My Favorite Things To Buy At ALDI

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Today I’m sharing an updated list of all of my favorite things to buy at ALDI!

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Hey friends!  I thought I’d take a break from our regular recipe posting today, and instead, share with you all about the favorite things in my cart lately at one of my favorite places — ALDI!

Those of you who have followed this blog for any number of time probably know that I’m a total fangirl of ALDI.  It was really the first grocery store where I shopped regularly once I started teaching myself to cook (especially when I was on a tight non-prof budget), it’s the closest grocery store to my loft, and it’s still just one of my favorite places to go grocery shopping.  As Barclay says, I have “ALDI” feels about ALDI.  ?

For any of you who’ve never been to the store, I actually did a little ALDI 101 mini-series here on the blog years ago (including Why I Shop At ALDI, How To Shop At ALDI, and What To Buy At ALDI), which I’d highly recommend reading before your first trip there.  But in a nutshell, ALDI is just a cool discount grocery store that has come up with some creative ways to cut store costs and keep prices way down for customers.  (My favorite examples of this include having customers pay for their own grocery bags, having customers check out and return their own grocery carts so that they don’t have to hire a staff member to chase them down all day, and having a zillion bar codes hidden on item packages so that the cashiers can scan them at ninja-fast speeds!)  But more than anything, I just love shopping at ALDI because I love their stuff.  It’s definitely not a one-stop-shop every time, since their stores are small and the selection is purposely limited (another cost-saving measure).  So I usually hit up ALDI about once a week, and then supplement those trips with a visit to a full-selection grocery store once or twice a month in between.  But I always stock up on the basics at ALDI.  And I love how they continue to expand their organic offerings, and clean up their labels, and bring in new items week after week.

So, since ALDI’s inventory has changed significantly in the 3+ years since I wrote those initial posts, I thought it would be fun to pop back in today and tell you about the items in my cart lately.  There are, of course, hundreds and hundreds of other items available at ALDI, including those in their Special Buys section which rotates in new items weekly.  So don’t think that my list below is an exhaustive list of the store’s selection — it’s simply just a few of the everyday stuff that I like to buy.  You know, my basics.  So if you’re considering going to ALDI for the first time, or just looking for some new items to try, I hope that this list might be helpful to you!

For what it’s worth, I’d like to say that these are just purely my own recommendations — this post isn’t sponsored in any way by ALDI.  Also, items change weekly there, and different stores stock slightly different inventory, so 100% of these items might not be the ones carried at your local store.  Also, prices change weekly at ALDI, so don’t expect the numbers I listed below to always be the same.  I just thought it might be helpful to give you a ballpark on how much things cost, in case you’d like to do some comparison shopping.

Alright, let’s get on to the good stuff! Here are my favorite things to buy at ALDI!  ♥

Aldi Chips 1

Aldi Chips 2

Chips & Crackers

Ok, I’m just going to list my favorite items in the order that I find them while walking through my neighborhood ALDI, starting with what I’m greeted with when I first walk in the door — chips!  ALDI has a fantastic selection of chips, including just about every size and shape of corn tortilla chip you could ever want (which I didn’t list out here in full) and some awesome root vegetable chips.  They also carry an awesome GF line of pretzels and crackers, which I actually prefer to their non-GF counterparts.  Just look out…once you start out on those Sea Salt & Black Pepper Kettle Chips, you’re never gonna want to stop.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Kettle Chips — Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Original, Jalapeno or Mesquite BBQ ($1.79 / 8.5 oz)
  • Exotic Blend Vegetable Chips ($2.79 / 7.5 oz)
  • Sweet Potato Chips ($1.99 / 7 oz)
  • Multigrain Tortilla Chips ($1.69/9 oz)
  • Gluten-Free Prezel Sticks or Minis ($1.89 / 8 oz)
  • Gluten-Free Multi-Seed Crackers — Sea Salt or Rosemary & Olive Oil ($1.49 / 4.25 oz)

