7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco

Having a Costco membership is sure to save you money. But what about precious time? They say time is money, so here are 7 time-saving tips for the next time you go shopping at Costco.

7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco! Great ideas to save time shopping at Costco. They say time is money, so learn the best time-saving tips for the next time you shop at Costco.

Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco

I love shopping at Costco but it always takes much more time than I planned. After going to Costco with one of our Living Locurto team members, Naomi, I was shocked by how organized and quick she was! As a mom of three and apparently an expert Costco shopper, Naomi has a lot of great tricks and tips up her sleeve! I asked her to share a few time saving Costco shopping tips to help us out during this busy holiday season.

They say time is money, so here are 7 time-saving tips for the next time you go shopping at Costco.

7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco! Great ideas to save time shopping at Costco. They say time is money, so learn the best time-saving tips for the next time you shop at Costco.

7  Ideas to Save Time Shopping at Costco

We know life can be a struggle. It’s hard to get it all done, especially during the holidays. We hope these simple tips will help save you time and money the next time you shop at Costco. For more time saving tips, check out –> these great organization ideas here.

 

1. Know The Costco Parking Lot

Getting in and out of the parking lot can be a challenge. Avoid the traffic jams and find out if your Costco has a back driveway. Many Costco stores do! If your Costco has a back or lesser used driveway, treat it as your own personal road to retail bliss. It may sound crazy, but parking in the back of the parking lot will save you time just because of the ease of getting in and out of the parking lot.

 

2. Know The Store Layout

Knowing the store layout is just as important as knowing the parking lot. My favorite time-saving Costco tip is to take a list, stick to it, and know where exactly everything is in the store. If you need something from the back of the store, avoid going down the middle aisles. Stick to the side aisles and avoid the throngs of customers jockeying for position around the sample tables.

 

3. Avoid The Busiest Times

Playing bumper carts is no fun. Do a little research and find out when the best times to visit your Costco store are. Generally, Costco is busiest on the weekends, the day or two before a major holiday, or on the first day of a new coupon book.  One of the quietest times to shop at Costco are the days in between coupon books. If you aren’t buying anything on a coupon, go in between sales and enjoy the wide aisles all to yourself.

 

4. Stick To A List

It is so easy to be distracted by all the new shiny items Costco has on display. Stay strong! I’ve shopped so much at Costco that I have developed a master list of items I buy regularly. At home, I’ll review the list and mark which items I need to buy. Then when I arrive at Costco, I’m armed with my list and plan and it seriously saves me time AND money! Click here for cute free printable lists.

Free Printable Grocery Shopping Lists | 7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco! Great ideas to save time shopping at Costco.

 

5. Skip The Samples

Ah, the samples. Everyone loves the Costco samples. Steer clear, as tasty as they may look! This is a time pitfall at Costco, with hordes of shoppers gathering around waiting for the toaster oven timer to ding. Be honest with yourself: You can live without the little morsel, but you’ll never get your precious time back…move along!

 

6. Look For A Fast Cashier

Sometimes the longest line is also the fastest line. Look for a cashier that is really moving customers through quickly. Head for a line with two Costco employees (one scanning and one loading the cart up). If you shop as much as I do at Costco, you may even find a favorite cashier that is always super fast and efficient.

 

7. Have Your Car Trunk Ready To Load

Make sure your trunk is empty so that loading your Costco purchases into your car will be a breeze. Costco doesn’t provide shopping bags, but don’t fall for the stiff cardboard boxes they offer to hold your groceries! Instead, bring your own shopping bags and load your purchases up yourself.

Make sure you have a good insulated bag ready for your frozen items. This may sound counter-intuitive to saving time, but once you arrive home, simply carrying the bags into your home will be so much easier. And you won’t have that stiff cardboard box to deal with.

7 Time Saving Tips For Shopping at Costco! Great ideas to save time shopping at Costco. They say time is money, so learn the best time-saving tips for the next time you shop at Costco.

 

What are your favorite Costco shopping tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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Naomi Calle - Living Locurto Team WriterNaomi Calle is a wife and mom of three who loves traveling, cooking, running, organizing and great at coming up with life hacks to keep up with her family.

