Mr. Yoder Toter and I have always been frugal food shoppers, but having three children has added a dimension of buying things that we never did before. Whereas I used to eat the only bowl of cereal each morning, there are now 4 bowls of cereal. Or instead of using 4 pieces of bread for a sandwich, we’re up to 8 or 9. All of this change has prompted some modifications to how I shop.
Aldi has swept in and become the hero of the day, saving me cold-hard-cash on many products I use every single day.
Aldi isn’t always the most convenient place to shop– they don’t have everything like a WalMart or Target, and many items are seasonal. Maybe even more depressing, our Aldi does not have large carts for bigger families (no 3 or 4-seaters, here).
Those cons aside, I save significant money just from shopping these four categories.
Our kids can put away a box of graham crackers in the time it takes me to change a load of laundry. Aldi’s prices on crackers, chips, snack-sized fruit cups, and more, can not be beat. The kids are pumped when I get home, and it saves me significantly over Target or Kroger.
2. Organic products
I’m a stickler for organic apple juice and produce. Aldi is carrying more and more organic products in their stores, including canned diced tomatoes, black beans, and spaghetti sauce. I even found grass-fed cheese there this past week (move over Amish Country, this may be my favorite cheese ever).
With a brood like ours, we go through AA batteries like water. Every other gadget in this house is consuming batteries and at $1.99 for a pack of 8, I can be sure to save a bunch when I buy my batteries at Aldi.
4. Frozen foods
Frozen vegetables, pizzas, and waffles are all at a price much lower than the competitors. They also offer many convenience-type meals which are great for a busy season (we ate a lot of their frozen manicotti after C was born) or if I know a sitter will be here.
What type of products do you buy at Aldi? Is there anything I’m forgetting?
Also, just a fun Aldi fact, the carts in other countries take different amounts of money- while we only pay a quarter here – it’s a whopping $2 coin Down Under!