Aldi’s: Is It Worth It?

Just in case the giant sucking sound coming from your wallet hadn’t yet clued you in, groceries are just a bit expensive right now. 

For years, I’ve shopped occasionally at Aldi’s, a chain discount grocery which appears, unfortunately for some of you, not to be available in every state.  Every time I shopped at Aldi’s, I had a vague sense that I was saving money on staples (which is, for the most part, the only things they stock, except for occasional special items).  But I’d never done an item-by-item comparison to get a real sense.  Was it worth the trouble?  Because shopping at Aldi’s isn’t exactly easy–you have to take your own bags, bag your own groceries, even pay a 25-cent deposit to use a grocery cart (refunded when you leave), and they only accept cash or debit cards.

As grocery prices have continued to go up (and, as it turns out, so have the appetites of my growing boys), I decided it was time to get serious about comparing if Aldi’s shopping was worth the effort.  I took a list of grocery staples to both Aldi’s and then Wal Mart, where I normally do my grocery buying.  I did an item-by-item comparison, comparing Aldi’s price with the cheapest available brand at Wal Mart.  This spreadsheet was the result (click on it to view):

Download aldis.pdf

(And?  I don’t want any lip from anyone that we list cheese puffs and popsicles as grocery staples.  Thank you.)

The few items in red are the ones actually more expensive at Aldi’s.  All the others are either even or cheaper.  (And let us pause for a moment of silence in memory of the brain cells I overwhelmed in building a color-coded spreadsheet).

I was blown away by the results, actually.  I knew I was saving something by shopping at Aldi’s, but I had no idea it was adding up so quickly.  I can see how going to a little extra trouble will easily save substantial money each month.  Most of the items listed are generic, which is the way I generally shop (except for a few items, paper towels–you’ll have to pry my Bounty from my cold, dead fingers).  I have never had any quality issues buying generic at Aldi’s.

If you don’t have one of these stores where you live, I extend my full sympathy, but I suggest you look around.  Most cities have some sort of warehouse-type grocery facilities available.  If you’re willing to shop around, you might be surprised what you find.

Any other’s Aldi’s lovers out there?  What have you learned shopping there?  Have you ever had any issue shopping their generic brands?  I’m curious to hear…

(P.S.  Of course, if you use this list, take into account differences regionally in grocery prices.  GOD BLESS the great state of Oklahoma for having a crazy-low cost of living, and things might be priced differently where you are.  But it’s a good place to start, and maybe it will inspire you to draw up your own comparisons, spreadsheet-inducing anxiety notwithstanding.)

259 thoughts on “Aldi’s: Is It Worth It?

  1. Amy says:

    We don’t have Aldi, although it sure would be nice! (We don’t have Super Wal-Marts, either.) We are very thankful for WinCo, though, which I highly recommend if you have one near you!

  2. melissa says:

    unfortunately aldi’s isn’t even in my state. boo. but i am fortunate to have a super wal*mart closeby that has amazingly cheap grocery prices. i too always buy store brand and find it’s soo much cheaper and dont notice a huge difference in quality. i also buy my produce and meat and a store called jons. not vons but jons. it’s soo cheap and such a blessing also. the Lord always provides, doesn’t He?

  3. Jane says:

    Wow! Some of those savings are nearly a $1! That really adds up. I now bring my own bags because it’s greener and also easier on the back. The hardest part is finding the alternative bag you like best and remembering to take them in the store.

  4. Jessica says:

    I Heart Aldi.
    As an experiment (and because we were mostly broke)I planned my menu around what I could buy at Aldi. Well, before this I was shopping at Walmart/Kroger/Schnucks and spending about $200 for 2 weeks of groceries. When I meal planned specifically for Aldi, we did not notice much change in the amount or type of food- I just used recipes where I could find all the ingredients there.
    We did notice a difference in our checkbook- I ended up averaging about $65 for 2 weeks of food. It was mind-blowing.
    I have noticed that not everything is cheaper (although I think the quality is superior to a lot of other store brands) but I still save money because I don’t buy all that impulse stuff. But the majority of the items are much cheaper!
    I will confess that the $65 did not include our Diet Coke supply.

  5. marit says:

    I love Aldi and Lidl (a german store which is also found here in Holland.
    And as a small aside: every single store here in Holland, (no matter how expensive!!), requires you to bag your own groceries AND put a refundable coin into your cart before going in. How’s that for a small cultural difference?

  6. Lora says:

    Aldi’s is awesome!! I have now customized my grocery list for my store and go there first and buy everything that I can. Then I bag my stuff with the cold stuff in one of those insulated bags, make a quick stop at Wal-Mart for the few things Aldi’s doesn’t have and I’m done! I have knocked our weekly grocery/toiletry bill down by $30-$40! Oh, and I do recommend their laundry detergent and toilet paper–amazingly cheap and really good!

  7. Brooke says:

    I love Aldi’s! Before we moved, I used to go to the one in our little MO town regularly. I was pretty hesitant my first trip there because I’m not fond of the Wal-mart, “Great Value” brand at all. I’ve found the food lacking in quality on more than one occasion. Aldi on the other hand has awesome generic products and I know their secret. Not too long ago they had a special on TV about the Aldi’s chain on the Food Network channel. Turns out Aldi has special buying deals with major food companies and the various generic brands aren’t generic at all. Aldi’s buys the name brand that are so expensive in the regular grocery stores and slaps their own labels on it. How awesome is that? I miss Aldi’s and have to settle for Winco in my new state but the savings are nowhere near what Aldi’s gave.

  8. Stretch Mark Mama says:

    Aldi’s is one of those things I left behind in Ohio…
    And who has time to make fun of cheese puffs and popsicles when there is a spreadsheet to mock?
    Aldi’s ought to be proud of their “bring your own bags” philosophy. And I always thought the quarter thing was genius. I have severe anger issues with People Who Don’t Put Their Carts Back.

  9. Becky says:

    guten morgen, i am living in hamburg, germany. for those not in the know, the aldi brothers are german, and here they are on just about every street corner. everyone shops there….aldi parking lots are full of bmw’s and mercedes. my husband says aldi’s is german culture. germany in general has the best quality food, for the lower prices, in europe…because the germans demand no less. the quality in general is far above the other discount shops here, and though the prices are going up here as well, aldi’s is still offering better prices for quantity and quality. the “bring your own bag” philosophy is in all the stores here…many bring cloth bags or shopping baskets that sit snugly on the car seat, or on the back of a bicycle. when we visit my parents in pennsylvania we often see german products in the aldi’s there, and here? american flags on products, american style this and that.. it’s really a small world.

  10. Kim says:

    We are just starting to get Aldi’s here in Central Florida. I have been shopping at Sav-A-Lot for years. My husband was raised on nothing but name brand foods, but I was a generic kid. He use to be picky but I have changed him. I actually got him to run to SAL for me last week to pick up milk, bread (.99ยข), and something else. He couldn’t get over how quick and easy it was to go into a smaller store that doesn’t bombard you with extra junk they are trying to sell! I am going to show him your comparison sheet because most of the Aldi prices are very similar to SAL! Thank you for proving MY point!!!!!!!

  11. Linds says:

    We have Aldis and Lidl here in the UK and they have great value stuff. Apparently they are booming at the moment, and the big supermarket chains are feeling the pinch a little as customers search for the best deals on food.

  12. Coupon Geek says:

    I hadn’t been to Aldi’s in about 4 yrs. It wasn’t that great then (or should I say, our location wasn’t) but I figure, everyone deserves a 2nd chance, right? I went there again last Friday and was blown away by the quality they had now! The best prices I found were in their dairy, bread and produce sections. The areas I can’t get for cheap with coupons elsewhere! How great a discovery. I was so happy with them that they are now on my list of first stops and then the other stores for things they don’t have! Great find! And so is this posting. Thanks for the chart! Now I can print that out and have a price comparison. Sorry you had to do all the work for the rest of us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. JanMary, N Ireland says:

    We had Aldi when we lived in England, here we have Lidl. I totally agree that if you are selective about your purchases, it can make a real difference.
    The main items I buy at Lidl are large and small cartons of pure fruit juice, jam and lovely high quality chocolate – I go about once a month to stock up, but could not manage to do my entire usual weekly shop there.

  14. Laura V. says:

    I first went to Aldi when we were visiting my in-laws in Australia 6 years ago, but there were none in Oklahoma City then. Then a few years later an Aldi was built less than a mile from where we lived in OKC and I fell in LOVE!!! Then when we moved to Colorado Springs 2 years ago, I was very sad that there were no Aldi’s here (still aren’t). Grocery shopping just hasn’t been the same (or as inexpensive) since we came here. Sad.

  15. Bonnie says:

    I love Aldi! We have been shopping there for months now almost exclusively except for a few items. I am especially blown away by their prices on canned goods, baking supplies, and cereal! I have also noticed that they seem to be increasing the variety of their offerings each time I go. My 2 year-old son also loves that they drive forklifts through the aisles to stock shelves! I have also never had a peoblem with quality. I even tried their diapers after being a Pampers devotee and they are fine! Great store!

  16. Trixie says:

    Hi Shannon.
    The Accountant in me LOVES your spreadsheet. I love to color code stuff in a spsreadsheet (please don’t think I’m too nuts:)
    About once a month or two I’ll drive to the city to stock up on cheap stuff at Aldi’s. For some reason ours doesn’t have good produce, or any selection of multi grain bread. Other than those things, everything else is great.
    Take Care,
    Trixie
    http://farmhomelife.blogspot.com/

  17. Diane says:

    I adore Aldi. 45 cents for a can of diced tomatoes versus 89 cents (or more!) at the regular supermarket, with no difference in qualtity? Count me in.
    I kept a comparison price spreadsheet for a few months when I first started shopping there. Even for a single person household, the savings are significant. I’ve been a “from scratch” cook all my life, and being able to get quality ingredients at a better cost is my idea of heaven.

  18. Becky says:

    How timely Shannon! We have a brand new Aldi’s and I was trying to decide how to compare them with my Walmart where I always get groceries. I was dreading the process. Thank you so much for taking the time and doing the hard work for us. I’m off to shop!

  19. Capri K says:

    An Aldi’s just opened up in our town this month!
    The only negative I found was when checking out. I did not know that they didn’t take a credit card. Good thing I only bought a few things, cause I don’t usually carry that much cash! Just a FYI.

  20. Kari says:

    I love Aldi as well. I remember when I first started going there (before they accepted debit cards) and having to add up everything in my head as I went. I was always afraid I wouldn’t have enough cash. Back them, just about everything (that I bought anyway) was .99, so that helped a bit.
    I have my regular shopping route each week. First, I buy everything I can at Aldi. Sometimes they have surprises and sometimes they’re out of something. And then I buy the rest of my list items at Woodmans.
    Their French Vanilla coffee creamer is amazing. We used to use in in everything from coffee (obviously) to oatmeal. When I started having panic attacks at the thought of not having it in my fridge, I realized it was an addiction and I’d better stop buying it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Thanks for blogging about this!
    Kari

  21. jennifer says:

    I definitely love Aldi. Their prices on produce, staples, everything are way beyond what I could ever hope for anywhere else.
    My mom has shopped at Aldi for a long time and now I do too, and neither of us have ever bothered with bringing our own bags. We just grab empty cardboard boxes from the aisles and use them to load our groceries into. Works for us!

  22. Emily says:

    Great comparison. I will point out that Aldi’s prices DO fluctuate, at least at our store (sometimes for the good and sometimes not) I did, for example, get eggs for $.95 a dozen the other day (and no, they weren’t close to the sell by date). But they are normally $1.29 at our store. So keep your eyes open and you can get even better deals there sometime too!

  23. Molly says:

    That’s a great spreadsheet and makes me excited that I shop at Aldi. Milk at our Aldi has been $2.49 for the last month or so, which makes it worth the trip by itself. Thanks for this post!

  24. Steffj89 says:

    We are huge fans of Aldi and Sav a lot. We are also fortunate livng in the country that we usually have the option of farm fresh produce from one of the locals around here.
    My hubby was familiar with aldi from living in Germany and bugged me into trying it shortly after we married. I have to drive either to tulsa or fayetteville to go but we carry an ice chest and multiple freezer bags w/ us to make the trip worthwhile
    and their spiral honey hams…AWESOME for the price
    steff

  25. Angie says:

    There are several things that I prefer the Aldi’s brand over a name brand.
    I’ll bet they are thriving with the down turn in the economy. I know I’ve been hitting them up more frequently.

  26. Sarah says:

    I LOVE Aldi’s! I just recently started shopping there and couldn’t be happier. My biggest shock is sugar at Wal-Mart is 2.98 here and at our Aldi’s it is only 2.07 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Almost a whole dollar savings lol.

  27. mimi2six says:

    I have just started shopping at Aldi’s trying their store brands. So far, I’ve liked all I’ve tried. A nice surprise….their kitchen trash bags: a little harder than most to get opened, but also stronger than any I’ve used (including brand names). Yea…reasonable prices!!!

  28. Ericka says:

    I didn’t read the comments so someone may have already posted this, but here’s another plug for Aldi’s – they and Trader Joe’s (the cute, little upscale stores) are owned by the same company!

  29. Terina says:

    i love aldi. we have one in our town, but i’ve only been once. hey have aldi’s in france and germany and when i lived there, i loved them. now i shop at the commissary which is probably just as cheap. i am always shocked when i go into a regular grocery store…

  30. mandy says:

    Love, love, love Aldi.
    Our family doesn’t like their canned green beans. Not sure why.
    At one point, our local grocery store had milk for $4 a gallon while Aldi stayed at 1.99. That is awesome.
    Also, using their boxes lying around not only helps me not have to remember my bags, but saves them some time, which results in lower expenses.
    Gotta love saving money!

  31. Michelle- says:

    Since I live an hour away from Aldi– I stopped going, figuring the gas money I was spending outweighed the savings. And I was sad.
    But then one day, I was shopping in Dollar General and found that many, many of the same staples that I used to buy at Aldis could be found at the Dollar Store. I think I’m saving as much– plus the Dollar Store bags my groceries for me.
    I think I’m the only Dollar Store customer in Gallatin, MO who fills 3 carts at a wack. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Rhonda says:

    I LOVE Aldis! I was so excited when we got one in my town…
    However, I will say that I haven’t had great luck with the canned veggies…my family doesn’t care for them (picky husband). Which is okay, because I am trying to do frozen instead (more healthy).
    What I will add is that Walmart will price match Aldi- so for those times you have to go there, you can get aldi prices. I hate going to walmart though- cause I always spend more than I mean, due to the overwhelming amount of stuff!
    I totally heart aldi

  33. Natalie says:

    I love Aldi, too. My kids call it OLDIES. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I can get an entire week’s worth of groceries (me + 2 teen girls + 1 teen boy) for around $50. Before Aldi, when I was shopping at a different grocery store chain (Crest), I could easily spend $100 on the same types of foods.
    I’ve learned (and have taught my children) to put our cloth bags and the box I like for groceries right back in the trunk of my car after I’ve put away the groceries at home. That way, I’m never stuck anywhere without a cloth grocery bag.

  34. Renee says:

    we have no aldi’s…
    i’m surprised bananas are so expensive where you are…most places around here, even kroger and heb, sell them for about 40-45 cents a lb!

  35. Shelly says:

    I love Aldi. I always joke with my husband we can move anywhere…as long as there is an Aldi within driving distance!
    Seriously, I don’t what we would do if we didn’t have Aldi. None of our grocery stores around here double coupons so this is really the best way to save for us. (We are a family of 8.)

  36. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing this! We have an Aldi nearby, but I haven’t been there yet. I’ll definitely have to try it. I use the reusable shopping bags anyway, so the bagging it yourself isn’t such a bad thing for me. I won’t have to get annoyed looks from the checkout people anymore when they see my coupons AND my reusable bags!

  37. laura says:

    I grew up shopping at Aldi! They also have a double quality guarantee on their products. I once bought some crescent rolls that were moldy when I opened the cans. I took them back and they replaced the 4 cans AND gave me my money back with no questions asked! I also always put my grocery bags right back into my van after I unload the groceries and I always keep a quarter in the ashtray. Woe to the person who pilfers my Aldi quarter!

  38. laura says:

    For those who don’t know about Aldi, they only accept debit, cash and food stamps (no credit cards or checks) and they don’t take coupons, since they rarely have brand name products.

  39. Traci says:

    I love Aldi too! There isn’t one in my town, but about 15/20 miles away! I don’t go on a regular basis, but need to start. Even if I set a regular day of going, that might help. I think I will still save money even with the extra drive time!

  40. Staci at Writing and Living says:

    Aldi’s is in the next town over (which is just seven miles and the “big town” where we go to church, etc), so it’s definitely out of the way. Thanks for doing the legwork to show that it is worth the extra time and effort.
    Our Aldi’s has the best produce around. My only gripe is that it’s packaged up, and sometimes I don’t WANT to by four peppers, etc.
    We also have Sav-A-Lot. You can save money there but you have to be very careful about quality.

  41. Laura says:

    YES!! Previously I have only shopped at Aldi’s occasionally. But for the last two weeks I did a huge chunk of my shopping there and it is a huge savings. We have found that we can not tell a difference between MOST generic items versus name brands. There are a few exceptions like Heinz ketchup!! Always Heinz!!

  42. Sarah says:

    Well, I’m not alone, but I love Aldi! I am so glad that you posted about it, because a lot of times people just look at me with a blank stare when I mention this amazing store.
    I started shopping at Aldi when I got married a little over two years ago. My hubby’s mom had always shopped there, but I hadn’t given it much thought. I, like you, found it to be significantly cheaper on most items. I am so grateful for Aldi!
    For others who might not have an Aldi, I’ve also found Sav-A-Lot has good prices (some other people mentioned this too). They have some of the same types of things there.
    Anyway, thanks for posting on my favorite store!

  43. Mrs. Sprinkles says:

    I thought about shopping at Aldi’s–we have one less than a mile from our home. But when I compared the prices with the regular grocery store sales and coupons, I found that I could buy name-brand stuff at the grocery store cheaper than Aldi’s, as long as I buy with coupons when there is a sale.
    Plus, we use a cash-back credit card (which we pay off in full each month) that gives us 5% back on grocery purchases.
    So, for us, it makes more sense to keep track of the sales and coupons….more time consuming, but as a stay at home mom, I’ve got plenty of that!

  44. Tara says:

    I noticed some of their canned produce isn’t as tasty as the grocery store generics. We had a can of peas that was darn near impossible to eat because they were too hard. We also used a cake mix for a recipe that wasn’t traditiobnal cake and noted it was a little salty tasting.
    That said, I still shop there, even for cake mix and peas. ๐Ÿ™‚ We eat what we have and we don’t complain. My girlfriend has an impossibly picky HUSBAND and can pass some of their stuff off on him.
    And, their produce prices are really nearly impossible to beat!

  45. Heather says:

    I’m an Aldi lover. I keep a price book/comparison of items I frequently buy and like you said, you can’t beat Aldi for the staples. Unlike a comment shortly before mine, I’m not impressed with my Aldi’s produce, so I rarely buy that type of thing there.
    I’m blessed to live in a town where a name-brand bread is made, so I frequent the bread store (as we call it) and can buy quality bread (NOT cheap, flimsy white stuff or fake whole wheat) for 79 cents a loaf.

  46. Gina says:

    What sold me on Aldi was the $1.99 milk this summer, when Wal-Mart’s milk was $4.19.
    We rarely go to Wal-Mart any more. I think the other part to saving money at Aldi is that you can’t buy any “extras” there like at a supercenter. You can just get groceries.

  47. Midwest Mom says:

    I’m trying to like Aldi’s but it’s hard for me. I believe they have good quality, I know they’re less expensive etc. but part of what I enjoy about grocery shopping is the experience and Aldi’s is so ugly inside. (I’m shallow). In my DINK days, when I worked at a chef’s college to boot!, I shopped a lot at Whole Foods (or Whole Paycheck as my husband calls it). I still get some things from Whole Foods and the place is beautiful& inspiring. I tend now to shop a lot at Trader JOe’s – which is kinda like Whole Foods but cheaper and did you know it’s owned by Aldi’s?

  48. Sheri says:

    When we first moved here we didn’t have a clue what Aldi’s was, and I was mourning the fact that there weren’t any discount grocery stores…and THEN I figured out what Aldi’s was. Ever since then they’ve gotten our business. Great way to save!

  49. Teresa says:

    I used to shop at Aldi when we lived in Iowa. Since moving to Wisconsin I haven’t visited our local Aldi. I have found that while Aldi is good for some staples, I didn’t care for the quality of fresh veges, meats, and frozen foods.

  50. Megan says:

    An Aldi’s just opened a few minutes away and I’m loving it! It’s always empty so I don’t think people have discovered it yet. Also, I live in an kind of upscale area and I think people might be snobs – that’s fine, more savings for me!

  51. Molly says:

    I love ALDI… and heard somewhere they have the same parent company as Trader Joe’s? (not confirmed)
    But Shannon, I love you dearly and know of your passion for words and their correct useage. Check the sign, the receipt and the website… ALDI. No “‘s.” This has been one of my pet peeves for years. ALDI. Just ALDI. ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Dawn W says:

    We don’t have an Aldi’s here – wish we did. My sister in Ohio shops at Aldi’s regularly and, like you, has found the prices are much lower than even Walmart.
    Our Super Walmart is the best I’ve got so that’s where I do the bulk of my shopping.

  53. BarbaraLee says:

    I don’t have one in my town but they are in my state. The distant isn’t worth the $$$.
    We have Sam’s club, Cashwise, Cub Foods & Corborns. There are a few other stores but are pricey. I am going to take your list and compare to my stores.

  54. Trisha says:

    I just drove by Aldi on Wednesday and thought “Maybe I should stop in there to see if I can save more money than Walmart.” So your little experiment couldn’t have been any more perfect for me! Thanks Shannon!
    Yesterday’s post from Jane Anne was amazing. So well-written. My little boy has allergies too. It was good to hear from another’s Mom’s perspective. I am going to post a link on my blog.

  55. Suki says:

    I would say that you likely have little to worry about in terms of quality with the generic products. I work with the food industry and one thing I have found out is that a lot of “name brand” products are actually contract-produced by manufacturers that also produce generics. The recipes may be proprietary to the name brand, but the production process and manufacturing lines are exactly the same.

