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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

Gretchen’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

Aldi

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

5 lbs Baking Potatoes – $1.89

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.99

2 cans Black Beans – $0.49

1 can Diced Tomatoes – $0.45

1 bag Mandarins – $2.39

1 pkg Jumbo Franks – $0.99

2 Cucumbers – $1.29 each

1 bag Roma Tomatoes – $0.89

2 pints Blueberries – $1.89 each

2 gallons Milk – $1.49 each

1 bag Honeycrisp Apples – $3.29

1 Italian Dressing – $0.89

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.85

1 can Chili Beans – $0.55

1 bag Sugar – $1.73

3 dozen Eggs – $0.49 each

1 box Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.99

1 box Cheese Crackers – $2.89

1 bag Corn Chips – $0.79

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 bag Kettle Chips – $1.29

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 pkg Summer Sausage – $2.99

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 Mild Salsa – $1.19

Total: $45.48

Dillons

4 pkg Go-Gurt – Marked down to $0.59 each

5 pkg Kroger Cheese – $1.29 each with e-coupon (no longer available)

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.49

1 Cinnamon – $1

1 box Crackers – $1.39

1 bag Nestle Toll House White Morsels – $3

1 Kroger Peanuts – $1.69

1 Kroger Oven Roasted Turkey Breast – $2.79

Total: $20.17

Dillons

4 lbs Ground Beef – Marked down to $4.75

Total: $4.75

Total for all stores: $70.04

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Eggs, Fruit Smoothies, Oatmeal

Lunches

Turkey Sandwiches, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Tossed Salad Bar, Baked Potatoes, Leftovers

Dinners

Chili, Corn Chips, Sliced Apples, Carrot Sticks

Italian Chicken, Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes

Charcuterie Board (Cheese, Crackers, Peanuts, Oranges, Summer Sausage, Cucumbers)

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit

Taco Bar

BBQ Meatballs, Pumpkin Muffins, Steamed Corn

Hamburgers, Chips, Tossed Salad

Gretchen’s $68 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

Aldi

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.99

2 pkg Frozen Corn/Peas – $0.79 each

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.29

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

2 gallons Milk – $1.49 each

1 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.85

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup – $0.49

1 bag Shredded Cheese – $2.79

1 pkg MooTubes – $1.55

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.79

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

1 bag Gala Apples – $1.49

1 pkg Raspberries – $0.89

3 Seedless Cucumbers – $0.99 each

1 Chunk Cheese – $1.69

1 pkg English Muffins – $1.15

1 bag Spinach – $1.59

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 pkg Frozen Blueberries – $1.85

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 Cheese Deli Pizza – $4.99 (not pictured)

Total: $49.84

Dillons

1 Simply Popped Popcorn – $0.99

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

2 Honey Nut Chex – $1.79, used $1/2 e-coupon – $1.29 each after coupon

2.56 lbs Bananas – $1.30

1 lb Ground Beef – $2.50

6 pkg Ramen Noodles – $0.25 each (Requested by my hubby who loves these. I’m not a fan. Anyone else??)

1 Simple Truth Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips – $0.99 (These things are SO good and addicting!)

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79

1 Wesson Oil – $1.69 after e-coupon

1 Kroger Flour – $1.59

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.49

Total after coupons: $19

Total for both stores: $68.84

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toasted English Muffins, Yogurt, Eggs, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Oatmeal

Lunches

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

Dinners

BBQ Meatballs from freezer (from my mom), Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Steamed Broccoli

Tacos, Chocolate Cake (birthday dinner for my 3-year old)

Grilled Chicken, Biscuits, Steamed Peas

Homemade Chipotle Bowls, Chips

Pancakes, Eggs, Sliced Apples

Cream of Mushroom Soup and Ground Beef over Noodles, Spinach Salad

Lasagna Casserole, Homemade Bread, Green Beans

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

Aldi

2 pkg Chicken Breasts – Marked down to $4.95

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks – Marked down to $1.93

1 bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.79

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.39

1 box Crispy Oats Cereal – $1.19

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.79

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.79

1 bag Avocados – $2.49

1 bag Gala Apples – $2.49

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $1.29

2 cans Northern Beans – $0.55 each

1 bag Mandarins – $2.49

1 bag Frozen Blueberries – $1.85

1 box Mac & Cheese – $0.75

1 Half & Half – $1.55

1 box Crackers – $1.49

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 bag Spinach – $1.59

1 can Tuna – $0.68

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.25

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies – $0.45

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.59

1 bag Corn Chips – $0.79

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

1 bag Frozen Corn – $0.95

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $0.95

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

1 bar Cheddar Cheese – $1.69

1 Pure Maple Syrup – $5.99

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.29

Total: $55.15

Dillons

2.14 lbs Bananas – $1.05

1 gallon Milk – $1.59

1 bag Cucumbers – $0.99

1 lb Ground Beef – $2.99

4 Two Good Yogurts – Marked down to $0.25 each

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.49

1 bag Grapes – $2.27

1 bag Simple Truth Sweet Potato Chips – Marked down to $0.99

Total: $12.37

Total for both stores: $67.52

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, English Muffins, Oatmeal, Fruit

Lunches

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

Dinners

Grilled Rib (from the freezer), Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli

Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chips, Carrot Sticks

Pancakes, Eggs

Spaghetti, Green Beans, Homemade Bread

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Peas

BBQ Meatballs (from my mom), Steamed Corn, Spinach Salad

Out to eat

Gretchen’s Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.39

1 Cheese Deli Pizza – $4.99 (not pictured)

1 pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.25

2 pkg Frozen Strawberries – $1.89 each

1 lb Butter – $1.99

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 Flour Tortillas – $0.99

1 bag Sugar – $1.57

1 box Granola Bars – $1.15

2.39 lbs Red Grapes – $2.13

1 Sour Cream – $0.89

1 box Snack Crackers – $1.59

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 bag Shredded Cheese – $2.79

1 bag Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 bag Spinach – $1.59

1 pkg Chunk Cheese – $1.69

1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 Frozen Broccoli – $0.95

1 Half & Half – $1.55

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

3 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 box Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.99

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

1 pkg Cinnamon Bagels – $1.49

1 bag White Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 loaf Bread – $1.29

Total: $47.01

Dillons

1 Kroger Honey Nut Cereal – $1.49

1 Honey Nut Chex Cereal – $2.50

1 loaf French Bread – $1.99

1 pkg Steak – Marked down to $7.24 (This was originally $21 so I was super excited!)

2.56 lbs Bananas – $1.25

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79

1 Oscar Meyer Franks – $2.50

Total: $18.76

Total for both stores: $65.77

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, Toast, Oatmeal, Fruit Smoothies

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers, Hot Dogs, Spinach Salads (for me)

Dinners

Aldi Pizza, Fruit

Grilled Steak, French Bread, Mashed Potatoes

Chicken & Rice, Pumpkin Muffins, Steamed Broccoli

Nacho Bar, Fruit Salad

Cheese, Crackers, Grapes, Sliced Cucumbers

Spaghetti, Biscuits Steamed Peas

Baked Sour Cream Mushroom Chicken, Steamed Corn (from freezer), Homemade Bread