5 reasons why you should shop at Aldi #AldiChallenge

February 13, 2015

I have to hold my hands up and confess that I’ve never actually completed a whole family shop within Aldi. I regularly pop in for their Specialbuys (along with a bakewell flapjack, conveniently placed by the till) and over the past year or so I’ve bought a variety of items, however I’ve never thought to switch supermarkets and see if I could get my shopping cheaper within Aldi.

As part of my recent collaboration with Aldi they challenged me to the #AldiChallenge and complete my weekly family shop with them to see if they could save me money.

A family food shop at Aldi

Armed with a shopping list, carrier bags and Roo as my trusty helper I headed to our local Aldi store last Sunday morning. Unfamiliar with the store layout our shopping trip took us a little longer than it would have normally but it was good to take in the different products instead of grabbing the first thing off the shelf and heading onto the next thing we needed.

With a wide range of fresh vegetable, fruit and meat I was spoilt for choice and probably ended up buying enough to last us well over a week but at prices below what I would normally pay in other supermarkets I was happy to pop an extra chicken etc. into my shopping trolley.

The Specialbuys aisle is always a dangerous place for me to visit as I always manage to find something I want, and I wasn’t disappointed on this visit. Adding some new car mats, car accessories, some Family Guy lounge pants for hubby and a fleece top for Roo into our trolley on the way round.

With Roo checking off the list as we headed around the store I was pleased to be able to get everything I needed, with some items coming in bigger packs, for example fromage frais come in packs of 12 instead 6 yet still saving me money on what I would normally pay in other supermarkets.

Once we reached the till, I unloaded our shopping on to the belt whilst Roo got our carrier bags out ready as there is no bag packing area by the till so you need to be quick when it comes to getting your shopping straight into bags and into the trolley (I think I might need to treat myself to some trolley bags). Once our shopping was scanned and bagged the cashier turned and told me the total, I actually thought she had got it wrong so asked her to repeat how much we had spent… just £70.16

I’d saved at least £40 on my normal shop and considering I’d popped a couple of Specialbuys and bought extra meat and vegetables that I might not have normally added into the trolley.

Would I shop it Aldi again for my weekly shop? Oh yes!

5 reasons why you should shop at Aldi

After completing my family shop at Aldi this week, I have to share with you my 5 reasons why you should shop at Aldi…

Everyday Essentials

Aldi Everyday Essentials

You already know our exclusive brands are like brands for quality and taste, only cheaper. In the same way, our new Everyday Essentials range is like the other supermarkets own-label ranges, just at Aldi incredible prices. Now that’s smart shopping.

We’re all looking to make our hard earned cash go that little bit further. One easy way is to switch to the Everyday Essentials range within Aldi. With a variety of food groups available from bread, meat and vegetables you can still make sure that the family is well fed but without the usual high price tag.

Aldi Super 6

Aldi Super 6

The Aldi Super 6 is a range of six different fruit and vegetables that are available for as little as 59p each/per pack, making it easier to provide your 5-a-day for the whole family. With a different selection of fruit and vegetables available every two weeks, why not see what is available and spice up your families meals with something you might not usually buy.

Aldi Bakery

Aldi Bakery

Tigger is a bread loving little boy so access to a good selection of bakery items is a must have for me when I go shopping. Alongside a selection of different breads there is also a variety of crumpets, pancakes, muffins and hot cross buns as well as a few yummy cakes as well. The good thing about their bakery range is the price, for example pancakes are just 39p and hot cross buns are just 50p which given the rate that Tigger eats these they wouldn’t break the bank.

Aldi Meat Offers

Aldi Meat Offers

Providing a hearty meal for a family can be hard especially when the price of meat seems to up and you get less for your money. At Aldi they want to make family mealtimes a feast so have a range of fresh meat offers available every two weeks. But you don’t have to wait for their everyday fresh meat to be on offer as it is already available at fabulous prices, including a small chicken for just £2.85, a 750g gammon joint for £2.99 and bacon (8 rashers) for just £1.69. You’ll soon be eating like a king and serving up meals that your family will love.

