CNC Meal Plan: Week of July 1

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Hi, friends! Happy July 1st!


I woke up bright and early this morning to get my meal planning and grocery shopping done for the week. After spending a crapload of money at BJ’s a couple of weeks ago, I’m determined to get us back on track with our grocery budget.

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Even though it’s super time-consuming, I’m planning to shop at three different stores this week in order to get the best deals by taking advantage of in-store sales and coupons.

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Here’s this week’s dinner menu:

Shopping list:

Stop & Shop

  • Bananas
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Soy milk
  • Cucumbers
  • Red onion
  • Deli turkey
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Green beans
  • Breakfast ham
  • Eggs
  • Cottage cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Salad greens

Whole Foods

  • Chicken
  • Ground beef
  • Flank steak
  • Cherries
  • Apple sauce
  • Greek yogurt


  • Almond milk
  • Almond butter
  • Laundry detergent

*My shopping list doesn’t include all of the ingredients necessary to make the above meals. For a complete list, please see the individual recipes linked above.

Do you shop at more than one place for your weekly grocery shopping? Why or why not?



  1. Perfect timing for this question! I usually do all my shopping at one store just for convenience purposes. But, I recently put myself on a strict budget and decided that I am going to start shopping at 2 or 3 stores to save some money. For example, in the store I usually shop at, a pineapple is 4.99, well I can drive 5 extra minutes to another store and get a pineapple for half the price there! Not to mention so many other items I can save on. Definitely worth the extra time to shop at more than one store and save money.

  2. Hello! I have a question for Tina or anyone familiar with Boston. My husband I will be in Boston next Saturday just for the day. We’re staying on Newbury Street and would like to do a Duck Boat Tour and check out Boston Common. I’ve mapped the distance from our hotel to the Musuem of Science ticket booth for the Duck tours and know distance wise it’s no issue, I just wanted to check in with locals and see if it is a walk-able route between Newbury Street and the Museum of Science or Boston Common. Any advice would be appreciated.

    1. @Stacy: You can actually take a Duck Boat Tour from the Prudential Center, which is much closer to Newbury Street than the Museum of Science. Boston Common is an easy and lovely walk from Newbury Street. Enjoy!

      1. @Jen: It’s VERY easy to walk from Newbury St to the Boston Common; Museum of Science is a bit further away and over the river, so you’re probably better off jumping on a train (if you walk to the Common, go to Park St and hope on a green line train that will take you right to the museum). As Jen said, the Duck Tours leave from the Pru (right on Boylston near Newbury) so no problem at all squeezing that in.

  3. I shop at 3 different stores each week too. Luckily they are all within 1/2 mile of each other: whole foods, trader joes, and harris teeter. But it helps us get what we like for much less!

  4. We usually shop at one store because it is two minutes from our house and the next nearest store would be about 15 minutes away. How do you collect all of your coupons? I’m impressed!

  5. I hate to admit it but most of my groceries are purchased at Walmart with an every now and again trip to Trader Joes. We live about 20-25 minutes from any grocery store other than Walmart so it is just more convenient to go there. It isn’t my fave though………

  6. I see a ben and jerry’s coupon in that stack. I had the same one and used it at Target yesterday where ben and jerry’s was on sale too!

  7. I do all my shopping on Friday mornings generally and I make several stops always by checking ads – I will go to CVS, Dollar General, Buehlers and IGA (those 2 are all we have grocery wise in our small town) and 15 minutes away in the next town is Walmart. If I am feeling too lazy to make all the stops Walmart will accept competitor prices so I just take my stack of ads and the checker will comp everything I want to save on. I do wish we had the options of Trader Joes and Whole Foods but alas they are several hours away. We do have a Fresh Market in Evansville, Ind but that is an hour away. I keep a running list of things I want when we do get over there. Tina I don’t believe I have ever noticed you going to Walmart….do you have a store near you?

  8. i can definitely justify shopping at 3 different grocery stores to get the best deals because they are actually all in bike riding distance! i hate when i have to get something too big to carry back on a bike and have to actually drive.

  9. I shop at different stores. Be sure to look at Target’s website. You can print coupons from there and you can also use a manufacturer’s coupon in conjunction w/ a Target one on the same product. That can really add up!

  10. Hey Tina I use coupons a lot too and I was wondering where you get your coupons from? I usually just stick to the Sunday paper and online but I’m always looking for new ideas. Thanks 🙂

  11. You are a crazy woman! 3 stores?! We do 2 stores actually. One grocery store and one produce outlet. You can’t beat 3lbs of apples for $2 at the produce outlet! But you can’t get meat or dairy there. Luckily they are in shopping centers only a block apart.

  12. I hear ya! It’s time consuming but I definitely shop at 2 or 3 stores to get the best deals. Thankfully they are close to each other so I’m not wasting gas $ driving around 🙂

  13. There are two main supermarkets in Australia; Coles and Woolworths. I go to Coles almost every day to get milk etc for work, so if I see something heavily discounted I’ll pick it up from there. Otherwise, it’s Woolworths for me!

  14. I mainly shop at Trader Joe’s, Miles’ Market, and Giant Eagle. It just depends what is on the menu for the week. Sometimes I go to BJ’s. Items at Sam’s Club is too much at times.

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