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Grocery Report and Menu Plan | in slightly more detail than usual

For a change this week, I divided my groceries into piles, and took pictures of each. A lot of you have asked for more detail about my shopping, so I’ll explain a little bit about why I bought the items in each picture.

First up, the cold stuff. All of it is from Aldi except the Yoplait. The milk is for cereal and baking purposes, the heavy cream will top our oatmeal, the butter is for baking and using on bread, the cheese is for some dinner meals, the cottage cheese is for lunch (my kids think it’s a big treat!). The OJ is for my kids to drink at breakfast. We usually need more than this, but we had some left from last week. Lastly, the Yoplait is a treat I bought for my husband’s lunches.

Here’s the meat. I bought the leg quarters for $.59/pound. We’ll BBQ some of them, and I de-boned some of the chicken thighs for a future teriyaki chicken meal. The sausage is for a pot of Tortellini Soup and it was not on sale…I like it so much better than other sausage, though, I’m willing to pay for it. The ground beef was on sale for $1.79/pound. I’ll use half to make hamburgers this week and half will go into some other future meal. The deli meat is from Aldi, where it’s SO much cheaper than at the deli counter. I sometimes keep a package around for those days when I don’t happen to have leftovers to send in my husband’s lunch.

This is my produce…not much explanation needed. Most of it is from Aldi. I have some greens left from last week, so I didn’t buy any lettuce or spinach, which is unusual. None is organic except for the carrots and tomatoes.

And here’s the rest of my stuff. I’ll just mention the noteworthy things. Bulls Eye BBQ sauce was on sale, but this flavor was on closeout, so it was even cheaper: $1.12. The canisters of oatmeal were $.66 apiece after a coupon, and the cereal was a sale/coupon deal I paid $4 for the 4 boxes of General Mills cereal, and I paid $5 for the 4 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal (so $9 total). Given how little cereal we are eating these days, these 8 boxes should last us for a while.

Interestingly enough, the cereal would have cost $31.74 instead of $9 had I paid full price and not had coupons. Yikes. Several of those boxes are normally $4.19, and considering that price gets you less than a pound of cereal, it’s not anything close to a bargain.

(In case you’re interested, I got two of my cereal coupons from the paper and two from The ones were the best…$1.50/2 boxes).

How much did I spend altogether?

My Aldi groceries cost $45.95 and my Weis groceries cost $39.03.

So, my total for this week is $84.98, and I’m quite pleased with that.

Breakfasts this week will be typical…yogurt, bananas, muffins, toast, and oatmeal. Lunches will be homemade yogurt, yogurt smoothies, fruit, sandwiches, and leftovers as necessary.

Dinner plans are as follows (recipes that are currently posted on my blog are hyperlinked).


  • Usually I make pizza on Saturday nights, but tonight we are going to do something unusual and pick up a pizza. Of course, we will have root beer (which we will not be buying at the pizza place because it’s crazy expensive there!).


  • French Toast
  • OJ
  • fried eggs for anyone who wants one (usually Lisey and me)


  • Glazed Chicken Breasts
  • English Muffins
  • green salad


  • Grilled Hamburgers
  • homemade buns
  • grapefruit halves
  • potato chips



  • BBQ Chicken Pieces
  • grilled vegetables
  • Cheddar Twists (a new roll recipe I’m trying)


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Tuesday 9th of March 2010

I little off subject, but I just wanted to let everyone know the FANTASTIC deal I got this last weekend. I bought a chest freezer for $199 plus tax and received $200 in coupons for FREE groceries! This is a promotion that Hy-Vee runs once a year and I couldn't see passing it up.


Monday 8th of March 2010

I love this more detailed pictures. I can spy your groceries :)


Sunday 7th of March 2010

Do you have a special way of cooking your teriyaki chicken meals? Do you always use chicken thighs? That is a very good price on the chicken leg quarters!


Saturday 6th of March 2010

Hi, WTG shopping this week :) I am a new Aldi shopper, will be going for the first time this coming week and was wondering are there particular products you buy there on a regular basis/like, and particular ones you stay away from. Any insight into what's good/not would be great :)


Monday 8th of March 2010

I know I'm not Kristen but I shop at Aldi once every two weeks and have for 3 or 4 years now.

I do get chips and things from them. Their "no-name" chips are just as good as other brands and are much cheaper. I also stock up on packable things for lunches. (Fruit snacks or cheese & crackers) Things I always get are eggs, milk, cheese, salad mixes (which are by far cheaper than other stores and last longer), ground turkey (also cheaper than other places, by far), canned tomatoes, canned beans, and that sort of thing. I find that depending on the store produce can be really good or bad and same with the meat. Meat at our stores last a while, freeze well, and are cost effective. Produce at my store tends to be "use today" quality. I also like almost anything in the Fit & Healthy line they carry.

You just need to try everything really. If it interests you most things are cheap enough that you won't feel bad if you don't like it. Also Aldi has a pretty good return policy for items you didn't like and they call it the Double Guarantee.

Good luck and have fun shopping.


Saturday 6th of March 2010

I'm amazed that one pack of hamburger meat will last for two meals. Maybe it's because I buy ours in the 8# tube. I bring it home and split it up into 1.5# portions, but it's never enough for hamburgers for my family of four.

Maybe it's the fat/lean content. I need to look into that. I might be literally pouring money in the trash!


Saturday 6th of March 2010

It's a three-pound pacakage of hamburger, but you couldn't really see that in the picture...sorry! 1.5 pounds will make hamburgers for one dinner, and the other 1.5 pounds will probably make another hamburger meal in a few weeks.

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