We don’t have a Costco nearby and so I’ve always depended on ALDI for all my bulk shopping (although they have plenty of high-end items too!) I’ve been a huge ALDI fan ever since I shopped there in Germany back in the 90’s. (Affiliate links are present).
But sometimes it’s nice to try something new.
So when I discovered the online bulk grocery store, appropriately named “Boxed,” I thought I’d give it a try.
Boxed is a warehouse-type online store offering great deals on large groceries and household items without a membership fee and with mostly free shipping.
Now since I’m watching my grocery budget carefully, I couldn’t go all crazy and buy everything that looked yummy. Unfortunately I had to do the mature thing, compare prices, and consider what fit into our meal plan and what was a good value.
Lucky for you, I did the math and took notes. 🙂
I fully expected ALDI to beat out Boxed on price on every item. I mean – grocery items are often very low margin without a lot of profit built in. And ALDI did win for many things, but not everything.
Plus there are some other reasons you might consider shopping at Boxed.
Boxed is great for:
Convenience. Seriously – it cannot get any better than this. No lugging, no carting kids along to the store, no driving, no loading and unloading your cart, no impulse purchases.
My order was over 50 pounds! I felt kinda bad for the UPS driver, but at least I didn’t have to lug all that stuff 🙂
I imagine Boxed is a lifesaver for new moms. How easy is it to pick your groceries and let someone else do all the shopping?
Larger quantities. I saw many things at Boxed that you can’t get in large packages at ALDI.
Brand names and a different selection. Boxed had my favorite detergent (Seventh Generation) as well as plenty of brand-name items that ALDI doesn’t carry. We also got Craisins and some other allergy-friendly snacks.
When you don’t have an ALDI in your area. By all means, go crazy with the bottled water, spaghetti sauce, snack foods, cereal, etc.
Freebies. Boxed often has some kind of special free item that you get when you order. For me, it was a box of Kashi GoLean Salted Dark Chocolate bars. That was a nice bonus since I usually don’t indulge in those!
ALDI is great for:
Price. ALDI beat Boxed on most items (but not all).
Fresh and frozen foods. Obviously these are hard (although not impossible) to order online.
Availability. If you need an item today, Boxed can’t help you. ALDI is the way to go.
Staples. I’ll still get most staples like flour, cereal and oatmeal at ALDI.
Keep in mind that ALDI prices vary from region to region and from time to time. Also the selection at Boxed changes periodically.
|Applesauce (squeeze packs)||14 cents / oz.||18 cents / oz.|
|Diced peaches (inidvidual servings)||11 cents / oz.||16 cents / oz.|
|Diced tomatoes||5 cents / oz.||6 cents / oz.|
|GF pasta||9 cents / oz.||14 cents / oz.|
|Pasta (variety pack)||73 cents / lb.||$1.28 / lb.|
|Spaghetti sauce||7 cents / oz.||6 cents / oz.|
|White sugar||50 cents / lb.||50 cents / lb.|
Update: Boxed vs. Amazon Grocery
A reader, Jennifer, kindly did a price comparison between Boxed and Amazon Grocery. This is what she found:
After reading this email and checking out Boxed’s site, I did an item-by-item price comparison between Boxed, Amazon, and Walmart, since Amazon and Walmart are where I do most of my shopping.
For the items we use, Boxed beat both Amazon and Walmart (color me surprised!). Not all items were the same size, so I did an oz/oz price comparison. Probably not the best or most scientific way, but it gave me a general idea. Walmart really wants you to buy in BULK.
I use Amazon Subscribe & Save on several items that I have found cheaper than buying locally. However, Boxed even beat the S&S 15% discount on many items.
You definitely can’t beat home delivery – especially when I hate, hate, hate shopping. Hope this helps!
Don’t forget the company vibe.
One thing to note about Boxed AND ALDI – they both seem like fun companies to me. I LOVE ALDI’s Instagram feed! There’s so much inspiration there.
Boxed has tons of personality as well.
Check out the handwritten postcard they included in my box. I love those kinds of extra touches. I read that the Boxed founder has set up a fund with his own personal assets to pay college tuition for his employees’ children! Say what?
A photo posted by @boxedwholesale on
So how does Boxed measure up against ALDI for bulk shopping?
I’m still a huge ALDI fan, but I am incorporating Boxed in my monthly grocery shopping routine for times when I just can’t make it to the store (and can afford to wait a day or two). I’ll also order things that are close to ALDI prices. It’s worth it to me to avoid the extra things in my shopping cart.
Boxed coupon for Early Bird Mom readers
If you’d like to try Boxed, you can get free shipping on your first order (normally a $50 minimum but waived through this link) plus 15% off with the coupon code SUMMER.