AN ALDI enthusiast has shared her nine tips for saving even more money at the discounter.
Becky, a money-saving expert, said she “halved” the price of her grocery bill thanks to these tricks at Aldi.
In a YouTube video posted to her channel, Becky (@freebie lady) shared her best kept “secrets” to help you save money on your next visit to Aldi.
Let’s dive right in.
1. BUY SPICES
Many of the spices sold at Aldi are made by McCormick, which also sells its products at major retailers like Walmart and Kroger.
However, the spices you find at Aldi are often significantly cheaper – even though they are exactly the same product.
2. SHOP WEDNESDAY
Becky recommended shopping on Wednesdays, because that’s when the Aldi branches present new weekly offers.
On Wednesdays, Aldi releases its in-store catalog of Aldi finds – so you can be the first to benefit from limited edition products and special discounts.
3. PICK UP PRODUCTS
Aldi carries many of the same types of fruit and vegetables significantly cheaper than its competitors.
The supermarket has improved the freshness of its products in recent years to compete with more expensive stores.
In fact, you’ll find that brands like Driscoll’s berries are cheaper at Aldi than other supermarkets.
4. BRING A QUARTER
One of the ways Aldi can keep grocery prices down is by reducing the cost of the shopping experience.
Instead of hiring a person to round up abandoned carts in the parking lot, Aldi requires its shoppers to put a quarter in their cart, which they don’t get back until they return it.
However, if you have forgotten your neighborhood, an Aldi employee can give you one.
5. BRING YOUR OWN BAGS
Another difference at Aldi is that employees don’t pack your bags for you and the store doesn’t provide free bags.
You can bring your own bags or use the spare boxes lying around the store.
After you have completed your checkout there is an area where you can pack your own bags before heading out.
6. BE CAREFUL WITH NAME MARKS
Although Aldi offers incredibly low prices for its own brand products, some branded items like Pringles, Goldfish or Chips Ahoy! can be more expensive.
For example, a 25.3-ounce pack of Chips Ahoy! $6.39 at Aldi and just $5.98 at Walmart when The US Sun compared the two stores.
So check prices in other grocery stores before adding these items to your Aldi shopping cart.
“Stick to the basics when shopping at Aldi,” Becky advised.
She also advised shoppers to look elsewhere for their toilet paper, toiletries and household supplies.
7. USE CASHBACK APPS
One downside to Aldi is that the store doesn’t accept manufacturer coupons, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay a sticker price for your finds.
Freebie Lady recommended using the cashback apps Ibotta, Checkout51 and Fetch Rewards at Aldi.
These apps are free to download and also save you money at a whole range of other popular stores.
8th. CASHIER DISCOUNTS
Aldi cashiers have the power to change the price of items without having to call their manager.
That doesn’t mean you can start haggling over the prices of everything, but it can get you a discount if, for example, one of the apples in your bag seems to be moldy.
9. DOUBLE BACK GUARANTEE
If you get your groceries home and are unhappy with an item, bring it back to the store and take advantage of Aldi’s generous returns policy.
Aldi will not only exchange your item for another, but will also give you a full refund.
The store calls this its “Twice as Nice Guarantee.”
Check out the five new finds unveiled by Aldi this week in celebration of Earth Day.
And look at what a frugal couple bought on their first visit to Aldi.