  56. Jennifer Griffin says:

    I shop at Aldi’s once every 2 weeks! I love it! The first time I went I had my cart full…expected my bill to be $75 or so that I’d spend at Walmart of Meijer’s. She said..your total is $35.xx….I was SHOCKED> I said….”really! Are you serious!” She just smiled. I usually shop at Aldi’s first off my list then pick up the few remaining items at Meijer’s….
    You gotta try it if you have one!!!

  57. Christina Z says:

    I LOVE Aldi! My closest Walmart is 20 minutes away (in the same town as Aldi) so I hit both of them every 2 weeks.
    I LOVE doing my own bagging (I do it at Walmart too because I bring my own bags and they look at me funny)
    Also, my 3 year old gets the quarter if she’s good for our huge trip so I love it for all the reasons you don’t ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. zoe says:

    I came to the conclusion this morning that I need to shop at the local Aldi and a freezer store too.
    Trouble is when I then went into Aldi’s I walked all around the store adding items to my trolley before getting to the till where they told me the electronics had gone down 20 minutes earlier and they could only accept cash!
    I wasted a whole 20 minutes in there, then had to go somewhere else! Would it have killed them to put a sign on the door?
    Still, the prices will keep me going back.

  59. mandy says:

    I really appreciate this post! I too have wondered if I was saving anything by shopping at Aldi. I have just discovered Big Lots and they have great prices for foods such as cereal, chips, juice boxes for the kids lunches, and such.

  60. Mary B says:

    I once heard that Aldi was owned by Trader Joe’s.
    I love Aldi! I shop about every other week and really notice the difference in my food budget.

  61. Summer says:

    We love Aldi! We get everything we can from there. For toiletries and the like I go to CVS. They have the most amazing rewards program. You can stack manufacturer coupons with CVS coupons and CVS Extra Bucks for triple the savings. I consistently get things like toothpaste, shampoo, lotion and the like for free or insanely cheap from CVS.

  62. Amy says:

    I am a huge fan of Aldi’s. You can’t beat their prices on baking supplies or canned goods. They also have great produce.
    Overall, I have been very happy with the quality of their products. Best of all they have a guarantee that if you don’t like a product, they will give you twice the money back.
    I usually hit Aldi’s once every few months and stock up on all the staples. I am fortunate to have the storage space to do it that way.
    I just went yesterday and filled my cart to overflowing and only spent $89. Amazing!

  63. Amy says:

    The jarred fruit from Aldi’s is like $1 a jar, and is SO MUCH BETTER than what I get at the Kroger. I don’t buy anything else anymore.
    It’s really a great place to get treats – their yogurt covered raisins rock, too.
    I just wish it weren’t way down on the other side of town. I seriously love Aldi’s.
    Amy @ http://prettybabies.blogspot.com

  64. Melissa says:

    I love aldi’s too – but I don’t utilize it enough and have yet to do the comparison – thanks for the added motivation!
    About the papertowels – I used to be the same way about Brawny until between my husbands jobs brand papertowels fell off the top of my priority list – I found the store brand at Dollar General – $1/roll – are very, very close. (It may be their ‘top-of-the-line store brand)
    Now toilet paper. . . still no generic for me there – aloe is very, very important on the bum!

  65. ET @ Titus2:3-5 says:

    I can’t decide if I should cry or throw up – maybe both! I’m in Alberta, Canada and our cheapest option is usually WalMart – at least for the stuff I buy. But there are some things I get at Costco for the bulk/cheap factor. For example, a large box of frozen chicken breasts (10lbs) – $31. And this was a good price! Seeing that you pay $7 for 5lbs makes me want to move….
    Except for the health care, I really like me some free health care. ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Betsy says:

    Love this post. I’m a recent Aldi’s convert and was pleased to see someone else doing price comparisons.
    I have found, however, that if you’re shopping for the few things that are outside of Aldi’s wheelhouse (meats and produce), it’s good to check the advertising circulars for other local stores. Generally speaking, I’ve found that Food Lion carries at least one great loss leader on meat every week (this week: split chicken breasts for $0.79/pound) and, when I have freezer space, it’s a great way to stock up.

  67. jen says:

    Well I’m glad you did this. I had actually started to wonder if my time at Aldi’s was wasted…I grocery shop with my 2 year old every other Thursday. We head out of the house at 9am and go to Walmart first where I have my list and then head to Aldi’s across the street with that list. We head home at 11am…and by the time I get everything put up and feed my poor 2 year old it is almost 12:30…I normally collapse at this point with him and take a nap. I spend around $300 every 2 weeks…..how much do you spend? And how often do you go ?

  68. Angela says:

    We LOVE Aldi’s! I did notice that some of our prices are different than yours though. I just went shopping on Wednesday and at walmart eggs were $1.38/dz and at ALDI they were $1.19/DZ. We have a JayC (kroger owned), a Kroger, Super walmart, and ALDI….and yes I go to every single store (or use ads to comp at walmart). I make a 2 week menu by whats on sale and GREATLY utilize coupon mom.com and moneysavingmom.com. ANY snacks we get are the ones that are on sale combined with coupons. I spent a larger amount at the store last Wednesday than I had in a LONG time…for actual groceries I spent about $130. Thats for a family of 5 for 2 weeks. I have 2 kids that eat more than my husband and I combined! Even though I was shocked at the price and had to go over budget…I had to sit back and think that I just spent less than $2/day per person for food….not too bad.

  69. Jill B. says:

    I love shopping at Aldi’s. There produce is so much cheaper and tastes great. One of the things I love about it is their Fit & Active brand products. I used to shop at Save-A-Lot but they didn’t have these healthier alternatives available. And one other piece of info. to share. I was in line one time when the lady in front of me was going on about how good the Aldi’s cereals were and the store manager told her all their cereals are made by General Mills. So why pay the big bucks elsewhere when you can get the same thing here much cheaper?

  70. Annie says:

    When I lived in Europe I shopped at Aldi. The food was definitely cheaper, but I always left there with other stuff that I didn’t come for, so not sure if it was cheaper in the end or not.

  71. Mary says:

    I grew up shopping at Aldi’s. My mom, my brother and I would load the cooler, all our paper sacks and ourselves into the van and head to the next town for our monthly grocery trip. Staples and most everything at Aldi’s, some produce or other stuff at Price Chopper. (I don’t know what “other stuff” really was – come on! I was dragged to the store on a Saturday with my MOM!)
    I don’t typically make the time now; it’s so much easier to get everything at the Super Walmart, much as I hate to admit it.
    By the way, I learned just last year (honest!) that the name of the store is actually Aldi. No “s” on that puppy. Huh. Had no idea until my best friend pointed it out. Like she’s so cosmopolitan after living in Seattle for a while. Ha!

  72. Abbie says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Aldi. We recently moved from Oklahoma to Kansas and was very excited to find an Aldi down the street from where we live now. We save a bunch of money on our overall food bill each month by going to Aldi first. Granted, yes, we do normally have to make another stop to pick up a few things that we need that Aldi doesn’t have. BUT the savings are worth it! We only eat our twice a week and we are still eating off of the $100 of groceries we purchased 3 weeks ago!

  73. angela says:

    I found an Aldi on my way to Publix so I am excited to say I plan to shop there this week for the first time. My in laws love Aldi and I’ve eaten food that came from there so I know it is good. Thanks for the speadsheet you basically sealed the deal on shopping there for me. I’m forwarding this on to my in laws too.

  74. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE me some Aldi!! I’ve been shopping there for a few years and I easily save $100-150 a month on groceries. And while I have to make the swing by Walmart to pick up a few things too, it is totally worth it. The only cereal we’ve tried and not liked is the generic Cheerios—a little stale. And the only bread we’ve found that isn’t stale and moldy quickly is the new white wheat. Otherwise we’ve very pleased with our experience and a little bummed we didn’t discover it earlier!!

  75. Michele says:

    You must have been reading my mind! I was just thinking about doing my own price check between Walmart and Aldi’s to see just how much I would save. I have never really shopped Aldi’s but I am willing to try if I can save $$. ๐Ÿ™‚
    MSheriff
    KYMOM

  76. angela says:

    Yes, we have Aldi’s here in Cleveland, OH – but I don’t usually shop there. I usually shop at Super K-mart for certain sales (they have milk this week – 2 gallons for $5!! ๐Ÿ™‚ )
    Or we have a grocery store – Giant Eagle.
    Here’s why I like Giant Eagle. #1 they have store/off brand that is as cheap or cheaper than Aldi’s.
    #2 they double coupons up to $0.99.
    #3 you get fuel perks (for every $50 you spend on groceries, you get $0.10 off gas. Certain times they have promotions where you get $0.20 off. You also get these fuel perks when you buy gift cards to the store or other stores – they sell gift cards to home Depot, Kmart, Sears, etc. About 100 other stores too)
    so, that’s why I personally don’t usually shop at Aldi’s.
    Now I’m off to make my shopping list for Giant Eagle. 10 for $10 deals are my friend there this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Kate Roden says:

    I don’t want to sound like a big hippie, but about the Bounty- we switched to cloth napkins and cloth towels a year or two ago, and I haven’t regretted it. We save lots of money on paper napkins/towels, and since I’m washing clothes all the damn time anyway, it’s not hard to throw dinner napkins/kitchen towels in the top of the next load. Or keep a little bucket in the kitchen for towels and wash a load once a week. (I also clean everything in the kitchen with vinegar and water, instead of store-bought though, so what do I know?)
    Plus it’s nice sitting down to dinner with “fancy” napkins every night.

  78. Lisa@Take90West says:

    I am going to speed over to my Aldi right now. We have them all over here in Chicago and I’ve never been.
    The savings you have shown are worth it! My grocery bill is anywhere from 180 bucks to about 220 dollars every 10 days for our family of six, and that’s with plenty of eating out, so I am looking forward to seeing how much I can save! Thank you!

  79. Andi says:

    My husband calls Aldi’s the garage sale of food. I think that’s pretty funny…
    I don’t do a lot of shopping at Aldi’s. I usually go there when we’re having a big event like a BBQ or party. I do most of our shopping at Trader Joe’s. I think their prices & quality are great & you can’t beat the tiny carts & balloons when shopping with a 3 year old. When we used more canned goods I did a lot more shopping at Aldi’s though.
    I’ve been told they have a meal planner on their website designed specifically for their products. I haven’t checked it out though.

  80. Mary T. says:

    I use e-mealz to plan my weekly meals and she has an aldi plan that I use and it is great and saves me so much money.
    http://www.e-mealz.com/
    I do all of my shopping at ALDI except for some cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. I love ALDI!

  81. Tami says:

    Aldi’s just opened in our area in the last few weeks. I haven’t been yet….I’m keep forgetting it opened – but after reading this I will be trying it out next week ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Stephanie says:

    I had been procrastinating doing this myself. Now you’ve pushed me to do it!
    I LOVE Aldi, but usually have to go to one other store each week to get items that they don’t have for my recipes.
    I’ve decided I’m enlisting the husband’s help this week to watch the kids so I can go make my list comparing the two stores! Thanks for the kick in the butt to go do my own!

  83. Trina says:

    I am a fellow ALDI lover. I knew they were cheaper, and now, thanks to your spreadsheet I have the proof!
    Our ALDI has milk for $2.49 though. For a while though it was $1.99.

