Last night’s Aldi shopping trip

So this Aldi shopping trip wasn’t as exciting as my Dillon’s shopping trip, but I here are the details:

Artisan Lettuce — $1.99 (I’m so happy to see Aldi carrying this and I hope they continue! It makes my salad-eating habit much more affordable!)

2 cans of diced tomatoes — $0.55 each

2 bags of frozen peas — $0.99 each

2 bags of corn chips — $0.99 each

2 bags of baby carrots — $0.99 each

1 bag of tortillas — $0.99

1 bag of chocolate chips — $1.69

2 8-oz. blocks of cheese — $1.99 each

Butter — $2.79

Feta cheese — $1.99

Dried cranberries — $1.39

Milk — $2.93

Total with tax: $26.60

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  1. says

    Your Aldi prices are identical to mine, minus the milk of course- ours is currently $2.44, so now I feel better knowing other regions pay much more!

  2. angie says

    I love their Artisan lettuce packages. 4 baby heads of crisp lettuce for under $2. I too hope they continue to carry it

    • says

      I just went on a blogger tour at the Aldi headquarters, and they said the artisan lettuce is selling really well. So hopefully it’ll stay in stores (keep buying it if you want them to keep selling it…they decide based on sales volume). It hasn’t hit my home store yet, unfortunately.

  3. Liz says

    What are some uses for the diced tomatoes? Costco has a coupon on the Organic Diced Tomatoes and I was going to buy them but I would like to know how I would be able to use them up, as I’ve only used a can or two in my life, so I don’t think that would justify buying an entire case! Thanks !

    • says

      I use diced tomatoes a lot, especially in the winter when fresh aren’t any good. I have a lot of recipes on my blog, but here are a couple I like:

      http://thepajamachef.com/2011/05/05/salsas-for-cinco-de-mayo/
      http://thepajamachef.com/2011/06/16/creamy-taco-mac/

      Like Crystal said, you can also use it like Rotel. If you want the extra spice then just add some chili powder, cumin, garlic, etc.–probably about 1 T for every 15 ounce can.

    • says

      I add diced tomatoes to tons of recipes (even if it does not usually call for it). It is an easy and inexpensive way to add a little extra veggies to my families diet and it is one of the few things everyone will eat. Add them to soups, stew, chili, spaghetti sauce, pasta dishes (including homemade mac and cheese… yum!), italian meatloaf, spanish rice… I could go on and on! The point is that they are a very versatile stale to keep on hand and if you have found a good deal then grab them up and experiment! Cooking is fun so enjoy the process! You can check out my recipes on my blog: http://thisisjodiskitchen.blogspot.com/

    • Heather says

      I use canned diced tomatoes all the time. I use them in rice a roni spanish rice (this is our mexican side dish, so we have it at least twice a month), spaghetti sauces and lasagna sauce (add bulk without to much cost). I have also used them in soups, bascially any recipe that calls for tomatoes.

      Costco’s organic diced tomatoes is a great deal with the coupon. They are 7.79 for a box of eight, so end up being .49 a can when you buy one get one free. The expiration date for the tomatoes is 2013. Even though we use a lot I still wanted to make sure I had enough time to use all of them. If you still don’t think you can use them all before the expiration date, is there someone you could go in on with the tomatoes?

      A side note: Kansas City costco milk prices are down. Skim and 1% are 1.99. 2% is 2.04 and whole is 2.19. I don’t know if these prices will be anywhere else.

      • says

        I also get them at Costoc…I live in So. California and it’s hard to find store brand at less than .69 cents a can let alone S&W ORGANIC for .49! Loved this deal! You can also make salsa with them in the food processor just add chilies, cilantro, and onion! Yum!

    • Heather says

      I use them often. The kids balk less at the petite-diced, so that’s the kind I try to get. Occasionally if I’m feeling really kind, I will puree them in the blender first to keep child #2 happy.

      Chili
      many soups,
      pasta dishes (especially the baked spaghetti kind – mixed in with a smooth sauce
      Indian recipes
      Mexican (like tortilla soup).

    • Katie says

      I used diced tomatoes all the time in homemade spaghetti sauce, lasagna, chili, soups, enchiladas, homemade pizza sauce. I can’t imagine not using them! haha! Sometimes I buy the giant cans of diced tomatoes (not organic, but so much cheaper) at Costco to make a big batch of spaghetti sauce (which I use for lasagna too) or chili.

      Also, my Aldi carries a Rotel-like can of diced tomatoes and green chilis that I normally buy.

