Apr 12 2008

Aldi product prices (and why I love Aldi so much!)

I absolutely love my Aldi store. It opened in November, and before that, I shopped at a not-as-nice Aldi (but it was still decent).

I enjoy chatting with the cashiers and other customers there (it seems more acceptable to do that at my Aldi, rather than at a random Giant Eagle around Pittsburgh where nobody will acknowledge your presence). It’s like we’re all in on a little secret–that Aldi can save you a lot of time and money.

I can get in and out of the store in about 20 minutes, and walk away with a week’s worth of groceries for less than $40 to feed two adults. I don’t have to compare prices on seventeen brands and sizes of salad dressing, for example, as they only have one or two varieties of their products.

The store is smaller than a traditional grocery, so it hardly takes any time to walk through the store’s five aisles.

I don’t have to take the time to cut coupons and match them with store deals, since Aldi doesn’t take coupons.

Curious to find out how much products cost at Aldi? Homeschool Dad has scanned an excellent pdf of Aldi prices. The store in his area distributed the document, and he turned it into a pdf to share with others.

Prices might vary by region, but they are likely to be close to these prices (I believe). When I was at Aldi last Wednesday, I noticed the prices of many items had gone up a nickel or dime. I think that’s to be expected, given the economy right now.

Tips for first-time Aldi customers:

Bring a quarter to use as a deposit for your shopping cart. You’ll grab your cart outside and push a quarter into the slot to free it from the other carts. At the end of your trip, you’ll get a quarter back when you return your cart. At my store, you’ll see people ‘buying’ carts from each other in the parking lot, to save someone else a bit of time.

I bring two quarters, in case I spot someone who forgot theirs. A nice man once gave me a quarter, and I like to try to pass it on.

This practice saves you money, since Aldi doesn’t have to employ a cart-retriever person.

Bring your own shopping bags. I use a cloth grocery bag and some plastic bags I’m reusing from other stores. Once, I brought a laundry basket and put it in my cart. I just put all of my groceries in the basket and didn’t bother with bags at all.

If you forget bags, you can use cardboard boxes you can find throughout the store (often, there’s a stash of boxes near the bagging area).

Or, you can buy a few paper bags (or reusable bags) at the checkout.

You’ll bag your groceries yourself, after you’ve paid. This is another way the store reduces its overhead to save you money. It doesn’t have to employ a bagger and it doesn’t have to buy tons and tons of bags.

You must pay with cash or debit only. To avoid expensive credit card merchant fees, Aldi just doesn’t accept credit cards. Checks

Don’t be afraid to try an Aldi product! The store has a double-guarantee, meaning if you don’t like an item, you can return it and they’ll refund your money and replace the product, if you’d like another one. I’ve never had a reason to use that guarantee, though, as everything I’ve bought there has been surprisingly good.

If there’s an Aldi near you, but you haven’t ever visited it, why not give it a try? Find a store here.

Click here to see Aldi’s tips for first-time shoppers, as well as how the store helps you save time and money.

Do you shop at Aldi? What has your experience been like?

(Photo: I took this picture of my 6 roses, purchased at Aldi for $2.99. I bought them four days ago, and they’re still fresh, sweet-smelling and beautiful!)


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11 Responses to “Aldi product prices (and why I love Aldi so much!)”

  1. The Aldi in my area is great for non-perishable items but unfortunately, their produce is less than stellar.

    Forgetting a quarter and your bags can make for a rough shopping trip. I like that you’ve got to use your own bags as it’s better for the environment and you don’t accumulate a stack of plastic bags.

    A’s last blog post..Foiled Bump Attempt!

  2. I love aldis. I have even discovered the online menu planner that is the website. I buy everything there. The quality of the food is as good as those from the big stores. I finallly realized it when I started by Aldi’s seasoning salt and it tastes exactly the same as Lawry’s seasoning salt and it is much cheaper.

    1stopmom’s last blog post..Saturday Roundup: where’s the good stuff?

  3. I had no idea that stores like Aldi exists! I love the return the cart idea. Probably a little inconvenience for moms who’ll have to carry their baby back to the car, but it makes for a safer less cluttered parking lot. I also like the fact that you bag the groceries yourself. Sometimes I’ll bag anyway because I tend to feel bad when there’s no bagger and the cashier is left to do double duty while I’m just standing there watching. For cheaper prices, I wouldn’t mind the extra work. Wish we had an Aldi, but there doesn’t seem to be one in my radius. Oh well. Good to know these stores exist!

  4. I love Aldis too…but read the labels. Quite a few products are from China and other countries. Fresh garlic, China…frozen fish, China…honey…a mix of domestic and from South America.
    Our closest Aldis is about an hour away, so I stock up on staples when I go, about every other month. I love having baking supplies, canned milk, tamato sauce, pasta, and canned fruit veggies and soups on hand all the time.

  5. I love Aldi! Great tips for first-timers.

  6. Oh, I love Aldi! I go about once a week, before I hit the other stores.

    The store I frequent doesn’t feel as clean as I would like, honestly, but you can’t beat the prices for snacks, cereal, and canned goods. Also, every once in a while they will have an odd lot of some namebrand product. I have not had the best luck with produce, but that may vary by location.

    Everyone does seem friendly there, and the stores are very well organized to get you in and out quickly.

  7. That is a great post. Someone asked me recently about Aldis and I wish I could have put it into words like you did. I used to shop there when they were around the corner basicly. I agree it was easy to shop. They closed the store and now we have to drive to another town. Save-A-Lot is closer but almost like them. Only real difference is they sell beer/wine and a lot of name brand items. LOL

    Connie’s last blog post..saving money

  8. I was disappointed that our local Aldi doesn’t beat prices on most things we buy at the local Giant. It has other good-looking stuff, but if we wouldn’t buy it from Giant, buying it for less is still spending more.

    There are probably a few small differences on things we occasionally buy, but not enough to check it out every time, I guess.

  9. This past week was actually my first time to try Aldi’s, and I am so glad that you posted this! Now I can go back even even more informed. I didn’t know about the cart thing when I arrived, but thankfully, I had my daughter’s nice stroller to put her in that has a basket underneath. I knew I would probably be getting only few items there, anyway. I actually was fairly impressed with some of their produce items, namely their baby carrots (which I know is seen by some as a needless expense, but I use so many carrots in cooking that I would be spending so much time I don’t have cutting them up), which were only .89 for a pound.
    I was also impressed with their cereal. My husband and I both agree that it tastes just like name brand. I was a little disappointed in the lack of variety of canned goods like beans and tomatoes, but I get those cheap enough at Walmart that it doesn’t bother me too much. I definitely plan on making Aldi’s a part of my weekly shopping experience.
    The cashier was super nice, too, as I didn’t know that it was debit card or cash only. I had my debit card, which I always run as a credit card most places and never input the pin, so I don’t even know what it is! I rarely have any cash on me. Thankfully, I was able to step out of line and give my hubby a quick call to get the pin, and the cashier was so gracious!

    What is their meat like?

    Risha’s last blog post..Singing the Praises of Vinegar

  10. Never heard of Aldi.
    All those thing you mentioned are the nice things that still bring people to small stores. They give you that personal touch and allow you to feel that you are a human and should be treated as one, rather then being treated as just another customer.
    With the shopping cart thing, it’s a great idea and I don’t see why more stores don’t have the same system. Theft of shopping carts go down, no one wants to lose a quarter (although here you put in a dollar, and anyone passing by on the ground will pick up a dollar).

  11. I love Aldi too, I buy all of the basics there I can, then fill in the gaps at Costco and Whole Foods for the “specialty items.” Great Post and lovely flowers.

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