Discount grocery set for Aiken

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For eager ALDI shoppers, the discount grocery store chain will open its Aiken store in March. ALDI plans to open at 2510 Whiskey Road, said Martha Swaney, a store spokeswoman.

The newly constructed, 17,000-square-foot store will sell produce, meat and grocery items "for up to 50 percent less than the competition," Ms. Swaney said.

One of ALDI's benefits is the store doesn't require "membership cards, coupon clipping or buying in bulk," she said.

Batavia, Ill.-based ALDI has nearly 1,000 stores in the United States. The stores carry 1,400 regularly stocked items, which are mostly private-label brands.

Occasionally, customers will find national brands at ALDI as "special purchases" or limited-time offers that provide savings while supplies last, according to the company's Web site. For more information, visit www.aldifoods.com.

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If you missed The Pinch last week, here are some highlights:

GRAND OPENING SALE: Looking for a bargain on food? The new Food Lion grocery store at 526 N. Belair Road in Evans has items for buy one, get one free during the grand opening week.

The sale includes Tyson boneless chicken breasts, Maxwell House Master Blend coffee, Charmin bathroom tissue, Food Lion extra jumbo raw shrimp, and Campbell's tomato and chicken noodle soups. The sale lasts until Tuesday.

With the grand opening, Food Lion is holding a grocery giveaway. Customers can sign up for the giveaway at 526 N. Belair Road. No purchase is necessary. The prizes are as follows:

1. Grand prize (one) -- $250 Food Lion gift card

2. Second prizes (five) -- Food Lion gift cards, $100 each

3. Third prizes (nine) -- Food Lion gift cards, $50 each

DRINK SPECIAL: To celebrate the restaurant's 25th anniversary, California Dreaming is rolling back its drink prices to $1.95. Those were the original prices when the restaurant opened in 1984, according to CentraArchy Restaurant Management Co.

California Dreaming is at 3241 Washington Road in west Augusta. The discount on alcoholic beverages will continue until the restaurant decides to end the offer, said representatives at CentraArchy. The prices apply throughout the day.

California Dreaming was started in a historic railroad depot at Union Station in Columbia. The company now has eight additional restaurants throughout the Southeast.

DATES FOR UNDER $5: Want to spend time with a special someone, but you're low on cash? Here are some ideas for dates less than $5 from PeopleJam, an online self-improvement resource.

Date 1: Karaoke bar. Voice of an angel or not, karaoke can be seriously entertaining -- and cheap. Most karaoke bars don't charge cover, and the music doesn't start until after dinner. You can eat at home, meet up and then party.

Price: $5 for a drink in the city.

Date 2: Go for a walk -- with a purpose. Walking is the perfect excuse for lots of face time with your date. Take a walk around your neighborhood to see how many open houses you can attend.

Try a local hike that ends with a great view. Invite your date to go on a long walk with you and your dog. Or, you can walk along the water looking for shells or rocks that would make great jewelry.

Price: Not a penny.

Date 3: Bake a cake. You can also bake cookies, bread, brownies or fudge. See what you can make from the ingredients already in your home. You will wind up with tasty treats, and you'll learn about your date.

Price: $0. (Or a few bucks for missing ingredients.)

Date 4: A pint of Ben & Jerry's and Dancing with the Stars . Though this date might not allow time for long conversations, maybe all you want is time to be near each other.

Price: $4

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.


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