Aldi Free Curbside Pickup and Grocery Delivery: How it Works & Tips

By DAWN CARTER
posted Feb 10, 2021

Known for their low prices and budget-friendly deals, ALDI has made its mark in the US territory around the 70s. Today, they have more than 2000 stores and over 25,000 employees across the country. To make grocery shopping easier for its customers, ALDI also offers Grocery Delivery via Instacart and Curbside Grocery Pick-Up.

“Why let others do your groceries when you can do it yourself?” You might ask. There are lots of benefits to having your groceries done and delivered. Considering the current pandemic, one of the biggest and most helpful benefits of using a grocery delivery service like ALDI’s is that you get to fill up your pantry like you usually do without going out and possibly exposing yourself to the virus.

Of course, even without a pandemic, grocery delivery services are still quite beneficial, especially for people who are too busy to go to the store themselves. Using a grocery delivery service like ALDI’s can save you time, gas, and energy.

Another service that’s quickly gaining popularity these days is curbside grocery pick-up. Unlike having your groceries delivered from the store straight to your home, this service still requires you to go to the actual store to get your groceries, but someone has already done the run for you and all you have to do is pick it up at the designated area then bring it straight home. This minimizes your contact with people which, in turn, also minimizes your risk of contracting any disease. Of course, it’s a great service to help you save time and energy as well.


Table of content

  1. What is ALDI Curbside Pickup?
  1. Curbside pickup step-by-step instruction
  1. Grocery pickup pricing
  1. Store Location available for pickup
  1. What is ALDI Grocery Delivery?
  1. Grocery Delivery step-by-step instruction
  1. Store Location available for delivery
  1. Grocery Delivery pricing
  1. Saving Tips - coupons, weekly ad and more

1. ALDI free curbside grocery pickup

What is ALDI grocery pickup?

ALDI Curbside Grocery Pickup is a service offered by ALDI that lets customers place their grocery orders online and then, later, pick it up at their ALDI store of choice.

How does ALDI curbside pickup work?

The ALDI Grocery Pickup service is powered by Instacart. This means that, to avail of the service, you would have to sign up for Instacart. Don’t worry, signing up is free!

  1. To start, go to Aldi Pickup Page and click on “Start Shopping”

2. Login to your account.

This will take you to the ALDI Powered by Instacart login page where you can either create an account (for new customers) or log in (for existing customers). To create an account, enter your zip code first and click “Start Shopping.” Otherwise, you can click on the text that says “Log In” at the bottom.

If ALDI Curbside Pickup is available in your area, you’ll see this and you can then proceed to signing up for an account.

Otherwise, you’ll see this. You can still sign up for an account so you can be notified when ALDI Curbside Pickup becomes available in your area.

3. Shop your favorite products

After signing up, you’ll be redirected to the ALDI Storefront homepage where you can browse their available items and add them to your cart. Just click on the “+” on the top right section of an item’s photo to add it to your cart.

4. Place your order

When you’re done, click on “Cart” then click “Go to checkout.” Always check if there’s a coupon you can apply to your purchase to get bigger savings! You can always check Aldi Coupons on EveryPayJoy.

On the next page, click on “Pickup” and fill out the form with all the necessary information like pickup location, time, your contact details, and your card details for payment.

Once your pickup is scheduled, you’ll see this:

Now all you have to do is drive by your ALDI store of choice at your chosen time of pickup.

5. Pull up to the designated spot.

Look for the blue curbside space and follow instructions on signage.

6. Get groceries and enjoy.

An employee will bring your groceries to your car.

Is ALDI grocery pickup free?

If you’re an Instacart Express member, ALDI Curbside Grocery Pickup is free. Otherwise, ALDI charges a minimal fee for the service.

Also, free pickup on orders $35+ for first time customers when you use code ALDIGROCERY2020 at checkout.

How much does it cost for curbside pickup at ALDI?

Orders over $35 come with a $1.99 pickup fee. For orders that are less than $35, pickup fees starting at $3.99 apply.

Where is ALDI grocery pickup available?

The ALDI Curbside Grocery Pickup service is available in over 700 stores nationwide. To find out if there is an ALDI store that does curbside pickup in your area, go to ALDI curbside pickup locations and search for your local ALDI store.

Do you tip curbside pickup at ALDI?

Yes, tipping is highly encouraged for your ALDI Instacart shoppers. A default tip of 5% of the total amount of the transaction is recommended, though you can always adjust it on the app to give them a higher tip.

To leave a tip for your shopper, open your Instacart app, click on “View Account,” and choose the most recent order then tap “Rate and Tip” and select the tip amount.


2. ALDI grocery delivery

What Is ALDI Grocery Delivery?

ALDI Grocery Delivery is another service offered by ALDI to help its customers get their regular grocery shopping done without leaving the house. Just go to the website, place your order, pay for it, and wait for it to be delivered to your doorstep.

How do I order groceries from ALDI for delivery?

To get your groceries from ALDI delivered to your home, the steps you have to take are pretty much the same.

1. go to ALDI grocery delivery page and click on “Start Shopping.”

