I have never been inside an Aldi store. Not that I don’t want to go in, there are just a few things I’ve read/researched/been told that don’t interest me. There are also things that do interest me.
This is what I base that on:
– Bring cash. Or a debit card at the least. Aldi does not accept checks or credit cards as a form of payment.
– You must also bring your own grocery bags. (You do have the options to purchase bags at the store.)
– There are no baggers at the store. As the cashier rings up your items, YOU put them back in your cart or bag them, if you wish.
– You can not use manufacturer coupons. (95% of the store is Aldi brand anyway.)
– You must “rent” your cart, which is $0.25. You will get your quarter back, upon returning the cart.
– Aldi offers a double guarantee on all of their products, excluding special purchases. If you are not satisfied simply return the product and the product will be replaced AND your money will be refunded!
With that said, I’m not rushing into the next Aldi I see. For one, I would most likely have to search the floor of the van for a quarter, just so I could put my children inside. Then, if I found previously mentioned quarter, I would shop, only to realize I couldn’t pay for my items (without cash), AND I would be really upset if I had to “bag/load” my own groceries….WITHOUT bags at that. With my luck, it would be heavily raining outside, and after I loaded the van (if I were able to pay in the first place) (and after it took me an hour to load each item individually because I didn’t know I needed to bring my own bags) I would have to walk all the way to the side of the store to get my quarter back (again, given the fact that I even found a quarter to begin with). Let’s not mention unloading the groceries one by one when I got home….
Do you think I am interested in Aldi? Not really. There are other stores in our area who price match. (AND they have bags!)