It occurred to me last week that living beautifully frugally just isn't as glamorous in the winter as it is in the summer (At least I'm not seeing it these days!) It's not that I'm not being frugal and enjoying the fruits of my labor, it's just that who wants to listen to me talking incessantly about NOT spending money. I need some pretty projects or to score some excess fruit for some jam! (I'm working on it people!)
Anyway, here's a new one on my list! Aldi! Pretty much to anyone who lives near me, Aldi is not new. And I have shopped there in the past. But the ones that I went to were kind of dumpy in dumpy places and left me feeling poor. NOT something to make me feel good about frugality.
Anyway, there is a new Aldi that I need to drive by to get to my parent's house. For the heck of it I gave it another try a few weeks ago. I love it! It's neat and clean and there is hardly anyone in there during the day.
I'm not really brand loyal so the different packages did not bother me. I am ingredient loyal though so the first few times it called for me to read packages. (Aldi, does not, for instance carry applesauce without corn syrup in it and our health is not worth the savings!)
I have found some great buys on what I would consider pantry items though.
Decaffe Green Tea- $.99 vs $2.49
Decaffe Coffee- $2.49 vs $3.49
Sugar- $1.99 vs $2.29
Pepperochini peppers-$1.19 vs $2.49
Head of Cauliflower- $1.69 vs $2.50 (or even $2.99 some weeks)
a Mango- $.59 vs $2.00
And the list goes on. The produce is somewhat limited but seems to be in good condition for what they do have. We don't eat a ton of packaged food but this place would be a mecca for you if you did. I'm not sure I need to go every week but I might go every few weeks on the way to stock up on things I know are cheaper. The savings may not seem that big to you-$1 here, $.75 there but I calculated I saved $15 last week on stuff I would normally buy. My grocery budget is $100.That's 15%. So my groceries were %15 cheaper (or I got %15 more if you want to look at it that way!)