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Aldi Fall/Winter Menu Planner

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Introduction

We have received such an amazing response from our Aldi Menu Planner that I have shared with all of you that I have had people begging me for more. I know how hard it is to be creative and come up with meal ideas for your family- I have a hard time myself sometimes. Trying to make a menu plan only using Aldi ingredients only compounds this difficult process since the store offers a limited amount of ingredients.

The majority of the meals in this menu planner can be made all year long, however, there are a couple of recipes on here utilizing more seasonal items (pumpkin & turkey specifically) that are only available during certain seasons With this in mind, I am calling this the Fall/Winter Menu Planner and plan to attempt a Spring/Summer Menu Planner with foods that you would enjoy more in the warmer months.

This menu planner contains eighteen dinner recipes and three recipes for snacking on. Many of these meals make enormous amounts of food that can be used for another evening meal so eighteen meals should cover you for the entire month. The meal plan does allow for a night or two off, which is not unusual for most families (dinner obligations, going out to eat, dining with friends, etc…)

Aldi keeps their prices fairly steady, however, every once in awhile I will see things jump a bit in pricing (usually a very small difference) so the receipt total for these meals will be approximate based on the store’s current pricing. It is always nice to go in a store having a good idea of how much to anticipate spending so that is why this figure is included in the menu plan. Keep in mind though that many of the ingredients listed on here (sugar, flour, salt, eggs, etc.) are ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Using these items will also cut back on your grocery bill making this meal plan even more affordable.

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Just a reminder, in case you were not able to read my Aldi Supermarket - The Real Deal? article, here are a few tips for a successful Aldi shopping experience:

  • No coupon clipping is needed for your Aldi shopping experience. Aldi sells, primarily, only off-brand merchandise saving you some time on coupon cutting. Aldi carries only one brand in one size in each of their product category. Just because these products are considered "off-brand", in actuality, many of the private label products are made by well-known brand manufacturers and are simply shipped in different packaging to their stores.
  • Aldi only accepts cash, debit cards, and the electronic benefits transfer cards (formerly known as food stamps).
  • The store offers a shopping cart rental program. Basically, this means you will need to insert a quarter into the cart to use it. Upon returning the cart, you will receive your quarter back, but be sure to tuck a quarter in your purse before you go. Nothing is more frustrating than having to wait in line for change so that you can get your cart to start you shopping trip.
  • Bring your own grocery bags or you can pay for their bags. Paper bags will cost you five cents a pop and the plastic bags will run you ten cents. Along with bringing your own bags, you will also need to bag your own groceries. The cashier will set the groceries in your cart and then you are responsible for the bagging. Aldi provides a long counter where you can bag your groceries. Also keep your eyes out for empty boxes because these are perfect for storing groceries in your car and make carrying your groceries easier.
  • Aldi offers a double guarantee on all of their products. If you are dissatisfied with any of their products, they will replace the product and refund your money too!
  • Join Aldi's mailing list to receive regular information about their special offers. You can sign up for their email newsletter through http://www.usa.aldi.com