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Aldi is all good!!!

At last! At LAST I’ve finally shopped at an Aldi supermarket! Perth was a tad slow to the uptake on these popular German stores we kept hearing about. After reading my mate’s hillarious post on Aldi, I had a fair idea what to expect. I also started following Aldi Mum after watching her presentation at this years ProBlogger. So I’ve mentally prepared myself what to expect and why the masses either love or hate the place. Living in the country we have a local IGA which serves us well. Having said that, some days everyone wants to cook the same recipe as you do and you find yourself short! So grabbing the occasional stock up is always a good treat.

In a state that’s been heavily dominated by Woolworths and Coles it’s great to have a new kid on the block. Service wise, these stores I frequent are a friendly chatty bunch. A few odd conversations about toilet paper giving piles and space love but none the less, all satisfactory. But OH.MY.WORD!!! Aldi so aesthetically pleasing to the eye as you walked in I was all take my money. Just like when you walk into Ikea. You can feel yourself rolling your sleeves up and warning your family “Yep! We’re gonna be here for awhile!”

Starting down an isle with your down payment trolley – to be fair it was clean and sparkling new. No baby wipe wash needed – it truly felt like we were in a shopping wonderland. The products are randomly set out but perhaps that’s the wonder of it all. I was expecting lame type rip offs of our favourite products but the Tim Tams looked the same to me 🙂 I stocked up on things like toothpaste, tissues and loo paper because same same! Cat food was a great find although said cat has been giving us funny exasperated looks when we feed her. You’ll be fine Molly – it’ll make you big and STRONG!! Promise!!

The fruit and veg section was dreamy. So well stocked and freakin cheap! I may have lost my hat in there and forgot how much my fridge can actually hold!! Smoothie season has well and truly hit our house. The middle section of the store seemed to have the random products which I restrained from purchasing. There was no TV screens to speak of but to be honest we didn’t need one. This store didn’t have the Aldi booze I’ve heard about which was a shame as I’m always keen for a tasting. But in the same light probably a blessing as one has been drinking far too much of late, still!

The thing that blew me away most about the Aldi experience was of course THE SERVICE! WOW! 5 star my friends! Perhaps the fact that we didn’t have to self serve was the first hello. How old is that getting already? Perhaps having the person on the counter seated makes them a happier person? I always wondered why people sat in stores in New Zealand and London. Seems a comfy way to spend your day whilst scanning groceries. Why not!

The lady that served us was so lovely I almost expected her to give us all a hug as we fumbled with our bagless groceries. I was too busy stacking my trolley to catch her name but all I could think was “oh she is sooo nice!” And the price – holy moly! I guessed over $200 but it just came over $100. Thank you very much!! Cupboards and fridge filled and purse still smiling 🙂 You beauty!!


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So all up I’m super impressed! I was expecting a more no frills kind of place but presentation, service and product wise I think the big guns have a strong contender in play. I’m heading to Perth this weekend so I’m looking forward to seeing our friendly server – this time I’ll grab her name – and do a top up shop.

Just for doing a little awesome service reporting, you could win an uber cool bag from Naughts and Crosses Boutique, a cute little etsy store I discovered. The sweet person that made your day is set to win a $30 movie voucher. That’s a nice high five wouldn’t you say? Are you a big fan of Aldi? Have you had any awesome service lately? Do tell, especially the name of the person that went the extra mile in the comment section below.

Hope you all have a great week of service, I know I love to give it in my little Visitor Centre. Sometimes I pinch myself I found a job I love doing – talking non stop and of course giving great service! Who would’ve thunk it? Catch ya next week, birthday week 🙂

Love Jo xx

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  • Reply Tash @ Gift Grapevine October 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I’m yet to check out ALDI here in Perth – might have to get you to be my guide for my first ever visit 🙂 I’m expecting to be overwhelmed, confused, and now – after reading this post – pleasantly surprised! xx

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      You’d be totally surprised Tash as we’re so use to Woolies and Coles way of shopping. There should be a big one in your hood I would of though. Oooooo, I just thouight of your hood….Indian…… we’ll have to do a curry again soon xx

  • Reply Tracy October 26, 2016 at 3:09 am

    We’ve had Aldi here in Melbourne for quite some time, but the closest one to me was a half hour drive away. About a year ago we had an Aldi store built in our little town and it’s just amazing. I start there and only cross the road to Woolworths when I absolutely can’t get something I need.

