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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2014, 07:06:12 PM »
I am so glad I stumbled upon this thread. There is an Aldi's in the neighboring city and my mom and I (me?) have been thinking about stopping in there to check it out. I had no idea until I read this thread that you have to pay for a cart and bags, and that they only take cash and debit cards. I'm not sure we would have noticed any signs about payment methods, but I guess that depends on how obvious they are. We don't carry much cash and neither one of us have a debit card. Since we both suffer from social anxiety, we find it so much easier to know these kinds of things before going someplace new. So this thread saved us from potential embarrassment.

How do you generally pay for things then?   The idea of people not having a debit card is quite foreign to me.  Everyone has them here.

I use credit cards almost exclusively.  I get points on both my cards that get me money off on purchases at a future date.  I rarely use cash or debit.  I don't carry a balance on my card - but I do get to keep the money in my account a little longer.

Sure - but you still HAVE a debit card, don't you?  The option is there, even if you prefer another method.

I don't have a debit card. 
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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2014, 07:14:32 PM »
I do have a debit card but if that's my only option at a particular store, that store would have to have pretty stellar service or sales for me to shop there regularly.
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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2014, 07:29:43 PM »

The only thing that I don't understand about Aldi's is all the people who walk in past the sign that they ONLY take cash and debit cards (to keep down prices) - no checks or credit cards.  And people will get to the front of the store with a FULL cart (prices really can be lower) and then pull out a credit card - because "they don't have that much cash on them" or they don't have a debit card (ATM card) with them...


Well, you must have never been in a new store before. I had never heard of Aldi's, nor had any reason to think this grocery store would be cash only unlike Kroger or Meijer. Do you really look at every sign in a store when you enter? I certainly don't. I didn't get a cart because I always bring my own bags and since I only intended to purchase a few items, didn't bother with getting one. No, I didn't have enough cash and so I had to reduce the number of items I intended to buy. Thankfully, the cashier was the most pleasant I've ever encountered and when at home, sent a letter to management about her spectacular customer service.

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2014, 08:34:24 PM »
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The only thing that I don't understand about Aldi's is all the people who walk in past the sign that they ONLY take cash and debit cards (to keep down prices) - no checks or credit cards.  And people will get to the front of the store with a FULL cart (prices really can be lower) and then pull out a credit card - because "they don't have that much cash on them" or they don't have a debit card (ATM card) with them...


Well, you must have never been in a new store before. I had never heard of Aldi's, nor had any reason to think this grocery store would be cash only unlike Kroger or Meijer. Do you really look at every sign in a store when you enter? I certainly don't. I didn't get a cart because I always bring my own bags and since I only intended to purchase a few items, didn't bother with getting one. No, I didn't have enough cash and so I had to reduce the number of items I intended to buy. Thankfully, the cashier was the most pleasant I've ever encountered and when at home, sent a letter to management about her spectacular customer service.

I visit new stores all of the time and I always check the signage on the door to make sure that they will accept my credit card. I don't have cash most of the time, so I don't want to waste my time shopping if it turns out I can't pay at the end. After I have shopped there a couple of times, I will stop looking at the signs.

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2014, 09:41:26 PM »
I am so glad I stumbled upon this thread. There is an Aldi's in the neighboring city and my mom and I (me?) have been thinking about stopping in there to check it out. I had no idea until I read this thread that you have to pay for a cart and bags, and that they only take cash and debit cards. I'm not sure we would have noticed any signs about payment methods, but I guess that depends on how obvious they are. We don't carry much cash and neither one of us have a debit card. Since we both suffer from social anxiety, we find it so much easier to know these kinds of things before going someplace new. So this thread saved us from potential embarrassment.

How do you generally pay for things then?   The idea of people not having a debit card is quite foreign to me.  Everyone has them here.

I use credit cards almost exclusively.  I get points on both my cards that get me money off on purchases at a future date.  I rarely use cash or debit.  I don't carry a balance on my card - but I do get to keep the money in my account a little longer.

