The calendar may not officially say it is summer, but if you ask my kids, they would tell you that summer is here! To celebrate, we decided to host an ice cream social with their friends. However, we decided to see if we could do one on a budget. ALDI stepped up and offered to help us share with all of you how much money you can save on your parties by shopping there vs. the big box stores or even your local grocery store. I was definitely up for the challenge!
If you are like me and have never shopped at ALDI before, you might be as surprised as I was. Known for its premium exclusive brands, ALDI offers more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased grocery items for up to 50 percent less* than traditional supermarkets. Customers are able to get all the essentials for less, including everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to a wide selection of grilling meats and award-winning wines, to outdoor patio furniture, plants, flowers and convenient camping basics to make summer a success. Stores will also carry an additional line-up of more than 130 seasonal items at unbeatable prices now through August.
I loaded up the kids and headed to ALDI. Since this was our very first ALDI experience, my kids immediately were enthralled with the quarter in the shopping cart (yes – it takes little to impress kids). I actually think this is just brilliant! What a great way to keep the carts out of the parking lot where they do damage or where anyone has to go and round them up to return them to the store.
We went into the store and started our shopping trip. I let the kids just go crazy with just about anything they thought would make for fun for our party. They tossed cookies, candy, toppings, ice cream, fruit, Popsicles, paper goods and MORE into our shopping cart. Once we had covered the store from end to end and were happy with our shopping cart, we worked our way to the cashier.
We placed all of our items onto the conveyor belt. I knew that if I had added these same items to my cart at my regular store, my total would be $80 – $100. So, I was completely expecting for my total to be closer to that amount. Imagine my surprise when the grand total was less than $60! Yes – $60 for all of our goodies for our party! SHOCKING!!!
The kids and I headed home to get ready for our party. We knew we would have around 12 kids attending so we made sure it we were ready for them to have lots of fun! They helped me set up the bowls, goodies and even the slip and slide in the backyard! Once our friends arrived, it was time for the fun to begin!!!
The kids had the best time outside and enjoying their ice cream sundaes. No one knew that it was not the name brand items – everything had the same quality as their more expensive counterparts. It just proves that if you really want to save money on your parties — or even just your weekly shopping trip — you should give ALDI a try. I know I was quite pleasantly surprised. And it definitely gets TWO thumbs up from the kids!!
I received items and gift certificates in order to facilitate my review and host this party, courtesy of ALDI. All statements are my own and were in no way influenced by any party.