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Brigette’s $87 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family!


1 canister Quick Oats – $2.36

2 pkgs frozen Broccoli Florets – $1.90

2 3-lb bags Mandarin Oranges – $5.18

2 2-lb bags Honey Crisp Apples – $5.18

1 bag fresh Cilantro – $0.75

1 Cauliflower – $2.29

1 bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.19

2 bags fresh Green Beans – $3.38

2 cans Green Beans – $0.74

1 bag Romaine Hearts – $2.39

1 large jar Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

2 Avocados – $1.18

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.99

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.89

1 bunch Bananas – $1.45

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.69

2 cartons Raspberries – $2.58

1 carton Grape Tomatoes – $1.19

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.28

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.55

1 gallon 1% Milk – $0.97

1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97

1/2 gallon Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.65

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65

1 box Butter Quarters – $1.99

1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $0.85

1 jar Mild Salsa – $0.98

1 jar Onion Powder – $0.79

1 jar Garlic Powder – $0.79

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.95

1 pkg Deli Sliced Ham – $2.79

1lb Ground Sausage – $1.89

1 pkg Sliced Pepperoni – $1.99

1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.99

1 5-lb bag Flour – $0.99

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.95

1 bag Pretzels – $1.29

1 bag Nacho Cheese Chips – $0.75

1 bag Plain Rice Cakes – $1.45

1 bag Veggie Straws – $1.89

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

2 boxes Crispy Oats – $2.38

1 box Frosted Flakes – $1.33

3 dozen Eggs – $2.31

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

Grocery Total for the Week: $87.58

Weekly Menu Plan

My husband got two more deer this week, so we’ve spent a lot of time processing approximately 75 lbs of meat the last couple of days (the deer in South Carolina are tiny!). I’m very thankful for a freezer FULL of venison (this makes 5 deer for the season so far).


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

Cereal, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal, Smoothies, Fruit, Applesauce


Baked Sweet Potatoes, Cottage Cheese, Apples, Mini Cucumbers

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Carrots, Raspberries/Bananas x 2

Peanut Butter on Rice Cakes, Cheese Sticks, Apples, Mini Peppers x 2

Leftovers x 2


Upside Down Pizza, Tossed Salad

Leftover Turkey with Gravy, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Biscuits

Taco Salad (using seasoned ground venison), Spanish Rice, Broccoli, Oranges

Meatloaf (mixture of ground beef and venison), Creamy Milk Rice, Tossed Salad, Broccoli

Date Night Out

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup (I’m going to substitute ground sausage for the hamburger) Tossed Salad, Homemade Dill Bread,


How to Save on Prescriptions With the Kroger Rx Savings Club

how to save on prescriptions

The following reader tip is from Rachel:

Our family has some insurance, but not on prescriptions. I shop a lot at Kroger and recently realized that we could save a BUNCH on our prescriptions if we joined the Kroger Rx Savings Club.

The club costs $32 per year for individuals and $72 per year for a family. This annual fee paid for itself when we filled my husband’s $100 prescription for only $28.50 at Kroger!

Their website allows you to enter your medication information and to figure out what the cost would be as part of the Kroger Rx Savings club.

NOTE: A family plan is good for up to 6 members (including pets!) and could potentially be a great option for those without traditional insurance.

What is your best advice for saving money on medical expenses?

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Our December Bucket List for This Year

One of the most requested podcast episodes has been for us to talk about our Christmas traditions, what Christmas looks like for our family, and how we do gifts for our immediate and extended family.

In this episode, we sat down with Kathrynne, Kaitlynn, and Silas and had a discussion on our favorite Christmas memories, why we make a December Bucket List, what we chose for our bucket list this year, some things we’re doing differently for Christmas this year, how we do gifts, and what Christmas Eve and Christmas Day look like for our family.

One of our biggest goals for each December is to keep things simple, not over-commit, and focus on memory-making and shared experiences. We sit down at the end of November and talk about what we want to prioritize for the Christmas season and then we make a list and block out days and times on the calendar to make these priorities happen.

We’re excited about some new things we’re trying this year and we’re looking forward to another special December season of celebrating the true meaning of Christmas and spending lots of time together as a family!

In This Episode: 

[01:58] We kick off the show by each sharing one of our favorite Christmas memories.

[07:29] Want to know what’s on our December Bucket List this year?

[11:16] Hear about our Dollar Tree stocking tradition and why we’re stepping it up this year.

[13:16] How we do presents at our house.

[15:45] Giving is something that is always a big priority for us, thanks to the kids’ initiative in this area!

[18:00] What does our actual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebration look like for our family?

[21:38] The kids share our quirky wrapping tradition.