Aldi Specialbuys

Aldi Specialbuys

I love, love, love Aldi Specialbuys! With up to three different ranges available each week there is always something I want. I have treated myself to white bed linen just like you get in hotels, kitted out my kitchen with accessories and gadgets plus on this shop I managed to get car mats to go inside our new car along with some cloths and an ice scraper (just in case the cold weather returns). With a range of Specialbuys available throughout the year from Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and keeping the kid’s active you’ll be able to find items that you need for a fraction of the price.

So what are you waiting for? pop down to your local Aldi to see how much you could save on your family shop.

Don’t forget to share your Aldi shopping buys and how much you have saved using the #AldiChallenge hashtag

Disclosure: I am working with Aldi to showcase their #AldiChallenge, for which I have received gift vouchers FOC in order to undertake a family food shop.

  • My Family Ties February 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    We are big fans of Aldi and I am always really impressed with their value and quality.

  • Sarah Ebner February 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    All this does sound like really good value – you’ve saved so much!

  • Jen aka Muminthemadhouse February 13, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I do not need converting to Aldi. I have been shopping there since before Mini was born. It is my main place for shopping

  • Ninjacat February 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    ooh we shop Aldi on and off and find our money goes further

  • Bek Dillydrops February 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    We are just having an Aldi built right behind my house. I can’t wait to try out shopping there. From what I’ve read, I’ll be saving a lot of money when it is finally up and running.

  • lisa prince February 13, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    see my problem is that i have to shop online and i prefer to use one place for everything so asda or tesco is ideal for me although when i do get the chance to pop out to th shops we do go in x

  • Cherished By Me February 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Unfortunately we don’t have an Aldi near us, or in fact any big supermarket so I do everything online, probably costs me more because I am not getting the best deals. I’ve heard such good things about Aldi though.

  • Jaime Oliver February 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I utterly love Aldi, although not our nearest 3 stores. the staff in the past have really put me off. Which is a shame as I like the offers and only used Mamia Nappies and wipes for Joshua 🙂

  • Emma February 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    ooh I never really do aldi but at these prices I need to take a look.

  • Mina Joshi February 14, 2015 at 7:47 am

    We just had a new Aldi open and I pop in occasionally to see what they have in their Special Aisle. I have never done a full shop there but have slowly given in to buying my fruit and veg from there and last week I picked up some herbs and baking stuff. Maybe one day…

  • Mums do travel February 14, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I’ve never been to Aldi as there’s not one anywhere near us but it does sound like excellent value.

  • Monika February 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I always shop at Lidl and occasionally when I get to the other side of town I will go to Aldi. I like both. My local, mainstream supermarkets just cannot compete on value.

    I also find that they have less exotic stuff and it is easier to buy British produce. Perfect for my Friday Footprint Challenge.

  • Rachel February 14, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I have no problem with Aldi or Lidl but my local one is so cold and uninviting that it it makes me not want to go in there.

  • Polly February 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Aldi is the other side of town to us, and as I don’t drive we don’t go often. Have had some bargains there though

  • The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover February 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    I keep meaning to have look in Aldi, and at these prices I would be mad not to.

  • VaiChin February 15, 2015 at 10:21 am

    We love Aldi. Not just the food, but the toys and electricals too. Great quality and bargain prices.

  • Cass February 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Oooh I’m like you and I’ve never done a full family shop at Aldi but I really should. I’ll try it this week and see how it goes!

  • Michelle February 15, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    We have a new Aldi open up near us, it really is great value! xxx

  • Clare Nicholas February 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    It’s been ages since I went to Aldi.
    Must visit again soon

  • Emma February 15, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks for linking up with fabulously frugal. I love buying food for less afterall it all goes down the same way!

  • Globalmouse February 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    We dont shop at Aldi but I’ve been reading so much about it recently that I’m definitely ready to give it a try.

  • Kara February 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I really need to go in there more often – I find they do some fab non-food bargains

  • bluebearwood February 18, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I love Aldi but our local store is out of the way so I have to make a concerted effort to get there. I always find something cool and useful when I do get there

  • Carolynne February 19, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I’m not sure we have an aldi close to us…. I will however look this up now. The prices do look very good. We are a family of six so every penny counts. I’m going to try out an Aldi and see for myself

  • Fritha Strickland February 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Tom is such a fan of Aldi! I’m amazed at how much he comes back with x

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