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Gretchen’s Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Dillons Trip #1

I grabbed a few items at Dillons and was planning to go to Aldi the next morning, but my husband offered to go grocery shopping for me since I have an extremely busy and stressful week and I said, “YES, please!” However, he refuses to shop at Aldi so he took my Aldi list and went to Dillons instead. 😉 So our groceries this week were a *little* bit higher than I planned, but I’ll just spend less than planned next week to even it all out. 

3.15 lbs Bananas – $1.54

1 Half & Half – $1.79

1 box CheezIt Crackers – $2.99, used – $2.49 after coupon (I got this as a special treat for my son who has been BEGGING for CheezIts for a long time!)

1 Blue Bunny Ice Cream – $4.99 (For our at home date night!)

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.49

1 Cucumber – $0.59

2 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69 each

Total after coupon: $16.27

Dillons Trip #2

2 pkg Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $9.99 each

2 dozen Eggs – $0.59 each

1 pkg Ritz Crackers – $2.99

1 pkg Nabisco Premium Crackers – $2.49

1 Kroger Applesauce – $1.99

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.79

1 lb Butter – $3.29

2 cans Cream of Chicken/Mushroom Soup – $1.25 each

2 pkg Kroger Shredded Cheese – $3.49 each

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $2.89

2 pkg Strawberries – $2.50 each

1 box Nutri-Grain Bars – $2.99

1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 pkg Mission Tortillas – $2.10, used – $1.85 after rebate

1 loaf Bread – $2.49, used – $1.99 after coupon

1 pkg English Muffins – $2.79

2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

Used

Total after coupons and rebates: $63.27

Total for both stores: $79.54

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, English Muffins, Scrambled Eggs, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Leftovers

Dinners

Salad Bar with Grilled Chicken

Chicken & Gravy over Rice, Leftover fruit from last week

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Tossed Salad

Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets, Steamed Broccoli

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit Smoothies

Grilled Steak (from the freezer), Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Ice Cream (At home date after the kids are in bed!)

Gretchen’s $85 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi Trip #1

I had to go to Aldi two times because while I was there the first time, I had to rush home so my husband could leave. So that’s why there are two Aldi trips this week! 🙂 It worked out in my favor though because the ad switched today so there were different produce sales! (And our Aldi is just one block from our house which is why it wasn’t a big deal to go back. I love having Aldi so close!)

1 bag Mandarins – $2.39

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

2 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19 each

1 lb Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.99

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.49

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

1 loaf Honey Wheat Bread – $1.39

1 box Crackers – $1.69

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.39 each

1 pkg Green Grapes – $2.09

Total: $24.61

Dillons

2 pkg Mentos – $0.79 each, used – $0.45 each after coupon

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

2 Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $1 each

1 Kroger Instant Oatmeal – $1.49, used – $0.99 after coupon

2 Low Cow Ice Cream – $1.99 each (These were marked as $0.50 each which is why I purchased them. I didn’t notice they rang up wrong until I got home. Ugh!)

1 SweeTarts Candy – $0.50, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 loaf Honey Oat Bread – Marked down to $0.49 (Using this for French Toast!)

2 Lindt Truffle Bags – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 printable – Free after coupon

4 Totino’s Frozen Pizza – $1.25 each, used AND – $0.75 each after coupon and rebate

2 thinkThin Bars – $1.50 each, used – $1 each after coupon

4 lbs Ground Beef – Marked down to $0.99 each (SOO excited to find this!)

1 Garlic Salt – $1

2 jars Classico Pasta Sauce – $0.99 each, Received a $1 off catalina for buying 2

4 American Beauty Pasta – $1 each, used – $0.50 each after coupon

4.57 lbs Bananas – $2.24

Used

Total after coupons and rebates: $26.44

Aldi Trip #2

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 box Granola Cereal – $2.49

1 bag Shredded Cheese – $3.39

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.49

2.26 lbs Green Grapes – $2.01

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 Half & Half – $1.79

1 Cottage Cheese – $1.79

1 Pineapple – $1.29

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 lb Butter – $2.88

4 pkg Strawberries – $1.19 each

2 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79 each

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $1.19

Total: $34.79

Total for all groceries: $85.84

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Toasted English Muffins, Eggs, Toast, Cereal, Bananas

