Aldi: Smart shopping hacks to help you save more money on your weekly shop

Aldi now has an eight percent market share of the UK grocery market. It is said to be the UK’s fifth largest grocery retailer and competes with low prices against rival discount store Lidl. While Aldi often has low prices across all of its grocery items, there are some tips and tricks to help get more out of your money and weekly shop.

“You can find bargains on everything from Christmas decorations to craft supplies – but buyer beware, these aisles are an impulse purchase waiting to happen and hard to resist.”

Popular items sell very quickly and they are available every Thursday in most stores but be sure to check your local online to make sure.

Stay informed:

Love Money says: “If you want to keep ahead of the crowd, then it’s well worth signing up to Aldi’s newsletter, which will inform you of current and upcoming specialbuys.

“Similarly, the deep discounter has an app that’s available on both iOS and Android, and you can sign up for notifications so that you know exactly when specific items go on sale.”

See red

The website explains: “Generally you don’t want to see red at the supermarket, but at Aldi we’ll make an exception. That’s because the store uses red stickers to flag up its big discounts, meaning the item is at least 50% off.

“So keep an eye out for red while you’re cruising the aisles and you may just pick up a stonking deal.

“These discount stickers tend to be dished out at the start of the day as part of a ‘secret hour’ ‒ which changes depending on the individual store -, rather than the end of the day as is the case with the big supermarket names, so if you really want to save you may need to pop down to your local Aldi early.”

Join the wine club

The money saving website says: “Free booze ‒ two of the finest words in the English language. And by signing up to the Aldi wine club, you could get some!

“Every couple of months the store recruits 30 would-be wine experts to try a couple of bottles, absolutely gratis. All they ask is that you taste and review the wines using Twitter.”

Trust in the own-label goods

The website explains: “Unlike other supermarkets, you won’t find many brand names at Aldi. The vast majority of the products at the grocer are what’s known as ‘private label’.

“Don’t be fooled into thinking these items aren’t up to scratch though ‒ at the recent own-label awards by industry gurus The Grocer, Aldi’s Specially Selected line won the best own-label brand. What’s more, Aldi won further awards across everything from beverages to biscuits and crackers.”

Avoid the crowds

Like other supermarkets, there are certain times of the day you can shop to make your shopping experience better and have the chance to catch some goodies.

Love Money says: “If you go to a budget supermarket during peak times, the crowds can throw you off your bargain hunting game, so try to plan to go when it will not be so hectic.

“The busiest periods will be Friday evenings, Saturday mornings or on Thursdays and Sundays when the specialbuys go on sale.”

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