An Aldi Q&A!

So! You guys had a lot of questions about Aldi after reading about my trip to their headquarters, so I decided to pull them all from the comments and answer them in a post. This will be a little longer than a usual Q&A post, but I wanted to get all these questions answered in one place!

Before I get to that, I just wanted to address a concern that was raised about my trip to Aldi’s headquarters…that I am raving about Aldi simply because they whisked me off to Chicago. If you’re new here, you might not know that I’ve shopped at Aldi for years and have blogged about them of my own accord for years as well. I try really hard to only work with companies that I can honestly endorse, and since I’m a satisfied Aldi customer, working with Aldi was a no-brainer.

Also, someone asked how Aldi found me (I can’t remember who!). I checked, and just as I thought, they did a search for value bloggers that talked about Aldi, and I came up. :)

Where does Aldi stand on organic foods? I shopped there for awhile but decided I’d rather switch to things I know are 100% chemical and pesticide free.


Well, Aldi decides what to carry based on demand and sales volume. They’re trying some organic products as special buys to see how well they go over with their customer base. So, I guess if you see organic foods at Aldi, buy them to show your support!

I’m definitely not going to say that Aldi’s food is a better choice than local, organic, unpackaged food. If you can afford to eat only that type of food, I think that’s great (and I mean that most sincerely!). But for the many Americans who don’t currently have the budget for organic, local food, I think shopping at Aldi is a great way to stretch the food budget.

I love to shop at Aldi’s. I can’t buy all my groceries there, but Aldi shopping does save me money. Just out of curiosity, who were the other bloggers that you mentioned?


I met Amy from MomAdvice, Briana from Bargain Briana, and Shel from MommySavers. I’ve never met up with any bloggers before, so this aspect of the trip was so much fun.

A few questions/comments, since you seem to have the “in” with the HQ:
– nutella equivalent. Please please PLEASE bring this back on a regular basis. Please. And thank you.
– canned pumpkin. I tried this a few years ago and was not a fan. It’s the only thing I really don’t like, so I stick to Libby’s. Sorry, Aldi.
– the plan on the Clybourn store in Chicago was quite well-executed. I LOVE that Trader Joe’s is right upstairs for my tofu and yogurt starter needs. Good call, Aldi/Trader Joe’s management.
– everything else huge fan. I wax poetic about the store to my coworkers. I write thank you letters about things like their ketchup bottle and soymilk container redesigns. I ask about the nutella and the spinach and the seasonal items. I always get a personal letter back.


As far as I know, the Nutella is going to be a regular product! I saw it in the Chicago store I visited, and it was not a special buy.

I used Aldi’s pumpkin in baking and didn’t notice a difference. Hmm.

You are SUPER lucky to have a TJ’s and an Aldi right by each other. I visited a Clybourn store in Chicago, and didn’t see a TJ’s right there (there was a Dominick’s next door, though). Are there two Aldi stores in Clybourn??

Loving this series! A few questions:
What’s the connection between TJ’s and Aldi’s?
Did you get to see/meet any of your blogger friends?


Aldi and TJ’s are owned by brothers, but they are completely separate companies. So, any product similarities are coincidental.

I didn’t get to meet any blogger friends that I already knew, but it was still super fun to meet other bloggers…it was lovely to talk shop with other people who do what I do!

Aldi does so much right from ecofriendliness to good service and of course, those great prices. But much, much of the packaged snack food contain hydrogenated oils, which of course, extend shelf life and are much cheaper as an ingredient. But hydrogenated oils are on the don’t buy list according to ALL the major health organizations.


I try to avoid buying foods with hydrogenated oils in them as well, and I still find that I can buy many, many of Aldi’s products. I double-checked on my last two visits there and none of the snack foods I bought had hydrogenated oils in them. Hopefully Aldi will phase out hydrogenated oils entirely, but in the meantime, I recommend just shopping carefully and only buying Aldi products that work with your dietary concerns. I think you’ll still find a lot of good food to buy!

My question for you is what did you see that you didn’t like, or struck you as having room for lots of improvement?


Well, I’d like to see more of their produce without packaging (more on that later). Also, I think it would be great if they sold more whole grain foods (they do sell plain oatmeal and some whole grain cereals, crackers, and breads).

Of course, like any grocery store, Aldi sells some food that I wouldn’t personally buy, like prepared foods, frozen meals, mixes, frozen pies, and so on. But if I were to avoid every store that sold food I can’t wholly endorse, I couldn’t really shop anywhere.

