Every year, I make the same resolution: It's time for me to make and stick to a budget. And every year, when I crunch the numbers, I realize I'm spending way, way too much money on food.
Luckily, this year I discovered Aldi. A European import, Aldi is like a more industrial-feeling Trader Joe's. The grocery store carries items from big national brands, but its own in-house brands are where you can find the best deals.
They have everything from pantry staples like organic extra virgin olive oil and honey to fun snacks like sea salt caramels and exotic root vegetable chips, all for less than you can find at a traditional grocery store. And while no one knows for sure where they source their products from, it's safe to say there's a good chance many of them come from the same national brands you're used to paying a premium for.
If you're shopping on a budget, these under-$5 buys from Aldi can't be beat. You'll still be eating like a queen without putting too big a dent in your purse.