Guide to Using Your EBT Card At Aldi (Eligible + Ineligible Items)

Yes, all Aldi stores take EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) for online and in-store purchases.

However, you must know that the items to be bought must be approved or eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) otherwise known as food stamps. Aldi gives its clients the liberty to make multiple payments on one order which means that if you have a non-eligible item in your cart, you can pay for it too, although using another mode of payment.


How to Use EBT at Aldi Stores?

The first thing you should do is ensure that you have a SNAP account through your state. You will have a debit-like card and a pin when creating the account. It is recommended to always check the balance before going to the cashier to give you an idea of how much you should spend. Once done shopping, walk to your cashier and let them know that you will be using SNAP. If the amount surpasses what is on the card, you will be asked to pay the amount via cash or a separate card, hence nothing to worry about. If items bought are not eligible for EBT, you will also need to pay separately.

Can you Use EBT Online at Aldi? 

Yes. This was made possible in 2020 through a partnership made with Instacart. EBT payment on Instacart should be available in all Aldi states. Instacart does not accept EBT cash.

Instructions to Use EBT for Aldi Instacart

There are two options when you order your groceries online: either you use the Instacart app or directly shop via the Instacart Storefront.

Before shopping, you may be required to set up an Instacart account if you don’t have one. From here, you will enter your EBT card, credit, or debit card details which will be used as a means of payment. Ensure that you set aside money from your EBT or SNAP benefits. You should then designate the amount to be applied to your EBT card and click the confirmation button. Ascertain that you follow the SNAP guidelines, including having more than one payment method for non-food items. You will be required to enter your zip code which is crucial in showing whether Aldi stores are participants in the online EBT integration. You will then be directed to the place order page to ascertain the order placed is correct. If everything matches your needs, click the place order button and complete your purchase by entering your EBT PIN.

Does Aldi Accept EBT for Curbside Pickup?

Yes. It is available both in Aldi stores and when you order online.

You will be charged at least $1.99, and if an order is under $35, it costs $3.99 for pickup. However, delivery is free for people getting deliveries via Instacart Express.

Can you Pay with EBT for Aldi Delivery? 

This is not possible. You will have to pay for delivery separately using an unexpired debit card or cash.

Does Aldi Accept P-EBT? 

Yes. The U.S. government initiated it to aid its people during the Covid-19 pandemic. It treats P-EBT and SNAP benefits similarly because of the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Integrity Final Rule published in 2020.

Items you Can Buy with EBT at Aldi

Some of the items that can be purchased using the EBT cards include:

  • Juices
  • Meat
  • Bread
  • Fruits
  • Dairy products
  • Seeds and plants that produce edible food
  • Vegetables
  •  Fish
  •  Cereals
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Candy that is wrapped or in bar form

Items Not Supported with EBT at Aldi

As aforementioned, some items are non-eligible; hence, they cannot be purchased using your SNAP benefits at Aldi stores, and it is best to know beforehand. They include:

  • Baby formula
  • Alcohol
  • Live animals, excluding shellfish
  • Medicines
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hot foods
  • Pet foods

Can I Buy an Aldi Gift Card with EBT?

Yes you can. Aldi gift cards are available, and you can buy them at any time in the year. It is important to note that they cannot be purchased online; thus, check them out next time you go grocery shopping.

Does Aldi Give Cash Back with an EBT Card? 

Yes. However, this is only possible if you have your Discover or debit card at Aldi stores. Failure to do so means no cashback since the card reader won’t approve the transaction. Note that the latter accepts numerous types of payments, for example, Apple pay and cash.

Aldi Return Policy for EBT Items

The Aldi return policy is the same for EBT and non-EBT users. Despite the items they sell being high quality, some are backed by the Twice As Nice Guarantee, while others have a manufacturer’s limited warranty. As a result, if any of their products fail to satisfy you, they can replace it or give you a money refund. However, you will have to return any unused product and packaging to the local Aldi store manager. Let the receipt accompany the product, but if it’s lost, you will get an Aldi Merchandise Credit gift card, an equivalent of the item’s retail price. Note that a receipt ascertains that you get the total price refund; therefore, keeping this in mind is crucial if you are fond of throwing them away, keeping this in mind is vital. Ensure to read the warranty card or instruction manual as it entails everything you need to know about making a warranty claim.


Aldi supports EBT payments, making it a perfect store for people of all incomes. Perhaps this is the sign you have been waiting for to have EBT. You can be sure of one thing, though; it is not a waste of time.

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