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A Trip to Aldi

July 8th, 2015 at 07:04 am

I went grocery shopping yesterday. I was out of a lot of staples, so I went to Aldi, which I haven't done in a long time. And I bought 20 items, but that's okay, since it's been several weeks since I did a regular grocery shop. The total cost was $51, and I was able to get it all up to my condo in two trips with my IKEA bag.

The list:
Sourdough bread
Honey wheat bread
12" pan cookie (in lieu of birthday cake)
Shredded mozzarella
Shredded cheddar
Paper towels
Cream cheese
Spreadable margarine
Greek yogurt
Marinara sauce
Chocolate syrup
Almond milk
Pancake syrup
Strawberry preserves

It seems like a pretty good haul for the price. In general, my 10-item shops are at least $30 at the local Jewel.

In the evening, I went to my grandson's baseball game, which was in a nearby suburb. I got a tank of gas for $36.

I have already spent 30% of the variables budget, but I think it's going to be a pattern that I spend the most at the beginning of the month, and then it evens out. I had a vacation to cash flow, too. And of course there was the indulgence of buying two pairs of shoes. Much needed, though.

Upcoming expenses are: the birthday dinner (now scheduled for Friday) and lunch out with friends tomorrow.

The birthday dinner will be homemade pizza and salad and garlic bread, and the big cookie for dessert. The garlic bread is already made and in the freezer. I still have to buy most of the other ingredients -- pizza crust, pizza sauce, Sweet Italian sausage, lettuce, dressing, ham & turkey (for the salad). I'm going to buy another box of wine, too, since I'm almost out. I love having a box of wine in the fridge, by the way! So much cheaper and more convenient!

My possible meals for this week, not including the pizza, will be:

Chicken piccata
Chicken tacos
Beef stew
Cream cheese/olive/walnut sandwiches
Potato soup
Chicken pot-pie pocket

Many of these are leftovers, now in the freezer.

My cats threw up on my comforter last night. Good reminder -- time to change to my summer bedding!

4 Responses to “A Trip to Aldi”

  1. SecretarySaving Says:

    I love potato soup with a lot of pepper.

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I find also that at the start of the month my % spent of the budget is high but due to NSDs during the week it doesn't move much. I also include all expenses eg mortgage and other fixed items too. Currently at 45% spent but this is also due to car registration payment which is expensive. I'm at 45% now but it quite often hits around 85-90% by the end of the month including savings

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like a great birthday dinner!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Yum, potato soup! We are big Aldi shoppers and get the majority of our groceries there. Pizza for the birthday dinner will probably be a big hit!

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