Several days ago I decided it was the perfect time to introduce the granddaughter to grocery-shopping, and in particular, shopping at Aldi’s. The goal was to teach her the following:
1, decide how much money we have to work with
2, write down a list of what foods we need, and
3, make it through the grocery store buying only what is on the list.
So we wrote down a list of food we needed and set ourselves a limit of $50. Okay, so I realize $50 isn’t an entire week’s supply of food, but I didn’t want to overwhelm her. The principle is the same.
We drove to Aldi’s and I showed her how to put a quarter in the slot of the shopping cart, and pointed out to her that there was not a single loose cart in the parking lot, since people have to return the cart to get their quarter back.
Once inside, the granddaughter commented, “This store is really small!” Yes it is small, because it carries only the basics.
We went down the four rows, grabbing only the items on our list, and jotting down the price that was listed on the shelf edge. Milk was a bargain – $1.49 a gallon, as were the eggs – just $.49 a dozen!
Just before checkout, she rounded off each item on the list to the nearest dollar, and said we had enough money. Then I showed her how to quickly put everything on the conveyor belt so the cashier could get everything scanned. The total came out to $36.28.
If you’ve never tried out an Aldi’s store, give it a visit, and see what a difference it can make in your budget.
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