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15 Things to Buy at ALDI (& Five to Avoid)

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There’s a budget grocery phenomenon that’s slowly been taking over the United States, to the tune of 8,000 new stores in just a few short years.  But the reality is that ALDI is actually not a new store–for over 100 years, ALDI stores have committed to providing low-priced groceries. I nearly fell off my chair when I found out they were that old—but it’s true, ALDI was founded in 1913 in Germany.

Shopping at ALDI is a unique experience. It certainly isn’t your big, coupon-friendly, buy-everything-on-your-list grocery store. Some of ALDI’s quirks (like needing a quarter for your cart) may be intimidating to a first-time shopper. But, once you’re in the door and see the prices, you’ll be convinced!

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The first of several great–really great–things about ALDI is their double guarantee. If you don’t like a product or if you don’t find it up to your satisfaction, you can take it back and they’ll refund your money AND give you a new item. Another bonus? ALDI recently announced they’ve removed all artificial ingredients from their products. If you’re concerned about partially hydrogenated oils, synthetic colors and added MSG, this should come as a big relief.

ALDI takes an innovative, low-overhead approach to business that allows them to offer big savings to their customers. You won’t see a lot of employees straightening up the aisles, bagging your groceries, and stocking shelves. Everything is on the floor on pallets to allow for quick restocking and rotation. Big yellow signs above the pallets list the prices.

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You may also notice most of the stores are much smaller than an average grocery store and follow a similar layout; this makes them easier to maintain. Their advertising is minimal, so they only issue their ALDI flyer two weeks before sales, but it’s a great planning tool for your trip. Use the ALDI app to download ads, make a shopping list, and find the nearest store.

Remember what I said about bringing a quarter for a cart? Well, their cart-return system is another way they keep a low overhead. It requires a quarter “deposit” when you take your cart out of the line. Simply put your quarter in the slot and the cart will release. When you finish, return your cart and you’ll get your quarter back. This way, the store saves on employees’ time retrieving carts from the parking lot.

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ALDI doesn’t take coupons or credit cards, so you’ll have to plan ahead. Bring your rock bottom price list with you when you go, so you can be sure you’re truly getting the best deal. ALDI carries a few of its own brands and these are where you’ll usually find the best bargains. Purchases on toiletries and brand-name items are often cheaper in a traditional store with a coupon.

One more thing—when you see the checkout lines, don’t despair! A lot of the time, lines look long and congested, but here’s yet another way ALDI is different. Their products offer barcodes in several places, which means cashiers can quickly zap your products through. It’s a sight to see—they’re super-fast!

You might also notice there are no baggers. If you don’t want to pay for sacks, you’ll need to bring your own. After you check out, there’s an area beyond the registers where people get their items together and pack them up for the journey home. This front end is another area that can appear congested as people bag and box their own groceries.

So, with all these quirks—is the shopping experience a trip worth making? If you’re looking at your bottom line—yes. Groceries at ALDI are undeniably cheaper. Not every single item, of course, but if you do a little planning ahead and make wise choices, you can save yourself a bundle! Once you see the prices, I promise you’ll be hooked!

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15 Great ALDI Finds

1. Fresh Meat Specials

While I’m not a big meat eater, my family does enjoy meat meals from time to time. Each Wednesday ALDI offers a special “Fresh Meat Special Buy.” Some weeks it’s brisket, some weeks it’s chicken breasts ($1.89 a pound!!), but usually it’s top cuts of meat at really low prices. These are great choices for planning freezer meals and doing your weekly meal planning.

A word to the wise—these specials go FAST. Prepare to make the trip on Wednesday because the cuts often come in limited amounts and once the specials are gone, they’re gone.

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2. Canned Broth

ALDI’s Chef’s Cupboard (regular) or Fit & Active (low sodium) cans of broth are between $.49 and $.69 a can; these prices can’t be beat! They offer a veggie broth in their Fit & Active line and comparable products can be priced at $1.49 and up per can.

Their canned broths are also flavorful and a great pantry staple to keep on hand. I often stock up on several cans when I’m there.

3. Almond Milk

Depending on where you shop and whether you have coupons, regular milk can be found for a little cheaper at other grocery stores. Though ALDI’s $.99 gallon of regular milk is priced pretty darn well, their almond milk is $2.49 or less, which is great buy. It can be over a dollar more at many other stores. They also offer soymilk for a similar price and occasionally they carry coconut milk as well.

4. Yogurt

ALDI offers many varieties of yogurt and dairy products. The Friendly Farms Moo Tubes are their brand take on the popular yogurt-in-a-tube kids’ snack. They even carry kefir, a drinkable yogurt. The regular snack-sized Fit & Active line of nonfat yogurts are $.39-.49 each, and come in fun flavors like Apple Turnover and Boston Cream Pie. They’re creamy and don’t have a fake aftertaste like some flavored yogurts.

5. String Cheese

Great for kids’ lunches or a little protein kick in the middle of the day, a low-fat string cheese pack comes in 12-stick packs for around $2.69. Their cheese selection is worth checking out, particularly the soft or specialty cheeses they offer around the holidays. Their brick cheese tends to be a little pricier and the shredded cheese has received mixed reviews online. I haven’t tried it personally, but they add cornstarch to keep it from caking, which apparently can also cause it to burn easily.

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6. Red Hot Deals (in the center of the store)

Each week ALDI offers a “Red Hot Deal” theme in the center of the store. If the theme is picnicking, you might find grilling utensils, paper plates and coolers paired with chips, buns and condiments. Another week it might be a back-to-school theme with school supplies, lunchboxes, and easy, fun snack foods.

Whatever the theme, it’s worth paying attention to. Very good deals on outdoors items, tailgating supplies, and other fun household buys are often found in this area of the store. Use the ad cycle that comes out two weeks in advance to discover if any of the Red Hot Deals fulfill your family needs, and plan accordingly.

7. Organics

In the last few years, ALDI started to offer a wider selection of USDA Certified Organic items. If you’re looking for organic options, keep an eye out for their SimplyNature brand foods. Popular items include lettuce, spinach, frozen berries, milk, and grain-fed beef. These items are free of additives, most are organic, and they come in much lower prices than a health food store or Whole Foods.

Their fruit squeezes and twists are lunchbox favorites and they’re made without artificial sweeteners or preservatives. At under $2.50 a box, they’re a great way to send your kids to school with something you can feel good about.

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8. Gluten-Free Items

The liveGfree brand is yet another offering that’s worth checking out, especially if you’re watching gluten or have someone with a gluten sensitivity in your household. Their Southwest Veggie stuffed sandwich is an easy grab-and-go lunch item at $2.69—a full $2 cheaper than similar gluten-free products at the grocery store.

They also offer crackers, cookies, pretzels and baking mixes. At under $3 per box it’s worth it to stock up on a couple items just to have them on hand. Even if no one in your house is gluten-sensitive, it can be handy to have something to offer guests with dietary restrictions.

9. Salad Dressing

The Specially Selected brand offers several gourmet items at prices that beat the non-gourmet version at other stores. They have salsa, cookies, and my favorite—salad dressings. They offer several vinaigrette options (the raspberry is to die for!) with restaurant-quality taste. You’d pay much higher prices for these dressings in the refrigerator section of your grocery store.

10. Frozen Jumbo Shrimp & Seafood

Frozen seafood items are usually a good buy at ALDI. The frozen jumbo shrimp are always a bargain. Don’t bother with the other sizes of shrimp though, they aren’t worth the price compared to their weight. The frozen salmon portions and tilapia fillets are also a few dollars less than your average grocery store.

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11. Produce

A word on the produce: much of the ALDI produce is a good buy, but use common sense. They package a lot of the produce together, so look carefully at the package to ensure everything looks up-to-par and in good condition. Items rotate frequently and I often find really great prices on tropical fruit like pineapple, kiwi, and even mango. Most of the veggies are pretty cheap too. You’ll get a better deal on fruits like apples and oranges if you buy in bulk, but occasionally you’ll find a good price at ALDI. I’ll admit though, their bananas are not usually a great buy or they’re already past their prime.

I added produce to this list because much of what I’ve read about ALDI produce is that it’s their weak spot. I don’t necessarily find this to be true. The selection is often decent and you can usually find a bargain, so it’s not something to skip over.

12. Choceur, Moser Roth, and Specialty Chocolate

The regular chocolate chips and baking chocolate are so-so. They’re passable for cookies, but not great. But good news—they have a wonderful selection of specialty chocolate! These bars are delicious and often European chocolates (read: no wax and creamy amazing texture). I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone twice—give their chocolate bars a try.

13. Canned Goods

The canned veggies are such a great deal at ALDI. It’s hard to beat $.49-$.69 per can. In my opinion the majority of canned veggies taste pretty similar and it’s hard to discern a big difference by brand. ALDI’s selection has the same specialty options you’d find in name brands, including crushed tomatoes with garlic and oregano and low sodium options. I know canned food isn’t always ideal, but for pantry storage items like beans, tomato sauce and other staples, this is the place to fill your shelves!

14. Baking Supplies

I like to bake from scratch, but I know there are people who rely on a mix. And if kids are in the picture, having a few boxes of mixes on hand gives little ones a chance to test their culinary skills. If you’re cooking from scratch, baking staples like flour and sugar will be cheaper in a bulk store. But ALDI has a lot of great options for smaller-quantity items like baking powder and cornstarch.

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15. Frozen Veggies

Edamame? Sweet peas? White corn? ALDI has them! Even though they don’t have the vast row of frozen veggies your local supermarket boasts, they definitely have a wide range that can easily fill in for fresh vegetables and fill out any dish. I like to keep bags of frozen veggies on hand to bulk up a dish that needs a healthy addition or so I can slip an extra handful in a meal as a side.

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5 Items to Avoid at ALDI

Not every item at ALDI is a don’t-miss item. As I said before, you aren’t likely to find everything on your list. There’s usually only one version of most items, so you won’t have the wide selection you’re used to at your everyday store. I’ve found a few items don’t make the cut, even if they’re priced cheaper.

1. Chips

Chips aren’t healthy to begin with, so we don’t buy them often anyway. I’ve found it always seems like there’s only half a bag of chips once you get ALDI chips open. I know there’s some natural settling, but they’re also usually broken and lackluster as far as chips go. If chips are on the table, it usually means there’s a party and at a party you don’t want to find you only have enough chips to fill half your bowl.

2. Coffee

ALDI’s coffee seems to make both the “don’t pass up” and the “pass up” lists. It’s reasonably priced at $4.99 a package, but if you’re even a little bit of a coffee snob, you’ll want to leave it on the shelf. If you’ve already given up your Starbucks trips to save money and you’re brewing your cuppa at home, do yourself a favor and spend an extra buck or two on a decent bag of coffee.

3. Paper Goods

Toilet paper, paper towels and napkins are good deals at ALDI, but if you’re a coupon shopper you already know how to save big on these items. If you’re stacking coupons for name brand paper goods, you’ll save more shopping somewhere else.

4. Dough

Pillsbury crescents, biscuits, and cookie dough regularly go on sale and are frequent coupon-friendly items. ALDI offers their own brand of these refrigerated pre-made dough items, but frankly, they aren’t as good. Not only that, but you’ll probably pay more without a coupon for the ALDI brand than you would at the grocery store with a coupon for the name brand.

5. Cereal

This is, again, a coupon issue. You can find great deals on cereals when you buy in bulk or when they go on sale, which is often. The ALDI brand cereal tastes about the same as regular cereals, but there isn’t a huge selection, and you can find other, better items on sale and with a coupon elsewhere

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So what about you? ALDI products and deals can vary from store to store. What ALDI items are a great deal in your area? I don’t go through a lot of gum, but everyone says they have the best prices on gum near the checkout. We’ve also heard good things about their spices. Tell me your thoughts if you’ve tried them! 

