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Posted on January 25, 2016

ALDI Organics – The New Player in Organic Products (That Won’t Break Your Budget!)

ALDI Organic Products

About a year ago, we began to notice some new products on the shelves at our local ALDI.  It seemed that every trip, there was at least one new ORGANIC product.  We certainly shop on a budget and we certainly love to buy organic products when we can afford them.  Sometimes it can be very frustrating to have to go without organics, just because the price tags that accompany them tend to be so high.

ALDI now offers a wide array of USDA certified organic products.  The prices might really surprise you.

Okay, okay, cheaper organics.  But how cheap are we really talking?  A few cents less than the price at Whole Foods?

No, friends.  We’re talking DOLLARS cheaper in many instances.  

How about…

A can of organic tomato sauce for $.79

A 4-pack of organic Applesauce pouches for the kids at $2.29

A box of organic spaghetti or linguine at $1.29/box

A box of organic mac and cheese shells for $1.39

A bag of organic lentils for $1.99

These prices are great for NON-organic versions!  But organic?  Amazing!

10 organic ALDI products that always find their way into our cart:

  • Organic apples
  • Organic bananas
  • Organic lentils
  • Organic linguine
  • Organic spaghetti
  • Organic honey
  • Organic quinoa
  • Organic Spaghetti Sauce
  • Organic pasta shells and cheddar cheese
  • Organic applesauce pouches

Also totally worth mentioning – we have noticed MANY certified NON-GMO products cropping up at ALDI as well.  Among some of our favorites are applesauce (I use this for baking, in place of oil!) and pretzel slims (my fave afternoon snack).

ALDI Applesauce

ALDI Pretzel Thins

Have you been to ALDI lately?  Have you tried any of their organic products?  What are your favorites?

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Posted on January 17, 2016

5 Things You NEED to Know Before You Shop at ALDI

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Shop at Aldi

ALDI.  That store that you have driven by a thousand times but never ventured inside of.


ALDI.  That store that they are building the next town over but you have no idea what they sell or what the quality is like.

Chances are decent that you fall into one of the above two categories.  Up until about 5 years ago, I fit into the first category.  In fact, when I was in high school, the sister of a guy I dated (who clearly had no idea what she was talking about) told me that ALDI was a membership-only food store.  You were not allowed into the building without a membership.  Um, FALSE.

We are now weekly ALDI shoppers and buy our groceries almost exclusively there.  We supplement with items from BJ’s once a month or so and sometimes when ALDI doesn’t have the exact produce or other products we’re looking for, we’ll stop at Produce Junction, Giant or Walmart.  Shopping at ALDI on a regular basis has drastically slashed the amount of money that we spend on food.  There are many months where we spend $150 or less for 3-4 weeks’ worth of food for breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks.

Before you take your first trip to ALDI, there are several tips that are handy to know!

1.  ALDI is NOT a scratch and dent, surplus or generic label store.  Nope, nope and NOPE.  The very first ALDI store was opened in 1914 in Germany.  They began to expand throughout Europe and then to the United States.  Their foods (most notably their wines and cheeses) have earned them international awards!  You might be familiar with ALDI’s sister stores – Trader Joe’s (founded in Southern California).  ALDI sells ALDI brands of food.  They are not generic, off-brand labels, they are ALDI brand labels.  Their Clancy’s line includes chips and pretzels.  Their SimplyNature line features food products (many certified USDA organic) that are made without over 125 common preservatives and ingredients.  Their Baker’s Corner line includes baking mixes and ingredients.  There is nothing bottom-barrel about these foods!

2.  You need to bring a quarter to use an ALDI shopping cart.  Yes, really.  You do, however, get your quarter back upon returning your cart.  The concept is pretty genius.  By keeping their carts chained together and by charging you a quarter to unchain one, ALDI is fairly sure you will bring your cart back to get your quarter  back.  This eliminates the need to hire an employee to round up carts from the parking lot, lowering their overhead, keeping the cost lower on their products.

3.  Bring your own bags to ALDI or else you have to buy bags at the store.  Another way that ALDI keeps costs down is by encouraging shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to hold their groceries.  Cashiers ring up your groceries and place them in your cart.  After you pay, you push your cart to the shelf-lined wall ahead and you bag your own groceries in your own bags.  This eliminates the need to hire someone to bag the groceries and cuts out the cost of bags.  Should you forget your bags (happens to the best of us), ALDI does have paper and plastic bags available for purchase in the 6-10 cents/bag range.


Leave your credit cards at home, ALDI does not accept them.  Yet another way that ALDI saves a substantial amount on overhead is by not accepting credit cards as a payment form.  Credit card companies charge businesses a processing fee to accept credit card payments from customers.  ALDI accepts cash and debit cards for payment.  I have heard rumors that ALDI may be testing out credit card payments in some markets but as of now, they are not accepted.

5.  You WILL get more for less when you shop at ALDI.  It’s true.  Your grocery budget will go a lot further at ALDI than at a traditional grocery store.  The savings are substantial!  Even if you only buy a portion of your groceries at ALDI, you will save money.  I started out as an occasional ALDI shopper.  I would go there before hosting a big holiday meal or before a big baking extravaganza.  Little by little I would pick up an extra product or two to try out and compare to other brands.  Today we are weekly (or bi-weekly, depending on how much leftover we have week to week) ALDI shoppers.

