Not so thrifty grocery trip!

Posted 01-17-2013 at 11:52 AM by Heather8183

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!

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7 Responses to “Not so thrifty grocery trip!”

  1. jesajane on January 17th, 2013 9:00 pm


    That’s funny because our Sav-A-Lot is really cheap but the food is crappy. The store brand stuff is gross. They do carry some name brand stuff, but it’s hit or miss on what they will have. And usually the packages are smaller than at the grocery store I go to. So, you may pay less but you are getting less.

  2. Shellyluwho on January 18th, 2013 7:44 am


    Prices are going up everywhere here in the Southeast, even at Aldi. A friend of mine did figure out the clearance day at Aldi so that could be something to ask about the next time you get groceries.

  3. qsefthuko on January 18th, 2013 2:41 pm


    Our nearest save a lot has/had(been a few years) no name brand items. Just high priced junk food. I haven’t been in around 10 years though as like you I figured out after only one trip it is not Save a Lot.

  4. champatlife on January 18th, 2013 8:44 pm


    i remeber save-a-lot as a kid, the stores were run down, and one step away from a health violation. None of the food was name brand, and you didn’t want to buy anything in the store that required refridgeration at all!

  5. annaintheglen on January 19th, 2013 7:41 pm


    It is amazing how small differences can add up.

  6. jsmith on January 20th, 2013 6:25 pm


    Aldi in my town is horrible. Super processed, high sodium junk that tastes TERRIBLE. I have never understood why generic = higher sodium. Total waste of money, I will never shop there again.

  7. Mommy2tu on January 28th, 2013 10:17 pm


    I think it all depends on where you live. I’m in TN. And in the bigger town my mom lives in the save-a-lot is high and dirty, but the small town I’m in where there are no other stores besides save-a-lot it’s pretty cheap and very clean. Pretty much I go to Wal-mart in the next town, then stop by save-a-lot to get canned food, milk, and small things. But, not really too much. Their canned food here is like 49cents to 79cents. But I have seen there prices rise about 20cent in the last 3 months.

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