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Gretchen’s $48 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

Aldi

1 pkg Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $3.29

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $1.29

1 box Chocolate Pudding – $0.49

1 pkg Green Peppers – $1.39

1 pkg Frozen Tilapia Fillets – $3.39

1 pkg Green Grapes – $1.49

1 loaf Bread – $1.49

1 pkg Corn Chips – $1.29

1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.79

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.29

1 pkg Lettuce – $1.29

1 pkg Sweet Corn – $1.49

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 box Trail Mix – $3.79

1 lb Butter – $2.45

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.49

1 box Cereal Bars – $1.79

1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $1.39

2 Half & Half – $1.99 each

1 gallon Milk – $1.88

2 dozen Eggs – $1.18 each

1 Grape Jelly – $1.39

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

1 pkg Chicken Breasts – $5.99

Total: $48.77

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal Bars, English Muffins, Cereal, Eggs, Fruit

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks x 2

Cheese, Crackers, Fruit, Veggies

Cheese Quesadillas, Sliced Cucumbers, Grapes

Leftovers

Lunch at my mom’s house

Out to eat with my husband’s family

Dinners

Pizza & Breadsticks

Dinner with Lifegroup (We do a rotation of different families bringing dinner and this is my week off!)

Grilled Chicken & Tilapia, Corn on the Cob, Homemade French Fries

Chili, Corn Chips, Sliced Veggies

Chicken Taquitos, Tossed Salad, Chocolate Pudding

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Green Beans

Leftovers

Gretchen’s $51 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

I’m back!! After giving birth to my third baby the end of April, I took several weeks off from grocery shopping and mainly let my husband do the shopping. It felt SO great to finally get back into the swing of things this week and I even scored some great coupon deals!

Aldi

1 gallon Milk – $1.88

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 dozen Eggs – $1.18

1 lb Butter – $2.56

1 can Pineapple Chunks – $0.95

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.49

1 loaf Bread – $1.49

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

1 bag Roma Tomatoes – $1.29

1 pkg Chewy Granola Bars – $1.49

1 pkg Breakfast Bars – $1.79

1 Orange Juice Concentrate – $1.19

1 Half & Half – $1.99

1 Cantaloupe – $1.19

1 pkg Spinach – $1.19

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.19 each

1 pkg Green Peppers – $1.39

2 bags Frozen Vegetables – $0.79 each

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

Total: $31.99

Dillons

1 Core Water – $1.25, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 Knorr Side Meal – $2.99, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 dozen Eggs – $1.19 (I realized I needed 2 dozen eggs this week and and only picked up one dozen at Aldi.)

2 Reeses Puff’s Cereal – $1.49 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable AND $1/2 SavingStar.com rebate – $0.49 each after coupons and rebate

1 Honey Nut Cheerios – $1.49, used $0.50/1 printable – $0.99 after coupon

2 Ken’s Salad Dressing – $1.49 each, used 2 $0.75/1 printable – $0.74 each after coupons

2 Cascadian Farms Cereal – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – $0.99 each after coupons

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $0.99

1 Kroger Deli Cheese – $0.88

1 pkg Goldfish Crackers – $0.99

2.81 lbs Bananas – $1.26

2.31 lbs Bananas – Marked down to $0.81

2.23 lbs Grapes – $6.67 (Ouch!! These were marked as $0.99/lb but did NOT ring up as that and I didn’t notice until I got home. This was a reminder to me to keep a close eye on the computer as my items are scanned.)

1 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1

1 Kroger Spaghetti Sauce – $0.99, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.74 after rebate

Used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebate: $19.71

Total for both stores: $51.70

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toasted English Muffins, Eggs, Oatmeal, Fruit

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrots, Grapes x 2

Cheese, Crackers, Fruit, Veggies x 2

Mac & Cheese, Green Peppers, Yogurt (We have a bunch in our refrigerator that my husband bought last week.)

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Spaghetti, Steamed Peas, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Salad Bar, Banana Muffins (I’ll make a huge batch!)

BBQ Meatballs (using venison), Banana Muffins, Steamed Broccoli

Hawaiian Haystacks

Pancakes, Eggs, Cantaloupe

Sour Cream/Cream of Mushroom Chicken, Homemade Bread, Spinach Salad

Burritos (from the freezer), Rice, Leftover Tortilla Chips

Gretchen’s $58 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

Aldi

1 gallon Milk – $1.88

2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup – $0.49 each

1 package Strawberries – $2.29 (These got put in the wrong picture!)

