Author Topic: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!  (Read 5256 times)

DeniseNJ

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 17
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #50 on: December 25, 2018, 12:55:11 PM »
I just heard Aldi sells bikes and bike stuff?  Anybody know when that is?  Is it annual like in the summer?

elaine amj

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2754
  • Location: Ontario
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #51 on: January 03, 2019, 09:57:14 PM »
I just heard Aldi sells bikes and bike stuff?  Anybody know when that is?  Is it annual like in the summer?
Never seen bikes. But yes, bike stuff usually late fall?

One year I picked up a hydration pack in late spring (maybe late May?) for something like $7. I was planning to get one from Costco for $25/30 so was thrilled! Quality has been decent so far but I bought it mostly because of their moneyback guarantee. Those things are susceptible to problems so I didn't want to take a chance on something from Walmart or whatevrr.

Sent from my LG-K373 using Tapatalk


starbuck

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 353
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Small Town Connecticut
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #52 on: January 04, 2019, 05:20:06 AM »
I'm checking out Aldi for the first time today as one of my goals for Uber Frugal January to cut back on groceries. There are two stores but they are both about 30 minutes away, and with two kids I've never had the energy to make it there and figure out a new grocery store. And it's too far to make it there by myself post-bedtime. But one location is down the street from the children's museum so we're going to try it out this morning. I have a hard time making it through a grocery store without at least one kid screaming though, so hopefully this all works out. 

WannaStache

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 3
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #53 on: January 04, 2019, 07:06:02 PM »
Aldi tends to be smaller and pretty efficient. I get in and out of the store pretty quickly.

cooking

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 34
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #54 on: January 09, 2019, 12:57:17 PM »
Quote
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
Reply #6 on: December 03, 2018, 03:49:27 AM
I too recently discovered the joys of Aldi!  We started shopping there a few months ago and now I'm totally hooked.  We have to drive an extra 30 minutes from our closest Wal-Mart, but it ends up working in our favor because we limit our shopping to about once a week (versus popping in every other day for "just a couple things").  I gasped the other day when I went into a different grocery store and saw milk was $2.50 a gallon.  The horror!  Aldi's are $.98.  We buy at least four gallons each time.  Grocery shopping went from $200-250 per week to $100-150 a week feeding a family of 5.  Still some trimming to do, but we're getting there.
Last Edit: December 03, 2018, 03:51:26 AM by randomusername

What state do you live in, randomusername?  I can't believe you get milk for that price?  In my state of NJ, Aldi charges $2.91 for a gallon of milk, and that is cheap relative to other supermarkets.

Dabnasty

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1287
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #55 on: January 10, 2019, 07:49:45 AM »
Quote
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
Reply #6 on: December 03, 2018, 03:49:27 AM
I too recently discovered the joys of Aldi!  We started shopping there a few months ago and now I'm totally hooked.  We have to drive an extra 30 minutes from our closest Wal-Mart, but it ends up working in our favor because we limit our shopping to about once a week (versus popping in every other day for "just a couple things").  I gasped the other day when I went into a different grocery store and saw milk was $2.50 a gallon.  The horror!  Aldi's are $.98.  We buy at least four gallons each time.  Grocery shopping went from $200-250 per week to $100-150 a week feeding a family of 5.  Still some trimming to do, but we're getting there.
Last Edit: December 03, 2018, 03:51:26 AM by randomusername

What state do you live in, randomusername?  I can't believe you get milk for that price?  In my state of NJ, Aldi charges $2.91 for a gallon of milk, and that is cheap relative to other supermarkets.

I don't know what their deal is with milk and egg prices. Our local Aldi is generally around $3 for milk (maybe $0.50 less than other groceries), but sometime they drop to the $1-2 range. Similar story with eggs. Standard price is slightly better than everywhere else and then suddenly they're $0.50/dozen. It's not an advertised sale, but maybe the intention is to be a loss leader? Maybe they're overstocked?

Then there's another Aldi I go to in Charleston, South Carolina (higher COL area) where the milk & eggs are always under $2 & $1 respectively.

Anyone have insights as to how Aldi prices these items?

