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Top 10 Road Trip Snack Ideas from Aldi

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Summer road trip season is just around the corner! Keeping my kids (and husband) from the gas station snack aisle is always a challenge. I like to think about having healthy-ish options in the car that don't need to be refrigerated and travel well. While we do pack fresh food in the cooler, I like to save my cooler space for the main meals. Shelf stable foods also mean I don't have to haul them in and out of hotels at every stop and I can throw them into a purse or backpack while we are out and about. Here are our family's top 10 items for summer road trip snacking: 10. SimplyNature Fruit Strips - a slightly healthier choice than most fruit snacks but still a sweet treat. These come in strawberry and raspberry. I prefer the Stretch Island brand but my kids don't seem to care. 9. Southern Grove Cranberry Nut On the Go Trail Mix - these individually packed blends of dried cranberries, peanut, and almonds are tasty little things without any candies like some of the other v

ALDI Curbside via Instacart

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COVID-19 has been a complete game changer in my grocery getting world. I used to really enjoy my ALDI trips, slowly perusing the AOS from things I don't need. These days it has become and in-and-out, stressful process, trying to maintain 6 ft. from other customers, not touching anything I don't plan on taking, and trying to think kindly about people with poor mask-wearing skills. Just in time to save my sanity, my local ALDI has rolled out curbside powered by Instacart.  PROS: I don't have to enter a store during a pandemic. I can work on my grocery list all week and finalize for pick-up when I'm ready. Time saver - I can indicate on the Instacart app that I am on my way and it is usually less than a 3-5 minute wait. ALDI employee does the shopping. You can indicate substitutions and leave notes for your shopper! This really helps me embrace grocery ordering when I can pick what I would do if an item is out. (I once received caramel apple dip but no apples on an order a

Ambiano Classic Stand Mixer

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I'm impressed with the price on the stand mixer at $59.99. I got a Kitchen Aid for my birthday this year and it wasn't anywhere close to that price! Does anyone out there in Aldi-land have the mixer and want to share their opinion on it? Please post in the comments! I'm also curious on the capacity?

Vista Bay Coconut Mango

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For all of you calorie conscious people who love a good seltzer, this is one you need to try! At $5.89 you get an adult beverage for less than a dollar a drink! The name brand comparison, White Claw,  runs about $8.49. Thank you Aldi, for thinking of us Moms....and Dads who just need a little beverage while cooking supper to make it through the evening!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee - Ground and K-Cups!!

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Aldi has brought back some great fall coffees this season including Pumpkin Spice, Maple, Salted Caramel, Apple Crisp, Bourbon, and Maple Bacon. They also have K-Cups in Salted Caramel and Pumpkin Spice. The Salted Caramel smells amazing, but the flavor doesn't carry through to the taste as well as the Pumpkin Spice.

Aldi Fruit Squeezables - $.36 cents a pouch!

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Aldi has a steal of a deal on SimplyNature Squeezable Fruit Blends (Go-Go Squeeze off-brand) packs. I had the name brand packs on my grocery list for my Sam's Club trip and spotted these instead. The regular price per pack at Sam's is $.44 a pack. I love these for picnics, sack lunches, and throwing in my tote for quick snacks for the kids. 

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

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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!