Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aldi Trip 12/29/10

I definetly recommend hitting Aldi before your regular store every time you shop. Take your quarter for the cart, your reusable bags to pack things up, and your list - then just go up and down the aisles and grab things from your list!

*I will say, there are some things I haven't gotten yet from Aldi - like meat and most of the frozen stuff.

This week we got:

Macaroni and cheese - $.29, $.10 savings per box
Lite pancake syrup - $1.49, $1 savings
Black beans - $.55, $.10 savings per can
Diced tomatoes - $.49, $.10-20 savings per can
Refried beans - $.69, $.30 savings per can
Cream of chicken - $.99 - equal to best sale price at CW (but not available in light)
Pancake mix - $1.39, $.60 savings per box
Condensed tomato soup $.49, equal to best sale price at CW
Whole kernal corn $.39 - equal to best sale price at CW
Light sour cream - $.99 - equal to best sale price at CW
Imitation cheese - $.99 - equal to best sale price at CW (I would not buy this again, I haaaaate fake cheese.)
Onions - $1.49/3# bag, $.50/lb savings

All in all, with 2 cans of refried beans and 2 cans of corn, we spent $11.41. GREAT savings at approximately $3.60 over best prices at Cash Wise, 24% savings without clipping any coupons.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

How to do a Birthday Party Cheaper!

~Make the food yourself. We planned for 35 people and made 5 pans of homemade lazagna, 1/2 pan of vegetable lazagna and a crock of gluten free lazagna. Ingredients cost me around $70 total, including lettuce for salad plus croutons, parmesean cheese and 2 dressings and 2 loaves of french bread and cheese for garlic cheese bread.
~Drinks were 2 liter sodas - I picked these up on sale for $1 each, then bought ice and had that next to the 2 litres in an ice bucket.
~We chose a theme of Curious George, but only bought 8 plates, 8 napkins, and the invites in the "theme." The rest of the paper products were solid colors from Target - about $12 for 3 packs of large plates, 3 packs of cake plates, and 3 packs of napkins, then about $10 for plastic silverware and cups and $6 for table cloths. Big savings over using all products in the "theme!"
~We had a friend with a wonderful talent for making cakes do our birthday cake, the smash cake, and 12 cupcakes. What I paid her for all of this was a fraction of what I would have paid at the store, and I got a custom cake with fondant monkeys! We skipped the ice cream.