I am moving to a house that’s about 2 miles from and ALDI and I am so excited! Who gets excited about grocery stores? This girl. <- Are you trying to save money on groceries? With the cost of groceries skyrocketing, who isn’t?! If you haven’t tried shopping at ALDI yet, you should! Click here to see if there is an ALDI in your area. I’ve been shopping at Aldi for most of my life, I remember going with my mom when I was little. I love ALDI for many reasons, and I want to share my tips for how to shop at ALDI with you.
How to shop at ALDI
ALDI is a little different from other grocery stores, but you can save a lot of money here with very little effort! Here are my best tips for a successful shopping trip.
Bring a quarter
Don’t forget to bring a quarter! ALDI keeps costs down by requiring a quarter deposit to use a cart. You will get your quarter back when you return your cart. Don’t get stuck without a quarter, or you won’t be able to get a cart. You can purchase bags, but they are only available at checkout, not at the entrance of the store.
Bring re-usable bags OR use boxes in the store
Bring your own bags, use boxes found around the store, or prepare to pay for paper or plastic bags. If you already have re-usable bags, you will be just fine at ALDI. You can also use boxes found around the store, some ALDI stores even have a designated area where customers can pick up boxes to use. You will be bagging or boxing your groceries yourself, so use whatever is easiest for you.
Buy (mostly) ALDI-brand products
ALDI has several store brands, including a great gluten free brand called Live Gfree. Much of what is sold are the same as big brands that are just packaged with ALDI’s private label. Generally speaking, non-private label brands will run about the same price as other stores. You will save the most money by only buying ALDI-brand products, unless you see big name products on clearance. I have seen things like General Mills cereal on clearance for just over $1/box, so keep your eyes open for deals on other brand name food.
Don’t expect stellar customer service
I won’t say that the customer service is bad, but it is different than your typical grocery store. ALDI has less employees which translates to larger savings on your grocery bill. It might be more difficult to find things, and you will probably wait longer in the check out line. The cashier will throw your groceries into another cart and you will bag them yourself. Every store has a large bagging area just beyond the checkout lines. Sometimes these areas will have boxes waiting for you, but you may need to grab your own or bring bags. The lines can be long, and it seem like customers are ruder than usual in this store. This isn’t the fault of the store, just something to be aware of.
ALDI only accepts debit cards, cash and EBT cards. If you hate waiting behind someone writing a check at a normal grocery store, you’re in luck! They just started accepting credit cards as another form of payment.
Other Tips & Tricks
ALDI has a great selection of gluten free, all natural, and organic foods. It seems like they are always adding more, so if you’re on the lookout for healthy food, ALDI is a great place to shop. It seems to me that ALDI has repackaged “big brand” food for some of their lines, so you may be able to get the exact same products that you’d buy at a regular grocery store for much less.
My favorite things to buy at ALDI are produce, eggs (not organic, but cheap,) and gluten free treats. You can get great deals on organic produce, and they also carry organic dairy at a very reasonable price.
Overall, I find shopping at ALDI a great place to save on groceries. I know that I am going to get good deals, and I don’t have to worry about coupons or price matching. I will do another post soon highlighting my favorite things to buy at ALDI. I hope this post on How to shop at ALDI helps you on your next shopping trip, make sure to add any ALDI tips that you have in the comments!