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Gretchen’s Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

 

I’m back!! It has been a crazy few weeks with remodeling our entire kitchen and then sickness. But I’m hoping to finally be back to doing my grocery shopping posts again!

Aldi

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

3.32 lbs Red Grapes – $5.94

1 Marinara Sauce – $0.85

2 cans Great Northern Beans – $0.55 each

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.99

2.11 lbs Green Grapes – $1.88

5 lbs Grapefruit – $3.69

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 Ranch Dressing – $0.89

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 pkg Taco Mix – $0.39

2 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.49 each

1 pkg Oyster Crackers – $0.79

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 pkg Shredded Cheese – $2.49

1 pkg Chips – 41.19

2 Avocados – $0.39 each

1 pkg Corn Chips – $0.79

1 Frozen Corn – $0.79

2 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $0.95 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 Applesauce Cups – $1.25

1 can Diced Tomatoes – $0.45

1 MooTubes – $1.55

1 Butter – $2.69

1 can Refried Beans – $0.65

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.99

Total: $49.21

Dillons

3 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $4.99 each with e-coupon (no longer available)

3 pkg Quaker Granola Bars – $0.99 each with e-coupon (no longer available)

2 pkg Life Cereal – $0.99 each with e-coupon (no longer available)

5 Clif Z-Bars – Marked down to $0.49 each

Total: $22.37

Total for both stores: $71.58

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Eggs, Oatmeal, Donuts (after church treat)

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches/Chips, Baked Potatoes, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers/Granola Bars, Mac & Cheese, Leftovers

Dinners

Pizza, Grapes

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili, Corn Chips, Fruit Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage (from freezer)

Grilled Steak (from the freezer), Biscuits, Green Beans

Bean Burritos, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Slow Cooker Chicken with Cream of Mushroom Soup, Steamed Corn, Homemade Bread

Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli, Banana Muffins (using old bananas I froze)

Life Update: Pregnancy (week 14), Hawaiian fun, Seussical

Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to 

14 weeks — and officially into the second trimester!! (This isn’t the best pregnancy photo, but this is the only one I got this week so it will have to do. Jesse took it so I could post the amazing $10.95 deal on these shirts — the deal ends tonight!)

HIGHLIGHTS

The baby seemed to have a big growth spurt over the past 6 days. And we’ve officially hit the no more flat stomach in the morning stage.

(Also, I cannot BELIEVE how much my stomach pops by the end of the day most days!! It’s like I grow by 5 inches! Okay, I haven’t actually measured, but that’s sure what it feels like!)

NOTABLE

I actually had a lot more energy than I’ve had in *weeks* the past few days!! And I’ve actually been craving salads and healthy food again.

It feels SO good to be back to much more normal eating again. I was really, really sick to my stomach two mornings this past week, but it went away after a few hours and I am so grateful.

CRAVINGS

Cheese, sour cream, whipped, yogurt, milk, ice cream… notice a theme here? It’s a good thing I don’t have any dairy allergies!!

WEIGHT GAIN: 6 pounds

We have another doctor’s appointment in a few days, which I’m excited about. (I think pregnancy is probably one of the few times when you look forward to going to the doctor!)

Our youth group hosted a Fall Festival for our church kids and the community. Each youth group small group chose a theme and dressed up, planned a game, and decorated our room for that theme. Can you guess what theme our group chose??

Around 200 kids came to the event and we were busy all night helping the kids play our game and passing out candy. It was such a fun night!

These girls are just amazing and I’m so honored to get to be one of their small group leaders!

One of the best parts of youth group is getting to co-lead our group with one of my best friends!

If you need a laugh, .

Silas had his last baseball games of the fall season this past week. I loved how his coach spoke words of life over each boy at the end of the last game. Silas has been so blessed to have so many great coaches over the past few years who are so committed to pouring into young boys’ lives.

Almost all of my girls from my youth group small group were performing in Seussical Jr. so of course I had to go cheer them on!

Kaitlynn came with me to the show and we had so much fun together. I am always looking for opportunities to have one-on-one time with each of the kids.

What I’m…

Reading right now:

Watching right now: Figure skating!

Listening to right now: I’ve been listening to Josh Groban and some Christmas music the past few days.

Loving right now: The cooler fall temperatures — which means we can actually legitimately wear sweaters and boots!

