Posted by: amandaleigh1231 | March 10, 2013

Aldi Awesomeness

Grocery shopping has to be my favorite activity.  There is just something about wandering the aisles getting ideas for new recipes.  One of the greatest things about the area that I live in is that we have a ton of different grocery stores.  Within a short drive, I have Giant Eagle, Shop and Save, Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s, and Aldi.  I have found that Trader joe’s and Giant Eagle are the best for exotic products and menu inspirations.  however, the frugal inside of me just loves Aldi.

In addition to amazing prices, I love the simplicity of Aldi.  The store is compact and easy to navigate – the layout makes sense.  Items are grouped by categories without those pesky end-caps to encourage you to pick up an item that you didn’t realize that you needed.  The cashiers have a great line of sight to all areas of the store, making it easy to see if anything needs restocked or cleaned without constantly roaming the aisles. 

On my most recent trip, I spent just over $14.  I was able to purchase a dozen eggs, a gallon of milk, one block of cheddar cheese, a loaf of 12 grain bread, 10 pounds of potatoes, 2 pounds of carrots, a bunch of celery, a container of artisan lettuce, and a bag of baby bell peppers.  I thought that it was a very impressive haul.  Here is one recipe that I made from all of the goodness:

Creamy Potato Soup

1 onion ($0.30)

2 carrots ($0.16)

2 celery stalks ($0.15)

4 baking potatoes ($0.40)

1 quart stock (mine was free made from a leftover ham bone and veggie scraps, but Aldis Chicken or Vegetable stock would also work for $1.29)

1 quart water

1 quart milk ($0.97)

Salt, Pepper, Thyme, Corn Starch (at most an extra $0.20)

Chop onion, celery, carrots, and potatoes into a fine dice.  Put in crock pot and add stock and water.  Season with salt, pepper, and thyme to taste.  Simmer over low for about 30-45 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  Mix a few tablespoons of corn starch into the cold milk and add to the pot.  Bring back to a simmer and simmer for 1-2 minutes to allow the corn starch to thicken the broth (If it is too thin, some leftover mashed potatoes could be added to thicken it).  Enjoy!

My total cost was $2.18 to make a big pot of this soup – I am guessing about 8 meal sized portions. That is an amazing $0.27 per serving!  Thank you Aldi.


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