Aldi FAQs

These are questions I’ve received from friends, family & readers.  If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to drop me a line.  I’d love to hear from you!

What is Aldi?

Simply put, it’s a grocery store.

The Aldi website says it best.

Do you do all of your grocery shopping at Aldi?

I do most, if not all, of my grocery shopping at Aldi.

There are certain things I cannot find at Aldi. However, 99% of my grocery shopping is at my local Aldi store.

For my Eggplant Parmesan, I have to purchase eggplant elsewhere.

Fresh herbs cannot be found at my local Aldi (tip: purchase seed packets and grow them in a coffee can or outdoor pot).

Specialty items like panko bread crumbs, kosher salt, exotic spices cannot be found at Aldi.

I can find lemons, but not limes.

However, Aldi does carry items like dried cranberries, feta cheese and soy milk.

How do I shop at Aldi?

You shop at Aldi just like you shop at your regular grocery store.

You’ll need to bring a quarter for a grocery cart and your own shopping bags (or, purchase bags there at check-out).

These are great cost-cutting practices. Why? Well, because you’re not paying for the bagger to bag the items or for the employee to retrieve the carts in the parking lot. Makes sense, huh?

What’s up with paying a quarter for my grocery cart?

Here’s the deal with that. Sliding a quarter in the on-cart thingie unlocks your cart from the one in front of it. No worries – you’ll get that quarter back when you return the cart.

How does this benefit you? Before you go thinking it’s an inconvenience to fumble for a quarter, realize that corralling the carts this way reduces the chances of dings in your car from runaway carts in the parking lot.

Realize that traditional grocery chains pay for the in-lot corrals that house those carts.

Realize that traditional grocery stores pay to have employees chase those carts and push them back to the store entrance.

Realize that sometimes grocery carts can be lost at traditional stores. They’re not cheap to replace.

Realize that traditional grocery stores pass all these costs onto you, the shopper, in the form of higher prices.

Do I need to have a membership for shopping at Aldi?

No membership is needed to shop at Aldi.

What brands does Aldi sell?

Aldi does not sell easily-recognized brands.  They sell brands that are exclusive to Aldi.

For a complete list, complete with photos and descriptions, visit the Aldi site by clicking HERE.

Is food at Aldi as good as good as what I can purchase at my favorite grocery store?

I think it is.  That’s the reason for this website – to prove that one can cook great food without spending a fortune on groceries.

If you don’t like what you purchase, Aldi will refund.

Have you ever purchased foods you don’t like at Aldi?  If so, what are they?

Yes, I have. This is not different than shopping at other stores.

The few items I’ve purchased that my family doesn’t like are:

    Bottled spaghetti sauce (it seems gummy to me).
    Ground beef (though it’s 90/10, there’s something different about the texture).

If you don’t like what you purchase, Aldi will refund. For more information on Aldi’s guarantee, click HERE.

How much can I expect to spend at Aldi?  How much do you save?

Take your normal grocery bill. Subtract at least 50%. That’s a pretty good benchmark of your savings.

Every single time the cashier tells me how much my total is, I’m dumbfounded. To this day, I still can’t believe how much I don’t spend there.

No coupons. No waiting for sales to match those coupons to. It’s what I want, when I want it, at a price that’s so low it’s almost unbelievable. Period.

Does Aldi sell beer or wine?

They certainly do!  Yay!

The lowest-cost wine is from Winking Owl. It’s not my favorite, but will do in a pinch. I’ll be experimenting soon with using Winking Owl as a sangria base. I’ll report my findings here.

The Monterrey Cerveza Mexican beer is surprisingly good. I compare it with Corona. Pop a lime in that bottle and you won’t be able to tell the difference!

Cheers!

What about fresh fruits & veggies?

Aldi sells those, too. And, it’s always fresher than my local traditional grocery store.

Photo credits: Aldi website.

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