I know it's been done before, but I wanted to restate it because I think it needs to be said. Named brand does NOT mean better quality.
Aldi is set up a little strange. You have to bring a quarter with you so you can get a grocery cart. I wasn't expecting that AT ALL. I was like, "Wtf? Why are the carts all chained together?" They were also kept outside and it was freezing so I'm fiddling with this cart trying to get it unchained and this Somali man was next to me and he's like, "Is this yours?" and hands me a quarter. No it wasn't my quarter, but I took it and I said thank you and found the slot and got the cart unchained.
Then into the store. Can't move around too easily in there. Small store. You get the basics and everything in Aldi brand, which is no big thing to me. I tried their product and it tastes good, even better than named brand in some cases, like their canned fruit.
Their oranges were AWESOME! In Minnesota, it is hard to get good oranges even when they are in season. But these oranges were great.
They make you buy your own bags. I actually like this because it forces people to recycle. It keeps plastic out of landfills and oceans. It also saves everyone money in the end.
We had an entire cart of groceries for $130. In the regular grocery store, the same items would have cost me $200 or more easily. A cart of food is anywhere from $240 to over $300 here. Totally worth it to get those things at Aldi instead.
And the Somali man asked me what apples were. I'm sure he knew what they were. His English was not lacking at all. He heard me telling my husband my endeavor with the carts and told him that he had helped me. He thought maybe I needed to return the favor or something? I dunno. I kept the quarter in the cart and didn't chain it, but returned it the cart rack. I figured someone else could use a cart and didn't have a quarter. :)