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6 Ways We’re Keeping Our Grocery Budget Low — Without Using Coupons

6 Ways We're Keeping Our Grocery Budget Low Without Using Coupons

So, I figure it’s high time I let you in on something that’s changed for us this past year. Some of you have probably already guessed this was the case. Some of you might be shocked and disappointed.

But regardless, I need to come clean about it. Because I don’t want you to assume something is the case when it isn’t.

So here’s the truth: I’ve basically not clipped or used any coupons on groceries this past year.

Nope. Nada. Zilch.

I had slowly been easing out of “extreme couponing” the past few years as life picked up its pace, we baby-stepped our way to fewer processed foods, and I fell madly in love with Aldi.

Then we moved to TN and lost our wonderful full-time assistant/babysitter. I had every intention of getting back into couponing, but with all of the transition and processing involved in moving + writing another book, Jesse ended up taking over most of the grocery shopping and cooking for us.

I would have never seen my husband as someone who would rock out as a chef (when we got married, I’m not even sure that he knew how to make toast!), but the guy has taken to the kitchen like white on rice.

In fact, he now runs circles around me when it comes to recipes. He loves experimenting with new ingredients and spices and he finds great delight in cooking things that require many pans and steps… which is the complete opposite of me!

6 Ways We're Keeping Our Grocery Budget Low

As a result, we more than doubled our grocery budget and we eat much healthier. However, we’ve still found many ways to keep our grocery budget relatively low without using coupons and while eating a diet comprised of lots of quality, whole foods.

I’ve been surprised and excited that we’re able to eat very healthfully for our family of 5 and only spend an average of $100 to $120 per week.

Here’s what’s working for us:

1. Shop at Aldi

I know I’ve sung the praises of Aldi over and over again, but I cannot help but include them on this list. When Jesse first started doing the shopping, I encouraged him to try doing most of the shopping at Aldi and then just shopping at Kroger for anything he couldn’t get at Aldi.

It took a few weeks of suggesting it, but he finally tried it. And he came home all stoked exclaiming, “I saved SO much money by shopping at Aldi!”

He’s now a diehard Aldi fan. Which is just one more reason to love him all the more. 🙂

6 Ways We're Saving Money on Groceries Without Using Coupons

Aldi has introduced so many new features and products in the last few years, including gluten-free foods, organic foods, and more. If you have an Aldi nearby, I cannot stress enough how much you need to go check them out. Just do it and maybe soon you’ll be singing their praises along with us!

2. Keep It Simple

While Jesse continues to add in new recipes to our weekly rotation, we still keep a lot of things very simple.

Breakfast is usually oatmeal, bacon & eggs, or cereal. Lunch is often sandwiches or leftovers. Dinner is usually just a main dish and veggies of some sort. Sometimes, we’ll throw in a side of fruit or sweet potatoes, too, but we’re good with just having a few options at dinner time. It saves time and money — and makes for less food waste.

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3. Eat Up Your Leftovers

Speaking of food waste, one thing we work hard to do is to use up leftovers or to re-use leftovers in a creative fashion. We’ll often have leftovers for lunch and, if there are quite a few different leftovers, we’ll serve a Leftover Smorgasbord for dinner one night.

Our philosophy: why make new food when you have food still in the fridge waiting to be used up? Save yourself cooking time and money and eat that instead. 🙂

4. Make Things From Scratch

We don’t buy many boxed or canned foods these days. We slowed weaned ourselves off of them over the past few years and now we not only love homemade so much more, it also saves us money.

Plus, since we keep our means simple and Jesse and I both help out with the kitchen/cooking, it really doesn’t take a lot of extra time to make things from scratch.

6 Ways We Keep Our Grocery Budget Low

5. Cook With Inexpensive Ingredients

As I mentioned earlier, we keep food pretty simple. We do buy higher quality ingredients, but we stick to recipes that use (mostly!) inexpensive ingredients — and mostly ones that can be purchased from Aldi.

We eat a lot of eggs, sweet potatoes, oats, fruits and veggies that are in season, beans, chicken, and some beef and pork. Those are the basic staples that many of our meals include. Jesse does branch out and try new recipes, but he usually only buys a few new ingredients every week. The rest of the ingredients are things we may already have on hand or things that we routinely buy at Aldi.

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6. Pay for Specialty Foods With Swagbucks

We do buy a few specialty ingredients — such as protein powder, Trim-Healthy-Mama approved sweeteners, and olive oil — and we get these with Amazon using gift cards earned through Swagbucks. It’s a great way to be able to afford a few of those high-quality ingredients we love to use in recipes.

