DH and I went grocery shopping on Saturday. I had my meals all planned out, and my list ready to go. I wanted to go to Aldi, my go-to thrifty store. However, we had a gift certificate from restaurant.com to a place where there isn’t an Aldi, so I thought we’d try out Sav-a-lot. Well…turns out the name should be something akin to Spend-a-lot or Sav-a-not.
As soon as I walked in, I started seeing the prices and I was just shocked. They were as high, if not higher than Walmart’s! I should have turned around and left, but we had both kids, and I thought it would be a huge hassle to get them back in the car, and buckled, and go somewhere else. One of these times I’m going to learn to trust my instincts!
At Walmart, a bag of shredded cheese is around $2.25, and Sav-a-lot has them for $2.50. Not a huge difference, but still higher, and every little bit adds up. I was absolutely blown away that a case of water was $4.99 at Sav-a-lot!!! Walmart sells them for just over $2.00. I know a bag of boneless skinless chicken breast is $6 at Walmart, and Sav-a-lot had them for almost $7. Aldi sells cans of biscuits for $.40…I use them for the dumplings in my chicken and dumplings…they were $1.20 at Sav-a-lot. These are just a few examples.
I know that grocery prices vary greatly depending on location, cost of living, etc. I think that was one of the problems with our shipping trip. We were in an area that’s mainly populated by Amish families. Also, I think another issue was that Sav-a-lot sells mostly name brand items. I hardly EVER buy name brand products. Even with coupons, I find that I can get store brand cheaper almost always. In fact, I can’t think of the last thing we bought name brand, except for our Millstone Foglifter K-Cups.
So, I’ve definitely learned a thrifty lesson! I’m sure I ended up wasting more at Sav-a-lot than I saved on our dinner with our gift certificate! Oh well…you live and you learn! The good news is, DH, the kids and I all ate an awesome Mexican dinner for only $10, and I learned my lesson. I’ll be sticking to Aldi from now on!