Food Shopping at ALDI is INCREDIBLE!

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    May 21, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    I tell you, if you still shop at Safeway, or Shoppers, or big chain food stores in your area, STOP now. It is AMAZING how overpriced they are. Let me give you a run-down of what I bought at Aldi the other day, and my total bill:

    1 Gallon 2% milk ($1.99)
    2 Large boxes of cereal (raisin bran and chocolate type) (1.89/1.99)
    2 Bags of frozen vegetables (.95 each)
    8 hamburger buns (.79)
    6 Large bananas in a bunch (.67)
    9 ounces of Mequite sliced turkey breast (enough for 5-6 sandwiches) (2.49)
    1-64 ounce bottle of fruit drink (1.69)
    1-32 ounce bottle of concentrate laundry detergent (2.29)

    Total bill with tax: $16.15 (INCREDIBLE)

    I see Walmart sells 8 hamburger buns for $3.00 (I paid .79), and how often do you find a gallon of milk for under $2.

    Aldi makes their own brands of food and EVERYTHING I've tried, from frozen chicken breasts to their cereal brands tastes just as good IF NOT BETTER than store names.

    Seriously, don't be suckered in any more by fuck-shit savings at SHOPPERS, etc.
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    May 21, 2010 9:48 PM GMT
    I agree. I love Aldi and miss them very much as they have no stores in Arizona. I loved them when I lived in Michigan. Great prices and you can get in and out really really fast. When I first started going there, they only took cash and by the time I left Michigan, they started taking debit cards which was great because I did not carry much cash on me. In the Southwest we have Fresh and Easy whose prices are lower than the grocery store, but not as low as Aldi.
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    May 21, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    I used to Manage a Walgreens just down the road from them and I sold just tons and tons of eggs. I used to buy all of my eggs from them because they were cheaper than buying through the vendor. I would call and tell them when they would be on sale and they would double their order that week just for me.
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    May 21, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    I agree that it is a great store for many items (we have Aldi in Europe, being a German company after all) - however my partner used to buy their packaged salmon fillets and he thought they were delicious. A year later he was working for a particular company in Germany and he found out they manufactured the flavour, texture, everything! nothing about the salmon was natural! So if I were you, I'd steer clear of the meat and fish....
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    May 21, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    I know what you mean. We have Trader Joe's out here in CA which is owned by Aldi. I save a lot of money and can get reasonably priced, honest organic food there. I love it, and not sure what I would do without it.
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    May 21, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    hdurdinr saidI agree that it is a great store for many items (we have Aldi in Europe, being a German company after all) - however my partner used to buy their packaged salmon fillets and he thought they were delicious. A year later he was working for a particular company in Germany and he found out they manufactured the flavour, texture, everything! nothing about the salmon was natural! So if I were you, I'd steer clear of the meat and fish....


    Ya... I stay clear of 75% of their frozen fish. It's mostly farm raised salmon (which from an over fishing standpoint is responsible, but not very healthy) and their mercury standards are questionable.
  • JayDT

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    May 21, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    I don't think we have that in CA.
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    May 21, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    JayDT saidI don't think we have that in CA.


    Trader Joe's is owned by Aldi. It has a different appeal but the products are generally the same. Just with different names
  • hallyhallo

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    May 21, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    it is actually a german company. And the quality is quite good. Their products are often on the top of ranking lists.
    Some brand name products are sold there under a different name and are much cheaper.
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    May 21, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    xGromitx said
    JayDT saidI don't think we have that in CA.


    Trader Joe's is owned by Aldi. It has a different appeal but the products are generally the same. Just with different names


    Oh I shop there all the time. Cool
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    May 21, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    I love Aldi, except for when I forget to bring my quarter for the shopping cart. It still takes a lot for me to go into that other place for good deals- Big Lots. I always want to go home and take a shower after going there. Aldi is always clean, cheap, and easy.
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    May 21, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    a lot of the products sold at aldi's aren't made by aldi, they source there products from say kraft and such and just package them in simple boxes, in large quantities without all the fluff and fan fare.. then stick a cheap price on them, do minimal service at there stores, cut costs EVERYWHERE they can and even sometimes lose money when the world economy is doing well.
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    May 22, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    I'm getting an education here. I've only been to a few Aldis and I was turned off by how untidy, day-old, and--yes--cheap the food was.

    Maybe I need to rediscover.
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    May 22, 2010 12:48 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidI'm getting an education here. I've only been to a few Aldis and I was turned off by how untidy, day-old, and--yes--cheap the food was.

    Maybe I need to rediscover.

    I think it depends on the particular store. The one near me sucks, but hubby says he used to go to on years ago that he loved.
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    May 22, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI tell you, if you still shop at Safeway, or Shoppers, or big chain food stores in your area, STOP now. It is AMAZING how overpriced they are. Let me give you a run-down of what I bought at Aldi the other day, and my total bill:

    1 Gallon 2% milk ($1.99)
    2 Large boxes of cereal (raisin bran and chocolate type) (1.89/1.99)
    2 Bags of frozen vegetables (.95 each)
    8 hamburger buns (.79)
    6 Large bananas in a bunch (.67)
    9 ounces of Mequite sliced turkey breast (enough for 5-6 sandwiches) (2.49)
    1-64 ounce bottle of fruit drink (1.69)
    1-32 ounce bottle of concentrate laundry detergent (2.29)

    Total bill with tax: $16.15 (INCREDIBLE)

    I see Walmart sells 8 hamburger buns for $3.00 (I paid .79), and how often do you find a gallon of milk for under $2.

