So I saw the ad for Aldi this week and on the top it says this: ALDI truth #38: We always offer the finest cuts. And that goes for our prices, too.
Alright Aldi, I’m putting you to the test for local prices here in western New York. Prices do vary by region so yours could be higher or lower. I have been getting most of our meat from BJ’s Wholesale, my husband is a hunter so we eat a lot of venison, but I know their prices are cheaper than Tops, unless Tops has an amazing sale, and are usually cheaper than Walmart . I haven’t priced check them against Walmart in awhile, which is why in the next few days I will be doing that as well.
I love shopping at both of these stores. I shop at Aldi for our milk and when the have killer prices on their produce like this week grapes are just $0.79/lb.
* Side note that BJ’s cuts their own meat in store and promises high quality meat and no antibiotics.
So here it goes.
Aldi vs. BJ’s Wholesale.
Cheaper item is in red. These are matched against their own brands, unless otherwise stated!
FRESH USDA Choice Ribeye Steak
ALDI- $9.99/lb. BJ’s- $9.89/lb
FRESH USDA CHOICE TOP ROUND STEAK
ALDI-$6.19 /lb. BJ’s $5.24/lb
FRESH USDA CHOICE CHUCK ROAST
ALDI- $4.89/lb. BJ’s $4.69/lb.
80% LEAN GROUND BEEF
ALDI- $2.99/lb BJ’s $2.99
FRESH CHICKEN TENDERLOINS
ALDI- $2.99 /lb. BJ’s ( I didn’t see BJ’s brand on this one so this is Perdue) $2.99/lb.
FRESH USDA BOTTOM ROUND ROAST
ALDI- $4.89 BJ’s $4.39
FRESH CHICKEN BREASTS
ALDI- $2.79/lb. BJ’s– $1.99/lb.
FRESH ASSORTED PORK CHOPS
ALDI- $2.89 /lb. BJ’s- $2.59/lb.
FRESH BONELESS CENTER CUT PORK CHOPS
ALDI- $4.19 /lb. BJ’s- $2.99/lb
FRESH PORK TENDERLOIN
ALDI-$3.99/lb. BJ’s- $2.99/lb.
FRESH BONELESS PORK BUTT ROAST
ALDI- $2.69/lb BJ’s- $2.49/lb.
AND THE WINNER IS……..
Now you may be saying well it is cheaper because you pay a membership fee so really Aldi is cheaper. Hold on. NOT TRUE!
Here’s a little diagram and an article about meat consumption. Saying we eat an average 102.5/lbs of meat in one year? WHOA… When you read further down in the article it shows in 2012 we dipped a bit. But let’s go with this number.
You have 5 people in your family. That’s 512.5/lbs of meat in one year. Just about one whole cow right?!
Ok so let’s say your family is consuming 512.5 lbs. of meat in a year. BJ’s is an average $0.56/lb. cheaper for all meats than the advertised price currently at Aldi.
By buying your meat from BJ’s you would save your family $286 a year!
You would be spending way more on just your meat even when you factor in your $50 membership fee. I do suggest splitting the membership fee with someone only making it $25. But with all the BJ’s coupons and stacks with manufacturer’s coupons, the $50 will be well worth it! You can try BJ’s out for 90 days FREE here.
But with that said, you do have to know your prices. But my personal opinion is if you don’t want to mess around with all the coupons and doubling and transactions, than BJ’s is the way to go. Just using their coupon booklet is simple and will save you money.
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