A favorite shopping destination for families on a budget, is Aldi. If you haven’t yeard of this store before, it is a discount chain that is adding new locations every single day. The money saved shopping here vs. your local grocery store can be quite signfiant. But, you may not want to buy everything you see.
One of my favorite ways to save money is to shop at Aldi. I have only been shopping here for a few years. However, it is now part of my regular shopping routine.
I always had a skewed perception of this store, so never shopped there. However, that all changed back in the summer of 2011 when I hosted an ice cream party and shopped for everything at our local store. I was pleasantly surprised at what they had to offer. The prices — oh boy — the prices! They beat just about everyone around on nearly everything.
We’ve tried many items during that time and have found out which items are the best bargain (and which items we pass on). It amazes me how far my $50 can go there vs. what little I can get the same amount at my local grocery store.
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My family and I now have our “Aldi Staples” which are the items we get only there and nowhere else. I stock up when I hit the store because I know that my money will go further and my family will actually eat the items we buy!
If you have never shopped at Aldi before, it is important to know that you won’t find many name brands. Nearly everything in the store is an Aldi brand. However, in most cases, you’ll never be able to taste the difference.
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You can find some great deals on produce, but you also need to carefully look it over. There are times when it is a bit less than fresh, so you will want to pass. Thankfully, most items are ripe and ready to take home. Here are the items we always buy at Aldi:
- Organic Bananas (watch for ripeness and eat accordingly)
- Baby Carrots
- Baby lettuce in clam shell
We find many of our household pantry items are the best bargain at Aldi. We usually stock up on these items when we make our trip (just to save a return trip sooner than we need t0). These items include:
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- Baking items: flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices, chocolate chips
- Natural peanut butter
- Vanilla extract (real – not imitation)
- Chicken broth
- Ketchup (as good as – if not better than – Heinz)!
We find most of the refrigerated items are very good quality, however, you may want to try a one or two of each before you jump in and replace your regular brand, to make sure you like the flavor. These are the items we always purchase.
- Cheese sticks
- Shredded cheese (mozzarella and cheddar)
- Cream cheese
- Almond milk
- Greek Yogurt
- Fresh mozzarella
- Pizzas (in the dairy and not the freezer)
Aldi has a great selection of frozen items. You do want to read the labels before purchasing, but these are some of the items we normally buy:
- Ice cream
- French Fries/Tater Tots
- Seafood (various – as in season)
We don’t purchase too many snacks or sweets at Aldi, but we have a few items that we toss into the cart each time we go.
- Tortilla chips
- Moser Roth chocolate bars
- Mini crackers with cheese
- Fit & Active fruit snacks
- Fit & Active chocolate cookies
- Fit & Active S’mores drizzled mini crisps
- Penguin crackers
- Granola bars
We do not buy much meat at Aldi, but that is because we get fresh meat from a butcher and put it in our freezer. However, we do find a few items at our local store and here is what we usually buy.
- Premium bacon (do not buy the lower priced packages as they are not as good)
- Jumbo hot dogs
- Ground turkey
- Frozen chicken nuggets
Another item we find at our store are beverages. Having 3 kids, we do drink a fair amount of juice, but mostly water and milk. We do splurge and find a few things there once in a while (and even alcoholic beverages).
- Organic bottled juice
- Bottled water
- Sangria (when in season)
- Domestic and imported beers (my hubby likes some of these)
We are pretty brand loyal to many of our household items, but there are things we still find at Aldi and grab when we need them.
- Paper plates
- Plastic silverware
- Aluminum foil (it is thinner, but works for keeping items warm in my kids’ lunches)
- Storage bags
- Paper towels
- Thick toilet paper (don’t get thin – it is horrible)
So there you’ve got it! My quick list of those must buy Aldi items!! By shopping for these we have really made a difference in our budget as our money goes much further! We still shop at other stores, but Aldi can usually fill the pantry and shelves with the basics – at a fraction of the cost!