6 Ways We're Keeping Our Grocery Budget Low Without Using Coupons

 

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136 Comments

  • lyss says:

    Good for you! It’s not a competition to spend the least amount on groceries!!! Prices vary a lot by region and store, and so do personal dietary restrictions/preferences. And of course, budgets. We all need to do what works for us. 🙂

    I save in many of these same ways. I don’t have Aldi or Kroger, but I shop where there’s the best deals in my city, which are HEB and Sprouts.

    I don’t use coupons much, either. I haven’t set foot in a CVS or Walgreens in ages. They used to save me a ton, but then it got to where I’d be losing more than I was saving. HEB has store coupons which I use. They save me a lot, but I don’t have to clip them. They are just hanging on the shelf with the item that it is for.

    I shop the sale ads and also look for clearance/marked down foods. Often they are just discontinued items, or foods that can go straight to the freezer.

    • kim says:

      i’ts great to see someone else who shops at HEB to save money, no disrespect but I don’t like Aldi for me I really love HEB especially the many ways to save extra money each week without clipping coupons.

      • Mara says:

        I don’t like Aldi either, though there is one just a couple blocks away. I shop mostly at Kroger, buy just what I need after making a menu for the week that includes snacks and my grandchild’s school lunches. I check the grocery ad, plan my menu, coupons for what is on my list only, usually for dairy, personal care, and paper goods. My son is having a tough time right now so I share my groceries/meals with him. I do this on approximately 50 bux a week. We use a lot of left overs and make casseroles and soups from scratch. Very few processed foods. We eat healthy meals.

  • Cate R. says:

    My my how times have changed! I remember a post from you a few years ago stating that people have no excuse to not use coupons, LOL.

    • 😉 I should clarify that I still use coupons — just not on groceries! I use them for online purchases/restaurants, etc. But since we’ve changed the way we grocery shop, it’s really simplified things to mostly stick with Aldi.

      • Stacy Cooper says:

        Is Aldi Grocery Outlet equivalent for California if you know? I live in a town without Aldi, HEB and many others. We have Safeway, SaveMart and Grocery Outlet which I think may be comparable only because they do have a large Gluten Free section.

  • Leigh says:

    I live in the Nashville area as well but I do most of my shopping at Publix or Super Target. I rarely have coupons but I do use Target’s cartwheel app and Publix BOGO. We have young kids and lots of dietary restrictions and sometimes it’s a struggle to keep our grocery budget under $200 a week. I used to beat myself up and work myself to death for a lower grocery bill but nothing really saved me enough money to warrant the work I was putting into it. I finally just accepted it as our phase in life and things are so much easier. We don’t eat out but maybe once a month so that money gets put into our grocery budget. I say whatever works for your family is the best option there is. I’m glad you guys have found what works for you.

  • I was never an extreme couponer, but I certainly used to do it a lot more than I do now. I still love using coupon apps, though, as I find they’re much more efficient, plus they generally have coupons for produce.

    I’ve heard so many great things about Aldi, I really need to get to one to try it. (It’s definitely not the closest grocery store to me.) In fact trying it out is one of my 12 goals for 2015, so I better get going on it!

    • Liz says:

      The nearest Aldi supermarket is about 500 miles away, across the state from my town. HEB does not exist here. The regional supermarket, however, is less than a mile. Guess where I shop.
      All summer, the supermarket ran at least one meat item on BOGO. You can bet that those items went into my shopping cart.

  • Travina says:

    We just came back from our weekly Aldi trip. We usually spend around $60 there and what we cannot find there, we get from Wegmans. It brings our bill to around $110-125 if I am feeling motivated to try new recipes. Today we shopped only at Aldi and spent $104. I am vegetarian and eat clean and we don’t eat a lot of processed food. Only around 20% so it is very doable to eat healthy at Aldi. I juice every day. My favorite things are the red pesto and their delicious chocolate. Every good quality German chocolate. My grandfather is German so I love all the german foods that they have there. Only sad thing about the last few trips there was that the kids’ organic snacks aren’t there right now. I hope they bring them back, but if not, they have plenty of fruits and veg my daughter loves.

  • Vickie says:

    I shop at Aldi regularly but I don’t always find their produce to be very fresh. I do have certain items I buy there. I do use coupons for store items through their apps and find I save quite a bit that way. I usually buy only sale items and buy in bulk, which saves a lot on staples. We also buy most our meat direct from a local farmer and have it processed locally. We also buy chicken breast from Zaycon Fresh twice a year.

