Now that summer vacation has arrived, I am often asked about how to save money on groceries. With the kids home from school all day, grocery spending usually goes up, and while I always recommend using coupons, I am also aware that many of our readers as well as many of the people in our community simply do not have time for couponing.
As a frugal blogger, my effort to spread frugality does not limit itself to our blog, and while I share coupons, deal hunting finds and couponing knowledge with everyone who wants to listen, I always end up saying:
If you don’t have time to coupon – shop at ALDI!
At first most people seem skeptical about a store that they are unfamiliar with, about the product names and brands that they have not heard about, and about the thought of saying goodbye to the brands that they have grown up with, yet it only takes a visit or two before I have them convinced. Being able to fill up a grocery cart for less than $100 is something that a lot of families strive to do, and at ALDI it is possible without compromising on the quality of the food or the healthy options available.
Shopping at ALDI is a nice alternative to clipping coupons, because the everyday prices are so low that I can fill up the grocery cart without having to worry about the total at the register. I’ve actually met first-time customers at our local ALDI store, who shook their heads after paying mumbling about how they could not believe how little they paid.
How To Save Money On Groceries With ALDI:
- Low dairy prices
- Low prices on chicken
- Low everyday prices on produce
- Weekly produce deals
- Weekly meat deals
- Low every day prices on baking products
- Low every day prices on snacks
- Low every day prices on cereal
- Low prices on hurricane goods
While we still love coupons in the Frugality Is Free family, we simply cannot get coupons for everything we need. This is why we usually combine deals with coupons at our local grocery stores, but for the basics we head to ALDI.
Here in South Florida a gallon of milk at ALDI is currently $3.29, which is the highest it has ever been down here, but it is still a dollar less than it is at our regular grocery stores. As an extra bonus, our ALDI milk is hormone free! With five out of our six family members dealing with lactose intolerance, we also highly appreciate the low cost of ALDI lactose free milk at $2.79 for half a gallon, which is a lot less than the $4+, it costs us for a lactose free milk elsewhere.
Chicken is another must-buy at ALDI, because at ALDI chicken starts at $1.29/lb. We have used ALDI’s chicken for years, and we have never had a single complaint about the fresh chicken from ALDI.
The low every day prices on produce is one of the main reasons, why we shop at ALDI. With two of our family members being vegetarian, and with a desire to always have healthy snack options available, ALDI is our number one store for produce. A 10 lb bag of baking potatoes can cost as much as $3.59 or as little as $1.99, depending on whether or not potatoes are on sale. This is a hard deal to beat! We also always pick up broccoli crowns at ALDI, as we can get a big bag of broccoli for as little as $1.39 (and that’s not even a sale price). We love their sweet mini peppers, and we pick up 1 lb bags of mini sweet peppers for $2.49 (when they are not on sale).
Of course, when it comes to fruit, ALDI is the reason why our fruit bowl is always full. Our sons had been asking for months, when ALDI would have watermelons again, and now that watermelon season is here, we always bring home a huge seedless watermelon, which usually costs around $3. We stock up on bananas at $0.44/lb, and in general all the produce prices are just lower than at our other local grocery stores, but the quality is the same or even better. As an extra bonus, ALDI usually has four different produce deals every week. This week we got a pint of blueberries for $1.29, a huge watermelon for $2.99, a pound of strawberries for $1.29, a 4 pack of corn on the cob for $1.69, and ALDI also has a pack of portabella mushrooms on sale for $1.69.
If you are looking for organic food, ALDI even has great prices on organic produce, snacks and more. Do you follow a gluten free diet? Don’t worry, ALDI just recently came out with a gluten free brand too.
ALDI is also our go-to place for baking goods, because of the low prices on flour, sugar, and everything else we need to bake. If you are a baker, you simply must check out the bakery section at ALDI. ALDI might not have everything you need, but they sure have great prices on all the basics from flour to icing and vanilla.
While we can often get good deals on snacks at the grocery store, when we combine coupons with sales, it is not always that we can find our kids’ favorite snacks on sale, and if they are not on sale, the cost is quite outrageous. This is why we always pick up a variety of snacks at ALDI, and now that summer vacation is here, we need snacks more than ever. Fig bars for only $0.89, a big pack of cookies for $1.39, a pound of pretzels for $1.29, chips for $1.19, veggie straws for $1.79 and much much more.
Finally, when it comes to stocking up on goods for hurricane season, ALDI is the place to go. If there is a storm coming, we always make sure to make it to ALDI to stock up on canned goods at low prices, and water! Right now you can get 24 bottles of water for $1.99! The regular price is $2.29 for a 24 pack.
A few years ago, Frugality Is Free celebrated the arrival of ALDI in South Florida, and now we have 15 stores here. Our only regret is that we have to drive a good 15 minutes to our closest ALDI store, we sure hope they’ll finally make it to our part of South Florida soon….we can’t wait!
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Shop At ALDI
You can check out your local ALDI ad at the ALDI website, and in South Florida you can shop at the following South Florida ALDI Stores:
|ALDI Hialeah, FL7800 W. 33rd Avenue, Bay #2
Hialeah, FL 33018
|ALDI Ft Lauderdale, FL1707 E. Commercial Blvd.
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33334
|ALDI Miami, FL8621 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33155-2337
|ALDI Hialeah, FL1460 W. 49th Street
Hialeah, FL 33012
|ALDI Tamarac, FL7050 N. University Dr
Tamarac, FL 33321-2916
|ALDI Delray Beach, FL4801 Linton Blvd.
Delray Beach, FL 33445-6503
|ALDI Miami Gardens, FL19100 NW 27th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
|ALDI Coral Springs,FL6198 W. Sample Rd
Coral Springs, FL 33067-3176
|ALDI Cutler Bay, FL19650 S. Dixie Highway
Cutler Bay, FL 33157-7610
|ALDI Pembroke Pines, FL11330 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026-4102
|ALDI Deerfield Beach, FL3825 W. Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-9481
|ALDI Palm Springs, FL3403 S. Congress
Palm Springs, FL 33461
|ALDI Lauderdale Lakes,FL3301 N. State Road 7
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319-5617
|ALDI Deerfield Beach, FL747 S. Federal Highway
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
|ALDI West Palm Beach, FL2481 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-4001
Win ALDI Gift Certificates
ALDI wants you to save money on groceries, and they are offering one of Frugality Is Free’s readers $50 in ALDI gift certificates as a part of the Summer Fun, Summer Smart event.
Make sure to come back often to enter, and look out for another upcoming ALDI giveaway here at Frugality Is Free.
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Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received an ALDI gift certificate to help spread the word about our favorite ALDI foods. Any opinions expressed above our based solely on our experience with shopping at ALDI and ALDI’s products.