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52 Different Ways to Save At Least $100 Per Year: Shop at Aldi {Week 27}

How We Save Close to $1,000 Per Year by Shopping at Aldi

Every week in 2013, I’ll be sharing a different way you can save $100 this year. If you do all of these things, you’ll be able to save over $5,000 this year alone! Many of these things will likely be things you’re already doing, but hopefully all of you will pick up at least a few new ideas or some inspiration from this series.

10 years ago, I stepped foot into Aldi for the first time in my life — and I was pretty much instantly sold. Since then, we’ve saved thousands of dollars by regularly shopping at Aldi.

In fact, I estimate that we save at least $15-$20 per trip every time we shop at Aldi. That adds up to around $780 to $1,040 in savings per year — or at least $9,000 in 10 years. That’s certainly not something to sneeze at!

Here are three reasons I think everyone should consider shopping at Aldi:

1. They Have Regular Low Prices

One of the best reasons to shop at Aldi is that their regular prices are almost always lower than you’re going to find at most any other grocery store. I love that I can count on these low prices. Without ever looking at a sales flier or clipping a coupon, I can see significant savings on my grocery bill.

2. They Have Amazing Produce Sales

Seriously, the Aldi produce sales can be incredible, sometimes even bordering on crazy low! I typically buy the most of whatever produce they have on special buys. If possible, I’ll buy extras to freeze, too.

As they rotate their rock-bottom produce sales every week or two weeks, we can eat a variety of fruits and vegetables — all at a fraction of the cost.

If you find that your Aldi consistently has a poor selection of produce, you can also price-match the produce sales at Walmart. This allows you to still benefit from the amazing sales, while almost guaranteeing that the produce selection will be in stock and high quality.

3. They Don’t Offer a Lot of Variety

At first glance, this might seem like a negative not a positive. But hear me out.

I love the fact that I don’t have to choose between 57 different varieties of cereal when I go to Aldi. There are just a few choices and they are pretty much all completely different.

There aren’t different brands, sizes, or choices that can make your head spin. Instead, what you see is what you get.

For me, this is incredibly freeing as it simplifies shopping. I can run in and run out of Aldi in nothing flat because I don’t have to compare ingredients or cost per ounce. I just pop the one kind they carry into my cart and move onto the next item on my list.

Recommended Resources

Need more convincing? Check out this Aldi 101 post.

If you’ve not read Slash Your Budget and Eat a Whole Foods Diet With Aldi, I’d recommend it. I especially loved Carrie’s one-month of Aldi menu ideas in the ebook. For more Aldi menu ideas, check out The Aldi Queen.

Also, I’d suggest checking out eMeals. They offer budget-friendly Aldi menu plans. Best of all, all the work is done for you — you just print the grocery list, shop, and cook! Find an EMeals coupon code here to make it even more affordable!

Be Strategic: Stick With Staples

If you want to successfully save money by shopping at Aldi, you’ve got to stick with buying staples. I know that pop-tarts and chicken nuggets might be less expensive than their regular grocery store counterparts, but they are a lot more expensive than it is if you just buy chicken breasts or ingredients to make muffins.

So skip the pre-packaged stuff and fill your cart with staples. Not only will you probably be eating a more wholesome diet, but your pocketbook will also benefit a lot.

Try Things at Least Once

If you’re leery of shopping at Aldi, don’t be. Just be courageous and go check out your local Aldi store. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised! You can see a list of some of my readers’ favorite things to buy at Aldi here.

(Tip: If you have multiple Aldi locations in your area, visit each of them to check them out. Sometimes, the cleanliness and product availability can vary widely from store to store.)

Not every single item will be something your family loves, but commit to trying things at least once. After all, you can’t knock something until you’ve tried it!

Are you a fan of Aldi? Why or why not? I’d love to hear!


Other posts in the 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year series

