ALDI has recently expanded into Southern California and I could not be more excited! ALDI is a US grocery chain originally from Germany that is known for competitive prices—supplying everyday grocery items for up to 50%* less than its competitors. I partnered with ALDI to give you a preview of what they have to offer.
I first became familiar with ALDI during my trip to France a few years ago. I always love trying out fruits, and snacks and buying food souvenirs in various countries I visit. A lot of the local grocery stores I went to in France were more expensive than I was used to paying, but then I discovered ALDI and their large selection and much better prices. After that, I always looked for the nearest ALDI store for each of the other European countries we visited.
So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that ALDI would be opening several locations in California. A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited the location in Vista which just opened. You can check their store locator to find out the location nearest you. Everything looked so sparkly and new!
After depositing a quarter, we secured a shopping cart to begin our shopping trip. When you give the cart back, they return your quarter. This helps keep grocery carts from being carelessly left behind in the parking lot.
Once inside, I couldn’t help but admire at how wide the space between the aisles were. Even with two carts side by side, there is plenty of room for people to walk through. I spent a lot of time perusing the snack aisles because of my penchant for snacking. There are a lot of items sold under private labels, which is one of the ways they are able to keep prices so low. Some of the exclusive brands at ALDI include SimplyNature® organic products and liveGfree® gluten free products.They have a huge selection of wines and many of them have won awards. We didn’t purchase any on this trip, but I plan on doing some research and trying a few next time.
I was eager to check out the fresh produce section. Here, I found quite a few bargains, including:
• Giant cauliflower for $1.19 each
• One pound broccoli bundles for $.89
• Large avocados for $.45 each
• Celery bunches for $.69 each
Not only were the prices reasonable, but the quality of the produce was good too. Everything looked vibrant and fresh.They have a pretty large baking aisle, which is important for me since I do so much baking.I was really impressed with the milk prices and was kicking myself for having just purchased milk before this shopping trip. These are some of the cheapest prices for milk I’ve seen. The store also has shelf featuring “ALDI Finds” which are limited time deals.Look at how clear the glass doors were for the frozen treats!Here are a few items we picked up on this trip:As part of my partnership, I also recently received a package from ALDI filled with various products along with some recipes to try. I’ll be making the recipes soon and sharing them, so stay tuned!
This post is written in partnership with ALDI. All text and opinions are my own.
*Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.