  • My family has been on a similar journey. We started eating healthier a few years ago and I slowly stopped using coupons. One way I save money is by carefully looking at each week’s ad for Kroger and Sprouts. When non-perishable items go on sale (like pasta, peanut butter, crackers, etc.) I stock up. It’s not uncommon for me to come home with 10 jars of our favorite peanut butter when it goes on sale. And that will last us until the next sale. When specific fruits and veggies are on sale, we eat those that week. I use the bulk bins for spices and things such as rice, oats, nuts, beans, etc. I also shop at Costco for things that are cheaper there.

  • Lerin says:

    We live in a small town. We keep our budget low by growing and preserving as much of our own food as possible. We have a small backyard flock of chickens for eggs, and meat, and have added rabbits to our flock also for meat. We get the rest of our meat, if we eat it, from local farmers. We’re learning about wild edibles, and aim to try a new one each week. I do shop at Aldi for some things- like ingredient for something for an event. One of our kids is allergic to gluten and dairy, and another is vegetarian. We order alot of staple foods online in bulk and that saves alot of money, rather than having to go the health food store or drive to a larger city to have more variety. We don’t do boxed or canned food, and I make everything from scratch. The kids either eat oatmeal, grits or leftovers for breakfast, leftovers or sandwiches for lunch (I also make our own bread, grinding organic wheat). We also eat alot of beans and rice. I believe you are what you eat, and diet plays a big role in health, so food is actually a large part of our budget. We do without alot of other conveniences so we can eat organic, GMO free food.

  • Ann says:

    I am also an Aldi fan. We don’t have one close to our house, but there is one near our church. We get the majority there, then supplement with the loss leaders (and occasional coupons, especially ecoupons) at Kroger. It is easier to spend less at Aldi because there is less stuff, and it makes the shopping trip shorter and easier too. Now to get them to build one in my town!!

  • Jenni says:

    For those who have dietary restrictions (gluten-free, etc.) we have really found Azure Standard to be helpful in purchasing gluten-free flours in bulk, or Natural Grocers if you have one. I routinely can make my son’s gluten-free bread for about $2/loaf thanks to their prices. I find that their prices on chickpea flour, oat flour, buckwheat flour and potato and tapioca starches are some of the best around, but Natural Grocers has better prices on rice flours.

  • Miranda says:

    I save money by purchasing most of our produce through Bountiful Baskets. It’s a food co-op that was started in Arizona and has been expanding throughout the country. The produce I get costs about half the price of what it would cost me to purchase in a grocery store. You can also get organic bread and a variety of other things as an add on to your order. It’s a volunteer run organization. Definitely something worth checking into!

  • “I love Alid” is a pretty constant refrain at my house. 🙂 Last week it was because they now carry nitrate-free bacon! Any time I have to shop elsewhere, it seems the total adds up twice as fast!

  • Jen says:

    I love Aldi for some things like canned goods, baked goods (I love their marshmallows), cheese.

    I’m not a fan of their gluten free foods because many of them are from other countries that don’t have the same food standards as the U.S.

    I stay away from the meat. At one point they admitted their meat has pink slime. I’ve also heard at one point they admitted to horse meat in their ground beef.

    I agree with some of the comments above about the fruits and vegetables… many of Aldi’s fruits and vegetables are from other countries… but then again some countries have banned chemicals we use. I usually stick to buying only fruits and vegetables that are from the U.S.

    I get frustrated with Aldi because they advertise a fruit or vegetable of the week in their ad and they rarely have them in the store near me. Usually there isn’t even a spot which makes me think they never had it. I don’t like when things are advertised and not in stock especially when I go in the day the flyers comes out.

    Overall, Aldi has good prices… but I pick and choose what I would buy from there.

  • Jen says:

    I spend about the same as you for 4 people, and don’t use many coupons either. I had to transition to organic flour, bread and pasta because of stomach issues, which is double the price of regular. We are in the process of buying a 1/4 grass fed cow from a farm, which will save us a lot of money on meats and be a healthy option for us. My husband also cooks, and it is awesome! I’m glad to see my local SAMs club selling more and more organic foods, and this has become one way to eat healthier, cheaper.

