25 Meals for under $150 at Aldi

Are you sick and tired of being stressed out to plan dinner every night? Here is a comprehensive meal plan where you create 25 meals for under $150.00. This meal plan is made using Aldi prices, and you can easily shop for under $150.00 and get everything you need to make dinners for a month! Check it out!

I am SO excited to share with you an entire meal plan and shopping list so that you can buy and make 25 Meals for under $150 at Aldi!  Keep in mind that prices vary per store, so yours may be a little bit higher or lower depending on the item.  Also, this meal plan is based on a family of four people. However, if you have teenage boys that can eat a TON, then you may want to prepare a little more food than listed.  Or your family may have small children (like mine) where all of these meals will easily feed our family of six. This meal plan includes main dishes, side dish, and vegetables for all 25 meals!

Here is a super easy meal plan - get 20 slow cooker meals from Aldi for under $150.00!  This includes printable shopping list, monthly calendar, and recipes for all 20 meals!

If you love to use your Slow Cooker – we also have another meal plan where you can cook 20 meals for under $150.00 at Aldi, you can view that plan here.

We priced it out, did our shopping and came in spending $147.51!  That is $2.49 under budget!!  You don’t have to get this all in one trip if that doesn’t work for your family.  Many of these recipes you can also make ahead and freeze for a quick meal later on, we have noted that in the printable pack available below.

Total Shopping Trip price on cash register.

Here are the meals that you will be making:

Aldi shopping trip layed out on table

Here is the shopping list of what you will need:

  • 2 avocados – $0.89 each
  • 1 Burmann’s BBQ Sauce – $0.99
  • 1 package of carrots – $1.39
  • 2 Casa Mamita Salsa, 24 oz – $1.69 each
  • 1 package of celery – $0.75
  • 6 cheddar cheese, 8 oz – $1.99 each
  • 1 Chef’s Cupboard Beef Broth, 3.25 oz – $ 0.69
  • 1 Chef’s Cupboard Bread Crumbs, 15 oz – $0.89
  • 1 box of couscous, 10 oz  $1.49
  • 5 cans Dakota Pride Black Beans, 15 oz – $0.59
  • 2 cans Dakota Pride Kidney Beans, 15 oz – $0.59
  • 2 dozen eggs – $1.55
  • 1 Feta cheese, .25 lb – $1.99
  • 2 packages of Fit n’ Active or Parkview Kielbasa – $1.99 each
  • 1 flour tortillas, 10 ct – $1.19
  • 2 fresh spinach, 5 oz – $1.79
  • 2 frozen broccoli – $1.09 each
  • 2 frozen corn – $0.95 each
  • 1 head of fresh garlic – $0.79
  • 2 packages green peppers – $1.89 per 3 pack
  • 4 ground turkey – $2.99 each
  • 2 packages hamburger buns – $0.89 each
  • 6 cans Happy Harvest crushed tomatoes, 28 oz – $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes instant brown rice – $1.49 each
  • 1 Italian dressing – $1.39
  • 2 Jiffy Corn Bread Mix 1 box – $0.47  each
  • 4 packages of Kirkwood Chicken, 3 lb.  – $5.99 each
  • 2 packages Multi-Colored Peppers, 3 -$3.49 per 3 pack
  • 2 bags of onions –  $1.99 each
  • 1 Parmesan cheese, 8 oz – $2.49
  • 1 bag potatoes, 10 lb – $2.99
  • 1 Reggano egg noodles, 1 lb  $1.29
  • 2 Reggano farfalle – $0.89
  • 1 Reggano macaroni noodles, 2 lb – $1.40
  • 1 bag Sea Queen Tilapia, 1 lb – $4.29
  • 3 Season’s Choice frozen green beans – $1.49
  • 1 spaghetti, 2 lb – $1.49
  • 1 bag tortilla chips – $1.19
  • 1 white rice, 3 lb – $1.59
  • 2 whole chickens – $4.50
  • 1 mushrooms – $1.59
  • 1 corn on the cob, 4 pk  $1.29
  • 1 fresh Mozzarella cheese 16 oz – $3.29

To make this super easy on you, I’ve put together a printable pack for you that includes all the detailed recipes, printable menu planner, and a shopping list. You can get it for all only $2.97!!

If you don’t want the printable pack, no problem at all!  You can still do this! You just need to scroll down to see the breakdown of the ingredients listed for each recipe.

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The printable pack includes:

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1.) Printable shopping list that gives you all the ingredients you need for these 25 meals!  It is separated by aisle, so you can go in and shop for this meal plan in 15 minutes or less.

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2.) Monthly meal planning calendar that helps you plan your meals out.

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3.) Printable recipe cards for each recipe.  It also tells you how to use all ingredients provided.

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Here is the breakdown the ingredients in every meal, that way you can figure out how to divide everything among the recipes:

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (cost $6.34 per meal)

  • Jar of Burmann’s BBQ Sauce
  • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts
  • Hamburger Buns
  • 1/4 bag of potatoes
  • Corn
  • Brown sugar (from pantry)
  • Italian dressing of choice (from pantry)

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese (cost $8.55 – this makes 2 meals)

  • Reggano macaroni noodles, 2 lb
  • 3 bricks of cheddar cheese
  • Milk
  • Frozen broccoli
  • Salt and pepper (from pantry)

Red Pepper Kielbasa Pasta (cost $5.56)

  • 2 red peppers (or one red, and the other a different color)
  • Farfalle noodles
  • Beef broth
  • Kielbasa
  • Oregano (from pantry)
  • Salt and pepper (from pantry)

Souvlaki (cost $6.92)

  • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts
  • 1 1/2  green peppers
  • Feta cheese
  • White rice
  • Flour tortillas
  • Garlic clove
  • Oregano (pantry)
  • Salt and pepper (from pantry)
  • Olive oil (from pantry)

