Originally posted on May 30, 2022 @ 4:47 am
As well as being popular for its affordable prices on groceries and other household items, Aldi has also gained recognition for its commitment to offering healthy dining options through its store-brand products. By 2016, for cash only, Aldi has expanded its payment options to make its stores more accessible to families looking for good food at great prices.
All Aldi stores charge EBT in addition to major credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. Aldi also accepts online SNAP / EBT cards for delivery and curbside pickup through its partnership with Instacart in 37 states. However, you cannot use your EBT card to pay Instacart delivery and service fees.
Aldi makes it even easier to get the things you need and maximize your benefits with their multiple payment options. This article will cover everything you need to know about the use of SNAP / EBT benefits in Aldi.
Does Aldi Accept EBT Online?
In October 2020, Aldi became the first grocery store to accept EBT for online payments through a partnership with Instacart. Aldi accepts SNAP / EBT cards online for delivery and curbside pickup options and has extended the service to over 1700 stores.
When shopping for groceries online with your EBT card, you can choose to shop directly on Aldi’s Instacart Storefront or the Instacart app.
If you don’t already have an Instacart account, you’ll be asked to set up one before purchasing. At checkout, you will be able to enter both your debit and credit card information as well as your EBT card number.
You can set up a payment with your EBT / SNAP benefits and you will be provided with a detailed receipt and payment details. Aldi’s partnership with Instacart makes online grocery shopping easier and more accessible than ever.
How to Use EBT at Aldi
It’s easy to use your EBT card to check out at your local Aldi store. When making personal purchases, this process is similar to using any debit or bank card. Once your grocery is finished, swipe your EBT card at their payment terminal, select EBT as your payment method, and then enter your PIN when prompted.
When paying with an EBT card to use your SNAP benefits for delivery or curbside pick-up orders, you will be making your purchase through integration with Aldi’s Instacart.
Once you place your order and choose pickup or delivery, simply click the green checkout button to enter your delivery address and payment information.
Here are the steps for checking out through Instacart using your EBT card for payment.
- Enter your delivery address
- Enter a credit or debit card number (this is to ensure payment for items that are not eligible for EBT)
- Enter your EBT card information
- You can now use the edit feature to assign the amount to be applied to your EBT card
- Click the Confirm Payment Method button
- You’ll be taken to the Place Order Page to confirm all your information is correct
- Click Place Order
- Enter your EBT PIN number to complete your purchase
What Can You Buy With EBT?
USDA is very clear about what can be purchased with SNAP. Your EBT card can be used to buy foods, food-growing seeds, and non-alcoholic beverages. Fruits, vegetables, bread, cereals, meat (including poultry and fish), dairy products, baby food, formula, and snack foods can all be purchased with SNAP / EBT.
SNAP, a supplementary nutrition assistance program, is a government program that helps provide food to people in need. Your SNAP benefits are distributed to you on your EBT card, which can be used at partner grocers like Aldi, either in-store or to purchase approved grocery items online.
Food stamps or SNAP/EBT benefits cannot be used to purchase:
- Any alcoholic beverage (beer, wine, or liquor)
- Vitamins or supplements
- Food that is hot when purchased (like pre-made hot bar items)
- Cleaning supplies
- Pet food
- Any other non-food items
If you are ever unsure about what your SNAP benefits will cover, you can visit the USDA website.
Does Aldi Accept WIC?
Currently, Aldi accepts EBT payments both in-store and online. However, they do not accept WIC for any of their locations or for online orders. According to Aldi, they are not eligible to participate as retailers because most of their inventory is in-store brands and not national brands.
WIC (Women, Infants) is a special extension of the SNAP program offered by the USDA.
In addition to the benefits you get from Food Stamps, WIC provides nutritional supplements to help pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age through a variety of services and supplements in their diet. Designed to provide food.
In order to be eligible for WIC, you must meet these requirements:
- You must be a pregnant, breastfeeding, or non-breastfeeding postpartum woman, infant, or child under the age of 5. (Sole providers of a child or infant care may be considered)
- Your pre-tax income must be at or below 185% of the U.S poverty income level.
- You must live in the state in which you are applying for WIC
- You must be facing a nutrition risk (an assessment will be performed by a health professional)
You can visit the USDA website to determine if you are eligible for WIC. In addition, you can find your local WIC office and learn more about your state’s program by visiting Benefits.gov.
What Can You Buy with WIC?
Like EBT, WIC can be used to buy food. However, unlike EBT, WIC-eligible foods must also meet FDA standards for nutritional value identification. For example, grains should not contain more than 28 milligrams of iron per 100 grams of grains and 21.2 grams of sugar per 100 grams of grains. States do not need to allow all eligible meals for WIC benefits.
Some of the foods that are eligible to purchase with WIC benefits are:
- Infant formula
- Infant fruits and vegetable
- Breakfast cereals
- Whole wheat bread and whole grains
- Canned fish
- Mature legumes
A complete list of WIC-eligible foods and FDA standards is available on the USDA website. You can access the State Directory to check which items are approved for WIC benefits in your state.
What Payment Methods Does Aldi Accept?
Until 2016, Aldi only accepted cash and debit cards as payments. Since then, Aldi has expanded its payment options to include all major credit cards, debit cards, EBT, SNAP, Aldi Gift Cards, and all contactless payment methods including Apple Pay and Google Pay. Aldi does not accept checks or WICs as a form of payment.
All of these payment methods are accepted at all Aldi locations and can be used online for pickup or delivery via Instacart.
With their low prices, healthy dining options, and the ability to pay for your groceries in so many easy ways, it’s no surprise that Aldi is one of the toughest competitors in the ongoing grocery competition.
Is Aldi Cheaper Than Walmart?
Aldi has grown in popularity to some extent due to its low prices and healthy eating options. For most items, Aldi’s prices are cheaper than Walmart’s. For the second year in a row, Aldi was ranked number one in terms of price in the 2020 grocery edition of the Dunn Humbi Retail Price Index.
Both Aldi and Walmart boast low-cost and high-quality domestic brands. However, Aldi is known for its customer satisfaction, commitment to healthy eating options, and affordable prices.
Below are some everyday items and their prices at the two stores at the time of writing. We are using their respective store brands for comparison.
|Item||ALDI Price||Walmart Price|
|1 Dozen Eggs||$1.39||$1.26|
|1 Gallon Milk||$3.15||$3.00|
|Spinach||$1.65/8oz bag||$2.26/6oz bag|
|Bread (White Bread)||$0.95||$0.88|
Prices will vary from place to place. Although you can find some items at Walmart at lower prices, overall, Aldi has more items at lower prices.
Aldi makes access to healthy and affordable food easier than ever. With the option to pay online and in-store with EBT / SNAP, more and more families will benefit from the Aldi Shopping experience regardless of their social and economic status.
Using your EBT card in Aldi stores is as easy as swiping a debit card. In addition, Aldi’s partnership with Instacart makes it easy to use your EBT card for online orders.