If you don’t have an Aldi, I apologize. My heart goes out to you. My parents first got an Aldi (RIGHT around the corner from their house!), and they would rave to me about it… and now I understand why. We recently got an Aldi in the next city over, and it’s definitely worth the time and gasoline to go! Oh, and we recently got some big news: we are soon getting an Aldi, not just in our own city, but RIGHT. NEXT. DOOR. to our apartment. Aaaaaah!!!
Okay, so here are some reasons I’m so excited to have an Aldi right next door to us (in no particular order):
- Aldi saves me money on groceries!!! Hands down. It’s the best. Where else can you get 40 oz. (that’s a lot) of peanut butter for $3? That’s a dollar cheaper for the same size at Wal-Mart – not that Wal-Mart is the standard. Honey is also $1 cheaper than Wal-Mart! I seriously leave Aldi thinking, How did I get this much food for that low of a price?!
- Aldi has no membership fee. (No offense, Costco and Sam’s friends!)
- Aldi stores are small. Grocery shopping is so manageable in Aldi. You don’t have a massive selection to choose from (typically you have 2 brands to choose from) which I’m pretty sure helps my stress level stay quite low. Does anyone else get stressed going grocery shopping in big stores?
- They have caring, friendly, efficient employees.
- They have a double guarantee. If you don’t like the product, you can return it for a replacement AND get your money back!
- They keep their stores clean (can NOT say that for our local Wal-Marts). This also makes for a more pleasant shopping experience.
- They are speedy, so they consider all of their lanes to be “express lanes.”
- They have you rent a cart for $.25, so their store and parking lot are not crowded with carts everywhere. This also keeps prices low…and my stress level.
- You don’t have to buy bags. You simply take a box or two from the shelves while you’re shopping (but if you don’t, you may want to buy a bag for $.15).
- I don’t have to worry about what’s in my food. Even in their cereal, they refuse to put in harmful red dyes, and they are working on getting out some other known harmful chemicals. Here’s a little more about their brands to help you feel good about what you’re getting.
Before you go to Aldi, keep a few things in mind:
- You need a quarter to get a cart. You’ll get it back.
- Pick up a box while you’re shopping (empty the box if needed) and stick it under your cart for check out time.
- They probably won’t have the exact brand you’re looking for. Their generic brands are pretty good though, and Aldi strives to make its generic brand as good as or better than the nation’s leading brands.
- Don’t expect to get 100% of your shopping list there, particularly if you have some new recipes you’re shopping for. They don’t have a wide variety of spices…and you can’t find spray starch there (but you can make spray starch for super cheap!).
If you haven’t yet experienced Aldi (and embraced her for all her awesomeness!), I hope you’ll go soon and let me know what you think!
Photo credit: Ben Tsai