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260 Comments

  1. November 16 at 08:27AM

    My grandparents would shop at Aldi all the time so I’ve always known about them, but didn’t really shop there as an adult until the past few years. I buy canned goods and some produce there, but my two favorite things are their brownie mix and pasta sauce. I’ve yet to find any brand I like better and the cost can’t be beat. It’s a win-win!

    • Anonymous
      January 12 at 11:30PM

      I also love both of these items

    • Charles
      September 10 at 05:20PM

      I like the idea of a quarter deposit for a cart. It gives people incentive not to leave it where it can roll and damage a car. I lot of times at Aldi, people will give you their cart for a quarter or nothing if they were going to return it anyhow. I had a cart roll into the side of my car once so you can probably see why I wish people would put them back or at the very least place it somewhere it will not roll away. You would be surprised how fast a cart rolls on a windy day or down a hill.

      • Eric Smith
        November 5 at 08:59PM

        I’ve seen the wind send a cart rolling at such a high speed that it could inflict great damage. Its an amazing thing to see. I don’t think a person could cause the kind of damage as this tremendous force. Not just damage to a parked car, but also to people.

    • Phyl
      September 25 at 11:28AM

      The brownie mix is the best that I have found..love it too!

      • Phyl
        September 25 at 11:33AM

        I also buy bananas at Aldis…I dehydrate them so when Aldis has overripe ones I will get 10-20 lbs at a time. Family loves them!

        • Maureen
          November 23 at 01:36PM

          I just bought bananas at Aldi’s and they smell mildewy

    • Sad
      October 5 at 04:00PM

      Disappointing … Aldi’s is starting to charge produce by the pound. I saw it in my store today with grapes, tomatoes and bananas.

      • October 29 at 09:04PM

        They have always charged by the pound. Grapes are .99 and the bag is 2 lbs for $1.99. No price change.

    • Janet
      January 14 at 11:33PM

      I love Aldis but why did they stop sailing original friendly farm creamer

    • ARTHUR YOUNG
      March 1 at 08:24AM

      I love Aldi! I’m a vegan, on a fixed income, and honestly, I cannot normally afford to shop anywhere else. There products are first rate. I’m also a classically trained chef, so it goes without saying that I am extremely discerning. I read labels, and that’s vital for any shopper! It can be hectic at times, but WELL worth the trip. The produce is very good quality, and mostly packaged, but ALWAYS less expensive than the competition. As a vegan. I must have a sizeable quantity of vegetables fruits, and nuts. I just could not do better in the chain grocers her in Saint Louis. I am grateful that I have the Aldi option! It seems that each time I go, generally 2-3 times each month, there is a new discovery. I am not a “couponer,” but I once was, and snubbed Aldi in favor of those big grocers. I was stupid! Their own label products have no artificial ingredients, or funky colors thst cause cancer. Pasta, is exactly the same as store brands, including Walmart. Aldi’s distribution network getd some of those brands from huge manufacturers that do store brands on the same lines as many other grocery chains. Just know that going in! Rolled oats is mostly the same as Quaker…rolled oats(most of the time) is rolled aats! You know? It’s all about logic, and the intended purpose of the final product you prepare. For instance: it doesn’t make sense to use more expensive, fresh, cut tomatoes in a soup, just use canned tomatoes, unless you’re too snooty!

      They’ve added a lot of high-end products as well. I can get a coconut spread(butter substitute), my almond milk, beans, organic Italian extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, chia seeds, and on, and on! It’s easy to find salt-free diced tomatoes, and stock. Quinoa can easily be double the $2.99 price tag in other stores. I get seasonal goodies in various places throughout the store, that are often far superior to what can be had in a supermarket, and comparable to something you’d see at Whole Foods. The snack crackers, European chocolates, kalamata olives, and lately even things like a really great flatbread, pita, even baguettes, and THAT is the hook; REALLY great quality, at incredulous prices! I live alone, and shop very carefully. I can easily get all my grocery staples, and the majority of my fresh produce for the most of the month, for $100!

      I am an environmental advocate, and bring my own bags as a matter of course. They do have VERY GOOD, nicely large fabric shopping bags for purchase, but many folks seek out the big bins of readily availble cardboard boxes to carry their loot home. Bring your bags, save trash! If I still ate meat, and animal products, I’d could find incredible bargains! They are a model of efficiency in action, and their employees are fast, friendly and do every task in the well-run store. If you’re old enough to have enjoyed the quintessential neighborhood grocery; you will certainly remember that everyone working in those places, multi-tasked. The same concept applies to Aldi, albeit that their employees are decently paid, WITH good fringe benefits, health insurance(long before a mandate). They work hard, are paid well, and are extremely helpful, because each employee knows every square inch of that store, and its contents. It’s as it ought to be!

      Try it! They’re rapidly expanding, and I recently noticed that they have moved into California in a big way. I forgot to mention that they also carry a great line of reasonably priced wines, and very fine German beers too. Oh, when you get the hang of it; you too will be a convert! How they pack all of the greatest food in that smaller space, I will never know! But man, I’m a huge fan!

      Thanks for reading.

      AH Young
      Saint Louis, MO

      • Sylvia bouye-roberson
        March 1 at 08:58PM

        What do you think about Aldi Pizza…have you tried it and is the chesse real

        • Judy
          May 19 at 10:33PM

          It is not good. Had to throw it out.

        • Kay
          May 20 at 04:43PM

          Really good, actually! I get the spinach and goat cheese pizza and it is my favorite store pizza I’ve ever had to be honest. It’s just soooo good! <3

  2. Anita
    November 16 at 08:42AM

    ALDI has special deals in Germany, too. And sometimes they sell clothes. And I can tell you, they are very low quality.
    Don’t buy clothes at ALDI.

    • Jack Alemian
      August 31 at 02:08AM

      Aldi is a typical German system store i.e what we have you take …do not ask for more. For example the other day I asked the Manager in one store about the 20% Tea Tree oil which disappeared from all their stores. So he said all oils comes mixed in a box so in the mean time if I want oil I can take Eucalyptus oil but no tea tree oil.!!!!!

      Something else to remember dear Aussies…Aldi gets limted number of items…..imagine if Coles or Woollies were not around. yeas Aldi is Cheap but God save Coles & Woollies

      JOA

      • Sue Rayson
        February 12 at 01:39AM

        Well JOA I live in Australia too & I only shop at IGA & ALDI because with Coles & Woolworths they rip off the farmers & customers all the time ! As long as their shareholders are happy, then we should all be happy !

    • Anonymous
      September 24 at 07:47PM

      I’ve bought clothes, shoes, house accessories and saved and haven’t been disappointed

      • luci
        December 6 at 12:00PM

        me too. one completely satisfied shopper here… i detest coupons!!!

      • February 15 at 11:24AM

        I have been an ALDI shopper for the last two years when ALDI arrived in my suburban Philadelphia area. I have bought many non-food items and been totally satisfied with them. This past summer, as I was outfitting my twins for college, ALDI had a Dorm section which rivaled the selection at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond for many items, and everything was a lot cheaper. It seems that whenever I say to myself – “I really need x” – I walk into ALDI and they have it! Just recently, my Crock-Pot broke and I thought “wouldn’t it be nice if ALDI had those today?” I was taking my son back to his dorm and we stopped there to stock up on his items and darned if there wasn’t their brand of crock-pot on sale? Like magic! LOL They had only 3 on the shelf and I have certainly learned that if you want it, get it because it will be gone, so I did. It was not in pretty metallic colors like the red one I bought at Kohl’s, and was a 5 quart rather than a 6 quart, but it also cost $19.99 rather than $29.99, and I have not noticed any appreciable problem with it being 1 quart less. Plus it is programmable, which my other one was not. I am an ALDI fan through and through. Cell phone power packs, charging cases, sheets, blankets, even a memory foam mattress topper, and my absolute favorite buy – shiny red vinyl rain boots, $25.00 at TJ Maxx, $9.99 at ALDI. Fan for life! Oh yeah – and the food is pretty good too!

    • Bill A
      November 7 at 06:27AM

      Fine with not buying clothes at Aldi or really most retail stores. Over the weekend, I picked up 14 shirts at a yard sale, all brand names, for $12. Now, they look great, and people at work would have no idea they are used shirts – they came clean, ironed and folded. Heck, most mens shirts sell for more than $12 for a single one! So happy to deal with people at yard sales too, no prices looks-ups ,call a manager, self-check out, and price is often liberally rounded down so getting change isn’t an issue….

    • Sabine Schmidt
      June 9 at 04:59AM

      Sorry, but I can’t share your opinion. I’m from Germany and I always buy the cloth from ALDI (South) and the quality is as good as it is at H & M, Primark,….. I do have three kids and we need a lot of sporting cloth – things get lost in Germany, too …

      Just last week I bought myselfe a pair of sandals for about 8 Dollars. They will not last for more than a season and this is not the best way for the world (Nachhaltigkeit) but if I had bought them at a boutique they would have cost a lot more and there is no garantie they would last any longer.

      Aldi (South) does have great quality. I don’t like ALDI (North) as much.

      I’m amuesed about the quater-part. In Germany, there is nosupermarket without this carts. And we have never had someone to pack our things in paper or plastic. I lives in the States for a while and those where things I really missed when I returned to Germany.

  3. Michele
    November 16 at 09:29AM

    My few of our favorite items atAldi’s are the produce, frozen chicken breast, cheese, and the products made in Germany. The windmill cookies, chocolate and other specialty/seasonal items are good quality and not over priced. The gum, cereal and crackers did not make the cut with my family.

  4. Lee Detrick
    November 16 at 09:37AM

    I have shopped at Aldi for years, and noticed a great reduction in my spending. Now that we are retired and living about 8 miles from the nearest store, we continued to do so. However, the last time we shopped there, I have come to consider changing my mind. My husband has severe back pain, along with Parkinsons disease. I have considerably back pain, and we are both elderly. That shopping trip just about laid us up for a couple days, but since we bought enough for several weeks, I don’t think we will need to go back for a while. In our small town is an independent IGA grocery store, where we can buy what we need. They have good bargains and take coupons, and so, since we aren’t eating as much as usual, I am considering small trips there just as we need things.

    • December 7 at 01:06PM

      I have back and knee problems. I found it difficult and tiring to bag my own groceries. The prices were pretty good, but with not having everything I need, and bagging my own items, it’s not worth it. I like Sprouts; they have a better selection, their prices are good and they bag it for you.
      Aldi is a good concept, just not for me. But worth a try for sure.

  5. Michele
    November 16 at 10:21AM

    You have some great tips but have failed to either notice or mention the fact that none of Aldi’s produce is sold per lb. It is all sold per bunch or per piece. Therefore, bananas are usually sold at 44 cents per bunch vs. the over priced 49 cents per lb. usually found at grocery stores. I’m not sure how you don’t consider that “a great buy”. Furthermore you mentioned couponing for brand name cereals. What you failed to mention was that those brands are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. Aldi does not use those items in their cereals or their breads making $1.69 a box of cereal and $.89 a loaf of bread an amazing deal! Their block cheese may be “more expensive” but the imported cheeses are from countries who have outlawed GMOs and do not use hormones on their cows or goats for milk production. By the USDA standards that would make them better than organic. Not so pricey when you look deeper.

