How Aldi made Kristin a Better Shopper

October 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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aldiAbout six months ago, I made my first trip to Aldi.  Since then, I have become an Aldi fanatic!  I love Aldi and I love telling everyone how much I love Aldi.  I love that their store is small, so I can get in and out quickly, I love that I don’t have to worry about using coupons or price-matching, and I love their low prices.  But the other day I realized that shopping at Aldi hasn’t just saved me money, it’s made me a better shopper (and person) in other ways, too.

I try new foods.  I would love to have the time to wander around a big grocery store and look for new foods to try.  At Aldi, there is no choice but to go past every item in the store, so it’s easier to find new things.  The prices are so reasonable, that I can usually justify trying a new food, even if I am not sure my family will like it.  The whole wheat gnocchi I got a few weeks ago did not go over so well, but the pumpkin flax granola is terrific!

I buy more organic items.  I wish I could feed my family nothing but locally grown and organic foods.  Not only is that tricky to do in Wisconsin, but it can also be very expensive.  Aldi has been introducing some organic items into their stores.  I have bought them when they are available, because the price difference between organic and non-organic was so minimal.  I bought some organic chicken stock and it only cost 50 cents more than the non-organic, which still made it cheaper than a non-organic chicken stock at any other store!  And just today, I read some great news: it looks like the Aldi organic line is going to be a permanent fixture in their stores!

I (almost always) have a fully stocked pantry.  This used to happen to me a lot: “I want to make such-and-such recipe – but I am out of canned tomatoes!”  Chasing sales at other grocery stores meant that I didn’t always buy enough food for a stocked pantry, just enough for that week’s meals.  I use Aldi as my “stock-up” store and since I know their prices are as low as can be, I can buy as much as I need.  I love being able to pull together a meal from food I have on hand.

Aldi did not pay me to write this.  I wanted to show that saving money at the grocery store can benefit you and your family in other ways.  I’m sure these same lessons could be applied to shopping at Woodman’s or Walmart.  How has your favorite grocery store made you a better shopper?

All Video Games Gold Box Event Tuesday on

April 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Tuesday is having video games as Gold Box deals ALL day long.  If you’re unfamiliar, Gold Box deals feature a Deal of the Day, something that is available, usually heavily discounted, until X amount are sold.  Sometimes they sell out within a few hours, sometimes the deals are there until the end of the day.

Then, there are Lightning Deals which are offered every hour or two.  Again, the price is usually discounted lower than low for a limited amount of time, usually one or two hours.

Prices do not fluctuate during the Lightning Deals or Gold Box deals.  You are also only allowed ONE unit per Deal, unless of course you have more than one Amazon account.

Amazon Gold Box Video Game Deals

Easter DVD Round-Up: Spiritually-based stories

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s my round-up of favorite spiritually-based Easter stories on DVD for kids young and old.  Some are from and some are from

$8.99 for The Miracle Maker – Special Edition
$4.99 for

102494: An Easter Carol, VeggieTales DVD An Easter Carol, VeggieTales DVD


118990: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter, VeggieTales DVD

$11.99 for Chronicles of Narnia: Lion Witch and the Wardrobe

This is the groovy 1970’s cartoon version that I watched on cable TV every year.

$9.98 for The Greatest Story Ever Told (Movie Only Edition)

$5.99 for

63669: The Passion of the Christ, Widescreen DVD The Passion of the Christ, Widescreen DVDBy Word Entertainment Inc

$7.49  for The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition)

$10.99 for The Gospel of John

$16.49 for Jesus of Nazareth

Easter DVD round-up: Bunny edition

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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I was in the store and saw some Easter DVDs and that got me wondering if I could find them cheaper at Amazon.  The answer is almost always, YES!  Here is the first of two posts.  This is the secular, Easter Bunny edition of my favorite Easter DVDs.

$4.88 for The First Easter Rabbit:

1976 The First Easter Rabbit tells the story of how a plush bunny named Stuffy became the world’s very first Easter rabbit

$9.49 for The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town

This is the one with Fred Astaire narrating, much like Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

$5.49 for Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Original TV Classic [Remastered]

This one features the voice of Casey Kasem and a rabbit called Evil Irontail.

$11.49 for It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (remastered deluxe edition)

Remember, Amazon’s prices can flip anytime.

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