Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Weekly Menu Plan and a Peek At My Grocery List

Last night I sat down with my big cookbook and planned out a week of (dinner) menus. I'm planning it to go from Wed - Tues, since I do my shopping on Wednesdays.

Wed - Beef Stew in Crockpot
Thurs - Tater-Tot Casserole (with leftover peas from last night), Garlic/Parmesan Potato Wedges
Fri - Oven Baked Beans (will use up some of the umpteen lbs. of dried beans in my cupboards!), Hotdogs
Sat - Fettuccine Alfredo (w/ Homemade Alfredo Pasta) with Chicken, a Veg.
Sun - leftovers and/or pancakes or waffles
Mon - Salisbury Steak, Broccoli
Tues - Orange Glazed Chicken Stir-Fry

I made this list around what I have on hand, and will only need to pick up a few things to fill out the recipes and ingredients.

I was really excited to see that Kroger is doing another 10 Items Mix'n'Match sale this week! They have the items on "sale" for $.50 off the regular price. Then if you buy 10 of those items, you automatically get $5 off your entire purchase total at the register. By combining coupons from this past Sundays paper and from previous Sundays, there are some really, really good deals.

Armour Meatballs, 14 - 16oz. Select Varieties
$2.49 ea. or $1.99 ea. after $5 savings
use $.55 coupon
$1.44 for a lb. of meatballs!!

Daisy Sour Cream, 16oz.
$1.99 ea. or $1.49 ea. after $5 savings
use $1.00 coupon (in this Sunday's insert)
$.44 for 16oz. Sour Cream! (and you can freeze sour cream, did you know that?)

Green Giant Vegetable Steamers, 12oz.
$1.49 ea. or $.99 ea. after $5 savings
$1.00 coupon

Rotel Tomatoes, 10oz.
$.87 ea. or $.37 ea. after $5 savings
$.30 coupon (in this Sunday's insert) that will "double" up to the sale price of $.37
FREE can of Rotel!!

Franks Red Hot Sauce, 12oz.
$1.49 ea. or $.99 ea. after $5 savings
$1.00 coupon
FREE hot sauce!

French's Mustard, 12 - 14oz.
$1.49 ea. or $.99 ea. after $5 savings
$1.00 coupon (in this Sundays Paper, I believe)
FREE mustard

Velveeta Cheese, 32oz.
$4.99 ea. or $4.49 ea. after $5 savings
$1.00 Internet Printable Coupon, in the sidebars of these blogs:
$5 Dinners
$3.49 for a 2lb. brick of Velveeta!

Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip, 24 - 32oz.
$2.99 ea. or $2.49 ea. after $5 savings
$.75 coupon

Kraft Natural Cheese, Bars, Cubes, Shreds or Sticks, 6 - 8oz.
$1.99 ea. or $1.49 after $5 savings
No coupons, but this is even CHEAPER than Kroger brand 8oz. blocks! I might get a few of these, too.

There IS a limit of 3 "$5 Rewards" per transaction, which means if you want/need to buy more than 30 things, you need to do a second transaction. I'm not planning to wipe out the store that much! If I can get another set of Sunday's coupons (and my MIL is supposed to be getting me some from her neighbor) I hope to get 20 items. The Velveeta has been on my "need to restock" list for 2 weeks now (although it is possible to live without it!), and this would be a good time to get some. Of course the Mayo is something we use daily, so I'll probably get one of those if I can get a second set of 10 things, and the cheese is definitely a stock-up price!

Here's the deals I hope to get:
First Set of 10:
1 Meatballs - $1.44
1 Sour Cream - $.44
7 Green Giant Steamers - Free
1 Rotel - Free
Totals to $1.88/10 (after $5 savings)
Second Set of 10:
1 Hot Sauce - Free
2 French's Mustard - Free
1 Velveeta - $3.49
1 Miracle Whip - $1.74
1 Sour Cream - $.44
1 Green Giant Steamer - Free
1 Rotel - Free
2 Kraft Cheese - $2.98
Totals to $8.65/10 (after $5 savings)

Of course I will do all of this in one transaction, and could have mixed up the list any which way. That's 20 items for $10.53!! There are, of course, other things in the sale that I have coupons for (not many, though), but none of it came out to a good enough deal for me to put it on my list!

I will still have about $14 to get the rest of the stuff on my grocery list (which includes FREE toilet paper! Woop Woop!!)

Another great deal I hope to score tomorrow is at CVS - Excedrin 20-24ct for $1.99. Now I just hope they have some when I go in.

And now I need to get back to the kitchen and finish cleaning out the frige. I've unearthed a few science projects, but my main goal is just wiping off the shelves, reorganizing and seeing what all I have in there that I need to use up. Any ideas for using up apple cider or cranberry juice?


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Just to let you know if you go to excederin.com they have a $2.00 coupon you can print out twice that makes the excederin at cvs free.

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you for the coupon tip! I just printed it off :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

If you go to bagelfuls.com, there is a $1.00 off coupon. Will probably go on sale before expiration.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Use the cider or juice to make jelly, if you have pint jars, seals and rings.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

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Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! What good deals you are massaging out of that Kroger store and the sale papers! You might have to change your blog name to "Coupon Queen" or "Country Coupon Cupboard", or something like that!

Drink the juice! Or, is it um, ah, too "aged" for that? You can put at least the apple juice in with a beef, port, or venison roast and it will make it really tender. I have a beef stew recipe that calls for apple juice. (Let me know if you want it.) I'm sure cranberry would do the same because it is acidic.