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This Week’s $47 ALDI Shopping Trip

I stopped by ALDI today and got some great deals (as always!):

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Mangoes — just $0.49 each (we’re not a huge fan of mangoes, otherwise I would have bought more!)
  • Watermelon — $2.99 (I thought this was seedless because it was in the seedless watermelon bin, but it was actually with seeds. Oh well!)
  • Organic Arugula — $2.49 (I eat this on salads almost daily and love that it’s so fresh and inexpensive at ALDI!)
  • 3 packages of Strawberries — $1.49 each (I was excited for a deal on strawberries — my kids love berries and so do I!)
  • 2 bags Frozen Broccoli — $1.19 per bag (I usually roast this with a little olive oil and seasonings. SO good!)
  • 1 3-lb. bag of Boneless Chicken Breasts — $5.49 (We’re going to use this for chicken on the grill & Southwest Roll-Ups this week, since I already have salsa, tortillas, cheese, and beans!)
  • 2 packages Beef Smoked Sausage — $2.19 each (We’re going to use this for Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Sweet Potatoes in the crock pot since I already have sauerkraut and sweet potatoes on hand and we’ll probably have enough for two dinners from this.)
  • Red Grapes — $1.98 for the bag (My kids love grapes and they make for an easy lunch or for easy snacks. Growing up, we love to for a summer snack, too!)
  • 1 can Pineapple — $0.89 (I use this in my morning smoothies.)
  • 1 bag Frozen Blueberries — $2.29 (I use this in my morning smoothies.)
  • Bananas — $0.82
  • 1 block Mozzarella cheese — $1.79
  • Cantaloupe — $1.49
  • Bacon — $3.89
  • 4-lb. Pure Cane Sugar — $2.59 (ALDI has such great prices on sugar!)
  • Feta crumbles — $1.49 (I love this on my salads!)
  • Hummus — $1.99
  • Total + tax: $47.94

New to shopping at ALDI? Read how we save close to $1,000 per year by shopping at ALDI.

I planned our menu based upon what we had on hand and what was on sale at ALDI… well, and what I was hungry for (hello, pancakes for dinner!)

We still need to buy 2 dozen eggs (we don’t buy them at ALDI as we buy the farm-fresh brown eggs at Kroger and we are down to 6 eggs) and we will also need to buy some veggies/fruit to bring to the barbecue on Friday.

I also ordered some honey from Amazon (using Swagbucks gift cards) since we were all out. And there’s a good chance I’ll stop by Kroger at least once or twice this week to see if I find any great markdowns.

But other than that, I think we have everything on hand we need to feed our family for the week.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Breakfast Options: Oatmeal and/or smoothies (I am having eggs, whole-wheat English Muffins, and fruit.)

Lunch Options: Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers, PB & J, Snack-y Lunch (I will have a salad with canned tuna or salmon or hard-boiled eggs, whole-wheat bread.)

Snacks: , Apples & Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip, Fruit, Popcorn,

Dinners: Breakfast for Dinner, Chicken on the Grill, Southwest Roll-Ups, Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Sweet Potatoes x 2, Dinner out, BBQ with friends (we’re bringing veggies & fruit).

Want to see more details on my ALDI shopping trip? I did a quick video for Facebook Live below…

What’s on YOUR menu plan this week? Let us know in the comments!

I got all of this at Kroger for just $8.24!!

I went to Kroger a few days ago to take advantage of some freebie coupons I had and I was so excited with the deals that I found!

Only one coupon — the Gillette Razor coupon — was one I had signed up for online. The other freebie coupons were ones that Kroger sent to me in the mail.

For years, we stopped getting Kroger coupons in the mail. I think it was because we had forgotten to change our address on our account when we moved.

So we recently got a new card and put our new address on it. Well, would you know it? Within a few weeks, we got a packet full of amazing free coupons in the mail! And then we just got another packet of high-value coupons a few weeks later!

My Kroger Deals

In addition to some freebies I got, I also found some great markdowns at Kroger, too! Here are the deals I got:

  • 2 loaves of Whole Wheat Bread — marked down to $1.49 per loaf
  • Dole Salad Blend — originally $3.49, used FREE coupon
  • Jif Peanut Butter — originally $2.69, used FREE coupon
  • Silk Almond Milk — originally $2.69, used FREE coupon
  • Suja juice — marked down to $0.79, used $1/1 Kroger coupon = FREE + overage!
  • 1 package Private Selections Bacon — originally $4.29, used FREE coupon
  • Gillette razor — originally $9.99, used FREE coupon
  • 2 pounds of bananas — marked down to $0.78
  • 3 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 per bag (there were 6-7 avocados in each bag!)

My total with tax ($1.72) was $8.24!! You can where I share more about this grocery haul.

