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Old 01-21-2016, 05:07 PM   #1
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Aldi grocery store?

I have been going to Aldi the last few weeks for groceries. Some of the stuff is not good but most is at least as good as the store brands. I guess Aldi gets their products from the same makers that make store brands (like Safeway, IGA, Lady Lee). The prices are awesome, and you're in and out faster because they don't have like 40 different types of one item like a regular grocery store has. So you want Olive Oil, well they have one brand and one size. So no need to stand there and try to figure out the best deal.

I was watching a German film last night and the lady walked into an Aldi. It looked exactly like the Aldi over here in the USA. It is a German co.. I guess Trader Joe's are owned by the other Aldi brother but a little more upscale.

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Old 01-21-2016, 06:24 PM   #2
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I stopped going there several years ago because they charged customers a quarter to use their shopping carts.
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I stopped going there several years ago because they charged customers a quarter to use their shopping carts.
Wasn't that just a deposit to make you bring it back from the parking lot? They were doing that at a supermarket here, maybe 15 years ago. It was really annoying.
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They still use that system and yes the quarter is returned when you return the cart to the lockup.

I use Aldi for some items. Like any store some things are a great deal and other things not so much. They have improved a great deal and it is getting to be like a no frills version of Trader Joe's.

We have another budget store in this area called PriceRite, good deals on produce and some name brand items.
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I go to the PriceRight I have even if it is 1 mile more to get to mine.

3 Bucks less a package on Ground Turkey and they sell the Butterball brand.
70 cents less a pound on Turkey legs.
90 cents less on Hellavgood cheese than Wal-mart.
70 cents less a pound on Chicken breasts when on sale...

Other name brand items like Hunts Tomato Sauce at 99 cents for the 29oz can a bargain.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:47 PM   #6
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Wasn't that just a deposit to make you bring it back from the parking lot? They were doing that at a supermarket here, maybe 15 years ago. It was really annoying.
The problem for me is more that I simply don't carry change around.

My other beef is that I pay for all my groceries and gas with American Express, since I earn double points with their rewards program. Aldi doesn't take credit cards or checks.

Honestly, it just really doesn't work well for me. I'm sure it does for others.
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I stopped going there several years ago because they charged customers a quarter to use their shopping carts.
I actually made 50 cents off the carts when I went there yesterday. I offered a quarter to a lady after she was done emptying her cart into her car and she refused the quarter and let me have the cart. Then after shopping, I returned the cart to get my quarter back and I noticed someone had abandoned a cart with a quarter in it, so I returned both carts and made 50 cents.

For those who've never been there, you have to stick a quarter into a cart to unlock it so you can use it. Keeps the staff from having to round up carts.

I also like how efficient (German afterall) the checkout is. The clerks don't fart around bagging up groceries. Instead the items get scanned and placed directly into your cart and then you can push the cart over to these tables so that you can neatly place them in bags (have to bring your own). Some Aldi stores keep a bin of boxes from their products so that you can grab a few to put your groceries into. If they don't have a bin like this, you can peruse the shelves and look for almost empty boxes and take the items out and throw the empty box in your cart.
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The problem for me is more that I simply don't carry change around.


Just hold all the food you can with your hands
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Just hold all the food you can with your hands
Or if you're just grabbing a few odds and ends, you can just bring in a shopping bag and place your items in it and then empty them out on the conveyor belt for the clerk to ring up. I've seen people do that. It'd save the hassle of having to return the cart when done.
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They don't have those baskets you carry?
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