Other than that, I can’t really think of anything! I mean, there’s the odd Aldi product I’ve disliked (I’ve mentioned that before), but I honestly didn’t come away from my trip thinking their model needs lots of improving. Is it perfect? Nope. In an ideal world, we’d all buy organic, unpackaged, unprocessed food that was grown and produced within 50 miles of our homes. But this world is not ideal, and I think that Aldi does a good job of making groceries affordable for the average family.

I’ve never heard of Aldi before (not sure they have one out west). Since they only do private label, do you get to know where the ingredients and foods are sourced from? Do they try and source local ingredients/foods? Their business practices sound great, but for me, it comes down to the food.


I asked that question too! The dairy all comes from dairies that aren’t very far from the stores, and they try to source produce as locally as possible (obviously avocados can’t be terribly local in my area, but my store often carries berries, melons, squashes, and other produce from nearby states). So, the apples at the Ohio Aldi store are likely not from the same orchard as the apples in a North Carolina Aldi. I think they mostly do this because it’s cost-efficient and helps to keep their produce fresh, but regardless of the reasons for it, I’m always happy to see local produce in a store.

Aldi has a lot of distribution centers so that the food doesn’t have to travel far to be delivered…this helps them to maintain higher standards of freshness.

I’m not sure where the ingredients for their packaged foods come from, though…I’m sorry!

I would love to shop at an Aldi’s but we don’t have one. Kristen, do you have any pull with Aldi’s to suggest they move into NM?! Thanks for the tour though.


At this point, Aldi only has US stores east of the Missisippi (edit: Apparently, I was mistaken on this, because a number of you said you live west of the Missisippi and you have Aldi stores. Whoops.) However, they’ve opened over 80 new stores this year alone, so perhaps they’ll expand westward in the future!

I’m new to your blog but am loving it. I do have a question about Aldi that maybe you can answer (maybe you already have and I missed it). I shop at Aldi fairly regularly but one thing that really bothers me is how they package their produce. It drives me crazy how some things (like peppers) are packaged on a styrofoam tray and then plastic wrapped. I hate buying anything that has styrofoam since it is so bad for the environment. I also see a lot of waste when one of the peppers in the container is bad but the other two are fine. The perfectly fine peppers go to waste because they are plastic wrapped to that terrible tray with the bad one.
I’d also like to see organic dairy, meat and produce options at Aldi. On your tour did they say anything about heading in that direction?


I hate that too, as I mentioned earlier. And I said so to the district manager that gave us a tour of the Aldi store. More naked produce, please!!!

I also told him that I would be delighted to never see another styrofoam tray in the product aisle.

They package a lot of their produce because it makes it faster to scan and also because the packaging protects the food by keeping it from getting bruised and banged up.

The manager I spoke with seemed slightly surprised that I disliked all the produce packaging, so perhaps they’re not hearing this message from their customers. If you hate the packaging, let them know! If enough customers speak up, maybe we can at least get them to reduce the packaging (just shrink wrap instead of shrink wrap AND a styrofoam container).

Traditional grocery stores are packaging more and more of their produce these days too, so it’s kind of hard to avoid. I love to buy unpackaged produce locally, but when that’s not available, I’m stuck at the grocery store. I try to faithfully buy the produce that Aldi does have unpackaged (cucumbers, avocados, grapefruits, mangoes, pineapples, pomegranates, pumpkins, melons, etc.), and I will also buy produce that comes packaged at every grocery store (outside of a farmer’s market, I’ve never seen naked grapes, berries, or grape tomatoes, and spinach always, always comes in a bag.)

I do try to avoid the unnecessarily packaged produce and buy that at Weis instead (I watch the sales there to make this less painful financially!)

We have two Aldis near us but both are not in the best neighborhoods. Nevertheless I decided to try it out after reading all of your recommendations and I didn’t care for them for that reason. Also, I don’t like the debit card/cash only aspect. I never ever carry cash (except on vacation) and we get a fee when we use a debit card. This is a much bigger deterrent than the neighborhoods (we use a credit card exclusively and pay off the balance each month in full b/c we get 2% cash back at the end of the year which is awesome). This post almost makes me want to see if I could find another store and maybe try it again though.


