Shop at ALDI to Save Money On Groceries Without Coupons

A grocery store called ALDI is popping up everywhere, and it's taking the world by storm. You can cut your grocery bill in half, and come home with twice as much food---simply by shopping at ALDI's supermarket. Honestly, I wouldn't have believed it if my best friend had not dragged me there to witness her shopping excursion.

This amazing grocery store is designed to save you money on groceries. Forget about clipping coupons, forget about unit pricing: everything at ALDI is dirt cheap. And shockingly, it has good quality stuff too. My picky family, who pretty much hates generic food, thinks ALDI supermarket is the superhero of grocery stores. Where else can you get four bags of generic corn chips at the same price as one bag of Fritos?

So if you're looking for a cheap way to stock your pantry without becoming the coupon queen, make a trip to ALDI. You won't forget how much money you save, and I promise you'll be back!

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How Can ALDI Help Me Save Money?

ALDI is a German-owned grocery store. It's a tiny version of Costco, Sam's Club, or BJ's Warehouse, without the annoying membership fee. Best of all, you don't have to buy anything in bulk; if you need one tube of refrigerated Crescent Rolls, then that's all you have to buy. No fuss, no muss.

This food store carries all staple foods, plus so much more. You can walk about with crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls, flour, candies, juice boxes, soda, produce, meat, frozen foods, and so much more. They even have an aisle where you can find special buys. I bought my bathroom scale there, and several sets of shoes.

The best part is that the ALDI food store sells mostly its generic brand of products. Everything from chips to their generic Gatorade have their label; but I assure you that most of them are delicious. (There's always a few exceptions.) But when you pay 99 cents for a knock off bag of chips, who's complaining? Sure the bag's about half the size of a typical bag of $4.29 chips, but that's going to go stale anyway. And you can get four bags!

Even better, forget about spending hours comparing unit prices and searching for printable coupons. Each item comes in one brand and size. Take it or leave it. And with prices this low, you might as well give them a try. Their brand is very good, and you'll save a fortune. And, you're in and out in a jiffy.

Cutting Costs to Save You Cash

Always remember to bring a quarter when making a grocery run! Actually, the idea is genius: All of the ALDI grocery shopping carts are locked together with a special mechanism. To use the cart, you must insert a quarter into the device that is connected to the cart. As you insert your quarter, the cart releases from the chain.

After you finish shopping, you return your cart to the corral and plug it back into the chain. As soon as you plug it back in, your quarter pops back out---and you can put it right back into your pocket. In the end, it costs you nothing when you return the cart, but it saves big money because ALDI doesn't have to pay its workers to collect all of the carts. They also don't have to pay extra insurance fees like the other grocery stores (in case the carts hit cars).

Saving at the Grocery Register

ALDI has found another way to save you money at the cash register: They don't take credit cards or checks. You have to pay with cash or debit cards. They also EBT cards, which are part of the SNAP program.

Again, this is another way that ALDI can save money and pass the savings on to you. Did you know that grocery stores have to pay a transaction fee for every single credit card purchase that a customer makes? In addition, they have to pay a percentage of every single credit card transaction made by customers. I've heard it's up to 3% of the entire purchase. ALDI said the heck with that, they'll just forgo the credit cards and lower their prices. Great idea!

But the bad news is that you have to be prepared with cash or debit cards. And forget about coupons; they don't take those either. But you won't need 'em!

ALDI Grocery Carts

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Bring Your Own Bags

Like most of the bigger warehouse clubs, like Sam's, Costco, or BJ's Warehouse, ALDI does not bag your groceries for you, nor do they provide bags for you. They will scan your items at a lightening fast speed, pack them in the grocery cart, and let you back them yourself at their special bagging center at the end of the store.

If you happen to forget your bags, you can purchase ALDI bags for 5 cents each; it's not a bad deal. But we're all into recycling anyway, so we will all try to use our environmentally friendly bags.

Again, this is another way that ALDI passes the savings on to us. However, be prepared to witness a very long line; but don't panic. The cashiers are lightening quick. The items will literally look blurry as they scan away.

Allergy Free Foods and Gluten Free Foods

The GF Free line of foods at Aldi's is one of my favorites. These are gluten free, nut free, dairy free, egg free and more. You can find delicious mixes and ready to eat foods that are safe for people with food allergies.

The GF Free Brownie Mix is one of my favorites. Pro Tip: Throw a handful of chocolate chips in the batter when you are making the mix. You'll have the best brownies in the neighborhood. Your children might be allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, but their brownies will win the brownie bake-off. (I literally tried it.)

They also feature a line of GF Free pasta in a variety of shapes from spaghetti to elbow noodles to penne to rotini. And honestly, as a mom with wheat allergies to kids with nut allergies, this is a winner in our house! And the price is easy on our pockets, too.

Look for other GF Free products such as their gluten free bread, which is best gluten free bread that I can find for the price. They also feature gluten free wraps, cookie mix, pizza dough and much more. Their frozen pizza isn't bad either, although I wouldn't rate it up with delivery.

