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Thread: We are getting an Aldi store

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    Super Member anniesews's Avatar
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    Does anyone know whether these are good to shop at stores? We live in a college town and I think that is why they want to build here. I hope they have good food and prices. We already have a Wal-mart and Meijers but some competition might bring their prices down. Hope so anyway.

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    I love Aldi. I do not buy a lot of the fresh meat but They are getting better with that. I don't think you will find better produce. There are things I will only buy there. The prices can't be beat. Just an FYI. They only take cash and debit. No checks or credit cards. Have fun!

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    Only a few products from Aldi's have we found that we don't like. Prices are usually good. Take your own bags unless you want to buy them in the store. They don't provide them.
    No carry outs to help keep prices lower. No personal checks.

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    Aldi is very popular here in the UK, one of the better 'value' supermarkets :thumbup:

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    I went to Aldi's once and it was awful my gf goes there and buys certain things, but never fresh meat.

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    I love Aldi's. It is the number #1 grocery chain in Europe and has more than 500 stores. I love their salsa and chips, will drive 100 miles to go there.

    They only sell the Aldi's brands but everything is excellent quality and way, way cheaper than the American stores. In October they sell special Oktoberfest grocery items, at Christmas they sell Stollen and at Easter they have lamb! I love their spiral hams, we serve one every Christmas.

    I could and WILL go on and on about the great value for their foods. I raised 3 teenagers that never stopped eating and they would have starved had it not been for Aldi's.

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    Love Aldi's...bring your own reusable bags...and a quarter. You put a quarter in the slot to release a shopping cart. When you return it to the rack, you get your quarter back.
    Haven't had much that I didn't like. I don't do many canned goods, but I love the chili beans.
    I buy a lot of my fresh veggies and some fruits at Aldi's...the fresh ground sirloin is good...and I have bought a couple of other meat items that were good.
    I highly recommmend the frozen Apple pie...you have to bake it, and I can't tell the difference between mine and this frozen one.

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    we LOVE our local Aldi's. Especially the older folks here in town. NEVER go there the day the SS checks come out!

    Their produce, milk, eggs can NOT be beat, not even at our military base!
    They get wonderful German things for the Christmas season!

    Their plants and flowers are better than most floral shops as well!
    In the article the paper printed here before they opened it told how Aldi's does NOT make their own label foods. BUT they are bought from Name brand makers and Aldi's pays to have their label put on!

    It is like the old RCA/Zenith TV's. One came of the assembly belt with an RCA label and the next one got a Zenith label. Or like how there are 3 brand names of anti-freeze for your car, but we only have ONE manufacturing plant in this country.

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    Some of their stuff is decent, and with good prices.
    I'll tell you what is the best, though...their CHOCOLATE! It is FABULOUS! They are a German store, and they have German and Austrian chocolate. They have these great big bars that are stuffed full of whole hazelnuts that are to DIE for! Plus lots of others varieties. Once I discovered their chocolate, I would go just to stock up and keep it in my quilting room. My husband discovered my stash. We are now eating low carb. No more Aldis chocolate for us.
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    They also carry other German foods; I tried the spaetzle once and it was good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    we LOVE our local Aldi's. Especially the older folks here in town. NEVER go there the day the SS checks come out!

    Their produce, milk, eggs can NOT be beat, not even at our military base!
    They get wonderful German things for the Christmas season!

    Their plants and flowers are better than most floral shops as well!
    I have bought bouquets of cut flowers there that have lasted 2 weeks!

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    Love Aldi's, great prices on produce and milk.