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Free Printable Grocery Shopping Lists

Last updated on October 11th, 2018 at 10:54 am

These are adorable Free Printable Grocery Shopping Lists to help you plan for weekly dinners and holiday entertaining. Get meals organized with fun grocery list notes.

These are adorable Free Printable Grocery Shopping Lists to help you plan for weekly dinners and holiday entertaining. An easy way to get more organized!

The Cutest Free Printable Grocery Shopping Lists

Fall is here and the holidays right around the corner, which means more meal planning and more frequent trips to the grocery store. When you want to get organized and looking for something other than your usual plain notebook paper, download these cute Free Printable Grocery Shopping Lists!

Coming up with dinner ideas is hard enough and as a mother with many things on her mind, I can’t tell you the times I have written my grocery list on my phone and forgotten that I had it with me! For some reason having a list in my hand makes it easier for me to remember what I need. I love making free printables for you and have designed these grocery shopping lists for something fun and cute to take with you to the market.

Originally published September 10, 2012

These are adorable Free Printable Grocery Shopping Lists to help you plan for weekly dinners and holiday entertaining. Get meals organized with fun grocery list notes. #freeprintables

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What are some ways you get organized for meal planning? Check out our FREE weekly meal plans and dinner recipes for more great meal planning ideas.

Let’s be efficient and organized together with these adorable free printable grocery shopping lists! These are perfect to use when your spouse or kids need a handy list. Get even more organized by writing down your food staples, the things you need each week, and make a copy for your next trip to the grocery store!

I’m all about making life easier and having a grocery list always helps me get in and out of the market fast.

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Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods

Did you know your Amazon Prime membership has more perks than two day shipping? In addition to free videos, photo storage, music, or being on a first name basis with every one of your mail, UPS, and FedEx delivery people (an unspoken joy of my Prime addiction), Amazon just announced Prime members will save 10% on sale items at Whole Foods.

It’s a little unclear why Amazon decided to only discount the already on sale items each week, but who am I to look a gift coupon in the mouth? The program is available right now in Florida, but will be rolling out to all stores sometime this summer. We checked it out, and it’s a simple way to save while you shop. All you have to do download the Whole Foods app and scan the QR code at checkout. The app clearly displays the items on sale at your local Whole Foods, so it’s easy to plan your shopping trip and see where you can save even more.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for Prime members, select cities are also offering free 2-hour delivery. I live in New York City, aka—the land where all things are delivered directly to your door. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having someone else lug groceries around town for you, you’re going to want to get in on this. It’s magical.

 

Finally, if you have the Amazon credit card, you can get up to 5% back at Whole Foods and Amazon.com. The moral of the story here? Amazon is poised to take over the world, and is kindly bestowing extra discounts on all the little people like you and me. I’m not mad about it.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up here (they even have a free 30-day trial option). Learn more about the Amazon discounts at Whole Foods here.

 

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Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods

Did you know your Amazon Prime membership has more perks than two day shipping? In addition to free videos, photo storage, music, or being on a first name basis with every one of your mail, UPS, and FedEx delivery people (an unspoken joy of my Prime addiction), Amazon just announced Prime members will save 10% on sale items at Whole Foods.

It’s a little unclear why Amazon decided to only discount the already on sale items each week, but who am I to look a gift coupon in the mouth? The program is available right now in Florida, but will be rolling out to all stores sometime this summer. We checked it out, and it’s a simple way to save while you shop. All you have to do download the Whole Foods app and scan the QR code at checkout. The app clearly displays the items on sale at your local Whole Foods, so it’s easy to plan your shopping trip and see where you can save even more.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for Prime members, select cities are also offering free 2-hour delivery. I live in New York City, aka—the land where all things are delivered directly to your door. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having someone else lug groceries around town for you, you’re going to want to get in on this. It’s magical.

 

Finally, if you have the Amazon credit card, you can get up to 5% back at Whole Foods and Amazon.com. The moral of the story here? Amazon is poised to take over the world, and is kindly bestowing extra discounts on all the little people like you and me. I’m not mad about it.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up here (they even have a free 30-day trial option). Learn more about the Amazon discounts at Whole Foods here.

