Trader Joe's has long been one of our favorite places to shop for quick meals, gourmet ingredients and unique snacks. It helps that their prices are so good. But these days, there's a new store in town no one can stop talking about: Aldi, the stripped-down European import that offers tasty food for less.
Aldi is a no-frills shopping experience. You rent carts for a quarter (refunded at the end of your trip). You have to provide your own bags and bag your food yourself. The stores carry much less product than your average superstore, and the hours are limited. The upshot? You get high-quality foods at a bargain price and limited-time offerings that come much cheaper than their counterparts at traditional stores.
If there isn't one near you, stand by. They're set to open up 900 new stores in the near future. Whether you're looking for a healthy meal that takes no time to prepare, an indulgent snack or an inexpensive staple, Aldi's got your back. Just remember to bring your bags.
(Prices vary depending on your location.)
A version of this article was originally published in October 2017.