Aldi Chocolate Bars

Chocolate

Alright, so I’ve gotta confess that I’m the rare bird (ahem, woman) who’s not super into chocolate.  I know, I know.  So if you happen to be an ALDI chocolate-lover, please chime in and share your favorite recs in the comments!  But that said, ALDI is widely reputed for stocking some of the best (and most affordable!) imported German chocolates around.  So I regularly buy their chocolate bars as gifts, and also love baking with their 70% and 85% dark chocolate bars (which are delicious).  If you love chocolate, this section of the store is definitely worth visiting.  ?  Here are my faves:

  • Moser Roth Premium Chocolate Bars — 85% Cocoa, 70% Cocoa, Milk Chocolate, Toffee Crunch, Chili, Mint, Orange, Almond ($1.99 / 4.4 oz)
  • Schogetten — Caramel Brownie, Alpine Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Cookies & Cream, Dark Chocolate & Other Assorted Flavors ($0.99 / 3.5 oz)

Aldi Nuts 1

Aldi Nuts 2

Aldi Nuts 3

Nuts & Seeds

So I buy tons of nuts and seeds at ALDI, because they have an enormous selection and they are outrageously inexpensive compared to most other stores.  Like, seriously, I think these may be some of the best deals in the entire store.  I’m loving that they have expanded their selection to include pumpkin seeds and pepitas this season, and that they also now offer raw nuts blends as well.  And oh my goodness — love, love, love those Salt & Pepper Pistachios.  Here are my favorite nuts that I buy regularly (so many!):

  • Oven-Roasted Almonds — Sea Salt, Unsalted, Wasabi Soy, Cocoa or Smoked ($5.79 / 12 oz)
  • Cocktail Peanuts ($2.39 / 16 oz)
  • Dry-Roasted Peanuts – Salted, Unsalted, or Honey-Roasted ($1.99 / 16 oz)
  • Mixed Nuts ($2.79 / 10 oz)
  • Cashew Halves ($2.99 / 8 oz)
  • Shelled Pistachios ($5.99 / 6 oz)
  • Unsalted Pistachios ($5.29 / 10 oz)
  • Salt & Pepper or Chili Limon Pistachios ($7.49 / 13 oz)
  • Roasted Salted Pistachios ($7.99 / 16 oz)
  • Roasted Salted Macadamia Nuts ($7.99 / 10 oz)
  • Salt & Pepper or Chili Lime Cashews ($4.69 / 10 oz)
  • Pepitas with Salt ($1.99 / 6 oz)
  • Pumpkin Seeds with Salt ($1.99 / 6 oz)
  • Flax Seed ($2.49 / 15 oz)
  • Roasted Sunflower Seeds, Salted or Unsalted ($1.99 / 10.5 oz)
  • Deluxe Whole Cashews, Salted or Unsalted ($10.99 / 1 lb 14 oz)
  • Deluxe Mixed Nuts, Salted or Unsalted ($11.99 / 1 lb 14 oz)
  • Raw Cashews, Walnuts & Macadamia Nuts ($4.99 / 8 oz)
  • Raw Almonds, Pecans & Pistachio Kernels ($4.99 / 8 oz)
  • Pecan Halves ($5.79 / 10 oz)
  • Chopped Pecans ($4.59 / 8 oz)
  • Sliced or Slivered Almonds ($2.99 / 6 oz)
  • Shelled Walnuts ($4.99 / 16 oz)
  • Chopped Walnuts ($2.99 / 8 oz)

Aldi Dried Fruit Apricots Bananas

Dried Fruit

You can also always count on ALDI to have a good selection of various dried fruit at really great prices.  Here are a few of my faves:

  • Dried Berries & Cherries ($2.45 / 3.5-5 oz)
  • Dried Cranberries ($1.29 / 5 oz)
  • Dried Apricots ($2.89 / 6 oz)
  • Banana Chips ($2.19 / 12 oz)

Aldi Nut Butters 1

Nut Butters & Honey 

ALDI also has an extensive selection of various nut butters and honeys, which are also great deals compared to some regular store brands.  These three are my favorites!

