Reasons I Love Aldi Shopping
Recently I was invited to the Aldi headquarters to learn more about the company, participate in a blind taste test of Aldi products vs national brands and sample their holiday recipes and products. I was already an Aldi shopper so I was excited go and learn more about the company and their products. Aldi shopping is perfect for me because it neatly fits with the mission of this website which is to help you all save money and live well.
Aldi is perfect for the everyday shopper who want great products at a low price. I was amazed during the blind taste that for many of the products I preferred the Aldi brand to the national brand. I especially loved the Savoritz entertainment crackers which beat the Caberet crackers hands down. I also thought Nature’s Nectar orange juice was much much better than the Tropicana.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons I Love Aldi Shopping
- Everyday low prices. If you don’t want to hassle with couponing and just want great products at low prices then Aldi has you covered. Aldi customers can complete the majority of their grocery shopping needs at ALDI at prices up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets. How do they do it? They have lots of operating cost savings and efficiencies and those are passed on to customers in the form of lower prices.
Here are a few:
- Stores are open during the most popular shopping hours — typically 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays
- Aldi has shopping cart rental system. Customers use a quarter to retrieve a cart and get a quarter refunded when they return the cart to the corral at the end of their shopping trip. This system cuts down on the labor of collecting carts left in the parking lot and damage to cars.
- More than 90 percent of ALDI premium products are sold under its exclusive brand labels (similar to Trader Joes) to keep costs down and are manufactured by many of the nation’s leading food producers. In its test kitchen, ALDI ensures its products meet or exceed the quality and taste of the national name brands. When I was at the test kitchen I found this to be completely true. All the Aldi products I tried I either liked better than the national brand or almost as much.
- You bag your own groceries plus you need to either bring your own or opt to purchase a reusable, long-lasting ALDI bag, saving money and precious resources.
2. Double money back guarantee – If you’re not satisfied for any reason, simply return the unused portion (or even the empty package) with the receipt to the store. Aldi will refund your money AND give you a replacement product. This makes Aldi shopping no risk! I often have people in my grocery shopping classes say that in the past they had a bad experience with Aldi or are worried about the private label brands. I tell them that Aldi has changed and that they should really give it a try. I am picky about food and quality and I have had no issue with the Aldi private label brands. However, if I ever do I love that I can use the double money back guarantee.
3. Smaller than your average store – I hate big mega grocery stores. When I grocery shop I want to get in and get out fast. Most Aldi stores have just 5 aisles which makes shopping a breeze. Even though the stores are small, they sell more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased grocery and household items.
4. Yummy European products at low prices. This is possibly my favorite thing about Aldi. I lived in Germany for a few years and love that I can get European treats at great prices at Aldi. When you look at the packaging it will show where the product was produced if it is not made in the USA. There are lots of great German and Austrian chocolate and cookies. Two of my favorites are Gluhwein and the Cafe Bistro Dark Chocolate Coated Butter Cookies. Gluhwein is a delicious blend of red wine and spices. The wine is infused with a unique blend of cinnamon, cloves, oranges, lemons and a dash of sugar. Christkindl Gluhwein is ready to drink and all you have to do is warm it up. It is priced at just $4.99 a bottle.
The Cafe Bistro Dark Chocolate Coated Butter Cookies are priced at just $1.49 and are very similar to Leibniz-Keks which were my favorite German cookies. You need to try these I promise you will not be disappointed.
These European Chocolates are just $1.99 a bag but look much more expensive. They are perfect stocking stuffers!
These adorable chocolate advent calendars are just $1.00 each. We buy these every year and my girls love them! There is a limited stock of these speciality items so be sure to buy them when you can.
5. No High Fructose Corn syrup in any of their breads – Yes you heard me right – Aldi got rid of high fructose corn syrup in all the bread they carry. I love that!
6. Full line of organic and natural products – Aldi now has a SimplyNature line that includes natural and organic products. This makes me love Aldi shopping even more! This was started as a special buy and people loved it so much this line is now carried all the time. SimplyNature products range from cereal, organic honey, fruit bars, and apple juice, to pasta sauce, pizza, salsa, grass-fed ground beef, and various snacks. They are also adding more gluten-free option as well!
7. Quick Cashiers – You will be amazed at how fast the cashiers can check you out. You will not wait long. One thing that helps the cashiers are the multiple bar codes on every product. That way when the cashier scans the item, they’re more likely to be able to do it in one swoop!
8. Fresh flowers at amazing prices – Fresh flowers are an affordable treat especially at just $3.99 a bunch. The roses come in a pack of 6 but even for a dozen roses that is just $7.98!
9. Lots of yummy recipes on their website and easy entertaining tips and products – The Aldi website is full of great everyday recipes and holiday recipes. I tried a bunch of the holiday recipes when I visited Aldi headquarters and they were very tasty!
Aldi carries a selection of ready-to-eat items that are perfect for delicious, no-fuss hors d’oeuvres. From Sea Queen Large Cooked Shrimp and Parkview Cocktail Sausages to Clancy’s Traditional Party Mix, ALDI has all the necessities to ensure you spend less time in the kitchen and more time entertaining. Aldi style tip: This year, try creating mini hors d’oeuvres on skewers that your guests can grab and enjoy while walking around and mingling. Add vegetables & cheeses to skewers to create “salad-on-a-stick” for a vegetarian option.
- Parkview Cocktail Sausages (14 oz.) – $2.49
- Grape Tomatoes — Prices vary by location
- Little Salad Bar Sweet Butter Lettuce (5-6.5 oz.) – $1.99
- Tuscan Garden Blue Cheese Dressing (16 oz.) – $1.39
- Tuscan Garden Real Bacon Bits (2.5 oz.) – $1.49
- Sea Queen Large Cooked Shrimp (12 oz.) – $4.99
- Burman’s All Natural Cocktail Sauce* (12 oz.) – $1.29
- Clancy’s Traditional or Cheddar Party Mix (15 oz.) – $ 2.29
An assortment of gourmet and artisan cheeses makes for an effortless party platter at your holiday party and is also a great complement to Aldi award-winning wines. Aldi has a wide variety of cheeses available this holiday season, including Specially Selected Brie, Specially Selected Edam and Specially Selected Gouda, all for less than $3.00. Aldi style tip: Serve with crackers and a variety of fresh or dried fruit for a spread that is sure to please all palates.
- Savoritz Entertainment Crackers (7-8 oz.) – $1.49 ( I LOVE these great taste, great looking AND a great price!)
- Specially Selected Brie Cheese Round (8 oz.) – $2.99
- Specially Selected Gouda, Edam or Smoked Gouda (7 oz.) – $2.99
- Happy Farms Cheese Cubes (Mild Cheddar or Colby Jack) (8 oz.) – $1.99
- Specially Selected Havarti (8 oz.) – $2.99
- Specially Selected Goat Cheese Logs (4 oz.) – $1.99
10. Special Buys -These are limited-time offers of products that score you huge savings, but are only available while supplies last. Special buys can include anything from kitchenware and electronics to clothing, toys and furniture. Be sure to check out the center aisle where they usually keep the special buys. They are often seasonal so you will find sand toys in the summer and wrapping paper in December. Stocks are limited, so to ensure you don’t miss out, I recommend visiting ALDI as early as possible when new special buys go on sale.
I hope these 10 reasons why I Aldi shopping were helpful. So do you shop Aldi now? Why or why not? What are your favorite Aldi products? Let me know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: ALDI sponsored my trip to Chicago to participate in the Test Kitchen event. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.