  • Dawn says:

    I also LOVE Aldi! We probably get 80% of our groceries there. I am fortunate to have 2 within 5 miles and a 3rd within 8 miles from home. (I am in the Pittsburgh area). I supplement with Giant Eagle but not much. Now we have a Trader Joe’s so I am finding some favorites there. In the summer we have a small garden and I also shop farmer’s markets for produce. We do some canning and freezing. We save money on meat by buying splitting a pig and 1/2 cow once a year. I grew up a little north of here and we had a huge garden. I learned to can and freeze veggies from a young age. Yes it takes time but it is so worth it.
    There are a few comments about the freshness of Aldi produce. I think it really depends on how much business your store has and when the trucks come in. Most in my area get a truck daily, but I would ask them and do your shopping accordingly.

  • nikki says:

    Great list! I try to focus on the same things. I shop at Fresh Thyme in Columbus. It’s basically the same as Sprouts in OKlahoma. They have great produce sales and decent sales on natural or organic meats. There are a few items I still buy at Walmart like almond milk and kerrygold butter.

    Lately I’ve been stretching meals further by offering three items on the plate : meat, veggie, and something filling like rice or potatoes. This will get us one or two extra leftover meals.

    We may be moving soon so I’ve also been trying to use up what’s in the pantry: condamients, sauces, flours and such. This has dramatically lowered my grocery bills. Doing this more often would save a ton.

  • Kimberly in NC says:

    You may have mentioned it before, but would you mind sharing which protein powder you prefer from Amazon and why you like it? Thanks.

    • I use Swanson Whey Protein. It was recommended by the Trim Healthy Mama folks, so that’s why I bought it and I’ve liked it so just stuck with it.

      • Linda Hopkins says:

        Swanson products in general are super cheap! You can get Organic Coconut Shortening and all sorts of supplements and essential oils from Swanson, many are organic too.

        They have food products too, many gluten free foods. I have Celiac Disease so I need to be strictly gluten free.

        They have amazing sales, regular by one get one free options and deals of the day, etc.

        They have a option for recurring order of items. I used it at first but found that it did not give me the best price but the regular price only. So, I leave on auto-delivery for items I must have regularly and I try to go in and place my own order before the auto delivery and then cancel the auto-delivery to get a better deal

  • I was doing the extreme coupon thing for awhile. I saved a bunch of money, but mostly on things I probably wouldn’t have bought regularly.
    Now we buy a side of beef or pork from our local meat locker, and Bountiful Baskets for our fruits, breads, and veggies.
    I just fill in at the grocery store for milk, oatmeal, beans, and maybe a treat every now and then.
    Having the basics at home, in bulk, saves me more than any coupons could. And we eat much healthier now, too.

  • Cate D says:

    Thank you so much for all this info. I have been couponing for a a few years now but I think this can help me too. Thank you!

  • Christina H says:

    Great piece! Question…
    Since moving a few hours from the town I call home, I am now about a 45 minute drive from Aldi. I drive a fairly gas efficient vehicle, do you think it’s worth making the trip once per month for the savings? We are currently on a strict budget of $220 per month for a family of three (due to a job loss) and I keep going back and forth on whether I think it’s worth the drive.

    Maybe if I carpool with a friend?

  • We do use coupons sometimes, but not as much as I would like to. So many coupons are for (processed) foods we just don’t eat.

    We use them more for toiletries, personal items, and some cleaning products.

    We shop mainly at Publix and I LOVE their BOGO’s. That’s where we save most of our budget.

    Extreme couponing takes too much time for me. I would rather be spending more time with my family than clipping away! Just my opinion.

  • Heather says:

    We have a family of 6 and some have milk allergies and some can’t eat gluten. Alot of our food is homemade and we have started to make anything we can from scratch. My husband hunts every year so we usually have lots of game meat and we try to buy organic meat when it is cheap. Making yogurt and other dairy items saves us alot of money also. There are not many coupons for the ingredients we buy so I quit using them. Many of my friends have said they are getting away from coupons so your admission does not surprise me at all. Besides I would rather invest my money in whole foods than at the doctors office. It is amazing how much more healthy my kids are since we have changed their food.

  • Ranchmom1 says:

    When we had four girls at home, we spent about $100/week on groceries. Now it’s just my husband and I, and we spend maybe $30/week on groceries.

    I agree 100% with making things from scratch. He has had to eat gluten free since 2003, and I only buy the staples pre-made, such as corn noodles from Aldis to make spaghetti, etc. and make everything else from scratch.

    We are blessed to have a discount grocery store in our area, so I stock up on things there as well and they sometimes have GF flour mixes, GF pizza crusts, etc. for a dollar or two.

