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Bi-Weekly Meal Plan, $113 Aldi Haul and Freezing Sloppy Joes

It has been crazy around here lately! We were gone on our anniversary trip and as soon as we got back we found out that my husband's grandmother had passed away. So two days after we got home, we packed up again and drove 8 hours away, stayed for 3 days and came back.

Today I had to get groceries, so I planned out my menu and shopping list. But when I got to the grocery store, I realized I had forgotten my list! I got as many things as I could remember and even some I knew weren't on my list, and I think I did pretty good! After I got home, I re-wrote a list of things that I forgot, so I'll be going back out tonight and getting the few things I forgot. I'm going to try out our new Neighborhood Wal-mart grocery store. Do you have one of those near you? Our's has only been open about a month and I have not been in yet. I have heard great things about it though.

Here is what I ended up getting at Aldi. They have really great meat and produce deals. And their milk is always about $0.30-0.40 cheaper/gallon. Once again, I include everything I buy at the grocery store in my grocery budget. I grocery shop for two weeks worth of meals at a time and buy extra meat when I can.

Here is the full breakdown of what I got:

Homestyle Waffles $1.29
2 Cheesecake Twin Pack - 3.98 (My guilty purchase)
Pie Crusts 1.69
Honey Wheat Bread 1.39
Seasoned French Fries 1.75
Insulated Bag 0.79
2 Dozen Large Eggs -1.58
Mushrooms 0.69
Penne Rigate 0.79
Sliced Bacon 2.99
Roma Tomatoes 16 oz 0.79
French Baguette 1.49
Sloppy Joe Sauce 0.79
Flour Tortillas 0.99
Whipped Topping 0.79
Pork Rinds (My Husband's treat) 0.99
Bananas 0.78
Mixed Fall Bulbs 2.49
Soup Mix 0.79
73% Ground Beef 10.15 (1.99/pound)
Pop-up Garden Bag 4.99
Family Pack Chicken Legs 2.26 
2% Milk 2.38
2% Milk 2.38
Whole Milk 2.67
Hot Italian Sausage Links 1.49
Smoked Ham Shank Portion 8.16 (.89/pound)
Tomato Paste 0.39
Tomato Paste 0.39
Macaroni and Cheese 0.33
Half and Half 1.89
Half and Half 1.89
Croutons 1.29
Frozen Sweet Peas 0.95
Parmesan Shred 1.69
Parmesan Shred 1.69
Yams 1.49
Club Pack Diaper Size 5 12.49 (Has anyone tried their brand of diapers?)
100% Apple Juice 1.49
Canola Oil 1.99
2 Roll Pack Paper Towel 2.49
Spaghetti Large Pack 1.45
Nutty Bar 1.69
All Purpose Flour 1.25
Swiss Roll 1.69
4 lb. Sugar 1.59
Baby Carrots 0.49
Crushed Tomatoes 0.79
Coffee House Creamer 2.19
Fettuccine/Linguine 0.99
Extra Light Olive Oil 2.99
Premium Sausage 1.99
Bacon Bits 1.29

TOTAL $113.58

I will probably spend another $20-30 getting the things that I forgot tonight, but this will be the total for two weeks.

I re-wrote my menu a little bit based on the deals I was able to find at Aldi, and some I wasn't able to find. So here's my menu for the next two weeks. They had chuck roast advertised but they were sold out of that.

1. Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs with homemade Garlic Bread
2. Baked Tacos
3. Fried Chicken Legs
4. Hamburger Gravy over Mashed Potatoes
5. Cheesy Noodles, Garlic Bread
6. Shredded Pork with gravy over Mashed Potatoes
7. Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken Legs
8. Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
9. Chicken Fried Rice
10. Scalloped Potatoes with Ham Casserole (The Pioneer Woman)
11. Baked Ham with Sweet Potato Casserole
12. White Beans with Ham
13. Picnic at Church- taking Spaghetti and Meatballs and Apple Tart
14. Leftovers or Stuffed Peppers

Soups: Spicy Pork Soup
Potato and Ham Soup

Breakfasts: Breakfast Burritos
Eggs, Bacon, Biscuits
Pancakes, Sausage
French Toast

Lunch: Sloppy Joes (See below)
Mac & Cheese
Homemade Pizza
(And whatever else I decide to throw together)

Other: Pumpkin Pie
Apple Tart
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Homemade Honey Butter

I love Sloppy Joes, but I'm the only one in my family who does. So when I do make them, I make a full batch and freeze in individual portions to thaw quickly. And it's so easy! After you cook your mixture and let it cool, fill muffin cups about 3/4 full with it. Flash freeze for about 20 minutes or until hard enough to remove in one piece, and throw into a freezer bag. It only takes about 30-60 seconds in the microwave to heat up!

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