Shopping at ALDI to Halve your Food Bill  

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Shopping at ALDI to Halve your Food Bill


The other week I posted this article in the Central Vic Fun Group Discussion page.

I just wanted to reprint it here in my blog, partly for posterity, but also so other readers of my blog who don't frequent the CVFG can also be informed.

Last month [April] Money magazine printed an article where they compared a shopping basket of items across three supermarket chains and compared bill totals for both house brands and name brands.

ALDI won narrowly against the other house brands, but against the name brands, ALDI was roughly half the cost of name brands.

Worth investigating wouldn't you say?

Below is the article I posted along with the responses from CVFG members.

Mustang

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4/22/2006
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I have noticed several of you have mentioned in various threads and posts in blogs that Money is tight, so i would like to help by recommending to you that you give ALDI supermarket a go.

Basically you can halve your shopping bill for the majority of things you would buy at the supermarket, and this is confirmed in an article in this months Money magazine.

I am the first to admit that when I first started to venture into ALDI, I found the experience bewildering to say the least, so I would recommend that you slowly ease your way into shopping there.

Everything apart from; Vegiemite, Nescafe, Latina pasta, plus some dairy items, is basically ALDI sourced "House" brands.

It is all quality stuff; the "Bubbles" are Kellogg's Rice Bubbles, the Corn Flakes are from Sanitarium [confirmed by another shopper spotting the delivery sticker on a box], the Nutrigrain is Kellogg's, it just is shaped differently, and the list goes on, so if you want to you can make a game of it and determine who the manufacturer is.

Interestingly, one shopper informed me that her kids prefer the hazelnut extract over Nutella, as it spreads and tastes better, which just goes to show that the ALDI quality specifications are working in our favour.

If you eat a lot of pasta then you will appreciate being able to buy 500 gram packets for $0.60, for a restricted range of shapes, spaghetti, tube, spirals, and maybe one other. Still for 60 cents who gives a damn.

Soft Drink is $0.70 per 1.2 litre in a limited range of flavours; cola , orange [my favourite and it tastes good, better than Fanta], lemon [not bad] and plain.

Pet Food; The tinned stuff is all good, with both my "girls" enjoying it. The only thing Alice knocked back was the dry food, which for Alice is saying something as she is a Golden Retriever X Cocker Spaniel food vacuum.

As for the frozen foods, the breads, the vegies and the meats, its all good stuff, well priced, just in different packaging that's all. Its just like buying a badge engineered car, same product just a few different logos.

The weekly specials start on Thursday, and if you see something in the catalogue you want get in early because the place gets crowded on a Thursday morning. I bought a pair of Steel Capped Work Boots the other week as part of the weekly special. They are made by Bata, and cost me $40.00, similar boots at a Safety shop cost a mate $60.00 and Bunnings are selling non steel capped boots for $90.00.

Two other things to be aware of are the need to bring your own shopping bags or to grab boxes while in the store as they don't give out plastic bags, but will sell you some. Also the shop hours are not as long as at the other supermarkets.

Personally I reckon its a small price to pay for being able to halve my shopping bill, don't you??

Mustang


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4/22/2006 5:41 am
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4/22/2006 5:44 am
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That's a really great piece there Stang! I have a close connection with Aldi and its true!

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I do have to agree with you there mustang, I shop there fortnightly. As you said the Money gets tight and with the price of petrol these days its so worth the little time it takes to have a look and yes find the bargains. The have to haves, like bread, marg and milk are lots cheaper than the other supermarkets and worth the trip even if just for those few items.
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4/22/2006 4:27 pm
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Hi , we regularly go to get stuff at Aldi
The 4 litre vanilla ice cream is very nice and @ $3.99 cant beat that bread 99c 3 litre milk $2.99 raisin bread $1.68 are just a few examples
The lemonade soft drink we didn't like though yuk

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yes my parents shop ALDI in Sydney & they swear by it too......

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Yes , Mustang , your correct !
Many people i have spoken to about the Aldi chain , all confirm what your saying . And when i get the chance to , i definitely shop there...good advice !


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Sorry guys, I didn't mean for my post to sound like an advertorial for ALDI [might be a job in it for me if they did though], and I most definitely don't work for ALDI.

I figure that if I can at least highlight to other people how to save Money on their shopping bill then I have done the right thing. If for whatever reason someone fails to heed my advice, given freely and without bias then it is their problem.

I forgot to mention the Long-life Skim Milk, which I have substituted for REV. It tastes good to me, and it means I no longer run out of milk or have milk going off before I can use it, which saves me more Money in addition to the price difference.

So do yourself a favour and check ALDI out, then do something constructive with the savings.

Mustang


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Mustang...think ADLI might like to sponsor full membership for all the group members...run it by them.

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I would be interested to hear what others have to say about ALDI, and the possibility of halving their grocery bill.

Mustang

KaliforYadreamin 46M
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5/2/2006 11:33 pm

Well I would like to predicate any comments I make with the qualification that I hav no industry affliations, either retail or otherwise. Huh Hah!

Thats a sound body of research there and an overwhelming confirmation of
the best plan to take good care of the hip pocket.

It seems I should dump my previous strategy based on which retailer has a carpark nearest the door.

most enlightening

Kali


PrincessKarma 45F
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5/3/2006 12:24 pm

[BH]I learned this years ago when I was a college student in Mexico. house brands wil always be cheaper than name brands, and of comparable if not higher quality.

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma


rm_MustangD6644 53M
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5/10/2006 3:46 pm

Well Kali I think that you may find that ALDI wins on that score as well. They tend to build either stand alone stores or stores without internal connections to the rest of a shopping centre. They have their floorplan, come traffic flow method and are sticking to it.
You go in through one set of automatic doors and out the others only after you have passed the registers, plus the auto doors [two sets at each entrance/exit] create an airlock to help maintain the correct temperature in the store.

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rm_MustangD6644 53M
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5/10/2006 3:47 pm

Funny the things you learn when money is tight, isnt it, PK.

Mustang


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