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My 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI

Spending your grocery budget at ALDI? This list is SO helpful to know which items are HOT deals that will save you tons of money at ALDI!

 

You all know how much I love ALDI. I mean, how could I not love the store that has saved us thousands of dollars over the years??

I often get questions from people asking what are the best things to buy at ALDI, so I thought it was high time I put together a post on my 25 favorite things to buy at ALDI. (Note: These are in no particular order!)

1. Salsa

While we love Pace Picante Sauce, we have bought countless jars of ALDI salsa throughout the years and find it to be good — especially for the regular price!

2. Tortilla Chips

We can’t tell one bit of difference between ALDI tortilla chips and any other store brand or even brand name of tortilla chips. Plus, we love the $1.19 regular price tag!

3. Chocolate Chips

We’ve purchased chocolate chips at ALDI for years and they are great! I can’t tell a difference between them and Nestle chocolate chips… well, except for the regular $1.79 price tag!

4. Coconut Oil

The fact that ALDI began carrying organic products a few years ago made me love them so much more! Their prices on coconut oil are so much better than what you’d pay many other places. (Note: TJ Maxx is also a great place to look for deals on organic coconut oil!)

5. Olive Oil

ALDI offers great prices on both organic olive oil and regular olive oil. (Note: TJ Maxx is also a great place to look for deals on olive oil!)

6. Sugar

We typically only buy cane sugar or raw sugar, but the regular ALDI prices on all sugar products usually beat out regular grocery store prices by quite a bit. We’ve bought their regular sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, and cane sugar for years and haven’t ever had issues with any of them.

(Note: Someone told me recently that they found the 4-lb. bag of pure cane sugar at Dollar Tree for just a dollar!!! I’m so checking on that the next time I’m at Dollar Tree!)

7. Peanut Butter

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal on peanut butter than what you’ll regularly find at ALDI. We have tried all of their peanut butter, but we typically buy their natural peanut butter and it’s really yummy!

8. Cereal

My kids absolutely love cereal, but I do not love the prices you usually find at the grocery store. Which is why, if we buy cereal, we almost always buy it at ALDI. You want to make sure to get the Millville brand, not the name brand cereals, though, as the name brand cereals at ALDI are NOT less expensive.

But many of the Millville cereals are priced at $1.19 to $1.39 per box. The only kind we don’t like are the knock-off Cheerios. We have yet to find any knock-off Cheerios that actually taste great. However, we do buy their knock-off Honey Nut Cheerios and my kids like those.

9. Tortillas

Remember my post on why I don’t make my own tortillas? This is why… because I can buy a bag of them for just $0.99!!!

10. Canned Tomatoes

We have purchased pretty much all of the ALDI tomato products many times over the years and had no issues with any of them. Plus, you can’t really beat the $0.49 price tag!

11. Canned Green Beans

The ALDI french style green beans take me back to our law school days. We ate SO many cans of these! I think they were only $0.29 per can or something at the time and one can would feed the two of us.

For the record, I think that the ALDI brand of french-style green beans is better than any other brand I’ve tried!

12. Milk

We’ve purchased milk at ALDI for years and have had great success with it. I’m not sure that milk ever tastes differently if purchased from different places, but I’d recommend their milk.

13. Bananas

Their bananas are regularly priced at $0.44 per pound — which is a pretty good price! Sometime, the selection isn’t that great, but I usually try to buy them when they are not very ripe and then let them ripen at home on the countertop. (Also, take them out of the bag as soon as you get home as that seems to help them ripen better.)

14. Berries

I basically can’t stomach paying regular grocery store prices for berries after the deals I’ve gotten at ALDI for berries. A few times per year, they’ll have them on sale for just $0.99 per container! When that happens, I stock up and try to buy some extra to freeze.

