As an adult, I find that there are so many reasons to shop at Aldi. When I was younger, though, I hated shopping there. Like, HATED IT. I always felt so embarrassed to be walking along with my mother as she popped a quarter in the stall to retrieve her buggy, and then utterly mortified when she made me choose between “Fruit Rounds” and the “Frosted Flakes” with the polar bear on the box. It was just too much for my 15 year-old brain to process. Like, why do we have to pay to have a shopping cart? Does this store really not give you bags for free? Ma, please tell me you’re seriously putting our groceries in an old box because you’re refusing to pay for 60 cent for 6 bags?
The struggle was real.
Now that I’m an adult, though, I’m not sure how I ever fixed my mouth to complain about such a treasure. Aldi is the truth. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Shopping at Aldi has become one of my favorite things to do.
5 Reasons to Shop At Aldi
It’s a small-ish store.
I’ll be the first to admit that stores like Walmart and sometimes, Target, are overwhelming for me. After dealing with work stuff, family stuff, school stuff, etc., the last thing I want to do is meander around a big box store. I don’t have that problem at Aldi. The store’s layout is very straightforward and there are just a few aisles. After visiting a few times, you’ll get the store’s design down pat and shopping will be cake.
The prices are excellent.
Another thing I love about Aldi, and what I think most people love about Aldi, is how inexpensive most items are. My staples are definitely cheaper at Aldi than they are anywhere else in my area. I’ll take $1.50 Frosted Flakes with the polar bear on the box, or $4.50 Frosted Flakes with the tiger.
Also, Aldi doesn’t just sale store brand stuff. I’ve personally seen quite a few name brand items like Coke and Capri Sun among others.
They sale more than food.
This is probably one of the best things about Aldi and certainly something that solidified my position in the Aldi cult. Recently, I was browsing (read: lurking) in a Facebook planner group when I noticed a mile long thread dedicated to all the wonderful planning, paper crafting, storage items at Aldi. I was floored because although I’d sporadically glanced over at the non-food items in Aldi, I was convinced that ain’t nobody buying none of that stuff from Aldi. Fast forward to today and I have two knock off Raskog carts, a book case, and a standing lamp from Aldi. There are pillows, home decor items for when you want to refresh your space, tables, toys, and all types of goodies at low prices.
They have great customer service.
Sadly, there are not many stores where “great” and “customer service” can exist in the same sentence. I mean, as much as I love Target, I’ve had a few not-so-great customer service experiences. That’s not the case in Aldi. In the 2+ years I’ve been shopping there on a regular basis, I have yet to have a bad experience with their cashiers or floor staff. Maybe it’s because they enjoy their jobs, or maybe Aldi has solid hiring practices. I don’t know. I do know, however, that the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff make my shopping experience better.
Aldi’s Winking Owl brand wine tastes great and it’s cheap. There is little more I could ask for.
Bonus: Their cashiers are able to sit while ringing customers up. For me, this is kind of a big deal. I no longer “work on my feet” for a living, but when I was in high school working at Target or during the time I worked at Walmart during college, I wished I could sit down. My feet and back used to hurt so badly because it was hell standing in one spot for 6-8 hours. I’m glad that Aldi takes this into consideration and allows their cashiers to sit.