Come Shop with Me: Aldi

I have a new love…and her name is Aldi 🙂 I don’t know why it took me so long to realize this grocery store’s greatness, but I am now on the bandwagon and loving it!

Aldi is a great grocery store for anyone trying to eat healthier or just to save some money. Here’s why:

  • Great produce
  • Great meat
  • Many organic options
  • Reasonably priced
  • Not too many temptations because the selection is limited

I was able to reduce my weekly grocery bill from about $65 to around $40 – that’s about $100 a month that I save just by shopping at Aldi!

First off, here are some things you should know about Aldi if you have never been. While on the surface, Aldi looks just like any other grocery store it does have a few eccentricities you should know about!

  • To get a cart you’re going to need a quarter. To save money and make sure carts return to the front of the store Aldi has a system where you insert a quarter into the cart to unlock it. You use the cart to shop and get everything to your car and then you have to return it, relock the cart, and get your quarter back. I keep a quarter in my car door just for my Aldi trips!
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Don’t judge my dirty car door!! 🙂 This lone quarter sits right here in my door pocket until it’s time to go to Aldi!
  • Bring reusable shopping bags. Shopping bags are available, but they cost money. 10 cents for plastic and 5 cents for paper.
  • You have to bag your own groceries. Cashiers are there is do one thing…ring up your order. You are responsible for bagging your groceries once you check out. They do give you a nice counter space after checkout to do your bagging.
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The bags of groceries that I bagged myself. I actually like bagging my own stuff because I can group items together. All the cold stuff together…all the meat together, etc. Also, those bags cost me 10 cents each, but I reuse them until they get a hole in them. I just have to remember to take the bags with me!
  • The selection is limited. Some people might see this as a bad thing, but I really like it. It makes things much simpler and I am not tempted to try something new (and something that I possibly shouldn’t be buying anyway!) There are some times where Aldi doesn’t have something I want. But, I would estimate that only happens about once every 4th or 5th trip. In that case, I still might run to another store…or not. It makes me think about how important that item is and whether I really need it.

In addition to giving you an overview of Aldi, I also wanted to share with you the meal plan I have for this week, what I bought at Aldi, and how much I spent. That way you can get an idea of how it works, what the items look like, and how much I save.

Here is my meal plan for this week:

Monday – Dinner: Spicy Crock Pot Pork Lettuce Boats (Recipe coming soon!)

Tuesday – Dinner: Leftovers

Wednesday – Lunch: Salad, Dinner: Grilled Chicken with Broccoli

Thursday – Lunch: Salad, Dinner: Leftovers

Friday – Lunch: Salad, Dinner: Leftovers

(Just FYI: I didn’t need lunch on Monday/Tuesday because I will be in meetings at work that provide food.)

Here is the produce that I bought:

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All the produce shown here cost $19.67. This will cover all the lunches and dinners that I have planned. If I have any bell pepper or onion leftover I plan to dice them up and freeze them for use in later recipes. Also, I have more limes then I need for my pork recipe – so I plan to use them in my water!

Here is the protein that I bought:

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All my protein for the week costs $14.76. The eggs were only 58 cents! Every time I buy eggs my mind is blown. My plan is to hard boil some eggs for my salads.

So, in total, this week’s shopping trip costs $34.43. I think that is pretty good! I do realize that I am only shopping for one person, but I am pretty sure the cost would be proportional if you were shopping for more people.

A lot of people often ask me how the quality is at Aldi since everything is cheaper. Honestly, I have never had an issue with anything I have ever bought there. The food tastes delicious and if you didn’t know I shopped at Aldi you would never be able to tell the difference between what I get at Aldi versus other stores.

If you have an Aldi near you I encourage you to try it! Let me know how much you end up saving! Or if you already know the greatness of Aldi, are there items that are must haves? Do you have any tips or tricks? I would love to hear from you 🙂

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