An Aldi’s Shopping Review

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Why I love shopping at ALDIs?

I have been shopping at Aldis almost exclusively for 5 years!  Let’s be honest, that’s a sign of a committed relationship.   At first it was hard for me to admit that I was that committed to Aldi.   C’mon, I consider myself a foodie, shouldn’t I love grocery stores like Whole Foods, Wegmans or Trader Joes?  So why do I love it so much?  To sum it up – good quality food for great prices.

 

The Good-Prices

Eggs are my favorite thing to buy at Aldi, from 0.89 to $1.89, you can’t beat that price for a dozen!  Almond milk, cheese, half and half, butter and other dairy products are a great price there as well.  Recently they have started carrying containers of feta–I bet you can’t guess the price–$1.99 a package (now that’s my kinda deal).  And if your husband plows through cereal like mine does, you’ll love spending 1.99-$2.50 a box–no coupons, no sales!  If you try something there you don’t like, they have a double money back guarantee, which I have used.  The refund process was quick and painless.  In the future stay tuned for a review of my ALdi favorites,

 

The Better-Good Food

Another great thing about shopping at Aldi is I can  stock up on basics on a budget, letting me splurge on treats at Wegmans and Trader Joes.  Typically I will go to Aldi once a week, and then Wegmans every other week for meat and the things that Aldi doesn’t carry.  When I get my basics at aldi, I know the quality is great–I don’t have twenty types of flour to choose from, or sales fliers to look at, or coupons to sort through.  Just good quality food for consistent good prices.

 

The Best-Quick and Easy

One of my favorite things about Aldi is that its always quick and easy.  Of all my years shopping there, anything more than 30 minutes in the store is a long trip–I could get trapped in Wegmans for hours!  To me, it’s nice and easy that there is one choice for each item.  Maybe its just me, but it seems like all the decisions I make between brands, sizes, etc at grocery stores takes a lot out of me, and I feel like I just took the SATs all over again (no thanks!).  Aldi items have multiple bar codes, which helps make it easier for cashiers to scan quickly.  Easy in and easy out!

Share with me some of your favorite grocery shopping experiences or tips!

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A Review of Grocery Delivery (Fresh Direct)

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Shortly after the little bird joined our family, we received an offer in the mail from FreshDirect.  They were just starting to delivery to our area–the promotion was for $50 off of an order of $125 for your first two orders.  Since getting out of the house to grocery shop was next to impossible–I decided to give it a try.  My conclusion: pricey but worth it.

The quality of food is excellent–and the customer service is even better!  But let’s talk about the price for a minute.  After adding all the items into my cart and accounting for the delivery fee ($6.99) and subtracting the $50 promotion–I decided to compare to ShopRite’s online shopping system.  Shoprite offers car side pick up, not delivery but still similar in convenience factor (in my opinion).  In the end for similar/comparable products, and even substituting generics at ShopRite when I could, FreshDirect was about $30 cheaper!  Now, this was including the $50 promotion–so without it, ShopRite would have been cheaper.  Although, the difference would have been small enough to be worth it to me to have the groceries delivered.  FreshDirect also has been e-mailing me promotions for free shipping delivery, $10 off, or free items with purchase, which definitely helps keep the prices more comparable.  They also have a referral program where you get discounts for friends that sign up and order..  Their customer service is extremely helpful.  I received some damaged items, and they were quick to offer to send new ones to replace them the next day, or refund my money.  So if you are thinking of giving delivery groceries a try–I think that FreshDirect is worth a shot.

A quick run down:
pros: easy interface, excellent products, excellent customer service
cons: can be pricey, limited selection/choices

Our area recently was added to AmazonFresh–so I will be trying that out as well.  I think they offer a much larger selection than FreshDirect and are significantly cheaper, however they have a $299 subscription fee per year.