Can You Shop Aldi Only? How To Make Aldi Your One Stop Store

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Could you shop Aldi only? I shop Aldi occasionally for produce, milk, spices and eggs, but have never gone to the store expecting to buy my entire grocery list there.

 

However, yesterday when I was shopping I noticed that they really do have everything. And the because they don’t have so much of everything (for example 101 types of cereal in the cereal aisle like our local Kroger and Meijer do . . . ) I can get in and out without spending hours perusing the aisles.

 

As a busy mom, spending way too long at the grocery store drives me nuts, and I love that Aldi is small enough that I can quickly get in and out of the store. And, if I forget an item at the checkout lane it doesn’t take me too long to run back through the store to get what I missed.

 

So I started looking closely and questioning if you could buy absolutely everything there? Here are the things I noticed . . .

Aldi has an abundance of snacks, including gluten free options. They also carry Pepperidge Farm Goldfish (priced at $1.85 – I usually only buy them on sale at Kroger for $.99, so that’s pretty pricey for me but their store brand is priced at $1.49 per package at least?)

 

Aldi has tons of baking products. I tried to see if there was anything they were missing, but couldn’t find anything  we would need that wasn’t there. They have olive oil (for just $2.99!), real vanilla, cooking spray and spices.

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I tested their Aldi brand semi sweet morsels (for research purposes of course . . . you’re welcome.), and honestly they taste almost identical to Nestle Morsels. At $1.79 per bag that’s a pretty incredible price (they rarely go below $2 at the grocery store), so I may switch over to buying them completely. (Which is saying something, I’m pretty picky when it comes to chocolate chip cookies!)

 

Aldi has a  huge selection of bread products. I was shocked at the price of English Muffins there – I’ve paid as much as $3 for them at the local grocery store, but Aldi had them for just $.99!

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They also have gluten free items, and be sure to watch for discounts on bread as well. My store had a huge bin of discounted bread for $.25 per loaf (several different types, including whole wheat and low calorie breads, which was all incredibly fresh when I checked it.) I asked the cashier about it and he said their policy is to not let it get closer than 5 days out from their sell by date, so definitely watch for those deals when you’re there!

 

Aldi has a huge selection of dairy products, including eggs, milk, cream cheese, real butter, and even coffee creamer. The best price I noticed was on their store brand cheddar cheese (16 oz. for $3.29), and I’m pretty sure you could find everything your family would need when you’re there.

The toughest one for me to buy of course at Aldi is . . . meat. I have never bought meat at Aldi (I’m just funny about that!), but when I asked my cashier he shared that most of their chicken comes from the Tyson distributor, and even looking at the packages they had Butterball Turkeys and Appleton Farms Hams. The prices were decent (although I have seen better prices occasionally on sale at my local grocery store), and Aldi allows you to return items if you’re not pleased with them so their meat might just be worth trying out.

 

(I’ve had several friends buy meat at Aldi and they’ve been pleased with their meat ~ I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve purchased meat there!)

 

Aldi has paper products and cleaning supplies, however you won’t find the jillion items you might see at a larger grocery store. We’re almost out of toilet paper (gasp!) so I bought some of their store brand TP and while I don’t love it quite as much as Quilted Northern, it wasn’t too bad. 🙂

 

They do carry some name brands (like Tide laundry detergent), but the price on that at Aldi is high. If you love name brand items at all I wouldn’t recommend shopping Aldi because even though they carry a few of those items they just don’t have great prices on them, but if you’re willing to try Aldi store brands you can easily save!


Aldi also has pet food, a few pet treats, and kitty litter. I had no idea they carried pet supplies at all, but my dog loved the treats I brought him home yesterday. 🙂
Aldi does carry a very small selection of toiletries, including personal care items, shampoo, and soap. I also noticed sunscreen, razors and even batteries, so you might really be able to make Aldi your one stop shop!