2 cans Green Beans – $0.44 each

3 cans Beans – $0.69 each

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.29

1 can chopped Chicken – $1.69

2 Avocados – $0.69 each

1 bag Spinach – $1.49

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.99

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 loaf Bread – $0.89

1 box Cereal Bars – $1.79

1 Cantaloupe – $1.79

1 bag Dried Cranberries – $1.29

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

2 Pineapples – $1.29 each

1 Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate – $1.19

1 bag Frozen Blueberries – $2.29

1 bag Corn Chips – $1.29

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

2 pkg Blackberries – $0.99 each

Total: $38.78

Dillons

2 Oreo Chocolate Bars – $0.79 each, used 2 Free mailer coupons – Free after coupons

1 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs – $1.49

2.39 lbs Red Grapes – $3.06

1 Psst Buns – $0.85

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.39

1 box Nabisco Crackers – $1.39

1 Sunbelt Granola Bars – $1.49

1 pkg Kroger Cheese (16 oz) – $3.49, used $0.70/1 e-coupon – $2.79 after coupon

1 bag Kroger Pecan Pieces – $1.99

1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $1

1 Kroger Ranch Dressing – $1.29

1 pkg Frozen Strawberries – $1.99

1.45 lbs Bananas – $0.71

Used $0.25/1 Ibotta offer for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebate: $20.18

Total for both stores: $58.96

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

English Muffins, Fruit Smoothies x 2

Toast & Eggs x 2

Cereal x 2

Out to eat

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Sliced Cucumbers, Chips

Hot Dogs, Spinach Salad

Mac & Cheese, Blackberries, Carrot Sticks

Cheese, Crackers, Fruit, Veggies

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Spinach Salad

Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad Wraps

Leftovers

Dinners

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Sliced Pineapple

Chicken Avocado Burritos, Rice, Sliced Pineapple

Dinner with Lifegroup (I’m bringing dinner for everyone: Chicken Noodle Casserole, Rolls and Fruit Salad)

Chili, Corn Chips, Sliced Strawberries

Blueberry Pancakes, Fruit Salad, Eggs

Meal from freezer

Out to eat (Using a gift card)

Gretchen’s $54 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 4

Dillons

1 bag Kroger Waffle Pretzels – $0.99

3 bags Lay’s Kettle Chips – $0.99 each

1 RXBar – $1.67, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

5 pkg Kroger Shredded Cheese – $0.99 each

2 jars Prego Spaghetti Sauce – $0.99 each

2 boxes Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – $1.77 each, used $1/2 e-coupon AND 2 $0.15/1 Ibotta rebates – $1.12 each after coupon and rebates

3.19 lbs Bananas – $1.56

Total after coupons and rebates: $14.69

Aldi

1 pkg Sugar – $1.39

1 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

2.52 lbs Red Grapes – $3

1 dozen Eggs – $2.29

1 Pancake Syrup – $1.49

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 pkg Summer Sausage – $3.79

1 pkg Breakfast Bars – $1.79

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1 pkg Crackers – $1.89

1 pkg Moo Tubes – $1.55

1 pkg Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.19

2 Avocados – $0.39 each

1 loaf Bread – $0.85

2 cans Green Beans – $0.44 each

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.49

1 pkg Mozzarella Cheese – $1.79

1 gallon Milk – $1.88

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

1 pkg Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey – $2.39

Total: $40.07

Total for both stores: $54.76

Menu Plan for This Week

We have lots of leftover random fruits and veggies that are going bad which I will be using up this week.

Breakfasts

Cereal x 5

English Muffins & Eggs x 2

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks x 2

Turkey Sandwiches, Chips, Cuties

Mac & Cheese, Sliced Cucumbers, Sliced Apples

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Grapes

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Sour Cream Enchiladas (meal from freezer), Steamed Peas, Fruit Salad

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

Meat Potato Quiche (using leftover ham I froze), Banana Muffins

Spaghetti, Homemade Bread, Steamed Veggies

Summer Sausage, Crackers, Cheese, Fruit

Dinner with LifeGroup

Company for dinner (I’m doing Grilled Steak (from my parents), Green Beans, & Mashed Potatoes and they are bringing dessert.)

Gretchen’s $103 Grocery Shopping Trip & Weekly Menu Plan + Freezer Cooking Day Plan

I spent extra money this week as I’m planning to do a big freezer cooking day! I’m hoping to make at least 15 meals to freeze as well as some bread/snack items. I also used Clicklist as I had a bunch of free coupons that were expiring.

Dillons

1 Franks Hot Sauce – $1.49, used Free e-coupon – Free after coupon

1 Kinder Joy Egg – $0.80, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

2 bags Kroger Flour – $1.39 each

1 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts – $1.67, used Free e-coupon – Free after coupon

1 Green Salsa – $1.97

2 pkg Chicken Gravy – $0.49 each

1 bag Kroger Brown Rice – $0.89, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $0.49 after coupon

1 Kroger Ketchup – $1, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $0.60 after coupon

1 PopChips Nutter Puffs – $2.99, used Free e-coupon AND $4/1 Checkout 51 rebate – Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

1 Promised Land Milk – $3.29, used Free e-coupon – Free after coupon

4 bags (8 oz) Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.67 each, used 2 $0.85/2 e-coupons – $1.24 each after coupon

1 bag (16 oz) Kroger Shredded Cheese – $3.49, used $0.70/1 e-coupon – $2.79 after coupon

