Our grocery budget is $80/week. Crazy right? 5 people (well, 4 and one that only gets breastmilk)….and we keep within our budget because we use cash (we do purchase our ground beef and chicken separately). We do this by shopping at ALDI.
I have to admit, when a friend told me she shopped there, I was shocked. I thought that ALDI was a store where they sold “seconds” items. I couldn’t be further from the truth. With the exception of one or two things we’ve purchased, everything is awesome. ALDI exclusive brands are manufactured by many of the nation’s leading food producers, and in the ALDI test kitchen, ALDI ensures that products meet or exceed the quality and taste of the national name brands. And, if you do have a problem, all ALDI food products are backed by a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price.
Along with a couple other media, I went and had a tour with the ALDI people of one of the newest ALDI locations in Atlanta. I was so surprised at how much they think of everything.
- Ergonomic chairs for cashiers
- UPC codes all over packages so the cashiers don’t have struggle with scanning
- A great starting pay and benefits
- Concern about costs at every corner (from flooring to HVAC to shelving and more).
Just an example of the savings while I was there. Avocados were $0.59. They were over $1.00 at another local store. Take a look at the chocolate pricing. Most of it imported and over half the price of other stores.
- Customers can find the majority of their average weekly shopping list at ALDI, including fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and bakery items.
- Smart shoppers have found that switching from national brands to ALDI exclusive brands can save them up to 50 percent on more than 1,400 of the most commonly purchased grocery items.
- The ALDI store model realizes tremendous operating cost savings and efficiencies that are passed directly to customers via everyday low prices. ALDI takes a simple approach to retailing, including:
- Consistent store layout:
- Four to five aisles (compared to more than 30 at other grocers)
- Approximately 10,000 square feet of retail space per store
- Spacious checkouts
- Uncluttered, 8-feet wide aisles
- No hidden costs: No in-store banking, pharmacies, bagging clerks, check cashing, photo processing or other non-essential grocery store services
- Open carton displays
- Shopping cart rental system: Customers use a quarter to retrieve a cart and get a quarter refunded when they return the cart to the corral at the end of their shopping trip
- Cash and debit: No credit card or check-cashing fees passed on to customers
- Atlanta Store hours: Typically 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. – Sat., and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun.
Honestly, we’ve been shopping at ALDI for over a year now and we can just see the cost savings. And, it’s not at the cost of taste or quality. You should have seen the looks on people’s faces as they walked around the store and saw how much they could be saving by shopping there. They were shocked…and mad that they weren’t shopping there!
Don’t forget your bags and your quarter…leave your credit cards at home.
*I received a couple samples of ALDI groceries to thank me for my time. We really do shop there and appreciate our savings.