Making your money go further at Aldi

If you’re on a tight budget, you can make your money go further at Aldi.


How far does $50 go at your chosen supermarket? Not very far we bet. So how can you make your weekly food budget go further? Why not try changing supermarket?

Debbie set herself the challenge of shopping for five weekday meals at budget grocer Aldi – spending no more than $50 in total. Not only did she bring her shopping in on budget, she even managed a Friday night treat of an award-winning glass of Shiraz.

Want to know how she did it and what she cooked? Here are her suggested recipes and shopping list.

Monday – Sausage Casserole


  • 4 beef sausages

  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced

  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into 8 segments

  • 1 tablespoon plain flour

  • 500ml beef stock

  • 250g chat potatoes, par boiled with skins on

  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

2. In a medium-hot frying pan, brown sausages then put to one side.

3. In same frying pan, soften onion and carrot, then coat in flour.

4. Add beef stock to frying pan and bring to the boil.

5. Place stock mixture, sausages and potatoes in casserole dish and season to taste. If you have some Worcestershire sauce in the pantry, add a dash.

6. Cover and cook in the oven for about 1 hour.

Tuesday – Spaghetti Bolognaise


  • 500g mince beef

  • 1 tin tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon dried garlic

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 carrot, diced

  • 250g pasta, cooked as packet method

  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. In a hot frying pan, brown mince and then remove from pan.

2. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil.

3. In same frying pan, soften onion and carrot and return mince to it.
4. Stir in tomato paste and tinned tomatoes, then add garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste.

5. While sauce is simmering, cook pasta.

6. Once pasta is cooked, drain and serve immediately with sauce, and sprinkle with Parmesan if you choose.

Wednesday – Chicken Curry


  • 500g chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 100g chat potatoes, cooked until almost soft

  • 1 onion, quartered

  • 1 jar curry sauce of your choice

  • Microwave rice to serve


1. In a hot, oiled pan, brown chicken thighs, then add onion, frying until soft.

2. Next, halve potatoes and add to pan.

3. Add the jar of curry sauce and simmer as instructed on the jar.

4. Heat rice in microwave and serve immediately.

Thursday – Sausage Frittata


  • 3 beef sausages, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 150g chat potatoes, boiled and halved

  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 4 eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • salt and pepper to taste

You can add 150g grated cheese if you have some in your fridge.


1. Preheat over to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. In a medium-hot, oven-safe frying pan, brown sausages, remove and put to one side.

3. In same pan, soften onion and carrot then return sausages to pan and add potatoes.

4. Whisk eggs, add milk and season with salt and pepper.

5. If using, add cheese to egg mix before adding to pan

6. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes, until egg is just firm to the touch.

7. Serve immediately. Any leftovers can be chilled and kept for two days.

Friday – Steak and chips – and a nice glass of award-winning red wine


  • 2 rump steaks

  • 200g beer-battered frozen chips

  • 1 onion, sliced


Preheat oven and cook frozen chips as directed on packet

Heat a griddle pan.

Rub olive oil on both sides of the steak, adding salt and pepper to the side you will cook first.

Place the rump steaks in the centre of the griddle pan.

Fry for about 2-3 minutes each side, seasoning the remaining side just before turning – this will be medium rare.

Remove steaks from pan, cover and rest.

Add a little more olive oil to the pan and toss in the sliced onion and fry until brown.

Serve steak topped with onions and a generous handful of beer-battered chips.

And as it’s Friday, treat yourself to a glass of award-winning One Road Shiraz.

Shopping list



Day used

500g beef sausages


4 on Monday

3 on Thursday

500g carrots


2 on Monday

1 on Tuesday

1 on Thursday

500g brown onions


1 each day

1litre beef stock


500ml on Monday

500g chat potatoes


250g on Monday

100g on Wednesday

150g on Thursday

500g mince beef



1 tin crushed tomatoes



Tomato paste pots x 2


1 on Tuesday

500g spaghetti



500g chicken thighs



Jar of curry sauce



Packet of microwavable rice



Dozen free range eggs



2 rump steaks



Beer-battered frozen chips



1 bottle One Road Shiraz



Shopping list total = $49.52

The above list assumes you have milk, garlic, oregano, oil, salt and pepper in your fridge and pantry.

Debbie shopped at Aldi, Moorabbin Airport, Victoria. For more recipes, visit



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    22nd Aug 2017
    Check on country of origin before buying packaged items. I won't buy biscuits made in China or any of the canned and frozen foods that come from Asia
    22nd Aug 2017
    Agree, rather NO FOOD from China - they poisoned infant's milk there!

