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Save yourself cash and time by visiting (what's about to be) your new favorite grocery store. 

Hayley Sugg
October 19, 2017

Grocery shopping can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. Even if you've planned ahead and have a list in-hand, the countless options lining the aisles can sometimes lead to extra time spent perusing packages. That's why if you're an indecisive shopper, or just need a store that's easy to visit for grabbing-and-going, Aldi is the ultimate solution. 

Known for being a no-frills grocery chain, Aldi does it all in the name of saving you money. With products shelved still in their boxes and a bring-your-own bag policy (though they do have plastic bags you can purchase), it's not your average grocery store. Another way that Aldi diverges from most U.S. chains is its small product selection. Boasting an average of 1,500 items per store, Aldi has a fraction of the selection of other grocery stores, which often range in the tens of thousands. At first this may seem like a negative, but it's actually perfect for some shoppers.

Having a carefully curated line of items assures that you'll never suffer from 'item fatigue' like at some chains. What exactly is item fatigue? It's our name for when you're given dozens and dozens of options for a single product. If you've ever visited the pickle aisle of a regular store, you'll know what this means. Bread and butter, dill, kosher, slices, spears, whole, chips, and more are all options for jarred pickles (and we're not even going to go into the fresh varieties). One could easily spend several minutes taking in all the varieties and choosing a product to buy. For some shoppers it's exciting to have endless options, but for others it's nice to know that there you can visit Aldi's aisles and find two types of pickles: chips and spears. 

Aldi stocks all the basics the average shopper needs: Fresh produce, canned goods and shelf staples, refrigerated and frozen foods, plus a small section of household products like soaps and paper products. These basics are usually only available in one variety, plus there are no name brands for regularly stocked products, preventing you from paying top-dollar for food that was likely packaged in the exact same facility as Aldi's store brand lines. 

Aldi isn't always for everyone, others might prefer to have 16 types of soymilk to peruse or to have carefully styled aisle end caps. But for the minimalist shopper or anyone looking to avoid product overload, it's a wonderful option that lends itself to an easy and fast shopping experience.