How to Shop and Save at ALDI Grocery Stores
ALDI operates nearly 2,000 stores in 36 states, so there’s a strong chance there’s a location near you. And for anyone looking to save money on groceries, ALDI is a true blessing. However, to get the most out of your ALDI shopping experience, there are a few things you need to know.
Bring Your Own Bags
To cut costs, ALDI does not supply free bags. That means that if you want to bag your groceries, you’ll have to supply the bag or purchase a bag at ALDI. ALDI also has empty cardboard boxes you can use for free. What’s neat about this is that you’re in full control of what goes where in your shopping bags. No hasty baggers throwing jars on top of eggs!
Bring a Quarter
This is the biggest adjustment you’ll have to make when shopping at ALDI. To save money on labor and pass those savings to customers, ALDI doesn’t employ anyone to get carts from the parking lot. Instead, you’ll need to insert a quarter into the shopping cart to release it from the cart station. To get your quarter back, just take the cart back to the station, hook it up to the rest of the carts, and your quarter will be released!
Don’t Wait for Coupons
ALDI does not traditionally use or accept coupons (although they occasionally issue coupons for store openings). ALDI offers low prices every day, but if you’re looking for extra savings, watch for clearances. Clearance prices often appear as handwritten signs, so they’re easy to spot.
Try ALDI Brand Products
ALDI offers products that are similar to many of your favorite brand-name products, so you might consider replacing old favorites with ALDI brand products to save money on staple items.
If you’re not happy with a ALDI brand product, don’t worry! The Twice As Nice Guarantee will both replace AND refund that product. This is a terrific way to try out new products without any financial risk.
Watch Ads and Shop Early
Most ALDI stores release their ads on Wednesday, but this can vary by store, so check with your local store to confirm. Once an ad is released, be sure to shop as soon as possible. ALDI frequently runs out of the best deals, so you may miss out on savings if you don’t shop right away. Want to plan ahead? Check the ALDI website to see most of the next week’s specials a week ahead of time. Some stores will even have hard copies of next week’s sales at the exit door!
These simple strategies can help you shop and save like a pro at ALDI!