Recently, blogger Money Saving Mom wrote about her 25 favorite things to buy at Aldi. I couldn’t resist creating a list of my own, even if there is some overlap. Here are my family’s favorite items to purchase at Aldi. (All items are Regular Buys unless otherwise stated.)
- Milk. Milk tastes the same regardless of where you buy it, unless maybe you’re getting it really fresh directly from a farmer or a farmers market.
- Eggs. Our local Aldi stores sometimes sell eggs for as cheap as 50 cents a dozen. You can’t beat that.
- Bread. Aldi’s bread is decent, if not all that memorable, but the prices are excellent.
- Fresh veggies. Aldi has great fresh vegetables, ranging from broccoli, carrots, cucumber, and cauliflower to mushrooms, asparagus, potatoes, onions, cilantro, green onions, sugar snap peas, and various lettuces. One of my favorites is the artisan lettuce sold in a plastic clam shell container. If I store it uncut in my fridge, it keeps for one to two weeks.
- Fresh fruit. Aldi’s fruit quality has improved over the years. The grapes, watermelons, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, and bananas have always been fine. I used to think Aldi’s berries were of lesser quality, and I almost never bought strawberries at Aldi because they all seemed bruised and spotted. Two or three years ago, though, I noticed the strawberries started to look much better. I can almost always find a container that looks good now. I also like Aldi’s other berries such as blackberries (sometimes on sale for $1), blueberries, and the raspberries are pricey but delicious.
- Frozen veggies. My family likes the corn and broccoli. The broccoli (and some of the other frozen veggies) cooks in its own bag in the microwave. I always keep a bag in the freezer and it makes for a quick healthy side dish if I don’t have fresh veggies on hand.
- Cheese. My family likes ALL the Aldi cheese. Blocks. Slices. String cheese. Shredded cheese. Those little Special Buy containers of mozzarella balls with olive oil and basil. All of it. We really like the small plastic containers of shredded Parmesan cheese, which make a good salad or pasta topping, or we slice zucchini and top it with garlic salt, pepper, and shredded Parmesan before baking.
- Nuts. In my house, the peanuts and cashews rule. My husband also likes the trail mix.
- Baking supplies. There is no real difference between name brand and Aldi brand when it comes to flour, sugar, veggie oil, olive oil, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, seasonings, and spices.
- Cottage cheese. My husband and kids enjoy it and can’t taste any difference between name brand and Aldi.
- Bacon. We like it all, and we get sticker shock looking at bacon prices at traditional grocery stores.
- Hot dogs. Aldi offers several varieties, including all-beef franks and turkey hot dogs. They’re all good.
- Fresh chicken. I frequently buy the breasts, drumsticks, and wings. Occasionally I buy a whole chicken to roast. I often hear people complain about Aldi’s meat quality, but no one ever complains when I serve Aldi chicken.
- Fresh ground turkey. I use this in place of ground beef and it works well. I used to buy Aldi’s grass-fed ground beef, which I really like, but I’ve switched to ground turkey for health reasons.
- Never Any! lunch meat. This lunch meat costs more than Aldi’s regular lunch meats but does not include preservatives, and that is worth it to me.
- English Breakfast Tea. This is one of my husband’s favorite teas. While I wish Aldi would sell more fruity and unique teas, the store does have a good selection of basic teas. I was happy when Aldi rolled out a few fun tea flavors such as Candy Cane and Cinnamon Spice for the holidays last year.
- Dorito-style chips. My family can’t tell much difference between name brand Doritos and Aldi’s Clancy’s store brand. We also like Aldi’s version of Cheetos, and the plain potato chips are good, too. We don’t have any of these in the house often because that would be asking for trouble.
- Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce. The Journey to India brand jarred sauce recently became a Regular Buy, for which my entire family is grateful. It’s the most authentic-tasting Indian sauce we’ve ever purchased in any store.
- Millville Strawberry Cream Frosted Shredded Wheat Cereal. My personal breakfast favorite.
- Kirkwood Fully Cooked Breaded Crispy Chicken. My family loves fried chicken, and this is way cheaper than KFC and tastes pretty good.
- Ice cream. I heart ice cream of all kinds, and while Aldi’s ice cream isn’t quite as good as Edy’s, Breyers, or other name brands, it’s a decent substitute, especially considering that it’s about half the price of name brand. We are fans of the Moose Tracks and Cookie Dough ice cream, as well as the ice cream sandwiches and drumsticks.
- Toilet paper. It’s cheaper at Aldi than anywhere else, including warehouse or wholesale clubs.
- Laundry supplies. Aldi offers a range of name brand Tide and store brand Tandil products all at great prices.
- Trash bags. Aldi offers a few varieties of these as well.
- Paper plates and other feed-a-crowd supplies. Aldi is a good place to get paper plates, paper towels, plastic cups, silverware, and paper napkins.
What are your favorite things to buy at Aldi? Let us know in the comments.