 

When I asked the cashier about things he’s heard people complain about missing at Aldi he mentioned shaving gel and bug spray ~ so you might have to head to another store every once in awhile. But, as I went through the store I realized they really do have just about everything we use (just packaged as Aldi brands), so I’m seriously considering trying a month to see how switching would effect our grocery budget.

 

I won’t try to make the switch until January (the grocery store sales during November and December are too good to miss!), but maybe we’ll try out a January-Aldi-Only-Challenge here in 2016. Anyone wanna join me? 🙂

 

If you shop only Aldi I’d love to hear your thoughts, and I’d love to know how you’ve saved by shopping there. Leave a comment to share ~ I love hearing from you!


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The Ultimate Aldi, Costco & Sam’s Club Comparison Chart

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WOOHOOO! Sam’s Club and Groupon are offering their awesome voucher deal again,which means it’s a great time to try out a Sam’s Club Membership!  For $25 (wayyyyy less than the regular cost of a membership), you’ll get:

  • Sam’s Club membership ($45 value)
  • One complimentary membership for spouse or other household member
  • $5 eGift Card (allow 5-7 days for delivery)
  • Free Rotisserie Chicken loaded to membership card within 24 hours of activation
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This is only offered one or two times a year, and is available while supplies last. If you’ve been considering a Sam’s purchase at all (read this to see what PPP thinks about Sam’s Memberships), this is definitely worth checking out! (Valid for new members, or those who have not had a membership within the last 6 months).

Take a minute to also download our free Aldi, Target & Walmart Price Comparison Sheet also while you’re here.

You guys. 

 

I am so.

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sooooooooooo.

 

Seriously, SO.

 

. . . . excited about this! (Did you catch that?) 🙂

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My awesome PPP team has put together this crazy fun (FREE!) reference guide for you if you ever shop Aldi. Or Costco. Or Sam’s Club.

 

You’re welcome. 🙂 

 

I was shocked (seriously, SHOCKEDby the results. I really thought Aldi would win just about every price, but you know what?

 

They don’t.

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Case in point? Vanilla extract.

 

Don’t believe me?  Go see for yourself.

 

CRAZINESS, right?

 

After seeing these prices I was pretty surprised at which items Aldi sells way cheaper (canned veggies anyone?), which items Sam’s Club carries for the very best price (butter sticks . . . ), and which items are worth making a trip to Costco for.  (Need aluminum foil? Costco’s the place to be!)

 

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Of course, as in everything, there are some limits. The prices at Costco and Sam’s may be higher (especially on produce) than Aldi, but the size of your pineapple (or watermelon, or whatever), is likely smaller.

 

And, there’s no way to compare Costco’s amazingly yummy Ghirardelli brownies to the Aldi Baker’s Corner brand (which actually end up costing you more money. WHO KNEW???

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But, this is a great reference guide that we hope makes your life shopping and deciding where to shop for certain items just a wee bit easier.

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So, head on over HERE and print your free list, and please leave a comment to share your thoughts! I’d love to hear which items you’re surprised by (a bunch surprised me) ~ let me know what you think.

Note – these prices will vary some by region but this hopefully gives a starting place ~ would love to hear your thoughts on this!

 

 

 

 Huge (HUGE) thanks to my friends Shannon and Cheryl who just did a crazy amazing job putting this list together. I briefly mentioned the idea to Shannon last week and she totally took on the challenge, then Cheryl did an incredible job “prettying” it up for you guys. They love y’all and work so hard to make your life easier! There’s no way I could do all this without them as well as a few other behind the scenes helpers, and I’m just so thankful for them. 

 

 

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Aldi: Blueberries and Strawberries $.99

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Do you live near an Aldi? Take a peek in your local ad to see if your store has blueberries and strawberries on sale for $.99 through 7/4/15! That is a great price and makes for an easy way to stock up on the cheap (you can even freeze the extras to use in smoothies or baked goods!). You can also price match at Walmart.

Thanks, For The Mommas for the heads up and photo! To see your Aldi ad online, go HERE.

