Sep 26 2007

Adventures at Aldi and Shop ‘n Save

Today, I took a trip to the nearest Aldi. I hadn’t visited this one before, and it has been awhile since I’ve been to an Aldi at all, but overall I’d have to say it was a good experience. The store is fairly small, but that means it doesn’t take very long to shop there.

Some prices weren’t deals. Others were fantastic. I wish they took coupons, though.

I went to the Shop ‘n Save near the Aldi. Hadn’t visited that one, either, but it was bigger and nicer than the one closest to my home. I had a list of exactly what I wanted to buy there and stuck to it.

Here’s what I bought:


  • Loaf wheat bread .89
  • Loaf white bread .59
  • 14 oz. yellow mustard .59
  • Can mandarin oranges .45
  • Can pineapple .69
  • Baking cocoa $1.49
  • Instant vanilla pudding .29

Shop ‘n Save

  • Two 64-oz. bottles apple juice .98 each
  • Three-pound bag of MacIntosh apples $2 (or .83/lb.)
  • Ten-pound bag of Idaho potatos $1.99 (or .19/lb.)
  • Bananas at .25/lb. I got 2.84 pounds, and spent .71

So far, of the $35 allotted for the week, I spent $4.99 at Aldi and $6.66 at Shop ‘n Save, for a total of $11.65. I have $23.35 left. Can do!

What am I going to do with all of this?

Looks like I’ll be making all sorts of things with potatoes. Anyone have suggestions? I’m thinking potato soup, twice-baked potatoes and potato salad. Let’s see what else I can come up with.

I’ll use some bananas and the canned fruit and maybe some frozen fruit to make a fruit salad. I’ll make some banana bread, as well.

I’ll probably bake most of the apples. Just cut them up, sprinkle on cinnamon and brown sugar, and bake at 350 or so for maybe 45 minutes covered. Delicious!

2 Responses to “Adventures at Aldi and Shop ‘n Save”

  1. I love your blog. =) I just wanted to leave a couple of suggestions. As I understand your only doing this for two of you correct?
    I would first if you don’t have them buy basic baking supplies. Flour, salt, sugar, oil, baking soda, baking powder, your favorite seasoning-cinnamon,nutmeg, rosemary, oregano and cream of tarter.
    A couple of good sturdy baking-2 loaf pans and some casserole dishes.

    The Oranges, pineapple, cocoa, apple juice, apples, bananas and even the potatoes can be stretch to more than what your using them for.
    You can make pancakes, your own syrup. Banana bread, apple muffins, apple bread, chocolate cake, pineapple cake, apple jelly for toast, ice cream etc. Potato bread would be really good for your husbands sandwiches and once you get good at making it, you’ll save even more because you’ll use that dough to make cinnamon rolls, sticky bans, rosemary rolls, bread sticks and many different kids of casseroles and pizza’s.
    You’d be surprised how far you could stretch that $35 a week. =P

  2. Thanks, Sunshine! Yep, cooking for two. I’ve got all my baking basics.

    I haven’t tried making my own syrup yet. I used the bananas in the picture for banana bread. I haven’t tried making any regular bread yet. I need to just get over my fears and try it!

    Since fruits and vegetables are really important for nutrition, I try to eat them as-is a lot of the time, to make sure I’m getting at least a serving of the fruit/veggie. But, I should really try to stretch those items to muffins/etc!

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