My Thoughts on Aldi

Aldi Sign


When the grocery store Aldi opened up in our area, it was all I saw on my Facebook newsfeed. Still, it took me months to actually get into the store to check it out myself. When I finally did get there, this was my face:



Not Impressed


There were some things that I found interesting, though. Here’s my overview of the store:

  • In order to get a shopping cart, you have to put in a quarter to unlock it. That’s great to keep the outside area organized, but it was hard to figure out where to put the quarter. Big thanks to the family who was coming out and saw my struggle, and they gave me their cart. I offered my quarter, but they said that they got it from someone else.
  • There is only one pathway in, and it’s down the aisle with all of the packaged Aldi-brand stuff. Now, it is great that everything is so inexpensive because there aren’t any brands. But when you have a child that has a soy and peanut allergy, it means that you can’t purchase anything.
  • The rest of the store honestly reminded me of a very cheap, old grocery store (despite the fact that this particular location had just been built and opened a week earlier). It also had that really funky old-store smell to it. No good!
  • The prices were great though! Did I mention that?
  • I liked the bagging section, but it was honestly much more annoying to get everything over there to bag. This was just one more step. I’m quick at bagging my own groceries because I put them on the conveyor belt in a particular order.
  • The carts. Let’s talk about the carts again. Thankfully I went on an Audrey-Mommy Date day (when Tim had David), because it was absolutely not the store that you can shop with two toddlers. Because the carts are all connected together, you have to carry your child to the carts, put in the quarter, and then put the kid in. Yes, there aren’t any double carts, but even if you wanted to put one kid in the kid section and one in the basket section (I’m not saying to do this, as it is dangerous, but people do it all the time), how do you unload the cart? Take the kids and cart to the car, unload and put everyone in their seats, and then go back to return the cart? So you leave your kids in the car for someone to call the police on your neglectful mothering. Sigh. No, if you are going to Aldi, better just leave the kids at home.

So basically, Aldi is not a place for me. It just doesn’t suit my shopping style, wants, or family diet needs. But for those who love it, I can see why you do.

So, do you love this store? I would love some convincing to try it again some day!

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  1. thanks for your honest feedback. Haven’t been to check it out yet but your post has saved me the trip!

  2. I feel your concerns about shopping with two toddlers, that is not easy even with the conveniences of high tech shopping carts! Aldi reminds me of grocery stores in Europe. Small, compact, limited choices in each category. When you see grocery stores in Europe, you understand why the world considers American’s to be such “excessive” people. We do everything to the point of over-the-top excess. Aldi is quirky and different, but I like Aldi. It won’t become my single source, but I am trying use their online shopping list feature (which is an awesome easy tool and once your list is made you click a button and send list to your email for reference in the store) to view their specials online and plan my shopping list around some of their weekly specials, and get the rest at Kroger or other store. We do not have the allergies that you are dealing with, however we have some gluten intolerance in our family. We have found that their “G-Free” products are quite good and SO MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE than gluten free products in the grocery stores!! Several of their G-Free crackers have been delicious at approx $2 per package vs $4 in the store. What I probably have liked the best about Aldi is their meat and produce. Their prices for produce are fantastic. Fresh fruits and vegetables add so much to our weekly food bill, so any savings that I can reap in that category, I am all over. And the sizes are NORMAL. That is a huge plus to me! The problem with Costco is that you have to buy such huge amounts of the fresh produce, one risks spoilage before use, and then there goes your savings into the garbage or compost. Aldi is like warehouse club prices without the warehouse club sizes and I love that. I do not have pantry space for huge everything. The first time I went to Aldi and was able to purchase strawberries for approx $2 ea. and blueberries for a little over a buck— they had me at HELLO. 🙂

  3. I like shopping at Aldi for the prices, but I can see how it would be difficult with little ones. I tend to shop for staples such as flour, milk, eggs, at Aldi, but get the rest somewhere else.


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