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ALDI Named the Nation’s Low-Price Grocery Store for the Fourth Year in a Row!

ALDI

As you well know, ALDI is hands down one of my very favorite grocery stores. I’ve sung the praises of ALDI over and over here on my blog.

A few reasons I love ALDI:

  • I love the low prices on staple ingredients — We’ve found that we’ll usually save at least $30 to $40 per week by shopping at ALDI over the regular grocery store. I love that we can consistently get low prices without having to even mess with pairing coupons with sales.
  • I love the simplicity — they only carry one brand/type of item to choose from so it streamlines my grocery shopping.
  • I love the small atmosphere — it’s so quick to get in and out of the store because it’s small. I can grab what I need,
  • I love the no-frills approach — ALDI is all about keeping the main thing, the main thing. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, which keeps their overhead costs down significantly and allows them to keep their prices low.
  • I love the produce prices — A 3-pound bag of Gala apples for $1.99? Yes, please! I love that I can count on ALDI to always have at least 2-3 really amazing produce sales each week!

ALDI

Yes, my love for ALDI runs deep and wide! So I was excited to see that they were named the nation’s low-price grocery store for the fourth year in a row, according to a survey conducted recently.

Here’s the press release:

Batavia, Ill. – August 6, 2014 – Discount grocer ALDI was recognized as the nation’s low-price grocery leader for the fourth year in a row, according to a recent consumer survey* conducted by Market Force Information, Inc., the world’s leading customer intelligence solutions company. When asked to rank the top grocers offering low prices, consumers ranked ALDI ahead of competitors such as Costco, Walmart and Trader Joe’s. Consumers also named ALDI one of the top three favorite grocery store chains in America**.

“It’s no surprise that ALDI continues to be recognized as the low-price grocery leader,” said Jason Hart, president, ALDI. “However, these latest survey findings prove that a growing number of consumers are choosing to shop at ALDI for more than just low prices.”

In addition to remaining the low-price grocery leader, ALDI maintained a top five ranking in the categories of Good Private Label Brands, Accurate Pricing and Tags and Sustainable Environment / Green Policies. ALDI also earned top-five rankings in three new categories: Courteous Staff, Fast Checkout and Nutrition / Health information.

“Our accelerated expansion plan is a testament to the millions of shoppers who have embraced the ALDI approach to offering the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices, in a simple and easy-to-navigate shopping environment,” added Hart. “Consumers are increasingly impressed with the high quality of our food and the fact that we offer a growing number of healthy, organic, gluten-free and better-for-you options, including nearly 70 varieties of fresh produce.”

ALDI announced in December 2013 that it intends to open 650 new stores across the country in the next five years.

This just makes me happy on so many levels. I’m happy that ALDI is receiving the recognition that they deserve for having such great prices. I’m happy that this means more people are saving money. And I’m thrilled that they are opening 650 new stores.

I’m really, really hoping that some of those 650 stores are going to be opened close to some of you who don’t have an ALDI nearby!

Not familiar with ALDI or need more convincing to try shopping there? Read my post on How Shopping At ALDI Saves Us Close to $1,000 Per Year.

Are you a fan of ALDI? Why or why not?

{Note: This post was underwritten by ALDI. All opinions are my own. As you well know, I’m kind of an ALDI groupie so I was more than happy to talk about this recent survey when they approached me about writing this post. 🙂 Read our disclosure policy here.}

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109 Comments

  • Jennifer says:

    Please Aldi executives, open a store on the downeast Maine coast. We need you here!

  • Alison S. says:

    We’re getting an Aldi just down the street from our house. I’m sooooo excited!!! 🙂

  • Karin from Birmingham says:

    Love Aldi!! I am disabled and on a very limited income. I have cut my monthly grocery bill by 40-45% and am eating more fresh fruits and veggies and more “clean”, “all natural” and “organic” food than I could ever afford before. I go to Aldi once a month, cook in bulk and freeze meals. My last trip to Aldi was 76 items, and 31 of them were FRESH produce!! You are right–the staples are awesome. So glad I live near an Aldi, and happy to hear their plans to expand!!

