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SoMuchPain Mon 20-Feb-17 18:46:23

My local Aldi is a good 20 minute drive therefore that in itself is effort with a toddler. I did do well for a few weeks making Tues my Aldi day. But I do find my local Sainsbury's so much easier but literally it does cost me twice as much. Please tell me A) to get off my lazy arse and head back to aldi and B) please tell me the best way to shop there - especially how to handle the tills!

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Mon 20-Feb-17 18:48:52

Baseball glove to catch the items after scanning is recommended...

EssentialHummus Mon 20-Feb-17 18:50:11

Go early- not on weekends, not after midday. Have a list and avoid the middle Aisles of Wonder unless you're in the mood (and budget!) for a browse.

Checkouts: spread 3-4 large (Ikea style) carrier bags in your trolley once you've emptied it of groceries. Put trolley at the end of the checkout. As the checkout person scans things, grab them and put them in your bags.

LovingLola Mon 20-Feb-17 18:50:18

Place everything in the trolley as it is scanned at the till.
Pay.
Pack at the shelves provided for that purpose.

Coastalcommand Mon 20-Feb-17 18:51:10

I'm not sure I understand what your AIBU is?

NetflixandBill Mon 20-Feb-17 18:51:53

With the tills, just put everything back in your trolley and pack at your leisure on the shelf at the side. It really doesn't take any longer than packing as it comes through and means you can pack properly

NapQueen Mon 20-Feb-17 18:52:47

Tills :- take massive blue ikea bags and leave them in your boot. Chuck everything that comes through the till into your trolley, pay and walk to your car. Pack the food into the boot. Bag for fridge.bag for cupboard. Bag for frozen and other stuff.

witsender Mon 20-Feb-17 18:53:21

Shove everything in a trolley and sort at your leisure. Or shove it all in an IKEA bag straight into boot of car.

I tend to stack 3 of their bags in a trolley and ignore the rules by putting stuff straight into them. One for freezer, one for fridge, one for store cupboard etc. It's no slower really if you concentrate and especially if you think ahead and group stuff on the conveyor as well!

SoupDragon Mon 20-Feb-17 18:53:45

I pick a till that has a few people or a large trolley ahead of me.
Put on the belt in the order I want to pack
Arrange bags in trolley
Put items methodically in the right bag
Get behind and shove everything in the Ikea style bag I keep for that purpose
Sort it at the shelf!

SoMuchPain Mon 20-Feb-17 18:53:55

Brilliant. Must check the 'wonder' aisles for a baseball glove on my return.

JakeBallardswife Mon 20-Feb-17 18:54:49

Yes, you have to be organised with bags as it really is so much cheaper. I now find the cashiers in Sainsburys really slow as we've got used to Aldi's speed.

Also, don't over buy, less is more in the trolley and then its easier to pack, especially with a toddler.

SoMuchPain Mon 20-Feb-17 18:55:28

Sainsbury's is so so so slow....

MongerTruffle Mon 20-Feb-17 18:57:23

Don't pack your things in bags at the till. The staff have targets they have to meet.

sophie150 Mon 20-Feb-17 19:01:53

But if you can keep up monger (and some of us can!) then there's no problem. Like someone said- pick a queue with a good trolley full on front of you, line up the items in a sensible order (I generally have three bags - two for fresh one for cupboard and put the heavy stuff for each bag to go at the bottom followed by lighter) and then put it in your bags as they scan.
A bit of practice and you can be waiting for the cashier!
Agree that morning is best and try and avoid the weekend as stock seems to be lower at ours at least.

SoMuchPain Mon 20-Feb-17 19:03:16

I'm thinking back to my Tues AMs. It is a lot cheaper than other supermarkets but things like salmon cost the same?

DurhamDurham Mon 20-Feb-17 19:06:03

I'm another fan of the huge ikea bags, it doesn't take any longer as you're basically still throwing the shopping back in the trolley,it's just the trolley is lined with bags.
Sometimes, when I'm really fast, I even manage to separate the chilled stuff from the other stuff which makes life much easier when I get home as my fridge is in the utility room while the rest of the stuff goes in the kitchen.

Somehowsomewhere Mon 20-Feb-17 19:09:07

I do exactly what SoupDragon does.
Went this morning, as it was flying through I was thinking 'oops I've gone overboard, this is definitely going to be over £100'. It was £80. I reckon it would have been at least £150 in Sainsburys.
I hate it as a shopping experience, but it saves us so much money.

frazzled3ds Mon 20-Feb-17 19:09:52

I have a set of the trolley bags - four different sizes that roll together and secure with velcro for packing away, but then spread out across the trolley when you've emptied it on to the checkout - as fast as the assistant scans, I deposit into the relevant bag and the packing bit is done!

When it comes to the actual shopping bit - make a list before hand, menu plan too if it helps, and if it's easy enough to do, make the list in the same rough order as the store layout. Morning is a better time to go. I no longer shop anywhere other than Aldi unless absolutely necessary!

Longdistance Mon 20-Feb-17 19:10:00

I usually leave my dd's at home with their dad, and go on my own.

Put things in the conveyor belt in this order
Heavy stuff
Veg and fruit
Fridge and freezer stuff
Soft stuff like bread/eggs etc.

Repack it into the trolley in that order.

If you have your toddler, strap them into their car seat with a pack of mini cookies.

Go to car and pack into boxes or bags in the order you put them in the trolley/conveyor belt.

Put trolley back walking with a swagger, and drive off smug in the knowledge you survived Aldi's grin

SoMuchPain Mon 20-Feb-17 19:12:54

Thanks so much. It's the planning and thought that needs to go into it...right next week Tues it's game on!! Must meal plan and dig out the Ikea bags

queencrunch Mon 20-Feb-17 19:20:31

I prefer aldi with my dd. Staff nicer, takes less time, three large bags in the trolley and pack as you go.

Also sooo much cheaper. The odd treat for dd doesn't bump up the price too much.

topcat2014 Mon 20-Feb-17 19:25:08

At our Aldi, there is a little 10'oclock club on Sunday's waiting for opening - we have a nice chat - then doors open and we're off.

The tills aren't that bad - the staff are not going to shove stuff straight onto the floor. Just watch as they go, and put everything straight in the trolley and pack at the shelf. I have never ended up putting potatoes ontop of eggs. Don't let checkout fear mean you spend an extra £30 per week!

Take a list, and go round in the same order each week - this helps get your speed up!

I spend about £65 per week, and expect to be packed an in the car driving away at 25 past 10..

(can you tell I am a big fan!)

AndWhat Mon 20-Feb-17 19:28:59

I write my list in order of my walk around the shop, and only buy what I need that week.
Then as pp said I pack at the till. I can get to an Aldi 15/20mins away round the shop and back home quicker than I can get round the massive Asda that is only 5 mins away.
Also I find between 8 and 9am is the quickest time in our Aldi

BackforGood Mon 20-Feb-17 19:39:18

Aldi is better with a toddler as it takes 1/2 the time than Sainsburys.
Alternatively, go in the evenings when your dd is in bed (this is presuming her dad is there - I'm not advocating leaving her home alone grin). My Aldi is so quiet in the evenings.

Rosieposy4 Mon 20-Feb-17 19:47:41

Expect your fruit and veg to go off before your eyes, buy a pack of two gammon steaks and discover the one at the bottom ( where it could not be seen before purchase) was 75% fat and gristle, buy their specially selceted british back bacon and have it green and foul 12 days before it's sell by date.
Do not expect any customer service to deal with any of theses issues.
Alternatively save yourself the hassle, and stay with Sainsburys.

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