Monday, January 25, 2016

Aldi: What to Know for Your First Trip

I take feeding my family very seriously and want to find the best products for the best price possible. That's why I was so excited when I found Aldi. I've been shopping there for a few years now and I love it. The products are great, the prices are LOW and the quality is oftentimes better than the regular grocery store. It is a real time saver too. I shop every two weeks for our family and I am in and out in less than 30 min. I usually have the boys with me when I shop and I still am able to get out with almost everything I need for two weeks in very little time. If you're thinking about going to Aldi, there are some things to know before you go.

You'll need a quarter to rent a cart. Don't worry you'll get it back. I thought this was a little weird at first. A lot of times you'll meet some friendly people who will pass their cart to you. My kids and I like to find someone to pass our cart to. It's become a fun little thing that we do. Plus if you have two little kids, you are in luck all the carts are doubles!

It's sorta like a warehouse.When I first walked through the door I noticed there aren't aisles with shelves and lots of flashy advertising. The shelves are full of mostly house brand products packed in boxes or on pallets. It reminds me a lot of Sam's Club.

There are fewer products to choose from. Take cereal for example, Wal-mart has a whole aisle dedicated to different types of cereal. Aldi has maybe 30, but they are all really good. They removed the artificial dyes from their products and started using natural coloring. My family actually prefers the Aldi brand over the national brand and without all the colors I feel good about feeding the cereal to my kiddos.

Organics at great prices. When I considered going to Aldi I thought I would just see unhealthy junk food. In reality I found great prices on grass fed beef, antibiotic free chicken, nitrate and nitrite free bacon, organic fruits, veggies, and dairy. They also have a large amount of dairy free, gluten free and vegan offerings.

They don't take coupons. I'm not an extreme couponer. I have used coupons, and to be honest they are a hassle to me. Most time the product isn't even there. Plus it's a lot of effort to save 15 cents. I like that Aldi keeps the prices low, and I don't need to keep store policies, circulars, and a binder of coupons with me to get those deals.

You'll need to buy bags or bring your own. You'll be bagging your own groceries at a long counter, or at your trunk which is what I prefer. They don't provide bags so you'll either be looking for a box, buying bags, or need to bring your own. It's a great way to recycle those bags and use all those reusable shopping bags.

The seasonal area is so much fun. All kinds of stuff shows up there. Sometimes they have gardening stuff, household items, holiday decorations, you name it. It's a great place to find some really cool products. My husband loves checking this area out. I was pricing out Shark steam mops and happened upon their version for less than 30 bucks. I was thrilled. I bought one and use it all the time. One of my favorite buys! I just found a foot spa for $11. A little pampering for a great price!

You probably won't be able to get everything on your list at Aldi, but it is worth checking out. I get about 85% of my list there and it seems like I add new items every week. When I first started shopping there I was able to save about $125. It practically cut my bill in half. I was shocked.

Connect with Aldi, find a store near you or check out their Facebook or Twitter page for more great ideas.

Are you an Aldi Shopper? How much do you save? If not, I can't wait to see how much you can save! Look for more post on Aldi, menus and more!

Happy saving!

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