This is a great deal on this HP ENVY Touchscreen Laptop! With the Microsoft Stores Black Friday sale, this computer is $350 off it’s usual process!! Slim, stylish, and powerful, the HP ENVY 13 delivers heavy-duty performance in a satisfyingly lightweight build. An 8th Gen Intel Core processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB SSD bring the muscle for the most demanding tasks, while a roomy 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen provides razor-sharp views.
Like the majority of readers, I’m a busy parent. Like most families, I do what I can to find the best deals when shopping for household essentials. Being a huge fan of frugal shopping, I was overly excited to find out that Savannah finally had an Aldi grocery store scheduled to open their doors on November 21st!
Aldi is by far one of the most sensible places to shop for frugal living. One of their main principles of operation is to offer unique and high-quality items to consumers at a fraction of “big box” store prices. This German grocery chain can keep their costs low due to their strategic yet simple business practices. Having an Aldi in the area will be a game changer for many families like mine, so keep know the benefits, tips and tricks of shopping at this famous grocery chain.
Grocery Bags – First, be sure to bring your own grocery bags. Aldi offers their own paper and plastic bags, but they come with a small price tag. By charging customers for using their bags, this helps reduce the amount of eventual waste used to transport groceries. In turn, Aldi reduces their carbon footprint and product prices overall. The less money spent on the production of grocery bags, the better.
Rent-A-Cart – Before you leave the house, make sure that you have a quarter in your pocket; you’re going to need it to “rent” your grocery cart at Aldi.
You read that correctly! Aldi’s grocery carts require a small deposit of $0.25 for use, but don’t worry – you’ll get it back when you later return your cart. Aldi’s “rent a cart” system is a fool-proof way to keep the carts all in one place, so their employees can focus on stocking their products rather than spending their energy to corral the carts back into the store. Often times, when you’re returning your cart, someone will be on their way to grab one and will offer their own quarter in exchange for your cart. How convenient!
Weekly Ads – One of the first things you’ll notice when walking into Aldi is they have their current Weekly Ad on display. Be sure to grab one, so you don’t miss out on a smokin’ deal! Every Wednesday a new Weekly Ad is released, to make it easier for frugal families like mine to plan ahead for the following week’s meal planning. Aldi also uses their Weekly Ads to introduce new products to their home living line called Huntington Home. In Early September I was able to snag both their luxurious Huntington Home Woven Throw and Mercury Glass Fall Candle. Both are of superb quality and brought an instant but natural autumn vibe into my home.
Products – As you stroll through the store, you’ll start to realize that Aldi doesn’t have many of the fancy shelving units that other grocery stores do. Because of this, it’s easy to grab the next box of product when one box is empty. The empty boxes are free to take to pack your groceries, so don’t be shy to grab a few if you left your bags behind.
While shopping, you’ll likely notice that there are not as many brand name products that you’d immediately recognize. This is because over 90% of Aldi’s products are private label. One of the reasons why Aldi’s prices are so low is due to the strategic sourcing of their own brands such as Friendly Farms (dairy), Simply Nature (organics) and Specially Selected (gourmet foods). One of my favorites is Aldi’s Barissimo coffee line, especially the seasonal “Apple Crisp” ground coffee. Barissimo has many coffee products to choose from and is sure to deliver delicious seasonal flavors all year long.
Seasonal Items – Speaking of seasonal products, Aldi never fails to offer the tastiest foods for a fraction of the cost. They know what their shoppers want, especially during the holidays. My family eats plenty of soup during the cold winter months, so I picked up their Simply Nature Organic Pumpkin Soup. The Pumpkin Soup was VERY tasty and filling, so much that I saved my leftovers in the seasonal Crofton Soup mug. This mug is also great for coffee drinkers to keep your beverages nice and hot for hours at a time.
For a few quick and sweet snacks, we tried the Specially Selected Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn and the Benton’s Fall Cookie Thins. They were both delicious and really kicked the sweet craving to the curb for a long while, without feeling weighed down later.
Cost Effectiveness – One of the things I love most about Aldi is their smaller floor plans and how easy it is to find their products. A smaller store means fewer overhead costs, which turns to lower prices for us! They tend to schedule only a handful of employees at a time since there are no cart runs, less complicated stocking procedures, and no baggers. As an Aldi customer, you bag your own groceries, so that their employees can focus on getting you in and out of the store as fast as possible. As a busy Mom, I really appreciate this since I have a limited amount of time to shop before running around with my kid for school, church, Scouts, and other extracurriculars. Plus, my son loves to help me bag the groceries! Win-win.
