I had never been to an Aldi's before so I just followed everyone else's moves. First, they keep the shopping carts outside. They are all chained together. You simply insert a quarter and your cart is free! This saves you so Aldi doesn't have to pay someone to corral the carts.
I took a lot of time browsing the aisles (there were only about 6 aisles of food with the outside being freezer and refrigerated foods.
It's a no frills store. Very few brands that I recognized, but that's why they are a discount store. The items aren't stacked neatly on a shelf, they are in boxes both in the aisles and the coolers. This keeps costs down so they don't have to pay for someone to stock and face all the items.
When it's time to check out, know they only accept Debit cards, cash or EBT. No credit cards. Those cost the stores money, which cost the buyer money. Bring your own bag too. You can purchase plastic bags, but why bother? The cashier rings you up but does not bag, they just put your items back in your cart and you shuffle over to the packing counter and pack your bags as you please.
I went home and made chili for a staggering $3.45! This will be three meals for me which breaks down to $1.15 per meal!
Have you ever been able to buy a bag of tortilla chips for less than $3.00? No? Well, what if I told you I bought tortilla chips AND salsa for $3.00! The salsa tastes just like Tostitos salsa, only it has a way cooler name.
I got a bit of a sweet tooth and ran out of breakfast bars so I thought I'd bake up some apple cinnamon muffins since I picked those up as well. They cost $1.99 and were delicious!
Two for breakfast comes to $.33 for breakfast!
There was also a woman standing outside the store for a free massage giveaway and guess who won! That's right, this girl!
So this is no surprise I fell off the 'clean eating' wagon. 1. With moving, I have too many other expenses that I'm just trying to get by. 2. I've been sick for about a week now and I'm not in the mood to chop and slave over a stove. I just want a quick, easy, hearty meal.
Finally, the Fall colors are really beautiful around here. This is the view from my office lunch room.