Imagine strolling into Aldi with a laundry basket and leaving with it filled to the brim with groceries. That’s exactly the unconventional shopping hack one TikToker showcased, and it’s now igniting quite the conversation online.
Her strategy? Bypass the bagging step entirely and have cashiers load her purchases directly into the laundry basket. While many viewers have praised this clever workaround, Aldi employees are chiming in with mixed reviews.
The Basket Hack
The TikTok video, posted by a user who identifies herself as a “Michigan Mom of Three,” has attracted significant attention, amassing over 577,000 views since its upload on July 26.
In the video, she enthusiastically shares, “Aldi’s laundry basket shopping hack is one of my favorite hacks that I use.”
She instructs, “All you have to do is bring a laundry basket with you and put it in the back of your cart. Then do your shopping as normal and then ask the cashier to just put your groceries directly into the basket.”
Highlighting the convenience, she notes, “this lets you skip the entire bagging process,” and encourages viewers to share their thoughts in the comments.
@edenkimofficial I saw a video of this a few years ago and I’ve been using it ever since!! Makes my life so much easier. #shoppinghacks #aldifinds #aldihack #momsoftiktok #momtok #momlife #sahm #moms ♬ original sound – eden
The Public Reaction
The video’s comment section saw input from several Aldi employees, each with their own take on the hack.
One employee expressed frustration, saying,
“As an Aldi worker I hate when people do this. A lot of people don’t know this but we try to put everything in the cart by weight.”
Another conveyed a more accommodating stance but hinted at potential stress, adding,
“If you tell us ahead of time it’s fine. I’ll never refuse a request but it can be stressful and a gamble due to a lot of sensitive customers.”
However, another employee had a different perspective, stating,
“As an Aldi worker as well, I love this, and if it’s too heavy, [that’s not] my problem lol.”
An ex-employee also chimed in with support, noting,
“As an ex Aldi employee, THIS is a hack I can get behind. Doesn’t inconvenience the cashier and is still effective.”
Yet, one commenter pointed out a practical concern, suggesting,
“Maybe use a basket where the weight won’t break it like this one lol.”
Aldi’s Guidelines on Bagging
Founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in Germany in 1946, Aldi’s story began as a small grocery store after World War II. Aldi’s innovative approach to retailing, characterized by its no-frills stores, private-label products, and efficient supply chain, has redefined the grocery shopping experience. This approach allows Aldi to pass on significant savings to customers while maintaining the highest quality standards.
On their About Us page it is stated that Aldi encourages, ““Yep, you read that right! To help ensure our checkout process is efficient, and to further our goal for a cleaner planet, ALDI encourages our shoppers to bring their own bags and to bag their own groceries at our bagging counters. Don’t have a bag? No worries! You can always purchase our reusable or paper bags for great prices at the checkout counter.”
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