Jul
05
2014

25 Meals for under $150 at Aldi

Posted at 4:10 PM on Jul 05, 2014 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren

Jul 5th, 2014

Do you love to shop at Aldi Check out this post where you can make 25 meals for under $150.00!  There are printable shopping lists and a meal planning calendar too!

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 availablelow.

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 $1.97!!

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.

Buy the meal plan now!

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.

Aldi shopping Cart Full

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 noodes, 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 $1.97!!

Buy the meal plan now!

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!

25 Meals at Aldi for under $150.00

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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You can also follow my Pinterest Board with all the recipes saved right to it!

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Comments:

  • sue says...
    Posted at 8:10 am by I am THAT Lady: sue
    sue
    Jun 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:22 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 8:22 am

      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 :)

  • Jen says...
    Posted at 10:50 am by I am THAT Lady: Jen
    Jen
    Jun 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

    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! :)

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:52 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Jen – so happy you are pleased! Please let me know how it goes or if you have any other questions.

  • Jill F. says...
    Posted at 11:13 am by I am THAT Lady: Jill F.
    Jill F.
    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Your change covers the cost of the meal plan! So even with the meal plan, it is still 25 meals for under $150!! Awesome!!!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 11:30 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

      YUP – LOVE Aldi with a big puffy heart!

  • chris says...
    Posted at 2:16 pm by I am THAT Lady: chris
    chris
    Jun 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm

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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 3:30 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Yes they do – I said that in the beginning because this could cost $10.00 more or less (depending on where you shop).

    • Janelle says...
      Posted at 2:40 pm by I am THAT Lady: Janelle
      Janelle
      Jun 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      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!

      • Lauren says...
        Posted at 7:54 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
        Lauren
        Jun 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

        That is what it seems at many different cities. You give and take some prices.

    • Nicole says...
      Posted at 7:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Nicole
      Nicole
      Oct 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      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!

  • Hd says...
    Posted at 3:51 pm by I am THAT Lady: Hd
    Hd
    Jun 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 5:54 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Hd – can you email me about it if you haven’t already.

  • Karen says...
    Posted at 3:53 pm by I am THAT Lady: Karen
    Karen
    Jun 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    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.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker says...
    Posted at 5:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker
    Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker
    Jun 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    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!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 5:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      The chickens were 4 lb chickens. I can get them less on sale elsewhere but for the sake of the post we got them there.

      • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker says...
        Posted at 9:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker
        Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker
        Jun 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

        What a fantastic price!

  • Adriana says...
    Posted at 6:16 pm by I am THAT Lady: Adriana
    Adriana
    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    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!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:43 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      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...
      Posted at 12:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: STEPHANIE
      STEPHANIE
      Aug 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      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?

      • Lauren says...
        Posted at 12:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
        Lauren
        Aug 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

        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.

  • Christy says...
    Posted at 6:53 pm by I am THAT Lady: Christy
    Christy
    Jun 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Can you tell me where you find your gf products for the best price?

  • Amee says...
    Posted at 7:00 pm by I am THAT Lady: Amee
    Amee
    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Yummy recipes and I love ALDI’s

  • Monica says...
    Posted at 7:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Monica
    Monica
    Jun 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Help! There are no Aldi stores in my area (Reno, NV). What store(s) would be most similar??

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:41 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Do you have a Trader Joes?

      • Jessica says...
        Posted at 10:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jessica
        Jessica
        Jun 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

        There’s a TJ’s coming to Syracuse in the fall…. I hope you’ll consider doing a plan like this when they open their doors. I’ll be your first customer! :)

      • Monica says...
        Posted at 3:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: Monica
        Monica
        Jun 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

        There is a Trader Joes right down the street! Excellent ~ Thank you!!! :)

  • Cristina says...
    Posted at 8:10 pm by I am THAT Lady: Cristina
    Cristina
    Jun 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    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?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:29 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      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.

  • jacquie says...
    Posted at 9:30 pm by I am THAT Lady: jacquie
    jacquie
    Jun 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    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?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:32 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Jacquie – right after you purchased it brings you to a download page. Maybe you have a pop up blocker? Can you email me directly at lauren@iamthatlady.com and I will send it over to you.

  • Stephanie says...
    Posted at 9:48 pm by I am THAT Lady: Stephanie
    Stephanie
    Jun 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    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!!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:57 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      {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.

      • Stephanie says...
        Posted at 11:13 pm by I am THAT Lady: Stephanie
        Stephanie
        Jun 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm

        Thank you so much for your response, I didn’t see the prior post or I wouldn’t have repeated :-) Shopping this weekend and will let you know how it goes!

