Wegmans & Aldi’s: Turning Over a New Leaf

After some budgeting recently, my husband and I decided to really get more serious about saving for a new house. In order to reach those goals, we realized we have to be much more diligent about our weekly grocery spending to stay within our new budget. To reign in our spending, I’ve taken a few steps:

  • shopping the sales at different stores; even though it’s more convenient to just stop at Wegmans, I can get much better prices on my husband’s lunches, for example, at Aldi.
  • bring cash only to Wegmans to stop the impulse purchases
  • menu plan for snacks and breakfast as well as for dinner; we’re reaching too much for convenience foods during the morning and afternoon

My goal this week was to spend $50 total on groceries (this isn’t as spartan as it sounds — I do have 40 pounds of beef in the freezer) and I came in just over, at $56 between Aldi and Wegmans.

Colgate Toothpaste – $1.99
Used $1/1 from 2/26 SS
Spent: $.99

Goya Beans — $.99 each
Use $1/4 from 2/19
Spent: $2.96 for 4

Land O Lakes American Cheese – $6.99/lb
Used $1 off 1 lb printable
Spent: $5.99

Dynamo Laundry Detergent (not pictured) – $1.99 each
Used $1/2 (regional) from 2/26 SS
Final Price= $1.50 each when you buy 2

 

Total Before Coupons: $50
Total Saved through Shopper’s Club and Coupons: $12
Total Spent: $38
Percentage Saved: 25%

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Comments

  1. I am working on tightening up our grocery budget as well. We normally only spend $150 per month but this past month I was almost at $200. So far this month I have spent $55 – need to go buy milk, bread, fruit, chicken and pork today or tomorrow.

    I planned out our dinner meals for the whole month of March. I am trying something new – freezer cooking! We do have a little over 40 lbs of beef in our freezer as well so that helps. :D

    I did the majority of our shopping trip at Aldi – it has helped me keep a low budget while still being able to get fresh fruit and veggies.

    Good luck!

    • It sounds like you are doing a great job, Carlye! I’d love to know how you spend only $150 per month!!

      • Mainly it is by shopping at Aldi and having a small stockpile on pasta, canned veggies and other odds and ends. I usually only buy items that are either really cheap or Free at Publix or Bi Lo.

        On my blog, I have a post about the freezer cooking I am doing for the month of March. I found the recipes on http://melissafallistestkitchen.blogspot.com/ – she had 11 recipes which made 26 meals so I am making all of them. :D I still need a few things but I have only spent $55 so far! I couldn’t believe it!

        I did get lucky because a lot of the veggies I needed were on sale last week at Aldi. :D

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