Aldi – Saginaw Hwy.

24 07 2008
  • 5625 W. Saginaw Hwy.
  • Lansing, MI 48906
  • (636) 278-4700
  • Website
Aldis on Saginaw Highway

Aldi's on Saginaw Highway

It has been years since I’ve been to an Aldi.  We didn’t shop there much when I was growing up because there was kind of a stigma to shopping at Aldi’s.  On top of that, it’s kind of a pain in the butt.  They don’t have the conviences of a modern mega-mart, but that’s how they keep prices down.  The stigma is gone now and more and more people are taking advantage of Aldi’s low prices.

The one thing I always use to go to Aldi’s for was their animal crackers.  I know that sounds stupid, but when I was in high school, my distrcit swtiched to the Eight-Block schedule.  Instead of a regular school day with eight 40 minute periods, we had four 80 minute periods each day with an every other day schedule.  Because of the schedule, there was always one group that would have three morning classes before lunch which means we didn’t get to eat much before one o’clock.  The teachers would let us bring snacks in and Aldi’s animal crackers were a big hit or some reason.

OK, now that I’ve told you a story you probably don’t care about, on to today’s stop.  I had stopped in this Aldi’s one other time while I was killing time waiting for my girlfriend.  What I noticed was bags of chicken were about half the price of what Kroger charges.  We polished off all the chicken breasts in our house so I needed to get some more.  After a stop at another grocery store where I wasn’t thrilled about the prices, I thought about giving Aldi a shot.

Like I mentioned earlier, Aldi does a lot of things some may find inconvienent, but they do it to keep prices down.  The first thing you’ll notice is the carts.  They’re locked together outside.  In order to get a cart from the rack, you need to put a quarter into a slot on the handle.  You’re not charged a quarter to use it because if you put the cart back in the rack, the quarter pops out.  This way, they don’t need employees to return carts from the cart corral.  There is no cart corral.  Once you get in the store, you find more of a wharehouse set up than a grocery store.  All items are shipped to the store in containers that become displays.  Employees just have to move the pallets to the floor and open a flap on the box. 

I walked around to the cooler section where the meats are stored.  In college, some friends of mine made a mistake and bought meat from Aldi’s that turned out to be bad.  Their mistake was buying ground beef in a package that you couldn’t see the meat.  So, my rule has become don’t buy meat you can’t see.  Things have definately improved since then.  Aldi’s now offers Tyson meat as well as their own brands.  I grabbed my 5 lb. bag of chicken and headed to pay.

The cost cutting continues at the check out line.  You unload your cart then swing the cart around so the checker can put the items back in the cart…unbagged.  Aldi doesn’t supply bags for free.  There are some you can buy, but you’re encouraged to bring your own.  After you pay, you move over to a bagging table and bag your groceries before leaving.  Since I only had one bag, I didn’t have to worry about that.  I just paid the cashier, grabbed my bag and left.  Oh yeah, paying.  They don’t accept credit.  Cash or debit only.  Again, they keep prices down by not having to pay credit card companies.

There’s an Aldi within walking distance of our place and I’ve thought about walking to get some things before but I never did.  If you can get over the percieved stigma of shopping at Aldi’s, you can save quite a bit of money on your grocery bill.  We’ve had some problems in the past with purchasing cheap chicken from other stores, so I’m hoping I’ve found a winner here.

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7 responses

24 07 2008
Amy

I have always been a little scared of Aldi, but have heard from several people lately that I need to “get over it and check it out.” I was surprised to learn that they are owned by the same owners as Trader Joe’s, which I love and make semi-regular road trips to the Ann Arbor or Detroit Metro area to visit. They share the same distribution center not too far from here. Now if they would only put a Trader Joe’s in here, things would be wonderful…but that is a topic for a different day and a different blog post. I will have to check Aldi out soon.

24 07 2008
Mid-Michigan Dining

The bag of chicken breasts are kind of my litmus test. If they’re alright, I’m sure I’ll check out some other tings there.

25 07 2008
Mid-Michigan Dining

The chicken was fine..same quality of chicken that I usually buy at a mega-mart.

11 08 2008
Aldi - S. Pennsylvania « Mid-Michigan Dining

[…] HERE).  The only thing I picked up was a bag of frozen chicken.  We finally ran out of that chicken and I needed something for dinner, so I headed to the Aldi on S. Pennsylvania to pick up the same thing.  I said in my last review that chicken was a test.  It totally passed the test.  It was just as good as chicken we’ve gotten from somewhere else and it was much cheaper. […]

18 12 2009
momteacherfriend

We love Aldi! We have found that nearly everything they offer is as good if not better than their high priced counter-parts. In fact we only buy our spaghetti sauce from Aldi as it is the BEST!

18 12 2009
SW Michigan Dining

My grandma would agree with you! Recently, she was in the hospital for an extended period of time. She was discharged on Thanksgiving Day. Because she had been gone for so long, she had no food in the house, so my aunt was going to take her to the grocery store…..Aldi isn’t open on Thanksgiving Day, so they had to go to Walmart. Needless to say, my grandma wasn’t happy or impressed with Walmart…

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