Aldi doesn’t accept credit cards because credit card companies charge merchants a fee every time a customer uses a credit card. It’s part of their cost-cutting business model. My debit card charges me a $0.25 fee when I use it at Aldi, so I try to carry cash with me. But! Even if I have to pay the $0.25, though I figure I’m still way money ahead for shopping at Aldi.

I LOVE Aldi! The prices are what drew me in, but I haven’t found one Aldi brand item that I’ve been dissatisfied with. I love how well they treat their employees and the fact that the same measures they employ to keep costs low are also efficient and adding to Earth sustainability. My question is: What about their meat? I have never purchased meat from there and I’ve heard other Aldi regulars say the same. I guess I assume maybe it’s lower quality, but maybe I just need to try it and see what I think.


I’ve actually never bought meat at Aldi before except for cured meats (bacon, bratwurst, ham) and seafood. I buy a quarter of a local cow for my beef needs, and I buy local, unpackaged chicken, so I don’t need to buy any of that at Aldi.

Based on my chicken sampling in Batavia, I’d say their chicken is good (better than Perdue for sure!), and the spiral ham we had was really tasty too. I have not tried their beef, so I can’t comment on that. The district manager said it sells relly well, though.

I live in the Chicago and would love to know which Aldi you visted (if you remember). I haven’t been to Aldi in quite a long time and the one on the NW side of the city I shopped at was just okay. I’d love to give it another shot! :)


I checked with someone at Aldi (I had no idea where exactly we were since I wasn’t driving and I was busy chatting it up with another blogger on our ride there!), and the store was in Clybourn. The address is 2600 N. Clybourn, Chicago , IL 60614

Go check it out! It’s the nicest Aldi I’ve ever seen and I’m super jealous that you can shop there. :)


Ok. I think that about covers it. I do have another post idea percolating in my head because I want to talk more about the concerns that Aldi only sells junk food, but that one is going to require a bunch of pictures, so it might be a little while in the making. :)


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    • Kristen says

      Oh! Gosh, I could have sworn I heard the district manager say that, but clearly, I must have misheard. I edited the post to correct my mistake!

    • Vanessa says

      i too live west of the mississippi (kansas city), but i don’t think our Aldi stores are ANYTHING like the one’s Kristen takes pictures of and visited in Chicago. Nothing like them. IMHO, KC Aldis are scary, dirty, and poorly stocked (with food I wouldn’t buy). We do have Trader Joe’s though, and they more closely resemble what Kristen blogs about.

      I wonder if they are owned by the same parent company, or are franchises run by local owners?? Does Aldi do that?

      • Vanessa says

        That was unclear – sorry – I wonder if the local Aldi stores I deem scary and dirty are owned by the same people who own the Aldi stores Kristen enjoys. I know that TJs is not owned by the same company. Sorry for the confusing question.

        • Kristen says

          Hmm, I don’t know about that. I haven’t heard of Aldi’s franchises, but I also haven’t heard that they DON’T do that.

          I’m sorry that your Aldis are so different than mine. I would hate to shop at a dirty, poorly stocked store…that’s not worth saving a few dollars.

          Hopefully Aldi will work to rectify that situation.

          • Vanessa says

            until that happens, i’m genuinely happy for those of you who already have rockin’ stores.

            and for the record, I *still* want to high five the Aldi execs who are working hard to use locally sourced food, paying their employees well, and keeping frugality in site. High fives — and invitations to come visit the KC stores! ;) (hint hint)

          • says

            Haha no problem Kristen. I just thought that I’d throw that out there that I live West of the Mississippi, although I do not live too far west of it (St. Louis), but I do know that there are some in KC, as others have said.

            The Aldis where I live are fantastic by the way. The food is always fresh and tastes good.

          • says

            I live in St. Louis as well, however, I’ve found the Aldi by my house to be much like the Kansas City ones described, Vanessa. Michelle, you are going to have to tell me where the good Aldi’s are!

      • KimN says

        That has been my experience too. I always attributed it to their location in our area. I do love our TJ’s around here and I didn’t realize the two companies were related ownership-wise. I wouldn’t really consider the two stores similar price-wise though. We usually only go to TJ’s for something special.

  1. Kayla says

    You said above that Aldi only has US stores east of the Mississippi. That’s not true. I live just outside of Topeka, Kansas, and we have 2 Aldi stores in Topeka. I shop there regularly, and I love it!

