Free Editable Menu Plan and Grocery List!




I am sooooooo stinkin’ excited about this!!!¬†Since starting the Dinner’s Done Facebook group (join it free over HERE), we’ve had so many requests for a great editable menu plan and grocery list that we finally put it together for you.


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With one quick click you can print your own menu plan and shopping list to use before heading to the store, and it's even editable if you'd prefer typing it out each week and printing for a nice tidy list.



It's lovely. 



Head on over HERE to download yours ~ so hope you love it as much as I do!



I LOVE THIS. ūüôā¬†


(And by the way, if you're struggling with menu planning, I highly recommend checking out the menu plans from my friend Tiffany at Eat at Home Cooks. Her menu plans are as low as $1.61 per week for 72 slow cooker, whole foods and traditional recipes each month, and they've transformed the way dinner gets done in our home. Go HERE to check them out!)


Here's how to get you started with your FREE Editable Menu Plan and Grocery List!

1. FIRST - you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Most browsers have the Adobe Acrobat Reader embedded and there is nothing for you to do beyond filling out your menu plan right in your browser. You can also download the PDF Reader right to your computer and save all your meal plans on your desk top to access later in the year (or next week).

**The editable menu plan will not work on your mobile device unless you have the free Acrobat Reader Mobile App. Once you have this installed on your mobile device, you will need to download your menu plan and open it in the mobile app to make it editable on mobile.**

2. EDITING - Once you have your menu plan open in your browser or in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should see blue boxes as in the photo above. That means your form is READY for your menu plan and grocery list!

You will need to start by putting your cursor in that first blue box and begin entering your menu plan for the week. The form is set up so you can TAB through or you can place your cursor anywhere you see a light blue box.

3. PRINTING - Now that you have your menu plan ready for the week you'll want to print it and take with you to the grocery store (or have it beside you while you're ordering your groceries online ;))!


Just select the printer icon as in the image above.

In the selection box that pops up, make sure you have the FIT TO PAGE option checked (to ensure your entire menu plan prints on one page) and hit print!


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The Ultimate Aldi, Target & Walmart Price Comparison Sheet

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To get Aldi, Target, Walmart Comparison Sheet, go HERE and download your free PDF.

I’m soooo excited to have this updated!¬†

The PPP team has just updated this amazing (seriously, amazing) reference guide for you to use every time you shop Aldi, Target, and Walmart.




Now, as always, pricing will vary a bit by area and your store, but this gives you a good basic starting place with an idea of what to really expect at each store.

And if you’re like me, I’m betting you’ll be a little surprised at how the prices stack up.

I never (ever?) would have expected Walmart and Target to be higher on so many items (not everything, but many things!), so the results were pretty interesting to me.



 Here are a few things you need to know to fully take advantage of this list:

  • These are everyday prices on these items and don’t include any special sales at all. If you can wait for a sale at Target or Walmart you’ll get a better price, so this is just your starting point.

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  • We did the best we could to compare things evenly across the board. We looked at basic generic brands as much as we were able to (i.e. Up & Up for Target and Great Value for Walmart), and gave you the exact item name so you can compare too.
  • These prices were updated in the Southeast, so your pricing will vary some by store. This just gives you a handy little reference guide to get an idea of what to expect.
  • You’ll want to compare to see how these prices stack up at Costco & Sam’s Club as well ~ go HERE to print your free list for those stores.
  • ****MOST IMPORTANTLY**** This is such a valuable tool when shopping other store sales. A few weeks ago I was shopping the Mega Sale at Kroger and while I¬†thought I was getting a good price on peanut butter, a quick look at this list let me know that I was getting a serious stock up price. Even if you don’t use this list to compare these stores to one another, it is¬†so stinkin’ handy¬†so that you’ll always know when you’re getting the very best price on an item. ¬†WOOHOOO! ūüėȬ†


Okie dokie ~ are you ready for it? Here we go! 


To get Aldi, Target, Walmart Comparison Sheet, go HERE and download your free PDF.

