Aldi produce deals of the week

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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aldiHere’s a look at what’s on sale at Aldi this week.

Things you need to know about shopping at Aldi:

  • You will need a quarter to use a cart.  They have their carts in a little “jail” and the quarter will release the cart.  When you are done shopping, return your cart and you’ll get your quarter back.
  • Aldi does not accept coupons.
  • Bring your own bags for groceries
  • Aldi does not accept credit cards.  They accept cash, food stamps/EBT cards, and PIN-based debit cards.

Produce:

Russet Potatoes 10 lb $1.49

Yellow Onions 3 lb $.69

Brussel Sprouts $1.49 lb

Clementines 3 lb $2.49

Pineapple $1.29 each

Navel Oranges 4 lb $1.79

To see the complete Aldis ad, click here.

My grocery budget – year in review

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Coupons, Grocery 

budgetFor all of 2013 I’ve been keeping a close eye on our grocery budget and publishing the results every month here on Green Bay Consumer.  My goal when I started the year was to see if I was still spending around $450/month in groceries as I had been prior to having two more kids, a slowed economy, inflation, etc.

With December only being half over, I simply took my current spending total and doubled it.

Here’s how it all looks.

For the year, I spent $4670.53 on groceries.  Dividing that by 12 months, my total came to $389.21 in monthly spending, well under the $450 budget I made for our family.  As I’ve mentioned previously, our family has made the move to more natural/organic items and have avoided the processed-yet-cheap convenience foods like Hamburger Helper so I’m very pleased with our numbers.

Besides avoiding pre-processed foods, I simply shopped the lowest-priced grocery stores, shopped the sales and combined coupons whenever possible, canned/froze my own food and more.  I avoided impulse items and thought twice about adding some items to the cart when I knew I was getting close to my budget for the month.

Will I try to go lower in 2014?  I see no reason to change our $45o/month budget.  That gives me a cushion of spending for those months where stocking up on an item can push the spending higher.

I hope this exercise has encouraged you to take a closer look at your spending on variable items like groceries.  By simply monitoring my family’s spending this way, I became more aware and also made smarter choices in the grocery store.

New Leaf Winter Farmer’s Market this Saturday

December 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The New Leaf Winter Farmer’s Market is back for it’s fourth year!  The market is held inside the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay from 8 am to Noon on selected dates.

More than 100 vendors are being featured including local meats, cheeses, produce, jams, jellies, pastries, breads, and coffee.  There will even be live music on hand.

Here are all the dates of the remaining for the New Leaf Winter Farmer’s Market:

• December 14th (Special Extended Holiday Market)
• January 11th
• February 1st
• March 1st
• March 15th
• March 22nd
• March 29th

For more information on New Leaf Market, click here.

Aldi deals of the week

December 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Grocery 

aldiHere’s a look at what’s on sale at Aldi this week.

Things you need to know about shopping at Aldi:

  • You will need a quarter to use a cart.  They have their carts in a little “jail” and the quarter will release the cart.  When you are done shopping, return your cart and you’ll get your quarter back.
  • Aldi does not accept coupons.
  • Bring your own bags for groceries
  • Aldi does not accept credit cards.  They accept cash, food stamps/EBT cards, and PIN-based debit cards.

Meats

Appleton Farms Smoked Ham Shank portion $.99 lb

Appleton Farms Smoken Ham Butt portion $1.19 lb

Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Ham $1.49 lb

Specially Selected Spiral Cut Double Glazed Brown Sugar Ham $1.99 lb (This was rated highly by Consumer Reports Shop Smart magazine)

Produce:

Navel Oranges 4 lb bag $1.99

Blackberries pint $.99

Cantaloupe $.99

Pears 2 lb bag $1.29

Clementines 3 lb $2.49

Pineapple $1.29

To see the complete Aldis ad, click here.

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