    My biggest challenge is meat. I buy ground turkey from Aldi’s and he likes it well enough but really prefers hamburger. What do all of you do if you want to buy beef? It is SO expensive these days.

    • Cindy says:

      We order a quarter of a cow every 2 years. When that ground beef runs I out, I shop the sales and stock up. For instance 80/20 ground beef is normally over $4.50/# at the grocery store. It was on sale for the Fourth of July for Less than $3/#. I happened to shop first thing in the morning and all of meat from the day before was marked down 20% off the sale prices, so I was able to buy 15 pounds for just over $30. I portion it into my Food Saver bags, vacuum seal and freeze.

      I also save by using less. My family likes homemade chili with beef, but I only use a half pound of ground beef for a big pot and no one notices there is only a little beef in there!

  • shininglight71 says:

    We shop at Aldi regularly. I’m thankful we have 2 nearby. I also shop at the Dollar Tree for condiments and other packaged and canned goods.

    • faith shook says:

      I as well shop at aldi’s. I have been shopping there for many years and have saved a ton on money. I live in florida and love having there stores here. Have never had ay problems with any of there products.

  • South Africa doesn’t use coupons much, and we also keep strictly kosher, trying to get my budget down was hard work, I now buy from a place called food lovers market, there fruit and veg are not the greatest quality but are very cheap and since I am buying once a week the vegetables don’t have to last long and when they run their bulk specials I buy and cut and freeze.

  • Teresa says:

    I think it really varies by area you live in. But here in California I have found Trader Joes to be the cheapest and freshest on veggies, dairy and many other items as well. I fill my cupboards with cheap back up items by visiting Grocery Outlet a couple times a month. No coupons needed there! Have found some great bargains there! Rarely have to go to regular grocery store any more.

  • Carole Edminson says:

    Ranch mom 1, try mixing 1/3 ground turkey with 2/3 ground beef after a few months go to 1/2 and 1/2. What I do to save money is never go to the store without a list. I make up a weekly menu and stick to it. I don’t use very many coupons because I make most things from scratch due to gluten issues.

  • rks says:

    buy on sale
    buy in season
    buy local produce from local people when you can
    do finish leftovers….soup in winter, salad in summer
    be creative
    make from scratch
    try new things, but be careful that your family will not balk completely.

  • Jen says:

    Nice article! I have shopped at Aldi for at least the past 3 decades. I am fortunate enough to live in an area where there are 3 of them within short driving distance from either work or home. I do like to support my local farmers during the summer, however, so I don’t buy a lot of produce from them in summer. I also go into a meat co-op with a friend and get meat for less money than I would pay at Aldi, so I don’t get a lot of meat there either. BUT, for everything else…YES! They even have extra-virgin olive oil now (I noticed in your article that you guy that elsewhere).

  • Janie says:

    Do you know the East Coast(VA) equaliant of Aldi’s? We have a Martin’s (giant) and Kroger one town over and a Shopper’s Value in town along with Food Lion and Walmart. Thanks!

  • Barbara says:

    Thanks for the nice post! I had never heard of Aldi, but it sounds like they are not in the SE/Mid-Atlantic region. I have a pretty big garden for some fruits such as figs and apples, and veggies such as peppers/garlic/eggplants, along with industrial quantities of tomatoes. We are able to have a year-round supply of all the above except eggplant for freezing/canning/dehydrating to prevent those high prices for peppers in the winter, for example. These also require very little work in the garden after they are planted, except occasional weeding and regular watering. We also grow some green beans, okra, peas, and winter greens, in particular chard, which grows all year long and remains productive even in heat and cold in our zone 8a weather. We also avoid meat and dairy for various reasons, so that trims our food budget quite a bit. Home cooking, as you mentioned, and avoiding processed foods (which limits couponing as you note) also make a huge difference. We buy cases of fruits in season and can/ preserve as jams or whole/cut up fruits, along with our figs. Have done the same with strawberries, but in our area, they require replanting every three years which adds to the workload, so doesn’t get done anymore. We also have raspberries, which come back year after year so are very easy. Sweet potatoes started in spring from a cut sweet potato can yield quite a lot in the fall as well and is fun to watch them grow! Agree with many of you about buying from local farmers in bulk and using up leftovers. That alone saves several meals per week that do not need to be made! Thanks again!