Quick Grocery Shopping Tips to Save Money

I've recently learned how to save even more money at Aldi's: Make sure you stick to their brand name products. If you see a brand name product at the store, it's probably priced higher than it would be at another store, so choose the Aldi brand instead.

Stock up on items that you will use often. You can store one or two of each item in your pantry. But keep a back up supply in the laundry room or other storage area. This way, you will always have enough products on hand.

Most people don't realize that Aldi meats are hormone free and antibiotic free. So give them a try and see if you like them. Some people enjoy their flavor, and some do not. It is just a matter of personal preference. If you find that you enjoy the quality, then you are saving a lot of grocery money on meat, as well as finding antibiotic free and hormone free meat.

Their product is also organic as well. So you are getting cheap fruits and vegetables without the pesticides.

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Try ALDI and Save Money

When looking for a great deal on groceries, stop by ALDI and save money. They have a great deal on staple foods, and you'll pay a lot less than you typically spend at the supermarket. Just remember to bring a quarter, cash, and some grocery bags.

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I've shopped at Aldi for years. I like most of their stuff but there is one drawback. They do not have the selection of foods that a person, like myself, with a special diet need. So I usually alternate the shopping with Alldi's and Walmart.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

My daughter in Alabama shops at ALDI, and gets her gallon of milk for less that $2.00 (At least last summer that was the price.) I had never heard of the chain before.

Good information and certainly well written.You gave lots of FAQ ,such as brands,bring your own bags,bagging stations, returning carts,etc.

A great hub, especially for those that are lucky enough to have an ALDI store nearby.


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heymcs 6 years ago from Utah and DC

ALDI is awewsome and I hope they get one in my area soon. I went to one in FL when I visited my family & thought it was great. Super buys and a clean, well organized store. To me, cash/debit card only is no big deal because that's how I like to roll anyway. Although I know that can be tough for many, no credit cards or checks saves ALDI money & I like they pass the savings on to the customers. Great hub.


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DonnaWallace 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Dahoglund, we also have special dietary needs (food allergies), so we switch off between Walmart and ALDI. It is a great place to save money on groceries!


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DonnaWallace 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Bayoulady, your daughter is lucky to have an ALDI near her! They have not yet reached the entire country yet, although ALDI is opening more stores quickly. I hope you have the opportunity to have an ALDI grocery store near you soon.

Thank you for the great response. I'm glad that I was able to answer a lot of questions about coupons, bags, and even paying a quarter for the carts.


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DonnaWallace 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, heymcs, for the great comment. You're right, the cash only idea is a great idea, especially since we don't have to worry about charging more on our credit cards. The ALDI is a great deal, and very clean, too. I hope they open an ALDI near you soon!


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North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now)

This is excellent as I am a cash only person! I despise credit cards! What a great store and a great hub too!


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scla 6 years ago from Southern California

I haven't seen one of these stores around California. Hopefully will be coming here soon.


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DonnaWallace 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

North Wind, I'm impressed that you are able to live a cash only lifestyle---with the credit card problems these days, it's the only way to go. ALDI's credit card policy is great for them, and great for us, too!


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Diane Inside 6 years ago

Very interesting, I'm always looking for ways to save money. We don't have an ALDI here, sounds alot like Sav-a-lot. Except sav-a-lot quality isn't that good on some things especially meat. But if I see one I'm definately checking it out thanks for the info.


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backword_65 6 years ago

I would love to shop at Aldi, and on occasion I have. It just doesn't have the selection of groceries that the major Players can like Wal-Mart or Target. Yeah they have better prices, WAY better prices but me and my partner cook all the time. Ingredients we need just, for the most part, can't be found there. It's great for canned foods and pastas though, from what I've seen! Great hub!


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DonnaWallace 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, Diane. Yes, it does sound a lot like Sav-A-Lot. I'm a big fan of saving money any way we can, and cheap groceries are a great way to go.


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DonnaWallace 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Scla, I hope you find an Aldi's near you soon. These grocery stores are a great way to save money on food. Thank you for stopping by!


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DonnaWallace 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi, backword_65. You are absolutely right! While Aldi's has incredible prices, their selections are quite limited. I try to purchase my Aldi items on one day, and then visit my specialty grocery store for my must-have items. Thank you for stopping by!


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JillKostow 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

DonnaWallace - We are regulars at our local Aldi's store. It is especially helpful when you need to stock up on your canned goods!!! We try to visit once a month and then the rest of our shopping is done at our town's grocery store. (because the Aldi's is about 40 minutes away) It helps to fill the cupboards and save us money all at the same time!!


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DonnaWallace 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Jill, Aldi's is a great way to stock up on canned goods. I've found that grocery shopping at Aldi's is a great deal, even without coupons! We also supplement with sales at our local food store.


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

I'm a big fan of Aldi stores!!! Saving money is my number one reason for shopping at this store. I usually buy all my canned goods and condiments at Aldi and get my meats from another store. I used to shop at Jewel Foods...but it's still too expensive for my budget. The only time I shop at the major food stores is when they have sales and I have my store card. Walmart prices are somewhat cheaper than Jewel, but I still prefer to shop at Aldi because I get more bang for my bucks. Great hub!! Voted up!!!!!!

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