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Sounds like a grocery shopping dream Tracy. We just need one big hub to have everything we need thank you! haha! None of this shop to shop drive xx

  • Reply Maria Parenti-Baldey October 26, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Glad to hear that Aldi will be giving Coles and Woolies a run for their monopoly.

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Isn’t it 🙂 (while scoffing popcorn and watches Woolies and Coles work a little harder!) xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid October 26, 2016 at 5:16 am

    I love Aldi – it reminds me of Lidl in the UK – and there are so many bargains to be had. I love stocking up when I can, I wish there was one near me!

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      It is like Lidl yeah 🙂 I was honestly expecting it to be a bit like Pack n Save like in NZ. A no frills bulk kinda shop but it’s totally different. Yes, we do need closer ALDIs. With the success of them I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens one day xx

  • Reply Lisa October 26, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I’m loving visits to Perth and shopping at Aldi such a money saver. Lucky for me I have 2 Aldi stores close to where I stay ?

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Oh you are lucky Lisa!! We need one near us hey!! Haha! Could you IMAGINE!?! xx

  • Reply Tegan October 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve only been to Aldi a couple of times as we don’t have one near us. However I love the prices of their deli stuff. It’s also awesome that a lot of it was local too.

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      A deli!! Woh!! I could gain 5kg just dreamimg about that section. Local produce too, thats’s impressive. Way to go ALDI xx


  • Reply Maxabella October 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve never done a ‘big shop’ at Aldi and I do find it a bit confusing, but I don’t know why I don’t just get in there.

    I had some great customer service this week. Our regular GP was away so we saw another doctor at the same practice. She FOLLOWED UP the appointment with a phone call to make sure my daughter was doing better. WOWZA! My cynical husband said she was probably just trying to scout for business. I’ll have to go back to her and see if she’s as good as I think she is… so she wins!

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      That’s amazing Bron!! Above and beyond service from GP’s these days can be rare as they’re so flat out!! Wow!! I hope you do follow her and see if she’s as good as she seems. What a sweetheart 🙂 xx

  • Reply Helen K October 27, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    We have an Aldi close to us, but it’s not a big one, so the range is pretty limited. We do have our must buys though (ie. connoisseur icecream by another name, but half the price) – and the big sale times (picked up heaps of camping items there – and the ski clothes, I’m told, are a must)!

    Awesome service? Well, it’s not exciting, but we have a great dentist which is walking distance, and I had my six monthly checkup this week. I love the fact that (because our teeth are ok), we rarely have out of pocket (and if we do, it’s like $20), even though we have x-rays, fluoride treatment and the rest. And we never have to wait, and we always finish on time. It’s one of the examples of our health insurance and health provider working in sync, and as a result, we are very up to date with our dental care. All good this week 🙂

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Simular to Connoisseur icecream at half price? Whaaaaaaaaaaat!! How did I miss this? Although it totally wouldn’t make the 4 hour drive home but still – that could be quite a dangerous discovery!! Haha! Hey your dentist sounds fantastic! You practically need to take out a mortgage for our dentist ands thats with top cover!! I think I need to change that, I’m sure, like you say, it can work in sync together and be very affordable. Nice find Helen xx

  • Reply The Thrifty Issue October 28, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Big fan of Aldi and have been since it first came to Australia. We don’t buy much prepackaged food, but the few bits we do are so much cheaper at Aldi. And totally agree about the service, it was so much better there than it was at others.

    Now we have moved and shop almost 100% at our local farmers market and order the other few things online as it’s easier. Aldi isn’t the closest for us anymore and we no longer drive. Totally worth checking out though!

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Oh I dream of shopping at a Farmers Market and totally do when we have the chance. Online shopping I’ve been saying for years we need to try but I guess staying at Mum’s (when we’re in the city) and jagging delivery at the right time is the trick. It’s so awesome to have options xx

  • Reply Rachel Stewart October 29, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I love Aldi so much if it were a human being I’d marry it.

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Bahahaha! Oh Rachel! You’re hillarious! I love your passion 😉 xx

  • Reply Amy @ Handbagmafia October 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I have been an ALDI shopper from the get-go. Such great prices!

