i honestly can't believe we are already at the end of another month and around these parts, that means it is time for my aldi grocery shopping trip and new monthly menu guide! (please hold your applause)
last night, my friend, kelly, and I did some eating out, chatting, joann fabric-ing, and grocery shopping. it was a bunch of my favorite things combined!
a cheaper grocery bill doesn't mean cheaper-tasting meals. may's monthly menu guide has some new recipes (mostly from the RR show) and some old tried and true favorites.
(by the way, who tried that pepper steak recipe from last month and loved it as much as i did?!!)
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may's monthly menu guide (blank monthly menu guide)
may's recipe samples
may's updated meal categories
my aldi shopping list was as follows:
fresh mushrooms (2)
navel oranges (bagged)
brocolli florets (2)
frozen peas (3)
3 boxes cereal
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
sweet potatoes (bagged)
fresh green beans in steam bag (3)
italian bag salad
milk (2 gallons)
mandarin oranges (canned-3)
quart twinlock baggies
chuck tuna in water (2)
shredded Parmesan cheese (2)
sharp cheddar cheese block
provolone cheese slices (man, we eat a lot of cheese!)
beef broth (2)
mini marshmallows (2)
fruit strip snacks (2)
raisins 6 pack
grand total: $114.42 (this was down from last month's by $10.00)
by the way.....we made our grocery budget by a landslide for april!
week 1: $125.13 (aldi)
week 2: $42.33 (harris teeter with coupons)
week 3: $53.24 (harris teeter with coupons)
week 4: $40.10 (harris teeter with coupons--used stuff leftover in pantry)
total for april: $260.80
this is almost $100.00 less than our budgeted amount of $350/month!
that extra money is going to pay down debt (a major milestone).
tips to decreasing my grocery budget?
1. only go to the store once a week (and don't send the husbo for a "few" things here and there)
2. plan ahead --menu planning definitely works!
(need a refresher on how i menu plan? go here.)
3. coupon and shop discount stores like aldi
what do you do to keep your grocery budget in check? leave me a comment with your tips and i'll give them a try this month!