In Case You Missed It…

Our $70 Kroger Shopping Trip + What We Ate for Dinner This Past Week

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to . See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

I am so happy to be (mostly!) back to cooking and grocery shopping. I still have times during the day when I’m sick to my stomach, but I usually have at least a few times during the day when I’m feeling well enough to cook — which I am so excited about! It’s so good to be in the second trimester.

I’m also back to much healthier eating (and daily salads!) after a number of weeks of just eating whatever I thought I could keep down that had some sort of nutritional value. Man, I have missed salads.

I’ve been in the mood for all things pumpkin now that we are experiencing fall weather here in Nashville, so I’ve been eating a lot of these pumpkin waffles this week!

Kroger had some more great weekend deals this week! I was especially excited about the chicken deal.

The kids were excited about the ice cream and granola bars deal. 😉

Also, I was excited about this Friday Freebie. For some reason, this looked SO good to me! And it tasted really good, too! 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip

  • Idahoan potatoes — free with Free Friday e-coupon
  • 2 tubs Private Selection Ice Cream — $2.49 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 5 bags of Kroger Frozen Chicken Breasts — $4.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Reese’s Minis — 70% off — $1.20
  • Hershey Kisses — 70% off — $1.20
  • M&M’s — 70% off — $1.17
  • 5 boxes Quaker Granola Bars — $0.99 each with Friday-Saturday deal
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Celery — $1.99
  • Carrots — $1.69
  • Can of Chili — $0.39
  • 2 packages blackberries — $1.66 each
  • Lemon Juice — $1.69
  • 2 packages raspberries — $1.66 each
  • 5 boxes of Kroger instant oatmeal — $0.99 per box with Kroger digital coupon
  • Onions — $1.61
  • 3 snack boxes — marked down to $1 each
  • Total with tax: $66.46

Jesse also ran to Publix earlier in the week and got some cheese and lettuce (not pictured) and spent around $4 for that for our taco salad night.

sent us a box of meat for me to unbox on Facebook and Instagram, so Jesse smoked the spare ribs on Friday night and they were SO good!

The is a lot pricier than what we usually pay, but you can definitely tell the quality in how it tastes. It was SO good!

Dinners From This Past Week

Dinners:

  • Monday — Leftover Hamburger Vegetable Soup, World’s Best Honey Corn Bread
  • Tuesday — English Muffins (from the freezer), Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Grapes/Oranges
  • Wednesday — Taco Salad
  • Thursday — Pumpkin Waffles, Sausage (from the freezer), Fruit Salad
  • Friday — Smoked Ribs, Peas, Corn, Roasted Potatoes
  • Saturday — Dinner out
  • Sunday — Fend for yourself

Brigette’s $92 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

2 64-oz carton Orange Juice – $3.28

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.49

1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55

1/2 gallon 1% Milk – $0.58

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.29

3 bags frozen Broccoli Florets – $2.65

1 pkg fresh Zucchini – $1.48

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.59

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.79

1 Pineapple – $1.39

1 Cauliflower – $1.79

1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $1.09

1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $1.59

1 large carton Organic Spring Mix – $3.49

1 carton Blackberries – $1.19

1 carton Strawberries – $1.39

1 bunch Bananas ($0.38/lb) – $1.28

2 pkgs Broccoli Crowns – $3.38

1 large bag Green Grapes ($0.89/lb) – $2.10

1 16-oz pkg Turkey Deli Meat – $2.85

1 10-lb bag fresh Chicken Quarters – $5.49

1 pkg (2.49lbs) 80/20 fresh Ground Beef, reduced – $3.94

1 pkg Pepperoni – $1.99

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 pkg Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese – $1.59

1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $3.99

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.95

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.45

1 large canister Quick Oats – $2.16

1 4-lb bag Sugar – $1.44

1 5-lb bag Flour – $0.99

1 jar Paprika – $0.79

1 box Rice Squares – $1.39

2 boxes Honey Nut Oats – $2.38

1 jar Balsamic Vinegar – $1.59

2 dozen Eggs – $1.54

1 jar Honey – $4.79

1 loaf Sandwich Bread, reduced $0.25

Total: $80.52

Harris Teeter

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.89

1 box Krusteaz Pancake Mix – $1.49, used  (doubled), receive $0.75 Rebate from – $0.25 after Coupon and Rebate

1 bag Red Grapes ($0.99/lb) – $2.08

1 bag Pillsbury Best Bread Flour – $3.39

Total:$6.62

The things in the above are from a trip I took to Harris Teeter this past weekend during a 3-day Double Dollar Coupon Event. It has already ended, so I won’t put the coupon links in for you since these prices are no longer available. I got all of the above for $6.10 after coupons and rebates!

