It’s the end of the month, the ultilies and rent were barely paid, and money is tight. Your refrigerator and pantry is practically bare. You have $50 to spend on groceries, and that’s it! That won’t go too far in a regular grocery store. But if you have an Aldi nearby, you’re in luck, because that $50 will stretch to provide you with a nice variety of foods.
When I first heard about Aldi, I’ll admit, I was quite dubious. I had seen one before, but mostly in sketchy neighborhoods where I did not particularly feel safe. I had never had the nerve to venture inside of one, or even consider one. Well, my money-savvy friend found an Aldi in a nice location, and encouraged me to give it a go. She said it would be well worth my time, and told me to leave my coupon organizer at home, bring bags, and bring a quarter. Hmmm?
I did as I was told. Upon arriving at the front of the Aldi store, I found that all the grocery carts were locked together. To get your cart, you insert a quarter into the slot at the top of the cart, which then releases the cart from the group. The quarter stays in the slot until the cart is reconnected to the group at the end of your shopping trip, which pushes the quarter forward into your grasp. This is a great incentive to have customers bring carts back to the front, thus eliminating another job that would hike up your food costs. I was already impressed with this store!
When I went inside, I honestly felt it would probably be some poorly lit, grimy type of establishment. I could not have been more wrong. It was very well lit, clean, and completely organized. Groceries are stacked in the boxes they arrive in, with prices below, clearly marked on cards so that that the price is in full view, which I greatly appreciated. Everything was orderly and neat, with an employee in one of the aisles working busily, replacing empty boxes.
The store has everything you could possibly need, except you won’t see the typical name brands found in regular stores. Does this store sacrifice quality for its very low prices? Absolutely not! An example that springs instantly to mind is their house brand tall white kitchen trash bags. They are cheap (in price), but super strong and thick, and I’ve used them for several years now, and never had one to tear or break under normal use. Compare that to the flimsy, practically see-through house brand trash bags at other stores, where you can accidentally tear them with your fingertip pulling them out of the trash can.
The basics that you could find in a regular grocery store are what you can expect to find here. It is very no-frills, but you are sure to find all that you need. Flour, sugar, cereal, eggs, canned goods, sandwich meats and cheeses, yogurt, milk, fresh produce, frozen foods, cat food and litter, paper towels, ibuprofen, mouthwash and so much more can all be found here. The beauty of it is, all the economic strategies that Aldi employs comes down to one final, wonderful result: the price that you see on your grocery receipt–so much lower than expected!
When you go through the check out line, it is very fast. The clerk handles your items with lightning speed, and places them into a spare cart waiting for you. When you pay, they only accept cash and debit cards. No credit cards, though. This helps keep those costs down. Also, you won’t have a bag boy to package up your items nice and neat for you. You bring your own bags, or you can purchase thick, strong, Aldi grocery bags for .10 each, and head for the counter provided, and bag everything up. Thihs does take some extra time, but in my opinion, the reduction in costs is quite worth it.
So if you spent $50 today at Aldi grocery store, and did some smart shopping, you likely have quite a little cart full, and who knows, maybe some spare change left over. Oh, and don’t forget to put your cart back up front so you can get your intial quarter investment returned. All the cost-cutting measures, along with hiring a small amount of employees and keeping everything at a lovely minimalistic level, provides the Aldi consumer with a healthy abundance of quality foods and other miscellaneous items at a fair and reasonable price. Give Aldi a try! Your wallet and bank balance will thank you!