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ALDI Curbside Grocery Pickup made easy, in collaboration with ALDI.

I don’t know about you but grocery shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. These are unusual times but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying grocery shopping! Instead of browsing the grocery aisles in person I browse the ALDI website and order online for Curbside Grocery Pickup. I have always loved ALDI for their variety of grocery items and the fact that they made ordering and picking up my groceries so easy makes me love them even more!

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Here’s how it all goes down: You simply visit shop.aldi.us or use the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers Curbside. Browse the categories and fill your cart with whatever your heart, and stomach, desires. Set a pickup time and location at checkout before placing your order. Head to the ALDI store and park in the designated ALDI Curbside parking spot, they are bright blue so you can’t miss them! Alert the ALDI employee that you’ve arrived by clicking a button on your mobile phone and the ALDI employee does the rest. They shop for you so your groceries are ready for your arrival and they load the groceries right into your car. The entire process was simple and the curbside pickup felt very safe. Getting out of the house for a grocery pickup has never felt better!

 

When we got home I decided to make a little muffin tin snack tray for Poppy using some grocery items from our ALDI pickup. This little snack tray is so fun to make and it’s even more fun to watch the sparkle in Poppy’s eyes when she’s enjoying it. Here’s what was in her muffin tin snack tray: a sourdough almond butter and raspberry jam sandwich (made with Simply Nature Creamy Almond Butter and Simply Nature Organic Raspberry Preserves), organic apple slices, organic blueberries, and Simply Nature Green Pea Crisps. I made sure to fill it up so I could snag a little snack for myself too. I can’t help it, I love these snack choices!


Make sure to checkout shop.aldi.us  or the ALDI mobile app to find the nearest ALDI store that offers curbside grocery pickup. Curbside at ALDI has made grocery shopping so easy and enjoyable. Happy shopping!


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How much do you spend grocery shopping?

Grocery shopping is a sport. The first challenge is parking your car and remembering to grab your reusable bags, the second challenge is navigating the store and trying to stick to your list, the third challenge is deciding which checkout line to go to, and the fourth is loading the groceries into your car and then putting them away once you get home. Whew, I’m exhausted just typing it!

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So how much does all of this work cost for a household? It’s different for everyone but after my poll last week it seems that the average household for two adults and one child is between $120-$160. I didn’t find out if they bought organic or not (a post coming on that later this month!) but this is the cost to feed most each week. For my family, we spend between $120-$140 a week. We eat all our meals at home unless it’s a special occasion or feel the need to get out. The cost in groceries has gone up since Poppy started eating more solids (I nurse her only twice a day) and I’ve been buying a few more things organic, before Poppy I never bought organic. No food goes to waste in our home (leftover queen!) so spending this much each week works for us and our budget. We never spend beyond our means and we could manage to spend less if we ever needed to save more. Quick note on saving: we both work really hard to be able to save money each month. I know this isn’t easy but it’s so helpful to get to a point where you can start saving money for the future. You never know what could come up! We were able to pay for our wedding and have a baby because of the way we save. Neither of us come from money so saving has changed our quality of life. I grew up on food stamps and that helped me learn the value of saving once I was out on my own at 18 years old.

There are ways to eat a well balanced diet with whatever budget you have. We’ve found that Trader Joe’s gives us the best bang for our buck. Yes, Famer’s Markets are amazing and who doesn’t love Erewhon?! But if this isn’t doable for your family that is perfectly ok! It’s not realistic in our home to shop all organic or go to Whole Foods for everything we need. Groceries are groceries and we all feed ourselves in a way that works best for our family.

Thoughts on grocery shopping? Where do you shop? I know my mother-in-law is the coupon queen.


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Sprouts Grocery Haul

Farmers market, grocery store, online grocery shopping, I love it all! There’s something so therapeutic about grocery shopping. Making my list, checking it twice, and creating yummy recipes with the food I purchase is one of my favorite past times.

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Moving to San Diego brought us closer to a grocery store I haven’t explored in a long time. Sprouts is walking distance from us and that made me super excited to discover new items that other grocery stores might not have. Like my all time favorite vegan vanilla protein powder and a giant jar of peanut butter (#priorities). Fun fact: In college my best friend Erika and I would go to Sprouts after class to order a PB&J before the gym. Who does that?!

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Scroll my Sprouts grocery haul and get shopping!

Fresh Fruits and Veggies- We love ALL of their fresh produce. We’ve never had a problem with their produce rotting too quick and Sprouts has killer sales! Here’s a few of our favorites:

  • Bananas
  • Honeycrisp apples
  • Persimmons
  • Blackberries
  • Pears (Joel’s favorite)
  • Cucumbers
  • Kabocha squash (my favorite)
  • Living butter lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Zima tomatoes
  • Red yams
  • Purple sweet potatoes
  • Japanese sweet potatoes (my favorite)
  • 1 lb bag carrots
  • Butternut squash spirals

Meat:

  • Lean ground beef/ Grass fed beef
  • Chicken breast stir fry
  • Lamb (my favorite)

Bakery:

  • Izzio sourdough bread
  • Locally made corn tortillas
  • Angelic Bakehouse hamburger buns
  • Canyon Gluten Free bread, bagels
  • Food For Life sprouted tortillas
  • Sprouts oatmeal

Dairy/Nondairy:

  • Lifeway Farmer cheese
  • Siggis yogurt, plain and coconut
  • Nancy’s probiotic yogurt
  • Nancy’s probiotic cream cheese
  • GTS Cocoyo
  • Good Karma Flax Eggnog
  • Ripple vanilla half & half
  • Ripple unsweetened original/vanilla (my favorite)
  • Chino Valley Ranchers egg whites
  • Sprouts cage free eggs
  • Kitehill Strawberry vegan cream cheese
  • Miyoko’s vegan cream cheese
  • Miyoko’s vegan butter

Drinks:

  • GTS Kombucha (gingerade & cayenneade)
  • Zevia, Cream soda

Condiments/Snack:

  • Seaweed snacks (Joel’s favorite)
  • Sprouts Kale Chips, Ranch
  • Late July chips, Nacho Chipotle & Jalapeño
  • Late July salsa
  • Brad’s Cheddar veggie chips
  • Justin’s creamy peanut butter, Large jar
  • Lovegrown Lion Loops and Chocolate Comet Crispies
  • Pretzel Slims (Joel’s favorite)
  • Black Garlic Hope Hummus
  • Jalapeno hot sauce, Siete
  • Better Bean Co, better refried beans
  • Sprouts Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder

Frozen:

  • Halo Top frozen dessert, Mint and Chip, PB & J
  • Enlightened ice cream, Butter Pecan, Chocolate PB, Monkey Bussiness
  • O’My dairy free gelato
  • Amy’s frozen pizza