Guys, shopping at ALDI stores is my jam. They’ve taken the low-price grocery fight right to Walmart and Amazon’s doors and are kicking butt.
It’s not a couponer’s wonderland, so don’t expect coupons, but it is a thrifty shopper’s paradise — especially if you know where to look.
Here are some tips you gotta know to save money on your next shopping trip at ALDI.
But before you dive in, download the KCL app and “favorite” ALDI to get deal alerts sent straight to your phone.
1. Visit the ALDI Finds section on Wednesdays and Sundays for deep discounts.
ALDI’s Finds section has some crazy low-priced items that sell fast — anywhere from bath mats to kitchen goods to clothing.
Some recent finds include a HEPA-type air purifier for $34.99 (a comparable model on Amazon.com goes for $40.98) — and a microfiber duster for just $2.99 ($3 cheaper than Walmart).
The best time to shop this section is either Wednesday or Sunday morning, depending on your store — that’s right after they restock the section. Be quick about it; items sell out fast.
PRO TIP: Check out the Upcoming ALDI Finds section to plan ahead and save more.
2. ALDI coupons aren’t really a thing — total bummer.
Nope, not even manufacturers’ coupons.
Every once in a while they may have regional coupons or grand opening coupons, but don’t hold your breath.
3. Don’t buy personal care items at ALDI stores.
ALDI has great deals, but when it comes to personal care products, Amazon and other stores easily beat them.
4. Name brands are rare at ALDI grocery stores, but when you find them, they’re 20 – 40% cheaper.
ALDI frequently switches up their store inventory, and when they do, name brands can come at a bargain. I found 32-ounce Naked Smoothies for $3.89 apiece. I usually find them for $5 – $7 — no joke!
5. Save up to 52% on meat every Wednesday you go ALDI shopping.
Mark your calendars. These are the big savings you can find at ALDI by the pound:
Chicken Breast, per pound:
73% Lean Ground Beef, per pound:
Pork Shoulder Roast, per pound:
Tilapia Fillets, per pound:
TIP: Reach for the back or on the bottom. The items closer to expiration will be upfront and center.
6. Get ALDI foods, like seasonal products, for up to 30% less than Target.
ALDI is where I go first for seasonal goodies.
Last year, I scored a 60-inch scarecrow for $5.99, which is almost 30% off Target’s 48-inch scarecrow (reg. price $20).
ALDI has also brought out their own 24-day Wine Advent Calendar for $69.99. Most other wine advent calendars only last 12 days and cost at least $129.
They also have a cheese advent calendar for $12.99, and authentic German Christmas cookies for as low as $1.49.
TIP: You can also sign up for ALDI’s email newsletter for the latest information on their Advent Calendars, ALDI Finds, and weekly specials.
7. Take advantage of ALDI delivery promotions, but otherwise, shop in store.
Your first grocery delivery or pickup through Instacart is free, although ALDI offers $10 off for new Instacart customers spending more than $35.
After that, it’ll cost you at least $5.99 per delivery or $95 and up for an annual subscription. Not to mention prices for shopping ALDI via Instacart are about 17% more than in store.
I’d just shop in store.
8. Don’t miss out on ALDI’s diaper deals, though.
ALDI’s Little Journey diapers and wipes are both hypoallergenic and super cheap. Here are a few examples:
- ALDI’s Little Journey diapers: 72 pack for $12.49 ($0.17 per diaper)
- Walmart Huggies diapers: 76 pack for $24.27 ($0.32 per diaper)
- ALDI’s Little Journey wipes: 216 pack for $3.49 ($0.02 per wipe)
- Walmart Huggies Simply Clean wipes: 192 pack for $5.97 ($0.04 per wipe)
9. Score ALDI wine for as cheap as $2.89 a bottle.
Most ALDI stores offer a range of beers and wines, but some locations aren’t allowed to sell because of State and local liquor laws.
If yours does carry alcohol, you can score Winking Owl wine for just $2.89 a bottle. Plus, you can shop their extensive beer aisle, which carries over 12 ALDI-exclusive brews, including imports, IPAs, and more.
Based on ALDI reviews, Wernesgrüner Pilsner is their number one beer, which sells for $5.99.
10. ALDI prices beat Walmart’s on produce, too — but proceed with caution.
Customer reviews are mixed on the overall quality and shelf life of fruits and vegetables from ALDI.
No matter what, though, you can save a ton on produce.
Blueberries, per pound:
California Mandarins, per pound:
Tomatoes on the vine, per pound:
11. Buy nearly expired bakery items to save up to 50% on ALDI bread and more.
ALDI starts to discount baked goods five days before they expire. Look for 50% off markdowns in the bakery two days before the expiration date.
12. Buy olive oil at other stores — ALDI’s prices aren’t impressive.
Some things you just have to keep stocked in your kitchen. Olive oil is not exactly a steal at ALDI.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, per ounce:
13. ALDI grocery beats out Walmart and Trader Joe’s for gluten-free food.
Gluten-free products can be pricey, but ALDI’s brand for gluten-free food, liveGfree, beats even Trader Joe’s.
These tend to be much cheaper per ounce than similar items at other stores in town.
Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread, per ounce:
Gluten-Free Pancake Mix, per ounce:
14. Save 2 – 5% on ALDI gift cards using Raise and Gift Card Granny.
When you see an ALDI gift card on those sites, act quickly. They can be hard to find on there.
Related: Gift Card Hacks You Should Be Using
15. Yes, Trader Joe’s and ALDI are related, but their gift cards aren’t interchangeable.
The two stores are owned by brothers, but other than that, there’s no connection between them.
16. Keep your eyes open for ALDI specials, like clearance items.
Be sure to look for unadvertised deals on last season’s products in the store’s clearance bins or sprinkled in various departments around the store.
I found Adventuridge Backpacks for only $10.59 (reg. $19.99) and a Gardenline 7-Piece LED Pathway Lighting Set for $33.99 (reg. $69.99).
17. Use apps like Checkout51 and Fetch Rewards to earn more savings on ALDI deals.
Scan your receipt, and when there are eligible products, you get cash back.
Related: Your Ultimate Guide to Rebate Apps
18. ALDI Return Policy will refund AND replace any store-branded product.
That’s right, they do BOTH.
ALDI’s “Twice as Nice Guarantee” gives you a refund and a replacement for any ALDI-brand product you didn’t like. Sweet!
Exceptions include non-food items in the ALDI Finds section and alcohol.
19. Bring your own bags to the ALDI supermarket unless you want to buy theirs.
To keep prices low, ALDI charges $0.05 – $0.10 a bag, and they don’t have baggers; they scan your items and put them back in the cart.
Always bring reusable bags when shopping here — it’s free and environmentally friendly. Don’t worry if you forget, they usually have empty boxes for you to use.
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