Produce Run at ALDI

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I admit it. I’m a brand name junkie. I don’t want cheap cereal or off-brand coffee. With the exception of a few store brand products from Publix, Target and Wal-Mart, I tend to pay for a trusted brand. That probably won’t change but I will start purchasing some of my fresh produce at ALDI. Why? Because I have to save money somewhere.

I make a run to the dollar store every other week for household goods, pretzels and frozen blueberries. When I made my run this past week I decided to stop at ALDI to see why so many frugal and budget savvy bloggers shop there.

Off Brands at ALDI

Compared to most grocery stores, ALDI is cheap. Their canned goods, frozen foods and shelf items are mostly from brands you’ve never heard of—which means their prices are not as high because these companies are probably not spending a significant amount of their sales revenue on advertising.

Shopping Carts at ALDI

It starts in the parking lot. In order to use a shopping cart you must place a quarter in the coin slot on the basket. It is returned to you when you return the cart. No need to pay anyone to get them from the parking lot during shifts.

Shopping Bags at ALDI

They don’t have any. If you’re lucky you might be able to talk an employee into giving you an empty produce box. But, I wouldn’t take my chances. One of the reason’s their costs are low is they don’t provide shopping bags to their customers. Luckily, I keep a stash of shopping bags in my trunk. By the way, the checkout person will not put the food in the bags for you. They put everything into a cart and you can wheel it right over to a low counter and pack everything yourself.

ALDI Run

The items in the picture above set me back $13.78. Below is a list of how much money each item cost me:

  • 6 Pack of Kiwi – $1.69, about .28 each
  • Oval Roasting Pan – $0.89
  • Grape Tomatoes – $1.79 (pint)
  • Blackberries – $0.99 (yes, that is correct and they were delicious)
  • Gala Apples – $1.79 (3 pound bag)
  • Cucumber – $0.50
  • Grapefruit – 0.59
  • Pomegranate – $0.99
  • Organic Spring Mix – $2.49
  • Red Seedless Grapes – $1.99 (2 pound bag)

If I’m not mistaken all of the produce was grown in the US. I like that.

I’m sure I’ll continue to buy most of my other food from Publix but ALDI will become a part of my dollar store run. With a growing boy who doesn’t eat meat favoring raw fresh veggies and fruit, this might save us a little money each month. Blackberries are typically a luxury item for me. Shopping at ALDI might put them on my food list more often.

Do you shop at ALDI? What products would you recommend I try next time?

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on Amazon.com.

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