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Brigette’s $68 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.89

2 8-oz pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $2.90

1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.89

1 pkg Sliced Pepperoni – $1.95

1 pkg Cheese Sticks – $1.65

1 pkg Gluten Free Pretzels – $1.75

1 16-oz pkg Deli Sliced Meat – $3.09

1 jar Parmesan Cheese – $2.29

2 12-oz pkg Shredded Colby Jack – $3.30

1 12-oz pkg Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese – $1.75

1 20-ct pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.99

2 4-count pkgs Corn on the Cob – $3.38

1 jar Garlic Powder – $0.99

1 jar Onion Powder – $0.99

1 5-lb bag Jasmine Rice – $3.85

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.69

1 pkg Baby Lettuce – $1.79

1 pkg Radishes – $0.49

1 pkg Mushrooms – $0.99

1 3-lb Pink Lady Apples – $3.39

2 heads Cauliflower – $3.90

1 Pineapple – $0.89

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.49

2 cartons Blueberries – $4.78

3 Avocados – $1.17

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.45

1 pkg Organic Mini Cucumbers – $2.09

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

3 dozen Eggs – $3.47 (Yikes! I’m so sad about egg prices right now.)

Total: $68.26

Pounds of strawberries from a local orchard – gift from a friend

I normally shop at Harris Teeter every week, but since they are running a 3-day Double Dollar Coupon event starting on Sunday, I decided I will wait until Monday to do my Harris Teeter shopping for this week. I will include a picture of it on next week’s post.

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Oatmeal, Cereal, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Fruit, Toast, Smoothies

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Cucumbers, Strawberries, Avocado Slices x 2

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, Blueberries, Cauliflower with Dip x 2

Apples with Peanut Butter, Cheese Sticks, Carrots, Pretzels

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Pan Fried Catfish (fresh from our local generous fisherman friend!), Green Beans,  Corn on the Cob, Cheddar Biscuits (I’ll use homemade baking mix)

Boys on a campout (food is provided); Girls eating dinner at friend’s house

Cheesy Hamburger Soup, Fresh Veggie Relish Plate, Easy Whole Wheat Bread

Chicken Pot Pie (I don’t have an official recipe for this – I usually just wing it 🙂), Fruit Salad

Pizza Bierocks (recipe from a church cookbook), Tossed Salad

Grilled Hot Dogs (hot dogs from the freezer) on Homemade Buns, Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower, Baked Potato Wedges, Pineapple

Shepherd’s Pie, Tossed Salad, Pull Apart Oat Rolls

Leftovers

This Week’s $70 Menu Plan (+ grocery shopping pictures & deals I scored this weekend!)

The $70 Grocery Budget Challenge! This family of 5 plans their entire weekly menu around the markdowns at Kroger! It's SO cool!

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

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It’s Week 2 of my $70 Grocery Budget Challenge and I’m excited to see how this week goes! I’m loving hearing from so many of you who are sharing how this challenge is motivating you to look for ways you can cut your grocery bill, too! That just thrills my heart!

Here’s an update on what I bought the past three days:

Saturday Kroger Shopping Trip — $15.58

  • 3 boxes Ronzoni Pasta — on sale for $0.99 each, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital coupon (can use it up to 5 times in one transaction) — $0.49 each after coupons
  • Chorizo — marked down to $2.29
  • Cinnamon Rolls — marked down to $1.99
  • 2 bags of yellow/orange peppers — $0.99 per bag
  • 1 bag of apples — $0.99
  • 2 grapefruit — $0.99
  • 5 packages of Keebler cookies — $0.99 per package (Saturday only deal with digital coupon)
  • Total with tax: $15.58

Saturday Dollar Tree Shopping Trip — $4.39

We hosted most of the 4 families from our Community Group yesterday and I needed some plasticware and paper plates/cups for that. So Dollar Tree to the rescue! My total with tax was $4.39 — which is why I’m such a fan of Dollar Tree (read about my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at Dollar Tree here.)

Remember the Sourdough Bread I got marked down last week? Well, we used that plus some of the eggs I got marked down to make some amazing French Toast for lunch on Sunday and we have enough leftover to also have it for dinner tonight with fruit and bacon (that we got for $1.99 last week!)

And we served it yesterday with Berry Smoothies that I made with some frozen berries I had in the freezer already (from ALDI) and the frozen Cottage Cheese plus some vanilla and raw sugar and almond milk.

Monday Kroger Shopping Trip — $9.23

  • Capri Sun (for school lunches) — $2
  • 2 packs of applesauce cups — on sale for $2, used $1/2 Kroger Digital coupon — $1.50 after coupon
  • 5 boxes of Ronzoni Pasta — on sale for $0.99 each, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital coupon (can be used up to 5 times in one transaction) — $0.49 each after coupon
  • 2 bunches of bananas marked down — $1.63 total
  • 2 packages of Bic razors — $2.99 each, used 2 $3/1 coupons — FREE after coupons
  • Total with tax: $9.23

Go Get Your FREE Razors!