  • Beth says:

    I work at a big box store and still prefer shopping at Aldi 🙂 it’s nice to be able to get in and get out in such a short amount if time.. Also less stuff to distract me to make me purchase more than I need! I drive 15 mins to get to mine but it’s worth it!

  • Karin from Birmingham says:

    I meant to add that I have lost 20 lbs. since I started (1) planning meals, (2) shopping at Aldi, and (3) cooking in bulk and freezing ahead. Happy, happy, happy!!

  • Jessica says:

    Nope, not a fan. Last time I went in, I had a list of 4 items from their flyer. They had 1 in stock. The Aldis here have armed security guards! But there is only ever 1 cashier open.

    • Yikes! Do they have any other ALDI stores in your area that might be in nicer areas?

      • Amanda says:

        There is one Aldi near us that has armed guards and is sort of scary. But, just down the road a few miles is a much nicer Aldi. No guards. No weird customers. I shop there with my kids weekly.

        You might try another Aldi in a nicer part of town. It wouldn’t hurt to try just once more.

    • Not a fan either.

      Their prices here are the sale prices at the “regular” store or MUCH higher. And I have never had their produce keep more than a day or two without it turning black, fuzzy and rotten. Even the fresh-picked, fresh produce we get lasts way longer than that! I’ve tried 3 different Aldi in our area and have had the same experience with all three.

      That said, I do like their crackers and their decaf coffee is not too bad either.

      Lea

  • Anonymous says:

    I love shopping at Aldi. I wish they had one closer to us. The closest one is a little over an hour away. When I make a trip I always walk out with a lot of groceries for a very reasonable price.

  • No surprise! I wish we had an Aldi closer to us. Such great deals even without coupons.

  • Julie C says:

    No surprise to us! I have been shopping at Aldi for over 30 years! Remember the days when they didn’t have a refrigerated section but they sold eggs right in cartons/boxes on the floor?!? Yes, they did!

  • Jill says:

    I love Aldi! I shop every other week for my 4 year old son and I and was spending WELL over $100 every other week for the two of us at our local grocery store…and that was WITH sticking to a list, paying cash, and trying to plan inexpensive meals on the plan! Once I switched to Aldi I’m spending $55 on average every two weeks and I LOVE that!! And in that $55 are items that I wouldn’t purchase before due to budget restraints. My 4 year old is SO pleased that I agree to buy him individual yogurt cups again now that our bill has been lowered so significantly! Aldi has helped this single mom to afford the groceries I need while allowing for wiggle room in my budget as a whole so I can finish getting my debt paid off!

  • Katie says:

    I used to not shop too chase at Aldi because my husband has celiac disease. But now the have their own gluten free line of products and they are 50% cheaper than the grocery store. Also you can get grass fed organic need at my local Aldi- I am a convert!
    Katie

  • Tammy says:

    I like shopping at Aldi. I’ve recently started shopping there again, and have saved quite a bit of money by doing so. There have been a few things that were disappointing – I bought mushrooms that only a few days later had mold growing on them, a package of walnuts were rancid, things like that. I did ask about the walnuts and they said they would exchange them for me. Overall it’s a great store!

  • Melody says:

    Any info about where these new stores will be? I sure wouldn’t mind one in Colorado!

  • I would love it if they would bring one to the Northwest, Northwest Montana would be amazing! I know they would do well in our area.

  • Andrea says:

    LOVE AND MISS ALDI!!! I shopped there all through college back in ohio an could get by on a $60 weekly grocery budget (this was usually after I bought in bulk or bought something extra). I always went to ALDI first then if I needed anything else went to another store to finish my groceries off. But since moving to Georgia, I haven’t found any and my grocery expenses have skyrocketed! Please post the locations of the new stores when they are released!!!!!

  • Trish says:

    I love Aldi! Am I the only one with a special Aldi quarter in my car cup holder all the time?

    • Rebecca says:

      Nope! We have one too!

    • Amanda says:

      I have the same thing. It stays in the door by my oldest because she is always on quarter duty!

