Aldi Challenge

Aldi Challenge Week 4

**This month I am challenging myself to shop primarily at Aldi, in order to see if it can help reign in my ever-expanding monthly grocery budget.  The rules are that I can only spend $300 at Aldi for the month of July and $50 at other stores (Aldi does not carry everything I need, so allowances have to be made!)

aldi week 4

Low carb bars $4.99

Popcorn $1.69

Broccoli $1.19

Sugar $1.39

Cheese $1.69

Cherries $1.49/lb

Celery $1.29

Bananas $.30

3lb of sweet potatoes $1.69

Carrots $.99

Mushrooms $1.29

Ice cream $1.95

Pasta sauce $.99

Grape juice $2.39

Spinach $1.19

Romaine lettuce $1.99

Peaches $2.58

Bread $1.79

String Cheese $2.49

Mozzarella $2.49

Ham $2.39

Cooking spray $1.49

Avocado $.69

Totals this week:  $62 at Aldi and $45 at Kroger/Publix/Walmart (not pictured above) 

Totals for the month: $359 ($141 less than I normally spend)

Weekly average for July: $89 

Aldi Challenge Recap:  

While I did spend $9 more than I challenged myself to this month, I still averaged only $89 spent per week on groceries, which is $36 less per week than I usually spend.  Taking all of this into consideration, I feel that shopping at Aldi did help to reign in my monthly grocery budget substantially.

That being said, it was a little challenging to limit my shopping at other stores to $50 for the month. I have decided that next month, I will lift this limit and simply shop Aldi first before I go to any other stores.  Hopefully this will keep my spending low and relieve the headache of balancing what items I can buy from other stores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aldi Challenge

Aldi Challenge Week 3

**This month I am challenging myself to shop primarily at Aldi, in order to see if it can help reign in my ever-expanding monthly grocery budget.  The rules are that I can only spend $300 at Aldi for the month of July and $50 at other stores (Aldi does not carry everything I need, so allowances have to be made!)
aldi week 3
Mysterious girl hiding under the table not included…

Baby carrots $.99

Hot sauce $.85

Bag of plums $1.98 (great price)

Cabbage $1.29

Shredded cheese $1.99

Grape juice $2.39

Crystal lite $1.65

Celery $1.29

Chicken breasts $1.79/lb

Cilantro $.79

Smoked sausage $2.29

Sour cream $.99

Sandwich meat $2.49

Tortilla chips $.89 (good price)

Whipping cream $1.69

Block cheese $1.69

Low carb bread $1.79

Almond milk $1.89 (good price)

Milk $1.18 (good price)

Romaine lettuce $1.99

Chocolate chips $1.69 (good price)

Meat Tenderizer $.99

Total spent at Aldi:  $62  (so that’s $193 spent this month and $107 left)

**I forgot to take pictures but I bought 2 bags of Gluten-free chicken nuggets at Walmart for $10.  Earlier in the week, I bought smoked sausage, diet cokes, and a block of cheese at the Dollar General for $10 also.

Total spent at other stores:  $20 ($59 for the month…yikes I am already over by $9!!)

 

Here are some meals that we had this week:

Mozzarella meatloaf, broccoli and cheese, and buttered steamed carrots

Burritos

Hamburgers and zucchini fries

Fathead pizza

Grilled chicken salads

Grilled smoked sausage, grilled chicken tenders, and riced cauliflower

**Thoughts on the challenge:

So far, I think that shopping primarily at Aldi is a low fuss means to lower my monthly grocery budget.  I am still averaging around $80 per week for the month on groceries, so that is still $40 less per week than I have been spending in previous months.  **It is a little annoying to limit my spending at other grocery stores to $50 for the month, because apparently we are pickier than I thought:)

 

 

 

Aldi Challenge

Aldi Challenge Week 2

**This month I am challenging myself to shop primarily at Aldi, in order to see if it can help reign in my ever-expanding monthly grocery budget.  The rules are that I can only spend $300 at Aldi for the month of July and $50 at other stores (Aldi does not carry everything I need, so allowances have to be made!)

aldi week 2

3lbs of pears $3.49 (great price)

Celery $1.29

Meatballs $4.39

Carrots $.99

(5)Blueberries $1.79 (great price)

Tuna $.79

Chicken thighs $4.32

Chicken tenderloins $4.38

3lbs of Sweet potatoes $1.69 (great price)

Pork Shoulder Steak $5.25

Mushrooms $.99 (great price)

Pepitas $2.19 (great on salads)

(2)Oats $2.39

Smoked Sausage $2.29

Low Carb Bread $1.79 (Cheaper than the name brand version)

Ham $2.39

(3)Shredded cheese $1.99

Block cheese $1.69

Bananas $.39

Babybels $2.68

Cream cheese $.79

Cottage cheese $1.79

Low Carb bars $4.99 (splurge)

Black pepper $2.59

Chia seeds $3.49

(2)Avocado $.39

String cheese $2.79

Aldi total: $87.13 ($131 spent so far and $169 left….so far, so good)

kroger week 2

(2)Frozen Apple Juices $.99

Wheat hotdog buns $2.29 (Ben uses these as miniature hoagie buns)

Pepperoni $2.09

Apples $2 (Kroger always has the best apples!)