    Also, Sausages - cancer food!
    22nd Aug 2017
    My wife and I have shopped at Aldi since day 1 when Aldi shops were so empty you could shoot a gun and not hit anybody. That's different today.
    We have also ALWAYS shopped in all 4 retail outlets and Aldi has only been one of these. The percentage of goods we buy at Aldi has gone down dramatically in the past decade as Aldi prices have risen substantially whilst Woolies and Coles have reduced theirs.
    We all need to remember that Aldi is a German retailer and that if a choice is available then Woolies and Coles should come first to keep money in Australia. Also Aldi veges are no longer as fresh as they used to be so perhaps the line for shopping there are becoming blurred.

    Sue: Snags and chips are not all that good for you every night. Sounds like a very British diet and may need to be rethought. Hope you have some health insurance? Cheers.
    22nd Aug 2017
    Point taken Debbie..But I am type2 diabetic and sausages come under processed food..not good
    Star Trekker
    22nd Aug 2017
    I can get cheaper vegetables & meat at my local Greengrocer/butcher. He also sells some grocery items. The only thing from your list is the booze that he doesn't sell.
    Star Trekker
    22nd Aug 2017
    I know they are fresh and are locally grown
    22nd Aug 2017
    Good one Trekker. A diet based more around fresh vegetables is much healthier for you.
    22nd Aug 2017
    Sound good Debbie but what is the nutritional value of these meals, ie fat and sugar content, what are the Kilojoule values. Where are the green vegetables ands fruit? I would rather spend my money buying good food, not processed ....stuff at Aldi or any other retailer.
    22nd Aug 2017
    Aldi used to be the cheapest as long as you didnt mind the one of each item they stock. Also found we had to go to Coles or Woolies for certain items which Aldi dont stock. Lately however we have found it just as cheap and less hassle to do everything at Woolworths.
    22nd Aug 2017
    I won't shop at Aldi preferring to have the option of Australian products and service. . Its possible to budget carefully at the other supermarkets . There are many well priced products. Fruit and vege we prefer to buy at local greengrocer or market and also grow a lot of our own. Meat we buy in bulk on sale and freeze. I find staying under budget goes back to cooking choices and practices as a recent pork roast i cooked made 4 meals 2 of which i froze. I do this with corned meat and other roasts. Also bulk lean beef and chicken breast. Avoiding supermarket frozen and packaged goods is also healthier.
    22nd Aug 2017
    My local Aldi has become very popular because of the fresh quality veges fruit & meats. I am amazed at the quantity of people shopping there now as I have shopped there from day1 & Woolies & Coles are close by. PLUS no plastic bags to harm our environment!
    22nd Aug 2017
    What an unhealthy diet
    Really a rubbish menu
    If writing an article such s this more research needs to be done
    Liverpool Anne
    22nd Aug 2017
    a lot of jam comes from China via New Zealand due to their free trade agreement.
    Old Geezer
    22nd Aug 2017
    We make our own jam.

    Strawberries are cheap at present so just boil up some weight of strawberries and sugar and you have awesome strawberry jam.

    Recently made a lot of orange jam too from the fruit on our trees.

    Tomatoes make awesome relish too.
    22nd Aug 2017
    I do like to eat a little more healthily than this menu.
    Aldi does have some good stuff though, their yoghurt, herrings in pepper sauce and Chili chocolate are excellent.
    However I don`t like their prepacked, not so, fresh veges with far too much plastic packaging.
    A combination of the local vege man, Coles and Aldi seems to work well.
    Woolworths is the pits.
    Chris G
    22nd Aug 2017
    A lot depends on where you live. In recent months, the quality & availability of fresh produce @ Coles has gone downhill big time. Fresh produce from IGA & Aldi is dubious. Where I live (regional NSW) the only place to get quality fresh produce is @ Woolworths.
    22nd Aug 2017
    Been shopping at Aldi for years & only go to the others if their specials come up with a particular item we want. Would spread my sausage meals over 2 weeks as there's too much meat in this menu. We tray & have at least 2 fish or seafood meals sourced carefully.

    22nd Aug 2017
    Christ - if I ate like that, I'd be an extra 20 kgs and dead in 5 years
    22nd Aug 2017
    Very true
    22nd Aug 2017
    In the Sausage Casserole recipe it states:
    In same frying pan, soften onion and carrot, then coat in flour.