    • Anonymous
      November 16 at 02:23PM

      I agree! Most people don’t realize organic In the U.S. Is essentially the same as a conventionally produced food from
      Europe, only much cheaper!

      • January 6 at 01:41PM

        No it is not. Check with the FDA, Organic in the US must meet with FDA standards and have to comply to be labeled so.
        Check Consumer Reports articles on labeling.

        • Arlene Brown
          January 10 at 12:59PM

          And you trust the FDA? They reported in the 70’s that Sugar wasn’t a health risk. We all know how that policy failed

          • G
            February 2 at 02:18PM

            USDA sets the organic standards in the US, not FDA.

    • Mary
      November 16 at 08:51PM

      I’m looking at their add right now and except for 2 things, I’m seeing “per lb” prices. Not quite sure where you’re finding “by the bunch”. Maybe it’s regional, but the apples, bananas, potatoes, etc have always been by the lb at my store.

      • Julie
        November 24 at 02:15AM

        That’s interesting they sell produce by the pound. In Michigan it is sold as packaged or each. They don’t weigh anything there

        • Anonymous
          January 8 at 04:16PM

          Here they are pre-weighted. The bundles of bananas have a weight and price on the tape that holds the bundle together.

        • Anonymous
          January 10 at 12:35AM

          I work for aldi, regular bananas are sold per pound. Normally, where I live, they are 39 cents per pound. However the organic bananas are sold for $1.19 per bunch.

        • Diana Martin
          September 25 at 08:03AM

          Products are sold by the package in Tennessee also. Aldi never weigh anything.

          • Sue
            January 18 at 02:11PM

            The packages have weights on them, you just need to look for them. You’re paying by the pound.

          • Anonymous
            February 8 at 10:26PM

            I’m in Georgia and they just stared weighing some products by the lbs.

      • Demitera
        December 17 at 10:32PM

        I am a regular shopper at Aldi and have been for a some years. The veggies and produce are sold in packages and the price is based on the weight of the package. For example, in our store the bananas are $.44 per lbs but the are packaged in a bag that is about 1 pound. So if you look at it both statements are correct. They are sold per pound but they are also sold in packages (most of the fruit). Either way I love the saving we get shopping the to feed a family of 6.

      • Eleanor Lock
        January 8 at 01:45PM

        they don’t have scales at our store, so we pay a fixed price for produce.

        another great buy is cheap eggs. They are better than Walmart’s brands, use enviro-friendly egg cartons, and the last price I paid at an Aldi’s in our area was $1.08 for a dozen of extra large, extra fresh eggs from a mom and pop farm…..I especially like the fact that their eggs have scriptures on the cartons. Just an added plus for me, a Christian! But for goodness sake, don’t buy Aldi’s mayo! Yuk!

        • Nancy
          January 8 at 07:18PM

          I love Aldi’s, but I agree about the Mayo. I just couldn’t get it down.

        • Anonymous
          January 26 at 03:20AM

          I was pleasantly surprised and pleased when I saw the scriptures in their egg cartons too! Makes me want to buy them even more because everytime I get an egg I read the scripture and smile.

          • Anonymous
            June 16 at 06:12PM

            Eggs are only 79 cents a pound here in west palm beach Florida !

            • Anonymous
              June 16 at 06:12PM

              Oops !! I didn’t mean pound I meant to type a dozen!!

              • Manny
                July 17 at 04:36PM

                Alabama

                Milk $0.89

                • Anonymous
                  October 30 at 01:27PM

                  Milk .79 gal. And eggs .39 doz. at Longview, TX. Drive from from Tyler to Longview every week but new store is opening in Tyler in couple weeks. Can’t wait. Love, love Aldis

            • Lee
              December 7 at 06:25PM

              The little mom and pop store I had mentioned often has eggs for 59 cents. And they also have a deli with homemade salads, cheese, and a bakery brings cakes and cookies. One thing I appreciate is that teenage boys carry my bags out to my car. And if someone can’t get out, they call in their order and someone delivers to their home. There are a lot of senior citizens live in the area and need this kind of service.

          • Flooby
            June 17 at 01:34PM

            Isn’t it a conflict when you make deviled eggs?

        • Anonymous
          October 2 at 04:20PM

          We buy the Light Mayo at our Somerset, KY store. We like it! But I’ve found other Aldi’s have never had it.

          • Kathy
            February 2 at 02:00PM

            There are very few things that I pass up at Aldi… I agree with the cereal and their cream cheese is not great… most everything else is fabulous.They sell Dukes mayo at our s in stores in pa and it is very good! Also the dark roast coffee is good as well… LOVE LOVE AlDI! I love how you can go and find new stuff everyweek… lots of selection of cheese, humus, this week I found cucumber/dill greek yogurt for chicken gyros….. I got four huge bags of fresh goodies and MEAT for under 60 bucks I’LL take it! Our grocery store would have been double if not more!!

            • February 15 at 11:34AM

              You are right about the coffee. I forgot to mention that in my earlier comment. I am pretty much a coffee snob and if you get the right blends, they are absolutely fine. The Medium Roast and the Dark Roast are excellent, and if you buy Keurig, you can’t go wrong – $4.49 for a box which would cost $8.00 or $9.00 in Giant. They also have seasonal blends like caramel creme or pumpkin spice which are pretty good as well. I also like their teas – English Breakfast which is really excellent, Herbal Peppermint and Herbal Lemon and Ginseng hit the spot as well. Their Brioche rolls and sliced Brioche bread are a staple with us, along with the Croissants and Breakfast Breads – cinnamon crunch, apple fritter, and pumpkin cobbler. The Breakfast Biscuits (they are comparable to Belvita) are favorites. My husband loves their trail mix bars and my kids are fans of the Evolution protein bars and the pastry crisps, which are exactly like Kellogg’s.

    • Anonymous
      January 9 at 10:53PM

      I prefer the cheeses because of the non-GMO factor.

    • Anonymous
      February 10 at 06:44AM

      Very good point!

    • Anonymous
      February 19 at 07:32AM

      Great response!

      • Heidi
        January 24 at 08:38PM

        This store is so Famous in Germany .Love Aldi❤️And thank you to the Brothers Who own Aldi and Trader joe

    • Jessica Forsman
      May 11 at 04:10PM

      Right on!

    • Leslie Miller
      July 25 at 05:42PM

      Agreed!! New fan!!

    • KB
      October 15 at 11:37AM

      I was about to mention this! I buy tons of Aldi cereal because there is no HFCS and they use no synthetic colors so they are all plant based.

    • Anonymous
      December 22 at 03:48PM

      You are right.. the price is reasonable and the cereal isn’t loaded with sugar. I buy the bran flakes and they are perfect and very healthy.

      • Kitty Nelson
        January 12 at 11:17AM

        Their raisin bran and shredded wheat is very reasonable and good. Their whole wheat bread is much cheaper than elsewhere. I also find their frozen garlic toast just as good as name brand for half the price. Shredded cheese and blocks of cheese are also cheaper.

  6. Carol
    November 16 at 10:27AM

    TOTALLY agree about the specialty chocolates! Having lived in Austria for two years and knowing what a really good milk chocolate tastes like, I can once again enjoy that same quality with these Aldi chocolates.

    I have to disagree about the coffee, though. The Keurig-compatible coffee cups (12 to a box) are very affordable. The cheapest ones, I confess, taste bland and watered down, Pay a little more for the dark roast set and the taste is so rich and wonderful. I drink at least one of these from my Keurig every morning…sometimes, with a bit of Aldi chocolate!

    • Anonymous
      November 16 at 08:12PM

      I agree the dark roast K cups are really good!!!

    • May 17 at 10:42AM

      I agree about the coffee! I am a coffee snob. Pay the extra dollar for the Fair Trade coffee and your taste buds will thank you. It is still cheaper and tastes just as good as the Fair Trade coffee I buy in the spendy stores.

    • Mrscoyote
      September 30 at 08:34AM

      The comment on the coffee can go either way. The German Specialty coffee is AWESOME while some of the others are so-so.

      • Anonymous
        December 4 at 05:50AM

        I have bought a reusable K cup insert that you fill with your own coffee and that to me seems to be the most economical option

    • Lisa Thomas
      October 10 at 03:10PM

      I disagree about the coffee as well. It is some of the best I’ve encountered and beats the mainstream brands. the K-pods, not so much, but even they are certainly comparable to any other discount brands – the dark roast K-cups being the best of the bunch, IMO. Best coffee hands down? Whole bean and ground dark roast (3.99 or 4.99/12 oz., can’t remember) is THE best, as is the German “mild” coffee (but we lived in Germany for 5 years so we like it because it takes us back in time). Guatamalan roast is good too.

  7. Gwen
    November 16 at 10:35AM

    I save so much money at Aldi! This article is right on target. And yes the coffee is not good. My husband won’t touch it. But the dairy case is fabulous and I have found the chips and crackers to be great at my store. Love the specialty flavors.

    • November 5 at 01:38PM

      Chocolate Brioche bread is delicious, I look for it often. And when i see it came in I buy a few. My kids love it. I like the prices on the french fries and the bread selection is good. I save a lot of money on the milk and cheeses and frozen veggies, I even bought a fabulous rolling walker for a patient of mine for $29.99. I will buy a few more if they come back again. They cost $120 in the medical supply stores!!The pizza dough did not rise that was disappointing.

  8. bobbi dougherty
    November 16 at 10:47AM

    I haven’t shopped there yet! But I am going to plan a trip for Wednesday (meat day, lol). I do know that the Aldi stores are owned by the brother of the Trader Joe’s stores so a lot of their items come from the same place. Apparently, their father owned both stores and split them up (maybe upon death?) If I am remembering properly, lol. The brothers could own them jointly, I can’t remember. Anyway, thanks for these great tips!

    In reference to the added sugar comment above; TJ’s does make a LOT of their products with less sugar so I would think Aldi’s would too. 🙂

    • 4redsox
      April 17 at 04:08PM

      Not true. Yes they are brothers. No they do NOT use same distributors.

      • Barbara Dougherty
        April 17 at 06:00PM

        Ok.

  9. Barb
    November 16 at 11:09AM

    I love dark chocolate! My favorite is the Moser Roth brand at Aldi. Their price on avocados was usually the best and in my area the milk prices couldn’t be beat. (They vary according to the competition in the area.) But, I recently have moved to South Dakota and there are no Aldi stores nearby. Although I love my new home state, I really miss my Aldi store! Please pass the word on to them that we really need an Aldi store here in western South Dakota! (And I miss Trader Joes too.)

    • Anonymous
      January 9 at 03:28AM

      Aldi’s is coming to Sioux Falls. The old Big Lots store on Louise across from Sams and Walmart. Can’t wait!

      • B.lou
        June 27 at 10:41AM

        I will
        Let my SD family know!

  10. Karyn
    November 16 at 11:10AM

    I disagree with the chips…1.49 for tortilla chips compared to the 2.00 for the cheapest brand at our “dent store”. I haven’t found any difference in amount/quality. I love Aldi’s, just wish we had one closer.

    • Jennifer
      November 16 at 03:32PM

      I agree! Tortilla chips for $1.19, pretzels for .99 and my recent find of kettle chips which are delicious! I also love the dairy and the bar cheese at our store is the cheapest around. Produce, you just have to be careful that it is not too “ripe” unless you use it quickly.

      • May 23 at 05:22PM

        Agree on the Kettle cooked chips, sea salt and cracked pepper. Produce can be a deal but you have to compare ads. Cereals are cheap but limited variety. Dairy is very well priced. They stand behind their products. Only complaint, bring up any discrepancies in quantities against receipt before exiting. Once we were charged for an additional item but the clerk acted as if we were trying to scam her. Was in a bad neighborhood so maybe it happens often there.

