Every so often I have one of those weeks, where I'm short on time and coupon clipping and ad matching just ain't gonna happen! If you’re feeling a little coupon burnout then I highly suggest grabbing your reusable bags and take a trip to an Aldi Supermarket.
ALDI is a German-based super market that primarily sells its own store brands. Its prices are 30 to 50 percent below those of traditional supermarkets and 15 to 20 percent cheaper than big-box discounters. To help keeps prices low they charge for shopping bags (no biggie, just bring your own reusable bags or grab any empty box you may see in the store), and they keep labor costs down by charging a quarter for a shopping cart, which you get back once you return the cart.
The store I shop at on Pine's Blvd is always clean and the workers are always friendly, it's a small store with six or seven aisles. Simplicity is what rules here, don’t expect to find 10 different brands of soup and 5 brands of toilet paper, which is something I appreciate after standing paralyzed at Publix for what seemed like 10 minutes the other day trying to decide what brand of Couscous to buy at the best price. At Aldi there is ONE brand, and that one brand is going to be the best price.
No need to wait for a sale. ALDI's produce is much cheaper than any other grocery store or big "mart" down here. Milk is $1 cheaper, peanuts and cashews are HALF the price than I can find elsewhere and their greek yogurt is always under $1, no coupon needed. More ALDI favorites of mine are their ground turkey which is always $2.99 and a bag of frozen tilapia for $3.99. You will find bread for under a dollar. ALDI even has their own weight conscience brand, similar to Weight Watchers, which is excellent.
If you are NOT brand specific you will save a lot of money at ALDI, and if you ARE brand specific give ALDI a try anyways, you may find their products just as good or BETTER than the overpriced name brand stuff. I sometimes find my self giggling while shopping because some of the store brand packaging looks just like the national brands. ALDI occasionally carries name brand products from time to time too. I have bought deeply discounted Dannon Danimals Yogurt, Skinny Cow treats, even a box of my kid's favorite Kellogg's Pop Tarts for 99 cents.
If you’re not 100% satisfied with a product ALDI will refund your money AND replace the product. With Confidence like that I feel like I'm purchasing a good quality product.
If you can’t tell by now, I am a HUGE ALDI fan, and I can’t wait for their sister store to open in South Florida this year, Trader Joe's, a specialty store that features more organic and gluten free products at a lower price.
-Melissa Cid is a Miami Lakes Mom of two, blogging about coupons and deals to Help keep money in your family's pocket at www.savingmomsmoney.com