Save Money On Groceries! Each week I share one simple tip that you can implement to start saving on your grocery bill right away.
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Shop at a discount store.
I admit it, I have been lazy. I know that prices at discount stores like Save-A-Lot and Aldi are cheaper, but I grew tired of driving the extra few miles so I stopped shopping there. This week, for the sake of journalistic research, I shopped at Aldi and I’ve got three reasons you should stop at discount stores too.
You Need To Save Time
Discount stores (not Big Box stores like Costco) are usually smaller in scale, which limits the amount of products they can offer. This helps you in two ways. First, you end up buying less because there are fewer options, and second, you can get in and out of the store much more quickly.
Sure it’s a pain to make sure you have a quarter for the buggy and to bring your own bags, but the time saved is worth it!
You Need To Limit Your Plastic Bag Collection
Yes, those plastic shopping bags make handy trash can liners for your bathroom, but do you really need to add five or six more each week to the growing collection under the kitchen sink? I am not an environmentalist, but even I can see the benefit of being forced to use my own recyclable shopping bags.
You Need To Spend Less On Groceries
If the budget is tight at your house, or you just want to rein in the grocery spending to have money for other priorities, discount stores are a great option. Check out some of the best deals that I found this week at Aldi and how the prices compare to the Walmart in my area:
Milk ($.84 cheaper) and Eggs ($.59 cents cheaper)
100% Whole Wheat Bread ($1.30 cheaper)
Kettle Chips ($1.00 cheaper)
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts ($.01 more per pound)
Sliced Cheese ($.49 cheaper)
Specialty Peppers ($2.00 cheaper, Cucumbers ($.50 cheaper), Grape Tomatoes ($2.00 cheaper)
One of the best deals at Aldi’s is the produce. I have previously had bad experiences with the quality of the produce, but today everything looked amazing!
The difference in some of these prices may seem small to you, but when everything that you purchase is 15%-25% cheaper than other stores, your overall bill is much lower.
I purchased all of the groceries pictured above for $100.94, well under my $125/week budget. If you haven’t tried a discount store yet, why not make a trip this week and see how the prices compare in your area.
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