If you’d love to keep up with penny pinching deals I’d sure love for you to sign up for free daily emails too – go HERE and you’ll receive a free Freezer Printable Guide just for signing up. Thanks so much for joining PPP!!!)


Looking for more posts like this? Here you go . . . 



I can’t wait to hear what you think on these prices¬†and how they stack up ~ leave a comment to share your thoughts!


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The Ultimate Aldi, Costco & Sam’s Club Comparison Chart

 Download my FREE Crockpot Cookbook over HERE! 

Oh my word.

I am so.


Seriously, SOOOOOO .

. . . . excited about this!


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My awesome PPP team has put together this crazy fun (FREE!) reference guide for you if you ever shop Aldi. Or Costco. Or Sam’s Club, and just updated it with 2017 pricing!


You’re welcome. ūüôā¬†


I was shocked (seriously, SHOCKED) by the results. I really thought Aldi would win just about every price, but you know what?


They don’t.





After seeing these prices, I was pretty¬†surprised at which items Aldi sells¬†way¬†cheaper (canned veggies anyone?), which items Sam’s Club¬†carries for the very best price (check out the sticks of butter), and which items are worth making a trip to Costco¬†for. (Need cooking spray? Costco’s the place to be!)



Of course, as in everything, there are some limits. The prices at Costco and Sam’s may be higher (especially on produce) than Aldi, but the size of your pineapple (or watermelon, or whatever), is likely smaller.



And, there’s no way¬†to compare Costco’s amazingly yummy Ghirardelli brownies to the Aldi Baker’s Corner brand (which actually end up costing you more money, WHO KNEW???)¬†


This is a great reference guide that we hope makes your life shopping and deciding where to shop for certain items just a wee bit easier.



So, head on over HERE and print your free list, and please leave a comment to share your thoughts! I’d love to hear which items you’re surprised by (a¬†bunch surprised me)¬†~¬†let me know what you think.

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Note – these prices will vary some by region but this hopefully gives a starting place ~ would love to hear your thoughts on this!




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The Ultimate Amazon Shopping List: 50 Things You Should *Always* Buy On Amazon



Do you love shopping Amazon? 


Me too! ūüôā¬†


For many of us, Amazon offers easy savings (and convenience) on thousands of items, delivered right to our door. But it’s important to know what items really are great prices, and which items are worth heading to your local store for.



My general rule of thumb is to check Amazon for anything I would make a quick trip to Walmart for, because so many items end up being less money, with no stress. 


I love that.



Here’s a peek at my Ultimate Amazon Shopping List ~ I’d love to hear what you’d add to the list too!



And to make our lives a little easier Рyou can even print your own FREE Printable Amazon Shopping List HERE!

Amazon Daily Deals

1 . Amazon Gold Box

2 . Amazon Lightning Deals



Amazon Prime Deals

3 . Free eBooks

4 . Free Movies

5 . Free Music

6 . Free Photo Storage



Arts, Crafts & Sewing

7 . Crafting Supplies

**Amazon carries an HUGE variety of crafty goods Рfrom Colored Pencil sets to bulk construction paper and Sewing Machines!

I also think Amazon usually has a better deal on a Silhouette machine than other stores  РI absolutely love mine!




Automotive Parts & Accessories

8 . Auto Parts

*Besides major auto parts – we also see really good deals on windshield wiper blades pretty often!




9 . Baby Wipes

10 . Diapers

*Both the diapers and wipes often have coupons you can clip, plus an extra 20% Savings if you’re a member of Amazon Family! ¬†Learn more about Amazon Family and get a Free 30-Day Trial ūüôā




Beauty & Personal Care

11 . Drug Store Makeup and Makeup Remover Wipes

12 . Olay Regenerist

*This is my absolute favorite moisturizer and Amazon always carries it for way less than Walmart after you subscribe and save, plus they frequently offer a coupon which makes the price even better ūüôā

13 . Pads/Tampons  (compare to Walmart)

14 . Razor Systems or Disposable Razors (when they offer a $3 or $4 off coupon they can be great deals!)

