With the exception of eggs (which we already had on hand) I got our entire week's worth of groceries from Aldi for $68.30! In this video I show you exactly what I bought, how much it cost, and in the description of the video on YouTube I give you the dinner recipes I made using the ingredients!
I hope you like this video and please SHARE it with friends who love to save money like I do!
(THIS VIDEO IS NOT SPONSORED OR AFFILIATED WITH ALDI)
I did my meal planning for the week and went shopping the other day. I came out of the store really shocked at how little I spent! I thought I had to share these recipes with you all! Share these with your friends and family because they are YUMMY, inexpensive, and healthy too!
Let's get right into the yumminess...
This is one of my favorites for sure. I found this on Pinterest awhile ago from Damn Delicious and I can't. stop. making. it. Haha! It's so yummy. I will admit though, I have a ton of dried basil in my spice cabinet so I just use a handful of that instead of buying it fresh to save money. Either way works! Just do whatever your prefer.
to see the ingredients & directions for One Pot Pasta!
We just had this one last night for dinner and oh man was my stomach happy about that! It's a staple in our house. It's also extremely easy to increase or decrease the amount based on your family size. The fact that it's much easier to prepare than it looks is also a huge win in my book! Easy dinner = happy Mama. This one's from Cooking Classy which always has amazing meals on the site!
to see the ingredients and directions for Roasted Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Veggies!
Can you say CARBS? Haha! But potatoes are really good for blood pressure if you don't add a ton of salt so...that counts as healthy right?! ; ) I love these potatoes and they go great as a side dish with the garlic parmesan chicken and veggies! Potatoes are also pretty cheap so you can make this, impress guests, and no one will know it was really cheap. I snagged this, again, from Damn Delicious. (I love that website!)
to get the ingredients and directions for these Garlic Ranch Potatoes!
If we're being honest about this recipe I think Tom might be a little burnt out on it because I make it SO often. Haha! WHAT? I'm obsessed, okay?! But that just goes to show how delicious it is. It's from Julia's Album and bless her heart for posting this because it's amazing and so tasty!
to get the ingredients and directions for this One Skillet Mac n' Cheese with Sausage & Bell Peppers!
This recipe seems really simple, but there are a few other, small, tasty ingredients packed into them that make them POP with flavor. Definitely check this one out from Knorr! It's a great money saver too because it's meatless!
to see the ingredients and directions for these yummy Cheese & Rice Quesadillas!
This meatless wonder is just about as healthy yet indulgent as they come. You could even throw some more mozarella cheese on this if you reeeeaalllly wanted to. Just' sayin. That sounds extra amazing! Thank you, ifoodreal, for this recipe! Again, inexpensive because it's meatless! Especially if you have your own garden!
to get the recipe for this Garlic Parmesan Zucchini & Tomato Bake!
These are our dinners for this week! I hope you try some of them because they have become family favorites of ours. Share these with your family and friends! And don't forget to follow me on Pinterest by clicking HERE. I get alllll my recipes from there.
What are some of your favorite meals? Comment below!
Have a wonderful day!
Now I know what you're thinking... "WHO has time for THAT?!" I'll tell you right now guys, it only takes me 10 minutes every week and a half or two weeks to make these. And, I actually like doing it! It feels kind of like I'm doing a craft but really I'm helping my kiddos have diaper rash-free bums while saving myself a ton of time and money. Keep reading to see how (and why) I do it!
Charlotte used to get the worst diaper rashes and her poor little bum was always red and painful. I felt like such a bad mom! Was I changing her diapers too infrequently? Was I not using enough diaper rash cream? I was at a loss. I did finally find a good cream that worked for her, but it was only sold at a store that I don't usually shop at so I had to make a special trip to go get it. If you're a parent you know that stopping at another store isn't as easy with kids (or even possible sometimes) as it is when you don't have kids. Also, the rash cream was something like $13.00 for 2 ounces. NO THANK YOU. That's insane! I knew there had to be a better way. And there is! I truly think these wipes have played a huge role in the fact that neither of my girls have had a diaper rash in months and months and months. There is coconut oil in this recipe and coconut oil is known for treating diaper rash. It's amazing! Another reason I love making these wipes is for the fact that I save so much money making them. And yet another reason is because I know every single ingredient going on my baby's skin and they're all natural. And guess what? These wipes smell like candy too! If you use the oil and shampoo that I use in this "recipe" I kid you not they will smell like SweetTarts. That's a pretty great smell to have around when your toddler has just unleashed a diaper nuclear bomb...Just sayin'. ; )
TIP - Use these wipes on your face to add a little extra moisture or to get that stubborn, leftover makeup off!
Now, let's talk about $AVING$.
I bought all of my ingredients at Aldi and my local grocery store Meijer. I'm going to list out what I used, where I got it, how much of it comes in the product, the amount needed for the "recipe", the full cost of the entire product, and the cost for the amount used in just this "recipe".
FULL COST OF ONE CONTAINER OF WIPES
That is more than half the cost of store bought wipes! Almost 1/3 of the cost! And you don't have to run to the store every single week because you've run out of wipes.
AND IF YOU USE LOUANA COCONUT OIL INSTEAD OF ALDI BRAND'S IT'S EVEN CHEAPER.
It's only 95 CENTS per container!
ALRIGHT, WE'VE COVERED THE "WHY" NOW LET'S COVER THE "HOW"...
