10 Clever ALDI Hacks You’ll Regret Not Trying
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Who wants to save more money!?
ALDI, for those who aren’t familiar, is a grocery store in a league of its own. Thanks to its shorter hours, fewer product options, streamlined checkout, and exclusive brands, this grocer offers goods priced significantly lower than their competitors. Use this guide to maximize your savings at ALDI.
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1.) Pick up an empty box to stash under the cart
If you forgot to bring your own bags or are in a hurry, pick up empty corrugated boxes as you shop and place them under the cart. The cashiers don’t bag your groceries for you; they unload scanned items into an empty cart for you to bag yourself once you finish checking out. When they see that you have a box, they’ll usually put the box down in the cart first and unload the items directly into it. Then you can walk right out the door without having to bag your groceries at the side counter. The best part is they’re free! (We love free!)
2.) Don’t bother with coupons unless they’re ALDI’s
This tactic applies specifically to meat. While ALDI doesn’t take manufacturer coupons, they’ll slap their own discount stickers on meat when it’s getting close to expiration. Sure, the shelf life is near the end, but either cook the meat when you get home for weekly meal prep or pop it in the freezer!
Looking for other ways to save on meat? Check out these ideas!
3.) Get baked goods at a discount
ALDI is known to discount loaves of bread exactly 5 days before they expire (they also mark down other baked goods by 50% as they approach expiration). Keep your discounted bread fresh in a bread keeper or stash it away in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
4.) Shop on Wednesday mornings
Not only will you take advantage of the Wednesday meat special, the produce section during the morning hours is at its best. Plan your recipes around what’s on sale that week!
5.) Avoid purchasing personal care items
Unfortunately, there’s no real discount here. You’re better off getting them at Amazon, big box retailers, or drugstores when sales and/or coupons are available.
6.) Don’t overlook the special buys in Aldi Finds
This aisle may seem like a cheap trap, but you can find a hidden gem within this assortment of non-grocery products! Be sure to act on the Hot Deals FAST because those usually sell out before the week is through.
7.) Always ask a manager if something is marked down
According to an employee at ALDI, asking a manager if or when something will be marked down actually improves your chances of having the price lowered. Some managers will mark it down on the spot just to move the product.
8.) Don’t forget to get cash back
9.) Don’t like something? Return it!
Not only will ALDI replace your product, they’ll still refund you the money for that purchase! Take advantage of the double product guarantee on anything that doesn’t suit your taste.
10.) Check Reddit for product reviews
Reddit is an amazing source of unsolicited opinions on just about anything. Check the Aldi subreddit for feedback on products, special buys, and shopping experiences!
Are you a new shopper at ALDI?
Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
Get your quarters ready!
If you’ve never been to an ALDI, you’ll probably be thrown off by the locked shopping carts. Simply pop in a quarter, slide it over, and voila!–the lock is released. Just don’t forget to relock the cart when you’re done using it to get your quarter back.
Download the ALDI App
The app functions are very similar to the website but they prove useful for viewing the weekly fliers and your shopping list while you’re out and about! The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
Check ALDI’s website for Weekly Specials
You’ll want to check their site not only for the weekly sales, but for any new low prices that may not have been included in the weekly ad. Check for the Red Hot Deals along with the mid-week meat specials in the ALDI Insider ads.
Preview the upcoming weekly ad
In addition to viewing this week’s ad, don’t skip over viewing NEXT week’s ad so you can see what’s upcoming. Look for their ads on the website, app, or grab one when you’re there (they’re available near the exit) so you know what items to hold off on buying until the following week.
Don’t forget your own shopping bag
ALDI charges for basic grocery bags at checkout ($0.07 for paper and $0.10 for plastic) and offers up a variety of insulated and reusable bags. Plan to purchase one there or come prepared with your own.
Look for discounts on name brands
ALDI doesn’t have the same name brand products in stock all the time, but when they do, you’ll save some money buy purchasing them here over their competitors!
But go with the generic when available
Give the ALDI exclusive brands a shot! Not only will you save money, you won’t sacrifice any of the product quality. Some generics are even made by the same manufacturer as their name brand counterparts!
Connect with ALDI outside of the store
Follow ALDI online to get the latest deals and recipes when you signup for their email list, view the blog, or follow their social media accounts. These pages also respond quickly to customer feedback should you ever experience a problem at your store.
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Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer of self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.