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How Much Can You Save By Shopping At Aldi?

written by Shelley Marsh 30/04/2014
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When you speak to people about Aldi there are pretty much two camps.  There are those that love shopping at Aldi and those that don’t.   The truth be told I am in neither camp.  We live a five minute walk from a large name supermarket so that tends to be where we shop, more out of convenience and a bit of exercise, than anything else.   However, after hearing stories from my friends about how much they think they save from shopping at Aldi, combined with figuring out how much we spend on groceries every month(click here to find out more), I decided to see for myself how much we could save by shopping at Aldi.

In putting the Aldi’s to the test,  I chose 18 items at Aldi that would appear reasonably regularly on our shopping list and compared the prices to my local big name supermarket.  The list is spread across a range of areas including fresh produce, meat, personal goods and packaged foods and drink.  I tried to compare similar sized packages and looked at the cost per unit.

The result was a 28% saving by shopping Aldi rather than my local supermarket!!! (Click here to see the full spreadsheet with the list and my calculations).   Interestingly there were only 3 items out of 18 where Aldi was more expensive than my local supermarket.  That was in minced meat, tissues and milk.  So regardless, wherever you shop, it always pays to know your prices!  However, that said, across pretty much all the other areas there were reasonably decent savings to be made.

Of course, this comparison is not completely fair as the brands I am comparing are not exactly the same and so there may be quality or taste differences between the products which have not been captured in this pure price comparison.  Also, I only looked at a random selection of items, not every single one that I would normally buy.  So, it always pays to do your own homework and see if Aldi works for you.

Aldi deliver on their cheaper prices by having a reduced product range.  This means that many of my friends do two shops , to fill in any brands or products that might be missing from their initial Aldi shop.  This does add a bit to the inconvenience to the whole shopping experience.  However, I guess though  at the end of the day, 28% is a pretty reasonable price difference, so I might be rolling down to our local Aldi a lot more often!!!

How do you find shopping at Aldi?

p.s  This is not a sponsored post – just something I did because I wanted to know and I thought you might be interested too 🙂

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25 comments

Mums Take Five 01/05/2014 at 8:20 pm

Interesting. might be worth me stopping in there occassionally. The inconvienice of not having what i wanted everytime i went and the ingredients lisitng on some products and not being able to buy aust made in some things i wanted was the reason i didnt like it. but its not a bad saving if you knew the prices well.
great article x

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Renee Wilson 01/05/2014 at 8:30 pm

Oooh great research!! Thank you. I have tried Aldi several times, but the one near us just always seems to be a bit of a mess. My sister swears by the Aldi near her though and says there are bargains to be had. I might have to give it another go!

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Fiona 01/05/2014 at 9:24 pm

I tend to do a big bulk shop at Aldi for non-perishables once a month (treating it a bit like Costco!). There is one expensive problem shopping at Aldi – being suckered into the weekly non-food specials! At Woolies my credit card points are 3 points per dollar – so this gives me a $50 gift card every 6 or so weeks. For some reason this is very appealing even though I could probably save that at Aldi every week!

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vboh 01/05/2014 at 10:55 pm

I’ve shopped at Aldi ‘ s for a year now. I supplement produce & lunchmeat from a local franchised grocery near by. I feed my family of four for significantly less & it is absolutely worth two trips! Sometimes the cost of the other grocery is the same as my entire Aldi ‘ s receipt. My husband & I often split the list to make it easier. Even my kids get excited about the savings.

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Alison Parks 02/05/2014 at 8:26 am

Hi Money Mummy! We tried Aldi for a while, but like you, the convenience of the one-stop-shop with a closer supermarket has been our choice. We weren’t happy with the quality of the meat and produce, however I believe it does differ between stores. They have lots of great biscuits, snacks and treats however. If we had one closer, I would possibly utilise it a little more. Thanks for your comparisons. Cheers, Al

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Shelley Marsh 09/05/2014 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Al for stopping by! Yes the biscuits are too much temptation for me!!!

