We just got an Aldi's about 15 minutes from me!!!!

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by mickeylove2, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. mickeylove2

    mickeylove2 DIS Veteran

    Apr 12, 2007
    Ok, so I've heard a lot about how great Aldi's is but never really paid a whole lot of attention because there was never 1 near by, well we finally got 1- just opened and I'm going there this weekend. What should I know before going in?????
  2. dawson5

    dawson5 DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    We had one before but they just built a new one, so we finally decided to explore a bit. Ours had a quarter deposit on the grocery cart. We weren't prepared for this and found one with a broken slot. I never have change, kids take it and spend it on the ice cream man, pop machine or concession stand at baseball. I think we also had to bring in our own bags and bag our own items. We've only been once so far, I keep meaning to pop back in but just haven't.
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  4. muscarello4

    muscarello4 Mouseketeer

    Dec 6, 2003
    Aldi Hint:

    They scan and you stand at the end putting the things back in your cart. DON'T start bagging yet. (Been there, done that! Got yelled at by the checker lady!) The object is to get you through as quickly as possible, THEN you take your cart to the bagging counter to bag up.

    It does make sense. They can get more people through the checkout this way and in turn have to pay for less checkers. (Less pay = cheaper grocery prices.)

    Be prepared for grocery snobs saying that Aldi is beneath them. I LOVED my Aldi and KNOW that I saved a substantial amount each week. (I no longer have one since I moved.)

    Have fun shopping and saving!
  5. Mickey527

    Mickey527 DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2000
    We have an Aldi's about 45 minutes away and they just finished building one about 20 minutes away. They are paving the parking lot today so I expect it to open really soon.
    I love their meats. I have tried the boneless pork loin chops and they are the most tender I have ever eaten. I had the frozen backn wrapped filets which were good but I am not a bacon fan and even though I took mine off before cooking it still had a bacon flavor. Last night we had another frozen steak (can't remember the name) and it was so tender even though my son the chef cooked them well instead of the med. rare I like.
    I have had their frozen chicken breast and frozen chicken tenderloins and all were great.
    I haven't found anything I don't like other than their house brand toilet paper.
    My son is a manager at Trader Joe's and he laughingly calls Aldi's the competition but he loves the food. I can buy stuff there that they don't have at Trader Joe's and it is still alot cheaper than the Stop & Shops in the area.
    I keep a quarter in my ash tray for the carriage and use it when I go to Aldi's. It goes right back when I get it from the carriage for my next trip.
  6. cassandrap83

    cassandrap83 Only 3hrs from the Magic :)

    May 17, 2009
    A few things to know:

    1. You must have a quarter to use a shopping cart. You will get it back when you return it.

    2. They only accept debit/cash. They may accept food stamps, not sure. No credit cards.

    3. 99% of what they carry is not name-brand, it's all private label.

    4. Their produce is not local.

    The best things that I've found are:

    Queso Dip
    Chicken Nuggets
    Drink Mix
    Animal Crackers
    Graham Crackers
    Ice Cream Cones
    Single-Serve Frozen Entrees
  7. MissRoseDarrensAngel

    MissRoseDarrensAngel Will Turner's Pirate Princess

    Jul 15, 2009
    I love shopping at Aldi, and so does my wallet :lmao:

    I was happy when a few stores were opened in my town a few years ago.
  8. 1PrincessMomma1

    1PrincessMomma1 DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    At ours they put it back in the cart for you.
  9. gower525

    gower525 Mouseketeer

    Feb 4, 2007
    I love Aldi's. In fact, I just did my shopping there today.

    We love:

    salad dressing ( Grandessa House Vinaigrette)
    french toast sticks
    sweet onion salsa ( in the fridge section)
    bacon wrapped filets ( not frozen - I haven't tried those)

    - and everything else - we haven't found anything we didn't like - those are just my favorites. Happy shopping.

    --- and it is much faster than going elsewhere. You can be in and out in no time b/c it is so small and there just aren't many choices. You really don't have to debate between one type or another.
  10. emer95

    emer95 DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2005
    You will love it! I have found that I do 75% of my shopping at Aldi's, and 25% at the regular grocery store. I save a lot of money and it doesn't take any more time because I'm in and out of Aldi's so fast, and I only pick up a few name-brand things my family can't do without at the grocery store.

    We prefer many Aldi brands now. Our favorites are:

    Spaghetti sauce
    Orange juice
    Havarti dill cheese
    Frozen chicken breasts
    Graham crackers
    Rice Krispies
    Chocolate chips
    Artichoke hearts
    Iced Tea mix
    Plus all our staples like cheese, milk, bread, butter, flour, sugar, cream cheese, eggs. You can't beat it!

    PS- I love your avatar!
  11. DawnM

    DawnM DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2005
    Just know that most of their stuff is VERY processed. I don't normally go because it is far from us, but I was over there a week ago and stopped in because I thought they had yeast (turns out they only have it at the Holiday season!) and my boys talked me in to getting some things without checking labels first......

    many of their mixes are made with dried LARD and their canned goods must have MSG in them because we all felt that MSG headache and bloating that comes after eating anything with MSG.

  12. C.Ann

    C.Ann <font color=green>We'll remember when...<br><font

    May 13, 2001
    Love Aldi's..:thumbsup2 They have literally saved me thousands of dollars since they arrived in upstate NY about 10 years ago - maybe longer..

    The only thing I don't care for is their chips.. Everything else is great..:)

    All I can say is "try it".. You have nothing to lose and if you purchase something you don't like, you can bring it back and get a full refund - no questions asked..:goodvibes
  13. Shagley

    Shagley If you don't move when I say "beep beep", I will r

    Mar 11, 2005
    Also, if you figure out what day they get their produce in, you can find great deals on fresh fruits and vegetables. Our Aldi's gets their produce in on Tuesdays, so Tuesday evening and Wednesday there is a great selection of produce, but the rest of the week it is pretty picked over.

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