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I love when a brand I know and love reaches out to work with me.
I’ve been shopping at ALDI for years! I was lucky enough to have one in my college town and when I moved to Maryland I was happy to find a few locations here as well.
Actually, 6 YEARS ago I did a video showcasing my favorite products. Click here the original post and my written out list. Wait to see how young I look with my long hair…
It was the hair right? Not the fact that 6 years have passed. ;)
Anyway, when I first starting going I was a little intimidated. ALDI doesn’t work like a traditional grocery store. It has systems in place designed to keep its overhead low to keep prices low. For example:
- Locked shopping carts. To get a cart at ALDI you need a quarter deposit. This unlocks the carts from the rest and “guarantees” you return the cart to get your quarter back. If you are an ALDI veteran you usually intercept a person who is about to return their cart and hand them a quarter for it. At least that’s what I do.
- Accepted forms of payment. ALDI does not accept credit to reduce fees. So make sure you have a debit card or cash with you.
- Less inventory. One of the first things you’ll notice is a lack of traditional brands on ALDI shelves. That’s because it only stocks its own brands and things that are in high demand seasonally.
- Bring your own bags. You have to bring your own or buy brown paper bags from them when checking out. Shouldn’t we be doing this anyway?
Once I figured out the culture of ALDI, I was hooked. They have great prices and lots of items I like to keep in stock in my pantry anyway. They are also starting to carry better and better options. Their Fit&Active brand has been expanding and more recently they launched SimpleNature, which are products with natural, basic ingredient lists and some are even organic!
I can’t express how excited I am to be working with a brand like ALDI. I think so many people feel as if eating healthier and lighter has to cost more money and it’s just not true. You don’t HAVE to shop at a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to make simple changes to your diet that can result in big results. Sure, those stores are fun and cary a lot of great options but I shopped at ALDI regularly while losing weight and many of their products helped me make big changes to my diet.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to share a few more posts as I share some of their newer products. I’ll also be visiting its test kitchens next month and we’ll be able to ask more questions about its products and eating healthier overall.
So I’m curious…. Do you shop at Aldi?
Full disclosure: This post is sponsored by Aldi. All opinions expressed are my own.
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