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Old 09-01-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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I just tried shopping at Aldi for the first time, the Clearwater one on US19. I did manage to find a fair amount of my list, but most of the produce was non existent. I'm not sure if this is because its Sunday, and therefore a bad day to shop, or if some stores carry a bit more selection and quantity than others. Does selection tend to be consistent, or is it hit or miss as to what you'll find each week? What Aldi are you near and what do you think of it? Do you have favorite items that you love to get? Thanks!
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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Aldi is standard. They are the same over here ( I tried the exact same location and the one in Town n Country, exactly the same) unless you go to Europe where they carry a bit more where I see seafood and more meat selection than here.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:31 PM
 
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I've been to Aldi's on 19 once just to check it out. I did get a few things, didn't like the produce but I did get cherries and they were not good. Nibbled around a few and threw the rest out. I may go back to take a better look at the bottled and packaged goods.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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I don't like Aldi over here but in Europe they have very good bread and other great items and I had hoped they would have the same brands as over there, so I was disappointed when the only thing was the annoying carts where you have to put a coin in and to bring it back to get that coin back...

That was the part that I was glad to leave behind in Europe as well as bringing in your own bags...oops now I probably will be slammed with negative remarks but live over here is so much easier so I'm just saing how nice it is to live over here with less rules and regulations for as long as it will still be this way
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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I don't like Aldi over here but in Europe they have very good bread and other great items and I had hoped they would have the same brands as over there, so I was disappointed when the only thing was the annoying carts where you have to put a coin in and to bring it back to get that coin back...

That was the part that I was glad to leave behind in Europe as well as bringing in your own bags...oops now I probably will be slammed with negative remarks but live over here is so much easier so I'm just saing how nice it is to live over here with less rules and regulations for as long as it will still be this way
That's not negative, just facts of shopping there. I was surprised about the quarter carts and also no bags! The cashier started ringing up my things and tossing them into the cart. I had to laugh and cashier appreciated that. As I left, other shoppers were laughing and said to just grab any box in the store. Now I know!
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:18 AM
 
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Most supermarkets in Europe have coin trolleys - it ensures they're always returned to the same place and cuts the cost of having to employ someone to fetch them back from all over the car park and sometimes beyond.
There's also a rapid move towards charging for plastic shopping bags as an effective way of cleaning up the environment.
In terms of price,efficiency and recycling of trash America lags way behind much of the rest of the world.
Aldi and Lidl are highly competitive in Europe with stores often built next to each other and although they are both very cheap they also score highly in terms of food quality and variety.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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The Save-Alot in our area tried the coin shopping cart and got rid of them after a month or two. I think the elderly shoppers couldn't figure them out.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:50 AM
 
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I just tried shopping at Aldi for the first time, the Clearwater one on US19. I did manage to find a fair amount of my list, but most of the produce was non existent. I'm not sure if this is because its Sunday, and therefore a bad day to shop, or if some stores carry a bit more selection and quantity than others. Does selection tend to be consistent, or is it hit or miss as to what you'll find each week? What Aldi are you near and what do you think of it? Do you have favorite items that you love to get? Thanks!
ALDI stores usually carry the same items in their stores. Whether one store is "better" than another probably depends on management and where it is. I shop at the one in Bradenton, which is a fairly new store. It is nice and clean, and I buy certain things there each week. I do find many products of superb quality under their private labels.

Great chocolates, wines, cheese, salsa, hummus, almond milk, yogurt, chips of all kinds, bacon and much of their produce. I understand the produce quality can vary from store to store, but this store it is always pretty good and fresh.

Other than bacon, I stay away from their meats. I also do not buy processed frozen dinners and the like, so can't speak to that. Overall, ALDI is a great value and I shop there regularly, but not for my entire grocery list.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:57 AM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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when i was in college in iowa, aldi is where the poor shopped. people on welfare and dirt-poor college kids. we would buy sacks of cereal and live off that. or maybe a package of like 100 hot dogs.

now it's where the middle class shops.

that's all you need to know about the state of the American economy right there

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Old 09-02-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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The one in Portrichey was about bare bones as you can get. Went once and never again.
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