In-Depth Study Proves that Aldi Is Cheaper than Walmart or Kroger

Grocery store prices have been rising steadily for several years, making some items almost unaffordable. Our own budget for a family of four (when oldest is home from school) used to run around $100/week including incidentals like laundry detergent and paper goods. Now, it easily tops $150/week. That is at the regular store, no coupons, etc. Which, you all know I try not to shop that way.

Still, working moms, moms with a large family or people busy with other activities may not have time to shop loss leaders and clip coupons like I do. I’ve been very busy planning my youngest daughter’s graduation party and have not had time to follow the sales lately. Our grocery bills have been crazy. That got me to thinking about some alternatives that might save money.

One tried and true that I’ve fallen back to over the years is Aldi. Aldi is a group of low-scale grocery stores owned by a German grocery conglomerate. They have a limited number of items, their own label (very few name brand items) and are much cheaper than traditional grocery stores.

Someone else must have suspected they can save  bundle at Aldi as well, because Cheapism did a study to compare Aldi, Walmart and Kroger on grocery prices. They found that when comparing 37 items, Aldi was about 15% cheaper than Walmart. And this without clipping coupons. However, the study also cites the limited items available and questions just how convenient Aldi is.


Photo Credit: Image of Aldi’s store via CC Wikipedia

Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.

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  • Sebastian Urbas

    I have compared the ALDI prices from this list with the ALDI prices in Germany. From the 37 items I was able to compare the prices of 26 items. With an exchange rate of 1 Euro = 1.15 USD, the prices at ALDI in the US were about 22% higher than at ALDI in Germany. The prices at Walmart were about 50% higher.
    From a German perspective Walmart seems to be extremely expensive.
    In view of the fact that food is significant more expensive in the U.S. it sounds really good if you are able to feed a family of 4 with only $150 a week or $650 per month. And that also includes goods like paper towels and detergent?
    In Germany a family of 4 (with a 16 and a 12 years old child), living completely on social benefits, get a standard rate for food and non alcoholic beverages in the amount of €527.45 ($606.57) per month. Adjusted for the higher food prices in the U.S. that would mean groceries for about $740 at ALDI in the U.S.
    I guess you spare some meals at home, because of dining out? That would explain a lot.

  • Lori Soard

    Hi Sebastian,

    I’m not sure what the prices are in Germany, but this is interesting. I’d love to hear a break down of how much you’re paying for some similar items and then I could post the price here in Indiana and perhaps we could compare some more?

    We probably eat out once a week for dinner and once or twice for lunch. Yes, that amount includes my paper goods. I am wondering what part of the US you are looking at prices for, though. Prices in the US can vary widely. I live in the Midwest where the cost of living is low. For example, Aldi often has a dozen eggs for under $1.00 US. We don’t eat a lot of red meat (maybe once a week), which probably reduces the cost and we try to go meatless a couple of meals a week. I also cook larger dinners and we eat leftovers.

    I also use a system where I plan my meals for two weeks and utilize every part of the food. You can get a free download of the book where I explain my two-week plan on this site. Just sign up for the newsletter and you’ll get it for free. I never get near $740 shopping sales or at Aldi’s, even without using that system, though, so I suspect the prices you’re comparing are for somewhere on one of the coasts or a big city where prices tend to be higher.

    If you’re interested in doing the price comparison, I think we could do an interview type article and have quite an interesting topic here about prices in Germany and here and how people can save money internationally.

  • Lori Soard

    Sebastian sent me a very in-depth study of German prices. I am gathering info here and will share that in August. I love it when readers in other countries help us understand the big picture.

  • John Z

    i really enjoy Aldi, a great store with great prices.