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post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
They have one in Mankato, actually. My family uses them once in awhile & love them! I have never shopped in one though.
And they have one in Richfield, MN. Up on Penn, around Hwy. 62. My mom goes there all the time. When I'm home, I go with her. I love it! I wish we had one in NYC!

I didn't know it was the parent company of Trader Joe's, which is my favorite store in NYC. But we only have one in Manhattan and it's a subway ride for me, so I only go every couple of weeks.

Good stuff!
post #32 of 45
The Aldi's flyer was in last night's newspaper and I compared prices to the local stores advertised prices and once again on most items the local store was cheaper.
They did have the chocolate ad -is that the chocolate that is supposed to be ok??
Also their wine prices are cheap, again has anyone tried them??

I still would rather support my local grocery stores that an out of state/country store.

As for the bags-most grocery stores are pushing the reusable ones and give you 5 cent discount for your own bags. I've been trying to use them at other stores too.
post #33 of 45
The Aldi's here saves me 1/2 to 2/3 the cost on certain items over the regular grocery store. I've spent $70 there on food that would have cost me well over $150 at the local Food Lion, which seems to be the only choice close by other than Walmart.

Have you gone in, or have you only looked at the flyer?
post #34 of 45
Like Fran, I'm familiar with Aldi from Germany, and I often shop at one in the U.S. when I'm visiting my family. Over here, Aldi has customers from all income classes, and the store brands are generally branded goods packaged especially for Aldi, and much cheaper than at "traditional" supermarkets. The same is true of Lidl, another big discounter, which I recently read is expanding to the U.S.. The quality of the produce seems to depend on the locality.

Aldi is typically German in the "coin-operated" shopping carts and "Bring Your Own Bags"; as Jenny pointed out, the latter is usual in Europe. I normally have a cloth shopping bag tucked into my handbag or backpack, and a lot of people just keep a box or washbasket in their cars for grocery shopping.

If you don't mind not having a big variety of brands to choose from, Aldi can really save you a lot of money.
post #35 of 45
After reading this thread I just had to go to Aldi's. Been there a few times, but it isn't convenient, they dont carry everything I need, and they are located in very high crime areas.

So...I went last night. They do not turn on the lights in the parking lot or their sign to save money. It was VERY dark - so dark I could not find the quarter slot for the carts. It is in a sketchy neighborhood already so I had trouble with this dark thing.

THey did not have cheese, chicken, milk, eggs or yogurt - common staples I buy every week. The meat products available I looked at were more expensive than at local chain. Since they were out of typical stuff that means I have to go to yet another store, something I'd like to avoid.

I did buy skin care items and spaghetti sauce after reading about them here LOL. I found 100 packet Splenda for $3.99 which is a good price, but not great price (same price as Walmart). I assume Aldi does not take coupons which is a shame since I had Splenda coupons.

I did end up spending $77 there so I did find enough to stock up on.

Has anyone tried the clumping cat litter there? How is it?

The employees were very nice to me and the customers were polite and nice as well. That was the highpoint of my Aldi experience.
post #36 of 45
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So...I went last night. They do not turn on the lights in the parking lot or their sign to save money
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THey did not have cheese, chicken, milk, eggs or yogurt
The first quote doesn't surprise me too much, altho' our Aldi (my DH) makes sure the timers are set to go on at dark. If there's ever a problem he has it taken care of immediately.

The 2nd quote has me stumped. Do you mean the store was out of the items or they don't carry them at all? As far as I kniow, Aldi stores are supposed to be basically the same all across the country (stores in different countries have different criteria and items). I can't imagine an Aldi store not carrying the items you listed. (The chicken is stocked in the freezer, not the fresh meat cases.)

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Has anyone tried the clumping cat litter there? How is it?
I've tried it and I don't really care for it. Of course, with 6 cats I ask a lot of my cat litter!
post #37 of 45
The few times I have been there, they have been out of some "basics". I assume they are out since the refrigerator section is a good size but only 1/8 full here and there. They also leave the empty boxes out so at times I can tell what they are out of (this was true with the yogurt. Six empty boxes in that section marked 'yogurt' of some kind...but no yogurt). I dont think they carry skim milk whatsoever in any size.

They also rarely have produce out, the few times I've been there. Last night was no exception. I saw a few apples and one bag of potatoes. No other produce was in that section.

I appreciate what Aldi is all about, but it is ridiculous that they have one aisle of processed junk food (out of like six aisles total) but I cant buy yogurt or skim milk. I probably have too high of expectations.

As usual, their cereal was a good price, so I stocked up on that.
post #38 of 45
Maybe all Aldi stores aren't created equal. I have not had any bad experiences with them. I’ve only seen 2 employees on shift at any given time at our Aldi and usually both of them are running cash registers. I assumed those same employees do the stocking, just after hours. I usually go in the early afternoon on the weekend and have never had an issue so maybe the stocking problem had something to do with the time of day you went? Sorry to hear you did not have a good experience, that’s a bummer!
post #39 of 45
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Has anyone tried the clumping cat litter there? How is it?
IMO, the best clumping cat litter is Sam's Club. It used to be Member's Mark brand, but they stopped packaging it like that. Now it's a no name brand, but it's in a bright green bucket with a navy blue lid. It's the best!
post #40 of 45
OMG! there are tons of aldi's - lidl's - netto's - by me, thay are breeding im sure!

not to mention the huge tesco they just built by me!

noooooooo!!!!
post #41 of 45
we dont ussually shop at Aldi's.. all of us in the household work at Wal-mart, so its just easier to grab a few items we need when we clock out... around the holidays we got a 10% discount on all items in the store.. normally we dont get the discount on groceries (except fresh produce).

