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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

First Shopping Trip to Aldi

I finally went to Aldi today to purchase groceries. I was really glad to see the great deals were still available!
Here's what I found:
10 lbs of Russet potatoes for 1.99
Bananas for .39 a lb!
2 green bell peppers for .99 (that's 50 cents a pepper!)
90 percent lean ground sirloin for 2.95lb.
Large eggs for 89 cents
Red Grapes for less than 1.00 a lb! (1.58 for a two lb. container!)
white bread for .69 a loaf
whole wheat bread for 1.19 a loaf!
And lots of other great deals.

In all I spent 25.54 (I had a 5.00 Aldi coupon) and got everything in the picture:
10lbs potatoes
2 packs fruit snacks
pepperoni (for pizza)
green peppers
sliced cooked ham
sliced roast beef
ground sirloin (about 2.5lbs)
instant oatmeal
bread (2 loaves)

Most of what I bought are things that I don't have coupons for, like produce and meat. That's the kind of shopping I plan to do at Aldi, and I will likely stick to Kroger/Albertson's for the other things, with a trip to Sprouts for great deals there as well.

I have a goal starting next week:
$60 a week for groceries total! If I can do that, then I would like to see if I can go down lower ($40).

I have found that the more planning ahead that I do, the less it costs and the better quality foods we eat. We are eating much less pre-made and prepackaged foods. For example, tonight I made "spaghetti pizza" (my own recipe/version) instead of ordering out pizza. I used pizza dough, turkey meat, spaghetti sauce, and cheese. Yummy! It's all gone! I had all the items in the freezer/pantry already.

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