Friday, August 16, 2013

Breaking Up

I've got sad news this week. Walmart and I are no longer friends when it comes to grocery shopping.

Sad, but true.

I've really struggled with the fact that so many of you want to eat clean, but don't have Aldi's.

So I came up with this brilliant idea in my mind... Let's save money eating clean by shopping at Walmart! I was so excited and I told my husband we were totally going to pull this off.

I planned out all of my clean meals and I realized that my list wasn't too long at all. I was so hopeful that I was going to completely blow you away!

By shopping at Aldi and saving tons of money, I have been able to freeze a lot of the extra chicken and fish I've bought there. By this point, I have a fairly decent stockpile in our freezer. For my Walmart shopping trip, the only meat I really needed was a small bag of frozen shrimp.

I always start in the back of the grocery section and work my way forward. The moment I looked at the first item, I knew I was in trouble. Not only am I OCD, I also sport a photographic memory. As I was searching for the best non-fat plain Greek yogurt, my heart started racing! What in the world were these prices?

Friends, if you've been saving a bunch of money on groceries and go back to spending a ton on them you will freak out! Totally not kidding...

Ryan and Caleb are watching me slowly come unglued in the dairy aisle. And Caleb, being the almost four year old that he is, would rather just join me in a toddler tantrum.

I looked over my shoulder and Ryan was just staring me down. Poor thing kept telling me that it was going to be okay. I heard the "You win some, you lose some" thing about twenty times....

The problem is that I know some of you don't have Aldi. And that really makes me angry because you deserve to feed your family and yourselves healthier without taking out a second mortgage!

I survived my Walmart trip by spending $128.00. I've spent less these past six weeks with five people in my household. Now I'm back down to just three people. I bought one $5 bag of frozen shrimp, no other meat. The rest were basic essentials to get us through the week.

Walmart for my child is ten times more overwhelming than Aldi. There is so much going on and so many people in Walmart! If Caleb has an audience, he will react. Every....single....time. In Aldi, it's nice and quiet because I don't think a ton of people in our area have figured out what a goldmine it is! I never thought I'd say it, but I swear it's almost peaceful shopping for groceries there!

I can walk into Aldi, spend around $60-$75 per week for the three of us and have stockpiles of meat. Yes it's already frozen, but I honestly believe it tastes better than any meat I buy at Walmart. I have never been pleased with Walmart's meat department.

Lesson Learned: You're going to have to coupon like crazy if you want to buy your groceries at Walmart. I love the rest of Walmart. I found the perfect deal on a fridge for the boat last week. They've got pretty good deals on other things. But, if I'm going to feed my family properly Walmart won't be able to help me. I work too much and have so many other things going on to spend time clipping coupons that probably won't save me enough to make up for not shopping at Aldi.

I'm not sure if Bi-Lo and Publix will be the same way, but I'm almost afraid to try. Y'all are going to have to excuse my running back to Aldi for a while. I'm going to have to get delusional again before trying another store.

I never really cared about what we were spending on groceries before trying to show you how to eat clean on a budget. I'd spend $150-$200 per week at Walmart and never think a thing about it. Now I simply cannot go back to that mess!

To my beloved Aldi:

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28 comments:

  1. Idk if yall have an HEB (we do in Texas) but thats the ONLY place I shop at, Wal-Mart is stupid expensive and I get so distracted HEB isn't that distracting and it's so much cheaper!!!

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    1. No, we don't have an HEB. :( We definitely need more options!

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    2. The town I grew up in we had to go 45 mins for a good grocery store, and the town I'm going to college in we only have and HEB and Wal-Mart, the HEB could be a little better but its soooo much better than Wal-Mart

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    3. At least here in San Antonio HEB is comparable to Walmart, they have their coupons in store but most of them are for junk. Aldi's is waaay cheaper, my parents have on in KY, I've tried sending an e-mail to the company asking for them to put one up out here. The cheapest store I've found on my side of San Antonio is La Fiesta, it's not in the best part of town (off marbach and military for those of you who know San Antonio well) and most of the time the meat they have on sale is pork chops, but you can stay around 50-75 bucks there if you shop creatively.

