A Successful Shopping Trip to Aldi

January 16 by
Filed under: Grocery 

Before today, it had been over a year since I last shopped at Aldi.  I love the store, but due to time constraints I have recently been visiting Pick ‘n Save for the majority of my grocery shopping.  Pick ‘n Save is close to my house, and I can get everything in one trip.  Plus, I like visiting Pick ‘n Save on Double Daze.  I have always viewed Aldi as a nice place to supplement my more frequent shopping trips to Pick ‘n Save and Sendik’s.

I found myself driving by an Aldi store today and decided to stop in because I wanted to stock up on macaroni and cheese.  Their macaroni and cheese tastes pretty good and I figured it would probably cost a little less than the brand we usually buy (Kraft).  Sure enough, the Aldi brand was only $0.45 a box!  I grabbed an empty box from the shelf (to avoid paying for a grocery bag) and loaded it up with seven boxes of macaroni and cheese.  In retrospect, I should have bought more!

I also found a bunch of other great deals.  Black beans and kidney beans were only $0.55 a can. I bought four of each because they’ll be great to have on hand for salsa and chili.  I also bought a very large can of pinto beans for $0.99.

Just yesterday I paid over $3 for a bottle of ranch dressing at Pick ‘n Save.  Today I paid $1.39 at Aldi.  I will be interested to see what my family thinks of the quality of the Aldi dressing.

Last but not least, I paid $1.62 for a gallon of skim milk!  I can’t recall the last time I found milk that cheap.

With the great deals I found today I am definitely heading back to Aldi again soon.  It’s been so long since I have shopped there regularly so I need your help.  What items do you recommend I buy at Aldi on my next trip?  What items should I avoid?

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24 Comments on A Successful Shopping Trip to Aldi

  1. EatWisconsin on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 3:05 PM

    I love aldi. I like buying their Eden Vale cheeses. They’ll get stuff like sharp NY Cheddar, Brie, Camambert, and Gouda, all of which are very good (and most are under 3 bucks.

    Their frozen Chicken is just Tyson with a different label…2.99 for a bag of drumsticks! Pretty inexpensive cornish game hens too.

    The seafood offerings aren’t bad. Pre-cooked shrimp is good for salads and spring rolls but the raw shrimp is not so good. Wild caught salmon is good, but kind of small. The lobster tails and crab legs are also a good deal and pretty tasty.

    They have french style frozen green beans that are the same as the ones at Trader Joes that are great.

    Some of their wines are a steal and are quite tasty.

  2. Cherrie on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 4:29 PM

    Their “fit” line is very good as well for things like rice cakes etc. I love the cheddar cheese ones.

  3. Suz on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 4:50 PM

    Not only is the milk a good price but it is hormone free! So are the eggs! A bargain for sure!

    My family likes the Fit & Active line – especially the protein bars.

    Their chocolate chips are better than Nestle’s!!!

  4. Susan on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 4:54 PM

    I have not been disappointed with anything I have purchased at Aldi. Their coffee is terrific and only 5:39 for a large can. Crackers, oatmeal, fiber bars, etc., etc. are all very good. Pretzels at 1:29 per bag are far better than any pretzels you can buy for over $2.00 per bag. White tuna in water tasts wonderful, along with white chicken in small cans. You just have to try it to find out for yourself. Their produce is freasher than Pick & Save — I believe because they put it out on their shelves very quickly and when it is gone it is gone. At Pick & Save it might sit in boxes so they can keep putting it out day after day. Aldi purchases in smaller quantities and sells it quicker! I hate to say too much because the store I shop at is getting busier and busier as more and more people find out about Aldi’s.
    You just have to make sure you have your quarter for the cart (which is returned when you return the cart), and a bag or box to carry out all your purchases. If you forget your bags, you can purchase them at the store for a minimal fee. Have fun shopping at Aldi’s

  5. lauri on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 5:08 PM

    what aldi’s has milk that cheap, I was just at the one in Waukesha and it was about a buck more?

  6. Milwaukee Consumer on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 5:14 PM

    Lauri – the Aldi I visited was the store on Highway 100 in West Allis.

  7. Dan on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 5:44 PM

    We buy almost all of the “staples” at Aldi. Bread, Milk, Cheese, Butter, Flour, sugar, hamburger/hot dog buns etc.

    Their meat is pretty good too. We buy all of our hamburger there and the pork chops are good too. Snacks, chips, crackers, cookies, etc are MUCH cheaper than the Grocery store and taste fine (although possibly a small step down from the brand names on some items).

    I usually avoid most of their produce unless something looks really good. The produce at the grocery store is fresher and probably a higher grade.

  8. Kimberly on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 7:19 PM

    Did you know that Aldi is owned by the same private family that owns Trader Joe? I’ve spoken to Aldi office employees and they say that they use the same contract co-packers that the name brand companies use. The co-packer just changes the labels from the name brand to Aldi’s. Same product.

  9. Steve on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 7:57 PM

    Bananas at Aldi are only 44 cents a pound, and their apples are usually good quality at a great price. All of their dairy products are good quality and great price too.

