This Week’s $103 Grocery Shopping Trip + Menu Plan for 5

This Week's Grocery Shopping Trip

ALDI Shopping Trip

Bananas — $0.44 per pound — $3.42 (Got $0.25 back from Checkout51.)
2 packages of  Multi-Colored Peppers — $2.49
2 bags of mixed veggies — $0.99 each
Butter — $3.49
3 bags of Gala apples — $2.99 per bag (Got $0.25 back from Checkout51.)
Avocados — $0.99 each
Bag of onions — $0.99
2 cucumbers — $0.49 each
2 boxes of shredded wheat — $1.99 per box
Peanut butter — $1.69

Total with tax — $38.23

Kroger Shopping Trip

2 dozen eggs — $2.99 per dozen
Italian sausage — $4.99
Sliced cheese — $3.49
Travel sized toothpaste — $1
Travel sized body wash — $1.09
Half & Half — $2.69
1 gallon of milk — $2.99
Smoked turkey — $26.63
2 lbs. ground sirloin –5.99 per pound
Total with tax: $65.35

Total for all groceries: $103.58

Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Bacon & Eggs or Oatmeal

Lunches

Sandwiches or Leftovers (We had Protein French Toast and Pumpkin Protein Pancakes for lunch on Sunday.)

Snacks

Popcorn
Fruit/Veggies
Cheese
Apples with Almond Butter
Pumpkin Pie Smoothies
Healthy Cake in a Mug

Dinners

Dinner with our small group — We did a salad bar this week and we brought hard boiled eggs, chopped peppers, salad dressing, sunflower seeds, and avocados.
Leftovers
Italian Sausage and Sweet Potatoes
Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Dinner Out

What’s on YOUR menu this week? Tell us in the comments!

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How I Saved Today: How we got a 15% discount just for asking!

How I Saved Today

My Sunday afternoon: At Jesse’s softball game, taking time to soak in a beautiful fall day, and enjoying perusing some magazines and reading a little from this thought-provoking book. (So far, I’m disagreeing with some of the premise of the book, but am being inspired to have more quiet in my life and to take time to engage in activities that really fill my soul.)

We had such a wonderful weekend! I was mostly offline — which was a needed change after spending most of the last few weekends completely focused on book-writing.

Jesse took the kids geo-caching for the first time and they loved it. They are already begging to go again! :) If you’ve never tried this fun activity before, they highly recommend it. I can’t wait until I can go with them!

We spend Sunday afternoon at the ball park for Jesse’s softball games. I got in a little reading and soaked up the crisp fall day and wonderful sunny weather!

My How I Saved tip for today is to always ask for a discount. We were shopping for clothes for some of the kids this weekend. As we went to check out, the cashier asked us if we’d like to open up a credit card with the store we were at so we could save 20% off our purchase.

We said no, but then Jesse asked lightheartedly, “Could we still get the discount?”

We expected the cashier to smile and say no. But instead, she said, “Well, I can’t give you 20% off, but I CAN give you 15% off.”

It never hurts to ask for a discount!

How Did YOU Save Today?

Leave a comment on this post telling us how you saved today. Just for fun, I’ll choose one winner and send them a $25 iTunes gift card.

The winner of the Papa John’s gift card was Amber {minimouse216@}

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ALDI Named the Nation’s Low-Price Grocery Store for the Fourth Year in a Row!

ALDI

As you well know, ALDI is hands down one of my very favorite grocery stores. I’ve sung the praises of ALDI over and over here on my blog.

A few reasons I love ALDI:

  • I love the low prices on staple ingredients — We’ve found that we’ll usually save at least $30 to $40 per week by shopping at ALDI over the regular grocery store. I love that we can consistently get low prices without having to even mess with pairing coupons with sales.
  • I love the simplicity — they only carry one brand/type of item to choose from so it streamlines my grocery shopping.
  • I love the small atmosphere — it’s so quick to get in and out of the store because it’s small. I can grab what I need,
  • I love the no-frills approach — ALDI is all about keeping the main thing, the main thing. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, which keeps their overhead costs down significantly and allows them to keep their prices low.
  • I love the produce prices — A 3-pound bag of Gala apples for $1.99? Yes, please! I love that I can count on ALDI to always have at least 2-3 really amazing produce sales each week!

ALDI

Yes, my love for ALDI runs deep and wide! So I was excited to see that they were named the nation’s low-price grocery store for the fourth year in a row, according to a survey conducted recently.

Here’s the press release:

Batavia, Ill. – August 6, 2014 – Discount grocer ALDI was recognized as the nation’s low-price grocery leader for the fourth year in a row, according to a recent consumer survey* conducted by Market Force Information, Inc., the world’s leading customer intelligence solutions company. When asked to rank the top grocers offering low prices, consumers ranked ALDI ahead of competitors such as Costco, Walmart and Trader Joe’s. Consumers also named ALDI one of the top three favorite grocery store chains in America**.

“It’s no surprise that ALDI continues to be recognized as the low-price grocery leader,” said Jason Hart, president, ALDI. “However, these latest survey findings prove that a growing number of consumers are choosing to shop at ALDI for more than just low prices.”

