I started my SNAP Food Stamp Challenge shopping off at Aldi. While not everyone has an Aldi nearby, if you do (check the store locator here), Aldi can be a wonderful source for inexpensive produce.
I usually stop there at least once a week to pick up all their produce loss leaders – and this week was no exception.
Above is everything I bought this week for a grand total of just $31.50. I was able to purchase nearly all the produce I plan for us to consume this week (I still need to get more peaches – on sale day for $.70 a pound!; lettuce; strawberries and blueberries), as well as two dozen eggs, cream for my husband’s coffee, whole almonds for snacking, and skim milk.
Coincidentally, my total came to $31.50 before tax – the same amount that SNAP allows per person receiving food stamps. Fortunately we are a family of five – so our produce, plus some dairy, eggs and nuts, amounted to one-fifth of our weekly budget.
Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, shopping at Aldi is a great way to stretch your resources – and create more margin to afford things like kosher meat and cheese (let’s see how I do on that later today!)