Spinach Frittata with homemade hashbrowns (cost $3.80)

  • Fresh spinach
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Milk
  • 1/4 bag of potatoes (for hashbrowns)
  • Salt and pepper (from pantry)

Mushroom Frittata with homemade hashbrowns (cost $3.70)

  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Eggs
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Milk (pantry item)
  • 1/4 bag of potatoes (for hashbrowns)
  • Salt and pepper (from pantry)

Turkey Chili (cost $6.36)

  • Ground Turkey
  • Green Pepper
  • 1 Dakota Pride Kidney Beans
  • 1 Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes, 28 oz
  • Garlic cloves
  • Onions
  • Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
  • Salt and Pepper (from pantry)
  • Chili Powder (from pantry)
  • Cumin (from pantry)

Black Beans and Rice (cost $4.00)

  • 2 Dakota Black Beans
  • Green Pepper
  • Onions
  • Chili Powder (from pantry)
  • Brown Sugar (from pantry)
  • Cumin (from pantry)
  • Salt and Pepper (from pantry)
  • Instant Brown Rice
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Marinated Chicken Sandwiches (cost $7.35)

  • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts
  • Italian Dressing
  • Couscous
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Beans

Salsa Chicken(cost $7.57)

  • Casa Mamita Salsa
  • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts
  • Dakota Pride Black Beans
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Instant Brown Rice
  • Avocado

Chicken Noodle Soup – 2 meals (cost $8.87)

  • Whole Chicken
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Egg Noodles
  • Onions
  • Salt and Pepper (from pantry)
  • Thyme (from pantry)

Crockpot Chicken (cost $7.93)

  • Whole Chicken
  • 1/4 bag of potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions

Spaghetti Sauce with Turkey Meatballs (cost $11.97 – this will be enough sauce for 3 meals, enough meatballs for 2 meals)

  • Ground Turkey
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Onions
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Eggs
  • Spaghetti
  • Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes
  • Parmesan Cheese

Turkey Meatball Subs (cost $1.96 – cost of meatballs is included in above recipe)

  • Turkey meatballs (from above recipe)
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Corn on the Cob (as a side)

Chicken Parmesan (cost $6.04)

  • Kirkwood Chicken
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Eggs
  • Sauce (from above recipe)
  • Broccoli
  • Spaghetti

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken (cost $7.65)

  • Kirkwood Chicken
  • Multi-colored peppers
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Spaghetti (as a side)
  • Frozen Broccoli (as a side)
  • Salt and Pepper (from pantry)

Blackened Tilapia (cost $5.99)

  • Tilapia
  • Couscous
  • Frozen Corn
  • Salt and pepper (from pantry)
  • Homemade blackening spice (seasoned salt and paprika)

Chicken Fajitas (cost $5.01)

  • Kirkwood Chicken
  • Multi-colored peppers
  • Onions
  • Taco seasoning mix
  • Flour Tortillas
  • White Rice

To make this super easy on you, I’ve put together a printable pack for you that includes all the detailed recipes, printable menu planner, and a shopping list. You can get it for all only $2.97!!

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The printable pack includes:

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1.) Printable shopping list that gives you all the ingredients you need for these 25 meals!  It is separated by aisle, so you can go in and shop for this meal plan in 15 minutes or less.

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2.) Monthly meal planning calendar that helps you plan your meals out.

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3.) Printable recipe cards for each recipe.  It also tells you how to use all ingredients provided.

 

And just in case you wanted further proof that this can be done – here is our receipt and our change from spending the $147.51 on all of this food!

Are you sick and tired of being stressed out to plan dinner every night? Here is a comprehensive meal plan where you create 25 meals for under $150.00. This meal plan is made using Aldi prices, and you can easily shop for under $150.00 and get everything you need to make dinners for a month! Check it out!

If you want to learn how to coupon – check out my ebook “How to Coupon Effectively” where you learn how to save over $5,200 per year spending just 2 hours per week!

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Comments

  1. sue says

    Love it thanks, curious do you cook seperate for you being gluten free? Thankfully I stocked up on their gf pasta when they had it.

    • says

      Sue, we all eat gluten free now so I don’t cook separately. This meal plan is easily adaptable to be gluten-free. We just don’t eat the buns, eat gf pasta, no flour tortillas and gf breadcrumbs. I actually gave all the gluten food to my sister in law yesterday after we finished our shopping trip :)

  2. Jen says

    I love following your blog! You have been so helpful to me as I started budgeting etc. I love Aldi!! Thank you so much-I bought the package and am so thrilled! Thanks again for all your great tips and deals! :)

  3. chris says

    Just remember, prices vary by location. My aldi prices are definitely higher here in Cortland Ny then what you have listed.

    • Janelle says

      I noticed some minor prices differences, but for me it looks like one thing will make up for another. Chicken usually costs more than that at my Aldi’s, but I can wait and buy it on sale at Warehouse Market, and ground turkey is only $1.69lb here, rather than the $2.99 you’re paying!

    • Nicole says

      This is a very good meal plan however the prices in CA are much much higher! A can of beans for example is no less an $.99. And eggs can be upwards of $4 a dozen!

  4. Hd says

    Hi, I paid for the printable version but when I clicked on the link to download it it said the page expired.

  5. Karen says

    Looks great but my kids wouldn’t eat any of those meals, even homemade mac n cheese! I wish they would, it would be so much easier. The dr always says its a texture thing but my 8 yr old still only eats certain foods.

