With the increased prices at the grocery store I thought it would be timely to post this article about Aldi’s that came in my email box this morning. I hope you have an Aldi’s in your area because it is a wonderful way to save families money. I have provided you with the link to Aldi’s Supermarket‘s website so that you can search for a store near you.
By Amy Allen Clark
Aldi’s is a very normal store, although it lacks many of the frills of the traditional supermarkets. Aldi’s Supermarket is a discount chain that specializes in food, beverages, sanitary articles, and other inexpensive household items. They also offer specials on more expensive
products such as electric appliances or computers. Aldi’s offers a "strictly no frills" approach to their store which means that they do not decorate their aisles or fill shelves. Items are placed on pallets, similar to those big warehouse shops, and customers pick off of the pallets. Upon a pallet being emptied, the employees bring out another pallet to be bought from. Aldi’s "no frills" approach translates into cutting anything that wastes the store’s time or money. For example, Aldi’s does not accept checks, credit cards, or coupons. You will also not be receiving any free bags, a personal greeter, beautiful store decorations, or see a lot
of advertising for their stores. Aldi’s does not offer a deli, a butcher shop, a bakery, or even a listed phone number. You see, if they had a phone number, then they would have to have someone answer the phone. That one extra "frill" would cost Aldi’s time and money — and now you see how they keep their costs so low! Here are a few of my own hints for making your shopping experience the best at Aldi’s.
* No coupon clipping is needed for your Aldi’s shopping experience. Aldi’s sells primarily only off-brand merchandise saving you some time on coupon cutting. Aldi’s
carries only one brand in one size in each of their product category. Just because these products are considered "off- brand", in actuality, many of the private label products
are made by well-known brand manufacturers and are simply shipped in different packaging to their stores.
* Aldi’s only accepts cash, debit cards, and the electronic benefits transfer cards (formerly known as food stamps).
* The store offers a shopping cart rental program.
Basically, this means you will need to insert a quarter into the cart to use it. Upon returning the cart, you will receive your quarter back, but be sure to tuck a quarter in your purse before you go. Nothing is more frustrating than having to wait in line for change so that you can get your
cart to start you shopping trip.
* Bring your own grocery bags or you can pay for their bags. Paper bags will cost you five cents a pop and the plastic bags will run you ten cents. Along with bringing your own bags, you will also need to bag your own groceries. The cashier will set the groceries in your cart and then you are responsible for the bagging. Aldi’s provides a long counter where you can bag your groceries. Also keep your eyes out for empty boxes because these are
perfect for storing groceries in your car and make carrying your groceries easier.
* Aldi’s offers a double guarantee on all of their products. If you are dissatisfied with any of their products, they will replace the product and refund your money too!
* Join Aldi’s mailing list to receive regular information about their special offers. You can sign up for their email newsletter through http://www.usa. aldi.com
* Did you know that Aldi’s owns the more upscale market, also an American discount chain, Trader Joe’s? Both Aldi’s and Trader Joe’s have experienced considerable growth in these past few years. Whatever your income, taste, or budget, Aldi’s Supermarket shopping is a great way to cut back on your grocery bill. Give it a try! I think you will be pleasantly surprised with your new and improved grocery budget as well as the
quality of food that you can purchase at this store.
****Amy Allen Clark is a stay-at-home mother of a two-year-old son. She is founder/creator of http://www.momadvic e.com. Her web site is geared towards mothers who are seeking
advice on staying organized, living on a budget, and for those seeking work-at-home employment.