Saturday, December 12, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip--Savings $37.96

This week, I did something unintentionally! I forgot to take my coupon folder with me when I went shopping!  I only needed a few items and there was only a couple of things that I needed with my coupons so it wasn't too bad.  However, not having my coupon folder made me think more on whether I really needed to get the item or if I just wanted it to stockpile.  I guess you even could say that I saved myself more money than what I actually did on paper by not getting items "just because".

Also with my pantry looking like this...
and my upright stand alone freezer looking about the same, I figured there wasn't much to get this week in the grocery department in order to have enough food to feed the family for the week.

So with that picture in mind, here is what I purchased this week to finish stretching what I already have on hand:


  • 2.28 lbs bananas $1.00
  • 1 lb baby carrots $1.29
  • 4 dozen eggs $4.46
  • 2 gallons milk $4.58
  • 2 lbs shredded hashbrowns $5.38
  • 3 boxes markdown bakery donuts $7.75
  • 3 loaves Aunt Millie's bread $2.00
  • 1 container Dean's moose track ice cream $2.79
  • 4 pkgs Eckrich smoky links $9.16
  • 2 loaves Coles garlic toast $2.00
  • 3lbs apples $1.00
  • 4 boxes pizza rolls $4.00
  • 2 bags sandwich bags $2.00
  • 2 cans Campbells tomato soup $1.18
Total OOP: $48.71
Total Savings: $21.19
Total without sales: $69.90

Family Fare: 
  • 2 pkgs flour tortillas $3.48
  • 1 gallon milk $2.49
  • 6 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breasts $9.99
  • 1lb Kraft Mozzarella cheese $2.19
  • 2 bottles(64oz) Indian Summer apple juice $2.59
Total OOP: $20.74
Total Savings: $16.77
Total without sales: $37.51

Grand Total OOP: $69.45
Grand Total Savings: $37.96
Grand Total without sales $107.41

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 12/6-12/12

Last week’s menu plans went well!  We had friends, who are unemployed, over for dinner on Friday night.  I made homemade pizza!  I made my dough in my bread machine.  Oh was it good!  I made it with half whole wheat flour and everyone enjoyed it!

I did grocery shopping this past week!  I finally was able to find some pork that actually looked good!  We like to have a variety of meat and we haven’t pork for over a month because I was just not finding any that didn’t look all fatty. I also was able to snag some meat that was markdown by 80%!

This week’s meals are some of the family favorites.  We are having a new furnace, A/C unit and water heater installed on Monday and Tuesday so those meals might end up getting changed due to having gas available to run the stove or not.  It will be nice to have heat all the time rather than 25% of the time.

For this week’s lunches that are for the kids and me! Unless we are having leftovers, our lunches are served with apple slices or carrot sticks along with fruit juice or water.  Hubby usually takes a dinner leftover along with various snacks for his work lunch so I don’t take the time to plan his lunches.  

A special thanks to Laura-Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Need help with your menus; go check the over 300 other delicious meal plans that have been linked at Laura-Organizing Junkie's site or look down in my right sidebar for my menu suggestion lists!

Sunday (12-6)
Breakfast: eggs, sausage, hash browns, and jiffy muffins
Lunch: leftover spaghetti dinner with garlic toast
Dinner:  Arby’s
Snack: snack basket

Monday (12-7)
Breakfast: cereal and muffins
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: creamy chicken served over egg noodles and green peas as a side
Snack: snack basket

Tuesday (12-8)
Breakfast:  waffles and sausage
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  pork chops, served with rice, green beans and crescent rolls
Snack: snack basket

Wednesday (12-9)
Breakfast:  bagels and cereal
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  Taco Bar
Snack: snack basket

Thursday (12-10)
Breakfast:  Pancakes (from freezer) and sausage
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: chicken rice soup served with homemade bread
Snack: snack basket

Friday (12-11)
Breakfast:  cereal and toast
Lunch: sandwich & chips
Dinner: beef gravy served over egg noodles and peas as a side
Snack: ice cream night

Saturday (12-12)
Breakfast:  Your Choice
Lunch: ????
Dinner: chicken club sandwiches served with fries and carrot sticks
Snack: popcorn

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Meijer Deals 12/6-12/12

Just a reminder, that I am using a West Michigan sale ad and my Meijer does NOT double coupons! Also check the THREE pages of Mealbox coupons there are several cpns that match items in this week's ad! Please let me know if there is something that I missed and I will take the time to update my deals listing.

Also this week, Meijer is having a 10 for $10 get 11th item FREE Sale!!  It doesn't seem too great of a sale, however you can check out the complete list here.

****THE MEIJER BONUS: For every $100 you spend in General Merchandise or Apparel, you get a coupon for 5% off your next grocery purchase. You can combine up to 4 of the 5% off coupons in one grocery order for a total of 20% off your groceries. Good thru 12/24.

