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Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 12/30/18 – 1/5/19

free ALDI meal plan week of 12/30/18

It’s your easy weekly ALDI meal plan for the week of 12/30/18: Pick up everything on the shopping list below, then start cooking on Sunday.

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ALDI is now on Ibotta!

Wait, what? ALDI is now a participating store for cash back offers on the Ibotta app! (Search “ALDI” at the top of the app, if you can’t find it in the store list.) This is brand new and there is not a lot of non-name brand stuff in there at the moment, but after you select ALDI in the app, you can search for “any” brand offers to see what’s available.

For instance, today in mine: $.25 back on ANY item (reset from last week), $.25 back on walnuts, $.25 back on prunes, $.25 back on sports drinks, $.25 back on cottage cheese, $.25 back on beer… and every little bit counts, right?!

ALDI meal planning week of 12/30/18 – 1/5/19

I’m assuming that you already have pantry basics like cooking oil, common condiments, and spices. 🙂 *** Read through the recipes before you shop, to make sure you have the necessary pantry staples on hand. 

Six Easy Dinners from ALDI for $60.00

*** Yes, Monday is New Year’s Eve — so instead of what I have suggested as a normal weeknight dinner here, you can of course totally skip a night, make Tuesday your pizza night instead of Saturday, eat appetizers all night long, or whatever your own tradition is. ;)

ALDI meal plan — Start cooking 12/30/18

ALDI shopping list — Shop through 12/29/18

Dairy & refrigerated

8 oz block Happy Farms cheddar, $1.99
Priano shredded Parmesan, $1.99


Specially Selected sourdough square, $2.89
SimplyNature organic salsa of choice, $1.89
32 oz box Chef’s Cupboard beef broth, $1.29
12 oz Reggano rotini, $.79
El Milagro flour tortillas, $.95
1 can Happy Harvest corn, $.49
1 can cut Happy Harvest green beans, $.49
2 cans Happy Harvest fire roasted diced tomatoes, $1.78
Can Happy Harvest diced tomatoes, $.69
Can Dakota’s Pride black beans, $.69
10 oz can Casa Mamita diced tomatoes with green chilies, $.59
1 packet Casa Mamita taco seasoning, $.29


14 oz Parkview Polska kielbasa, $2.29
3 lbs bone-in chicken thighs, $3.87
2.5 lbs chicken tenderloins, $4.98
1.5 lbs boneless thick cut pork chops, $4.49


4 lbs navel oranges, $1.99
2 mangoes, $.98
8 oz bag spinach, $.99
Bag garden salad, $.89
2 lbs carrots, $1.09
2 packs 8 oz mushrooms, $3.38
2 packs 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, $3.98
3 lbs broccoli crowns, $2.97
3 lbs yellow onions, $1.99
3 heads garlic, $1.29
20 oz pack of zucchini, $1.49
5 lbs red potatoes, $3.49
1 sweet potato, $.89
Celery, $.99
2 avocados, $2.07

That comes to $60.92.

Or, maybe less… 🙂 These meals will likely run you even less if you supplement this week’s ALDI purchases with clearance meat you already have in your freezer, pantry staples you picked up on sale, produce you already have on hand, and/or sale produce from your local produce market. Let me know if you give it a try!

Printable ALDI meal plan and grocery list

*** Download this week’s printable ALDI shopping list and meal plan in Word format so that you can edit and add in your own meal ideas, remove items you already have on hand, change regional pricing to match your own store, etc. *** The day(s) next to each item show which meals use each ingredient, so that you can easily see what to delete from the shopping list if you’re skipping a night.

Things to know about the ALDI meal plans

A couple of notes

  1. I try not to repeat main dish recipes more often than once a month, but you will see favorite easy recipes come up again in these weekly ALDI meal plans as the same meats and produce items come up again on sale. Part of the fun of meal planning lies in mixing old stand-bys with something new each week.
  2. If one or more of these recipes isn’t to your taste, or if you have other ingredients to use, you can adapt the recipes in this ALDI meal plan to your family’s preferences — or just use the ideas here to supplement your own meal planning. See: Pantry staples to stock up on and how to modify a meal plan for your family.

** Ad markets and dates

This week’s ALDI meal plan reflects prices from the current week’s ad (running 12/23-12/29 in Sunday ad markets, and 12/26-1/1 in Wednesday ad markets). Non-advertised prices were collected on 12/26/18 at my local store in the Chicago suburbs, but non-advertised prices and produce deals *may vary* by location & region. In either ad market, shop any time through Saturday and start cooking on Sunday 12/30/18.

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Happy ALDI shopping and cooking this week, everyone!

Useful resources for meal planning + ALDI shopping

Let’s close things out today with just a few resources to help you out with your meal planning and ALDI shopping:

How fun are these ALDI themed t-shirts I have for you guys — and what a great New Year’s gift they would be, right? 😉

Lastly: You can always access your current regional ALDI ad here.