I’m starting a new hashtag movement! #AldiIsMyJam
I shared this post on Facebook several weeks back, but I feel it bears repeating! I started shopping at Aldi a little over a year ago. I had just become a stay at home mom, was trying to revolutionize our budget while also revolutionize our eating. Something had to give. Trying to eat “fresh”, “clean”, “healthy”, “organic” – were sending my Kroger trips into the $300’s for two weeks for a family of 3! No Bueno.
I had tried Aldi a few times for a few things in the past and was turned off. Most everything is generic, there are few aisles, and the produce (now my FAV section) seemed questionable. I had heard other people rave about this place, but at first I was not terribly impressed. A girl at work used to always say “Labels are for clothes…”
I decided to really give Aldi a good try when I committed to clean eating with the 21 Day Fix. I knew my budget couldn’t handle triple the produce from Kroger – so I went there in search of some deals.
The things you need to know abou Aldi are:
- You most likely won’t fulfill 100% of your grocery shopping there. (I get about 85% of mine there and pick up the rest at target or Kroger).
- It’s trial and error. Somethings will be awesome, some will be awful, and some will be so-so. You won’t know what’s what to you until you try. Good news is, if you don’t like something you try, chances are it wasn’t that expensive to begin with 😉
- The produce is hit and miss. Sometimes there are packages of moldy strawberries. (Yuck!) – but I move those out of the way and “dig” for my good ones. We’re talking $1.29 per package sometimes! Almost $2 less than Kroger! Sometimes there are flies (although I’ve seen those in most major retailers too). My point is sometimes the certain packages of produce may be sub par- just move along and find the other delicious ones waiting for you!
- Meat. This one is tricky. I’m already picky about my meats. Don’t serve me the Hercules of chickens and tell me it’s “natural”. That goes for any grocery retailer. So same goes for Aldi fresh chicken.** I buy the frozen chicken at Aldi and I’ve noticed its water content is slightly higher. I buy the frozen ground turkey (but I’ve also bough fresh). I buy their steak. I’ve have bought their chicken legs (I got a 12 pack for like $2.69). I’m allergic to pork- so I can’t help you there. But I do buy their turkey bacon! My point is, just like the produce, just do some quality checks and you’ll be good!
- Bring your own bags! Yes, you can buy some or use their empty boxes- but it’s a whole lot easier to bag your own Groceries if you have bags.
- Don’t forget your quarter! You need a quarter to “rent” a buggy. You get it back when the buggy is returned ☺️👍🏻
So here’s my original post from Facebook- this is my “Haul”- two weeks worth of groceries for my whole family for LESS than $200!
And this folks is why Aldi has saved my grocery budget over the last few years… $170 for TWO weeks worth of groceries for my FAMILY. (Yes I meal plan and grocery shop two weeks at a time… It’s easier for me that way) 👍🏻☺️
Do you like fresh produce? Can’t beat their prices!! SEE how much I got? Need me to list it so you have a better idea?
I in no way have been paid or asked to advertise/endorse this LOL! I just like saving money and thought my friends might too 😉
- 2 Heads of Cabbage
- 3 Heads of Cauliflower
- 2 Heads of Broccoli
- 2 Bags Baby Carrots
- 3 Green Bell Peppers
- 3 Tri-Colored Bell Peppers
- 1 Bag of Sweet Mini Peppers
- 2 Bags Sweet Onions
- 6 Roma Tomatoes
- 2 Pints Cherry Tomatoes
- 4 Yellow Squash
- 5 Zucchini
- 2 Bags Spinach
- 2 Bags Butter Lettuce
- 2 Packages of Strawberries
- 4 Pints of Blueberries
- 2 Bunches of Bananas
- 1 Bag Gala Apples
- 1 Bag of Grapes
- 2 Top Sirloin Steaks
- 2 Bags Frozen Chicken
- 4 Lbs Ground Turkey
- 1 Package of Turkey Bacon
- 1 Lb Smoked Ham Lunch Meat
- Package of Sliced Provolone Cheese
- Large Bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 2 Blocks of Colby Jack Cheese
- Kraft Sliced American Cheese
- 2 Loaves of Bread
- 2 Large Bags of Almonds
- 1 Package of Tortilla Shells
- 3 Bags of Kettle Chips
- Large Box of Mixed Oatmeal
- 12 Applesauce Pouches
- 8 Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
- 2 Bags of Goldfish
- 2 Packets of Taco Seasoning
- 2 Boxes of Protein Granola Bars
- 1 Package Flour Tortilla Shells
- 1 Package of Pasta
- 1 Box Honey Nut Cheerios
- 1 Jar Pasta Sauce
- 1 Jar Pesto
- 1 Jar Minced Garlic
- 2 Cans Mandarin Oranges
- 2 Cans Sliced Peaches
- 1 Can of Corn
- 1 Can of Black Beans
- 1 Large Can of Enchilada Sauce
- 2 Rolls Paper Towels
- 1 Bottle of White Wine
- 1 Box Sandwich Bags
** EDIT: my last trip to Aldi I noticed they added organic hormone free fresh chicken breasts to their meat section. And these were appropriately sized I might add. I will be trying those this week and will let you know! 🙂
They are adding new things each week! They have an extensive gluten free line. They just expanded their baby product selection. I’m telling you- TRY-IT-OUT!