  2. Erin says

    I’m also west of the Mississippi, I’m Kansas, And we’ve had multipple Aldi stores for years. Unfortunately, none in the town I currently live in. The closest is 45 minutes away.

  3. says

    I love Aldi! We just moved from Upstate NY to the Atlanta, GA area and one of the first things when looking for an apartment was finding where the local Aldi was located!

    I will say that my husband and I regularly buy meat from Aldi and we have not had an issue with it until recently (sort of). My husband swears by their pork (I haven’t eaten beef or pork for almost 15 years now, so you will have to take his word for it). We always used to buy their ground turkey but because of all the e Coli recalls, it is nowhere to be found. They are taking all necessary safety precautions, which is great. But once it goes back on the shelves, we will be back to purchasing it.

    Happy Halloween everyone!

  4. Molly says

    The Aldi I shop at is around 1800 N. Clybourn. :-) Thanks for answering our questions! There are lots of them around. My favorite one is mine, though, because of the TJ’s upstairs.
    And they DID have nutella equivalent this week! My husband bought two jars. Which is a huge relief, because we were down to 1/2 a jar from the last time they had it and we bought 8.

  5. Aubrey says

    Iowa is west of the Mississippi, and they have a number of Aldi stores that have been open for over 20 years. We love Aldi. I am originally from Iowa, but I currently live in Rhode Island. Imagine my joy when they opened two stores in my town here in Rhode Island within the last 4-5 years! Thank you for all of the fun and encouraging posts.

  6. NMPatricia says

    I am seconding Judy’s question/comment about Aldi’s in NM. We have a TJ in Santa Fe and would love to see an Aldi. After shopping around at the grocery stores here, I have settled on Albertsons but am not particularly happy.

  7. Walnut says

    My town west of the Mississippi has a couple of Aldi’s but they’re not close to where I live, so I’ve never been. That said, the packaged fruits/veggies would make me crazy. The only packaged items in my regional grocery chain are berries, which are very fragile, and items that they’ve grouped together to sell as a set for a discount. Even those sold as a set can still be purchased individually from the loose bins. I particularly love I can purchase greens with minimal packaging – they’re bunched with a rubber band.

    • Kristen says

      Oh, you’re SO lucky to have a store like that. Can you even buy spinach leaves unpackaged??

      15 years ago, I can remember being able to buy even strawberries unpackaged, but it seems like all the grocery stores here are moving towards more and more packaging. It distresses me.

      • WilliamB says

        It distresses me also. Among other problems it means that a whole pound of strawberries are (usually) thrown out because a few are moldy.

        • Kristen says

          Yep. Trader Joe’s does the same thing with their produce, and organic produce at my local grocery stores is ALWAYS packaged (conventional tomatoes are sold loose, organic ones are shrink-wrapped). Obviously, the best thing is to buy from farmer’s markets, and I do try to do that when the weather is warm, but in the middle of the winter, there’s no options other than the grocery store or going without fresh produce altogether. And going without produce doesn’t seem to be particularly wise.

          As I say regularly, more naked produce, please!!!

          • Karen says

            We don’t have an Aldi’s, or TJ, or Wiess (sp?) or any of the others, but we do have naked spinach. Roots are still attached and it has a big twist tie around the bundle. It also comes in bags and plastic boxes. I don’t like those plastic boxes of produce either – you get one bad piece and the whole works decomposes. Makes a good case (pun intended) for growing your own berries though!

          • Virginia Dare says

            This is the only blog I’ve read about Aldi, but there are lots of blogs about TJ and the #1 complaint I have seen is about the packaging on the produce. I am kind of amazed that Aldi management was surprised about it…
            I am kind of obsessed with grocery stores and may have to make a field trip to ALDI. I’m in the DC suburbs and they are all around me, but the closest one is 16 miles (of traffic) away.

  8. Diane says

    I’m the poster girl for Aldi everywhere I go – work, friends, family! I keep trying to convince people to give it just one try and see what they think. I can almost see their eyes rolling as soon as I mention, “You know, Aldi has that for such and such and it’s really good!” LOL One day I hope they take me up on my advice. Also, the question regarding undesirable neighborhoods…mine isn’t exactly in the nicest part of town by a long shot, but I don’t fear for my safety, so I don’t mind at all.

    • Lisa says

      We do more than roll our eyes! LOL!!! Actually, I was one of her co-workers that gave in and took her Aldi challenge. I thought the savings were great and the quality of the food was good, if not better than leading brands.

