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Gretchen’s $37 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu For This Week

Dillons

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1.22 lbs Roma Tomatoes @ $0.99/lb – $1.21

2.21 lbs Bananas @ $0.35/lb – $0.77

Kroger Jelly – $2.45

Kroger Flour – $1.69

Pepsi Next – $1, used Free coupon – Free after coupon

2 Ronzoni Pasta – $1 each, used – $0.50 each after coupon

1 Boulder Canyon Chips – $1.99, used – $0.99 after coupon

8 Crest Toothpaste – $1 each, used 8 $0.50/1 coupon from the 5/8, 6/2 P&G insert, , and – Free after coupons

1 Kroger Frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (3 lbs) – $6.98

1 lb Simple Truth Ground Beef – $5.99, used $1/1 Dillons mailer coupon – $4.99 after coupon

2 Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.67 each

1 Kroger Marshmallows – $1.10

1 Kroger Cotton Swabs – $1

1 Kroger Butter – $2.59

1 Kroger American Cheese – $1

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.98

2 Hormel Pepperoni – $1 each, used– $0.50 each after coupon

Total before coupons and sales: $76.63

Total with tax after coupons: $37.71

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Bananas

Lunches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes, Leftovers, Turkey Sandwiches

Dinners

Hamburgers (we had leftovers from last week that I froze to use again this week), Chips, Baked Beans

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Rolls, Steamed Carrots (I stocked up on carrots a few weeks ago and we still have some left), Strawberries (from our garden)

Pancakes, Eggs, Hashbrowns

, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Chicken with Cream of Mushroom Soup, Biscuits, Green Beans

Pepperoni Rolls, Tossed Salad, Fruit

Dinner with parents

Gretchen’s CVS Shopping Trip: Spent $7.83, Saved $14.98

CVS Shopping Trip

Transaction #1

1 Physician’s Formula Cosmetic or Skin Care – $7.49

Used $1 ECBs from last week’s shopping trip

Paid $7.04 out of pocket, Received $7 ECBs

Transaction #2

1 CVS Body Wash – $3.99
Used free coupon from promotion

1 Oral B Cross Action Power Brush – $5.99
Used $3/1 coupon from the 6/2 P&G insert

1 Tena Liners – $3.79

Used $7 ECBs from Transaction #1

Paid $0.79 out of pocket, Received $2 ECBS (for buying Oral B) and $3 ECBS (for buying Tena)

Total before coupons and ECBs: $22.81

Total with tax after coupons and ECBs: $7.83 $5 ECBs leftover

See more deals at CVS this week here.

Gretchen’s Walgreens Shopping Trip: Spent $4.87, Saved $21.53!

Walgreens Shopping Trip

Transaction #1

1 Sundown Omega 3 Fish Oil – $7
Used $2/1 coupon from the Walgreens Answers booklet (I found it right above the vitamins.)

Total with tax (7.3%): $5.51, Received $7 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

3 Garnier Fructis (Conditioner, Gel Crème and Anti-Frizz Crème) – 3/$10
Used 3 $1/1 coupons from the 6/2 RedPlum insert

1 Wonka Candy – Marked down to $0.14 (filler item)

Used $7 Register Rewards from Transaction #1

Total with tax (7.3%): $1.36, Received 4,000 Bonus Rewards (for buying 3 Garnier Fructis)

Transaction #3

1 Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste – $2.99
Used

1 Colgate Total Advanced Mouthwash – $3.29 (I was sure I bought the one that was $4.99 and supposed to give me $2 Register Rewards, but it didn’t ring up as that one and I didn’t realized that until I had already left.)
Used $2/1 coupon from the 6/2 SmartSource insert

2 Milky Way Bars – $0.59 each
Used

Redeemed 5,000 Bonus Rewards (4,000 from Transaction #2 and 1,000 from previous shopping trip)

Total with tax (7.3%) – $0.00 (!), Received $2 Register Rewards (for buying Crest)

Total with tax before coupons, Register Rewards and Balance Rewards: $26.40

Total with tax after coupons, Register Rewards and Balance Rewards: $4.87

See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week here.

Gretchen’s $50 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

Aldi

1 Gallon Milk – $1.99

1 Strawberries – $0.99

1 Blueberries – $1.69

1 Flour Tortillas – $0.99

Total with tax: $6.07

Local Health Food Store:

6 Oranges @ 3/$1 – $2 total

3 Fruit/Veggie Shredz Snacks – Marked down to $0.99 each

1 Cheese Puffs – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax: $6.40

Dillons

Transaction #1

2 Carefree Liners – $1 each, used 2 $0.50/1 printable – Free after coupons

2 Huggies Diapers – $9.49 each, used 2 $3/1 printable (no longer available) – $6.49 each after coupons

Total with tax: $14.44, Received $4 catalina and $5 catalina (for buying Huggies diapers)

Transaction #2

2 Huggies Diapers – $9.49 each, used 2 $3/1 printable (no longer available) – $6.49 each after coupons

Used $9 catalinas from Transaction #1

Total with tax: $5, Received $4 catalina and $5 catalina (for buying Huggies diapers)

Transaction #3

1 Bolillo Rolls – Marked down to $0.49 (will use this for sub sandwiches)

1.5 lbs Sweet Potatoes @ $1.09/lb – $1.64

2 VanCamp’s Beans – $0.50, used 2 $0.35/1 coupon from the 5/5 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupons

1 Lemon – $0.39

1 Dillons Hamburger Buns – $1, used $0.40/1 store coupon (from mailer) – $0.60 after coupon

1 Kellogg’s Cinnabon Cereal – Marked down to $1.21, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled to $1) – $0.21 after coupon

