Have you been to ALDI? If not, you might be missing out on a BIG money-saving secret!
I’ve been shopping ALDI for YEARS! We use ALDI prices as a reference point for many grocery items. If a sale price with coupon at another store is less than the ALDI price, we buy it. If not, we’ll wait and get it at ALDI. We fill in and meet all of our shopping needs at low prices this way!
Here are some of the things that you might like to know about ALDI stores:
- ALDI Select Brands
“ALDI partners with the best suppliers in the country – often the same ones that produce national brands.” Most ALDI products aren’t name brand on the outside, but they’re just as good (because they’re often made in name-brand factories, then packaged for ALDI). A little secret example? Aldi milk is Prairie Farms milk. Don’t worry about giving them a try – you have nothing to lose because of the guarantee they place on their products.
- ALDI Double Guarantee
“If you’re not satisfied for any reason, simply return the unused portion with the receipt to the store. We’ll refund your money AND give you a replacement product.” They offer it and you should take advantage of it!
- Grocery Selections
You may wonder what ALDI has to offer. Their products include the basics: fresh meat, fresh produce, dairy, prepackaged deli items, frozen foods, baked goods, pantry items, snacks, sweets, household products, health and beauty, beverages, wine and beer.
- Warehouse Style Aisles
Yes, you’ll see pallets of items with boxes stacked high, similar to Sam’s Club or Costco on a smaller scale. Items stay in stock this way!
- Special Buys
You may see national brands or other items in your ALDI store at low prices. These are special purchases, available while supplies last. They include seasonal items: toys in time for Christmas, holiday candy, and more! You can view each week’s Special Buys (even one week ahead of time!) on the ALDI website.
- Bring Bags
If you forget, you can pay a small amount for a paper ($0.06) or a plastic ($0.10) ALDI bag. They also have insulated bags that you can purchase ($0.99). And if you forget a bag, you can always grab an empty box for free (yes, they let you take them at no cost)!
- A Quarter for Your Cart
It may sound strange until you realize what’s really going on – it’s just a deposit system to guarantee that your cart gets returned. It cuts down on your cost (they don’t need to hire someone to put your cart back) and possible damage to vehicles in the parking lot. Return your cart and the quarter pops back out. We keep an “ALDI quarter” in the car to make sure we’re prepared – but you can also ask the cashier for change.
- No Coupons?!
Yes, it’s true. ALDI cuts costs by eliminating coupons, but you’ll still find amazing savings (without the hassle of clipping!). ALDI accepts cash, EBT, debit or credit cards as payment.
- Bag Your Own Groceries
“When it’s your turn at the register, push your cart around to the end of the lane, to easily load your groceries right back into your cart. With no baggers to pay, we can run each checkout with one employee instead of two. You not only save, you control the weight and content of each bag.”
- Few Employees
Any time you’re shopping at ALDI, you might only notice one or two employees in the store – yet another way they manage to keep prices low for you! The checkout line moves quickly because of their efficient bar coding and scanners. The store employees are always hard at work, and everything usually runs very smoothly!
- ALDI Select Brands
Products that I regularly purchase at ALDI, approved by my family:
- Fresh Ground Turkey ($3.49 for 19.2 oz for 93/7% meat – better than sale prices at other stores)
- Turkey Ham
- Milk (always a sale price)
- Organic Soymilk
- Eggs and Egg Substitute
- Butter and Margarine
- Pancake Syrup
- Instant Oatmeal
- Baking products (sugar, flour, baking soda, canola oil, spices, etc.)
- Graham crackers (both cinnamon and honey taste better than name brands!)
- Animal crackers (these taste a little like the old McDonaldland Cookies!)
- Flour Tortillas
- White Long-grain rice
- Tomato Sauce and Paste
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Produce (bananas for around $0.40/lb all the time!)
- Hamburger Buns and Bread
- Plastic Wrap
Products recommended by other readers:
- Store-brand Cheerios with dried fruit
- Frozen sausage patties
- All the canned tomato products
- Chicken/Beef broth
- Frozen lemon pepper fish
Do you have favorite ALDI items? Please share!
Do you still have questions about shopping ALDI? Leave a comment and ask away!