Aldi Supermarkets keep costs down and pass the savings down to the customer. Here are a few things that make Aldi so different.
Smarter shoppers know ALDI checkout lines move much faster than anywhere else. Because ALDI has intelligently rethought the checkout process to speed up the line, and save you money. Check out all the reasons ALDI is smarter at checkout:
ALDI packages have multiple UPC bar codes, to read dependably from every direction. Our checker can drag an item across the scanner without taking the time to turn it over.
Taking checks also slows down the line and saddles us with bad check costs, so we don't mess around with them.
By avoiding credit cards, we avoid the extra time it takes to sign a slip and the hefty processing fee charged by credit card companies.
Our select brand assortment eliminates the issue of manufacturers’ coupons.
What ALDI does accept are cash, food stamps/EBT cards, and PIN-based debit cards—the lowest-cost forms of payment for us—and the fastest ones for you.
When it’s your turn at the register, push your cart around to the end of the lane, to easily load your groceries right back into your cart. As an ALDI shopper, you bag your own purchases, eliminating the expense of baggers. With no baggers to pay, we can run each checkout with one employee instead of two. You not only save—you control the weight and content of each bag.
To avoid adding the cost of bags to our prices, we encourage you to bring bags from home. But if you do need them, you can purchase environmentally friendly paper bags or plastic bags from the cashier at a nominal price. By the time you head out to the parking lot, you’ll be reeling from the high of low prices. Just remember to do one more "shopping smarter" thing—return that grocery cart, and get your quarter back.
Part of the ALDI experience is enjoying all of the money-saving rituals that come with smarter shopping. ALDI regulars have come to find our easy-to-use shopping cart deposit system downright endearing, figuring that paying too much is a much greater inconvenience. With this system, we don’t have to assign an employee to round up carts in the parking lot, we don’t lose expensive carts, and you don’t have to worry about dings in your car doors from runaway carts.
You'll find ALDI shopping carts hooked together right outside the door. As you approach the store, just insert a quarter to release a cart. When you’re finished shopping, reconnect the chain and get your quarter back. This expense-saving tradition (no rolling carts to chase and no damaged cars!) has become a legendary part of the ALDI culture.
And as long as you're bringing a quarter, bag even more savings at ALDI by bringing some bags from home. To help bring you honest to goodness savings, we don't hire baggers or bury the cost of free grocery bags in our prices. Instead, we encourage you to bring your own. For your convenience, we do sell heavy-weight paper grocery bags at every checkout for 6¢. If you prefer, we have big, heavy-duty plastic shopping bags with handles (much bigger and heavier than supermarket plastic bags) for 10¢. Insulated bags for your frozen food items are just 99¢. We also offer a large, eco-friendly bag for $1.99. And the empty cardboard cartons you'll find throughout the store are yours for the taking—especially convenient if you're buying canned goods or other heavy products!
In addition to all of the "green" you save by shopping at ALDI, you'll enjoy the feeling of doing your part toward saving our planet. From smaller, energy-saving stores, to recycled bags and cartons, your entire ALDI shopping experience captures the very essence of conservation.
Loyal ALDI shoppers appreciate our simplified shopping process, and the pride they can feel by being responsible and forward-thinking consumers. You'll feel it too, when you start saving up to 50% on everyday needs and find that it is "easy being green."