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Unimpressed by Aldi's

September 29th, 2011 at 07:00 pm

OK, so friend and I headed out this morning to check out the new Aldi's about 25 minutes north of here. It was their Grand Opening celebration.

I have to say I was somewhat unimpressed after hearing so many good things about this store.

First, it was quite small for a grocery store. Most of their brands were their store brands. Don't know if they're all like this or not, but to my best recollection, they only have like 5 rows. So not a huge selection. And it was pretty crowded in those aisles.

But my main gripe is that by and large they had all packaged and processed foods. And they had no organics in the produce section.

They were giving out lots of free samples, a la Costco, but it was all sugary candy and such.

I did buy 2 loaves of whole wheat bread (1.5 lbs ea) for like $1.69. I also got what i thought were good deals on a 3-lb bag of sweet potatoes and some vodka pasta sauce. Costco still beats their milk prices, I think.

We weren't expecting the part about putting a quarter in the shopping cart, paying for bags, or having to pay cash (no credit).

I doubt I'll be going there much since it's really out of the way, but it was interesting to check it out, nonetheless.

5 Responses to “Unimpressed by Aldi's”

  1. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    That's normal Aldi this side of the Pacfic. They only sell mostly their own brands and you have only one choice of the most things.

    Here I use Rolled oats their only sell Quick Oats I rarely go as I have to have curtain kinds of products which they don't sell!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Yep, that's a typical Aldi! I don't go there any more, now that I use my credit card for everything, but they really have rock-bottom low prices on some things. They are the opposite of upscale, so no famous brands, no organics -- and no, they're not very health-oriented, though they have improved in that over the years.

  3. laura Says:


    I'm going to Aldi's today for milk. They are $.70 cheaper per gallon than the Jewel/Albertson's across the street. I'm living the poor man's budget this month and at one gallon of milk per day, my savings will be $20 overall for the month.

    However, the equivalent name brands of items I normally buy are on sale for the same price (Fiber One Bars are $2 versus $1.99 for Fiber Now), and Activia is on sale for $1.99 versus their $1.99 version.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I'm not a fan either. I tried them in the UK for a while, and they were better than some of my normal UK stores, but the ones here--nope. Out of the way and I can do better with good store specials.

  5. Jerry Says:

    When I lived in Germany I shopped at Aldi all of the time, but that was because my budget wouldn't lead me to go anywhere else! I haven't been to one in the States, but I have heard that they are even smaller and with less selection there. Frankly, I prefer having some insurance of selection and fresher foods.
    Jerry

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