Save on Holiday Entertaining at ALDI

by Marcy on December 19, 2012 · 0 comments


Christmas is 6 days away, and it’s crunch time! Last night I sat down (at midnight!!) and planned our holiday menus and got my shopping lists together. At this point in the season I am tired of spending money. Even though I have shopped smart (for the most part), holiday expenses still add up. And I haven’t even shopped for our holiday meals yet!

That’s why I’ll be heading to ALDI to pick up a ham, cheese and crackers, paper products and many other items on my list. I can literally save up to 50% on my groceries – and in my experience the quality at ALDI is just as good – and in many cases better than the items I find at my regular grocery store.

In October I had the opportunity to travel to ALDI headquarters where we were able to blind taste test many ALDI products vs. brand name products. In 6 out of the 7 tests I chose the ALDI product – and I truly had no idea which was which! Here are a couple of pictures from that event.

My favorite cheese was the Apple Harvest Cheddar. YUM!

And the wine? SO good! My favorite is the Landshut Riesling. And at $5.99 per bottle I can afford to stock up for the holidays.

Recently I hosted a small gathering at my home for some friends – and everything that I served came from ALDI. I even purchased some of my table decor there.

I already owned the glass vases, but I filled them with items from ALDI. The Starlite Mints were a bargain at $0.89 per bag (it took approx. 3 bags to fill this vase) and a huge box of sparkly ornaments only set me back $9.99. I was able to fill a lantern and decorate my tree with the remaining ornaments and STILL have some left.

In terms of dinner I started things out with a plate of cheese and crackers (Apple Harvest Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Cranberry White Cheddar and Brie – all $2.99/ea), these yummy Party Poppers and Puff Pastry Bites ($4.99 and I still have some left for another party).

We feasted on ham and turkey breast (cooked in the crock pot), mashed potatoes ($1.99 for a 5 lb bag), noodles and rolls. And for dessert we had the Mini Eclairs ($3.99 for a container that can be used for more than one party) and Petite Cheesecakes ($5.99) – both in the freezer section.

I spent less than $100 on all of these items including the paper tableware. I even sent my guests home with a Moser Roth Dark Chocolate Bar – delicious ($1.49 per bar and they are huge)!

While at ALDI I also stocked up on Foil Pans with Lids ($1.99 for a 2 pack!), chips & salsa (they have the best fresh salsa!),  a Carnation Famous Fudge Kit, Holiday Sprinkles, Holiday Confetti Cake Mix ($0.99) a Gingerbread House, Sparkling Juice (for the kids for New Year’s Eve) and chocolate Santas, Bells and Balls for filling stockings.

You can view many of these  great items and more in the ALDI Holiday Catalog which is posted online here. You can also find ALDI on Facebook!

ALDI stands behind their products. If you are a doubter, I encourage you to check them out – if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase, they will issue you a full refund! Just be sure to take your quarter (to get a shopping cart – you’ll get it back when you return the cart) and your reusable shopping bags. And prepare to be amazed at what you can get for your money!

Are you doing any of your holiday shopping at ALDI this year? What are your favorite items to stock up on?

Disclosure: ALDI provided me with $100 to purchase items for my holiday party. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own. View my Disclosure Policy here.


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