After hearing about the Aldi supermarkets for years, last week I took my first shopping adventure there. It’s a nearly opened one and luckily only about a few miles from where I live. I’m a price shopper more than a brand one so I knew that my shopping style would probably be a good match.
For those of you who’ve never shopped there, you pay 25 cents for the cart which is refunded when you take the cart back and you need your own shopping bags which I prefer anyway, plus you pack everything in what’s known as a bagging area.
I have to say after my first trip there I’m a huge Aldi fan…I even went back there yesterday to buy some cast iron skillets and casserole dishes that were just $29.99.
As far as quality and taste, all the things I purchased were equal to, if not better than other stores where I’d pay a lot more. On my first trip I had a full cart and the total was around $130. I know when I have that much in a cart at another store in the area, it’s usually around the $200 mark.
Some buys I especially liked were the red grapes which were 2.39 for a two pound bag. I usually pay that per pound and these were some of the best I’ve tasted. I bought two more bags on yesterday’s trip because I’ve been snacking on them while I write.
Frozen salmon which was excellent. Lots of varieties of gourmet cheeses that are a lot more expensive where I usually shop. Bags of frozen veggies were a great buy two. Some unusual ones like eggplant, peppers and zucchini that I used in a lasagna. Yesterday I bought a cauliflower bake and also bags of parmesan garlic potatoes. The canned veggies were a great price too, and the milk and eggs were a lot cheaper than where I’ve been shopping.
While you might not find everything you need there…for example, I couldn’t find any veggie burgers but maybe other Aldi stores stock them. And you won’t find items you can use coupons for, but overall this is a store I’ll now be doing the bulk of my grocery shopping at.