Have you been to Aldi recently?!

  • Have you been to Aldi recently?!
  • When we were full-time graduate students in Cleveland, my husband and I shopped at Aldi every week to buy steeply-discounted dairy products and pantry staples. After we moved to North Carolina, I wasn’t very impressed with the local Aldi — it was a little out of the way, and the prices were a bit higher than what I was used to in Ohio. So until last month, it had been a good six and half years since I had stepped inside an Aldi — and I was completely shocked.
  • Quick note: This post is not sponsored in any way — I’m just a fan 🙂

    I stopped by on a whim after library story hour. It was on my way home, and the building looked quite new and nice. I thought that it might be worth poking my head in to see how the prices compared to the other grocery stores in the area. And –WOW. I could not believe the selection of yummy looking USDA organic produce, some of which was cheaper than the conventional produce at the grocery store I usually frequent. I was also very surprised to see other competitively priced USDA organic products, like extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, milk, and eggs. I can’t remember any organic items from my grad school days (although, to be fair, organic products weren’t remotely in my budget at the time, so I wasn’t looking for them). I was also floored to see the assortment of beautiful conventional produce (including avocados!). In my memory, pretty much every Aldi I went to six years ago had a meager selection of beat-up produce (which we rarely bought).

    I was so surprised at my findings that I a did a quick Google search when I got home, and it turns out that yes, Aldi is making an “aggressive push” toward carrying more fresh and organic products. I have to say, my husband and I are loving it! We are eating significantly more salads and smoothies now, just because it’s so affordable! Here are some of our current favorites:

    • Organic Spring Mix ($3.99)
    • Organic Cherry tomatoes ($2.29 for one pint)
    • Goat Cheese Crumbles ($2.99)
    • Avocados (price varies; this week it was 79 cents per avocado)
    • Organic Milk ($5.39 per gallon)
    • Organic Eggs ($3 for one dozen)

    I have been shopping at Aldi almost exclusively for about a month now, and I’ve been so happy with the quality of the organic produce and dairy that I think I’ll probably continue to make weekly trips for the foreseeable future. Admittedly, I can’t get quite everything at my local Aldi — notably absent are bread flour, canned coconut milk, and organic butter — but I don’t mind taking an extra trip to a different grocery store a couple of times a month.

    Have you been to Aldi recently? What are your favorite products?

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