(Note: Some stores have notoriously bad fruit. We’ve not had this experience at any of our ALDI stores in the different cities we’ve lived in. However, on occasion, they’ve been completely out of some produce item that was on sale or it’s been very slim pickings what is left. I suggest asking them when the produce gets restocked and trying to shop on that day. Also, really look through the produce. If you dig, you can usually find some great tubs of berries — but they might not be the ones that are right on top!)

15. Grapes

My kids love grapes and ALDI routinely has these on sale for $2 per 2-lb. bag. I find that these are one of their produce items that are usually the least picked over and often the longest lasting. It might just be that grapes hold up better, but regardless, I always buy grapes when they are on sale!

16. Melons

In the summer, ALDI often has great prices on melons — especially cantaloupe and watermelon. I love it when the cantaloupe prices go on sale for $0.99! Yes, you do have to look carefully through the bins to find great watermelon and cantaloupe, but I can usually always find them if I search!

17. Butter

I love butter. Maybe I’m weird, but I do. It pretty much makes everything better! 😉

So I also love that ALDI doesn’t charge you an arm and a leg for their butter. That way, I can slather it on my muffins and toast freely.

18. Bread

While the ALDI bread isn’t the best bread on the market, it works great for sandwiches. We usually buy the 100% whole wheat bread and all of our family is good with it.

(Note: I also check our store’s day old bread area and often find whole wheat bread there for about the same price as ALDI. When I do, I buy it and stick it in the freezer!)

19. Feta Cheese

I love feta cheese on my salads and it’s a special treat that I sometimes splurge on, thanks to the fantastic prices on it at ALDI!

20. Hummus

Hummus is another item I enjoy that I will sometimes splurge on. I like the Pine Nut variety the best. 

21. Cheese

While the ALDI cheese prices have gone up in recent years (they used to be $1.39 per block back in the day!), their regular prices are still usually some of the best prices around. We sometimes splurge and buy the string cheese, too, because my kids love it!

22. Frozen Chicken Breasts

I don’t buy a lot of meat at ALDI, but one staple item we buy almost every time we go there is their frozen chicken breasts. I can’t tell any difference between them and the Kroger brand and they are usually at least $1 cheaper per bag.

23. Frozen Fruit

We love frozen fruit in our smoothies! If I can’t find some great deals on marked down fruit somewhere, buying the bagged frozen fruit at ALDI will work — especially since the prices are pretty decent.

24. Frozen Veggies

We usually buy all of our frozen vegetables at ALDI, unless there’s some really fantastic deal at Kroger.

25. Macaroni & Cheese

Their mac & cheese is not at all healthy and it’s one of the few pretty processed things we buy at ALDI, but for $0.33 a box, it makes for an occasional treat for my kids. And they love that they can make it themselves. I love that it doesn’t have any food coloring in it (something we try to avoid at our house).

In Jesse’s law school days, he and I ate many, many boxes of this stuff! So I’m very grateful for it — because it was a fallback meal anytime the grocery budget was especially lean!

ALDI Shoppers: Do you agree with my list? Anything you would add or take off? I’d love to hear!

P.S. New to shopping at ALDI? Read this post before you head to the store.


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190 Comments

  • Jean Marie says:

    I love Aldi, unfortunately there aren’t any in Louisiana. The closest one to me is in Longview Texas.

    • Mary Bond says:

      The first and only time I went to Aldli’s I was not impressed. I just couldn’t understand the reason for the store’s existence. So often other stores plus coupons could beat ALDI’s. But, because of your article I have decided to give it another try.

      • Jean says:

        There isn’t any real competition in my area. I know if Aldi would come to Louisiana, they would really hurt Wal-Mart. I’m having to find other reasons to go to Longview….

        The one in Longview isn’t very nice, its small and in a shopping center, but I still love going!!!

      • Barb Walstrum says:

        Aldi’s has saved us so much money. A recent news article said you could save up to 30% off from Walmart which was where I was buying before.

  • Lisa Wheritt says:

    26. Eggs 27. Jelly 28. Mussels (in the freezer section $2.49 a box YUM!!) 29. Not just canned green beans but ALL canned veggies and fruit. 30. Country Ribs!!! (Also YUM!!)

