Saving Money at Aldi Stores
Aldi is a grocery store known for amazing everyday prices. Smart shoppers who rely on Aldi can save a bundle, with some reporting cost reductions of up to 42 percent. Aldi offers great prices by using a non-standard business model. Not only do you have to insert a quarter to get a cart (though you get it back once you return it), but you’ll also need to bring your own bags. Plus, Aldi stores aren’t open 24/7, so you need to make sure your local store is open before making a trip.
Aldi Store Hours
Originally a German store, Aldi has made its way into numerous countries. Along with the United States, you can also find Aldi stores in Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Portugal. Additionally, many people don’t realize that Aldi is actually run by the same company as Trader Joe’s.
Aldi hours are typically the same as the standard hours of operation for many grocery chains. While each location may vary their schedule, the typical hours for opening and closing serve as a good baseline for planning purposes.
The standard Aldi hours are Monday through Sunday:
Monday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
If you are near an Aldi in a big city, you may find that they are open longer each day. However, some small-town Aldi stores open later and close earlier. For example, a small town location may operate from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm instead of 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Aldi Holiday Schedule 2019
Along with Christmas, Aldi locations also close for a few other holidays during the year. However, they are open on many too. Here is an overview of the Aldi Holiday Schedule for 2019:
January 1 (Tuesday): Aldi is closed on New Year’s Day
January 21 (Monday): Aldi is open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14 (Thursday): Aldi is open on Valentine’s Day
February 18 (Monday): Aldi is open on Presidents’ Day
March 17 (Sunday): Aldi is open on St. Patrick’s Day
April 19 (Friday): Aldi is open on Good Friday
April 20 (Saturday): Aldi is open on Easter Saturday
April 21 (Sunday): Aldi is closed on Easter Sunday
April 22 (Monday): Aldi is open on Easter Monday
May 12 (Sunday): Aldi is open on Mother’s Day
May 27 (Monday): Aldi is open on, but with limited hours, on Memorial Day
June 16 (Sunday): Aldi is open on Father’s Day
July 4 (Thursday): Aldi is open, but with limited hours, on Independence Day
September 2 (Monday): Aldi is open, but with limited hours, on Labor Day
October 14 (Monday): Aldi is open on Columbus Day
October 31 (Thursday): Aldi is open on Halloween
November 11 (Monday): Aldi is open on Veteran’s Day
November 28 (Thursday): Aldi is closed on Thanksgiving Day
December 24 (Tuesday): Aldi is open, but with limited hours, on Christmas Eve
December 25 (Wednesday): Aldi is closed on Christmas Day
December 31 (Tuesday): Aldi is open, but with limited hours, on New Year’s Eve
January 1 (Wednesday): Aldi is closed on New Year’s Day 2020
On any days where Aldi has limited hours, you’ll need to check your local store to confirm when they are open. You can use Aldi’s store locator to check each location’s hours of operation or contact your store by phone and request the information.
Many grocery stores deviate from their usual operating hours around Christmas and Aldi is no different. On Christmas Eve, many Aldi locations close early, giving their staff a chance to be home with their families.
If you need to shop at Aldi on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, make sure to check with your local store before you make a trip. Each location may have slightly different holiday hours on Christmas Eve, so it is wise to contact your Aldi and confirm they will be open.
On Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2019, all Aldi stores are closed. You cannot shop at any Aldi on Christmas Day, regardless of whether you are in a big city or small town.
Preparing for a Trip to Aldi
If you’ve never been to an Aldi before, but want to experience the cost-savings to make the holidays more affordable, you do need to prepare in advance. Along with a shopping list, you’ll need to have a quarter with you. The shopping carts at Aldi need a quarter to unlock them, making them movable. When you return the cart at the end of your trip, you get your quarter back.
What You Need
The quarter is actually a way that Aldi controls some of their overhead costs, even though they don’t keep the quarters. Getting the coin back encourages shoppers to put away their carts. This ensures that employees don’t have to retrieve the carts, allowing Aldi to keep their staffing costs down and to pass the savings on to shoppers.
Additionally, it is usually best to bring your own reusable shopping bags. Aldi does not provide bags or boxes to carry your purchases for free. If you do not bring your own, you’ll have to pay for bags at Aldi. Again, this helps each store keep its operating expenses low, giving the ability to offer big savings to you.
Use the Aldi Mobile App
The Aldi mobile app is also handy. Not only can you use it to find your closest store, check hours of operation, and a place to make and store a shopping list, it also makes viewing the weekly sales flyer a breeze. You can see it all in the app, ensuring you don’t miss out on a great deal when you shop.
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