Grocery Total for the Week: $93.24

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfast. Choices include:

Cereal, Oatmeal, Fruit, Yogurt, Smoothies, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Toast

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Grapes, Cucumbers x 2

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Bananas, Carrots x 2

Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Cottage Cheese/Broccoli, Grapes, Mini Peppers

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Pepperoni Pizza (using the flatbreads as crust), Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Chicken Noodle Soup, Roasted Broccoli, Butterhorns

Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Cauliflower

Freezer-Friendly Barbequed Meatballs, Butterhorns, Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad, Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes, (making enough of this meal to take to some friends who just had a baby)

Classic Grilled Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Fruit

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Green Beans, Creamy Milk Rice

Leftovers

How To Make Money Creating Printables

Did you know you can make money creating printables and selling them online? This is such a great way to make some extra income from home!

Guest post from Bridget of

When my kids were young, I remember putting them to bed and just sobbing. I absolutely LOVED being a stay-at-home mom and didn’t want that to change, but I felt empty. I needed something more — something that would allow me to have my own identity.

As the kids got a little older, I poured myself into volunteer work. A friend and I started a MOPS group at our church, and I volunteered in my kids’ classrooms, with the PTA, and at church. At one point, I realized my volunteer hours had become a full time job. Counting Box Tops is no joke!

When the kids hit high school, the volunteer opportunities started drying up. I stepped away from my roles at church and decided it was time to pursue something just for me!

I followed a few bloggers, took one of Crystal’s blogging courses, and eventually started creating printables. That’s when everything started to click, and I realized I had found what I really, truly enjoy!

Printables made excellent opt-ins for my blog, but then I discovered you can also make money selling printables. Yay!

What Is A Printable?

A printable is a digital file suitable or fit to be printed or published. That’s a stuffy dictionary definition.

Are you ready for MY definition of printables?

Printables are digital files you can download to your own computer and print at home to make life easier, add fun to your life, keep you organized, or help save you money!

Examples Of Printables

The best printables to sell are the ones with everyday, practical uses. Think about what printables might make life easier or more fun, help someone stay organized or save money — the possibilities are endless!

Here are some examples below of printables I’ve created in the past…

— This one makes your life easier when you want to send a Birthday Surprise to someone you can’t celebrate with in person. You don’t have to come up with your own box decorations because we’ve done it for you!

— Surprise your co-workers, friends, and family with Leprechaun’s Loot to make St. Patrick’s Day a bit more FUN!

— This one is a great example of one way to stay organized with printables.

— These make Christmas party planning easier, the party more fun, you’ll impress your guests with your organized game, and you’ll save money because it’s a super inexpensive way to entertain!

How To Create Printables

In the beginning, I created printables using a combination of free programs like Canva, PicMonkey, Numbers, and Pages.

Then, I discovered . I now create all of my printables in Affinity Designer and can make them look just the way I want with this one app. It’s so easy!

Here’s how to create a printable:

  1. Come up with a printable idea.
  2. Make a quick sketch of your design.
  3. Set up your page in your design software.
  4. Design your printable.
  5. Include your URL and copyright symbol.
  6. Print your design to try it out.
  7. Save as a PDF to share.

For more on creating printables, be sure to .

Where To Sell Printables

Are you excited to create printables, but you aren’t quite sure where to sell them? You actually have quite a few options!

Here are just a few ideas:

1. — This is a marketplace for creators to sell their products. I like Gumroad because you can start selling printables without a monthly fee — which makes it a great way to test out your new products. At the time I wrote this article, they take $0.30 + 3.5% one-time fee per sale. You only pay the fee if your product sells, so there’s very little risk. And Gumroad collects the money for you and deposits it (minus fees) into your account. You can .

2. — While I still have a few sales trickling in from Gumroad, I pretty much have exclusively switched over to a . I love Shopify, because it allows me to create an entire store with different printable collections and they offer a great user experience for your customers. There is a monthly fee, so this is only a good option if you’re at a place where you’re selling printables on a regular basis.

3. — I have not personally ever sold anything on Etsy, but I know plenty of people who do and are very successful with it! The advantage of Etsy is the massive number of people who frequent the site looking for specific item. Buyers may stumble upon your printables in Etsy through a search on the platform.