    • Pattie says

      Never have understood picky eaters. My children ate what was in front of them or did without. A couple days of no eating makes them like about anything. I guess that’s probably child abuse or something now. Too bad. I don’t regret it. My child has certain things he does not like today just like he didn’t like when he was a kid, but overall he learned to like it or lump it. We were the “house that gathered all the extra kids” also and the extras had the same rules. Every now and then a parent would start to tell me a list of what Darling Little Johnny would or would not eat. I would just hold up my hand and say, “I will keep him alive, but he won’t rule the house. Do you still want him to stay with us?” Never had any mother turn me down, but have had a couple of mothers thank me for “whatever it was I did” that changed her child’s eating habits. I would just tell them kids just want to be in control. Let them be. Let them decide if they want to eat or go hungry. On more note for those wishing me harm right now … my children are grown and gone and the statute of limitations for arrest and charges have expired. Sorry. 😉

      • jean says

        Funny!!! I don’t have kids, but that is exactly the way my dad treated us growing up. Eat what we feed you, there is only one thing I will not eat (and didnt eat it as a child) corned beef. LOL

      • Tara says

        Funny – you’d think that sounds so easy, right? If only you had a kid with sensory issues who threw up ANYTHING that wasn’t the right texture or flavor, then you’d understand. It’s not a behavior problem, it’s not a parenting problem, it’s a physical intolerance.

        It’s easy to pass judgement when you don’t really know what’s going on.

        • Wilson says

          Agreed, Tara. It’s easy to tell other people how to parent a child they don’t know. I have a sensory kid myself, who also has a history of food deprivation…although food issues have become a lot easier since we figured that out. Good luck, Mama!

  6. says

    How big are the chickens that you are buying? What is the price per pound? Whole chicken on sale is .79 a pound here; I usually get a 4 to 5 pound chicken, so my price for one chicken is what you are paying for 2, but if yours are 3 pounds and you’re paying .79 a pound, then it would not be much different.

    We don’t have Aldi’s here.

    What you pay for 2 dozen eggs is less than the price for 1 dozen here.

    I can see why people like Aldi’s!

  7. Adriana says

    Wow, this is such a blessing! I bought the pack without a second thought – it looks awesome! Please consider doing another month of recipes – I’d be happy to purchase another pack. Currently I do eMeals at Aldi and it helps us a lot, but its weekly cost of groceries is about $85 and this gets it even less!

    • says

      Adriana – thank you so much for all the kind words! We are already working on another meal plan, but this one took us a month to put together so give us a few weeks and hopefully we will get another one out!

    • STEPHANIE says

      I can’t wait for the next meal plan. I would pay every month for these. Not only am I getting great new recipes, I am also learning new things in the kitchen, like broiling chicken! Are you doing another specifically gluten free menu plan with all different recipes?

      • says

        Thanks so much Stephanie, I am so glad that you are happy with the plan! I try to make every meal plan with eating gluten-free in mind, because I eat GF. If it is not entirely GF it will be easily adaptable to become gF.

  8. Cristina says

    Great idea! Quick question for you: since you bought everything all at once, did you make it all quickly and then freeze 90% of it?

    • says

      In the meal planning monthly calendar we put together we cooked the items that would expire quickly first, then we froze a lot of the rest. The way that we set up the calendar makes it so that nothing should go bad. The items like Macaroni and Cheese, Turkey Meatballs, and the spaghetti sauce are all items that you can make ahead and freeze. We also freeze the green peppers and onions for the fajitas.

  9. jacquie says

    I just ordered your aldi meal planning 25 meals for $150 through paypal although I didn’t receive a link nor direction …and no download.
    Can you help?

  10. Stephanie says

    Very excited to get to Aldi’s to give this a try :-) But I have a question, do you purchase all the items once and cook with them all month? I was a little worried about items going bad. Thanks in advance!!

    • says

      {Also written above} In the meal planning monthly calendar we put together we cooked the items that would expire quickly first, then we froze a lot of the rest. The way that we set up the calendar makes it so that nothing should go bad. The items like Macaroni and Cheese, Turkey Meatballs, and the spaghetti sauce are all items that you can make ahead and freeze. We also freeze the green peppers and onions for the fajitas.

    • says

      We have a family of 6… I don’t see where it’s listed the serving sizes to adjust these recipes if need be. Obviously if it a 2-3 meal dish there won’t be issues til second use… Can you advise so I can make a trip very soon thanks

  11. mandie says

    I purchased the printable pack and then my phone wouldn’t open the file. Could I get an email copy?

  12. April Ann Wofford says

    PLEASE tell me you plan to do this again, and again, and again! I will gladly spend $2 a month for this! OH MY HEART!!! This is wonderful!!!!
    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!
    A mother of 5’s DREAM COME TRUE!!!

  13. Janelle says

    OK, I have to say, I’m impressed! I’ve looked into emeals and 5Dinnersin1Hour, I’ve tried making my own meal plans, and none of them have ever been this inexpensive and still included meat! I will make a couple minor tweaks to accomodate my family’s tastes, but for the most part these look like recipes my family will easily enjoy. After looking through the page I went ahead and bought the download pack, which will make things simpler to repeat this month of meals at a future date. I’d definitely be interested in buying the download again if you decide to release another month!

  14. says

    I got it!! Yaaay!! I am so excited. Thank you so much for doing putting this together! I already LOVE Aldi and am excited to try this out!! Following you now. Hope to see more like this in the future!!

    • says

      You can click on all of the links in the post and you will be brought directly to the recipes. I made it so that you don’t need to buy the printable pack. You can if you want to help you keep it super organize and have the monthly calendar.

  15. Anonny Moose says

    CLUE: IF you’re not allergic to wheat gluten, you don’t need to avoid eating it. It does not affect things like Autism either. If you think it helps you lose weight or whatever, fine, but avoiding it “just because” is a stupid reason.

