aldi shopping tips

Aldi Shopping Tips – Specials and Secret Ways To Save

A common question I receive is if I have any Aldi shopping tips! Aldi is a hidden gem of a grocery store that you might overlook because they don’t even take coupons!

But when you look at the bottom line price you pay for items, you might be pleasantly surprised by the low prices you’ll find. They have fantastic produce prices as well as wonderful gluten free and organic options.

I spoke about this topic on my Savings Segment on Fox. Watch the replay video here:
(I’ll add the replay video right here as soon as it’s made available from Fox)

So here are my best Aldi Shopping tips!

I bet you’ll be surprised with these 10 Secret Tips to help you save more when you are shopping there.

Aldi Shopping Tips

1. Aldi Specials: They Discount Bakery Items by 50% Two Days Before They Expire

Did you know that Aldi discounts their fresh items 2 days before the item expires. This is particularly significant for bakery items.

Simply look on the package for the expiration date, if it is expiring in 3 days and it is nearing the end of the day, wait until tomorrow to get it at a deep discount.

We are talking at least 50% off their already low prices. Of course, this can only happen if they have the item in stock.

Also, when they have excess of a sale product that will be going “off sale” on Wednesday when the new ad starts, they will discount those items too.

So the best day to shop is definitely on Wednesday morning.

Aldi Shopping Tips

2. Use SmartPhone Apps to Earn Cash Back

SmartPhone Apps are ever developing and really making great strides to track our shopping trends and rewards us accordingly. There are four that can be used when you shop at ALDI which will save you bonus money on your already low purchases! This is essentially FREE money!

Fetch App: This is seriously the easiest app you will ever use. And you get FREE money for using it! Simply scan your ALDI receipt by opening the app and taking a picture and earn “points” that you can then redeem as gift cards for Starbucks, Walmart or Amazon (plus tons of others!)

Receipt Hog: This one is very convenient because there are no specific items to purchase. Simply upload your receipt and earn “coins”. When you earn 500 coins, you can redeem them for a $5 Amazon or Paypal (or several other store) gift card. Each receipt you upload earns you up to 20 coins depending on how much money you spent on the receipt. There are other “bonus” coins you can earn to bump up your coin balance (you get 50 just for signing up and using code FLIST349 and 100 points for connecting your email address).

Shopkick: This app gives you “kicks” (which are essentially points) when you walk into the store and more for scanning items while shopping. If you aren’t using your phone while you are shopping, hand it over to  your kids to scan a few things and see what you earn! When you acquire 500 “kicks” you can cash out for a $2 Walmart or Target gift card. 1250 kicks will score you $5 at Starbucks!

BONUS REBATE APP: If you buy any brand name items, then make sure you check this app for a rebate!
Checkout 51:
The fun part about this is submitting receipts for non-brand specific items, such as produce, that allows you to get cash back on something that was already a deal (because it was purchased at Aldi) and something I was already going to buy (produce). Checkout 51 will send you a check when your account has accumulated a $20 balance. Learn more about Checkout 51.


Submitting receipts takes seconds and I try really hard to do it before I leave the parking lot so that I don’t forget once I get home. Most Apps require you scan your receipt within 7-10 days. So you could set a weekly reminder on your phone to submit receipts every Sunday afternoon and never lose that extra money.

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Aldi Shopping Tips

3. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags)

You have to bring your own bags to Aldi AND as soon as you check out, they have a nice long counter for you to bag your own groceries. This saves time for the cashier and shifts the cost of the paper or plastic bag on the customer instead of costing the store. You can purchase their Aldi bags for $0.10 a piece for plastic or $0.06 for paper. I typically just keep my bags in the back of my van, that way I always have them on hand.

If you happen to leave your own bags in your van… while you are shopping, grab an empty box you find on the shelf, you can easily use that to pack up your groceries and tote them inside your house (kinda like they do at Costco).

Aldi Shopping Tips

4. Mega Bar-codes on Their Products

When you look over the Aldi brand products, you will see that each item has several Barcodes on them. {that box of Trash Bags has FIVE of them!} That is so that the cashier doesn’t have to take the time to search for the correct barcode to scan at the register. Most likely whichever side they scan will have one, making it quicker to checkout.

Aldi Double Guarantee

Aldi Shopping Tips

5. Double-Back Guarantee

Did you know that Aldi offers a Double-Back-Guarantee? If you don’t like an item, you can bring it back, replace it with something else, AND get your money back! That’s over and above customer service.
*Note: The Double Guarantee does not apply to non-food “Special Buy” items, alcohol, national brands and non-quality related issues.

Aldi Shopping Tips

6. Store Brands vs Name Brands

Many of their store brand items are actually name brand items. Look at the Parmesan Cheese for example. The Aldi “Reggano” brand is the exact same weight, same list of ingredients (although in a different order) and both were manufactured in IL (different towns though). The Kraft variety is $3.89 at Publix and goes on sale for $3 but the Aldi variety has the everyday price of $2.49.

Parm Comparison

Just as a comparison though, don’t we always wonder if we could get it cheaper at Walmart? Well, you can’t. Even the generic at Walmart is priced 50¢ higher than Aldi. Plus, Parmesan cheese is an item that rarely has a very GOOD coupon to go along with it. So you’d be better off buying it at Aldi’s everyday low price.

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Aldi Shopping Tips

7. Organic and Gluten-Free Products

Aldi has a very large selection of their own Organic and Gluten-free brand foods.

Their Organic product line is called Simply Nature and their gluten-free foods are named Live G Free.

Aldi Shopping Tips

8. Shelf Stock Doubles as Product Displays

Specially designed packaging doubles as product displays, saving time and money on stocking and replenishment. The top of the boxes easily rip off and act as a display. This makes it supre quick and easy to stock the shelves. Plus, usually the packing boxes also match the packaging on the actual product, making it easy for you to find your items when you are doing your shopping.

**Remember, if you’ve forgotten your own bags to use for your groceries, grab an empty box off the shelf and use that instead.

Aldi Shopping Tips

9. Bring a Quarter to “rent” your Shopping Cart

Aldi’s innovative cart rental system helps keep prices low. The carts are linked together in one convenient place near the entrance to the store. You use a quarter to unlock the cart, do your shopping and then return the cart to get your quarter back. This helps to keep prices low because they don’t pay someone to spend time retrieving carts.

Aldi Shopping Tips

10. No Checks

ALDI used to not accept any credit cards and only accepted cash or debit cards. But in 2016 they updated their policy and now accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, most debit cards, the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Link cards. However, they do not accept checks or the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC). Knowing which form of payment they accept, and not accepting checks which can be a liability, helps keep prices low.

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Aldi Shopping Tips

11. Smaller Inventory

ALDI’s Business Model is that  Smaller Inventory = Smaller Stores = Lower Labor/Energy/Rent Costs = Savings for YOU

The typical supermarket carries about 30,000 items, Aldi sells only about 1,400 of the fastest-moving grocery items, the “weekly must-haves”, most of which (around 90%) are their own high-quality brands.

Smaller inventory means smaller stores, which leads to lower rent and electricity costs.

Plus, they are only open during peak hours which further lowers the labor, energy, and rent costs, allowing them to pass the savings on to us, their customers.

My local store (in Brandon FL) is open until 9pm every day except Sunday (when they close at 8pm). Oh, and you won’t find the phone number anywhere… they don’t have an employee dedicated to answering the phone. Instead, they suggest you stop by to ask questions. There is always someone there to help you.

Have you shopped at ALDI before? If so, comment below and let me know what you go there for! If not, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

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