Are you thinking you need to stockpile on a budget? With the recent scare of the coronavirus, stores are having a difficult time staying stocked. In fact, the teacher at my son’s school requested sanitizing wipes because half of the class had the flu last week.
I was lucky enough to grab the second to last multipack. Yep, that is all they had left – Two multipacks.
Not to mention, Costco was out of toilet paper and most stores are out of hand sanitizer (although I found some at Walmart in the Easter sections, but don’t tell anyone!)
This leads me to my next post…What should you stock up on if you are stuck inside for a long period of time?
Do you know how to meal plan? It is easy to create a cheap Aldi meal plan with the low prices found at this store. Have you heard of Aldi, a popular discount grocery store? Most people that are into saving money have at least visited Aldi once or twice.
But if you are looking to save money, this Aldi meal plan is definitely something you want to check out.
If you are new to Aldi it is a popular discount grocery chain that started in Europe and eventually made it’s a way to the states. It is owned by Trader Joe’s so most of the food is of high quality.
Aldi’s low prices come at a cost, but after you get used to Aldi’s little quirks such as renting your grocery cart for $0.25 and bringing your own grocery bags, you will fall in love with the savings.
My Aldi’s Challenge
My challenge for this post -it was really just a personal challenge- was to buy at least seven dinners, so dinners for one week, and keep my cost under $35.
Do you think I was able to do it? (I know the suspense is killing you!)
If you answered yes, because of Aldi’s low prices, you are correct.
This post will show you how to create a simple meal plan from Aldi for under $35.
You will also find some of the meals are on the larger side so depending on the size of your family, you may end up with leftovers. I have a family of four with kids ages currently seven and five and this was plenty of food for all of us. My husband and I even got lunch leftovers a few of the days.
I will include my a printable menu plan and printable grocery list at the end of the post so read through to pick up your goodies and get ready to save!
I have a specialty grocery store across the street from me. They make wonderful dips, pre-made food like barbeque and salads and – best of all – fabulous cakes. However, I don’t shop there much on a day-to-day or week to week basis. Why? Because I know I can get my regular groceries and produce much cheaper elsewhere, especially if I want to buy organic.
Moreover, I will surely avoid buying organic food at the specialty store because of the extremely high prices. Although their food is good quality, I know I can find good quality cheap organic food and produce at other stores for much less.
And who doesn’t want some extra cash in their wallets after a long, hard trip to the grocery store?
There are two main types of grocery shoppers:
The bargain hunter – This is SO me. Why pay more when I know I can save on my grocery bill and keep my hard-earned money. Ishop frugally and use coupons and coupon apps.
The “Cart Tosser” Shopper – This is the shopper that throws everything in the cart without looking at prices. Although this is a fun way to shop, the bill is often a huge surprise.
Regardless of what type of shopping category you fit into, I can teach you some ways to cut your grocery bill and buy organic food on a budget. I can also give you some ideas for quality food and find the cheapest organic food so you don’t waste your money.
Are you looking to try the keto diet, but are on a budget? Sure, it may sound difficult to eat keto on a budget, but it is possible.
It is reported that 39.6 adult Americans are overweight and the obesity rate has increased in the last ten years (source Jama Network). This staggering number represents just how important it is to eat healthily.
And what better way to eat healthily, then to follow a low-carb diet. I know several people who have lost weight using the keto diet and improved their overall health including cholesterol and sugar levels. Yet, I am all about saving you money so I found some amazing recipes from some out-of-this-world bloggers that will help you save money and eat well, even though you are dieting.
Keto is known for being a pricier diet. People think, meat and cheese, which can take up a huge portion of your food bill. However, there are WAY more options than just meat and cheese and you can eat well on the keto diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without sacrificing taste thanks to the recipes below.
Maybe you are already on the keto diet. Whatever the case, below you will find 35 amazing breakfast ideas, lunch ideas, and dinner ideas that will leave you full and satisfied.
Are you ready to have your socks knocked off this winter? These slow cooker soup recipes listed below are so good you won’t need those socks.
Winter is a time of hibernation. The freezing cold temperature that sweep the nation leave you feeling chilly and stiff. What better way to warm up your body then putting on a crock pot full of hot soup that you can enjoy for dinner!
These soups will warm your body and make it more likely you will get things done this winter. You won’t need to hibernate under a blanket. You will be warm enough to get up and be productive. Not to mention, they taste great and leave your house with a seriously yummy smell all day long.
My fellow food bloggers do not disappoint. Check out these warm winter soup recipes to keep you warm and snuggled!
Are you and your wallet ready for the big day? -Turkey day that is. Hosting Thanksgiving is expensive and stressful. Coming up with your Thanksgiving menu takes time, especially if you are on a budget. However, with anything in life, a solid plan will help you nail your Thanksgiving dinner on the big day. We already know the main course, but what about your Thanksgiving side dishes?
You want something that will wow your guests, but also Thanksgiving side dishes that are affordable and yummy.
Hosting Thanksgiving is not an easy task. Trust me, I’ve done it three times and we have a big family. – Like 8 brothers and sisters on my husband’s side big! Planning out the meal, grocery list, and devising a cooking timeline for the turkey saved my sanity!
Another thing that helped was sticking to a budget when buying the food. No one needs more money stress around the Holidays. Furthermore, it is great to check your local flyers and find the best price per pound on your turkey which is easy because most grocery stores have sales just to stay in the grocery game that week. But let’s face it, hosting any holiday including Thanksgiving is expensive and the Thanksgiving side dishes need to be taken into account within your budget.
So if you are on a budget, like me, you will want to find good deals on side dishes too while still awe-ing your guests with your cooking abilities and unique recipe ideas.
With that in mind, I’ve created a roundup post with the help of my fellow food blogger’s including 50 plus side dishes that are delicious and still budget-friendly. Just pick a few and plan them out on your shopping list to keep track of your cooking expenses.
Pro tip: Find a few recipes that share the same spices or ingredients to help cut your costs even more. For example. two recipes may use sage. You can save by only buying one spice pack.
Thanksgiving is usually stressful for the host, so don’t make it even more stressful by going over budget on food. Try some of these amazing recipes and enjoy your time with your family! You deserve it!