    Aldi makes their own brands of food and EVERYTHING I've tried, from frozen chicken breasts to their cereal brands tastes just as good IF NOT BETTER than store names.

    Seriously, don't be suckered in any more by fuck-shit savings at SHOPPERS, etc.


    I always shop Aldi's. You will save thousands of dollars every year on groceries, if you do. They don't carry everything that a full grocery store does, but everything they do have is half the cost of a regular grocery store. And their product line tastes as good, if not even better than the name brands. Those prices are exactly the same here in WI. Their prices do not vary from store to store. Aldi's is great!!!!!!!
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    May 22, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    heartrobb saidI love Aldi, except for when I forget to bring my quarter for the shopping cart. It still takes a lot for me to go into that other place for good deals- Big Lots. I always want to go home and take a shower after going there. Aldi is always clean, cheap, and easy.


    Buy one of their large canvas bags. It holds A LOT of food. I take that in, fill it up as I shop, empty it onto the conveyor, then fill it back up after checkout. The bag only costs $1.89 and it is very sturdy.
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    May 22, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    You have to pack your own groceries in your own bags or boxes, but they do allow you to take empty boxes off the shelves because they sell the product right from the case. You also have to put a quarter in the shopping cart to use one, but you get the quarter back when you return the cart. I laughed at this the first time I went there, but it makes sense. All these things saves them money from hiring people to pick up shopping carts in the parking lot and they pass the savings on to the consumer with low prices. They dump all your groceries in the customers cart before you and then you leave your empty cart for the customer behind you. lol Then you pack up your own groceries.

    Aldi reminds me of Motel 6 that use to charge .99 for TV. They give you a key that you had to put into the TV to get it to work. Othewise, it didn't work, if you didn't pay for it and that was only for black and white. If you wanted color, that was $1.50. lol And they always left the light on for you. icon_smile.gif. My parents were Motel 6 managers in Pittsburgh, then Milwaukee, and then Fond du Lac, WI. I could visit and get a free room and free TV. lol We loved it when they were in Milwaukee because we could go to Buck's games, Brewer games, Summerfest, and the State Fair and get free motel rooms.
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    May 22, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    You pay tax on groceries? We have no sales tax on groceries and in MN there is no sales tax on clothes, so I buy clothes in MN. icon_smile.gif
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    May 22, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    I think canned vegetables are .25 and are better than green giant. And their snacks are .99 (potato chips, corn chips, doritoes) where other stores are over 3 bucks.
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    May 22, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    lilTanker saida lot of the products sold at aldi's aren't made by aldi, they source there products from say kraft and such and just package them in simple boxes, in large quantities without all the fluff and fan fare.. then stick a cheap price on them, do minimal service at there stores, cut costs EVERYWHERE they can and even sometimes lose money when the world economy is doing well.


    This is true. And it is all packaged with their own label in Batavia, IL

    Their bacon is much leaner and better than Oscar Meyer and half the cost.
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    May 22, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    They do a huge business here. Our little grocey store in Pickerel, WI bought all their groceries to stock their store from Aldi's because they could buy it cheaper at the store there than through a distributer. This was so funny.
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    May 22, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    And you can't beat Fleet Farm here for gas either. They are at least 4 cents cheaper for a gallon than everyone else and everyone else can't figure out how they do it. lol They also do not put any ethanol in their gas, so you get better gas mileage with it. Everyone goes to Fleet Farm to get their gas and they are driving gas stations out of business. They are also giving Wal mart a run for their money by under cutting them on every item, so Wal mart is mailing free $5 gift cards to everyone. lol

    And Culver's is giving the fast food chains a run for the money too, by offering 8 different combo meals for less than 4 bucks. They are driving the fast food places out of business.
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    May 22, 2010 1:43 AM GMT
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    heartrobb saidI love Aldi, except for when I forget to bring my quarter for the shopping cart. It still takes a lot for me to go into that other place for good deals- Big Lots. I always want to go home and take a shower after going there. Aldi is always clean, cheap, and easy.


    Buy one of their large canvas bags. It holds A LOT of food. I take that in, fill it up as I shop, empty it onto the conveyor, then fill it back up after checkout. The bag only costs $1.89 and it is very sturdy.


    I'll try this. I usually just bring my own plastic shopping bags from the huge stock pile I have from my inability to throw them away. Occasional trips to the beach is not making a dent in the supply, so maybe the reusable bags will cut off my collection.
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    May 22, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    I guess it depends upon the store,the one here in Tampa is filthy and it's common to see badly rotting produce.The last time that I went there some kind of bug bit me on the arm while I sorted through the avacados.
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    May 22, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    Wow, Aldi's in North America?

    I remember Aldi from growing up in Holland as THE cheapest place for groceries. It has the reputation of catering to welfare bums, but most stuff there was pretty decent as far as I can remember.

    So, where's one in Canada? We got the NoFrills here which is still a ripoff, as everything in Canada...