Save $7200 a Year on Groceries With This 1 Tip!
For years, Sam and I have been food snobs. While a self-given nickname, it has been confirmed by others that it truly fits. I always thought it meant that we preferred and valued good, whole, local and often organic food over…well, the opposite. But what we’ve come to realize is that we’re also food-shopping snobs. We much preferred the fancy, beautifully laid out, feels like a restaurant with a grocery store in it whole foods experience over the traditional grocery store.
And we wouldn’t be caught dead in an ALDI type store. That food was not meant for human consumption… right?
Well, you may have read that we’ve changed our tune about ALDI and shop there almost exclusively. There are some things we prefer to buy from the bigger health food store and we still love to buy meat locally from a neighborhood farm if the price is right. But ALDI has become our go-to grocery store.
I will say that ALDI has made a big difference in our grocery budget. We’ve gotten our grocery bill down to as low as $1000 a month for a family of 6 eating whole foods, mostly fresh produce and organic dairy.
JUST 6 MONTHS AGO WE WERE SPENDING UPWARDS OF $1600 A MONTH ON THE SAME FOOD!
That is some serious money to be putting down on groceries. That doesn’t include the $300 a month we’d spend on eating out as well. $1900 on food for the month seemed a bit out of sync with our budget, at this point in our lives, so we’ve brainstormed ways to cut our grocery bill.
ONE MAJOR WAY WE SAVE ON FRESH WHOLE FOODS IS TO SHOP AT ALDI.
If you’ve been hesitating to shop there because you were like me, thinking it was second-rate food, I invite you to reconsider.
ALDI has a consistent organic produce section that we often shop from that includes things like tomatoes, berries, mixed baby greens and potatoes – things that I shop for every week. The quality has been pretty consistent and on par with Whole Foods.
HERE’S A LIST OF 14 PRODUCTS THAT WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT WE GET AT ALDI REGULARLY.
These are all staples in our pantry and fridge, and we’re cooking with them every week. I’ve price compared with our local Whole Foods (comparing the ALDI brand to the Whole 365 brand) to give you an idea of what you might save if you switch as well!
The point of this post is not to preach to you about buying organic or buying grass fed meats. That conversation is important, but also really complex. It brings into the space all the ambiguity and mixed up beauty of living value-centered lives. We’ll have that conversation, but not today. The point is to tell you our #1 secret to saving significant money on our monthly grocery bill.
ORGANIC CAGE FREE EGGS (DOZEN)
ORGANIC WHOLE MILK (½ GALLON)
GRASS FED GROUND BEEF (1 POUND)
CANNED FLAVORED SPARKLING WATER (12 PACK)
ORGANIC SHELLS & CHEESE
ORGANIC PEANUT BUTTER (16 OUNCES)
ALDI: $.79 (I realize this is not a flattering ALDI avocados picture, but the quality has always been comparable to what I’ve gotten at Whole Foods.
SAVINGS: $.90 (on one)
ORGANIC UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE (46 OUNCE JAR)
WF: $2.79 for 24 ounces – would need 2 jars to equal one jar of ALDI’s.
NAAN BREAD (4 PACK)
SOPRESSATA LUNCH MEAT (3 OUNCES)
WF: $4.99 (on sale!) for 4 ounces
UNREFINED COLD PRESS ORGANIC COCONUT OIL (14 OUNCE)
ORGANIC CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP (17 OUNCES)
ALDI: $1.89 (18.6 ounces)
AVOCADO OIL (16.9 OUNCES)
CLAMSHELL OF ORGANIC BABY LETTUCE (16 OUNCES)
WF: $5.99 \\ I forgot to take a picture of this while at Whole Foods. Sorry
That’s it. It’s easy to see how moving away from our food-shopping snobbery and toward conscious value has saved us as much as $600 per month! If we saved that amount over a year we’d have 7,200 MORE dollars. That’s crazytown. That is some real money!
In one week, on just these 14 ALDI products you would save $28.47. In one month, if you bought everything weekly except for the oils and peanut butter (which you would buy monthly) you would save $83.58 just by changing stores.
Save on groceries without couponing!
No scouring the ads for the best prices. Just change stores.
And, the best part is that ALDI will have weekly deals on produce. We’ve bought avocados at ALDI for $.39 each!
We ate avocados for EVERY meal that week.
It turns out, ALDI is a place that is heaven for food snobs on a budget. I’m so frustrated that we’ve taken so long to get over the stigma that we’ve put on ALDI. And, for what it’s worth, I am not affiliated with ALDI in any way; it’s just good sense. I hope this post has encouraged you to change up your shopping habits.
Be sure to check back in on Friday for a complimentary post where I provide a 5-day Make Ahead Kid’s Lunch Menu with all ALDI products! There will even be a FREE shopping list for you to just head on over to your local ALDI without the time consuming process of menu planning.
Get ready to save money AND time. Because what mama doesn’t want a little more time in her life?
Go after it!