I did my $20 weekly grocery shop yesterday. I spent $20.02 at Aldi and here's what I got:
A block of cheddar
A bag of coffee
A bag of spring mix salad
A can of jumbo biscuits
A bag of flour
A bag of walnuts
Here are the adjustments I had to make:
I planned to get croutons and dried cranberries for the salad. Instead, I made my own croutons, and I used raisins in place of the cranberries.
I planned to get milk and granola, but that will have to wait another week.
I planned to get Swiss cheese and feta for recipes, but had to pass.
I had salsa on my list, but I will not make any Mexican dishes this week.
I was hoping to get maple syrup for pancakes and French toast, but it was obviously way out of my reach.
I wanted to get brown sugar for my oatmeal; again, that will have to wait.
I had peanut butter on my list, but I am still scraping the sides of my jar, and that will have to do.
I bought caramel-flavored coffee which was on sale, rather than the "donut shop" coffee I first put in my cart.
The biscuits were not on my list but they were cheap and adaptable for many things.
Now, bear in mind, I have plenty of food in my freezer. This is a personal challenge; I just want to see if I can do it. And if I can sustain it, that would be great!
Edit: I also spent $47 on a birthday gift for one of my grandsons.