• $50 Weekly Menu Plan Help: Eden, NC

    Grocery Prices are on the rise, which is no surprise to those of us who have to plan the menu! We're going to continue to strive to help others reduce their grocery expense so they put their hard earned cash towards other things, like heating bills. If you've lived in one area for a long time and you have a tendency to shop at the same stores over and over, it can seem like there aren't any deals to be found, but take heart, as this new member is about to discover- you CAN reduce your grocery bill
    with just a tiny bit of effort. . .

    New Member Trisannd wrote, "Hi, I live in a very small town called Eden in North Carolina....my zip code is 27288. The economy is horrible here and everything is going up but wages. My husband is on medicare and I work at the local hospital in supplies making a little more than minimum wage...can you help us get groceries for $50 or less....right now we spend about $100 a week!!!! The only stores we have here are Food Lion and Wal-Mart....there is a Sam's Club about 45 minutes away"


    Dear
    Trisha, we completely understand your frustration regarding the economy and the ever rising prices of just about everything. With that in mind, we still managed to find some great deals this week for your area . . .

    First and Foremost, we're excited to tell you that there is actually an Aldi store only 17 miles away from you and is WELL worth the trip.

    Aldi Deals from this weeks Flyer(Jan 2- Jan 8th)
    Location: ALDI Martinsville, VA 388 W. Commonwealth Blvd. Martinsville, VA 24112
    Oranges (4#'s) $1.99
    Grapefruit 5# $1.89
    Fresh Blueberries 1.29
    Cantaloupe $1.29 ea
    Bananas .44lb
    10#'s Chicken Leg Quarters for $6.99 (only .69 a lb!)
    Canned Black Beans .59 can
    Turkey Bacon $2.19
    Nonfat Yogurt $1.99

    Aldi Every Day Low Prices
    Bread $1.19 loaf
    1 # Real Butter $1.99
    Celery .89
    Artisan Lettuce $1.99
    1 lb baby Carrots .99
    Green Peppers
    3/$1.99
    Cucumbers .75 ea
    Broccoli heads .99
    Frozen Ground Turkey $1.69 lb
    Old Fashioned Oats- Oatmeal $1.69
    10 lbs Potatoes 2.50 (or less)
    Fresh Mushrooms 1.29
    Pepperoni 2.29

    Food Lion Deals from This Weeks Flyer
    Jan 2-8th, 2013

    Chunk Light Tuna .73 can
    My Essentials White Bread $1.32 (still Cheaper at Aldi though!)
    Sour Cream $1.47
    Shredded Cheese $2/4 (Here's how to get it for less than $1.25)
    Fresh Mango .89 ea
    Roma Tomatoes $1.29 lb
    3 lbs Onions 1.79
    Lettuce 1.29 Head
    Cucumbers .78 ea
    Top Round London Broil $2.99 lb
    Pork Picnic $1.49 lb
    Qwaltney Sausage $1.99 roll

    Save-a-Lot Deals from this Weeks Flyer
    Location: 640 S Van Buren Rd Ste C, Eden, NC

    Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.59 lb
    10lb Bag Potatoes $1.99
    Pork Shoulder or Butt Roast $1.29lb
    General Mills Cereals $1.69 Box (btw, if you Are a coupon clipper, you can get these for $1.19 with this coupon)
    Peanut Butter $1.79
    Canned Veggies .49
    2lbs Carrots .99
    Hillshire Farms Smoked Kielbasa 1.99
    Green Cabbage .33 lb

    Walmart Deals from This Weeks Flyer

    Great Value Brown Rice 2#'s .88



    Sam's Club
    Deals from this weeks Flyer
    Location: 215 Piedmont Place
    Danville, VA 24541 (434) 797-3029 Distance: 18.3 mi

    5lb Bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese $12.26 (= 1.22 per 8 oz pkg)
    5 lb Bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese $12.26 (= 1.22 per 8 oz pkg)
    Pork Butt $1.58 lb
    Boneless Skinless Chix Breast $1.77


    Potential Grocery List & Plan:
    A = Aldi F= Food Lion S= Save-A-Lot W=Walmart

    (A) Bread $1.19 loaf
    (A) 1 # Real Butter $1.99
    (A) Celery .89
    (A) Artisan Lettuce $1.99
    (A) Green Peppers 3/$1.99
    (A) Cucumbers .75 ea
    (A) Broccoli heads .99
    (A) Oranges (4#'s) $1.99
    (A) Grapefruit 5# $1.89
    (A) Fresh Blueberries 1.29
    (A) Cantaloupe $1.29 ea
    (A) Bananas .44lb x 3 = $1.32 /16.25
    (A) Lentils .59
    (A) Nonfat Yogurt $1.99
    (F) Fresh Mango .89 ea
    (F) Roma Tomatoes $1.29 lb
    (F) 3 lbs Onions 1.79
    (S) 10lb Bag Potatoes $1.99
    (A) Frozen Ground Turkey $1.69 lb
    (A) Old Fashioned Oats- Oatmeal $1.69
    (F) Chunk Light Tuna .73 can
    (F) Sour Cream $1.47
    (F) Top Round London Broil $2.99 lb (1lb)
    (F) Qwaltney Sausage $1.99 roll
    (S) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.59 lb x 3 = $4.77
    (S) Pork Shoulder or Butt Roast $1.29lb x 6 =7.74 (divide in half
    for 2 roasts, put the other one in the freezer for later)
    (S) General Mills Cereals $1.69
    (S) 2lbs Carrots .99
    (S) Hillshire Farms Smoked Kielbasa 1.99
    (S) Green Cabbage .33 lb x 6lbs = $1.98
    (W) Great Value Brown Rice 2#'s .88
    (A) Milk 3.18
    (A) Eggs .99
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    Total Spent $57.57

    Breakfast Ideas:


    Lunch & Dinner Ideas:


    Other Side Dish & Snack Ideas:



    Farmers Markets & Other Grocery Deals:

    Here are some additional resources in your area that you might not have been aware of, but may offer really decent deals on fresh local produce and other goods:

    • Blessed Acres offers: herbs that have been gathered wild (ethically!)


