I’ve only been married for three years, but in that short time I have learned quite a bit about how to save money. One of the first and biggest ways to save money in a family is with food. The most important thing is to consider is eating at home…and therefore being smart when you go grocery shopping. The most important part of grocery shopping is menu planning.
First I started couponing, which of course lead to stockpiling in order to make it worth while. That worked for a really long time and was awesome when I had a years worth of diapers before my son was even born. But speaking of my son, I began no longer having time to go through coupons and sales ads after he was born…especially not while working a full time job.
And then an Aldi grocery store was built five minutes away from my house.
I’ll admit it, at first I was skeptical of the quality of products. But then I went on a few shopping trips and realized I could really save my family some money!
Give these items a try at Aldi:
Dry snacks-graham crackers, vanilla wafers, goldfish/penguins(my new family favorite),chips, cookies, raisins, etc.
All of these are off brand, but they are just as good if not better than the national brand that you would find at other grocery stores. They are all super cheap and are a wonderful way to give your kids a healthy snack without breaking the bank.
Beverages- juices, wines, sodas
stick with the 100% juices for the good deals. They even have some national brands of soda in their aisles for a bit cheaper than anywhere else.
Dairy Products- milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream
I don’t buy my milk, yogurt, and cheese anywhere else now. We have to buy a gallon of 1% for my husband and I and a half gallon of whole milk for my son at least every two weeks so I’m always down for saving money there. I also like to buy blocks of cheese, cutting them into chunks for easy snacking instead of buying the pre-packaged cubes of cheese or string cheese. Yogurt is also about .40 a cup for the off brand at Aldi all the time. That’s the sale price that I would buy it at Kroger! Score!
I love all their frozen products! Ice cream, cool whip, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, pizza, fruit, breakfast foods, you name it and I’ve probably bought it. It’s all awesome and affordable!
Aldi has a great line of organic food that is truly wonderful. I haven’t tried everything but my favorite right now is their large jars of applesauce. My son goes through applesauce like it’s his job and I love that I can give him unsweetened applesauce. I’m also super impressed with their gluten free line of food. It’s awesome that they have an affordable option for dietary restrictions.
The one thing that I also want to recommend but not without caution is the produce. Most of the produce is good quality and at an affordable price. The only piece of advice I can give with the produce is to make sure you are planning to use it within the week that you buy it, because it sometimes ripens quickly (especially the fruit).
What I try to do is plan my menu for the week
before I go grocery shopping and then buy the produce I need. I also prep the fresh fruit to make it easier for snacking right out of the fridge. But, to offset that they have a deal that if your produce goes bad before the sell by date, you can take it back to the store and get two of the item back.
So, if you’re like me and don’t have the time for coupons but need to save money give Aldi a try 🙂
I have bought the same amount of stuff that would normally cost $300-$350 at Kroger that costs $150 without using any coupons. I haven’t even gotten into talking about their household products either!
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