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Our ALDI Menu Plan For This Week

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Yesterday, I shared how I am changing up how I usually grocery shop and menu plan this week in order to give you some different ideas on how to save money on groceries.

If you’re interested in what I bought for $110 at ALDI yesterday, be sure to check out this post here.

Let’s Talk About Kroger

One of the things I often hear from people is that they don’t have a Kroger store or any store that marks down items or has good sales. If you don’t have a Kroger store, first make sure that you don’t have a Kroger affiliate store in your area.

While the Kroger affiliate stores sometimes have different deals than Kroger, many times, the deals are very similar. Best of all, many of the Kroger affiliate stores also mark down groceries, too! (Psst! My favorite site to find great deals at Kroger and Kroger affiliate stores is KrogerKrazy.com.)

Don’t Have a Kroger? Take Heart!

If you are in an area that doesn’t have a Kroger or Kroger affiliate, take heart! There are many other ways to save money on groceries! As I always tell people, instead of saying, “We can’t do that!” Or, “That won’t work for me!” Ask yourself: “What can we do? What do we have to work with? How can we save more?”

What stores do you have in your area? Take stock of all of them — dollar stores, ethnic markets, farmer’s markets, local farms that sell to the public, health food stores, discount stores. Do some research to make sure you’re not missing anything that might be a goldmine of great prices!

Can you grow or make more of your own food? Could you cut back in some areas or replace more expensive products you usually buy with a less expensive alternative?

A can do, creative, committed attitude will take you far. If you believe you can cut your grocery bill, there are probably some new ways you will discover. If you believe you can’t, you’ll likely just sit there and do nothing!

Here are two testimonials that people messaged me on Instagram today that I thought might encourage you:

This week, instead of shopping the deals and markdowns at Kroger, I shopped exclusively at ALDI. I love ALDI — especially when there’s not the option of the deals and markdowns at Kroger!

Want to Save Some Time?

And instead of planning my menu from scratch, I’m using the Eat at Home Menu Plan service. We’ve used this over the years during busy seasons and it can be a lifesaver… especially if the thought of planning a menu and writing a grocery list is overwhelming! Best of all, the recipes are simple, inexpensive, and almost everything can be purchased at ALDI!

I’m using the Eat at Home Slow Cooker/Instant Pot plan (I’m doing the second week of September). Oh and it’s on sale this week for the lowest price of the year when you use coupon code EASY at checkout. That makes it as low as $1.13/week to have someone do all the leg work for you! (That’s the best deal that they offer and the coupon code locks in the rate for the life of your subscription!!! See some sample menu plans here.)

Here’s what’s on the menu for this week:

Breakfasts:

Cereal/Milk, Eggs, Oatmeal, Fruit (everyone makes their own)

Lunches:

The kids have lunch at school 4 days this week. Jesse and I usually have salads and leftovers. The day the kids bring their lunch, they bring either leftovers or a snack-y type lunch or PB&J. On the weekends, they do more snack-y type things for lunches.

Snacks:

Popcorn, Apples with Peanut Butter, Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Dinners:

  • Monday — Bean Burritos, Fruit (I used tortillas, ground beef/turkey we had already browned in the freezer, refried beans, taco seasoning, and cheese.)
  • Tuesday — Slow Cooker Cheesy Hamburger Soup (recipe is below), Fruit, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Wednesday — Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta With Black Beans, Rice
  • Thursday — Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker, Steamed Peas
  • Friday — Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken and Root Vegetables, Fruit, Bread
  • Saturday — Dinner Out
  • Sunday — Leftovers/Fend For Yourself

If you are interested, I made tonight’s dinner in the crockpot on live video. You can watch it here. I subbed cheddar cheese for Velveeta.

The soup looks SO yummy! I can’t wait to eat it tonight!

By the way, the plan above is what I’m aiming for. However, it is subject to change based upon how our week goes and if I feel like baking or get a hankering to make something else to add to the list (provided we have the ingredients!)

Be sure to follow my Instagram stories for more behind-the-scenes details on what I’m cooking this week + lots of money-saving tips!

Gretchen’s Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.39

1 Cheese Deli Pizza – $4.99 (not pictured)

1 pkg Applesauce Cups – $1.25

2 pkg Frozen Strawberries – $1.89 each

1 lb Butter – $1.99

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 Flour Tortillas – $0.99

1 bag Sugar – $1.57

1 box Granola Bars – $1.15

2.39 lbs Red Grapes – $2.13

1 Sour Cream – $0.89

1 box Snack Crackers – $1.59

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 bag Shredded Cheese – $2.79

1 bag Oyster Crackers – $0.79

1 bag Spinach – $1.59

1 pkg Chunk Cheese – $1.69

1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.85

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 Frozen Broccoli – $0.95

1 Half & Half – $1.55

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

3 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 box Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.99

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

1 pkg Cinnamon Bagels – $1.49

1 bag White Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 loaf Bread – $1.29

Total: $47.01

Dillons

1 Kroger Honey Nut Cereal – $1.49

1 Honey Nut Chex Cereal – $2.50

1 loaf French Bread – $1.99

1 pkg Steak – Marked down to $7.24 (This was originally $21 so I was super excited!)