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    Also, if you buy something that is not right-good when you open it tell them. they will give you a replacement. My mom told them about a pack of taco seasoning that was only half full and she got a free one. They do stand by their products. :)

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    We have one here but I find I can't get a lot of thinngs there. And I don't like putting in a quarter to use a shopping basket. Haven't been in a while

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    Some things there are better than others - just know your prices at the other stores and you will see what the better buys are. One good thing is that WalMart will match Aldi's prices on certain things - produce for sure. Aldi's had 1 lb strawberry packages almost all summer for 99 and they were almost always out - so just took the ad to WalMart and bought my strawberries there. Last week, Aldi's had avacado's for 49 and Walmart had theirs for way over $1 - so just showed the WalMart cashier the ad and bought two avacado's for 98 - very big ones - much bigger than the ones that Aldi's would have had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    We have one here but I find I can't get a lot of thinngs there. And I don't like putting in a quarter to use a shopping basket. Haven't been in a while
    I don't get a lot there either, mostly eggs when they're cheaper. My son gets most of his food there. I keep a quarter in my ashtray and call it my "Aldi's Quarter." It's a bit of a bother, but their parking lots are small, and it does keep carts from being strewn all over the place and running into cars. So it seems like their system works. Sometimes people trade their quarters for a cart from someone who is leaving. And sometimes people won't even take your quarter!

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    My first visit to ALDI was not one I wanted to repeat, but someone encouraged me to go back and just buy a few things and take time to really see where the values were. Now I buy most of my produce at ALDI along with a lot of other things. I think their ground beef is especially good. I have become an avid ALDI shopper for about 8 years now. I buy most of my groceries there and less and less at Kroger.
    Call me a Happy ALDI shoppers. It just grows on your once you get used to the concept.

    June in Cincinnati

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhillslady
    We have one here but I find I can't get a lot of thinngs there. And I don't like putting in a quarter to use a shopping basket. Haven't been in a while
    The one in my town is small, crowded and not very nice looking. When it first opened I tried it a few times and bought a few items, some I liked and others were just OK. Did someone mention they have great chocolate? Maybe it's time to check them out again.

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    lolol, be interesting to take some of the ALDI brand stuff and photograph it here in France, Uk, and US...
    The Aldi in UK seems to be slightly better than the french version for fresh fruit, veg and the bread and cakes.
    In France and the uk I find the frozen food good and they do white chocolate and cranberry cookies...my gosh they are a very special cookie :O)
    They have special offers twice a week with a variety of things for sale, sewing machines, books, garden stuff, computers, tvs etc etc... do you have lidls in the us yet ?

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    Love the quarter-for-the-cart. The parking lot is always neat. Never have to worry about dings in the car or the empty parking space that turns out to have a cart in it. That one really gets my goat.

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    I now do about 97% of my shopping at Aldis because as a retired professional Chef I like quality and that I can get at such amazing prices, in fact my grocery bill is about half of what it was when I shopped at Tescos for a lot better quality. The other 3% is spent between Lidl's, a similar discount store and Asda's, all I know is that I eat better with first class products, especially veg n fruit at a really good low price, give them a go IMO you won't regret it.

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    I can't think of a store with better prices for such good quality products!! Would be lost without Aldi's, went there today. Grocery prices are astounding and I'm glad for one grocery that can be counted on for the best prices.

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    Unbelievable prices on many things! I do most of my shopping there.

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    Absolutey love Aldi. Their Butter Pecan ice cream is to die for, no-one make it better. I buy everything they have, no complaints. The one thing is that they are a 'seasonal' store. I went to buy Caramel topping for the Butter Pecan Ice cream and they said they only had a few jars left, it's seasonal. Have run into this for coconut (Easter only) and other items too. If you see something different you like, then buy it, it might not be there next time.

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    I shop at Aldi regularly. Primarily, i purchase dairy products, staples (ie: flour, sugar, salt, etc) and fresh produce there. I can buy fresh mozzarella balls there for about $3 less than at Kroger. Their milk is always cheaper than Walmart, there cheeses are tasty and cost less. I don't buy their prepackaged salad greens because I find them poor quality, but their fresh produce is usually quite acceptable. I've been buying their fresh pineapple and loving it all summer. I haven't bought meat there and I don't buy a lot of frozen food. Paper plates are a bargain there, but I like name brand paper towels and napkins. Try it, you may like it. Also, about the carts, I often find that, at Walmart or Kroger, I have to try several carts before I find one that steers correctly and doesn't squeak. That is never the case at Aldi. I'm happy to put the quarter in to get a cart that is easy to use and doesn't sound like a one man band!

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    Great prices there

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