  • Organic Creamy Peanut Butter ($3.99 / 1 lb)
  • Creamy Almond Butter ($5.99 / 12 oz)
  • Organic Wildflower Honey ($3.49 / 12 oz)

Aldi Coconut Oil Apple Cider Vinegar

ALDI Oats and Sunflower Oil

Aldi Sugar and Salad Dressing

Pantry Essentials 

I’m a big believer in trying to buy organic pantry essentials when possible, so I’m thrilled that each of these organic options are now available at ALDI.  They also have a handful of organic salad dressings now (all with clean labels!), but that green goddess dressing is by far my fave.  Here are the items I buy regularly:

  • Organic Fair Trade Cane Sugar or Brown Sugar ($2.89 / 24-32 oz)
  • Organic Quick Oats or Old Fashioned Rolled Oats ($2.69 / 18 oz)
  • Organic Agave Nectar ($2.99 / 11.75 oz)
  • Organic Coconut Oil ($3.99 / 14 oz)
  • Organic Sunflower Oil ($3.99 / 16.9 oz)
  • Organic Apple Cider Vinegar ($1.99 / 16.9 oz)
  • Organic Tahini Green Goddess Dressing ($1.99 / 12 oz)

Aldi Milk and Parmesan

Aldi Cheese and Butter

Aldi Brie and Cream Cheese

Dairy

I also do most of my dairy shopping at ALDI nowadays, especially since they have expanded their organic offerings with milks and cheeses.  I’m also a big fan of their big (and inexpensive) wedges of Parmesan, all of their soft cheeses, and their queso fresco (also priced low).  That said, if you’re a cheese lover, you absolutely MUST check out the “special buys” section of cheeses whenever you visit ALDI.  They bring in fun new limited-edition kinds of cheeses each week — often seasonally-themed — and my friends and I love trying them out together.  Here are my faves:

  • Organic Milk — Skim, 2% or Whole ($2.95 / half gallon)
  • Organic Shredded Cheese — Mozzarella or Mexican-Blend ($2.99 / 6 oz)
  • Organic String Cheese ($3.49 / 6 oz)
  • Butter — Salted or Unsalted ($2.89 / 1 lb)
  • Parmesan Cheese or Asiago Cheese Wedge ($3.79 / 8 oz)
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Ball ($2.69 / 8 oz)
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles ($1.99 / 5 oz)
  • Feta and Reduced-Fat Feta Cheese Crumbles ($1.79 / 4 oz)
  • Goat Cheese Logs — Plain, Honey, or Garlic & Herb ($1.99 / 4 oz)
  • Queso Fresco ($2.49 / 10 oz)
  • Double-Cream Brie Round ($2.99 / 8 oz)

Aldi Limes and Pineapple

Aldi Baby Spinach Organic Carrots

Produce

I feel like ALDI’s produce section has gotten a bad rap over the years, because occasionally some items are a little over- or under-ripe.  But that happens at regular grocery stores too!  So as always, use common sense and check the item before you buy it to see if it will be ready to use when you want it.  (For example, their avocados usually take at least a few days to ripen, while their limes are usually nice and soft and ready to go.)

But that said, I will be the first to say that I love ALDI’s produce section.  You can find some incredible deals there, which I think is hugely important if you’re trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet.  And they’re also introducing more and more organic options each month.

Granted, I definitely don’t do 100% of my produce shopping at ALDI.  Their selection is limited, and I generally prefer to buy all of my thin-skinned produce organic if possible (which I often source from my local farmers’ market or CSA).  But, I definitely buy most of my thick-skinned produce from ALDI, and I always pick up a bag of organic greens each time I’m there, and have loved trying out the rest of their organic line as well.  And of course — as you longtime readers may remember — I always, always pick up a pineapple each time I’m there (#tradition?).  Here are my favorite produce items lately:

