Hey ALDI lovers, looking for a meal plan that lets you shop ONLY at your favorite store? Look no further – this one week $50 ALDI meal plan has you taken care of! Get recipes like Best Burgers Ever and Buffalo Chicken Potatoes!
Ever since we moved to Georgia, shopping at ALDI has done wonders for my grocery budget.
It’s no secret that I shop around for good deals, and I love that you can get almost every pantry staple there at a solid low price (with some items being cheaper than Costco!).
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It’s also no secret that I’m a big advocate of meal planning. But would you believe that I’ve never specifically made an ALDI meal plan for ALDI recipes?
Granted, I have TONS of meal plans on the blog. And when I say “tons,” I literally mean FIVE YEARS worth of meal plans.
And while I encourage you to do things like make a meal plan (obviously), shop in bulk, consider NOT using coupons and use tricks to save on meat at the store, sometimes it’s not HOW you shop, but WHERE you shop that makes the biggest difference. Actually, not shopping at the right store is one of the reasons you might NOT be saving money on food!
Case in point – check out my side by side comparisons of ALDI vs. Costco, and ALDI vs. Walmart!
Plus you can step up your game by using this Ultimate Guide to Shopping at ALDI.
Knowing how to shop strategically to slash your grocery budget comes with years of experience (or taking my course!).
But as you build your shopping experience, you can “hack” your strategy by creating a meal plan that lets you buy everything you need from one store. Not just any store though – a store that is known for their low prices… like ALDI.
I know meal planning is hard for a lot of people, so I went ahead and did the leg work for you!
One Week ALDI Meal Plan
- 100% real food recipes that are simple, straight-forward and family-friendly.
- Recipes that are quick to make, and all of them can be made in under an hour.
- A few store-bought items for things I typically make from scratch (like hamburger buns and spaghetti sauce). Feel free to make these things from scratch if you prefer.
- A plan that comes in under $50 for a family of four!
What’s NOT Included:
- Spices, oils and vinegar. None of these recipes call for enormous amounts of these things, and you probably already have these cooking staples.
- Flour. Ordinarily I’d include this, especially if we were doing a lot of baking. But this week, we’re skipping the baking and you only need a couple tablespoons for the meatballs. Most pantries have some sort of flour, but if you don’t, I’d ask a neighbor!
- Precautions for food allergies. My family is blessed to not have food allergies, so I don’t plan for them in my meal plans. However, ALDI has a fantastic gluten-free line of foods, and if you’re diary free you’re used to subbing anyway. With a few tweaks, I think this ALDI meal plan would work in most food allergy families too.
No Breakfast or Lunches?
This meal plan doesn’t include breakfast or lunches because in my experience, the majority of families have personal preferences on what they eat for breakfast and lunch.
Have no fear though – I have NO DOUBT the ingredients you buy for this meal plan will provide extras you can use to cover breakfasts and/or lunches. Here’s why:
- Every meal on this menu is something I make frequently with my family. Every single one of them covers dinner for the four of us AND enough for at least one leftover lunch (usually two).
- Use the “Bonus Meal Ideas” section at the bottom to create your own breakfast and lunch menu. Those are just some ideas to get started, but they’re there to help you use the ingredients you’re already buying!
- If you still don’t think this is enough food to cover breakfast AND lunches, buy a bag of apples and a container of oatmeal. Make apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast and you’ll keep your bill under $53. 🙂
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One Week ALDI Meal Plan: What to Buy
The goal with any meal plan is to buy as little food as possible, use everything you buy, and to do both without sacrificing taste or quality.
Here’s what you’re buying for this Aldi meal plan:
- Ground Beef 80/20, $2.99/lb: You’ll need two pounds of this to cover hamburgers and meatballs. My recipe for meatballs makes A LOT of meatballs, and we always have leftovers. Save them for a lunch, or freeze them for a future dinner.
- Bacon, $3.79/lb: One pound of bacon is getting split between the Baked Potato Nachos and BLT’s. Be sure to save the bacon grease for cooking – it’s great for adding bacon flavor to just about anything!
- Chicken Leg Quarters, $0.89/lb: You need about 1 1/4 pounds of chicken leg quarters to equal 4 cups of shredded chicken. You’ll use this chicken in the Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad and Chicken Fried Rice. Depending on your package, you might have extra chicken for lunches, or to freeze for a future dinner!
