Here in Indiana we don't have bulk or consignment groceries, but we do have other options. I looked everywhere on the internet for a comparison of bulk prices vs. Aldi prices. Being that I've stopped using coupons for now, I really need to find the best prices out there. Cooking for a month at a time requires a lot of ingredients and upfront cash. The chain supermarkets just are not an option for this amount of shopping. Normally, I can buy all that I need for around $180.00, but if I could somehow even save 15% a month, this could translate to about $450 a year!
Item/ Sam's /Aldi /GFS
Whole Wheat Pasta $.94/lb ... $1.45/lb...n/a
Cheddar Cheese $.49/cup... $.82/cup... $.55/cup
Mozarella Cheese $.48/cup... $.82/cup... $.49/cup
Oats $.05/oz... $.04/oz... $.07/oz
Green Beans $.03/oz... $.03/oz ...$.04/oz
Corn $.03/...$.03/oz ... $.02/oz
Flour $.46/lb... $.33/lb... $.35/lb
Peaches $.05/oz... $.06/oz...n/a
Applesauce n/a... $.04/oz... $.05/oz
Diced Tomato $.02/oz... $.03/oz... $.02/oz
Peanut Butter $1.20/lb... $1.24/lb... $1.39/lb
Sugar $.50/lb... $.40/lb... $.58/lg
eggs $.12/egg... $.08/egg... n/a
honey $.12/oz... $.07/oz...n/a
turkey bacon $1.67/pkg... $1.89/pkg... n/a
butter $1.67/lb... $1.99/lb... n/a
It may seem as though this is just a saving of pennies, but difference really shows up when you consider the size of each item. For example, a can of vegetables at Sam's is actually 104 ounces and a jar of peanut butter is 6 pounds! This translates into dollars saved, not pennies.
I have noticed the biggest impact in saving on cheese and butter. A sale on cheese for $.99/cup happens once in a great while. It's half that everyday at Sam's Club. There is a down side of buying in bulk that can not be ignored. What should a person do with 25 pounds of flour or 5 pounds of shredded cheese or a huge can of applesauce once it is opened? Dividing everything up into smaller portions and freezing them until use has been working for me just fine. And not picking up an overpriced jar of peanut butter whenever I'm at the store is well worth the six pound jar that dropped on my foot.