Grocery Shopping- Aldi Adventures
Grocery shopping can be expensive and time consuming. My husband Andrew and I have really perfected our grocery shopping routine over the years. As I have said before, both Andrew and I work the 8-5 life so it easy to get into a routine of cooking and cleaning. Our normal Monday through Friday includes a crock-pot or quick dinner, easy to-go breakfast and a pre-packed lunch. Andrew and I try to grocery shop either Friday or Saturday evening to avoid the crowds and we normally pick up a #treatyoself dinner on the way home (let’s be honest – it’s most always Chipotle)
There are several things to remember when grocery shopping
- Keep it simple – fresh or frozen veggies, fresh or frozen fruit, chicken or turkey and brown rice.
- Go with a list – you do not need to make a new dish every day of every week. Know what your staples dishes are for each week (turkey chili, turkey tacos, grilled chicken and veggies)
- Don’t go hungry – you probably have heard this one before. But do not go hungry grocery shopping; you will just end up throwing every treat into your cart you come across.We normally shop at Aldi! Surprisingly Aldi is quickly surpassing even Wholefoods when it comes to being the healthiest grocery store chain. I know it can be kind of overwhelming going into an Aldi, below are some tips and tricks on making the transition easier:
- Bring your own bags – Aldi charges you for each bag you use, just bring your reusable bags (the environment thanks you!)
- Bring a quarter – you will need this to check out a shopping cart
- Go isle by isle – don’t be shocked by the prices! THEY ARE FOR REAL!
My husband and I used to solely shop at Publix with our BOGO coupons. We normally spend close to $150 a week easy on groceries. Using BOGO coupons for things we actually didn’t need in the first place? I guess that’s the gimmick! When we swapped to shopping at Aldi instead, we were able to get enough food for dinners, breakfasts, lunches, deserts and even pick fresh food up for Buddy (our bunny) for around $50 (FOR REAL). We cut our grocery spending from $150 to less than $50! We even swapped from generic food to mostly organic with no added cost!
Just as an example – our kids, Tinsel the dog and Buddy the bunny LOVE carrots. Shopping at Publix we could only afford to pick up a single $4 bag of carrots for them every week which was never enough (there would be riots). At Aldi an organic bag of carrots costs us $1.50! $1.50!!!! (CARROTS FOR EVERYONE!)
Now onto the good stuff – What do we actually pick up? What do we normally eat?
- Frozen, organic wheat waffles with fresh fruit depending on the season
- Granola or cereal with fresh fruit (my addiction right now is Raisin Bran)
- On even busier short mornings I just grab a granola bar and a banana
- Greek yogurt (59 cents!!) and fresh, organic fruit
- Crock-pot chicken chili (you can make this with any meat, even turkey!) This is our go to Monday meal – because Monday’s suck and no one wants to cook
- Grilled chicken, veggies and rice is our go-to dinner almost every night. It’s easy to pop two chicken breasts in the oven for thirty minutes while I take a shower or an easy thirty minute living room work out.
- Crock-pot turkey tacos – we let the ground turkey sit in the crock-pot all day with spices. When we get home we scoop it out onto wheat tortillas or directly onto iceberg lettuce.
- Left overs – straight up left over food from dinners (can’t get easier than that!)
- My other easy go-to is two hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit and veggie juice (you can get the off-brand Naked Vegetable juice at Aldi; $3 for a half gallon!!)
The good stuff (life is ALWAYS better with chocolate)
- Just plain chocolate milk – that’s my go-to desert before bed. Skim milk and a squirt of Hershey syrup to satisfy my sweet tooth!
- Aldi will normally have special buys like dark chocolate covered cranberries and blueberries too
Did I mention wine? OH YES. Aldi has an incredible selection of wine for less than $3 per bottle.
- Fresh organic fruit – apples, little oranges, bananas peaches (basically anything in season)
- Fresh organic veggies – carrots, peppers dipped in humus
- Frozen fruit bars – Aldi carries Organic Coconut Creme bars and they are to die for!
- Cheeses – Aldi has a unbelievable cheese selection, fresh Parmesan and specialty buys each week (Cheese, crackers and wine. What more do you need?)
- What I’m currently obsessed with? (No judgement) Kids’ squeezable apple sauce packs. Completely organic, no sugar added, apples and mixed fruit! YUM.
You really should not be spending more than $75 on groceries for two every week. You work hard for your money, don’t waste it! A lot of people complain that eating healthy is expensive, but as I’ve shown you here it can be really affordable! Do your research, make a list and go for it! I would love to hear your tips, tricks and love for Aldi below!