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Avoid Christmas shopping at Aldi on this day

Wednesday is the busiest day to shop at Aldi, a Yahoo Finance survey has revealed. Source: Getty

You’ll most likely have to battle herds of Aussies at every grocery store, every day during the holiday season, but new data shows Aussies are flocking to Aldi in droves on one day in particular. 

Of the 2,644 Aussie shoppers surveyed by Yahoo Finance, over a quarter (28 per cent) choose to do their shopping on Wednesday, meaning it’s the busiest day to do your groceries. 

The second-busiest day is Saturday, with one-in-five Aussies choosing to do their weekly shop then, followed by Thursday with 14 per cent, and Friday and Sunday with equal 10 per cent. 

Unsurprisingly, almost half of all Aussies that shop at Aldi choose to do so on Wednesday and Saturday - the days when the German grocery giant releases its Special Buys. 

“We’re not surprised to hear that shoppers have voted Wednesday as the most popular day of the week to visit their local ALDI,” an Aldi spokesperson told Yahoo Finance.

“With new Special Buys landing in store on this day, many shoppers often mark their calendars in advance as a reminder to check out a particular Special Buys sale.”

Aldi wins cheapest Christmas groceries

But if you’re willing to brave the crowds at Aldi this holiday season, you will be in for a treat. 

Aldi emerged as the cheapest store when it comes to grocery prices this Christmas, according to consumer advocate group, Choice.

Choice, which put together a shopping list of 22 items Australians typically purchase around Christmas, and compared prices for these items at Aldi, Coles and Woolworths on the same day, found Aldi offered the cheapest basket. 

For $174.50, Aussie shoppers could fill their entire Christmas basket at Aldi - something that would cost them $215 at Woolies and $221.50 at Coles. 

“When it comes to price, Aldi is the clear winner for a cheap Christmas,” Choice’s consumer advocate, Jonathan Brown said.

Tips for your grocery shop 

According to a former Aldi shift manager’s thread on Reddit, if you want the freshest product, you’ll have to search for it. 

“Always dig to the bottom of the pile though, we rotate the old produce to the top. Usually, you can put your hand on the product and if it's not cold then it has been sitting out overnight or throughout the day.

“It doesn't mean it's bad, it's just not the best. Our policy on throwing away bad produce is complete discretion. We ask ourselves ‘Would you buy this?’. If it's anything other than ‘yes’, we pitch it.”

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