Friday, April 8, 2011

Have you made the Switch??

I was a very loyal ALDI shopper a couple of years ago. 90% of my shopping would be done there, but about then I decided i didn't like it anymore. Why? Well there were a few reasons.

1. I didn't like the opening and closing time when I went back to work. I much prefer not to shop on a Saturday or Sunday. Its a personal choice but shopping on weekends in crowded grocery stores or malls for that matter doesn't agree with me!

2. I found I was still going to Woollies or Coles to get other things and would still impulse buy and spend more than I intended to.

3. I had two kiddies with me which made it hard, especially when it came to putting the grocceries back into the trolley from the cashier. They go so fast and seem to get annoyed when I couldn't keep up with them!!

4. I had put my back out at that time and found the whole process of getting through the checkout and then packing grocceries into bags at my car too much.

5. I was also getting 15c fuel discounts shopping at Woollies and Frequestn Flyer points with my Everyday rewards card, so I felt more inclined to shop at there.

With these things in mind, I walked away from ALDI and didn't look back until just recently. I realised that my groccery bills were getting bigger and bigger and I didn't think I was getting more in my trolley. I would do a small shop and found that about 10 to 12 items would cost me up to $70. So I sat down and try to sort it out. I didn't really want to go back to ALDI but I also didn't want to keep spending big and getting less. So I decided to make the time to go to ALDI and see if I really would save money. Of course, I did and I realised that I didn't feel like I was missing out on much not going to the other stores. I also realised that what I was saving in my groccery bills would fill up my car for a week, so I didn't have to worry too much about fuel discounts, but I still stock up on things that can't be purchased at ALDI and get a discount voucher anyway. That being said, I have to give props to myself for being so much more controlled than I used to be and I don't impulse purchase like I used to when I go to the other stores!!

So I have made the switch and I am happy for it and I will continue to shop this way until my new BFF arrives in June!!Who is this you may ask? COSTCO, of course!!!

3 comments:

Nest said...

Ah yes Costco! I havent been there since J was down and we did our customary pizza @ costco reunion. But I cant go to Aldi, they will have to drag me out of costco or woolies first. But we do have a new fav supermarket! Its called Leos in Melbourne. Even the hubby was waxing lyrical about its joys after 5 mins in there. Its has all you could possibly want and so much more. Its a big marvelous deli, bakery, and more all rounded into a clean, lovingly cared for fresh produce "super" market. Ill take you there when your next down here =D

FoodMuster said...

It seems like there is always something going on in Melbourne!! We are a bit behind here in Sydney. Yes, make sure we do take a trip there!! Is that where the OJ comes from?

Felicity said...

Is there a costco coming to Sydney?? Oh do tell :) how exciting if there is!!

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