How to save money by shopping at Aldi

Published on February 28, 2014 By Lauren

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  • So many people refuse to step foot in Aldi and I have NO idea why.  Maybe it is the strange quarter machine that you have to use to get a shopping or the fact that you have to bring your own bags to package your foods.  Whatever the reason may be, there is no reason to fear such an amazing store!

    Make sure you check out my Aldi Meal Plans to help you save even more money.

    Aldi is one of my favorite places to shop because their every day prices are so much lower than the grocery store.  I love their produce deals; some favorite deals of mine are a 3 pack of green peppers for $1.99, $0.99 organic baby carrots and 5 oz organic lettuce packs for $1.99 {Normally $3.99 in the grocery store).  They have a full product line of organic products, as well as Gluten-free items and K-cups!  I can get an entire grocery cart full of full for under $100.00 which is impressive!

    If you have never shopped at Aldi, here are a few tips to make your shopping experience pleasurable:

    1. Bring a quarter with you because you need it to unlock a shopping cart. Don’t worry, because you get the quarter back when you return the cart.  I have what I call an ‘Aldi Quarter’ in my van at all times.
    2. Bring your own reusable bags because you have to bag your own groceries.  They do sell plastic Aldi reusable bags there for $0.10 each.  I keep these in my car so when I need to stop there on my way out I have them.
    3. They have a few different lines of food. There is a Fit n’ Active brand, an organic line, their Live Gfree gluten-free line, and Aldi brand.
    4. They often stock weekly name brand products but these items are often the same price if not more than the regular grocery store price.
    5. Their baby wipes are AMAZING – comparable to Pampers and only $0.89 per pack!

    They do not take coupons, but they recently started accepting credit cards!  You can also pay with debit or cash.

    I threw a party this year for my mom’s group with 35 women for under $100. All the food was provided by Aldi and we have a delicious spread of food and didn’t spend a fortune!

    What are your favorite items to by at Aldi?



  • Stock up on their cheese pizzas ($5.99 each)…they are huge! We do this and put our own extra toppings on if we have leftover mushrooms or pepper strips/bag of spinach with just a few greens left or some scraps of bacon or half an onion in the fridge. A large cheese pizza with toppings for less than $6…… can’t beat that! Their meat pizzas are pretty good too 🙂

  • OMG where do I start, the bulk of my pantry is Aldis, their steaks are comparable to our butcher, if not better and their K cups are way better than the leading brand, my husband will only drink Aldis…I love this place, the staff is wonderful, and the store is HUGE….

  • I have many but my absolute favorite is their gluten free cornbread!!! My kids devour it every time I make it!!

  • I do weight watchers an the have several items that have great dollar value and points value in the fit and active line. Share my findings at meetings.

  • I buy so many of my groceries there. My produce, my cheeses, butter, eggs and milk. My baking staples; flour, sugar, olive and vegetable oil, spices, the can pumpkin inn the Fall is great and is just .89 cents! BBQ sauce, ketchup and mustard, some chips. What can I say? I love Aldi’s and save so much many going there!!!!

  • I have saved a lot money by shopping at Aldi. It is hard not to like Aldi unless you are not good at budgeting and eating healthy at low cost.

  • I worry about meat, purchase no antibiotics, etc at Publix, but it is very costly, how does Aldi compare, I would love to be able to afford more. Not familiar with Kirkwood either. I visited Aldi for the first time last Sunday, was impressed but afraid it was too good to be true. Please advise.

  • I get a kick out of huge meals that I get to say I made only from products at Aldi. I have decided to challenge myself in the new year…to only buy products from Aldi (except loss leaders) and design my meal plans around them. My Aldi faves? The peanut butter chewy granola bars that are chocolate dipped (a super cheap indulgence), the breakfast sausage roll, the frozen broccoli (omg yum!)…their enterainment pack of crackers…their reduced sodium taco seasoning…their refried beans and brand of rotel…their cartons of broths and stocks…I could go on and on…

      • Loss leaders are items a store advertises for a really great price to get you go there. Susan is saying she will go to Aldi for most everything except when store B is advertising item for $ (insert great price) and then she will buy that item at the other store.

  • I hated Aldi at first. I think the lack of name brands turned me away. Oh, and I didn’t have a quarter!
    But now? I am so impressed with the quality of produce and meats. You can tell they are much fresher because they last longer! A pack of strawberries or mushrooms from a big grocery store will not lastva week, however from Aldi? Two weeks or more.
    I also love the fact that it’s no bull, get in, grab all staples, and get out.
    This is my favorite store!
    I now dread the super grocery stores.

  • How is their meat, both quality and price? It seems expensive to me, but I only buy cuts that are on sale when I shop other stores, usually. Love having a chest freezer!

  • FYI Aldi and Trader Joe’s have sameness parent company. Many products are shared but have different labels

  • I was very excited that we finally got some ALDI stores in NE Florida. I always shopped at ALDI’s when I still lived in Germany over 24 years ago. Some of my co-workers/friends here in the U.S.took my advice to try their products and they were amazed over quality/price of the offered items. I specifically love the German Christmas treats There’s a lot more I could say about this great store, All in all I just love what they have to offer. I don’t need a fancy store to shop in. After all, the cost of the decorations etc will reflect in the price of the merchandise.

  • At first, I was reluctant to try Aldi’s. Boy, was I wrong! The selection is as good as anywhere. The quality is great and the low prices blow me away.

  • Aldi has delivery now and as an 80 year old who worries about Covid, I order everything from Aldi. The Park Lane bar=b=que meats are fantastic and not full of fat. The foods from Germany that just came in are THE BEST. I’m thinking about getting a freezer for the garage! I keep giving friends dessert so they can taste these inexpensive treats!

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