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

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Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

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Gretchen’s $67 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 5


2 pkg Chicken Breasts – Marked down to $4.95

1 pkg Chicken Drumsticks – Marked down to $1.93

1 bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.79

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.39

1 box Crispy Oats Cereal – $1.19

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.79

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.79

1 bag Avocados – $2.49

1 bag Gala Apples – $2.49

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $1.29

2 cans Northern Beans – $0.55 each

1 bag Mandarins – $2.49

1 bag Frozen Blueberries – $1.85

1 box Mac & Cheese – $0.75

1 Half & Half – $1.55

1 box Crackers – $1.49

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 bag Spinach – $1.59

1 can Tuna – $0.68

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.25

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

1 can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies – $0.45

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.59

1 bag Corn Chips – $0.79

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

1 bag Frozen Corn – $0.95

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $0.95

1 box Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.39

1 bar Cheddar Cheese – $1.69

1 Pure Maple Syrup – $5.99

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.29

Total: $55.15


2.14 lbs Bananas – $1.05

1 gallon Milk – $1.59

1 bag Cucumbers – $0.99

1 lb Ground Beef – $2.99

4 Two Good Yogurts – Marked down to $0.25 each

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $1.49

1 bag Grapes – $2.27

1 bag Simple Truth Sweet Potato Chips – Marked down to $0.99

Total: $12.37

Total for both stores: $67.52

Menu Plan for This Week


Cereal, Eggs, English Muffins, Oatmeal, Fruit


Crackers/Fruit/Veggies, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Tossed Salad Bar, Fruit Smoothies, Leftovers


Grilled Rib (from the freezer), Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli

Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chips, Carrot Sticks

Pancakes, Eggs

Spaghetti, Green Beans, Homemade Bread

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Peas

BBQ Meatballs (from my mom), Steamed Corn, Spinach Salad

Out to eat

Life Update: Pregnancy (week 18), a trip to Kansas, Thanksgiving meal prep

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 follow my stories and posts on Instagram.

Week 18! I can’t believe I’m almost halfway!!


Baby has been kicking up a storm and all the kids were excited that they were able to each feel kicks this week!! They want to sit and just keep their hands on my belly so they don’t miss any kicks!!


I implemented some of your suggestions for heartburn and sleep and while I can’t point to one specific thing that I’m certain worked, I am thrilled to report that I only had one really bad heartburn/nausea day this week and I’m positive it was because I wasn’t super careful with what I ate that day. Otherwise, I had very little heartburn this week and I slept for six hour stretches multiple nights!!

Also notable: this week marked my last planned flights until (likely) well after the baby is born. It feels weird that, if all goes as planned, I won’t be hopping on a plane again for months and months! I’m excited to get to stay home and write my next book, possibly get to love on and care for a child who is in foster care (we think there’s a good chance we’ll be getting a placement soon!), and start prepping for bringing this new baby into our home!


Scrambled eggs and avocados with sourdough toast and butter (this has become one of my go-to meals) and frozen yogurt. Also, I absolutely loved the turkey and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving! It hit the spot!


We went to Wichita, Kansas all week to spend time with both sides of our family. I took almost zero pictures the entire time because I was just offline and soaking up the time with family, so I have almost none to show of our time there. But it was a really fantastic trip and we’re so glad our families both live so close so that we can spend holidays with both sides!

We all enjoyed getting to spend a lot of time with so many of the nieces and nephews/cousins.

Each year, we have two family Thanksgiving celebrations with extended family on Thursday and everyone who comes signs up to bring parts of the meal. This year, because I’m running on a lot less energy that I usually have, I asked the kids if they would be willing to help out. They each signed up to make one item for both houses.

Kathrynne made Pistachio Salad and Green Bean Casserole. Kaitlynn made two Apple Pies (be sure to check out the braided crust she did — see below!). Silas made two Pumpkin Pie fillings. And Jesse peeled and cut up 10 lbs. of sweet potatoes.

All I did was oversee, make pie crusts, and finish the two Sweet Potato Casseroles — and we were done in two hours with everything!

Mamas of littles, holidays might be really hard right now. You’re tired. There’s so much to do. And you have to do so much of it yourself.

Well, just hang on… there’s a day coming soon when your kids will be old enough to not only take care of getting themselves dressed and fed, but they’ll be cooking Thanksgiving dinner for you, too!

What I’m…

Reading: Parenting and The Killing Tide

Watching: We subscribed to Disney+ for December at the kids’ request since we usually watch a lot more family movies together this month! The kids are loving it! We watched 12 First Dates last night as a family. This was a fun, feel good movie that reminds us to see our blessings right in front of us. (Note: It was a big cheesy in parts, had a tiny bit of mild language in it, and was definitely a bit of a rip-off of Groundhog Day, but we all still enjoyed it.) What are your family’s favorite Christmas movies?

Listening to: Christmas Music! (Of course!) Also, after months of getting nauseous from listening to audiobooks (just one of the many weird things that makes me sick to my stomach in pregnancy!), I just downloaded a few from Libby and am going to try again this week!

Loving: That it’s December and we have so many memory-making plans for this month! It’s one of my favorite months and I’m excited about it!

What are you reading, watching, listening to, and/or loving? I’d love to hear!

I earned 82 Swagbucks today

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Want to earn some free gift cards to cover some of your Christmas expenses? I highly recommend signing up for Swagbucks.

Swagbucks is one of my favorite ways to earn free gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more! There are lots of ways to earn — printing coupons, watching videos, signing up for offers, taking surveys, and more.

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

I Earned 82 Swagbucks Today!

I earned 82 SBs (these are points you can redeem for free gift cards) today — mostly by clicking on the Earn 2 SBs offer at the bottom of the page, letting the video/ad run, and then clicking on it.

I usually do this on my laptop while I’m in the middle of something else. I just go click every minute or so and earn 2 more SBs. Today, I did this while I was fixing my hair/doing my makeup and doing some work on my phone.

This is such a simple way to earn points to cash in for free gift cards! And you always know exactly how much you going to earn! 2 SBs might not seem like much, but it adds up quickly and it requires almost zero extra work.

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.