 

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The I-Have-To-Get-Them-Something Gift List

We all have those certain gifts that are required of us each year. You know, the ones we have to buy but really don’t want to spend a lot of time or money?  We all have a few of them whether it’s our I-Don’t-Really-Know-You-But-Live-By-You-Neighbors, teachers, church friends, co-workers, or mailman. We still want to to say “I’m thinking of you”… but are sick of buying the same candle and hand soap. Here is your must-buy gift list for all those presents you are obligated to give (but want it to be something nice!).

This post is not sponsored. These are items that myself and other TodaysMama editors really love and are giving out to our friends!

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1. SUCCULENTS

These sweet, precious and unique collection of 20 can be the start to quite a few gifts. Buy an adorable pot (or don’t) and you’re all set!

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2. TUMBLERS

Real cacti not their thing? Buy an adorable tumbler like these cactus double wall 24 oz tumbler. I know I can always use an extra lid/straw drink option in my house.

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3. HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD CARAMELS

This fantastic recipe from Martha Stewart is a great option for all those neighbor gifts.  It makes a million caramels in just one batch and the gingerbread flavor makes it unique enough they won’t get bored from “just another holiday caramel”.

Click HERE for the recipe!

 

 

 

4. PERSONALIZED TEACHER BANGLE BRACELET

Teachers have come to expect gift cards for Christmas. I’m sure they don’t mind, but if you want to break out of the norm, try these bangled bracelets. You can personalize your appreciation. I love their simplicity and daintiness.

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5. REDBOX NIGHT (PRE-PURCHASED PROMO CODES)

One of my favorite gifts given to me from a neighbor was a movie night on them. They provided a Redbox promo code and a microwave popcorn and/or 2-liter of soda for a fun family date night. I loved this idea because it was so simple and something I would have never thought of — and of COURSE it was getting used! Free movie and treats?! Yes, please!

Buy Promo Codes Online HERE!

(TIP: Email the purchased codes to yourself so you can hand them out using your own design and gift tag!)

 

 

6. MOVIE THEATER TICKETS

Know someone who would rather hit the movie theater?  You can buy gift cards to most movie theater companies at your local grocer (look for their gift card section) or even online.

Click HERE to buy!

 

 

 

7. WORDS OF INSPIRATION (PRINTABLES)

A sweet thought can go a long way. Share these beautiful words with your friends. And it is SO easy! Find a cute frame, download, print and you’re done!

Download Printables HERE!

 

 

8. TRADER JOE’S BODY BUTTER (Only $4.99!!)

We are IN LOVE with Trader Joe’s body butter. And we are even more in love with the price. You can’t beat $4.99 for a product that you actually buy and use for yourself. Don’t trick yourself in to buying this online because you will be paying WAY more than necessary. You have to hit up your local Trader Joe’s (or bribe a friend that lives close to one) to fetch these beauties for $4.99 each.

Find a local Trader Joe’s HERE!

 

Do you have a favorite obligatory gift? Please share your ideas below! 10 bonus friend points if you link to the product…because you know…I’m lazy.

 

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Amazon Black Friday Inside Scoop 2018

Get the inside scoop on some of our favorite Amazon Black Friday deals! Save money with these 2018 Black Friday shopping ideas.

Get the inside scoop on some of our favorite Amazon Black Friday deals! Save money with these Black Friday shopping ideas.

Who else is excited for Amazon Black Friday Deals?

It’s time to get ready for Black Friday shopping! Since Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop I thought I would tell you about some of the Amazon Black Friday deals that I’ve found. The Amazon Black Friday deals actually start NOW, November 16th, and run through Black Friday on November 23rd. ALL of Amazon’s Black Friday products can be found on the their Black Friday page here.

If you want to have great success with Amazon Black Friday shopping, don’t forget to sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime Day trial. If you are not already a member, sign up here: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

Free shipping for 2018 holiday season

Amazon has announced that, beginning Nov. 5, it will offer free shipping on all orders with no minimum for the holidays. So, if you don’t want to shell out for a Prime membership, you can still get free (although not two-day) shipping on your gifts.

 

Best Black Friday Deals

Here are some of the best things I’ve seen so far on Amazon. Of course, there are a lot more sales coming soon because their deals roll out daily, but these gift ideas will get you started on your Black Friday shopping.

 

KITCHEN

My new favorite kitchen gadget is our Air Fryer! Save $34.50 on this pretty 5.8 quart one. Get the deal here.