  16. Rhiannon says

    Hi! A few questions. Do you purchase all of this stuff at once? Then it stays good till you make it? Sorry might wound silly but since the shopping list is all combined I am confused.

    • says

      Rhiannon, yes we did shop for it all at once. The way that we set up the monthly calendar (in the printable pack) is to use the produce that goes bad quickly first. Then we froze some of the items like the green peppers for later use. Let me know if you have any other questions at all.

  17. Sarah says

    Hi, I just paid for your menu plan, can you send a copy to my email account? I just down loaded it to my iPad and don’t know how to save or print the recipes. Sorry, I’m not very techie. Thanks.

  18. Andrea says

    Did someone say Trader Joe’s in Syracuse? Yes! I see a road trip in order!

    Also, ditto the higher prices at Cortland store… Ithaca is even cheaper on most items it seems… Milk being a huge difference.

    Can you tell me what you did with the mushrooms that don’t appear until the last week of the plan? Is that something you can cook and freeze? We always use them fresh as we buy them… so not sure what to do with them…

  19. lindsey says

    thanks for this! i always have a difficult time finding a meal plan of meals we all will actually eat and this is AWESOME!

  20. barb says

    I love your site and was very interested but there is thingd my family can not eat and I am on a mission to lose weight do you have any healthy weightloss recipe plans or lists or ideas lol for on a budget we are a family of 6 with 1 income

  21. amber says

    This is phenomenal. I was so excited to see this! BUT – I live in Germany and they sell different stuff here in different portions :( Kudos on the hard work putting this together. I wish I could use it!

      • amber says

        I will need to do a better comparison, but off the top of my head, there is no jiffy cornbread mix and there are no bags of 3 lb chicken. I wish! hahaha. Also, the brands you have listed don’t exist here. They are called something else. I will get back to you more detailed. I may try my best to still replicate this list and get a german version. It would be very interesting to see the cost difference as well as the item differences. I will get back to you in a few weeks time :) Thank you. You have inspired me!

  22. Jen says

  23. says

    BBQ chicken sandwiches are incredible tasting! Thank you so much for the frugal cooking ideas! With grocery costs going up I needed some help to get my budget under control!

  24. samantha says

    Is there somewhere I could get a comparison chart for weights and products? We are in australia and love Aldi, I was going to take your list and price check it against our Aldi prices but obviously we use metric measurements.

    • says

      Samantha – I don’t have one but I am sure if you googled it you could find one that you could use. Let me know how it turns out.

  25. amanda says

    Thanks so much for this post! I hopped right over to ALdi after I purchased the plan! I made the mac n cheese the first night and the whole family loved it! But, I had WAY more that 2 meals! Which is a good thing. I did pick up a small ham while I was there and mixed that and the broccoli right into the recipe. It was a hit!

    • says

      Great idea, to mix in the ham. I was wondering what to do with that one – I can’t see my husband being happy with just mac and cheese. :)

      I just went shopping and can’t wait! I usually do my own meal planning, but it’s never been this easy or inexpensive.

  26. Diane says

    Hi Lauren, This menu is awesome! I’ve tried and tried to convince friends that I could feed my family of 5 on around $200 a month by shopping at Aldi’s. No one ever believed me, but here is proof positive! QUESTION: I do a LOT of crockpot cooking. Can the majority of these recipes be made in the crockpot? Thanks!

    • says

      Diane – I have a secret…we just priced out a complete crockpot meal plan. 25 crockpot meals for under $150 at Aldi. It should be done by the end of the month :) As for these recipes, I think half of them could be done in the crockpot.

  27. Trisha says

    This is so amazing! I cannot wait to try this out! I’m super excited for the crockpot meals as well that is going to be amazing! :)

  28. Stephanie says

    AWESOME!! Just did this today! Bought the list plus some additional meat, spent just over $161. Already made the spaghetti sauce, cooked the meatballs, and cut up the onions and peppers. We will be having chicken tomorrow. Thank you so much for all your hard work, I never could have done this! Thank you-thank you-thank you !!

  29. says

    Thanks so much! I adapted many of these recipes and for our family of 5, (two teens, two adults and a 17-month-old) spent $67 for a weeks worth of groceries. Baked potatoes with leftover chili were the fav. Go figure!

  30. Brittany says

    Thank you so much for this! I have a tiny fridge/freezer so I can’t buy it all at once so I do weekly trips. I just spent $40 for this weeks meals!

  31. Samantha says

    Love love love this post. I just went to the store and got my list of items. I shopped at a different store than Aldi(Meijers). I did forgot a couple things on my list( couldn’t find or I thought the cost was to much more than I could get at Aldi.) With a few extras that were not on the list and missing the few items I did, my total was at $124.68. So I could have come in very close to the same budget had I gotten everything. Next time I do plan on going to Aldi. The shopping list with price references was awesome to help compare MEIJERS prices to Aldi. Thanks again and like previous posters have said. I will be in the look out for another menu plan.

  32. Shelly says

    We made the Chicken Souvlaki last night!! Delicious!! :) Thanks for doing this meal plan!! Looking forward to trying the recipes!! I’m not sure if this was mentioned before–or maybe you already do this, but you could even make homemade chicken broth out of the whole chicken bones and freeze it. We’ve done this many times. :)

  33. Karin from Birmingham says

    What state do you live in that has no tax on food? Lucky you! We pay 9% tax on groceries where I live and shop. Love Aldi, but even there taxes really add to the total. Love this post!

  34. Marie says

  35. says

    I am LOVING this. Not a single thing in the menu list that my family won’t love! So glad to find your site through livingwellspendingless.com

  36. Kaethe Gordon says

    How many people are these meals meant for? I have a family of 6 would these meals be enough? I want to purchase the meal plan but I am unsure if I need to order more than what is recommended.

