I was so excited that I was given the opportunity to shop one of our newest grocery store, ALDI. I have heard of the store from friends and family who have them in other states, so I wanted to see what the store was all about. Of course I was a little weary of their prices because I am a coupon shopper who shops on a budget, I was also interested to know what types of foods they offered and the layout of the store. I was given a heads up by friends and family to bring your own bags and a quarter-more about that later! Upon arrival to the store, I noticed a smaller scale store in comparison so my first thought was that I would not be able to complete an entire shopping trip in one location. Once I entered the store, I was completely surprised. It provides a more intimate setting but contains all that you need for groceries. You can see through the entire store, which makes it easy to identify product. Its not cluttered with overhead stock. Since this was my first time in ALDI, I decided to walk down each aisle to get a better idea of the product selection and of course, the prices. I was pleased to see that their prices were lower than expected and fit within my budget easily. I also noticed that they carry a lot of their own brands which helps keep the cost down. ALDI offers a variety of foods, from canned goods, fresh fruits and veggies, to meats and my favorite, ice cream.
During this shopping trip, I purchased a lot of their store brands. Actually 90% of the groceries they sell are under their very own brand. FIT & ACTIVE which is designed to be better for you, your family and your wallet. I purchased Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti for just $.89 a box. I also grabbed a couple of cans of their SimplyNature and Happy Harvest brand items and they all were under $1 each. So not only am I sticking within my budget but I am also getting foods that are organic and healthy. There is also a fresh produce section along with a freezer section.
Like I said, the store is small in comparison, but is just enough for me and I was able to get everything needed. Checking out was smooth and you are encouraged to bring your own bags,…but if you somehow left yours at home, it only cost pennies per bag. However, if you are taking advantage of the CALFRESH program, you can receive your bags at no charge. At the beginning of this post, I said that I will tell you more about the quarter later. Upon arriving, if you would like a cart to grocery shop with, it will cost you $.25 to rent. I know it sounds strange but when you return your cart after shopping, you will get your $.25 back. I now understand it. By renting shopping carts, its guaranteed that you will not have a parking lot full of carts….smart idea! I truly believe in ALDI’s motto of “Eat Good. Feel Good. Spend Less” They offer fresh foods, with a simple store layout at great prices. I really enjoyed my shopping experience and definitely will be shopping here again soon as they are opening more stores in California. To learn more about AlDI you can follow them on Facebook or Instagram.