  9. says

    I don’t shop at Aldi nearly as much as I probably should, simply because hauling a toddler to ONE store is difficult enough, and I can’t get everything I need at Aldi. But whenever I go, I sincerely enjoy the experience. The Aldi stores in my area really vary, though. I used to go to one that was pretty dirty, in a sketchy area, etc., but now I go to a different one that’s rather nice. I’ve had the same experiences with non-discount chains, though, so that’s not something that’s limited to Aldi!

    I agree with you on the junk food issue and I’m interested to see what you have to say about it. I find it strange that so many people criticize Aldi for carrying junk food, but nobody says anything about stores like Kroger or Wal-Mart who also carry junk food…and much more of it, since they’re so much bigger. When I go to Aldi I read ingredient lists like I do anywhere else, and I’ve managed to get lots of affordable, completely non-creepy food there.

  10. WilliamB says

    About those hydrogenated oils…

    Its only the _partially hydrogenated_ oils that are so dangerous, because they contain trans fats. Fully hydrogenated oils are as safe/unsafe as animal fats. There are two ways to tell if a product has partially hydrogenated oils:
    1 – if there’s transfats on the nutrition label, there’s partially hydrogenated oils in the food;
    2 – since mfgrs need list transfats only if there’s .5g or more per serving, the more certain way is to check the ingredient list.

    If I remember correctly, Crisco is now made entirely with fully hydrogenated oil which – I suppose – is an improvement.

    Thanks for answering my question and glad you had fun.

  11. wanda says

    I can attest that their fit and active brand of hamburger and hamburgers are not too bad. I miss their turkey burger though as it was very good. I haven’t tried any of the “beef” like steaks and such so I cannot say yay or nay. Their pork chops aren’t too bad either and for us usually make 2 meals with enough for leftovers.

  12. says

    Bethany, about Chicago Aldis: I first started going to the Wicker Park/Bucktown one (on Milwaukee and Leavitt, a handful of blocks away from the Damen blue line) when I could use my roommate’s car. Once I lost the roommate I decided it wasn’t worth the walk from the blue line stop.

    Now I live in Rogers Park and go to the Aldi off the Granville red line stop, it’s so close to the station and just a few stops away from home. There’s also an Aldi very close to the Wilson red line, and there’s a Target a block away!

    And about Aldi meat: I haven’t had a problem with Aldi chicken (we even get it frozen and I can’t complain). I don’t think I’ve had any beef besides their ground beef, which doesn’t make the most flavorful hamburger. My one huge piece of advice, don’t buy their deli meat. It’s very processed and not yummy.

  13. Jennifer G. says

    I shop at Aldi about once a month to “stock up” on the basics. I’ve had good experiences with the ground beef. I don’t buy chicken breasts there because the sales at my other regular store are a better price. One disappointing thing: they only have FROZEN whole chickens (at least at my store). Did not make me happy the time I ran in to get a chicken and a few other things for dinner that night.

  14. Jennifer says

    I love Aldi’s! I go there twice a month and am always happy with the savings. A couple of things I hate: the checkout process is extremely hurried. I’m a very fast, impatient person so for me to say this is something. I refuse to go by myself- Aldi’s is a 2-person chore!
    I also hate the meat. Some of the worst: 1) ground beef in any form- when the fat melts the fat is a bright neon yellow which is waaay too suspicious, 2) ground turkey- contains lots of sinew and other less desirable bits, plus the texture is off, 3) cold cuts (like ham and turkey)- tastes like they are full of fillers, bleck, 4) kielbasa- texture is way too soft and doesn’t firm up after cooking.
    Despite that, I love most of their other products and I LOVE the organic special buys! $2.99 for Kefir instead of $5.99 elsewhere? Heck yes!!

  15. Karen says

    I have a question for you, unrelated to aldi, but perhaps something you could answer on a future Monday post:

    I know that you teach piano lessons, and it recently occurred to me that I have the skills to do so as well (either piano or violin/viola). How did you get started, and how did you work out child care for your children while teaching the lessons? Thanks! Your blog is great.

