Guys, I have been planning an Aldi post for a long time now, and now that the day is finally here, I’m so excited! There aren’t that many products or stores to which I’m super-loyal; I tend to flit from brand to brand, buying whatever is cheapest. But Aldi is one store I can’t stop talking about! (Ask anyone. If you know me, I’ve probably mentioned Aldi to you at least once, if not twenty times. Is that weird?)
Anyway, today I’m going to share my top 12 favorite things to buy at Aldi. Now…don’t mistake me. I buy almost everything there now. So even though I don’t mention, say, baby carrots, you can bet I get those at Aldi, too. These twelve products just happen to be some of the items I never leave the store without because 1) they taste better and 2) they’re so cheap compared to even Wal-Mart.
First though, I should mention that it’s a no-brainer to shop at Aldi for the basics: eggs, cheese, milk, bread, cereal, etc. That’s how I started. I saved on the staples, and bought everything else we needed at another store. But then I realized that was crazy, and now I sing praises for Aldi’s produce, special buys, condiments, spices…you name it. Alright so here we go: my top 12 favorite things to buy at Aldi:
OJ. It’s a staple in our house and Aldi’s Nature’s Nectar brand is our favorite hands-down. I most often buy it in concentrate, but sometimes I just get the big bottle. $2.09
Speaking of juice, I buy these for our girls’ lunches. They have all-natural ingredients, no high-fructose corn syrup and cost $1.99.
We use frozen fruit like crazy because we drink smoothies almost every morning. Have you seen how expensive bags of fruit are at other stores? They’re about $5.99! I buy these brands at Aldi and they are $2.79 and $2.09.
I love Aldi salad dressings! They have so many different unique varieties, like Guacamole Ranch and Asian Ginger. I’m often inspired to make up a new recipe using their uniquely flavored dressings, like the one I picked up today called Mango Chipotle, which was $1.29.
Pesto is another thing that’s expensive at other stores. Aldi’s Priano brand of sauces and pasta is delicious, and we especially love the pesto. It is $1.69.
Here’s an example of Aldi’s Priano pasta. We love this mushroom tortelloni, especially mixed with Italian sausage and bell peppers. Yum! It’s only $1.89.
Aldi spices are 99-cents. For the big canister. Need I say more?
Aldi’s Specially Selected cheeses, meats, and olives are fantastic, too. They have so many different kinds, you could totally put together a fancy antipasti platter for a party and spend a TON less. We really love the Havarti. It’s just $2.99 for a nice-sized block.
How about some crackers for your cheese? The Savoritz brand of Triscuit-knockoffs–especially the rosemary and the cracked pepper varieties–are my favorite with cheese and hummus. I could eat this as a meal (and I often do). The crackers are $1.69.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot their Happy Farms brand of cheese. It’s all yummy, but we especially like the string cheese. It’s sooo much better than Kraft and is $2.79.
Aldi’s nuts and dried fruit is a lot cheaper, too, and I can’t tell a bit of difference between Aldi’s brand and name-brands. We buy the big bag of raw almonds for $5.99.
Finally, I can’t resist telling you about Aldi’s chocolate! I’ve heard a lot of it is imported, and I believe it. A cashier once told me their peanut butter cups are better than Reece’s, so of course I had to see if I agreed with her. I bought these today and popped them open on the way home because I couldn’t resist, and guess what? She was right! A box of these was just $2.69, and considering one package of Reece’s peanut butter cups is $1.29, I’d say I found another Aldi bargain.
In case you need more convincing that Aldi is a mecca for savings and great products, let me tell you a little story. So, the customers at Aldi are the friendliest ever. Case in point: I was in the check-out line and realized I’d forgotten oatmeal. I asked the cashier if I could step out of line to run and get it really quick, but before she could answer, the lady behind me (whose name I learned was Joy–hi Joy!) said, “I’ll go get it for you. Which kind? Quick or old-fashioned?” Wow. When she returned with my oatmeal, we started talking.
Joy pointed out that Aldi’s store size is another thing she loves about the store, saying, “I might not have offered to do that for you if we’d be in line at Wal-Mart.” And she’s right! The small store allows you to circle back for items you forgot without too much hassle. Also, she said her sister loves that she saves enough to justify buying herself fresh flowers (which are only $3.99!) Good point, Joy’s sister!
Finally, I love that Aldi’s receipts are written in plain English. No crazy abbreviations or codes, just Baby Carrots…$1.29.
Alright so you get the point. Stay tuned for another post about my Aldi-inspired recipes! In the meantime, here are some other money-saving posts for you: