About a year ago, I decided I didn’t want to spend a lot of time shopping.  I was going to Aldi, Costco, and sometimes Wal-Mart; I spent a lot of time comparing prices.  As of this year I decided time was more important to me than shopping.  I realized overall I save the most money and time at Aldi.  I can get to Aldi, get my shopping done, and my groceries put away in about 1 hr and 30 minutes (it’s five minutes down the street)!

This did take some tweaking in my meal planning because there are things that Aldi just doesn’t carry.  I also order things I need off Amazon Prime and I make a once a month order from Swanson’s vitamins; this also includes some toiletries and Trim Healthy Mama products.

I sit down on Monday’s and plan all our meals for the week and then Tuesday go to the store.  This trip cost pictured above cost $233.79.  We did have some things on hand in the freezer and pantry. I also buy wipes and diapers , shampoo, soaps, detergents, razors, and other household supplies at Aldi. Our family eats every meal at home.  Our breakfasts consist of eggs, oatmeal, frozen blueberries, once a week a big baked pancake, and possibly yogurt if we run out of eggs (Aldi has a 6 dozen limit).  Our lunches are sandwiches or salads and my husband brings the leftovers to work from the night before.  Dinners lately have consisted of Salmon Patties with Veggies (usually Asparagus or Brussel Sprouts) and Rice, Chili and Salad, Whole Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli, Pasta with Meat Sauce and Salad, Hamburgers with Green Fries and Raw Veggies, and a Stir Fry.  I find one night a week we are either out at someone’s house or having someone over; this week I am making Mango Bean Salad for a party.  My kids also eat an afternoon snack; they are offered their choice of fruit, yogurt, or nuts; I usually have a protein shake.

I may add a picture of next weeks purchase, because this one seems lighter.  My kids range from 19 moths- almost 7 and I am pregnant, my kids eat a lot! (Three of them are off the growth charts)