5 Things You Need to Know Before Shopping at ALDI

Are you new to Aldi stores? There are a few things you will want to know before you stop in on your first trip to Aldi.

Shopping at Aldi is a little different than most big chain grocery stores. This post is intended to get you a little more ‘prepared’ for your first trip to Aldi.

I admit, sometimes I still make rookie mistakes even though we mostly only shop at Aldi for our groceries. But don’t fret – there are ways around some of them.

1. Bring a Quarter

At Aldi, you will need to “rent” your grocery cart. Before you grab the cart to go into the store, you will need to insert a quarter that will release the cart.

When you are finished with your cart, you will return your cart to the corral and get your quarter back.

This cuts down on time that the employees would need to go out and round up the carts. It’s a pretty genius idea!

Expert move: See someone in the parking lot that is about done with their cart? Save them a trip and exchange their cart with a quarter.

2. Bring Reusable Bags

Reusable bags are the way of the future, although many grocery stores still have plastic bags at check out.

Aldi does not have bags to pack your groceries in. However, if you do forget your bags, you can buy them at the register. They have sturdy plastic bags that can be reused, reusable bags, freezer bags, and paper bags to choose from.

If you forgot your bag and don’t want to buy additional bags, find an empty box in the store. All of the products throughout the store will be in a boxes.

To cut down on time (time = $$) employees simply place flats of the food or products right onto the shelf. You can use this to your advantage.

You can place your items in the box and carry them out all in one go – especially if you aren’t buying many items.

3. Pack Your Own Groceries

Once you get to the checkout, the cashier will scan your items (very quickly!) and place them into another cart next to them.

Once you are finished paying, you will need to give them your cart in exchange for the cart they just filled with your groceries.

There is a long shelf along the back wall that is available for you to pack your own groceries on.

4. No Coupons

Aldi does not accept coupons. Most of their items are their own brand although they do have “brand name” products from time to time. Typically, those products are an “aldi find”.

You will find that a majority of their foods are much cheaper than your local grocery store anyway.

5. There is no Customer Service Desk.

Most grocery stores will have a separate area for customer service. Aldi does not.

If you have questions or need to return something, you go right to the cashier.

Speaking of return policies, Aldi has a great one! It’s called the “Aldi Twice as Nice Guarantee”. If you buy something and are not satisfied with it, you can return the product for your money back AND they will replace the item as well.

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