In addition to remaining the low-price grocery leader, ALDI maintained a top five ranking in the categories of Good Private Label Brands, Accurate Pricing and Tags and Sustainable Environment / Green Policies. ALDI also earned top-five rankings in three new categories: Courteous Staff, Fast Checkout and Nutrition / Health information.

“Our accelerated expansion plan is a testament to the millions of shoppers who have embraced the ALDI approach to offering the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices, in a simple and easy-to-navigate shopping environment,” added Hart. “Consumers are increasingly impressed with the high quality of our food and the fact that we offer a growing number of healthy, organic, gluten-free and better-for-you options, including nearly 70 varieties of fresh produce.”

ALDI announced in December 2013 that it intends to open 650 new stores across the country in the next five years.

This just makes me happy on so many levels. I’m happy that ALDI is receiving the recognition that they deserve for having such great prices. I’m happy that this means more people are saving money. And I’m thrilled that they are opening 650 new stores.

I’m really, really hoping that some of those 650 stores are going to be opened close to some of you who don’t have an ALDI nearby!

Not familiar with ALDI or need more convincing to try shopping there? Read my post on How Shopping At ALDI Saves Us Close to $1,000 Per Year.

Are you a fan of ALDI? Why or why not?

{Note: This post was underwritten by ALDI. All opinions are my own. As you well know, I’m kind of an ALDI groupie so I was more than happy to talk about this recent survey when they approached me about writing this post. :) Read our disclosure policy here.}

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How I Saved Today: My FREE order from ePantry.com!

My ePantry order

So, remember when I told you about the great deal ePantry was offering to my readers on Mrs. Meyer’s products and other natural cleaners and products?

Remember how I also told that for a few days only, if you shared about ePantry with your friends and they made a purchase through your referral link, you’d get a $20 credit to ePantry?

Well, a number of you ordered through my link and helped me earn quite a bit of ePantry credit. (Thank you!)

Above is a picture of what I ordered from ePantry with my referral credit. I am excited to not only be able to use some of these products for our family, but also to have extras to give away to others. We’ve already had fun blessing some people with Mrs. Meyer’s products!

Psst! Interested in getting the deal on Mrs. Meyer’s products? You can find a very similar deal to the one I was offering over on MomAdvice.com through Tuesday only.

Tell Us How You Saved & You Could Win a $50 Papa John’s Gift Card!

Who wants to have free pizza on me?? Leave a comment telling us how you saved today and I’ll choose one comment and send you a $50 Papa John’s gift card so you can have dinner on me!

The winner of this giveaway was Amber {minimouse216@}

The winner of yesterday’s Starbucks gift card was Jessi (admin@). You should have received an email with details on how to claim your prize.

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How I Saved Today: Working out at home (+ share how you saved today and you could win a Mrs. Meyer’s gift box!)

How I Saved: Working out at home

Welcome to our at-home gym… currently residing in our garage. The walls are scuffed and it can be a little humid at times, but I love being able to work out at home.

I don’t have to pay for a gym membership. I don’t to spend time driving to a gym and back. I don’t have to figure out childcare. I don’t have to worry about looking somewhat presentable. :)

I can just walk out to the garage, hop on some equipment, and get in a quick workout. At this season of my life, it’s the perfect solution.

And it’s a way that I save money and time every single day.

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Tell Us How YOU Saved & Enter to Win A Mrs. Meyer’s Gift Box!

Share something you did today to save money — either in a little way or a big way. I’ll choose one comment to win a free Mrs. Meyers gift box courtesy of ePantry.com! This gift box includes:

Win a Mrs. Meyer's Gift Pack

  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day dish soap
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day hand soap
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day countertop spray
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day dishwasher tabs
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day surface wipes
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day scented candle
  • 1 Casabella sponge

This giveaway is now over with and the winner is Riza {missriza@} The winner of the $50 Starbucks gift card from Saturday’s post was Becky {t_3_st@}

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How I Saved Today: Making do instead of buying new

How I Saved Today

This whole week has been full from start to finish. As a result, I’ve been just focusing on one day at a time. Today we had to get up early to drive quite a ways to be at an early swim meet for Kathrynne. {Most of you parents are so used to this kind of routine… but for us, this whole arena of sports and activities and competitions is very new.}

So we made it through the morning and early afternoon and then I realized: We were supposed to go to a friend’s 30th birthday party tonight and I kind of forgot to actually plan a side dish to bring tonight nor had I bought ingredients for it.

Since it’s been a week since we last went grocery shopping, I kind of panicked, thinking we probably wouldn’t have enough ingredients to actually make anything presentable. And I considered just running by the store on our way to the party and picking up a veggie tray.

But then I decided to see what I could scrounge up with the odds and ends of veggies we still had on hand. I surprised myself that we had more than enough to make a veggie tray!

This was a good reminder to me to challenge myself to always try to make do with what I already have instead of rushing out to buy something new.

Share How You Saved & You Could Win a $50 Starbucks Gift Card!

Who wants to have some coffee dates on me? Leave a comment on this post telling us how you saved today — either in a big way, a small way, or multiple ways.

I’ll choose one winner on Monday and will send them a $50 Starbucks gift card!

This giveaway is over with. The winner is: Becky {t_3_st@}

The winner of yesterday’s $50 Amazon gift card is: nktimmerman@. You should have received an email with details on claiming your prize.

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