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Shopping at Aldi - a Great Way to Lower Your Grocery Budget

Updated on June 10, 2008

With grocery prices rising every day, more and more people are looking for ways to lower the amount of money they spend on food each week. If you are fortunate enough to have an Aldi located near you, it is definitely worth checking out.

Shopping at Aldi is a bit different than a regular grocery store. Aldi really is a no frills place to shop. By keeping it this way, the cost of groceries is much lower here than a regular grocery store. Aldi came to the United States in 1976 and has grown to have more than 900 stores currently in the US. Aldi carries only the most frequently purchased items; therefore the stores are much smaller than a regular grocery store. There aren't a lot of options as far as brands. For example, there is one brand of green beans, not six or seven. They have what you need, but not several options of everything.

Here is what you need to take with you to shop at Aldi. Bring a quarter for the cart. All carts are kept under cover right by the door. Insert a quarter to release the cart. Don't worry you will get it back at the end. When you are done shopping you hook your cart back up in the corral and your quarter will pop out. Not having carts rolling around the parking lot causing damage, or people stealing them, keeps the costs very low for Aldi.

Another thing to bring is bags to put your groceries in. You can pick up boxes sometimes throughout the store to put your groceries in or if you forget you can purchase bags at the checkout, but why increase your costs? When I have forgotten I just unload the groceries one by one into my car and don't mess with bags at all. The checker will just place the groceries right into the buggy and you will move to another area to bag them yourself. Personally I like bagging my own, because my canned goods don't end up with my bananas or bread that way.

To save time and money Aldi does not accept credit cards or checks. I always take cash, but they do also accept a PIN based debit card or food stamps. Aldi is so much faster than other grocery stores when it comes to checking out that it really is an enjoyable experience.

I have found that their prices are consistently much lower than a regular grocery store or even Super Wal-Mart. You can be in and out pretty quickly and there aren't distractions every where you turn trying to get you to spend more money. Most items are their own store brand, which is just another way that the customer saves money. They have what they call the Double Guarantee, so that if you aren't satisfied with a product, they will replace the product and give you your money back. What are you waiting for with a guarantee like that? If you are looking to lower your grocery bill, shop at Aldi!


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      garry entropy 9 years ago

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      TetonRose 9 years ago from Utah

      I've never heard of this store. Are they only in larger cities? I would love to find one!

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      linda 9 years ago

      I love Aldi too! I buy a lot of staples such as flour, oil, sugar, and butter there, and quite a bit of produce. Once in awhile I find something this just isnt as good as a name brand or another store brand but for the most part the quality and the price is outstanding. I agree Aldi is a great way to stretch the grocery budget.