It is no secret that my favorite place to grocery shop is Aldi. I spend a good amount of time in there while creating my Aldi meal plans, and have picked up some secret tips that you probably don’t know about.
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I thought you would want to know how this simple store makes shopping such an easy experience, so here are 13 secrets that you do not know about Aldi.
1.) There are multiple bar codes on every product so that when the cashier scans the item, she scans it the first time. Have you ever wondered how they can cash you out so fast? This is why. Next time you are in an Aldi, count how many barcodes are on your products, the average item has up to five bar codes on it.
I pulled out a package of Aldi butter today to check, and it had FIVE bar codes!
2.) The boxes that store the items at Aldi are specifically designed for their store. They can easily rip off the top of the box and place on the shelf, making it quick and easy to stock the shelves. The boxes also match the packaging on the actual product, making it easy for you to identify when you are doing your shopping.
If you’ve forgotten your Aldi bags, you can always find an empty box and use that to bring your groceries home in.
3.) Have you ever wondered what that strange yellow hook in the front of their shopping carts is for? It is to hold your reusable bags – genius! You can also hook multiple carts together using the hook, perfect for large families.
4.) Aldi will discount their bread items 5 days before the item expires. Simply look on the package for the expiration date, if it is expiring in six days and it is nearing the end of the day, wait until tomorrow to get it at a deep discount.
5.) You have to bring your own bags to Aldi and bag your own groceries. This is just one of the ways that they keep costs down, and make it an efficient place to shop (and work). You can purchase their Aldi bags for $0.10 a piece for plastic or $0.06 for paper. I typically just keep my bags in the back of my van, that way I always have them on hand.
6.) They have specially designed produce signs. Instead of switching the sign out every week, they only switch out the prices. You can see that the black tags are the only ones that are changed, this helps the employees run the store efficiently.
7.) The refrigerated items are stocked from behind the racks. We buy from the front of the shelf, and the shelf replenishes itself. This makes it easy for us to buy the newest items, and for the stock to never go bad.
8.) They locally source certain products. My local store uses a local milk provider (Byrne Dairy), and much of the produce is sourced from local farms.
10.) The average Aldi store has 6-8 employees. They pay their employees significantly higher than the national average and by working only 20 hours a week, they give their employees full health insurance.
11.) Aldi’s offers a double back guarantee. If you don’t like an item, you can bring it back, get it replaced, AND get your money back!
12.) Many of their store brand items are actually name brand items. I’ve heard that their Kirkwood Chicken is actually Tyson chicken, just under a different package. The Kirkwood Gluten Free Chicken nuggets are the same exact ones that I buy under the Wegmans brand. The Wegmans brand is $2.00 more per bag.
13.) You can feed your family on under $100 per week at Aldi – I am proof! I have a family of 6 and we eat for under $100 per week at Aldi. Don’t believe me – check out my Aldi meal plans where I teach you how to buy a month worth of dinners for under $150.00. There are six meal plans available – you can check them all out here.
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