I Finally Shopped At Aldi

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  1. Diane Lane

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    I get the sales flyers every week from Aldi, and have been curious. The closest and only one I'm aware of in the area is about twice the distance of Kroger, over between Super Target and Walmart Supercenter. That wouldn't be a prohibitive distance to travel to save money, if my vehicle were in better shape, but it's not, so I tend to stick to Kroger as much as possible. I had to visit Walmart the other day, though, so I decided to stop in at Aldi and try to save a little money on produce.

    I always keep a reusable shopping bag in the car, because they come in handy for various purposes. I bought these quite a while ago, and they're the insulated sort, so if I happen to buy ice cream or other frozen goods on a really hot day, I will slip them into the reusable bag, then return it to my vehicle for the next trip. I was glad to have the bag that day, because Aldi doesn't supply bags for free. They may supply them for a charge, but I'm not sure about that. They also charge $.25 to borrow a shopping cart. I knew that ahead of time, but for some reason, I didn't have a quarter that day. I decided to just put the items I was purchasing in the reusable shopping bag, which limited the amount I could purchase.

    I was limited not only in the amount of goods I could stuff into the one bag, but also in the type of goods, because it was around 95 degrees outside, and I had to stop at Walmart after my trip to Aldi, so I couldn't purchase perishable or frozen food. They had a great price on eggs, and always have good deals on milk, but there was no way I would chance that, since I had to spend at least a half hour in Walmart.

    I was very happy with my first shopping experience. I got some plump juicy sweet blueberries for very low cost, as well as some strawberries at a great price. I also picked up some summer squash that turned out to be the perfect ripeness, as well as a bag of sugar at a lower cost than I've seen at both Kroger and Walmart.

    I would like to shop at Aldi more, but the location prohibits that. However, I'll be keeping a few extra reusable bags in my vehicle for the next time I'm in the area, and leaving a quarter in the car so that next time, I'll be able to buy more than I was able to on this trip.
     
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    I really like Aldi, too; but like your situation,@Diane Lane , the Aldi store is not that close to us. It is close to Harbor Freight Tools, where we go a lot; but that is usually because Bobby needs something from Harbor Freight; so it is a rush trip there and right back home again, and no stopping anywhere else.
    So, Aldi only happens when I am going to Essex (the liquidation store) or the thrift store, all of which are in the same shopping area. Then, I can take my time and go to Aldi while I am there if I want.

    Tomorrow, I am going to the thrift store and Essex; but Bobby has decided to go along; so I do not know if Aldi will happen or not. However, Bobby is about out of watermelon, so maybe he will not mind if we go there and shop while we are out.
    The 25 cent charge for the shopping cart is refunded when you park the cart back in the line of carts; so I try to just keep a quarter in the dash of the car and then I know I have one when we go to Aldi to shop. They do sell shopping bags at the store, and they have the big plastic ones for about 15 cent and the better quality ones for $1-2 , can't remember the price for sure.
    If they were closer, I would shop there a whole lot more , too; because they have great produce and good prces for it.
    I used to get my kefir there before I started making it; because it was about a dollar cheaper per bottle than it was at Kroger.
     
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    WE pay a whole pound for a cart (trolley) at Aldi's here ...which is the equivalent currently of just over $1 dollar

    yes we get it back when we return the trolley but not everyone has a pound coin handy in their purse or pocket...Aldi aren't the only supermarket which charges a pound for a trolley here in the UK...The idea behind it is that they don't have to pay to employ trolley collectors from the car park , therefore helping to keep their prices more competitive.. They are also one of the few supermarkets who charge you to park as well..although if you spend over a certain amount you get the parking fee refunded..
     
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    My wife would give anything, @Diane Lane, if we could go to Aldi out here. Closest one in Missouri was 55 miles one-way, but we always stopped there if we had any other reason to drive to Rolla. Parking lot was of course free. We suspected the company was a foreign-owned one, but did not learn until much later, it is a German company. Very strictly run, precisely might be a good word, no nonsense of course. We liked the fact that the store had only a limited number of similar items, rather than an entire block-long aisle of cat food one side, dog on the other, for example. Lots of stuff was Aldi-branded.

    I don't know about your Kroger, but ours here (called Smith's) is enormous, so big we often walk "laps" around it's inside perimeter when it's too hot outdoors! Immediately across the street lies Safeway, just as large! Puzzles me why two big competing businesses like that choose to exist in side-by-side fashion! Today, Kroger is the largest supermarket chain (by revenue), a rumor arose around 1929 talking of a Kroger-Safeway merger! Didn't happen, though Safeway bough 36 Kroger stores in Oklahoma in 1936!