Walmart and Kroger both have these priced at less than $3 making them free after the $3 off coupon. Do note that since the price of the item is less than the coupon, the coupon will likely beep and they’ll have to manually push it through — and some cashiers are leery of doing that.

Just be kind and polite and if they refuse to do so, just graciously ask for them to take those off your order and take the coupons back. And then you can try again another day with another cashier.

(Note: This is a 100% legitimate use of coupons, it’s just that when coupons beep, some cashiers get a little freaked out about it. It’s usually because they’ve seen coupon abuse in the past. That’s why I think it’s always so important for us couponers to be as kind and gracious and polite as possible. Let’s give couponing a good name!)

Be sure to submit your receipts to Ibotta. They usually offer one $0.25 cash back offer per week for just taking the 15 seconds to submit your receipt — no matter what you purchased! $0.25 isn’t much, but it’s something and for the time required to submit it, that’s a pretty good return! 🙂

This Week’s Super Simple Menu Plan

This menu is subject to change a little if I find some great deals or markdowns! 🙂

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs, Fruit, Toast

Lunches

Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit, Veggies, Applesauce Cups, Capri Sun, Banana Bread, Fried Eggs, Salad, Leftovers

Dinners

Monday — French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fruit
Tuesday — Sausage/Potatoes/Carrots/Onions in the Crockpot, Fruit, Rolls
Wednesday — Taco Salad, Fruit
Thursday — Dinner Out (Spirit Night for Kaitlynn’s school at a local pizza place.)
Friday — Chorizo with Eggs (haven’t decided on sides for this — I’ve never made Chorizo before, what goes with it?)
Saturday — Goulash, Rolls, Salad
Sunday — Snack-y Dinner (fend for yourself — cereal, popcorn, etc.)

Total spent so far this week: $29.20
Total left to spend: $40.80 (Stay tuned for updates over the next few days if I score any great deals!)

Cash back so far: $0.25 from Ibotta for submitting my receipt

In case you missed it, I spent $68.22 total on groceries last week. And here was our menu for last week.

What’s on YOUR menu this week? Have you gotten any great deal the past few days? Tell us about them in the comments!

Brigette’s $77 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

I wasn’t feeling well this week, so my sweet husband offered to “wing it,” and go grocery shopping without a list. I think he did pretty well! 🙂

1 pkg Brats – $2.99

1 container Premium Ice Cream – $3.49

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.75

1 pkg Spirals String Cheese – $1.99

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.45

1 12-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.15

1 jar Deli Mustard – $1.19

1 32-oz carton Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.29

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.59

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65

1 16-oz carton Whipping Cream – $1.55

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65

1 pkg Hotdog Buns – $0.59

1 loaf Bread – $0.10 (!! Wish he would have bought several more to stick in the freezer at this price!)

2 dozen Eggs – $2.38

1 pkg Pepperoni – $1.95

1 Olive Oil Cooking Spray – $1.35

1 32-oz pkg Spaghetti – $1.09

1 bag Pretzels – $0.85

1 box Pure And Simple Bars – $3.99

1 1-lb box Butter – $1.99

1 Seedless Watermelon – $2.25

1 bag Broccoli Crowns – $1.45

1 3-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $2.89

1 bag Fresh Brussel Sprouts – $1.89

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.79

2 pkgs Baby Lettuce – $3.70

1 bag Fresh Green Beans – $0.99

1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.59

1 bag Radishes – $0.49

1 Pineapple – $0.89

1 pkg Applesauce Squeeze Pouches – $1.69

1 Cabbage – $1.29

2 pkgs Baby Carrots – $1.30

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

2 heads Cauliflower – $3.98

1 pkg Zucchini – $0.99

1 3-pk Multi-Colored Peppers – $2.49

1 bunch Organic Bananas (1.49lbs @ $0.41/lb) – $0.61

Total: $77.23

Grocery Total for the Week: $77.84

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Cereal, Yogurt, Toast, Scrambled/Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Fruit

Lunches

Baked Sweet Potatoes, Pineapple, Cucumbers, Pretzels

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, Fruit/Applesauce Pouches, Carrots x 2

Build-Your-Own-Tossed-Salad (Lettuce, Chopped Assorted Fresh Veggies, Shredded Cheese, Craisins, Hard Boiled Eggs, Dressing), Apples x 2

