Do you have an Aldi nearby you? It can be an amazing place to get some great deals on a regular basis. But, the thing is not everything at ALDI is going to be the best prices that you can find. For someone who feed her family of 10 on just $350 a month, I need to make every penny count. That means always getting the best prices I can for the foods that I buy.
I am amazed more and more at the selection and quality offered at ALDI, and it takes a bit of work to figure it all out. But, the good news is, I’ve made it easy for you!
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Here is the list of what to buy and what not to buy at ALDI if you want to get the most bang for your buck like I do!
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At times milk, eggs, or other various items may be on sale for a better price elsewhere, but I would say that only happens about four times a year at best.
At times Aldi gets specialty items in, too, but this is a list of things I know I can always get for a good price from Aldi. Because those specialty items vary, I am taking on the things they regularly carry.
Here is my list of what to buy, and what not to buy, at Aldi:
Things I almost always buy at Aldi
- snack chips
- saltine crackers
- salad dressing
- salt and pepper
- gravy packets
- cooking spray
- cocoa powder
- buttermilk (if I buy it as opposed to making it as I mentioned in baking substitutions)
- yogurt in the big tub
- various fruits as they are on special
- iceberg lettuce
- bag of onions
- cream cheese
- soup, especially cream soups
- pancake syrup
- some bread items
Things that I feel are rarely cheaper to buy at Aldi, if ever (some may surprise you)
- cereal (I can get name brand with a sale and a coupon at stores like Meijer in most cases)
- breakfast/granola bars (I make my own)
- lunch meat
- meat in general (sales at bigger stores are almost always better)
- canned fruits and veggies (sales at bigger stores are almost always better)
- pretty much all frozen foods
- boxed mixes for just about everything whether baked goods or potatoes
- things like foil, saran wrap etc.
- some bread items
- I have heard that they have awesome prices on really nice wine as well as specialty chocolate, (can anyone vouch for this?)
Aldi really can help cut down on your grocery budget, you just have to know what to buy and what not to buy.
As I mentioned in my grocery tips, you can’t assume that everything there is going to be cheaper all the time. When making my grocery list I always do my match ups with the bigger stores first, and I then fill in with Aldi on what I still need.
To really start slashing your grocery budget, check out this list next time you’ve got grocery shopping to do!
What is your experience with Aldi?