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Things You Should Never Buy at Aldi

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Haven’t shopped at an Aldi supermarket yet? That could change soon. The German chain, famous for its no frills and low prices, is in the midst of a boom. After steadily expanding its footprint in the eastern part of the country over the past 40 years – the first U.S. store opened in Iowa in 1976 – Aldi is now adding locations in Southern California. By 2018, the company expects to have close to 2,000 stores nationwide, up from fewer than 1,600 today.

If you’re new to Aldi’s minimalist approach to grocery shopping, you’re in for a shocker. You pay a refundable quarter to rent a cart. You bag your own groceries. Oh, and you’ll even need to pay for those bags unless you bring your own. There are few shelves, few employees and none of the amenities you’ve come to expect from the likes of Wegmans or Whole Foods.

Still, discount shoppers have proven willing to accept the tradeoffs. We compared prices and reached out to shopping experts to identify some of the best things to buy at Aldi based on cost, quality or both. We also identified some of the worst things to buy. Have a look.

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