  84. Texas in Africa says:

    Nice (and a tiny bit scary OCD! :). I haven’t shopped at Wal-Mart in over four years because they treat their employees so badly. I’m glad to know that that decision hasn’t really had a high cost.

  85. Whitney @ Baby Tunnel Exodus says:

    I was seriously planning to blog about Aldi’s this week! Great minds think alike, lol!
    I love Aldi’s. It’s come A Long Way since the 90’s. I saw a show on the Food Network that said LOTS of brand name companies make food for Aldi’s under an off name… but its the same food, made in the same plant!!
    I like that you have to use a 25 cent deposit on the carts; it makes consumers take them back, so overhead costs are not passed back to us in their prices! I like that you have to bag your own groceries too, because it reinforces the simplicity of going green. It’s really not that hard… and some chain stores like Cub Foods make you bag your own anyway.
    Sure it’s not a carpeted upscale hoity toity store. But I have no interest in paying for those amenities; I just want good affordable food for my family.
    Blessings, Whitney

  86. Jen says:

    When I moved here two years ago, I discovered my closest Aldi was a good 45-50 minute drive. So I made that trip on calculated occasions. And since this is small-town NC, some people worried that I was running a daycare with my overloaded cart. I assurred them that I was only feeding 5 teenagers. I talked with cashiers, begging them to open a store in my town. I talked with store managers. I wrote to the company. And in short order, they opened a store in the town 30 minutes south of me. That’s also where my Sam’s Club is located, so I do make that trip about twice a month. Apparently a town has to have at least 30k people to qualify for a store; we only have about 20. But we did qualify for a Sav-A-Lot, which is a huge disappointment after you’ve been to an Aldi. More expensive and catered to a more economically challenged clientele — go figure!
    Aldi has recently been improving their stock as well. I get their newsletter via email every week. And I think I may continue to lobby for a store located here, in my town. We could sure use one.
    xox

  87. chanelireli says:

    we don’t have an aldis but we have a win-co. and I heart my winco even if I have to bag my own groceries. Thank goodness we don’t have to pay for carts, cause I rarely have quarters.

  88. Tammy says:

    I like to shop at Aldi’s as well. In our area, the eggs fluctuate in price. So sometimes it is cheaper to buy at Aldis, sometimes at Meijer. When I’m doing the shopping (which isn’t now, because I have morning sickness big time and there’s no way I can walk through a store without at least gagging! Bless my dear dh for doing the shopping for me!) I make my list based off the sales at Meijer, and then go to Aldi to get staples and see if items are less.
    I don’t like their generic cream of mushroom, and I am pretty happy with most generics. Campbell’s COM has much less junk in it compared to Aldi’s generic brand. So when I buy COM, I buy Campbell’s! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh, and my Aldi’s produce section is pretty bad, so I generally do not buy produce from them.

  89. Nic says:

    Hey, I thought I was the only Dutch lurker over here. Apparently Marit is here too! I was about to say “you have to take your own bags, bag your own groceries, even pay a 25-cent deposit to use a grocery cart (refunded when you leave), and they only accept cash or debit cards” that’s the only way of getting groceries in the Netherlands! And what is up with all those useless plastic bags for a gallon of milk anyway?

  90. Cheri C. says:

    We don’t have Aldi’s, but we have Winco. Sometimes, you can get things cheaper with in-store coupons and sales at other places, but that’s only a few items. Then then end up charging an arm and a leg for everything else, especialy produce. I’m no fan of going to 3 stores to do my grocery shopping. I stick with Winco for the extra savings . . . . I did a spreadsheet like you did, too, and I was amazed at my findings ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. Tanager says:

    I love Aldi! If you happen to be there on the day before their hamburger expires, they sell it half off their already low price of 1.89/lb. We just buy it and freeze it…no problem. At .95/lb. that’s huge savings.
    When we were completely broke, I managed to feed our little family of three on $40.00 dollars every two weeks by shopping at Aldi (and sticking to a very strict menu). It wasn’t always gourmet cooking, but we ate well and no one seemed to mind.

  92. Kelli@CountryMommie says:

    Aldi makes me soo happy! It only takes about 25 minutes to get there from home (which is the same as going anywhere from here). Just the milk helps my budget so much it’s worth the drive. Not including all the things I DON’T BUY at Walmart because I’m not there! I will find things I “need” at Walmart and come out with $75 worth of things and I only went in needing $25 worth! Crazy good savings at Aldi’s all the way around for me!

  93. Krissie says:

    I too feel sorry for those without an ALdi. We LOVE ours and shop there often. You can really get some great deals there and all of their own brand products are excellent! You definitely do not have to sacrifice taste to save money there!

  94. Rebecca says:

    I grew up on Aldi. My mother fed 6 kids and 2 adults on one rather low income for years. I still favor many Aldi brand foods over others. I had never tried the mac&cheese before until I got married, and its pretty nasty. I don’t know if we end up spending all that much less by shopping at Aldi since we have a local discount grocery we get some of our ‘staples’ from. And thanks to my DH cocoa puff (store brand of course) are on the list of staples. But I know most of the Aldi prices so when I see a sale, I KNOW its really a sale.

  95. Dee says:

    I am an ALDI girl. The way my kids go through food, I have to be. I will confess, I still go to the Friut Market for lunch meat and cheese. I just cant go generic on that, kinda like you and your paper towels.

  96. Darla says:

    Thank you for this post. I have to admit that before I did Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University a year ago, I had never been inside an Aldi’s. Once I heard everyone in my class raving about it, I had to try it out.
    My kids LOVE the “quarter trick,” as they call it, and I love the bargains. I am glad to know how MUCH of a bargain I get there now based on your spreadsheet.
    My only negative of shopping there is that they don’t carry ALL the staples I need. I work full-time, and have 2 very active children, so I don’t always have time to go to several stores to get all my shopping done… I’d say that is the ONLY reason that I don’t go to Aldi’s more often.
    Thanks again for the information.

  97. Queen B says:

    I am a huge fan of Aldis. Or, as I like to call it, The Aldi. It sounds a bit better, don’t you think?
    I am amazed at how much money I save each week. It is most definitely worth it.

  98. Heather says:

    For those of you in the know, what is the comparable store for those of us that live out west. We had a WinCo in Northern Cali. but only Food For Less in Nevada. We do have Wal-Mart grocery stores (not Super Wal-Mart but stand alone grocery stores) but they seem to not have at least one thing I need so I end up having to go to two stores.

  99. Andrea@Under Grace & Over Coffee says:

    Cheese puffs aren’t staples?!!
    We have a similar type of store in Canada, Superstore, but my problem is having the self-control to just stick to my list and not buy more because I know I am saving money. I know that makes no sense to my husband, but if I know something is cheaper, I end up buying something else to spend the savings on. God and I are working on that one!!

  100. april says:

    my crew prefers a lot of Aldi stuff to the more expensive items found elsewhere. Some of our faves: the deluxe mac and cheese, the sloppy joe sauce, and chips. I can usually find cornish hens there for half the price of Walmart.
    I go about once a month to stock up. I have also started to buy more staples like flour and sugar there since I’m cooking from scratch more

  101. Melissa says:

    UMMM WOW… this sorta makes me a little upset.. because when I first got laid off I decided I would only shop at Aldi and was very proud of myself because I had gotten my weekly grocery budget down to $40 a week, most weeks it was only around $30. Now with couponing, CVS, WAGS, going from store to store YES I’ve gotten many name brand products for very cheap or FREE and stocked up on so much of everything I’ve managed to do all my Christmas shopping in the process HOWEVER (yes major run on sentence) I’ve been spending over $40 a week to do so. ughhh not good.
    So on the plus side I’ve been having fun working deals and all that but I’ve spent my entire summer doing JUST that! Honestly.. day and night I live breath couponing/hounding.
    I guess after the new year I’m going to cut out all this running around and will just stick to Aldi except for items I can’t get at Aldi or are such a great deal I can’t pass up.

  102. Aimee says:

    What an awesome post! We do have an Aldi here where I live, and I do most, if not all, of my shopping there. Their are a few things that I’m not able to buy there, but then I just run to the local grocery store. Overall though, I save tons of money each month shopping at Aldi – thanks for the comparison chart – it just proved it even more why I shop there !:)

  103. Need A Nap2 says:

    IF you want to be addicted – try the Aldi’s version of Drumsticks with the “fudge core”, I haven’t bought the caramel core b/c the drumsticks are for me not my husband! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your prices are a big lower than mine EXCEPT for milk – ours is $1.99 at Aldi’s. Thanks for the spreadsheet, it’s lovely.

  104. Renee says:

    I love Aldi too. I recently learned that our store only gets a truck once a week. Now I know what day of the week to shop there for the freshest produce.

  105. Krista says:

    We don’t have Aldi’s out here, but we do have the Grocery Outlet… which my in-laws love, but continually refer to as the Used Food Store! Gotta love that!
    And usually I find that I can’t buy their generic, it’s nasty (like cardboard nasty) and they don’t carry the staples consistently so it’s usually not worth my time/effort (with a toddler) to go to that store plus the regular store.
    About the only thing they’re good for is specialty cheese at a low price. But even that’s a luxury now!

  106. Kristin says:

    I have been shopping at Aldi for the last 8 years. Here are some of favs (which I was leary about trying, now we Luuuvvvv them!)
    Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin (about $7)
    Popcorn Chicken Nuggets (frozen)
    Asagio cheese (shredded)
    Moo Tubes (yogurt)
    Soy Milk
    lunch-box stuffers (fruit cups, granola bars, etc)
    Cinammon Rolls (frozen, my kids can tell when we get a more expensive brand and they hate them)
    Thanks for posting this!

  107. Tina says:

    This ia a great article for those of us here in Florida, since they just opened up some Aldi’s in Sept. and are slated to open several more next week and then a few more in November! I’m forwarding this link to a bunch of my friends!
    On your spread sheet did you do an overall total for each store, if so .. Sorry I may have missed it! Otherwise Thank you so much for the comparson ..especaially since soo many people in Fl think Super Wally world is soo cheap!! I personally don’t like going there very much.

  108. PJ says:

    I have shopped at Aldi’s for several years and we love it. Before we got one in our town we used to drive 60 miles about once every 2 months just to load up at Aldi’s and even though it was a long drive it was worth it for the money we saved. I love that we have one in our town now. In all the years that we have been shopping at Aldi we have only found 1 thing there that we did not like as well as or better than the name brand at other stores. (I can’t even remember now what it was.) I will say though, that in my area you do sometimes have to watch because you can get some items (sugar and name brand items when they have them)cheaper at other stores. I have also noticed that just like everyone else they have started going up on their prices due to the economy so unless you are going there for more than just one or two items it is not really worth the drive. But I still love em anyway! Aldi is the BEST place ever to stock up on canned veggies and if you use alot of Cream of Chicken or Mushroom soup Aldi is the best place to save money on it. If someone is reading this and has an Aldi close and haven’t tried it, you really need to check it out. You will be amazed at how much you can save without losing anything in taste or quality.

  109. Anna says:

    I actually try to buy organic and natural for most of my groceries. The prices at Trader Joes is much better than most places around. I’m not motivated enough to do a price comparison, though.
    Sorry, no Aldi’s around here.

  110. Jessica says:

    I don’t have an Aldi’s since I moved out of PA, however if you can find a Price Rite or Shop Rite in your area it is the same concept. AND CHEAP!!!

