8 Aldi Shopping Secrets
It doesn’t take grocery coupons, it makes you bag your own groceries, and only stocks about 1,300 items on the shelf; but the buzz around Aldi supermarkets keeps growing. This sister company to Trader Joe’s offers no-frills shopping that can cut your grocery bill in half. Here are the pros and cons of shopping there.
Compare Prices First
Since Aldi’s stock is limited, and heavy on its house label, it’s a good place for basics if you’re not picky about brands. Between shopping there and using your couponing skills at places like Vons, Walmart, and Target, you can save 40 to 50 percent off your grocery bill!
Why it Doesn’t Take Coupons
Ninety percent of the store’s items are private label, and doesn’t take offers. But you can find Aldi promotions online and in the Sunday paper.
Bring Your Own Bags
As part of its no-frills philosophy, shoppers save money when they bring their own shopping bags and transport boxes, similar to warehouse stores. You’ll pay extra if you use Aldi bags and have to bag your own. The upside? You can pack them exactly the way you like them.
Bring a Quarter
You rent your cart at this chain because it keeps costs down. The benefit? No carts in the parking lot to ding your car.
Leave the Checkbook Home
For faster checkout, Aldi does not take checks; but as of March 2016 it accepts all major credit cards as well as debit cards.
Good Return Policy
If you’re not happy with an Aldi brand item, the store will replace it and give you all your money back as part of its Double Guarantee program.
More Healthy Options
As of October 2015, the chain began removing food containing partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and MSG from their store brand items. It’s also adding more organic and gluten-free products. The chain is quickly phasing in cage-free eggs, too.
Overall, coupon bloggers say you can expect to pay significantly less for groceries at Aldi. You just won’t find everything you need. But if you’re into saving money on groceries, it’s worth a second look.