Ok, here is the answer to the question from earlier today.
I was at Aldi and needed instant pudding and as I pulled it off the shelf I was thinking how much more this must be costing me than buying in the bulk section of a grocery store that I get to every once in a while. The funny thing was I got to that grocery store that evening and thought well I better stock up on instant pudding, so I bought some. I came home and decided to find out how much more it costs me when I buy little boxes rather than bulk. Here is what I found out:
Aldi 3.4 oz box $0.49 or $2.31/lb.
Bulk from grocery store $3.89/lb.
Unbelievable the box from Aldi is cheaper. That means I was paying $1.58 a pound more every time I purchased this item bulk! Makes me wonder what else I’m overpaying for every time I purchase from their bulk section.
This shows it is a very good idea to have a price list for the items you buy. I have one but never priced out things like pudding, as I always assumed bulk was cheaper. Lesson learned, don’t assume, take a second and figure it out and possibly save a considerable amount of money over time. Not all savings on grocery items come from cutting coupons.
Do you have a price list? What items have you been purchasing at what you thought was the best price only to find out it wasn’t?
Thrifty, Frugal Mom ( says
Funny how we both discovered the instant pudding savings around the same time. I just noticed it last week and was annoyed that I shot that money! 🙂 And yes, I shop at a traditional bulk food store…the cheapest one I’ve found and I’ve checked out quite a few in the area. Oh and the thing is, the pudding price must have jumped recently because what I have down on my price sheet is about $1 cheaper than what I paid last week. So maybe I wasn’t overpaying previously I don’t know. But it was a good reminder that I need to be more diligent in updating my price list- I’ve gotten a bit lazy with it the last couple of months.
I’ve found Aldi to be cheaper on powdered milk and about the same as a bulk food store on confectioner’s sugar, brown sugar, some choc. & pb chips and sometimes coconut. But I’m like you, discovering this has made me really want to do some serious price checking at both places! For me, oatmeal was cheaper at my bulk food store. Oh and if you buy dry beans so far Walmart has been prices on them.