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, Tossed Salad Bar, Frozen Pizzas, Crackers/Cheese/Fruit, Leftovers

Dinners

Grilled Hamburgers (using buns from the freezer), Steamed Corn

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli

French Toast, Eggs, Fruit Salad

Taco Bar

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Brown Bag Burritos (from the freezer), Chips, Fruit

Beef & Gravy over Noodles, Steamed Peas

Gretchen’s $29 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Dillons

1 Private Selection Honey Oat Bread – $1.88, used – $1.63 after rebate

1 bag Kroger English Muffins – $1.19, used – $0.94 after rebate

2 bags Apples – Marked down to $0.99 each

2 bags Oranges/Cuties – Marked down to $0.99 each

1 pkg Oscar Meyer Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.49

2 pkg Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.88 each

1 bag Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts – $8.99, used – $7.74 after coupon

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $1.49

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.79

3.31 lbs Bananas – $1.62

2 Cucumbers – $0.59 each

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

2 dozen Dillons Eggs – $0.59 each

Used

Total after coupon and rebates: $29.97

Menu Plan for This Week

We didn’t need many groceries this week as I’ll be using a lot of stuff in my pantry for meals. Also, my mom brought us several pounds of ground beef, steak and muffins so we will be using that! Plus, my husband is out of town several days this week so I’m keeping things simple and kid-friendly on those days. 🙂

Breakfasts

Eggs, Toast, Fruit, Cereal, Blueberry Muffins (from my mom)

Lunches

Crackers/Cheese/Fruit, Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (from my mom) & Fruit, Leftovers

Dinners

Spaghetti, Steamed Peas

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Sliced Apples

Pancakes, Eggs

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Tossed Salad

Grilled Steak, Homemade Rolls, Steamed Veggies

Chicken & Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Leftovers

Gretchen’s $76 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Dillons

2 boxes Cheerios – $1.79 each, used – $1.29 each after coupon

1 box Honey Nut Cheerios – $1.79, used and $ – $1.04 after coupon and rebate

3 boxes Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $0.99 each

1 bag Kroger Shredded Cheese – $2.99

4 pkg American Beauty Pasta – $0.49 each

2 cans Red Gold Tomatoes – $0.49 each

1 Sweet Baby Ray Hot Sauce – $1.99, used – Free after coupon

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

1 Ronzoni Pasta – $0.49

1 bag Oranges – Marked down to $0.99

1 bag Apples – Marked down to $0.99

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $0.89

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.89

1 Simple Truth Maple Syrup – $4.99, used – $3.99 after coupon

2 Pineapples – $0.99 each

2 pkg Back to Nature Cookies – $1.99 each, used $1.50/2 catalina coupon AND 2 – $0.24 each after coupon and catalina

1 Kroger Ranch Dressing Mix – $0.59

1 Dried Onions – $1

1 Oregano – $1

1 Zia Pasta Sauce – $1

5.02 lbs Bananas – $2.46

Total after coupons and rebates: $30.96

Aldi

3 pkg Strawberries – $1.49 each

1 loaf Bread – $1.39

2 Half & Half – $1.79 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

1 pkg Frozen Peas – $0.79

2 cans Refried Beans – $0.79 each

1 lb Butter – $2.88

2 pkg Tortilla Chips – $0.99 each

1 pkg Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

1 pkg Fruit Squeezies – $1.49

1 can Chicken Breast – $1.99

1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

1 pkg Green Grapes – $2.58

1 pkg Crackers – $1.39

1 Yeast Packets – $0.89

3 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19 each

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

Total: $38.99

Walmart

I ended up having to run into Walmart to grab ground beef and enchilada sauce because my Aldi was out.

1 lb Ground Beef – $3.44

1 can Enchilada Sauce – $1.96

2 Gogo Squeeze Blasts – $2.94 each, used 2 $1/1 peelie coupons AND 2 – $0.94 each after coupons and rebates

Used

Total after coupons and rebates: $7.03

Total for all stores: $76.98

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Eggs, Toast, Fruit, Cereal, Granola Bars

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salads, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Mac & Cheese, Leftovers

Dinners

, Chips & Salsa, Fruit Salad (We’re having company for dinner this night. Plus, I’m taking this as a meal to a friend who suddenly lost her dad last week.)

