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This Week’s $78.87 Shopping Trip + Menu Plan!

I went to ALDI for groceries this week, but on the way there and back, I stopped at two different Kroger stores that were on my route.

Here’s what I got:

Kroger Trip #1

  • Red Grapes — on sale for $0.99 per pound — $2.01 total
  • 2 loaves of Whole-Wheat Bread — marked down to $1.49 per loaf
  • Total with tax: $5.30

Kroger Trip #2:

  • 1 pound Ground Sirloin — $5.99
  • 2 packages Ballpark Turkey Franks — marked down to $1.09 per package
  • 2 Dannon Oikos Drinkable Yogurts — marked down to $0.69 each
  • 3 Dannon Coffee Yogurts — marked down to $0.29 each
  • 1 dozen Cage-Free Eggs — $2.50
  • Total with tax: $13.73

And here’s what I got at ALDI:

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Honey Nut Oats — $1.39
  • Raisin Bran — $1.79
  • Bottled Water — $1.99
  • 3.85 pounds of Bananas — $0.44 per pound = $1.69 total
  • Sweet Potatoes — $1.89
  • Mozzarella Cheese — $1.79
  • Cheddar Cheese — $1.79
  • Sprouted Bread (I love Ezekiel Bread but it’s SO pricey, so I wanted to try this knock-off to see what I thought — even though the price is still high on this!) — $2.89
  • Butter — $2.59
  • Lemon Juice — $2.19
  • 2 cans of Refried Beans — $0.75 each
  • 5 packages of Strawberries — $0.99 per package (I was SO excited about this deal!!)
  • Whipping cream — $1.69
  • 10 pounds of Potatoes — $3.69
  • Corn Chips — $0.89
  • 2 bags of Tortilla Chips — $1.19 each
  • 2 Cantaloupe — $0.99 each
  • Half & Half — $1.79
  • Brown Sugar — $0.99
  • Feta Cheese — $1.49
  • Onions — $1.69
  • 3-pound bag of Mandarin Oranges — $2.99
  • Baby Carrots — $0.89
  • Milk — $2.37
  • Crisp Rice Cereal — $1.19
  • Tortillas — $0.99
  • 1 Mango — $0.49
  • Vanilla Pudding — $0.49
  • 1 2-pound bag of Plums — $1.98
  • 1 package of 4 heads of Baby Lettuce — $1.89
  • Total with tax: $59.84

Here’s what’s on our menu plan this week:

This Week’s Menu Plan

Breakfast — Cereal, Oatmeal, Toast, Eggs, Fruit

Lunches — Chicken/Turkey Hot Dogs, Cheese Quesadillas, Refried Beans & Cheese With Chips, Yogurt, Fruit/Veggies, Chips/Salsa, Leftovers, Salad

Dinners — Corn Chowder, Haystacks, Egg & Ham Casserole, Southwest Roll-Ups, Sausage/Sweet Potatoes/Onions, Goulash, Dinner Out

New to shopping at ALDI? Read how we save close to $1,000 per year by shopping at ALDI. Also, check out my post with my 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI.

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  • Lynne says:

    I tried the sprouted bread this week for the first time, too. I loved it and couldn’t tell the difference between it and Ezekiel bread. And, I agree it is expensive, but less than Ezekiel bread, so it will be on my regular grocery list now.

    • Beth says:

      I like the sprouted bread because it’s one of the few breads my son can eat. He has a soy allergy and soy is in almost all commercial breads. He can also eat Aldi’s French and Italian loafs but the sprouted works best for sandwiches. Yay Aldi!

  • Stacey says:

    Would love to know how you make your egg and ham casserole.

  • Christine says:

    Acrylic nails? How long have you been wearing those?

    • It’s actually dip polish — it last for 4 weeks! But my nails grow a LOT in 4 weeks! This was at the very end of 4 weeks, so it looks kind of weird! But I love that it stays on forever and that my nails are finally growing longer and stronger and I’m no longer biting them!

  • krista says:

    Do you eat the same menu as your family or do you make modifications with your eating plan?

  • Danielle B says:

    I haven’t been on your blog in a really long time, so if you’ve answered this question already I apologize. When I started reading in 2009 your weekly budget was $40 for groceries and household items (if I remember right.) Do you think, if you really had to, that you could feed and supply your family for that now in 2017? I’m shopping Aldi now that we’ve moved to Goodlettsville, TN and have access to one, and I use Walmart/Kroger/Dollar Tree (with sales and some coupons) to fill in what we absolutely need and can’t get at Aldi. I struggle with everything I have to keep our budget under $65/week, and that’s because it’s absolutely necessary. Back in 2009-2014 I successfully kept our weekly budget around $40/week. I know for my family I couldn’t do it now for any less than $65/week. Our three children are now 11, 9, and 7, and that is part of why I can’t get the grocery budget any lower- they all eat and eat well now! 🙂

    • I definitely believe that I could, if I absolutely had to, but I know we wouldn’t be eating a super, healthy balanced diet. But probably oatmeal for breakfast, lots and lots of beans and rice, whatever was on markdowns at Kroger or Aldi, lots of eggs and bananas, and super cheap meals. I think that your $65 per week budget sounds great and you should be thrilled with that!

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