All of us probably know at least one person (or we are that person!) who is completely obsessed over the German grocery store Aldi, which now has about 1900 stores in 36 states. It's known for their its low prices and high quality. My mother regularly exclaims, "Isn't it delicious? I got it at Aldi!" And it's not just food. When I told her I was looking for a kitchen clock, she stopped by my house with a ginormous clock from their Huntingon Home collection. So I spoke to the folks over at Aldi to get some of their best shopping tips to help you find the best deals.
Some items are only available for a limited time.
Aldi loves to surprise their shoppers with new and exciting products. Aldi Finds are about 100 products that are featured each week, and once they're gone, they're gone. You can find gifts and decor for the holidays, gardening items in the spring and back to school gear in late summer. So if you see something you love, grab it.
But sometimes Aldi Finds make the permanent collection.
When Aldi Finds are a hit, the store will add them to their regular collection. Their gluten-free line and PurAqua Belle Vie sparkling water started out at Aldi Finds, but now you can buy them all the time!
Aldi guarantees all of their products.
If you don't love any of the Aldi-exclusive food items you buy there, the store will replace the product and refund your money.
Aldi keeps costs down to make it less expensive for you, the shopper.
The store has several cost-savings measures to keep prices low. They ask customers to bring their own grocery bags (you can also buy one at checkout).
Aldi stores are the size they are for a reason.
They keep their stores small on purpose—about 12,000 square feet so that it's easy to navigate. They only have about four or five aisles, and all stores have similar layouts so it's much easier to shop. They also keep the range of their products limited (one type of mayo, not 12) so you can get what you love and get out!
They have way more products than they have in the past.
Aldi spent 2018 expanding their product selections — they now have 20% more items in their stores compared to 2017. With a $5 billion investment to remodel their stores, they can now accommodate more fresh food!
They even have organic food!
Their range of organic items includes fresh and ready-to-cook meat (like organic chicken breasts and marinated cilantro lime chicken breasts), pre-sliced and whole produce, salad bowls, almond milk, cow's milk, almond butter, cheese, and more. They even have vegan and vegetarian food, like kale and quinoa burgers and chickenless patties.
And their own line of gluten-free products.
Celiacs and people with gluten intolerance, rejoice! Their LiveGFree brand includes snacks, granola bars, baking mixes, bread, pasta and frozen meals.
You can buy wine in many stores.
"We work with wineries around the world to curate top-quality varietals at the best prices, and our selection comes from the most popular wine-growing regions globally and within the U.S.," says Aldi spokesperson Kate Kirkpatrick. Their collection includes about 80 labels — most for $10 or less — plus a rotating handful wines available for a limited time through Aldi Finds.
You can buy your baby products there too.
Their made-in-the-U.S.A. Little Journey brand of baby items includes newborn diapers to training pants, wipes, baby wash, formula, and solid snacks.
You don't even have to go to the store.
Aldi will deliver your groceries right to you (if you live in one of these more than 6,000 ZIP codes) if you order through shop.aldi.us.
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