Awhile back I received an email from a reader who kind of challenged me in regards to grocery shopping. If you read my blog often, you know that I usually visit multiple stores every weekend to get the best deals. In her email, my reader said the only store around her for miles is a Wal Mart; she isn’t blessed with 6 different grocery stores in a 5-mile radius like I am, and she wanted to see people who could do all of their shopping at one store, no matter the prices.
That got me thinking: I rarely shop at Wal Mart for groceries. I wonder if it’s any cheaper than Aldi?
Friends, I have an answer. And I’ll break it all down for you.
Before I go into what I bought, I have to set the stage. To let you know what I had to work with here.
- I planned my trip around $75, my usual spending money. I do have a $14 overage from last week but chose not to use it here.
- I’m using items I already have at home to help with these meals, as I’m sure you do as well. For example: I already had tuna, frozen chicken, black beans, and cheese. Creating the entire menu below would cost me over $75, but I always have some sort of small stockpile.
- I went with the Great Value brand wherever I could to save money.
So below is the list of everything I bought at Wal Mart. I tried to include what I know of Aldi prices, if there was a huge price difference. I’m actually quite surprised, and I’ll elaborate later:
BirdsEye Oriental Stir Fry veggies: $5.98
Oranges: $4.48, around $2.99 at Aldi
Box of 12-pack mandarin oranges: $4.98. I can’t find canned mandarins that are in 100% fruit juice! Anyone have suggestions?
Ground turkey: $1.50, $1.89 at Aldi
Pepsi Max 2-liter: $1.00
Cauliflower: $2.47, $1.99 at Aldi
Sweet potatoes, 3-pound bag: $2.94, $1.69 at Aldi
McIntosh apples, 3-pound bag: $3.44
Carrots, 2-pound bag: $1.44, $1.29 at Aldi
Russet potatoes: $1.97
2 cans diced tomatoes: $.72 each
Smuckers Natural peanut butter: $3.32. Their store brand peanut butter contained sugar and this was the next best thing.
Hot salsa: $1.98
7 cups Greek yogurt: $.76 each
Ground cinnamon: $.98
Cream cheese tub: $2.36
Canned tomato sauce: $.72
Cottage cheese: $1.84
Red bell pepper: $.68. This was supposed to be $1.48 but I think she accidentally rang it up as a green pepper.
Shredded lettuce: $1.75. I’ll definitely shred my own next time; a 3-pack of Romaine hearts at Aldi is $1.99!
Pretzels: $1.98, $1.29 at Aldi
White cheddar popcorn: $1.98
Tomatoes, 1.14 pounds: $2.03
Bananas, 3.05 pounds: $1.66
Tortilla shells: $1.75
Brown rice: $1.37
French bread: $.40, on clearance
2 dozen eggs: $.72 each
Weekly Total: $74.68, plus got 12 cents back from the Savings Catcher app!
So, I made it right under $75. Technically it should have been a little over because of the bell pepper, but I’m still pretty much right on target. Here are my thoughts:
- Wal Mart has Aldi beat based on item varieties. I know that’s the point of Aldi, is to have a small selection to make prices cheaper; but I do like how Wal Mart has more variety. For example, Wal Mart has hot salsa, and Aldi does not. Wal Mart also has different flavors of diced tomatoes, like fire roasted.
- In the case of fresh produce prices, Aldi wins hands-down. Some items didn’t vary as much in price; bananas were the same price per pound, and apples and carrots were very similar too. But the sweet potatoes killed me. $2.94 at Wal Mart compared to $1.69 at Aldi? For 3 pounds! I guess Aldi’s spoiled me.
- I like how I can get both groceries and personal care items at Wal Mart. Aldi has a small selection of personal care stuff, but I prefer to go elsewhere because I can find it cheaper.
In conclusion, would I go to Wal Mart for all of my shopping? Probably not. Is shopping only at Wal Mart do-able? Yes. You have to be deliberate in your purchases, and make sure none of that food goes to waste; but other than the higher prices of produce, I think Wal Mart is a fine place to do all of your shopping, and I commend anyone who does it!
Here’s the menu of what we’ll be making this week:
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins, roasted potatoes, frozen veggies
Chicken* with Peanut Sauce, rice, stir fry veggies
Stuffed Pepper Soup, French loaf
Tuna* salad wraps, roasted potatoes
Black bean* tacos, roasted sweet potatoes
Carrot Cake Oatmeal (Using regular oats and pecans I found in my pantry)
French toast* (Bread in freezer)
Mini egg cups, English muffins* with cream cheese
Sausage egg and cheese casserole for MOPS (Using turkey sausage from freezer)
Carrot Cake Muffins, Mandarin oranges, string cheese*, peanuts*, cauliflower
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!