Monday, September 14, 2015

Grocery Store Savings!

I'm probably one of the few people who get excited about going grocery shopping. I find it so satisfying to spend money, guilt-free, and having to do it on a budget actually gives my mushy brain something to work on after watching Barney and singing the ABC song for the 11th time in a row.

Aldi's is hands down my fave. It seems every time I go in there, I get to be a part of the most eclectic group of people you've ever seen in a 50x75 foot area. You get some pleasant Amish/Mennonites, some sweet grandparent-types, some white people in pajamas who smoke in the car, some college-age black kids shopping in a big animated group, a few middle-aged, rushed professionals, some special needs people with their helpers...and of course, the stay-at-home moms with screaming kids. The entertainment value and the bargains can't be beat!

Long story short, I want to brag a little. I had $100 to spend and my bill came up to $99.33. I'm sort-of a grocery store rock-star today. Here's to a young family of 4 eating like kings for 99 bucks. A hyphen below indicates what I plan to do with leftovers from each meal, an asterisks indicates stuff I had in the house already:

Roast chicken & Veggies
-Chicken hoagies with lettuce/tom/onion* with chips
-Pot pie (freeze half for later)
-Chicken soup with the bones

Taco crunch (with ground turkey)
-Turkey chili and cornbread muffins

Spaghetti and salad

Pork chops with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and beets

Brats and fried potatoes with corn

Swai with Greek Salad

Lasagna and leftover Greek salad


Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans

Bean and cheese enchiladas with rice and fresh pico de gallo

Swai on a bed of noodles with parsley/basil/cheese sauce

On top of all this I was able to get lunch snacks:
Grapes, Cheerios, a cheese block, hummus, peanut butter and jelly, cottage cheese and peaches, chips and pickles, a gallon of milk and strawberry-applesauce. That's more than 2 weeks worth of dinners and lunches! Winning! :) If anyone wants my last grocery store list, I'll attach it below.

Grocery list 9/14/2015 at Aldi’s for $100

Meat and Frozen:
Ground Turkey x 3
Frozen Swai Fillet 3lb. bag
Fresh Whole Chicken
Smoked Brats
Thin Pork  Chops
Frozen Peas
Frozen Lasagna

Deli and Refrigerator:
Crescent  Rolls
Deli Sliced Cheese
Natural Turkey Lunchmeat
Mild Cheddar Block
Feta Crumbles
Milk gallon
Mexican Shredded Cheese
Baby Spinach bag

Baby Lettuce
Roma Tomatoes
10 lbs. Potatoes
Baby Carrots
Black Grapes
Green Onions
Limes x2

Canned Goods:
Condensed Cream of Mushroom x2
Unsalted Crushed Tomato can
Canned Mushrooms x2
Whole Corn can x2
Refried Beans
Black beans
Peaches can
Beets can
Chili Beans x2
Cut Green Beans can
Chunky Applesauce

Dry Stuff and Other:
Taco Mix
White Rice
Wheat Bread loaf
Corn Chips
BBQ Chips
12 Grain Bread
Deli Rolls
Kettle Chips
Kosher Baby Dills
Ranch Dressing
Organic Pasta Sauce
Organic Spaghetti Noodles
Jiffy Corn Mix
Honey Nut Cereal
Natural Peanut Butter
Flour Tortillas