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My 25 Favorite Things to Buy at ALDI

Have you ever wondered what are the best things to buy at ALDI? This is my personal comprehensive list of the best deals at ALDI — meaning these are all items that I can almost always find for the lowest price at ALDI compared to other grocery stores. And don’t miss my list of what NOT to buy at ALDI, too!

{Psst! Wondering why I love ALDI so much? Read this post on why I think everyone should shop at ALDI to save money!}

the best things to buy 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 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!)

salsa at aldi

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!

tortilla chips at aldi

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!

chocolate chips at aldi

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!

best deals at aldi: coconut oil

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!)

olive oil at aldi

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!)

sugar at aldi

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!)

peanut butter at aldi

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!

what to buy at aldi: cereal

best things to buy at aldi: cereal

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.

tortillas at aldi

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!!!

canned tomatoes at aldi

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!

canned green beans at aldi

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!

aldi best buys: milk

milk at aldi

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.

great price on bananas at aldi

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.)

cheap berries at aldi

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!)

grapes at aldi

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!

melons at aldi

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!

great deal on butter at aldi

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.
bread on aldi shelf buying bread at aldi

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!)

feta cheeses at aldi

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!

hummus at aldi

20. Hummus

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

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!

frozen chicken at aldi

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.

frozen fruit at aldi

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.

frozen veggies at aldi

24. Frozen Veggies

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

mac and cheese at aldi

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? What do you think are the best deals at ALDI? 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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This Week’s $47 ALDI Shopping Trip

I stopped by ALDI today and got some great deals (as always!):

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • Mangoes — just $0.49 each (we’re not a huge fan of mangoes, otherwise I would have bought more!)
  • Watermelon — $2.99 (I thought this was seedless because it was in the seedless watermelon bin, but it was actually with seeds. Oh well!)
  • Organic Arugula — $2.49 (I eat this on salads almost daily and love that it’s so fresh and inexpensive at ALDI!)
  • 3 packages of Strawberries — $1.49 each (I was excited for a deal on strawberries — my kids love berries and so do I!)
  • 2 bags Frozen Broccoli — $1.19 per bag (I usually roast this with a little olive oil and seasonings. SO good!)
  • 1 3-lb. bag of Boneless Chicken Breasts — $5.49 (We’re going to use this for chicken on the grill & Southwest Roll-Ups this week, since I already have salsa, tortillas, cheese, and beans!)
  • 2 packages Beef Smoked Sausage — $2.19 each (We’re going to use this for Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Sweet Potatoes in the crock pot since I already have sauerkraut and sweet potatoes on hand and we’ll probably have enough for two dinners from this.)
  • Red Grapes — $1.98 for the bag (My kids love grapes and they make for an easy lunch or for easy snacks. Growing up, we love to freeze grapes for a summer snack, too!)
  • 1 can Pineapple — $0.89 (I use this in my morning smoothies.)
  • 1 bag Frozen Blueberries — $2.29 (I use this in my morning smoothies.)
  • Bananas — $0.82
  • 1 block Mozzarella cheese — $1.79
  • Cantaloupe — $1.49
  • Bacon — $3.89
  • 4-lb. Pure Cane Sugar — $2.59 (ALDI has such great prices on sugar!)
  • Feta crumbles — $1.49 (I love this on my salads!)
  • Hummus — $1.99
  • Total + tax: $47.94

New to shopping at ALDI? Read how we save close to $1,000 per year by shopping at ALDI.

I planned our menu based upon what we had on hand and what was on sale at ALDI… well, and what I was hungry for (hello, pancakes for dinner!)

We still need to buy 2 dozen eggs (we don’t buy them at ALDI as we buy the farm-fresh brown eggs at Kroger and we are down to 6 eggs) and we will also need to buy some veggies/fruit to bring to the barbecue on Friday.

I also ordered some honey from Amazon (using Swagbucks gift cards) since we were all out. And there’s a good chance I’ll stop by Kroger at least once or twice this week to see if I find any great markdowns.

But other than that, I think we have everything on hand we need to feed our family for the week.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Breakfast Options: Oatmeal and/or smoothies (I am having eggs, whole-wheat English Muffins, and fruit.)

Lunch Options: Cheese Quesadillas, Leftovers, PB & J, Snack-y Lunch (I will have a salad with canned tuna or salmon or hard-boiled eggs, plus whole-wheat bread.)

