When you are a single-income family, you look for ways to “cut corners” and make ends meet in order to stay under budget. It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that a family of eight can, quite quickly, rack up a hefty grocery bill in little-to-no time.
I went through a phase where I LOVED to clip coupons. And, when I can find the time, I still love to match up sales to coupons and save loads of money. (I’m looking at you, Target!) Unfortunately, lately it seems like I don’t have the time and energy to dedicate to clipping coupons like I used to. Homeschooling, infant, toddler, housework, etc. The daily to-do list is never ending.
What’s a frugal gal to do??
Here is where ALDI comes into the picture. 🙂 ALDI is my one-stop grocery shop and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit addicted. These are my TOP TEN reasons I love ALDI!
1. Price: I love that I can stay under budget while buying a HUGE cart full of groceries. I’m not lying to you when I say I can comfortably spend $200 every other week on healthy groceries (obviously frozen pizzas and ice cream don’t fall into this “healthy” category but, hey, at least the majority is healthy) for our family of eight.
2. Store layout: When you walk into ALDI, you notice that the aisles are wiiiiiide and open. This is excellent when you have a gaggle of children tagging along for a shopping trip. ALDI keeps their set-up simple and clean. They don’t constantly change around where things are located. I can arrange my shopping list in order of which items I will pass first, second, third, etc. which helps me save time!
3. Fast checkout: Not only are ALDI’s aisles easy to navigate, but their checkouts are VERY fast (something that ALDI is well-known for)! Which, might I add, is very important when you are shopping with young children. 😉
4. Fresh produce: ALDI always has a variety of fresh produce available. Obviously this can vary depending on the season, but for the most part I can always get the produce I need. Everything from peppers, to bananas, to kale, to kiwis.
5. Organic selection: Tagging along with #3 is the super sweet fact that ALDI’s organic (and non-GMO) selection is affordable! Not only that, but I heard from an ALDI representative that they are planning on continuing to grow their organic selection. I try to buy organic whenever possible, especially when it comes to making family favorites, like chili. Right now I can buy organic canned beans, organic canned tomatoes, organic ground beef, and organic tortilla chips for less than what it would cost me to buy the same conventional food items at Walmart.
6. Special buys: I am guilty of serving the same meals over and over again (my kids groan when I mention we are having spaghetti for supper, again). In an effort to provide a larger variety of meals for my family, I have been meal planning and leaving meal spots open for ALDI’s “special buys”. Sometimes I will get salmon, or an oriental frozen meal. The great thing about the special buys is that they help me keep our meals fun and different, which means my kids get to taste and try new things.
7. ALDI store brand: Their store-brand items taste just as good, if not better, than name-brand items. Our favorites are their spaghetti sauces and, on the very rare occasion, root beer.
8. One-stop shop: I can literally buy all of my groceries I need at ALDI. Anything from diapers, to kitchen sponges, to flowers. When I go grocery shopping at Target or Walmart, I often run across things I “need” but hadn’t planned on buying (*ahem* I may or may not be addicted to the DVD bargain bins in the electronics department). At ALDI, that temptation isn’t there, meaning I’m able to stay within my budget. (It also means my kids won’t begging for anything and everything they see when we pass the toy aisles at other stores.)
9. Eco-friendly: You need to either bring your own grocery bags or you have to buy them. I think this helps create consumer responsibility. No one wants to buy bags, so in a way this forces the customer to bring their own bags to the store, which results in less plastic waste. You also have the option to use their cardboard item display boxes (usually found in a big metal “crate” in some aisles) to put your groceries in after checking out. I love recycling/reusing!
10. The price: I know this was my #1, but seriously, this is the one thing that made a difference for me and my family. I cannot stress how much money you can save by shopping ALDI! It definitely makes living on one income very doable.
So the next time you go grocery shopping, grab a quarter (because you have to “pay” a quarter to use their carts… don’t worry, you’ll get it back when you return the cart) and head to your local ALDI. I really think you should give this unique store a try! Let me know if ALDI helps you and your family save money! 🙂