Chicken & Rice with Gravy, Pineapple

Pancakes, Eggs, Oranges

, Biscuits, Steamed Peas

Grilled Steaks (from my mom), Butterhorns, Baked Potatoes

Super Bowl Party – We are having a party at our house and everyone is bringing fingerfoods. I’ll be making Mac & Cheese, , and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Leftovers

Gretchen’s $53 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

1 lb Butter – $2.88

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 pint Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 Cantaloupe – $1.29

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 box MooTubes Yogurt – $1.55

1 bag Brown Sugar – $1.69

1 bag Chunk Cheese – $1.99

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 Soy Sauce – $1.29

1 box Fruit Squeezies – $1.49

1 pkg Cream Cheese – $0.99

1 bag Red Grapes – $1.80

1 pkg Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.99

2 lbs Ground Beef – $3.39 each

1 Half & Half – $1.79

1 Yeast Packets – $0.89

1 lb Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.99

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 pkg Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $3.39

1 pkg Shredded Italian Cheese – $2.59

2 pints Blueberries – $1.79 each

Total: $53.15

I will probably also run into Dillons some morning this week to check for markdown items and grab lettuce and bananas since I don’t like Aldi’s.

Menu Plan for This Week

We have a lot of assorted fruit and bread leftover from the last few weeks that is going bad so I’m going to try and use that up this week.

Breakfasts

Eggs, Toast, Fruit, Panera Bagels (I got the free daily Panera bagel this month and have been treating one of my kids to it most days!)

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Rice Cake Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Cheese/Fruit/Turkey/Crackers, Salad, Hard Boiled Eggs, Leftovers

Dinners

Out to eat at Papa John’s (using a coupon deal!)

Barbecue Meatballs, Twice Baked Potatoes, Make Ahead Butterhorns (We are having company for dinner and they are bringing salad and dessert.)

Chicken Fajitas, Fruit Salad

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Sliced Apples

Chicken & Rice with Cream of Mushroom Soup, Steamed Veggies

Lasagna (using ground venison), Rolls, Green Beans

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Salad (Can you tell we love pizza?!!)

Gretchen’s $76 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Dillons

3 bags Frozen Vegetables – $1 each

1 pkg Oven Roasted Chicken Breast – $2.69

1 pkg Kroger Rice – $0.89

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.69

2 boxes Nature Valley Granola Cups – Marked down to $1.29 each, used – $1.04 each after coupon

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.49

2 jars Pasta Sauce – $1 each

5.41 lbs Bananas – $2.65

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79

Used

Total after coupon and rebate: $18.03

Aldi

2 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.99 each

1 Pineapple – $1.19

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

1 pkg Shredded Cheese – $2.59

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.49

1 Half & Half – $1.79

1 loaf Bread – $1.49

1 pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.49

4 Avocados – $0.49 each

2 Cucumbers – $0.39 each

1 pkg Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

3 dozen Eggs – $0.59 each

2 pkg Frozen Strawberries – $1.95 each

1 lb Butter – $2.88

1 Yeast Packets – $0.89

1 pkg Lasagna Noodles – $1.39

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

1 canister Oats – $2.39

2 bags Sweet Potatoes – $1.99 (I’m using these to make a huge batch of baby food for my 8 month old!)

1 Moo Tubes Yogurt – $1.55

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

1 bag Almonds – $5.49

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 pkg Spinach – $1.19

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $1.19 (These didn’t make it into the picture.)

Total: $58.33

Total for both stores: $76.36

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Eggs, Smoothies, Granola Bars

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salads, Fruit/Veggies/Cheese, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers

Dinners

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks, Sliced Oranges

Chicken & Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Lasagna, Homemade Bread, Green Beans

Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Rice, Spinach Salad

Grilled Minute Steaks (from my mom), Steamed Cauliflower, Biscuits

Waffles, Eggs, Fruit Salad

Date night