How cooking with an ALDI Meal Plan will Save you Thousands per year!

By Lauren
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    The creation of the ALDI meal plan really started when my husband and I were in $40,000 of debt and we were running at a $1,000 deficit each month. Something needed to change . The fastest way to cut down our deficit and see immediate results was at the grocery store. I started shopping deals, clipping coupons, and taking advantage of stock-up sales.

    But then, ALDI.

    With ALDI, it's like everything is always on sale! I started wondering Why is Aldi so cheap? Once I became an ALDI convert and was saving big bucks, I still needed to save time.

    Thus, the ALDI Meal Plan was born.

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    My husband and I created our first ALDI Meal Plan just for us. We were trying to cut bills, time, and stress for ourselves. However, it didn't take us long to realize that these meal plans could help more people than just us. It also gave us drive to improve them, make them easier to understand and come up with more and more awesome recipes that actually taste good in a crockpot.

    A Freezer Cooking Dump Recipes Plan is the only way I know of to make 20 dinners in under 3 hours for $165. Yup. You read that right.

    20 meals.

    $165.

    Three hours.

    I can't imagine anything that will reduce your grocery bill, time, or stress more than that.

    If you're still on the fence, you can try a FREE mini Aldi Meal Plan and see what all the buzz is about.

    If you're new to Frugal Meal planning or Freezer Cooking, and have no idea what an ALDI Meal Plan is, here's some quick explanations:

    What is Meal Planning?

    In it's simplest terms, Meal planning is figuring out what you're going make for meals in advance. You make all of these decisions at once so they aren't looming over you on Wednesday at 4:30pm when the crazy dinner scramble hits. Here is an in-depth

    Here is an in-depth explanation of the how and why to meal plan that is worth your time, but let me give it to you in broad strokes:

    1. Look at what is on sale at the grocery store (which is basically ALDI- all day, everyday)
    2. See what side items would go with it or you already have in your pantry
    3. Go to the store ONCE and pick up everything you need for ALL the meals you'll make from your plan
    4. Get out, thaw, prep, or plan when and how to put the meal together
    5. Cook and enjoy your low-stress, low-cost, pre-planned meal
    6. Kick up your feet while the kids do the dishes

    What is Freezer Cooking?

    Freezer cooking is making meals or putting recipes together with the purpose of freezing for later. You make them to cook at a different time. Go ahead. Thank “you of the past” for doing all the work beforehand.

    The Crockpot (or slow cooker) is freezer cooking's best friend. They can make magic together. But here's the thing – with Freezer cooking, you can't just make and freeze any ole' recipe. The freezer can do strange things to certain ingredients. Not only that, not every recipe works in a crockpot. The crockpot can destroy a meal if it wasn't made with slow cooking in mind.

    Believe me, I found out the hard way.

    But Freezer Cooking and using the crockpot are both so darn convenient, that I just had to make them work in my favor.

    We are also loving the Instant Pot – check out my Instant Pot Review to learn more about this fantastic kitchen tool!

    Put them together and what do you get? The ALDI Meal Plan

    Here's what's awesome about these ALDI Meal Plan recipes – I've worked all the kinks out of freezer cooking and crockpot cooking. There's no guess-work left for you. I already made all the mistakes myself and fixed them for you!

    Here's what you get when you try out one of our ALDI meal plans:

    1. A pre-made shopping list with everything you need for every meal
    2. Our Fool-proof “1-touch ingredient system”
    3. Step-by step packing, freezing, thawing, cooking, and serving instructions
    4. Quality ingredients and meals using ALDI products
    5. A low-stress after work dinner hour
    6. Happy kids
    7. Full bellies
    8. Top-notch leftovers (or not)
    9. 20 delicious meals for under $165

    If you are having trouble picturing what it looks like to make one of our full meal plans, check this out:

     

    These meal plans are digital downloads so you have instant access!  They will help you save THOUSANDS per year, I promise! PLUS – they're all on sale right now 🙂

    COMMENTS

  • Hi Laura,

    I really like your meal plans from The Aldo store. Any thoughts of creating one just for diabetics with low carbs and low sugar? That would be greatly appreciated by so many of us! Thanks for all you do and share.

  • I replaced my crockpot with an Instant Po recently (which I LOVE!). Are these easily converted to for use in Instant Pot?

      • Thank you!! Have been using your meal plans and only yours since November 1st. Just got instant pot for my bday and was curious how to change this over

  • I kept meaning to ask you to convert these recipes to be instantpot friendly but never got around to it. Thanks for reading my mind lol.

  • Do your books include how to convert from slow cooker to IP? I would like a complete library of freezer meal planning that I can convert to my IP.

  • Just started shopping at Aldi and want to get more organized and consistant with home cooked meals. I want to start with two of these books…which two would be most suggested to start with/

  • Gluten-free here. Which collection would be best for me? (No bread, bread crumbs, pasta, condensed cream soup.) I don’t mind buying a book with a few gluten-containing recipes, as long as most recipes are safe for me.

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