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Denise 02/05/2014 at 1:57 pm

I keep hearing this about Aldi and I really need to try it out. Our grocery bills are getting a little out of control! Thanks so much for doing the research:-)

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Vanessa @ 26 Years And Counting 02/05/2014 at 4:10 pm

I haven’t tried shopping there much, really. I used to shop in Aldi & Lidl when I lived overseas, so I’m not anti-Aldi, I just kind of haven’t. I try to buy local as much as possible, but my hours of work are less than they used to be so budget wins out over ideals for now. Out of curiosity I did compare a range of items at my local Woolies & Coles recently. And they were IDENTICAL. To the cent. And I was comparing like & like – homebrand 300g this to homebrand 300g that, or Big Brand This to Big Brand That. I thought surely this is anti competition behaviour.

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Emma Fahy Davis 02/05/2014 at 7:25 pm

We love Aldi, I can feed our family of 7 on $300 a fortnight by shopping there. It’s been a bit of trial and error as there are a few of their items that aren’t so great, but for the most part, we find them equal to the premium brands. Things like snacks and school lunch box fillers are so much cheaper. We had a Costco membership but let it lapse once we discovered Aldi.

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Nikki@Wonderfully Women 02/05/2014 at 7:54 pm

I have a few favourite items I go to Aldi for like coffee pods and marzipan, but as I work for one of the big boy’s I do most of my shopping there when I leave work. There are so many things that Aldi don’t sell so I would never rely on them soley.

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Trish 02/05/2014 at 10:57 pm

I loved our local Aldis in Sydney mainly for fruit & vegies and trukish bread/milk – I didn’t burn too much packaged items. I have a few of their special products that they roll out .

Aldi’s is coming soon to our large country town and I can’t wait. I went to Aldi’s this week while I was in Orange – wished I took time to do shopping today before I came home.

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Seana - Sydney, Kids, Food + Travel 03/05/2014 at 8:43 am

I do when I have time as I usually have to go on to Woollies to get the things Aldi doesn’t stock. Recently I had no dollar coin and couldn’t be bothered getting one so went to Woollies for the whole shop which was daft as I ended up spending so much more. Lucky to have both in our local centre.

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me 03/05/2014 at 1:18 pm

I’m an Aldi girl it’s WAY cheaper esp fruit/vege and meat, but for convenience I nip to closest supermarket. BUT sometimes I spend more at Aldi because I get sucked in by their Wed/Sat specials!

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marleisa 03/05/2014 at 6:47 pm

I did a similiar activity – one week I did a Coles shop, the next week a Aldi shop – using the same shopping list……..$60 cheaper!! But you are right…I got to Aldi first, get what I can then go to Coles – but lucky for me they are next to each other!!

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Grace 03/05/2014 at 8:56 pm

28% is nothing to ignore! We just had an Aldi recently open closer to our home. And while I’ve been meaning to head out there, I just haven’t managed. The rest of my family swear by Aldi. In fact my entire parents’ home is decked out in Aldi (yes, I even mean the electrical appliances!)

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Nicole 04/05/2014 at 10:41 am

Hi, great post. I try to shop at Aldi whenever I can. I really notice the difference when I just pick up at few things at Woollies or Coles and am shocked at how quickly things add up. Just have to make sure I’m not tempted into buying some of the other items they stock that I just don’t need. Nicole

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Jodie@FreshHomeCook 04/05/2014 at 10:44 am

I like Aldi for some of their specials, but usually end up at the big name supermarket because I can’t get everything I need. There are some really well priced products to be had there though – especially premium meat cuts.

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Hope 07/05/2014 at 11:35 pm

An interesting read. For me in my current stage of lifestyle you’ve hit he nail on the head. Because if I can’t do my entire shop at aldi, then even if it’s potentially saving me x amount of money, I’m losing out on time. Which at the moment seems to rate higher.

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