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All about Aldi: why shop here?

Updated on September 17, 2015
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Erin Shelby is passionate about living a lifestyle that aims for financial freedom. She writes about personal finance and other topics.

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If you loathe weekly trips to the grocery store, you may be shopping at the wrong store. If you’ve never shopped at Aldi, it may be worth your time to take a trip there. Here’s why you might love this unique chain of stores.

Aldi’s Products

Nationally known brands like Pillsbury, Totino’s Pizza and Nature Valley aren’t available here. Aldi distributes its own line of products similar to any supermarket’s “store brand”. Aldi offers produce, dairy and canned goods in addition to personal care and a limited selection of items for the home.

Aldi sells a variety of canned goods and perishable items.
Aldi sells a variety of canned goods and perishable items. | Source

Faster Shopping

Because Aldi stores are intentionally small, it’s faster to shop every section of Aldi than a traditional grocery store. Aldi stores have no customer service desk to staff. Managers wait on customers if lines become too long. It’s not a challenge to find a parking space at Aldi – it has the convenience of a drugstore – although the prices are far more reasonable.

No Coupons Required

Want to save money at the grocery store, but not interested in clipping coupons? You’re in luck. While Aldi does create a weekly circular with discounts – in addition to marking down some items such as bread reaching the “sell by” date – no coupons are required to get a deal at Aldi. On the other hand, if you’re used to getting the Sunday paper, clipping your coupons and seeing the savings totals add up at the register, it may be an unpleasant shock to learn that Aldi doesn’t accept coupons.

Aldi offers organic and non-organic products.
Aldi offers organic and non-organic products. | Source

No Loyalty Card Needed

If you’re fed up with stores requiring you to give up your information and carry a card just to shop there, welcome to Aldi. The store won’t try to sign you up for a “perks”, “customer care” or “points” program and while there are sales from week to week, their prices don’t seem to fluctuate as dramatically as the big box stores.

Aldi Shoppers Support the Environment

If you’re disgusted by litter, you’ll be relieved that Aldi takes action to reduce waste. Unlike traditional grocery stores, Aldi doesn’t automatically bag your groceries. Shoppers can bring bags from home. Cashiers here are the quickest at doing their job of any grocery store I've shopped. Aldi’s parking lots are a safer place to drive than most other grocery stores because carts are contained and aren't scattered everywhere. A special cart rental system – which costs a quarter deposit to rent a cart – gives shoppers an incentive to return their carts to receive their coins back after shopping.


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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      Fighting to get through checkout isn't fun, is it Tolovaj? I think that's part of why these types of shops are so successful. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      We don't have Aldi in our country yet but we have shops with very similar philosophy: Hofer (from Austria), Eurospin (from Italy) and Lidl (from Germany). They are all very successful in competitive market of many shops fighting for not so many customers.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good hub, informing people of the advantages at shopping at Aldi. We always shop there and find that we get twice the groceries for the same money as at other major supermarkets. Aldi's brands are good quality too, and their weekly special items (electrical, clothing, gift ware, tools etc0 is always interesting and great value. They are in Australia too.Voted up.

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      They are in the States, Dawn... it feels kind of like shopping at a drugstore (do you call it a chemist?) because the building is so much smaller.

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      Dawn Denmar 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I shop at Aldi all the time in the UK. It's a German owned store and stocks a wide range of European products and fresh meats plus great deals on fruit and vegetables. I'm surprised to see they're in the States though......

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      erinshelby 4 years ago from United States

      You might like it!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have not heard of this shopping experience before. Looks like it could help many to save on costs. Thanks for sharing.

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      erinshelby 4 years ago from United States

      LisaMarie724, I'm glad it's saving you money!

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      Lisa Stover 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      I also shop here and save a lot of money too.