Thursday, March 31, 2011

Aldi Keeps Me Under Budget - And I Have A Question For You!

Let's review where I stand in my $50 challenge.  If you are following along on my $50 a month grocery challenge, here are the stats:  I carried $29.83 cash over from January and February into March and added it to the $50 that is budgeted, of which I have already spent $25.85.  That means, I have $53.98 to spend in March. 

Last week I went to Aldi and spent $22.50.  I actually spent quite a bit more than I would have liked, due to having to feed dinner and snacks to 6 people last weekend.  That really caused me to spend more than usual!  We had pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches, fruit, and chips for the main meal.

Anyway, here is what I bought:
1 bag potato chips
1 bag of cookies
3 boxes macaroni and cheese 
1 cantaloupe
1 bag of red potatoes
3 kiwis
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
2.5 lbs chicken breasts
1 gallon skim milk
1 can sweet peas
1 can spinach
1 can diced tomatoes
1 loaf whole wheat bread
2 packages hamburger buns
1 lb baby carrots

I spent $48.35 total in March and added another $1.65 into the carry over pile.  That brings my three month carry over total to $31.68.

NOW HERE'S MY QUESTION:  I had originally pledged to do the $50 a month grocery challenge for three months and it worked out great!  Should I extend it into April?  Leave a comment and let me know!


  1. I have enjoyed the series and would love to see another month. I also like seeing your daily meal recap to see how you are using your purchases.

  2. I love Aldi's!! Did you know the same guy who owns Aldi's also owns Trader Joes?

  3. Good if you get enough good nutrition and you are happy. If not time for a change. Good luck.

  4. Okay, I will continue on another month. I have to admit I am enjoying it and it is forcing me to stay within budget!

    As for the meal recaps, I am afraid I have been not so good at doing those lately... by the end of the week I am forgetting what I ate at the beginning of the week! I'll start up again next week and I may just include my dinenrs instead of all my meals. We'll see....

  5. What would you have bumped your budget back up to? Why don't you see if you can stick with the $50/month and put the extra into a fund for something special (getaway, special restaurant meal, etc.)?