Last weekend, I shopped at ALDI grocery stores for the first time but for sure not my last! Let me tell you why YOU need to shop at ALDI if you don’t already. Here are my top 5 reasons plus a $25 gift card giveaway for ALDI stores! (this is a sponsored conversation provided by ALDI. All opinions are my own.)
I had the honor to be invited to the ALDI headquarters in Batavia, Illinois the other weekend. I had a ridiculously good time! I met some new blog friends and ate
some a LOT of yummy food. How cute are we, standing near the checkout in the ALDI store we visited?
I also had the privilege of getting an inisde look at an ALDI store. We don’t have ALDI stores in California. YET. I have some huge news – in the near future, there will be ALDI grocery stores in Southern California!! You have no idea how excited this makes me!
I’ve struggled to find grocery stores near me that have lower prices but also have high quality. Usually if the store has lower prices, things are unorganized or the produce is terrible or the overall selection is bad. Not ALDI. I have not one thing bad to say about this grocery store. None. And that’s the honest truth. No sugar coating here. I love this store! Let me tell you why. Here are my Top 5 reasons to shop at ALDI stores…
#1 – This is number one for a reason – you will save $$$.
There are so many ways to save money at ALDI! First of all, their prices are crazy low. We’re talking $1.99 for milk, people! It’s never under $3.00 at the grocery store I’ve been shopping at! The way they’re able to lower their costs is by:
- ALDI exclusive brand products are often manufactured by national brands and taste just like regional brands but they’re much cheaper! Win-win for sure.
- When you start your shopping experience, you place a quarter in the cart machine to remove a cart to use. When you return your cart, you get your quarter back. This saves YOU money because ALDI doesn’t have to hire someone to pick up carts in the parking lot. Very smart.
- You bag your own groceries. Not only does this save on plastic bag waste, but it saves YOU money because ALDI doesn’t have to hire an employee to bag your groceries. Not sure about you, but I like to bag my own groceries. I can put items where I want them in the bags.
- They also use a handy dandy pallet system (seen in my pictures below) that hold many items in one box. This makes it easier for the employees to place items on the shelves instead of individually placing one item at a time on the shelf. Again, this saves YOU money because ALDI is hiring less employees to stock their shelves!
It’s the “little” things like the cart system, self bagging, and pallet system that saves them money, and they roll that savings into their prices, making them cheaper for you and me.
If you haven’t been inside one of their stores yet, I encourage you to find one near you and go in just to see the prices on their products! It’s unreal. The cheese for example, look at those prices!
And chocolate. Oh, the chocolate…
#2 – Convenience.
Have you ever walked inside a Walmart and been totally overwhelmed due to the sheer size of the store? It’s hard to find what you’re looking for. ALDI stores are compact and easy to navigate. They have all the products you could want with the prices easy to find.
Don’t have an ALDI store nearby? Well, they’ll be adding 650 stores to 32 states in the next five years!
#3 – Better for you products.
This is another big one, guys. ALDI is known for their healthier products. While they still sell the yummy stuff like the world’s best chocolate (no, really. It’s the best), their products are more natural than most.
By the end of 2015, ALL of their products will have NO hydrogenated oils, MSG’s or certified synthetic colors. Period. Many of their products already fall into these guidelines, which is great for people who have sensitivities to products containing these things, or for those that just want to avoid them.
They have some great quality produce that they get fresh every day from regional growers, as well.
They also have these really great Specially Selected items that are a hit. One of the bloggers that toured the store with me said how amazing those cherries are below and how you can’t find them anywhere else. It’s a foodie’s dream section!
#4 – Quick, pleasant shopping experience & check out.
Going along with number two, it’s important (for me, at least) to have a quick shopping experience. I’m often dragging along at least two of my kids to the store with me, sometimes all four – so my grocery trip needs to be fast. It’s always a plus if it’s pleasant, too!
One thing that really struck me when I visited ALDI, was how quiet and serene the store was. I’m sure that sounds hokey, but it’s the truth! (and yes, there were kids in the store!) I think the reason is that you can find the products you want quickly and check out fast.
Cool fact #1 – ALDI has these super long barcodes on the back of their packaging so it will scan no matter what position. I’m a total nerd but I thought they were pretty awesome.
Cool fact #2 – The ALDI employees have these cool little seats that are ergonomically designed so they’re able to scan the groceries with ease and swiftness. In and out in minutes!
#5 – The Double Guarantee!
ALDI is known for their product satisfaction guarantee: 100% satisfaction or they’ll replace the product AND refund the money! Both. Not one or the other – both. That’s some serious confidence in what they sell. And from what I’m told, this guarantee rarely gets tested. 🙂
Thank you ALDI, for letting me tour the store and get an inside peak into the Test Kitchens. More on the Test Kitchen fun to come! Stay tuned…