What are you going to do with all those avocados???

Yes, I know that that is a LOT of avocados. And many of you asked right away when I posted this on Instagram Stories, what on EARTH are you going to do with all those avocados.

and I ended up taking your advice and decided to try freezing them.

You can . And then look for a post soon with more details and step-by-step instructions.

Come see what I got for $43 at ALDI this week!

I got some — including Gala apples for just $1.69 per pound, cheese for $1.49 per block, and more!

Come , hear how I accidentally bought the wrong thing (and didn’t realize it until I was LIVE on camera!), and hear about why I bought sharp cheese (does the tip really work?)

This Week’s $74.06 ALDI Grocery Shopping Trip

Jesse was so kind to go grocery shopping for us again this week as I had another very full week.(See our menu plan for this week here.) He spent $74.06 at ALDI. (Have you read my Open Letter to ALDI?)

Our Grocery Budget

We currently budget $125 per week for groceries for our family of 5. This does not include eating out once a week (we budget separately for that).

We also get some of our expensive groceries and personal products (such as makeup) via Amazon using credit earned from Swagbucks + we get the majority of our household products (cleaners, toothpaste, detergent, etc.) via credit earned from Grove.

We only spent $74.06, which leaves me wiggle room to buy more markdowns at Kroger if I have time to swing by there later this week to see if they have some great markdowns. If I don’t have time or they don’t have good markdowns, I’ll roll over the extra $$ to next week.

This Week's $74 ALDI Shopping Trip

Here’s what we bought:

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • 2 cans pineapple chunks — $0.99 each
  • 3 bags frozen broccoli — $1.19 each
  • Bread — $1.39
  • 4 boxes mac & cheese — $0.33 each
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup — $0.89 each
  • 3 packages cheddar cheese — $1.89 each
  • Organic brown rice — $2.99
  • 1 bag Fuji apples — $3.89
  • 2 bags frozen chicken breasts — $5.99 each
  • 1 box Cinnamon Squares (not pictured) — $1.39
  • 2 packages of strawberries — $2.49
  • 2 packages of Mini Babybels — $2.79
  • Brown sugar — $1.29
  • Butter — $2.89
  • Honey Nut Cheerios (not pictured) — $2.69
  • 2 packages of Cream cheese — $1.29 each
  • String cheese — $2.79
  • Tortillas — $1.29
  • 1 bag Granny Smith apples — $2.99
  • Ketchup — $1.49
  • Strawberry preserves — $1.79
  • Natural Peanut Butter — $1.49
  • Frozen Sweet corn — $0.95
  • Granny Smith Apples — $2.99
  • Cocoa Puff Cereal — $1.39
  • Total with tax — $74.06 (Plus, don’t forget that when you shop at ALDI — or any grocery store — you can  & earned a little cashback for doing so. If you haven’t , use my coupon code MONEYSAVINGMOM when you sign up to earn more.)

This Week’s Menu Plan

Interested in what we’re eating this week? You can see our menu plan for this week here. I plan our menu based upon what we already have on hand, so I didn’t have to buy every single item needed to make everything on our menu.

How to Be a Meal-Planning Mama

Struggling with menu planning? Check out this post on How to Be a Meal Planning Mama.

Adventures in Grocery Shopping in South Africa

The ins and outs of grocery shopping and eating in South Africa!

I went to two different grocery stores on our last trip to South Africa — and Woolworth’s.

Both we located in local malls in very affluent parts of Pretoria, South Africa. (Yes, they have grocery stores at their local malls! You can not only do your regular shopping, but then also your grocery shopping.)

Both stores are very nice, modern grocery stores — with Woolworth’s being a higher-end grocery store.

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

I’ve been to multiple grocery stores in South Africa on past trips, so this time, it felt a lot more familiar and I had fun going through the aisles and taking pictures of various items that you likely wouldn’t find at a regular grocery store in the US.

(Note: Some of these items are ones that you could find at specialty grocery store in the states or may also be available in other countries, too. But many of these items are very South African! If you are from South Africa, be sure to chime in if anything I share in this post is incorrect!)

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

is something you see (and are served) a LOT in South Africa. It’s similar to beef jerky, but it tastes very different as it’s often not beef and it’s processed in a much different way. .

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

Boerewors is a type of sausage that is very common when the South Africans have a (what we’d call a barbecue or cookout). Here’s :

The name is derived from the words boer (“farmer”) and wors (“sausage”). Boerewors must contain at least 90 percent meat – always containing beef, as well as lamb or pork or a mixture of lamb and pork. The other 10% is made up of spices and other ingredients.

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

Ostrich is something you see very regularly in South Africa and lamb is something they serve a lot of. I don’t know that I’d ever had lamb before going to South Africa and now it’s something our family buys occasionally because we love it so much (unfortunately, it’s a lot more expensive here!)

