How I Cut my Grocery Bill in Half

Confession- my entire department at work was laid off a couple months ago and money has been tight on one salary. When you're used to having the extra salary something like groceries doesn't seem very expensive because you don't have to think about spending the money because you have it. But when you lost that extra salary, you have to learn to how live within your means.

Admittedly, my husband and I were spending nearly $100-110 on groceries each week for two people. The average couples spend on groceries each month is between $400-$500 which seems insane when you see the number written out. My New Years resolution was to save us money on groceries and better plan my trips and actually stick to my list (which if you know me, I tend to stray like crazy from my pre-planned list). We usually shop at Walmart because it's cheap and we don't really have a great selection of grocery stores on our side of town, so Walmart has been our go-to since moving here. Here's what our typical receipt looks like for a week's worth of groceries:


You may be thinking for an entire week $109 doesn't sound bad for two people, but when you lose that extra salary, spending $500 a month on groceries is not good. I recently discovered Aldi right down the road from us and am obsessed! I'd only been in there before you get a few random things just to check out the store. This past week I did my research on how I can save money on groceries and several people recommended shopping at Aldi. I'd never heard of them before moving to MO, but they're a global discount supermarket chain and their prices are so cheap. I went this morning and was able to get all of this:



What you're looking at is an entire week's worth of groceries including chicken breast, ground turkey, fresh produce, dairy, snacks and ingredients for dinners and breakfast items. Not pictured, I even purchased a 12 pack of toilet paper... TMI? Oops. Take a look at how much I spent:

Please don't give me the whole "you shouldn't purchase paper bags, they're bad for the environment" speech because I recycle and reuse them.
I am so proud of myself! $54 for an entire week's worth of food is cutting our grocery bill in half compared to our usual and I couldn't be happier! I compared the receipts side-by-side and got nearly the same items (37 items at Walmart and 33 items at Aldi) for much cheaper!


If you have an Aldi or a discount grocery store near you, I recommend you shop there! I couldn't believe my savings. We'll be saving around $200-$250 a month which is a major help!

Do you have an Aldi where you live? If so, do you shop there? Let me know in the comments below! Also, prayers for finding a job soon would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Wow! I need to look into whether or not we have an Aldi here!

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    1. You definitely should! Their deals are out of this world!

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  2. I also began the year with intentions to cutback on our grocery bill. Sadly Aldis is across town but I think I need to plan one trip a month.

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    1. You should! If nothing else their produce is amazing and so much cheaper than Walmart!

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  3. No Aldi in New Hampshire :( great job

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  4. Wow, Raven, that is so great! I've never heard of this store before, but you've inspired me to start shopping smarter! :-)

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