• $50 Meal Plan Help: Decatur, Illinois

    This weeks $50 weekly menu plan help is for Decatur, IL.

    stefanie51 Wrote,
    "I would like help with coming up with different, but simple and healthy meals using my flyers. I'm in Decatur, IL 62526 and I usually shop at Aldi for as much as I can, then Kroger and Cub Foods (County Market affiliate) for sales only."


    Planning meals around a particular store is a slightly different approach, generally we plan meals based on what we already have on, what is available from the garden, as well as
    weekly/ monthly sales deals.

    Stefanie51's preferred store is Aldi, which happens to be a great store for finding decent priced groceries.

    Deals that you can always count on at Aldi include:


    • Ground Turkey (Frozen) for $1.47 lb
    • Milk $3. (or less) per gallon
    • Eggs $1
    • Honey $2.49
    • Sugar $2.19
    • Flour $1.79
    • White Rice $1.69
    • Frozen Vegetables .79 pkg
    • Artisan Lettuce $1.99
    • Green Peppers 3/ $1.59
    • Colored Bell Peppers 3/$1.59
    • Potatoes 10#/$3.99 (or less)
    • Oatmeal $1.69
    • celery $1.29
    • Bananas .39 # (or less)
    • Bread $1.29 a loaf (or less)


    Seasonal items that
    are available right now:


    • Zucchini $1.50 pkg
    • Summer Squash $1.50 pkg
    • Onions $1.29 3-5lbs


    In addition, here are some deals listed in this weeks flyer:


    • Fresh blueberries $1.29
    • Seedless Watermelon $3.99
    • Strawberries $1.19lb
    • Cantaloupe $1.39
    • Cherries $1.99lb
    • Tyson Fresh Split Chicken Breast .99lb (3lb average pkg)
    • Burger/hotdog buns .79


    From these items you could make the following:

    Breakfast ideas:



    Lunch/Dinner Ideas: the Following recipes are extremely simple to prepare, even for beginner cooks:





    More Snack Ideas:



    Aldi's often sells their store brand of crescent rolls for .99- with this & a couple apples you can make a batch of Apple Walnut Butterhorns.

    In addition to the great deals available at Aldi, if you live in this area you might want to consider the farmers markets that are available in your area:


    • Decatur Farmers Market-
    • Bullock Farmers Market
    • Clinton Area Farmers & Artisans Market
    • Double D Farms
    • Manning farm
    • Saturday Produce Market



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    Comments 1 Comment
    1. RobynK93's Avatar
      RobynK93 -
      This is a fantastic post I stumbled across because it is the first time I have found anything relating to the area I live. Thank you! :-)
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