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Aldi: Deals 6/13/12-6/19/12

Thanks to Laura from Beltway Bargain Mom for sharing the best Aldi deals this week!

Produce:
Sweet Corn, 4-pack – $1.49
Red Grapes, 2 lb package – $3.58 ($1.79/lb)
Watermelon – $3.69
Peaches – $0.39/each
Plums – $0.39/each
Nectarines – $0.39/each

Other deals:
Fresh Chicken Leg Quarters Jumbo Pack, 5 lb avg wt – $0.69/lb *Meat special buy. Limited quantity available.
Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Breasts, 1.75 lb avg wt – $1.99/lb
Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Tenderloins, 1.5 lb avg wt – $2.29/lb
Fit & Active 2% Milk Shredded Cheese. Mild Cheddar or Mozzarella, 12 oz – $2.79
Sundae Shoppe Ice Cream Sandwiches. Twelve 3.5 oz sandwiches – $1.99

 

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Aldi: Deals 5/23/12-5/29/12

Thanks to Laura from Beltway Bargain Mom for sharing the best Aldi deals this week!

Please note that all Aldi stores will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.

Produce:

Vine Tomatoes, 24 oz – $0.79
Sweet Corn, 4-pack – $1.39
Vidalia Onions, 2 lb – $0.79
Watermelon – $3.99
Blueberries, 6 oz – $0.99
Strawberries, 1 lb – $1.49

Other deals:

Pilgrim’s Fresh Jumbo Pack Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, 5 lb avg wt – $1.69/lb *Meat special buy. Limited quantity available.
Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Thighs, 3.5 lb avg wt – $0.99 (was $1.19)
Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Tenderloins, 1.5 lb avg wt – $2.29/lb (was $2.49/lb)
Happy Farms American or Swiss Cheese Singles, 12 oz – $1.49 (was $1.79)
Kirkwood Frozen Chicken Breasts, 48 oz – $5.49 (was $5.99)
Parkview Jumbo Franks, 16 oz – $0.99 (was $1.19)
L’oven Fresh White Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns, 12 oz – $0.79 (was $0.99)
Great Gherkins Sweet Relish, Dill Sandwich Slices or Sweet Bread & Butter Chips, 16 oz – $0.99
Dakota’s Pride Baked Beans, 28 oz – $1.19 (was $1.29)

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Aldi: Deals 5/9/12-5/15/12

Thanks to Laura from Beltway Bargain Mom for sharing the best Aldi deals this week!

I love Aldi and if we need to do a big grocery trip to the store we regularly run into Aldi.   Lately, we have seen milk at Aldi cost $1.99-$2.50 a gallon.  That is a great price for the Washington D.C. metro area.

Produce:
Grape Tomatoes – $0.69/pint
Cucumbers – $0.29/each
Baby Carrots – $0.49/bag
Little Salad Bar Garden Salad – $0.49
Multi-Colored Peppers, 14 oz package – $1.79
Mushrooms, 8 oz – $0.59
Other deals: 
Nature’s Nectar Orange Juice From Concentrate, 64 oz – $1.89
Happy Farms Deli Sliced Cheese. Sharp Cheddar or Mozzarella, 8 oz – $1.99 (was $2.19)
Season’s Choice Baby Brussels Sprouts With Butter, 12 oz – $1.29
Belmont Sorbet Assortment. Raspberry, Mango or Lemon, 14 oz – $1.99
Deutsche Kuche Potato Pancakes, 10.6 oz – $2.29
Backyard Grill Fresh Bacon Cheddar Home-Style Beef Patties, 21.29 oz – $5.99 *Fresh Meat Special Buy Day. Limited stock.

Laura mentions if you’re a new Aldi shopper, be prepared to:

  • Bring a quarter to use for “renting” a shopping cart. Don’t worry, you get your quarter back at the end, when you return your shopping cart
  • Bring cash or debit card (they do not accept credit cards)
  • Bring your own bags (or you will need to purchase them at the register)
  • Get extreme savings without coupons (most items they sell are signature Aldi brands, and for the select items they sell from other manufacturers, they do not accept any manufacturer coupons)
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Understanding Being Frugal – Aldi Shopping Trip 11/11/09

aldiMy dear wonderful husband went to Aldi last week for me. I asked him to pick up a gallon of milk and to check on the cost of butter.  During the holiday season butter usually goes on sale and my price point is under $2 (4 sticks 1lb).   He said no problem will be happy to do that.  I wanted at least 4 lbs if it is under $2.

