Care to watch a friendly competition?
Amy from The Motherload just launched a new site called The Aldi Queen. She shares recipes suited for her favorite discount supermarket, Aldi. Her devotion got me thinking...
I don't like my closest Aldi, but I'm still keeping my menus under $50 a week.
How? By cherrypicking--the practice of buying what's truly on sale at the grocery.
I challenged Amy to a grocery cookoff, pitting her Aldi expertise against my sale shopping. She graciously agreed--and the gauntlet was thrown down.
The game starts Monday.
We'll each post our dinner menu, including shopping tips and cost breakdown. At the end of the week, we'll see whose method came out ahead.
Here are the rules by which we've agreed to play:
- Amy will purchase everything from Aldi.
- My groceries will come exclusively from next week's sale flyers.
- No freezer or pantry stockpile allowed!
- Each night's menu will serve four people and include the main dish and sides.
- We'll calculate the cost per unit for each ingredient, except for "negligible" amounts of staples--less than 1/2 cup.
There will be a wrap-up at the end of the week. Critique our strategies and offer some of your own!
Here are the links to each day of the completed Iron Chef Challenge:
Day 2: Cabbage Is Cheap In March
Day 3: Imitating Restaurant Flavors
Day 5: Go Meatless With Eggs