There is now an Aldi open in Brighton, so it is new to many shoppers in the area. If you have never shopped at an Aldi store, they are a bit different than other stores. There are several things they do differently, that help to keep their cost low so the savings is passed on to the customers.
When you walk in and go to grab a cart, you will find that they are locked together with small chains. Aldi asks for a .25 deposit to use one of their carts. When you return the cart at the end of your shopping trip, your .25 is returned to you. Customers are more likely to return their carts on their own to get back their deposit, so there is little need for an employee to go retrieve them from the parking lot.
As you walk up and down the aisles you will not see many name brand products on the shelves. Instead Aldi offers many store brand products at a lower price. Many of the Aldi brands of products are made by the same companies as the name brands, and taste just as good.
In the center of the store you will find a large produce area. They offer a nice selection of quality produce at a fraction of what it costs at the grocery chains. In addition to produce, you can also find lower priced meats, breads and dairy.
When you are ready to check out, you will notice something else is missing. You will want to make sure to bring your own shopping bags, because Aldi does not offer them at check out. There are some nice reusable cloth bags available for purchase if needed, but you can skip this expense if you remember to bring your own from home.
Aldi only takes cash, debit and EBT cards as this time. They do not accept credit cards to save money on expensive processing fees.
While the new way of grocery shopping may take some getting used to at first, the savings you will see by shopping at Aldi will definitely be worth it.