What will $12.05 buy you in GROCERIES?

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    Oct 20, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    To anyone who hasn't shopped at Aldi yet, you really need to do it. I am amazed at how much I bought for just $12 today. Here is my list:

    Bottle of Chardonnary $2.99
    Mesquite Turkey lunch meat $2.49
    1/2 gallon of milk $1.79
    (4) strawberry/banana yogurts @ .37 ea.
    I bottle lite italian dressing $1.19
    8 Hamburger buns $.79
    (1) bag mixed frozen vegetables $.95

    Think about it. Some people will buy a bottle of wine for more than $12. Don't waste your money at those high-overhead stores with pretty aisles and pretty signs. I am actually appalled when I walk into a Shoppers or Giant or Harris Teeter and see how much they charge for stuff.

    Times are tough, save a buck.
  • mizu5

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    Oct 20, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    I would never drink wine for 2.95.
    I don't mean to be prissy, but if I'm drinking wine it is to enjoy it.

    Find me a nice carmenere for that price and I'll be hooked.
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    Oct 20, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    mizu5 saidI would never drink wine for 2.95.
    I don't mean to be prissy, but if I'm drinking wine it is to enjoy it.

    Find me a nice carmenere for that price and I'll be hooked.


    Become self-employed, you'll change your mind real quick about that. Plus, do you know how many items you believe are better just because they cost more, but are made by the same company with the same standards? Seriously, don't be fooled.

    Remember the two buck Chuck sold at Trader Joe's that won the best California wine taste test a few years ago?
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    Oct 20, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    With my current diet, I can eat all day on $12.05 and have a surplus of calories.
    That does not include protein supplements, though.
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    Oct 20, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    Usually my grocery bill is between $25-$30 dollars for about 10 days of meals. That includes 3 meals plus snacks.
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    Oct 20, 2010 5:30 PM GMT
    Damn, that's about my average daily meal budget, considering I eat out more often than I eat at home. Here lately that's been different, though, because I have very little income till I get back to work. That's how I figured out I can live on less than $12/day. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 20, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    I love Aldi! Ours is a bit ghetto, but it always has good buys.


    I got a whole thing of Cashews for 2 bucks when I would normally pay 4-5.

    Love iiiit.
  • mizu5

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    Oct 20, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    mizu5 saidI would never drink wine for 2.95.
    I don't mean to be prissy, but if I'm drinking wine it is to enjoy it.

    Find me a nice carmenere for that price and I'll be hooked.


    Become self-employed, you'll change your mind real quick about that. Plus, do you know how many items you believe are better just because they cost more, but are made by the same company with the same standards? Seriously, don't be fooled.

    Remember the two buck Chuck sold at Trader Joe's that won the best California wine taste test a few years ago?
    Well No i don't remember that. I'm form canada, and don't really drink californian wine. I'm sure it was great? But that doesn't mean all 2 dollar wine is. My father is form chile, when we go there, sure I drink 2 dollar wine, because it's 60$ a bottle here lol.

    And to be honest I don't really believe i think things taste better because they are more expensive. I won't say I'ma sommelierre, but I was brought up with wine, and wine tasting. Most cheap wine tastes cheap, and overly acidic.
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    Oct 20, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    Here is a review of the Chardonnay, Winking Owl, that is sold at Aldi:

    10 Cheap Wines that Still Taste Good
    http://hubpages.com/hub/10-Cheap-Wines-That-Still-Taste-Good

    "Winking Owl Chardonnay - If you're a chardonnay fan or you just want to mix it up every once in awhile and try a cold white like I do sometime, this is a great chardonnay. It's not too sweet, not too dry and wonderfully flavorful. Best of all, it has never given me a headache the next morning. This wine is also available at Aldi for the low, low price of $2.99. I mean, c'mon, you could probably find that by flipping the couch cushions. Go try this one!"


    also...

