We have a brand new Aldi in town! If you’ve been around here for a while, you know my love/hate relationship with Aldi. I haven’t ever shopped in a brand new Aldi, so I thought I’d give the new store a go. I was really pleased with the wider aisles and larger inventory than the old store I’ve been shopping. Here are a few ways I survived my trip!
Shop as hands-free as possible.
It is usually so crowded in the aisles, with three lanes of cart “traffic” much of the time. I don’t like having my purse out in the open, so if I can, I leave my purse in the car. I put my debit card in my pocket and carry my list on a small piece of paper. The cashiers are lighting fast, meaning you have a very short amount of time between when you put the groceries on the conveyor belt and when you pay. They also transfer your groceries from one cart to another, so you have to hold your purse and all your personal items (umbrella, grocery bags, keys) while you pay – there’s no counter on your side of the register. It’s so much easier if you have your hands free to grab the cart and go when they give you your receipt.
Know Your Prices
Many items at Aldi are a great bargain – some are not! Have in mind the price you pay for comparable items at your grocery store and only buy things that are cheaper at Aldi. That sounds obvious, but it’s easy to get carried away with their seemingly endless good deals. One easy rule that I follow is to never buy brand name items at Aldi. They always have a section of name brand items like chips, cereal, condiments and specialty foods that are the same price or more than your grocery store. For example, today I saw Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce at Aldi for $2.50. My grocery store sells it Buy One, Get One for $1.13!
Bag Groceries At Your Car
Weather permitting, I always find it easier to push my grocery cart out to the car and bag everything there. It’s nice not to carry my reusable grocery bags with me in the store (see tip #1), and I don’t have to fight for a space at the grocery bagging counter! I can peacefully bag my groceries at my own pace.
If you want to see what I picked up at Aldi, watch my grocery haul below!
On The Menu
- Peanut Butter on Toast
- Eggs & Bacon
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake (I make this every fall…it’s so good!)
- Sandwiches, Hot Dogs
- Clam Chowder
- Ham & Cheese Sliders/Oven Fries/Broccoli
- Slow Cooker Chili/Canned Peaches
- Toasted Ravioli/Spinach Salad
- Soft Tacos/Mexican Rice/Spinach Salad
- Seafood Alfredo/Peas