  10. WR on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 8:56 PM

    pomegranates are 99 cents, much better than 2.50 other places, a bit smaller, but chock full of seeds!… grapefruit for 49 cents each sometimes on sale for 29 cents I think…, excellent quality. 4 pound bag of oranges is 1.49 I think…

  11. Kathy on Mon, 16th Jan 2012 9:48 PM

    My boys LOVE their chocolate and their beef sticks. I have been very pleased with the wine. The butter, eggs, the other staples are great. The tomato sauce is very inexpensive and good. I really like their donut coffee which is much less expensive. The onion soup mix is much less expensive than Lipton and works great in recipes. The whole grain dark rolls are delicious. Their frozen vegetables are really good. The fresh fruits and vegetables are usually good, but not always the best deal.

  12. Christine on Tue, 17th Jan 2012 8:00 AM

    Right now they have Cuttie oranges on sale for $1.99, alot better than paying almost $5.00 a bag!

  13. JS on Tue, 17th Jan 2012 8:47 AM

    Their fruit strips are delish, hard taco shells aren’t broken in a million peices when I get them and they are delish, peanut butter, cheeses, all condiments, pickles, some of the wines are good, any of their snacks, most of all I have a gluten free son, it makes for really easy shopping as they put a lable on almost everything right on the package that says Gluten Free. Love that!!!! All I’m waiting for is for them to carry GF bread and I will be set.

  14. Rita on Tue, 17th Jan 2012 9:15 AM

    I am an Aldi shopper, but not for everything. I wouldn’t buy their milk because it my have alot of BHG, etc in it. Same with eggs;can’t rely on what conditions they chickens are raised. I can’t say for sure. ANd I do question where the ingredients come from for their “light and tasty” products…sort of too good to be true.
    Yes, their prices are great, but I wouldn’t rely on them for the most healthy food-who knows where it came from. I like to “mix it up” with Outpost and Sendiks, feeling their products may be healthier.
    Having said that,,,,I think their produce is great, tho I usually look things over carefully. I think their potatoes are “old” to begin with, and their onions too.
    Their grapes are always good; portabella mushrooms are a bargain; clemintines are wonderful.
    All for now….

  15. Milwaukee Consumer on Tue, 17th Jan 2012 9:16 AM

    Rita – I’m no expert on BGH or r-BGH in milk, but Aldi says that their milk contains “no artificial growth hormones”.

  16. Crystal on Tue, 17th Jan 2012 9:19 AM

    Love their Turkey Meatballs. They taste great and no other stores price is even close in comparison. Also love when the bags of salad are short dated and they mark them down to $0.49.

  17. Lisa on Tue, 17th Jan 2012 10:35 AM

    I love Aldis! Wow I surprised to hear you did not shop there more. I have discovered so many good products from Aldis via trial and error. The employees are nice and helpful. The store is always clean! I love having an alternative to Pick’nSave

  18. KimNell on Tue, 17th Jan 2012 3:07 PM

    My closest Aldi on E Capital is not a nice place to shop. The lines are super long and many have 1-2 full carts and maybe 2 registers open. I don’t have that much time to shop anymore. I will try a different one soon but no way do I believe that all their food is as good as name brand. (Trader Joes’s is very hit or miss on quality & taste too).

    Be smart and shop wisely for produce and staples and be picky about the rest saving is great but if no one likes it and you have to throw it out you aren’t getting a bargain.

  19. Laura on Tue, 17th Jan 2012 9:22 PM

    Skim milk was as low as $1.58/gal before Christmas. Also, the Cuties are $1.99 for a 2 lb bag or about a buck a pound. Even on sale at PNS or Woodman’s they’re usually $4.99 for a 3-lb bag, if not more. This comes out to about $1.66 per pound. Also, I noticed that flour is $1.44 a bag at Aldi’s and almost double that at all the major chain stores in town.

  20. Abigail on Wed, 18th Jan 2012 12:04 AM

    I used to work at Aldis, alot has changed since I have and I have boughts more and more from Aldis that I actually like and approve. I like to buy their snacks, such as a huge jar of cashews for only 9.99, and applesauce, and fruit cups. I also think their cheese products are very good good(sorry I don’t remember alot of the prices)…I really save alot when I shop at Aldis first for my favorite things, and then head to woodmans which is where you can save money too…especially if your comparing to pick n save!!

  21. Losingitagain on Wed, 18th Jan 2012 7:37 PM

    I wish I could find milk that cheap. My Aldi in South Milwaukee has 1% for $2.39. Okay price, I guess!

  22. Monica on Fri, 3rd Feb 2012 1:50 AM

    Knockoff Goldfish crackers. The “whales” are fine, the “Sharks” taste like burnt butter! My kids won’t even eat them!

  23. Milwaukee Consumer on Fri, 3rd Feb 2012 4:30 AM

    Monica – Thanks for the tip! I’ll try out the Whales but avoid the Sharks.

    Maureen – That’s good to know. I’ll definitely try a ham before Easter.

  24. Liz on Wed, 8th Feb 2012 6:37 AM

    They just opened an Aldi here in the north east Bronx within the last few months. I enjoy goign there for staples. Bread and rolls, only .99! Our milk is $3.29 gallon since this is NYC! Lol. The produce is very cheap and very good. I have tried many of their frozen items, and their fresh pizzas. All good! Love the taco chips for only $1.19. The savoritz crackers are comparable to keeblers club in the green box- my kids love it. I am a crack couponers, and there are items I can get cheaper at shop rite with a coupon. For instance I got the barilla sauce last week for .79/jar, while Aldi has their sauce at $1.79. I believe Aldi comes through, but you have to be a discerning shopper! I also don’t think their meat is cheap at all. I go to my local Associated where the meat is as cheap as possible.

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