    • Julie V. says:

      LOL! I have a quarter in my car, too. Aldi opened just down the street from us a year ago and it has been such a blessing. I’m saving about $30 to $40 per week on groceries. Some things I just can’t buy there because my son is allergic to nuts and can’t eat anything processed in a facility that manufactures nuts. But I am now seeing several Aldi items that say processed in a nut free facility. Yeah!

      A friend of mine recently had to go gluten free due to health issues of one of her children. I told her about gluten free at Aldi and she was very happy with the prices and quality. Gluten free is very expensive, especially as a single mom of 4.

  • Jenny says:

    I grew up in Indiana with an Aldi in my hometown. We now live in Williamsburg, VA and I’ve already emailed Aldi asking them to open a store somewhere in this area, ha ha – this is good news!

  • LOVE Aldi’s !! We’re fortunate enough to have 2 in our town & the nicer one is 5 minutes from our house. FIVE MINUTES! 🙂

  • Stacey says:

    I love Aldi and shop there every week for the fresh produce. I have used their guarantee program when food was nasty or was bad. They are polite and honor their saying unlike other big stores.

  • Candace says:

    I love Aldi. Nobody can beat their prices on baking ingredients. I really like having less choices. I makes life easier. If I want to buy flour, I buy flour. I don’t have to wrap my mind around the 20 kinds of flour at the big stores.

  • amber says:

    We buy about half of our groceries from Aldis. Whatever else we need we get at Walmart. I wish my Aldis had good produce. It is always half rotten with mold and fruit flies. At least I can price match at Wal-mart.

  • Beth says:

    The thing I really like about ALDI is the shopping experience. While the simple decor/use of boxes for shelving is nothing to write home about, the experience is enhanced by the other shoppers. When I only have a couple items, I am routinely offered a place ahead of the person with a cart full of groceries. I frequently observe people helping others reach items or trading carts in the parking lot. I do not find this same courtesy at large, chaotic stores.

    It COULD be that it’s a coincidence, or that nice people just choose to shop at ALDI. However, I suspect that the simple, focused nature of the store brings out the best in the shoppers and encourages a sense of togetherness among shoppers.

  • Katie pell says:

    New to shopping at Aldi’s and am very happy! Everybody is courteous and helpful. I have been saving about $30 a week for my family of 5. $90 a month toward our savings has been AWESOME. Thanks Aldi’s!

  • Amanda says:

    Oh, Aldi, PLEASE open a store in Las Vegas!

  • Leigh says:

    I don’t feel strongly one way or the other about Aldi; however I don’t shop there. We have a lot of food allergies and because of that, we have the need for certain brands and/or a variety of brands. I have tried their produce but it went bad in less than 48 hours. I may try again in the future but right now they can’t meet our needs.

  • Manuela says:

    I love the new gluten free options that Aldi has! I also love that they have expanded their organic options as well! Although, I haven’t been able to find the frozen gluten free pancakes since they came out, those are amazing! I have not found a product there that I did not like. The chocolate is also super good!

  • Vickie says:

    Since our local grocery stores have quit doubling coupons I have started mainly shopping at Aldi’s. It’s right around the corner, they have low prices, and they have a great selection of groceries.

    I think my only advice would be that if you see something you might want, get it. It may or may not be there the next time!

  • bluffwood says:

    They’re not the lowest price in this market, for milk and eggs. That is surprising. I’m in Indianapolis and can do better for milk at CVS. Two hours south in Madison, they’re great with milk as low as $1.69 a gallon and eggs often less than $1 a dozen. But they’re always the best price for sugar free popsicles… a staple for me as I’ve lost a lot of weight.

    Family members moved to Summerville/Charleston SC and they could really use Aldi there.

    And kudos to Aldi for removing HFCS from many of their products. It used to be in almost everything, but as Aldi improves on their certified organic selection, they’ve removed HFCS from their baked goods.

    Now if I could convince them not to sell microfiltered (therefore untraceable) honey from international sources (but no one can prove exactly where), I’d be happy.

  • Stacy says:

    I used to shop there all the time when I lived in FL now I live in Los Angeles and we don’t have ALDI here. I really miss those great savings.

  • Leanne says:

    Our Aldi store opened less than a year ago and it has proven to be a great shopping experience. It is so easy to get in and out of there quickly, the prices are super, and the cashiers are the fastest I have ever seen. I do look over the produce very carefully and if it looks bad I just don’t buy it. But most of it is great!