    Coat the onion and carrot in flour???
    24th Aug 2017
    agree.lot of moaners. the object of the exercise was to prove you could eat for a week on $50 I assume
    Yes, you can coat the onion and carrot in flour. it thickens up and makes a gravy once you add the beef stock. most cooks would know this.
    22nd Aug 2017
    oh my gosh what a lot of moaning old people. Do you people ever have anything positive to say???
    Some good menu suggestions, thanks
    22nd Aug 2017
    It is not moaning.
    As a lot have pointed out it is a very unhealthy diet and could be greatly improved by the careful choice of fresh vegetables and some meat other than sausages
    24th Aug 2017
    Shut up Trees

    All we are saying is we can have a much healthier and tasty diet for the same $50

    If you're trying to promote eating on a budget - make or a healthy menu , at least half the time .
    Nothing wrong in indulging in junk once in a while irrespective of your budget
    22nd Aug 2017
    And when do you eat fresh vegetables and salads???
    22nd Aug 2017
    Ok the meals above are most probably unhealthy, but the article was written to describe 5 meals to make under $50. So, for another $10 and omitting the wine, extra fresh veg/fruit could be incorporated. Not perfect but in the spirit of this article, i think it was a good example of low cost grocerie.
    22nd Aug 2017
    A very poor example of menu and diet
    22nd Aug 2017
    great post cindy lou, especial your comments in regard to omitting the wine which would give an extra $ 10 dollars to buy fresh vegies, etc, however it is imposible now-a-days to appease the unwashed, give me, give me contributors to these columns, they would die if they woke up one day and could not complain about a hint to improve their living standards or how to use their grey matter to improve on the suggestions offered in these columns, trees you are dead on as is vivi, surely one would think, the complainants have enough brains to adjust these recipes to fulfil their wishes at a very little adjustment in costs, however that may be asking to much of their already "I am entitled" attitude which is slowly but surely bringing this nation, once known as the luckiest country on this earth, AUSTRALIA, to its knees, it's time we all stand up and voice our views, regardless of the abuse which you will receive of the un-washed, just watch the replies to this post!
    22nd Aug 2017
    Thanks for your response heemskerk99. I'm not fond of negative nasty folk. Whilst I respect other people's opinions, occasionally I'll jump in and make a post arguing an opposite position.

    Maybe the words from Desiderata are appropriate here...

    "speak your truth quietly and clearly,
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and ignorant;
    they too have their story"
    Joy Anne
    23rd Aug 2017
    I can do my f/nightly shop at Aldi for $50. No chinese or asia products. Either German or mostly Australian products now and so good for the price. I have never liked Coles or Woolworths products do not taste the same as genuine products. Aldi products are excellent and therefore shop there. My milk is unhomogenised cream on top which Aldi do not have.
    23rd Aug 2017
    Why not 7 bottles of shiraz and save $1.00
    23rd Aug 2017
    Oh Nerk you are the utmost Wally, but you've got my vote for originality, cheers.
    23rd Aug 2017
    sounds ok, however there is not much variety re veg, but more than adequate amounts of cheap quality protein e.g sausages. Why use chat spuds when per kg unwashed would b cheaper leaving money for a green capsicum or peas.
    26th Aug 2017
    I would prefer to buy Australian made brands as this supports our economy. If money is really tight the above shopping menus is fine. There are green vegetables included/
    26th Aug 2017
    I would prefer to buy Australian made brands as this supports our economy. If money is really tight the above shopping menus is fine. There are green vegetables included/
    27th Jun 2018
    take aldi's vegies, meat and other products and compare it with the other stores, coles or woolies, and I bet you more then 95%+ of those articles at aldi's are Australian grown or produced, I bet you London to a brick on that those other stores will come a long second last to aldi's in selling Australian made or produced, Aldi has weekly or monthly different country's products such as an english, german, dutch theme even seen an american week, however those treasures on sale are just reminders of the national products those who migrated to this great country have missed savouring and are now being able to be purchased. as for aldi's products not being fresh, it is up to the shopper to buy or not to buy, ask yourself would you buy a hangover lettuce while the neighbor has healthy ones for sale even if they are 10 cents dearer?
    30th Aug 2017
    I have Aldi shopped since it opened at Marrickville getting dearer by the day.Have found Coles and Woolworths brands as competitive, when they advertise their competitive prices it is always theirs against the high price brands.
    27th Jun 2018
    sorry billie, aldie is not getting dearer, coles and woolies are getting cheaper, that is what competition is all about

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