  • Whole Pineapple ($1.99)
  • Limes ($0.25)
  • Organic Baby Carrots ($1.69 / 1 lb)
  • Organic Bananas ($0.59 / lb)
  • Organic Apples ($5.99 / 3 lbs)
  • Organic Avocados ($3.49 / 4-pack)
  • Organic Tomatoes On The Vine ($2.69 / 1 lb)
  • Organic Grape Tomatoes ($2.49 / 1 pint)
  • Organic Greens — Baby Spinach, Baby Arugula, Mixed Greens ($2.49 / 5 oz)
  • Bulk Organic Spring Mix ($3.27 / 16 oz)

Aldi Bread

Bread

As I mentioned in my post last Friday, it’s pretty rare that I buy or bake bread nowadays, mostly because I can never seem to get through an entire loaf on my own as a single person.  But when I do have the bread craving, I really like ALDI’s new seed-ier breads.  And I love their garlic naan, which does happen to freeze well.

  • Organic Seedtastic Bread ($3.49)
  • Knock Your Sprouts Off Sprouted 7-Grain Bread ($2.99)
  • Naan — Original or Garlic ($3.49 / 4-count)

Aldi Organic Tomatoes Black Beans

Aldi Tikka Masala Chipotle Adobo

Canned Veggies & Jarred Sauces 

Ok, I’m feeling like a bit of a broken record touting all of ALDI’s organic options.  But you guys — they finally started carrying organic beans and tomatoes!  Even better, I even found organic fire-roasted tomatoes in the store the other day, which are my absolute favorite.  So excited!  I’ve also recently tried out some of their new Thai and Indian sauces, and they were awesome.

  • Organic Beans — Black, Kidney or Garbanzo ($0.79 / 15 oz)
  • Organic Diced Tomatoes ($1.69 / 28 oz)
  • Organic Fire-Roasted Tomatoes ($1.29 / 15 oz)
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce ($0.99 / 7 oz)
  • Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce ($1.89 / 24 oz)
  • Thai Curry Sauce, Red Or Green ($1.99 / 13 oz)
  • Indian Sauces, Tikka Masala or Korma ($1.99 / 16 oz)

ALDI Quinoa and Spaghetti Pasta

Grains, Rice & Pasta 

ALDI carries an impressive assortment of all of these things, but again, their organic line is what I seem to be purchasing nowadays.  So good…and so affordable!  (Especially that quinoa!!)

  • Organic Brown or White Rice ($3.29 / 28 oz)
  • Organic Quinoa ($2.99 / 28 oz)
  • Organic Red or Green Lentils ($1.99 / 16 oz)
  • Organic Spaghetti or Linguine ($1.29 / 16 oz)

ALDI Organic Ground Beef and Prosciutto

Meats 

ALDI has been a little slower to incorporate organic meat into their store, so right now I mainly only buy their grass-fed beef.  But, I do really enjoy their Italian-style deli meats.  And when the bacon craving hits, their center-cut bacon (and occasionally some of their other speciality bacons) is really good and affordable.

  • Organic 100% Grass-Fed Ground Beef ($5.49 / 1 lb)
  • Italian-Style Deli Meats — Prosciutto, Sopressata or Capocollo ($2.99 / 3 oz)
  • Diced Pancetta ($2.49 / 4 oz)
  • Center-Cut Bacon ($3.49 / 12 oz)

Aldi Hummus and Salsa

Refrigerated Dips 

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve shown up at a party and been served ALDI hummus…  Let’s just say that my friends are major fans of this stuff.  Their flavors change out occasionally, but they’re always about $2 and taste just like their name brand equivalents.  (Their new “Significantly Spicy” flavor is my favorite…and is true to its name!)  Also, I’m a hard salsa grader, and their line of fresh salsas are actually really good.

  • Hummus — Original, Pine Nut, Roasted Red Pepper, Significantly Spicy ($1.99 / 10 oz)
  • Fresh Salsa — Mild, Medium or Hot ($2.49 / 16 oz)

Aldi Veggie Burgers Frozen Strawberries Blueberries Fruit

Frozen Foods 

I really don’t buy too many frozen foods at ALDI…probably because I don’t buy too many frozen foods in general.  But they carry most of the typical frozen foods available in larger grocery stores, including all kinds of frozen veggies and fruit.  I do enjoy buying their various veggie burgers, and they have some killer deals on frozen organic berries.