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      I’m so glad WA has finally joined in on all the fun. Who doesnt love saving money and they don’t feel like home crappy brands either. Love that xx

  • Reply Michelle October 29, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    We buy our fruit and veg at the market and everything else at ALDI usually. We love it. Before you know it you will be saying “take all my money” when you see their special buys and before you know it your hubby will be racing them at the checkout to pack while they scan the items like mine is. Aldi packing races is a sport apparently

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Haha! It sure gets you paying attention doesn’t it! That belt has a speed of it’s own. We hit ALDi again yesterday and again I’m stunned how cheap it all was – #winning xx

  • Reply Lauren October 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Ok I have a confession to make – there is an Aldi not even 5 minutes away from me and I STILL HAVENT BEEN! How could I?? Well I’m a creature of habit and I love my local woolies and I need to shop somewhere that has coffee lol ?- seriously though I really should check it out soon lol xx

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Hahaha! Oh you are a creature of habit Lauren 🙂 But I totally get that, if your usual serves you well then lock it in I say. It’s worth having a sqiz for sure…do it! xx

  • Reply Cindy @YKOT October 29, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I have bought lots of great buys at Aldi over the years (including a jumping castle!) but I don’t do my weekly shop there. I have found the fresh produce hit and miss.

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      The fruit and veg excitement could be because the store is new and fresh. I hope not! A jumping castle is a pretty neat ALDi score 🙂 xx

  • Reply Cat @ life through the haze October 29, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I keep forgetting we have ALDI to shop in. Our challenge is our son is coeliac so it can be hit and miss for the GF products that he will eat (pain in the bum teenager!) What I should do is the bulk of the shop at ALDI and then an online delivery for his stuff and I say online delivery because if I go in store I will buy all the stuff we don’t need that I was avoiding by going to ALDI in the first place.
    I have never been in the habit of shopping there because when they first opened my twins were babies and while the aisles are awesome I couldn’t get my twin pram out of the store! I kid you not when I say I had to put all my stuff on the belt then they were like staring at me as if to say where is the trolley for us to ditch these goods in at a rapid rate of knots. I was like ummmm pushing a bloody huge pram with baby twins where the hell do you think the trolley is my freakin pram! So at the chuck things on end I had to take my babies out hand them to complete strangers who are looking at me like don’t leave us with these screaming babies! The ALDI staff member has by this time made their dissatisfaction very clear. I fold my pram up walk through the to paying end put the pram back up ask for my babies back, fighting back tears and the desire to scream at the staff member! I pushed the trolley that they had reluctantly found from somewhere over to the packing bench and then went back to my now hysterical babies quickly paid. Then packed my groceries into the pram and got the hell outta there! I really need to let go of this experience given my twins are now 11 but scarred for life I tell you!

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Oh my good lord Cat!! That sounds awful!!! Where was my ALDI lady when you needed her! I’m giggling at the rapid rate of knots chaos but at the time all you needed was a kind stranger to lend a hand. Maybe the water is safe to give it another go? If you feel a little scared head straight to the sparkling wine section I say!! I think I did see a Gleuten free section ya know, could be handy and a little cheaper? I still need to do an online delivery, one day oone day! xx

  • Reply Raych aka Mystery Case October 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Aldi was one of the big things I missed when we moved to Perth from Sydney. It was the only way I managed to keep our shop for a family of five under $120 most weeks. I’ve only been to Aldi once though since they launched here. As the nearest shop is over 30 minutes away.

    I think the best service we received was at my birthday afternoon at Crown. My daughter collapsed just prior to entering and the staff and medics were fabulous. There was one particular staff member, Shauna, that deserves a special mention. She was incredibly attentive and caring of the situation. I was thinking of nominating her for employee of the month but I’m not sure they do that. So I blogged about it instead.

    • Reply Jo October 31, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Oh that is FANTASTIC Raychael!! Your poor daughter though, I hope she came to ok after that. What a fright to your night!!! You did a good thing by nominating Shauna here – she sounds like just the lovely one we all need in these situations 🙂 Yay Shauna!!

      I can understand ALDi saving you a small fortune, it’s so good like that!!

  • Reply Sarah @sarahdipity November 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I’m a sometimes Aldi shopper. Sometimes when I go in there I end up buying stuff I don’t really need jus because it’s cheap ha, so always need to go in with a list and a plan!

    • Reply Jo November 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

      A list is the only way to keep you on track isn’t it! I’m easily lured into buying more than I need. I’m just watching Sunrise this morning and Dick Smith says we need to shop buying at Aldi as it will hurt Aussie farmers if we do!!!!?!! Oh my word. Well that’s a ball changer now 🙁

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