  • Jessica says:

    If I ever moved to a different area the #1 criteria would be whether there was an ALDI close by or within reasonable travel distance. I’ve been shopping there since milk was $.99 (about 7 or 8 years) and I love it. I’ve been so pleased with the newer natural, organic, and healthier options I squeal a bit with delite! I love the ease of limited choices and the great deals with no coupons required! My store has had turn over with employees and some have been better than others but that’s to be expected I guess. I’m glad for their recognition and growth….I think other greedy companies should take note of ALDI’s business model.

  • Can I please sing with you Crystal?? I LOVE ALDI!!!! Best grocery budget saver ever!!! 🙂 The small atmosphere is perfect, especially when shopping with littles! In-and-out is my style! 🙂

  • Jean says:

    Okay, so I live on the California coast and have never heard of Aldi’s until I started reading your blog. (Looked you up after recently hearing you on a Christian radio program). Anyway, I just Googled Aldi and learned that Trader Joe’s is a sister company to Aldi’s. I love my Trader Joe’s store!

  • Jenni says:

    We love our Aldi here. I have rarely had a problem with the produce, though every now and then you can tell that a particular shipment is getting old. Their return policy is awesome – we just returned a pork roast that I wasn’t happy with (and I had spent $19 on it) and they refunded our money and gave us a $21 roast. We also have wheat intolerances here and having more and more gluten-free options has been nice (though I tend to make most GF things from scratch). I like that they are trying to do better and have more variety as time goes on.

  • Jennifer says:

    The Jonesboro AR store should be opening by end of the year or early next year. Just in time to compete with the new kroger marketplace that is being built. I hope it’s produce is good….the only other aldi is an hour away and it’s dirty and the produce is from other countries. Is that a thing with all aldi stores, not USA produce? Is the organic USA?

  • Debbie L. says:

    I’m with you, Crystal! I love our Aldi’s. Growing up, we never shopped there as they weren’t known for being very nice. But, some friends convinced me to give them a try a couple of years ago and I wish I had tried them sooner! Lowest priced milk in the area (we go through a lot every week) as well as great deals on canned goods, bottled water, tortilla chips, staples, etc. There are some things I can get better deals on at other stores with sales and coupons, as is the case with any store, but overall, I’m very pleased with Aldi. I love that they carry only one brand of stuff. Makes it so much simpler mentally. I don’t buy a lot of produce there as we have a great fruit market right by us with excellent prices but the produce I have bought at Aldi has been fine. One time we had some buns mold before the buy by date and I took them back. They refunded my money and let me get a new package. Very nice people, too!

  • Noelle Melito says:

    I’m moving to San Antonio in 3 weeks and there’s no Aldi there. I’m so bummed. I would love to hear they’re building in San Antonio. My local store is not in a bad area but they did have a robbery last year, so they do have a guard now. Makes me feel safer.

  • Jennifer C. says:

    We need one in Roanoke, Va!!!! Please, Aldi if you’re reading this…make that one of your grand openings!!!!!

  • Kristy says:

    Love our Aldi here in Traverse City, MI! The selection is great. Quality is amazing! You can’t beat the prices either. I spend about $150 every other week to feed a family of 4. That’s even an over flowing cart with 3 cases of water!

  • Ann lang says:

    I’ve always been cautious when shopping at Aldi. I just don’t know where some of the groceries come from. I know they have stores in other countries. When I see “distributed in the US” on the label that doesnt tell me where the country of origin is. Is that food item from the US or is it just packaged here?
    Produce imported from other countries can have pesticides in them that are deemed unsafe in the US.
    Last time I looked, their bagels still have the “yoga mat” chemical in them that Subway removed from their rolls.
    I do like the increasing number of organic items though.

    • Jennifer says:

      Sadly, this is becoming an issue for all stores. I frequently find items at Meijer that come from China!!! and I rarely find produce that doesn’t come from a combo of USA and another country.

  • Jenni says:

    I don’t really like Aldi because their organic selection is too limited for my taste. But I love Trader Joe’s (their sister company)!