Meat Total: $10.88
- Cheddar Cheese, $1.79/8 oz: You need 12 ounces for this meal plan, so you’ll end up with an extra 4 ounces of cheddar cheese by the end of the week. Personally, I’d shred it and freeze it in 2 ounce portions – that’s the perfect amount to use in a taco bar!
- Eggs, 56¢/doz: This meal plan only calls for using 2 eggs, so you’ll have several leftover. Save them for the following week, use them in breakfast, use the “Bonus Meal Ideas” below to put them to good use!
- Sour Cream, 99¢/16 oz: Sour cream is a topping for Tortilla Soup and Baked Potato Nachos, but you can also add it to your Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad too. If you serve spaghetti and meatballs at the end of the week, add leftover sour cream to the sauce for a fun twist on pasta night!
- Frozen Veggies, $1.19/16 oz: You one bag of mixed vegetables for Chicken Fried Rice, and one bag of corn for Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad and Tortilla Soup. You could use fresh for the fried rice, but this is a short-cut to help you save time without sacrificing quality!
Cold Case Total: $7.51
- Black Beans, 59¢/15 oz: You need one can of black beans for this week, which will get split between Tortilla Soup and Southwestern Chopped Salad. Be sure to drain it well and rinse it twice to avoid gas!
- Garbanzo Beans, 59¢/15 oz: Just like the black beans, you need one can to split for two meals this week.
Note: If you decide to make beans from scratch, you can shave off a few cents per “can.” See the math when I compared dry vs canned beans! Plus it’s SUPER easy to make beans in the Instant Pot, portion them out, and stick in the freezer for future meals.
- Chicken Stock, $1.89/32 oz: I normally make chicken stock using leftover chicken bones, but since not everyone does it, I put this on the shopping list. You need the entire quart for Tortilla Soup. If you prefer your soup to have more liquid, add some water without sacrificing the flavor.
- Ranch Dressing, $.89/16 oz: This is something else I personally typically make from scratch (here’s the recipe), but this might not be the case for everyone. We’re having salad 4 nights this week AND we’re using the dressing for dipping one night. If you have family members who are liberal with dressing, make sure they don’t go overboard too early in the week!
- Rice, $1.29/3 lbs: You only need 2 cups of cooked rice for one meal this week, so you’re definitely going to have leftovers with this purchase. That’s fine though, because rice stores well AND is a perfect side dish to almost any meal!
- Soy Sauce, $1.49/10 oz: Soy sauce is a staple in Chicken Fried Rice, and while you won’t use the entire jar, fried rice isn’t the same without it! Lucky for us, soy sauce won’t go bad sitting on the pantry shelf.
- Spaghetti Pasta, $1.45/2 lbs: You really only need 8 ounces for the Spaghetti and Meatballs this week, but you could bump it up to a full pound and still have enough spaghetti leftover for another meal!
- Spaghetti Sauce, $.99/24 oz: I normally make my own spaghetti sauce. Whether I go all out for hearty spaghetti sauce, or keep it minimal with a 15 minute sauce, it’s just something I prefer to make myself. In case you don’t, it’s something to buy on this week’s trip for Spaghetti and Meatballs. Fortunately, it’s very affordable!
- Sunflower Seeds, $1.99/10.5 oz: Sunflower seeds might not seem that important, but I really like the crunch they add to salads. And since we’re having several salads this week, I don’t think this isn’t something to skip!
- Canned Diced Tomatoes, 45¢/15 oz: We need one can of diced tomatoes for Tortilla Soup. If you find a variety that’s spicy, pick it up for a fun twist on this delicious recipe!
Pantry Total: $11.62
- Avocado, $1.59/ea: This isn’t cheap for one avocado, but I’m including it because it’s a healthy fat for us.It also helps to make Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad feel more like a “meal,” than just a salad.
- Carrots, $.99/lb: You need carrots throughout the meal plan this week, including the Spinach Salad, Green Salads and Tortilla Soup. Time your meals right and you won’t have any leftover!
- Cucumber, 49¢/ea: We’re splurging on a cucumber to help bulk up the green salads this week. While this is a great deal right now, I’d pay up to a $1 for one cucumber if necessary.