    • says

      Kaethe, I have a family of 6 too and this feeds my family. I do have younger kids so they don’t eat as much as teenagers but this feeds out entire family.

  37. Patty says

    I’m so going to purchase this. It’s just me and my boyfriend living together but we order out dinner about 3x/week. It costs us about $100 for 3 dinners alone. See, our problem is we never know what to make for dinner at the last minute. This looks like it’ll be a big help in that department.

    • Mark says

      Thanks for stopping by Patty! Many of the recipes in this meal plan are very fast and easy. The blackened tilapia and the beans and rice are a couple that come together really fast, and are really good. I would also suggest some of the slow cooker ones as well… a little prep work in the morning is all it takes. I hope you find this helpful!

  38. says

    I cannot tell you how much I’m loving this. The meals are a great variety of what we really eat. I’ve tried putting a meal plan together for months and failed.

    This not only saved me money, but time spent making a list and prepping meals. You are heaven sent.

  39. Gail says

  40. Sheena Turner says

    I am in love with your meal plan I just purchased and printed it. I live in Philadelphia in unfortunately we do not have an aldi. Do you have a suggestion for another market with maybe similar prices? Thank you very much

  41. Melanie says

    I tried this out this month and am enjoying it immensely so far :) I’m curious how you arrange things so that the fresh produce is available (peppers and especially mushrooms get tired quickly in my fridge). I feel like towards month’s end, some necessary ingredients might have spoiled. To combat this, I chopped peppers and onions and froze them in bags labeled for their respective recipes and served things like the mushroom frittata and the roasted red pepper chicken in the first week of the month, but I’d like a bit more flexibility. What’s your take on getting things to last?

  42. Melanie says

    How much corn goes into the salsa chicken? It’s not listed in the ingredients, but the recipe itself says to add it.

  43. Jennifer says

    Hi,
    Thanks so much for this! I bought the pack for $1.97 and on the shopping list that I printed and brought to the store with me it only said 5 28oz cans of the crushed tomoatoes. Which means that now, I’m short a can. :(

  44. dana says

    Read just the recipe for the beans and rice….you didn’t include the vinegar or the sherry in the ingredients needed. Those can add up. $150 doesn’t buy all you’ll need, there are a lot of things on your list that you assume folks already have. Kinda disappointed. Handful of spice–no big deal, but wine vinegar, sherry, brown sugar, salad dressing, olive oil, and milk, those are not just little 99 cents here and there, nor does everyone keep those on hand, and why isn’t something as common as oil, milk and sugar on your list to begin with?

  45. Natosha says

    I love both of your Aldi plans.We have 5 kids and homeschool so this gives me more time to do other home duties. LOVE IT! Can you do one for summer recipes and maybe one for healthy meals kids will eat. I’d love to get those! Thanks so much :)

  46. JA says

    I bought the printable pack and every time i try to download it says Failed and wont finish downloading nor let me print??

  47. says

    This is great. I love shopping at Aldi but they are 30 minutes away from me. So, I try to go at least once a month. I have a Save a Lot a little closer and they carry a lot of similar items for great price.

  48. says

    Thanks so much for sharing your post at the Say G’day Saturday Linky Party. This is SO helpful! I’ve just pinned this to the Say G’day board.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  49. Carey says

    Juuuuuuuust FYI, the Homemade Mac & Cheese recipe needs adjusting. WAY too much mustard. :( I can’t quite explain the flavor it adds but it’s overwhelming.

  50. Nicole says

    It seems to me that you need more than the two onions on the list for all the recipes, am I reading something wrong?

  51. Nicole says

    I see that now on the website. The pack I paid for and downloaded just said 2 onions. Guess I need to head back to the store!

  52. Erica says

    Hi, I’m completely new to this so please pardon my questions. I live in Southern California and am wondering what stores would be comparable to the store you shopped at. We have a Trader Joe’s, that’s an option right? And I just take your list to my local store and shop comparatively? Thanks, Erica

  53. Tiffany says

    This looks wonderful but I have a couple questions. I just moved so our home computer is not up…can I get this sent to my phone if I buy it? Also which should I try first, this one our the gluten free? I do low carb but my family of 5 does not. I would drool over a low carb menu 😉

    • Mark says

      Yes, you can get it on your phone. It is a pdf and will open right on your phone. There is mostly rice as a side in this one, both meal plans would be great for you.

  54. Amanda says

    Hi. I wanted to let you know I purchased all but 2 items for $144.31
    I already have the corn on cob in my fridge.
    Aldi didn’t have avocados yesterday.
    Oh, and I splurged on 2lbs of tilapia for a fraction of the cost more.

    You should come up w/ an awesome list like this for lunches. Easy healthy ones that can be used for school, work, and stay at home moms. papapaplease. :)

    Lunch is THE most difficult meal to plan for. Especially for parents who work outside of the home and have to pack lunches for the kids and themselves.

    Can ya help a mama out?

    Oh, we had the mushroom frittata last night. Everyone LOVED it. I added a couple extra eggs to the recipe and fed 3 adults and 2 children.

    • Mark says

      Thanks for the compliments Amanda! You know… you aren’t the first person to request meal planning for lunches – especially with school around the corner.

  55. Michelle says

    These meals look great and almost all of them seem like meals my family would enjoy! What a blessing at the beginning of school. I have a family of 6…..with teens, it’s like 5 adults and one child. I’m wondering if the simplest thing to do is to just double your recipes and have 8 servings. I’d prefer cost-wise not to do that but don’t know an easy way to go about adapting 25 recipes.

    • Keri says

      Michelle, I have teenagers too and they like to eat! What I have done with most of the recipes is to use the amount of meat called for in the recipe and change it to the amount I would normally cook and adjust the recipe accordingly. For example, if a recipe calls for 2 large chicken breasts and I know it takes 3 large chicken breasts for my family, I multiply all the ingredients by 1 1/2.
      Also, on recipes that I wasn’t sure, I doubled it. I am lucky that I work at home so I usually have enough leftovers on the doubled recipes to have lunch once or twice!

