Ahhh… Aldi. The small grocery store that has saved me SO much money for the 15 plus years that I’ve been shopping there.
I would guess 90% of my grocery shopping is accomplished at Aldi. The other 10% is usually for exotic spices, specialty produce, or specific cuts of meats that Aldi does not carry.
Aldi offers such unbelievably low prices compared to your local grocers or big chains, it’s hard to imagine you can get more money back in your pocket.
Take a look at these money saving tips. You can save even more money by doing the following:
1. Download the Receipt Hog app
Download the Receipt Hog app. Receipt Hog is a free mobile app that turns your everyday shopping receipts into easy rewards. When you shop at Aldi, you can scan in your receipt by snapping the picture, it then rewards you with coins. Coins = Cash. Once you collect enough coins, you can cash them in for a PayPal credit, an Amazon gift card, or a magazine subscription.
We have so much fun with Receipt Hog. I’ll scan the receipts in and Receipt Hog gives you the ability to earn coins or spins from your shopping. My kids have so much fun “spinning” the Hog Slots. Each time you spin the Hog Slots, you have a chance at winning more coins. So the kids get excited when they match up the cute little pictures on the Hog Slots.
2. Download the Checkout 51 app
In the app store, download the Checkout 51 app. Checkout 51 is nice because they have offers on items that are not brand or store specific, unlike other grcocery store savings apps. I’ve been able to add offers for eggs, milk, and any one grocery item and have received credit.
For example – A couple of their offers were $0.25 off milk and $0.25 off any one grocery item. I added the offers to my Checkout 51 list. I bought a gallon of milk at Aldi (here it’s $1.49! at the time of this article), scanned the receipt in and received a credit of $0.50 to my account.
3. BYOB – Bring Your Own Bags
Aldi doesn’t offer any bagging service and you have to bring your own bags. Or you can buy your bags at Aldi for a reasonable cost, but why would you?! I know that every single household probably has reusable bags sitting at home.
My trick, I’ll always leave 5-10 reusable bags in the trunk of my car, that way I’ll never be without a bag.
A little side note: I always keep at least one quarter in my car too for their cart system.
Worst case, if you didn’t bring your own bags or don’t want to pay for any, then you could look for any empty boxes to tote your items home in. Sometimes, some stores will leave some of their empty boxes at the bagging counter or just finished pulling boxes from their sales floor.
4. Use your Credit Card that has Category Spending
If you don’t already know, you’ll soon learn that I love to use my credit cards. But I will never carry any credit card debt due to using credit cards because it's wise to ALWAYS pay them off each billing cycle.
I use my credit cards when they offer cash back or better yet travel miles. There are some credit cards that offer 5% cash back at grocery stores during certain times of the year. Some companies offer a flat percentage such as 1.5% cash back.
So in essence, I’m saving money on top of my Aldi purchases.
5. Look for Coupons
No, Aldi does not accept manufacturer coupons. But they do offer their own coupons in circulars and ads. This usually happens when Aldi opens a new store, expands into a new region, or runs a really special promotion.
Aldi recently opened a new store in my town and we were sent at least four mailers. They were sent a couple weeks prior to the opening and a couple weeks after. AND at their grand opening, they had coupons for us to use for our next purchases.
Haha, not all of my neighbors would dare to go to Aldi, (I guess there's always that stigma associated with Aldi) even though I have given them so much praise. So I asked them if I could have their coupons. =) I know they’re losing out on saving A LOT of money.
6. Get Huge Discount on Surplus or Short Dated Products
At times, you’ll walk the aisles and see yellow price tags that are handwritten over the regular price. I would always stop to take a look at these yellow tags.
Bread is already relatively inexpensive. But for a loaf of wheat bread that normally sells for $0.89, getting a deep discount is such a thrill. I purchased a couple loaves for $0.25 each once because the “best buy” date was coming up within days. And you can find these price reductions on plenty of other items at deep discounts too.
They mark items down whenever there’s a surplus too. We had purchased trays of chicken wings at our local Aldi store at half off the marked price. I asked for the reason behind it and they mentioned that they had too much inventory.
7. Save on Branded Products
Aldi saves customers money because it has a lot of private label items. There is no big mark up like brand products for advertising or prime real estate shelves.
Branded products such as Coca-Cola and Always can be found at Aldi now. Likely because they want to be a one-stop shop for customers.
8. The have a Double Guarantee policy
Aldi has a great policy concerning your satisfaction of their brands. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with any product*, they will gladly replace the product AND refund your money.
This policy saves you money. When you dislike something because of quality, usually you’d just have to toss it out and take a loss. With the Aldi policy, you are not losing any of that money you spent on that product, you’re actually ahead due to their satisfaction guarantee policy.
*The Double Guarantee does not apply to non-food ALDI Finds items, alcohol, national brands and non-quality related issues according to their website
9. Shop their Sales Ad ASAP
When the Aldi circulars hit the mailbox Mondays or Tuesdays for their ad start dates of Wednesday, there are some items that will go fast.
When they have produce of the week, specials on meats or Special Purchase items, those items can go quick. Especially if you’re in a highly populated area with a lot of Aldi shoppers.
There were times when I wasn’t able to make it in until Friday or Saturday and the sales item would be completely sold out, especially special purchase items during the holidays.
A popular wine that won numerous awards in Europe hit the US shelves on a specific date. Our local store was sold out within two hours of having it on the shelves. I guess we love our wines here.
10. Shop the Clearance Section
Each Aldi has their own designated clearance section. You can find an array of goods in this area with reduced prices that’ll make you want to walk away with the items. I have seen bakery items, canned goods, pantry staple items, and also Aldi special purchase items all with prices that were 50-75% off their original price.
Aldi is already a budget friendly store that offers high quality products. But after implementing these 10 simple shopping habits, you can save even more money at Aldi.
Early on, it was hard for me to remember to scan my receipts into Receipt Hog and Checkout 51. But after a little while, I made it a part of my Aldi shopping routine and have earned a fair amount of cash back and gift cards.
Biggest thing is to make them part of your Aldi shopping habits, then you’ll be able to put even more money in your pocket.
Have you used these tips before? Are there other tips you use that you can share?