Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Costco, Aldi, Target and Walmart Price Comparisons

Some people like spending money on name-brand groceries, and think it's tacky to worry too much about what you're spending. That's nice. I don't.  I'd rather spend money on other things.

This project started very simply. I was at the Costco, and couldn't decide if the nuts were a decent price (they are). I decided to compare them to Aldi, Target and Walmart.  And, well, if you give a mouse a cookie... she's going to just want the whole list.

I know. It's total boring adult stuff. It's also I'm-tired-of-wondering-how-we-spent-so-much-on-food stuff. But maybe (to you) it's I-could-use-this stuff. To me its wow-this-took-forever stuff.

Some people think it's unrefined to talk about, think about, and post about money, but I'm beginning to realize that if we hope to save any considerable amount of money, it's going to require patience, thought, and planning. Besides, I'm not really the refined sort. I don't really care if other people think this post is totally tacky. For everyone else, here you go.

While it doesn't have everything it's pretty close to everything you'll need. Like 430 everythings.

Here is what the first page looks like:

Download the pdf or excel file if you don't want to wait every time you scroll down the screen.

Here is a link to the excel file:

Here is a link to the pdf :

Happy Thoughts!

Kristen Mrdjanov

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the help I got from these people:
For prices on out of season Aldi products (like basalmic vinegar)

Some of the costco prices
Some of the Target and Walmart prices


  1. Kristen, you are my hero. After every trip to Walmart, I think, "I really should start doing some of my shopping at Aldi," and by the time the next trip comes around, I still haven't remembered to make a list of the Walmart prices to see what things are cheaper there than Aldi and Food Depot. :P No Costco or Target close by, unfortunately. I will definitely be taking a look at your spreadsheet, though!

    1. Mary! You have a blog! I'm adding it to my reader this second!

      And I'm so with you. But now neither of us has to wonder, because we have a list!

  2. Thank you! My sister in law and I did this a few years ago, and it was so helpful. Glad to know we're not alone! This is a perfect update. Thanks again! :)

  3. Wow! What a help! I have been using a phone app to record prices at different stores, but the interface with my computer is very poor. All of your work has jump started my excel file. Thanks so much.

  4. Strong work! My 5 minute review says that Aldi is the way to go, yes?

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