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My First Aldi

Posted: November 23, 2011 in Recipes, Savings

In my quest to save money, I did a little digging into grocery savings tips and stumbled upon Aldi. I drive by it weekly, on my way to the grocery store, but I’ve never peeked inside. After reading up on it, I decided to see what the hype was all about! I was way too excited about this “challenge” btw.

Anyhoo, I went this afternoon and was pleasantly surprised! I will post my savings first, then get into the pros and cons of the store.



Overall, I spent $21.22. I went across the street to Food Lion to compare prices, because I had to know immediately if it was worth my while. If I had purchased the exact same items of the Food Lion Brand, I would’ve spent $5.54 more. I never really purchase the Food Lion brands, so in reality, I would’ve spent $7.94 more. I’ll take $8 in savings..anyday! It was effortless. In reality, the design of the store (which I’ll get into later) is a lot different from a regular chain, so I’m sure I would’ve left Food Lion/Kroger/Harris Teeter with a lot more in my cart and a lot more money spent!

Speaking of additional items, I swore I picked up a $2.99 bottle of wine. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized it rang up for $4.99 😦 . Potential for more savings there. Also, I let some little old lady convince me to buy some apples. We were chatting in checkout and she kept raving about how yummy they were and a great value. Thus, I have Granny Smith apples..Thanks random Granny in the store!

Pros:

  1. I was in and out of the story in under 15 minutes – a record for me
  2. I saved money – duh
  3. The store has a small, quaint, and focused feel to it – no brands or flashing lights
  4. Everyone was interested in saving – I heard lots of convo on how much you save and the cashier made sure to say to everyone “you ONLY spent xyz” not “your total is”
  5. No extra steps: just make your list and go shop

Cons:

  1. It’s not cell phone friendly. The store was pretty “quiet” and the people that were talking, were talking to each other.
  2. You have to bag your own groceries – they have a handy little counter for you to bag them though, so it’s not too bad
  3. They don’t provide bags – you can buy them for .06 (paper) and .10(plastic) or you can bring your own
  4. Assortment is pretty low
  5. No aisle signs, so you have no idea where things are. However, I again feel like this prevented me from buying unnecessary things
  6. They close really early (8pm)
  7. I’m sure I could save more $$ with more effort

Interesting Things:

  1. You have to pay a quarter to rent a shopping cart, but you get the quarter back as soon as you return it! A pretty cool “technology.”
  2. The shoppers were a diverse bunch
  3. NO decor..walls, shelves, nada


I definitely plan to take a repeat trip back to Aldi. I will have to still shop at a chain for certain meats, tissues, etc..somethings I can’t bear to lose yet. However, I’m hoping I can coupon some of the household goods and save that way.

I admit I was a little bit concerned about the quality of the food. I’m a worrywart and V is a brand whore. In addition,I decided to try out a new recipe. The food was great! However, I probably will never make it again. It was a little heavy  and I felt piggish after eating.

Here’s the recipe, if you’re interested – Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

Hey Ya’ll!!

Posted: November 17, 2011 in Recipes


I honestly didn’t mean to go all Paula Dean on ya, but it works!

Tonight’s post is brought to you by this AMAZING recipe and a glass o’ Kroger’s finest wine.

I haven’t had the motivation to blog about Homecoming, Anniversary, Kim K’s wedding divorce, my love affair with MacBoo (MacBookAir), or anything else for that matter, but I had to share this dang recipe!

You can thank me later, but Thanks to Pinterest first!!

My insights:

  • Next time I’ll use a different pasta. I’m not a big ravioli fan, plus I think I boiled it too long, but regardless I think it’d be fun with a penne!
  • I want to somehow add shrimp or chicken to this…oh hello calorie count!
  • I used one tomato instead of 2
  • I used fresh Basil..out of the jar! 🙂 I never cook with Basil, so I didn’t want to waste money on fresh.
  • I added mushrooms
  • I had difficulty finding the required sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce, so I mixed a jar of Alfredo and a jar of tomato and basil

Added bonus: The husband isn’t too keen on trying new meals…especially pasta, but he loves it too!

Had to share! Here’s a link to some of my other Pinterest favorites.

Ya’ll come back now.. ya hear!

Tasty Tuesday

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Recipes

Yea, it’s Wednesday.. so what!

Quesadilla Reipce

I’ve started one random tradition in this house already and that’s Taco Tuesday! Taco Tuesday basically consists of a Mexican-inspired dish each Tuesday. This Tuesday (Wednesday) I made quesadillas…DELICIOUS!

I didn’t record prep and cook time this round.. I will next time, but it was REALLY easy and quick!

Quesadilla Recipe

Ingredients

  • Large flour tortillas (they come in packs of 10, but you only need 2)
  • Shredded cheese – either mild or sharp cheddar, or Mexican mix (a cup or so)
  • chopped onion – as much as you like
  • chopped bell pepper – as much as you like
  • mushrooms – as much as you like
  • boneless chicken or shrimp
  • black beans (optional)

Method (I’m not Martha Stewart, so bear with me!)

  1. chop up your onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms
  2. place chopped ingredients in a saucepan and sautee
  3. while that’s sauteing, chop your chicken, shrimp, (or you could skip this step and even do veggie) into bite-sized pieces
  4. add your meat to the veggies, season (I simply used Seasoning Salt and Pepper)
  5. stir in your salsa and black beans
  6. Allow your Fiesta mix to sautee and simmer, I turn it on low so it doesn’t burn
  7. **VERY IMPORTANT** Season to taste – I get some of my best eating done at this time!
  8. once everything is ready, fill your two tortillas
  9. Add shredded cheese on top on the mixture
  10. Place in the oven until melted
I normally serve with rice or refried beans. I made this meal for 2 and it serves dinner and lunch!
I’m sure this isn’t the best picture, but I wanted physical evidence of my yummy treat!
Quesadilla Recipe

Quesadilla Recipe

Tasty Tuesday!

Posted: June 7, 2011 in Recipes

This Tasty Tuesday is brought to you by – Bang Bang Shrimp!

Ever been to heaven? I mean Bonefish Grill.

If so, I’m sure you’ve had their delicious Bang Bang Shrimp. If not, stop reading this post immediately and head to your nearest Bonefish.

YUMMY right? Well now you can make your own!

Here’s a Bang Bang Shrimp recipe courtesy of TheNoshery.com

The recipe may look complicated, but don’t be overwhelmed and it’s WELL worth it!

My input:

  • You can find the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce & Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce in the Chinese section of the grocery store. I even found it at Food Lion!
  • I served them in tacos with lettuce and a Spanish rice as a side dish.
  • You can skip the dip in a bowl of milk step, BUT it does help add extra coating.
  • You can’t really mess this dish up, just season to taste.
  • Your hubby will LOVE it and it’ll make your tastebuds go Bang Bang 😉