  • Kale Veggie Burgers ($3.99 / 10 oz)
  • Organic Strawberries and Blueberries ($2.79 / 10-12 oz)

Winking Owl Wine Aldi

Beer & Wine 

If you live in a state where selling alcohol in grocery stores is legal, your local ALDI may carry some beers and wine.  (Some of our stores in Missouri do, some don’t.)  I’ve found their selection to be hit and miss, but I have friends who rave about various labels they’ve found that they enjoy, so it’s worth exploring if you’re interested.  The one thing I do stock up on regularly is their famous “Winking Owl” wines — which are what my friends fondly refer to as ALDI’s 2-Buck-Chuck.  They’re decent wines, and I like having them on hand for cooking and making sangria.

  • Winking Owl Pinot Grigio ($2.89)

Aldi Razors and Facial Tissue

Household Stuff 

ALDI also has an extensive section with various household products, ranging from bath/beauty products to paper towels to batteries to laundry detergent and more.  I don’t shop that section very often, but I do buy my razors from there (which are half the price of the exact same razors I’ve found at other stores).  And I often pick up things like facial tissue (their boxes are cute), and other random things for the kitchen like aluminum foil, sponges, storage bags, etc.

  • Women’s Triple-Blade Razors ($2.99 / 3-pack)
  • Facial Tissue ($1.09)
  • Gallon Storage (40-count) or Freezer Bags (30-count) ($1.99)
  • Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges ($1.29 / 3-count)

Alright, those are all of MY favorite things to buy at ALDI.  Now it’s your turn — please share YOUR favorites in the comments below!

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92 comments on “My Favorite Things To Buy At ALDI”

  1. LOVE ALDI! I would add their granola selection to this list. They have some great ones, including gluten-free and organic options. I like the apple walnut granola.

  2. I love the new baby products available at Aldi’s.  The brand is Little Journey and the prices are significantly lower than other stores.  I also love the Gheridelli brownie mix, Sinply Nature Vanilla Almond cereal, Bolder paper towels, and Moose tracks ice cream!

  3. I too love ALDI. I always freeze my bread & take out a slice or two at a time as needed – 10 seconds in the microwave & it’s good to go. When I buy bagels or English muffins, I separate the halves & stack them back in the bag with the outsides all going the same direction – that way they don’t stick together when frozen & I can take out just a half. No more throwing away stale bread.

  4. Can’t go wrong with their cheeses and chocolates! ?

  5. Uhhhhhhh, I want to live where you live. Ha! It is constantly amazing to me how many brands there are in just North America, nevermind the world. I live in BC, Canada, and I don’t recognize a single one of those brands, however, everything looks amazing. I know that there are so many economic factors at play that affect the prices of things (CAN/US dollar, and relatedly, the fact that Canada ships in a lot of its products from the US; the cost of living in your area versus my area, minimum wage rate, etc), but overall, the products that you show are all VASTLY less expensive than what I have to pay in Canada. The only thing comparable really is the specialty bread. The honey alone – man, I wish I could buy honey at that price, and organic to boot, yow!

    I will have to keep an eye out for ALDI if I ever find myself in that neck of the woods. Lovely post – thanks for sharing your experience! :D

  6. I haven’t been to Aldi in years, I need to go soon! I really enjoyed this post, especially because it was NOT sponsored. I’m so tired of bloggers (I don’t mean you) raving about something, only to find out they were paid to do so. And sometimes that’s hidden in the post, which is very shady.
    Thanks for the great info!

  7. We don’t have Aldi out west (boo!) but my mom shops there in Kentucky. So when we are around we always hit it up. At Christmas there are these chocolate mint cookies. It’s essentially a high end oreo with mind candy cane filling, all dipped in dark chocolate. They are seasonal and SO GOOD! You have got to be on the lookout for those. I always have her stock up and mail me a bunch :)

  8. I have only recently started shopping at ALDI. As in, within the last month. I did it initially to save money after a few over-indulgent months, but I’m growing to like it more and more each week. And as I figure out where items are in the store, I’m having to do less shopping in the bigger grocery stores.

