Grocery Store Price Scrimmage Part 2: Aldi vs. Supermarkets

November 16, 2011 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless | Categorized in: Shopping, Couponing
Note from the editor: Is it cheaper to grocery shop at the discount stores or the supermarkets with coupons? The debate is a good one! Shannen surprised us last month with a fantastic post on Price Scrimmage Between the Supermarket and the Supercenter showing us how the discount stores are not always cheaper than shopping at the supermarkets with coupons. Our readers on Facebook asked her to compare Aldi to her local stores to see how it stacked up. Here are her results!

Enjoy!
:) Heather Stephens


Iíve spent the past few weeks watching ads and pricing items. Then I made a few trips to Aldi to compare prices. By watching sales and using coupons, I actually spent less money at the supermarkets in my area. These prices reflect at least 2 different shopping trips I made to each store. Here are my examples:




Bargain Buys

This week at Walgreens, you can get a gallon of Deanís milk for $2.39. This is the cheapest in my area. I learned something new this week too. You cannot use Register Rewards on milk at Walgreens. Actually, there is a whole list of things you canít use them on (located on each RR).

I love the deals at Target this week!! There are so many! Check these out: DelMonte can veggies for 49 cents( get free with target coupon), Betty Crocker potatoes for 89 cents (10-2 GM), Stove top stuffing for 89 cents, Campbellís Cream of Mushroom Soup for 59 cents (11-6 SS), Swanson chicken broth for 59 cents (11-6 SS), DelMonte can fruit for $1, Ritz Crackers for $2.34 (11-13 SS), Gold Medal flour for $2.34 (check Gold Medal website for coupon), Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese for $1.49 (target coupon), Crisco vegetable oil for$2.99 (11-6 RP and target coupon), Ore Ida potatoes for $2.50 (smartsource.com). Target prices are good through Saturday November 19th. Prices listed are before coupons.



FatWallet tip: This post is part of an ongoing series of posts for the couponers and those who wanna be couponers! You may access all the posts on Shannen's author page. Please be sure to check out the grocery coupons and deals forum here on FatWallet to get great deals and connect with other couponers!
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November 17, 2011 | Posted By: HawaiianWisconsinite
I love Aldi's and not just for the price. The stores are small, so you get in and out quickly. Their checkout people are fast, and friendly. Their selection is not as good, but then who needs lots of choices for beans, pasta, milk,etc...? They are inexpensive, but I would go there if the prices were higher.
November 21, 2011 | Posted By: JayChandler
I'm with you HawaiianWisconsinite - I can get in and out of Aldi within 30 minutes, and have my shopping done for the week! At the SuperCenter, it takes me 30 minutes just to walk from the parking lot to the milk cooler.
It should also be mentioned that you can count on those Aldi prices being pretty much the same week after week without having to match up coupons. I found this great site to check out Aldi product reviews too - it's aldishopper.blogspot.com.
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