The grocery stores are bursting with deals to lure Thanksgiving chefs, but who has the best deals? That is for to you to determine, dear frugal shopper, but thankfully there are many grocers in Arlington Heights and the surrounding ‘burbs to cater to frugal shoppers.
Next up: ALDI.
This German-based discount grocer has its American headquarters in Batavia, and has been winning value-conscious shoppers with its “honest-to-goodness savings” for years. Aldi isn’t fancy, but its fans don’t care. They can get good food for a good price, and don’t need to wait for sales, coupons or use store values card to get it.
Pros: ALDI’s private-label brands are the same quality as name-brands and are supplied by many of the same suppliers who supply name-brands. ALDI carries meat, dairy, produce, beer and wine, frozen foods, snacks, canned and dry goods, paper products and health and beauty items, healthy food lines, as well as name-brand “special buys.”
The streamlined stores layout and fast checkout make shopping easy. There are also pleasant, but unexpected surprised in the ALDI’s selection, like European wines, chocolates and sweets, kids’ winter wear and a WII set selling for $249– just in time for the holidays.
It is possible to get all the Thanksgiving trimmings at ALDI.
Cons: Those used to grocery stores with more frills may find ALDI too simplified. No coupons or payment by check or credit cards accepted. ALDI does accept cash, debit cards and food stamps.
Another possible caveat is paying a quarter for a cart or the lack of shopping bags. However, ALDI sells reusable shopping bags and allows customers to “bag-their-own” with the empty shipping cases. Don’t forget to return the cart to get the quarter back.
The food selection covers all the basics, but those seeking more specialty or international items or produce will need to supplement by visiting another store.
The Deal Game: ALDI’s simplified shopping process and company philosophy guarantees its low prices, which are often 50% to 90% off compared to other grocers. ALDI sometimes lowers its everyday prices even more. The Double Guarantee ensures that a customer is not totally satisfied with any product, ALDI will gladly refund the money and replace the product (non-food special buys and alcohol not included).
Shoppers will also appreciate ALDI’s extensive website with a meal planner, recipes, e-newsletter, holiday gift catalogs and special buy information. Visit “Shopping Smarter” to learn more about the ALDI philosophy.
Final Verdict: No-fuss shopping with quality food makes ALDI a frugal win-win. Chances are if you’re a frugal shopper, ALDI is already a friend to you. Shoppers who trade Walmart’s cheap prices for ALDI’s smart values will be pleasantly surprised— not only will you save money, but you will receive great food for great prices.
Locations: Two in Arlington Heights, one in Mt. Prospect, and several more througout Chicagoland. Store locator here.