Peanut Butter on Rice Cakes, Cheese Sticks, Carrots, Watermelon

Leftovers

Dinners

Grilled Brats, Steamed Cauliflower and Broccoli, Make-Ahead Butterhorns, Homemade Ice Cream Cake (Birthday Meal for my Husband)

Chicken SpaghettiBread Machine French Bread, Roasted Brussel Spouts, Pineapple

Grilled Turkey Burgers on the Grill, Grilled Green Beans, Watermelon

Shepherd’s Pie, Make-Ahead Butterhorns, Tossed Salad

Dinner Out (before my daughter’s orchestra concert – we have to drop her off early, and it’s a 45-minute drive)

Build-Your-Own-Burritos (Seasoned Venison Meat, Shredded Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Salsa, Plain Greek Yogurt, Homemade Tortillas), Pineapple, Roasted Cauliflower

Leftovers

Brigette’s $62 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

1 5-lb bag Flour – $1.15

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.89

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.59

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.55

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65

1 box Pure and Simple Bars – $3.99

2 12-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.30

1 8-oz bag Sliced Cheese – $1.19

1 16-oz pkg Sliced Deli Meat – $2.75

1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.89

1 32-oz carton Greek Yogurt – $3.29

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

1 Broccoli – $1.45

1 16-oz pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

1 pkg Radishes – $0.49

1 large Tub Organic Spring Mix – $2.79

2 pkgs Baby Carrots – $1.30

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.59

2 pkgs Rice Cakes – $2.50

1 bag Rice Snacks – $2.29

1 pkg Tortilla Chips – $0.75

Total: $50.45Harris Teeter

10 cans Green Beans – $3.70

1 Ketchup – $0.89

2 pkgs Blackberries – $1.98

1 box Welch’s Fruit Rolls – $1.67, used $1.00/1 Welch’s Fruit Rolls – 3-18-18 SS; Includes 6 ct or Larger Only (exp. 04/28/18) – $0.67 after coupon

1 box Blue Diamond Nut Thins – $1.49, used $1.00/1 Blue Diamond Nut-Thins Crackers – 3-18-18 SS; Includes 4.25 oz Only (exp. 05/20/18) – $0.49 after coupon

1 Dannon Light N’ Fit Yogurt – $1.25, plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 and $0.75 from Ibotta – FREE after rebates

1 pkg Community Coffee K-cups – $3.99, used $1.50/1 printable – $2.50 after coupon

1 pkg Community Coffee – $3.29, used $1.50/1 printable – $1.89 after coupon (I SHOULD have bought either 2 packages of K-cups, or 2 pkgs of Coffee, instead of 1 and 1. If I had done this, I would have been able to use the $3.00/2 rebate from Checkout 51. I actually might go back to the store and do this, as this is a fantastic price for coffee!)

Total after Coupons and Rebates: $12.12

Grocery Total for the Week: $62.57

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfast. Choices include:

Cereal, Oatmeal, Yogurt, Fruit, Scrambled/Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Toast (using Easy Whole Wheat Bread)

Lunches

Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter, Carrots, Grapes x 2 (I sent my husband to the store on Saturday to pick up some baking powder – and he came home with two HUGE bags of grapes 😉)

Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, Cucumbers, Cantaloupe x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Freezer Friendly Barbequed Meatballs (I’ll make these with a combo of ground venison/turkey), Steamed Cauliflower, Twice Baked Potatoes, Mayonnaise Biscuits

Taco Salad, Grapes, Rice

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Chicken Gravy over Rice, Grapes, Green Beans

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Blackberry Muffins, Broccoli, Macaroni and Cheese

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Green Beans, Leftover Macaroni and Cheese, Make Ahead Butterhorns

Clean-Out-The-Fridge Night (assorted leftovers 🙂)

Brigette’s $58 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.38

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

1 jar Organic Salsa – $1.35

1 Pineapple – $0.79

1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms – $0.89

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.79

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.09

1 pkg Radishes – $0.59

2 pkgs Fresh Green Beans – $1.78

1 1-lb pkg Asparagus – $1.69

1 pkg Brussel Sprouts – $0.99

1 16-oz pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.45

1 pkg Sliced Pepperoni – $1.95

1 pkg Frozen Peas – $0.75

2 2-lb bags Honey Crisp Apples – $5.58

2 Cauliflower – $3.98

2 pkgs Baby Carrots – $1.38

1 pkg Lemons – $1.69

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.75

1 loaf Wheat Bread – $0.25

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65

1 pkg Hotdog Buns – $0.59

Total: $44.39

Harris Teeter

4 dozen Eggs – $3.08

1 5-lb bag Flour – $1.39

2 pkgs Tortillas – $1.00

1 bag Red Grapes (3.02lbs @ $0.99/lb) – $2.99

1 jar Dill Spears – $1.50

1 jar Bread and Butter Pickles – $2.00

5 jars Ken’s Salad Dressing – $5.98, used 2 $0.75/1 Ken’s Dressing – 3-18-18 SS; Includes 16 oz or Larger Only (exp. 04/15/18) (doubled), plus $1.00/2 Ken Dressing – 3-18-18 SS; Includes 16 oz Only (exp. 04/15/18) – $1.98/5 after coupons

