The fiercely low regular prices and no-coupon policy at Aldi usually makes for gathering all the essentials a no-fuss process. But the ease of Aldi online ordering and online delivery services means demand is higher than normal. As demand increases, stock levels can be disappointing. Aldi reassures us in their latest update regarding the coronavirus pandemic that their main focus is keeping shelves stocked.

Before the pandemic, KCL scoured the Aldi weekly ad for deals and best savings practices, and will continue to do so as the situation develops. Keep checking back as we update the Aldi deals page in real time.

As we navigate these interesting times together, here are some helpful tips for shopping Aldi during the coronavirus pandemic:

 

Aldi hours

Aldi stores now have adjusted hours of operation. Stores are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some stores may have further limited hours, so be sure to check your local Aldi store hours online.

Senior shopping hours

As of March 25, Aldi stores are open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This time is reserved for vulnerable shoppers including seniors, pregnant women, and those with health concerns.

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Aldi supply and shopping limits

Most locations now have a limit of two or three for in-demand items like water, pantry staples, pre-made meals, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, eggs, and milk. Look for postings at your store since they may vary by location.

Supply restocks

Aldi can’t give any specifics, but being stocked is a high priority. They’re working to get additional items and to put them on shelves as fast as they can.

Returns

For the safety of both customers and employees, Aldi is temporarily not accepting returns for anything. If items like fresh produce, meat, or seafood aren’t good, they will be replaced or refunded.

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Aldi pickup and delivery

Get your groceries delivered straight to your door, or choose Aldi Curbside pickup where available. No official delays have been reported, but personalized pickup and delivery window availability will vary by location.

Note that Aldi bags will need to be purchased when using these services.

Pickup

Aldi Curbside is a new service only available to a handful of pilot locations. Head to the Aldi Instacart page and enter your zip code to see if your area qualifies. New Instacart users will get free pickup on their first three orders of $35 or more with coupon code SHOPALDI20. Otherwise, a service fee of $3.99 is added to each order.

Delivery

Get your Aldi groceries delivered through Instacart. Go to the Aldi Instacart page to get started. First-time Instacart users will get free delivery on their first three orders with coupon code SHOPALDI20. Otherwise, a delivery fee of $3.99 is added to each order.

RELATED: How Grocery Pickup Works, Simplified for Busy Moms

Aldi jobs and staffing

via ALDI

Aldi temporary jobs are available. Over 7,500 new people have already been hired to help sustain the unprecedented influx of shopping, and will continue to hire for positions in both stores and warehouses.

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How to coupon at Aldi

Well, you can’t really coupon at Aldi. They don’t accept manufacturer coupons, and you won’t find special savings when using their app, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional ways to save. Believe it or not, Aldi’s regular prices often beat out Walmart. Get deeply discounted Aldi Finds on Wednesdays and Sundays, and score meat for over half off on Wednesdays too. Get more of the lowdown in KCL’s tips for spending less at Aldi.

Download the free Krazy Coupon Lady app to get updates on Aldi weekly deals, plus the best bargains we find ourselves.

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