  • Jen says:

    I love Aldi! I do prefer the store a few miles further away to the one closest to me, but it’s not that big of a deal for me to do my shopping when I’m already by the nicer store. My only wish is that Aldi would stop processing their spices in the same factory as wheat products! While my family isn’t gluten free, I have three good friends who are gluten sensitive and another who has been diagnosed with Celiacs and gets violently ill when her food is contaminated. I love to serve my friends by feeding them, but have had to ask them to bring their own seasonings to use in dinner. Pork roast and tacos shouldn’t be so complicated. So Aldi… PLEASE make your spices GF!

  • KD says:

    Come to AZ! PLEASE! I have missed Aldi so much since leaving Ohio!

  • Karin from Birmingham says:

    I’ve NEVER had produce from Aldi go bad sooner than expected (and I never let that happen anyway b/c I cook in bulk and freeze, or wash all fruits/berries in a 1:10 vinegar-water mixture to kill spores, dry, and refrigerate in “green bags.”) Remember that their store policy is to replace AND refund the full amount for any item you are not happy with!

  • Amy H says:

    I love aldis for a lot of different things, like cheap milk, eggs, baking products, string cheese and many vegetables. Their BBQ kettle chips are awesome, cheap chicken broth and olive oil couscous, packaged cheese and bottled water prices can’t be beat. I never have a good experience with their fruit, so I avoid it, but frozen fruit and vegetables are great as well as their frozen chicken. We are definitely fans!

  • CarolSue says:

    I really hope an Aldi will come to my area. We have three grocery stores to choose from and I’ve noticed that some of the items/brands listed in your Aldi posts are available at one of the stores in which I shop, but much lower in price.

  • Amy Lauren says:

    Charleston SC would love an Aldi! I used to shop there before I moved here and I loved it for produce :).

  • Amanda says:

    We do 90% of our shopping at Aldi. Their prices are hands down the cheapest. I will note that I went to a different one about 20 minutes away because I was in that area and some of the prices were almost double! They said it depends on what other stores are nearby to compete with. We are lucky to have another discount chain next to ours that helps keep prices low!

  • Sharon says:

    A fan no more.
    The prices have gone up here. The prices for staple items, cheese and eggs are the same as my hometown store’s sale prices so it s not worth the twenty minute drive. I just plan ahead and wait for sales.
    The produce from Aldi’s does not keep. I can get lettuce at sam’s club and it will keep for days! That’s important to me. Quality counts.
    I was really disappointed the last time I went to Aldi. I haven’t been back.

  • Toni says:

    I like Aldi and will stop if I am going by one but won’t go out of my way to shop there. I don’t find them to be that much cheaper than Walmart (where I do the majority of my shopping) I will also echo the produce sentiment…if I am buying produce to eat in the next day or two great but anything longer than that forget it….it goes bad too quick. Many have mentioned getting milk much cheaper at Aldi but here in NC milk is pretty much the same price where ever you go. Unless it is a sale you aren’t getting it for much less than 3.49/gallon even at Aldi!!!!

  • Christine says:

    I don’t care for the Aldi in my area. The produce they carry is signficantly smaller in size than what I find in traditional grocery stores causing me to buy more negating the cost savings. Most too many of the products I would consider buying contain preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and/or hydrogenated oils. The selection of organic items is not large enough at the store in my area to cause me to make a special trip.

    • Samantha says:

      I absolutely agree with this. I can shop at a local, employee-owned store for the same prices, better selection, and far healthier ingredients. Plus, my store offers Scrip, which gives money back to my school instead of CEO’s pockets. I’ll never, ever shop at Aldi again.

  • Connie C. says:

    Love their prices! The ranch flavored tortilla chips taste like Doritos and even my three teen boys love them!