Frankies Girl

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2841
  • Age: 81
  • Location: The laboratory
  • Typical Ghoul Next Door
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #56 on: January 10, 2019, 09:06:16 AM »
Quote
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
Reply #6 on: December 03, 2018, 03:49:27 AM
I too recently discovered the joys of Aldi!  We started shopping there a few months ago and now I'm totally hooked.  We have to drive an extra 30 minutes from our closest Wal-Mart, but it ends up working in our favor because we limit our shopping to about once a week (versus popping in every other day for "just a couple things").  I gasped the other day when I went into a different grocery store and saw milk was $2.50 a gallon.  The horror!  Aldi's are $.98.  We buy at least four gallons each time.  Grocery shopping went from $200-250 per week to $100-150 a week feeding a family of 5.  Still some trimming to do, but we're getting there.
Last Edit: December 03, 2018, 03:51:26 AM by randomusername

What state do you live in, randomusername?  I can't believe you get milk for that price?  In my state of NJ, Aldi charges $2.91 for a gallon of milk, and that is cheap relative to other supermarkets.

I don't know what their deal is with milk and egg prices. Our local Aldi is generally around $3 for milk (maybe $0.50 less than other groceries), but sometime they drop to the $1-2 range. Similar story with eggs. Standard price is slightly better than everywhere else and then suddenly they're $0.50/dozen. It's not an advertised sale, but maybe the intention is to be a loss leader? Maybe they're overstocked?

Then there's another Aldi I go to in Charleston, South Carolina (higher COL area) where the milk & eggs are always under $2 & $1 respectively.

Anyone have insights as to how Aldi prices these items?

I spoke to a local manager, and they told me it's based on the region, and the stores/competition nearby. So if there are several grocery stores right near the Aldi, they'll undercut them.

And yes, they absolutely do get overstocked sometimes depending on bulk purchases, or stores in same region may end up being remodeled and their stock gets shifted to sister stores at a steep discount - unadvertised sales technically, or the manager in that particular store is super-sales happy and pushes things to clearance/markdowns faster than other stores.

They also have the ability to mark things down based on their own arbitrary time line based off sell-by dates. One store I go to, they'll discount anything 2 days before the sell-by date - sometimes I pay pennies on the dollar. Another store, they won't discount until day of sell-by and only 50% is offered, if that. And yet another one refuses to sell things at all and would rather pull the items and trash them if you point it out that they're getting ready to expire and ask if they can discount the stock to get rid of it.

JenniferW

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 185
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #57 on: January 10, 2019, 09:12:15 AM »
Aldi is our primary grocery store; we buy about 80% of our groceries there.  Anything we can't get there we get at a few other places like Walmart, Sprouts, local asian market, farmer's market, Whole Foods, etc.

OtherJen

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 860
  • Location: Metro Detroit
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #58 on: January 11, 2019, 07:11:53 PM »
We just tried the Live G-Free gluten-free sandwich wraps. They were surprisingly good.

minimalistgamer

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 219
  • Location: United States of America
  • Gamer and minimalist.
    • Minimalist Gamer
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #59 on: January 13, 2019, 03:20:45 PM »
Aldi is our primary source, and then WalMart for the rest.

I like the potato chips they have at WalMart (the lightly salted ones, which Aldi doesn't have), and then there are a few things here and there that I like at WalMart.

That said, Aldi is so wonderful.

bilmar

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 39
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #60 on: January 13, 2019, 10:42:54 PM »
Aldi are good but their competitor Lidl is even Better. They are just starting to build store in the Carolinas and I cant want until they reach FL.

Meawhile, Target have really good permanent loss leaders on milk and eggs  - as in 30 eggs for $1.50 every day!


HipGnosis

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1431
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #61 on: January 14, 2019, 08:33:52 AM »
The Targets by me (Wisc) have terrible selection of groceries; less than half of the items I need, and very few selections of brands, quality and price.

Unique User

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 576
  • Location: NC
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #62 on: January 14, 2019, 01:51:42 PM »
Aldi are good but their competitor Lidl is even Better. They are just starting to build store in the Carolinas and I cant want until they reach FL.

Meawhile, Target have really good permanent loss leaders on milk and eggs  - as in 30 eggs for $1.50 every day!

I just went to Lidl for the first time this weekend.  They had boneless skinless chicken breasts for $1.39 a pound and boneless skinless chicken thighs for $1.49 a pound so I had to go.  Definitely agree better than Aldi.  NC's Aldi's are really hit and miss in terms of quality, especially compared to the fantastic Aldi in our old neighborhood in St Louis. 

JenniferW

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 185
Re: OMG, just discovered Aldi's for food!
« Reply #63 on: January 14, 2019, 02:13:32 PM »
You can often buy chicken leg quarters, 10 lb bag frozen at 49 cents per pound.  Just separate the leg from the thigh and pullt the skin off the thigh and debone.  Use the bone in homemade stock.  I save up a bag ofchicken bones in the frezer for stock.