It’s a well-known fact that I love Aldi. Not only do I shop at my local Aldi, but I search for an Aldi whenever I travel. I just recently returned from a Florida vacation, and yes, I bought all my vacay food needs at a nearby Aldi. I served myself breakfast, lunch and the occasional dinner for three and a half weeks for only $105 (that’s $4.38 a day!)
Since I started food shopping at Aldi over 4-5 years ago, my current food bill has dropped over 18.3% from $600 a month (for two people) down to $490. By simply buying the same exact food at Aldi vs a large supermarket chain I not only eat better, but I live better. For less money. The nearest Aldi to my home is 12 miles away. When you’re a frugal fanatic like me, you calculate how far your nearest, cost-efficient grocery store is. The 24 mile round trip costs me a gallon of gas @$2.39, plus a $1.25 one-way bridge toll. That’s a total of $3.64 I have to spend before I even buy a single-stick of food. So, I had better be wise and frugal and make careful food choices accordingly.
Thankfully, where Aldi is, so are other stores, so I make it a lovely afternoon of shopping to make the trip worthwhile. Hubby loves coming with me because we have a lot of fun. Yes! Saving money is a lot of fun! There’s a Wal Mart, Target, Dollar Store, Macy’s, Panera and McDonald’s (for a quick bite, if need be) several gas stations (that sell gas 30 cents less) and some other grocery stores such as Hannaford, Shop Rite and a local family-owned super gourmet chain (Similar to Whole Foods) that offers local meats, poultry, seafood, veggies and fruits (as well as a bakery to die for) deli department, chocolate & candy department, pre-cooked meals (their soups are divine!) and selected specialty treasures from all around the world!
I buy my cut-up whole chickens(@$2.49 lb), hand-made turkey sausage (@$3.49 lb) from this gourmet store vs Aldi because I do like to support our local farmers. I buy my garlic here vs Aldi’s imports from China and when in season, I get my apples, fresh strawberries, tomatoes and just-picked vegetables at the gourmet store. I pay a high premium for these products but I don’t care about price when I am in this store. I am supporting my local purveyors and without them, we’d all starve IMHO. I do buy chicken cutlets ($1.69 lb) and tenderloins at Aldi because the quality is good and the prices are super low. Aldi is known for their superb pork products (baby back ribs, pulled pork) so I get my pork fix filled at Aldi. My monthly food budget of $490 includes what I purchase at this gourmet store. The money I save at Aldi, I feel, offsets what I spend else where. As much as I love Aldi, I can not buy EVERYTHING there.
A reader of my blog, Penny, had written to me a few weeks ago asking me to talk about what I buy at Aldi, what I like about Aldi and how much do I spend. Since I just got back from my vacay, I did a super shopping spree this morning, with hubby in tow. Rather than just talk or write about it, I decided that pictures speak 1000 words. So, I took a few shots of my fridge, pantry and shelves which I hope will give you a good idea of what I buy at Aldi. Practically everything I get is healthy, organic when possible or Fit & Active. I do go to Shop Rite twice a year, when they have their famous Can Can sale. (click here to find out how I shop the Can Can sale) I buy cases of Tuttorosso tomatoes @.77 a can, Ronzoni pastas @.77 a box, Botticelli virgin olive oil @$7.99 for 67.6 fl oz, assorted cans of beans @.59 a can. I buy a six month supply of each. We’re Italian and we cook a big Italian dinner every Sunday, so these staples are necessary to buy in bulk. The beans? Not so much, so I have been buying them back at Aldi.
You won’t find any bread, cake, chips or crap in my house. (in the summer I buy frozen fruit bars) Aldi sells these products but we don’t buy it. The choice is up to you. Hubby has to watch his weight because of his heart condition. I’m happy to report that I lost 15 pounds recently and am well on my way of living a much better and healthier lifestyle (yes, I’ll do a post on it very soon). People used to think Aldi sold low-quality foods (I’m guilty as charged) but they have happily kept up with modern times. None of their foods contain high fructose corn syrup and Aldi is very cautious about food dyes and preservatives. They carry gluten-free products as well as many organic choices and items from their Fit & Active line. All while saving you money!
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I just like to follow Aldi. Period.
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