    My only complaint is that the produce in my local store isn’t that great. 🙁

  • Karolin M says:

    Growing up in Germany I know Aldi since I was a little kid. When I moved to the USA a few years ago I was unhappy with most of the food they sell here, especially the bread (no offense, but I stopped eating bread here, because it is too soft and sweet for me) and the nearest Aldi was one state over. About 2 months ago they opened an Aldi about 10 minutes away from me and I was so excited, still am. My favorite thing about Aldi? They carry food imported from Germany (yay!), even bread. I also like that you have to pay for the bags (environmental friendly) and put a quarter in the shopping carts, so there are no carts all over the parking lot. <3 <3 <3

  • Dee Wolters says:

    As the others, I really love Aldi. In addition to saving money, we save time! The store is smaller than other stores and so is the parking lot. We are family of 6 and shop at Aldi for almost everything. We can get in and out of the store in less than 30 minutes- easily! And there are some Aldi items that my college age kids think are better than the national brand. Go Aldi!

  • Jennifer says:

    I love to shop at Aldis! It saves us money and time. Their produce is sometimes a risk but I haven’t had too much issue with it. At least not enough to stop buying it. Our store is clean and friendly. I love the spiral glazed hams. Can’t beat getting a ham for under $15! If you go in the day before the holiday or soon after, they sometimes have them marked $5 off.

  • Jacki says:

    I have shopped Aldi since I was a young child. That’s over 40 years! My mom taught me how to save money. Many people won’t shop there because they want only name brand stuff. There are only so many manufacturers in this country and they all used the same produce and just change the label. I love how easy it is to go in and get what you need because you don’t have to look at 15 cans of green beans and compare prices! You just pick them up and go! Produce here has been great. The prices have gone up but you still save money over other stores. I also hate running from store to store to save a few dollar for what is on sale that week. I will only consider this if it a meat product and I’m stocking up. Go Aldi!

  • I am so thrilled b/c they are currently building an Aldi in Richmond VA and it will be very close to me. I can’t wait to check it out for myself! 🙂

  • Margery H. says:

    Love, love Aldi for everything except fresh meat. I buy my meat at Costco since the quality is so high and the price is very reasonable.

    Since Aldi came to Atlanta area, I have quit having to spend an hour or more a week couponing and matching coupons to sale flyers. I can get even lower prices at Aldi and live now almost coupon-free. I’m happy to be rid of that time-consuming and often-frustrating process.

    Sprouts recently came to our area, so I usually pick up their super-awesome sale items every Wednesday, hit Aldi for “regular” shopping, and go to Costco once per month for meat (and a few other things.)

    I only regret that Aldi doesn’t carry more of everything I need, such as floss (!), parchment paper, good quality body products, lip balm and cosmetics.

  • Cate R. says:

    We moved from a zero Aldi area to a Aldis everywhere area a couple years ago, and they are a regular part of our grocery rotation now for sure. I like the almond butter that they just came out with on their natural brand. We have a child with a peanut allergy so that helps. Some of their products are not my favorite, like I don’t buy lunch meat there, but some I actually prefer to other stores… they have some sweet potato tortilla chips that are kind of a knock-off of the “Food should taste good” brand, but I actually like the Aldi ones better, and of course they cost less. I really enjoy their natural brand in general, as well as quality staples like milk, eggs and butter.

  • mary bilderback says:

    I love ALDI. Shopped there in Ohio and when I moved to Ireland, shopped there too. PLEASE open one in Ogden Utah.

  • I love Aldi’s for everything EXCEPT produce. My local store always has a very limited selection, and sometimes they don’t even have what I would consider basic produce, like green peppers or spinach. The produce in the store always looks a little sub-par.

    For dry goods and staples, though, you really can’t beat it. I buy all of my spices, baking ingredients, nuts, pasta, rice, etc. They have pretty decent deals on meat here, too.

    Oh, how I wish my St. Louis store would get their produce in shape! 🙁

    • Kelly says:

      I live in St. Charles, MO and all of the Aldi stores over here have great produce. The store I go to most often always has spinach (in one of the refrigerated cases) and also green peppers. It is strange that yours does not carry that. I think the variety of produce is good. Maybe you could ask a manager about that?

  • Jen says:

    I quit shopping at Aldi’s. Every time I shop there, I get sick. I would rather pay a little more for groceries than be sick all of the time.

  • Debbie says:

    I LOVE Aldi!! I don’t have time to clip coupons and run to several stores each week. I love the simplicity of shopping at Aldi because I know I am saving both time & money. I also love the special buys they have each week which has almost eliminated my need to shop anywhere else!