Sure - but you still HAVE a debit card, don't you?  The option is there, even if you prefer another method.

I don't have a debit card.

OK.  That comment above was directed at Outdoor Girl, who implied (and has now confirmed) that she does.  But since you've joined in - How do you generally pay for things then?

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2014, 09:56:13 PM »
I was at our Aldi's once and saw a lady that was obviously there for the first time. She was struggling to get a buggy and I told her she had to put a quarter in it. She was surprised and told me it was her first time. Then she said "well, can I have your bugyy?" I said yes, if she gave me a quarter!
LOL I don't part with my Aldi quarter - I keep it in my car so I always have it with me when needed.
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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2014, 10:09:41 PM »
I don't have a debit card.

I don't have a debit card either.  I use a credit card almost exclusively, and carry some cash for small purchases.  I also have a checkbook, but I don't carry it - I only write checks for the occasional paper bill I can't pay online.  I'd have to plan ahead to shop at Aldi's!

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2014, 10:21:34 PM »
I don't have a debit card.

I don't have a debit card either.  I use a credit card almost exclusively, and carry some cash for small purchases.  I also have a checkbook, but I don't carry it - I only write checks for the occasional paper bill I can't pay online.  I'd have to plan ahead to shop at Aldi's!

That almost exactly describes me!  I don't remember if I've ever had a debit card, honestly.  I remember having an ATM card way back when I first got my checking account as a teenager, but that's it.
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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2014, 08:17:48 AM »
I always have a debit card and cash. We don't use or own credit cards as a rule for DH and I.

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2014, 09:50:48 AM »
My husband doesn't have a debit card, he uses cash or credit.  The bank doesn't like it, though -- they keep issuing him debit cards, but he goes back and gets them to reissue it as an ATM-only card.

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2014, 10:09:43 AM »
Fwiw, my husband and I have neither debit nor ATM cards - we actually have one ATM card for emergencies but that's it.  Probably 99% of spending is on our American Express - a charge rather than.credit card.  We each have Visa cards for places that don't take Amex.  Some  things - tuition, kid lessons, mortgage, etc - is by check and and a few places like our dry cleaner are cash only.

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2014, 01:22:02 PM »
Someone mentioned Aldi not taking credit cards.  That must be a regional thing or a store-by-store thing.  I've used my credit card at Aldi (Minneapolis, MN area) many times, and never had a problem.

The times when I've used my check-card, they process it as a credit card (the receipt shows Visa, and it doesn't ask for my PIN).

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #27 on: February 17, 2014, 01:26:48 PM »
Someone mentioned Aldi not taking credit cards.  That must be a regional thing or a store-by-store thing.  I've used my credit card at Aldi (Minneapolis, MN area) many times, and never had a problem.

The times when I've used my check-card, they process it as a credit card (the receipt shows Visa, and it doesn't ask for my PIN).

From Aldi's FAQ https://www.aldi.us/en/services/faqs/
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Q. What forms of payment are accepted at ALDI stores?

A. We accept cash, PIN-based debit cards, the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Link cards. At this time we do not accept checks, credit cards or the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC).

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #28 on: February 17, 2014, 06:46:05 PM »
People who are anti-debit - Why don't you like this, and what do you see if the benefit of ATM only cards?  I don't think you can get those here - They're all EFTPOS enabled at least.

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Re: Shopping carts at Aldi's....
« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2014, 08:49:16 PM »
For me, the main reason I don't have a debit card is because I don't want anyone having direct access to my checking account if I can help it.  If someone uses my debit card fraudulently, that money is gone from my account as soon as the transaction happens.  I might eventually get it back, but either the bank or the thief is holding on to the money while it's being sorted out.  With a credit card, no money leaves my checking account until I initiate a payment, and if there's a fraudulent transaction, I'm holding on to the money while it's being sorted out. 

I always pay my credit card in full every month so I'm not paying any finance charges or fees, and I'm not spending money I don't have.  So it's not different from a debit card in that regard for me.  And with the card I use the most, I get some rewards, which is kind of nice!