    I also like the organic greens and organic milks. The biscotti is really good, and I just realized yesterday that they have multigrain English muffins, which are an early morning favorite for me.

  9. Ok, you have me just about convinced to try Aldi again. I went once or twice while living in Waldo but haven’t visited the now much closer Paseo one. I have a colleague who went and left before even entering the store because he felt weird.

    But if I go in daytime hours maybe it’s not so bad? Which Aldi do you frequent?

    • Oooh, give it another try! I actually go to the Paseo one most often since it’s the closest, and love how diverse it is. But that said, I also regularly hit up the Roeland Park ALDI and the Gladstone ALDI (which is my fave because it’s big and they have wine). They’re also building a brand new one next to Target in Zona Rosa, which I’m guessing will be my new favorite (since I do a little too much shopping at Target ;)). Lemme know how it goes!

  10. I actually tried ALDI this weekend in order to save a few bucks. I wish I had been able to find all the things you listed in this post! I especially wanted some raw nuts and organic canned tomatoes. I couldn’t find them, but maybe that’s just because I’m new there? I also live in a much smaller city, so maybe they don’t carry everything like you said. I’ll have to keep trying, thanks for the tips!

  11. Oh my gosh – I LOVE LOVE LOVE Aldi! I just started shopping there three months ago, and I had NO idea what I was missing! I’ve literally cut our grocery budget by 30%. It’s incredible! I’ll have to go back and check out the series you did a few years ago. Great post!!

  12. Oh man. My boyfriend lives in Australia, and I went to visit him this summer and was delighted to see they have Aldi EVERYWHERE! I asked him to take me and he thought I was crazy, but I loved every second of it :) We had the best wine and cheese night after our shopping trip!

  13. Aldi is truly the best. My mom just bought me a heart shaped key chain that says “I love Aldi” and has a tiny little pocket for a cart quarter! I love that they’re expanding their selection so much lately too. I used to only be able to get about half of my grocery list there every week, but now I sometimes can get everything!

  14. I have been without an Aldi’s close by for the past two years, and reading this made me miss it so much! I’m super jealous of all of these new (cheap!) healthy options.

  15. You are so lucky to have an Aldi’s that actually has things worth buying. Ours is so small and has nothing but crap. The meat sections is only five feet wide and they don’t carry milk any smaller than a gallon. Their “fresh” vegetables are usually old and not even worth “touching”. Many of the canned good are out dated but left on the shelves. I guess management at our store just doesn’t care. Even the cashiers are rude and literally toss your groceries into the cart. I tried going back a couple of time to see if things had changed and they didn’t. It’s too bad because I can see by the comments given here it is really a pretty good place to shop. You are the lucky ones.

  16. Aldi is the BEST – I do probably 80% of my shopping there.

    A couple of items to add to your list:
    -Most of their spices are $.99
    -Olive oil is around $3 a bottle
    -Around the holidays, they usually have some higher-end wines for decent prices. AND if you hit it on the right day after the holidays, the leftover bottles of these wines are majorly discounted! Last year I got a case of wine that was originally around $30/bottle for $6 each!

  17. I used to shop at ALDI when I had just finished college and I couldn’t afford the “regular” grocery stores. Back then (12-15 years ago) it didn’t have the many products it does now and certainly nothing gourmet! I recently started getting their baby pouches (I don’t have kids yet…) to keep at work for when I need a little pick me up. They store perfectly in my top drawer and there isn’t any weird stuff in them – just fruits and veggies.