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Aldi Ad

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Here are deals in our local Aldi’s ad here starting 6/2/16.  If you live in another city, you’ll want to verify that the prices at your local Aldi are the same by viewing your online weekly ad over HERE, and check out the complete Aldi Ad before you shop.

Here are a few tips to remember before shopping at Aldi’s:

  • Aldi’s accepts ONLY cash, debit or EBT cards.
  • Aldi’s requires you to bring your own bags (or you can purchase them for $.06 per bag at the store.)
  • You’ll need to pay a quarter to use a cart at Aldi’s. When you return the cart, you’ll get the quarter back.
  • Aldi’s does not accept manufacturer coupons (however they have had a few Aldi’s Store coupons recently in a few local papers.)
  • As far as I can tell, the Aldi’s sale ad varies by store. To view your store’s ad, go HERE.

Aldi Ad (6/2/16- 6/7/16)

Beverages
Deutsche Kuche Apfel Schorle Sparkling Apple Juice, 6 ct $3.99
Bread & Bakery
Deutsche Kuche German Bread, 17.6 oz $1.99
Village Bakery Croissants, 10 - 12 oz $2.29 Mini or Large
Village Bakery Gourmet Cookies, 14 oz $2.49
Canned Goods & Soups
Deutsche Kuche German Soup, 28 oz $1.99 German Bean or Harvest Vegetable.
Deutsche Kuche Red Cabbage with Apples, 24 oz $1.69
Northern Catch Chunk Light Tuna in Water, 5 oz $0.89 Pole & Line Caught.
Northern Catch Pink Salmon, 14.75 oz $2.49
Condiments, Spice & Baking
Baker's Corner Fudge Brownies Mix, 18.3 oz $0.89
Baker's Corner Mini Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, 12 oz $1.49
Deutsche Küche European Mustard, 12.1 - 13.3 oz $1.49
Baker's Corner Cake Mix, 16.5 oz $0.79
Baker's Corner Light Brown Sugar, 32 oz $0.99
Baker's Corner Powdered Sugar, 32 oz $0.99
Burman's Sauce, 11.5 - 12 oz $0.99 Tartar or Horseradish.
LiveGfree Gluten Free Mixes, 16 -17 oz $2.89
Southern Grove Almonds, 6 oz $1.99
Southern Grove Chopped Walnuts, 8 oz $2.99
Southern Grove Walnuts, 16 oz $4.99
Cookies, Snacks & Candy
Deutsche Kuche Doppel Keks, 17.6 oz $1.99
Deutsche Kuche Doppelino, 17.6 oz $2.49
Deutsche Kuche Jaffa Cakes, 10.6 oz $1.99 Orange or Raspberry.
Deutsche Kuche Liqueur Cake, 14.1 oz $2.49
Dairy
Deutsche Kuche Butterkase German Cheese, 8 oz $3.49 Wedges or Slices.
Flowers, Decor & Gifts
Mini Bulb Assortment $2.49 Available 3/22
Frozen Foods
Deutsche Kuche Bavarian Soft Pretzels or Soft Pretzel Sticks, 17.57 oz $2.99
Deutsche Kuche Indulgence Cakes, 13.6 - 16.93 oz $3.49 Bienenstich or Donauwelle.
Deutsche Kuche Savory Strudel, 10.6 oz $2.99 Spinach & Ricotta or Artichoke & Cheese.
Sea Queen Large Cooked Shrimp, 12 oz $5.49
Sea Queen Medium Cooked Shrimp, 12 oz $3.99
Sea Queen Medium Easy Peel Raw Shrimp, 12 oz $4.49
Sea Queen Value Pack Tilapia Fillets, 32 oz $4.99
Specially Selected Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets, 16 oz $9.49
Specially Selected Mini Eclairs or Cream Puffs, 22 - 27.4 oz $3.99
Meat, Poultry & Fish
Beef, Ground, 85% Lean, Organic, per lb $5.29 Grass Fed
Chicken, Thighs, per lb $0.69 Starts Wednesday, 3/22 5 lb average weight
Chicken, Wings, per lb $1.99
Beef, Strip Steak, Boneless, per lb $8.49
Deutsche Kuche Herring Fillets in Flavored Sauce, 7.05 oz $1.69
Deutsche Kuche Oktoberfest Bratwurst, 12 oz $3.99
Deutsche Kuche Smoked Bratwurst or Knackwurst, 16 oz $2.49
Pork, Ribeye Chops, Thick Cut, Boneless, per lb $2.99 Starts Wednesday, 3/22
Tyson Fresh USDA Choice Beef Pot Roast Kit, 2.75 lb $8.99 Starts Wednesday, 3/22
Produce
Tomatoes, Grape, Organic, pint $1.99
Apples, Pink Lady, 3 lb $1.99
Cantaloupe $0.99
Carrots, Baby, Organic, 16 oz $1.19
Green Beans, per lb $0.99
Peppers, Multi Color, 3 ct $1.79
Miscellaneous
Huntington Home 12" Decorative Lantern $7.99 Weathered Wood or Black Metal.
Nature's Truth Essential Oil Assortment $4.99
Workzone Storage Drawers $7.99
Easy Home 3-Tier Black Shelving $14.99
Easy Home 5-Tier Corner Shelf or Heavy Duty Black Shelving $39.99
Easy Home Woven Tote Assortment $7.99
Huntington Home 3-Wick Candle, 14.5 oz $3.99
Huntington Home 70" L x 60" W Feathersoft Throw $9.99
Huntington Home Table Top Clock $9.99
Lily & Dan Boys' or Girls' Rain Boots $9.99
Nature's Truth Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser $19.99
SOHL Furniture Exclusive Collection Leaning Bookshelf $39.99
SOHL Furniture Exclusive Collection Round Storage Ottoman $39.99
SOHL Furniture Exclusive Collection Slipper Chair $69.99
Serra 2-Pack Camisoles $7.99
Serra Ladies' 2-Pack Spring Infinity Scarf $3.99
WD-40 Oil $3.49
WORKZONE 12-Piece Wrench Set $6.99
WORKZONE 18-Piece Screwdriver Set $7.99
WORKZONE 30" L x 18" W All Purpose Mat $6.99
WORKZONE 4' L x 3' W All Purpose Mat $14.99
WORKZONE 76-Piece Socket and Bit Set $14.99
WORKZONE Connectable Moving Dolly $14.99
WORKZONE Household Assortment $2.99
WORKZONE LED Work Light $9.99

