No more Costco trips where we spend more than we planned... no more multiple stores during the week to just pick something up...
It's life simplified. On Saturday morning I pull out the Aldi Ad (when you leave the store they have next weeks ad available for you to preview), plan my meals around the sales and what sounds good to us with the weather, make a list of things to buy for said dinners, check the pantry for staples we need, confirm hubby's and my lunches and breakfast options for the week, add in some little dude snacks if needed and then I hit the store after work on Saturday nights.
I'll admit, i'm back to my calculator and notebook tricks (I keep a list of the prices of everything I put in the cart in my notebook and I put non shopping list items in another column, and before I go to the check out desk I add everything up and see what the total is to see if I can buy some of the "non list" items or to use the extra to stock up on basics).
Last week we spent: $61.58 on groceries... the week before $71.54... the week before that $69.22.
It's pretty epic in my opinion.