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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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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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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)