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This has been a time of bounty. We are coming off the end of summer. Everyone is back on a rather normal school schedule. Our cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer are stocked. Life is good.
So, this week, when we made our bi-weekly shopping trip, we discovered that there wasn’t much we actually NEEDED. Instead, we could just get some great bargains and use them to build our menu plan.
Of course, I started at our local discount grocery store. After that, it was Aldi. My total spending: $44. 15.
Even I was impressed. As you know, we usually budget $50 every two weeks for our family of 5. (If you didn’t know, be sure to check out my blog series called, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month” for more details about how I shop.) This was probably my smallest haul in a really long time. Even so, I got some amazing deals!
My favorite deal of all was the packages of frozen bagels. I got them 4 for $1. I also bought some hot dogs for $1 a package. What made them special was that these were all beef, kosher, gluten free hot dogs. Let me tell you, having a child with special dietary needs means that hot dogs usually aren’t a family friendly meal. Sure, I buy them, but then I have to make Ricky something else. Not this time. I could but these hot dogs knowing that everyone in the family could eat them. That is a great buy! Another great deal was the frozen, antibiotic-free, ground turkey that we purchased for $1 a pound. I was SUPER excited about that.
I can’t neglect to mention, too, that my sweet friend shared her bounty with me. We were the recipients of a large supply of free food thanks to her generosity. Her mother decided to get rid of some things in her freezer, so she have them to the daughter. Well, my friend filled her freezer and offered me what wouldn’t fit. And guess what?! A lot of it was gluten free! BONUS!
Anyway, if you want to see all of my great deals, check out the video haul:
My face, though 🙂
This shopping trip was on Thursday, but I have not had a moment to post the video or share my menu plan until now. I rushed to make sure it was available to you ASAP! Without further ado, here is the menu plan…