I got home later that evening to discover that he bought milk for $2.29, 4 lbs of butter for $1.69 each,  and lots of other things!  I was happy that he found some good deals like 10 bottles of Winking Owl wine for $2.99 each.  We will enjoy that.  And, he picked up some snacks for lunches but at the end the quick trip turned into a $80.02 shopping trip. Wow! It’s been a long time for me to spend that much at the store.

I know some of it will go towards our holiday shopping needs like Thanksgiving but some of the other items we just don’t need.  This is the second time that I’ve sent him to the store without a list (or only a verbal list) and he was hungry and decided to buy everything.  I do appreciate him going but it would be nice to limit the cost.

My goal has been to spend about $40 a week which seems reasonable about $160 a month on groceries.  We still eat out on the weekends and that we limit that to no more than $20.  So, far we’ve done pretty good except last week.

Afterward he agreed that he spent a little bit more than I would have liked.  I know that I will limit my spending this coming week.  He promised to limit his spending too and to eat before shopping!

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Aldi Shopping Trip 9/4/09

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Before I started to use coupons I would go to Aldi on a regular basis.  In the NOVA area, we have 4 Aldi’s now and originally we had 2.  It is a great grocery store!   Not many people know what I’m talking about when I say, “Aldi”, usually I get, “What is that?” or “I know Aldi, VA!”.  Then I explain the Aldi store and the history of it.

Did you know that one of the brothers that started Aldi is the owner of Trader Joes?   It’s true.  You can even find Trader Joe like products at Aldi.  Joe Coulombe was the founder of Trader Joes and later sold it.  More information about Aldi and its german history HERE.

What is Aldi?  Click HERE for a quick tour.  You can easily spend under $100 and get a full cart of groceries.  No coupons!   Here is an article in the Wall Street Journal talking about Aldi beating out Walmart in Germany.

Today, since I was feeling much better and had my daughter with me I went up to Aldi to get a couple essentials and to pick up some non-essentials as well.  This is what I got:

Milk $2.09

Arizona Tea $2.79

2 bottles Winking Owl Chardonnay $2.99 each (LOVE this wine! It is so good and what a great price!  This is a definate treat for this frugal Mom!)

1 can Refried Beans $0.69

1 can Black Beans $0.59

1 Garden Tuscan Ceasar dressing $1.49

1 Chocolate Frostng $1.09

1 Wheat crackers $1.49

1 Ghiradelli Brownie Mix – Fudge $1.99 (I couldn’t help myself especially for that price! I see it online for $3.92)

1 Chicken Broth box $1.29

1 Hummus $1.69 (My family is in LOVE with Hummus especially after we got such a great deal at Giant last week.)

1 Frozen Blueberries $2.69 (forget the size but it is a nice size bag of blueberries and my daughter loves them!)

1 thick cut middle section bacon $3.99 (It was a little bit more than I thought I saw the price.  I thought it was under $3. I’m sure it will be really good!)

1 package bagels $1.39

1 green grapes $2.48 (Huge package of large seedless grapes.  These are so tasty! My daughter and I had some for lunch.)

1 Mini pizza crusts $3.29 ( I think there are 4 pizza crusts with sauce.  Great for an easy dinner!)

1 Flour Tortillas (Might create Mexican dinner next week!)

1 Day cream $4.99

1 Kosher Spears $1.49

Total $43.83 (including tax)

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Lidl has come to Northern Virginia

I’m a huge fan of Aldi, the german discount supermarket.  I have been going to my local one for over 11 years and most friends that know me, know that it is my favorite grocery store in the area.  It is one of the closest stores to my house and it has 98% of what I need.  I have written a couple posts about Aldi in the past.  I plan to write some more.  I adore Aldi and I know you will too.

If you already know Aldi then you might have heard that Lidi – Aldi’s competitor is now in the US.  Lidl is a German global discount supermarket chain, based in Neckarsulm, Germany.  It now has arrived in the United States and in 2017 will establish over 20 stores – in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  It’s US headquarters are located in Arlington, Virginia.   I just went to the new location the first in the DC area in Manassas, Virginia over the weekend.  The next one will be located in Lake Ridge, Virginia coming in 2018.

Wow, was I impressed!

Things to know about Lidl

1. You don’t need a quarter like you do at Aldi.  They do have workers helping with the carts to return them up to the store and have cart returns in the parking lot.

