Disclaimer: Aldi does not sponsor this content, but this will not stop me from proclaiming my love for them from every mountain-top.
L and I love Aldi. Like a lot. For the last year or so we’ve almost exclusively gotten our groceries at Aldi. At first, we started going just due to the convenience factor. It was the easiest grocery store to get to from L’s work, so that’s where we decided to go.
There is no lack of grocery stores in our area. Cub foods, Whole Foods and Lunds are all practically within walking distance. We sometimes end up going to these other stores, but this weekend I got to thinking about what really sets them apart.
The Aldi Effect
Sunday. We’re out of meat. We spent the whole day working on projects, cleaning and blogging, so we’re itching for some food around 3 pm. We have so many leftover veggies from last week, a stir-fry sounds like just the ticket to use it all up.
It’s a beautiful, Spring day in Minneapolis, so we walk down to Lunds to pick up some kind of meat to go in the stir fry. That’s when the ‘normal’ price of chicken hit me square in the face. The sticker shock was too much. I couldn’t, in good conscience, lay down six George Washingtons, when the same amount would get me twice the chicken at Aldi.
But this got me thinking. I know Aldi is usually cheaper than Lunds, but does that extend over all the most common things we buy?
Short answer: Yes. Buying the items we bought on Week 1 of our $40 weekly budget resulted $47.80 at Lunds (budget busted) vs. $28.26 at Aldi! That’s a savings of %40!
The only item which Lunds came out ahead on was vegetable stock, which Aldi listed for ~ 30% more.
A few details, I did not consider tax on either price list. Also, I could not find a suitable comparison for Aldi’s frozen salmon, so I left that out of the study.
The only thing I’d add before you go too crazy (like me) about Aldi, is that part of the savings comes at the cost of selection. For example, the variety of meats and organic offerings is much greater at Lunds. However, if you’re OK with this weakness and plan around it, Aldi can help you dominate your grocery budget!
|Item||Quantity||Lunds Price ($)||Aldi Price ($)|
|Raisin Bran (18.7 oz)||1||4.09||1.79|
|MultiGrain Cheerios (12 oz)||1||4.49||1.79|
|Cabbage (2 lbs)||1||1.58||1.39|
|Spinach (5 oz)||1||1.99||1.49|
|Red Onion (2 lbs)||1||2.58||1.69|
|Large Eggs (Dozen)||1||1.89||1.09|
|Wyman's Frozen Mango (15 oz)||1||4.99||2.09|
|Lunds 2% Milk||1||3.29||2.15|
|New York Pita Chips (8 oz)||1||3.69||1.99|
|Sabra Classic Hummus (8 oz)||1||3.99||1.99|
|Gold'n Plump Chicken Breast (1 lb)||2||11.84||5.38|
|Kitchen Basics Vegetable Stock (8.25 oz)||2||2.58||3.78|
|Bananas (1 lb)||2.55||1.50||1.25|
|Spring Mix (5 oz)||1||3.29||1.99|
|Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts (16 oz)||1||4.59||1.99|
Check out our $40 weekly meal plan for 2!
Let us know about your Aldi experience below. Are you as in love as we are?