I've decided to try grocery shopping every week, and tightening up my budget. My goal is to only spend around $60 for each trip, which honestly, doesn't seem to stretch very far these days...and is going to require a lot more meal planning and fewer "extras."
Today was shopping day...so I made an inventory of what I already had and then sat down to make a plan for the week.
Monday: Crockpot Lasagna
Tuesday: Slow-Cooker Greek Stuffed Peppers
Wednesday: TBD- we might be going to a drive-in movie
Thursday: Mediterranean Tilapia
Friday: Brown Butter Lemon Pasta
Sunday: Grilled chicken & zucchini
Then I headed to the store...
At Aldi I spent $42.05: my splurge was on pistachio's.
At Cub Foods I spent $20.79: the oranges from the first picture were bought at Cub, and the most expensive item I picked up was ground flax meal.
Clearly, I was able to get a lot more for my money at Aldi...but of course they didn't carry a few of the items I wanted/needed. I was able to stick pretty close to my budget, and the only thing I bought that wasn't on my list were the nuts!