The Customer Comes First – If for any reason a product doesn’t work out, Aldi offers a unique “Twice as Nice” guarantee. You’ll not only get a full refund but also an entire product replacement to be sure their quality standards are being met. This also encourages customers to try new products that they likely wouldn’t have otherwise to hopefully find new favorites.
Time and time again, Aldi has set the bar high for cost effectiveness and their famous customer-first mentality. There’s no doubt that when Aldi announces a new store to open, it stirs up plenty of excitement for current and future Aldi shoppers. Our family cannot wait for our new Aldi store to open November 21st! After our awesome shopping experience, I’ll never look at a quarter in the same way.
Photo Credit: Harrison King
$45 for a Sam’s Club Savings Membership package !
- One-year Sam’s Club Savings Membership (a $85 value), which includes a membership card for the primary cardholder and a complimentary membership card for a spouse or other household member
- $20 gift card valid for any in-club purchases
- Fresh-food vouchers, including:
A family dinner package, including:
- Member’s Mark 12″ Apple Lattice Pie Everyday value $8.98
- Member’s Mark Rotisserie Chicken Everyday value $4.98
- $10 off a $12.98 Daily Chef New York–Style Cheesecake (54 oz)
- $10 off a $19.46 Daily Chef Boneless Spiral Ham (6 to 7 lbs; priced per pound)
Highlights for members
- 10 in Cash Rewards for every $500 spent on eligible purchases
- $120 in special members-only Instant Savings offers on select popular items, valid 30 days after in-club membership activation.
- Early shopping hours, 7 a.m. Monday – Saturday (hours may vary by club)
Offer valid for new Sam’s Club members only; not valid for those with an active membership or for a previous membership that has lapsed within the last 6 months.
Crazy 8 is having a wonderful sale! On top of the 75% off sale, there is free shipping too! Don’t miss your chance to stock up on adorable outfits for the children in your life. This offer is only valid while supplies last, so be sure to check out Crazy 8 today! They also have quite a few $5 deals!! My son loves their clothes!
I think it would be safe to say that everyone would love to save money on fruits and vegetables! One of the best ways to save on produce would be to start a garden. However, if you do not have the space or the time to take care of a garden, there are still ways to save on produce and vegetables. Following the steps below will help you to stretch your food budget, and keep nutritious foods in your fridge!
Saving Money on Fruits and Vegetables
Mobile Apps: Did you know you can download rebate apps on your phone, to save money? You buy the items you want, and then upload the picture of your receipt and select the items that are available that you purchased. You can earn anywhere from $0.25-$1.00 or more on select items. They are always adding new rebates! Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Mobisave are three of the most popular mobile apps that usually have a few rebates for produce and vegetables . You can use all three of these apps for the same products, so you earn extra savings!
Coupons: These are a little more rare but you can find produce coupons! Look for printable coupons online! You can find them on This Mommy Saves Money website, and on our Facebook page, so make sure to check regularly. Also, if you follow brands on Facebook you can find high value coupons! Brands want to keep their Facebook engagement numbers high, so one of the popular trends is to put their higher value coupons on their Facebook pages instead of in the coupon inserts.
Farmers Market: Sometimes farmers markets will have lower prices on their produce then your local stores. You may even be able to find a few farmers markets in your area! What I love about this option, is it gives you a great way to support local farmers in your community!
Friends Who Garden: If you happen to have a friend or family member who is a gardener, maybe see if they have any excess produce. If so they might give it to you for free or you could offer to pay them.
Shop Sales: Make sure to check the Savannah Savvy Shopper Facebook page to see the best deals for stores in our area each week! Try to buy what is on sale for the week, to help save money. The grocery store will change what fruits and vegetables that are on sale each week. So shop the bargains and wait for the next week to buy others. Shop Mornings – Some sale items sell out fast, so shop first thing in the am if you can. That way you get the best pick and you can buy the amount you want.
Broccoli: If you like to buy fresh broccoli, note that you pay by weight. If you buy a head of broccoli that has a lot of stalk, you are paying more for less of the crown. So look for a short stock with a bushy crown.
Frozen Produce: Think of buying some frozen vegetables and fruits. You can get the same benefits, and it sometimes they are more convenient and affordable. You can save a lot of money this way and they taste just as good. For fruits put some in smoothies, cobblers, and baking.
Buy In Season: Watch the seasons of your fruits and veggies. If you go and buy something that isn’t in season you could be paying double or triple compared to what you would pay if the fruit or veggie was in season.
Unit Prices: Produce is sold in one of three ways: by the item, pound, or by the bag. So make sure to calculate and compare the unit price of each. There is no for sure way to get the best savings without comparing each time you shop.