**This month I am challenging myself to shop primarily at Aldi, in order to see if it can help reign in my ever-expanding monthly grocery budget. The rules are that I can only spend $300 at Aldi for the month of July and $50 at other stores (Aldi does not carry everything I need, so allowances have to be made!)
Low carb bars $4.99
3lb of sweet potatoes $1.69
Ice cream $1.95
Pasta sauce $.99
Grape juice $2.39
Romaine lettuce $1.99
String Cheese $2.49
Cooking spray $1.49
Totals this week: $62 at Aldi and $45 at Kroger/Publix/Walmart (not pictured above)
Totals for the month: $359 ($141 less than I normally spend)
Weekly average for July: $89
Aldi Challenge Recap:
While I did spend $9 more than I challenged myself to this month, I still averaged only $89 spent per week on groceries, which is $36 less per week than I usually spend. Taking all of this into consideration, I feel that shopping at Aldi did help to reign in my monthly grocery budget substantially.
That being said, it was a little challenging to limit my shopping at other stores to $50 for the month. I have decided that next month, I will lift this limit and simply shop Aldi first before I go to any other stores. Hopefully this will keep my spending low and relieve the headache of balancing what items I can buy from other stores.