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This Week’s $150.63 Large Family Aldi Grocery Haul + One Week Meal Plan | 5.16.16

This Week’s Large Family Aldi Grocery Haul + One Week Meal Plan | 5.16.16

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Happy brand new week, friends! My large family grocery haul from Aldi last week did not disappoint, so naturally I went back again for this week’s grocery haul.

Several friends have asked me if I will ever get back to doing once-a-month grocery hauls. Yes, I’d love too! I’ve mentioned before that honestly, I despise weekly grocery shopping in the past. However, going to this new Aldi is changing some of those feelings! I’m enjoying getting to know how Aldi works. It’s located pretty convenient to our new house, and my husband is out of college for the summer which makes my grocery shopping easier. The little store feels so quant, so my current weekly hauls are working for the moment. Maybe by the end of the summer I’ll feel like I know Aldi well enough to try a once-a-month haul for there. 🙂

As an added bonus I feel like I might actually be able to adjust my current large family grocery budget. My current grocery budget is pretty fair, breaking down to only $27.77 per family member/per week for 84 healthy meals and 60+ snacks a month. I’ve shared before my tips on How to Stick to a Cash-Based Grocery Budget. I’ll be sure to let you know how my current numbers work long-term. Who knows, right?!

This week’s grocery shopping total

Can you believe this? I spent $150.63 for our family of nine. Yup, sure did. This even included a huge pack of toilet paper (usually I separate the food and household expense budget, but Aldi currently has me in lala land and I forgot to pay for the toilet paper separate.  Let’s just stick with the $150.63 as the total. That breaks down to just $16.73 per family member for this week’s haul for our family of nine. #winning 

The Amazing Deals I Found at Aldi this Week

 But first, Bananas!

 Aldi Bananas

The first amazing deal that I found was bananas for only $0.29/lb. I snagged our normal 20 lbs or so.  

And then that deal on milk!

Is this 1978 or something? Milk was only $1.19/gallon. I about died. I pay $2.50-$3+ a gallon at Walmart regularly.  I use to be thrilled to snag milk for $2.20/gallon at Costco. Now I’ve seen the light 🙂

My Full $150.63 Aldi Haul

Bananas – $0.29/lb (we actually got 22 lbs of bananas this week!)

Yogurt – $0.39 each x 48

Peanut Butter – $2.99 x1

Steel Cut Oats – $2.29 x1

Ice Cream Sandwiches – $2.49 x1

Sandwich Bags – $1.99 x2

3 Pepper Pack – $2.99 x1

Seedless Water Melon – $3.99

Cottage Cheese – $2..29 x2

Milk – $1.19/gallon x7

Grape Jelly – $1.49 x1

Mushroom Pack – $1.29 x2

Jumbo Biscuits – $0.99 x4 

Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.39 x2

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – $2.29/lb x 8 lbs

Hamburger Buns – $0.69 x5 (this was another great mark down! Regularly $0.85 each and down to $0.69)

Coffee Creamer – $2.19 x1

Plain Greek Yogurt – $3.49 x1

Orange Juice – $1.99 x2

Unsweetened Almond Milk – $2.29 x1

Light Ranch Dressing – $1.29 x1

Chicken Broth – $1.79 x2

Canned Potatoes – $0.65 x2

Ground Beef – $12.52/5 lb pack

Steamed Veggie Pack – $0.95 x2

Butter Tub – $1.79 x1

BBQ Sauce – $1.99 x2 


Large Family Weekly Meal Plan

Slowcooker Oatmeal Recipe

Breakfasts for this week: I mention in today’s video that my husband and I have always enjoyed being able to sit and eat an omelet together in the mornings. Of course this doesn’t always happen. Since he’s on his summer college break we’ll be able to get back to this little tradition. For the kids I’ll rotate our usual fried eggs, scrambled eggs, fruit/cottage cheese, oatmeal (there’s always slow cooker oatmeal too!), and hey even a morning or two of cold cereal with a banana if we’re pushed for time. 

