Saving money and eating healthy are two of my top priorities when I head to the store to grocery shop. Yup, I like to hold onto as many of my dollars as I can, but still bring home healthy, fresh food for my family. I want the best of both worlds and once I discover that I can buy something cheaper (but the same quality) at one store it’s extremely difficult for me to go somewhere else and pay the higher price. I. Just. Can’t. Do. It.
When I was approached to try ALDI’s new organic line and to shop at one of their local stores so I could experience it firsthand, I was all in. I had been in an ALDI one time a few years ago, but wasn’t sure how it worked or if it could meet my needs.
Before I show you how I scored on my shopping trip, let me give you a quick pic of how ALDI works:
This graphic made it simple me and answered my key questions including, “what was up with the cart and the quarter?”
So, earlier this week I went shopping at an ALDI that was less than five miles from my house. That already made me happy because location and convenience is key. I might LOVE a store but if its too far away it can’t make my regular rotation.
The first thing I noticed is that it was really clean and orderly. That’s SUPER important. Sometimes discount stores are not quite as well kept so I was pleased that this store was on point.
They do have some name brand items. I walked in and saw my family’s favorite candy splurge – Peanut M&M’s. Gasp!
They had many of the staple items that I use constantly in my house including things like spaghetti, sauce, oatmeal, tortilla chips, paper plates and cups, my list could go on.
I was happy to see many natural and organic items like organic agave, salad dressings, and frozen fruit bars available and at a lower price. We all know when the big “O” is on a product – or if its a natural product – the price normally is high, but I bought several things for significantly less than I normally pay. I paid $3.99 for a bottle of pure maple syrup when I normally pay one-to-two dollars more.
The produce section was much larger and more vibrant than I expected. I easily found my favorite fruit and veggies – and several were organic, too.
I also picked up fresh chicken tenders, all natural bacon, frozen wild caught salmon, and frozen shrimp. I tried cookies and croissants from their bakery section. They didn’t last 24 hours in my house which means they were GOOD. My kids are pretty particular. Ahem.
To my surprise I filled my cart with things I needed and wanted. I truthfully didn’t expect to do that. I thought I would find a handful of things that would work for me and that would be it.
I even found some fun household items like these baking trays for $1.99.
While I’m not a one-stop shopper – I keep a couple of stores in regular rotation – this store had the variety to meet that need for many who are.
They even had wine. Gasp!
This was my first real shopping trip at ALDI’s and I’m looking forward to going back next week to try it again. It’ll take a couple of visits for me to know if it earns a regular rotation spot so we’ll just have to keep shopping and see.
Winks & Smiles,
Disclosure: I’m receiving compensation for my participation in the ALDI Fresh Blogger Ambassador Campaign. As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.