Amazon Black Friday Deals Airfryer

 

This pretty Cast Iron Dutch Oven is one of the Black Friday deals… you save $16!

The Instant Pot is 10% off now! If you want one, get the 8 Qt Instant Pot. Believe me, it is life changing!! The bigger the better with the pressure cookers, so you can fit baking dishes inside of them.

Instant Pot Black Friday Deal

 

CAMERA GEAR

I go crazy over camera gear and my daughter is dying for a Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera! Save 16% right now.

Amazon Black Friday Inside Scoop - Instax Camera

 

AMAZON DEVICES

I love my Amazon Echo Dot and Fire Stick! There is a great deal now where you get an Echo Dot (2nd Gen) for FREE when you buy a Fire TV Stick. See the deal here.Fire Stick Black Friday Deal

 

HOME GIFTS

Save $55 on this Robot Vacuum Cleaner. I LOVE mine!!

Black Friday Robot Vacuum Cleaner Deal

 

TOYS

This pink play kitchen is so cute and one of Amazon’s great deals!

Amazon Black Friday Inside Scoop - Pink Toy Kitchen Kid Holiday Gifts

 

I’m excited about Black Friday! I hope you find some good deals for the holidays. I’ll update this page when I find more scoop.

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Want Alexa to do your laundry? Now she can!

Alexa can tell you what the weather will be, play your favorite song, schedule calendar events, and now she’ll be able to do your laundry!

Sears just recently signed a deal with Amazon and announced they plan to sell Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon.com.  Sears also said Kenmore Smart appliances will be integrated with Amazon’s Alexa platform.

“The launch of Kenmore products on Amazon.com will significantly expand the distribution and availability of the Kenmore brand in the U.S.,” Sears CEO Eddie Lampert said in a statement.

Sears said a new “Kenmore Smart” skill for Amazon Alexa will allow customers to control their appliances — changing the temperature on an air conditioner without leaving the sofa, for example. It will be like telling your kids to do the dishes, but now it will actually get done.  Can you imagine??  I wonder if she can yell at me once it’s done and then offer me words of encouragement as I prep dinner.

“Voice is a natural interface for the smart home, so we’re thrilled that customers can now simply ask Alexa to interact with their Kenmore Smart appliances,” said Charlie Kindel, Director of Alexa Smart Home. “We’re excited that Kenmore has added Alexa functionality to these products and we think customers will love the convenience of cooling their home, starting their laundry, and more, using only their voice.”

Alexa-enabled appliances may be the start to robots taking over the world, but if they can figure out a way to clean my boys’ bathroom and fold all my laundry, I’ll gladly give up all control.  We just know the world is truly coming to an end when even robots won’t scrub pee off the bathroom floor molding.

 

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Amazon Prime Day Inside Scoop

Favorite things about Amazon Prime Day. Amazon will mark down many of your favorite products to rock bottom prices. Get the inside scoop!

Amazon Prime Day Deals and Inside Scoop

What You Need to Know about Amazon Prime Day

I’m super excited about Amazon Prime Day! I constantly talk about how much I love Amazon Prime. Soon it will be Prime Day, Amazon’s annual shopping holiday where they mark down THOUSANDS of products to rock bottom prices for Amazon Prime subscribers.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is now two days July 15 and July 16. Prime Day  will begin at 2:59am EST Monday, July 15. It will last 48 hours through Tuesday July 16.

The prices are said to be better than Black Friday! If you’ve been waiting to buy Amazon branded goodies like Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, plus the deals have already started.

Best Deals on Amazon Prime Day. Amazon will mark down HUNDREDS of products to rock bottom prices. Get the inside scoop!

 

If I’m not an Amazon Prime Member can I still shop the deals?

If you are not a member yet and want to save money on these special days, you can try an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial, so you don’t miss out! You will not only get free shipping, but also access to Amazon video, music and cloud storage. I’m currently binge watching Good Omens and Gotham now. I can’t wait for the new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Love my Amazon Prime!

 

What’s on Sale This Amazon Prime Day?

Get excited because the NEW Instant Pot is on sale! You know I love my Instant Pot meals! I’m planning to stock up on some Christmas gifts and things I’ve been waiting to buy.

