I have been hesitant to visit ALDI because of my obsession with Walmart, the one stop shop. However, with the influx of their stores in my area and people raving about how much money they save, I decided to give it a try. Since I’d already been to the store not too long ago and only needed to pick up a few items, I figured today would be the perfect time to see what the buzz was all about.
I found that the store was no bigger than a minute which cut down on the amount of time spent walking the aisles and most of the products offered are their own private label. Being raised on mostly brand name foods, I am not ashamed to say that this was something I had to wrap my mind around but quickly got over once I started noticing the prices.
Even though it was only a few items, I was able to get them all for a measly $20. I know that my bill would’ve been MUCH higher at any one of my regular shopping spots.
Since this was a spur of the moment trip, there were a few things I had to learn the hard way.
- Bring a quarter with you to get a shopping cart but you get the quarter back when you return the cart.
- You have to bring your own bags or purchase a reusable bag there.
- They only accept cash or debit cards.
- You have to bag your own groceries.
All of which help to keep the costs low so I didn’t mind. The cashier even thanked me for my politeness about the matter since some folks tend to get upset.
At any rate, if today’s trip was any indication as to how much I can save going forward, well… needless to say, I have been made a believer and will be walking the aisles of ALDI again in the near future!