Morning Omelet

Morning omelet with my husband from Instagram

Lunches for this week: I had my older boys make several loaves of Peanut Butter and Jelly for the freezer so we have those on hand. We’ll have any dinner leftovers that are available, turkey sandwiches/fruit (yes, still some turkey meat in the freezer from that awesome $90 Sharp Shopper Haul from almost a month ago!), smoothies, and watermelon too! 

Large Family Dinners

Dinners is where I really put forth thought and effort. I keep breakfast and lunches as easy peesy as possible. For dinner I still keep things simple like working my slow cooker and using my bread machines (like I did here in my Bean’s, Rice, and Corn Bread recipe), but for dinners my goal is to have a traditional everybody-sit-around-the-table-together-and-pass-the-peas-please event.

Confession Time: The weekend Bean’s, Rice, and Corn Bread weekend meal from last week’s meal plan was moved to Sunday/Monday, from Saturday/Sunday, due to this week’s shopping haul running late for me. We ended up eating out. Now you know.

Also, several of the meals on this week’s dinner meal plan I do not have recipes posted online or cooking vlogs published. I’m going to film these for you, so be looking for them in the coming weeks! In the mean time I just did a quick pinterest search and gave you some recipe ideas in you’re interested in giving any of these a try soon!

Sunday/Monday: Bean’s, Rice, Corn Bread 

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie (Recipe Ideas: Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie and Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pot Pie)

Wednesday: Homemade Slow Cooker Meatballs (Recipe Ideas: Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs and Crock Pot Meatballs

Thursday: Catch all / Leftovers! 

Friday: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken BBQ (Recipe Ideas: Crock Pot Pulled Chicken BBQ and Easy Slow Cooker Chicken BBQ)

Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner (can we say hello bacon 🙂 )

Sunday: Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes (Recipe Ideas: How to Bake Potatoes in the Slow Cooker and Crock Pot Baked Potatoes) these are perfect to come home to after church!

Watch This Week’s Aldi Grocery Haul


Click here to watch the full One Week Aldi $150.63 Grocery Haul + Large Family Meal Plan | 5.16.16 

Be prepared to LAUGH AT ME around the 8-minute mark. I was editing today’s vlog while riding in my van (don’t worry, my hubby was driving – not me, ha!) and I obviously had a hiccup while talking about my baked potatoes. You can’t miss it!  

For something new I’m linking up to Menu Plan Monday with OrgJunkie!

Family Favorite Recipe Binder Kit

I created a Family Favorite Recipe Binder Kit that I haven’t even released to my readers yet. However, this week only, it’s included in the biggest homeschooling sale of the year, which includes a huge $164.10 worth of homemaking products for only $10 (my new Family Favorite Recipe Binder Kit alone will be sold for $6.99!) – plus you get an additional $250 worth of homeschool freebies just for purchasing the $10 homemaking bundle, or any bundle actually. Just thought I’d mention in if you’d like my new recipe kit, plus a lot of other good stuff with it. 🙂


You might also like:

One Week Grocery Shopping Haul for Our Large Family {August 2015}

One Week Large Family Walmart Grocery Haul + Our Busy Life Menu for the Week!

Large Family Once a Month Grocery Shopping Haul and Grocery Expense Report

The Ultimate List of Free Meal Planner Printables huge list!

How to Stick to a Cash-Based Grocery Budget helpful article

Large Family Grocery Budget Breakdown with Large Family Grocery List

Large Family Meal Planning (one of the methods I use)

Large Family Once a Month Grocery Shopping Haul {Costco, Walmart, Sharp Shopper, Dollar Tree}

My First Aldi Grocery Shopping Haul + Two Week Costco Haul (very popular video & article)

My Slow Cooker Recipes & Vlogs

All Big Family Recipes (including Beans, Rice, and Cornbread 🙂 

Everything Trim Healthy Mama my tips and slow and steady journey 

Every Weekly Grocery Shopping Haul and my full list of Once a Month Grocery Shopping Hauls (lots!) 

And finally everything in My Kitchen – updated weekly


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