  • Amanda says:

    These are all great ideas, although I’m not giving up my couponing. Lol I just started in February and it’s become more part time job, less hobby. It’s paying for my college tuition. I’ve always made things from scratch more, rather than less, and that is a huge money saver. If I could garden on my patio (upstairs apartment dweller), that would be fantastic, but I can’t seem to get produce, just a lot of foliage, and not of the lettuce variety. I just learned of Swagbucks and so far, it’s great. Another to use is Shopkick. Keeping meals simple is very important. Simplicity is also usually cleaner, thus better for you. But do not forgo variety. Your body requires it. As I’ve learned the hard way via broken bones as a result of malnourishment.

  • Deb says:

    Aldi is great! I love everything about it from the specials to bagging your stuff to the quarter for the grocery cart!! Saves me lots of money.

  • Susan says:

    I have been to Aldi once and was a little turned off by the off-brand items. How are they compared to name brand canned items, etc?

    • Jen says:

      Hi Susan,

      I know you asked this question months ago, but I am willing to reply. I have shopped at Aldi for a couple of DECADES now. Don’t be turned off by off-brand items. Most of the items in the cans from Aldi are either the same quality, or even superior quality, from the name brand stuff! I once bought a can of mandarin oranges from another store, because I just happen to be there. I was disappointed because they contained seeds. I have yet to find the same thing at Aldi…Aldi mandarin oranges are superior.

      A few caveats though: I stay away from the liquid milk. I bought one once and it spoiled way too quickly. I also stay away from their nuts of any kind. I made cookies once with nuts in it. I bit down and literally cracked a tooth in half, because there was a partial nut shell in there. I also stay away from most of the frozen foods, as they (like frozen foods from ANY store) are loaded with salt, which my hubby can’t have much of. Their fresh fruits and veggies are hit and miss. Just look for good-looking freshness and you should be OK. But their canned goods, their fresh meats, cheeses, etc. are really decent. I encourage you to give it another try. I have saved probably thousands of dollars over the years by buying from them.

  • Jeannie Willis says:

    So Jealous! I LOVE Aldi but don’t have one near us. I remember my mom shopping at Aldi when I was a kid. When one opened up near us a few years ago I was so excited and wound up there almost every week. Then…. we moved- to a suburb of Austin, TX. And there is not one to be found within 3 hrs of us! Yep; the nearest one is in Waco, TX- nearly 3 hrs away (needless to say everytime we pass through on a road trip- we make a special trip) I have written the company several times to request them looking at the growth and demographics of this area- but I am still dreaming. Anyway- it is sometimes hard to read your posts singing their praises. I want to sing their praises too! I KNOW you are getting great deals and I miss that feeling!

  • Kandy says:

    I also shop at Aldi for everything except Milk (my son and I drink raw from farmer) and eggs we get from a friend. I also like shopping at Sprouts Market (Franklin TN and Murfreesboro TN). Farmers markets too. Some items at Publix and Kroger. IF you go to Papa Murphys Pizza 30 min before they close, they have great deals. And save on nights out with Groupon. Haven’t used Amazon for shipped household stuff yet as I use Dollar General. Switched to pods for clothes and dishes, we don’t use too much this way. Love your blog

  • Amy says:

    I wonder if Aldi is different, depending on where you live? Based on different recommendations, I tried shopping at Aldi near me, but hated it! First, I spent about the same amount I would’ve spent at Publix. Granted, I am a big BOGO shopper, and base my menus around the Publix sales flyers, but I only bought things at Aldi that I regularly buy at Publix, and for which I know the prices pretty well. The only things I found to be cheaper were milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. (and my husband was not happy with me for buying cheap eggs!) I even double checked the receipts against Publix receipts from the week before.

    Also, the store smelled TERRIBLE! Like a bad mix of chemicals. I left with a terrible headache, and remembered that smell from the last time I’d been in an Aldi, on the other side of town.

    So all this leaves me curious as to whether I’m just in a bad area for Aldi, or if smart shopping is the great equalizer. For me, I think I’ll just go in when I’m looking for cheap spices.

  • Caroline Wade says:

    I absolutely love ALDI, I’ve been shopping there for almost 17 years. I do kind of miss when ALDI was a secret though. It can get really crowded now a days. We also try to buy everything possible from ALDI and use other grocery stores for what ALDI doesn’t carry. Just an FYI ALDI has a money back guarantee, no questions ask. It use to be money back and replace the product. I’m not sure if they still do both.

    Lidl has also opened some stores in our city but I haven’t shopped there yet although I’ve heard great things about it.

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