      • September 26 at 05:59PM

        I won’t buy chips anywhere else. Excellent quality and great price.

    • Bethany
      January 8 at 06:43PM

      We LOVE Aldi chips! I think all brands have little in them compared to the size of the bag, but the taste of Aldi’s brand is as good as, if not better than name brand chips!! Their “Baked Lays” equivalent is awesome! 🙂

      • Linda
        January 9 at 09:20AM

        Their Milano brand tortilla chips are the best!

  11. Eleanor Lock
    November 16 at 11:28AM

    Our goal is to all our shopping at Aldi’s…but there are some things we don’t like (small in comparison to the things we do like) such as the mayonnaise)

    the chips are great, esp. those that go with salsa…(tortilla chips) we found a special buy of the large bag of tortilla chips for 79 cts each and bought about 5 of them.

    Also, look for special buys. I bought an unusual item (one card to start) tried it and went back for more. It was fried apples, and they are lower in calories, sugar, etc. than pie filling but almost could be used for pie filling. When I had company awhile back, I dished some warm fried apples into dessert cups and topped with vanilla ice cream! simple, yet everyone loved it. I plan to make apple crisp with some of them.

    Overall, I’ve been shopping at Aldi’s (when I had a home daycare 20 yrs ago) I bought the canned veggies for 29 cts a can. Now of course, they’re higher, but they are much better than Libby’s and can hold their own with Del Monte and other brands.

    Anymore, when we go to Walmart, we pretty much stay out of the grocery dept because we get our 2% milk for $2.10 a gallon at Aldi’s, and get our eggs under two dollars a dozen. Walmart is way higher. We are retired and in our 70’s. Every dollar counts!

  12. November 16 at 11:30AM

    Great list! I’m so thankful we have an Aldi nearby that I can shop at each week, it really saves us a lot of money! I agree with your list of to buy and not to buy there. However, since I don’t have time to coupon much I usually go with their 99-cent can of biscuits. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great week! 🙂

  13. Jenn
    November 16 at 12:13PM

    We just recently got an Aldi’s in my town. My favorite item is the sea salted chocolate caramel chews. They are AMAZING!! Our store does take debit cards. The only problem is I forget they are there and end up buying everything at Walmart! Going to try and shop there first on my next trip. Thanks for the tips!

    • Donna Dodd
      August 3 at 02:04PM

      OMG – THE BEST!!!

  14. Mary
    November 16 at 12:17PM

    They have seasonal sales too. Like right now, they have spiral cut ham that is really good. I also buy the iced tea mix. Just as good as Lipton.

  15. Mel
    November 16 at 12:29PM

    I always shop Also for the produce and their orang juice ( not from concentrate) is very good. I will not buy meat there as it is fatty, also their pizza is not good. Our Aldi takes credit cards.

  16. Nicole L
    November 16 at 12:29PM

    I agree with most of this list. However in recent weeks I have started buying more cereal here. While there is not a huge variety, Aldi has done something that the major and my local store brands have now.. they have certified all of their cereals to have NO artificial ingred. That is HUGE for us. No food colors, or added synthetic preservatives is an option that I wish the “big” companies would think important enough to follow suit with.

    We also tend to buy most of our snacking and baking nuts here as I have not been able to find a better price locally on them.

  17. Michelle
    November 16 at 01:30PM

    We have shopped at Aldi for years! We love everything at Aldi, so much so that we rarely go to another store and don’t clip coupons. You’re right about the coffee, though. We tried their fair trade coffee last week and were not happy. We’ll go back to Equal Exchange. For everything else–ALDI!

  18. nadia
    November 16 at 02:40PM

    I live in Germany and everyone shops at Aldi! No matter what their economical status, and love the organic produce.

  19. Megan
    November 16 at 06:56PM

    I started shopping at Aldi after I quit my full-time job to stay home with my kids. It’s been a huge money saver for us. Once I figured out what we like and don’t like (my husband gave their cereal two thumbs down) it made grocery shopping so much easier – I can be in and out in 20 mins. I really like their Simply Natural brand and I was ecstatic when I found affordable grass fed ground beef! Our store has pretty good produce and I like their k-cups. My new routine is to get what we can at Aldi and then drive down the street to BJs to pick up the rest in bulk, like cereal. Thanks for this post! It gave me even more ideas and insight into what to look for while I’m there!! (Like chocolate!!)

  20. Kurt
    November 16 at 08:26PM

    10. Frozen Jumbo Shrimp & Seafood

    If it’s from China, no thanks.

    • Pat
      January 8 at 02:55PM

      I agree about the shrimp. I don’t buy any fish or food product from China and other Asian countries because of the way their raised or processed. That means I look at the info on every product before it goes into my basket.However, I love the savings I get from the other products I buy at Aldi.

      • Anonymous
        February 8 at 03:25PM

        Yes, I picked up some fruit in a glass jar a few years ago at Aldi.. Paid more for it than the canned, got home and realized it was from China. You do have to watch some items there as they as from China etc and I just don’t purchase those.. Other items at Aldi’s though are great. I wish they had organic free-range eggs.. I still go to a larger store for organic eggs unless I get some from a local farm..

        • Anonymous
          March 26 at 11:40PM

          They do have organic eggs now! 3.49, but still cheaper than organic eggs at the health food store.

    • Kim
      June 13 at 02:34PM

      My local Winn Dixie sells fresh not farm raised large shrimp for $9.99 lb. It is delicious it was on last the weekend for $6.69 lb. I bought 3 lbs. It is so fresh and never been frozen.

  21. Nicole
    November 16 at 08:27PM

    Love Aldi! I agree with most except for the cereal and the coffee. Cereal is a great deal and we prefer to buy fair trade coffee and my Aldi has a pkg for only $3.99! ❤️

    • Lisa Thomas
      October 10 at 03:14PM

      I disagree about the coffee as well. It is some of the best I’ve encountered and beats the mainstream brands. the K-pods, not so much, but even they are certainly comparable to any other discount brands – the dark roast K-cups being the best of the bunch, IMO. Best coffee hands down? Whole bean and ground dark roast (3.99 or 4.99/12 oz., can’t remember) is THE best, as is the German “mild” coffee (but we lived in Germany for 5 years so we like it because it takes us back in time). Guatamalan roast is good too.

      Also, I LOVE their croissants (regular size and mini)…BUT — where have they gone?? I haven’t seen them on the shelf for weeks. Why?

      Oh, and one more thing…you MUST try the peach-mango salsa if you haven’t already!

      LOVE this store!!

  22. Sue
    November 16 at 10:32PM

    I often shop at Aldi’s and mostly like the products but I just can’t get by the fact that
    the frozen veggies mostly come from the Netherlands. I live in the heartland of the US and have vegetable canneries/freezing facilities nearby. Why can’t Aldi’s with headquarters in a neighboring state have contracts for local frozen vegetables? I grow my own during the summer but during the winter, I will shop the sales at my local grocer for frozen vegs and leave the Netherland’s beans in the Aldi freezers.

    • Joe
      January 12 at 01:17PM

      I live in ireland and shop in Aldi. I’m sending this from my American iPhone, whilst an American sitcom plays on my Japanese TV
      Ah well, at least my car is European.

      • Nicole
        September 24 at 08:54PM

        Hahaha!!

    • Susan
      February 14 at 09:53PM

      That’s one of the main reasons I love Aldi’s. The Netherlands, along with, I believe, 19 other European countries, have banned GMOs, and so I am more than happy to buy Aldi’s non-USA vegetables. They also carry pasta from Germany, Spain, and Italy. Again (Thank you, Aldi’s), no GMOs. Studies have shown some very disturbing results regarding GMOs. I love, love, love all the non-GMO products I find at Aldi’s.

  23. Laura H.
    November 17 at 03:21AM

    For some of these, I think it’s a matter of taste. I’ve been shopping at Aldi for years now and do about half of my shopping there. I still do the rest at Walmart. We do buy the chips, crackers, cereal, baking supplies, can goods, frozen meat, milk, eggs, cheese, canned biscuits and breads, regular bread, paper towels, produce and several other things. There are a few things we have tried that we did not like but overall, we do not find a big difference in quality or taste. The biggest difference is in cost! I do not use coupons and their prices by far beat out anyone else without using coupons. Most of their produce is fresh, at least at our store. The one thing I do disagree with is the fish or shrimp (but I rarely buy that anywhere anymore because of this) – most of it is Farmed and from China or another country. If it is wild caught, I will buy but I always check the labels. Aldi is a great store, in my opinion!

    • Michelle
      November 17 at 12:30PM

      Their frozen salmon is an amazing deal at $3.99/lb. It is wild caught from cold pacific waters in the Northwest US.

      • Justin
        March 16 at 08:33PM

        But it says Product of China. How can they catch fish in the USA, ship it to China for processing, ship it back to the USA and sell it for less than farmed fish. If it quacks like a duck…

  24. Sarah Smith
    November 17 at 05:55AM

    Love Aldi!!
    One other item that is a Maybe Buy is brand name items they have sometimes. I’m like a lot of you and don’t buy prepackaged items but they had a killer deal on Uncle Bens rice blends that I couldn’t pass up for my emergency meal nights.

    However, if you know prices or use an app for another store to do a quick comparison, they are not always a good deal.

    Watch for and stock up on seasonal items, Cocoa is considered seasonal so stock up and pumpkin is $.89/can!!

  25. November 17 at 10:46PM

    I have recently rediscovered my love for Aldi. Especially since they have TONS of organic options. I regularly save at least $20 when I shop there when compared to regular prices at main grocers. But I have to mention.. we love their coffee. And at those prices, we can afford getting KCups as well as ground/whole bean and try new flavors often. And we consider ourselves coffee snobs! Ha! We get excited to go each week, list in hand, and often find an extra specialty item that is seasonal, but also won’t break the budget!

  26. Shari
    November 19 at 05:41PM

    I have discovered that their Clancy brand chips are identical to Frito Lay. Now I don’t eat a ton, but at half the cost of Frito Lay, it is one of the best bargains around, especially for a party. I would recommend giving them a try.

    • Lisa Thomas
      October 10 at 03:15PM

      I am addicted to the Clancey corn chips and cheese balls!

  27. Debi
    November 20 at 04:29PM

    I love Aldi, and I always go there first. But there are some ingredient issues at Aldi that you have to watch for. High Fructose Corn Syrup is in a LOT of their packaged items. Carageenan is in Almond Milk there and it is an ingredient to avoid if you can. I probably buy every organic item I find there, but the non-organic produce depends on whether it is on the clean or dirty list.

    • Kay
      May 13 at 04:52AM

      What’s wrong with carrageenan?

      I’ve seen that in the dairy-alternative milks in the “regular” stores as well, but I didn’t know it was a bad thing. :O

      • Ruth Soukup
        May 15 at 09:08AM

        Carrageenan is an additive often found in almond and coconut milk. The research is not conclusive but shows some link to intestinal and digestive problems.

        • Kay
          May 19 at 02:21AM

          Thanks! I just bought almond milk at Aldi and there is no carrageenan so I feel good about it! 🙂

  28. catherinebrown
    November 20 at 06:49PM

    I shop Aldi’s many good products.I don’t buy their meat they have been in trouble a couple of times for having horse meat in their beef.So I don’t buy meat there.

