I love grocery shopping. Love, love, love, love…. LOVE! Not like…. LOVE! (OK, had to throw in a little Lion King humor in their for you.) But seriously though, if I could only do one type of shopping for the rest of my life, it would be for groceries. Grocery shopping makes me feel super calm and excited about what the week will bring in regards to food. There’s so much out there and so many options, it just makes me incredibly happy.
Like any crazy, slightly internet savvy woman of this day, I am a wee-bit addicted to Pinterest. If you follow Pinterest at all, then I’m sure you’ve seen any number of pins involving grocery budgets and how to save money here and there. I know I have. They come in spurts on my feed of pins. Some that I found to be particularly interesting involve a little store called Aldi.
I shopped at Aldi when I was in college. It was great. Several options, great prices for a broke college kid. Of course, that was roughly eight or nine years ago. (Insert annoying “oh my word, I’m so old” complaints here.) And from what I remember of it, it has changed a lot in those years since I bought groceries from Aldi in college.
Now, the information I had seen previously on Pinterest didn’t inspire me to shop there at the time. What did inspire me? Seeing a post on Facebook from a friend who only spent $60 on quite a bit of food to go with her Whole 30 meal plan for the week. After reading her post, I did a little more looking around and discovered that Aldi now offers quite a few organic food options that are still cheaper than buying generic Walmart foods, including organic fresh produce.
Mondays are my shopping day and I decided to use my weekly budget to stock up at my local Aldi. I spent $51.06 (including tax and 2 plastic Aldi bags to bring my groceries home with.)
- Package of 3 Romaine Hearts
- 3 lb bag of Granny Smith Apples
- 5 lb bag Yukon Gold Potatoes
- 2 lb bag sweet Vidalia Onions
- 2.5 lb celery
- 3 Green Bell Peppers
- 1 bag Baby Carrots
- 3 Zucchini
- 3 Avocados
- 8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms
- 8 oz Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese block
- 8 oz Pepper Jack Cheese block
- 12 oz Jumbo Raw Shrimp
- 1 can (10.5 oz) Cream of Chicken Soup
- 1 can (10.5 oz) Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 2 cans (10 oz) Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
- 1 can (28 oz) Organic Diced Tomatoes
- 1 jar (28 oz) Organic Marinara Sauce
- 1 jar (28 oz) Organic Tomato Basil Sauce
- 1 bag (32 oz) Black Beans
- 1 canister (20 oz) California Raisins
- 1 canister (24 oz) Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats
- 1 loaf Cinnamon Raisin Bread
- 1 bag Exotic Vegetable Chips
That’s 25 items, 27 if you include the two 10 cent bags I purchased as well.
As this was my first trip to Aldi in almost nine years, I decided to make the trip during baby’s nap time. I wanted to be able to take my time and really look around at the products and offerings. Boy, am I glad I did. I love being able to take my time and concentrate on what’s in front of me instead of also having to entertain a wiggly little boy at the same time. (Come on moms, you know exactly what I’m talking about here.)
Being able to take my time also helped me stay at my $50 limit for the week, which is fantastic as we’re trying to save money. Another reason I stayed at my budget was the meat still in my freezer that needs to be used. As I’m sure you noticed, the only “meat” in my list is a small bag of shrimp. (I love shrimp, I couldn’t resist!) I’m still looking forward to all the fun meal enhancers I was able to purchase as well as the nice array of healthy snack options for my family.
I feel I should also warn you that not all Aldis are created equally. Not all carry every available organic item. So please keep that in mind. Also, make sure you bring a quarter with you to use one of the shopping carts. (Never fear! You get back when you return your cart!) And be prepared to use a debit card. I have read that some Aldi stores are taking credit cards now, however, my local store does not. (Thank goodness I put money in my account and brought my debit card with me!) One last thing, you need to bring your own grocery bags or buy them from the store. Or you can nab some of the free boxes they have to put your stash in and take home.
If this post inspires you to shop at Aldi, and I hope it does, please share with me your excellent savings in the comments below!