My parents have been shopping at aldi since I was a kid and I always enjoyed going there as a kid we would fill up two or three carts and really stock up.....my parents still shop there and like a whole lot of the things there and I have to admit being the coupon duchess I usually am shopping at a store with a fistfull of coupons or electronic coupons....but I do like Aldi...except they dont take coupons...with one exception when they had the grand open they had a $5.00 off your order coupon.... for a few things like their canned esp their own brand rotel and frozen veggies, bottled gardinera, sometimes hummus and soymilk and I like some of their special buys.....I have bought fondue pot, coffee maker, waffle maker, toaster,Fryer ect under the crofton brand and liked them and their quality very much.
I have also bought boots, shoes, blankets, ect and once a very nice manager gave me the sale of the century on kids size sandals.....they were being reduced from $5.99 to 99 cents and I was piling them in my cart and the nice manager asked me what I was doing with them and I said I was donating them to a local shoe collecting charity and he marked them down even further to 25 cents a pair and I took all they had and donated them.
I have bought Yoga and Pilates Book/CD/DVD Packs for $1.99 when they were marked down for a class I was teaching.
I got a steal last year on Amys Products my local Aldi had mexican and Italian frozen meals for $2.99 and they didnt sell and they kept marking them down to $1.99. 99 cents and 50 cents and I bought all ten boxes of the mexican one...
OOH and I Luv their re-useable bags they are soooo durable and sooo big...love to use them everywhere...and they are usually a cream color but they had green ones for the holidays sweet....and great to carry donations and donate in.
I do sometimes have an issue with the employees at my local store they throw the food in the cart when they are ringing me out and dont seem to care....untill I gently remind them that this is food and I would like to take it home in one piece and then they stop and do it correctly.
I have a Trader Joes close to me and went once and honestly wasnt that impressed....I havent been back.
P.S.....sorry I talked your ears off....but thats just me...hehe