar, Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Grilled Chicken & Tilapia, Homemade Rolls, Steamed Broccoli

Spaghetti, Steamed Peas

Soft Tacos, Chips & Salsa

Beef & Gravy over Rice, Tossed Salad

Waffles, Eggs, Fruit Smoothies

Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

Gretchen’s $128 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan (Stock Up Week)

We are planning to stay home the next several weeks and avoid grocery shopping so I spent a bit more this week stocking up. Our freezer and cabinets are full so hopefully I can stretch everything to last for 3-4 weeks.

Aldi

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 pkg Tortillas – $1.25

1 box Strawberry Toaster Tarts – $1.49

2 dozen Eggs – $0.94 each

2 cans Beans – $0.49 each

2 cans Diced Tomatoes – $0.45 each

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

2 pkg Chunk Cheese – $1.69 each

1 can Organic Black Beans – $0.89

1 box Raisin Bran – $1.95

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

2 boxes Cinnamon Crunch Cereal – $1.39 each

1 box Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.98

1.18 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $1.12

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 bag Cara Cara Oranges – $2.49

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.69

1 bag Cinnamon Bagels – $1.49

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

1 bag Spinach – $1.39

1 Garlic Salt – $0.95

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.89

2 Italian Dressing – $0.89 each

1 bag Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 Yellow Mustard – $0.55

1 Ketchup – $1.35

1 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79

2 pkg Grapes – $3.60

1 pkg Corn Chips – $0.75

2 bag Apples – $2.69 each

3 Cucumbers – $0.55 each

1 bag Tilapia – $3.79

1 box Elbow Macaroni – $1.39

1 box Rotini – $0.79

1 box MooTubes – $1.55

1 bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.99

2 Cantaloupe – $1.19 each

Total: $61.54

Local Country Market

All of the grocery stores in our area are completely out of meat so I made a stop at our local country market and saw they still had some in stock. This is way more than I usually pay, but that’s what happens when every other store is completely sold out of ground beef for weeks.

5 lbs Ground Chuck – $29.38 (This will last for 10 meals as I usually only use half the amount of meat in any recipe.)

5 lbs Chicken Breast – $12.32

1 bag Romaine Lettuce – $1.49

1/2 Gallon Local Honey – $18.99 (I couldn’t pass this up as we go through honey really fast and this was a great price! I’m hoping to make up a big batch of homemade granola bars so this will be perfect!)

10 lbs All Purpose Flour – $4.49

Total: $66.67

Total for both stores: $128.21

Menu Plan for the Next Few Weeks

I plan to just rotate through these meals through the next few weeks.

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs, Bagels, Toast, Homemade Granola, Fruit Smoothies

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Baked Potato/Sweet Potato Bar, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers

Dinners

Homemade Chili, Chips

Chicken & Rice

Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

Spaghetti, Veggies

Taco Soup, Homemade Bread

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Tossed Salad

Grilled Tilapia, Biscuits, Mashed Potatoes

Gretchen’s $79 Weekly Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

Aldi

1 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.59

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 pkg Cinnamon Raisin Bagels – $1.49

3 pkg Strawberries – $1.19 each

2 boxes Cinnamon Crunch Cereal – $1.39 each

2 pkg Frozen Peas/Corn – $0.79 each

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

1 Vegetable Oil – $1.69

2 boxes Macaroni & Cheese – $0.33 each

2 gallons Milk – $2.15 each

1 bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

1 bag Mandarins – $2.19

1 bag Tomatoes – $1.89

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

2 bags Spinach – $1.39 each

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.25

1 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $3.99

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

1 jar Pasta Sauce – $0.85

3 Avocados – $0.89 each

1 bag Oyster Crackers – $0.79

3 Cucumbers – $0.55 each

1 Ranch Dressing – $0.89

0.95 lbs Green Grapes – $1.90

3 dozen Eggs – $0.99 each

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

Total: $57.52

Kroger

1 bag Flour – $1.59

3 Kroger Applesauce Cups – $0.99 each after e-coupon

5 Hormel Turkey Snacks – $1.67, used 5 $1.50/1 Ibotta rebates AND 5 $0.50/1 Kroger Cash Back – Free plus $1.65 overage after rebates

2 Kroger Deli Pizzas – $3.14 each after e-coupon

5 pkg Kroger Cheese – $1.29 each after e-coupon

1 bunch Bananas – $1.51

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

Total after rebates: $18.84

Publix

1 Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough Chunks – $2.49, used $1.50/1 printable – $0.99 after coupon

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

1 Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal – $2.09, used $1/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.09 after rebate

1 Cheez-It Snap’d – $2.27, used $0.75/1 Ibotta rebate AND $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $1.27 after rebates

Used $0.10/1 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $3.62

Total for all stores: $79.98

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Spinach Smoothies, Oatmeal, Cereal, Bagels, Eggs

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers/Applesauce/Hard Boiled Eggs, Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers

Dinners

Pizza from Kroger

Lasagna Casserole, Biscuits, Steamed Peas

Tossed Salad Bar, 30 Minute Rolls

Baked Chicken with Cream of Mushroom Soup, Homemade Bread, Tossed Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit

Burritos, Chips & Salsa, Steamed Corn

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Homemade Bread

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

Aldi

3 pkg Strawberries – $1.19 each

1 bag Spinach – $1.39

1.43 lbs Bananas – $1.36

2 pkg Shredded Cheese – $2.75 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $3.99

1 Soy Sauce – $1.29

1 pkg Cinnamon Raisin Bagels – $1.49

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

1 bag Frozen Blueberries – $1.79

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

2 Cucumbers – $0.55 each

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.69

1 gallon Milk – $2.19

2.06 lbs Red Grapes – $3.69

2 Avocados – $0.89 each

1 Half & Half – $1.55

1 bag Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 pkg Hot Dogs – $0.79

1 canister Raisins – $2.89

1 box Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.98

1 pkg Sugar – $1.73

1 can Pineapple Chunks – $0.95

1 bag Corn Chips – $0.75

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.25

Total: $47.05

Kroger

1 loaf French Bread – Marked down to $0.49

3 bags Produce – Marked down to $0.99 each

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

1 half Gallon Milk – Marked down to $1.09

2 Lettuce – $1.69 each

1 pkg Roast – Marked down to $5.83

2 boxes Kellogg’s Cereal – $1.49 each after coupon (no longer available)

1 box Quaker Oatmeal – $2.79 (I accidentally picked this one up instead of the Kroger brand and did not realize it until I was home.)

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

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.59

2.08 lbs Bananas – $1.23

1 Yoplait Yogurt – $0.60, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

2 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.49 each, used 2 $0.50/1 e-coupon – $0.99 each after coupon

1 Kroger Natural Peanut Butter – $1.79, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $1.29 after coupon

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.99

1 Oscar Meyer Bacon – Marked down to $1.99

2 dozen Kroger Eggs – $0.99 each

3 Kraft Barbecue Sauce – $1.49 each, used 3 $1/1 e-coupon – $0.49 each after coupons

Total after coupons: $35.53

Total for both stores: $82.58

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit Smoothies, Eggs, Bagels

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Turkey Sandwiches, Tossed Salad Bar, Hard Boiled Eggs/Cheese/Crackers/Veggies, Apples & Peanut Butter/Crackers, Leftovers

Dinners

Cheese Pizza

Italian Chicken, Homemade Bread, Steamed Peas, Fruit Salad

Build Your Own Haystacks

Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, French Bread

Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Rice, Spinach Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon

Baked Pork Ribs (marked down last week), Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Corn