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Top 5 Reasons for Shopping At ALDI

August 13th, 2012

ALDI is a discount grocery chain that operates over 1,000 stores in 31 states (26 locations in the larger Iowa cities and towns). The stores are only about 15,000 square feet (the size of a drug store). They stock only about 1200 of their most popular foods compared to about 40,000 products in most supermarkets. Ninety-five percent of the time you find only the ALDI store brands Grandessa, which is their gourmet line, and Fit and Active, which is advertised as “healthier foods designed for today’s active lifestyles.” Also, most of the time you will find only one size of each item. Sometimes there will be a name brand product for a “special”. ALDI does not decorate their aisles or fill shelves. Items are placed on pallets, similar to those big warehouse stores, and customers choose food off of the pallets. There is no bakery, meat department, or florist; although, you can buy bread, meat, and flowers.

My Top 5 Reasons for Going to ALDI

  1. At ALDI food costs less (sometimes a lot less than local stores).
  2. ALDI puts out the grocery flyers for this week AND next week in their stores and on their website. If I can wait until next week to buy something on my list for big savings, I will.
  3. Shopping at ALDI is quick. I can get in and out of the store in less time because the store is small.
  4. I like the products. Here are some of the things I buy at ALDI.
  5. I do not have to feel guilty about not cutting out coupons because their products do not have coupons.
  6. ALDI offers a double guarantee on all of their products. If you are dissatisfied with any of their products, they will replace the product and refund your money too!

BE ADVISED.  ALDI does some things differently than other stores to save money.

  • If you want a cart you need a quarter to drop in a slot to unhook it from the other carts. You get the quarter back when you return the cart.
  • ALDI only accepts cash, debit cards, and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards (formerly known as Food Stamps).
  • You need to bring your own bags, or you can pay $.10 for plastic or paper bags or $.99 for an insulated bag.
  • You sack your own groceries. As I sack, I organize into refrigeration or not, which makes it quicker and easier when I get home.

I am interested to find out what you like or do not like about ALDI. Please share in the comments section or on our SpendSmart Facebook page.

P.S.  Did you know that ALDI and Trader Joes are owned by the same German Company?

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  1. Erica
    | #1

    I need to give Aldi a shot. For some reason it intimidates me… I vow to try!

  2. Stacy L.
    | #2

    I’m a regular at ALDI, and usually focus on produce and staples like milk and eggs. The next week ad in the store never shows upcoming produce. I was shocked today when I sent a friend to Aldi to pick up eggs and tomatoes for me. The tomatoes for a not-so-hot looking three pack for 1.69 and the eggs were also 1.69. Aldi has always consistantly been cheaper than Wal-Mart’s food, but not this time. Aldi has limited store hours and limited supply of cheap price produce and their produce quality can be iffy. Alot of times, I take the weekly ad to Walmart where they match the produce price and the stuff is better looking than Aldis, plus I can shop after 8pm. Everyone is going up, up, up.

  3. Isabelle
    | #3

    I like Aldi’s because the store in Strongsville,Ohio south of Cleveland takes credit cards in case there is a sale on somethig which was not on my list. Their stirfry veggies come in large pkg and can be split apart to use just a portion.Their wwbread is 16 oz and only $1.99.
    Clancy’s baked potato crisps have less calories and the Fit and Active caramel rice cakes are a great snack even if you eat only half a serving. I use my own shopping bag if I am not going to buy much.

  4. | #4

    Interesting! There are many times that people answer “Aldi’s” when I ask where they purchased a particular ingredient (usually a good one). Any information about whether Aldi’s is getting into locally grown foods or organic?

  5. peggym
    | #5

    I have not seen organic or local foods at Aldi. This would require more local staff that Aldi typically hires.

  6. | #6

    What an amazing idea. I for one am willing to lose some of the “benefits” that you get from huge grocery stores like a massive selection, different sizes and other things that drive the cost up of my grocery. Make it simple and cheaper. I hope this catches on.

  7. | #7

    Regarding your statement below:

    “Ninety-five percent of the time you find only the ALDI store brands Grandessa, which is their gourmet line, and Fit and Active, which is advertised as “healthier foods designed for today’s active lifestyles.”

    What companies does Aldi purchase their products that they put their label on. I am assuming that they don’t do their own packaging??

  8. peggym
    | #8

    Sorry, I don’t know where Aldi gets their products. Peggy

  9. Linda Lace
    | #9

    I like shopping at Aldi’s. Their products are good. I don’t know how “Peggy” gets in and out fast. Every time I go to ANY of the Aldi’s in Des Moines, Iowa; I wait in line for almost as long as it took me to shop. It does not matter what time of day or the day of the week. Never more than 1 or 2 checkout lanes opened (usually only ONE) at a time–UNLESS the ‘bigwigs’ from the Home Office in Illinois are in the store and as soon as they leave (not even in their cars) the store is back to 1 or 2 checkouts that are opened. I have seen this more than once at the E. University store. That store is also not as clean as the other Aldi’s in the city. I believe this was the first to open in town. You would think that they would have learned, by now, how to keep it clean and not let the checkout line go to the back of the store and start wrapping around before asking for another cashier.

  10. | #10

    Please do more because I really enjoyed reading your article on this.

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