The 12 Must-Buy Items From Aldi To Get You Through The Week
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that these are the current prices in the midwest. However, they may be vastly different according to your region.
Control Your Grocery Budget
Since we have been married, we have a mutual goal of paying off our student loans debt and work to
build our wealth.
We have discovered that the best way to find the most wiggle room is in our discretionary income,
particularly in the area of Food!
That is why we now create a Weekly Menu Plan every Sunday to help us know exactly what’s for
dinner ahead of time rather than resorting to pick up drive-thru or take out every night.
Not only does this save us time during our busy week, but ever since we’ve created our Weekly
Menu Plan, we have saved a lot more money to pay down our debts as well.
You can print out your own copy of my Weekly Menu Plan to help you with your dinnertime
rush as well. Just scroll down below to print it out!
There is no other line item in our budget that we have the most
control over, except for Food, and our discretionary income which includes; Shopping, and
Over the years, we have also noticed that we have wasted so much good food because of
overabundance, lack of intentional planning, and just overall carelessness.
All of that changed when we discovered how to grocery shop at Aldi.
It seriously is the best thing since sliced bread.
It is practical, efficient, and surprisingly full of variety for the value.
Week after week, we have also discovered that we have 12 staples that we normally buy from Aldi
that would allow us to get through the week and still be well fed and satiated.
Here is a sample price list of our family’s staples from Aldi:
- Eggs———————————$0.89/dozen of large sized eggs
- Greek Yogurt———————-$0.39/cup x 4 = $3.54
- Sliced Bread———————–$0.75
- Shredded Cheese—————–$0.99/16 oz. bag x 4 = $3.96
- Frozen Ground Turkey———–$1.89/2 lb. tube
- Peanut Butter———————$1.99/jar
- Whole Bean Coffee—————$3.99
- Idaho Potatoes——————-$1.99/5 lb. sack
- Whole Fresh Chicken————$1.69/lb. x 3 = $5.07
- Produce on Sale——————$0.89/lb. x 4= $3.56 (green grapes, Roma tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli, etc.)
We supplement our staples with weekly sales ads items from our other local grocery store chains, like
Kroger, Meijer, & Fresh Thyme.
We also swap extras with friends and family, and grow our own herbs & a few veggies in our backyard.
Here is one of our Weekly Menu Plans for reference:
(This menu plan was inspired by Bridget’s & Gretchen’s Weekly Menu Plan from www.moneysavingmom.com. )
I love seeing first-hand how Crystal and her sisters show their weekly grocery shopping haul as well as give a break down of their plan each week.
So much so that they’ve inspired me to do something similar for my family as well.
Check out our sample weekly menu plan below:
- Sunday: (Breakfast = milk, cereal & fruit),
(Lunch = PB&J sandwiches, baby carrots & cukes w/ ranch, and fresh cut fruit),
(Dinner = Roast Pork w/ roasted veggies & Mashed Potatoes)
- Monday: (Breakfast = milk, banana bread & fruit),
(Lunch = Deli Turkey & Cream Cheese Pinwheels, baby carrots & cukes w/ ranch, and fresh cut fruit),
- Tuesday: (Breakfast = OJ w/ Fruit & Granola Yogurt Parfaits),
(Lunch = Mac & Cheese, baby carrots & celery w/ ranch, and fresh cut fruit),
(Dinner = Zupa Toscana Replica w/Italian Bread)
- Wednesday: (Breakfast = milk, nutella toast & fruit),
(Lunch = Pizza Day @ school=Kids buy lunch),
(Dinner = Beef Broccoli Stir Fry w/Rice)
- Thursday: (Breakfast = milk, overnight oatmeal jars w/fruit & chia seeds),
(Lunch = PB & J “sushi rolls”, mozzarella cheese stick, grape tomatoes & bell peppers w/ ranch, and fresh cut fruit),
(Dinner = Chicken Tortilla Soup w/ guacamole & nachos)
- Friday: (Breakfast = milk, cereal, & fruit),
(Lunch = Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, baby carrots & cukes w/ ranch, and fresh cut fruit),
(Dinner = Fresh Spring Rolls w/Shrimp & Miso Soup)
- Saturday: (Breakfast = Pancakes, Bacon, & Eggs),
(Lunch = Refridgerator Refresh aka clean the fridge for leftovers),
(Dinner = Grilled Salmon, Asparagus & Portabello Mushrooms, w/wild rice & quinoa)
Some Helpful Tips To Consider:
- Be sure to bring a quarter ($0.25) to rent their shopping cart while you are shopping.
- Bring your own shopping bags from home.
- Or you can also buy their plastic or paper bags for $0.10 each
- There are also plenty of empty cardboard boxes around the store that you can grab for free, so don’t worry if you forgot to bring bags and do not want to spend money on them.
- Aldi does not accept manufacturer coupons.
- However, on rare occasions, they do distribute their own store coupons in the mail. (We have seen some coupons that were $5 off $25 total purchase particularly around the holidays or even a store grand opening.)
But lately, because of all the weekly download Friday deals or freebies and also gas points, we have
also been doing our grocery shopping using Kroger Click List for the win!
Aldi does not have a grocery pick up service yet.
However, they are an InstaCart participant, which means we can sign up for grocery delivery service
via InstaCart and they will deliver groceries from Aldi to our front door.
Whichever way you choose to shop for groceries, it really pays to check your weekly sales ads so you
can double check the prices in your local area for yourself.
Or you can just follow your favorite deals blog to get a more complete list of what’s on sale before you head out to do your weekly shopping.
My family and I have benefitted so much from learning and implementing some of the
coupon strategies these ladies have generously shared with us over the years.
If you are overwhelmed with keeping up with the day-to-day life and saving money on your grocery
These are some of my personal favorite deals blogs that I have followed through the years to help my
family and I get our heads in check when it comes to all things family and personal finance related.
I have also created two versions of this free printable Weekly Menu to help you and your family plan
out your meals at home so that you can save your hard earned cash. Just print it out, laminate it, and
stick it on your fridge.
Pair it with a dry-erase marker and it will save you time and money from having to hit the drive-thrus.