- Garlic, 5 cloves: 79¢/6 oz: Not every ALDI has fresh garlic, so I went with the jarred minced garlic this time around. You’ll use it in the Tortilla Soup and Chicken Fried Rice. Feel free to use extra if you like a lot of garlic!
- Grape Tomatoes, $1.79/pint: These are the highlights of the salads this week, and cutting the tomatoes in half stretches them out a bit further than if you used them whole.
- Green Onions, $.79/bunch: The green part of the onion is great in Tortilla Soup and Baked Potato Nachos, but don’t let the white part go to waste! I suggest adding to either the hamburgers personally.
- Iceberg Lettuce, $1.19/head: Any variety of lettuce will work in the meal plan, but I chose iceberg because it was on sale this week. If you find another variety, or a pre-packaged mix that gives you just as much and costs less, feel free to go that route instead!
- Onions, $1.79/2 lbs: You only need one onion this week for Tortilla Soup and the Green Salads, but you can also slice one up for Hamburgers and BLTs too.
- Potatoes, $1.99/5 lbs: Russet potatoes are inexpensive year round, so we’re using them in Baked Potato Nachos and as a side dish to the Hamburgers. If you have extras, feel free to make Potato Wedges with the BLT’s too!
- Spinach, $2.49/5 oz: Spinach is not cheap, but it’s very nutritious and a nice alternative to a typical Green Salad. My ALDI only had pre-packaged organic spinach, so your cost might be less depending on what your store offers.
- Tomato, $1.49/16 oz: You need one tomato in this meal plan, for Baked Potato Nachos and for BLT’s. My ALDI doesn’t sell large slicing tomatoes individually, so you might have extras. Use the Bonus Meal Ideas section below for ways to use them up!
Produce Total: $16.58
Total for One Week ALDI Meal Plan: $46.59
Not too shabby, eh? We’re coming in UNDER budget, so if you needed any spices or oils, you’ve got the wiggle room.
Also remember that you will have a few extras leftover of certain things you buy, so use the Bonus Meal Ideas to use them up so they don’t go bad!
One Week ALDI Meal Plan: Dinners
- Hamburgers, Potato Wedges, Green Salad
- Spaghetti & Meatballs, Green Salad
- Southwestern Chicken Chopped Salad
- Tortilla Soup
- Chicken Fried Rice
- Baked Potato Nachos, Spinach Salad
- BLT’s, Veggie Sticks & Ranch Dip
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Bonus Meal Ideas:
As you can see from the items above, you’ll have a few leftover ingredients from your shopping trip. Here are some bonus meal ideas to use it all up, so nothing goes to waste!
- Beef & Cheddar Omelets (using leftover meatballs, cheddar cheese and eggs)
- Rice Pudding (using rice)
- Veggie Fried Rice (uses extra rice, eggs, soy sauce and any leftover vegetables)
- Savory Pasta with Onions, Bacon, and Greens (uses extra spaghetti)
- Caramelized Onions and Swiss Chard (uses extra onion)
- Mashed Potatoes (uses extra potatoes)
- Hashbrowns & Scrambled Eggs (uses extra potatoes, onions and eggs)
- 15 Minute Tomato Soup (uses extra tomatoes)
- Cheddar Garlic Toast (uses extra cheese and bread)
And if you want more, check out our NEW Aldi Meal Plan #2 here!
Do you have any inexpensive meal ideas you can shop for at ALDI? Or ideas for using up the leftover ingredients? Share your ideas in the comments below!
Hi, where are the recipes? I could not find a link to dowload them or go to them. The list looks great, but doesn’t do me much good without your wonderful recipes.
Hi Jennifer! If you enter your email address, we’ll send them to your inbox!
Thanks for the great ideas! I love Aldis. We shopped there all the time in Germany a few years ago, then we moved to MO and the nearest one is 30 min away and not near as nice!
Here we get our canned beans at Walmart for .50 cents and our frozen veggies cheaper as well, but I surely did not know their eggs were so cheap! With all that is going on right now the more we can cut corners the better! I think I understand why my mom, having grown up with nothing during the depression, used to always keep a well stocked pantry and freezer, even more than I do now. Well, thanks again, love your blog!
Karen @ Team Crumbs
Thanks so much for sharing with us! We appreciate hearing from you. 🙂
Great meal plan! I hope the link has been fixed for the recipes. I have everything needed in house already. I do find differences from one to another Aldi’s, however, and our prices seem a bit higher than yours. Aldi’s is my first go to, as well.
