I grew up in the Midwest with a mom who shopped Aldi, and we loved it! One thing I remember is that Aldi’s own label foods were sometimes tastier than the name brands I knew of. Here in Burbank, Aldi opened this week and I’m very excited to finally have one here! Before you go, below are 10 tips for shopping Aldi!
What Is Aldi?
First of all, Aldi is short for Albrecht Discount as it is a grocery chain founded by the Albrecht family. The first ALDI store opened in 1961 in Germany, making ALDI the first discounter in the world! And they are still doing business with the simplicity, customer first model, today.
Check out my 10 Tips For Shopping Aldi below!
10 Tips For Shopping Aldi
- Make sure to bring a quarter with you!
Aldi loves to keep costs low to help us as customers. One way they do this is by having the customer pay a quarter for their cart. Don’t worry, you get it back when you’re done, but always come with a Quarter in hand! This way, they can save the company money on additional employees to collect carts.
- Bring your bags and prepare to pack
Another way to keep costs low is saving money on extra employees to bag groceries So, that means we do it! The cashier will scan your items and place them back in your cart. You can purchase shopping bags there if you need them, or bring yours in from home. After checkout, you can move over to a nice counter to bag your own items. Or take them straight out to your vehicle to do it there.
- Twice as Nice Guarantee
The return policy is amazing at Aldi! Their website says, “We believe we have the best quality products around. We’ve designed and tested our brands to meet or exceed the national brands in taste and quality. We’re so confident in our products that every item in our stores is backed by our unbeatable Twice as Nice Guarantee.
If you’re not satisfied for any reason, they will refund your money and replace the product. For all the details, click here.
- Aldi has its own brand… and it’s good!
You will not see a lot of name brands here. It does happen, but not that often. I’m telling you right now, the Aldi brand is high quality and their line of products is as good, if not better than the brands you already know.
- They carry organic and gluten free products
You will certainly find a nice selection of organic and gluten free products. And for me, eating a Whole30 diet, I often find many items in Aldi that are perfect for clean eating.
- Store ads might vary by location
Each Aldi may have its own weekly ad. Be sure to grab one of these flyers when you walk in!
- No coupons here
Aldi is that simple. Coupons are not part of the equation, so you don’t need to worry about missing out on additional sales by leaving the coupon book at home!
- Aldi is a Trader Joe’s Cousin
It is true, the brothers that started Aldi, invested into the purchase of Trader Joes. And if you love the quality and customer service at your local Trader Joe’s, you’ll understand what all the hype is about with Aldi.
- The bread selection
My family loves their bread. And quite honestly, Aldi’s brand sliced bread is a family favorite. It just tends to have a better quality structure and flavor than some other local retailer brands. Buns, flatbreat, loaves, sliced… you’ll love this section.
- Wednesday is the best day to shop Aldi
Wednesday is known to be the best day to shop at Aldi. They roll out new prices on Wednesdays and often have new ‘produce picks of the week’ which means that you can get a steal on some produce and other possibly some other products.