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Old 09-14-2016, 09:42 PM   #311
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What's interesting is that I thought I saved money during the summer months do to the wide variety and amount of veggies I get from the garden. But ironically, when i get a harvest, it inspires me to cook more and be more creative. To do this, I actually have to go out and spend more to make the recipes I want to try.
Larry,

I'm with you on this. I find that I don't really save much when I grow a few things, or when I shop at the farmers market. It just makes me buy more stuff!

That may be because of where I live or because of what that I buy, but either way, when I buy at a farmer's market I do it for quality, not price.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:42 AM   #312
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...I went into an Aldi once when they first opened here and that was the last time...
How long ago was that, Craig? I shopped Aldi's back in OH when I was a Girl Scout leader, late in the 1980s. It was OK, the girls didn't care, and I was using troop money wisely. For house use, though, I pretty much stuck to eggs and milk and not much else.

Fast forward to this century. Aldi's moved into our area of MA/CT in the mid-2000s or so. I decided to shop and find out if anything had changed. Why, yes it did! Like Jessica said, most of the grocery items compare favorably to major brands. In many cases, they are made by the same manufacturer. Back when Himself would have a bowl of cereal every day, he actually preferred Aldi Toasted Oats and Crisped Rice to the major brand versions. The only things we pass by are the foods we are total snobs about - mostly coffee. Produce is comparable to grocery store quality, but you do have to check more carefully than, say, Publix. I even find their whole milk Greek yoghurt to be on par with Fage...and Fage is the only major brand of Greek yoghurt I really enjoy.
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:04 AM   #313
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How long ago was that, Craig? I shopped Aldi's back in OH when I was a Girl Scout leader, late in the 1980s. It was OK, the girls didn't care, and I was using troop money wisely. For house use, though, I pretty much stuck to eggs and milk and not much else.
A few years ago when they first showed up in South Florida. Same deal with Trader Joe's, although I may have been in one twice. In this case it was more the crowds than the quality of the products.
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:02 PM   #314
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A few years ago when they first showed up in South Florida. Same deal with Trader Joe's, although I may have been in one twice. In this case it was more the crowds than the quality of the products.
Did you compare trader Joe's and Aldi together because (if I recall correctly) they are owned by the same company? Or was it just coincidence?
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:07 PM   #315
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Did you compare trader Joe's and Aldi together because (if I recall correctly) they are owned by the same company? Or was it just coincidence?
They're not owned by the same company. Trader Joe's was started by a German family. After a falling-out, Aldi was started by one of the brothers.
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:52 PM   #316
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They're not owned by the same company. Trader Joe's was started by a German family. After a falling-out, Aldi was started by one of the brothers.
I had heard that after one of the brothers died the other assumed control over both. However, It appears we are both wrong hehe

I read a Time article and a few wiki pages, but this one is pretty clear about it.

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Theodor Paul "Theo" Albrecht (28 March 1922 – 24 July 2010[1]) was a German entrepreneur, who in 2010 was ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the world, with a net worth of $16.7 billion.[3] He owned and was the CEO of the Aldi Nord discount supermarket chain. In the US he owned the Trader Joe's specialty grocery store chain. His brother Karl Albrecht owned the Aldi Süd discount supermarket chain. The two chains originally were a single family enterprise until a friendly division of assets in 1960. Aldi Süd operates the Aldi groceries in the United States. So Aldi and Trader Joe's, while owned by the brothers, have separate and distinct ownership and operations.
I also learned that Theo was kidnapped :O

I like both of the stores. They are both pretty innovative.
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:55 PM   #317
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Did you compare trader Joe's and Aldi together because (if I recall correctly) they are owned by the same company? Or was it just coincidence?
In the case of Aldi, once I find garbage, it goes out with the trash and is never considered again!! I can take or leave Trader Joe's, but I will not entertain foods I consider trash.
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:38 PM   #318
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Does that mean you no longer patronize the store less than a mile away that provided your rotten cippolini?

I figure something evil is going to be sold to me by any grocery store (I'm looking at you, Whole Paycheck ) and is the risk of buying fresh anything. In the case of Aldi, if you take it back you get double the money refunded. Goes for things that don't taste good to you, either. Dislike? Refunded.