  111. Amy @ Experience Imagination says:

    I don’t like Aldi very much. I don’t think they have any here in South Dakota, but they had plenty when we lived in Illinois. Basically, they don’t stock a LOT of my staples. I found Meijer to be cheaper and more convenient overall. Unfortunately … they don’t have one of those here either.

  112. Deirdre says:

    One problem with Aldi’s:
    The horrible temptation from their german chocolates… and the Eclairs!
    NEVER, EVER shop there hungry… way too much German stuff.
    Another plus– I have a child with a corn allergy, and many of their treats are corn free!

  113. Carrie of Ceaseless Praises says:

    I live in NY state, and a couple years ago, I did a price comparison & found that Aldi is cheaper or even for most everything…except for a few things like you said. And if you check some household staples like garbage bags, Ziploc bags, etc, those things are usually cheaper at Sam’s Club.
    I shop at Aldi every week. The only thing that sometimes drives me nuts about shopping there is that they don’t always have everything that I need, so I often have to go to Wal-Mart after I get done at Aldi.

  114. Leanne says:

    I heart Aldi!!!
    Each month (I think) Aldi produces a price sheet thingy for all of it’s products for comparison with your regular store ads. They are right inside the door when you walk in. That way, you can compare what the Aldi price is with what is on sale at your other grocery stores.
    Also, Aldi has a menu-planning feature on their website.

  115. Shannon says:

    I have a friend who works for Aldi and said that for this year their reports show that they are still 20% less expensive than Walmart.
    Remember you can always get things cheaper when you shop multiple stores and their sale ads. For instance this week you can get 7 FREE things from Dillons (Our local Kroger!)

  116. Jeannine says:

    Thank you for sharing. I have noticed that Walmart’s prices for groceries have skyrocketed in the past few years. This is good to check every once in a while. Because I think it is very easy to get lulled to sleep and beleive that we are spending the least when we could actually be spending less somewhere else. Thanks for sharing.

  117. patois says:

    Holy crap, Batgirl! I want to get your grocery prices. That said, sadly, no Aldi’s, but a Grocery Outlet store opened near me, and I do my first shopping there each week. They don’t have everything, by any means, but I can save a bundle on our staples. (Yes, ice cream falls into that category.)

  118. Lana Dixon says:

    Here is my bagging solution for Aldi’s-Last fall before my 20 something year old daughter got married she was moving and cleaning out her apartment. She had a dozen plastic dishpans on her throw away pile and I took them home. Then I realized that they would make great substitutes for the boxes I’m always scouting for in Aldi’s. I just take my whole cart out to the car, spread out my dish pans and unload my cart into them. It is so easy and they are easy to carry in the house when I get home. I haven’t gotten up the nerve to take them into the regular grocery store in place of the reusable bags though.

  119. Megan says:

    Aldi’s fanatic here. When I became a new wife and experienced the food demands of a strapping young husband, I quickly learned where to extend our food budget. I have Aldi-evangelized several co-workers and friends. They love me for it. My mom still questions the quality, but I’ve never had a single problem with it. I wouldn’t trade my “Aldi’s quarter” or reusable bags for anything. It is a system I’ve fallen in love with. ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. Family Focused Fun says:

    I am a HUGE Aldi’s fan! Yes, occasionally other stores have a sale where you can beat the price of Aldi’s but if you don’t have the time to run around to multiple stores getting the best deals, then Aldis is a great place to get all the basics!
    The best is when they have certain items on clearance. We got an awesome deal on ground beef a few months ago there, as it needed to be sold and was marked down ridiculously low.

  121. jessica says:

    I recently started shopping at Aldi’s for our house groceries. My husband, who is a chef/caterer has been shopping there for years. I always thought the generic brands there would taste bad etc.. But, almost everything that I have purchased there has been very comparable to a store brand or even name brand.
    We especially like their brand of “velveeta”. This melts better than the store brand of velveeta..and is so much cheaper!!! Great for mac & cheese!!
    Their produce always seems to be very fresh and cheap!! LOVE IT! I have never actually compared the prices..so thanks for the spreadsheet!!
    Jessica, PA

  122. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the comparison. I’ve always wondered if they were truly cheaper or if I just spend less there because there isn’t all the extra temptations that Wal-Mart offers!

  123. Jan says:

    I’m not that big a fan of Aldi except for certain pantry type items like baking soda. I don’t think their generic food tastes very good. I bought hotdogs there once and almost gagged. Also the canned veggies are not good. You have to really watch the produce also- it goes bad fast. My store at least carries very few items so I still have to go to a regular store- so to me it’s not worth it in time and gas money. We have Sav-A-Lot but I haven’t tried there yet. I don’t like Walmart because it is so crowded and the people that work there are awful. I prefer to shop loss leaders at my regular grocery store and menu plan around that.

  124. Joanna says:

    I just shopped at Aldi’s last night! I could cry at all the money I’ve wasted over the years! I do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Aldi’s but do stop at the major chain (Stop & Shop) which is right next door and my mom & pop store in town and CVS. I only stop at the other 3 stores because they are on the same route (so no xtra gas) and I get specific sale items from their sales flyers and Stop & Shop does double coupons. I jot the sale items I plan on getting at the other stores down so I can compare the Aldi price. A lot of the time they even beat the other store’s sale price!

  125. Brittany says:

    My two year old comments, “I wuv Awdi” every time we pass by the store. I’ve shopped there for 4+ years now, and it has saved us so much money! ๐Ÿ™‚

  126. Olivia says:

    Our area just opened an Aldi about a month ago. My sister-in-law, who is from Illinois, told me that it was a great store… and sure enough, it is my husband and I’s favorite grocery store now! We buy about $35 worth of groceries every week for us, and we have saved so much in just the short time we’ve been shopping there. And I haven’t noticed any difference in quality from where we used to shop. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love Aldi!

  127. Denise S. says:

    This is so unfair all these great comments about Aldi’s. I had never even heard of them until a couple of weeks ago on someones blog.
    Sniff,sniff if you need at least 30,000 people to get one it isn’t gonna happen here in SW Wyoming:(

  128. MommaChelle says:

    Okay, I’ve never shopped at Aldi’s, but I’m wondering…is it really that much cheaper than shopping with double coupons on store specials? Our local grocery has been sending me fantastic coupons, plus I use manufacturer coupons. (Took a $309 bill down to $199 – woo hoo!!!) Plus I get $.10 off every gallon of gas for shopping there. The closest Aldi’s is about 30 minutes away and in an area that I just don’t drive through very often. Is it worth the drive for me?

  129. PollyS says:

    I second Winco. Their bulk section is a wallet saver for sure.
    I wish Aldi would come my way. I’ve heard nothing but great things.

  130. Lindsey says:

    To Stretch Mark Mama:
    I suppose I have become a Person Who Does Not (Always) Put My Cart Back. Sometimes with two very little ones it’s very difficult–but I know that here I’m speaking to people who have even more little ones than me.
    BUT, for every one time I don’t put my cart back, there are probably two that I snag one out of the middle of the parking lot, so I’m actually helping more than I’m hurting. Does that justify me???

  131. Arlene says:

    Eggs are usually $.99 at our Aldi’s which happens to be less than a block away — praise the Lord! :o) Walmart is 2 1/2 blocks away, lol.
    Also, our milk at Aldi’s is ALWAYS $2.50. So, if we can’t get the manager’s special/reduced milk at our other grocery stores (which we stock up and freeze), then we get milk at Aldi’s.

  132. Lindsey says:

    I really like aldi but now that I have started to match coupons with the ad at our local Target and Meijer food centers I rarely go. I pay little to nothing for most of my groceries and can buy organic when possible.

  133. Kelly says:

    I hear ya on the Bounty! I won’t budge on that OR the Scott Tissue toilet paper. If you buy store brand paper towels you have to use twice as many to wipe up a spill. No Aldi’s here in middle-of-nowhere, Alabama, and 25 miles to the closest Walmart. I’m impressed with your chart! At the Walmart’s here, they will match prices, i.e. if you bring your hometown newspaper sale papers they will match the price. Time consuming, and you will get dark looks from the people in line behind you, but it will save.

  134. Kelly says:

    PS: You are right, popsicles and cheese puffs are staples, as are ours: Golden Flake Sweet Heat potato chips and Little Debbie Honey Buns!

  135. Lisa says:

    I love Aldi’s for just about everything, but don’t buy their produce. It seems to go bad a lot quicker than the produce from other stores. I have never had a quality issue with any other products and LOVE the amount of money I’m saving by shopping there.

  136. gina says:

    OK. You’ve convinced me to try it!! I’ve been driving by Aldi’s 3x/wk taking DD to preschool and have NEVER STOPPED. Next week, I’m taking the challenge!

  137. Muddy says:

    I like aldis for some things, not so much for others. They are about a 15 minute drive for me. I have to weigh the cost of gas vs savings. If I am on that side of town with some time to spare, I will go in to get a few things on our list, otherwise I dont go out of my way. (it is near the library…so we do pass it at least once a month or so)
    I do not like the taste of the milk, the canned foods or sandwich meat there. I do like the bagged snacks, fruit, fresh meat section, frozen foods and the cereal. I enjoy looking at their special buys.
    They used to carry a roman noodle soup flavor my family LOVED. Nothing else compares to this one. They stopped selling it about a year ago and we were all very sad. It was a nice inexpensive lunch or breakfast.
    I enjoyed reading your post…and am going to look at your cost comparisons now…
    Thanks!

  138. Lexa Herbert says:

    We are getting an Aldi soon!! I just posted about it in my blog
    By the way, my husband and I have had long, drawn-out discussions (read: arguments) about whether it is Aldi or Aldi’s. I finally agreed with him – we think it is Aldi.

  139. angie says:

    i love Aldi. once you get the hang of shopping there, it’s a smooth process. the other thing i like is how quickly you get checked out. thanks for the comparison!

  140. Rach says:

    OK, I am such a jerk. My mom and I had a big conversation about it. It’s actually Aldi, not Aldi’s. She claimed it was Aldi’s, and I asked her if she called Target “Target’s”. I have WAAAAAAAAY to much time on my hands.
    I can get away with a $50 grocery bill after shopping at Aldi. It gets a bit tedious and boring shopping there sometimes, so I have to mix it up with some other stores. All in all, though, it is wonderful!

  141. Superchikk says:

    I was raised on Aldi, but Husband is a brand freak. He’s come a long way, but still must have name-brand certain things. But I’ve come to find that there are some things I like Aldi’s brand better!
    Maybe when I tell him it’s a German company it will change his mind…He lived over there for a while as a teenager and thinks Germany was pretty cool.

  142. Susan says:

    I LOVE Aldi. One opened 5 minutes from my house a few months ago. It was a bit of an adjustment having to remember to bring my own bags, but it is SO worth it.
    I have been very impressed with the quality of their store brands. We even like Aldi cheese puffs better than Cheetos!

  143. Rachele says:

    Awesome spreadsheet! That’ll be a huge help when I’m coupon shopping at other stores. I love Aldi’s for some of my staples, but I hate their pasta sauces and their bread, and my family will not eat their snack cakes. (and yes, that’s one of our staples, so no comment on your family’s cheesie poof addiction; we got our own problems.)
    Not to nitpick, but I believe the frozen chicken breasts for 6.49 are a 3 lb. bag. The leg quarters come in a 5lb bag for 3 something, I think. We use those for easy baked chicken dinners at least twice a week. Throw it in the oven with some chopped roasting vegetables, pour some sort of glaze over it in the last 10 minutes, and bing! beautiful family dinner for maybe $3, depending on the side dish.

