5 Things You Didn't Know About ALDI
- More than 90% of the products carried in the store are ALDI-exclusive brands, including organic and gluten-free packaged foods.
- ALDI has banned the use of several pesticides, synthetic colors, MSG, and partially hydrogenated oils in its organic and nonorganic products.
- You need a quarter to “rent” a shopping cart for your trip, but you'll get it back when you return the cart to its place.
- Some of the company's money-saving techniques are passed on to its workers, who earn salaries that are typically higher than industry averages.
- ALDI is beginning to expand its organic line in an attempt to become competitive with other popular grocery stores like Whole Foods.
How to Redeem a Coupon Code at ALDI
You are not able to shop at ALDI online, so there is no coupon or promo code box available. Additionally, ALDI does not accept manufacturer's coupons in stores even though they may sell the product. According to the store's corporate office, the reason for not accepting manufacturer's coupons is that the company already negotiates deep discounts with manufacturers. Since the prices on name-brand products that you can purchase at ALDI are so much lower than the typical prices in other grocery stores, you shouldn't be disappointed about the inability to use coupons.
ALDI prides itself on offering very low prices on everyday items, but you'll sometimes find a small clearance section with great deals. In most cases, these will be items that are just out of season or products that are being discontinued. For instance, you might find clearance-priced Halloween candy the week after Halloween and garden tools as autumn starts. While the company's primary focus is on groceries, they occasionally produce home goods like small appliances and decorative items. These items are only in stores for a week or two. After that, you may find a good deal on leftovers in the clearance section.
ALDI first started in 1961 in Germany and opened shop in the United States in 1976. By the year 2018, it will have almost 2,000 stores throughout America. It offers many of the same types of products you'd expect in competing grocery stores like Safeway and Wegmans.
The idea behind the store is to offer incredibly affordable prices on the types of products that most people would consider "basics" such as food, cleaning products, and paper goods. To achieve this goal, the store limits brand options. In many cases, the ALDI brand is the only available choice. Prices on products tend to be significantly less expensive than prices found at other grocery stores.
Though the prices are low, you'll find that the company doesn't skimp on quality. Many of the company's foods taste just as good—or better than—their brand-name counterparts. The fruits and vegetables are fresh, and new meats are brought out daily.
Since ALDI is a smaller grocery store, you may not be able to buy bulk quantities of certain items. If you're trying to stock up for a big party, check with the manager about availability.
Aside from the basics, most ALDI stores typically offer a small section of home goods that varies by season. For instance, in the spring and summer, you're likely to find gardening supplies. During the back-to-school time, you'll find home goods that are perfect for new college students. Around the end of the year, you'll find seasonal decorations and ALDI's versions of popular small appliances, such as instant pressure cookers and high-speed blenders.
Compared to other grocery stores, the layout of most ALDI stores is fairly unique. You're not in a large space with thousands of options. In fact, most ALDI locations only have four to six aisles of products plus the refrigerated and frozen sections along the walls of the store. For example, in other grocery stores, a "pasta" section might take up an entire aisle. On one side, you're presented with a large variety of pasta brands and shapes. On the other side, you have many brands and flavors of sauces. At ALDI, you are offered fewer choices, making your selection much easier. Everything is the ALDI brand, and there are only a few options for each type of pasta or sauce. The entire pasta section takes up only about a quarter of the space that another grocery store would require.
Many consumers are able to complete all of their weekly shopping at ALDI while saving a lot of money at the same time. Fortunately, ALDI has been very responsive in listening to consumers' needs. They have a fairly extensive selection of gluten-free products and are working hard to expand their organic lines. As they expand their offerings and open more stores, ALDI is sure to gain in popularity.
If you're ready to make your first trip to ALDI, check out these real customer tips for shopping there. You'll learn more about how to find the best deals and which products are really worth buying.
ALDI Social Media Links
Like or follow ALDI's Facebook page for current company news along with links that are relevant to your needs. The company frequently posts recipe ideas using products in their stores. They may also respond to your questions and comments on posts.
The company's official Twitter account is @AldiUSA. Follow them on Twitter and you'll get to connect with other ALDI fans. Use #ILikeALDI to reach out to others.
Instagram lovers will want to follow the official ALDI account, aldiusa. There, the company uploads photos of delicious meal and party ideas. It's perfect when you're feeling a little bored with the same old meals and want some fresh ideas using ALDI ingredients.
If you're more of a Pinterest-type person, you won't be disappointed. ALDI maintains a wide variety of Pinterest boards, grouping recipes and ideas by special topics including holiday-themed ideas, kid-friendly recipes, and "lighter" or gluten-free ideas.
Anyone interested in checking out the company's latest commercials will want to head over to the ALDI YouTube channel. Most of the posted videos are commercials, but you'll also find a few recipe ideas.
Finally, ALDI also has its own blog. It's full of ALDI news, recipe ideas, and other thoughts that are likely to be of interest to ALDI shoppers. Sign up for their newsletter for the latest updates.
ALDI Customer Service Contact Info
1200 N. Kirk Rd.
Batavia, IL 60510