Other grocery store totals: $9 ($39 spent so far and $11 left…this might be a challenge!)

 

Here are some of the meals we had this week, just in case they might inspire you to beat a cooking slump (we have all been there):

1. Grilled chicken tenders, sweet potato fries, and broccoli w/cheese

2. Spicy BBQ Hamburgers (Basically you add chopped pickled jalapenos and barbecue sauce to hamburger meat before they are cooked…delicious!), cucumbers, and carrots

3. Meatball subs

4. Grilled pork steak, sautéed mushrooms, cauliflower rice

5. Grilled chicken salads

6. Chicken Cordon bleu and buttered carrots

**This was more of a usual grocery week for me, so my totals were a bit higher from last week’s. However, my average for the first two weeks is only $85, which is way less than my usual weekly grocery budget.  So this strategy, might actually work:)

 

Aldi Challenge

Aldi Challenge Week 1

**This month I am challenging myself to shop primarily at Aldi, in order to see if it can help reign in my ever-expanding monthly grocery budget.  The rules are that I can only spend $300 at Aldi for the month of July and $50 at other stores (Aldi does not carry everything I need, so allowances have to be made!)

aldi week 1

One of the reasons I love Aldi is that while they do have great sales each week, they also have the best everyday prices on almost every item in their store (even compared to Walmart and Kroger!) **I also love the quality of their meat, especially the chicken. I have never bought a rubbery chicken breast at Aldi (which is saying something)

Hot Italian Links $2.49

Chicken Tenderloin $4.33

Portabella Mushrooms $1.99 (great price)

Mozzarella cheese (16oz) $2.49 (great price)

Colby Jack cheese $1.99

Pasta sauce $.99 (great price)

Parmesan Cheese $2.29

3 pack of Zucchini $.99

bag of onions $1.69

Ice cream cones $1.29

Low carb bars $3.99 (a splurge but these are $2 cheaper than the Atkins equivalent)

salsa $1.19

oats $2.39

Crystal lite $1.89

Deluxe Cheese slices $2.79

Penguin crackers $1.49

Total spent: $43.88 ($256.12 left for the month)

kroger week 1

These are the items that I bought at Kroger this week:

Doritos $1.99

Romaine lettuce $.99 (They sell these by the head, so I choose the largest one and still only pay $.99! They are huge)

Celery $.89

Carrots $.99

Kool-Aid  $.15 (We use these to make popsicles, which are cheaper and taste better than store bought ones. I think one packet makes 18 popsicles.)

Bananas $.60

Butter $1.99 (stock up price)

Almond flour $7.99 (ouch)

Total spent: $30 (I threw away my receipt, but remembered the dollar amount)

**This week is not what a normal shopping trip looks like for me usually.  I am currently cleaning out my chest freezer in expectation of a 1/4 beef coming this week and trying to eat down my over full pantry (which I know is a blessing) so it is a kind of skewed take on an average shopping trip. I am sure my weekly grocery spending will begin to creep up again soon, but for now I will enjoy the savings!

 

 

 

Aldi Challenge

Aldi Challenge

My grocery bill has been creeping up again (probably due to all of the great summer sales on food) so I thought I might try to take the Aldi Challenge and see if it helps to reign in my grocery budget a bit.  Why Aldi?  Well, every time I shop at Aldi, I am amazed at how much I save and tell myself I need to shop there more often…but I don’t!  The primary reason I tend to shop elsewhere, is that Aldi does not carry about five items that I buy on a regular basis.  **I know I can just run into different stores during the week, but I tend to buy more the more I shop, so I tend to stick to Kroger as my default grocery store.

This month, I am giving myself a budget of $300 to spend at Aldi and $50 to spend elsewhere, because as much as I might wish it, Aldi just does not have everything I need.  (This is a pretty tight budget for me because I tend to spend around $125 a week on groceries for my family)

*I will also be posting everything that I buy grocery-wise this month, in hopes of keeping myself honest, so stay tuned!