Menu Planning for Family of Five + Grocery Shopping for Week – $66.80 and NO Coupons Used


This week, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I would be able to get my shopping bill under $65.00 without using coupons. There is only one good place I know where I can shop and still get great food for my money. That one place is ALDI. Because of that, I decided to do the majority of my shopping at Aldi and shop with NO coupons. And guess what? I am proud of the results!

When I grocery shop, I am shopping for a family of five: my husband, myself and three boys. My boys ages are almost 11, 6, and 4. Even at their ages, they are eating all the time.

All I can think is: what will it be like in a couple of years? Yikes!

My Three Step Game Plan to Save Money:

  1. Make a Shopping List after checking pantry, frig and freezer.
  2. Create Menu Plan for entire week.
  3. Bring menu plan + shopping list, and calculator to grocery store. Go to Aldi first, then Kroger last.

The above picture includes 43 items totaling $66.80.

I spent $54.92 at Aldi and $11.88 at Kroger. Totaling $66.80.

This averages out to $1.55 an item. 

Great deal considering I purchased a few higher priced items:

  • Bag of Frozen Chicken Breast $6.67
  • Bag of Turkey Meatballs $4.39
  • Kroger Pizza $3.67
  • Bag of Cheese Raviolis $2.49


Meal Plan for the Week

Pig’s Crown :: Super Easy Recipe
Cereal x5 (my kiddos LOVE cereal)
French Toast

Grilled cheese + apples
PB & J + yogurt x2
Snackie lunch / cheese, crackers, carrots, broccoli + dip
Soup + crackers
Leftovers from dinner
Turkey Salad
Buffalo Dip + Tortilla Chips + Veggies

Dinner Choices:
Cheese Ravioli Meal + salad
Tacos or Taco Bites
Turkey Kabobs including rice + green peppers
Meatball Subs + applesauce
Chicken Quesadillas = yummo!
Making Dinner with a friend
Pizza Night

Here are a few comparisons that were very cost saving for me.

TURKEY MEATBALLS IMG_20150326_194356

  • Aldi Turkey Meatballs $ 4.39
  • Kroger Turkey Meatballs $9.69

You could buy 2 at Aldi for $8.78.


  • 2 Aldi Milk at $1.89 = $3.78
  • 1 Kroger Milk $2.59


Deal of the Day! Large Gardetto’s Bag for only $0.99 at Aldi! WOWSA!


So, there you have it. Our family of five menu plan + grocery list + total cost.

I went $1.80 over my budget, but I am still happy with the results.

Now, it’s your turn. Where do you like to shop to get the best grocery deals? 

If you would like get the super easy Pig’s Crown recipe, go here!

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