Now that my maternity leave pay has finished up and we are living off one income, being able to budget has become very important. With a large part of our weekly budget being spent on groceries, it’s important to make this process as cheap and as efficient as possible; and today’s post will talk about how our family has tried to achieve this.
I have spoken before about my love of online grocery shopping and how it can save time and money, but this week we thought we’d take another saving step and try shopping at Aldi. I’m sure we all know someone who swears by Aldi, their range and prices. I, however, have been sceptical about the quality of the stock and probably unwilling to try new versions of products i.e. why fix something that’s not broke! So, because my husband was the one driving the car last night to the supermarket (I probably would’ve driven straight to Woolworths, ignoring any Aldi suggestions), he drove to Aldi so we attempted our weekly shop there.
First up, I was frustrated. I had no idea where anything was (I’m like a staff member at Woolworths… I know where EVERYTHING is!) and we did end up running all over the place collecting items we’d walked past. Secondly, I was annoyed. Turns out Aldi had sold out of heaps of their fresh produce so we had to improvise a couple of times. Thirdly, I was more annoyed when I realised I would have to go to the normal supermarket again anyway to buy the things I couldn’t get at Aldi. But lastly, as we made our way to the checkout (and I have nothing against packing my own bags by the way… at least I know they’re packed correctly) and I found bunches of flowers for $4.99 (!!!!!!!) I was happy. Flowers make everything ok.
Sitting down at the computer later, I did a direct price comparison of our shop at Aldi with Coles Online. We saved $23.00. The numbers don’t lie! I then substituted all the brand name products on my online list to Coles generic products and we still would’ve ended up saving $18.00 shopping at Aldi. It’s like being given free money!
Now I cannot attest to the quality of the Aldi products at this stage (although the steak was pretty average) but surely I can deal with it if we save $23 a week!? So maybe I’ll shop at Aldi again next week, but at a different time of day so there is still a range of produce left. And I’ll take my new ‘Shopping List’ with me. Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on how to create your own….