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No quarter? No problem! Try this Aldi cart hack

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

Don’t you just hate it when you pull up to your local Aldi and can’t find a quarter to rent the shopping cart?

Unless another shopper who is finished loading their trunk is gracious enough to give you their cart, you have to run into the store to make change.

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Well, no more!

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Check out this Aldi buggy key hack

While shopping the discount grocer this weekend, I saw a man use a standard-size key in lieu of a quarter to rent the cart. This was the first time I’ve ever seen such a thing.

His hack didn’t hurt the cart because the key was almost exactly the same size and shape as a quarter — but I quickly realized it could save other shoppers a bit of time and trouble if you’re like me.

I can’t tell you the number of times pulling up to Aldi that I’ve had to rummage around my vehicle looking under floor mats and even behind kids’ car seats for an errant quarter that slipped away.

Now that I know this hack, I’ll never have to do that again.

One thing I should note that’s specific to Aldi’s cart system: When you’re ready to checkout, there’s a rolling system in place at the German grocer that moves so quickly, it’s easy to lose track of your original cart.

Typically, you enter the start of the checkout lane with your cart. But here’s the tricky part: Your groceries get loaded after they’re scanned by the cashier into a cart that belonged to the shopper before you. Likewise, the cashier will use your cart to load up the groceries of the customer who comes after you.

So you definitely don’t want to use an important house key for this hack — otherwise you’ll probably walk out of the store without realizing your key is missing until it’s too late.

That’s why this hack, if you want to try it, is best done with one of those old throwaway keys that you abandoned in the utility drawer of your kitchen. You know, the ones that you have no idea what they unlock…