      • Holly says...
        Posted at 11:21 am by I am THAT Lady: Holly
        Holly
        Oct 20, 2014 at 11:21 am

        So very smart. Thanks for being so thoughtful.

    • Becca says...
      Posted at 9:37 am by I am THAT Lady: Becca
      Becca
      Oct 07, 2014 at 9:37 am

      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

      • Lauren says...
        Posted at 1:30 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
        Lauren
        Oct 07, 2014 at 1:30 pm

        We have a family of 6 and this feed us all :)

  • Lee says...
    Posted at 10:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lee
    Lee
    Jun 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    You are a dynamic duo

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Why thank you Lee!

  • Eva says...
    Posted at 10:56 pm by I am THAT Lady: Eva
    Eva
    Jun 10, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    :( Groceries must be cheaper in US than here in Canada.

  • mandie says...
    Posted at 8:26 am by I am THAT Lady: mandie
    mandie
    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:03 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Sure – what email would you like it sent to?

  • April Ann Wofford says...
    Posted at 1:49 pm by I am THAT Lady: April Ann Wofford
    April Ann Wofford
    Jun 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    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!!!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 2:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      April – thank you so much1 We are already planning a second one, so we will keep you posted on the progress!

  • Janelle says...
    Posted at 2:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Janelle
    Janelle
    Jun 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    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!

  • Ebony says...
    Posted at 2:38 pm by I am THAT Lady: Ebony
    Ebony
    Jun 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    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!!

  • Ami says...
    Posted at 7:48 pm by I am THAT Lady: Ami
    Ami
    Jun 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Do I have to get the printable pack for the exact recipes or can I find them elsewhere?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:54 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      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.

  • Anonny Moose says...
    Posted at 8:00 pm by I am THAT Lady: Anonny Moose
    Anonny Moose
    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    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.

  • Rhiannon says...
    Posted at 1:31 pm by I am THAT Lady: Rhiannon
    Rhiannon
    Jun 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:34 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      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.

  • Elise says...
    Posted at 4:52 pm by I am THAT Lady: Elise
    Elise
    Jun 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Lauren— this. is. amazing! Thank you!

  • Sarah says...
    Posted at 1:00 am by I am THAT Lady: Sarah
    Sarah
    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:00 am

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:43 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Sarah – can you please email me at lauren@iamthatlady.com so I have the email to email it too?

  • Andrea says...
    Posted at 2:41 pm by I am THAT Lady: Andrea
    Andrea
    Jun 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    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…

  • whitney says...
    Posted at 8:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: whitney
    whitney
    Jun 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    In the Turkey Chili recipe you have 2 T. of chocolate chips….is that a mistake?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:19 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Nope – that is the “secret ingredient”

  • lindsey says...
    Posted at 9:45 pm by I am THAT Lady: lindsey
    lindsey
    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:03 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Lindsey – let me know how it goes!

  • barb says...
    Posted at 11:56 pm by I am THAT Lady: barb
    barb
    Jun 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:44 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 14, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Barb – I totally understand! We eat gluten free so I have to adapt a lot of this to our diet as well.

  • amber says...
    Posted at 6:34 am by I am THAT Lady: amber
    amber
    Jun 14, 2014 at 6:34 am

    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!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:44 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 14, 2014 at 7:44 am

      I was wondering what the differences are between German Aldi and USA Aldi – what do you see as the biggest differences?

      • amber says...
        Posted at 8:00 am by I am THAT Lady: amber
        amber
        Jun 14, 2014 at 8:00 am

        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!

  • Jen says...
    Posted at 8:43 am by I am THAT Lady: Jen
    Jen
    Jun 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Hi! I love this!! Thank you so much! I paid on my phone so it won’t let me download.. Could you email it to me? Imapepper81@att.net. Thanks again!

  • roozielynne says...
    Posted at 12:42 pm by I am THAT Lady: roozielynne
    roozielynne
    Jun 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    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!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      So glad you liked them!!

  • samantha says...
    Posted at 8:25 am by I am THAT Lady: samantha
    samantha
    Jun 16, 2014 at 8:25 am

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:30 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

      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.

  • amanda says...
    Posted at 1:56 pm by I am THAT Lady: amanda
    amanda
    Jun 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    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!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 4:09 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Amanda – thanks so much for the feedback! I am so happy that you like it!

    • Becky says...
      Posted at 6:55 pm by I am THAT Lady: Becky
      Becky
      Aug 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      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.