1 Kroger Natural Peanut Butter – $2

1 Nestle Drumstick Cones – $2.99, used – $1.99 after coupon

1 Smart Balance Butter – $1.50, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 5/12 SmartSource insert – $0.50 after coupon

2 Ramen Noodles – $0.20 (My hubby loves it when I make sure we always have a few of these on hand.)

2 Scotch-Brite Sponges – $1 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 5/19 SmartSource insert – $0.50 each after coupon

1 Muir Glen Tomato Paste – $1.29, used (doubled to $1) – $0.29 after coupon

1 Muir Glen Tomato Sauce – $1.49, used(doubled to $1) – $0.49 after coupon

4 BeechNut Fruities – $1 each, used 2 and 2 (doubled to $1) – Free after coupons

1 Heinz Ketchup – $1, used $0.25/1 coupon from the 5/19 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

1 King Hawaiian Rolls (4 ct) – $1.29, used $1/1 coupon from the 5/12 RedPlum insert – $0.29 after coupon

1 Kroger Cheese – $1.67

1 Kroger Applesauce – $2.19

1 Cucumber – $0.59

1.5 lbs Organic Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.89

1.26 lbs Broccoli @ $0.99/lb – $1.25

1 Kroger Lemon Juice – $2.05

1 Kroger Canola Spray – $2.18

Smoked Sliced Turkey Breast – $3.89

Used $9 catalinas from Transaction #2

Total before coupons and sales: $49.59

Total with tax after coupons: $18.70

Total for all grocery items: $50.61

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Oatmeal, Applesauce, Cereal, Toast, Fruit

Lunches

Sub Sandwiches, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs (I get Farm Fresh eggs from my younger brother each week – yum!)

Dinners

Hamburgers (Crystal gave us a variety of frozen meats over the weekend – yes, I’m pretty spoiled to have her for my sister!), Baked Beans, Chips, Fruit

, Rolls, Tossed Salad (Our garden is overflowing with lettuce right now!)

, Steamed Broccoli

Pancakes, Eggs, Hashbrowns

Lemon Chicken Fajitas, Strawberries (I just discovered today that our garden is bursting with strawberries, too!)

Date Night (we ended up getting sick last week so we had to postpone our date night to this week)

Dinner with my parents

Gretchen’s Dillon’s Shopping Trip This Week: Spent $32.96 out of pocket

Note from Crystal: Just for fun, my sister (Gretchen) is going to start sharing some of her shopping trips here for you all, too. She’s a young mom on a tight budget and she loves to get great deals.

She’s also the one who coordinates and formats all the store deals for the store deals section of December212012.info (check it out here, if you haven’t already!). So she often knows about the best deals before I do — and she finds lots of great unadvertised deals, too!

Since their family eats different things than our family does, I thought it would be fun for you to see what deals she finds. And don’t worry, I’ll still be sharing my shopping trips, too!

Dillon’s Shopping Trip

1 Colgate Toothpaste – on sale for $1, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 4/28 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

4 Clif Kid Zone bars – Manager’s special reduced to $0.25 each

12 Candy Bars (3 Musketeers, Dove Chocolate, M&M’s) – $0.89 each, on sale Buy 2 Get 1 Free, used 6  – $0.09 each after coupons

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 Mission Tortillas – $1.50 (Our Aldi raised the price of their tortillas to $1.49 so I just buy them at Dillon’s now)

2 Broccoli Crowns – $0.98 total

5 Tomatoes – $1.06 total

1 Green Giant Veggie Chips – on sale for $1, used  AND  – Free overage after coupon and rebate

1 dozen Dillon’s Eggs – Manager’s special reduced to $0.89

1 Kroger Cheese – $1.67

1 Kroger Frozen Apple Juice – $1.39

2 Dillon’s half gallon Milk – Manager’s special reduced to $1 each

4 Totino’s Frozen Pizzas – on sale for $1.33 each, used 4 , received $2 catalina for buying 4 – $0.03 each after coupons and catalina

1 Kroger Frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (3 lbs) – $5.67 ($1.89/lb – a good price for frozen, boneless chicken breasts that we don’t see here too often)

1 Kroger Butter – $2.59

1 Pineapple – $0.99

1 Laura’s Lean Ground Beef (1 lb) – Manager’s special reduced to $4.39 (I know this is might seem expensive, but our family prefers this brand so it was a great price for me!)

1 Folgers Instant Coffee – $1.19, used $1.50/1 printable (deducted down to $1.19) – Free after coupon

Items from the P&G sale (Buy 4, Save $4 instantly):

1 Herbal Essence Hair Mousse – on sale for $1.79 after instant savings, used $1/1 coupon from recent mailer – $0.79 after coupon

4 Pantene Shampoo/Conditioner – on sale for $2.09 after instant savings, used  and $3/2 coupon from the 4/28 P&G insert – $0.59 each after coupons

2 Old Spice Deodorant – on sale for $1.15 after instant savings, used $1/2 coupon from the 4/28 P&G insert – $0.65 each after coupons

2 Gillette Deodorant – on sale for $1.29 after instant savings, used  – $0.79 each after coupons

3 Gillette Shave Gel – on sale for $1 after instant savings, used $0.55/1 coupon from the 4/7 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.67 each after coupon (I only had one coupon for these otherwise they would have been free)

Total before coupons and sales: $91. Total after coupons + tax: $39.96, used $7 catalinas from last week’s shopping trip

Paid $32.96 out of pocket, Received $2 catalina (for buying 4 Totino’s Pizzas)