2.  Like Aldi, they do accept credit cards, debt cards and cash.

3.  They have an app that gives you access to extra coupons and the weekly ads.

4.  They regularly put things on sale for the week.  Their weekly ads starts on Thursday and end on Wednesday.

5. You do bag your groceries yourself and either need to buy bags or bring your own.  As you can see in my pick, I bring my IKEA blue bags.  They are the best grocery bags!   I highly recommend them.

Lidl in my opinion is about twice as big as Aldi.  I love the layout.  They seem to make it very easy to find items.

  1. When walking in the first thing is the bakery, fruits and vegetables.  Yes, there is an actual bakery in the store!    They even sell more veggies and most is by the lb.  I’m sure the selection rotates regularly per what is in season.  I was able to find Ginger for under $1 lb.  Amazing!
  2. Then the perimeter of the whole store is refrigeration (see below) and freezers.  I like this concept because it has a very nice quick meal items right when you walk down the first aisle. Then cheese, cold cuts and dairy.   On the left, are the different meats including a freezer of seafood.    Then the rest of the perimeter turns into a freezer and you will find ice cream, and frozen meals.
  3. Then the rest of the aisles are sorted nicely with condiments, baking supplies and then the middle aisle with snacks, candy and seasonal items that rotate all year.  The seasonal items currently are Christmas gifts including tools, clothing and so much more.

 

4.  The last aisles include toiletries, paper products and cleaning products.    I even found dishwasher tablets for less then $.12 a tablet.

Then my favorite, the fantastic assortment of wine, beer, and water.  Their version of cheap wine compared to Aldi’s $2.89 is $2.59 a bottle!  Amazing!

I’m so impressed!   I can’t stop smiling.  I was able to find lots of organic, gluten-free and even grass-fed beef.  The prices were so much better then the grocery stores near me and in some cases cheaper then my local Aldi.   Now, this store is farther for me so prices at the nearest Aldi and other stores might be similar so that would be the best comparison.  

What do you think?  Will you head to Lidl?    I’m looking forward to the one closer to me opening and will be sure to go to it probably on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.  Aldi will still be my main store just because I know it and it works so well for me and my family.  If Lidl was closer I would be there all of the time.

 

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Recipe: Homemade Key Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

I love Key Lime Pie! So this week I decided to make one.  Doesn’t this look so good?  I think this is the best Key Lime Pie I have ever had.  I took a couple recipes and tweaked them to make my own.

I purchased everything at Aldi for $4.59!

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 3 fresh large egg yolks $0.22 (Dozen eggs currently $.89)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk  $1.19
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice $1.99 (Approx. 8 limes)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust $1.19

Meringue:

  • 3 fresh egg whites (from above)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar $0.05 (already had)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar (already had)  or 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla (already had)

Set the oven to 325 degrees.  For filling, in a medium bowl wisk the egg yolks and then slowly add the sweetened condensed milk, the 1 teaspoon lime zest, lime juice and water.  The filling will thicken as it stands.   Pour the filling into the graham cracker crust.  Bake the pie for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla in a mixer until soft peaks form.  This takes about 1-2 minutes.   Then slowly add sugar while beating the mixture on high.  Continue to beat until the sugar dissolves.   Continue to beat until the peaks turn stiff and glossy white.  This might take a couple minutes.

After the pie is done in the oven take it out and turn the oven up to 350 degree and spoon the meringue over the hot pie filling.   Make sure the meringue is covered all over and sealed to the sides of the crust in order to prevent shrinkage.   Then put the pie back in the oven for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, the pie will have a brown crust on top.   Take it out and put it on a cooling rack to cool.  Then after 10 minutes put it in the refrigerator or freezer to chill for 4 or more hours.  I found overnight is best!  This is a perfect desert to make ahead of time.

Then Enjoy!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens and Food Network
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Meal Planning 5/21/2012

This is week 21 on creating a meal plan for the week. This is a busy week but slow week since the weather has been raining.  Hoping the rest of the week will be a bit nicer so we can go outside some.    I’m excited to say that I got a lot of birthday freebies like I did in 2009 that I will be using in the next couple of days before they expire.  (I wrote the post back in 2009 so some of the freebies aren’t available anymore and some new ones are.  So I plan on writing an updated version soon. )  I got a coupon for a FREE burger at Ruby Tuesdays,  and a FREE meal at Silver Diner!  Looking forward to enjoying those.

