Now I will be the first to admit I am not the best shopper, but since Alex was born I have more than ever only shopped when something was on sale, and only bought it if it was an excellent deal.
I shop all over. Kroger, Meijer, Aldi, Kohls, Babies R Us, and a variety of other stores.
For the most part we are back to shopping at Aldi for groceries. It was a lot more convenient to go to Kroger since it is so close to our house, but over time we saw the $$ adding up.
Aldi sells almost everything you could need food wise, and we have yet to have any kind of problem with them.
Now I will admit I only buy the stuff for Alex at Kroger or Meijer. I typically buy diapers at Meijer, but I buy the Kroger brand formula. I buy his food wherever it is on sale, and his wipes at Costco. I get their brand, it comes with 900 wipes for like $20.
But when it comes to clothes I must make a disclaimer. I cannot remember when I last bought myself new clothes. And for Alex I typically go to Kohls at the end of a season and stock up on stuff for him for the next year. And if I need more but don't see anything at Kohl's then I head to the second hand shops in the area and I am able to get lots of stuff and it is usually in really good shape or brand new.
I usually can get more for less at Kohl's when I find things I like but Once Upon a Child and stores like it are usually very nice here.
So trust me, you don't have to spend a fortune to look good.