Crystal’s $68 Kroger & Aldi Shopping Trips + our menu strategy

If you’re brand-new here, I practice the Buy Ahead Principle — which implies that what we purchase every week is frequently for future weeks. We stock up on the very best offers and markdowns every week which implies that we then have a range of products from previous shopping journeys to utilize to prepare a menu from.

In addition to practicing the Buy Ahead Principle, I Reverse Meal Plan. This implies that I prepare based upon what we have on hand plus what great sales/markdowns I discovered at the shops. (Read more about Reverse Meal-Planning here.)

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This is a good deal on eggs at Kroger — specifically considering that the cost of eggs has actually increased a lot just recently! You can get up to 5 lots with the weekly digital voucher.

My shopping assistant! She likes to explain what food we stroll by and discuss just how much she likes everything! 🙂

Kroger likewise has Kellogg’s cereal for $1.89 a box with the digital voucher. You can get up to 5 boxes at this cost.

And grapes were $0.89/pound.

Here’s whatever I got — that huge box of chips was discounted to $4.99! Our overall was a little less than $46.

And then I went to Aldi today — I hadn’t existed in a couple of months and cost have actually certainly increased, unfortunately.

Here’s what I got for a little less than $22.

Our Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfast — Baked Oatmeal, cereal/milk, fruit/yogurt

Lunches — turkey, veggies, fruit, crackers, leftovers, yogurt, PB&J, salad/toast, mac & cheese, chips

Snacks — Banana Bread, crackers, popcorn, fruit, brownies, chips, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Dinners (we generally have fruit/veggies on the side) — Mac & Cheese with hamburger, Waffles/Sausage/Fruit, Bacon/Tomato/Avocado Sandwiches, Southwest Rollups, Pizza (homemade or from the freezer, relying on my motivation level!), Leftovers/Fend For Yourself, Dinner Out


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