Grocery Deals:

Boneless Chuckeye Roast USDA Choice Grain Fed $2.49/lb

Deans Ice Cream 48oz Assorted Varieties $2.79

Meijer Tilapia Filets 16oz pkg frozen $2.99

Oranges: California Sweet Seedless Navel-4lb bag 2/$5

Rondele Gourmet Spreadable Cheese 8oz pkg 2/$5

Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Tenderloin 40oz bag frozen $4.99

Red Baron Multi-serve Pizza 18.15-25.6oz $2.99

Vlasic Pickles 16-24 oz jar $1.99
50/1 cpn
$5/5 Rebate cpn

Tennessee Pride Roll Pork Sausage 16oz pkg All Varieties $2.19
55/1 cpn 11-15 RP
55/1 cpn 

Progresso Soup 18.5-19oz Select Varieties 4/$5
50/2 cpn 12-06 S
50/2 cpn 11-15 GM
50/2 cpn 11-08 S
50/2 cpn 10-25 S
$1/3 cpn
$1/3 cpn 
$1.10/3 cpn


Meijer Suet Cakes All Single pack Varieties ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Chinet Lunch 72 ct or Platter Value Pack 24 ct. $4.49
$1/1 Mealbox cpn
$1/1 cpn
$1/1 cpn

Clorox Cleanup Cleaner W/Bleach Original 32 Oz $2.49
50/1 cpn 10-04 RP

Clorox Liquid Bleach Regular 96 Oz $1.69
50/2 cpn 10-04 RP

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner For Tough Stains, 24 oz. $1.69
50/1 cpn 10-04 RP

Ban Invisible Solid or Clear Gel 2.25-2.6oz 2/$4
40/1 cpn 10-11 S

Purina Beneful Dog Food 15-15.5 lbs Select Varieties $13.99
10-18 S(with purchase get a Free 10 oz Purina Beneful Prepared Meal (up to $2.29)

Natures Bounty Vitamins and Supplements ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!
$1/1 cpn 11-01 S

Ester C Vtimamins And Supplements ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!
$5/1 cpn 11-08 RP
$2/1 cpn

Snuggle Fabric Softener Liquid 50-100oz or sheets 105-120ct assorted varieties $4.29
$2/1 cpn 12-06 RP
75/1 cpn 11-15 RP

***Please take the time to check out your local ad, which you can find here.  IF Meijer is not your store of choice, head over to BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering

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Meijer 10 for $10 Get 11th Item Free Sale 12/6-12/12

This week, Meijer is having a 10 for $10 Get 11th item FREE Sale!! It is not one of their better 10 for $10 Sales but I did find a few items that I will be snagging before the week is out!

Here is a complete list of the products that are included in the 10 for $10 get 11th item FREE Sale:

Apples: Michigan Premium Empire, Jonathan, Rome or Ida Red Apples 3lb bag

Aunt Mids Flat or Curly Leaf Spinach 10oz pkg

Aunt Millie's Bun Old Fashioned White Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns 8ct

Avocados: Extra Large (each)

Banquet Meals 5-10.25oz Assorted varieties/excludes select recipes

Bar S Jumbo Meat Franks, Chicken Franks or Bologna 16 oz
$1/2 cpn

Bar S Sausage Links 8 oz

Betty Crocker Helpers 5.5-8.4oz Select Varieties

Blackberries 6 oz container

Bumblebee Chunk White Tuna in Water 5 oz

Coke 2 Liter-All Varieties

Coles mini garlic bread 8oz or mini toast 7oz Assorted Varieties

Colgate Cavity Protection Regular Paste: excludes liquid gels and children's paste

Colgate Plus Toothbrush 1ct

Combos Snack Mix 6.3-7oz

Dole Iceberg Salad 12oz bag
$1/2 cpn

Gerber 2nd Foods

Glaceau Vitamin Water 20oz bottle or Smart Water 1L bottle

Greenhouse Cucumbers (each)

Hunts Tomatoes 14.5oz Select Varieties

Ice Cream Cups: 3.6-6oz Breyers, Haagan Dazs, Edys, Ittibitz, Ben & Jerrys or Starbucks
$1/1 Starbucks pint cpn

Jenos Crisp n Tasy Pizza 6.8-7.2oz

Markets of Meijer Sliced white or Slice Mini Bella Mushrooms 8oz pkg

Meijer Bread Crumbs 15oz

Meijer Confectioners or Light Brown Sugar 2lbs

Meijer Crescent Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls or Pizza Crust-Tubes- All Varieties

Meijer Essentials Paper Towels 1big roll

Meijer Food Storage Bags-lunch, reclosable snack or sandwich 50 ct. or fold-top sandwich 150 ct.

Meijer Gravy 12oz

Meijer Light Corn Syrup 16oz

Meijer Microwave Popcorn 3ct box

Meijer Seasoning and Coating Mix

Meijer Soft cookies 10-11oz

Pepsi 2 Liter-All Varieties

Rotel tomatoes 10oz Select Varieties

Aunt Millie's Bread Old Fashioned Bread 24 oz

Totinos 15ct Pizza Rolls

Campbells Reduced Fat Cream Soup 10.75oz can
40/2 cpn 10-04 S

Green Giant Boxed Vegetables 7-10oz
60/3 cpn 11-15 GM
50/2 cpn
50/2 cpn
50/2 cpn
50/2 cpn

Del Monte All Natural Fruit Cup 8oz All Varieties
$1/8 cpn 11-15 RP
$1/3 cpn