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Free ALDI Meal Plan week of 8/20/17 – 8/26/17

Here’s your easy weekly ALDI meal plan for the week of 8/20/17: Pick up everything on the shopping list below, then start cooking on Sunday.

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ALDI bits and bobs this week

Love seeing people leave an unlocked ALDI cart for the next person! #payitforward

Isn’t this interesting? ALDI is going to be testing out grocery delivery in a few areas of the country with InstaCart. We’ll have to see how that works out — InstaCart prices are a bit higher than in-store prices, plus of course the delivery fee — but it should be cheaper than other grocery delivery options.

In other news: Check out these cute ALDI quarter keeper glitter keychains! Great reviews, too. 🙂

But back to this week’s ALDI meal plan…

Let’s get ready to make six complete dinners for a family of four, just $60.00 out the door! Hope you find the free ALDI meal plans useful.

ALDI meal planning week of 8/20/17 – 8/26/17

I’m assuming here that you already have pantry basics like cooking oil 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

ALDI meal plan — Start cooking 8/20/17

Note: This week’s plan is again heavy on ground beef because the best meat sale this week is again on a large pack. (Yes, ALDI just did this two weeks ago — I tried to make these recipes as different from each other AND from the recipes two weeks ago as possible 🙂 .) If this is too much beef for you for one week, freeze part for later and replace one or more of these dinner ideas with one of your own family favorites. *** More here on how to modify a meal plan for your family.

Note the 2nd: Apparently some areas have chicken drumsticks featured in their ad instead; ALDI very occasionally runs different meat special buys in different areas of the country. If you choose still to follow this week’s plan, however, 80/20 ground beef is normally $2.29/lb in most areas, so it won’t add too much more to your bill.

ALDI shopping list — Shop through 8/19/17

Dairy & refrigerated

12 oz Happy Farms shredded cheddar, $1.89
Friendly Farms sour cream, $1.19
8 oz Happy Farms sliced provolone, $1.79
Priano shredded Parmesan, $1.99
Priano 9 oz refrigerated three cheese tortellini, $1.99


2 14.5 oz cans Happy Harvest fire roasted diced tomatoes, $1.58
1 can Happy Harvest tomato paste, $.39
2 cans Dakota’s Pride black beans, $1.18
1 can Dakota’s Pride kidney beans, $.59
1 can Happy Harvest corn, $.48
8 oz can Happy Harvest tomato sauce, $.25
6 pack Specially Selected ciabatta rolls, $2.69
Specially Selected French bread, $1.69


4 lbs 80% lean ground beef, $7.96
1 lb fresh Atlantic salmon, $7.99


3 heads garlic, $1.19
3 lbs yellow onions, $1.99
1 pack jalapeños, $.59
5 oz pack SimplyNature organic baby spinach, $1.69
2 packs 24 oz zucchini, $3.38
3 pack multicolored bell peppers, $3.69
Green onions, $.89
8 oz portobello mushrooms, $1.79
8 oz white mushrooms, $1.49
24 oz tomatoes on the vine, $.99
1 lb green beans, $1.89
4 pack corn on the cob, $1.29
2 lbs green grapes, $1.58
3 lbs navel oranges, $1.69
5 lb baking potatoes, $2.29
One mango, $.59

That comes to $60.67.

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!

*** Download this week’s shopping list 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, 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.

Ad markets and dates

This week’s ALDI meal plan reflects prices from the current week’s ad (running 8/13-8/19 in Sunday ad markets and 8/16-8/22 in Wednesday ad markets). Non-advertised prices were collected on 8/16/17 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 8/20/17.

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Happy ALDI shopping and cooking this week, everyone!


Sunday 20th of August 2017

I can't wait to try!! We budget 130 for five, and that is to include diapers,wipes, lunchbox snacks dog food etc.


Sunday 20th of August 2017

Thanks for adding the days of the week to the shopping list! :) so helpful!


Sunday 20th of August 2017

Thank you for providing the aldi meal plans. We have been doing them for a couple of weeks and enjoying the variety. The zucchini boats last night were awesome!


Sunday 20th of August 2017

Thanks -- I'm so glad you enjoyed the zucchini boats!