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This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
Being able to serve my family wholesome, nutritious meals comes at the very top of my priority list. A large portion of our monthly budget goes to food simply because it is such a huge priority for us to eat organic, real food.
However, I’m always open to reducing our costs when we can keep the same level of quality. When I heard that supermarket chain ALDI had opened several locations in Southern California, I was excited to check them out. I had heard great things about their prices and what they carry.
In fact, ALDI did a price comparison and found that you can save up to 50% on your grocery bill when looking at comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores. I definitely found that to be true. I’ll share some of my own comparisons in this post.
When I walked into the store, my first reaction was that it was definitely a simple store. There aren’t a ton of brands of packaged foods – that’s good. I was surprised to learn that 90% of the groceries at ALDI are their own exclusive brands. I bet that is one factor in keeping costs low.
A few of the ALDI brands to keep your eye out for are:
- SimplyNature® – a line that includes USDA Certified organic and Non-GMO verified items
- liveGfree® gluten-free products
- USDA Choice meats and NeverAny! products that are free from added antibiotics, hormones and animal by-products
There also isn’t a bunch of fancy signage, which means the customer isn’t paying for that. That’s great because it means those savings can be passed on to the customer. Even without the fancy signage, it was very easy to find what I needed.
They had a small section of organic produce, but I was able to find some of the produce I needed that week. They have a larger section of conventional produce although we always go for organic first.
I was very surprised by the prices. I only paid $1.99 for Naturipe Organic Strawberries – I’d typically pay $4.99 for them at the store we typically shop at. Country Fresh Whole White and Baby Bell Mushrooms were only $0.99 per package compared to the $2.99 I’d normally pay. Worth the trip to ALDI for sure.
The fresh meats section was small, but sufficient. I was able to find some Foster Farms Organic Chicken Breast Fillets and Appleton Farms Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon. They also had a few varieties of organic and grassfed cheese like SimplyNature® Organic String Cheese and Happy Farms Grassfed Cheddar Cheese. I also grabbed some Happy Farms Cream Cheese. I was very tempted to buy all of their Happy Farms Grassfed Cheddar Cheese stock because it was only $1.99 per package – such a great price!
They had plenty of organic pantry staples as well. After the recent news about pesticides in conventional oatmeal, I decided we’d switch to organic oatmeal. I love that ALDI had SimplyNature® Rolled Quick Oats and SimplyNature® Old Fashioned Rolled Oats so I can check that off my list! I’ll feel much better letting my girls eat oatmeal now.
ALDI also had a great selection of wholesome snacks. We eat a lot of nuts so I was happy to find these Southern Grove Unsalted Pistachios and Southern Grove Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels. We’re also really excited about the liveGfree® Gluten Free Jalapeno Jack Crackers and SimplyNature® Kale Chips. There was quite a selection of gluten free snacks at ALDI if you’re gluten free.
One of my favorite things about ALDI was their shopping carts though. We live in a tourist town where people leave their carts all over the parking lots. It’s something that really upsets me. At ALDI, you have to put a quarter in to take a cart – and you get your quarter back when you return the cart. That means people actually return their carts! I would shop more often at ALDI for this fact alone!
If you’re in Southern California, look for an ALDI in your area. There will be around 25 stores open by July 2016 in Southern California. Make sure to check out the ALDI website and follow the ALDI USA Facebook page so you can stay up to date with their latest news and info on grand openings.