  56. D'Anna says

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know I did this meal plan, bought everything July 22nd and it was a hit! It was me, my husband, and our 4 children ages 11, 9, 6, and 5! Each night our two oldest said dinner was awesome each night, while our two youngest are the ones that say they don’t like it before they try it, lol, however, they ended up liking it all :) so, my question for you is… when are you releasing your next meal plan?! I’m going grocery shopping tomorrow so we will continue with the current one. Oh, btw, we spent exactly what you said we would. Although, some prices were higher, but some other things were on sale that day so it evened itself out! Thank you so much for everything. P.s. if I purchase the printable pack, how can I make it to where I can download on my phone (I don’t have a computer/printer)?

  57. Erin says

    Hello, I just purchased the meal plan but when I click on download it doesn’t open anything. Would you be able to send the package to my email address?

    Thank you!

  58. Susan says

    I love your meal plan.. Meal plans are the bain of my existence. I have tried some of your recipes and they are oh so yummy.. Thank you…. Will the meal plans be a regular thing… I do hope so.. The packs are so worth it….

  59. says

    Thank you for being a great resource to those of us who are trying to be frugal like you!! I already have most of the items on the shopping list so this time the meals will be saving me a BUNDLE!! That is my new strategy for saving me money on groceries and it is serving me well. I am focusing on what I have on hand and working around fresh seasonal produce that is coming out of my garden and the local farmers’ market. I LOVE ALDI, too and have been saving money there for a very long time.
    Again, thanks for all of the hard work that you and your husband have done. It truly blesses the lives of many families across the world.

  60. Jill says

    Going to Aldi today. This is awesome! I spend about $150 a week including snacks, and lunches. Hoping to to cut the monthly budget in half doing it this way! One quick question. Have you ever tried to freeze your spinach? Produce goes bad so fast, I would be afraid of wasting it.

  61. Amanda says

    Lauren, I will follow you anywhere to eat. :) My family would scold me if I called them “picky eaters” they prefer “selective”. I’ve been married 14 years and have tried a ton of recipes. This is the FIRST TIME my husband has eaten every meal prepared in the past month because of you. When he’s skeptical of the meal I tell him it’s your recipe and he ends up eating and loving it. Even the tilapia! (the man hates tilapia) He ate every bit. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I’ll cook any recipe you write with excitement and enthusiasm.

  62. Christine says

    I purchased the downloadable meal plan and am currently a week into it. I am preparing to make the chili today. One thing I noticed, is that between the chili and spaghetti sauce, there should actually be 6 cans of crushed tomatoes, but the shopping list I downloaded only had me buy 5. I’m hoping that all the other amounts were correct, because I really didn’t want to have to be running back to the store. Just wanted to let you know.

  63. Lynette says

    I am loving this! I, too, have “selective” eaters and they have liked pretty much all of it so far. I live in NY about an hour and 45 minutes south of Syracuse and I’m on the PA border. I went to Aldi’s in PA and the prices were pretty much the same. We’re a family of 3 so we have leftovers to take to work for lunch! Perfect!

  64. Jayme says

    Hi! this may be a dumb question, but when it says “from pantry” does that mean that it is not included in the cost from the $150??

  65. Jollene says

    I have little kids and can never get dinners together on time. Therefore, I like to make freezer meals. I see that there are options to freeze some of the recipes (i.e. mac and cheese). What are your thoughts on making ahead of time and freezing some of the other meals?

    • says

      Jolleene, We’ve frozen the rice and beans before, the spaghetti sauce, and the macaroni and cheese. You can also freeze the chili, the turkey meatballs, and the chicken fajitas. There are many options.

  66. Amy says

    You’re so lucky to have such a cheap grocery store near you! I’m glad for the recipes and detailed list though. Thank you!!

  67. SkippyMom says

    We do this every two weeks at Aldi, but I get 30 meals for under $100. I include breakfast and lunch too, because I have to – we don’t buy those things out [or at school]. It surprising that a lot of your dinner meals are what we cook too, spaghetti, chicken. We especially love the beautiful pork roasts they have on occasion and their produce is always the freshest and lasts the longest. Our last shopping trip I spent $87.53 [two weeks ago] and although tomorrow is “restock” day – I still have plenty of food to go through the weekend if I don’t feel like shopping this week. We wouldn’t shop anywhere but Aldi.
    This is so doable, for anyone, if you 1. have an Aldi, 2. have the time to cook [which I do] 3. like to cook :)
    Was just a little surprised you charged for your menu – I am new to your blog, found it on Aldi’s FB page But I suppose at $1.97 it’s a bargain. Good luck to you.

  68. Alicia says

    I was so excited when I found this! I love shopping at Aldi. I tend to just buy the staples that I need on hand for our favorite meals but I am so excited to start shopping there more exclusively. I also really like that it was only $1.97 to buy the whole pack! Thank you!

  69. Joy says

    Hi! i paid for a printable but I have no idea how to download it! Do you have instructions posted anywhere on your site? Thanks! :)

  70. Lauren says

    This is my kind of shopping! I coupon at Publix and get whatever I can’t find on sale there at Aldi, but every time I go in Aldi I’m reminded again what a great selection they have. Prices are higher in FL so I’d have to see what this would average out to, but several of these look great! I’m gluten free as well so that adds a little, but I’m trying to eat well for under $200/month for me and my husband. I know many moms have that budget for a family of 6, but with my being GF and my husband being dairy allergic, several of the cheap staples meals aren’t options for us. But I’m excited to try several of these! Thank you!

