It’s been an interesting few months since reducing my grocery budget to £50 a week.
There’s been highs and lows. I’m managing to stick to the budget, but it’s requiring some effort – for example having to shop at 4 to 5 separate locations.
So last Friday I decided to try and do the whole of my grocery shop at Aldi.
Being totally honest, I wasn’t feeling overly optimistic. I had been in Aldi a few times, not for groceries but rather running apparel (which is fantastically priced in comparison to branded) and hadn’t really felt compelled to try a food shop.
Following my usual Friday routine, I headed off list in hand. The plan was (oh there’s always a plan!) to get as much as possible off the list and then top up from elsewhere.
So how’d it go?
I didn’t tally up as I went round. I just stuck to my list.
At the checkout the bill came to £41.11 – an underspend of £.8.89!
Pretty impressive huh? I wasn’t able to get pasta sheets, and the milk hadn’t been delivered yet so that was slightly inconvenient. Therefore I popped to the Nisa on the way home to grab those items (rather than the supermarket, whose car-park I attempted to get on and couldn’t as it was too busy… I dread to think how much worse this will get as the month progresses).
Adding on the milk and pasta my basic grocery spend came to £44.16.
In fact I was so pleased with my low spend, I hit Aldi a second time after loading my groceries in the car, and purchased:
The two bottles of wine took me to just over £50. The Lemonade, Advocaat and Irish Cream I wanted to try. This month I am allowing an extra £20 a week to grab a few luxuries. As these are half the price of the usual brands I buy I thought it was worth a try!
I love. love. love. the snow but I despise trying to get snowboots for the kids at short notice. Anyone remember the snowboot saga last December? Unfortunately they don’t fit First-Born (Second-Born’s sorted) so they need to go back. Snowboot Saga The Sequel here we come!
- Aldi don’t accept credit-card’s. I totally appreciate why, but for someone who spends almost every penny on card it’s a bit of a negative.
- I’m not familiar with all the products yet so am a little unsure what I should buy and what I shouldn’t – however this is a work in progress – watch this space for a post next Monday!
- The amount of packaging. This is no more excessive than any other supermarket but as I have been shopping at the outdoor market I am used to handing over my canvas bag and them filling it without added bags, plastic etc…
- They don’t stock pasta sheets! What? Why? Bizarre! 😉
- They seem to only stock one brand of an item so it relieves the stress of decision making. I liked this a lot.
- It wasn’t very busy – I was in and out in 20 minutes.
- No carrier bags given – so you have to reuse your own bags – and so you should!
- Aldi stock free-range chicken – reasonably priced.
- Being able to get my shop at one location – not 4!
- The price – so far so good. I’ll be going back this Friday to see whether it was beginners luck or not.