It's time to go window shopping again and this time we are heading to get groceries!
Long story short, we built a house 3 years ago and when you do that you don't pay taxes for a few years and then you do when they catch up on assessments. We knew it was coming but still when you pay 2 years of taxes in 1 year it cuts into your budget (ouch!). So what does this have to do with Aldi? A couple of places we are really buttoning down the hatches in our budget this year are - eating out, discretionary funds (like clothes, home projects, travel, etc) and groceries.
A dear friend suggested I try Aldi because it is SO much cheaper. I hemmed and hawed for a good half of the year because of a few things - I was shopping online and sticking to my list, was able to watch my total increase as I put things in my"basket" and the free delivery was amazing. Aldi is also not in our suburb, it's in a more urban part of town. Now that I tried it and realized how much money I DO save, it's hard to shop anywhere else. Another question I get asked frequently is if it's clean and yes it is. It's not the fanciest store but it's clean.
I have learned a few things along the way and I am happy to share! You need a quarter to "borrow" your cart. I grew up in Europe so this was not unusual to me. If you forget your quarter but have a $1, I do know from experience, they will give you change. Also, bring your own bags (if you forget they do have some for 10 cents each or you can find boxes much like you do at Sam's Club). Aldi and Trader Joe's are owned by the same company so their produce (much like Trader Joe's) is amazing and CHEAP and although they don't have the floral selection like TJ's, they do have $3.99 floral bouquets that are lovely!
Don't expect name brand. They do have some but most of it is their brand items (and that's where the real savings are at). They have a good selection of gluten free and organic products (Simply Nature is their organic line and G-Free is their gluten free line).
There are certain products that they consider seasonal - right now they have apples, pumpkins, caramel dip for apples, apple cider, etc. That stuff won't be there past fall so if you like it, stock up on it!
They don't always have everything on your shopping list. I went looking for toilet bowl cleaner and although they do have some cleaning supplies, that isn't one of them SO just know going in there might be something they don't have! They do have a baby section with baby purees, diapers, wipes, etc. and a pet section (but I don't have a pet so I haven't perused it too much). They also have this little section of random home goods that I avoid (don't make eye contact, I am looking at you $6.99 front door mat) since I am trying to save money.
|Their coffee is $3.99|
(I normally drink Caribou or Dunkin' and in my french press, I cannot taste the difference)
Here are a few other things we love...
Eggs - 78 cents.
Diapers - $12.96...96 diapers (that's 13 cents a diaper folks)
Granola bars - $1.49 (the sweet and salty kind, protein and chewy - my kids ask for them specifically)
100% Orange juice concentrate - $1.19
Butter - $2.99
Tortilla chips - $1.19
Almond milk - $2.49
Chicken breasts - $2.69/lb
Fruit - 7 kiwis for $2, bag of grapes $1.79 (the whole bag was $1.79 last week)
Veggies - fresh green beans for $1.89, bag of baby carrots - $1.19
Crescent rolls (generic brand) - $1.49
**prices do vary per store and per week based on specials but this gives you an idea
I don't generally buy beef at Aldi's but I have asked around and others do and like it. I generally buy my beef in bulk when its on sale at our Fareway store which is known for their meat counter.
Before you know it, you have a cart full of groceries you pack up yourself into your bags and load into the car. Don't forget to return your cart to get your quarter and you are on your way. I find it only takes me 30 minutes to get all my grocery shopping done there.
What I normally would spend about $125-150 at another store, I pay about $75-100 at Aldi's.
Have you shopped at Aldi's? Let me know if you try it or some of your family's favorites. Leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!
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