Saturday, March 21, 2009

First Ever trip to Aldi

We went on our first ever trip to Aldi this week. I first heard about Aldi about a year ago on MoneySavingMom. Then I found ohers who were able to get a good amount of groceries at Aldi.

But the closest Aldi to us is 10 miles away, and not along our beaten path either. So, I'd never been. But this week, Hubby had to have a medical test done and it was right across the street from this Aldi. So, after he was finished we stopped in for an exploratory visit.

Here's what we got for $24.25:

Everything at Aldi is their store brand so for the most part we didn't buy much. I immediately noticed a price break on butter ($1.49/lb) and Grape Juice Concentrate ($1.24/each). Here's the price break down on what we bought:

  • Butter $1.49/lb
  • Spaghetti sauce $0.99/each
  • Frozen Juice Concentrate: $1.24/each
  • Ravioli $0.79/each
  • Canned Mushrooms $0.55/each
  • Fish Fillets $2.79/box of 10
  • Wh. Wheat Bread $1.89/loaf
  • Chocolate Chips $1.49/16 oz
  • Pancake Syrup $1.39/each
  • Frozen Peas $0.95/16 oz bag
  • English Muffins $0.99/pkg of 6

We've tried the butter, spaghetti sauce, ravioli, mushrooms, fish fillets, bread, and chocolate chips. Most of those were included in complex recipes - like chocolate chip cookies. I always doctor spaghetti sauce with added ground beef, tomato paste and added herbs and spices. Everything has tasted and cooked fine. We haven't found anything we didn't like.

Because it's so far, and doesn't take coupons I doubt I'll make a weekly trip to Aldi. However, there are some staples, like butter, that are cheaper than what I can get with coupons. So I'm planning to make a once/month trip to Aldi for staples.

How far would you drive to get to Aldi?


Alex Hall said...

It's funny to hear you talk about not going to Aldi on a regular basis because it's 10 miles away. Where I live we have to drive 6 miles just to get to town. Walmart is a 20 minute drive, as are many of the other stores. We have a Martins about 7 or 8 miles away, but that's the closest grocery store. I do make a trip to our closest Aldi (42 miles away) about once every two months to stock up. I have found that there are certain things that are quite a bit cheaper than even shopping with groceries.

I was so excited to find out today that they are going to be opening an Aldi about 25 minutes from our house. I'll probably go at least once a month, once the store opens. It helps that it will be on the way home from Costco, which I try to go to once a month. I have found that sugar ($1.69/5lbs), canned black beans, milk, eggs, frozen meats and a few other things are priced so cheap that they are worth the, sorry to be long-winded!

Alex Hall said...

I meant to type "shoppping with coupons" in the first paragraph. I guess it pays to proofread!

UnfinishedMom said...

Alex, I do know that 10 miles may not seem far to many people. But, I have 4 grocery stores, including Martin's and Shoppers, within 1.5 miles of our home and the 10 miles to Aldi is full of traffic lights as well as being very off the beaten path. So, it means more than just a 10 minute trip. It really means more like a 25 minute trip in each direction.

momstheword said...

Thank you for telling me about the yogurt. That's good to know! Looks like you had a great Aldi trip. We don't have one but we do have a Winco.


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