  144. elizabeth says:

    We’re living in the Netherlands and shop almost exclusively at Aldi’s (and there was one back home too.) The selection is impressive, good produce (here) and breads, good juices. It is madness shopping though – the stores have limited hours (no one stays open late or 24 hours, and NO Sunday’s) so the store can be packed, and the lines can be pushy. People tend to bring their own plastic boxes to load as the cashier tallies. We walk/bike everywhere and carry cloth bags and load up the baby’s stroller bottom (thank goodness it is oversized!) or side bags on the bikes.
    I am re-thinking Sam’s, as I think we tended to over spend there…
    Wonderful post – thank you!

  145. elizabeth says:

    OH, and I forgot to mention…I am always guaranteed a bouquet of flowers when my husband shops at Aldi’s as they are such good prices(inexpensive). ๐Ÿ˜€

  146. Missy says:

    Aldi rocks! By the way, you can now use Discover card at Aldi. And bless their little penny-pinching hearts, they charge you a $.25 transaction fee if you do.
    Give the paper towels at Aldi a try. (Not the cheapies. I’m talking about the select-a-size kind with two rolls per pack.) I think they are comparable to Bounty.

  147. RLR says:

    OK – I’m inspired to try Aldi again. It’s not as close as my Super Wal-Mart or Costco (and I heart Costco!), but I’m willing to give it a shot. I was never impressed by their produce on prior shopping trips, which is why I have never made it a regular stop. Do they have a good selection of carry organic items?

  148. peggy says:

    My latest ALDI bargain was pumpkins! They had absolutely HUGE ones for $1.99 each. Walmart’s price was $3.48 each and they weren’t as big!
    Nearer to the holidays they have great gift items for very low prices too!

  149. Crystal says:

    I do like shopping at Aldi’s. One thing I’ve noticed is that the produce is oftentimes better than at Wal-Mart, or other local grocery stores. I also recommend the Salsa – we won’t buy any other kind – the brand name is Grandessa, and it tastes soooo fresh!
    It is a challenge for some of us to get over the “consumerism” mentality that we have in the U.S. where everything is supposed to be “designer label” – even our groceries, but if you can realize that the quality is similar despite the packaging, you will be happily surprised with your savings.

  150. Mandy says:

    I have seriously been thinking about doing this myself lately. My usual grocery store is Kroger, but I will go to Sav-A-Lot on occasion for certain things or if in a pinch. I just did my last grocery shopping at Walmart b/c I had a giftcard and I was surprised how the things I usually buy (fruit snacks are a staple in my house too) seemed higher at Walmart. I am totally a type A. And I am seeing a Walmart/Kroger/Sav-A-lot spreadsheet in my future! Thanks for doing some of the legwork!

  151. Sara Achuff says:

    I shoppped at Aldi’s last year for Easter dinner. I never shopped at Aldi’s before that. The dinner was a disaster! The ham was extremely poor quality and very salty. The brocolli was limp and some parts were brown-it was packaged when I bought it. And, my family couldn’t eat the sweet potato casserole. So much for saving money! My suggestion in this economy-buy the very best quality you can on your budget. I rather eat a little less and have good stuff. Regular grocery stores do an excellent job with store brands. Stick with the store you are used to. You can find things fast and that saves time-time is money. There is a reason things are cheap!

  152. Donna says:

    I am an occasional Aldi shopper.
    There kidney beans are icky, sloppy joe sauce is icky
    Canned corn and green beans are better than most other’s I have had..
    It just depends.

  153. Jody says:

    I love Aldi. We recently moved from IN where I lived right down the road from an Aldi. I was thrilled to find one nearby in our new home. I always buy milk at Aldi. Right now my Aldi has milk on sale for 2.49 a gallon. I also buy Fit N Lean Turkey Meatballs and Mama Cozi spaghetti sauce. I can’t remembert the price of the meatballs but the sauce is only .99 cents. I usually add a few spices to the sauce, but it is worth it. I also buy my canned veges there unless I come across a sale/coupons of a name brand that makes them less. When I first started shopping at Aldi I tried some generic cheese slices and no one in the family would touch them and in my experience the fresh fruit has to be used pretty quickly. Overall, I still love Aldi!

  154. Lynnet says:

    We have an Aldi’s in the next town and I must say that I spent $7 the other day and got everything I needed to make lasagna! Love it! We love to save a buck or $20 when we can, and this has been a super way to do it. We even shop at the Dollar Store from time to time. Granted that there are many times that these stores do not have what I need, but it’s sure nice when they do and I’m able to plan accordingly!
    I have a notebook in which I keep track of prices for things that we buy and I have an Aldi’s column as well. I can instantly see what my savings is compared to Walmart, our local grocery store, Dollar Tree/General…

  155. the frugal momma says:

    We shop at Aldi once a week, I do watch ads for other stores, but generally they are cheaper on all the items on your download here.
    I recently had a conversation with a couple in the checkout line about their cream of mushroom soup of all things. They couldn’t believe that it was only $0.49 a can, they had just paid $1.89 for a can the same size. Yikes!

  156. Tina says:

    Having an Aldi store nearby is one of the things that made me happy to move to OH from VA. I miss many other things in VA (most decidedly my family, friends and the weather!) but I love the variety I have in my shopping choices here! Because we also live in Amish country we have some great bulk foods stores in addition to our Aldi store. I only buy the loss leaders and a very few name brand products that we love from our local high $$ grocery store.
    I also like Savalot for some things too. Thankfully we have a good one in our town too.

  157. Scott says:

    We have Aldi’s here in Indiana. In fact I gave it a shout out in this wednesday’s WFMW post with Aldi’s Bon Italia generic version of Spaghettios.
    We always marvel at the entire shopping cart chock-full of good food for less than $100. We know on a lot of thing, we’re spending half of what we’d spend elsewhere.
    And we’ve never ever been disappointed in their quality. It’s a bummer when you don’t have a quarter for the carts and you have to talk a stranger into trading you for your grimy, sticky pennies and nickles from under the seats of the minivan.

  158. Condo Blues says:

    And here I thought that shopping at Aldi was my deep dark money saving secret. ๐Ÿ™‚ I found that when I started shopping at Aldi we started eating better than we already did (husband makes most of our food from scratch and we are health nuts) because we could afford different types of frozen fish unlike when we shopped at Meijer. Also we really like that a lot of the Aldi’s brand foods don’t have high fructose corn syrup which we try to avoid and can’t in the bread aisle of Giant Eagle. The only downside is our Aldi’s produce section. They plop all of the produce on an unrefrigerated table so most of it is either spoiled or will spoil shortly after I bring it home. So for everything other than produce I try to shop at Aldi first.

  159. Terri says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. I have wanted to compare for a long time, but had no desire to invest the time. I’ve always “felt” that Aldi’s was a better bargain, and am glad to know the truth. I, too, have a handful of brands that I am loyal to (Charmin and Tide) and one of those used to be Bounty until I got the Oasis brand of paper towels from Wal-Mart. I have been unable to see a difference. Just try them once and see whatcha think.

  160. Veggiemomof2 says:

    I love Aldi’s! I usually start there & Walmart is for the stuff I can’t find at Aldi’s.
    By the way, if you watch the sales ads, you can get Bounty @ Walgreens for 64ยข w/mfg coupon.

  161. Amanda says:

    I love Aldis!! We had one just open near us and I was SO excited!! I was too lazy to drive an extra 20 minutes to the nearest one prior to that:)
    I am working on doing this same thing. I’m starting a price book to see what is the lowest prices in order to know when to stock up. Its a lot of work, but I keep reminding myself of all the money I’ll save through this:) Sometimes I’m not convinced:)

  162. Patti says:

    I love Aldi and have shopped there for years! Some advice:
    I keep my quarter in my drink cup in my car so I am never searching for it.
    I have bought collapsable crates to use. I bring my grocery cart out to my car and put the food in the crates and a cooler. When I get home it is super easy to unpack – much better than the stores where the people bag it for you!

  163. MichelleB says:

    Aldi’s is great. With the gloomy recession I look for deals in pretty much every avenue of my shopping so for food Aldi’s is good to save to buy the food I really need. I also got a great deals shopping online. When me and my hubby celebrated our 10th anniversary he bought me a pair of diamond earrings from http://www.idonowidont.com and they were so elegant and we weren’t over budget. It was nice.

  164. Christine says:

    No Aldi here in SoCal. I myself am a Grocery Game (grocerygame.com) girl. It requires coupon cutting, which I used to have mixed emotions on. But now my emotions ar enot so mixed! The gal who started that website is now all over the country and the basic premise is that she has a list that matches the weekly specials for major grocery store of your choice with coupons. It takes several weeks to get fully in the groove, but her process is brilliant! The idea being that if you save a coupon to use when the store puts the item on sale, and especially if they double your coupns, you can save a TON of money. The first time I did it after clipping for several weeks and was really in the groove I saved over $150 on a grocery bill. Admittedly, it was still a $150 gorcery bill, but I even got some things for free or nearly free! Her webiste epxlains her premise well and while it takes some effort, I’ve found that it really works and I can shop in my favorite grocery store while still saving a ton of money.

  165. mommy to 5 angels says:

    I love Aldi too. I took me a little while to get adjusted to what they did and didn’t have. Now I take my entire list in and get everything I can off of it and then move on to Wal-Mart.
    I also like Aldi because it is small and even the 8yo can go grab things and help out because I can see the entire store from anywhere I am.
    I usually take an ice chest with me, so I can then go to Wal-Mart and be done in one day. I keep a quarter in the coin holder and the bags go straight back out as we empty them.
    I also like that I can go in and sometimes find B1G1 on things like milk, bagels, or yogurt. It sure helps the budget. I never find things like that at Wal-Mart.
    P.S. As a little bonus for us we received several fre shopping bags from the state fair and use those at Aldi too.

  166. Michelle says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Aldi –
    I buy aluminum wrap, eggs ($.99 a dozen for me in MN), milk ($2.49, but for some reason, no 1%??), produce (grapes, carrots, bananas, potatoes), some lunch meat and cheese, pizza, sometimes salad dressing and always chips and pretzels. Oh, and ketchup.
    In some states there is also Trader Joe’s – one brother started Aldi and one started Trader Joe’s (it is the Aldi for health/natural foods), I am checking that out tomorrow!!

  167. Grammy says:

    I have always shopped there for can and other items when we lived in St. Louis. Now I am 40 miles away. So when I get to Jeff city I buy 3-4 months worth of can good, and a few other thing. I miss them close buy. The cost of gas out ways the savings for me. {:(}But when I have a reason to travel I even stock up on items when I get a chance to go back to St. Louis. Next week will be my last trip. My daughter is moving closer to me. Which is great. But I will no longer have a reason to go back again.

  168. Jai@wifeof1momof4 says:

    I love Aldis. They have one where my mother in law lives adn I shop when we visit her AND we are getting one where I live w/i the next few months!!!!! They broke ground this week!!!
    I will say we SAVE A TON of money when we have the family BBQs .. buns, hot dogs, fish and condiments … Trying to feed 20 people mostly boys AND men … It IS a blessing!!