15 . Shampoo & Conditioner

16 . Teeth Whitening Strips   (compare to Walmart)

17 . Toothbrushes (the bulk packs)




Clothing, Shoes & Jewelery

18 .¬†Children’s Hair Bows

19 . Crocs

20 . Scarves

21 . Toms




22 . Cell Phone Charging Cords

23 .  Cell Phone Cases

24 . Photo Memory Cards




25 . Gift Cards

Grocery & Gourmet Food

26 . Coffee Pods

27 . Snack Foods when they include special discounts

*Check out all the current Amazon Grocery Coupons here!





Health & Household

28 . Batteries

29 . Some Cleaning Products

30 . Dishwasher Tablets

31 . Disinfectant Wipes

32 . Laundry Detergent

33 . LED Lightbulbs

34 . Mr. Clean Magic Erasers  *Also check out the generic eraser sponges!

35 .¬†Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap

36 .¬†Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

37 . Vitamins & Supplements

Kitchen & Dining

38 . Cuisinart Knives 

39 . Kitchen Gadgets and Small Appliances

40 . Rubbermaid Containers (watch for Lightning Deals on these sets!)

Luggage & Travel Gear

41 . Luggage

42 . Tents (wait for a sale on these Рthey come around all the time!)





Paper & Plastic

43 . Paper Towels

44 . Toilet Paper

45 . Trash Bags



Pet Supplies

46 . Cat Food

47 . Dog Food



Reading Materials

48 . Books

49 .  Magazine Subscriptions  *Check out the magazine deal of the day each day!




Toys & Games

50 . We see soooo many good deals on toys and games¬†on Amazon, especially around Christmas. ¬†Keep an eye on the hottest¬†“Movers and Shakers” to catch the biggest sales on popular toys and games!

Some items we often see deals on:



Can’t get enough AMAZON?¬† Here you go . . .

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The Ultimate Aldi Grocery List


I’m so excited about this!¬†¬†If you’re not familiar with Aldi, they have fantastic prices on a wide variety of household and grocery staples without the need to clip coupons or wait for big sales, and we thought it would be fun to put together the Ultimate Aldi Grocery List to help you get started.


If you just don’t have the time to coupon and stock-up during sales cycles, shopping¬†at Aldi week in and week out can *really*¬†help lower your grocery budget.


And they make it easy.


I love that.


So, because I really do just love Aldi shopping, the PPP team  put together this FREE Aldi Grocery List here. (Yay!)



This list walks you aisle by aisle through the store – starting in snacks and ending in frozen foods (a kinda-crazy setup that’s unique to Aldi, so hopefully this will make life easier for you.)


Check the boxes for everything you need in each aisle from baking soda to bananas to bath tissue Рwith a little extra room for anything extra you think of when you shop.


Easy peasy. ūüôā¬†



Print out a new one each week, grab your quarter and reusable grocery sacks, and you’re ready to go. ¬†(New to Aldi? ¬†Besides needing quarters and bags – you’ll want to check out the¬†22 Secrets to Shopping at Aldi¬†before heading out.)


Don’t miss this¬†list 20 Items You Need to Get at Aldi¬†¬†– here are just a few highlights to watch for:

  • Gluten Free & Organic Foods – GREAT prices and great selection
  • Milk – CRAZY Cheap milk, prices vary by region
  • Produce – Avocados for 49¬Ę, Bananas 44¬Ę/lb and I’ve even seen Fuji Apples for $1.99 for a 3 lb bag
  • Cereal – Around $1.29 a Box (varies by type)
  • Snacks – Around $1 for Tortilla Chips, $1.50 for many others
  • Baking Supplies – Lots of rock bottom deals – Baking Soda is just 49¬Ę
  • Taco Supplies – Tortillas for $1.49, Taco Seasoning 35¬Ę, Beans 49¬Ę, etc…
  • And check that seasonal aisle for fun new items every week!