  • M. says:

    I like most of the items at Aldi’s. Their tortilla chips are our favorite and the baking supplies are always cheaper than Wal-Mart. My complaint is that our store only keeps one register open at one time an they will only open a second when the line starts snaking through the store. You can never grab a few things & get in and out fast. I usually end up price matching the poduce t Wal-Mart since the quality is better.

  • We love Aldi too! My favorite is the produce specials each week. The one across the street from our house is getting remodeled though, which will be awesome when it reopens but for now it’s a pain since going to the next Aldi involves preplanning with my husband and our one car. :/

  • RachaelP says:

    Aldi is hands-down my favorite place to shop for groceries. I love the simplicity of it, the employees are fantastic and even the customers! In our town, customers go meet each other in the parking lot and trade a cart for a quarter. Even with a ton of people at checkout, the cashiers are very sensitive to that and get everyone out quickly. Can’t say enough good about Aldi!!!

  • Carissa says:

    I have shopped at Aldi for a few years, but only when I happen to be in a city where they are located (my in-laws or a city an hour away). We just had one open across town and another will open 10 minutes from my house in December. Overall, I can get the vast majority of my groceries from there, planning once a week trips across town. I wish they carried whole wheat tortillas and whole wheat flour, but I can get those from Walmart on the (now) infrequent trips I have to make there. It’s taken a huge stressor out of my life now that I don’t have to shop at 4-5 different stores and/or price match at Walmart…not to mention the time savings when it’s so fast to get in & out. I love Aldi! The sale ads from other stores now look pathetic!

  • robin nickles says:

    not a big fan of our new Aldi, produce is pour quality, very small selection, can’t find a lot of items I need, so a 2 nd store trip is a must, bad neighborhood, parking a nightmare, with small kids I like having someone carry my groceries to my car

  • Jessica says:

    Aldi is hands down my very favorite store to shop at! People who say they don’t shop there, just floor me. I tell them “It’s like Christmas every time I go in there!” I LOVE their produce section and prices as well as their staple ingredients, but over the last few years I have also bought a lot of other GREAT things! (patio table/chair set for less than $100; a camouflage coat for a gift for $20; and many household items for great deals as well!) This is by far my favorite store to shop at, and we just got a brand new store 2 weeks ago! I love it!!! And the fact that I never clip a coupon to shop there just makes it even better! Keep up the good work, Aldi!

  • Kim says:

    I LOVE our Aldi. It is a hop, skip and a jump from where we live. 😉 I have had no issues there and save so much money by shopping there. I do coupon a lot for brand name personal and body care products, but as far as food shopping goes, Aldi is where I go for the majority of our food purchases. I haven’t found their meat selection to be all that great, but that in comparison to everything else available, I am satisfied. They are getting more and more organic items in and they are 50 cents to $1 less than what I would pay at say, Meijer.

  • Lana says:

    I like them for the most part but the produce often just does not keep well. I have switched over to Sam’s for many items because they keep better. I wish they carried things like whole wheat flour so that could skip the trip to Trader Joe’s.

  • I like to shop at Aldi, too, but because the store is small that means I also have to shop at another store each week. At Aldi, I find good buys on avocados, milk, butter and eggs.

  • Ashley says:

    I love Aldi, too! Some people are so skeptical of it, so I am glad to see some people enthusiastic about the awesome prices. I don’t buy fresh meat there, though. What experiences have you had with beef from Aldi? I live in Wegmans Land in Upstate, NY and I know I can trust Wegmans meat. But there is no doubt that Aldi has better ground beef prices.

    • Arlene Jones says:

      I’ve bought the ground beef that’s $2.69 (I think that’s right). It was good!! I’ve bought pork chops, pork loin, cubed steak, and frozen chicken breast there. My family liked them in dishes that I made. I use the ground turkey alot too.

