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.