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Old 02-13-2013, 05:03 PM
 
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Overall considerably lower. customers assist in the savings by bringing carts back to the store, supplying thier own grocery bags, waiting in usually just one often long checkout line (sometimes two), and bagging their own groceries.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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Wow, I've never been to an Aldi and I do all that at any grocery I go into. I always look for a cart to bring in with me but I carry a basket rather than push a cart. I bag the groceries myself but when a store bagger tries to help I just tell them that everything goes in my bag. Sometimes they get confused. There usually aren't long lines (that's a matter of timing on my own behalf) and I always try to use the 'check it yourself' check out.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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Crap, more or less.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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Too disgusting to buy anything in that place, much less anything you would actually eat or drink.

Keep your dollar milk.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Australia
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Aldi came to Australia only in 2001. They are definitely less expensive then the major grocery stores. The down fall is not as much choice as the major stores so I tend to have to shop at both places but it's worth it to save that $30-40 a week. I have also found that they have some oversea brands that I really like which are not available at the major grocery stores. Australia is very limited in our grocery stores so to me having another choice is great and the major stores have actually dropped prices due to competition.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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FWIW: ALDI's is a European/German family-owned grocery biz and had ties with TRADER JOE'S until recently. I believe one of the Albrecht brother's split from the family biz into a separate group and owns Trader Joe's. I've shopped Aldi's several times... it has good prices on many items, some brands are usually indy-labels that are unique to the store. I've found many good values there and the quality was good also. For example, a 48oz of Canola cooking oil recently sold for $2.69.... cheapest I've found elsewhere was $2.99.
Low-fat yogurt was 39 cents a serving container and was quite good. Wife likes the imported chocolate bars and they have a lot to choose from anywhere at $1.49 to $1.89; she knows her chocolate and gives it a big thumbs up. Aldi's doesn't offer multiple brands of an item in most cases. For example; you want whole coffee beans? Chances are they're all from the same company, same with jelly / jams, etc.

Aldi's check out can be slow at times with just one person at the cashier and you have to bag your own groceries. If you don't have a bag, you can buy one. We take our reuseable canvas totes to shop with. If you need a cart, you put a quarter in the slot and can redeem it once you bring the cart back to the rack. It's not that big of a deal.

If you're a value-shopper, Aldi's may be for you. We're certainly not poor and we do shop other stores. But for some things, we've found Aldi's to be a good value. Good Luck.

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:14 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Too disgusting to buy anything in that place, much less anything you would actually eat or drink.

Keep your dollar milk.
I concur.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:12 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I guess I'm just not as much of a snob as I thought. Milk is fine. Bread is fine. Pasta is fine. Juice is fine. I imagine most of it is actually national brands that have just been relabeled. Critics probably have never set foot in the store which is a shame.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Southlake. Don't judge me.
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I guess I'm just not as much of a snob as I thought. Milk is fine. Bread is fine. Pasta is fine. Juice is fine. I imagine most of it is actually national brands that have just been relabeled. Critics probably have never set foot in the store which is a shame.
Count me as another person who can afford to shop elsewhere who has Aldi's has part of our regular grocery route. They're my go-to store for english muffins, for example (99 cents for a six pack compared to much higher prices at most other stores), and we regularly get milk and eggs from there, which I agree seem no better or worse than the same from any other grocery store. I also think it can't be beat for certain canned goods. I don't like their sandwich meat and don't think their cheese is any bargain (I'll buy the 2 lb baby loaves of Tillamook from Costco - far better quality at a marginally higher price), but it fills a niche very well.

I also find the stores much better than they were 10+ years ago, when they were ill-lit, poorly kept holders of questionable goods. Some people may be basing their opinion of the stores on the way they used to be.

But hey, if someone doesn't want to shop there, their choice. As I said in another thread, we all prioritize differently.
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