  16. says

    As a regular Aldi shopper, I think I will throw in a few comments too. :) I now buy the ground beef patties, as they are $2 a pound and that seems to be the cheapest ground beef I can find. I just thaw out the number that I need for the dish and then brown and break up the meat. I did try one of the ground beef rolls once and it said it had no fillers, but somehow we didn’t like it. I do buy the boneless skinless chicken breasts all the time and the Italian meatballs. Both are very good. I prefer Aldi’s boneless skinless chicken breasts to my grocery stores noname brands, as they are a bit more trimmed of fat and they are lower sodium too.

    Produce: I am a very picky produce buyer. I refuse to buy Aldi’s bananas as bagging them like that makes bananas brown quickly. I am bothered by the red and green peppers, because at the grocery store they sell them by the pound, but Aldi’s sells them by 3 peppers at a time and that makes it hard to price compare. I have bought strawberries, pineapples and grapes at Aldi’s though and they were all quite good.

    I also have to say though that some of their prices have gone up to where I can find it cheaper even without a coupon at my local grocery store. Aldi’s had better watch it, or they will begin loosing sales as their prices are going up faster than local grocery stores. I also sometimes find the employees unpleasant, shall I say? The need for speed means they hardly say a word and sometimes they treat your groceries well, like a sack of unwanted potatoes. Dirty… I don’t think my Aldi’s is overly dirty, but not overly clean either, but leaving things in their crates and stuff makes for a slightly dirtier store than a normal grocery store. This doesn’t bother me personally, but it does bother my husband. He will not come into Aldi’s with me, but then he won’t go into any warehouse style store including Sam’s, Aldi’s and others.

  17. minders says

    I shop our local Aldi just about weekly, and most things there are just as good, if not better than, their name brand counterparts. I especailly love the price of their potato chips (I know they are junk food, but sometimes an occasion just calls for a bag of chips), you can get 3 bags for the price of 1 at a store like Weis.
    Like most readers though, I have not bought any meat at Aldi, other than bacon. We did not care for it, so haven’t bought it again. I don’t know why I don’t buy meat there?? Guess I also thought it was inferior or low quality? Will look closer at it the next time I am there.

  18. minders says

    Also, I am with you about the bananas there. I will not buy bananas there unless they are on a super sale (one time I stopped in they had bags for $.10 each, that were overripe. I used them for banana bread). I agree they go from green to over ripe way too quick, with just about no in between stage.

    • Kristen says

      Yep. I never buy my bananas there. I like to eat them in the just-past-green stage, and Aldi bananas never get there!

  19. ani mia says

    I used to shop at the Clybourn store you visited when I lived in Chicago. I was a little nervous at first, because sometimes the urban stores are a little scary; however, I was pleasantly suprised at how clean, bright and well stocked it was. I even bought an air conditioner for my apt there! Now in IA our stores aren’t quite as nice, but still clean.

      • ani mia says

        I haven’t, but it was really nice then too as it was newer at the time. My sister lives in the western suburbs where they have the remodeled stores and they are fabulous. It is funmny that when I went to her store with her I couldn’t put my finger on why the store felt so nice, but when I read about the changes you mentioned it clicked and I felt silly for not noticing. It is funny how those changes effect us and we don’t always realize why. I am crossing my fingers that they come to us too! Ours is very clean, but pretty old. Very nice staff also.

  20. Michelle says

    Unfortunately the only Aldi I have ever been to was in Ireland and I live outside of Boston. I did see that there is at least one in RI so I’m hopeful we’ll have one near me soon. My family (in Ireland) loves Aldi.

    • Dee says

      There are several ALDI’s in MA. I went to the one in Millis a few weeks ago. Reminded me of home (Ireland). We have had some good and bad experiences with meat….most enjoyable leg of lamb, horrible ground beef. Can’t beat the prices!

  21. says

    I took a trip to Oshkosh this summer. Everyday we drove past an Aldi and I smiled thinking of your blog! Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to check it out.

  22. says

    I love Aldi! I’ve had good results from the frozen seafood options, but usually buy my meat elsewhere. Ginnie and Kristen, you are right on about the produce. I hate buying vegetables with lots of extraneous packaging. I wish more stores followed Aldi’s business model.

  23. Monika says

    This comment is for KimN, although it will be a miracle if she reads it. offers free checking accounts where you get 2% cashback for using your DEBIT card! Then you could have your cake (Aldi’s) and eat it too (cashback). :)

  24. says

    Looks like I’m going to have to take a hit on the ole cashback through my credit card! Oh well!
    On another note I must say how impressed I am with Aldi’s attitude toward their customers and potential customers. And that they are interested in the opinions of the blogging community. Aldi UK tracked me down via the first post you did, and the communication has been fantastic. I’m looking forward to getting familiar with their products and seeing whether I can keep my new reduced grocery spend down as we head on into the holiday season!

