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$75 Weekly Shopping and Menu 8-19-19

Oh my goodness, everyone. Today’s the big day- my only baby starts Kindergarten. I’m not even sure what to feel right now, besides simultaneous horror and joy. I know I’ll be posting pictures on Instagram, so be sure to follow me to check them out!

This past week I must have performed some sort of wizardry, because I got a TON of stuff for not a lot of money. I lucked out with a few Meijer coupons- $3.00 off a cracker purchase and $3.00 off a laundry/cleaning/paper purchase. Those are store coupons, which means I can pair them with a manufacturer coupon and potentially get items for free, which I totally did!

Add to that all the free coupons Kroger sent me- random free digital coupons and a couple things sent in the mail. We walked out that night and I said to John, “I only spent $4.00 on all this.”

“You saved $4.00?”

“Nope, I SPENT $4.00.”

Yeah, I felt pretty pumped.

So with school starting, I want to try something different for Allison’s lunches. I’d like to have a huge variety of items laying around so she doesn’t have the same thing every day. I bought a bunch of different grains and cheeses, and I’m hoping to mix things up.

The problem is, Allison’s a VERY selective eater. Like, she’ll eat only strawberries- no other fruits- and no veggies whatsoever. So I’m gonna experiment and put a few of these things in her lunch box every day to see if peer pressure kicks in and she tries them.

She did tell me she wanted to try some cauliflower and hummus, so you bet I bought some! Here’s my awesome haul for the week:

Image of items bought at Mr. Mac's Grocery Outlet

Mr. Mac’s Grocery Outlet

Goldfish: $1.25
Annie’s Bunny Tail Puffs: $1.25
Barbara’s Puffins cereal: $1.75
Back to Nature crackers: $1.25

Total: $5.50

Image of items bought at Kroger


Planet Oat Oatmilk: Free with a digital coupon
4 blocks cheese: $.99 each after the 2-day sale discount
Deli ham, 16-oz: $3.00. Used a $.60/1 digital coupon plus a $3.00 off any meat order, making this a 40-cent surplus!
Peanut butter: Free after digital coupon
Lunchable: $1.00. Allison didn’t even like it, oops.
Crystal Light box: Free after digital coupon
Quest Bar: Free from Free Friday Download
Eggs: Free after a coupon from the mail

Total: $4.36! I felt pretty awesome after that one.

Image of items bought at Meijer


2 bottles Suave shampoo: $1.99 each, used a $2.00/2 paper coupon
Bananas: $.81
2 boxes Ziploc containers: $2.09 each. Were Buy 2, get $2.00 off, then used a $1.00/2 mPerks coupon, making them $.59 each!
Whole wheat macaroni: $1.29
Milk: $1.49
Green chiles: $.89
White wheat flour: $3.29
2 boxes Lance crackers: $2.00 each. Used a $1.00/2 mPerks, then used a coupon for $3.00 off any crackers purchase, making them both FREE!
Gain detergent: $4.99. Used a $2.00/1 mPerks, then used a coupon for $3.00 off any laundry purchase, making it FREE!
5 rolls ground turkey: $1.00 each

Total: $14.49

Image of items bought at Aldi


2 boxes strawberries: $1.79 each
Rolled oats: $2.45
Tub of Greek yogurt: $3.49
Salsa: $1.19
Baby carrots: $.89
Cottage cheese: $1.59
Quinoa: $3.49
Hummus: $1.95
Olives: $1.19
Cauliflower: $2.29
Dark chocolate chips: $1.69
Grape tomatoes: $1.49
Salt: $.39
Romaine hearts: $2.19
Loaf of whole wheat bread: $1.29
Grapes, 5.13 pounds: $4.05
Seedless watermelon: $2.19

Total: $35.36
Weekly Total: $59.71. Also took out $5.00 for a Sam’s Club run, and I have $7.00 left in the budget.
I also received 129 points by scanning my receipts from Fetch Rewards! Sign up here and use the code PV2QH and we’ll both receive 2,000 points when you scan your first receipt!


Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.

Work picnic: Bringing a fruit bowl with watermelon, grapes, and strawberries
Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese, frozen veggies*
Ground turkey tacos* (Tortillas leftover from last week- using cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream*)
Chicken salads* (Chicken in freezer- using lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, olives, maybe some quinoa)
Chicken sausages*, sweet potatoes* in the air fryer, frozen veggies*
Ham sandwiches

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls (Allison’s Kindergarten celebration breakfast!)
Mini bagels* (In freezer) with frozen sausage patties*

What’s on your menu this week? Share below in the comments!


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Hoping her first day went well and yours too ?


Monday 19th of August 2019

Happy First Day of School Allison! the cinnamon rolls look amazing.


Monday 19th of August 2019

Thanks!!! =) She ate two of them this morning. Now I'm counting down the hours until she gets home!

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