It is official. I have become a frugal grocery shopper.
Years ago when I was young and carefree I shopped at Woolworths or Coles, not worrying about comparing prices, simply buying whatever brand I wanted at the time.
I should also tell you that I am a marketers dream. Whack a gorgeous smile and pretty packaging on something and no doubt I will buy it.
When my first bubs was born I started online grocery shopping and swore by it. It was easy and convenient. I didn't have to struggle through the aisles with a disgruntled child while trying to get everything on the shopping list. Still I shopped at Woolworths or Coles. I didn't even mind forking out for the delivery fee if it meant I didn't have to play bumper cars with the other shoppers.
When bubs number two arrived and we moved into Castle Stone with its hefty mortage, it was time to get frugal.
I spoke to a friend about grocery spending habits and she said she was going to try Aldi. Later that day she sent me a message to tell me her grocery bill had been $83 cheaper!
I got my skates on, bundled both kids into the car and sped to my nearest Aldi store. The savings were amazing.
Aldi is a little harder than sitting at my computer and clicking with the mouse - I have my little mr in a pouch (and sometimes a disgruntled five year old) as I attempt unsuccessfully to manoeuvre the trolley, which always seems to have a dodgy wheel or four, and you have to pack your own groceries into bags.
One day a lady even said to me, "Oh, look at you." I am not sure why she wanted to look at me, I can only assume it is because I looked like such an uncoordinated mum.
But all that outweighs the savings that we are making.