First, gather all of your supplies and lay a dish towel down on your work space to catch any spillage. I would also wash your storage container if you've already used it for this "recipe" before because the coconut oil will make the inside of the container greasy.
Using a non-serrated knife, cut the paper towels in half and place them, cut side down, in the storage container.
Heat the distilled water up in a microwave safe container. It just needs to be 76 degrees or warmer to melt the coconut oil. About one minute in the microwave should be enough. MAKE SURE you use distilled water because if you use regular water the wipes will get moldy after a few days.
TIP - Use a microwave-safe measuring cup/container with a pouring spout. It makes pouring the solution much easier!
Once the water is warm add the coconut oil and stir / let it sit until it's melted completely. Add the baby shampoo and baby oil then stir until it's well blended
Pour the mixture over the paper towels in a circular motion covering the entire top of the roll.
Remember : use a container with a pouring spout! It was really hard not spilling with this huge bowl I'm using in the picture.
Let the paper towels sit for about 5 minutes or until the mixture has soaked all the way through to the bottom of the paper towels.
Take the middle piece of cardboard out of the center of the paper towels. Find the end of the cardboard in the center of the roll and pull on it until it spirals all the way out.
Next, you're going to find the beginning of the paper towel roll in the very center and pull on it until it's up a few inches out of the center.
Next, you're going to want to smash your paper towels down because, as you can see, they don't fit! If you're using a regular container, like for instance a Tupperware container with a removable lid, you can just use the lid to smash it down. It will go down pretty easily. Since I am using an old baby wipes container I use one of my dessert plates. You can use anything flat and sturdy really.
Now enjoy your babies' diaper-rash-free bums!
I will go ahead an make a "recipe" card below for you so that all the ingredients and the directions are in one place. I hope you liked this "recipe"! I found a bunch of different ones online and kind of tweaked them all to make them how I'd like. These wipes are much more durable yet softer than store bought wipes. They also get much more...uhh...junk off your your baby's trunk. Ya know what I mean? The store bought wipes I was using were not only more expensive, but I'd have to use more of them too because I was scrubbing my poor girls' bums away trying to get all remnants off and I'd end up reaching for one or two more wipes. So really, you're saving more money than even the $1.01 or 95 cents too! Plus, since these ingredients are all natural, you can have your little ones/older kids help you with this as a fun project or "craft"! (If you trust them to actually help and not spill everywhere. Ha!)
PS - This recipe is not restricted to natural products only. If you want to go even cheaper, do the math and see if you can get some store brand baby oil and shampoo at a lower cost than the ones I used. I'm sure you could pay up to 1/4 of the money you'd pay for store bought wipes. If you go even cheaper let me know in the comments!
Print these ingredients/directions cards off and keep them handy so you can pull them out for reference or to share with other mamas looking to save money and take gentler care of their little one's bum!
I really hope this post makes sense! Haha I've been laboring over it for days and days and days now to get it right and I'm still not sure if it's beneficial or if it's coherent! Let me know in the comments what you think. I hope you'll all try this because it has saved me so much money (and will especially save a lot in the long run). Share with your friends or pin it on Pinterest! I'd love to see how many mamas we can help with this post.
Also, let me know in the comments if you use an even cheaper recipe or let me know how you make your baby wipes! I'm sure other mamas reading would love to see some alternative options.
Love you all!
Pumpkin spice everything is hitting the shelves, the drive thrus, and now it can hit your kitchen with ONE extra step to your regular coffee routine in the morning!
I've seen a lot of pumpkin spice latte recipes floating around on blogs and on YouTube but let's be honest...ain't no mommy got time for that. They require multiple perishable ingredients and multiple steps to achieve the end result. Umm no thank you.
Even before I was a mom I was using this method when fall rolled around each year because I was either rushing to school or work in the morning.
(This is before I convinced my boss to get an office Keurig but I digress. Former coworkers, you can thank me later...) ;)
All you need is a $3.00 spice you probably already have in your cabinet.
1. Pumpkin pie spice
1. Add 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to your regularly prepared coffee and mix well. (Feel free to add more if you are a real pumpkin freak. ;) )
Okay, okay so there are a few ways you could mess this up. Like, obviously if you regularly use peppermint creamer you don't want to throw pumpkin pie spice in that. But if you make your coffee with "original" creamer or even French vanilla (just something with a tame taste) you will be fine to add the pumpkin pie spice and it still taste like pumpkin! You can even use a tamely flavored coffee! Just be smart about it. Again, no peppermint. Ick.
I'll tell you exactly how I make mine and suggest a healthier sugar substitute.
I brew a cup of Eight O'Clock 100% Colombian Peak coffee. I then use 1 tablespoon of Organic Coconut Palm Sugar. It is an amazing sugar alternative and tastes the same in coffee as sugar does! (And you can use it as a brown sugar substitute in baking or on top of your oatmeal!). It is made from dried coconut palm nectar. It is certified organic, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free.
Anyway, I then add (way too much) liquid french vanilla creamer.
And then I add my 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
Alrighty well that about does it! I hope you all try this easy recipe and please let me know if you do!
Have a wonderful day!
My name is Hannah and I'm a lucky wife to Tom, and mama bear to two sweet girls - Charlotte & Rosalie. Coffee, lipstick, sunshine, and dresses are some of my favorite things! I love to blog about God, motherhood, "wifeyhood", food, health and much more.
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