    "In 1997, Kroger merged with the then fifth-largest grocery company Fred Meyer, along with its subsidiaries, Ralphs, QFC, and Smith's."

    Rather interesting history. As I grew up around the Chicago area, we had never heard of Safeway, but I believe Kroger was around. In our relatively small suburb, our biggest store was the Jewel Store, tiny by today's standards. We also had an A & P (Atlantic & Pacific) and a Hillman's. Frank
     
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    Ugh, paying to park sucks. That reminds me too much of being up in the city. I usually have lots of change on hand, but I think I had put air in my tires, which used up all of my quarters. I'm keeping the quarter the lady gave me, and will leave it in the car just for that purpose.

    We had A&P back home Frank, I have fond memories of shopping there with my mom when I was little. We don't have any of the same grocery stores down here that we had back there, and the parking lots are also much larger here. My mom loves when my sister takes her up to New Hampshire to shop, because the lots up there are much bigger and the stores also tend to be more spacious. I like that I don't have to try to squeeze a big car into a small space, the way I'd have to up there.

    The produce, egg and milk prices would definitely draw me back to Aldi @Yvonne Smith. They are so much lower than at Kroger, and even Walmart, which is still significantly lower than Kroger. Super Target is another option for me, seeing as it's over by Aldi and Walmart, but their produce prices (and many of their other prices) are also higher, and sometimes even surpass those at Kroger.
     
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    This morning, we went to Aldi's, and I have to say, I was totally SHOCKED a some of the LOW prices there ! ! Milk was 79 cents for a gallon of whole (or any other kind) milk. Most of the stores here sell milk for way more than that. Krogers is about the cheapest at $2 per gallon, Walmart at around $2.59, and everywhere else is over $3-4 per gallon.
    Eggs were $1 for two dozen, so we bought milk and eggs. Watermelon was $2.99 for a large one, and those are usually around $4 as well.
    So, pretty much, everything we looked at was a good price, although not all of it was as spectacular as the milk and eggs were. Bread and mayo were pretty cheap, too.
    Since we go to that same area to get to Harbor Freight Tools; we will probably shop at Aldi more often, now that we are aware of the good prices there.
    Every single thing that we bought was cheaper than I can buy it at Kroger.
     
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    I don't remember Kroger in Chicago, we had Jewel and Dominick's, A & P, Hillmans and I have a vague memory of National but not sure. The only time I had an Aldi near was either McHenry County, Il or Merrillville, Indiana.

    I didn't like it. In Indiana in the 90's a huge store opened called Omni I think and you bagged your own food there.

    It had good prices and was one of my favorite stores.

    In Fresno, Safeway is called Vons for some reason. We also have Savemart and Food for Less which is cheap on produce. When I moved here we had a Ralph's and Albertsons but they went out of business.
     
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    We've been in our local Aldi's, but didn't like what we seen..........so, left. Now, once we are both retired, we might just have to shop in that store.......if there is one where we end up moving to.
     
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    I like to shop at Aldi's when I am in the area where there is one. None of them are too close to me. I honestly find however, that groceries are cheaper on many items at the Super Value Foods which is a cost plus 10 percent store located near here. That would not go for every single thing, as some foods are over priced at Super Value, but they beat Aldi's and Walmart for many of their items. I would say Aldi's has better quality though, and they even have organic foods now which is neat.
     
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    I haven't seen pet supplies at Aldi, but that would be a reason for me to drive over there. I do try to buy most of the cat litter and food at Walmart because it's so much cheaper than at Kroger ($2-$3 less per bucket of litter, 3 lbs more of dry cat food for the same price), but if Aldi could beat those prices, I'd be happy to go there instead. Those items tend to be bulky, though, so unless the Aldi I have been to expands, it's doubtful they'd stock them. Still, I'd be happy to pop in there for milk, eggs and some produce now and then when I'm in the area. I think the price I saw was $.70/dozen for eggs, which was cheap, but of coursd 2 dozen for $1 would be even better.
     
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    The cheapest I've seen eggs is $1.99 a dozen and that's rare. Usually average price is $2.99 and up. The prices at my cheapest store were $1.99- $4.99 a dozen yesterday.
     
