Shopping for the New Month with JL



Well, hi! May is almost upon us and with a new month comes a re-infused grocery budget. At least that’s how things happen around here. I am always crazy-excited to be able to do a “big shop” again. It’s kind of silly, but it makes me happy. I often do my “new month” shopping at the end of the previous month, just to avoid the first of the month crowds.


I headed out to buy some stuff to feed us in May. This time, I only hit Aldi. I didn’t have anything I really needed that they didn’t carry, and I’m a big fan of one-stop shopping, if I can do it.


These groceries will get us through about half the month, though I will definitely need to buy more milk and produce and probably more eggs, too.


Aldi 4-28 1




Aldi 4-28 2




Aldi 4-28 3



(I really planned to break this down by photo for you all, but I wasn’t organized enough– sorry!!)


Let me know if this style of break-down works okay…


grainy stuff

  • 4 pounds pasta, various cuts
  • 1# yellow rice
  • 3# rice
  • 12 pk. chicken ramen soup
  • bread crumbs
  • 2 bags soft taco size tortillas
  • 1 bag fajita size tortillas
  • 5# Yukon gold potatoes
  • 5# all-purpose flour
  • old-fashioned oats



  • 3 bags frozen broccoli
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 2# carrots
  • 3# gala apples
  • 1 head lettuce
  • 3# yellow onions
  • 24 oz. zucchini
  • pickles
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 8 oz. mushrooms
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 2 green peppers
  • 9 oz. bag flat leaf spinach
  • 4 cans tomato sauce
  • 3 cans tomato paste
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can french cut green beans




  • 2 – 8 oz. blocks colby-jack cheese
  • 2 – 8 oz. blocks sharp cheddar
  • 1 – 8 oz. swiss cheese
  • sliced co-jack
  • sliced provolone
  • feta crumbles
  • 2 pounds shredded mozzarella
  • 2 gallons milk
  • 2 pounds butter
  • 4 dozen eggs
  • shredded fresh parm



  • 8 oz. imitation crab
  • 10 oz. bacon-wrapped filets
  • 3# boneless chicken breasts
  • 3# turkey ham
  • 1# ground sausage
  • 5 Italian sausage grillers
  • 2.5# lean ground beef
  • 12 oz. hot dogs
  • oven-roasted almonds
  • natural peanut butter


the other stuff

  • apple juice
  • energy drink
  • 2# fair trade dark roast coffee
  • white chocolate chips
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar
  • salt
  • chili powder
  • pure vanilla extract
  • ranch dressing
  • ketchup
  • oyster crackers
  • 3 bags chips
  • raisins


TOTAL:  $146.99


So… a few thoughts on all that:


1. The energy drink? Hubby’s guilty and occasional pleasure.

2. The bottled ranch dressing? Convenience for me. Yes, I make homemade dressing. No, I don’t always get my act together. This bottle helps me out on those days.

3. Bleached flour? Yep. I’m making a WHITE WHITE WHITE cake for A’s First Communion. Whiter than even my unbleached will get it. Cake’s not health food, no matter how you cut it. We’ll all survive the bleached flour. ;)

4. All that canned tomato stuff? For sauce. I make our spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, taco sauce, salsa, etc.

5. Yes, we eat a LOT of cheese.

6. Nope, you’re not crazy– the almonds didn’t make it in the pic. Those are for A. They are his very favorite snack under the sun and they make a great quick grab-and-go for when we run straight from free-running to karate.

7. Oyster crackers are kept on hand for sick tummies.

8. Any more questions? Let me know!

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2 comments to Shopping for the New Month with JL

  • Danielle F

    Thank you so much for posting this! It reminded me that I should probably do more of my shopping at Aldis, I have one maybe 15 minutes away and I hardly ever remember to go there. I’ve been leery to try their meats but I’ll take a look next time I’m there! Thanks again!

    • Once you get used to shopping at ALDI, it’s so hard to match their prices on lots of things! I’ve heard mixed responses from people regarding their meat. I think some might depend on location and some is personal preference. I can’t say I’ve had any real complaints about it and I’ve been very impressed with their recent offerings of grass-fed beef and hormone-free chicken.

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