  4. Dana says

    That’s awesome-our milk at Aldi went up to $3.29/gal. I also noticed recently on the gal of 2% that I purchased that there was an * with a note saying something along the lines that scientific evidence showed no difference in milk b/w cows treated with hormones and those not treated- does that mean that Aldi milk is using rbgh treated cows for their milk??? I found this on the center for food safety’s website-
    “Aldi
    Store brands include Aldi, Fit & Active, L’Oven Fresh, Grandessa Signature, Appleton, Kirkwood, and Friendly Farms (dairy) among others (Aldi sells almost entirely private label products). Aldi has no US phone or email listed, and no statement on rBGH or GM ingredients on its website.” Even my local Harris Teeter can beat Aldi’s milk price when on special at $2.97/gal and their 2% is hormone free according to the label- and I had always thought it was hormone free until recently. I guess I was wrong!

    • Whitney says

      ALL milk is hormone free, which is why milk is no longer allowed to be advertised as such (only that the cows weren’t treated with hormones). The FDA found the statement “hormone-free” to be misleading.

      The vast majority of dairy cows in the US are not treated with hormones, but because a tanker of milk contains milk from thousands of cows, and hormones can not be detected in milk, I imagine that the new statement on Aldi milk is simply acknowledging that their milk MAY have been produced by cows treated with hormones.

    • Becky says

      I just checked the gallon that I bought last night, & it has a yellow egg shaped label on it that states:
      “Our Farmers Pledge NOT to use Artificial Growth Hormones*”
      The star does denote (if I look down further on the jug) that no difference has been found when using the hormones, but that is just regular legal mumbo jumbo that all dairy products seem to state when anything is mentioned about the hormones. Yes, that is part of the reason I feel better about buying it. Wish I could make room for organic, but no can do right now in this 4 gallon/week household.

    • Ryan says

      There is a difference to me, I get physically ill when I drink Dean’s milk or even have a cup of dean’s sherbert with a trace amount of milk in it. I’m not sure if it is the hormones or the antibiotics, but I was forced to drink expensive organic milk like Oberweiss. Fortunately, I tried Aldi’s milk and found that it didn’t make me sick like other milk. Just so you know, I’m not lactose intolerant, there is something in that milk that shouldn’t be.

  5. says

    Aldi is the bomb. Whether you are looking for healthy or goodies they make bulking up your cupboards cheap.

    With three kids and daily lunches this is the only way to afford the growing monsters :)

  6. Katie says

    How are the off-brand chocolate chips? I am picky about my chocolate! Normally I only buy Nestle or Hershey’s when I have a coupon. Otherwise, we just make do without. There is an Aldi’s in the next town over, but I’ve never shopped there for anything but produce. How is the quality of their other baking supplies?

    • Jennifer says

      I love Aldi for their baking supplies. I use their chocolate chips, and get lots of complements on my cookies. I can’t tell the difference!

    • rae says

      I don’t use them but have seen a couple of facebook comments about people not liking them. If you are particular about your chocolate, you might not like them. However, aldis does have the double guarantee on their products

    • Kristine says

      I use them in cookies, and we can’t tell the difference. I’m not that picky about chocolate, though.

  7. Kathy says

    Have you ever found a good inexpensive source for whole wheat or organic ingredient tortillas? I’d like to buy a more healthy kind at a decent price.

    • bunnymummy4 says

      Have you ever considered making your own? Its very easy! I use my fresh ground wheat flour. Its just flour, salt, baking powder, shortening, and water. They taste better than whole grain store bought.

  8. ann says

    Could someone please tell me what is Artisan lettuce? How is it different from the lettuce heads at the store?

  9. Lacey says

    My hubs said just yesterday that we survive on Aldi’s! Our family loves basically everything from there.

  10. Joy says

    I just bought the dried cranberries this afternoon! I didn’t see the artisan lettuce at ours though. Most of the lettuce was nasty looking at ours or getting ready to expire in two days.

    The Clancy pretzels are great! They taste just like Rold Gold if not better. Most generic pretzels are horrible, but not Aldi’s. Love their veggie chips, too.

  11. rae says

    ok, I normally do not buy too much packaged junk food but today I decided to try the girl scout cookie knockoffs that they have right now. I got the fake samoas and they were AMAZING!! At $1.69, they are way more than this couponer will usually pay for cookies but 1- they were a rare treat and 2- they were a heck of a lot cheaper than the real ones. Just wanted to share (the info not the cookies :P ) in case somebody was considering them :)