Budget-Friendly Aldi Grocery Haul & Family Meal Planning

by Simplify

Ashley is a wife and mom of two kids who usually spends $225 every two weeks on groceries. Because of higher prices, she spent $294 for two weeks of groceries from Aldi. She shares how she plans it out and mixes and matches items to make her meals thanks to her cheap Aldi grocery haul.

*Prices are as of November 2022 in Southern California.


For snacks, she loves all types of pretzels and chips. A favorite snack? Seasonal pumpkin spice cream cheese spread that goes great on graham crackers, toast, or apple slices. Ashley didn’t forget about sweets; she bought Twinkies, cheesecake slices, and the Aldi version of Oreo cookies.


For breakfast, she bought Italian loaves made of three ingredients: flour, water, and salt for toast, brioche for French toast, eggs, bagels, cream cheese, and butter. As a treat, she tossed in Aldi cinnamon rolls that make the house smell nice and cozy.


Lunch includes black forest ham sandwiches, a selection of cheeses for charcuterie boards, and a pack of croissants that she’ll also use for breakfast.


For dinner, Ashley and her family love pizzas in all forms, and she also plans a lot of meat dishes, including quesadillas, fajitas, turkey burgers, pork dishes, salmon (plus asparagus), and hot dogs. She’ll also whip up a couple of chicken dishes using jumbo packs of boneless chicken breasts. For meatless dinners, there will be pasta or shells and cheese.

Grocery shopping in a supermarket

Ashley gets in a few fresh fruit picks including raspberries, a pineapple, watermelon, and apples. Rounding out the list, drinks include orange juice, almond milk (for cereal, mostly), Gatorade, and caramel macchiato coffee creamers.

Aldi grocery haul

Since Ashley knows groceries are expensive right now, she managed to get a ton of food on her budget thanks to a grocery list she could fill at Aldi. Are you able to fill your pantry with grocery hauls?

For more budget shopping tips, discover 10 things not to buy at Dollar Tree (and where to buy them instead) or this list of things she no longer buys in order to spend less and save more.

To see more videos, check out the Ash Loves Life YouTube channel.

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  • Carol Carol on Jun 09, 2024

    Loved the article I agree with previous post if she spent more at aldi for same amount of food where's the saving? And who buys cakes and snacks when on budget?

    Interesting reading though.

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jun 09, 2024

    Hum, I buy milk, eggs, cheese, butter, sour cream, whipping cream, ground beef, chicken breasts, celery, carrots, cabbage, onions, potatoes, sandwich meats, and sometimes bread products at Aldis. I scratch-cook snacks with cobblers and cold-oven pound cakes.

    Unfortunately, I prefer Martha White self-rising flour and Swans Down flour for baking: Aldi doesn't carry those.

    Hubby likes the canned buttermilk biscuits and the canned cinnamon treats you bake in the coolers. Sometimes, I buy canned goods to fill in my selection at home.

    I bulk buy canned goods at Sam's and Costco and buy bread my husband prefers at Food Lion or Walmart.

    I generally do a circle when purchasing groceries, with Aldis being last since I buy my cold items there.