Sometimes Discount is the Same
We use A LOT of butter. I don’t know how we go through so much, but every night I lay out a stick so that in the morning, it’s soft. I butter toast, butter bread, butter popcorn, season food. Often, when I’m doing a lot of baking, I’ll lay out 2 or even 3 sticks at night.
Consequently, butter is something that I do not purchase organically. It is just TOO expensive when you consider that a pound of organic butter is about $5. In fact, we only purchase butter, if it can be helped, on sale and if it’s less than $2 per pound. Then we buy as much of it as we can afford and then freeze it. About once a week, I pull two pounds out of the freezer.
The other day, Kroger had butter on sale for $2.29 per pound. Gregg called me and said that the Aldi in Lexington had butter for $1.89 per pound as a regular, non-sale price. Aldi is a super discount grocery store. I told Gregg I didn’t necessarily know about getting butter from there. He stopped and bought one pound just for me to check it out.
Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and discovered that the sticks seemed identical to those from Kroger.
Upon further inspection, I found out that not only did they look the same – they were the same – even packaged in the same plant.
Needless to say, we no longer wait for $2.69 per pound butter to go on sale — we go ahead and just get it at Aldi. But I do watch sales, and whenever organic butter falls below $3 per pound, I get as much as I can afford.
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I searched and searched for less expensive organic butter for the same reason. I found Kates Homemade butter in our Hannaford Store but it was $4 a pound, I bought 1, for 2 reasons: 1. I had never had organic butter and this was made from grass fed cows and I wanted to try it, and 2. I thought organic was the only kind I was supposed to get when switching to whole foods, I can’t afford that either, so after researching, I had to settle for store brand butter, I was buying Hannaford brand and discovered the same thing, that it was no different from Aldi’s brand and so I do the same thing and buy Aldi’s and organic when it goes on sale, but that is not very often at all around here. I am glad I found I am not crazy! I learn so much from reading your blog, I recently (this past summer) realized the fact about processed food and why I was sick all the time and needed to change and in researching how to do that I came acrossed your blog and have been following for a little while now and love it. Thanks for all your posts and have a great day!
great find! if i was closer to an aldi’s i’d still shop there! the little bit id be saving would be eaten up by gas prices!
I generally have been buying Cabot Creamery butter because I haven’t been to BJ’s in awhile (and that is where I buy organic butter in bulk). Cabot is a co-op of farmers in New England and we have toured their cheese factory in Cabot, VT. Fortunately our Walmart carries the Cabot for only $2.68lb. which is not much higher than their GV brand. In any case, I like that we are giving back to farmers in New England – some that even are in CT. :) I will say that during Christmas baking season, I buy the GV unsalted….I found out very quickly last year that organic unsalted butter was too expensive to bake large quantities of cookies with.
Umm, yeah, Aldi’s rocks!! We have one near us, and it saves me a ton in groceries. And I really like their butter. Cause butter rocks as well :)
We love butter here too! I always try to stock up when it’s on sale. A couple of weeks ago I was in Aldi and they had it for $1.08 per pound!!!!! I couldn’t believe it! I bought 15 pounds right then and there….would have bought more but funds are tight right now. My hubby did go in again a few days later and bought a few more pounds. If I could have I would have bought 100 pounds….I figure it would have saved at least a dollar a pound for a savings of $100!!
This is very common. My husband has worked in the food industry for years and many expensive brands are made right next to the value brands. It really pays to research.