Part 2: The Aldi Experience

Are you curious about Aldi? Yesterday I made a list of all of the items that are normally on my grocery list and how much each item will cost. It’s easy to shop at ALDI, but here’s are a few tips and tricks that can make your trip as smooth as possible if you have never stepped foot into an Aldi before.

What to expect:

1. You will save money! Aldi’s prices a typically lower than even the sales prices of brand names at other stores.

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.

3. 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.

4. Try new things. Aldi carries mainly house brands, so be willing to try another brand before you walk in the door.

5. Pack it yourself. 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.

6. No credit cards. No credit cards are accepted at ALDI. (But your debit card and cash are always welcome

7. Double Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with the product they will refund your money and replace the product.

8. No Late Hours. ALDI is not open 24 hours a day. Store hours are typically from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Most of the time, I find that Aldi’s prices beat even the sale prices of most larger grocery stores. There are tons of deals and bargains to be found at Aldi you just have to be willing to give it a shot.

By bringing your own bag, bagging your own groceries, and having limited store hours this makes it possible for us as consumers to purchase cheaper groceries eliminating overhead costs.

Be on the lookout for Part 3 next week of recipe ideas using Aldi products.

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