Crystal’s $137 Aldi Shopping Trip (+ complete menu strategy)

If you saw my grocery shopping journey post recently, you understand that I’m evaluating out/contemplating a grocery spending plan boost once again as our more youthful kids are growing older and our older kids are doing more sports, so everybody is consuming more, which is wonderful!

This week, I attempted something I’ve never ever done prior to: I went to Aldi and I didn’t compute my running overall as I put things in my cart. Instead, I simply purchased what I believed would suffice food to last us for the week. Yes, I took a look at offers and sales however I wished to see what it would cost to purchase what I believed would in fact last us well for the whole week without concentrating on adhering to the spending plan to assist me identify what a reasonable spending plan is.

I’m truthfully believing we’ll opt for $150/week after this experiment — simply to provide a lot of breathing space — however I wish to attempt another week and see if I believe that’s the quantity that I seem like will work for us for a minimum of the next year or two!

Here’s what I purchased for $137:

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Here were a few of the very best offers I discovered…

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Mandarins are $2.49 for a 3-lb bag. We like these for fast treats or they are fantastic to cram in lunches.

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Grapes are $0.99/pound!

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And this was insane and I needed to look 3 times to ensure it was in fact appropriate — 10 pound bags of potatoes for $0.99!!!! They did appear like they would require to be consumed in the next couple of weeks, however I purchased 3 bags and am delighted to get innovative over the next couple of weeks to utilize them up!

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Here’s our menu prepare for the week:

Breakfasts: Granola over yogurt, Baked Oatmeal, Smoothies, Fried Eggs/Avocados, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese and Toast, Oatmeal, Cereal

Lunches: Snack-y lunch, PB&Jelly, Turkey & Cheese, Leftovers, Salad (Kaitlynn and Silas have lunch at school a few of the days)

Snacks: Ice cream & treats I purchased, Apples with Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips, Cheese, Mandarins, Homemade Energy Bites, Pumpkin Bread, Chocolate Cake for Jesse’s birthday

Dinner: Potato Soup, Breakfast for Dinner, Meat Potato Quiche, Chicken Salsa Pizza, Sausage/Potatoes/Peppers/Onions, Dinner out, Leftover/Fend-For-Yourself


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