Aldi shop sign with opening hours against blue sky, Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, England, UK. (Photo by: Geography Photos/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Do You Need A Membership To Shop At Aldi?
By Cynthia Anaya
Aldi certainly moves to the beat of its own drum, at least in comparison to other grocery stores. Each store is smaller than the average food store, has fewer aisles, and charges less for certain items. According to their website, one of the most frequently asked questions from shoppers involves whether a membership is needed to shop there.
If you'll soon be a first-time Aldi shopper, you'll be happy to know that a membership is not required to shop there. Still, there are a few things you do need (or might need, depending on how long your shopping list is) for your Aldi visit.
Aldi uses a coin-operated locking mechanism that requires a quarter to unlock one, but you'll get the quarter back after you return the cart. You also may want to bring your own shopping bags since the Aldi bags cost between 7 and 10 cents, and you have to bag your own groceries at the designated bagging area at the front of the store.