You know I love saving money. But you also know I love quality and going green. I wanted to share with you 7 things you should know about shopping at ALDI.
You might have seen my piece on Nightline when my son and I shopped at ALDI. If you missed it you can read about it and see the footage here: How I Pinch A Penny Is A Frugal Foodie On Abc Nightline.
Aldi Shopping Tips
1. What is ALDI? ALDI is a grocery store that sells 1,300 of the most popular grocery items, including fresh meats and cheeses, fruits, vegetables and bakery items.. The majority of the products sold at ALDI are their own brand! Just imagine if you opened your own grocery store and sold your own products. You would want the products to be of the highest quality and best value for your customer. That is what ALDI has done. ALDI brands are made at the same, if not higher, standards of the national brands and there is a double guarantee on the products! If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with any ALDI food product, they will replace the product and refund the purchase price.
2. Bring a quarter. That is right – you are going to need a quarter to get your cart. The quarter is returned to you when you return the cart. You do the cart returning so they don’t have to pay someone to do it, and those savings are passed on to you! If you are one who likes to practice random acts of kindness leave your quarter for the next person.
- Bring a bag. Save some green and go green at the same time. Bring a reusable bag (or two!) with you. ALDI does not hide the cost of bags in their grocery prices.You can bring your own bags to shop at ALDI, or buy their eco, paper, plastic, or insulated bags for a very nominal charge. But if you happen to forget your bags in the car (like I do from time to time) don’t worry! They have very low-priced bags you can purchase at check-out.
- Pack it yourself. Here is something you may not find at your grocery store. There is no one to pack up your purchases. The check-out clerk will put your groceries in a cart for you but it is up to you to take your purchases to the packing counter and pack them up. By not having to pay a bagger they are passing those savings on to you! I don’t know about you, but I am willing to pack my groceries to save some green!
- No credit cards. That is right! No credit cards are accepted at ALDI. (But your debit card and cash are always welcome!) Once again, this saves on credit card processing fees and ALDI is able to pass the savings onto you.
- No Late Hours. ALDI is not open 24 hours a day. They save on labor costs by not keeping late hours when few people are shopping. Store hours are typically from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. By only being open during the most popular shopping hours, those tremendous operating cost savings and efficiencies are passed directly to you!
- No Fancy Shelves. ALDI products are not placed individually on the shelf. Instead, the products are left in their cartons and placed directly on the shelf. This is yet another way ALDI saves on overhead costs. I don’t know about you, but I will take savings over individually placed items!
Thank you to ALDI for sponsoring this post.