For many years now we have done the majority of our shopping in the larger chains of supermarkets. We occasionally pop into Asda and Morrisons but do most of our main food shop in the giant of the supermarket world Tesco. I suppose one of the main factors for this is simply convenience because Tesco is our closest store and it’s just what we’re used to. However lately it seems we have been spending a small fortune on our groceries and with Christmas fast approaching and home improvement plans on the cards we are determined to become more shopping savvy and save some money.
I’ve been considering trying our local Aldi store for a long while now and after some quite wonderful reviews from a few family members and friends and hearing of their incredible savings Luke and I decided it had to be done. So last weekend we went along to check out what Aldi had to offer!
I’ll be honest, I was quite excited, definitely more so than my husband who does tend to prefer the big brand names (I call him a brand snob) however lately he has been more open to trying the more budget friendly options. First Impressions of Aldi are very positive, we didn’t go with a full shop planned and had no list it was more of a little top up shop and mainly to do a little recon of the store to see if we thought a switch would be possible for us.
We came out with 2 full bags, a large pumpkin, because me and little lady convinced Daddy we must have a practice run with our design, and a Halloween craft kit which i’m going to insert a photo of because we were so impressed with it!
It’s a decorate your own witches hat and wand and little lady (and myself) had so much fun with it! For £1.99 you can’t go wrong.
We was also thoroughly impressed with The final total of £20.23p for the goods that we brought which included fresh produce and we’ll definitely shop there again, however could we do a total switch?
Now for a confession ….We did head into Tesco the following day, I know, another day another supermarket, we needed a few things for little ones lunch box and some other bits that we didn’t pick up from Aldi but as I said we never went along with a list or wanting anything in particular so I’m not saying we couldn’t of found it there. On my last online shop with Tesco I noticed a few new budget friendly brands and during our quick shop on Sunday we picked up some things from these ranges and was quite surprised with how inexpensive they were.
We only picked up a few products including a couple of ready meals, which we don’t normally buy however if they are as tasty as they look they would be great alternatives for me on my work days. There is alot more available from these ranges most of which is under £1. So with the discovery of these budget friendly brands such as Hearty Food Company, The Grower’s Harvest and Molly’s and sticking to the more inexpensive products could we save just as much as if we made a switch to Aldi? That’s what I intend to find out over the next few weeks and what I’ll be documenting on the blog in my new Budget buying series.
Now I will admit that both myself and Luke are impulse buyers, we never take shopping lists and tend to buy alot more than what we probably need so this is also factors we’ll be taking into account and working to change in order to be able to put some pennies (hopefully pounds) aside for other things.
I had quite alot of interest on Twitter on my opinion of Aldi which was lovely (if any of you are reading this I really enjoyed chatting with you all) and so I am planning a grocery shop price comparison where we’ll comprise a shopping list of products we buy regularly, we’ll document the cost from Tesco and them buy the same or find close alternatives from Aldi and compare the final total. I can’t wait to find out the outcome and share it with you and see if we are going to go ahead and make the switch to Aldi! I’ll keep you updated.
Thank you so much for reading,
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran.
Hello and happy Monday! It’s time for living arrows and this week I have a few photos to share which were taken yesterday afternoon during a trip to the park.
Freya’s first day at Preschool
Our little monkey is starting Preschool. I can’t quite believe that this day has arrived so quickly, time certainly does fly. The saying goes “the days are long but the years are short” and I’m really relating to that this morning. I say it so often but she is growing up so fast and we are so incredibly proud of the beautiful, funny, caring and kind young lady that she’s become and continues to grow into.
” You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Kahlil Gibran.
Hello all! Hope you’re well. I’m so pleased to be linking up with the lovely Donna from What the Redhead said for this week’s living arrows. I’m aiming to be posting more regularly again on the blog from now on and living arrows has always been one of my favourite linkys to participate in. Documenting and sharing those big and little moments that capture the magic of childhood is such a positive and wonderful thing to enjoy and look back on.
We have some home improvement plans in the pipeline which i’m so very excited about and can’t wait to get stuck into. We’re planning to start on little monkeys room which currently has a very pretty pastel pink feature wall which I still absolutely love. So the plan of action is to remove the animal and flower wall stickers we put up a good couple of years ago, touch up the paint and introduce some cream and gold touches throughout. She is still very into Frozen and princesses which we’ll add in with the bedding and accessories.
So woth that in mind on Saturday 1st of September we took a quick trip to B&Q to pick up a couple of things for the garden, check out if they had anything we could use for little ones bedroom and to get some home decor inspiration. That’s where this week’s photos were taken.
Freya loves to get out and about, even if it is just a flying visit to a DIY store which she managed to find so much fun in during the visit, isn’t it just fantastic how kids do that, find the fun in everything, make the most of it! Even if she did give us a bit of a run around at times she had a great time and so made it much more enjoyable for us aswell!
She loved exploring through the flowers, spotting all the different colours.
Pulling funny faces in the big mirrors.
She was also quite keen on rearranging some of the stock on the shelves to the floor which Daddy then had to put back.
After leaving the store we had lunch alfresco and then headed back home. It turned out to be such a lovely morning out.
You can find out who else has linked up for living arrows this week here …