Aldi Haul | My Favorite Foods To Buy
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that Aldi is one of my favorite places to shop for groceries. A few years ago, you wouldn’t find me near one of the stores; however, since their recent renovations and organization of all of the stores and products, I’ve become a big fan. I’m all about budgeting, and Aldi let’s me do that without sacrificing quality on many of their foods. If you find that you’ve spent too much money trying to buy healthier options, this may help you out.
There are a few things you need to know before you go shopping:
You need a quarter to grab a cart. Don’t worry. When you put the cart back, you get your quarter back.
BYOB, as in bring your own bags. I really like this idea of not being so wasteful on plastic bags. You can bring bags that you already have at home, or purchase some from Aldi for less that $1. Sometimes, you can just grab empty boxes or containers from the shelves of the store and use them as well.
You bag your own groceries. This is a very typical concept for me when I’m living abroad. However, this can unnerve some people. I think it actually makes checking out of the line quicker.
You won’t find all of your favorite brand names. Although they have a few known brands, Aldi is known for having off brand products that are very similar to other brands you find in grocery stores. However, I pay attention to ingredients and quality. Nine times out of ten, the ingredients are practically the same and the price is lower.
When it comes to grocery shopping, I love fresh produce. I know I can spend at least $100-$150 in the grocery store weekly on fruits and vegetables alone for my household. My husband is a 6’4” athlete that eats a lot! When I shop at Aldi, I can usually cut that down by at least $30. The best part is that a lot of the fruits and vegetables are organic. Strawberries, blueberries, spinach, and mixed greens are some of my favorites to buy. Nuts, trail mix and sweet potatoes are also priced reasonably.
I love saving money on produce and simple snacks here because I still get most of my meat from a meat market or the grocery store. However, I did find some frozen shrimp without the preservatives for $6. They are normally $9 in the grocery store.
The picture above is an example of a typical cart for me. Yes, my pregnancy requires those honeybuns! The picture below is my complete haul from my trip to Aldi this week. This includes snacks, frozen foods, fruit, vegetables and cheese. I want to point out that the Almond Milk has the same exact ingredients as the Almond Breeze brand but cost almost $2 less! You can see the proof in a picture of my receipt below.
Here are some prices for you to compare to your local grocery store:
Organic Mixed Greens- $2.49
Organic Spinach- $2.49
Organic Strawberries- $2.69
Organic Blueberries- $4.49
Cucumbers- $.49 each
Mangoes- $.69 each
Broccoli Crowns- $1.29
Honey Nut Cheerios- $3.19
Shredded Cheese- $2.35
Trail Mix 10 oz- $2.19
Honey Buns- $.89
The total cost for this trip was:
I just can’t beat these prices and value. It just gives me a little more wiggle room when I do want to splurge a little a couple of my favorite brands or specialty meats from a regular grocery store. With a baby on the way, saving money is always a good thing!
So, have I convinced you to give Aldi a try? It doesn’t mean you have to give up on some of your favorite stores, but if you’re trying to budget, this is definitely a way to save!