    • Kenn
      January 9 at 03:37AM

      The only Aldi’s stores found to contain horsemeat were in the UK back in 2013, and no Aldi’s outlets in the United States were affected. Additionally, the problem wasn’t limited to Aldi’s. Other vendors in Sweden and France were also affected.

      http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/aldi.asp

  29. Helena
    November 21 at 02:17AM

    Good list. One of my favorite things about Aldi is that they generally have a limited selection, which makes it easy to find what I’m looking for, make a decision, and move on.

    In item 7 in your first list, did you mean to say grass-fed beef rather than grain-fed? (Sorry, I’m an editor/proofreader, and I can’t turn off that part of my brain.)

    • January 8 at 08:06PM

      I was wondering the same thing! I’m not an editor by trade, but certainly got that gene 🙂

  30. November 21 at 07:34PM

    I have really been a fan of shopping this year as my husband and I try to make every dollar stretch. I like to cook from scratch, so I’m usually able to find most things I need.
    I only partly agree on the produce, it seems to depend on what it is. I got peaches there once, in season, and they were still terrible. That being said, hardier vegetables like carrots or celery have been fine.

  31. dpmjnm@sbcglobal.net
    November 26 at 10:35AM

    THANKS for the great Aldi information. I would take my mother shopping at Aldi’s and she would tell me I should shop there. I basically said, “Okay, mom, but ignored her advise. Today I shop at Aldi’s all the time! I don’t often buy meat there, but I’m happy to know about the Wednesday special…I’ll check that out. I use their chocolate chips all the time and my family didn’t even notice the switch from the major brands..they have consistently gone up in price, but they are still less expensive then other brands. People ALWAYS love my Aldi’s brownies. Three other things that are a great buy are the evaporated milk, pudding and cool whip…two things I use for desserts and there is no taste difference and the prices are a lot less! I KNOW my mom is saying “I told you so” from heaven!

    • Jane Anderson
      June 27 at 03:13PM

      Look out for whipped dessert toppings everywhere. They usually contain cargeenan.

  32. Bryn N
    December 4 at 03:38PM

    I lately have been shopping at Aldi’s. I do not recommend their crackers but love their baking supplies and dairy. One time I bought Chocolate Almond Mild, but they have not had it for awhile. Love, love you site, Ruth…..keep up the good work.

  33. December 4 at 08:58PM

    I buy fresh toppings such as flavor intense baby bella mushrooms, tangy green peppers and sweet onions to customize an already very respectable product. Get these pizzas while their available. Knowing Aldi, I suspect that’ll only be until the holidays are over, if not sooner.

  34. beachbum
    December 7 at 04:17PM

    My husband loves his weekly glass (or 2 😉 ) of merlot. We have been to MANY wine tastings, festivals, and wineries. Every time he says “well, it sure doesn’t beat Winking Owl” and for $2.98 a bottle I would say that’s a great find! The Winking Owl pinot grigio is pretty good also. I love their chocolate, smooth and tasty. I steer clear of any baked goods, we think they have a funky (artificial) flavor.

    • Kenn
      January 9 at 03:46AM

      I agree 100% with your wine comment. You can’t find a better tasting wine anywhere for even douple or triple the price of Winking Owl, and many of my friends agree. In addition to the Penot Grigio, I also like Winking Owl’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

  35. Bargaineer
    December 23 at 12:28PM

    Something else to think about. The time I spnd shopping matters to me, and Aldi’s strategy makes grocery shopping much quicker and simpler. First, the selection of everyday items is limited to something like 1,300 different products compared to 40,000+ in conventional supermarkets. Nobody at my table has ever questioned the quality of meals made with Aldi products. Why pay up to twice the price for basics like flour, sugar, butter, crushed tomatoes, pasta and the like? Second – something no one else has mentioned – if you’ve shopped one Aldi store, it’s quick and easy to make your way through any otherAldi! All the products are found in the same general locations, or the layout’s mirror image. For example, as you walk in the door, the enty aisle will greet you with some specials, bagged snacks, wine, nuts, cookies and crackers, baking essentials, sweet snacks, condiments and cereals – in that order. Coolers for dairy, other refigerated goods and meat can be found along the outside wall from the rear onward. Then on to the frozen coolers on the outside of the far aisle. Center aisles have the nonrefrigerated and canned groceries, baked goods, household and paper goods, produce, frozen items, and special buys. If you’re working from a list, shopping is a one-pass breeze. Regular supermarkets aim to keep you there as long as possible and sell you stuff that you had no intention of buying. Aldi works with its customers to make essential shopping quick and painless.

  36. Sharon
    January 8 at 04:50PM

    I agree with you that Aldi is a great place to save. But, you are completely wrong about the coffee, chips, and cereal. All are delicious and a great buy.

    • Michelle
      February 2 at 09:34AM

      Agree!!!!

      • Bobbo
        June 15 at 03:02PM

        The coffee is fine. The cheese is terrible…weird aftertaste for the blocks. The deluxe singles are fine.

  37. January 8 at 08:37PM

    I don’t think the cashiers in the Riverhead NY store like their jobs very much. They always seem like the customers are all such a bother.

  38. January 8 at 09:36PM

    I don’t mind the coffee! I’m happy with Aldi!

  39. Sarah
    January 8 at 10:05PM

    #7 – Organics
    The beef is grass-fed not grain fed.

  40. Tracey
    January 8 at 10:35PM

    Admittedly we’ve only been once, but we loaded up on their “LiveWell”(?) I think brand items and the first one we tried – same day – in a dish I make often was Cream of Mushroom soup. Absolutely vile, had to throw out 2lbs of chicken because the soup made it a dish nobody would touch. All the other “their brand” items we’d bought to try (as well as a few canned pasta type meals we got thinking of easy food for our teens to self-prepare) — all of it went to the local food pantry (except the soup, we tossed those!! Not food!!). Huge waste of money we thought.. Maybe we missed something?

    • Cyndi
      February 5 at 11:50PM

      Similar experience for us as well. Can’t seem to figure out how everyone can find great deals when the food isn’t that good.

  41. Nicholas
    January 8 at 10:58PM

    I have hand-made the Specially Selected dressing’s for a couple of year’s now.
    The garlic,house,three cheese and raspberry along with the pasta sauce’s.
    Seeing that people prefer them over other brands and enjoying them is a big compliment.

  42. Jen
    January 9 at 05:17AM

    Have to respectfully disagree with ALL of the author’s negative points for my local (WI) Aldi store. Although I do make a couple trips a year to a bulk amish store for baking staples and mix up jars of dry pancake&muffin ingredients to have handy when the kids want to bake; typically, if Aldi’s doesn’t have it we don’t need it. Employees are paid well&much more friendly than commercial stores. We appreciate the organic/natural foods at reasonable prices and no complaints re:quality/value.

  43. Rachel
    January 9 at 10:52PM

    Aldi is pretty much the only place I shop for groceries. I love the cheese/dairy section. I cannot find goat cheese or other specialty cheeses as cheap as Aldis anywhere. The only thing I wish our local store would add is whole wheat flour. I do not use white enriched flour for anything, so I have to go to another store for that. But usually after I say something to anyone about what I would like to see at Aldi it eventually shows up there.

    • April 22 at 12:21AM

      Evelyn Parker I wish you would stock apple pie filling all the time. We love shopping at Aldi but lately can’t fine it, so I ask someone working there and they tell me they done carry it always. Sure wish you would start stocking it on a regular basis.

  44. Anonymous
    January 10 at 12:03AM

    Hello,
    We have a great Aldi’s near our house which is convenient and dangerous because I can get there easily and then I spend money. The things that I feel are good buys are eggs – right now $1.85 a dozen while they are over $3 a dozen in the other stores. I also buy milk there. Usually I check the flyers of nearby stores for deals ; I shop at Aldi first and I shop at the other store that runs specials and uses coupons for the items I can’t get cheaper at Aldi.

    • cat
      December 30 at 07:49AM

      That’s my strategy also. And I feel like Aldi is the Dollar Store of food because the prices are so reasonable and it feels like everything is squashed together visually in the store similarly to a Dollar Tree store. But I don’t feel nearly as badly if I over buy a bit at Aldi because it is food and is same quality as other stores. Food is food and will get consumed no matter what. I cannot say the same for all Dollar Tree items.

  45. Lori
    January 10 at 05:48AM

    I have to disagree on the chips. I think their flavored chips are the best off brand I have ever had. There is plenty of flavor on each chip and I have not had a problem with them being all broken. I go there specifically to buy milk and chips and produce. Best prices on produce I have found.

    • Michelle
      February 2 at 09:33AM

      Agree!!!!

    • Anonymous
      April 2 at 12:24PM

      Agree on the chips. The Clancy’s brand is as good as any…and much cheaper!

  46. Phyllis
    January 10 at 02:36PM

    I only go to Aldi’s at Christmas time to see the German selections. I have always wondered where their meats come from so would never buy it. Also, where do their canned foods come from? Overall, this column was helpful.

  47. January 10 at 05:50PM

    We shop Aldi’s first, then Meijers across the street at 2 locations, each 30 minutes from our residence. The 2 stores are similar, but prices on some items vary. The employees are both friendly and helpful…also work hard/fast. Both accept debit cards, but not credit. Personal taste varies, as noted by above entries. I eat almost exclusively their frosted flakes with granola. You need to shop by personal preference, but we buy 75% of our groceries there, saving $30 or more every other week. When we shop at Meijers I have to smile when I see others paying much more for milk and other items in their cart. We watch quality of fresh produce, as specials are often items that need to be moved quickly, but most produce is a good buy…for example mini carrots for reg. $.99 but sometimes only $.69 . We like their chips, nuts, and many baking items. We buy hams bone-in and freeze them…$.89 per lb. when available. The price on frozen juice is far below competition. We buy chicken elsewhere on sale and use our freezer to save for later. The pizza is reasonable when we add a few of our own toppings…multiple cheese pizza for $4.99 and LARGE. We avoid non-grocery items in the second isle. After shopping there for more than 20 years, we have learned which items we prefer…you will too!

  48. betty
    January 10 at 08:53PM

    have been to aldi’s loved it and can not wait. for one to open close to m

  49. Michelle
    February 2 at 09:31AM

    OK. I love the list of what to buy. I am an Aldi part time shopper. They do not take credit cards. This is a downfall fall for me. I wanted to share, the potato chips are
    awesome. All of them. I am pretty sure all under 2.00 usd. In fact all the chips and snacks are great. Again pretty sure all under 2.00. Tortilla chips for parties 1.29 a bag. Canned cat food 0.35 each.

  50. Cyndi
    February 5 at 11:45PM

    I’ve tried shopping at Aldi’s multiple times but all I’ve ever experienced had been regret for the time wasted and food that is more expensive than sale prices at other stores and that don’t taste as good. I can’t figure out what I’m missing. Perhaps because we avoid foods with artificial sweeteners, canned foods and lots of boxed foods I just can’t find the same great deals. I don’t dare purchase meats there after the horse meat issue and the produce that I purchased all went bad in the matter of days. I think our local Aldi’s advertises bananas around 0.39¢ per lb but I can find it less expensive on sale at Marcs or Acme. When they charge per banana, it’s still more expensive.

  51. Linda Soulia-Smith
    February 8 at 03:41PM

    My biggest complaint-their fruit and veggies mainly come from Mexico. I have a huge issue with that. I try to only purchase items that are local or US fruits and veggies. Many also have the black flies around the areas they are shown.

  52. Kari
    February 8 at 03:57PM

    I agree about the cereal but I’ve had great luck with the chips, specialty coffee (I don’t like to buy their regular canned coffee) and quick breads. Also, I suppose if you coupon their paper goods aren’t worth it but if you don’t, well I don’t find their paper goods to be that bad. Similar to any store brand (which is what I would buy anyway). They do have some not so great products but overall I love their stuff.

