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Shopping for healthy foods can be really expensive – I’m not sure why things are so backward. Junk food should be expensive, but alas, it’s not. That said, when it comes to shopping health consciously on a budget (especially now that we’re planning a trip to Disney!), I have to rely on Aldi.
Have you ever shopped at Aldi? The idea is so simple:
- Keep a quarter in your car at all times as your official “Aldi quarter”
- Use the quarter to get a shopping cart
- Bring your own cloth shopping bags (or buy theirs – they’re HUGE and amazing)
- Use boxes in the store if you want. They’re up for grabs!
- Make sure you put all of your heavy stuff on the conveyor belt first – the items that you don’t mind getting squashed like cans, bags of potatoes and onions, jars, etc. The cashier is conscious of weight, but is going to be swift with just dumping everything back into the cart. Do them (and yourself) a favor and strategically pack that cart!
- After checking out, bag your own groceries at the bagging station
- After you load your groceries into the car, return the cart, get your quarter back, put it in your safe place in the car for next time.
It’s that easy! The reason Aldi’s prices are so low is simply because they don’t bag your groceries, they don’t have to pay people to run out chasing carts, they just have to keep a few people on staff at any given time, and those few people are trained to do everything in the store: stocking, check out, etc. This simple principle has made it so their prices are lower.
One thing to note: You can’t buy everything at Aldi, but you can do the bulk of your shopping there, so I always suggest to start at Aldi, then move onto another store to finish shopping. Some people would rather get their shopping all done in one place and that’s fine, I have those days, too. But my wallet takes the hit when I do that… just sayin’. And can I add: their food really IS good. A lot of people question it, but trust me, it’s good. Plus, they’ve really been making an effort to add more organic and gluten-free items to their stores. There are a few things we’ve had that we don’t like (frozen chicken breasts), and have run into a few issues with their fruit (always check their blueberries thoroughly), just like with any brand of food out there, but I feel like overall their quality surpasses store brands, and on average costs 20% less. I used to have a spreadsheet comparing prices from Kroger’s brands to Aldi’s brands. It was always 20% less. The shopping trips where I skip Aldi and just do Walmart? I totally spend more on the same foods.
So here are some Aldi items I found in their recent sales ad and in the store that are wonderfully healthy, PCOS-friendly, and your budget’s new BFF:
- Organic Apples, 3 lb bag: $2.99
- Gala Apples, 3 lb bag: $1.99
- Blueberries, pint: $1.99
- Raspberries, 6 oz: $1.99
- Blackberries, 6 oz: $0.99
- Pineapple, whole: $0.99
- Organic Spring Mix Salad, bag: $1.69
- Grape Tomatoes, pint: $0.99
- Cucumber: $0.25
- Bell Peppers: $0.99 for 3
- Hummus, 10 oz: $1.99
- 96% Extra Lean Ground Beef, 1 lb: $4.99
- Note: They also have 100% Grass-Fed Beef if you can find it.
- Jumbo Raw Shrimp, 1 lb: $6.99
- Turkey Bacon, 12 oz: $2.19
- Vita Coconut Water: $1.99
- Creamy Almond Butter: $4.99
- Organic Pasta Sauce: $1.79
- Gluten-Free Brown Rice Spaghetti, 1 lb.: $1.89
- Organic Garbanzo Beans (chick peas): $0.79
- Organic Black Beans: $0.79
- Organic Rice Cakes: $1.59
- Gluten-Free Multiseed Crackers: $1.49
- Gluten-Free wraps: $3.99 for 6
- Light String Cheese: $2.79 for 12
- Greek Yogurt, 32 oz.: $3.89
- Organic Light Agave Nectar: $2.49
- Organic Coconut Oil, 14 oz: $4.99
Those are just some of the things I found that I love! I might do more posts specific to shopping at Aldi, because I just love it so much! They are making a huge effort to get healthier with their products since launching their Fit & Active, SimplyNature and LiveGFree brands.
Do you shop at Aldi? If so, what is your favorite product?