      • Lauren says...
        Posted at 7:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
        Lauren
        Aug 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

        Becky – you can add in bits of bacon or ham and it makes it even better!

  • Diane says...
    Posted at 3:36 pm by I am THAT Lady: Diane
    Diane
    Jun 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    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!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 4:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      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.

  • Trisha says...
    Posted at 6:51 pm by I am THAT Lady: Trisha
    Trisha
    Jun 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    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! :)

  • Stephanie says...
    Posted at 10:30 pm by I am THAT Lady: Stephanie
    Stephanie
    Jun 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    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 !!

  • Grace Granata says...
    Posted at 7:21 am by I am THAT Lady: Grace Granata
    Grace Granata
    Jun 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

    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!

  • Brittany says...
    Posted at 5:34 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brittany
    Brittany
    Jun 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    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!

  • Samantha says...
    Posted at 12:36 pm by I am THAT Lady: Samantha
    Samantha
    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks for your feedback Samantha! I am thrilled you were able to have success.

  • Shelly says...
    Posted at 7:44 pm by I am THAT Lady: Shelly
    Shelly
    Jun 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    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. :)

  • Karin from Birmingham says...
    Posted at 8:14 pm by I am THAT Lady: Karin from Birmingham
    Karin from Birmingham
    Jun 20, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    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!

    • Keri says...
      Posted at 11:52 am by I am THAT Lady: Keri
      Keri
      Jun 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Lauren lives in NY. I live in Iowa and we don’t have tax on food either!

  • Marie says...
    Posted at 10:22 pm by I am THAT Lady: Marie
    Marie
    Jun 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Its not letting me download the link after I paid. Can you email marie_ostroff@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

  • Carey says...
    Posted at 4:38 pm by I am THAT Lady: Carey
    Carey
    Jun 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:48 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Welcome Carey – let me know how it turns out!

  • Monika says...
    Posted at 11:13 pm by I am THAT Lady: Monika
    Monika
    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Will be more plans coming out? I just found your site via Pinterest!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 6:44 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 24, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Yes, we have four more already in the works. The next one comes out July 7th.

  • Kaethe Gordon says...
    Posted at 10:40 am by I am THAT Lady: Kaethe Gordon
    Kaethe Gordon
    Jun 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jun 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      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.

  • Heather says...
    Posted at 1:44 pm by I am THAT Lady: Heather
    Heather
    Jun 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I have only counted 18 recipes, where does the 25 come from? leftovers?

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 1:53 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jun 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Heather – many of the recipes are either made twice, or made as a double batch.

  • Patty says...
    Posted at 5:03 pm by I am THAT Lady: Patty
    Patty
    Jun 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    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...
      Posted at 9:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jun 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      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!

  • Lynda says...
    Posted at 2:49 am by I am THAT Lady: Lynda
    Lynda
    Jul 01, 2014 at 2:49 am

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:49 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 01, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Lynda, WOW. Thanks so much!

  • Gail says...
    Posted at 11:06 am by I am THAT Lady: Gail
    Gail
    Jul 02, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I’ve tried to purchase this. I’ve entered my card number and pressed the charge now button, but nothing is happening. :(
    Can you send it to me at gailmelissatribble@gmail.com?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:11 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 02, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Gail -let me look into this. I will get back to you ASAP.

  • Sheena Turner says...
    Posted at 6:28 pm by I am THAT Lady: Sheena Turner
    Sheena Turner
    Jul 03, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:35 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 03, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Sheena, what about Walmart or Giant?

  • Kim Davis says...
    Posted at 12:29 pm by I am THAT Lady: Kim Davis
    Kim Davis
    Jul 04, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Bought the printer pack and can’t seem to get the list to print? Help

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:28 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 04, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Kim, email me directly at iamthatlady@gmail.com

  • Melanie says...
    Posted at 9:56 pm by I am THAT Lady: Melanie
    Melanie
    Jul 04, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    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?

  • Melanie says...
    Posted at 7:42 am by I am THAT Lady: Melanie
    Melanie
    Jul 07, 2014 at 7:42 am

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

  • Jennifer says...
    Posted at 10:24 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jennifer
    Jennifer
    Jul 07, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    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. :(

  • dana says...
    Posted at 6:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: dana
    dana
    Jul 08, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    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?

  • Natosha says...
    Posted at 9:32 am by I am THAT Lady: Natosha
    Natosha
    Jul 12, 2014 at 9:32 am

    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 :)

  • JA says...
    Posted at 3:10 pm by I am THAT Lady: JA
    JA
    Jul 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 4:28 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jul 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      JA – send me an email at lauren@iamthatlady.com and I’ll take care of it.

