I used to be the biggest Aldi snob.
We lived in Nashville at the time and I walked into an Aldi (with my nose up of course) did a quick loop, was appalled that you had to bring your own quarter for the shopping cart AND bag your groceries, and walked out. I told myself I’d never step foot into an Aldi again.
Then we moved to Iowa and our grocery bill skyrocketed. Still trying to figure that one out but I had to find a way to spend less.
Giving Aldi (a fair) second chance
With fresh eyes, I went back to Aldi, quarter and bags in hand, and I was surprisingly shocked at how many organic options Aldi had to offer. I realized I had judged this place all wrong.
Grocery shopping at Aldi has been a game changer for our family. We’ve saved so much money and it actually takes less time to grocery shop because there’s nothing to get distracted by!
I will say, I don’t buy everything there. They have a lot of great staples, organic produce, and other amazing products but there are some special items I still buy at local stores. Not everyone loves shopping at different stores, but for me, it’s been 100% worth it because of how much money I am saving. I cringe when I have to run to a different store and pay double for Kerrygold butter or some other product!
What know before you shop at Aldi
- Bring a quarter. You will need this to get a shopping cart. The quarter unlocks the cart and when you return the cart you get your quarter back. I always keep one in the same spot in my car to ensure I have it when I go shopping.
- Bring your own reusable bags. I always keep them in my trunk for easy access. If you happen to forget them they do sell plastic and paper bags for cheap.
- You bag your own groceries. It really isn’t all the bad, promise. It takes me no time at all and I don’t even think twice about it anymore. This is actually one of the reasons prices are so low, fewer workers!
- Limited staff. The Aldi staff are some of the friendliest grocery store employees you’ll ever meet! They’re super friendly and helpful, but there just aren’t a lot of them. This helps keep prices down.
- Small store. Think 4-6 aisles. I’ve grown to love this because it literally takes me 15-20 minutes to grocery shop. By now I know where everything is so I can run in and out. I love that about grocery shopping at Aldi.
What do I Buy When I Shop at Aldi?
Okay, you probably scrolled down to this section, which is totally fine. But be sure to scroll up to What to know before you shop, especially if you’re a first-time shopper!
I’m saving hundreds each month and to me, that’s 100% worth it. Below are my go-to items:
|Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
Organic Chia Seeds
Organic Flax Seeds
Oven Roasted Almonds
Organic Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
Pure Maple Syrup
Organic Chopped Kale
Organic Mixed Greens
Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
Organic Olive Oil: The price for this is soooo good and HALF the price if you’re shopping at other stores!
Wild Caught Salmon
Organic Frozen Blueberries/Strawberries
Organic Grass Fed Beef Patties
Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef
Organic Top Sirloin Steak
Organic Baby Pouches
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic Colby Jack and White Cheddar Cheese (sliced)
Freeze Dried Fruit
Organic Bell Peppers
Organic Grape Tomatoes
Organic Baby Carrots
Organic Berries (when in season)
Organic Brown Rice
Brown Rice Pasta
Organic Beans (canned)
Organic Mini Cucumbers
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (seasonal)
Organic Pumpkin (seasonal)
Never Any Nitrate-Free Bacon
Frozen Green Beans
Gluten Free Raisin Bread
Frozen Cauliflower Rice
Aldi has many other gluten-free and even organic products, but we don’t necessarily buy them all. Remember, just because something is gluten-free and/or organic doesn’t mean it’s healthy or good for you.
I hope this helps shed light on shopping at Aldi, and, at the very least, intrigues you to try it out. If it’s your first time shopping at Aldi, go with an open mind. Once you see how much you can save, you won’t want to shop anywhere else for your staples!
I’d love to know how many Aldi lovers (or, to be fair: snobs) there are reading this! What’s your favorite item to shop for at Aldi? And if you aren’t a fan, did this help change your mind at all?
Do you grocery shop at Aldi?
This post is part of Des Moines Moms Blog’s Ultimate Guide to Grocery Shopping. This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are our own.