I really, really, really love a bargain. In fact, I'm sort of proud of being a cheapskate. Here are a few things that make me so happy these days:
Aldi grocery store--I've been very open about the fact that I'm not crazy about cooking and it's not an area where I excel in any way, shape or form. And yet...a family has to eat. In the days when my boys could be filled up with a kid's meal from any number of eating establishments, we went out way too much. In retrospect, it was not only very unhealthy but very expensive.
Now that the boys are bigger than I, they eat real, full-size adult meals, and it's definitely too much money to eat out often. A grocery cart full of food is also quite pricey, but those dollars go a longer way in Aldi.
I started slow. I only added a few more things to my cart each time I went. There are a few things that my family doesn't like but not many. Staples are really cheap. There are also many prepared foods that are excellent.
We had Barry's parents for lunch a couple weeks ago and bought everything from Aldi. Our menu was: Teriyaki pork tenderloin, homemade mashed potatoes (made by the fabulous Chef Barry), asparagus (that comes frozen and is still delish!), and biscuits.
I'll post a couple of other cheapskate thrills soon, but try out an Aldi near you this week. Take a quarter for a cart (That's one way they save money--cart rental. You get the quarter back when you return the cart.), either cash or a debit card and your own bags or boxes. I'd love to know about your Aldi experience. Don't forget to come back to comment, first-timers! Also, check out this cool blog with recipes made with Aldi goods.