  • Brenda says...
    Posted at 11:45 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brenda
    Brenda
    Jul 15, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Can I only get the calendar if I purchase the pack?

  • Chrystal @ YUM eating says...
    Posted at 12:08 pm by I am THAT Lady: Chrystal @ YUM eating
    Chrystal @ YUM eating
    Jul 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    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.

  • Natasha in Oz says...
    Posted at 11:13 pm by I am THAT Lady: Natasha in Oz
    Natasha in Oz
    Jul 19, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    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

  • Carey says...
    Posted at 8:13 pm by I am THAT Lady: Carey
    Carey
    Jul 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    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.

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 10:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jul 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      I’m sorry it didn’t turn out well for you :(. If you make it again, feel free to omit it.

  • Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader says...
    Posted at 5:46 am by I am THAT Lady: Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader
    Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader
    Jul 23, 2014 at 5:46 am

    This is great. I love how easy you’ve made it for us.
    Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social, I’m looking forward to seeing you again next Thursday at 9pm EST at http://www.thequestionablehomesteader.com for another installment of The Weekend Social.

  • Nicole says...
    Posted at 10:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Nicole
    Nicole
    Jul 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm

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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 2:24 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Jul 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Ho Nicole. The list has 2 bags of onions, which each have 6-7 onions.

  • Nicole says...
    Posted at 2:27 pm by I am THAT Lady: Nicole
    Nicole
    Jul 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    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!

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 3:47 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Jul 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      My apologies… I’ll make sure to fix on the printable pack. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Erica says...
    Posted at 2:41 am by I am THAT Lady: Erica
    Erica
    Aug 01, 2014 at 2:41 am

    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

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 10:38 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Aug 01, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Erica – you may try Walmart.

  • Tiffany says...
    Posted at 3:21 pm by I am THAT Lady: Tiffany
    Tiffany
    Aug 07, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    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...
      Posted at 6:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Aug 07, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      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.

  • Brenda says...
    Posted at 5:42 pm by I am THAT Lady: Brenda
    Brenda
    Aug 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Asking again…is the calendar only available in the purchase pack?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 7:57 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Aug 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Yes Brenda, it is.

    • Mark says...
      Posted at 10:30 am by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Aug 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Sorry Brenda… yes. The calendar is available only in the downloadable pack.

  • Amanda says...
    Posted at 5:22 pm by I am THAT Lady: Amanda
    Amanda
    Aug 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    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...
      Posted at 9:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mark
      Mark
      Aug 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      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.

  • Michelle says...
    Posted at 11:04 pm by I am THAT Lady: Michelle
    Michelle
    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    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...
      Posted at 11:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Keri
      Keri
      Aug 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      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!

  • D’Anna says...
    Posted at 12:24 am by I am THAT Lady: D’Anna
    D’Anna
    Aug 22, 2014 at 12:24 am

    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)?

  • Erin says...
    Posted at 5:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Erin
    Erin
    Aug 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    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!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:48 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Aug 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Erin, send me your email and I will email you directly. Thanks!

  • Susan says...
    Posted at 9:19 am by I am THAT Lady: Susan
    Susan
    Aug 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

    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….

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 12:18 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Aug 28, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Susa, we hope to make them a monthly thing. So far we have three of them.

  • dee says...
    Posted at 2:23 pm by I am THAT Lady: dee
    dee
    Sep 03, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    aldi’s takes coupons?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 2:26 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Sep 03, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      They do not take coupons but their prices are very low.

  • Virginia says...
    Posted at 5:01 pm by I am THAT Lady: Virginia
    Virginia
    Sep 06, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    no tax?? even 2% tax makes it more than $150. I know some areas have much higher tax.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 5:56 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Sep 06, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      In NY we don’t pay tax on food items.

  • Tina says...
    Posted at 8:55 am by I am THAT Lady: Tina
    Tina
    Sep 08, 2014 at 8:55 am

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 11:15 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Sep 08, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Thanks so much Tina! We really appreciate your kind words! We are thrilled that you like the meal plans!

  • Jill says...
    Posted at 10:49 am by I am THAT Lady: Jill
    Jill
    Sep 08, 2014 at 10:49 am

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 11:14 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Sep 08, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Yes, you can freeze spinach. It is a little watery when you defrost it, but as long as you squeeze out the water it should be fine.

