Are you lucky enough to live in an area of the country where they have Aldi stores? Probably, since Aldi stores are in 32 states in the US. If so, then you may already know how awesome this store is. If not, let me take a moment and give you the scoop!
Aldi is my favorite store, and nothing erks me more than when I hear people complaining about financial woes, and then in the next breath they tell me their grocery budget is $200+ per week! I get über annoyed when I suggest shopping at Aldi and they react with a grocery-snob attitude.
Aldi is owned by the German Albrecht brothers, one of whom is the wealthiest man in Germany. The reason is because he’s smart with his money! 🙂 Aldi stores have a heavy presence all across Europe. This family also owns the very popular Trader Joe’s chain, but Aldi differs from Trader Joe’s in their overhead costs.
At Aldi, there are no big brand names. The store is simple. There’s usually only one checker working per shift. You “rent” your grocery cart for a quarter, and you get your coin back when you return your cart. You supply your own grocery bags, and you bag them yourself. They don’t accept credit cards in order to avoid paying those fees. They don’t advertise, other than having a Facebook page for their business, which is free.
The business model is amazingly frugal and that equals huge success for the richest man in Germany! We should all learn to be more frugal, less brand loyal, better at eliminating our own “overhead” costs.
Here’s a short list of just a few of my favorite things to buy at Aldi:
Diapers (they sell sizes 3-5). Just $4.99! Per diaper, this is the least expensive price I’ve found anywhere, including SAMs, Costco, and Amazon. I’ve heard some people say they don’t like the quality, but I say hogwash! 🙂 They’re comparable to all other store brands (Target, Walmart). I refuse to pay big bucks for something my kids poop in and then I throw away. And their butts stay rash free! 🙂
Baby Wipes. Just $.89/package!
Milk, eggs, cheese, kcups for my Keurig, bread, wine, produce, crackers, cookies, wine, treats, popcorn, chicken broth, wine, pre made pasta meals, dried pastas, canned fruits and veggies, wine, whole fryer chickens (just $.95/pound!!!), soda, wine, sports drinks, bottled water, Brie cheese, lunch meat……..did I mention wine?
The list could go on and on! Bottom line, I feed my family of five very well for $60/week! And that includes diapers and baby wipes. I find that it is less expensive to shop at Aldi with their regular prices than it is to shop name brands at bigger stores with coupons.
I hope I’ve given you some good info about Aldi! Now, go forth and be frugal! 🙂