Click “display all matchups” for the complete list of deals.

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Gluten Free Savings at Aldi

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Aldi also had 8″ baskets for $1.99 – I loved these and brought one home with me!

 

Yesterday I did some price checking for organic item prices at Fresh Thyme Market and Aldi (I’m still in shock ~ yikes!) and while I was working on a stock up price for those noticed a ton of gluten free options at Aldi! Honestly I don’t know how these prices stack up to sales at other stores, but thought they might be helpful to have on hand if you or someone you know has a gluten allergy.

 

Here’s what I found . . .

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Gluten Free Baked Cookes $2.49 6 oz package (compare to Enjoy Life cookies $3.37 at Amazon)IMG_1653.JPG

Gluten Free Granola $3.49 12 oz package (compare to Bob’s Red Mill $4.47 at Amazon)IMG_1654.JPG

Almond Butter $5.49 12 oz package (compare to $6.63 on Amazon)

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Gluten Free Pizza Crust $2.99 15-19 oz package (compare to $3.09 on Amazon)
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Gluten Free Pasta $1.29 16 oz package (compare to $1.98 on Amazon)

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 Gluten Free Snack Crackers or Pretzels $1.89 8 oz package (compare to $3.98 at Amazon)

 

Have you found other great gluten free savings at Aldi? Leave a comment to share!

 

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Aldi Ad: 3/4/15-3/10/15

Here are deals in our local Aldi’s ad here starting 3/4/15.  If you live in another city, you’ll want to verify that the prices at your local Aldi are the same by viewing your online weekly ad over HERE, and check out the complete Aldi Ad before you shop.

