Aldi Shopping Tips

Aldi Shopping Tips

Aldi Shopping Tips

My blog is about living the good life. I strive to achieve that goal in every aspect of my life. My family and I truly live the good life. For me, living the good life is about saving money wherever I can to spend in the areas I need to spend in. No place is that more true than when it comes to groceries and grocery shopping. We hope that this Aldi Shopping Tips post inspires you.

Aldi Shopping Tips

Aldi Shopping Tips

I used to go to three or four different stores after spending hours scouring all of the sales flyers. I would match up coupons and then head to each store spending even more time getting all of the items that we needed. All of this was in the name of saving money and getting a good deal. This was until I discovered Aldi. ALDI was “founded on the belief that people, wherever they live, should have the opportunity to buy everyday groceries of the highest quality at the lowest possible prices.”

When it comes to my family, while I will not cut corners, I am always happy to cut costs. ALDI helps me do that. ALDI helps me shop smarter and save money. Aldi is a treasure trove of savings and unique finds, but it can also be a bit of a whirlwind for newbies. Below are tips to help you make the most of your next Aldi shopping trip.

ALDI Summer Seasonal Catalog

Before you shop at Aldi

  • Plan your meals and make a list. Aldi's selection can be unpredictable, so it's important to have a plan in mind to avoid impulse buys. It's easy to get tempted by all the great deals at Aldi, so it's important to make a list and stick to it. This will help you avoid overspending and buying things you don't need.
  • Check the weekly ad and online reviews. Aldi's weekly ad features their best deals, and online reviews can give you insights into their private-label brands and must-try items.
  • Bring your own bags. Aldi charges for bags, so be sure to bring your own reusable totes or grocery bags.
  • Download the Aldi app. The app has a weekly ad, store locator, and coupons.
  • Bring a quarter. You'll need a quarter to rent a shopping cart. You'll get your quarter back when you return the cart.

ALDI Grand Opening in Georgia

While Shopping at Aldi

  • Be prepared for a treasure hunt. Aldi's layout changes frequently, so be prepared to explore and browse the aisles. You never know what hidden gems you might find!
  • Don't be afraid to try Aldi's private-label brands. They're often just as good as name brands but for a fraction of the price.
  • Hit the Finds aisle first. This is where you'll find Aldi's special buys, which are often limited-time offers on everything from kitchen gadgets to home decor.
  • Be prepared to unload your cart: Aldi cashiers are very fast, so be prepared to unload your cart quickly and efficiently. Have your bags ready to go and know how you're going to pay (debit or credit card).
  • Check the clearance section: Aldi always has a clearance section with deeply discounted items. Be sure to check it out before you leave the store.
  • Be flexible: Aldi's selection can change from week to week, so be flexible and willing to try new things. You might just discover your new favorite food!
  • Be quick at checkout. Aldi checkout lines can be long, so be prepared to move quickly when it's your turn. Aldi cashiers are known for their speed, so be prepared to unload your cart and pack your groceries quickly.

Pro Tips for Shopping at Aldi

  • Go early on Sundays. This is when the new Aldi Finds are put out, so you'll have the best selection.
  • Bring a quarter for the shopping cart deposit. You'll get your quarter back when you return the cart.
  • Keep an eye out for clearance items. Aldi often has clearance sections with heavily discounted items.
  • Be flexible. If you can't find something on your list, be willing to try a substitute. You might be surprised at what you find!
  • Download the Aldi app: The Aldi app has coupons, recipes, and a weekly ad. It's a great resource for Aldi shoppers.
  • Have fun! Aldi shopping can be a fun adventure. Be open to trying new things and enjoy the great deals!
  • Follow Aldi on social media. Aldi is active on social media, and they often share deals and recipes.
  • Talk to the employees. Aldi employees are usually very helpful and can answer any questions you have.

Parent Tested and Parent Approved at Aldi

Item Specific Tips

  • Produce: Aldi's produce is usually fresh and affordable. However, it's important to wash it carefully before eating it.
  • Meat: Aldi's meat is also a good value. However, it's important to cook it to the proper temperature to ensure that it's safe to eat.
  • Dairy: Aldi's dairy products are usually just as good as name brands, and they're much cheaper.
  • Frozen food: Aldi's frozen food is a great option for quick and easy meals.
  • Alcohol: Aldi's selection of alcohol is limited, but they do have some good deals.

Why Shop at Aldi? 

