Or, how Aldi's is helping me send my daughter to college.
There's just the two of us and, although i don't think i spent a lot of money on groceries, i tended to buy what I wanted and went out to dinner when i didn't feel like cooking.
Enter tuition bills.
I cut back on cable services and cell phone services. Raised the thermostat a degree on my air conditioning. Those helped with a few dollars, especially the cell phone. But i needed to take more drastic measures.
There are a few blogs out there about food plans at Aldi's but most of them are done seasonally. Although there are a few meals I'd eat over and over, sometimes I want a little variety, too.
This is my 2nd Two Week Plan. The first one went well, but I didn't have all the numbers so I couldn't write the blog. However, I spent $100 and got 14 dinners, 14 lunches, and 14 breakfasts for two people on it. Definitely a lot of money saved.
What I bought:
- 12 pk diet coke
- 1 box of mini eclairs
- frozen broccoli
- frozen sweet peas
- blue multi grain tortillas
- red cherries (a splurge)
- snack chip combos
- 2 chocolate bars
- loaf of sourdough
- hamburger buns
- box of cereal
- box of pasta
- veg oil
- stuffed tortellini
- vidalia onions
- 5 yogurts
- 2 cans of black beans
- yellow squash
- onion rings
- dozen eggs
- english muffins
- 2 bags of shredded cheese (it was on sale)
- baby portobella mushrooms
- evaporated milk
- ground beef
- a large pizza
What I spent: $82.00
Breakfast varies, but i usually have a boiled egg, an English muffin, and some fruit. My daughter will have an egg or cereal depending on her mood.
Lunch varies but generally a Pb&J, a bag of chips, a yogurt, and a can of soda for me.
- Burgers and Crowns (last week I bought the 15 bag of frozen patties. these are your friend and will last multiple weeks) include some bacon and avocado for a delicious feast
- Cornish Game Hen and roasted potatoes ( Hen has been in the freezer for a while and i bought a bag last week. again. potatoes are your friend when your money is tighter than your need to avoid carbs)
- Chile and black beans over rice (yum)
- nachos (2nd half of the avocado goes here)
- black bean burgers and grilled yellow squash
- pork chops, mac n cheese, and applesauce (chops were from a family pack purchased and in freezer)
- tortellini and garlic bread (from hamburger buns)
- eggs and bacon for dinner
- French toast
- pasta and grilled veg with cheese
- Pasta Carbonara (put bacon here)
- left over Pizza (it was pretty big!)
- grilled chicken (from a previous shopping trip) rice and beans
That's 14 meals X 3 meals a day X 2 people = 84 meals
or, less than a dollar a day to feed us for 14 days. If you don't think that's impressive, I'm not sure what will impress you.
As you can see, i've also included desert - a brick of chocolate or 2 mini eclairs. I make unsweetened green tea to drink and an occasional can of soda. A little less than 1/ day for two weeks.
Yes, some of my ingredients were things I already owned. I'm sure most of us have food in their freezer. The point is to work with what you have and run with it.
If you'd like to know any of my recipes or cooking tips, let me know. I'm always happy to share my limited cooking knowledge with people.
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