4. — If you plan to create a lot of educational printables, Teachers Pay Teachers is an excellent platform for you to sell on. Your very first product that you list has to be free, and then you can start charging after that.

5. Sell as a virtual assistant — If you aren’t interested in starting a blog or having your own online store, you have other options — one of which is to sell to bloggers! Most bloggers don’t have time to do everything, so they hire virtual assistants to create printables for them. A great way to find work with bloggers is by searching for Facebook groups where you can advertise your printables to bloggers. One example is this . Once you make a sale, you can use a PayPal business account to invoice and collect payment.

6. Create printables for people you know — Another option is to create printables for people you know! Showcase your work on social media and get the word out that you are creating printables for others. As you do more and more work, the word will spread! It can be fun to create printables for customers, because you get to experiment with bringing their vision to life! Just be sure to correctly estimate how long the work will take you and decide on a fair hourly rate that’s worth your time.

Tip: When you create printables for others, be sure to look at it as a business transaction. They will likely have changes they would like you to make and that’s okay! That’s a part of the process and it’s important to not take it personally. Over time, you will learn the likes and dislikes of your customers. This will make future projects go quicker!

It’s nearly impossible to be on every platform, so I recommend that you just pick one to start with and dive in! Learn everything you can about the platform and try it out.

How To Advertise Printables

Once you’ve created a few printables, you need a way to point buyers to your product — which is where advertising comes into play!

If you’re looking for some easy ways to advertise, try one of these:

1. Advertise Through A Blog — The first printables I sold were through blog posts on . I used Gumroad to sell those printables and it worked quite well! (You can see one of my early months of sale from back in 2017 above.) And blog posts continue to be the primary way I advertise printables!

2. Create Pinterest Pins — Pinterest is considered a search engine and many people go to Pinterest to find ideas and solve problems. Create your Pinterest pin, highlight your printable, link it to the product, and pin away! Don’t forget to add keywords and hashtags in the description to help Pinterest users more easily stumble upon your pin in search!

3. Share On Social Media — You can also share your printables on social media with a link to your product. Share on your own page or in Facebook groups. (Just be sure to read group rules to make sure you’re allowed to share in the group.)

Printables Have Huge Potential!

Last year, the kids wanted to throw a Christmas Party for their friends. I created three different printable Christmas games to play at the party and sold each of them in . Even though I didn’t create the games until toward the end of November, the sales were still decent.

One of those games was the . In one month, I sold 31 digital copies of that game at $2 each. That’s $62 (minus fees) for a game that I made for my kids’ Christmas party and added to the shop.

Imagine if you had multiple products like the Toilet Paper Snowman Game!

Before I started a blog, I didn’t know this whole printables world even existed. Now, creating printables is one of my favorite things to do! The kicker is, I actually make money creating printables — the same printables that I create and use in my own home to make life easier, create more fun, stay more organized, and save more money!

In the near future, I hope to create printable bundles to sell at a higher price point and increase our income potential.

If you’re interested in creating printables, just start with one printable product and try it out. It takes time to create quality products and build up your store, but there’s no better time to start than right now!

It takes time to create your products and build your store. Start with one printable product. There’s no better time than right now!

Bridget is the wife of a super awesome principal and mom to two incredible teens! She spends her days cheerleading her songwriting son, plotting the next box to send the college student, and creating printables to share with YOU! DIY and Printables are her jam and it is her desire to inspire domestic engineers to make every day full of Sunshine and Happiness!

I earned 117 Swagbucks today

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Did you see that I earned 195 Swagbucks yesterday? I thought I’d give you an update on what I earned today, too…

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Go and then check out my extensive post here on how to earn more Swagbucks fast.

 

I Earned 117 Swagbucks Today!

I earned 117 SBs (these are points you can redeem for free gift cards) today. Here’s how I did it:

  • — 20 SBs
  • — 20 SBs
  • — 18 SBs
  • — 70 SBs

(Also, I’m not sure why that doesn’t add up to 117 so the math is off somewhere but I can’t seem to figure out what I’m missing where.)

How many SBs did you earn today? What are your favorite ways to earn SBs?

Looking for more ways to earn free gift cards? You can earn free gift cards from Shopkick and Fetch Rewards. And here are 15 More Ways to Earn Extra Money.