ALDI - My New Favorite Grocery Store
I finally had an opportunity to shop at an ALDI for the first time recently. A new ALDI store opened close to our home and I checked it our when they were have they're grand opening specials. Since then I've started shopping there regularly.
If you haven't been to an ALDI store, think miniature warehouse club. It has a very limited selection in a small format store, but everything carried appears to be at or below the low end of the price range for similar products at other grocery stores. Im confident I'm walking out with a lower average food bill compared to SuperWalmart, SuperTarget, or any traditional grocery store that we usually do our food shopping in.
There are some tradeoffs from shopping there - it is a no thrills shopping experience. You need to bring your own grocery bags; its nearly entirely Aldi brand products; you'll need a quarter to borrow a shopping cart; and they don't take credit cards - cash or debit cards only.
The credit card restriction is the biggest hurdle for me since I rarely carry much cash anymore. I did however get comfortable with using my debit card just for Aldi purchases. I don't use it anywhere else.
On the plus side I like Aldi because I can get in and out of the store quicker. Given how time poor I am these days that is a signficant benefit alone. The store is relatively small and you really only have one option for products so less time is needed comparing products.
Of course you have to know your prices - I can still find some items for less at other stores during sales or special promotions. However, ALDI is now my first choice for anytime I'm going shopping with a grocery list.
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