2. Login or create an account.

If you’re a returning ALDI Instacart customer, simply log in to your Instacart account on the next page. For new customers, enter your ZIP code to find out if ALDI grocery delivery is available in your area. If it is, you’ll see this and you can then proceed to creating an account.

If Aldi Grocery Delivery isn’t available in your area, you’ll see this. You can still sign up for an account to get notified when the service becomes available in your area.

3. Shop your favorite products.

After signing up, you can start browsing through ALDI’s product catalogue for your needs. Click on the “+” on the top right corner of each item’s photo to add to your cart.

4. Place your order.

Once you have everything you need added to your cart, you can proceed to check out. Click on the “Cart” icon on the top right corner of your screen then tap on “Go to Checkout.” Don’t forget to apply your available coupons for bigger savings!

Tap “Delivery” and fill in all the necessary information. You will be asked for the delivery address, delivery time, instructions (if any), your contact details, and your payment info.

Delivery date and time options will be shown. There is a “Fast & Flexible” option which is basically the “as soon as possible” option. This immediately forwards your order to the next available shopper so it's perfect for those who are already home anyway and can receive the order as soon as the shopper is done shopping. If you’d like to schedule your delivery for another time, choose the time and date that’s most convenient for you instead.

If none of the available schedules work for you, you can check the “Leave at my door if I’m not around” option under “Delivery Instructions.”

Once you’re done filling everything up, you’ll see a confirmation on your screen that your order has been received. You’ll also be notified, via text, when your Instacart shopper has started shopping.

5. Wait for the delivery.

Any updates on the necessary changes that might need to be made on your cart (out of stock items, etc.) as well as updates on your shopper’s progress will be sent to you via SMS.

How much does ALDI charge to deliver groceries?

The delivery fee for ALDI Grocery Delivery is free for first-time customers and for orders above $35. For orders below $35, a delivery fee of $5.99 applies. If you’re thinking of having your groceries delivered regularly, you might as well sign up for Instacart Express. For $14.99/month or $149/year, you can have your groceries from ALDI and other stores delivered to your home by Instacart free of charge.

In comparison, Walmart typically charges $7.95 to $9.95 per order for grocery deliveries. They do have Delivery Unlimited which is very similar to Instacart Express which gives you free delivery on all your groceries for $12.95/month or $98/year. However, Unlimited Delivery only applies to Walmart grocery deliveries.

A similar service from Amazon called Amazon Fresh offers free delivery on orders over $35 in select areas and free delivery on orders over $50 everywhere else. Amazon Fresh is free with Amazon Prime (Amazon Prime Video members not qualified) by invitation only.

Is ALDI grocery delivery free?

For first-time customers and orders over $35, ALDI grocery delivery is free. Orders under $35 come with a $5.99 delivery fee.

Do you tip delivery driver at ALDI?

Yes. Tipping is always encouraged and Instacart suggests a $2 minimum tip or 5% for every grocery delivery transaction, whichever is higher.

If you’d like to tip higher, just click on “Change” to change the tip amount.

Where is ALDI grocery delivery available?

According to their website, 95% of their 2,000 stores nationwide offer the grocery delivery service. To check if ALDI grocery delivery is available in your area, go to shop.aldi.us and enter your ZIP code.

Alternatively, you could go to their homepage and click on "Find A Store."

Enter your ZIP code to see a list of stores in your area and look for the Delivery and Curbside icons from the store of your choice.

Pros & Cons of ALDI Grocery Delivery

Still not sure this is something you’d benefit from? Check out this list of pros and cons for ALDI Grocery Delivery to help you make a better and more informed decision.

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Saving Tips

Can I use a coupon with ALDI curbside pickup and grocery delivery?

ALDI publishes weekly ads on their website where you can check out weekly deals on food, toys, clothes, and more. To see their weekly ads, just go to ALDI weekly ad page.

Aside from the in-app coupons that are readily available for you to use before checkout, you can also go to ALDI coupons and click on “ALDI” to see all available coupons.

Does ALDI mark up grocery prices for online pickup / delivery orders?

You might notice a small difference in price on some of the items you’ll find on Instacart when compared in-store at ALDI. While there are some items that are priced the same, others came with a markup of 3% to 5%.

How to Choose Between Grocery Pickup or Delivery

Grocery delivery services are perfect for people who don’t have the time, energy, or capacity to drive to the store to get their grocery run done. This service allows you to do your groceries without ever having to leave your home. It’s also especially beneficial for immunocompromised people as it eliminates the need to face people since you can just instruct your delivery driver to leave the groceries at your door and you can collect it after they leave.

Curbside pickup, on the other hand, is best for people who leave home to work anyway but don’t have the time, energy, or capacity to walk through the store to look for the things that they need. It’s a time-saving service that allows you to have someone else do your grocery run so you can just come and collect it at the designated pickup area after work and before you head home.

Can I pay with cash for ALDI grocery pickup and delivery?

Unfortunately, as of the moment, Instacart for ALDI only accepts debit cards, credit cards, contactless payments via Apple Pay and Google Pay, and EBT SNAP. You can, however, tip your driver with cash.


Sources

ALDI website

ALDI Android App 

ALDI App Store

ALDI Pickup Page

ALDI Delivery Page 

ALDI Pickup Locations