Here are a few tips to remember before shopping at Aldi’s:

  • Aldi’s accepts ONLY cash, debit or EBT cards.
  • Aldi’s requires you to bring your own bags (or you can purchase them for $.06 per bag at the store.)
  • You’ll need to pay a quarter to use a cart at Aldi’s. When you return the cart, you’ll get the quarter back.
  • Aldi’s does not accept manufacturer coupons (however they have had a few Aldi’s Store coupons recently in a few local papers.)
  • As far as I can tell, the Aldi’s sale ad varies by store. To view your store’s ad, go HERE.

Aldi Ad (3/4/15-3/10/15)

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Shannon’s Aldi Trip: Spent $8.75

Here’s what I grabbed at Aldi this week!  I was excited to stock up on produce, and love that Aldi now carries organic produce as well at a reasonable price!

Bought 1 Green Peppers $.99
Bought 2 lb Organic Bananas $1.38
Bought 2 lb bag $1.98
Bought 1 Organic Spinach $2.49

  • Paid $8.75 out of pocket

 

 

If you regularly shop Walmart, don’t forget you can price match the Aldi ad there as well. Go HERE to learn how, and if you have a Fresh Thyme Market in your area see they’re fantastic produce deals this week as well!

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Aldi Ad: 2/25/15-3/3/15

Here are deals in our local Aldi’s ad here starting 2/25/15.  If you live in another city, you’ll want to verify that the prices at your local Aldi are the same by viewing your online weekly ad over HERE, and check out the complete Aldi Ad before you shop.

Here are a few tips to remember before shopping at Aldi’s:

  • Aldi’s accepts ONLY cash, debit or EBT cards.
  • Aldi’s requires you to bring your own bags (or you can purchase them for $.06 per bag at the store.)
  • You’ll need to pay a quarter to use a cart at Aldi’s. When you return the cart, you’ll get the quarter back.
  • Aldi’s does not accept manufacturer coupons (however they have had a few Aldi’s Store coupons recently in a few local papers.)
  • As far as I can tell, the Aldi’s sale ad varies by store. To view your store’s ad, go HERE.

Aldi Ad (2/25/15-3/3/15)

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Aldi Ad: 1/28/15 – 1/3/15

Here are deals in our local Aldi’s ad here starting 1/21/15.  If you live in another city, you’ll want to verify that the prices at your local Aldi are the same by viewing your online weekly ad over HERE, and check out the complete Aldi Ad before you shop.

Here are a few tips to remember before shopping at Aldi’s:

  • Aldi’s accepts ONLY cash, debit or EBT cards.
  • Aldi’s requires you to bring your own bags (or you can purchase them for $.06 per bag at the store.)
  • You’ll need to pay a quarter to use a cart at Aldi’s. When you return the cart, you’ll get the quarter back.
  • Aldi’s does not accept manufacturer coupons (however they have had a few Aldi’s Store coupons recently in a few local papers.)
  • As far as I can tell, the Aldi’s sale ad varies by store. To view your store’s ad, go HERE.

Aldi Ad (1/28/15 – 1/3/15)

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Shannon’s Aldi Trip: Spent $8 + Aldi Clearance Deals?

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Here’s what I picked up this week at Aldi!   I was really excited about scoring such a great deal on organic bananas ~  since you can freeze bananas this made for a great deal!

Bought 1 Organic Spinach $2.49
Bought 1 Organic Banana’s (2 lb) $.39  WOW!
Bought 3 pk of Garlic $.99
Bought 1 Organic Apples (3 lb) $2.69
Bought 1 Bag Cheese Puffs $.79

  • Paid $8.01 out of pocket

 

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Our store also had quite a bit of clearance deals throughout the store as well.

 

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I’m betting Aldi clearance will vary by store, but be on the lookout if you’re planning an Aldi trip soon!

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See all the Aldi deals this week!

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