Best Deals Right now:


What Else Can I get on Amazon Prime Day?

What I’m personally most excited to tell you about is you can save money on Audible! Prime members can get a 1-Year Audible Membership for $119.50. That’s $30 off its regular annual price. Even better, when you sign up you’ll get a credit to buy an Echo Dot for just $0.99. That’s $49 off its regular price for a total savings of $79. 

Is an Audible Membership Worth It?

I can’t say enough good things about Audible. It’s the ONE thing I use everyday! I listen to at least one book a week now from my phone while I’m driving, on a plane, cleaning the kitchen, walking or doing laundry. It’s perfect for road trip with kids too.

Audible members now get 2 Audible Originals and 1 audiobook every month. Check out some of my favorite audible books here.Try Audible for 30 days and get two free books by clicking here

Time to get ready!

These deals start at 2:59am EST on July 15 and will only last for 48 hours. Here are some direct links to some Amazon Prime Deals that you can look at ahead of time so you are ready to go!


Kitchen Product Deals ~ Kitchen gadgets, slow cookers, knives, pans, baking supplies and more!

Deals for Kids – Perfect to stock up for Christmas toys or birthday gifts and clothing!

Smart Home Deals – As a tech nerd, I will be watching these deals like a hawk!

Shoes – I’ve already spotted some sneakers that I want!

Arts & Craft Supplies – I’m planning to stock up on Sharpie markers and more.

Gaming – Crossing my fingers that I can find something for my son for Christmas.

Back to School Deals – Stock up on those things you know you will buying in a month or so anyway!

Style and Fashion – Get those back to school clothes for the kids today!

Beauty Products – My hair dryer just broke again and I already have my eye on a new one!

I hope these quick links helped. Have fun shopping!!!

 

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Online Shopping Is My Drug of Choice, And The Struggle Is Real

Shopping has been my biggest vice for my entire adult life. In college, I spent tons of time (and money) shopping.

During my emotionally tumultuous junior year, I blew through several thousand dollars spent in places like Victoria’s Secret, Lush, and Wet Seal. I had so much lacy underwear and so many tips that I only had to do laundry once a month. Even though I would feel guilt with nearly every purchase, the guilt was never enough to stop me from doing it. I would cast a cursory glance at my bank statement every month, but I didn’t really pay attention until my card was declined while I was out to dinner with my mother. My bank account was overdrawn by several hundred dollars. I was mortified.

As I sat talking with the bank manager, we came up with a solution: another credit card. This one had a high limit and was linked to my bank account to avoid an overdraft again. While I was responsible for a few months after the incident, the same thing happened again. My reckless spending was back with a vengeance, and while I knew what I was doing was wrong, I couldn’t stop myself.

I didn’t start online shopping until a few years ago. When it came to shopping, I wanted instant gratification, and the only way to get it was from going into a store and walking out with a bag in hand. While online shopping didn’t offer the same instant gratification, it offered a similar kind of high. Shopping online made me more aware of what I was buying, but that didn’t curb my spending at all. I could still drown my sorrows or cope with my stress by buying new pairs of pants or sweaters and books. When the UPS or FedEx delivery person would pull up with a new box for me, I was positively giddy.

Online shopping gave me an odd sense of control over my shopping impulses. Because I had more options, I would painstakingly pore over every page to find the exact thing I needed, be it a dress or new jeans. Every item I put in my cart was a carefully curated choice, weighed and compared to other items similar to it based on things like color and how it would go with other things I had in my closet. Watching my cart fill was like that gratification I felt pulling things off my shelf. “I’ll wear this all the time!” I’d say to myself when I put the gray boyfriend sweater in my bag. Ditto another sweater in the same style but different cut.

I like having options. I would match shoes already in my closet to the dresses I’d see on screen and try to think of all the places I could wear the outfit. It became compulsive, especially because I hate paying shipping fees. Seeing the total tick over $50, even if it was only by a few cents filled me with a sense of calm and content. At my peak, I had my debit card number memorized because I used it so much that it just made more sense to memorize it so I wouldn’t always have to get up and get it. (I know!)

