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