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  2. I wish we had an Aldi here, we do all our grocery shopping at Walmart because it's the cheapest compared to the other grocery stores. Sounds like we are missing out on some good deals.

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    1. I am so sorry they're the cheapest option you have! That's pitiful!

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  3. I love this! I never had a great experience shopping clean at Walmart. The produce is often half-spoiled already. Aldi is totally the way to go!

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  4. i know girl i feel the same way!

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    1. It made me so mad! I was pitching a fit all the way home. Ryan looked at me like I had lost my mind!

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  5. I agree! I have a Walmart across the street from my house and I have stopped shopping there and instead go across town to our Aldi. The part that bothered me is that th selection at Walmart just isn't very good for the prices, and things are often mismarked. Make sure you check your receipt when you leave to make sure you didn't pay $9 for a frozen pizza (no joke) which was supposed to be on sale!

    That said, Americans statistically spend less of their % of income on food than any other country in the world. Shows where our priorities lie that people will not spend more money on better quality. BUT that better quality for me is NOT Walmart. Aldi, being owned by the same company as Trader Joe's, is both high quality and low cost. WIN WIN

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    1. I didn't know Aldi was owned by the same company. We don't have a Trader Joe's but I am considering a special trip to see what they're all about!

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  6. I stumbled across your blog from the #TNbloggers link up. I'm also a Chatty girl! My husband and I shop at Bi-lo or Publix. We never thought to try Aldi. Looks like we will be giving that a try! We never grocery shop at Wal-mart. Every time we tried, we ended up with bad produce or meat.

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    1. Make sure you go to the one in Hixson. I won't step foot in the one on Lee Highway.

      Glad to finally meet another Chattanooga blogger!

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  7. Haha, you are so cute! And you know what, my family and I - LOVE ALDI! Did you know they are affiliated with Trader Joe's? We shop at both and save so much on fresh produce. Publix fresh produce is expensive compared to Aldi's. Granted, they have more selection, but for somethings double the price. Stopping by from the TN Bloggers Link up!

    http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Chelsey! I'm so glad you stopped by!

      I had no idea until today that Aldi and Trader Joe's were together. I've never been to a Trader Joe's, but I think I'm going to hunt one down soon!

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  8. I, personally, can't stand the food at walmart. It's poor quality and goes back very very quickly. I shop at HEB or Randall's sometimes. We have a Sprouts here but the produce seems to go bad nearly before it leaves the store.

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    1. You and me both! I've never heard of HEB or Randall's. We need a better selection of stores in Chattanooga!

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  9. I love Aldi! A new one just opened up closer to my home, which makes me a happy, happy girl! I'm even more pleased to know that they are affiliated with Trader Joe's! Walmart sucks!

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    1. Yes it certainly does! I was back at my beloved Aldi this week!

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  10. I've debated trying Aldi. I just never thought they would have much of a selection, especially when it comes to healthy/clean foods. You may have inspired me to check it out! Thanks!

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    1. They are great! Ours has the best, freshest produce around.

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  11. This was a great post Wendy, I had no idea Aldi was cheaper than Walmart. I am going to check them out.

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  12. I LOVE Aldi! I haven't fully gotten the hang of meal planning and being a great organized shopper yet, but I know that I can make quite a haul for much less than I can get a few things for at Walmart.

    Kristin

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    1. There is such an art to planning. I began reading things on Pinterest and then just tailored it to our family. It's so much less stressful!

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  13. Wendy I always forget about Aldi and hubby has been hooked on Food Lion lately. ( I avoid the grocery store at all cost) And Publix has a great selection but they are pretty pricey. I've never been a of Walmart and this is one more reason to avoid them. And they always have the worst looking produce!

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    1. I love Food Lion, but they shut ours down in Chattanooga. I think I could have cried! Publix is great when I'm craving sushi and mussels. I buy my seafood only from them. But I love Aldi's produce and prices! It's ten times better than anyone else's around here.

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