1 Fage Yogurt – $1, used $1/1 e-coupon – Free after coupon

2 Family Size boxes Reese’s Puffs Cereal – $1.79 each

2 Sour Cream – $0.79 each, used $0.50/2 e-coupon – $0.54 each after coupon

1 pkg Blackberries – $0.99

2 pkg Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1 each

4 pkg Butter – $2.29 each

4.43 lbs Bananas – $2.17

Clicklist Fee: $4.95

Used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate

Total after coupons and rebates: $34.25

Aldi

2 loaves Bread – $0.85 each

1 pkg Pork Chops – $3.69

1 pkg Hashbrowns – $1.65

3 cans Refried Beans – $0.79 each

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

3 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99 each

1 jar Salsa – $1.49

2 cans Green Beans – $0.44 each

1 can Enchilada Sauce – $1.89

1 can Black Beans – $0.69

1 pkg Grapes – $2.70

7 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.99 each

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.19

2 dozen Eggs – $1.77 each, used $0.15 Checkout 51 rebate – $1.69 after rebate

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.99

2 pkg Steamed Peas – $0.79 each

1 gallon Milk – $1.88

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

1 Half & Half – $1.99

1 box Cereal Bars – $1.79

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 Pineapple – $1.29

1 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $1.19

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $2.79

1 Moo Tubes – $1.55

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $1.29

1 can Pumpkin – $0.79

10 lbs Potatoes – $1.99, used $0.15 Checkout 51 rebate – $1.84 after rebate

Total after rebates: $69.44

Total for all groceries: $103.69

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Eggs & Toast x 3

Cereal x 3

English Muffins, Bananas

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Veggies, PopChips

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Fruit x 2

Cheese, Crackers, Fruit, Veggies x 2

Baked Potato Bar

Leftovers

Dinners

Minute Steaks (from my mom), Biscuits, Green Beans

Spaghetti, Steamed Peas, Homemade Bread

Date night (out to eat)

Pancakes, Eggs, Orange Juice

Southwest Rollups

Dinner at friend’s house

Hashbrown Ham Casserole, Steamed Veggies, Fruit Salad

Freezer Cooking Plan

Southwest Rollups x 2

Chicken Black Bean Enchilada Stack

Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Teriyaki Pork Chops

Chicken Spaghetti 

Crock Pot Chicken & Gravy

Sour Cream Enchiladas

Brown Bag Burritos

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Ham Hashbrown Casserole

Make Ahead Butterhorns

30 Minute Rolls

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade Energy Bites

Gretchen’s $51 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

Dillons

2 bags Kroger Potato Chips – Marked down to $0.25 each

1.94 lbs Bananas – $0.95

2 American Beauty Spaghetti – $0.49 each

4 cans Green Giant Green Beans – $0.49 each

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

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.79, used $0.40/1 e-coupon – $0.39 after coupon

2 Green Apples – $0.80, used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.55 after coupon

1 PopChips Nutter Puffs – $2.49, used $4/1 Checkout 51 rebate – Free plus overage after rebate

2 Ragu Pasta Sauce – $1.29 each, used $1/2 printable – $0.79 each after coupon

2 Chobani Flip Yogurt – $1.25 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable that was emailed to me – $0.75 each after coupon

Used $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate for any receipt

Total after coupons and rebates: $6.65 

Aldi

1 dozen Eggs – $1.44, used $0.15/1 Checkout 51 rebate – $1.29 after rebate

1 pkg Chicken Breasts – Marked down to $2.07

1 bag Mandarins – $2.49

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

2 Cantaloupes – $0.99 each

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.99

1.83 bag Green Grapes – $1.81

1 Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate – $1.19

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

1 Half & Half – $1.99

1 bag Green Peppers – $1.49

2.92 lbs Bananas – $1.28

1 loaf Bread – $1.49

1 bag Potato Chips – $1.79 (I bought these before I went to Dillons and saw the marked down chips.)

1 pkg Chewy Granola Bars – $1.49

1 Grape Jelly – $1.39

1 pkg Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 gallon Milk – $1.88

1 Sour Cream – $0.95

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

1 lb Butter – $1.99

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 bag (16 oz) Cheddar Cheese – $3.29

1 Spiral Ham – $6.88 ($0.95/lb)

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.69

Total after rebate: $44.37

Total for both stores: $51.02

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

English Muffins and Eggs x 2

Toast x 2

Cereal x 3

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Veggies, Grapes x 2

Mac & Cheese, Mandarins

Cheese Quesadillas, Steamed Peas, Fruit

Cheese, Crackers, Veggies, Fruit x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Out to eat (I’ll be gone on a girl’s overnight so my husband and kids are eating out!)

Venison Roast, Biscuits, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Sliced Cantaloupe (We’ll be having company for dinner!)

Oven Baked Ham (I’ll be freezing the leftovers to use in casseroles and breakfast dishes the next several weeks.), Homemade Bread, Green Beans

Spaghetti, Spinach Salad (using leftover spinach from last week), Banana Muffins

Dinner with Lifegroup

Chicken Fajitas, Rice, Fruit Salad

Bring-Your-Own-Meat Grill Out with friends here (Everyone is bringing some meat to throw on the grill and a side dish. I’ll be grilling chicken and doing chips and chocolate chip cookies.)