Starving Student: Mouthwatering savings
At a $50 a week budget, many college students find themselves eating Chick-fil-a, cereal or ramen for every meal in order to have money left over for the essentials like toilet paper and soap.
Since I personally prefer to stay both squeaky clean and well-fed, my roommate and I have been counting pennies to find the best way to save money and feel good about the food we are consuming. So far, we have discovered one critical factor, it doesn’t matter as much what you buy as it does where you buy it.
That’s why Aldi, the German based global discount supermarket, conveniently located at 903 Taylor Ave (less than 10 minutes from my apartment) has become my best friend. Believe me, I was skeptical at first too but after a trip or two all of my apprehensions were dissolved.
First of all, the store itself is significantly smaller in size than your average grocery store, carrying only about 1,400 items as opposed to the average 30,000. They choose to carry only the fastest moving items, so the select items in store vary week to week in order to offer shoppers the lowest prices. A smaller store also means that you can be in and out faster, making grocery shopping a little less of a hassle because let’s face it, as much as we wish food would magically appear in the fridge, it simply does not.
Aldi is unique in the aspect of their ever-changing items in stock, especially when it comes to their produce section. Each week their choice of available produce changes based on when the produce is at the most ideal ripeness and lowest cost. Their selection of meats also changes weekly and always include a ‘Fresh Meat Special Buy item’ every Wednesday.
Aldi stocks their shelves with Aldi-exclusive brands for a lower cost than national brands. Like Fusia, their Asian inspired line of pre-packaged meals are easy enough for college students to make. They even have an Aldi organic produce line, which promises chemical and pesticide free produce at a low cost. Aldi also offers special non-food items that change weekly. This week you can purchase a four-foot folding table for $24.99, because every new apartment needs a designated flip cup table.
All of this information can be found on their website, which also has a recipes page that features a ‘MyPlate’ section for additional healthy eating tips. Their smartphone app and weekly flyers, which come out every Wednesday, let shoppers know what will be in stores as well as what will be on sale so that it is even easier to plan out your meals for the week.
Deals offered for the week of August 29:
Lunch Mate Mesquite Smoked Turkey Breast ($2.49) Great for lunch sandwiches or even in your eggs in the morning to mix things up a little.
Boca Burger Assortment ($2.89) & Season’s Choice Sweet Potato Fries ($1.49) Grab buns and cheese and you have an easy,
inexpensive, end of summer cookout meal.
Teriyaki Chicken Fusia Stir Fry ($3.99) Add rice for an easy Asian inspired dinner for two or one and save the leftovers for lunch.