  169. Vicki says:

    No Aldi’s. No WinCo. No Super WalMart. Just a yucky little Food 4 Less. BUT I’m inspired to at least try that out a few more times before giving up completely. Tell those mid-west grocery folks to come further West – there’s a lot of people out here!!

  170. G G says:

    Sweetheart, I had allergies to peanuts, and all the legumes, veg. protein and etc. for about 20 yrs. Today I do fine unless I eat to much of them. Then my lips start swelling, mouth burning and I know I am in trouble. I take benadryl. Enough to go to sleep. They used veg. protein to extend the ground meat and used it in place of a protein. First in my 40″s I became allergic to costume jewerly, and then the peanuts and etc. Lasted around 20 yrs.

  171. Kim says:

    The daughter at college in Indiana does most of her shopping at an Aldi’s and loves it! And on one shopping foray she found GHIRARDELLI BROWNIE MIXES and they were a very good price. So she bought a box or six.

  172. Carolyn E. says:

    I used to fill (to overflowing) a grocery cart at Aldis for 80-some dollars several years ago, but stopped going when they raised their prices. I didn’t see much difference between them and Wal-Mart.
    I never got around to making a spreadsheet. ๐Ÿ˜€ But I guess the idea might be worth revisiting!
    (I had *some* quality issues with their products, but we just learned which ones we liked and which we didn’t like.)

  173. Alice says:

    I have shopped at Aldi’s since FOREVER! I only go to the local grocery stores if I don’t have the time to run to Aldi’s. The price difference is huge and I still get quality besides quanity. Also, our produce at Aldi’s is the same produce that our local Jewel store sells. Bananas for example at Jewel are 69 per lb and at Aldi’s 33 cents. Awesome savings!

  174. ali north says:

    i love love love aldi.
    my daughter (2.5yrs) LOVES taking the quarter to put in the slot for the grocery carts. she thinks it’s the best thing in the world..
    i went there today.. i get some things there but still have to go to bilo or walmart for the rest.. but my favorite things at aldi that are SO worth the stop:
    bagged spinach
    coffee creamer (fridge section)
    eggs
    bananas
    olive oil
    salad dressing
    vanilla extract (a steal at 1.99 i think)
    and my personal favorite: frozen berries
    i usually just leave my earthfare green canvas bags in the car, that way i always have ’em on me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. Amy says:

    We don’t have Aldi’s here, but it sounds like we are missing out!! About 6 months ago I started a price book and it’s been really nice to see the difference in the grocery store pricing. I used to coupon shop, but stopped out of laziness, but I need to get back on the coupon train again. I’ve been mostly shopping at my super Walmart and I’m interested to know what the difference will be when I go back to my couponing. One nice thing I like about my price book is I can look and see the frequency of how fast I need to restock items

  176. Amy says:

    I can usually do better at Aldi’s than I can shopping for name brand products using coupons in a regular store. But, for me, having to pay cash is a hassle as we don’t carry much cash.

  177. Cara says:

    Wow! Thanks for putting that all together. I will have to add some of this information to my price book.
    I went to Walmart today and was blown away at the prices. They were too high on alot of basic things. I rarely go there, but there are some things you can’t get anywhere else for a decent price. I can usually do so much better by shopping according to the sales ads and using coupon match ups. Of course this does dictate what you are going to eat a little more.
    Thanks for bringing my attention back to Aldi!

  178. Lorie says:

    I’m not sure how our family would survive without Aldi’s given our very meager budget right now. When my husband suddenly lost his job over 18 months ago I immediately went into survival mode. I was already shopping at Aldi’s, but I still bought a lot of things at Kroger. Now there are some weeks when I don’t go to Kroger at all. I have Aldi’s prices memorized for the things we buy most of the time so unless Kroger’s ad has something cheaper or I need something specific that I can’t get at Aldi I don’t go to Kroger. I buy their diapers which are cheaper than I’ve seen anywhere else & they work great.
    The other savings that I haven’t seen anyone else mention is the time I save. Since Aldi’s generally just carries their brand there’s usually just one choice of each item. I’m not spending lots of time trying to figure out which brand is a better deal even if I have a coupon or whatever. Even on the weeks when I do a big shopping spree I’m generally in & out in about an hour. I used to hate to go grocery shopping because it always took me so long. Not anymore.
    Oh, & if I get an item that isn’t up to standard, say a watermelon that is over ripe, my Aldi’s has been very good about either refunding the amount or letting me get another one.
    I think I could go on & on about them. I just love Aldi’s & it’s definitely taught me how to be even more frugal than I already was.

  179. Angie says:

    We have no Aldi’s, and I hate, no make that HATE Wal-Mart with a passion… but it saves me money, so I buck up and go. Maybe I should start campaigning for Aldi’s.

  180. Julie Anne says:

    I love my ALDI!!! thanks for the comparison. sometimes I wonder, but I really like the food I get there, so I am glad to know that it is still better priced.
    Their chocolate chips are the best!! no more Nestle for me.
    It is great to be in and out in no time at all because there are only a few aisles to go through!!

  181. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the break-down! I’ve been wondering the same thing for a while, so it’s nice to see the results like that. I’ll have to see how similar it is to Pennsylvania’s Aldi.
    Though flour is still cheaper at Costco, just so you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  182. Vickie says:

    I have shopped at Aldi’s for many years now. It’s never bothered me that I have to bag my own groceries and to tell the truth the way they bag them at some stores is disgraceful. My kids pack their lunches and if it wasn’t for the low prices of chips, cookies, produce and lunch meat they wouldn’t be able to do that. I have one teen who loves to eat either canned pineapples or mandrian oranges for breakfast with a bagel and cream cheese. If it wasn’t for the low prices of these items she wouldn’t get it everyday. Now there are a few things that we buy elsewhere like ketchup and crackers.

  183. Becky says:

    I love Aldi also! I just recently quit my job and am staying home with our first son. Aldi is helping out the budget a ton. If you haven’t checked out their website… you really should! They have TONS of recipes on there, made with all Aldi ingredients. And you can sort them by different types of diets, ingredient lists, etc. (for example, you can find recipes by the number of weight watchers points they are!) Go to this link…
    http://www.aldimeals.com/cgi-bin/customize?find_recipe.html

  184. Tracie Koenig says:

    Oh my, I am from sunny California(SF) and I can’t believe the price difference for food!! For my family of four I spend roughly $800 month just on groceries. I have no clue what Aldi’s is and avoid Walmart (for certain reasons) and shop local instead….Love your blog by the way!!

  185. Heather P. says:

    Let me tell you, the Clarissa Select-A-Size Paper towels at Aldi’s are the SAME as the Bounty Select-A-Size. The SAME!!!
    I love everything I get there! Have you tried the frozen asparagus? It is the same as the Schawn’s frozen asparagus an it is only $1.99. I don’t know if you are aware of this, but the Red Baron Pizza’s that Aldi’s carry are made by Schawn’s so I would bet quite a few of their frozen products are made by Schawn’s.

  186. Sandy says:

    No Aldi’s here on Long Island, NY, but every time I go upstate to visit family, I fill up the back of the suburban with Aldi’s food and then bring it all back across the bridges to Long Island. I’d love to have a store here!

  187. Sandy toes says:

    Yes, I have shopped at Aldi’s but I seem to buy more junk food when I go!!! I would never buy twinkies but I buy Aldi twinkies b/c I think they are cheap!
    10 favorite Southern Living casseroles…wow!
    -Sandy toes

  188. Debbie says:

    Aldi’s has wonderful chocolate too! But I also buy all my Christmas baking supplies there. 2 pound bags of powdered sugar and brown sugar are STILL .99 !!! WalMart is way up there at 1.36. I have also found excellent deals on their specials. Check the Sunday paper for their flyer. Back to that chocolate. Definitly worth the buy.

  189. zehrbabies says:

    I love love love Aldi! Let me just say that ours has reusable shopping bags (the fabric ones) for $1.99. They are more expensive than the $1.00 bags at Walmart and Kroger but in true Aldi fashion, you get much more bang for your buck (or buck ninety nine in this case!). It is easily twice the size of the $1.00 bag and I can put my weeks worth of groceries in two bags. I’ll admit that I still have to bring home the occassional box. My kids get upset if they don’t have the boxes to make forts, cars, dollhouses, etc.!

  190. Elizabeth F. says:

    I guess base prices can vary by location. Our Aldi’s has a gallon of Milk for $1.99…cheapest found anywhere! LOL! I do love Aldi’s when I just need the basics, but I find myself getting too much crap food when we shop there and I’m not big on their meats. Produce varies based on when the truck comes at your store, but all in all I love Aldi’s. Thanks for the post!

  191. Fiddledeedee says:

    Interestingly, I’m sitting here looking at an Aldis coupon for $5 off a minimum $30 purchase. I just found out that we have one close by. I usually do all my shopping at Wal Mart and Sams Club, but I’m going to check this out.
    I love that you did a spread sheet. Now I know why I like you so much!

  192. Cindy says:

    We love Aldi’s and since we live on a tight monthly budget it is the only way to afford groceries. I saw you posted on Money Saving Mom’s blog and had to come over and leave you a comment.
    Have you checked out http://www.aldifoods.com/index_ENU_HTML.htm
    Aldi Foods website has all their specials, meal planner and you can sign up for their newsletter

  193. Kim says:

    We don’t have Aldi’s out here either. But the prices that you are comparing for walmart are much higher then what my super walmart’s prices are. So, it makes me feel a little better about not having an Aldi’s out here. : )

  194. Luanne says:

    I love-love-love Aldi. The key is remembering to put your bags back in the car when you empty them at home. Also, if you have a number of cars–making sure that there are bags in every car! I bought the big, cloth bag at aldi–I usually fill it up so much that I can hardly lift it–but it is huge! I love it!

  195. Bree says:

    Unfortunatley there isn’t an Aldi’s here within’ a couple of hours. Growing up my mom always shopped at Aldi’s. Around where I live we have a Save-a-Lot. I think it’s pretty much the same deal! Except we don’t have to bag our own groceries or anything like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have found, like you pointed out with Aldi’s, that some things aren’t going to be cheaper. But they do have a pretty good selection of produce that is usually cheaper. And the items that I purchase from there, I have never had an issue quality wise.

  196. christina says:

    So funny that you post this. I just went to Aldi’s for the first time last weekend after our fridge died through the night. Once it was repaired, I headed to aldi’s (with my grocery bags in tow) to check out the buzz.
    I bought around $15 in groceries that I wanted to give a try.
    It was pretty good, but maybe this store was small? I had done a bit of research and was looking for their chocolate and a few other things that were recommended and they didn’t have them.
    Does anyone here that loves Aldi’s shop at Big Lots and/or Trader Joe’s? I buy my Annie’s Organic Mac ‘n Cheese at BL for a buc! Love that! AND that is the ONLY place I buy cereal (well, unless I get to got to TJ’s, then I stock up there!).
    ps. thanks for that AMAZING spreadsheet! love it!

  197. Michelle says:

    My only problem with Aldi’s is that I can’t do ALL of my shopping there, and some weeks I don’t have the time to make multiple stops. But the link with Aldi’s recipes might just fix that!
    Here’s a tip: The Price Signs that are printed in black in the store are always-available, regular items. The Price Signs that are printed in red are special-purchase items, and they may not be there the next time you shop.

