Tastes + Treats

Grocery Budget Breakdown: Aldi + Harris Teeter

I’ve been a little too casual about my meal planning the last few weeks, and it’s shown up in our budget. It’s slowly inflated beyond our preference, so this week I laced back up, and planned six healthful and tasty meals. I was thrilled to introduce my good friend, Ann, to Aldi, and our Friday happy hour included shopping it with toddler in tow. I made a dash by Harris Teeter to supplement my last few remaining items and clocked in at $101.99.
IMG_0682Meals Planned:
Bison burgers
Shrimp + chicken Pad thai
Cod tacos (pictured)
Red curry pork  (subbed zucchini for baby corn, doubled curry and coconut milk and pork, added a squeeze of lemongrass because I had it on hand… LOVED this)
Roast chicken (adding turnip and parsnips to the vegetables under the chicken)
Salmon Caesar salads

Aldi:
Chicken tenderloins – $4.99
Fit & Active flatbreads – $2.29
Frozen medium shrimp – $4.99 (!!!)
Cheese sticks – $2.69
Goldfish – $1.85
Cilantro x 2 – $0.79 ea.
Bananas – $1.15 ($0.44/lb.)
Old fashioned oats – $2.39
Creamy peanut butter (40 oz.) – $2.99
Roasted garlic and herb couscous x 2 – $1.29 ea.
Fire roasted tomatoes x 2 – $0.89 ea.
Dried berries x 2 (blueberry and cherry) – $2.45 ea.
Olive oil – $3.19
Black beans – $0.59
Carrots – $1.19
Light sour cream – $1.19
Beef bouillon cubes – $1.69
Corn tortillas – $1.39
Grape tomatoes x 2 – $0.99 per pint
Garlic – $0.79
Sweet potatoes (bag of 4) – $1.79
Romaine hearts – $1.99
Pecan halves – $5.79
Butter – $2.99
Caesar dressing – $1.29
Blackberries x 2 – $1.49 ea.
Zucchini (pack of 4) – $1.19
Organic avocados (bag of 4) – $2.99
Honey goat cheese log – $1.99 (this is amazingly delicious, and I have to keep reminding myself that I can’t just scoop it like hummus)
Onions (2 lb. bag) – $1.69
Whole kernel corn – $0.48
Mango x 2 – $0.99 ea.
Sugar (4 lb. bag) – $1.65
Chicken broth – $1.39
Cabbage – $1.29
Jalapeños (8) – $0.99
Pesto spinach tortellini – $1.99
Skim milk – $2.29
Total: $84.60

Harris Teeter:
Worcestershire sauce – $0.97
Rice vinegar – $3.39
Bean sprouts – $0.45
Lemon – $0.79
Parsnips – $2.21
Turnip – $0.63
Thyme (fresh bunch) – $2.49
Basil (fresh) – $2.39
Diet Dr. Pepper – $1.75
Coconut milk (2 cans) – $3.04 (true story: I actually forgot this key ingredient to my red curry pork, and had been crowing to anyone who would listen that I had come in under $100 for the week and had to send Davey out mid-cooking last night to grab this from Publix. Bad words.)
Total: $17.39

Had on hand:
1 whole chicken, frozen
1 lb. salmon, frozen
2 lbs. cod, frozen
Pork loin, frozen
1 lb. ground bison

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