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