My mom shopped there when I was in school.. I HATED when she shopped there because they dont have the bags.. she'd just put the stuff loose in the cart as she checked out, put it back in the car loose, and grab some empty boxes, she also saved bags from trips to the "regular" stores.. she'd make us go out and pack up the groceries and bring them in the house.
post #42 of 45
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They also rarely have produce out, the few times I've been there. Last night was no exception. I saw a few apples and one bag of potatoes. No other produce was in that section.
Again, I'm amazed. This leads me to think that not all Aldi stores are created equal.

Here, the majority of the stocking is done before the store opens (on truck days that means a manager in the store at 5 a.m., another employee at 6 a.m.). The cooler and freezer are stocked during the day, because those trucks make their deliveries during store hours.

Produce is worked several times during the day; there are never any 'outs' unless the store is actually out of that item. If the supervisor sees an 'out' he raises the roof. I've never known our store to be out of dairy items unless the warehouse has a problem getting those items from the manufacturer. On the rare occasion that milk is running low (and our store does carry skim) the supervisor has been known to head for the closest Aldi (which is 20 miles away) and load his car with milk to carry the store over until the truck arrives.

Seriously, either someone doesn't know how to order properly or the warehouse that serves your store has a buyer that isn't doing his/her job right. I guess I'm a little biased, but our store runs like a well-oiled machine.
post #43 of 45
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Originally Posted by CDubbie View Post
After reading this thread I just had to go to Aldi's. Been there a few times, but it isn't convenient, they dont carry everything I need, and they are located in very high crime areas.

So...I went last night. They do not turn on the lights in the parking lot or their sign to save money. It was VERY dark - so dark I could not find the quarter slot for the carts. It is in a sketchy neighborhood already so I had trouble with this dark thing.

THey did not have cheese, chicken, milk, eggs or yogurt - common staples I buy every week. The meat products available I looked at were more expensive than at local chain. Since they were out of typical stuff that means I have to go to yet another store, something I'd like to avoid.

I did buy skin care items and spaghetti sauce after reading about them here LOL. I found 100 packet Splenda for $3.99 which is a good price, but not great price (same price as Walmart). I assume Aldi does not take coupons which is a shame since I had Splenda coupons.

I did end up spending $77 there so I did find enough to stock up on.

Has anyone tried the clumping cat litter there? How is it?

The employees were very nice to me and the customers were polite and nice as well. That was the highpoint of my Aldi experience.
Maybe because our's in a newer store, it is better. I got 3 kinds of yogurt last time I was there. The whipped raspberry yogurt is yummy! I regularly buy half gallons of 2% milk and chocolate milk.

Tripod "requires" very fine cat litter. For obvious reasons I buy the kind he likes, so I haven't bought any from Aldi's.

What skin care product did you buy and did you like it?
post #44 of 45
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
Again, I'm amazed. This leads me to think that not all Aldi stores are created equal.

Here, the majority of the stocking is done before the store opens (on truck days that means a manager in the store at 5 a.m., another employee at 6 a.m.). The cooler and freezer are stocked during the day, because those trucks make their deliveries during store hours.

Produce is worked several times during the day; there are never any 'outs' unless the store is actually out of that item. If the supervisor sees an 'out' he raises the roof. I've never known our store to be out of dairy items unless the warehouse has a problem getting those items from the manufacturer. On the rare occasion that milk is running low (and our store does carry skim) the supervisor has been known to head for the closest Aldi (which is 20 miles away) and load his car with milk to carry the store over until the truck arrives.

Seriously, either someone doesn't know how to order properly or the warehouse that serves your store has a buyer that isn't doing his/her job right. I guess I'm a little biased, but our store runs like a well-oiled machine.
Yeah LIbby, after reading your posts I was inspired. The few other times I had been there the "good" items - as in basics everyone uses - have been out. I've been there on weekends and now a Monday night and it has been the same. I dont know if they just sell too fast - BUT after several tries over 1-2 years, it is clear that the store will never have milk, cheese, chicken, or produce I would want. In fact, before last night, I never spent even $20 there - b/c there was "nothing" to buy of interest for me. Cereal and spices are the only items that are always stocked. Everything else is hit or miss and I cant count on anything. They were even out of sugar last night!

I have ;heard good things about Aldi's from many posts on many boards - I'm probably more disappointed than necessary for that reason.

That, and the dark tucked away parking lot in a neighborhood that has a shooting or stabbing murder 2-5xs/mn on average and rampant gang activity kinda scares me a bit.
post #45 of 45
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What skin care product did you buy and did you like it?
The OP mentioned the day cream which I saw as well but I bought the facial cleanser. I have the bottle at home so I cant tell you offhand which one it is. I think they have a few "formulas". My usual cleanser cost $18 (Origins). This was $2.99, has packaging that reminds of Mary Kay, and my skin has not been this smooth in a long time. I'm pleased so far.

I'll probably try the night cream next. I was stocked for now and their day cream didn't seem to have sunscreen which I require.

I'm also sensitive and feel no problem with this product - which is hard to do.
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