Thursday, July 10, 2008
Super Walmart vs. Aldi (& Fareway)
With the opening of our Super Walmart, a friend and I decided to do an experiment. We took a basic grocery list and set off for Super Walmart, Aldi, & Fareway to compare generics to generics to see where we could save the most money.
1. If I just bought a grocery list of produce, I would spend $10 more at Super Walmart than Aldi and Fareway! DON'T buy your produce at Super Walmart! It may look pretty, but it will take a big bite out of your budget.
2. If I purchased a complete grocery list of the same generic items at all three stores (produce, staples, dairy, meat, etc.), Super Walmart would cost the most ($169.95), Fareway would be second ($160.74), and Aldi would be the cheapest ($140.96) Aldi is cheap, hands down. If you shopped this grocery list once per month, you would save $237.36 per year by shopping at Aldi!
3. If I took the list and bought each item at the store where that item is cheapest, I saved an additional $6.42 from what I spent from just shopping at Aldi. If you shopped for these items once per month at the store where each item is cheapest, you would save another $77.04 per year. This one is tricky. How long would it take you to make a spreadsheet of the prices? (with the help of a friend it took me about 6 hours) You also have to take into account your gas costs. It doesn't help to save $6.42 in groceries if you eat it up in gas.
Want to locate an Aldi near you? Click here! Never shopped at Aldi? Read this helpful article before you go! There are few things you will want to know ahead of time!
(Central Iowans: If you live in central Iowa and would like me to email you a copy of my spreadsheet, send me an email at my email link. It is a rough spreadsheet and I have noticed that some prices have gone up since making it, but it's a start.)
(A Note About Hy-Vee and Cub Foods: Hy-Vee and Cub Foods are generally more expensive. Maybe someday when I have more time, I will do another price comparison to show how much more expensive they really are. Don't get me wrong, Hy-Vee is a clean and fun store to shop and Cub boasts some "great" Buy One, Get One sales, but they are both more expensive than the stores above. If you need to save on groceries, they are not the place.)