Snacks: Healthy Cinnamon Sugar Apples, Apples & Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip, Fruit, Popcorn, Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

Dinners: Breakfast for Dinner, Chicken on the Grill, Southwest Roll-Ups, Sausage, Sauerkraut, and Sweet Potatoes x 2, Dinner out, BBQ with friends (we’re bringing veggies & fruit).

Want to see more details on my ALDI shopping trip? I did a quick video for Facebook Live below…

What’s on YOUR menu plan this week? Let us know in the comments!

How Bad Etiquette Can Cost You

Emily emailed in the following tip:

I have always believed that etiquette is for everyone… not just the elite. Etiquette, to me, is the culmination of advanced societal norms. It helps you feel comfortable in any situation, and, even more importantly, it helps you help others feel comfortable, as well.

Many people erroneously assume you must be wealthy to use etiquette — but this is completely wrong. Yes, etiquette does have strong ties to money, but probably not in the ways you might expect.

In my opinion, BAD etiquette can actually cost you money! Here’s how…

1. You may get into debt trying to keep up with the Joneses.

Etiquette helps you be a respectful, polite person — it doesn’t mean you need to pay to have all of your clothes monogrammed or that you need a full pattern of silverware in order to properly entertain guests. By thinking of etiquette as appearances instead of authenticity, many people assume they can’t “afford” etiquette.

2. You may not get the job.

I guarantee that if you and another candidate are equally qualified for a certain job but they show good business etiquette and you don’t, they’ll get the job every time. I’ve witnessed this many times. As an employee, we are the face of a company to the public and a business always wants to show the best.

3. You may lose repeat business.

Even if you get the job and “work your way up,” knowing proper etiquette and how to treat people will take you far in life.

One of the top complaints I get from business customers is when employees respond with “no problem” to a “thank you.” I know, I know, it sounds small. However, Chick-fil-a is well known for responding with “my pleasure.”

The little things really make a difference, and etiquette is something that can take you from good to great.

I hope you see that etiquette is truly for everyone and see how, aside from having a more polite society, there are plenty of benefits from utilizing etiquette in our everyday world.

Emily Glass is the wife of Garrett and mom to Katherine and Grant. She blogs at Etiquette By Emily and is a compliance officer of a local bank and mayor for the town where she and her family live.

What I Wore This Week (Frugal Fashion)

I told you all that I’m taking the Get Your Pretty On Summer Style Challenge. So far, I’m loving this challenge and can’t believe how much it’s encouraging me to get dressed in a cute outfit every day, try some new outfit pairings, and just enjoy putting together looks. Plus, I LOVE the Facebook Group where women share their own variation of each day’s outfit. 

I thought it would be fun to share a round-up of my outfits from this past week in hopes that it might inspire you with ideas and or encourage you to take a little time to mix and match items you already have to create some cute outfits!

Here’s what I wore this week:

Shirt: Amazon ($18 Prime)
Shorts: Zulily Sale (no longer available)
Shoes: Amazon
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack

Top: Amazon
Earrings: Amazon
Shorts: Stitch Fix
Shoes: Zulily sale (no longer available)

Top: Amazon
Shoes: Amazon
Shorts: Zulily Sale (no longer available)
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack

I think these shorts are a little short for the top or the top is a little long for the shorts, but it’s what I had, so I went with it!

Top: Cents of Style — it’s just $15.95 right now 
Pants: Stitch Fix — watch my unboxing video of what I got in my most recent box here.
Shoes: Amazon
Jewelry: Amazon

This was probably my least favorite outfit of the challenge so far. I love the shirt. I love the pants. I just think they are too bland together. It needs a bright pop of color — more than the jewelry. Any ideas or suggestions? I’d love to hear!


Dress: Amazon — Just $16.99 on Amazon!
Jewelry: Kohl’s Clearance Rack (mostly)
Shoes: Amazon

I rarely wear dresses… so I am excited to be pushed out of my clothing comfort zone with the GYPO challenge. I’m not sure what I think of this dress, but it might be growing on me!

For more frugal fashion tips, read my post on Why I Buy Almost All of My Jewelry at Kohl’s, my post on My 3 Favorite Summer Shirts on Amazon, and My Top 3 Sites to Get Great Deals on Clothes.

P.S. Find out more about the Get Your Pretty On Summer Style challenge here (use coupon code MSM10 to get $10 off!)