While I think that overall Aldi may have you paying less when you walk out of the grocery store. No one store will be cheaper on all items, but you can definitely pay less on your grocery bill when you come here.
What's different here
You may wonder how can they do it for a lot less. Their store runs very differently. They are a no frills operation, no coffee bars, no samples, but they do offer a great savings.
- You need to pay a completely refundable deposit on the shopping cart.
- You will need to bring your own shopping bags, or you can use the boxes they have available, or you can purchase a bag or two at a reasonable cost.
- The stores are smaller, they are stocked with under 1,500 items when compared to 30,000 items that can be found at many grocery stores.
- They primarily carry only their brand, but keep it mind these products are made from other food companies.
- Staff here work has cashiers and they also stock the store.
- They take cash and debit cards, they do not take credit cards.
Best Buys at Aldi
They have many items that I think this is the place to go for.
- Gallons of milk at my local stores run between 1.89 to 1.99.
- Eggs are often about 50 cents cheaper than at my grocery store
- Block Cheeses that are 8 ounces have been running under two dollars, at my grocery store they run between 2 and 3 dollars.
- Basic baking items such as nuts, sugar, spices, flour, baking powder are a deal here. They are regularly up to 50% less than my local grocery store.
- Their organic foods are priced very well. They can run up to 50% off my local Kroger or HEB.
- Frozen Vegetables
- Frozen Chicken
- Loaves of Bread
Good Price Savings
- Higher end cheeses such as Brie – I love their brie, priced where I can buy some every trip
- Snack Foods – their potato chips, corn chips, and their store brand are really good. Set these in a bowl at party, no one is the wiser.
- Cereals – good tasting cereals comparable to national brands
- Canned goods – their organic tomato sauces are a favorite of mine, and their regular tomato sauce runs 4 cans for a dollar
- Greek Yogurt
- Ricotta Cheese
- Fancy Lettuce
Items you may want to pass on
While I think their prices are generally the best hands down. There are items I do not think they are the best place to go for prices. I do not think their prices are higher here, but I don't think that Aldi has the best price on everything. I tend to feel like basic staples for stretching your food dollars aren't where you are going to save money here.
- Dried beans – I think your regular grocery stores are better at their prices
- Rice – I can get a better price per ounce at my local grocer store depending upon what size I buy
- Pasta – I find their brand and Barilla cost the same at my local Kroger stores
- Ground beef – they are typically prices higher than my grocery store by 50 cents to a dollar for ground chuck
Hit or Miss
My 2 local Aldi's have good produce sections, I have read that some are hit or miss.
- Produce – Pineapples and Avocados can be very good deals here. Pineapple is often between 99 cents to 1.99.
- Asparagus – I have bought packs all spring that are between 1.49 and 1.99 all spring
- Meat – prices are all over the map, high and low. Fresh chicken legs and thighs are good deals, my best advice is know what the local stores are charging
Great items to try
- Chocolates – They have wonderful European chocolates
- Fit and Active Brand – a healthy line of foods
- Gluten Free Products – priced better than regular grocery stores
- Nuts and Trail Mix
While you may not be able to do all of your shopping at Aldi, I think they are a good store to go to purchase your essential items. I do not think they have the best prices on everything, they are always priced competitively, and sometimes they by far the least expensive on most items.