I made my somewhat monthly trip to aldi's today. It is "somewhat" because sometimes I am lucky and can make 2 trips a month with easy child. I didn't buy much. 2 flour 2 sugar 1 can shortening 2 pkg of pop tarts 1 box ice cream cones for ice cream 1 carton eggs 1 gallon milk 1 bag of rice 2 cans of beef stew 1 tub of real butter 1 loaf of bread 1 box of saltines 1 box of powdered milk 2 containers of koolaide mix (sugar included) Total= 41.00 Now granted had I just went out and bought these items elsewhere it would've been much more than that, especially if I didn't look for sales/coupons. But holy moly! That is really not much for 41.00 when the powdered milk alone is 6.99! Notice these are nearly all staple type foods. No real "luxury" items except maybe the koolaide and the ice cream cups........but hey, the koolaide is cheaper by far than soda and for Travis it is pretty much lemonaide, koolaide or soda........so I pick the cheapest one. This is my end of the month I have extra left over food money........let's stock up on staples trip. Later today a local market has ground beef at 2.19 lb and I'm stocking up on that too. I'm rather thrilled kroger had their packages of leg quarters priced at .59 cents a pound......I bought 20 lbs and those will be cut up and go into the freezer today. Their whole chickens were like .88 lb and I went ahead and picked up one of those two. I also grabbed an application for aldi's while I was in there. Turns out they're hiring. Yay! I'd love to work there. I can drop the completed app off on my way to Nichole's this weekend. No wasted gas. Katie is having a terrible time of it. I want to take her to aldis but it would have to be in my car and I can't afford the gas to make an extra trip. M has been cut down to 1 day a week so they really can't spare the cash to help me with gas for an extra trip either. I do know she is trying hard to ration food for meals to last the month. But I also know she still hates to walk so much that M is doing the bulk of the buying and he pays little or no attention to her list and will impulse buy like crazy.....which really hurts when you're trying to make food stamps stretch with high prices. Aldis is often cheaper and better quality than sav a lot, which she has about a block away........but the girl is going to have to get up off her backside and do the shopping. Although I am considering letting her do a little shopping in my pantry. I need some more inventory used. Most food can go long past the expiration dates or use by dates and be just fine but anything with tomato in it I'm not so apt to push my luck too far. And I have a LOT of spagetti sauce stacked in there. Got it on several sales for next to nothing. But Travis and I don't eat it up fast enough. Also did get a great idea for her for xmas. Those shopping carts on wheels. Wish to heck I'd have thought of it earlier. I spotted a young neighbor couple returning from the store with theirs piled high with groceries. I checked and walmart sells them cheapest one is 20.00! I know that would help her get their groceries back home. The apartment complex is located about midway up a steep hill which means either direction she walks she is going to be forced to walk up a steep hill either coming or going. I've walked it many times over 4 yrs and it's not a pleasant walk. Still can't get over that I paid that much for so little at aldis. omg I just kept staring at it thinking really?? really?? Didn't help I hit krogers sale this week and for 60.00 walked out with a cartload including that 20 plus pounds of chicken. At this rate I'll be doing all my cooking in my solar oven, washing my clothes on my washboard and hanging them out to dry (already doing the clothes line), and sitting at night with oil lamps burning just to save some extra bucks for food and gas. sheesh I can't cut down much more without doing without utilities all together. Internet I have to keep on so I can job hunt.