      • Jill says...
        Posted at 11:23 am by I am THAT Lady: Jill
        Jill
        Sep 08, 2014 at 11:23 am

        Great, I figured as much, but have never tried to freeze fresh spinach. Thanks for doing this :)

        • Lauren says...
          Posted at 12:24 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
          Lauren
          Sep 08, 2014 at 12:24 pm

          It will be soggy, so keep that in mind too

  • nikki says...
    Posted at 8:48 pm by I am THAT Lady: nikki
    nikki
    Sep 09, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    It won’t download or give me the printable one. And I have already paid. Help me. I’ve got hungry teenagers!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:16 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Sep 09, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Nikki – can you email me? lauren@iamthatlady.com – I can send it over directly.

  • Amanda says...
    Posted at 1:07 pm by I am THAT Lady: Amanda
    Amanda
    Sep 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    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.

  • Christine says...
    Posted at 10:17 am by I am THAT Lady: Christine
    Christine
    Sep 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

    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.

  • Lynette says...
    Posted at 8:02 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lynette
    Lynette
    Sep 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    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!

  • Missy says...
    Posted at 10:17 am by I am THAT Lady: Missy
    Missy
    Sep 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love Aldis! Thanks for putting this together!

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:46 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Sep 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      You are welcome Missy!

  • Miranda says...
    Posted at 4:15 pm by I am THAT Lady: Miranda
    Miranda
    Sep 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Just purchased the list, did my shopping and about to start prepping!

  • Jayme says...
    Posted at 10:07 am by I am THAT Lady: Jayme
    Jayme
    Sep 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

    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??

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:45 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Sep 25, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      Jayme – that is correct. The pantry ingredients are ones that are normally found in your pantry.

  • Jollene says...
    Posted at 9:17 pm by I am THAT Lady: Jollene
    Jollene
    Oct 01, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    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?

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 9:21 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Oct 02, 2014 at 9:21 am

      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.

  • Amy says...
    Posted at 8:25 pm by I am THAT Lady: Amy
    Amy
    Oct 02, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    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!!

  • SkippyMom says...
    Posted at 10:38 am by I am THAT Lady: SkippyMom
    SkippyMom
    Oct 03, 2014 at 10:38 am

    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.

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Oct 03, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks SkippyMom = I appreciate you stopping by!

  • Alicia says...
    Posted at 7:09 am by I am THAT Lady: Alicia
    Alicia
    Oct 04, 2014 at 7:09 am

    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!

  • Joy says...
    Posted at 8:03 am by I am THAT Lady: Joy
    Joy
    Oct 05, 2014 at 8:03 am

    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! :)

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 8:18 am by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Oct 05, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Joy – you should have gotten an email with the link. If you did not, please let me know. Sometimes it takes a few minutes.

  • jeremy potter says...
    Posted at 8:45 pm by I am THAT Lady: jeremy potter
    jeremy potter
    Oct 05, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I am curious to see if you have budget recipe ideas for vegan/vegetarian meals.

  • Nikki Taylor says...
    Posted at 12:11 am by I am THAT Lady: Nikki Taylor
    Nikki Taylor
    Oct 07, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Do you prepare and freeze these meals? Thank you so much for your post. This is so helpful!

  • Dessra says...
    Posted at 11:06 am by I am THAT Lady: Dessra
    Dessra
    Oct 07, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I paid for it, got 3 pages of it. I’m trying to find it so I can print the recipes. How do I do that?

    • Dessra says...
      Posted at 11:07 am by I am THAT Lady: Dessra
      Dessra
      Oct 07, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Nevermind, I found it. So so glad I did. I love it.

  • Lauren says...
    Posted at 5:44 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
    Lauren
    Oct 09, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    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!

  • Mary says...
    Posted at 5:33 pm by I am THAT Lady: Mary
    Mary
    Oct 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    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.

  • Paula says...
    Posted at 6:22 pm by I am THAT Lady: Paula
    Paula
    Oct 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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

  • Sarah says...
    Posted at 11:12 am by I am THAT Lady: Sarah
    Sarah
    Oct 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Do you freeze the hamburger buns and corn on the cob since it is used in one of the last meals prepared??

    • Lauren says...
      Posted at 1:50 pm by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
      Lauren
      Oct 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Yes, we do.

  • Pamela Roush says...
    Posted at 6:05 pm by I am THAT Lady: Pamela Roush
    Pamela Roush
    Oct 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    This is amazing! Thank you so much. What a wonderful inspiration.

  • Kayla says...
    Posted at 11:36 am by I am THAT Lady: Kayla
    Kayla
    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    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!!!

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