I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was working on a new grocery shopping strategy. Over the years I’ve learned that it’s best for my sanity if I shop Aldi first thing in the morning, usually right after they open. The shelves are well stocked and store isn’t as busy.
This summer I’ve been trying out the two-week Aldi haul. On the off week I shop at my local grocery store, where I can supplement our milk & produce and also pick up things I don’t buy or can’t get at Aldi (ice cream, creamer, bacon and some other meats).
I like to be in and out of the store in less than 30 minutes. Here’s how I’m planning for my two-week hauls to help me be efficient with my time and to get everything I need in that one trip!
- Start with the running list from the fridge – we write down things we need or run out of during the week
- Add other things I know I want to buy, based on the meals I can make with what I have on hand
- Plan a basic two week menu (about 10 meals), adding needed groceries to that list
- Make my shopping list: I take a clean sheet of paper and write down the main sections of Aldi. Then I fill in the items from my running list, crossing them off as I add them.
Shopping with a list laid out in order of the store is SO helpful! I find that I am much more likely to get everything I need and in less time than if I wrote the list in random order.
I also try to be intentional about the way we eat the perishable items from a large haul. For example, last week I bought peaches and a watermelon. We ate the peaches the first week, and I waited to cut up the watermelon until the second week. The peaches wouldn’t have been good the second week but the watermelon was perfect!
I haven’t perfected the two-week haul just yet, but it gets smoother and more successful every time. If you aren’t a huge fan of the Aldi experience (like me), you might want to give my early morning bi-weekly strategy a try!