Let’s talk groceries. Oh my goodness groceries. The dreaded trip of, “Yup that’s where all my money is going.”
Do you think about how you grocery shop? Do you plan meals and then shop? Or do you go off sales? Or do you make one big bulk trip every so often? I’m tried all these and the one that seems to work for my family is going off deals and sales… AND THEN meal plan.
Every Wednesday, the local paper comes to my door and that means the new grocery ads are out. I spend my morning looking through the ads and finding what’s on sale and make lists. Luckily, I live smack dab in the center of the 3 grocery stores. This system worked great for awhile, but now that my youngest is getting older and can sit in the cart, I need a place that has the “double” kid holder in the cart and I just can’t make 3 trips to the store with a 2 year old and 10 month old. It can get wild!
Today, an Aldi had its’ grand opening. I’ve heard so many things about Aldi and I’ve talked to so many people about the store to see if it’s worth shopping at. So I was pretty excited about it opening because everyone said it was worth going if you want to save money.
I decided to go an hour after it opened, after hearing my husband warn me, “Are you sure you want to go with the kids on the day it opens? It might be crazy!” Luckily it wasn’t. And I’m surprised.
Walking in, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Everything was neatly organized and the store wasn’t very big at all. It’s a place where you can get in and out in 30 minutes. I went up and down every aisle looking at everything.
They had a great selection of healthy food choices and great produce! $0.99 for a pack of green bell peppers? I’ll take it. Bananas for $0.44/lb? Awesome. Milk for $2.99/gal? Done. I just loaded up my cart and wrote out what I can make for meals. What’s really neat is that there are different kinds of foods that I normally would never buy. So I loaded my cart up with that too. I did buy a lot of extra stuff that I normally wouldn’t buy.
I was able to get 7 dinner meals, at least 5 days of lunches for my husband plus 2 dinners for him for night school, and tons of extra snacks and necessities (milk, bread, butter anyone?).
Here are my meals and the majority are healthy item choices which is even better:
- Taco night! (My daughter’s favorite!)
- Garlic chicken pasta
- Asian stir-fry
- Crock pot stuffed bell peppers
- breaded baked chicken
- chicken alfredo
I was SO impressed and super excited because I got so much stuff including things that were not needed for $100.50 when I normally spend about $150 for what is just needed.
What’s really great is they eliminated a lot of the junky kind of food and it’s just simple shopping. You don’t feel as overwhelmed to grocery shop.
If you can get over the need for name brand labels and bagging your own groceries, you can definitely benefit from shopping there.
So if you have one near you, try it out if you haven’t and let me know if it works for you!