2.56 lbs Bananas – $1.25

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79

1 Oscar Meyer Franks – $2.50

Total: $18.76

Total for both stores: $65.77

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, Toast, Oatmeal, Fruit Smoothies

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit, Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers, Hot Dogs, Spinach Salads (for me)

Dinners

Aldi Pizza, Fruit

Grilled Steak, French Bread, Mashed Potatoes

Chicken & Rice, Pumpkin Muffins, Steamed Broccoli

Nacho Bar, Fruit Salad

Cheese, Crackers, Grapes, Sliced Cucumbers

Spaghetti, Biscuits Steamed Peas

Baked Sour Cream Mushroom Chicken, Steamed Corn (from freezer), Homemade Bread

Brigette’s $84 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

1 5-lb roll 73/27 Fresh Ground Beef – $8.95

1 3-lb bag frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $5.85

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85

1-lb Premium Sausage – $1.89

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.95

1 8-oz pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97

1 gallon 1% Milk – $0.97

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.65

1 pkg Zucchini ($0.95/lb) – $1.54

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

2 pkgs Broccoli Crowns – $3.38

2 Avocados – $0.58

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.49

1 bag Red Grapes ($0.95/lb) – $1.92

1 carton Grapes Tomatoes – $1.59

1 bag Mini Cucumbers -$2.09

3 cans Green Beans – $1.14

1 bunch Bananas ($0.38/lb) – $1.24

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $3.49

2 boxes Honey Crispy Oats – $2.38

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.28

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55

1 box Pumpkin Pecan Instant Oatmeal – $1.99

1 bottle Pumpkin Spice Almond Milk Creamer – $1.99 (yes, I’m *that* person who buys everything pumpkin🙂)

1 jar Pasta Sauce – $0.85

1 pkg Crème Brulee Coffee – $3.79

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.65

3 dozen Eggs – $2.31

1 32-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.99

2 loaves Sandwich Bread, reduced – $0.50

1 bag Gluten-Free Pretzels – $1.85

Total: $80.09

Harris Teeter

8 cans Beans – $2.72

1 bag Pretzel Crisps – $1.99, used $1.00/1 printable – $0.99 after coupon

1 pkg Hidden Valley Ranch Dip – $1.25, used $0.50/1 Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Dip or Seasoning Mix Exp 12/10/19 (SS 11/10/19 R) (doubled) – $0.25 after coupon

1 pkg Bridgford Parkerhouse Style Rolls – $1.84, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.34 after coupon

Total after Coupons: $4.30

Grocery Total for the Week: $84.39

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Fruit, Smoothies, Veggie Omelets, Fried/Scrambled/Boiled Eggs

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Grapes, Carrots x 2

Pretzels with Peanut Butter, Cheese Sticks, Apples, Cucumbers

Baked Potatoes with Shredded Cheese, Bananas, Grape Tomatoes

Leftovers x 3

Dinners

Chili, World’s Best Honey Cornbread

Lasagna Casserole, Homemade Breadsticks, Tossed Salad, Green Beans

Cheesy Hamburger Soup, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Leftover Chili over Baked Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Broccoli

Date Night Out (macaroni and cheese for the kids at home)

Crockpot Italian Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, Rolls, Creamy Milk Rice

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Rolls, Green Beans, Garlic Mashed Cauliflower, Tossed Salad

Gretchen’s $55 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $0.95

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

2 pkg Red Grapes – $4.93

1 pkg Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.99

2 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 can Pumpkin – $0.85

1 bag Green Peppers – $1.49

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 pkg MooTubes – $1.55 (I bought this before I went to Dillons and saw the markdowns on Go-Gurts!)

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.99

1 pkg Peanut Butter Crackers – $0.89

3 bags Spinach – $1.59 each

1 box Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.99

1 can Pineapple – $0.89

1 lb Butter – $2.89

1 Grape Tomatoes – $1.89

Total: $38.89

Dillons

1 Land O Lakes Half & Half – $2.28 (This didn’t make it into the picture for some reason.)

4 pkg Yoplait Go-Gurt – Marked down to $0.99 each

3 boxes Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $0.99 each

1 Mom’s Best Cereal – $1.99, used $1/1 e-coupon – $0.99 after coupon

3 boxes Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – $1.49 each, used $1/3 e-coupon – $1.16 each after coupon

1 box Brownie Mix – $0.99

1 box Kroger Instant Oatmeal – $1.49

Total after coupons: $16.16

Total for both stores: $55.05

Menu Plan for This Week

We ended up doing a lot of snack dinners last week (popcorn, crackers, cheese, etc) due to an unexpectedly busy week. So I will be using meat and leftovers from last week for this week’s menu plan.