    • Collinsville Farm Market: Offers Location: 3585 Virginia Ave, Collinsville, VA website ~ FB


    • Country Side Produce & Grille: Offers Location: 401 N Ayersville Rd, Mayodan, NC website ~ FB


    • Danville Farmers Market: Offers Location: 629 Craghead St, Danville, VA website ~ FB


    • D L Tuttle Berry & Vegetable: Offers strawberries, veggies, watermelons and pumpkins Location: 2701 Nc Highway 135, Stoneville, NC website ~ FB


    • Eddie Produce: Offers a variety of produce Location: 2365 Franklin Tpke, Danville, VA


    • Farmers Foods: Offers a wide variety of fresh produce Location: 624 Northside Dr, Martinsville, VA


    • Haight Orchards: Offers apples and peaches in many varieties Location: 2229 Pannel Rd, Reidsville, NC website ~ FB


    • Handance Farm Offers a wide variety of fruits, veggies, herbs - both culinary and medicinal, as well as flowers Location: 2135 Ashley Loop Reidsville, NC 27320


    • Honeysweet Blueberry Farm A U-Pick farm that offers several varieties of blueberries Location: 302 Unicorn Road Reidsville, NC 27320


    • Johnnys Produce- Offers Produce, selection availability unknown. Location: 117 S Oakland Ave, Eden, NC 27288


    • King's Highway Produce Market: Offers a huge selection of fruits/veggies, honey, apple butter, fat back, country hams and more Location: 598 W Kings Hwy Eden, NC 27288 website ~ FB


    • Martinsville Farmers Market : Offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables baked goods and more throughout the year Location: 65 W Main St, Martinsville, VA website ~ FB


    • Piedmont Local Food- offers a wide variety of foods, fruits, veggies, baked goods and more- Piedmont is a virtual farmers market that puts growers & families together. In addition, you can purchase boxes of fresh produce for families of all sizes. website


    • Poplar Ridge Farm: Offers a variety of fresh veggies Location: Sandy Ridge Township, Sandy Ridge, NC website ~ FB


    • Rockingham County Farmers Market- runs May through Oct and offers fresh fruits/veggies and a variety of specialty foods, arts/crafts and more They accept Food Stamps/EBT cards as well website (view for location)


    • Taylors Produce: Offers a variety of produce Location: 351 Daniel Rd, Axton, VA


    • WG Bee Farm offers locally grown honey and cut comb honey Location: 740 S. Fieldcrest Rd. Eden, NC 27288


    Additional:


    If you happen to be from this area and know of additional inexpensive resources, please feel free to list them in the comments below so that others can enjoy them as well!

    If you haven't already, check out our eBook, "The 2012 Family Guide to Groceries under $250 a Month" for additional money saving tips and recipes for reducing your grocery bill!


    The requests for assistance have slowed considerably, We hope this means that folks have figured out how/where to find the best savings in their areas. If not, and you'd like to see your zip code featured, please feel to submit it here!
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. trisannd's Avatar
      trisannd -
      Thank you so much for all this wonderful information! I can't believe you did all this for me! I really appreciate it and I'm definitely checking out the Aldi store tomorrow....thanks again, Trisha
    1. GB101's Avatar
      GB101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by trisannd View Post
      Thank you so much for all this wonderful information! I can't believe you did all this for me! I really appreciate it and I'm definitely checking out the Aldi store tomorrow....thanks again, Trisha
      You're very welcome, I hope that the info helps your family. I think (hard) cheese is also on sale for $1.49 this week, it is at all the Aldi in SC, but It's one of those "Unadvertised" deals. The other thing is, depending on what's available in your area, you might have to visit Aldi on different days to see a better selection. For us, our Aldi is fully stocked on Tuesdays- but frequently "Wiped out" on thursdays. So if you happen to get there on a slim pickings kind of day, ask them what day the produce typically arrives and what day the meat arrives (they mark the meat down the day before delivery to make room, which means great deals on chicken, pork, sandwich fixings' and sausage on a regular basis.

      Best wishes to your family in 2013!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I would love if you did one for 84010! We have Smiths, Walmart, and a store called Dicks. :-) Please help!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      40229 Louisville, Ky please. Kroger, Walmart and Price-less. Thanks!!
    1. Dauphinck's Avatar
      Dauphinck -
      I've read a lot of blogs about frugal cooking, and many recommend ALDI as a good cheap grocery store. Unfortunately, there is not one anywhere near me. I live in Ponchatoula, LA (zipcode 70454) and I have a family of 7 . We are finding it difficult to come under $700/month as a grocery budget. I'd love to see the grocery budget y'all could do with the stores I frequent. These are Winn Dixie (in Ponchatoula 70454), Walmart Supercenter (in Hammond 70401, a town about 15 miles from me) and Target (Hammond 70403).
    1. Skybandit's Avatar
      Skybandit -
      Really trying to pull the budget together this year! I'm now a stay at home mom and the budget has been gutted. We are a family of five dealing with wheat and dairy allergies, along with other picky eaters. I feel like a short order cook most days! 63303. St. Charles, Missouri
      I use Dierbergs, Target, Shop N Save, aldi's, and Anthony's- local farmers market when it's open March-December. Any help would be fantastic! Love your book!
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