It’s frugal February friends, and having recently been converted to ALDI, it’s time I shared the savings. Sam Shazzam, a Brisbane mother, liked Aldi so much she founded a blog/ Facebook page named ‘ALDI mum’ which now has over 32,000 ‘likes’ with a highly engaged audience. The Facebook page includes competitions, as well as discussions on various ALDI products and experiences. For week 17 of my Mummy Swap challenge, I was an ALDI mum. Here are the results:
I came prepared for my ALDI trip with my gold coin to secure a trolley.
I’m an ALDI fan, but today was traumatic. Sympathetic eyes followed me around the shop as I buried my boys in shopping whilst appeasing them with food bribery: brown rice biscuits (a quarter of a packet), yoghurt (2 sips of a squeeze tube), cheese (two portions)…… teddy tots (3 bags), hot cross buns (1.5), and Easter eggs (6 small eggs)….. It wasn’t pretty (we would have been escorted out if we were at that Sydney shopping centre that’s banned screaming).
Aldi is also a hoarders paradise with weekly specials on various items including electronic goods, furniture, manchester, gardening etc. We bypassed these goods today, although might revisit this section on the 23rd of February for a $250 android tablet.
I did my best to observe conveyor belt etiquette. Kelly from Handmade Tears and Triumphs has a great post on Aldi shopping protocol for novices- basically you have to unload and reload at ninja speed, and then you reorganise your shopping cart over at a bench beyond the cashier once payment has been made. Bags can be purchased, although don’t expect the cashier to assist you with packing- their job is to scan and oversee payment.
Have you ever watched ‘Extreme Couponing’ on Foxtel- where they score crazy amounts of product for next to nothing (except 60 hours of their week spent collecting coupons)? Anyway, they often describe a rush they get from it all. I now get this….. and was on a high with my total today: $120!
That’s a saving of over $50-60! I know this, because I compared the cost to an equivalent list of products available on Coles online (note: used generic when a similar amount/product was available). Add $7-9 for delivery on top of this.
But the euphoria from the savings was short-lived as reality hit that there was no parcel pick-up or home delivery. I had to push the groceries to the car with a chocolate covered 1 year old on my hip, and a 2 year old complaining that he was being squashed by nappies and yoghurt- I shoved an Easter egg in his mouth to muffle the complaints. At the car, I transferred the groceries into a laundry basket I’d brought from home so that putting the groceries away would be easier- apparently that’s what Aldi Mum does (at least that’s what my sister told me).
What I love about the ALDI Mum Facebook page is that she often features stories relating to Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) at ALDI. Followers share heartwarming experiences such as a random shopper paying for a person’s groceries when they were having difficulty at the checkout, or buying a random shopper flowers at the supermarket. So I joined in and left my coin in the trolley so the next person didn’t have to pay for it .
On Tuesday, ‘ALDI Mum’ asked her Facebook followers to share their recipes using no more than 4 ALDI ingredients. Tara Hartwig suggested “400gm pink Salmon [sic- 415grm cans], 4medium mashed potato, egg, breadcrumbs, salt pepper. Combine, patty, pan fry. Can add onion.” So I made this for dinner, although added a few extra ingredients including chopped coriander, 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce, and I rolled the patties in crumbed cornflakes. Made about 25 rissoles.