I’d love to hear about your favorite ALDI products or how shopping at ALDI helps out your bank account.  This post is 100% NOT SPONSORED by anyone.  My love for ALDI is 100% authentic.  :)

Check out some of the other ALDI posts that I have written over the years!

Posted on July 28, 2015

Peapod Grocery Discount Code: $15 Off Your First Order

Peapod Coupon Codes

Do you use Peapod?

If you were thinking about trying it – here is a discount for your first order!

Save $15 on your first Peapod order with promo code PPCJ15.

Expires 8/31/15.

What is Peapod? With more than 10,000 popular-and house-brand products for shoppers to choose from, Peapod’s virtual shelves are brimming with all of your grocery essentials plus farm-fresh produce; restaurant-quality meats and seafood; deli meats and cheeses, sliced to order; Kosher, organic and specialty foods and much more! As the nation’s leading Internet grocer, Peapod serves 24 U.S. markets and has delivered more than 22 million grocery orders since its founding in 1989.

Check out the other COUPON CODES that have posted!

Posted on April 9, 2015

Wegmans: FREE Cake or Apple on Saturday, 4/11

wegmans cake

Wegmans is celebrating another year that a national consumer magazine has ranked their chain #1 on their list of supermarkets!

Stop in to your local Wegmans on Saturday, 4/11/15, at 11 AM and receive a free slice of cake or a free apple as part of the celebration.

As always, I suggest calling your local store to confirm their participation before heading out.

Posted on April 1, 2015

Monthly Meal Planning – APRIL Meals and Grocery Shopping

Monthly Meal Planning

meal planning title

Month #4!

We’re on a total roll now. So much so that we actually sat down a WEEK before April began and planned out our meals and made our shopping list. This gave us the chance go shopping over the weekend and have all of our groceries in place as April arrived.

We still have PLENTY of meat left from our BJ’s trip last month, so that’s why you will only see a minimal amount of meat purchased this month.

We made our list for ALDI and included items for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. We have planned and shopped for 26 dinners in April. Our total for everything pictured below came to $152.37. For 4.5 weeks (almost) in April, that’s less than $34/week. Not pictured is milk which we already got for the week at the local dairy (approx $4/week). We’ll also pick up fresh produce every couple of weeks ($10-$15ish every 2 weeks) from Produce Junction.

Our Easter meal is not figured into this budget. We will be picking up those items separately and since we are doing a seafood feast and fresh seafood can be costly, we are splitting the feast bill between our three families to lessen the financial burden.

Aldi grocery trip 3


Aldi grocery trip


April Meals

Pork Chops (slow cooker) – 3
Chicken – 4
Tuna Sandwiches with Mac and Cheese
Chicken Nuggets
Crab Cakes
Easter Dinner
Grilled Cheese and Soup – 2
Spaghetti – 2
Chili (slow cooker) – 2
Hot Dogs
Meatball Sandwiches
Pizza using homemade pizza dough
Pork Roast (slow cooker)
Tilapia – 2
Breakfast – 2
Lemon Dill Dump Chicken (slow cooker)

Posted on March 29, 2015

Wegmans Deals: Week of 3/29/15

wegmans deals

Wegmans Deals

Happy Deal Happy Day has this week’s Wegmans deals.

Some highlights:

Shopper’s Club thru 5/30
$0.75/2 Betty Crocker Ready To Spread Frosting, Supreme Brownie Mix, Dessert Bar Mix, Super Moist Cake Mix or Cookie Mix; Includes 12.5 or Larger
Final Price: $0.24
Buy 2; Use $0.75/2 coupon (doubles)

$.055/1 Kikkoman Products
$0.55/1 Kikkoman Product; DND – 2-1-15 SS (exp. 04/30/15)
$1.00/2 Kikkoman Product; DND – 2-1-15 SS (exp. 04/30/15)
$0.55/1 Kikkoman; DND – 2015 February All You Magazine (Subscribe Here) (exp. 04/30/15)
Final Price: Free
Use $0.55/1 coupon (doubles)

$0.75/1 McCormick Spice, Herb, Extract, or Food Color – 3-15-15 RP (exp. 04/19/15)
$1.00/2 McCormick Spice, Herb, Extract, or Food Color – 3-15-15 RP (exp. 04/19/15)
Final Price: Free
Use $0.75/1 coupon (doubles)

$0.55/1 Friendship Cottage Cheese Products (Zip Code 22035); Includes 16 oz or (2) 5 oz; Manufacturer Coupon with Wegmans Logo
$0.50/2 Friendship Fit To Go – Ibotta Rebate; May Vary By Account
$4.00/1 Friendship Cottage Cheese; Must Purchase $12 or More – SavingStar Rebate (exp. 04/05/15)
Final Price: $0.19
Buy 2; Use $0.55/1 coupon (doubles) & $0.50/2 ibotta rebate

Shopper’s Club thru 3/28
$0.75/1 McCormick Skillet Sauce – 3-22-15 RP (exp. 04/26/15)
$1.00/2 McCormick Skillet Sauce – 3-22-15 RP (exp. 04/26/15)
Final Price: Free
Use $0.75/1 coupon (doubles)

Includes: Acti-Fresh Body Shape, 54 ct; Regular Unscented, 54 ct; Acti-Fresh To Go Thin, 60 ct; or Original Long, 42 ct
$0.50/1 Carefree Liner Product
Final Price: Free
Use $0.50/1 Coupon (Doubles)

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