  18. I also LOVE Aldi. This chain just came to NY over the last year or so.

    We love

    Fit & Active Fudge Pops $2.09 for 6
    Generic Tylenol and Advil ($1.99 each box of 50)
    40 count ziplock bags – $2.09
    75 feet Aluminum Foil $2.09
    flat breads $2.69 Flaxseed and Multi grain
    Fresh Flowers (ALWAYS fresh delivered large bouquet at $3.29)
    roses included too!
    Pumpkins $3,99 any size pumpkin
    I love the produce section too most items are under $1.00 each
    lettuce/mushrooms/asparagus/garlic/onions

  19. I love Aldi!  I agree that I can’t get everything there, but their selections of organic is huge for the size of the store.  We shop Aldi first against our list and then decide where to go based on what’s left.  I would add organic granola and they have organic marinara as well, which I keep on hand for days cooking from scratch is out of the question.  Your list was great and included many things we buy as well.  And I agree about the avocados, but as long as I don’t need it the day I buy it, they are the best deal around.

  20. I love their multi-grain chips and their cheeses. I haven’t been there in a while. I am thinking I need to make a trip now. :)

  21. We are supposed to be getting an ALDI, so I can’t wait for it to open to see what all they have!

  22. Hey Ali! I was thrilled you Love shopping at Aldi. There’s one here about 7-8 miles from my home here in Eastern NC–I love their fresh fruits and vegies and Oh, their brand of Milk–Yes, I Am A Cow’s Milk kind of girl. I ONLY buy fresh Pineapple as it is sooo tasty!! My grocery budget goes further shopping there and at Harris Teeter with their Wonderful eVic buys/Specials.

  23. It’s so nice to know everything wonderful does not have to come from Trader Joe’s or Wholefoods stores both of which are touted so often by bloggers.  I love Aldi.  To be fair though i don’t have a Trader Joe or Wholefood store within 300 miles of me!

  24. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Aldi and I tell everyone to shop there!!! My husband keeps asking when I’m gonna get a job there since I am there a lot! Your post made me smile that I’m not alone in my love for Aldi!

  25. Aldi’s has excellent brown sugar! Won’t buy it any other place!

  26. So great to see ALDI getting some recognition! I used to shop there almost exclusively for all my groceries when I lived in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest. Their products are fantastic (though their produce can sometimes be a little wonky). Sadly, when I moved back to Oregon I had to give up ALDI and I definitely miss it :( They’re in California now, so I hope they make their way up to the Portland area soon!

    Chocolate recommendations: I would definitely suggest Choceur Fruit and Nut Bar (milk chocolate with bits of nuts and dried fruit) and Moser Roth Orange and Almond. I stock up on these every time I find myself near an Aldi :)

  27. Awesome write up, you make me what to go check out Aldi’s, I have not been there is years! Some really great buys :)

  28. I go back and forth with loving my local Aldi. They do have a nice selection and I’ve found so many great items there but it’s always soooo crowded and the produce is very hit or miss. I do think their gluten free pasta is some of the best I’ve tried. Also last autumn they had this pumpkin risotto in the frozen section that was so tasty.

  29. This post is so helpful! Thanks for sharing. I was JUST thinking I need to try out the new ALDI by my house!

  30. I go there for our mushrooms, lemons, butter canned tomatoes…and many other things. I bought a 5# pkg of 75/25 hamburger figuring I would split it up and just let the extra grease drain off. Guess what – no extra grease! It was great!

  31. Thanks for the memories.  When I lived in OH I loved shopping at Aldi’s on a weekly basis; additionally I loved the Lacura cosmetics they sold, and the chocolate bars are just awesome!!.  Don’t know if they are still offering these?  I now live in CO and will have to investigate again, but don’t think there are any stores here in the state.

  32. My husband and I started shopping at ALDI this year and our household grocery budget has gone down significantly just because of that one change! Aldi is my favorite.

  33. My husband & I shop ALDI’s sales every week. Their fresh produce sales are the chief reason we shop there. We aren’t into processed foods at all. They always have pineapples on sale, and in season fruits & vegetables are so much cheaper than our reg. gro. stores. Don’t know what we would do without Aldi’s.

  34. I used to shop at Aldi when my kids were little (they are adults now) and I didn’t get support from their dad. I would go in and make up my menu based on what was available in the store that week. I haven’t been there in a long time as it is not close to me anymore. Maybe when I go to visit my kids.

