Sad, but true.
I've really struggled with the fact that so many of you want to eat clean, but don't have Aldi's.
So I came up with this brilliant idea in my mind... Let's save money eating clean by shopping at Walmart! I was so excited and I told my husband we were totally going to pull this off.
I planned out all of my clean meals and I realized that my list wasn't too long at all. I was so hopeful that I was going to completely blow you away!
By shopping at Aldi and saving tons of money, I have been able to freeze a lot of the extra chicken and fish I've bought there. By this point, I have a fairly decent stockpile in our freezer. For my Walmart shopping trip, the only meat I really needed was a small bag of frozen shrimp.
I always start in the back of the grocery section and work my way forward. The moment I looked at the first item, I knew I was in trouble. Not only am I OCD, I also sport a photographic memory. As I was searching for the best non-fat plain Greek yogurt, my heart started racing! What in the world were these prices?
Friends, if you've been saving a bunch of money on groceries and go back to spending a ton on them you will freak out! Totally not kidding...
Ryan and Caleb are watching me slowly come unglued in the dairy aisle. And Caleb, being the almost four year old that he is, would rather just join me in a toddler tantrum.
I looked over my shoulder and Ryan was just staring me down. Poor thing kept telling me that it was going to be okay. I heard the "You win some, you lose some" thing about twenty times....
The problem is that I know some of you don't have Aldi. And that really makes me angry because you deserve to feed your family and yourselves healthier without taking out a second mortgage!
I survived my Walmart trip by spending $128.00. I've spent less these past six weeks with five people in my household. Now I'm back down to just three people. I bought one $5 bag of frozen shrimp, no other meat. The rest were basic essentials to get us through the week.
Walmart for my child is ten times more overwhelming than Aldi. There is so much going on and so many people in Walmart! If Caleb has an audience, he will react. Every....single....time. In Aldi, it's nice and quiet because I don't think a ton of people in our area have figured out what a goldmine it is! I never thought I'd say it, but I swear it's almost peaceful shopping for groceries there!
I can walk into Aldi, spend around $60-$75 per week for the three of us and have stockpiles of meat. Yes it's already frozen, but I honestly believe it tastes better than any meat I buy at Walmart. I have never been pleased with Walmart's meat department.
Lesson Learned: You're going to have to coupon like crazy if you want to buy your groceries at Walmart. I love the rest of Walmart. I found the perfect deal on a fridge for the boat last week. They've got pretty good deals on other things. But, if I'm going to feed my family properly Walmart won't be able to help me. I work too much and have so many other things going on to spend time clipping coupons that probably won't save me enough to make up for not shopping at Aldi.
I'm not sure if Bi-Lo and Publix will be the same way, but I'm almost afraid to try. Y'all are going to have to excuse my running back to Aldi for a while. I'm going to have to get delusional again before trying another store.
I never really cared about what we were spending on groceries before trying to show you how to eat clean on a budget. I'd spend $150-$200 per week at Walmart and never think a thing about it. Now I simply cannot go back to that mess!
To my beloved Aldi: