Ever wish you could save tons of time and money at the grocery store? You can! The answer is simple…shop at Aldi!
I’ll be the first to admit that I used to be quite skeptical of Aldi. I thought it was a store filled with subpar products that were expired, flavorless, or just plain gross.
Then, about 8 years ago, a friend told me about a television show she had watched about a woman who lowered her family’s grocery budget down to $300 a month. Just by shopping at Aldi! We had just started living on one income, and I knew then that I just had to give Aldi a try.
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I remember wandering around Aldi for the first time, unfamiliar with their brands and not sure what to try. At first I played it safe, and started with a few things that I figured couldn’t be messed up.
That was close to ten years ago, and since then I’ve probably tried most of the items Aldi carries. I honestly can’t think of anything I’ve tried and haven’t liked.
There are tons of items I buy regularly at Aldi. If you’re new to shopping there, and not sure where to start, I’ve compiled a list here of over 70 great items to buy!
Unless I can get these items cheaper at Kroger or Meijer with a sale and coupon, I just buy them at Aldi.
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Fun fact: Did you know that the Aldi chain is over 100 years old? They’ve been around since 1913. Also, Aldi owns Trader Joe’s. They’re a quality, reputable company, with a unique shopping model.
Aldi has removed all artificial ingredients from their products. They also have an ever-increasing selection of organic and gluten-free products. And offer a double money back guarantee.
I’ve compiled a list of what I think are the best things to buy at Aldi to get you started. You’ll be enjoying massive savings before you know it!
The 70 Best Things To Buy at Aldi:
Chips (tortilla, potato, pita)
Cookies (Girl Scout knock-offs, Oreo, graham crackers)
Toaster pastries (aka Pop-tarts)
Pancake Mix & Syrup
Condiments & Spices:
Peanut butter & jelly
Taco seasoning packets
Sugar (granulated, brown, and powdered)
Pure Vanilla Extract
Cake and brownie mixes
Evaporated and condensed milk
Tomatoes & tomato paste
Bagged salad & spinach
Deal of the Week
Tortillas and spinach wraps
Hamburger and hot dog buns
Rice (instant white & brown and long grain)
Rice a Roni & Pasta Roni (easy side dishes)
Ice cream & bars
Ravioli & Tortellini
Potatoes (fries, hashbrowns)
Sour cream & dip
Blocks of cheese
Milk (regular, almond, soy, lactose free)
Take n Bake Pizza
This list is by no means exhaustive. It is simply a list of low-priced basics to get you started. They have tons of other products there as well. Just try a few things each time, and you’ll soon discover your favorites.
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Now that you know the best things to buy at Aldi, here are a few tips you’ll need to know before you go.
Bring a quarter! You “rent” your shopping cart for 25 cents. Return it at the end and get your quarter back. Aldi does this to ensure their parking lot isn’t littered with carts. Also, they pay their staff well, and don’t want to pay someone to go round up carts every hour.
Bring shopping bags, or something else to put your groceries in. I use this foldable basket and love it. It holds a ton!
If you forget to bring bags, don’t worry! They usually have some empty boxes in the store that you can use. Or you can buy their bags for 10 cents each. This is just one of the many ways that Aldi keeps their prices low.
I just keep my basket in the back of my car, and grab it on the way into the store. I keep a couple designated ‘Aldi quarters’ in the center console of the car as well. That way I never find myself at Aldi without a quarter or something to put my groceries in.
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There are many perks to shopping at Aldi. In addition to saving loads of money (sometimes up to 50%), you’ll also save time! Aldi stores are generally smaller than other grocery stores. They don’t have 150 different kinds of cereal, or 87 kinds of juice.
The beautiful thing about the smaller stores is that you can be in and out very quickly! I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than 20 minutes inside an Aldi, and that would be a long trip. Checkout goes quickly as well, because as soon as the line gets a few people long, the cashier calls for backup.
Any of the Aldi employees can run the cash register, and will drop whatever they’re doing to help once beckoned. They put your items back into your shopping cart, and you can bag them however you like. They offer really long countertops that make bagging your groceries super easy.
I hope this post of the best things to buy at Aldi has inspired you to give them try. You really have nothing to lose. In fact, they offer a money back guarantee on all their products!
Soon you’ll be relishing the extra money in your bank account. And the extra time in your day!
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Have you ever tried Aldi? What are your favorite items to buy there?