Total after Coupons: $13.94

Grocery Total for the Week: $58.33

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Oatmeal, Cereal, Toast, Fruit, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Carrots/Cucumbers, Apples x 2

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (I didn’t do a blog post last week since I was out of town most of the week, but I still did some grocery shopping – which included stocking up on $1 peanut butter at Harris Teeter), Grapes, Cauliflower/Carrots with Ranch Dip x 2

Baked Potatoes with Cottage Cheese, Pineapple, Raw Veggies x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Bread Machine Breadsticks, Tossed Salad, Peas

Dinner at a Friend’s House (and she wouldn’t let me bring anything! :))

Spaghetti (I’ll make this with ground turkey from Zaycon), Green Beans, Homemade French Bread

Hamburgers on the Grill, Grilled Veggies (Zucchini, Peppers, Onions), Roasted Potato Wedges

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad, Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts (two separate pans :))

Pan Fried Catfish (the last of the HUGE amount someone gave us several weeks ago), Cornbread, Green Beans

Leftovers

Brigette’s $53 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.59

1 gallon Whole Milk – $1.36

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.89

1 64-oz carton Orange Juice – $1.49

2 16-oz pkgs Egg Whites – $3.98

2 dozen Eggs – $1.96

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.45

1 Cauliflower – $1.89

1 pkg Radishes – $0.59

1 pkg Brussel Sprouts – $1.09

1 Pineapple – $0.79

1 bunch Bananas (3.20lbs @ $0.31/lb) – $0.99

1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $0.99

1 3-pk Multi-Colored Peppers – $2.49

2 pkgs Romaine Hearts – $3.18

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.69

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.58

2 16-oz bags Fresh Green Beans – $1.88

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.29

1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.89

2 16-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.30

3 1-lb pkgs Butter Quarters – $5.97

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65

1 pkg Sandwich Bread – $0.65

Total: $46.62

Harris Teeter

1 18-ct pkg Eggs (I was planning on buying the Eggland’s Best eggs which were on sale – but my coupons didn’t end up being a match; so I just picked up the cheapest eggs there as I knew we’d need more than the 2 dozen I bought at Aldi) – $1.79

2 16-oz pkgs Mueller Elbows Pasta – $1.68, used  $0.55/2 Mueller’s Pasta or Noodles – 3-18-18 SS; Includes 12 oz or Larger (exp. 04/28/18) (doubled) – $0.58/2 after coupons

2 boxes Mayfield Frozen Ice Cream Treats – $2.98, used 2 $1.00/1 Mayfield Novelty – 3-25-18 RP; Includes 4 ct or Larger (exp. 05/31/18) – $0.82/2 after coupons

1 jar Mrs. Butterworth’s Pancake Syrup – $1.64, used $0.50/1 Mrs. Butterworth’s Lite, Original Or Sugar Free Syrup – 1-7-18 SS (exp. 04/07/18) – $0.64 after coupon

1 box Zing Stevia Packets – $2.00, used $1.50/1 printable – $0.50 after coupon

1 bag Red Grapes (2.65lbs @ $0.99/lb) – $2.62

Total – $6.95

Grocery Total for the Week: $53.57

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Cereal, Fruit, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Toast, Veggie Omelets

Bacon, Eggs, Pancakes (First Day of Spring Breakfast)

Lunches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Pineapple and Grapes, Fresh Veggies x 2

Salad Bar (Romaine, Baked Chicken, Cheese, Craisins, Fresh Veggies and Fruits chopped, Hard Boiled Eggs) x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Since next week is Spring Break, my husband and I are going on a 2-day getaway while my children stay with friends. We will be eating out, and our children’s meals will be provided, so I’ve only planned five days of meals for this week.

Dinner with Friends (I’m making Make-Ahead Butterhorns)

Pan-Fried Catfish (from the freezer – I posted about how a friend had given us a large amount of catfish last week), Roasted Cauliflower and Brussel Spouts, Tossed Salad, Sweet Potato Fries

Cheesy Hamburger Macaroni Bake, Green Beans, Make-Ahead Butterhorns

Build-Your-Own-Burritos (Seasoned Ground Turkey Meat, Shredded cheese, Tomatoes, Avocados from last week, Shredded romaine, Salsa, Homemade Tortillas)

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches (ham is from the large ham I purchased last week), Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Parmesan Zucchini, Green Beans