Anybody shop at Aldi?

maxxpower

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm going to Aldi for the first time this weekend to stock up on cheap processed foods and I wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations. Do they have any good sweets, dessert stuff?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I never even heard of aldi until a youtuber I watch shopped there. The video was about clean keto shopping at aldi on a budget. Seemed like a nice place tbh.
 

hateradio

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Oct 28, 2017
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Honestly, most of their stuff is fine. Their fake Talenti are crap though.


I wish there were Aldis here in the Bay Area, but it's probably too expensive for them to operate here. :(((

I miss going to the one near my old place in LA.
 

chandoog

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Oct 27, 2017
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I've only shopped there once, the nearest Aldi is pretty far from our place. The prices were way cheaper compared to other stores and while it may be OK for processed/packaged things, I remember the fruits and vegetables I brought from them went bad pretty quick. Much quicker than something from Safeway for example.
 

Red Arremer

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Oct 26, 2017
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I'm occasionally going to the Austrian off-shoot of Aldi (Hofer), and when there's big quality/price studies, they usually score among the best quality produce for just about any foods, even above some of the more higher end and expensive stores.

Not sure how well that translates to wherever you are, but if it's in a similar situation, then I think you can get just about anything.
 

Jintor

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Oct 25, 2017
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aldi rules, shop there all the time for most staple veggies, frozen stuff, basic meats etc etc. The fruit goes off quickly tho, beware
 

Schlep

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Oct 29, 2017
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If you can get past it feeling like a food bank, it’s not bad. They’ve got good prices on staple items.
 

Aeana

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Oct 25, 2017
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My family used to shop there. The main things I remember are having to put a quarter in to release the lock on the cart, and bagging groceries on a long counter at the front of the store.
 

signal

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Oct 28, 2017
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I probably dislike it the most out of the German chains I've been to so far. Certainly cheaper for a lot of things though.
 

Cilla

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Oct 29, 2017
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I get my toddlers nappies and wipes from there. I have tried the food but it is gross for the most part. It is cheap yeah but it tastes like a few ingredients are missing.
 

Emergency & I

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Oct 27, 2017
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Wife and I checked it out a month ago. Pretty cheap and solid. Good produce too. I like the self-bagging and the cart quarter system.
 

tulpa

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Oct 28, 2017
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I would shop there multiple times a week if there was one in my town. The closest one is about 20 minutes away. We do go there fairly often anyway. Good prices and food
 

Kevers

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Oct 29, 2017
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Syracuse, NY
My only issue with Aldi's are that their store brand "American" cheese doesn't melt and their fresh produce doesn't seem to last anywhere near as long as our Wegmans or even Price Chopper.
 

Babyshaq90

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Oct 28, 2017
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I like it a lot prices are reasonable. I usually go there every couple of weeks when they have a good items on sale. Unfortunately it’s about 10 min father than my closer grocery stores.
 

Kernel

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Oct 25, 2017
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I drive across the border from Canada to shop there on occasion.

Real cheap for a lot of stuff.

Wish they'd come to Canada already and make Loblaws sweat.
 

Terrysaur

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Jun 14, 2019
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There are Aldis here in Australia, and they're considered the cheap option compared to our major supermarket stores Woolworths and Coles. With that said, this comes with the additional reputation of having poorer quality products compared to those sold at Woolies and Coles, though I'd personally say otherwise.
 

SKOL

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Oct 28, 2017
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I prefer their produce over any other grocery store in my area. It's also a lot cheaper. I also really enjoy their veggie burgers.
 

Hydrus

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Oct 27, 2017
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I went once and dont see whats so good about it. Prices weren't much cheaper than other places. All the weird brands were throwing me off.
 

Jintor

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Oct 25, 2017
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There are Aldis here in Australia, and they're considered the cheap option compared to our major supermarket stores Woolworths and Coles. With that said, this comes with the additional reputation of having poorer quality products compared to those sold at Woolies and Coles, though I'd personally say otherwise.
they have less choice but tbh they're more or less on par, my weekly shop comes out about $10-15 less from aldi than at woolies or coles
 

regenhuber

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Nov 4, 2017
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Lidl is far far better.
Penny is my favorite. Best low price/big selection ratio among the "discounters".

I actually have been inside two different ALDI's in the US and they are way different to the German ones.
Honestly believe that (in Germany) it really doesn't matter anymore where you shop.
ALDI makes headlines every now and then for selling a huge ass TV super cheap, but their day to day prices aren't special anymore.
If you buy your shit at REWE or Edeka (the high end supermarkets) and get the Ja!/Gut&Günstig stuff (the off brand products) you
basically pay the same.
What sucks about ALDI (and all the other cheap stores) is that you are always short one or two items on your shopping list and have to go to REWE/Edeka anyways.

Disclaimer: I do the grocery shopping in our house, because my wife drives a Smart. So I know what I'm talking about.
 

Agent Matt

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Oct 31, 2017
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If you don't have a bag or forget your quarter for a cart then you can always grab an empty box off one of the shelves - pretty convenient if you're only picking a small number of items.

The Aldi brand ice cream and popsicles are good and insanely cheap.
 

pennanton

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Oct 31, 2017
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Yeah we have since they popped up in Australia. What pisses me off is that ours are almost identical to the ones I went into in Germany, only the German Aldi's have fucking pretzel machines. If we're going to open up Germanic retailers here, I want the complete Kraut experience.
 

Jintor

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Oct 25, 2017
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also the random jumble of shit in the middle aisles for 'cheap' is almost never worth it. Stick to the groceries.
 

Maximo

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Oct 25, 2017
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Pretty much only shop at Aldi here in Australia, unless there are some very specific things they don't have. Plus Aldi chocolate is way better then cadbury

 

Contramann

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Oct 27, 2017
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Go all the time. They're not bad and for the price I'm paying there they might be my favorite grocery store. I think they're owned by the same people who own Trader Joe's also.