  53. lisa
    February 19 at 08:34AM

    One big thing I do not like about my local Aldi is the way you cannot see the prices of your food as it is scanned. There is no display facing the customer. They say “oh you can check your receipt” but who has time to do that and then go back and deal with it if something is wrong? Why would they make it the way it is unless they either don’t want to deal with mistakes or are trying to be deceitful?

    • Bargaineer
      February 19 at 11:04AM

      How often have you found mistakes on your receipts? I look over my receipts and have been very satisfied with Aldi’s level of accuracy. If you’re that concerned by it, then yes, you can certainly find time to complete your transaction and examine your paper receipt in the bagging area. The customers behind you in line, who care about their time as much as you do about yours, will appreciate it.

      • lisa
        February 19 at 11:22PM

        My point is ..If you could see the prices as they are scanned on a screen like you can at other stores you wouldn’t have to go study your receipt.

        • Bargaineer
          February 20 at 01:23AM

          What’s wrong with looking at your receipt? You haven’t convinced me that you MUST see the prices instantly as they’re being scanned. Are you suspicious of wrongdoing and errors on their part? Didn’t you imply in your original comment that ALDI might be deliberately cheating its customers?

          In no other stores do the checkout people scan products as quickly as ALDI, and that’s for two reasons. They are expected to be extremely productive and also to respect your time as a customer – not making us or the people behind us wait. Compared to typical supermarkets, it’s an ALDI selling point with customers who want to walk in, get what they need, pay, walk out and be on their way quickly. ALDI’s checkout people can scan items faster than you or I can read a screen – we would only slow things down for everybody.

          Checkout mistakes at ALDI are rare compared to elsewhere. And as to rectifying any mistakes, providing refunds and replacements, etc., I’ve found that ALDI people are immediately responsive to and always respectful of their customers’ concerns. Moreover, they don’t make you get back at the end of the line for that. If something needs fixing, they help you as soon as they complete the current transaction, or call a colleague over to assist.

          You say that your time is important to you. Mine is important to me as well. If I’m ahead of you, I’ll do my best not to hold you up, and I hope you’ll return the favor when you’re ahead of me. If you like, I’ll even be happy to help you pick your items from your cart and put them on the belt.

          • Meri
            July 25 at 03:57PM

            I stand at the end of the lane, where the cart that they put the items in, stand on the other side of the cart and you can see each thing as it rings up

            • Eula
              August 11 at 09:27AM

              I have had mutiple errors on my receipts, often the mutiple barcodes scan mutiple times for one item. It was embarrassing for me to interrupt the line to get my money back. The employees were always very nice, but I hated it. So now I make it a point to stand behind the cart at the end, or behind/near the cashier to watch as they scan. They don’t seem to mind, and I’ve caught errors that are easier to fix before the transaction is totaled.

  54. February 28 at 04:50PM

    I like to shop Aldi’s and go there most every week. My one pet peeve is – the lack of prices of things on the center aisle. I see things there and check above for prices, but 9 out of 10 times, don’t find it listed. If they don’t have the time to post prices on the board above, they could put a price on the packing boxes themselves. At least one would have an idea of the price. I don’t know about the rest of the people, but I don’t usually buy an item unless I know the price. I would buy more from the center aisle if they were prices.

    • cat
      December 30 at 07:39AM

      ditto

  55. Jessica
    March 12 at 03:31PM

    I like the chips. In fact at my aldis store I stayed away from the meat. Very cheap and only has 70/30 on ground beef.

  56. Sarah
    March 30 at 03:40PM

    I would have to disagree on the chips and paper goods. Their chips are at least as good as name brand if not better and they cost 50% or more less. Also I haven’t found a better deal on t.p. than at Aldi, even when using coupons.

    • Lisa Thomas
      October 10 at 03:17PM

      The 1000-roll toilet paper AND Boulder 8-pack paper towels are the best! I go nowhere else for paper goods because I find these to be the best value for the price.

  57. Annie B.
    April 3 at 09:40AM

    I can’t understand why breads and rolls haven’t been mentioned more often. I buy all our hamburger and hot dog rolls at Aldi’s for 89cents! They are as good as Ball Park, and way way better than store brands. I also buy their nice english muffins, at $1 when Thomas’ are 2-3.50! My husband is an english muffin lover, and prefers these. Their German cakes are wonderful. The special buys are good, but sometimes you will fall in love with something and never see it again. I can’t wait for them to have the crab ravioli again, better than restaurant quality. I haven’t really caught any prices higher than Walmart, either. Their Cara Cara oranges were 3.19 instead of $4 at walmart, for example. Oh, and their bagged salads (try the Caesar for a treat) are now 1.49, and much nice condition than our standard groceries because it all sells out so quickly.

    • Liz
      July 24 at 01:28PM

      Agree that their Caesar salad kit is superior to those at higher-priced stores. Their kale citrus salad kit is divine!

    • Lisa Thomas
      October 10 at 03:19PM

      Their croissants and brioche rolls are the best!! I love eating them, or their pretzel rolls, with Aldi chicken salad and swiss cheese – one of my favorite lunches or snacks.

  58. Jimmy R
    May 5 at 11:40AM

    How long do i cook specially selected fusilli pasta? Instructions say 15-17 minutes, which seems absurd. I like pasta al dente and usually cook it half that long. Can’t find an answer. Aldi sent me a form letter which didn’t answer my query, and they don’t have a phone number.

    • Bargaineer
      May 5 at 01:43PM

      Nothing hard here. Standard cooking time for fusilli is in the 8 to 10 minute range. Start with that and test by spooning one out and biting into it. If necessary, then add time in increments of a couple minutes until it tastes al dente to you. Just like seasoning a dish – taste and adjust. Particular chefs use package directions only as a suggestion. Good luck.

  59. Anonnymouse
    May 13 at 10:08PM

    I did it. I went ahead and bought women’s underwear from Aldi. I bought a pack of Serra Ladies modal panties a few months ago — great buy. They’re really good quality, a nice fabric, and a cute cut. I think they were something like 5.99 for a 6 pack. They are much more of a Victorias Secret style than those cotton Hanes multi-packs. Love Aldi’s! there are always a few things I need to get elsewhere, but that list is slowly shrinking as Aldi is beginning to carry more of these items. ie single ply toilet paper (similar to scotts), big organic boxes of salad. I once read on a blog if you can’t get it at Aldi, the dollar store or the thrift store, you probably don’t need it!

  60. June 21 at 11:50AM

    Great News! As of March 2016, all Aldi U.S. stores accept credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

    check out our Aldi product reviews at http://aldi-love.com

  61. Lauren
    June 26 at 08:06AM

    We just got Aldi in Simi Valley, Ca.,and although we are “selective to be effective” shoppers, Aldi has been great. There produce quality has been great, their chocolate is fantastic, and their line of organic seasonings, exceptional. We don’t eat a lot of processed foods, but the things we do eat like nuts, occasional fake health food, and so forth, we’ve been impressed. They seem to hire A+ humans, and the customer service has been beyond a meet and greet. We wish they would carry an organic coffee. All and all, pretty good quality and rock bottom prices

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  62. Melissa
    July 6 at 05:27PM

    Aldi now takes credit cards!

  63. Pat H
    July 22 at 07:11PM

    I shop at Aldis and am getting more frustrated. The new store is far away so returning items can become expensive. I bought what I thought was fresh grapes at $4.98 (not cheap) and in two days they all molded. Disappointing. I am a senior who does not feel that well to drive mush less have to drive to return items, also not cost effective. I think each store should have seats for the disabled to rest on at the back of the store. Their chocolates are very good and Christmas specials are a treat. I have come to the conclusion that if I buy vegetables and some spoil quickly, the price I have paid is still cheaper than some local super stores. You have to know your prices, and check their produce and vegetables over well as it seems they are not as fresh compared to other local stores. They do have some imports that are a real bargain. I would like to think I am saving money, but sometimes I don’t think this is always the case. Be a wise shopper and complain to the management when necessary.

    • cat
      December 30 at 07:28AM

      I agree that there should a place to sit at the back of the store. I’m not elderly. But each time I’ve been pregnant (and am right now), I’ve had times where I needed to sit immediately* because I got dizzy standing in one place. I mean, you do that in the store; You have to stand in one place and think sometimes. What I end up doing is simply squatting by the carriage until my heart rate and vision normalize. I guess I could just buy one of the folding chairs Aldi sells. lol. But that’s not a very cost-effective way to shop. And I don’t think it would be difficult for Aldi to have a chair in the back of each store in case a customer needs to sit for a moment.

  64. Linda Walser
    August 22 at 03:02PM

    I started shopping at Aldi’s about 8 yrs. ago as opposed to Walmart and our local grocery. Almost everything I have purchased was wonderful. Taste test the Burman’s mayo to Hellman’s and you really can’t notice much difference. Big difference in the price though. The Appleton cooked ribs are yummy. You can cook in microwave or regular oven. There are only a few items I do not purchase there as I am basically happy with everything. They do take credit cards now in the U.S. I save over $30 to $40 with each shopping trip as opposed to the other stores. I do miss the Specialty Select spaghetti sauce I used to buy as it was better than the popular brands. Some items are seasonal-such as pumpkin pie filling in the can-therefore you have to go to the grocery store to purchase. If you like saving money-make Aldi your one stop grocery store.

  65. Judy K
    August 28 at 08:24PM

    I’ve been shopping Aldi for 20+ years and love it. There are a few items I won’t buy, but 99% is very good.
    I do wonder about their meat. I didn’t see many comments about it and not much in the article except for the Wed. deal. I denounce the horse meat thing because of the response about it not being in the U.S. I’ve always been skeptical though because it’s always so red. Is something added to make it red? I have purchased it anyway because it’s so much cheaper! Is it quality meat/poultry? I have found it to be less fatty than any I have purchased at the pricey stores. Anyone research that?

    • Bargaineer
      August 28 at 09:29PM

      Horse meat? The chances of finding a slice of Old Dobbin on an Aldi cooler shelf in the U.S. run from nil to zero, as is the case with almost every market in our country. You may be surprised to know that the bright red color of packaged meat in the U.S. has less to do with quality and more to do with consumer belief. Customers believe that bright red beef is fresher and thus not spoiled, which is only partially true. Dry aged prime steaks, for example (which you’ll find at boutique meat markets) look very dark red by comparison, which some people might think is very unappetizing. Airproof plastic wrap prevents oxygen from reacting with the red blood cells and the meat from turning brown, even though it continues to be fresh and unspoiled despite a color change. Additionally, “modified atmosphere packaging” is an FDA-approved method of excluding oxygen from the package and preserves freshness. Consumers should always check the expiration date on the package and not judge freshness by appearance alone.

  66. Matt
    September 12 at 08:24AM

    Aldi has by far the best green grapes. Don’t know where they get them but Wow. They also have these dove style chocolates that are awesome. Also, for $1.99 they have really good French bread pizza’s. Oh! Almost forgot TAFFY APPLES in the fall are a must!!!

  67. Sue Wargo
    September 16 at 09:51PM

    I am really impressed by their Village Bakery apple pies with cinnamon. Price can’t be beat, and they are less sweet than most, plus the apples are fresh; I believe Granny Smith. Their seasonal soups in the can are very fresh tasting. Try their vegetable soup or potato soup, and you will be surprised. Specialty chocolate Candy bars are the best. The pack of 3 different colored peppers are cheaper than any other store. Fruit is much cheaper, but look before you buy. The thick Italian bread is great. The ribs are a great quick delicious meal. I always buy the refrigerated fresh sweet onion salsa when it is available, and pair it with Clancy chips. I find the chicken salad with cranberries to be quite satisfying. Eggs are cheap. I like the fact you can be in and out quickly. The check out cashiers are lightning fast! Believe it when you find items marked as “seasonal” or you will miss out on some great items. Also, the plain looking windmill cookies are so good! Stock up when they are available. Their return policy is very user friendly if you ever need it.