  • Mary Lewis says:

    I agree with everything except the butter and (shredded) cheese. The butter has a higher water content than premium brands and it can affect the end result if you bake a lot like I do. The shredded cheese seems rather tasteless.

  • naomi winkel says:

    We shop at Aldi once a week. We buy everything we need there and if we can’t find it or they don’t have it we buy it at Walmart or Target. Everything I bought at Aldi we like. The prices are great. The quality is great also.

  • Kate says:

    Agree with all items except feta – if you live anywhere near a Market Basket, get feta there! 🙂

  • Kristy says:

    Eggs are a great deal at Aldi, about half the price of what Publix charges.

    My favorite finds are seasonal items or special finds, like pumpkin gnocchi or Gouda crackers.

  • Kelly Ferrante says:

    We love their petite frozen green beans! I stir fry them with gf teriyaki sauce. We also love their gf brownie mix, gf garlic cheddar biscuits and gf cornbread mix! We buy almost almost all of our produce there. I love the artisan lettuce. Greek yogurt too!

  • Cindy says:

    We love Aldo’s! I buy meat there and it is just like you get at any grocerie store. I think target and something’s at Walmart at our local HyVee. Keep going Aldo’s we would be broke if you left our area!

  • Jeanne says:

    Hard salami, Havarti cheese, Swiss and provolone, “boxed” fresh salad…so many others! Love Aldi.

  • anne says:

    I think you missed the best treat of Aldi’s–sour cream 89 cents and no artificial anything. Compare their sour cream list to anyone elses! You can easily pay 3x the price for sour cream! Only bad news is that at this price it is not a treat; it’s a staple!
    I miss their frozen strudel. That was awesome; but they have not carried it in a long time.

  • Sheila Heiner says:

    I love their chocolate! Excellent quality.

  • Lynn says:

    I agree with almost everything you listed. Our ‘special’ items we enjoy there are their german chocolate, fig bars, white cheddar corn puffs, goat cheese, hard salami, smoked salmon, take n bake pizza and breadsticks, g-free products (especially the crackers and frozen meal pockets), nacho cheese, lemon bread, coffee cake, and cinnamon rolls. And I’m pretty sure their Cheese Club mac n cheese is actually Kraft – it tastes exactly the same!

  • Becky says:

    I am new to your site and have been to Aldo’s in the next city a few times and liked it. After reading this article and all the comments I will make it a regular shopping stop now. Thanks.

  • Gail says:

    I agree with your list accept for the Cheddar Cheese. I think it has different taste and consistency than other brands I have tried including store brands.

  • Carol A Swanson says:

    I agree with most on your list, but I would also add resealable plastic bags (all sizes), aluminum foil & facial tissue. Also, some of their non-food items are often good buys. I bought a paper shredder a couple of years ago that is still going strong.

  • Karen Jones says:

    We purchase many items at Aldi’s and have been very pleased with most of them. However their cereals get soggy very quickly so we do not buy cereal there. Milk and eggs are always great prices. Love the store. We have also been very happy with the produce.

  • Emily says:

    I love ALDIs!
    I just got back from there….Some of my non mentioned weekly staples include:
    -coffee creamer
    -yogurt
    -fresh chicken Breast
    -chicken salad
    -fresh Salmon
    -canaster of coffee
    -Diapers
    I get most my milk, eggs, and cheese at Walmart bc I get WIC benefits for free…but otherwise I’d buy them at ALDI… by the way… it would be really nice if they accepted WIC at ALDIs…. then I could probably avoid a 2nd store almost every week!

  • Nicole J says:

    Agree!
    Also love: pretzels $.59 a bag!
    Bakery cinnamon rolls ( my kids say they compare to ikea)
    Hash brown patties ( freezer section, bake them… yum! Like McD’s but less grease)* treat item not every trip

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