So we talked about whether we spend too much on groceries and Pantry Staples so far. Today I want to talk about where we shop and why I don’t worry about coupons.
We are huge fans of Aldi. It is a rare occasion that we find something anywhere else that is cheaper and of the same quality. For those who have never been in an Aldi let me give you a quick overview. Imagine a store the size of Walgreen’s or CVS. Most of the products they sell are dye and MSG free (we have dye and MSG sensitivity here) so this is a huge selling point for us. Their organic brand Simply Nature is excellent and continues to expand.
We do still shop at Kroger for a few things and our Aldi is always busy so they are known to run out of their top sale items. They have a few produce picks of the week which feature super inexpensive fruit or vegetables each week. These are nearly a weekly purchase. Aldi is always our first stop for nearly all our shopping on a weekly basis.
Other places we shop for great deals and quality items.
Jet– They’re a bulk store like Costco or Sam’s club without membership fees and you can shop from a smart phone (no more long checkout lines at Sam’s Club on a Saturday afternoon). They offer free shipping on orders over $35 and even offer Kirkland (Costco brand) items. You also get a discount on every item the more you buy.
Frontier– Another one that specializes in bulk purchases but they are great for spices, teas, and a huge selection of healthy choices. Many items are organic which make them an even healthier choice.
Food can be both a place of huge waste or an area where you are really saving a ton of money. We have fallen into both categories at various times. Do not underestimate the value of good food especially at a good cost.