While at Aldi's (and at any store I do this), I checked out the price of their ground beef. Luckily, I recently stocked up for the upcoming month, including Christmas and New Years Eve special menus. If I recall correctly, I paid $2.99 a lb for frozen tubes of 85% ground beef, which was cheaper option then their fresh, meat case ground beef at $3.49. Since I keep this meat frozen until needed, it made sense to buy it frozen and reap the savings. The $2.99 price was a recent jump from $2.49-the price it remained for a very long time. Compared to the $4.49-$6.49/lb price that Stop and Shop asks for their meat case, fresh ground beef, this was a really affordable choice for me, although I continued to tweak and reduce my use of ground beef in our menus. Shocker: this same, frozen tubes of ground beef are now $3.99/lb! Yes, still cheaper than other stores but $1/lb jump within a week of my last stock up purchases?
I am in the process of closing out the month of December, entering the new year without any credit card debt, any loans, and with a plan to stay on course for saving for our next forever home. I will continue my efforts to live carefully so as to meet this goal.