  • Unbeatable prices: Aldi is known for its incredibly low prices. You can save up to 50% compared to traditional grocery stores. This is because Aldi has a unique business model that keeps overhead costs low. For example, they offer a limited selection of brands and products, which reduces inventory and storage costs. They also encourage customers to bring their own bags and pack their groceries, which saves on labor costs.
  • High-quality products: Despite the low prices, Aldi's products are generally of high quality. Their private-label brands have won numerous awards and taste tests. In fact, many people find that Aldi's products are just as good as, or even better than, name brands.
  • Efficient shopping experience: Aldi stores are designed to be efficient and easy to navigate. They are typically smaller than traditional grocery stores, and the aisles are wide and well-organized. This makes it easy to find what you need and get in and out quickly.
  • Interesting finds: Aldi is always introducing new and interesting products. You never know what you might find there, from gourmet cheeses and snacks to trendy household items. This can be a fun way to try new things and save money at the same time.
  • Sustainability: Aldi is committed to sustainability. They use recycled materials in their packaging, source their products locally whenever possible, and reduce food waste.
  • Double guarantee: Aldi offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of their products. This means that if you are not happy with a product, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked.
  • Fun shopping experience: Aldi can be a fun and quirky shopping experience. The stores are often brightly colored and have a unique layout. Additionally, Aldi is known for its “cart angels,” who are employees who help customers return their carts and get their quarter back.

Summer Seasonal Catalog & Summer Tips from Aldi

Our ALDI Shopping List Must-Haves

  • Pasta
  • Meat (USDA inspected, packaged air-tight, leakproof)
  • Bread (who doesn’t love freshly baked bread, right?)
  • Dairy items (with three growing kids, we go through a lot of milk, eggs, and yogurt)
  • Wine (lowest prices, high ratings)
  • Crackers
  • Snacks
  • Fresh fruit and produce (did you know they partner with local farmers?)
  • Check the Aisle of Shame for fun, seasonal items

Aldi Aisle of Shame

They even have some cool special buys at Aldi affectionately referred to by Aldi enthusiasts as the Aldi Aisle of Shame. However, no shame here because it's all in good fun! Three years ago, I scored an inflatable water slide for my kids that was the highlight of our Summer. And in just a few weeks, we are bringing the slide back out for yet another Summer of fun. Last weekend we performed an Earth Day service project at my kid’s school, I was able to pick up a bunch of the gardening supplies at ALDI for much less than I could have found them anywhere else. Check out the Aldi Aisle of Shame Facebook group for up-to-the-minute details on what's available. 

Aldi Double Guarantee

Did you know Aldi offers a guarantee? The Aldi Double Guarantee gives me peace of mind and makes me feel great about shopping there. 

If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with any food product, we will gladly replace the product AND refund your money.

Aldi wants you to be happy and this kind of guarantee gives me confidence when shopping there. While I still use coupons, I am not as much of a fanatic because honestly, I would rather go to one store to get as much as I need. I love not having to spend hours to save money when I can save on one shopping trip. ALDI lets me do that. I save both time and money and for me, that IS living the good life. With a little planning and these tips, you're sure to have a successful and budget-friendly Aldi shopping trip. We hope that this Aldi Shopping Tips post inspires you. Happy shopping!

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  1. ellen

    I have to admit that I haven’t been to Aldi’s in some time- not because I don’t like them, but because they are 5 miles out of the way. Like you, I used to do the coupon thing running all over town, but with the price of gas it started making no sense to go to more than one store unless there was some HUGE savings to prompt me to go.

    I also use checks (shudder) and they don’t take them- just cash or credit/debit. I never know how much I am going to buy, and just don’t much use a debit card. Despite that though, they are a nice clean store and next time I go shopping I may have to reconsider them again… in fact their sales flier is in my Sunday paper!

  2. Jennifer Marie

    We go to Aldi all the time! We love their fruit, snacks for kids, and cereal. We really save a lot of money by shopping at Aldi.

  3. Karen Propes

    I’ve never been to Aldi, I guess I didn’t realize what it was all about. We are members of Costco, but from your review I think we need to visit Aldi Thank you for all the info. It’s great that we can find out about places that have good prices on your blog

  4. Anne Lehnick

    I’m in Central Texas and we don’t have Aldi here. But I too know the feeling of running around to several different stores to get the best prices on items my family needs. We just did it today with a trip to Target on my lunch hour! Good thing I’m trying to watch what I’m eating these days or I may have had a problem being out and about on my lunch hour instead of eating the lunch I brought. (Therefore, all this shopping is hazardous to my health 🙂

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