What are your favorite things to buy at Aldi?  Leave a comment to share, I love hearing from you!



Looking for more info on Aldi? Here you go . . . 


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Christmas Made EASY: The Ultimate Christmas Checklist




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You are gonna love this.


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I was worrying this weekend about all the things I needed to do to get ready for Christmas, and realized that I just needed a perfect checklist to really get myself organized.
So I visited Pinterest . . . and there were so many great lists, but none that were just right.



But lucky for me (and lucky for you!), I have an awesome designer who created this Ultimate Christmas Checklist so you and I can be completely organized and stick to our budgets this year. 







(Yup, I’m a wee bit excited about this one.)


More than anything here at PPP, I want to you to save a bundle this Christmas, and at the same time, I’d just love to make Christmas easier for you too.


So, hurry over HERE to get and let me send it right out to you, and let me know what you think. Happy Black Friday Week!



{Note ~ if you’re a PPP email subscriber I sent this out to you a few hours ago today. Send me an email at if you didn’t get yours!)

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The Ultimate Aldi, Costco, Sam’s, Target, Walmart Baking Price Comparison Sheet (Christmas Edition)


I’m so stinkin’ excited about this!¬†My friends Cheryl and Shannon did an¬†incredible job putting together this Ultimate Aldi, Costco, Sam’s, Target & Walmart price comparison cheat sheet so you¬†never pay too much this Christmas season for your baking supplies.


They’ve priced everything you’ll need as you’re baking this Christmas season, including sugar and butter, chocolate chips and eggs, flour, baking soda and more.


Honestly? I was shocked at the results. I would never have thought Sam’s, Costco and Aldi would be so much lower than some of the other stores are certain items, but they were.


Now, these prices don’t take sales into account, so if Target or Walmart drops the prices on these during a special sale you may get a better price at those stores. But, hopefully this gives you a good idea of how to get the best price, so you never (ever!) pay too much!

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Go HERE to download your free copy, and be sure to share with your friends to help make their shopping easier too! 


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Crock-tober is here.

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I am¬†sooooooooo excited¬†about this!!! This week we are starting Passionate Penny Pincher’s Crocktober series, which means you and I are going to get dinner on the table every single night in the month of October.


Wooohooooo! ūüôā¬†

As I shared on Facebook Live yesterday, starting Monday through Friday of each week in October I’ll be sharing a live video at 8:40 (well, maybe 8:45?) AM Eastern time popping dinner in Mrs. Potts.¬† Here’s how the schedule *should* look: ūüôā

  • 8:40-8:45 AM Eastern Time – ¬†Facebook Live Video showing how to make the recipe each morning (during the video you can tap the “follow” button and you’ll get updates each time PPP goes live)
  • 1:30 PM ¬†Eastern Time – Blog post here on PPP with a replay of the video as well as links to recipes
  • 2:30 PM Eastern Time – Daily email goes out to regular email subscribers with all the info
  • 5:20¬†PM Eastern Time (POSSIBLY! depends on family schedule) – quick update over on Facebook with pic or live video of recipe
  • 8:30 PM Eastern Time – Blog post here sharing¬†another¬†bloggers dessert recipe (if you have any recommendations or are a blogger with a delicious recipe to share – send me an email at¬†contact@ passionatepennypincher .com, leave out spaces!)

The best part?




you’re welcome!! ūüôā



To get the cookbook and grocery list, all you need to do is be an email subscriber (you can sign up over HERE if you’re not signed up already.)¬†


Note – if you’re already an email subscriber check your¬†inbox with a link to your free copy ~ we’ve just sent it out (be sure to check your spam folder too if you don’t see it, and send me an email at contact@ passionatepennypincher .com ~ leave out spaces if you don’t see it there!)


Looking for a new Mrs. Potts (like I was this week?) Here are a few of my favorites . . . 


