Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome to Budget Food Review!

Hi ya'all!  I'm Aaron Tom, and I'll be your guide through the wonderful world of budget foods!  So what exactly is this blog, you ask?  Well, I'll be reviewing foods purchased from places like Dollar Tree and Aldi...places that largely go ignored by mainstream society while the supermarkets thrive.  Why?  Well, ever since I've been on my own (and was able to set aside the preconceived notions about the food quality in these places), I've learned that you can get foods that are just as good, if not better, than the national brands that are a fraction of the price.  In fact (at least, in the case of Aldi), a vast majority of the products are excellent, despite not having a nationally-recognized brand name on the package.

On the flip side, there are some products that you would probably do best to avoid.

So if you're one of the many that are afraid to set food in an Aldi, or won't dare purchase a food item from Dollar Tree, then you are in the right place.  The reviews will rate each product on a scale from 1-10, 1 obviously being atrocious, while 10 is virtually perfect.  They will compare each product to the national brand (where applicable), but will also be weighted according to price (thus, if an off-brand product tastes close to the national brand, yet is significantly cheaper, then it will get a high score; likewise, if a product tastes like crap, regardless of price, it will receive a low rating).

Since I do a vast majority of my shopping at Aldi, the opportunities for reviews will be almost endless.  However, since I have a full-time job, a wife, and hobbies outside of this (including playing hockey three nights a week), that doesn't leave a whole lot of time for me to write.  Thus, don't expect more than a few posts per month.  However, I do hope to open your eyes to the world of budget foods.  Just because it's cheap, doesn't mean it's bad.  Though, in some cases, it is.

Oh, and I also have ZERO experience with blogs. So it will be very possible that the look and feel of this thing constantly changes, especially over the first couple months, as I learn to grasp what everything does, and what works best for me.  I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This blog is awesome. An Aldi opened up in my city a few months ago, and I am hooked. Been going to Dollar Tree for years. Wish you would post more entries, I am sure I'm not the only one out there interested in reading reviews of budget foods!!!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! I'm actually in your camp: I love reading reviews for products carried at these places, and noticed there really aren't any sites reviewing them. Unfortunately, I've been too busy to keep up with it properly. That being said, I've got some ideas and some reviews typed up that I'll be adding very soon. Thanks again!