ALDI has established itself as a budget-friendly chain of grocery stores that’s able to offer low prices by delivering an efficient shopping experience and a smaller (though still large) selection of foods. Find out how this unique retailer operates, what payment methods are accepted, and more.
How Does ALDI Keep Costs Low?
In general, ALDI keeps costs down by streamlining the shopping experience and minimizing overhead costs. First, ALDI limits its variety of foods to only those deemed “weekly must-haves.” Because of a limited food selection, ALDI stores are able to lower rent and electricity costs. Second, ALDI charges for grocery bags. Customers can purchase ALDI bags at checkout or they can bring their own reusable bags. ALDI also keeps payroll costs down by eliminating cart retrieval (customers pay a nominal fee — about 25 cents — to rent a cart, and then get their money back when they return the cart) and grocery bagging (customers bag their own groceries).
What Products Does ALDI Carry?
About 90 percent of the food sold by ALDI is its own brand. The store prides itself on having all of the things you might need on your weekly shopping list — fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and bakery goods, among other items.
What Forms of Payment Does ALDI Accept?
ALDI accepts many different methods of payment, including:
- Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express (Yes, ALDI does accept credit cards.)
- Debit cards
- EBT (SNAP benefits); in-store only
- Gift cards
- Link Cards
ALDI does not accept:
- Checks (But these grocery stores accept checks)
- EBT (SNAP benefits) for online purchases; online orders are through Instacart (Instacart does not accept EBT)
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits (But these grocery stores accept WIC)
For more information about payment, go to the Method of Payment FAQ on ALDI’s website.
Does ALDI Accept Coupons?
ALDI does not accept manufacturer coupons. The majority of the brands it carries are store brands, but it does carry some brand-name products. Because the company negotiates the best possible prices with suppliers, ALDI is unable to accept manufacturer’s coupons.
Occasionally, ALDI may offer regional promotions and coupons surrounding an event, such as a store grand opening. Check out your local ALDI for more information on regional promotions.
Where Can I Find an ALDI Near Me?
In the U.S., ALDI has locations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
While shopping at ALDI may not be an extravagant experience, it certainly is easy on the budget. ALDI operates in a slightly unusual manner in order to bring savings to customers. The store carries a narrower selection of groceries and does not offer the services of many other grocery stores, including bags and grocery bagging. Just remember to bring a quarter and your reusable shopping bags!