Hamilton Beach 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker for $29.96

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Crock-Pot Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Slow Cooker¬†(currently $23.07, regularly $29 at Amazon)


Crockpot Cook & Carry Digital Slow Cooker with Heat Saver Stoneware ($39.99 at Walmart)


Crockpot 2.5-Quart Mini Casserole Crock Slow Cooker for $32.49

instant pot

Instant Pot $119.95 (this dropped in price to $69.99 on Amazon Prime Day – I’m hoping for a deal and will let you know for sure if one pops up!)

And, in case you watched the video yesterday and wanted the recipes for the  mixes I made up, here they are (finally!) as promised.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup


  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk
  • ¬ĺ cup cornstarch
  • ¬ľ cup low sodium instant chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tsp dry onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¬Ĺ tsp pepper


  • Mix together all ingredients.
  • Store at room temperature in plastic bag or container.
  • To use, mix together ‚Öď cup dry mixture with 1 ¬ľ cups water to make 1 can cream of chicken soup.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Packet


  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ¬Ĺ tsp salt
  • ¬Ĺ garlic powder
  • ¬Ĺ tsp cumin
  • ¬ľ tsp pepper
  • 1 ¬Ĺ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • pinch red pepper flakes


Mix all ingredients, equals one package taco seasoning mix.

Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning Packet


  • ¬ĺ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ¬Ĺ tsp garlic powder
  • ¬ľ tsp onion powder


Mix all ingredients, equals one package ranch dressing seasoning mix.

Italian Dressing Seasoning Packet


  • 1 ¬Ĺ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


Mix all ingredients and store at room temperature in plastic bag or container. To use, mix 2 tablespoons in place of seasoning packet.





I can’t wait to spend this month with you ~ we’re going to have a fantastic time feeding our family¬†well all month long!¬†


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Free Printable Recipe Cards


Free Printable Recipe Cards



I’m so excited about this!¬†My friend Cheryl put together these completely free recipe cards of our family’s¬†absolute favorite treat recipes for you to enjoy.


These are the recipes that I get asked for every time we host a get together, and I promise you’ll love them. They really are the¬†best chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake you will EVER make, and now you can have them on a cute printed card for the next time you need a treat!


Make these chocolate chip cookies . . .


and this chocolate chocolate cake.



Head on over and download your free printable recipe cards today. Yum!



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Easter Recipes and Free Printable Menu Plan!



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I am soooooooo.








excited about this! ūüôā


Download my complete Easter Menu Plan and grocery list (with coupon matchups!) This is the same one I use each year, so it'll make my life a wee bit easier too!


We based the menu based on the current Target sales ad (although you can  use the grocery list at whichever store you choose), and even included coupon matchups that work with the sale.



The price came out to $6.91 per person to feed 8 (which I know sounds high, but that includes a ton of leftovers + extra pantry staples as well!) And, when you consider the cost of dinner out on Easter for a group of 8, this will be way less expensive. (In fact, a Honey Baked Ham alone normally runs $50-$60, and you'll have your entire meal for less than that!)


Here's what's included on the Easter recipes menu at our house:


Apple Spinach Salad with Warm Vanilla Bean Dressing

One Dish Corn Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole


Slow Cooker Ham

Gourmet Potatoes (I can't believe I've never taken a picture of these, but they are the best potatoes you will ever eat. I'll update with a picture when we make them this week!)

Sister Schubert Rolls (you can make rolls from scratch, but these just make life a wee bit simpler!)

Paula Deen's Banana Pudding

Included in the free printable is our menu plan, a shopping list, and my schedule for cooking to make getting ready for Easter Brunch a breeze in your home. We've done all the work for you, so you can just shop, bake, and enjoy your family this weekend!


Go HERE to get your free Easter Menu Plan. AND, you can also get a link to my free "what you can freeze" printable when you sign up for free daily penny pinching emails!


I hope this makes planning for Easter go more smoothly in your home, and am praying a wonderful week for your family.  I'd love to hear what other recipes are favorites in your home as well ~ leave a comment to share!


Note ~ if you're already an email subscriber you should receive a direct link to the free printable. Enjoy!

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