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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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If you think you're saving the most money at Aldi, you may want to check out this comparison.

As frugal-minded shoppers, we are always on the hunt to find the best prices without too much work. I know a lot of you have found that Aldi has low prices and good deals on certain items.  Since they don’t carry name brands or accept any coupons, I thought it might be a good idea to compare their prices with the sales and coupons at traditional grocery stores and see where things fall.

You might be surprised to learn that the comparison shows when you buy brand name and use coupons, you actually get much better deal!

To see the current Publix deals go here.

To see the current Aldi deals here.

To make the price comparison, I took 13 items from a recent Buy One Get One list at Publix and found the comparable house brand item at my local Aldi. This included items like canned tomatoes, brownie mix, condiments, snacks,  bread and dairy products. After tallying up the prices at both stores, here are the results:

Aldi: $19.47
Publix with coupons: $13.16
Publix without coupons: $21.73

As you can see, if you just want to walk in the store without clipping a coupon, you could save $2.26 to buy the Aldi store brands vs. national brands at Publix.  Add on the coupon savings and there really is no comparison.  I saved $6.31 shopping at Publix and I got Kraft cheese instead of the Aldi brand! Another point about Aldi is they only accept debit, or cash (no credit cards) and grocery bags are not provided.

I hope this helps you see that buying on sale and using coupons on name brand items can save you more just just shopping at discount stores. If you want to learn more about how to shops sales and coupon, check out the Learn to Coupon page!