With over 470 stores across the country, Aldi has become one of the most important supermarket chains in Australia, offering a diverse selection of groceries, health and beauty products, as well as household items.
Whether you’re new to Aldi or you’re already a regular shopper, there are a few things to try in order to save more next time you shop at this retailer. Even if Aldi’s prices are already lower than those at other supermarkets, you can save even further if you consider the following tips.
Make a Meal Plan
This shopping hack applies no matter where you get your groceries from. By planning meals for the next days or week, you are more likely to avoid getting products that you don’t need or buying in larger food quantities that can end up in the bin.
Plus, by having a meal plan and cooking at home, you are also less likely to call for a takeaway, and homemade meals will cost you less than when eating out or ordering food.
Buy in bulk
If you’re into cooking at home, you might find out that buying certain products in bulk and freeze them can help you save. Just make sure that the products you usually need for your meals are safe to be stored in the freezer.
Once you’ve made a list of the products you need, buy them in bulk. Then separate them and put them in ziplock bags so that you can freeze them individually. What’s more, you can use the same ingredients for cooking different dishes.
Aldi’s Special Buys
When you buy counts a lot when it comes to saving, and Aldi regularly releases special buys in order for you to stock up on various products and save as well. Aldi Australia Special Buys go on sale every Wednesday and Saturday, and you can check the online catalog to see what is discounted and whether there are any items of interest.
What’s more, the online Special Buys Stock Checker option will help you check if a product is in stock at an ALDI store in your area. Typically, the products included in these regular sales events are themed based on the items customers are interested in at that time of the year, which makes it even more convenient as you can thus get the products you need without paying the full price.
Signing up for ALDI’s Special Buys newsletters will help you be the first to know about the latest deals, which proves of great help since Special Buys are limited and while supplies last. That’s why, if a product you need is included in this event, it is best to get to the Aldi store in your area as early as possible on that day.
Buying seasonal products can also help you save more, and that applies no matter the grocery store you shop at. Season fruits and veggies should come in plenty, and that’s why they’re cheaper. If, for example, you’d like to have strawberries in the middle of winter, the ones you will find in the store will most likely come from a warm place, which means they will be more expensive, given all the costs involved in getting them to your area and so on.
You can also seize this opportunity to buy the fruits, veggies, and food you usually need and freeze them if it’s safe to do so. This way, you will have them at hand when needed, and by buying them when they’re cheaper, you get to save in the long run as well.
However, beware of the fresh products that are no longer that fresh. Sometimes, getting frozen food might actually be a better choice if the fresh products have lost their freshness and can no longer be used entirely.
Buy at the Right Time
As we’ve said above, when you buy actually determines how much you save; therefore, when you need to stock up on groceries or other products, and you want to get them from Aldi, make sure you check the latest catalog, the in-stock availability at the store near you, and get there as early as possible on the day of that particular sale event.
Furthermore, stores will want to clear stocks of perishable foods at the beginning or end of the day. Those products are likely to be discounted. Since this moment differs from one store to another, make sure to check if and when this happens at the Aldi store in your area.
Plus, Aldi has a ‘secret bargain hour’ when select products in the food category are discounted by 50% for an hour, but that may not be available in some countries or areas. Doing a bit of research before your shopping session to see what the Aldi stores in your area have to offer is thus the first step to take in order to make sure you get to save on your needs.