Newly Released Details About Aldi Are Making People Change Their Shopping Habits

With over 2,000 locations in the United States, Aldi is a bargain hunter's dream come true. But even the most loyal of customers have probably never stopped to consider just how it is that a grocer with such low prices can be as successful as they are. Now, customers need not wonder, as the once little-known details behind the franchise have finally come to light. And more than being an interesting look into Aldi's success, the information is actually changing the way customers shop... for better and for worse.

According to those in the know, Wednesday morning is the best time to shop at Aldi. Affordable seasonal products and produce are freshly stocked on Wednesdays, so you'll want to get there right when doors open for the best stuff. Then it goes without saying the time to avoid shopping would be Tuesday nights, especially if you're looking to buy fruits and vegetables.

Regular shoppers will already be aware that about 90% of the products in the store are part of AldiI's exclusive brand. However, from time to time, Aldi sells more well-known name-brand products, such as Coca-Cola. It's simply not worth buying them from here, as the prices don't compare to those of local supermarkets. It may be one of the only instances where certain products cost more at Aldi.

Oddly, Aldi is sort of a rival of itself. The grocery store, which started as a small corner market in Germany, was inherited by two brothers, Karl and Theo Albrecht. The two brothers quickly expanded the store to a chain when they smartly decided to sell staples cheaply in the harsh economic climate after the war. However, the brothers soon split over whether to sell cigarettes, and there became two Aldis—a north and a south—each run by one brother. There remain two Aldis to this day, with the north one owning Trader Joe's. Far from being rivals, Aldi and Trader Joe's are run as separate businesses and even have overlapping products.

Potato chips are a lot of people's favorite thing to snack on, and for good reason. Salty, crunchy, and satisfying —what's not to like? Well, when it comes to Aldi's Clancy's brand chips, apparently a lot. People say they're just not that good. The negative reviews range from opening a new bag and only finding a pile of crumbs to finding several chips of a completely different flavor in their bag. That's not to mention that the consensus is they don't taste that good to begin with.