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My 2 Week Grocery Shopping Trip & Meal Menu

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It’s Friday. Friday already. The time change, this cold, moving, selling our house, the blogs are …kicking my butt. To be completely honest I am exhausted. When you are exhausted couponing is harder.

But living within your means should always be second nature. I have my cheap genes to thank for that.

Yet if you are a couponer or someone who plans out ALL their grocery trips sometimes it feels so liberating to go to the grocery store and just buy what you need. If couponing seems overwhelming check out my 4 step process here.

I sort of did that this week. Now that our income has increased a tad we have that margin for our grocery budget. And when you have a lot going on in life, you are so very thankful for a margin. A lot of these items I am using next week! I will do the post on Monday like normal.. I hope… 🙂

New to this series?! Every week I make it a goal to plan my meals for the week, shop from my pantry first and then buy the best priced items for the week. It’s a challenge one I hope you will join in on! My husband is a hunter so we use venison meat for a lot of dishes.

aldi shopping trip 1120


Organic Granola $3.49

3 Butter Quarters $2.49 ea.

2 Cream Cheese $0.89

1 Gallon of Whole Mik $2.18

1 Chewy Granola Bars $1.79

2 Strawberry Yogurts $1.99 ea.

1 Package of String Cheese $2.79

1 Celery Bunch- $0.79

2 lbs. of Flounder Fillets $3.89( Note will not get these again we all didn’t care for them)

1 Sweet and SaltyGranola Bars $1.69

2 4 pk.s of Kiwi $1.69 ea.

1 pack of All Natural Fruit Snacks $3.69

1 pack of Vanilla Wafers $1.49

Total: $43.88

tops shopping trip


2 Panko Bread Crumbs $1 ea.

2 Margheritta Pepperoni BOGO $3.99

2 Chex cereal $2.50 ea
Used the $1/2 printable coupon here

1 Oscar Mayer Naturals Ham $3.34

1 Tops Powdered Sugar $1

1 Tops Brown Sugar $1.99

French’s Onions $3.49
Used the $0.30/1 printable coupon here
Used the $1/1 Tops click to card coupon here

4 Valu Time Condensed Soups $0.79 ea.- I really wanted the Pacific Organic ones in the ad.. our Tops doesn’t carry them..

1 Organic Dijon Mustard $1.99

1 Tops creamy Peanut Butter $1.88- This was an we need peanut butter forget the hassle of going into BJs for one thing when I am there everyday just about ;)- Hope it’s good!

Total: $32.12

bjs shopping trip


2 Whole Frozen Butterball Turkeys $0.89/lb. $8.58 each

1 4 lb. bag of Frozen Spinach $5.99
Used a $1/1 BJs coupon

5 lb. bag of onions $2.99

1 Almond Breeze Milk $3.99

1 bunch of bananas $1.39 ( We did this trip on Sunday!)

Total: $28.53

TOTAL SPENT for 2 weeks: $104.53
The only things I am adding to my list next week are milk, bananas and the McCain Beer Fries from Tops! So we will still be right in budget of $65/week!

Here’s what we are having/had( sorry it’s so late!)

*If you are new we have our own chickens and I make my own bread.


Breakfast: Cereal/Eggs

Dinner: Flounder with french fries and spinach rolls


Breakfast: Cereal/Eggs

Dinner: Venison Stew


Breakfast: Oatmeal

Dinner: Egg Sandwiches/Leftover stew


Breakfast: Pancakes

Dinner: Italian Sausage Sphaghetti ( I used my canned tomatoes)


Breakfast: Toast/Smoothie

Dinner: Homemade Pizza


Breakfast: Homemade Waffles( I hate making these because the wafflemaker is a pain to clean but special treat for the girls when Daddy works on the weekends)

Dinner: Homemade Mac and Cheese with spinach and brocccoli

Keeping it basic this week again.




Breakfast: Eggs, Toast or Oatmeal, Homemade muffins same all week.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup ( I have soup from months ago… that I just found!)


Venison Chilli with cornbread


Baked Ziti with homemade garlic bread

Thanksgiving! I’m hosting and doing a big meal. Are you going to make me type it all out?

Ok we are doing bacon wrapped Turkey
Green Bean Casserole
Cream of Corn Casserole
Crab Cakes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Homemade Stuffing
– MIL bringing a couple dishes as well.

Happy Thanksgiving! 




Leftovers/ Will turn it into a Casserole

Meatless Burriots( I still have all those wraps from Tops)

How did you do with your budget this week? 

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