    "Winking Owl Cabernet Sauvignon - The Winking Owl wines can be found exclusively at Aldi. I'm in no way affiliated with Winking Owl or Aldi, but I might consider an endorsement if they offered me a lifetime supply of this tasty wine. If you like the slightly dry, yet sweet flavor of cabernet sauvignon, you must try this brand. It is the smoothest cab I've ever had, and, at $2.99 a bottle, you cannot beat the price."
  • tajsreve

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    Oct 20, 2010 9:26 PM GMT
    Mizu5 has good point. Quality cost more.
    I have found that if you study produce you find a lot higher fat content as a rule.
    How many poor people are fat compaired to how many wealthy people.
    There is a difference between 2.99 and 12.99 wine.
    so that being said. Aldi is still a great place to buy stuff at a discount, but there is somethings that you just know you're going to have to spend more money on.
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    Oct 20, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidTo anyone who hasn't shopped at Aldi yet, you really need to do it. I am amazed at how much I bought for just $12 today. Here is my list:

    Bottle of Chardonnary $2.99
    Mesquite Turkey lunch meat $2.49
    1/2 gallon of milk $1.79
    (4) strawberry/banana yogurts @ .37 ea.
    I bottle lite italian dressing $1.19
    8 Hamburger buns $.79
    (1) bag mixed frozen vegetables $.95

    Think about it. Some people will buy a bottle of wine for more than $12. Don't waste your money at those high-overhead stores with pretty aisles and pretty signs. I am actually appalled when I walk into a Shoppers or Giant or Harris Teeter and see how much they charge for stuff.

    Times are tough, save a buck.


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    Oct 20, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    tajsreve saidMizu5 has good point. Quality cost more.
    I have found that if you study produce you find a lot higher fat content as a rule.
    How many poor people are fat compaired to how many wealthy people.
    There is a difference between 2.99 and 12.99 wine.
    so that being said. Aldi is still a great place to buy stuff at a discount, but there is somethings that you just know you're going to have to spend more money on.


    Myth, myth, myth. Really. Go to Aldi and pick up say, the Mesquite Turkey deli meat I bought. Compare the fat and sodium content to the same at Giant or Shoppers. Seriously, do it. You will not find a difference. Aldi is a German company, and like Costco, they tend to get the best product selections in the store.

    Now, that being said, don't EVER buy the Fruits Loops knock off at Dollar Tree. I walked over to the kitchen basket and spit it out.
  • tajsreve

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    Oct 20, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    wrestlervicNow, that being said, don't EVER buy the Fruits Loops knock off at Dollar Tree. I walked over to the kitchen basket and spit it out.


    Your 47 and you still eat Fruit Loops!

    Sorry. but I am still laughing to hard to type!

    That's sooooo cute! icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
    Trader Joe's sells good wine for less than $10.
    As for groceries, worse comes to worse, there's the 99¢ store, although I wouldn't buy my proteins there.
    But hey, you do what you can.
    TOUGH TIMES!
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    tajsreve said
    wrestlervicNow, that being said, don't EVER buy the Fruits Loops knock off at Dollar Tree. I walked over to the kitchen basket and spit it out.


    Your 47 and you still eat Fruit Loops!

    Sorry. but I am still laughing to hard to type!

    That's sooooo cute! icon_lol.gif


    YES, grown men can eat fruit loops! icon_biggrin.gif
    My favorite since I was a kid.
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    tajsreve said
    wrestlervicNow, that being said, don't EVER buy the Fruits Loops knock off at Dollar Tree. I walked over to the kitchen basket and spit it out.


    Your 47 and you still eat Fruit Loops!

    Sorry. but I am still laughing to hard to type!

    That's sooooo cute! icon_lol.gif


    Hey, handsome man, I buy Raisin Bran when I buy some sugary cereal as a treat. Don't make fun of me. ;-) It's this attitude that makes people mistake me for 32. icon_wink.gif HA! Bet you don't get mistaked for 32. Ha-ha....f*ckin' ha-ha.

