Aldi Gift Card Give Away

 Yesterday’s winner of the GymKulture Give Away is Ashley B. A big thank you to all who entered. Ashley has been contacted and I look forward to her receiving her shirt.

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Happy Wednesday. I am terribly tempted to post that camel-hump day commercial, however I will spare you all the hilariousness!

Before getting into today’s post, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of the people who have been entering these give-a-ways. You have no idea how happy I am to see people interacting on this blog, and hearing all of your comments really helps me to brain storm future content to better suit your needs/desires/wants. So thank you!

Today I am giving away a $25 gift card to one winner for the grocery store Aldi. Once upon a time, I thought that the store Aldi was a bit below me, if I’m being completely honest. I thought that the lack of “bells and whistles” in this store was a negative thing. However, lately I have been singing a different song. Lately, I have been shocked at the products and prices at Aldi!

In fact, I can’t seem to stop shopping at Aldi. Why you ask, because of the berries! I have been deeply saddened this winter at the lack of flavor in the produce at most grocery stores. Aldi however, has great produce and amazing prices and the flavor is out of this world! When I first realized the out of this world flavor, my first thought was “Aldi must use G.M.O. produce”. I was wrong… so happily wrong! After doing some research I found out some information and I’d like to share it with all of you 🙂

  • Aldi is owned by the brother, of the owner of Trader Joes.
  • Aldi prides itself on selling meat and sea food that is G.M.O. free.
  • Aldi’s prices are much lower than those of most chain grocery stores.
  • Aldi carries a huge variety of food, everything from fresh produce and meat, to processed and boxed foods, frozen dinners and many organic products too.
  • Aldi has it’s own brand called “Fit & Active” that offers some really great health conscious choices for the consumer.
  • Besides food, Aldi sells many other products such as household items, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and seasonal products too.

Remember when I said that once upon a time I wasn’t an Aldi’s fan… this is why.

  1. At Aldi’s you pay for your grocery bags.
  2. You also deposit a quarter (which you get back) into the shopping carts to be able to use the cart.
  3. Aldi’s doesn’t have conventional shelving.
  4. Aldi stores generally speaking only have 2-3 individuals working in the store at a time.
  5. Aldi doesn’t sell most popular American brands.

Low and behold, I recently found out the rhyme and reasons for each of my former complaints.

  1. Pay for your own bags… Aldi’s encouraged the “go green” movement and loves to have people bring in recyclable bags to use. If you don’t bring recyclable bags and do not want to pay for bags, you can pack your items in boxes.
  2. The quarter thing… By placing a quarter in the cart you use, you are more likely to return your cart to the corral. This eliminates the need for Aldi to pay an employee to run around the parking lot to fetch carts, which in return helps Aldi keep their prices low.
  3. Stock room shelving… again, by eliminating the need for employees to have to keep fixing shelves, prices can be lowered and costumers can get more for their money.
  4. Just a few employees… this is yet another reason as to why their prices remain low. Since shopping at Aldi’s more often, I can honestly say that I have never had a question go unanswered and the employees that are at the store have always been fabulously friendly and helpful.
  5. Different brands… Aldi has since (my once upon a time opinion) incorporated many more name brand foods into their stores. For instance the last time I was their, I saw Baby Bell Cheese, Playtex Hygiene products, Chobani Yogurt and Nature Path Organic Granola.

I am super excited for one of you to win this $25 gift card, because A: this company is awesome and I am so thrilled to be supporting them, and B: unlike other grocery stores, $25 at Aldi’s goes a long way.

To enter this give away, leave a comment below explaining how you currently cut your grocery costs and what the most difficult part of cutting costs in the kitchen is.

 

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13 thoughts on “Aldi Gift Card Give Away

  1. Oh my goodness I love Aldi! I love it even more now that I read your post and learned some new things! I am about 35 min from the nearest Aldi, which is a bit of a bummer because it makes shopping there on a weekly basis hard (we are about 8 minutes from Meijer). When my kids get a little bit older I will make the time to go and stock up on things every couple of weeks. Their produce is a ridiculously good deal. I’m so happy to see you featuring them because I think a lot of people kind of turn up their noses at Aldi! As far as saving on groceries, I find that the closer we eat to a clean diet, eliminating processed foods and a lot of dairy, and when William gets most of his carbs from potatoes and sweet potatoes, I save more money on groceries. I don’t know why that is, because I would think it would be more, but that’s true for us.

    Also, and sorry for the ridiculously long comment, but I have heard (not sure if it’s true) that Aldi’s store brands are often packaged and produced by some of the same companies that manufacture name brands. The quality of all the store brands is in my opinion very very similar to name brands!

    • I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy Aldi! I have my suspicions (in a good way) about Aldi brand food. The quality is amazing for being a store brand. I also think, from previously shopping at trader Joes that they have a lot of the same products. I recognize the packaging.

  2. We love Aldi as well, most of their stuff is substantially cheaper while still being the same quality as its name brand counter part. The number one way we save money is by me hunting. With the exception of a few rare times, Faith and I haven’t had to buy meat in about three years. That saves us BIG TIME money. Plus our meat is free range, grass fead, hormone and antibiotic free. I honestly believe the reason Olivia was such a little peanut at birth was because Faith only eats good clean meat, not the factory farmed stuff.

  3. This was a very interesting post for me. Several of my friends shop at Aldi but I have only gone 1 time and I was kind of sketched out by it. My husband would love for me to shop there to save money but I keep refusing. You have made a lot of good points though and things I never knew or thought about Aldi (for example, since their prices are cheap, I assumed their food – specifically meat/dairy – would be low quality). So maybe I will give it a go on my next grocery shopping trip!
    Right now, I try to cut costs by buying produce and meats that are on sale and by sticking to my list. I used to try to coupon but it was really time consuming and most coupons are just for processed foods which I am trying to buy less of.

  4. Dear goodness, my mom and I love Aldi’s! The employees actually know her by name haha Shopping there definitely cuts down on the weekly bill, but if I have to go to Meijer to get something that Aldi’s doesn’t have like buttermilk or toilet bowl cleaner 😉 I make sure to search for coupons first. I’ve just recently started using mPerks. The only downside for me is that I don’t have a smartphone, so I can’t check my coupons while I’m in the store. So there’s something to be said for the ol’ fashioned paper coupons.

    I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog, Leah. I didn’t realize how much I missed your healthy eating encouragement!

  5. Ashley and I have started planning out meals a little more. That helps with cost because we now plan our shopping trips better, and we don’t buy on the spot as much. A little bit of that goes along way. I have also recently quit buy junk food! That has been difficult, but has also helped us save $$$$$

  6. My fiancé and I currently cut our grocery bill in half by shopping at Aldi. Love the products they sell and can always get a ton for our money. The hardest part in cutting cost is always in eating healthy foods and staying away from processed foods. You pay more but always feel better in the end.

    • First off thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Eating real food is a struggle for most people so take heart! I agree with you completely that it cost a bit more to eat real food however the results are definitely worth it.

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