Monday: Breakfast: Cereal and fruit Lunch Leftovers Dinner Sardines Lorenzas (open-faced sandwiches normally we do Tuna this time Sardines)

Tuesday:Breakfast Eggs  Lunch Soup Dinner: CiCi’s pizza!  I love CiCi’s pizza because the 5 of us can go there and we can all eat for under $20!  We had a coupon for Buy 1 Adult Buffet and drink and get 1 Adult Buffet FREE just for signing up for their club so the meal was just over $10!  The kids are 3 and under eat FREE.  I will also mention my boys are at the age that it is difficult to take them out places now because they make a HUGE mess.  CiCi’s pizza is a great place because they don’t mind if we do and we always try and clean up most of it.  I’m used to doing that after each meal.

Wednesday: Breakfast Cereal and fruit Lunch PB&J Dinner: Homemade Bar-B-que from a family friend!  God Bless!

Thursday: Breakfast Cereal and fruit Lunch Muffins Dinner: Chicken fingers

Friday: Breakfast Cereal Lunch Fastfood treat Dinner: Fried Rice and Leftovers  – Last week I planned pizza but we decided to wait for pizza for another day and I looked in the pantry and found I had Fried Rice seasoning (no MSG)!  I had purchased frozen shrimp from Aldi for $5.99 and thought what a perfect meal.  I will tell you this was perfect.  My kids LOVED the fried rice.  I think they love salt.   I made it with whole grain brown rice, lots of green peas and carrots.  All 3 of them ate it.   This is a winner!

Saturday: Breakfast Cereal easy Lunch Leftovers and then late lunch with a family gathering Dinner: Friend gathering

Sunday: Breakfast Easy and fast eggs Lunch Fastfood Dinner: OYO

What’s for dinner at your house tonight?

Thanks to HealthyMenuMailer.com for the awesome meal plan chart. Check it out HERE. Thanks to orgjunkie.com for the encouragement.

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Dollar Tree: $1 Finds for Housekeeping and All Made in the USA!

This week I ventured out with all 3 kids to the Dollar Tree, PetSmart and then Aldi for some grocery shopping.  The kids were wonderful!  I was hoping to do everything before lunch time but it was cutting it close.  I had to take a break for snacks and then again on our way home before we did lunch.    Next time, I promise myself we will leave earlier.  I’m a little fearful when the twins start walking because I’m sure they won’t want to stay in the stroller.

I went to Dollar Tree to check out some cleaning, organizational products, and pick up some yard sale supplies.  I was excited to find that they had their version of Oxyclean, a liquid Dishwasher soap and a black cleaning bucket.  The best part was each of these products are $1 (of course) and each of these products are made in the USA!  That is impressive to me and I wanted to share it with others.  I’ve become more and more aware of what and where everything is made lately.

Crystal Gel Automatic Dishwashing Detergent, 32 oz. Reviews on Dollar Tree

I will mention we have hard well water with a water softener and we don’t have a jet dry liquid dispenser on our dishwasher.  Our dishwasher is over 18 years old.  My stockpile on automatic dishwasher soap is very low right now and I haven’t seen great deals on dishwasher liquid or tabs, so this is a great alternative, if needed.  I tried the Dishwasher liquid called Crystal Gel and I will admit it didn’t clean as well as the other brands that I typically use.  I will have to purchase the solid Jet dry to use in our dishwasher when I try it again.  The reviews online are 50/50 on good and bad.  So I suggest give it a try.  I’ve heard the Sun dishwasher powder sold at Dollar Tree is also good but I believe it contains phosphates like most powdered dishwasher soaps.   I’m trying to avoid phosphates but then again they do soften the water and keep things clean.

LA’s Totally Awesome Power Oxygen Base Cleaner, 16 oz. Reviews on Dollar Tree

I just tried the Oxygen Base Cleaner and it worked great. The clothes look as clean as if I used Oxyclean or the Sun version I get at Biglots and for a $1 it is a great bargain.   It is hard to find great deals on Oxyclean.

Utility Pail, 12-qt.Reviews on Dollar Tree

Last but not least my black bucket.  I really like this bucket, I think because it is black.  I love black furniture. Since I’m working on reorganizing my laundry room I’m so excited to get this to have on hand when needed.   Besides you can’t see any stains on it.  Now, one idea that came to me is why not use it as a trashcan in my laundry room and when needed take the bag out?   What do you think?

What great finds have you found at the dollar store lately?

Note:  These are my personal opinions that I wanted to share.  I’m not an affiliate of this store or products.