Ask and you shall receive - Aldi Delivers! (Sort of...)

Our local Aldi is now partnered with Instacart which is a 3rd party grocery delivery service. I spotted the decals advertising the service around our local Aldi and got super excited to tell Carolyn since she has recently been hooked on grocery delivery. After a little research, here's what I learned. Instacart is an "Uber-like" service for groceries where drivers (not employees of Aldi) deliver your online order. At the time I looked, there was a 14-day free trial, but the regular monthly fee was $9.99. Another little sneaky cost was that the prices on the groceries could be marked up from what you would actually pay in store to help cover the cost of the service. For me, this didn't make sense as I can be in and out of my local Aldi in under 30 minutes with all my weekly groceries. If you've tried Instacart and want to convince me it's worth the extra fees, leave a comment and tell us your experience!

Wouldn't It Be Great If Aldi Delivered?!!!

Okay, so I'm a little guilty of not being loyal to Aldi right now! I know, how dare I do such a thing, but my Aldi is currently under renovation, so that means there's only one store for the city. Have I mentioned before that I don't care for crowds? Well, one store means giant crowds. Not to mention that it's back to school time for me, so no more mid week grocery trips. I do still visit Aldi for the produce because their prices can't be beat, and of course my Aldi faves I can't live without.

What I have grocery shopping and delivery! It's the best thing EVER!  This past weekend I found myself sitting in the living room having that feeling I had forgot to do something. Then I said to my husband, "online grocery shopping and delivery has freed up three hours of my weekend, and I LOVE IT because it's more time with you and the kids!". So, wouldn't it be awesome if Aldi could get an online ordering and delivery system up…

Gardenline 6 pack Solar Lights $8.99

Aldi has basically become our source for outdoor decor! Last year my husband spotted these lights in the ad and said to pick up a couple of boxes because it was a great deal. A couple boxes turned into five boxes because they looked so good, and actually worked, and are still working and our house looks fabulous because of them. I've yet to tell him they are in the ad again this upcoming week, but when he spots them I am certain they will be in my cart. The price is spot on at $8.99 for a pack of six, so go get yours before they are all sold out! Great work Aldi!

Aldi Gardenline Pergola Review

If you are in need of some shade, and want a great deal on an amazing pergola, then Aldi has come through again! I purchased mine last summer after complaining too often about not having shade to enjoy my coffee on the deck in the summertime....rough life of a teacher! $149.99 this week at Aldi.

Product Review: Easy Home Robotic Vacuum

This breaks my heart to write this review, but I purchased and am now returning the Easy Home Robotic Vacuum. I was hoping that this would be comparable to the iRobot basic model for much cheaper, but this was not the case. Techko Kobot was the company mentioned on the bottom of the model. I had issues with the vacuum getting stuck under furniture, ramping itself up the legs of the Christmas tree base, being noisy and rattling across my hardwoods, and the dust bin door popping open every time the vacuum hit the wall. It did collect quite a bit of dirt and debris, run for a long time on one charge, and transition well from my area rugs to hardwoods.

The good news is that Aldi has an awesome return policy and I'm not out the $99. Typically, Aldi offers great specialty buys at huge savings over brand names at other stores. This time it was a dud. Better luck next time!

Ambiano Hand Blender With Chopping Bowl in this week's ad for only $16.99

Aldi, this may be the best small kitchen appliance I have ever purchased! If you are like me and don't own a food processor, then you need this. I originally purchased this because my submersion blender bit the dust, and I needed it for making queso. However, I use this amazing gadget for everything from chopping vegetables and blending soups or queso to making milk shakes. The bowl and mixing container that come with it are amazing. Also, if you have ever made the Simple Salsa from our recipes, this makes that task easier too. Another plus is that it's all dishwasher safe and doesn't take up a ton of space!  Now, if only it had the powers of a hand mixer! Do you hear that, Aldi? We want a hand mixer!

Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball, and any other Sports Parents....Wagon Deal for YOU!

Folding Wagon  Okay, so the wagon can be used for things other than sports, and I'm actually sad I didn't know about it when I had toddlers as the compact folding makes it wonderful to throw in the back of a vehicle to take to parks, parades, etc.  However, my world is sports, sports, and more sports. I have many friends who use the wagon for baseball games (I still look like the bag lady and haven't broke down to purchase one), however this year was our first experience with volleyball and I spotted them at many tournaments! Not only are these great for hauling your cooler, chairs, snacks, etc. If you have a toddler these make for the perfect napping spot during those long sporting events!  So, if you are looking for a great deal on a wagon....Aldi has pulled through again at an amazing $44.99!  Way to Go, Aldi!