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No matter where you are on your financial journey, everyone loves great money saving tips for everyday expenses like groceries. It seems like no matter how I budget, the total at checkout is always higher than I expect.
The USDA calculates that a family of four should spend from $146 to $289 per week on groceries. That’s $7,592 to $15,028 per year! I’m sure we all agree that saving money on groceries is very important.
You may remember that I have mentioned before that I am not a fan of grocery shopping. It takes so much time and it’s just not a fun activity for me.
I tend to like smaller grocery stores as I feel like I am able to get in and out faster. That was the attraction to try my local Aldi store. I have to tell you that I am hooked.
Two things immediately stood out to me: the produce was fresh and much less expensive than my local store and the stores are relatively small and easy to navigate.
I have found that shopping at Aldi really can save you money. The many items on my list are consistently less expensive than what I experienced at my local grocery store. However, this may not be your one-stop grocery store; it is a little different in that it doesn’t carry everything.
As a little history:
Aldi is store that originated in Germany and was started by two brothers. The business eventually split into two separate groups and also owns the Trader Joe’s stores.
Like Trader Joes, Aldi mostly carries its own brands. However, there are some local (and regional) brands, especially in the dairy case. But don’t be afraid to experiment. Truthfully, I have never purchased anything there that I was dissatisfied with.
However, they do offer a generous return policy if you are unhappy with anything. If you don’t like something you may return it. Aldi has a double back guarantee so if you return something you will get a replacement and also get your money back.
One way that Aldi keeps their overhead down and prices low is that they don’t provide free shopping bags. So you will need to bring your own shopping bags or purchase them at check out for six cents each.
Your Local Store:
Be sure to investigate your local store hours as Aldi is not open 24 hours like other grocery stores. The grocery carts operate on a rental system where you insert a quarter and the cart is released from a chain system. Return the cart for your quarter when you are finished.
There are weekly ads and specials and you can grab a flyer in store or visit the Aldi.us website in advance.
Features & Benefits:
One feature that I love about Aldi is that the stores have a consistent layout. It’s so nice to know where things are. Also, the stores are compact and well organized – which I love.
Aldi also has a huge selection of Gluten-free and Organic foods. Their natural/organic line is named Simply Natural and their gluten-free food are live gFree.
You don’t need to coupon to save money at Aldi. They also have a lot more than just groceries. Just like any mainstream supermarket, Aldi carries an assortment of random non-food items.
I’ve also found many new things that I now love and can only get at Aldi. They have fabulous coffee and plenty of produce and healthy stuff this vegetarian loves. Their artisan style pizzas are delicious (and under $3.00) and they have pints of ice cream that are amazing. Some stores also carry wine and I’ve found bottles that are under $3.00 that are divine.
So, can shopping at Aldi really save you money? The answer is yes. Shopping there has significantly cut down on my weekly grocery expense from my very first visit. I know we all like money saving tips and this is a great one. So, do yourself a favor and try Aldi today.