  68. Jay
    September 24 at 07:19PM

    I like shopping the specials at Aldi here in Port Charlotte Fl. But very frequently find they are out of their advertise items. Especially in the meat department. Last week they had 80% lean hamburger for $1.99lb. I was in there 4 times and they never had any. If this was only a one time thing on advertised items it would be much better!

  69. Patti
    September 24 at 08:56PM

    New Aldi shopper as they just opened here. So far we are huge fans. Found a few items we didn’t like. The fresh pizzas and the K cup coffee but so far everything else has been good and so much cheaper. I wish they were closer. They do take CC but not checks unlike the other discount store in town. They also weigh bananas here. I didn’t see many organics like milk or eggs but will look next time. I think one is supposed to open closer and if so will probably go once or twice a month

  70. September 24 at 10:07PM

    We shop at Aldi all the time and we love it ..

  71. September 24 at 10:30PM

    Any insight or experience on the pork tenderloin from the meat section, the kind that comes in the vac sealed packaging? I thought they looked odd in some way, texture, color, hmnn, (can’t put my finger on it)!

    • cat
      December 30 at 07:05AM

      Hi Jen, I’ve bought the pre-spiced tenderloins and the regular tenderloins there. My personal feeling is that the pre-spiced stuff costs more and I would prefer to be able to spice and stuff a tenderloin myself (I’m wary of gluten in everything*). But I’ve also noticed that Aldi doesn’t always have the un-spiced tenderloins when I’m there. So I end up just switching back and forth b/t the pork butt and tenderloin pieces depending on what’s available. I think the pre-spiced pork tenderloins look strange to me* because they’re too small and the texture feels different than the un-spiced ones.

  72. Teresa
    September 25 at 09:09AM

    We love Aldi! The chips are good in our store and I’m very excited about the new organic spices I saw last week. They cost half as much as the Great Value jars at Walmart. I wish I could get everything I needed at Aldi. I would love to make only one stop for groceries!

  73. Lisa
    September 25 at 03:35PM

    I would say I love buying the cereal at aldi. They are more “natural” and don’t have artificial coloring ( in most). I prefer that over all the “name” brand ones. Their line of products are great. I also like buying their greek yogurt (.65) compared to chobani (1.00). Natural and tastes good! I do not like that they have carrageenan in their almond and coconut milks they sell or their half and half. I wish they will change that over time so I can get that stuff there too. Also their cottage cheese has it too. Other than that I LOVE aldi! My husband LOVEs their corn chips (fritos). .89 a bag..how can one go wrong?

    • Kay
      May 19 at 02:18AM

      I just bought almond milk there and there is no carrageenan in it. 🙂

  74. LW
    September 25 at 03:41PM

    I don’t know when this was written but they do take cards now and their chips are fantastic! My mom lives their cereal [I have 4 kids, we have to buy cereal in bulk] and their coffee is good too. I haven’t bought anything that hasn’t met or exceeded my expectations

  75. AJ
    September 28 at 01:00PM

    We buy Aldi coffee and we don’t think it’s bad…the dark or breakfast. We’re not coffee snobs at all but I like it better than something like Folgers or Maxwell House

  76. Ron
    September 28 at 07:38PM

    Out of the 5 don’t buy items the only one I don’t currently buy is the paper goods. The other 4 items I find to be just fine and only buy those when I find them on sale at other stores which isn’t that often. There is only one item Aldi sell that I have passed up and that is the individually wrapped sliced cheese. It may be different now but it just didn’t have any taste.

    • Jaycey
      October 11 at 10:05AM

      No one’s mentioned the cheese crackers but they look and taste IDENTICAL to Cheezits at at least half the price! I also love their “samoa” cookies, salted peanuts, spices, cheeses, tomato juice, produce, and pimento cheese…..all much lower than Walmart and tastes just as great…..why pay more? I always scan the shelf pricing for extra markdowns…..there’s always at least some to take advantage of! By the way, if you ever look at their packaging you’ll see that they have the bar code on ALL sides! This is why you fly through checkout…..the cashier doesn’t spend so much time looking for the code…..brilliant! I actually like to bag my own stuff…..that way I can do it exactly how I want it….in fact, I usually do the Walmart and Krogers self checkout for that exact reason!

  77. richfiles
    October 21 at 05:04PM

    An Aldi just opened in New Ulm Minnesota. Checked it out yesterday during the grand opening. Got some tasty seasoned pasta. The one seasoned with chili peppers is pretty spicy though, if that’s not your thing. I grew up with a Mississippi Mama who cooked cajun… And I was floored by the spice! I grabbed a few items, canned goods, dry boxed pastas, one of their huge pizzas. Haven’t had a chance to try it all yet, but I’m pleased so far. I only spent $25, but I came home with enough stuff that I needed to use two hands to carry it all! Best of all, they’re just a couple blocks down the street, and round the corner!

    I didn’t even look at the chocolates. Saw them and moved on… Haha! I might have to go back and pay closer attention to those! XD

    I didn’t get any produce yet. I will though.

  78. October 25 at 05:15AM

    Aldi has basically taken over in the UK and all the large supermarket chains are suffering because Aldi and its sister company Lidl, offer better value. Not the choice of the larger stores by far, but for every day food, I buy for my hotel from here.

  79. JenB
    November 15 at 10:38AM

    Not happy about Aldi shrinking the size of their spice containers substantially and charging the same price.

    • Bargaineer
      November 15 at 11:17AM

      Saw that too, but ounce-for-ounce the spices are still a far better value than the name brand common spices we pay an arm and a leg for in the regular stores. ALDI’s selection is limited to the bigger sellers – basil, thyme, cumin etc. It appears they no longer sell lemon pepper in the self-grinder bottle, which I miss.

  80. glynn
    November 29 at 04:15PM

    The official Aldi website says:
    Q. What forms of payment are accepted at ALDI stores? A. We welcome cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, most debit cards, the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Link cards. At this time, we do not accept checks or the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC).

    So, apparently they do take credit cards.

  81. GW
    December 2 at 11:08AM

    Every time I go to another store and see their army of cart carralers and cart pushing machines (!), I fume knowing that I’m paying extra for that and marvel at the simple genius of the Aldi method. I also love how Aldi regulars have the system down and just exchange the cart and quarter with a smile while passing in the parking lot.

    Our family loves the pizza and price cannot be beat.

    • GW
      December 2 at 11:09AM

      corralers, that is. 🙂

    • cat
      December 30 at 06:52AM

      Oh yeah. The fresh pizzas they sell there are a favorite of my husband. Really* good price. And those meat-lovers pizzas really hit the spot with my husband. And they don’t skimp with the toppings!

  82. Kelly
    December 5 at 02:36PM

    I shop here every week. My staples that were not mentioned include their hummus (I like red pepper), eggs, goat cheese and all cheese in general, dried fruit and their cereal bars. Their breads and bagels are very reasonable, the baked naan makes a great pizza, topped w their marinara, mozerella and goat cheese.

    I don’t like their meat unless it’s frozen. Their frozen hot dogs and brats are awful.

    • cat
      December 30 at 06:49AM

      I agree on the brats and hot dogs. My husband thinks they’re great. I don’t understand him. lol

  83. Bennett
    December 9 at 06:16AM

    Aldi’s claim good prices, but after finding out not all store prices are the same, for example milk at a store in Gary, IN. The milk and egg were $1.79 and $.79, a , to restore a few miles away they are $1.49, and $.49. When I asked the manager, he said they set there prices just below the competitors prices in the same area. Where they are getting $.99 milk at is a mystery to us, we have never seen that price on milk.

  84. Nikki
    December 18 at 11:28PM

    As a German from Germany I grew up with ALDI. And without ALDI I could have never made it to stay here in the US for ten years now (where would I get my german Glühwein & Lebkuchen during Christmas time?!).

    Living in the Washington DC area, costs of living are outreagous!! So I really like shopping for good deals – it just leaves me with a better feeling, knowing that I saved some dollars.

    Not any of the stores here can beat ALDI pricewise. None. I went to all of them.

    Regarding the quality and taste… I guess people are different. My husband stopped buying the coffees from Italy (such as ILLY or LAVAZZA which are quite pricey in the US), because he really does like ALDI’s coffee!
    I brought him coffees from my last visit to Europe and he said I didn’t need to do that, because ge really likes the ALDI coffee too.
    I personally think ALDI’s cereal are the same good as the famous brands and I’m really a huge fan of their Organic Granola.

    Compared to other cheaper house brands, such as Walmart’s Great Value (which I find to be complete trash) I really like ALDI’s brands much better.

    My second favorite store here is Trader Joe’s which happens to be ALDI’s sister store. Ha! Guess I’m just an Aldi fan.

    My third favorite store is Whole Foods – but I don’t feel like spending a whole paycheck on just one week of groceries, so I only go there for a very few items (such as their freshly baked breads).

    Thanks for the review and your input!
    And happy holidays!

  85. Amber
    December 28 at 03:57PM

    Great post! I was looking for a “buy this not this at Aldi” list and this was great. Most of the things you listed are things I already buy. I liked having a few things NOT to buy and agreed with a few! The biggest one I disagreed with NOT buying is Aldi’s canned cinnamon rolls. I LOVE to make my own homemade rolls, but sometimes, I need to just pop a can for time sake..and I’ve found that we LOVE the Aldi brand cinnamon rolls. IMO, they are leaps and bounds better than other name brand cans. I grew up on the name brand canned cinnamon rolls, but the Aldi taste better to me. 🙂 Other than that, I agree with the rest. I do buy the chips because my husband loves to have tortilla chips with his meals (I don’t salt food and that’s how he “salts” his ;)) and I do get them there. He hasn’t complained yet..so I continue to buy them.

    Love your site!! 😀

  86. cat
    December 30 at 06:27AM

    I’ve tried the spices. I don’t prefer the cinnamon over other brands in other stores. But, I like all the other Aldi spices the same as other stores’ brands. Also, Aldi tries to consider what I’ll need for the holidays. I like that they keep things like creme of tartar, nutmeg, cloves, and canned pumpkin around the holidays. Aldi having both green and ripe bananas is a mercy. Everyone has different feelings on when bananas are ready for eating. And, no, it hasn’t worked to try to explain to a 2 year old and language-delayed 5 year old, that the “bananas aren’t ripe yet”. Any strategy involving reason and logic with young children is doomed. So I’d just like to point out that the overly-ripe banana situation at Aldi is a blessing depending on who’s in your household. Dough, cereal, coffee, and chips (when I even buy them…which is rare) are not things I’m particular about. I suspect Aldi is acutely aware of her customer demographic. I feel like their corporate centers are reading my mind. On more than one occassion, I’ve thought, “Wow. I really wish Aldi sold such and such. Oh well.” And then a month or two later, voila! It’s there. Lately, I’ve been wanting them to carry GF oats (there are two people in my household who need GF. That’s another reason Aldi is my wallet’s friend). Usually, if I think it, Aldi makes it appear. Hopefully, this will hold true for the GF oats. lol.

