Since we started shopping at Aldi’s last Spring, I’ve been getting questions left and right from people in my life on whether or not I think I’m actually saving money by shopping at Aldi instead of Kroger or Meijer. This month I decided to finally put that question to the test. Keep reading to find out the amazing conclusion to my summer challenge… Aldi vs. Kroger: Which One Really Saves You More Money!
Before I could complete this challenge I decided I needed to have a few ground rules:
- No sale prices could be included
- No coupons could be included (I know what you’re thinking… more on this later)
- All items at Kroger needed to be store brand in order to fairly compare with Aldi which carries very few ‘name brands’
- I could only compare items that were similar or identical at the two stores (for example, I couldn’t compare a 24 oz container at Aldi to a 14 oz container at Kroger)
Now I was ready to shop!
For 2 weeks in a row, I went to Aldi with a $50 grocery budget. I purchased “normal” weekly items such as meat, milk, cheese, bread and produce, in addition to a few splurges including a ready made pizza and wine. Then I went to Kroger and found comparable items and tracked the total. I made sure to only choose store brand at Kroger to be fair and didn’t use the sale prices at either store.
So what did I find out?
In week 1, I spent $47.13 at Aldi for a total of 32 items. That’s an average of $1.57 per item I purchased. The same cart of groceries at Kroger cost me $67.33. That’s a difference of $20! That’s a 42% savings! Point for Aldi! 🙂
In week 2, I spent $49.46 at Aldi for 30 items. That was an average of $1.65 per item. The same grocery list at Kroger was $72.87. In week 2 I saved about $22 by shopping at Aldi – a 47% savings!
In addition to these amazing savings – I also couldn’t find a single item from my list that was cheaper at Kroger, not one. The closest Kroger came was having identical prices on a bag of clementines.
So what’s the big idea…
It really makes you think about the choices we make and how they effect our bottom line. For example, how many of you are willing to drive an extra mile or two down the road to save 3 cents per gallon on gas? If you’re willing to save 30 cents at the gas station, then you should definitely check out your local Aldi store!
I know what you’re thinking… “wait a minute, what about coupons?” Well that is the kicker of this scenario. Aldi doesn’t accept coupons and carry a small selection of national brands that even offer coupons. If you’re a major couponer and can devote the time it takes to get a huge amount of products for free or very cheap – then Kroger might be for you. But even if you coupon for staples in your families diets – it may be worth checking out Aldi for fresh products and produce that rarely offer coupons.
Do you shop at Aldi? What has your experience been like? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Happy shopping!