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Aldi has announced the opening of 2500 more stores through 2022 and one of those stores is down the street from me. Have a peek at Aldi’s new design and all the perks that come from visiting opening week!
Do I love anything more than Aldi? Other than my husband, probably not.
So when developers broke ground on what was to be a new Aldi less than 5 minutes from my new house, I was excited, to say the least. I’ve been waiting forever to share with you the awesomeness that is the new Aldi and they did not disappoint!
That’s right, not only is Aldi more than doubling its current number of stores, over 1300 existing stores are getting a facelift by 2020. Chances are you’re going to be seeing the new face of Aldi in the near future and I’m here to spoil the surprise.
New Aldi Stores Opening
Aldi currently has stores opening in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Whew!
Aldi Grand Opening
A few days before the Aldi grand opening we got a flyer in the mail announcing the date and time of the event. Save the flyer because on the back there’s a $5 off $30 coupon!
Aldi doesn’t accept manufacturer coupons and I never see Aldi coupons so this may be the first and last time you’ll get your hands on them.
Aldi was set to open at 9 am. I got there right before and they’d already cut the ribbon and let people inside so if you want to be there for the festivities I’d get there at 8:30. You might also want to get there early because, at most openings, the first 100 customers are entered into a drawing for a “Golden Ticket” worth up to $100.
Personally, I like to buy discounted gift cards from Gift Card Granny and shop for groceries with those but while they have like hundreds of thousands of discounted gift cards they rarely have ones for Aldi. Another reason to take advantage of these grand opening savings!
Our Aldi actually opened the day before the “grand opening” so if you’re looking to get a peek before the crowds I’d stop by the day before. I’m not sure when it opened the day before and I wasn’t able to make it down there but all the specials are the day of the opening so weigh what’s more important to you.
I’ve also seen that they do the same specials for an Aldi grand re-opening that they do for an opening so don’t miss out!
When I walked in I was pretty surprised by how refined the store looked. I’m used to walking into Aldi’s warehouse style building and walking their familiar maze. The new Aldi looks modern and colorful.
The layout was more open and the navigation was customizable. It was easy to bypass one busy aisle for a less crowded one and head back later. The carts are bigger but still require a .25 cent deposit. 🙂
At the grand opening, they were giving out large reusable bags at the door. It looked like they had no shortage so even customers near the end of the day could get one. And if you come between noon and 5 PM they gave free samples of their store brand items. Mainly gluten-free, produce, dairy, and meat products.
Here’s the real reason to shop at Aldi at least once during the opening week: Aldi Coupons. With every purchase during the first week, you’ll get 3 more $5 off $30 coupons that expire in staggering weeks.
So in addition to saving around 50% on traditional grocery store prices, you’ll get $5 off! I broke my grocery haul into 2 trips so I could use my flyer coupon the first round and my first coupon from the pack on my second trip. That way I got another three coupons!
It’s a great method if you can’t make $30 of groceries last a week. There’s only two of us so I used my extra grocery haul to make a bunch of freezer meals. Taking full advantage of all those coupons!
And once you’re finished shopping you can put your name in a drawing to win free produce for a year in the form of an Aldi gift card. I think it was $10-$14 per week for 52 weeks so about $600. I’d take it!
There’s so much more to come with Aldi and if you’ve been skeptical or disliked it in the past you’ll appreciate all the things they’re doing. They’re improving customer’s shopping experience while staying true to its goal: saving people money.
I’ve personally experienced a total transformation in the way I grocery shop because of Aldi. It saved our budget. That combined with learning the psychology behind why I thought I needed to spend so much in the first place was life-changing.
If you’re looking at Aldi to save money on groceries then you might as well go further and refine your meal plans, meal prep, and stockpiling (for non-hoarders.) I love how Erin Chase teaches it with her Grocery Budget Makeover. It doesn’t take 20 hours of couponing to save money, it just takes a few new tips and methods to get the most bang for your buck.
Do you love Aldi as much as I do? Maybe even more than I do? Let me know in the comments! and tag me in your grand opening pictures on Instagram @savingwithspunk!