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Friday Finals 4/20

on 4.20.2012 at 6:24pm
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It’s produce time again!  We picked up our first box of produce from our local CSA Farm this week, and have already dug into the fresh strawberries and onions.

For groceries this week I hit a wall.  We needed food, but I honestly didn’t have the time or energy to get things together to hit the grocery store.  So… I decided we would make an Aldi run.  I actually don’t promote heavy Aldi shopping because you will get better prices in the grocery store, but in a moment where time and energy play in it is a great second choice.

We spent $61.67 but probably got enough to make around 10 different meals plus a fruit salad to take to a church picnic tomorrow.

What would I have saved with coupons in another store?
Comparing prices I paid to current prices we are seeing in the stores with coupons I probably would have saved an additional $8.56 to buy this in the grocery stores on sale.

I know that’s not a big savings, but you also need to realize how to shop in Aldi to be able to get the savings so close.  Their special buys that are national brands aren’t deals at all (you can’t use a coupon plus they are only about 20% off reg. price).   You also need to take a price list with you so that you can stay away from some items that are actually the same price as grocery store prices.  A few things I saw today were sugar, pistachios, butter and Apple Juice.  They were all the same price as a regular price in my local Publix (not a sale price and definitely not with a coupon).

This week I also ran to CVS for free toothpaste, but didn’t go early enough so I left with a rain check.  That’s okay though, I’ll grab it in a week or so when we have new Colgate coupons and get an even better deal!

How did you do this week?  Leave a comment or a link to your savings post.


    • Cherawls

      i’ve only recently discovered aldi and now i hit them every week for their produce specials.  they are less than a half mile from my publix and their prices on produce is less than half.  what a deal

    • Amy Lauren

      I really like Aldi! Now, I mostly just go there for produce and things that don’t go on sale. I wouldn’t buy national brand stuff there because I know I can do better at the grocery store. BUT… I can’t complain when I can get a container of strawberries or a bag of pears for $1. It gets me when people think they save on things like cereal or cleaning supplies there though, when they really don’t :(. 

    • guest

      For the $8.56 you might have saved in coupons had you shopped at another store, you probably would have paid an additional $15 if you bought a decent amount of produce at that same store.   As has been mentioned many times, folks shop at Aldi for their produce, meat specials, eggs and milk (if they are in an area with cheap milk prices.)  Otherwise, you can get just about everything else for free, very inexpensive or at an amazing price with coupons and $/$$ store coupons at other stores.  

      Just as Jenny has her CSA Farm basket every week, many of us have our Aldi.  We just aren’t in a location with a CSA Farm or can’t afford the weekly share price of a CSA basket so we rely on Aldi for our produce.

    • lindsey

      i was so proud of my trip at publix yesterday – i did not have much time to plan so i was only buying the things on sale i had to have and a few good deals to stock up on – i bought steak for the grill and my total was abouy 43.00 – i saved about 44.00 – i marinated the steak- then took a shower – we decided it was getting late and we would have the steak for lunch on saturday – i left the steak out on the counter all night – so i wasted about 7.00— i have never been so irritated !!!  somebody please tell me you have done the same !!

      • Bmktown

        My husband has recently started working from home. He gets the kids breakfast and puts them on the bus to school. I have come home many days and found milk left out all day. Everyone does it!

    • Ana Maria S.

      I love ALDI! I do still coupon and find better deals for most other grocery/toiletry/household items. I get those at Bi-Lo, CVS, & Dollar General here in my small town. But for fruits and veggies, milk ($2.69 a gallon this week at my store!), and checking out the meat section for markdowns Aldi saves us quite a bit of money :)

    • Jane

      Aldis started out in Germany so they have some German specialty items (they also own Trader Joes). I love their chocolate which is mostly made in Germany; it’s like a gourmet brand and so good. They also have some German wines and beer plus many more items. I also love their French onion dip, and the fresh artichoke and garlic salsa with the blue corn chips.

    • Sarahbeth1210

      I went to CVS and paid 1.87 for two 12 packs of Scott and one 18 pack of Scott, one bottle of Wisk and one bottle of Swiffer wet jet.  I had 10.99 in ECB’s, 7.00 in qpons, and I got a 4 off 20 from the magic read machine.  I was proud.

      • Sarahbeth1210

        Sorry…should say RED machine!

    • Cjlenington

      I do coupons at Harris Teeter.  However, I found that when I started couponing it was hard to get good produce deals.  I was not happy with the prices on produce at Harris Teeter.  Then I discovered Aldi’s weekly produce deals!  You can’t beat them.  I’ve been very happy with how Aldi has helped me increase our family’s intake of fresh fruits and veggies!