  • Charity says:

    Since we got an Aldi in our area, I have literally cut our grocery budget by a third, at least. I like the no-frills approach so I can get in and out. I also like the produce buys at the store near me, but I know my sister-in-law, who lives a couple of hours away from us, cannot get good produce at the Aldi near her, and often times any deals were picked over long before she can get there. I guess it depends on the store management and amount of shoppers as to how that works with the produce. However, overall, I really like shopping there (something I wasn’t sure of the first time I went). I am also glad to say that a new Aldi has gone in near where I work, so I am able to choose which one to pop into for shopping, etc.

  • Karen says:

    From reading your wonderful blog over the years, I was finally brave enough to give Aldis a try. I love it!! Sure, there are pros and cons but it is nice once in awhile to leave the coupons at home and feel like I’m splurging. Even if you don’t care for the food, you will always find great paper products and home goods. We bought an umbrella for our deck, a raised garden bed, a toaster, etc. The quality is top notch and the prices can’t be beat. If nothing else, try the cheesecake–yummy!!

  • Sissy Sweet says:

    Love that store!!! The prices can’t be beat . The staff is always friendly too. I just wish mine had an organic section. (Waldorf, MD) I know they were trying organic in some stores, and I am hopeful they will offer it at all locations soon.

  • RebeccaH says:

    I do like Aldi’s 78% of the time. After shopping there for some time, I do notice some of their portions are smaller. But a majority of their products are great. Such as their big pizza’s, salsa, and cream cheese..and American flags for $6 to their dog treats sticks which the first ingredient is beef. Im overall happy with my shopping trips there and look forward to their circular.

  • Val says:

    I have a good laugh over my latest trip to Aldi. I was pleasantly surprised to find whole wheat flour and steel cut oats there. But I couldn’t find Mr. Clean or any household cleaners. Asked an employee where they were. She said they don’t have it because it is a seasonal item. They only have it when people do spring cleaning. So, I guess I have a new excuse to not clean my house. “Its a seasonal thing.”

  • Anne Klein says:

    I am liking them more and more. However, there are some things our family does not like from there is their frozen veggies.

    I am certainly going to re-evaluated my shopping to incorporate more and more in from Aldi’s if the price is cheaper.

  • Susan says:

    I really don’t mind Aldi’s that much and would probably shop there a lot more if one was more close to me – its close to a doctor’s office so when I have to see her, I go. It is funny to me that I think Aldi’s has the reputation of being a “poor persons” store here in the states since they don’t really carry name brands, because its a European owned store and the owners are known for being very picky so I knew of it from shopping there with my grandma when we visited Germany. I would say that in Germany it’s considered a “high end” grocery store. But the produce section does seem to be a bit lacking. Perhaps its because over in Europe where the fridges are tiny and people do their grocery shopping every day their customers demand good quality fresh produce and here we Americans don’t since we seem to buy in bulk and not shop every day? At any rate, I know my German mom is so excited to get not just 1 but 2 Aldi’s in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Esther says:

    We desperately need Aldi in Savannah, Georgia. DESPERATELY! Sure hope one of the new stores will be here.

  • Angie says:

    I think Aldi is great for certain products such as sour cream, eggs, milk, sugar, spinach and some seasonal specialty items. I cannot imagine doing my regular weekly shopping there as the meat section is very limited and the produce at my store is not great (the produce looks old and of poor quality). We also have friendly cashiers but they really need more than one register open!

  • Emily says:

    I love Aldi’s. Several Aldi stores opened in our city a few years ago. I tried it when they first opened and was not impressed. Then, about a year ago I was having coffee with a friend at her house. When I arrived she was unloading some groceries and had some of the best looking grapes and berries I have ever seen. I asked her where she got this flavorful looking stash and was shocked when she said Aldi’s. Well, within the next week I decided to give it another try and I’ve never looked back! The Aldi’s I go to has wonderful produce. They also have quite a bit of organic produce. About the only thing we don’t buy from Aldi on a regular basis is meat. I do usually go to our local coop for that. That said, I did purchase our Easter ham there last year and it was delicious. I consistently can fill 3 large grocery bags for no more than about $40!

  • tori ross says:

    I love Aldi. I order my organic produce and meat through Green Bean delivery bins that deliver every week to me. They are pricy and only in a few cities, but it is worth it. Then I get everything else at Aldi or target. No running around to a million places.

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