  71. Mary says

    Are aldi BBQ sauce & dressings gluten free? I can’t eat gluten & found that a # of their premixed items contained gluten so I typically skip aldi because it’s not super convenient.

  72. Paula says

    Great post! I am a social worker and I am definately sharing this with my clients. What a wonderful and purposely post.

  73. says

    I just purchased the organized plan – $2 to make my life easier – yes ma’am! I just wanted to say THANK YOU & KEEP GOING – I want more of these meal plans!!!

  74. Laura says

    In the printable packs (which I bought and downloaded), I don’t see information on how to prep, store, etc. I expected it to say which items to freeze until needed later, using fresh produce first right after purchase so they would still be good,… But I didn’t notice that.
    I see shopping list, calendar menu and recipes. Does it say what to do with the food (for when I will be needing each thing) or do I have to check recipes for items and then check the menu calendar?
    For example if it has me buy Fit & Active Ground Turkey, 1.2 lbs. from the meat department, what do I do with it (freeze all 4, keep 1 out and freeze 3, …)

    • Laura says

      I didn’t see a reply to my question about breaking down the grocery items so I know which ones to freeze. Or, do I have to check all the recipes for the month to figure out when I need a perishable items then freeze what I don’t need before it spoils?

      • Mark says

        Hey Laura – unfortunately, this meal plans doesn’t have specific instructions for freezing grocery items like the Holiday one does. It is a feature that we only added with the most recent meal plan, but I will probably go back to the other meal plans to add it.

  75. Minnie Kay says

    My mantra lately is “I need new ideas for dinner!” Even though I’m co-administrator for a Facebook recipe site, we all fall into cooking ruts as we try to please picky eaters, stick to a budget, live within diet guidelines, etc. This is sucha Godsend for many of us who live to cook, yet need the occasional creative kick in the pants! Thank you for the ideas, the ease of shopping, and the ease on our financial bottomline!

  76. Sarah says

    Your meal plans have been a blessing to my family. We were “eating” through money like crazy. Now I do a set (a menu) every 15 days and freeze out a few or give away. It’s great watching my wallet and freezer grow together!

  77. Emily says

    I downloaded this pack when I saw it on the Aldi Facebook page. We LOVED this! Naturally, we liked some recipes more than others, but many we will do again and again!

    We made the plan for our weeknight meals except Wednesdays when we eat out before church/choir practice/band practice/schoolwork, and with a vacation and a work trip, the 25 meals actually lasted us almost two months!

    We’re about halfway through the slow cooker edition, and we’re equally excited about that plan, too! Thank you so much for your foresight and exceptional planning. You’ve done my job for me!

  78. carol says

    I’d like to try this. More for the menu and planning than saving. Question: Will all the produce stay fresh if I buy the entire list for 25 days of dinners?

    • says

      Carol – the way we set up the schedule inside the printable pack creates the meals in order of items going bad. We made the recipes first that has produce that will go bad quickly. Hope that helps – we also have a freezer cooking version of the meal plan coming out soon!

  79. Jill says

    Love your meal plan! It was so easy and the shopping was fun too! There were a few meals my family (not me but the picky ones) I had to modify but it was so easy to do so. On the shopping list it says to purchase 5 cans of crushed tomatoes but I had to use 6 when doing my recipes. I might have misread something but I wanted to let you know. Thanks again for the awesome meal planner! I felt so good making new foods from scratch too.

  80. Cynthia says

    You may have this listed, if I look deeper, but how many servings per meal are your recipes based to serve? Just seen your story on Nightline and noticed you have 4 children, so was wondering if for 6 servings or a different amount. :)

    • says

      Our 4 kids are young, so they don’t eat as much as older kids. The meals feed us, but for an average family with older kids we say a family of four. Hope that helps :)

  81. Robert says

    I just watched you on nightline, I think what you do is amazing. This is a great. I can’t wait to start incorporating these savings ideas. Awesome job. :)

  82. Sandra Clayton Rose says

    Hi I just seen your Blog on Night Line… I’m not really sure about how to get that Kit with all the Recipes for & $150.00? Please email me to let me know how to purchase that. Also, where exactly do you live? Because of the fact that depending which grocery stores you have in town prices may very? I love in Roxboro and all we have is Food Lion and Just Save. But My Mother and I always go to Food Lion. I would really like to talk to you about saving Money with Groceries…I live with my Mother who is Retired and her Husband (My Step-Father) is Disabled and has been in a wheelchair for years… And I have Multiple Sclerosis. So I would love to talk to you because just the 3 of us here my Mother spends almost $200.00 a week!!!! Please email me back … Thanks Sandra

  83. says

    Just speaking to serving sizes, I have a family of 6 — two 10-year-old boys who eat a LOT (seconds and thirds of everything), a 12-year-old girl who eats one or two helpings of everything, and an 8 year old who eats half a helping. Then my husband and I typically have 1-2 helpings too. We generally have enough leftovers for him to take to work for lunch, but that’s it. So the recipes as written are pretty generous — you might want to make more if you have teens or 5+ big eaters.

  84. Mary Catone says

    What great ideas you have and I really want to start doing this. When I am in Aldi’s, I always look for their markdowns on meat so that I can take it home and freeze it for later use. Are you making these meals ahead and then freezing them? How would I do this, if my meat if already frozen… I am just looking for ideas. Thanks!

  85. Dawn-Marie Strossner says

    I love what you’ve done here. My issue is that my husband really prefers to steer clear of cheese and cream in meals because of the calorie content. If you have others asking for the same, would it be possible for you to make another 25 freezer meal omitting those things? Thanks for listening!

  86. Angel Thompson says

    I noticed some recipe cards have “pantry items.” Are these included in your shopping list or somewhere so we know to buy these items if we don’t have them already? Thanks!

