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My Favorite Grocery Store: Why I Love Aldi

Updated on July 23, 2012

Top Reasons I Love Aldi

  • Ongoing low prices
  • Weekly specials
  • Grocery cart policy
  • Green bagging policy
  • No hassle return policy
  • Double satisfaction guarantee

I was introduced to Aldi a few years ago. Aldi is a low price, minimalistic style grocery located in seventeen countries including the United States, Great Britain and Australia. I had never heard of the store, but one opened across the street from my subdivision so I needed to check it out. I have been shopping at Aldi ever since and suggesting that my friends do the same.

High Quality Produce at Aldi

Pears from Aldi
Pears from Aldi | Source

Ongoing Low Prices

I love to coupon and free or inexpensive items are my absolute favorite. While I look at bigger grocery stores for deals, I go to Aldi for my staples such as bread, milk, eggs, cheese, and fruit. These items are consistently lower than sale priced items at local stores such as Meijer, Kroger and Giant Eagle. If I cannot find my children’s favorite cereals on sale, we will buy the Aldi brand which is comparable and has a regular low price of $1.89.

I have found myself purchasing produce at Aldi as well. We love their apples, pears, berries and pineapples. Another new, regular Aldi purchase is proportioned fish such as tilapia and salmon. I am excited to see that Aldi is increasing the number of organic items and Fit and Active products, their calorie conscious brand.

A Weekly Special Favorite: Our Banzai Water Slide

Our Banzai water slide from Aldi
Our Banzai water slide from Aldi | Source

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Weekly Specials

Aldi posts the specials for the current week and future week. I enjoy seeing what is coming up and planning ahead. Unlike big box stores, Aldi only gets a set amount of the weekly special items. When they are gone, they are gone. If there is a special that you are interested in, consider getting to the store first thing Sunday morning.

My favorite weekly specials are during the pre-summer patio sale. The wind whips through my backyard and if we forget to put our patio umbrella down, it is usually a casualty of a storm. I try to always have two umbrellas on hand, one in our patio table and one in the basement. Because they are only $30, they are a great stock up item. If we go a whole summer and do not lose an umbrella, they next year I might not need to buy a new one. However, if one breaks, it is great to know I have another $30 one ready to go instead of possibly spending $100 at other stores.

Another weekly special that peaks my interest is the toy sale prior to Christmas time. Popular, name branded toys are available at competitive or lower than competitive prices. Check out Aldi on December 23rd or 24th as the Christmas toys often go on sale before Christmas. What a great way to add a few stocking stuffers at low prices.

Grocery Carts At Aldi

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Inserting quarter to get grocery cart at AldiGrocery cart at Aldi releasesGrocery shopping at AldiSon reattaching grocery cart at AldiHe got his quarter back!
Inserting quarter to get grocery cart at Aldi
Inserting quarter to get grocery cart at Aldi | Source
Grocery cart at Aldi releases
Grocery cart at Aldi releases
Grocery shopping at Aldi
Grocery shopping at Aldi | Source
Son reattaching grocery cart at Aldi
Son reattaching grocery cart at Aldi | Source
He got his quarter back!
He got his quarter back! | Source

Grocery Cart Policy

The grocery cart policy confused me at first but then I realized it was genius. There aren’t any cart corrals in the parking lot. All carts are kept close to the building and they are attached via metal chains. A quarter will release a cart and then it is yours to use. When you are done with your cart, simply reattach it and the quarter pops out.

What I enjoy most about the quarter cart system is the friendliness it generates. Many times I have had a person approach me as I was heading toward the corral with my cart and they offered me a quarter. I smile, thank them for saving me a few steps, take the quarter and the cart is now theirs. I like to think of it as the “Aldi quarter/cart swap” and it keeps the parking lot free of the renegade shopping cart.

We Don't Use Bags at Aldi

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Son helping load car from Aldi
Son helping load car from Aldi | Source
Staples from Aldi
Staples from Aldi | Source
My five helpers unloading groceries from Aldi
My five helpers unloading groceries from Aldi | Source

Green bagging policy

Aldi does not bag your groceries for you, but you can purchase bags there and bag yourself. What I love about the no bagging policy is that it promotes bringing your own bags or boxes. After you have checked out, there is a bagging area where you can work on bagging your own groceries.

Depending on the size of my order, I might not bag at all and just put the items directly in the back of my van. When we get home, I have five little helpers who can quickly empty the back of the van allowing me to start putting the groceries away.

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No Hassle Return Policy

There have been a few times that I purchased something from Aldi that either didn’t work out or I realized I just didn’t need it. Just have your receipt and your items and the return is hassle free.

Double Satisfaction Guarantee

In general, our produce is wonderful at Aldi, but like all stores, I have had a few furry berries that kind of grossed me out. Aldi has a double satisfaction guarantee. If you are not pleased with any product, they will refund your money and replace the product. Now that is a great product guarantee!

Do You Love Aldi?

A few years ago we adopted a family for Christmas and went to Aldi with $100. I was able to fill up a cart full of high quality foods to donate to a family in need.

Can you do that at your grocery?

If not, consider Aldi as a new grocery store option.

I love everything from their grocery cart policy that keeps the parking lot clear to the lack of bagging policy encouraging the use of your own bags from home. I look forward to the weekly specials and enjoy the regular low prices. Best of all, if I have any issues with products, the return policy is hassle free and the double satisfaction guarantee cannot be beat.

See if there is an Aldi close to you. Let me know when you fall in love with Aldi, too.

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    • twinstimes2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Lackey 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      You are smart, chefmancave, for keeping extra boxes in your car. Aldi promotes saving money and being green. What could be better? Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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      Robert Loescher 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      I approach the self-bagging with the thought that most grocery stores do a rather poor job of bagging AND use those damn plastic bags. I also keep a couple of empty boxes in the car when I go to Aldis.

    • twinstimes2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Lackey 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Sharyn, I forget my bags, too. But, I just take the items to my car and then make my kids unload. :) I can't beat the prices and our location is new, clean and so close!

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Karen,

      I go to Aldi's for the same things all the time. I know what I want and am in and out really quickly. The prices for the things I get can't be beat. But darn, I always forget my bags :(

    • twinstimes2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Lackey 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Maybe Winco is like Aldi. We have five little kids so we try to save money as best we can. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      monicamelendez 

      6 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Aldi sounds awesome! We don't have it where I live but here in Utah, Winco is pretty great!

    • twinstimes2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Lackey 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Laura, let me know what you think if you check out Aldi. It is great when you don't have time to look at the sales at other grocery stores. You know you will still be saving money. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      LauraGSpeaks 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      There is an Aldi not too far from our house that I will have to try out. I like the practical quarter system for the cart usage. From the store perspective, it makes sense. I also like the way Aldi encourages shoppers to bring their own reusable bags.

    • twinstimes2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Lackey 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      The self bagging requires a bit of getting used to, Jellygator, but it forces me to be more 'green'. Our Aldi is about a half mile from our house and my kids love to convince me to keep the quarter after it comes out from the cart. Overall, I just love the prices. Thanks for commenting.

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      jellygator 

      6 years ago from USA

      I've recently been to Aldi twice. My husband loves the place and has been a longtime shopper there, but with it being over ten miles from us, we don't go too often. I like the grocery cart policy, too, but I found the self-bagging thing a bit weird.

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