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, Oatmeal, Spinach, Yogurt

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Baked Potatoes, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Yogurt, Mac & Cheese, Lunch at my parents (I’m bringing spinach for the salad bar and bread.)

Dinners

Leftovers

Hawaiian Haystacks

Chili, Biscuits, Fruit Salad

Bean Burritos, Chips & Salsa, Steamed Peas

Homemade Pizza, Breadsticks, Spinach Salad

Hamburgers, Steamed Broccoli, Homemade French Fries

Out to eat

Gretchen’s Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

 

I’m back!! It has been a crazy few weeks with remodeling our entire kitchen and then sickness. But I’m hoping to finally be back to doing my grocery shopping posts again!

Aldi

2 Half & Half – $1.55 each

3.32 lbs Red Grapes – $5.94

1 Marinara Sauce – $0.85

2 cans Great Northern Beans – $0.55 each

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.99

2.11 lbs Green Grapes – $1.88

5 lbs Grapefruit – $3.69

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 Ranch Dressing – $0.89

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 pkg Taco Mix – $0.39

2 can Cream of Mushroom Soup – $0.49 each

1 pkg Oyster Crackers – $0.79

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 pkg Shredded Cheese – $2.49

1 pkg Chips – 41.19

2 Avocados – $0.39 each

1 pkg Corn Chips – $0.79

1 Frozen Corn – $0.79

2 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $0.95 each

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 Applesauce Cups – $1.25

1 can Diced Tomatoes – $0.45

1 MooTubes – $1.55

1 Butter – $2.69

1 can Refried Beans – $0.65

1 pkg Tortillas – $0.99

Total: $49.21

Dillons

3 pkg Frozen Chicken Breasts – $4.99 each with e-coupon (no longer available)

3 pkg Quaker Granola Bars – $0.99 each with e-coupon (no longer available)

2 pkg Life Cereal – $0.99 each with e-coupon (no longer available)

5 Clif Z-Bars – Marked down to $0.49 each

Total: $22.37

Total for both stores: $71.58

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Eggs, Oatmeal, Donuts (after church treat)

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches/Chips, Baked Potatoes, Fruit/Veggies/Crackers/Granola Bars, Mac & Cheese, Leftovers

Dinners

Pizza, Grapes

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili, Corn Chips, Fruit Salad

Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage (from freezer)

Grilled Steak (from the freezer), Biscuits, Green Beans

Bean Burritos, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Slow Cooker Chicken with Cream of Mushroom Soup, Steamed Corn, Homemade Bread

Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli, Banana Muffins (using old bananas I froze)

Gretchen’s $51 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan

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Aldi

2 Pineapple – $1.29 each

2 Cucumbers – $0.49 each

1 bag Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $5.99

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.49

1 box Frosted Flakes – $1.29

1 lb Butter – $2.69

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.89

2 dozen Eggs – $0.78 each

1 Vegetable Oil – $1.85

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

1 can Tuna – $0.65

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.99, used $0.25/1 Checkout 51 rebate – $0.74 after rebate

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $2.09

Total after rebate: $24.79

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Dillons

2 Barbara’s Cereal – $1.99 each, used 2 $1/1 printable AND $0.25/1 Ibotta rebate – $0.86 each after coupons and rebate

2 Kraft Dressing – $1.49 each

1 Kroger Ice Cream – $1.98

1 pkg Sargento Shredded Cheese – $1.99, used $1.25/1 e-coupon (no longer available) – $0.74 after coupon

1 pkg Kroger Shredded Cheese – $2.49, used $0.65/1 e-coupon – $1.84 after coupon

1 Nutella – $2.49, used $2/1 e-coupon – $0.49 after coupon

1 Simply Ground Peanut Butter – $1.49, used $0.75/1 e-coupon – $0.74 after coupon

2 half gallons Milk – $0.99 each

1 bag Frozen Broccoli – $1

1 pkg Dove Ice Cream Bars – $4.39, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 pkg Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars – $2.50

3 lbs Ground Beef – Marked down to $1.99 each

2 pkg Pasta – Marked down to $0.25 each

1 pkg Kroger Cream Cheese – $1.25, used $0.50/1 e-coupon – $0.75 after coupon

1 Sheba Cat Food – $0.70, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 pkg Kroger Rice – $0.89

1 pkg Betty Crocker’s Sugar Cookie Mix – $2, used $1/1 e-coupon (no longer available) – $1 after coupon

3.06 lbs Bananas – $1.81

Total after coupons and rebate: $26.89

Total for both stores: $51.68

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Eggs & Toast x 3

Oatmeal and Smoothies

Lunches

Tuna Sandwiches, Sliced Veggies

Baked Potato Bar

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Sliced Veggies x 2

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Sliced Pineapple/Apples

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Meatloaf, Rolls, Green Beans

Tacos, Rice

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Broccoli, Pumpkin Muffins

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Veggies

Pancakes, Eggs, Sliced Pineapple

Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Homemade Bread

Leftovers