A recent GOBankingRates survey found that Americans spend an average of $302 per month on groceries. Of course, there are plenty of ways to save money at the supermarket — from using coupons to taking advantage of sales or joining store loyalty programs. One of the simplest ways to cut the cost of groceries is to shop at the store with the lowest prices.
To find out which store is better for your budget, GOBankingRates compared prices at Kroger vs. Aldi. Kroger is one of the world’s largest food retailers. Despite its size, Kroger prices have fallen as the supermarket chain has tried to stay competitive with Walmart. Meanwhile, Aldi is a no-frills grocery chain that carries a select assortment of products, 90 percent of which are exclusive store brands. As a result, Aldi prices are up to 50 percent lower on frequently purchased items, the retailer claims.
So which of these grocery stores really has the lowest prices? Click through to see where you can save more money on groceries.
Aldi price: $2.99/pound
Kroger price: $3.99/pound
Meat is one of the best buys at Aldi. The Aldi price on 80 percent lean ground beef is a full dollar less than the Kroger price — a significant savings if you regularly buy meat.
If you prefer organic beef, you’ll still get a better deal at Aldi. The price per pound is $5.29 at Aldi vs. $6.99 per pound at Kroger.
Aldi price: $1.89/pound
Kroger price: $1.99/pound
The savings on chicken breasts isn’t as significant at Aldi as it is for ground beef — just 10 cents less per pound. But Aldi recently had chicken breasts on sale for $1.69, which is a 30 cent savings over the Kroger price.
Plus, you’ll get a better deal on natural chicken raised without hormones or antibiotics. At $4.29 per pound, Aldi’s Kirkwood Never Any! chicken breasts beat the price on Kroger’s Simple Truth natural chicken breasts by $1.70 per pound.
Aldi price: $2.69/pound
Kroger price: $2.99/pound
If you prefer the other white meat, you can save money buying pork at Aldi. A pack of assorted pork chops sells for 30 cents less per pound at Aldi vs. Kroger.
Aldi price: 79 cents/12 ounces
Kroger price: $1/16 ounces
Despite its lower price, pasta at Aldi isn’t actually a better deal. You’ll pay 6.58 cents per ounce for a 12-ounce package of pasta at Aldi compared with 6.25 cents per ounce for a 16-ounce package at Kroger.
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Aldi price: 99 cents/24 ounces
Kroger price: $1.19/24 ounces
The price for traditional tomato pasta sauce is lower at Aldi, but not by much. A 24-ounce jar at Aldi costs 4.2 cents per ounce versus 4.9 cents per ounce for the same size jar at Kroger.
Long Grain White Rice
Aldi price: $1.29/3 pounds (2.68 cents/ounce)
Kroger price: $2.19/5 pounds (2.73 cents/ounce)
The price per ounce for long grain white rice is nearly the same at Aldi and Kroger. The 3-pound bag at Aldi costs just under 2.7 cents per ounce, while the 5-pound bag at Kroger costs just over 2.7 cents per ounce.
Aldi price: 59 cents/15.5 ounces
Kroger price: 59 cents/15.5 ounces
If you want to add beans to your rice, you’ll pay the same at Kroger and Aldi. A 15.5-ounce can of black beans cost 59 cents at both grocery stores. However, during a recent sale, the Kroger price was 10 cents lower. Stocking up during sales is a great way to save money on groceries without clipping coupons.
White Sandwich Bread
Aldi price: 89 cents/20 ounces
Kroger price: $1.19/20 ounces
You can keep down the cost of making a sandwich by buying bread at Aldi. A 20-ounce package of sandwich bread at Aldi is 30 cents less than at Kroger.
Deli Sliced Turkey
Aldi price: $2.49/9 ounces
Kroger price: $4.39/8 ounces
Buying deli meat for your sandwich at Aldi will also help you save money. A 9-ounce package of turkey costs nearly $2 less than an 8-ounce package at Kroger. However, if you prefer your meat or poultry sliced at the deli counter to get the thickness of your choosing, you’ll need to go to Kroger, as Aldi only sells pre-packaged deli meat.
Aldi price: $1.79/8 ounces
Kroger price: $2.49/8 ounces
The Aldi price for an 8-ounce block of cheddar cheese beats the Kroger price by a full 70 cents. However, you’ll get a slightly better deal at Kroger if you stock up during a sale. Kroger recently marked down 8-ounce packages of its store-brand cheddar to $1.77.
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Aldi price: $1.19/gallon
Kroger price: $1.29/gallon
You’ll save 10 cents per gallon if you buy milk at Aldi. However, if you prefer organic milk, you’ll save even more buying it at Aldi. The discount grocer sells a half gallon for $2.95 — 54 cents less than a half gallon of Kroger’s Simple Truth organic milk.
Aldi price: $2.99/16 ounces
Kroger price: $2.99/16 ounces
You’ll find the same price on butter at Aldi and Kroger. Four sticks totaling 16 ounces will cost you $2.99 at both stores.
Aldi price: 99 cents/dozen
Kroger price: $1.69/dozen
Aldi has the best deal on this grocery staple by far. One dozen eggs cost 70 cents less at Aldi vs. Kroger. If you go through a carton a week, you’ll save more than $36 a year.
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Aldi price: $3.49/10 pounds
Kroger price: $3.19/10 pounds
Want to try one of these mouth-watering potato recipes? Make sure you shop at Kroger, where you’ll get a better deal on russet potatoes. A 10-pound bag costs 30 cents less there than at Aldi. You’ll save even more during sales. Kroger recently marked down 10-pound bags of russet potatoes to $2.50.
Aldi price: $1.69/pound
Kroger price: $1.99/pound
Not all produce is a better deal at Aldi, but you can typically save money buying grapes at the discount grocer. Recently, the price per pound of grapes was 30 cents less at Aldi than Kroger.
Aldi price: $1.99/5 ounces
Kroger price: $3.49/5 ounces
If you prefer making a salad with lettuce that’s a step up from iceberg, you’ll find a great deal on spring mix at Aldi. A 5-ounce container of this specialty green mix costs $1.50 less at Aldi than Kroger.
Aldi price: $1.69/pound
Kroger price: 99 cents/pound
As with potatoes, Kroger has a better deal on Roma tomatoes. The Kroger price per pound is 70 cents less. Plus, you can buy Roma tomatoes individually at Kroger, but you have to buy a 1-pound package at Aldi.
Aldi price: $2.39/42 ounces
Kroger price: $2.49/42 ounces
Oatmeal can be a low-cost breakfast, especially if you buy old-fashioned oats at Aldi. However, the savings aren’t dramatic. You’ll only save 10 cents on a 42-ounce container at Aldi vs. Kroger.
Aldi price: $3.49/32 ounces
Kroger price: $3.59/24 ounces
Greek yogurt is good for your health and your wallet — especially if you buy it at Aldi. You’ll get a bigger container — 32 ounces versus 24 ounces — for 10 cents less at Aldi.
Aldi price: $3.79/12 ounces
Kroger price: $5.99/12 ounces
Get your caffeine fix for less by brewing coffee at home. It’s even more economical if you opt for Aldi’s Barissimo brand coffee. You can get a 12-ounce package of ground coffee for $2.20 less than Kroger’s Private Selection ground coffee.
About the Author
Cameron Huddleston is an award-winning journalist with nearly 14 years of experience writing about personal finance. Before joining GOBankingRates, she was a contributing editor for Kiplinger.com and wrote the popular Kip Tips column, which was syndicated in Tribune newspapers nationwide. Her work has appeared on Yahoo!, MSN, AOL Daily Finance and other online and print publications.