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Can someone explain the appeal of grocery shopping at Aldi? A friend told me to check it out and I thought it was the worst grocery store I’ve ever walked into. Nothing looked fresh, no high quality options (e.g grass fed/finished meat), and few options overall. A bad experience imo. I don’t understand why people who can afford to shop elsewhere do all their grocery shopping there?

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Aldi and Trader Joe’s are two sides of the same family (literally). Their model is to source directly from producers to get you quality products at a more reasonable price. It’s not going to be like your traditional grocery store. I love the cheese aisle at my local TJ. Aldi is a bit more of a hike for me so I haven’t gone yet.

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They also keep a skeleton crew in stores at Aldi to keep their costs down, making products cheaper

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Some stuff you can get there for cheap and is good/decent enough quality. So if you’re trying to be fiscally responsible it’s a good option. I never buy raw/frozen meat from Aldi, not worth it. I’ve bought chocolate biscuits, Ben & jerrys, deli meats, and certain vegetables from there. My friends who live near one have bought decent quality furniture (!) and appliances/camping gear from there. I don’t know about in the US though, I’m from Australia.

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It is like buying food at a UN aid shipment.

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Big draw is that it’s cheap. We typically take a first pass there and then go to Whole Foods for anything left on our list. It has cut our grocery bill in half.

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I do the same thing SA. There are some staples you can get at a quarter of the price at Aldi, so makes sense to start there. Agree with others that sometimes quality isn’t the best, so then I go to Whole Foods. Huge money saver for me!

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What city are you in? My Aldi’s are the opposite of everything you mentioned and are so so cheap. They’ve also started carrying a lot more brand name products recently which has been great. Can get my normal grocery haul for literally half the price.

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You’re just literally not contributing to a conversation about Aldi... would you like to discuss on DMs? Seems you have a lot to get off your chest!

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The first time I went, I was in a rush and needed baking powder and there was none. I hated it all. Every single product seemed to be an unfamiliar brand and it was mentally exhausting. The next time I went, I went in with the mentality that it was a treasure hunt. I was only going to buy things that I wanted to supplement a regular run to my main grocery trip. I liked it much better. I buy dark chocolate, wine, almonds, cashews, other nuts, fish, bread, and certain produce (fresh and frozen) there, along with the occasional hummus or special deli meats and cheeaes (Italian, Spanish, etc). I can get a full basket of nutritious food for like $80. To walk out of my local Randall's with that much food it is like $200. Yes, of course I could pay more, but the products I buy seem to be of equal quality. Even the off brand junk food seems to be of as good, if not better, quality than that sold at other stores. It just seems low quality at first because you're used to the marketing and packaging of other stores. The packaging is more austere, but the food is not worse (unless perhaps comparing to Whole Foods or Central Market or something of that caliber). They don't have certain cuts of meat, but you can definitely buy grass fed and organic meat at Aldi

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Ugh you can’t edit your comment after I ask a question! Now it looks like I can’t read lol

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I've never shopped at one, but I did interview for their DM job in college, and that was a pretty terrible experience. They asked questions like "if you were an animal, what would you be?" and "what's the worst thing you've ever done and gotten away with?" 🤣

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I worked at their Corp headquarters in Batavia, IL. Also terrible.

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Aldi is really affordable. I went there when I was in college and loved it, I still like it but not as much anymore.

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Yeah I guess but Trader Joe’s is pretty selective on the locations they choose for their stores. ALDI is overall a more accessible option for many people.

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OMG same. Someone explain this to me

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They have really good chocolate

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Other than how cheap, I LOVE how fast I’m in and out. There’s only a few isles it’s easy to get through it all, and there aren’t 100 choices for me to decide which is the best deal

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Our Aldi has a ton of organic options (including some meat) and great produce. It's dirt cheap and I've never had any issues with quality.

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It’s the Walmart replacement for Whole Foods / Trader Joe’s. And guess what I love Aldis and Walmart :)

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It’s MUCH cheaper than your average grocery store IF you’re not looking for anything fancy or name brand. It’s a no frills grocery store, and for me, I don’t really care much about name brands, so I cut my grocery bill by like 40% by shopping there. Worth it in my opinion

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I feel the same about Trader Joe’s. The produce is gross, and it’s hit or miss what they have...and you can’t get everything there so have to go elsewhere anyway...

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I like how small it is. 20 mins and I’m done. Admittedly I am not able to get everything at Aldi, but I buy most items there for a fraction of the price and then buy meat and produce at another store.

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We are a family of 6 so I buy a whole lot of staples like butter, cheese, and bread.

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I don't do all my grocery shopping there, but I get certain things there b/c it's cheap (even cheaper than store brand somewhere else) and sometimes you happen to find good deals on other random non-food stuff. Eggs, cheese, and milk are two things that I frequently buy at Aldi.

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Clancy’s is the shizz

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32 cents for an avocado

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Aldi's is great

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In belgium there's another one called Colruyt it's even cheaper and their products are so nice! I love going there because I save so much money and I can buy more stuff!

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