I have recently come to love Aldi. I am currently on a diet trying to lose a few lbs but I am still able to buy a number of things at Aldi for just as good of quality at much lower prices. I have found there are a few of the packaged items I won't buy because of the ingredients (HFCS, transfats) but I am still able to save considerably on the items I do enjoy buying there. I love that they sell the Honeysuckle ground turkey. Their ground beef is good quality as well. We tried a package of steaks and they were less than desirable. It takes a little getting used to at first. Now, when I make my grocery list, I put a star beside the items I know I like to buy at Aldi and it saves me time & money. The produce at our Aldi is local which is rarely the case even at our large local grocers. I can buy a pack of 3 bell peppers (red, green & yellow) for $1.99!!! You can't even buy 1 red bell pepper for $1.99 at any of the other stores.
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Our local Aldi starts off at $10/hour. That's pretty good considering the work they do. Heck, I'm a CNA and I only make $8.50.
When I worked at Meijer in Indiana during college, I was making minimum wage and working like a dog. Walmart is the same way. Aldi has always offered better pay in the states of Indiana, Illinois, or Michigan (the places I've lived).
I wouldn't put it past them to use a petroleum product on the produce, but I guess it's not different than the irradiated foods at other stores-like walmart or whatever. I hate that the only way we (and I mean we as in collective "we" in the U.S.) can get decent food is to pay through the nose for it by buying 100% organic. *sigh*
Call me a convert!
I also went and checked out their website and can't wait to start using it. Having a meal planner, recipe finder/cookbook right there and being able to make up my shopping list (telling me what is and isn't at Aldi's) will be so helpful!
Oh, and shopping there is making it possible to actually buy fresh fruit and veggies. We are eating better/healthier now than we have in a long time.
Aldi is a great store! We have done all the taste test comparisons......everyone knows that the private labels are actually the big name brand companies' products just under a different label. I have cut my grocery bill in half since shopping there. People are brainwashed into thinking that it has to be a "brand" name to be good.....like I said, the products do come from a name brand company, it's just under a different label. I know that for a fact because at our store the milk may have a private label on it but it comes from one of our local dairies......I've seen their trucks delivering the milk and other dairy products!
Yes, Aldi is a German company. Their stores are packed full of great items, they are neat and clean, staff is wonderful and the quality of their products is great! I get more for my money at Aldi. Why would I want to shop elsewhere and pay $1 - $2 more for some products (our local TOPS store is THAT much higher!). I am not a Walmart fan.......their prices aren't that great.
We did have a sav-a-lot but they closed......their prices, at least in our area, weren't great.....Aldi is better! I have no problem bagging my own groceries......I prefer to.....then things are just they way I want them. I can have a huge list, go to Aldi and be in and out in 1 hour.....that includes shopping, checkout and bagging. I bring my own re-usable cloth shopping bags.......everyone should be using cloth bags......
People need to get past this "brand name" issue and stop trying to impress people by shopping at the high priced stores. I don't need to impress anyone......I want to save money!
We got one about 6 months ago and I LOVE IT! An average trip to the grocery store (even Walmart) was costing me about $150 whereas at Aldi it is $100
Like others have said, I like that you rent your chart, don't get bags, and don't pay with credit. It might sound weird but I like that the store is small and there isn't much variety. If I need chickpeas - there is one kind in once section, one kind of tortillas, etc. I get in and out of the store so much more quickly than a regular grocery store. Funny to learn that it is German owned because I told dh that if had a nice European feel.
I absolutely love Aldi's. I buy all our staples there like spices, flour, sugar, chocolate chips. milk, eggs, etc. I do get produce when it's good and I've actually found grass-fed beef there and lots of organic salad mixes and such. And they are all great prices. Aldi is our typical grocery store for shopping and then when we need something that isn't there(coconut oil, etc) we go to the local large supermarket down the street.