Hey lovely people reading this post! Whew, this week snuck up on me! We had a busy busy weekend, but also had lots of fun. I normally try to grocery shop on days I don’t work, but Sunday morning just called for laziness, so I slept in till noon so I could get up, get to the store, and workout before heading to work tonight without needing to sneak in a nap.
This week I knew we needed lots of staple items for the pantry, so I decided to make the trip to Aldi instead of HyVee because I can get much more bang for my buck. And I got a TON of stuff! I am still focusing on using the protein we already have on hand, so I didn’t buy much in the way of meats, which helped keep costs down. Our freezer is overflowing with the ham I got on super sale, and meat from our Local Pig boxes. These posts have definitely kept me accountable when sticking to my budget, and I am thankful for that! I have a tendency to throw lots of random stuff in my cart at Aldi, but this week I knew I had to report back so I didn’t as much 😉
Here is what we are eating this week:
The recipes I am using for inspiration are some of my staple recipes I’ve used over the years.
- Pizza Spaghetti Pie is hands down one of the most delicious recipes I’ve ever eaten! And you can throw almost anything in it, and you get lots of veggies! Win-win. I usually sub some of the whole eggs for egg whites just to keep fat a little lower.
- I’ve never made ham and beans solo before, so I found this recipe I plan on letting sit in my crockpot while I sleep tomorrow!
- I am re-using the Cracklin’ Chicken recipe I used last week, because it’s easy, delicious, and we have chicken thighs in the freezer.
After making it through Aldi in record time, I came home with this spread:
- 2 Packages Lunch Meat (I buy the nitrite/nitrate free kind): $6.58
- Mixed Salad Greens: $1.99
- Frozen Broccoli: $1.19
- Frozen Green Beans: $1.59
- Ciabatta Rolls: $2.49
- CrockPot Sauce Mix: $1.99
- 2 Dozen Large Eggs: $1.72
- Peanut Butter Crackers: $0.89
- Low Fat Cottage Cheese: $1.79
- 6 Greek Yogurts: $3.90
- Cheez-It Grooves: $2.59
- 4 Cans Tuna: $2.60
- K Cups: $4.99
- Brioche Buns (Aka “bread” for lunches): $1.99
- Alfredo Sauce: $1.69
- Coffee Creamer: $1.79
- 2 Jars Tomato Sauce: $3.98
- 2 Pounds Dried Beans: $1.99
- Yellow Potatoes: $2.99
- Stevia Packets: $2.99
- Turkey Italian Sausage: $3.69
- Pineapple Cups: $1.69
- Protein Bars (new product-we’ll see how they taste!): $5.99
- Croutons: $0.89
- Bag of Onions: $1.79
- Sweet & Salty Bars: $1.49
- 2 Boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffins: $0.94
- Frozen Asparagus: $2.29
- 1/2 Gallon Skim Milk: $1.05
- Goldfish Crackers: $1.89
- Frozen Strawberries: $2.09
TOTAL (with tax): $82.31
I may be a little biased, but this just seems like a TON of food for $80! I also only ended up with a few things not on my list:
- Mixed Salad Greens (on sale, and we can eat them as a side for the pasta and the spaghetti pie)
- Crock Pot Sauce Mix (it looked yummy, and was an easy fix for my pork shoulder for Friday)
- Stevia (an item I have forgotten for the last 3 weeks to restock)
- I also ended up with Cheez-Its and Goldfish, but I found the Cheez-It’s on an end cap, and Keaton prefers those better, so I just bought both. I knew by my mental tally we were under budget, so I decided to go for it.
4 items again this week, not too bad! I did better about remembering what Keaton needed for his lunches 🙂
Sorry this post was a little late this week 😬 Time is flying lately!