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

Unlike everything posted above, I haven’t actually eaten these, but I just had to share this picture because, Cow Heels! Have any of you ever seen these at a local US store before?? I certainly haven’t!

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

Chicken feet and chicken beaks are a very common meal — especially in the more rural areas. They call them Walkie-Talkies.

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

Did you know that ? It’s so weird to see them all sitting out on a shelf like they are loaves of bread… but I’m sure the rest of the world thinks it’s weird that we keep ours in the refrigerator.

You can read this article here for more information on .

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

is a South African dish of minced spiced meat with an egg-based topping. It’s really yummy!

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

From Wikipedia:

Rusks is the anglicized term for (: beskuit) and is a traditional breakfast meal or snack. They have been  in South Africa since the late 1690s as a way of preserving bread, especially when travelling long distances without refrigeration. Their use continued through the and the through to the modern day. Rusks are typically in coffee or tea before being eaten.

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

is very common in South Africa — and you’ll even see prawn-flavored items like prawn popcorn!

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

From :

A koeksister is a traditional syrup infused version of a . The name derives from the Dutch word koekje, the origin of the American english word “cookie”.

Koeksisters are prepared by frying plaited rolls in , then submersing the fried dough into ice cold syrup. Koeksisters are very sticky and sweet and taste like .

They are really yummy but also really, really sweet!

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

Milk Tart (or melktert) is:

Melktert, for “milk tart”, is a dessert consisting of a sweet containing a creamy filling made from , , and . The ratio of milk to egg is higher than in a traditional Portuguese tart () or Chinese (dan ta), in which both was influenced by the Portuguese, resulting in a lighter texture and a stronger milk flavour.

Grocery Shopping in South Africa

Malva Pudding is really delicious! From :

Malva pudding is a sweet of origin. It contains jam and has a spongy texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with and/or . Many restaurants offer it.

You can check out the and the . The cool thing is that both stores donate their expiring produce to and they distribute them to where food is scarce and there isn’t easy access to grocery stores.

Have you tried any of the food above before? What are some other interesting foods you’ve eaten?

Want to see some interesting foods I tried on my first trip to South Africa? You can read that post and see the pictures here.

This Week’s $62 ALDI Grocery Shopping Trip

We had a lot of extra food in our refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards this week, so we’re mostly eating from the pantry this week. (See our menu plan for this week here.)

I had a really, really full workday yesterday, so Jesse offered to go to the grocery store last night for me. He went to ALDI and spent $61.57. (Have you read my Open Letter to ALDI?)

Our Grocery Budget

We currently budget $125 per week for groceries for our family of 5. This does not include eating out once a week (we budget separately for that).

We also get some of our expensive groceries and personal products (such as makeup) via Amazon using credit earned from Swagbucks + we get the majority of our household products (cleaners, toothpaste, detergent, etc.) via credit earned from Grove.

We only spent $61.57, which leaves me wiggle room to buy more markdowns at Kroger if I have time to swing by there later this week to see if they have some great markdowns. If I don’t have time or they don’t have good markdowns, I’ll roll over the extra $$ to next week.

This Week's Grocery Shopping Trip

Here’s what we bought:

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Mandarins — $3.99
  • Sweet potatoes — $0.99
  • Organic Mixed Green — $2.49
  • Organic Arugula x 2 — $2.49 each
  • Spring Mix — $1.99
  • Frozen Sweet corn — $0.95
  • Granny Smith Apples — $2.99
  • Tomatoes — $1.49
  • Frozen blueberries — $2.19
  • Salad dressing mix — $0.49
  • Blackberries x 3 — $1.99 each
  • Avocados x 2 — $0.99 each
  • Strawberries x 2 — $2.49 each
  • Lettuce — $1.99
  • Cottage cheese — $1.99
  • Cucumbers x 5 — $0.49
  • Milk — $1.39
  • Kidney beans x 4 — $0.79 each
  • Pineapple — $0.99
  • Peppers — $2.99
  • Beef broth — $1.39
  • Cheddar cheese x 2 — $1.89 each
  • Diced tomatoes — $0.49
  • Total with tax — $61.57 (Plus, don’t forget that when you shop at ALDI — or any grocery store — you can  & earned a little cashback for doing so. If you haven’t , use my coupon code MONEYSAVINGMOM when you sign up to earn more.)

This Week’s Menu Plan

Interested in what we’re eating this week? You can see our menu plan for this week here. I plan our menu based upon what we already have on hand, so I didn’t have to buy every single item needed to make everything on our menu.

How to Be a Meal-Planning Mama

Struggling with menu planning? Check out this post on How to Be a Meal Planning Mama.