Changing the way we food shop

I detest food shopping. Food shopping with a toddler is a race against time. How long will it be before he wants to get out of the trolley? How long will it be before he thinks that hide and seek is a fun game to play? And how long till he goes into complete melt down because he can’t decide which over priced magazine he wants this week? However, before I had Little Man I wasn’t very keen on food shopping either. Shopping with a husband was a nightmare. How long before he decides that he wants to buy the most expensive things in the supermarket? How long before he disappears and I spend half my time wandering up and down the aisles trying to find him? And how long before the unavoidable bag packing argument (I don’t have the necessary skills to do this correctly it seems)?


So to avoid all of this I turned to online food shopping. Every Thursday night, a friendly chap knoced on my door with crates of lovely food. All I needed to do was put it away. Bliss.

And then it got expensive.

Without me realising our shopping bills had crept up. This was mainly down to us not meal planning properly; G is the cook in our house, I can do basic meals for me and Little Man in the week but when G is home he does all the fancy stuff. Only problem is I do the shopping so I was just buying random things that weren’t getting used. The other reason for our rising shopping bill was that the supermarket I used were increasing the prices, very slowly but they were.

A friend of mine has been telling me for a while now that I must try Aldi and I had been putting it off due to the lack of food landing on my doorstep from the magical food picker.

I thought I would give it a go.

Wow. I literally halved my shopping bill; I mean I know they say on the advert that they can but I didn’t believe it. The following week I more than halved our bill!!

Aldi you have changed my life. With this change in shopping we have used it as chance to change how we are meal planning too. On a Thursday evening once G is home, we meal plan for the week and I go to Aldi after work on a Friday and get the food. I almost enjoy it! Friday afternoons are Daddy & Little Man afternoons so I get to go on my own!! Once a month I do a big online shop to get the bits and pieces that I can’t get from Aldi and to stock up on cleaning products and toiletries. The other three weeks I shop at Aldi.

I have been super impressed with the quality of their products. The fruit and vegetables are fresh and their other products are good too. The pull ups and wipes for Little Man are great too.

I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner?

How do you do your weekly shop?

Please note this post wasn’t sponsored by Aldi, I just love them a little bit.


A Cornish Mum

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  • Madeline
    08/09/2015 at 12:18

    That’s so funny that I came across this post today, I was just talking to a friend yesterday about how I think I should start shopping at Aldi! I’m the same as you and do our food shopping online at the moment, but even with meal planning it’s still crept up in cost. I’m hoping I find the trip to Aldi saves me as much money as it has you! x #twinklytuesdays

    • Mummy in Training
      11/09/2015 at 20:39

      You must do it!! Soo worth it! xx

  • Living With The Mess
    08/09/2015 at 12:42

    I am also an Aldi convert! Shopping bills have gone down, and it is so quick to do a big shop. I try to convert as many others as I can too, I don’t think people really believe how much you can save until you try it! (Plus their chocolate is lush!) #TwinklyTuesday

    • Mummy in Training
      13/09/2015 at 11:16

      Ohh yes I discovered their chocolate this week,it is gorgeous xx

  • JOhn Adams
    08/09/2015 at 17:05

    Oh yes, we are recent Aldi converts. In fact our stories are so incredibly similar it’s untrue; former online shoppers with a toddler (plus six yr old) who are likely to implode if they send too long in the shops. As a stay at home dad the shopping is down to me. #twinklytuesday
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    • Mummy in Training
      11/09/2015 at 20:39

      It’s so good isn’t it. The savings are huge! xx

  • Morna
    09/09/2015 at 06:11

    We feel the same about Lidl! My hubby stays at home so he does all the shopping- I know I’m lucky but he drives me insane……he shops 3-4 times a week and never quite manages to remember everything- it’s a roulette every time we open the fridge!!

    • Mummy in Training
      11/09/2015 at 20:38

      Haha brilliant! xx

  • Sabrina
    09/09/2015 at 16:49

    We had exactly the same dilemma and started to shop at Lidl – the amount of money we save is amazing! Although my husband likes to make a day out of it and we have a family trip on Sundays. I’d much rather do something fun, so the idea of you going while they have daddy and son time after work is a great idea. Might try that! #twinklytuesday Sabrina xx
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    • Mummy in Training
      11/09/2015 at 20:36

      It blows my mind every week when they tell me the total at the checkout! xx

  • Helen Porter
    11/09/2015 at 20:42

    I have been trying to this…. a bit of this for me is laziness because I cant drive so I have to walk to the shop and its so much easier to get it delivered but I think I am going to have to bite the bullet once a week and just go to aldi it makes sense when you are trying not to spend to much! great post it made me think #picknmix

    • Mummy in Training
      12/09/2015 at 10:40

      Thank you. Glad it helped. It does become a no brainer after you have done it for a few weeks xx

  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    12/09/2015 at 10:38

    I LOVE Aldi products (and their prices) but my boy loves the petrol vouchers he gets from Tesco. And I have to admit, the savings *are* really, really good on a tank of fuel!! It’s a hard one. If Aldi started opening up garages, I’d be a convert like a shot! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us #TwinklyTuesday

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    • Mummy in Training
      12/09/2015 at 10:42

      Ah yes, my hubby likes those too but my monthly shop is still with Tesco so he can have a few 😉 xxx

  • Alison
    13/09/2015 at 13:29

    I love Aldi too and have found everything massively better quality than I was expecting, plus a lot cheaper. Some items can be hit and miss – their chicken nugget things were horrible, although admittedly I’m comparing them to the frozen chicken strips from waitrose which are delicious, particularly in a ciabatta with lots of garlic mayo. Some things are amazing – the mixed box of 20 ice lollies for less than £2 and their super 6 is always amazing.
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    • Mummy in Training
      15/09/2015 at 09:16

      Ohh I’ll avoid the chicken nuggets then! Super 6 is fab! xx

  • A Cornish Mum
    17/09/2015 at 20:11

    Si keeps saying we should try Aldi – no idea what the ‘we’ bit is, as I do the shopping but he definitely likes the eating part 😉 Think I may have to give it a go soon, thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x
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    • Mummy in Training
      18/09/2015 at 19:48

      Hehe go for it! xx

  • Mummyandmonkeys
    17/09/2015 at 21:33

    I like shopping at Aldi, Lidl is good too. I like getting mine delivered though to save time which they don’t do. I wish they did. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
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    • Mummy in Training
      18/09/2015 at 19:47

      Delivery would make it perfect! xx


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