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    It looks like the closest Aldi to you, @Chrissy Page , is at Bakersfield. But they are apparently moving into California; so you might get one closer to Fresno later.
    The watermelon that we got yesterday looked like it had been frozen when Bobby cut it open, and we had to throw it away, it was so bad.
    Since it would be hard for a watermelon to freeze in August, we think maybe they shipped it in a truck that was too cold, or something similar.
    In any case, this morning, I emailed the Aldi website and explained what had happened. I tried taking your advice , Chrissy, and sent a picture; but for some reason, it would not upload.
    However, they sent me an email back (within the hour) and said they are mailing us a $10 gift certificate ! !
    So.... I am even more pleased with Aldi now.
    Kroger used to have their "scan-right guarantee" and if something was sold at the wrong price, they gave it to you free; but they have now stopped doing this, and they just give you the change back from what the price should have been.
    The Aldi guarantee is that they will replace the item if it is bad, and also refund your money; so they do stand behind their products. The $10 gift certificate even goes beyond that, and I am impressed.
     
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    Great! It's nice to be able to take a pic to prove something sometimes because who wants to take back a watermelon that's been cut or popsicles that melt quickly in this heat.

    I didn't have my receipt but they believed me.

    So far I think Costco takes the prize for being best at taking things back. When I moved here, I bought a new set of pots and pans at Costco and even used them for a year or more but they got scratched up too easily or something, I don't remember the specifics but Costco took them back without a receipt after a year of use and gave me back the money to get whatever type I wanted, don't think they had the same set anymore.
     
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    We don't have aldis, sams club, Costco, trader joes, or most other stores mentioned in this thread. We have Walmart and harps. That's it. There is a Kroger about 25 miles and Sams club and I believe aldis in Fort Smith which is about 60 miles. I've never been to any of them.
     
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    That's because you have your own fruit and produce section and fish department in your own back yard.

    I'm sure you do have to shop for some things...where do you go?
     
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    As I said, we have Walmart and Harps. And there's always Amazon:p
     
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    I shop at local stores, but I love to go to bigger towns that have more shopping available like Aldi's and Kroger for nstance.It is always fun to get a bargain, and it also fun to compare prices on different things, so you know if you are getting a bargain or not. Our local store (Food LIon) tends to charge more for most items than stores in the larger areas where there is more competition, so when I go to the city I always try to stock up as much as possible because it is usually less.
     
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    The low price winner here is called 99-Cent Store. They are far better than Dollar Tree or Family Dollar or Dollar General. 99-Cent has produce, which those others do not. For example, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Broccoli, other big-head vegetables are 99 cents apiece. Stuff like peaches, plums, are usually 3 lbs. per 99 cents. All good quality. The place is quite large, fairly wide selection of household, home goods, but no furniture or clothing. Maybe stuff like socks, not certain.

    We first saw this store in Kingman, AZ, when my wife had to see the clinic there for medical care. We were quite impressed, but unfortunately, Kingman is 35 miles one-way. Lo and behold it was announced about a year and a half ago, they were opening one in Bullhead City, only 4 miles from our home! We frequent it quite often, perhaps every two weeks. Do not know where-all else they may have stores, but know there are none around my wife's kin in N. Indiana.
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    Yes, I agree...we have a huge 99 cent store here. When I first moved here, I went a lot but now I don't think I've gone in years.

    It's outside of my 3 mile radius , lol. I think it's about 5-6 miles from my house.
     
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    You are right @Chrissy Page about Costco being the King when it comes to taking back items. I find you can return almost anything there as long as it came from there in the first place. No questions are asked. Their policy is so liberal, I wonder how they can afford to continue it. Oh in the above discussion...I can't remember the price of eggs at Aldi's but at Super Value Green Valley eggs were .59 + 10 percent.
     
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    Wow, that is great Frank. I guess they are getting produce directly from the fields which allows them to sell it at such reduced prices. I will have to look for one of those stores when I go out West again. I think Bullhead City isn't far from Las Vegas, if I remember right, however, the produce probably wouldn't last for the trip home. Maybe, I would have to bring along a cooler!
     
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    The worst place for returns or refunds I think is Target, or it used to be since I haven't been there in awhile.

    You better have your receipt and think they only gave you a certain number of days. The couple times I returned something it was always a hassle.
     
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    There are 99-cent stores here as well, but none very close to my home. I would visit some different variety type discount stores when I lived up in Houston, but never found one I really cared for. The closest that I somewhat enjoy is Dollar Tree. I have a Family Dollar closer, but I don't like that the prices are all over the map. I enjoy knowing when I shop at Dollar Tree that everything is indeed one dollar, and I can simply count my items and know how much I'll be spending. I have some mugs that I bought years ago at the closest 99-cent store, and when my car's in better shape, I'll probably go back there.
     
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    Nothing is more than a dollar at my dollar store or more than 99 cents at the 99 cent store, sometimes things will be 2 or 3 for a dollar though.
     
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    This is the one in Fresno/Clovis and it's pretty big!
     
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