ALDI is one of my favorite places to shop. In fact, ALDI is a frugal girl’s best friend. Although, maybe not all the time. ALDI can be a great place to save money, but as I have focused on feeding my family of 10 for just $350 a month, I have had to learn about what things save me money and what things are things I want to walk away from.
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So now, let’s talk about ALDI.
I have been an ALDI shopper for years. Over time, I have compared their prices to the same things at a variety of stores. As a result, I have a list of things that I do and don’t buy there. And, I’m sharing it with you!
Here’s the cheat sheet you need for saving money at ALDI
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These are the things that generally ARE a good deal at ALDI
I like ALDI for milk and eggs. Occasionally I buy cheese there if I need it and can’t find it on sale. If I can combine a sale and a coupon, cheese is generally less expensive at a regular store. Yogurt is also cheaper in almost all cases, and so are things like half & half and heavy cream. Although I don’t have personal experience, I have had others tell me that specialty milk like almost milk is cheaper there.
ALDI is an awesome place to buy chips, chocolate, graham crackers, and saltine crackers. However, I find that cookies, granola bars, and other sweet snacks are cheaper at a regular store when using a sale and a coupon.
Although their selection is limited, ALDI is often the cheapest place to buy cereal. There are times when you can find it in a store on sale and using a coupon for less, but for the most part you can always know that the cereal you buy at ALDI will be a great price. I also buy oatmeal at ALDI. Cereal bars, any kids of cakes, or other pre-made breakfast item is not generally a good buy at ALDI.
I find these are almost always all a great buy at ALDI. Flour, sugars, oils, baking chips, spices, marshmallows, and just about anything else you might need for baking are all priced great an ALDI.
ALDI is great for soup, canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, sauces, and refried beans are a great price. Tortillas are a great value, and so is a variety of ethnic foods. If you eat hot dogs, they are often a great price, and so is lunch meat for sandwiches if you can’t catch it on a sale.
Aldi has great prices on frozen vegetables and fruits, pizzas, french fries, and even ice cream. From a frugal standpoint, many of these things are cheaper to make on your own, but if you are buying them from a store, ALDI has great prices.
Organic and specialty items:
ALDI has an ever-growing selection of these items. And, when compared with regular stores, they will almost always be cheaper. It is worth taking a walk through the store every time if you are looking for these things. You will almost always find something new every time you look.
Many produce items are cheaper at ALDI than other places, but I find I often have to look the items over more carefully at ALDI than at other places, checking for freshness.
As long as you are willing to look carefully and are buying produce that is nice and fresh, the prices at ALDI are quite good for produce items.
Breads, buns, and rolls are all great options to buy from ALDI, however, you can always make these cheaper at home. When compared with a regular store, you will usually find better prices at ALDI. We are lucky to have a bread outlet nearby. Do you? They have amazing prices!
They have awesome wine at awesome prices!
These are the things that generally are NOT a good deal at ALDI
These aren’t horrible at ALDI, but I get any paper products like toilet paper at Walgreens or CVS for the best prices. Generally, I do not buy these things at ALDI.
Things like soap, shampoo, and other things like this are not cheapest at ALDI.
Meats like ground beef, chicken, and pork will almost always be cheaper at stores other than ALDI.
This list of what to buy and what not to buy at ALDI is far from inclusive of everything they carry. Prices will also vary some, but in collaborating with others, the things to buy and stay away from are fairly consistent among us all. Wondering what to buy and what not to buy at ALDI? This cheat sheet is a great place to start.