I don’t know about you, but I’m always trying to find the grocery store that will give me the most bang for my buck. A few extra dollars left over from groceries means extra money for eating out, shopping at Target, or saving up for that nice mixer I’ve been dreaming of. And, I might have just found my match! I’ll give you a guess… this store is a relative of Trader Joes! Gluten free groceries are much more expensive than other grocery shopping since the majority of the foods are meats, vegetables and nuts. But this store makes it much easier to afford these kinds of groceries each week.
Looks can be decieving…
If you haven’t guessed it already, the store I’m starting to love is, Aldi. And yes, it is not the prettiest inside. When I walk in, I see lots of boxes of food, nothing has flashy advertising, it’s really not beautiful. But does it matter?? I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for a nice looking grocery store. Whole Foods? So upscale! Wegmans? So colorful! But when you save a boatload of money each month… it might be worth switching around your priorities a little… and here’s why.
Wait, but how cheap is Aldi?
Really cheap… 40% cheaper than even Walmart groceries according to this site. I bought enough groceries for 2 weeks and spent way less than I expected. I’m the kind of person who usually buys what I know need at the grocery store and then holds her breath as she waits for the cashier to say the price. I usually expect 2 weeks to be somewhere around $200 and often a little bit over. I was shocked when I saw $139 on the screen.
Ok, but aren’t they discount groceries?
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a food snob. I can’t deal with buying food that is after the sell by date, or food that looks anything less than delicious. But that’s not what Aldi is… they keep their prices low in other ways without compromising on food safety or sell by dates. They call themselves a discount store but everything I bought was just the same quality, if not better than what I would buy at my local grocery store.
Aldi even has an extensive organic selection. Discount organic food? I’m in! Still not convinced? They also recently announced that they were no longer sell items with partially hydrogenated oils, artificial and synthetic coloring, or added MSG (as it says here).
How are their prices so low? They must be cutting corners somewhere!
Here are some ways that they keep the prices low:
- They put out entire boxes of food like in a warehouse format without making it look pretty
- You pay a quarter for your cart so that you remember to put it back when you are done shopping. You get your quarter back when you put the quarter back.
- They don’t give you bags, so you have to bring your own
- They only hire about 10 people per store because their checkout lines are so fast, they don’t need a cart collector, and they don’t need many people to stock shelves.
My Favorite Things About Aldi
#1: The lines go super fast… like so fast I can barely put my food up on the belt fast enough. Aldi has a great system for keeping lines moving. They just put/throw your items into your cart and you bag them yourself at the counter a few feet away. Genius.
#2: You can buy more than just gluten free groceries there. They have super cheap home items like that cute snake plant I found and the shoe rack I bought last week for $8!
#3: They have a great organic food selection, especially frozen fruit for my morning smoothies.
#4: They have really cheap almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans and other kinds of nuts.
#5: They are so cheap that I have $60 left over this week! YESSSSS…now what DIY project can I use that $60 for next? 😀
My favorite Aldi Finds:
What’s your favorite Aldi find? Let me know in the comments below!