Top 5 Reasons for Shopping At ALDI
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
- At ALDI food costs less (sometimes a lot less than local stores).
- 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.
- Shopping at ALDI is quick. I can get in and out of the store in less time because the store is small.
- I like the products. Here are some of the things I buy at ALDI.
- I do not have to feel guilty about not cutting out coupons because their products do not have coupons.
- 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?