April 30, 2015

My experience at ALDI and a Giveaway!

Last week, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to preview the new ALDI on Parham Road prior to the grand opening. I had never been to an ALDI store and knew very little about the concept. Some of the most notable facts about ALDI.

ALDI customers save up to 50 percent* per month on their grocery bills. One way ALDI is able to keep prices low is by having customers bring their own bags. Paper bags are available for purchase at 6 cents each or you can purchase reusable bags at ALDI or bring your own.

 After checking out, customers also bag their own groceries in a staging area near the check out.

Customers also “rent” a shopping cart. You put a quarter in to unlock the cart and then get your quarter back when you return it.

Over 90% of ALDI’s products are exclusive brands and sold only in their stores. However, there are some brand name products that are so popular with customers that ALDI carries these items on their shelves. My snack-lover, Clyde, will be happy to hear they have Goldfish!

Clyde’s wine-loving mommy is excited to learn they sell beer and wine! And it is affordable and award winning! I see this Chardonnay in my future.

ALDI also carries a gluten free line called liveGfree. We tasted a gluten free snickerdoodle at the store that was delicious! They also sell organic produce and have a line of Fit & Active products.

They also sell a variety of meat and dairy products at affordable pricing. Great place to pick up specialty cheese for an appetizer. We tried the dill havarti on the store tour and it was yummy!

ALDI also carries some products you would not expect to find in a typical grocery store. They have a section stocked with weekly Special Buys and Red Hot Specials that last until they sell out. For Red Hot Specials, they guarantee customers won’t find similar products for less anywhere else. I picked up slip on tennis shoes for Clyde for $6.99!

An example of a Special Buy that is going on right now is home d├ęcor items such as these cute decorative mirrors and baskets.

I need to go back to do more shopping but some of products I am most excited about are a 12-pack of single serve coffee cups for $4.99. Also, mixed nuts for $2.49!

I have partnered with ALDI to offer one of my readers a $25 gift certificate!

To enter…

   1. “Like” ALDI USA on Facebook AND
   2. Leave a comment here telling me if you have ever shopped at an ALDI or not.

Although it is not required for the giveaway, I would love to hear about your favorite products!

Winner will be selected on May 6, 2015 via random.org. US Entries only, please.
This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Gina Wildorchid! 

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own. Thank you to ALDI for partnering with me.
*Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.


  1. I need to check this out. My mom worked for ALDI when I was really little but I don't remember much about it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great recap Alyson! We are getting an Aldi in Mechanicsville and I'm really looking forward to it.

  3. I have never shopped there. I would love to check it out!

  4. I have shopped and loved it!

  5. Never shopped at Aldi but excited to try it out!!

  6. I have never shopped there but am going this week!

  7. I went this week to check it out! I was excited to see they have boathouse green juice at a great price. My kids love that juice!

  8. I went to Aldi last week to stock up on produce and was impressed with the majority of pricing. I love those home decor baskets you posted!

  9. I look forward to going to Aldi next week. My daughter and her German husband are both excited about Aldi and have been there a couple of times. Thanks for sharing your "Aldi experience!"

  10. I have never shopped there but going on Sunday! Love those baskets!!!

  11. Molly ChildressMay 2, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    I've never been but your post makes me want to check it out!

  12. I like Aldi's on fb and I love shopping at Aldi's! They have the best prices :)


  13. I have not been yet, but am super excited to check it out! Great Review!!!
    Townsend Duane

  14. I like Aldi on FB (Amy Masters Leach). I have shopped at Aldi, but it's been a long time. Based upon this post, I think I need to check them out again.

  15. I like Aldi on FB. Shop at Aldi on occasion, only because there's not one close to my house.

  16. I Like Aldi on Facebook as June Lisle and I have not shopped there before.
    junerlisle at gmail dot com

  17. I like Aldi on fb as "wild orchid". I shopped for the very first time at the colonial heights store the day that it opened. I am so excited they are finally in the Richmond area!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

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  20. I like ALDI on FB and yes, I have shopped there before. I love their prices!

  21. I like Aldi(and you) on facebook as David Lintz.

    I have never been to Aldi. They just opened their first store in my area a few months ago, but I have not been. I went one morning and they weren't open yet, so at least I have been in the parking lot!!