Each month, I make a trip across town to Aldi to do a major restocking of all the essential food items in our regular diet. Since I don’t make a traditional menu plan (just a list of the meals we like and currently have ingredients on hand to make), my grocery shopping trips are pretty straight forward – just replace the items we’re out of and pick up any special items for the following month. I share our Aldi Grocery Trips and total grocery budgets for the month here to help other busy families who are trying to figure out how to feed their families easy meals for less.
Previous Aldi grocery trip recaps here:
- Feeding a Busy Family on a Budget: Monthly Aldi Shopping Trip
- Monthly Aldi Shopping Trip: April 2017
- My Monthly Aldi Shopping Trip: March 2017
Monthly Aldi Shopping Trip: June 2017
In June, we got a green light to start the house hunting process, and I started mentally getting ready to move. Part of that “getting ready to move” meant no major grocery shopping trips (to avoid having to move a lot of food), and I started a pantry/freezer challenge to eat up as much of the food we already had in our stockpile.
We finally moved in to our new house (hooray!!) last week, and this week the kids and I descended on Aldi to restock our pantry, fridge, and freezers. Transitioning from an apartment kitchen to a full kitchen (with side-by-side fridge/freezer + built in pantry) has been a blessing as we have more space… now we just need to figure out where everything should go.
Since it was going to be a major restocking trip (I’d been making bi-weekly trips to Meijer to keep us stocked in fresh produce, bread, and milk), I knew we’d need two carts. Thankfully, I had both of the older kids with me – they each pushed a cart while the two younger kids rode along.
We made quite the spectacle with our multiple carts and the sobbing-uncontrollably-for-no-reason-whatsoever 4yo. One of the “grandmas” shopping in the store with us decided she needed to come check on the 4yo and to offer some “free parenting advice” about disciplining and raising active/intense boys… and then proceeded to follow us around the store and continued to dole out her wisdom. I just smiled, nodded, and thanked her for her input while the other shoppers sent me looks of pity.
As far as a list goes, I didn’t take one this time because…
- Our store was recently reorganized, so I have to scour all the shelves to locate what I need.
- I needed everything so, there was little chance of me forgetting anything as I scoured each and every shelf.
- The only two things I needed and didn’t come home with weren’t essentials (beef stew – I couldn’t find it but I think I know where it was hiding; and raisins – they’re on the baking aisle and I went down it too quickly).
But the great thing about getting the same items every time is that I pretty know what I want to get and how much of it I need to get through the month. And then, I can just plan our meals around whatever I manage to bring home!
Here’s the breakdown of this month’s Aldi grocery shopping trip…
As you can see, I spent about twice as much as normal this trip, but I fully anticipated that would be the case (our stockpile was pretty much non-existent). This trip should hold us for about 6 weeks, minus our bi-weekly(ish) trip to Meijer to grab more milk and fresh produce.
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