Have you ever been to Aldi before? I went for the first time last weekend and was really pleasantly surprised! I don’t know why but in my mind I had a picture of a dirty store and unfriendly workers being there. The Aldi closest to my place is a little bit sketch, so when I went for the first time I made the hubs come with me just to get a feel for what it was like.
As soon as I walked through the door, I knew I was wrong. It was clean, the prices were LOW, and the staff even walked me to the items I couldn’t find on my own. The first item I saw that astounded me were the nuts. I bought some cashews last week for $2.99 I believe and this week I bought pistachios for $5.99 for a big bag! I couldn’t get over it! There were all different kinds of nuts for cheaper than I’d ever seen before.
When I went for the first time last week, I asked the lady who works there about Aldi brand products. She told me that if you buy an off brand/Aldi brand product there and don’t like it, you can return it for a refund PLUS that amount back to buy a replacement item! That is almost unheard of. After buying, nuts, sandwich bags, paper bowls, lean ground beef, canned tomatoes, vinegar and a few other things last week, I decided to go back for more this week!
This week I got Greek yogurt for $.85, baby carrots for $.49, minced garlic for $1.99, bathroom tissue for $.99, and HONEY GOAT CHEESE for $1.69!!!! Can you believe how cheap that is? I spent $16 for all the groceries I purchased including goat cheese, carrots, garlic, bathroom tissue, yogurt, and a few other staples.
Here’s a few things you need to know about shopping at Aldi before you go:
- Aldi cuts their prices so low by being very minimalistic. The same person stocking the shelves is also the one ringing your up at the cash register and answering questions about where items are.
- There are NOT 14 different kinds of granola to choose from. Just 1 or 2 of each product type which actually makes it simpler to shop. Some items are name brand like French’s mustard or Jiffy cornbread, but others are not. There are no fancy shelves, just organized boxes of items.
- They will not have every kind of item you may need. They get seasonal items in, like baking supplies right now, but you may not find them at other times of the year. I was hoping to get balsamic vinegar and soy sauce today, however they said these items are only in at certain times of the year.
- Bring your own grocery bags and bag your own items. There are no bags provided and no baggers, another way to cut down on expenses. If you are desperate, you can grab an empty box from some of their products to put your groceries in. I’ve resorted to this MANY a time!
- Bring a quarter with you. If you want a grocery basket, you insert a quarter into a feeder that releases a cart. When you put your cart back up, you get the quarter back. This forces you to put up your own grocery shopping cart instead of their employees having to do so.
Sign up for my email list to get my FREE Clean Eating Pantry Staples List that I shop first at Aldi and then fill in with other stores as needed. I love their organic all natural sweet potato and vegetable chips, nuts, produce, almond butter, honey, and many other items that would be double the price at other retailers. It’s hard to find healthy food especially as cheap as it is at Aldi.
I will now be trying to go to Aldi before my regular shopping trip to get the basics and/or snacks and then doing the rest of my shopping at Publix. I shop at Publix based on what’s on sale and try to keep my budget around $50 a week for groceries. Have you shopped at Aldi before? What do you love to buy there?
Photo Credit: Mike Mozart