Aldi stores are a great place for anyone on a budget to shop – from college students to families. Since it does offer good bargains with competitive prices, it can get pretty busy. The best time to shop there really depends upon the experience you expect from the store.
For quick in and out, shop around ten o’clock in the morning until about 2 pm. Children are, for the most part, in school at this hour and many people are at work. Six pm to closing (Most Chicago Aldi stores are open until 9 pm, but some close as early as 7 o’clock, so check your store’s hours) the stores tend to be rather busy, and you can expect to wait in line. Use your Aldi weekly ad to prepare a shopping list before you go.
Meijer and Walmart Supercenters are 24-hour stores. Although it can seem a bit eerie in the evening hours, shortly after 11:00 pm is a good time to shop if you want peace and quiet. The shelves have been recently stocked or they are being stocked, so selections are usually good. In fact, some things might be fresh off the truck! There will be fewer checkers, but fewer are needed, and you are less likely to be held up in line.
Trader Joe’s closes at 10 pm and Food 4 Less closes at midnight. Avoid shopping too close to closing as the checkers will want to hurry you out of the store.
Food 4 Less opens at 6 am. If you are an early riser or if you need a fast trip to the store before starting your work day, that can be an ideal time. Trader Joe’s doesn’t open until 8:00 am. Like Aldi’s, shopping during school hours can help avoid the hold-up and noise that can go with families with school-age children. If you are a family with young children, morning is frequently a better time for shopping than afternoon, when the little ones are tired and in need of a nap. Provide the littlest ones with something fun to keep their attention while you are making your selections. Some stores provide carts that simulate toy cars and other fun conveyances for your convenience.
Ideal shopping times are not always possible. The Internet, however, can offer assistance. Almost all stores now have online listings of their merchandise. This makes preparing a shopping list easy because you can see the items that are offered before you go to the store. Some stores even allow you to order your merchandise from home and pick the selected items up at the store. This is especially helpful if you have a full schedule or if you have young children who have a hard time being patient through a full shopping trip. If you can manage it, create a list of the things you need and eat a snack before you go to the store. This will help you to zero in on the things you really need and cut down on impulse buying simply because you or family members are hungry.