Our Average Shopping Trip at Lidl

Before a year ago, I wouldn’t have known a Lidl from an Aldi, from any other foreign grocery store. It wasn’t until our area starting building two Lidl’s close by that I started figuring it all out.

My mother-in-law came for a visit from Germany and was all excited that we were getting two popular grocery chains from Europe. That also meant that we wouldn’t have to wait as long (or go as far) to get our German chocolate.

We typically had been doing all of our grocery shopping at the Commissary. What we couldn’t find there (or rather, knew we could get cheaper somewhere else – i.e., meat) we would find at Walmart. We have been smart shoppers when it comes to grocery shopping for a family of four.

It was my husband’s idea to experiment with Lidl for a month or so and see if we saved money overall. At first, I was very reluctant. The first shopping trip took forever – we had both kids with us, we were completely unfamiliar with the layout of the store and what it offered. It took us way over an hour to complete our trip.

We knew that the stores didn’t provide (free) grocery bags, so we came armed with some totes and freezer bags, but the first few times we quickly figured out that we did not bring enough bags with us. If you decide to shop at Aldi or Lidl, there is a bit of a learning curve there if you come to do your biweekly or monthly shopping.

We just finished our biweekly shopping trip at Lidl today, and I couldn’t wait to get home and write up this post to tell you just what all I have come to love about the store!

First, here is a list of everything we bought today: (if you are interested in an item-by-item cost, just leave a comment)

  • Fish sticks BOGO (2)
  • Fuji Apples
  • Ground Cumin
  • Ground Beef 4.88 lb
  • Blueberry & Cherry Donut (to keep peace with the kids, ya know)
  • Hot Dogs
  • Buttermilk Waffles
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Corn Flakes
  • Bananas 2.29 lb
  • Grapes 2.11 lb
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Chicken Nuggets (2)
  • 100% Orange Juice
  • Fruit Rings Cereal
  • Cinnamon Crunchies (we love cereal, ok??)
  • Pulled BBQ
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Sliced Carrots
  • Pizzas (3)
  • Honey Nut Cereal
  • Citrus Flavor Soda
  • Shredded Mozarella
  • Mac N Cheese Cup (2)
  • Spaghetti Pasta 5 lb
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Mac N Cheese (3)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Sliced Peaches
  • Snack Mix
  • Potato Mix
  • Mayonnaise
  • Alredo Sauce
  • Peppers
  • Light Drink Mix
  • Colby Jack & Pepper Cheese
  • Mini Beef Ravioli (2)
  • Cinnamon Rolls (2)
  • Cream Cheese Block (2)
  • Vanilla Yogurt (2)
  • Spring Mix Lettuce
  • Monster Energy Drink
  • Turkey Breast
  • Thin Wheat Crackers

TOTAL: $95.72

Are you stunned?? Now, after making a meal plan for the next two weeks, I didn’t need a lot of pasta this trip, or sauces, or spices. So this trip involved a lot of snacks for the kids, easy  to-go foods for the hubby, and some miscellaneous items. BUT, we left with four giant bags full of food and still spent less than $100!

This is the case for most of our trips there (unless I get side tracked by the latest Heidi Klum blazer they’re selling). They do have a few aisles of miscellaneous kitchen appliances, garden tools, candles, clothing, etc. that can make it easy for you to go over budget – but at the same time, I will say the items they sell in those extra aisles are still cheaper than what you would find elsewhere (I’m sure they are competitive with Walmart).

If you haven’t given these stores a go, I encourage you to try it! And then come back and let me know what you thought! 🙂

One thought on “Our Average Shopping Trip at Lidl

  1. Aldi is cheaper with produce. We always get ours at aldi and shop the rest at walmart or target. If you go to target near the end of the month a lot of freezer foods and meats are on clearance and u can also pair with the carthweel app to save more… for pull ups we usally buy the small bag and end up paying $6 with cartwheel coupons and red card debit card thats an extra 5%off .


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