  35. ALDI…I love that store! But sadly there isn’t one in my area. I shop there when I travel north of my hometown. I am so delighted to see them going organic an natural. And the prices, well I think they’ll give those bigger whole food chains a run for their money.

  36. A suggestion on the avocados, I buy several when I’m there and put some in the veggie drawer of my fridge. But then I put one or two in a small brown paper bag and put them on top of the fridge. By the next day, if you’ve picked the riper ones, you shouold have a wonderfully soft ripe avocado. I peel one, mash it a little , add a little slat and pepper and some fresh diced tomatoes and eat it for my salad at a meal. You can then take them out of the fridge and ripen them in the bag every few days without having them go bad on you. The only thing I don’t like about Aldi’s is their selection of coffee and creamers. They don’t carry Folgers!…..sigh

  37. A suggestion on the avocados, I buy several when I’m there and put some in the veggie drawer of my fridge. But then I put one or two in a small brown paper bag and put them on top of the fridge. By the next day, if you’ve picked the riper ones, you should have a wonderfully soft ripe avocado. I peel one, mash it a little , add a little salt and pepper and some fresh diced tomatoes and eat it for my salad at a meal. You can then take them out of the fridge and ripen them in the bag every few days without having them go bad on you. The only thing I don’t like about Aldi’s is their selection of coffee and creamers. They don’t carry Folgers!…..sigh

  38. Wow-I have an Aldi’s right across the street from my favorite place to shop, Trader Joe’s, and have never been. I didn’t realize how much organic & healthier food that Aldi’s offers. So many prices are lower than TJ’s. Seems crazy that they are owned by the same company!

    Will definitely try this week! Thanks so much1

  39. My family loves the Burmans ghost pepper bbq sauce. Just enough burn!
    The bummer is, I think it was a special buy so might not be there much longer.

  40. I also love Aldis! When my daughter was diagnosed 3 years ago with Celiac Disease I started shopping there for the GF selection, she loves all of it! My advice for people who are nervous about trying different products there, try a new one every time you’re in the store. That way you can build up a selection of things you know you like. As for the chocolate, try the chocolate sea salt Caramels, they are to die for! 

  41. My Aldi just started carrying their version of larabars and they are $2 for 5 bars! Such a steal and they are really good!

  42. Gluten free pasta! They have the best deal for 16oz of quinoa + rice pasta. Yum. Also they have some g-free boxed mac and cheese that is so cheap and good (for boxed stuff!) Also love their whole milk organic yogurt and natural ice creams. And unsweetened almond milk! I mean… pretty much just everything. 

  43. The nearest Aldi has been 60 miles away so am looking forward to the new store opening in Tullahoma tn 15 miles away. Like the chip and nuts section and especially the fresh produce. Now can shop more in fresh meat and frozen section.

  44. I am in Pittsburgh, PA and we have many Aldi stores. I love their weekly specials that are very assorted in product. I love EVERYTHING that they offer and they have a GREAT RETURN POLICY. I particularly like the HOLIDAY SEASON items for they have the BEST cheeses, crackers, cookies, and desserts ever…great for entertaining. Their sister store is TRADER JOE’S!!!!

  45. I love ALDI wish there were some closer to me. (

  46. I second the sea salt caramels! They are amazing! I like having them on hand for surprise guests or game nights and don’t let myself eat them unless extra people are over :) My Aldi has some really great hard cider (Wicked Orchard).

    I live by a big, recently remodeled store and do maybe 85% of my shopping at Aldi!

  47. I can’t believe no one has yet mentioned their chocolate hazelnut spread (think Nutella but wth a lighter texture and even more delicious taste). It is so good and about half the price of Nutella.

  48. I’m newly married/new to grocery shopping and have been interested in giving aldi a go for their price savings. Now I know for sure I should add this to my places to shop!! Thanks for this post :)

  49. This is the USA. They dont have all this in Australia. Ugh.

  50. I find it quite funny that I come from the country where ALDI originated and I would be ECSTATIC if we had that caliber of products in Germany :(