Thursday, May 21, 2009

Does anyone else shop at ALDI?

Years ago when I was not working over the summer and money was very tight I discovered Aldi. I can remember my sons complaining about the "unique" brands at Aldi and the not so pleasant shopping trips there that they endured with me. It did what I needed, saved us money.

Since moving to NC I have rediscovered Aldi and am pleasantly surprised. Someone at church mentioned the pineapples and tomatoes she was getting there so I thought I would try it. Sure enough, she was right! In fact on my first visit I sought out a manager to tell her how impressed I was with the cleanliness of the store. The prices on produce- and most are grown in the USA- are great. The selections on a lot of their food is super and I can't think of one thing we have purchased there that we have been disappointed with. They even had fresh mozzarella to go with the fantastic vine tomatoes! My favorite has got to be these dried blueberries!

I also usually leave with a bouquet or 2 of flowers- where else can you get 6 roses for $3.99? I even bought a tube of their lipstick for under $3 and I like it! They have an entire line of cosmetics. Think I will try one at a time. You can go here to see if there is a store near you. Oh and be sure to bring a quarter with you. You will need one to get a shopping cart. You get it back when you return the cart. Rather ingenious way to keep the parking lot clear, I think!


Sue said...


Sounds like your Aldi's is a unique one...ours up here in my neck of the woods aren't quite so nice. But the way things are going, we may have to try them again...

Glad you are blessed with a decent alternative to the "big" grocery stores!

Have a GREAT Thursday!

Vee said...

We have none here, but I wish that we did seeing this post. I'm glad that you do!

Maisy said...

I too tried Aldi several years back. I always felt like it was hit or miss. However, I had growing boys...and their friends eating me out of the house. It saved me lots of money.
Then about a year ago I was in full blown panic mode about our economy. I don't know why...I just was. So I decided that I was gonna give it another try. I was sooo impressed as well. After shopping there it's hard to go to a big grocery store. I feel like I'm getting totally ripped off. It makes me feel good to know that others appreciate what they are doing.
I feel so good when I walk out and so does my bank account~
Have a great day!!

Maisy said...

PS. Just wanted to let you know that I'm gonna link to this post.
If that's not ok just let me know!!

Lovella ♥ said...

No Aldi up here in Canada.. .it is funny how I look forward to shopping at Target when we come down .. .and now .. .I'll look for Aldi too.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Yes, we have an Aldi and do shop there for certain things. It does have very good prices and price for a bouquet is always good. I have found that quite a few of their prepackaged and canned items are way to salty for us. But I frequently buy frozen stuff there and for some reason we love their mac n cheese!


Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Hi Sue! I shop ALDI (and LOVE it!) but have NEVER seen cosmetics there! You must have a Super ALDI! Hehehe! I have never seen these dried berries there, either so I must ask next time I'm there where they're hiding them!

Patricia said...

I LOVE Aldi and sometimes feel like I am their biggest fan!
I buy 90% of our groceries, cleaning products and even makeup at Aldi
I am currently in love with their frozen blueberries, they are so yummy. I am eating them like candy LOL
I have some awesome recipes using ONLY aldi products too that I have created and look forward to sharing on my blog.
BTW I love your blog it is so "homey"