Get Your Nose Out of the Air and Shop at Aldi

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When I was a kid, my mom used to ask my sister and I, “Who wants to go out for ice cream?” Of course we both jumped up with our hands stretched high, “I do I do I do!!” Somehow I always forgot that this was only a ploy to get us to willingly go along with her to run errands (which I absolutely hated). In the end we did get our ice cream, but only after a trip to the discount grocery store, the oil change place, and dollar store.

When we used to walk through the discount grocery store (typically Save-A-Lot or Aldi), I really didn’t think much of it. All grocery stores seemed the same to me as a kid. There was food on the shelves, and there were people picking and choosing what they needed for the upcoming week. Today, however, life is different. I’m 28 years old and most of my friends are concerned about their status in life. “If I shopped at Aldi, what would people think of me?” This is the real question that I feel is on most people’s minds. They also wonder what type of weird people must be walking around a discount grocery store. If only they knew the savings they were passing up each week.

The True Savings at Aldi

In the past few years, I have purchased groceries at Walmart, Meijer, Family Fare, and Aldi, and if I had to make the choice between the four, I would most definitely choose Aldi every day of the week.

Save My Time

Do you know how little time it really takes me to do my grocery shopping at Aldi? From the time I get out of my car to the time I get back into it with the trunk full of groceries, it takes me 7 minutes. Yup, 7 minutes – it’s not a typo. It would probably take me 7 minutes to walk through the parking lot at a huge place like Walmart.

Save My Breakfast

I have seen many interesting clothing choices worn by people that shop at Walmart and Meijer. Mainly, the amount of fabric never seems to be quite enough to cover the necessary amount of skin. It’s pretty gross. It may surprise you, but I have seen nothing but classy people shopping at Aldi. They aren’t rich, but they are always respectably dressed. My cookies always stay down much better there than when I am at the big box grocery stores.

Save My Dollars

I have shopped around many times, and Aldi almost always has the cheapest price on each product I’m searching for. My healthy cereal is less than $2.00. My bag of almonds is only $4.00. And, my milk is always $2.29 per gallon. My wallet enjoys Aldi very much.

In case you don’t believe my subjective findings, take a look at the table Kimberly Danger put together from her recent shopping trips:

It’s quite simple. Aldi wins every time.

The Aldi Revolution

I’m proud of my grocery savings, and I always tell everyone how much I love Aldi. In fact, I have taken some people with me when they can’t believe that I can get my groceries in 7 minutes total. I’m happy to say that they are now Aldi lovers as well. I already have two converts. πŸ™‚

Will you get your nose out of the air and start shopping at a discount grocery store?

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Derek

AUTHOR Derek

My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

17 Comments

  1. Wow! Great examples of savings at the grocery store by just shopping around a little. I don’t have an Aldi near me but I’ll keep that in mind when I travel. Our local grocery store, Publix, frequently has great buy one get one deals on slow days like tuesdays. Another option to check out.
    MonicaOnMoney recently posted..$25 August Giveaway and Goals!

    • Glad you liked them Monica. πŸ™‚ When I used to live in Florida, Publix was also the place to go, but it always felt relatively expensive to me at the time. I bet there is a cheaper place somewhere. Let me know if you find something – I would love to pass on the info to my readers!

  2. Me and the Mrs. feel the same about Aldi too! It helps us feed ourselves and the 4 kids just as well on virtually the same products, for a lot cheaper.
    My in-laws say they “don’t have enough time to go there”, but meanwhile they’ll spend literally $100-$150/month more than we do, and they only have 2 kids that are the same age as our own. One weekend my sister-in-law went to 3 different stores, and spent more than we did going to Aldi’s.
    The other benefit you get, is that you don’t have to go through a bunch of coupons to try and save more. I’m not sure if they even accept them in all honesty.
    My wife manages to pay for groceries, and 2 early morning movies for all 6 of us, with the same amount of money that we used to spend at the other stores.

    PS: You should try the Raisin Bran that they carry. It tastes really good to me and our oldest 2 kiddos.
    Chris recently posted..Bankruptcy filing and Detroit woes

    • I can’t say I really understand the “don’t have enough time” excuse. Is it far away or something? Because it certainly doesn’t take more time to get in and out of the store! I’m glad you are responsible with your grocery shopping though. I’ll support your beliefs! πŸ™‚

  3. I have also been shopping there for several years. I have certain items I get there on a regular basis that save me money. For example, cereal, cheese, crackers, cookies, frozen juice, fruit, canned veggies, toilet paper, dish soap, box noodles, etc. I figure I save $30-40 dollars each time I shop there.

    • All great products that will be cheaper at Aldi. You know what I love most though? The fast cashiers! When I go to Meijer, I get so annoyed because the cashiers are unbelievably slow in comparison!

  4. We shop at Aldi’s from time to time as the location is not the most convenient for us. That said, we have no problem shopping there as you usually can get a nice savings and is quicker to get through. You can’t beat the prices – especially on things like produce. We typically go to Wal-Mart as that’s closest, but our choice of clothing is better than what you typically see. πŸ™‚
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..How Guilty Are You of Food Waste?

    • Maybe it would be worth it for you to stock up on the non-perishables when you go to Aldi. In other words, shop for 2 or 3 weeks instead of just one. Your savings would be huge!

  5. I love Aldis! It’s a great store, with low prices. I also love being able to shop the whole store in under 30 minutes.
    Michelle recently posted..July Goals and Life Update

    • Exactly! I actually enjoy bringing people with me to show them the awesomeness of the store. πŸ˜‰

    • Yep. The only problem is, most of those store sell in bulk only. Yes, you get your savings, but you have to buy a ton of food! Hopefully they’ll span your way soon.

  6. I LOVE Aldi’s. I can get most everything on my list and for a lot less than offered at the larger chains. I have no problem telling my ‘rich’ friends that I shop there.

  7. My Dad was part owner of a Save-a-Lot when I was growing up, so we always shopped there. I like the no nonsense and not having to choose between 500 brands of cereal. I would love it if there were one of those or an Aldi here. I generally choose the Kroger affiliate so as to avoid the Wal Mart crowd. I’m glad I’m not the only one who notices how much flesh hangs out there! I actually saw an enormous lady riding on one of those scooter carts eating a bucket of fried chicken while she shopped. That just about did it for me.
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..A Long Term Investment Plan for Future Retirees

    • Lol! Good ol Walmart crowd huh? At the very least, it always seems to give you a story to tell, whether you wanted one or not… πŸ˜‰


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