It’s not just clothing that I love to buy online; it’s music and books as well. I was always a voracious music fan, and Amazon filled a void left in my collection by the absence of music stores. I could find every CD from other countries, and I did — original albums by artists I love and all the albums of the British pop groups that I loved but could never find in the States. Logging into my iTunes account became dangerous; I couldn’t stop myself from buying everything I saw and wanted. When I began shopping for books online, I didn’t have to stop buying books when I could no longer carry them home; I could buy as many as I could read. Amazon boxes full of books would arrive at my doorstep once a month or so. I could build my own library at this point.

But the thing that really gets my motor running is a sale. There are no words to describe the ecstasy I feel when I see that one of my favorite stores is having a sale. When flash sale websites first started, I signed up for all of them mainly because I have expensive taste, but not the cash flow to keep up with it. But thanks to those sites, I could score the designer jeans I coveted for sometimes 60% off the original price. It was a rush. I still cherish the cowboy boots I got at 40% off. I actually had to unsubscribe from a lot of store emails because I was going crazy trying to keep up with them. I still keep a few though, mainly stores where I shop for myself and/or my son. When I shop for him, I go into a bit of a fugue state as I load my cart with shirts and pants. He is seriously one of the best dressed 3-year-olds I know, but then I am constantly trying to find places to put all of the clothes I buy him. I can’t let a coupon expire, and when I do, it literally hurts me.

Though I have learned how to control my shopping impulses to a degree, it still brings me an immense amount of pleasure that is hardly replicated by any other thing. I love sitting up in the middle of the night with all the lights off in my pajamas scouring the pages of The Children’s Place or Old Navy’s website. I love the thrill of finding the most perfect shirt for my son or the most perfect pair of LulaRoe leggings for myself. I am overjoyed by the email saying that my order has shipped and still get giddy when the box shows up at the door. I have learned how to wait and save my money until I see a really good sale, but I don’t think it’ll ever be something I can give up cold turkey.

I have too many other financial responsibilities now (one of them calls me “Mom”) and my addiction has almost ruined me financially one too many times, in addition to being a bone of contention in my last relationship. Oops.

I know I’m not alone when I admit that shopping is my one true vice. I’ve learned that it’s about moderation, and when I keep my budget in mind, I find it is even more enjoyable. Unless there’s a good sale…

10 Great Things to Buy at ALDI

With the holidays coming up and my new kitchen finally done, I’m planning to cook and bake a lot more. A great place to save money is at ALDI, especially when entertaining or hosting family gatherings.

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

Have you shopped at an ALDI yet? I have heard great things and about how much money you can save, but hadn’t made it there yet. So when they contacted me to write about my experience shopping in their store, I was very happy to be able to share my experience with you!

First of all, it’s good to let you know a few things about ALDI before you visit. It’s not your average grocery store! To help shoppers save money, the store carries mostly ALDI exclusive brands, with a few national brands mixed in. There is no in-store bakery, pharmacy or bank, therefore no hidden costs to your grocery bill.

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

To save money on staff, ALDI asks you bring a quarter to place into the shopping cart. After you are done shopping, replace the cart and get your quarter back. I love this!

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

ALDI has a variety of organic and gluten-free products within its SimplyNature and liveGfree product lines.

I was able to find most of what I usually shop for and more.

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

What I love are the prices! The wine and beer isle is full of great selections. Check out the price on this Winking Owl Cabernet Sauvignon.

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks. Love this wine

I also was very impressed with the produce and bread selection. French bread is always on my party tables for dips and appetizers. What a great deal and delicious bread!

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

Another way they save you money is by having you bag your own groceries. If you don’t have bags, you can buy paper bags for 10 cents and these cute eco-friendly bags for $2 or less.

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

There is a counter space just for bagging!

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

I had a blast shopping around our new ALDI and will definitely be going back regularly!

Texas Food Blogger Amy Locurto ALDI Review. 10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

Look at the great party spread I created with my goodies from ALDI. This party platter cost around $10!

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

10 Great things to Buy at ALDI!

I love to stock up on not only groceries for my family, but with items that could be used for entertaining. Here are ten great products that I found on my recent trip to ALDI. Be on the look-out for these deals. Find an ALDI store near you –> here.

10 great things to buy at ALDI. Save money on groceries with these delicious food ideas! Inspiring party appetizer for under 10 bucks.

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