Trader Joe's will give you store credit for anything you complain about, too. I suppose they also refund the money, but I never bother looking for the receipt. After all, I do shop the store, so store credit is as good as cash for me. We've taken a number of items back, like the Thai chili almonds or whatever those hot little buggers were. I also had cheese that became unusable before before the "sell by" date. I took a photo of the cheese, still wrapped, and showed THAT to customer service. What did they do? Give me store credit.

I'm not saying that you are obligated to love stores that the rest of us shop. Just know that you do have options for the store trying to make good. I don't know how far your nearest Aldi's or TJ's option is to you (mine is 16 and 25 respectively, but we travel in the direction of either often enough), but say it's 35 miles away? I suppose they aren't a regular option to you in the first place...
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:23 PM   #319
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What is your usual budget you try to stick to for a weeks worth of groceries or two weeks worth?

I am currently just shopping for my daughter and I and it seems lately I am hitting about a hundred a week (with coupns!) and I cringe each time! Is this a normal amount? Or is this the change in grocery prices??

So what amount do you TRY to stay under whith you trip to the store?
Since moving to Central/Northern Arizona from Southern AZ, we had to increase our grocery budget.

Now, let me preface my statement first by saying that DH is the "money man", CFO (Chief Financial Officer) and I am the COO (Chief Operating Officer). My husband is very, well, shall we say he has a touch of OCD and our budget for food is strictly that, food only. It does not include any taxes, household supplies, alcohol, personal items, paper products, etc.
FOOD ONLY!

With this said, my budget for food purchased at a variety of stores is:

(I have a circuit that I frequent, Walmart, Fry's ((I use to go the Bashas)), Trader Joe, Costco ((and I use to go to an Asian Market, but no more)), Sprouts and now include the Saturday morning Farmer's Market)

$175 per week.

I normally feed only two adults, with a few guests (like Mr&Mrs Landlord or Mr&Mrs DF's).

This felt indulgent to me until I read back over this thread that was started back eight years ago.

Granted, since retiring and having scrimped and saved and bought bottom of the barrel/onsale "stuff" while we were in our working/saving years, I now feel that we've earned the luxury of eating snacks, desserts and anything else we want, well, within dietary reason of course.
There are many late afternoons/evenings we have a light snack, such as cheese-olives-salami-and-crackers.
I love those fancy snacks from TJ's and some of those organic thingys from Sprouts.
I would NEVER have dreamed of shopping at any of these places in Hawaii, well mainly we only had locally owned supermarkets until just before we left, ie Walmart SuperCenters, Whole Pay Check, there is no TJ's or Sprouts there.
No, I only went to Foodland, Safeway was too expensive. Plus, Foodland had THE BEST Poke selection in the state!
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But I digress from the topic ... What's your limit?
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:31 PM   #320
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I usually am at $50-$80 per week, for two adults.

Keep things really really cheap, I also have a 10 gallon pail of barley. I suggest all of you get a 10 gallon pail of barley, if you can. Barley can be used to make pottage, which is our staple food. I usually make a large stock pot full of it on Sunday, portion it out, and it is lunches and help all week.

I do the coupon thing, and watch the sales. Normally I get 30-50 percent off my bill on discounts and coupons when I go to the grocery.

Buy whole chickens, and thighs, instead of breasts. Can usually get either three servings of four thighs, or a whole chicken which is one dinner for breasts, and a pot pie for the rest, for about $7.

I am not very discerning about ground beef, and tend to get the $10 three pound 'log' of 75% lean. I mainly use it in casseroles anyway.

Speaking of casserole, they are my friend.

I try to once a week spend a bit more and have a 'good' meal, where I spend a little bit more especially on the protein.

Some of my favorite seafood recipes are middle eastern, and highly spiced. They stand up well to those big sacks of frozen talapia from BJ's or Costco.

I buy spices in bulk.

I try to take advantage of windfalls, very cheap sales. I just had a sale of a lot of ground beef, bought much and made it into meatballs, and froze them. Now I have a quick meal from grabbing a bag of meatballs, making a sauce, and serving with a starch.

Just some thoughts.

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