  87. Kathy
    January 3 at 07:48PM

    I love Aldi! It’s like a scavenger hunt. I start there, and then finish at the local grocery store. I love their pasta’s, sauces, quinoa, eggs, cheeses, veggies, etc. Can’t say enough. If you haven’t tried them, you are missing out!!!!

    • Kathy
      January 3 at 07:51PM

      Oh, and I love the chips, gluten free pretzels, tea, and seasonal items. It is definitely a fun shopping trip. Oh, and I always leave the quarter in the cart. A personal ‘pass it forward’ type of deal 🙂

  88. January 7 at 01:07AM

    I’ve been shopping at Aldi for a couple years and it’s my favorite go to store, besides Walmart and Sprouts. My favorite items are their Specialty pasta sauces, so yummy!, their Agave (yummy), almond milk and chocolate cookies.

  89. Anonymous
    January 11 at 11:48AM

    I recently started shopping at Aldi and now I avoid regular grocery stores as much as possible. If I spend $100 at Aldi that equates to what I used to get for $250 at Giant! The only items I have found issues with is their bagels and their brand of shredded cheese. The bagels have a strange texture and aren’t good un-toasted, and the happy farms shredded cheese tastes odd and gets very gummy when melted. I am a brand snob about some things i.e. Philadelphia cream cheese and Heinz ketchup; but If I only need to go to other grocery stores for a few select items I’m happy! Coupons are time consuming. Aldi takes the work out of getting the best price! I recommend the store to everyone.

  90. Denise Devlin
    January 12 at 01:45PM

    I regularly shop at Aldi. Their prices are “reasonable”, and the overall quality is good. I do most of my food shopping there. However, many of their items have a very high salt content. So much so, that I have actually NOT bought the items I was intending to buy on more than one occasion because of this.

    • Bargaineer
      January 12 at 03:07PM

      Can you name some specific products that have higher salt content comparatively? It would be helpful.

  91. January 14 at 12:55AM

    Like the flatbread pizza, like the k cup’s , love the brioche buns, like the peanut butter pretzels, like the caramel corn when they have it, has very little husks, also like the croissants as well.
    Don’t like the lunch meat or some of the block cheese’s.

  92. Nora
    January 14 at 01:59PM

    I have to disagree, the k-cup coffee is great and I’m a coffee snob. Also they have some new healthy cereal options that are great. We can’t forget there milk is horemone free and you don’t pay extra!!!

  93. Bobbi
    January 28 at 05:55PM

    I’m a new Aldi Shopper. Trust Trader Joes, so I trust Aldis. I’m usually buying for one person (myself). I appreciate Aldi because they don’t discount for buying 2 or 3 or even 10 of items I need. The regular markets have gone overboard with this trying to keep up with big box stores. It makes shopping complicated. Plus, I shouldn’t pay more because I only want one of the sale items. I’m over the big box stores because I spend too much money buying more than I need and more than I can store.

    I buy all my gas at COSCOs. But I’m starting to wonder if the savings add up to the cost of the card which has gone up considerably. I think Aldi has a winning idea…SIMPLICITY AND SAVINGS. Everybody is not living in a big family and want healthy, cost efficient, fresh food. I prefer more quick trips to the market over wasting food and using my small, but organized space for storing too many of the sme items or big containers.

    Keep up the good work, Aldi. Your time has come.

  94. Adena
    February 8 at 07:53PM

    I’m trying to do my shopping list and added to the cart but can only add when I can see the product. I put in bread and it asked me for the price. How can I know how much I’m spending before I go to Aldis where I love to shop.

  95. Charles Dale
    February 25 at 01:34PM

    How are the quality of their paper towels? I buy Bounty because of their quality but they are expensive. Are Aldi paper towels as good in quality as Bounty?

    • Bargaineer
      February 26 at 01:47AM

      Paper towels are so much a personal preference. You like Bounty, which are okay for me, though my favorite is VIVA. You can’t go wrong buying a roll of Aldi’s. If you don’t like it you can get double your money back, no questions asked.

  96. Herp
    February 28 at 11:50AM

    No, they haven’t removed ALL artificial ingredients, nor have they stopped carrying products which are GMO, non-organic, or use pesticides. There are adding to their lists instead.

  97. Susan Reynolds
    March 10 at 05:17PM

    We live near DC. We shop almost exclusively at Aldi & Save a Lot (similar to Price Rite). We only shop at Giant or Wegmans for their sale items.
    We especially LOVE Aldi’s produce, canned goods, ORCHIDS!!!!, red tag specials, milk, orange juice, ground turkey, frozen wings, indian sauces, basmati rice, peanut butter baking chips, Pumpkin Roll (a seasonal bakery item… this item is SO GOOD.. similar to buche de noel but made of Pumpkin rolled up in a log with pastry cream), my Mom loves their Stollen, their apple pie with the crumble top is almost like homemade, Their Easter time round Carrot Cake with thick cream cheese icing is fantastic. Their frozen ravioli w/bread crumbs (comes in a box)… these are so good in an air fryer, their knock off Nutella spread is good, once they offered a sock eye salmon in the can , Their copy cat girl scout cookie thin mints, knock off rice krispies, We don’t buy too much meat there but after CHristmas you can get a ham for $4 and freeze it. Nathan’s hot dogs are good. Items they discontinued that we dearly miss: Aldi brand (Rocher type) chocolates that came 16 per box at Valentine’s day… discontinued but awesome. Also their thick chocolate bar with rice … awesome but discontinued. Their chocolates are all good but not quite as good as Cadbury in my opinion…. The PERUVIAN ground coffee (not always offered ) is good but we prefer Save A Lot’s Columbian K cups (36 k cups for $12) or we buy Eight O clock coffee on sale at Giant. Ice cream in general is going down hill the more companies add corn syrup… Hard to find any good ice cream anymore. Oh, and their Danish butter cookies (actually from Denmark) in the blue can are very good. We love ALdi

  98. Lynn Cannon
    March 26 at 11:12AM

    How many times have you actually shopped at ALDI? Was it just for the article? Because you are about 80% right and the rest is just garbage.

    I faithfully shop nearly every day. I’m disabled, so going frequently, instead of huge, bulk shopping is best for me.

    Ya’ll want the truth about ALDI, ask me! I know all the secrets and ALDI has saved my family from starving many times.

    Some of the reporting in this article is simply opinion, and not an accurate one at that.

  99. March 27 at 08:49PM

    Although I love the store, there is no Aldi close to my home, so I shop there on occasion and stock up when I can. Recently, I was at a location in NYC, and when I went to pay the young women cashier demanded that the money be placed in her hand. As if it would’ve been TOO MUCH for her to pick the money up from the counter. She was being assertive, but it came across as discourteous. I’ve shopped at Trader Joe’s many, many times and no one has ever made that request. Maybe it was in an effort to keep the line moving along, but how Aldi treats its customers is important , as well.

  100. TJ Hubz
    May 2 at 04:42PM

    My ALDI favs, USA Florida
    Corned Beef Flats Cattle man’s Ranch a 10!
    Piano Tomato sauces- cheap and excellent.
    Canned Sliced Mushrooms.
    Chaucceur Chocolate with Hazelnuts
    Frozen Flounder (China but fresh tasting as can be)* rarely in stock.
    Happy Farms Cheeses the best and cheap.
    Almond milk as good as the other brands.
    Genoa Salami
    Baking goods and nuts
    Avoid all breaded seafood items- gross!

  101. Peter
    May 15 at 02:09PM

    I used to love Aldi’s in Washington, PA. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the produce is usually fairly priced. Our store is closing for remodelling tomorrow for a month, and I found out something that outrages me and may well cause me to pay higher prices elsewhere. Instead of either discounting the remaining produce at some point tomorrow, or donating it to the food bank (our county’s food bank warehouse is in the same city, minutes down the road), the have been ordered, by higher management to throw the produce in the trash after tomorrow. This bespeaks of a contempt for the customers and a disregard for corporate responsibility. Even they are worried that discounting the food might somehow hurt their bottom line, they could at least donate it to the food bank. Disgraceful, in my opinion.

    • Peter
      May 17 at 04:47PM

      I must correct my previous post with a red face. Aldi’s district manager and someone from corporate called to tell me that the above information is incorrect; the shift manager that I spoke to, whom I thought was the store manager, misunderstood his marching orders. They would donate any food that was not compromised (not spoiled) to the Food Bank. I have to say their response was very prompt and impressive and adds to my previous positive impression of Aldi’s.

  102. Bridget
    May 17 at 11:28AM

    Aldi DOES accept credit cards around the Houston locations and has since before this article was written.

  103. Vickie
    May 17 at 04:32PM

    Aldi’s now accepts credit cards. Check your local store to be sure, but in Georgia they now accept credit cards.

  104. Bargaineer
    May 17 at 05:09PM

    According to news reports earlier in 2017 and also this week, Aldi will spend $1.6 billion to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of its 1,600 U.S. stores in the next few years, including making more room for fresh and organic produce, as well as dairy, bakery and meat sections.

    Aldi, whose U.S. operations are based in Batavia, Illinois, is also in the midst of spending $3 billion on land, facilities and equipment to open, as previously announced, an additional 650 locations nationwide. Last year, for example, it entered the Southern California market.

    Yesterday, Aldi announced plans to spend about $180 million remodeling 130 of its 150 Chicago-area stores by 2020 — part of a broader effort to move its no-frills model into modern times.

    The stores will be brighter, more contemporary in design, and in some cases, slightly larger, up to about 13,000 square feet, to allow for an expansion of store-branded products marketed as natural and organic. Nationally, Aldi also intends to grow from 1,600 to 2,000 stores in the next three years. Traditionally known as a discounter, Aldi hopes its fresh look appeals to new and old customers alike.

    Our nearest Aldi in the Chicago western suburbs, finished a complete remodeling and expansion in early February – new lighting, all new shelving and coolers, wider aisles and greater product variety. Get ready for some big changes, because these folks are on a roll!

  105. Kathryn
    May 29 at 11:58AM

    I am a coffee snob too and the Dark Roast Fair trade certified arabica bean coffee at Aldi’s is EXCELLENT!!

  106. May 30 at 02:10PM

    Not agree about dough. I like it more then Pillsbury. When it goes on sale I stock up to make croissants with cheese for lunch. Fast, easy, and my family always loves them. I use two packages at a time and they are completely gone in half an hour. Veggie chips are also good. Not exactly, but similar to Trader Joe’s. They often have good deals for ham. Prices for organic yogurt and eggs are also decent.

  107. Chris
    June 4 at 10:50PM

    Having read all these comments all I can say is that taste buds differ. 🙂 The very first Aldi I was in was in 1994 in Mishawaka, IN. I walked around and left empty handed. I couldn’t see what the fuss was about. The store was gross and dirty, and the produce was rotting. Fast forward however many years, and I live in Kalamazoo, MI and there is all this hoopla about Aldi opening. I couldn’t imagine why people were excited over dirty stores and rotten produce. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I finally listened to my friend and checked out Aldi here. Amazing. We shop here often now. Love our newer stores and the remodels. I skipped some of the middle comments so maybe I missed someone writing this: Has no on mentioned the ice cream here? It is the best for price!!!

  108. GW
    June 7 at 05:30PM

    We have been eating Aldi pizza on an almost weekly basis on movie night for months and have never been disappointed. Pepperoni is my favorite, but their other offerings are good too. None of the varieties skimp on toppings. My sons really like their Buffalo chicken pizza (hot!), but they don’t have that one very often. And the price cannot be beat. Aldi rocks.

  109. breadlover
    June 12 at 01:25PM

    Our favorite is Whole Rye Kernels bread. it is a 100% rye bread!

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