$400 Budget Update – 11/17

My parents got an Aldi today.  I am suffering from jealousy.  This is tempered only somewhat by Aldi’s confirmed announcement a couple of days ago that they will be in our community next fall.  So while I cannot shop at Aldi today, I will plan ahead for when I can sometime soon.

For instance, due to the location of the Aldi we are getting, I will slowly shift my grocery shopping habits to a once per week adventure, rather than spreading things out with only a store or two at a time over the course of an entire week.  Its proximity to our home will not justify making any quick trips over there.

In addition, it is extremely likely we will not renew our Costco membership when it expires next summer.  With the exception of the gluten free flour blend that Costco sells, everything I need to buy will be cheaper at other locations around town.  And I feel pretty confident I will figure out an alternative flour vendor.  The kids are a little annoyed that their access to free samples will disappear, but otherwise no one in the family is objecting.

In the meantime, we are still slogging through our budget with local stores and some non-Aldi chains.  If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  This week I shopped at CVS, Dollar Tree, the gluten free bakery, and two local chains.  I even went back to the local chain I am mad at.  Their sales are just too good right now to pass up.  We also got some free samples in the mail.  As always, our weekly menu is listed below.

Local Chain #1:


  • Corn (30 oz.), Green beans (29 oz.), Cranberry sauce (14 oz.), Lettuce (3), Oranges (2.75 lb.), Apples (2.38 lb.), Pears (2.47 lb.), $13.34 after coupons
  • Ground beef (6.08 lb.), $12.10
  • Total: $25.29 after reusable bag discount

Dollar Tree:


  • Black beans (2 lb.), Pinto beans (2 lb.), Tortillas (2 lb.), Chili powder (3 oz.), $6.00
  • Total: $6.00



  • Maxi pads (32 ct.), Pantiliners (20 ct.), Shampoo (47.4 oz.), Tortilla chips (22 oz.), $2.03 after coupons and tax
  • Total: $2.03

Gluten Free Bakery:


  • Bread (21 oz.), Bagels (14 oz.), $6.00
  • Total: $6.00

Sample Source:


  • Free

Local Chain #2:


  • Evaporated milk (12 oz.), Pasta (16 oz.), Brown sugar (2 lb.), Pumpkin (15 oz.), Pasta sauce (48 oz.), $5.24
    after coupon
  • Ham (8 oz.), Pepperoni (16 oz.), Whipped topping (8 oz.), Peas & carrots (2 lb.), $8.84 after coupon
  • Carrots (2 lb.), Cucumbers (4), Grapes (2.28 lb.), Lettuce (2), $11.84 after Checkout 51 rebate
  • Cottage cheese (22 oz.), Block cheese (1.5 lb.), Milk (2 gal.), Eggs (1.5 doz.), Shredded mozzarella (1 lb.), Sour cream (32 oz.), Almond milk (0.5 gal.), $23.61 after coupon
  • Total: $49.53

Grand Total: $88.85

Total for November: $272.82

We have $127.18 left for the month.  As long as I do not lose my mind on some sort of sale, we should be fine.  I need to make one more stop at Costco this month, but most of that is for items we need for Christmas gifts.  It should not hurt too much.  Everything else we need should fall within the budget.


Muffins, yogurt, toast w/ peanut butter, Homemade Granola, pancakes, eggs, fruit


Sandwiches, rice & beans, burritos, fruits & veggies


Beefy rice, lettuce salad, mixed veggies

Spaghetti, lettuce salad

Tacos, corn

Chicken vegetable soup with rice, crackers, lettuce salad

Bacon ranch chicken salad, garlic toast, baked potatoes

Bratwurst on Homemade Buns, French fries, lettuce salad

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, lettuce salad

What are you making next week for Thanksgiving?  Let me know in an email or comment below!