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Think Walmart is the Cheapest Place to Get Your Groceries? Think Again

January 25, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor

I didn’t realize grocery shopping got cheaper than Walmart. As it turns out, I was wrong.

Business Insider recently compared prices between Walmart and a small, German grocer you may not have heard about yet: Aldi.

The results were pretty significant: The same groceries cost 30% less at Aldi than they did at Walmart.

The Cheapest Place to Buy Groceries?

Although a few items, like tomatoes and organic bananas, were cheaper at Walmart, Aldi had surprisingly great deals on both fresh produce and packaged foods.

But don’t forget: Walmart will price-match any competitor, and one of the reasons Aldi can sell its goods so cheaply is a lack of investment in customer service.

In fact, Aldi requires buyers to bring their own bags, and there’s a $0.25 deposit to get a shopping cart. You get your quarter back when you replace the cart — meaning Aldi doesn’t have to hire somebody to do that job.

Check out the full story at Business Insider — and if you live near an Aldi, maybe check it out. Just don’t forget your reusable bags!

Your Turn: Do you shop at Aldi? What do you think of its prices?

Jamie Cattanach is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes other stuff, like wine reviews and poems — you can read along at www.jamiecattanach.com.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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