    • Mark says

      This meal plan unfortunately does not have a pantry item list… I will put that on my ‘to do’ list. But, most of the pantry items in this plan are spices. You also would want some pita bread for the souvlaki that isn’t available at most Aldi locations.

  87. Gabrielle Bertrand says

    THE BEST STORE ON THE PLANET I have been telling my friends for years 200$ at aldis will feet 4 person family and they never believed me. I love it when I go w someone who doesnt shop there and I play the guessing game.. I am normally right on my amount but they see my over loaded cart sometimes two carts and are like 400$ and they about die when its only 200$.. I go aldi shopping once a month so I get a lot at once.. Best part is if you compare the foods they are better for you from adi then most store brands and cheaper.. IM in love w this menu and breakdown of everything.. Its fool proof and I plan to tell everyone I know

  88. says

    First I’m coming across your site and loving it. I am from the Midwest but live in Miami. We are just getting Aldi down here and I’m so excited one is going up just a few blocks from my office (Vida Nutrition,LLC) on Biscayne Blvd.

  89. Ricky Sparks says

    Yes, I seen in a couple recipes that one say Thyme and dried Thyme? Are these the same thing? Thank you. Not use to using spices. :)

  90. Lara Gibson says

    Just wondering if you had considered doing one with some beef recipes? We like chicken and love these meals though. Just started and already loving it. We are big beef eaters, and although we know it would be slightly more costly. We think with the wonderful recipes and idea you have it would be more than worth it.

    • says

      Lara – there are some meal plans with beef recipes in them. We choose to mix it up a bit through each meal plan. The slow cooker one seems to be more meat focused, but it can get a bit expensive to do an entire meal plan with beef.

  91. Chris Cilento says

    This is genius! My son and I are on a VERY fixed income since I have returned to college to finish my degree. We have an Aldi’s about 20 minutes up the road so I’ll be heading up there shortly! It’s just the two of us so we could likely stretch this even further! It will be nice to have good nutritious meals for a change! I’m curious, this $150 is that a flat price or did you use coupons to get there?

  92. Jackie Martin says

    I just read your list of ingredients and have to tell you it made me sick. I live in Utah without an Aldi’s and no prospect of getting an Aldi’s. Our prices here are at least 1/4 more than you have listed, often 2 times more. When I lived in Ohio I would often wonder how people lived without an Aldi’s. Now, I am retired and living on a fixed income and now I know. Not well!!

  93. Betsy says

    There is an error – the PDF grocery list says to buy 5 cans of crushed tomatoes, but between the spaghetti sauce and turkey chili, you need 6 cans. Not much of a time saver when I need to go back to the store to get another 28oz can of tomatoes….

  94. Mindy says

    You do need to correct the error of 5 cans crushed tomatoes instead of the six you need. Not a happy discovery for a working mom of three!

  95. Ashley Redford says

    I’m curious how the roasted red pepper chicken and another chicken meal feeds your family of 5 when the recipe only ask for 2 chicken breast?

  96. angie says

    My daughter and I bought one of your meal plans, freezer meals, I believe. We split the cost and the meals since we both only feed 2 people. It had worked out very well. However, I’m trying to cut way back on my carb intake, any possibility of a low carb, no carb plan?

  97. Thembi Nelson says

    Hi, I wanted to know how many diposable aluminum baking pans and freezer bags did you use to put food in after you cooked them?

  98. Kylie says

    I was just wondering, you said that you feed a family of 6 on this budget, can I ask how old your children are and if they like the meals that are served? We are ready to try something new, and I have 3 girls, ages 12, 7, and 3.

  99. Em says

    This is such a great idea but it seems the UK aldi stocks different, don’t know whether I’d be able to recreate the meals for similar cost

  100. Karen says

    • says

      Doreen – your meal plans go to the email that you used to make your purchase. If you used Paypal, that is the email where you can find it.

  101. June McMahon says

    Sigh…… all the meal plans I find include meat. NO meat in my house. How about a vegetarian meal planner? Then I will be your devoted customer.
    thank you

  102. Jennifer K. says

    Hi, I just did this and the total came up to $147 and change. The only thing I didn’t buy was the tilapia because we don’t like fish.
    I’m wondering, in your chicken recipes do you thaw the chicken our first or use it frozen? (Not the full chicken recipe ones). Thanks!

  103. Cyndi says

    I’ve made a couple of your recipes this week, and I notice that neither the Dry Sherry nor the Red Wine Vinegar used in the Black Beans and Rice (GREAT recipe, btw, thank you!!) are on your shopping list? These items are also not carried at Aldi. I was a bit disappointed to discover that during my shopping trip. :(

    • Mark says

      Hi Cyndi – glad you like the beans and rice! It’s one of our favs in this house. The reason that those 2 ingredients aren’t on the shopping list is for 2 reasons – 1. only small amounts are used, and 2. they aren’t carried at ALDI. Therefore, we included them as pantry items.

  104. Laura says

    I bought the printable 21 freezer meals from Aldi for $150. It was a lot of work that first day, but I got it all done without too much trouble. It is an amazing feeling to have a freezer full of home cooked food! So far we have had 4 of the meals and they were all fantastic! Thank you for putting these plans together and sharing them for the small fee. I shared my experience on Facebook and gave those interested your URL, so they can purchase the plan too!

  105. Connie says

    Do you have a 25 meal plan type for sale that has only turkey, chicken and veggie meals? We don’t do egg either. If so please let me know. I would be very interested. TIA

  106. Leigh says

    I am curious, as I start this plan because we are finally getting an Aldi near us, when I look up the recipe, in the dishes you say to freeze half, do I double the recipe that you have as I assume for one family serving? Thanks for all this advice! It takes a village.

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