Kristin’s First Trip to Aldi

March 3, 2013 by
Filed under: Grocery, Shopping 

receiptI have a confession to make: I shop at Copp’s.  I know what you’re thinking: “But Kristin!  You write for a money-saving blog!  The very same blog that did the research and proved that Copp’s is almost the most expensive grocery store in town!” (Unless you carefully shop on Double Daze only).  In my defense, I have shopped at Copp’s forever.

Now, as a stay at home mom of twin toddlers plus two part-time work-from-home jobs, my free time is at a premium.  I can whiz into Copp’s, get my groceries, and get out quick.  I shop the sales, buy store brand of most items, and use coupons when I can.  Lately, I’ve been trying to stock up on shelf stable items at Walmart (usually when I run there for diapers) so I don’t feel like I’m wasting too much money.

But I knew I could do better.  My sister shops at Aldi and tried a few times to talk me into it.  It just seemed so weird to me: using a quarter for your cart?  Only one store brand of all items and very few name brands?  A bagging station?  I’ll be honest: it’s a little scary to try something new!  But last week I decided it was time.  I made sure there was a quarter in my wallet, grabbed my reusable bags, and headed to Aldi.

My first impression was “Wow!  This place is small!”  But that turned out to be a good thing – no wandering down huge aisles just to grab one thing.  My second impression was the prices.  Ohmigosh, the low, low prices!  I might have been whispering them out loud to myself because I was so amazed!  A bag of whole roasted almonds for $3.99!  Canned beans and tomatoes for $.59!  Saltines for $.99!  I was probably most excited about that last one because when my husband teased me about the $2 rebate check that came in the mail yesterday, I proudly told him, “That will buy two boxes of saltines at Aldi.”

I didn’t take a picture of all the groceries I brought home, but you can take a look at my receipt.  I was extremely pleased with my total!  I did have to make another quick stop on the way home to get a few things on my list that Aldi did not carry.  I wasn’t surprised that they didn’t carry wheat germ, but no pizza crust?  Not a refrigerated tube or a box mix or anything.  Unless I just missed it.

Here is the $25,000 question, the one my husband posed to me when I got home: how often will I shop at Aldi?  Unfortunately, I can’t do our weekly shopping there because their selection of items just isn’t big enough.  Plus, we are pretty big meat eaters and the Aldi meat section was kind of sad.  I’ll definitely be going back to stock up on basics, though!

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2 Comments on Kristin’s First Trip to Aldi

  1. Gwenn on Mon, 18th Mar 2013 4:49 pm
  2. I do like Aldi’s for the stocking up I can do on canned stuff, greek yogurt ($.89/each!) lactose free and soy milk about a buck cheaper then anywhere else. Ya the quarter for a cart is a bit weird, but you get used to it. They are getting more healthy and natural foods like whole wheat pasta, low fat options, etc. I think I might try the Aldi’s in Appleton next time I’m down there, to see if they have different options.

  3. Michele on Mon, 18th Mar 2013 5:27 pm
  4. I’ve been an avid Aldi shopper since they opened the one by me on Appleton’s East side almost 11yrs ago – WOW!! It’s my go-to place for milk, eggs, snacks (greek yogurt for $ .89/each!), orange juice, bread. . .the list could (& would) go on and on. I’ll go there to get the majority of my shopping list and then pick up the remaining items at Walmart or Festival.

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