  198. Catherine says:

    Ooh I miss Aldi’s! They were all over Chicago but I’ve never seen one in Texas. My only problem was getting the groceries to the car with several little kids since you can’t take the cart away from the store front!

  199. Jenn says:

    I have to admit, it took me a while to get past the no-frills (read: low budget) look of Aldi’s. But now? I’m in looooove.
    Aldi’s is a weekly stop on my grocery circuit where I buy all my staples. Then on to Meijer and Kroger, but ONLY for the 10/$10 items or super deals with coupons.
    The difference it’s made in our budget is remarkable!

  200. Mrs Lemon says:

    I did this for Save A Lot. There are very few things that we are unwilling to sacrifice for a lower price like frozen waffles and Mr Lemon absolutely refuses to eat anything but Pop Tarts poptarts. But it is definitely my first stop for groceries. Great spreadsheet!

  201. Anne says:

    We have Aldi here in Australia and it is by far our cheapest place to buy groceries. Just so you know, we pay $5.49 for our chicken, too. But that’s PER POUND! To buy 5lb of chicken thighs we’d be paying $28. Milk is $3.18 for 3 litres, which is less than a gallon. Ground beef $6.99 per pound. And that’s at Aldi which is the cheapest. Petrol (gas) is at about $6 a gallon at the moment, but it has been higher.
    I couldn’t believe how inexpensive your food is compared to ours. If I can get our family’s groceries for under $200 a week then I’m doing well. That’s with all luxuries removed and by shopping at three different places, including a fruit and veggie warehouse.
    Oh, and our coin deposit at Aldi? It’s $2.

  202. Beth says:

    I love Aldi, but recently moved to the West where there aren’t any. I love the weather out here but miss my grocery shopping.
    I actually find Aldi shopping easier than regular grocery shopping because:
    1. There is only ONE brand of everything, so I don’t have to do a bunch of cost-comparison standing there in the grocery cart aisles (time is of the essence when shopping with toddlers), and
    2. They are LIGHTNING-FAST getting you through their check-out lines.
    *sigh* I miss Aldi!!

  203. marian says:

    Glad it’s working for you!
    There are a few items I buy at Aldi, but I could never do all of my shopping there do to a kid’s special diet and quality concerns. I’m a little puzzled by the “interesified oil” I’ve found listed on many ingredients lists there. I’m wondering if it’s a fancy term for or version of “hydrogentated oil”, which many people are trying to avoid these days…

  204. bee says:

    Thank you for this comparison! My mom shops Aldi all the time. I just wasn’t sure it was worth the extra effort! Looks like I’ll be giving it a try soon!
    BTW, their chocolate chip cookies that look like the Keebler chocolate chip cookies… YUMMO!

  205. Lora says:

    I love Aldi’s and have shopped there for years. Before I learned about couponing,I did most of my shopping there. Now, I find that armed with coupons and shopping sales, I can do better elsewhere. I haven’t abandoned them though and sometimes they just can’t be beat. They have a great money back guarantee and most of their items are made by the name brand companies. Funny,they had me already trained to bring my own bags, so the new “green” trend isn’t new to us Aldi shoppers!

  206. KIm says:

    I am a frequent shopper at Aldis, but I disagree that there are only staples to be found there. That is a seemingly common misconception. You can buy anything from liquor to produce to fresh meats, and even international foods. That little store packs a lot (amazing what you can fit into a store when you eliminate all the glitz and glamor).
    I have never found any of their food to be lower in quality than any other brand, except their chocolate syrup–didn’t hold up to Hershey’s. Their salsa is our favorite.
    The only time you have to watch your prices there is when they get in overstocks of name-brand foods. They are sometimes not significantly cheaper.

  207. Sudee in Florida says:

    Just came over from Antique Mommy for the first time. We are getting our first Aldi’s opening tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it out. Need all the help we can get these days. I need to go back up and look at the nursing pillow blog now and check the materials.

  208. Margaret says:

    I’m glad we have Aldis too. Although, in our area their prices have risen rather dramaticaly (in my opinion). Ground turkey is a staple for us and it’s gone up .40 in the last three weeks. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Still, they’re a far sight better than Giant Eagle and the other store we have here. The only thing I can’t get there are spices we use, and baking goods at certain times of the year.

  209. beth says:

    I LOVE Aldi’s. (We live in the Atlanta Area) In fact, I am headed there today. Some things I didn’t see on there, that are staples with us are: Frozen OJ/Grape Juice, Frozen 1 lb pkg ground turkey at .99. Also right now, Aldi’s is advertising their milk at $2.49/gallon. Also pricing on their cereals is great. I am a coponer but I use Aldi’s pricing as a guide. I also buy all of my canned goods there, etc.

  210. Lois says:

    I just read this post today and have to comment that while I always used Aldi’s and went there first, now that my husband is on a strict diet for his heart, I am really, really thankful for Aldi’s….none of the things on your list, mind you. It’s the egg beaters, the nonfat yogurt, skim milk, telapia, salmon…all of which would be so expensive elsewhere. Even regular eggs…I throw away the yolks and stretch the eggbeaters with them, using just a wee bit of Aldi’s bacon bits in bottom of pan for a mean omelet (well it probably helps to be deprived for a while). One of the things I don’t get there is 2% cheese slices to top off that omelet, and I wait for them to go on sale elsewhere.
    never saw your blog before but have bookmarked it…love your humor too.
    Blessings.

  211. Audrey says:

    I used to go to Aldi then to super-Walmart to get anything I couldn’t buy at Aldi. Now Aldi is further away than I prefer, so I don’t go as often. I have always maintained that the majority of their food is as good as brand-name foods, and much better quality than Save-a-Lot or most store brands. Aldi is an all-around great store and the best part is, you get to save money. I only wish they’d have a few more items available (like name-brand coffee- can’t cheat on coffee!)

  212. Kara says:

    I am probably Aldi’s biggest fan. I am so grateful for that store. I actually think shopping at Aldi is easier and faster than shopping at a regular grocery store. It’s smaller, and there’s only 1 or 2 brands of an item so I don’t have to spend a long time comparing the brands. I really don’t mind bagging my own groceries. I don’t have to worry about coupons. Most of the time the regular prices at Aldi are cheaper than even the sale prices at my “main-stream” grocery store.

  213. erin says:

    I am a huge Aldi’s fan. I have never had a problem with the generic brands and I can get out of there once a month with a cart full of groceries for no more than $50. Worth it? I’d say so.
    Of course, there’s only 2 of us in the house (will be 3 in April!), and we have a small grocery budget to begin with (I thought we spent a lot–we come in at $200 a month–but I’ve quickly learned that we could be called, ahem, cheap. Hee.), but it’s always been worth the trip for us.
    Yay for Aldi’s! And God bless NY for actually having them in the state. This Ohioan has had major sticker shock over several other things in the past 3 years.
    Thanks for posting this!
    Blessings,
    Erin

  214. Tasha Via says:

    When we were in our poor seminary days I did a spreadsheet with ALL the grocery stores in our area, Lowe’s Foods, SuperTarget, FoodLion and Harris Teeter and was blown away with the savings from shopping at SuperTarget (we didn’t have a walmart). Now we’ve moved and we have an Aldi and I was like you, I truly felt like I was saving $ but didn’t do individual price checks. THANK YOU SO MUCH for laying down the hard work to help us all spread out the blessings God has given us!

  215. Michelle Goodson says:

    We shop at Aldi’s a lot! I love the double child harness!!! Also, they have a new website with meals/menu planning/grocery lists. aldimeals.com I believe. If only they sold Soy Milk in larger containers! I’m glad to see I’m doing the right thing – I knew I was saving, just hadn’t figured out by how much!! And we’re in Arkansas, so I figure the prices to be close.
    Michelle

  216. RikkrP says:

    We have an Aldi right around the corner, but I didn’t start going there until about a month or so ago. I’m glad I did.
    I’ve switched from 1% to skim milk because Aldi’s doesn’t carry 1%. But they also don’t necessarily cary fat-free sour cream or fat-free cottage cheese, so I buy Meijer brand of that stuff.

  217. Melanie says:

    My bags go back in my trunk and the quarter stays in the ashtray too! And yes, it’s bad news for someone stealing my Aldi quarter. Or moving my bags.
    There’s absolutely no comparison. All it takes is two trips– First to Aldi’s then to Kroger or Meijer’s– whoever has the best loss-leaders. Amazing prices and a small store, so I’m in and out in 40 minutes, including bagging. Also, around here, the cashiers are twice as fast as the other stores. We’ve been feeding five people (two teenage boys included) on $80 a week, and it’s because of Aldi’s. (But Cheese puffs aren’t on our lists!)
    I refuse to go to WalMart, I don’t care what their prices are. Ever since that TV ad: “I go in for one thing, and come out with a whole cartful!” Yeah, count me out of that temptation, never mind that I’m exhausted when I leave.

  218. Faith says:

    I love Aldi! We didn’t have one near us for 8 years (we moved) and I was ecstatic when one moved near us – I shopped there and couldn’t believe some of the prices – milk is almost a dollar less a gallon comparatively even to walmart!! Woohoo!

  219. Susan says:

    I love Aldi’s too! They have a great selection and always extremely clean. My kids (7,5,3) love going to Aldi’s with me. Everyone pitches in and helps sack and load the bags, but there is always a fight about the cart and quarter! My husband is a “grocery store snob” and I haven’t converted him yet.Still have hopes!

  220. Doris says:

    We are lucky! There are 3 Aldi’s stores within 25 miles around where I live (Central Indiana), and I love their products. The quality is definately high (now I know why!) And if you have not tried their frozen pies, check them out, no more Sara Lee for me, they are awesome! Especially the peach, the pecan, etc!

  221. Laura says:

    I love ALDI, too. Now I alternate between ALDI and another chain here in southeastern/southcentral Pennsylvania, Amelia’s. Amelia’s is an “outlet”–I can get name brand cereals there (not outdated, either) for quite cheap. They also will carry things like Minute Maid OJ that is dated soon (like 4 days to go) for really cheap. With 4 kids & everything going up, you gotta do what you gotta do!!!

  222. Everyday Mommy says:

    Just spotted this post and I’ll jump in and shout I HEART ALDI, TOO! I got serious about shopping Aldi rather than Walmart Grocery about 6 months ago. I’m blessed to have an Aldi quite close and I’ve learned to keep my “Aldi Quarter” in my car at all times. I bought 3 Walmart “fabric” shopping bags and they live under my driver’s seat. I’ve saved a ton. Love it.

  223. CathyP says:

    I live in Philadelphia and have 2 Aldi’s in the area that I shop at…I love, love, love them!!! A bag of iceberg lettuce mix for 99 cents compared to, at best, 2 for $4 at the grocery store. I love their soymilk, frozen baked chicken strips (2 lbs. for $7), Fit & Active brand yogurts, etc. They are definitely not a generic brand…they are high quality…I admit that I’m a peanut butter addict and snob…it’s been either Jif or an all natural for me for 30 years…I tried their brand of smooth…18 oz. for $1.39…just as good as Jif…heck it might be Jif…their Fit & Active yogurt is definitely Breyers…they have the exact same flavor names…I hate wasting money so Aldi’s is my kind of place…Think of it as better prices than Walmart without the crowds or long checkout lines.

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