    Smiles. Handsome.
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
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    tajsreve said
    wrestlervicNow, that being said, don't EVER buy the Fruits Loops knock off at Dollar Tree. I walked over to the kitchen basket and spit it out.


    Your 47 and you still eat Fruit Loops!

    Sorry. but I am still laughing to hard to type!

    That's sooooo cute! icon_lol.gif


    YES, grown men can eat fruit loops! icon_biggrin.gif
    My favorite since I was a kid.


    Damn f*ckin' right. Life is tough, Fruit Loops helps you get through it.
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    I miss Aldi. I used to shop there often when I lived in Michigan. It was on my way home from my store. Now that I live in Arizona, I love Trader Joes and Sunflower markets has great deals too. Especially on the veggies.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 20, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    Hey if you want to eat healthy by avoiding preservative laden processed foods, $12.05 isn't going to buy much of anything. I will cut back and skimp on other less important things. But my diet and health are paramount. I much rather spend a lot of money on healthier, more natural foods than end up having to spend a small fortune on medical care due to poor diet choices.
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidHey if you want to eat healthy by avoiding preservative laden processed foods, $12.05 isn't going to buy much of anything. I will cut back and skimp on other less important things. But my diet and health are paramount. I much rather spend a lot of money on healthier, more natural foods than end up having to spend a small fortune on medical care due to poor diet choices.


    You are seriously a fool if you've bought into that marketing. Go, go to Aldi and compare nutrition content with your high-priced stores.

    Do your research.
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidTo anyone who hasn't shopped at Aldi yet, you really need to do it. I am amazed at how much I bought for just $12 today. Here is my list:

    Bottle of Chardonnary $2.99
    Mesquite Turkey lunch meat $2.49
    1/2 gallon of milk $1.79
    (4) strawberry/banana yogurts @ .37 ea.
    I bottle lite italian dressing $1.19
    8 Hamburger buns $.79
    (1) bag mixed frozen vegetables $.95

    Think about it. Some people will buy a bottle of wine for more than $12. Don't waste your money at those high-overhead stores with pretty aisles and pretty signs. I am actually appalled when I walk into a Shoppers or Giant or Harris Teeter and see how much they charge for stuff.

    Times are tough, save a buck.


    Everyone should read Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma." It will definitely open one's eyes to what they're really consuming. Whole Foods isn't exactly whole. ; )
  • tajsreve

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    Oct 20, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
    Yes I know a grown man can eat anything he wants.
    I just find it endearing.
    plus the irony REALJOCK eating fruit loops.
    Sorry didn't mean to dig into anyone's maturity or masculinity!
    Maybe I have been up too many hours, but it's still cute!
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    tajsreve saidYes I know a grown man can eat anything he wants.
    I just find it endearing.
    plus the irony REALJOCK eating fruit loops.
    Sorry didn't mean to dig into anyone's maturity or masculinity!
    Maybe I have been up too many hours, but it's still cute!


    I approve of you calling me cute, and I totally think you're handsome. I will buy you a cheap bottle of good wine for a taste of your version of Fruit Loops. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 20, 2010 10:20 PM GMT
    At the moment, I'm on good money, so I buy at high-end food stores.

    I do occasionally shop at Aldi and a lot of the stuff there is just as good as it is at the upmarket places. Leaf salad and plumb tomatoes are about a third of the price and taste just as good. Even their Chardonnay is perfectly drinkable (well chilled).

    When I leave the military in a couple of years, I'll be happy to shop at Aldi. Your $12 basket would cost around £10 (about $16) at Aldi here in the UK.
  • tajsreve

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    Oct 20, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    and this is too what I meant.
    I know all about fraudulent advertisement. I work in an organic restaruant.
    It is EXPENSIVE but not all of it is what I worth what it costs.
    I still shop Aldi's it is a german company and it is on every other street corner here. Point of it is, do my best not to buy anything pre-packaged.
    I spend a lot more time in the kitchen preparing a meal than most do.
    I hate the time I spend there but I no longer struggle with my weight... if I miss the gym workout... I don't stress out.