Welcome to CA, ALDI! and giveaway

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was invited to tour the store prior to its opening. All opinions are my own.

Any chance to walk through a grocery store without my two tumbling, wrestling, ACTIVE boys is a blessing. But getting to walk the aisles of a brand new ALDI was an adventure I got to take with several other bloggers, some giddy at the chance to stroll the aisles in peace.

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The Moreno Valley store, just like any of the other seven ALDI stores that have opened across the Inland Empire, is designed for people like me in mind, a quick in and out, wide aisles and a narrowed range of choices to be made by offering majority ALDI-brand items.

90 percent of the store’s goods are ALDI branded, which range from gluten-free items, gourmet selections to dairy.

They had a divine-looking candy section with Haribo Gold-Bears and European chocolate and, just a little bit farther, a beautiful selection of wine- perfect for a quick grab on the way to a party or after a hard week.

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ALDI prides itself on being affordably price and compares prices to its competitors – bring a receipt from your favorite store for comparison, or check out their store brand items located next to some big-name brands like Pop-Tarts and Honey Nut Cheerios.  ALDI also likes to highlight nutrition on the front label for easy access.

And we’re so lucky to be in SoCal, where it’s easy for stores like ALDI to score fresh produce locally. The local items are marked, and even the pistachios, I was told, came from Bakersfield.

And their organics are highlighted with labels, just like they are everywhere else in the store.

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The store is compact but the aisles are wide – I hate when you have to carefully steer around people or wait for someone luxuriating in front of the soups.

Here’s my tips for shopping at ALDI!

  • Keep a quarter for the shopping cart. They’ve made the shopping carts self-maintained, so you have to put a quarter in to pull one out of the row, then when you return it, you get your quarter back.
  • Bring your own bags – or be prepared to buy one. ALDI sells paper bags for 10 cents and plastic bags for 15 cents. The plastic ones are definitely reusable.
  • Be prepared to load up. The cashier will place the groceries back into you cart so the next person can be quickly checked out. Then, you get to walk your cart over to a shelf area and pack up your groceries however you see fit. Or not – I’ve been known to skip bags entirely depending on the items and amount of ‘helpers’ I have.
  • They accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, most debit cards, the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Link cards. They also take SNAP but not WIC.
  • Weekly specials are available as a mailer and an email newsletter – check out here to sign up.
  • ALDI Finds are only available for a limited time, as well as the themed special events they will have, like German items in a couple of weeks.

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Stores are now open in Beaumont, Fontana, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, San Bernardino and Yucaipa (my local one).

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AND I get to give away a $25 gift cart to ALDI, good in California only.

Contest is over 4/16/2016. Winner will be chosen by 24 hours after that time.

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