I mentioned a few weeks ago that our grocery spending has been wickety wack lately. As in, averaging $1,119.50 per month for two adults and two small children. (The amount includes diapers, paper products, household cleaning supplies and the like.)
So, for the month of August I’ve resolved to do our weekly grocery trip at Aldi, instead of the local grocery store, to see if it makes a difference.
I’ve done a price comparison chart you can see here if you’re interested.* Aldi wins on paper, but we’ll see how it shakes out in real life.
Aldi and I have an uneasy relationship:
- It’s about 25 minutes away, and I have to subtract about $7/trip from any cost savings.
- Also, you have to bag your own groceries. . . . There was that time I bagged in a hurry because Girl 1 was pitching a fit. I got home and dropped an over-stuffed bag of pasta sauce in the carport, sending tomato sauce and tiny shards of glass everywhere.
- Then there was the time sensorily-sensitive Girl 1 held her hands over her ears for the first 15 minutes or so, sobbing pitifully that her arms hurt and she was scared, because of the buzzer that occasionally goes off near the dairy section.
- Another time I was so exhausted after a trip that I gave Girl 1 a whole bag of dried apricots to eat on the way home. And she did . . . too many of them . . . and had an unfortunate accident later on . . . at the library . . . in the middle of the kids section . . . in full view of several other families. Fortunately, she’s still a bit young to get embarrassed easily. I sent flowers to the poor librarian who had to clean up.
- And just last week I got cocky and, despite prior mishaps, took both girls with me again. Only about 10 minutes into the trip, Girl 2 tired of reaching behind her into the cart and throwing groceries onto the floor, stood up in the front set of the cart despite the buckle, and threatened a terrible tantrum. I let her and Girl 1 run loose and throw grapefruit at each other while I aborted the mission, checked out with only half my list completed, and got the h*ll out of there.
Already I’m talking myself into grocery shopping at Walmart instead. But I get so sick of Walmart. And even though their prices are low, they sell, you know, everything, and I can’t seem to leave there without spending $230.
So I’m determined to give Aldi a fighting chance. I’ll let you know how it goes.
* Not all the items on the chart are PHD compliant. We still feed the girls sandwiches on regular bread. And we can’t quite give up peanut butter.
Breakfasts: Scrambled eggs with avocado OR two-ingredient grain-free “pancakes,” OR oatmeal (not completely Perfect Health Diet compliant)
Lunches: Our main meal (see below)
Monday: Bare minimum mode chicken and potatoes (probably my favorite recipe ever)
Tuesday: Yummy baked thingy
Wednesday: Steak with mushrooms and onions, potatoes or rice, and a veggie
Thursday: Salmon some way or another
Friday: Cheese pizza using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free pizza crust mix
Saturday: Easy paleo chicken and spinach