Let’s talk about Aldi! I do the majority of my grocery shopping at Aldi; the other 30% I do at a couple local farmer’s markets. When I tell people about my Aldi trips their reactions are usually split right down the middle – half clap and say they love Aldi as well, while the other half sneer and can’t believe I shop there as a dietitian. Hey, I love Whole Foods and Sprouts as much as the next person; but I just can’t justify spending $90 on 5 items. Here are some of the reasons I personally love Aldi:
I did a quick grocery trip to Aldi today and thought I would share some of the products and prices. Note, I did not buy any meat or much produce, as I went to the local farmer’s market yesterday for those items.
1. Cereal – these bran flakes were $1.79, compared to $2.99 at a larger grocery store chain.
2. Bagels and Bread – the bagels were $1.59 and the sandwich thins were $1.69, compared to $4.29 and $3.29, respectively.
3. Tortilla Chips and Crackers – the tortilla chips were $1.69 each, compared to the 2 for $5 or 2 for $6 deals you can get at other stores. The crackers were $1.29, compared to $2.77 for name brand.
4. Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds – the chia seeds were $3.49 and the flax seeds were $2.49. This is an example of specialty items you can get cheaper. At a larger grocery store these would cost you anywhere from $5.99 to $16.50.
5. Cashew Milk – this “milk” beverage was $2.48, compared to the name brand price at $3.29.
6. Peanut Butter – this peanut butter was higher price than other available options, because I got the organic, natural one at $3.39. Organic and natural peanut butter at other stores can run you anywhere from $3.50 to $5.99.
7. Cheese – I bought the 12 ounce shredded cheese bags at $2.69 each, compared to the 8 ounce bags at $3.19. The sliced cheese was $1.79, compared to $3.49 at other stores.
8. Cottage Cheese and Cream Cheese – the 24 ounce cottage cheese was $1.99, compared to $3.99 and the 8 ounce whipped cream cheese was $1.49, compared to the brand name whipped cream cheese at $2.69.
9. Produce – the total for the produce I bought was $5.47. At a larger grocery store for the same produce items, this would cost you close to $8.00.
10. Frozen Fruit – these frozen blueberries were $2.29. At a regular grocery store these are $3.99.
11. Frozen foods – these frozen burritos (my husband’s guilty pleasure) were $2.79 for 8 burritos, compared to $3.69.
12. Salsa and Dips – the salsa was $2.49 and the hummus was $1.99. The salsa is right on par with other stores; however, hummus at larger stores can be as much as $4.99 for the same amount.
13. Random Items – I also bought a couple flavored waters at $0.59 each, this water flavor enhancer at $1.89 and deodorant at $2.47. At other stores, similar flavored water is $0.99, water flavor enhancer can be $3.99, and deodorant is typically $2.49 and up.
In total, I paid $49.39 and saved approximately $37.38. More importantly, I saved probably 40 minutes of my life! I do not work for Aldi or have any affiliation with them at all; I just wanted to share some of my reasons for shopping there. You can decide for yourself!
Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD
Allison is a Sports Dietitian in Michigan. She enjoys helping others reach their nutrition and fitness goals through reliable and trustworthy recommendations.
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