A shopping trip to Aldi

I mentioned in my previous post that I do most of my grocery shopping at Aldi. This has not always been the case as I used to shop at another local grocery store. At the prompting of my husband (he had several years of practice being a bachelor before we were married) and my brother-in-law, I decided to give Aldi a shot. I insisted that my husband go with me because something about that store scared me and intimidated me!! Here are some pointers for shopping at Aldi:

1) Always take a quarter with you! It costs 25 cents to unlock a cart, but you get your money back when you return your cart. If you see someone in the parking lot and they offer you their cart...make sure to give them a quarter.

2) At Aldi you must bag your own groceries. Therefore, you either need to take your own bags, pick up empty boxes while shopping, or buy bags when you check out.

3) Aldi only accepts cash and debit cards.

4) Some items are only carried during particuliar seasons. For example, cocoa is only available in the winter.

One thing I do to make my shopping trips quicker is to use a grocery list that has the items in the order of the store. I have a typed list of the items that I buy most often listed in the order of their location in the Aldi store and I highlight the item if I need to purchase it. This allows me to shop faster and it keeps me from purchasing unneeded items.

Overall I am able to do over 90% of my grocery shopping at Aldi. The prices are fantastic and the quality is great. I highly recommend giving them a try!

This post was strictly my opinion and I was not reimbursed in any way by Aldi.


  1. I meant to comment on your last post - so I'm sorry I didn't! I love Aldi! Good work highlighting such a great place - I also write my list in order of the store, and we whiz through there! I had no idea that Walmart price matched - I don't usually shop there, but the next time that we do, I will keep that in mind!

  2. I'm also an ALDI lover! Though I cannot 'whiz through' to save my life - unless, of course, I am alone. Such a great store!

  3. I have the opposite problem- my husband is always trying to talk me OUT of going to Aldi's =)

    I'm excited b/c I'm going to try Aldi's next time I do my big grocery trip so I can have a nice, solid comparative receipt to check against Checkers. I do think Aldis is great for some things, but I sure wish they would take credit card! Then they would be almost perfect =)

  4. I'd love to know how it turns out! Keep us posted!