  1. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Bake Your Own Bread (Week #1)
  2. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Make Your Own Coffee at Home (Week #2)
  3. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Cable Package {Week 3}
  4. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Order Prescription Glasses Online {Week 4}
  5. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners {Week 5}
  6. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Mixes {Week 6}
  7. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become a One-Car Family {Week 7}
  8. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Surround Yourself With Frugal Friends {Week 8}
  9. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Eliminate Disposable Products {Week 9}
  10. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Cut Your Own Hair {Week 10}
  11. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Use Cloth Diapers {Week 11}
  12. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become Best Friends With Your Freezer {Week 12}
  13. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Rent Movies for FREE {Week 13}
  14. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Ask for a Discount {Week 14}
  15. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cancel Your Gym Membership {Week 15}
  16. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Yard Sales {Week 16}
  17. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Grow Some Of Your Food {Week 17}
  18. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cut Back on the Soda Pop Habit {Week 18}
  19. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Buy in Bulk {Week 19}
  20. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Price-Match at Walmart {Week 20}
  21. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Landline {Week 21}
  22. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Refinance Your Mortgage {Week 22}
  23. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Follow a Local Deal Blogger {Week 23}
  24. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Coupon Database {Week 24}
  25. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Plan a Weekly Menu {Week 25}
  26. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Strategically Use Daily Deal Sites {Week 26}
  27. 52 Different Ways to Save At Least $100 Per Year: Shop at Aldi {Week 27}
  28. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Books {Week 28)
  29. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Clothing {Week 29}
  30. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop With Cash {Week 30}
  31. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat Less Meat {Week 31}
  32. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Is this really a good deal? {Week 32}
  33. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: 3 Ways to Save on Online Orders {Week 33}
  34. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Turn Your Clutter Into Cash {Week 34}
  35. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get Organized {Week 35}
  36. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Have an All-Cash Christmas {Week 36}
  37. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Sign Up for Swagbucks {Week 37}
  38. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Cut Your Fuel Costs {Week 38}
  39. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Frequent the Library {Week 39}
  40. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Simplify Birthday Parties {Week 40}
  41. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Brown Bag It {Week 41}
  42. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Snacks {Week 42}
  43. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Programmable Thermostat {Week 43}
  44. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Limit Eating Out {Week 44}
  45. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get a Bang for Your Buck on Travel Expenses {Week 45}
  46. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Don't Pay For Pre-Made Baby Food {Week 46}
  47. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat More Beans {Week 47}
  48. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Homemade Cards {Week 48}
  49. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop At More Than One Store {Week 49}
  50. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat From the Pantry {Week 50}
  51. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Stay Home More {Week 51}
  52. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Develop Contentment {Week 52}

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71 Comments

  • Jani says:

    I first discovered Aldi 20 years ago in Austria and Germany and fell in love with it! Especially the section with all the really good German chocolate and gummi bears, etc. I was so happy when it opened near me in Massachusetts. People drive from all over to shop at it. Luckily it’s five minutes from my house and where I do most of my shopping. However, I find that the cheese is more expensive than my local Market Basket and the produce is not consistently fresh. That said, the German-speaker in me loves it when I run into Germans in my store. Just last week I ran into a German couple dressed from head to toe in a traditional German clothing (dirndl and suit). It was quite a sight and I even got to use a bit of German. Aldi is the best.

  • I didn’t fall in love with Aldi until the last year. Now, that is about the only place I go! You are correct that you should try different ones. The had tried one and didn’t like it at all and never gave it another chance until they built a new one minutes from my house. This is where we became hooked. People are sometimes skeptical not knowing the brands. But trust me, if you try them you will like most of them BETTER than the name brand or other store brands.

  • Missi says:

    One way to improve produce options is to call and talk to your stores manager. Explain your experience with produce issues and ask what days/times trucks deliver and that particular store. Shopping same day as delivery makes a big difference.

  • Jessica says:

    I love Aldi! I tell everyone to shop there. Produce is great and ours has a nice selection of natural and organic products that are half the price that you would pay anywhere else. We are a family of 6 and I have cut our monthly grocery bill over half of what I used to spend. For us that is HUGE! Their spices are so cheap, milk, cheese, Greek yogurt, coffee, bread the cheapest you will find and all great. We are big label readers and for the most part I am impressed with the quality and healthy options. I rarely buy processed foods and appreciate the wholesome selection they offer. I will even grab their take n bake pizzas for our busy weekday nights and they are delish. I like the fact that I know where everything is, I get in and get out! I also stock up on their Winking Owl wine which is a steal at $2.89 a bottle. Yes, we love Aldi!

  • Shana says:

    I am glad you posted this because I have a question about Aldi and wasn’t sure where to ask it 🙂 I love Aldi – mostly for the reasons you mentioned above. Produce is great, love the easy, quick trip, and they have most of what I need. Plus they have great labeling for us since my daughter has food allergies. However, I have noticed that their quantity per package is less than the typical store brand. For instance, I bought an orange juice there once that seemed like it was not full and, sure enough, there was something like 59 oz. listed on the carton rather than the typical 64 oz. – same packaging, less product, deceiving. Same thing happens with chips. Their prices are great on chips. I noticed the same thing there, too. I am wondering if this means that I am actually paying the same price per given quantity that I would at Wal-Mart or Harris Teeter. I AM paying less but I am also, in at least a few instances, getting less. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me?

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