Post # 1
We’re getting an Aldi within the next couple of months. I looked at their website and I see they sell a lot of brand goods. Anyone have one nearby and know of their quality and prices? Specifically meat quality…
Post # 3
I’ve only been in once and I know it is a discount grocery store. Don’t know how that translates to quality but I did watch a news show that said that Aldi was fine.
Post # 4
We have an Aldi here. I go there for stuff like crackers, pasta, canned and frozen veggies, ect. Aldi’s has come a long long way over the years. Their produce and meat use to be questionable, but now it’s fine. I go to Sam’s Club for my meats, but everything else comes from Aldi’s or Save a Lot.
Post # 5
I used to live near one. They’re not my favorite store. It kind of reminds me of the Big Lots or Value City of grocery stores. I shop at those, so I am not insulting them, just to say that you kind of have to either be really open about what you buy or really look for the deals. I remember them having a lot of strange generic brands; they were usually just as good once you got over the package. I never bought meat there, so I can’t speak to that.
Post # 6
I could not do ALL of my shopping at Aldi, but did find it useful for some items…frozen fruits/veggies, dried good, baking goods, etc. I would buy what I could at Aldi, then supplement at the “regular” grocery store. They sell VERY FEW familiar name brand items. I don’t shop there any longer because there really isn’t a conveneint location here. I’d rather spend a few extra bucks if it means I can just stop on my way home from work.
Post # 7
I actually really like Aldi. I don’t go there enough but there are some things that I always get there. I like their baking stuff (flour, sugar, etc) and milk and eggs are really good prices. Also, I get a lot of their canned veggies, dried pastas, dried beans, etc. You can get some good meats and produce there. You just have to use your judgement on the quality at that moment, just like any store.
Also, you have to get over the generic brands. I used to work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms and my group actually had Aldi as a client. I know for a fact that a lot of their items come off the same lines as many name brand items. They’re just packaged in a generic bag or box and sold for less.
Post # 8
Their prices are awesome, and you save a TON of money if you shop there for most of your groceries and only hit big-name stores for a few things. I’m trying to convert Darling Husband…lol.
Post # 9
@MUI831:agreed, most of the “store” brands at any store come from the same manufacturer as the original!
Post # 10
I swear I’m not lying but like 15 years ago (not sure exactly I’m 28 and think I was in middle school at the time) or so I went to Aldi’s with my mother and there was a sign on the door that said something along the lines of “our cereal is now safe to eat”.
ummmmmm, so it wasn’t previously? I guess there was a recall or something. It is cheaper than a general grocery store but very low variety, at least it was 15 years ago, there isn’t one around me now.
Post # 11
We have a ton of Aldi’s around here… maybe it’s a mostly midwest thing? Anyway, they’re smaller stores than Walmart and generally have better prices. The quality isn’t always the best but I could do a large portion of my shopping there. If I went to Jewel for the same things I bought at Aldi I would spend twice as much. They don’t give you bags unless you pay for them (but you can take the cardboard boxes that products come in from around the store) and you need a quarter to “rent” a cart, which you get back when you return the cart to the cart area.
Post # 12
Wow. That’s definitely a different shopping experience! I guess I’ll give it a whirl when it’s open! We have a save-a-lot in town, too. I remember my grandmother would go there for dried goods and canned goods, but we always got our meats elsewhere. Walmart is my ‘dry and canned goods’ supplier at the moment. Cheaper and the equal quality works for me! Thanks for the info, ladies!
Post # 13
Where we used to live there was one and we’d stop by there before we went to the grocery store since sometimes the products change at Aldis. A lot of times they’ll have brand name things that are a lot cheaper than at the grocery store. Their own brand is great for some things (try the chocolate) and terrible for other (their hair conditioner – you could use a whole bottle with no effect). For us the savings was worth the extra stop – we have had the meat and it’s always been fine, it has info on the grade and everything so just look before you buy. Make sure to bring your own shopping bags, they don’t give them out there.
Post # 14
It’s actually a great place to get all your staples at. I would shop there all the time but my one issue is that there is only ever 1 checker on duty at a time and there is always a line. It was like that when I lived in Omaha, and it is the exact same way now that I live in Moline. The one checker thing drives me crazy. Also, you have to pay for your own bags, however, I now make sure I take my reusable bags with me when I shop so I actually feel like I am helping the environment that way.