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Aldi is a discount grocery store that is a favorite among many frugal bloggers. While many places still don’t have an Aldi, those that do benefit from the lower prices and better products than what can be found at stores like Walmart.
Why should you shop at Aldi? Because their store brands taste better than national brands, their food is much cheaper than most grocery stores, they aim to have natural ingredients and organic options, and they always have something new to try.
While I do almost all of my shopping at Aldi, if you are new to this awesome discount grocery store then you may need a guide on what to try. Below are my must-try Aldi products that will make you as obsessed with Aldi as I am!
Aldi Brand Products
With few exceptions, you can trust that one of Aldi’s in house brands will taste fantastic. They’ll probably have better ingredients, too, since Aldi is investing in organic and natural options more and more.
What should you avoid when shopping here? In my experience, their knock off poptarts are pretty bad. The cookie dough wasn’t the best last time I tried it, either, though their biscuits and croissant rolls are awesome.
I also really hated their cool ranch tortilla chips. They just tasted… off, I guess? The chips were too hard and thick and the seasoning was weird.
It all depends on your taste, though. You might like their weird poptarts! It’s always worth trying their store brand stuff at least once, because you might just find a new favorite.
Their cheese crackers, for instance, are awesome. I always pick some up for my son, and he always chooses them over Cheez-its.
Cheap! Cheap! That’s not the sound of little chicks, that’s the eggs singing to you about how inexpensive they are at Aldi. Seriously, I don’t know how they can offer eggs this cheap and still make a profit.
I do a lot of baking every week, so eggs are a pretty important staple around here. Plus, who doesn’t love snacking on some hard boiled eggs?
Some stores regularly have their eggs as inexpensive as $0.14 a dozen. Wow! Adding some protein in your diet really doesn’t have to be expensive when you can find eggs at those prices.
But even if you don’t live in one of those super cheap zones, you can regularly find eggs for $0.59 to $0.89 a dozen. I never see eggs for that cheap anywhere else in my area.
Meal ideas for Aldi eggs:
- Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage & Eggs
- Sunny side up eggs on toast
- Boiled eggs
In some areas, you can find meat cheaper at stores other than Aldi, but that’s not the case here. The cheapest meat that has the best quality for the price is definitely found at our local stores.
We buy a lot of the cheaper cuts and kinds of meat, too, which brings the costs down even further. I currently have a ton of chicken thighs, pork chops, and ground beef in my freezer ready to be cooked.
The biggest thing when buying Aldi meat is to be sure to break those big packs down into smaller, usable portions appropriate for your family. I pull out 4 or 5 of the chicken thighs and put those into plastic bags ready to be thawed for a future dinner, rather than thawing a whole pack of like 12 thighs.
It helps to keep track of meat prices and choosing a maximum price you are willing to pay, though. Sometimes the Aldi meat can be expensive, depending on the week. If it exceeds my maximum price, I don’t buy it.
When the meat goes on sale, though, I stock up. Actually, this is practically why I bought a chest freezer!
Baking Supplies (But Not Yeast)
Those packets of yeast are not very economical, and they aren’t great for the environment, either. So buy your yeast in bulk somewhere else if you bake a lot like I do.
You can find huge bags of brown sugar, cane sugar, and flour for under $2 each at Aldi. Kroger and other local stores will gladly charge me about twice that for the same amount of product. Ridiculous!
The olive oil, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, pie crusts, and pie fillings are all very affordable as well. Heck, I’d go so far as to call Aldi a baker’s paradise.
Plus, their seasonal section often has great finds like muffin tins, bread pans, whisks, and other baking tools for fairly cheap.
If you don’t want to bake your own bread, the bread at Aldi will be at least a few pennies cheaper than what you can find even at Walmart. And for some of you reading, every penny really does count.
I don’t tend to like white sandwich bread much, and that is where you’ll find the smallest savings of only a few pennies. But if you like more artisinal bread, with more nutrition in it, then you’ll be saving even more money by buying from Aldi.
You know what’s really cool, though? Aldi recently started selling a zero net carb bread that even those on Keto can enjoy, and a lot of people really love it. Just remember to keep counting these carbs!
Aldi has so many cookies, candies, chips, pastries, and ice creams to try. And most of them taste amazing!
They also have a wide variety of European chocolates that are perfect gifts because they are made with the best ingredients.
Plus, those cookies that look like Girl Scout knock offs? They really are just as good as the real deal. They’re just cheaper and available year round. I am basically obsessed with the caramel coconut fudge cookies. I can’t even buy them anymore because I’ll eat them so fast!
My son still drinks a lot of whole milk and chocolate milk because he just likes it. So that means I am spending a lot of money on dairy!
My son loves the Aldi chocolate milk as much as anything I could get at Kroger or Meijer, so hey. Why not spend a little bit less?
Every now and then I will send my husband out to get a spice I need to stock up on for dinner, and he’ll come home with those unbelievably expensive tiny glass bottles. I hate that, especially when the spices at Aldi are just as good and way more affordable!
Some stores may have a smaller selection than others, but I love a ton of different spices and Aldi never disappoints. If your family basically only needs salt and pepper, you’re sure to be covered, too.
Aldi Wine And Beer
I don’t drink, but I hear a lot of good things about the wine and beer that you can buy at Aldi. The Aldi nearest to me has a huge section for their alcoholic drinks, all neatly arranged and very nice to look at.
Since they import a lot of stuff from Europe, you will probably find something new to enjoy or a bottle to bring when you are invited to dinner at a friend’s house.
Aldi Is My Main Grocery Store
There is a reason that Aldi is so popular. With low prices, better ingredients, and delicious food, it is hard to beat.
If you have one nearby, I do encourage you to pop in and try something today. You will probably find that their store brand products are as good as (or better than) the national brands. Not only that, but you will be saving money when you shop there!
I love meal planning with these cheap foods, because I can put more of the expensive items like meat into the plan without worrying about overspending. You really can’t beat $.69 for a pound of chicken thighs!
You can find meal ideas and more information about the awesome food you can get at this cheap store on the Aldi subreddit. I check there now and then when I need inspiration or want to know what new products to look out for.
Header image: Aldi Grocery Store Super Market Food Market by Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube.