Have you ever heard of the grocery store Aldi? If you haven’t I’m sorry and I hope one opens close to you soon. If you have heard of it and are close to one, but still haven’t went then you are missing out! Let me tell you why.
Yesterday I had to go grocery shopping. I didn’t have anything to make for dinner and we were out of all the important things and being that it was Friday it had to happen that day. See, when you live in a tourist town you DO NOT go to the grocery store on the weekends in season. My definition of hell is Walmart in Myrtle Beach with too many tourists that don’t know where anything is, are as slow as your great grandmother, and think because they are on vacation they do not have to use common courtesy or sense. Please remember this next time you are on vacation. People live and work where you vacation and we have to do everyday things in that area, so please be nice and mindful of how you act. Ok, sorry I am over my little rant there. On with my story about grocery shopping.
So since it is starting to be the busy season I meal planned for 2 weeks and off to Aldi I went. Now if you have never been to Aldi before let me tell you a little about them. They are super cheap because they have these great tricks to help save them money and in return save you money. Like when you go to get your buggy you have to put in a quarter to unlock it from the rest (so they don’t have to pay someone to run around the parking lot to get the buggies left all over the place) and when you are done you put it back to get your quarter. They only carry maybe 2 brands of each thing so they can have more things overall. When you check out they put all your stuff back in the buggy and have an area for you to bring your own bags and load up or if you see an empty box anywhere you can take it and use that to keep everything in. They cut out on their labor and you save money. And I am perfectly fine putting my stuff in the bags how I want it to save money.
Now like I said I was planning to buy food for 2 weeks which means 14 dinners, snacks, fruit and veggies for baby food, and a couple lunches since we normally just have leftovers. I was hoping to keep it under $200 and I had a few things already at home so that helped cut down a little, but I was still thinking it would be close. And before I tell you how much it cost, let me list just my 14 meals out for you so you have a little idea of what all I was getting.
- White Chicken Chili
- Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pesto Mac
- Shrimp and broccoli Alfredo
- Tuna Cakes and Fries
- Turkey Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, and Cornbread (our not so healthy meal)
- Ground Turkey Stroganoff
- Stew Beef, Rice, and Peas
- Bowtie Lasagna
- Southwest Chicken and Rice
- Baked Chicken, Mac & Cheese, and Black Eyed Peas
- Chicken Tacos
- Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and Fries
- Chicken Parm Casserole
- Eggs, Sausage, and Toast
And like I said a good bit of other things to go with all that. So what was my grand total?
I was pretty freakin proud of that. I am telling you, if you haven’t been to Aldi you need to. It’s amazing and you will fall in love too.
If you have any questions about any of my meals or how I meal plan, send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to share with you!
Thanks for reading and Namaste!