Hi! I’m not getting the meal plan/recipes when i sign up. I’ve tried twice now in the last two days. Can you help me with that? I’ve already bought all the ingredients. 😬
Can you send me an email Jessica? tiffany (at) dontwastethecrumbs.com
The link to receive the meal plan with shopping list and recipes but it’s not sending. Maybe because I’m already signed up to receive notices and updates? I tried a couple days in a row. Could you email directly?
Hi Lauren! Can you email me directly? We’ll get you squared away!
This is great! Do you ever make Aldi meal plans for vegans? I’m curious how your suggestions would compare to what I do on a regular basis.
Hi Mary! I don’t specifically make meal plans for vegans, but we ate vegan for about 3 months earlier this year and it can be done for $50 as well.
I’m not getting the meal plan. I have tried twice to click on the link and checked my junk folder too and it won’t send me the email
I was sending my husband grocery shopping and he asked me “Will I really save that much more money if I go to Aldi?” I said, “Yes, yes you will.” He went and was shocked!
Aldi is great, I love their produce, dairy items, and pantry items. However, I’m not impressed with the quality of the meat at Aldi, and choose to buy organic grass fed beef from a local farmer, and organic chicken from a local butcher. They tasted MUCH better, and are worth the extra cash in my opinion.
I agree with you Liesl, and we buy our meat elsewhere too. But if my grocery list is mostly produce and pantry, you bet I’m going to ALDI!
Could you email me the download with the recipes?
Hi Jan – did you try signing up to have them delivered via email?
I tried and it didn’t work for me. Wondering if you can email them to me? Thanks so much for this! [email protected]
Can you send me an email Beth?
Hey! Is there only one week of the ALDI under $50 meal plan? We did it this week and loved it! Thank you!
As of right now, yes. But we have more coming!
I am SO EXCITED to try this! We have been meal planning for a while but am excited to not have to plan!! The link to click on to email them to ourselves isn’t working for me 🙁 Is there another way to get them? I am not able to click on it.
Can you send me an email Caitlin?
Do you use hamburger buns or bread for the BLT sandwiches? I might have over read it but I didn’t see it listed in your grocery list.
I don’t see it listed either Manda! Typically I make our own bread, but if you’re new to it, buy whatever is cheaper OR use this crazy easy recipe: https://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2015/02/no-knead-overnight-artisan-bread/
Hi Tiffany! I just posted on your crispy slow cooker chicken recipe but realized I should’ve posted here if others have the same question. I bought 1 1/4 lbs of bone-in chicken thighs but I’m not sure the best way to cook it to use in the two chicken recipes. Any suggestions?
I like to roast them, but a slow cooker makes it easier to pull the meat off. 🙂
This was the BEST! Please post more Aldi one week plans if you can!
Hi please send recipe at realeyes924 at gmail dot com
I tried to have this auto e-mailed to me, but it’s not going through! I e-mailed you at the address you mentioned in prior comments. Just figured I would comment here in case you see this first 🙂 I bought all the items on the shopping list, but just would love the recipes when you’re able to send (although I’m sure I can figure something out in the meantime!)
This has piqued my curiosity. We do not have an Aldi where we live so I usually shop at Fred Meyer (Kroger) due to the fact that I am hopelessly obsessed with Fred Meyer Clicklist. So I quickly went into my clicklist account and was shocked to find out that my bill would have been $52.14 if I had to purchase everything on the list, not including spices! What a great plan! I must be shopping and meal planning wrong because that is way under what I normally spend on groceries for the week :O
Thanks so much for the great review Tawny! Hope you can take advantage of the savings!!
Hello 🙂 this sounds amazing but I can’t download it. I keep trying but nothing gets sent to my email
Send us an email Erika – tiffany (at) dontwastethecrumbs (dot) com – thanks!
I can’t download the $50/week meal plan from Aldi
Send me an email Brooke!
So I get the popup window to put my email in and then after I do that I get nothing. I’ve been trying for several days. Checked my downloads file and my spam folder.
Lindsey – can you email me? tiffany (at) dontwastethecrumbs (dot) com
Hi I’ve tried several times with 2 different email addresses to get the download link for this recipe set and some others on your website and it isn’t working.
Lindsey – can you email me? tiffany (at) dontwastethecrumbs (dot) com