  25. Diane says

    I’m LOL at all you hair splitters with the east/west thing. I live in CA. I’d say Iowa, Mississippi and even Kansas are pretty darn close to the Mighty Mo vis-a-vis the rest of the “West”. We may have the original Trader Joe’s, but we’re a long, long way from an Aldi.

  26. Jen B. says

    Here in Vienna, Austria our apartment is above an Aldi (Hofer is the Deutsch name). It’s truly divine to have a grocery store just downstairs – especially when our fridge is 1/3 the size of US fridges. Now if only they carried chocolate chips and brown sugar… :)

  27. Kayla says

    About the only thing I won’t buy at Aldi is the bratwurst. The casing is just too tough for me to stomach. Other than that, I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in any of the products at Aldi. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how good something is more times than I can count!

  28. Emily says

    Chicagoan Aldi Shopper here- there are indeed two different Aldi’s on the same road (though a few miles from each other) One is right underneath a Trader Joe’s, and the other is in a large strip mall with a Dominique’s and a Costco near by. I just had to de-lurk to mention that!

    I love your blog!

  29. Musikmama says

    Concerning the meat at Aldi, we’ve eaten the frozen chicken breasts for years and we think they are as good as any that we get from other places. The burgers have a lot of fat in them and they end up like hockey pucks if you grill them. They used to be better. We tried their steak yesterday. It was good but not great. I tend to buy my meat at another regional grocery store that has lower prices when they sell the meat as their weekly loss leader.

  30. Melissa G says

    I love Aldi food Markets. But I have found that their meat is actually more expensive (and 30 or more cents a lb) more than it would be to purchase the club packs at Wegmans. I realize that not everyone has a Wegman’s nearby, but if you do, it is definitely the better deal on meat. I also have noticed that in our Aldi I need to go to the store early in the week to get good produce. Otherwise it sits out and by the end of the week is not very fresh at all.

  31. Angie L says

    Hi, I’m just wondering, I live in Morganton, NC. We fortunately have an Aldi and I enjoy shopping there…..good buys, quick in and out (but that is changing more recently, people are sick of the drastic jump in prices at the local grocery store chains) and it is becoming more crowded (YEA FOR ALDI)!
    But my questions if the brand names of the foods they carry are different from Kraft, Lays, Tropicana, etc. that we buy here. Where do their brand names come from? Just curious! Thanks in advance for your response!

    • Kristen says

      I’m not entirely sure about that. But I do know that I’ve been very happy with almost every private label item I’ve bought from Aldi.

  32. greg says

    I drive for Aldi’s, The fresh meat comes from tyson. Also the majority of their stock is name brand-Aldi’s packaged. I also shop primarily at Aldi

  33. says

    at this point in my life and educating myself on the food and water,it doesnt matter if Aldi is cheap or not what matters if you want to live or not,too many people are getting cancer and dying,and too much money is being spent on health care and trying to fight cancer of every kind,so why not stop the poisioning in our foods to decrease the risk of our people getting cancer and dying and healthcare will go down,who cares enough about our people and less about making money? I know for sure the people that own Aldi do not eating that food and they are eating healthy and organic foods,its not right to prey on the poor or uneducated people.the bible is so ever true “that the people parish for the lack of knowledge”. It makes me sad and hurts my soul about the things that are in our food and water,our federal govenor allow all of this,its all about money and not the people so our people need to make it about themselves and others if they want to live or survive the beast of this world which is the federal government.Educate yourselves and be nice enough to educate your neighborhoods,it takes a real world to make it go around,not dishonest people and people of greed to make it go around,when the majority are dead from the foods how will it go round and who will be left standing the dishonest? only if you allow it people,let stand for what is right,now!!!!!!!

    • Kristen says

      Aldi does offer a number of organic items now, just for the record. And the conventionally grown and produced food there is no worse than the conventionally produced food that you can find at any regular grocery store, so I don’t think it’s quite fair to single Aldi out.

    • Kristen says

      Well, their organic products are not allowed to be GMO, as far as I understand organic rules. Other than that, I don’t know, as GMO labeling isn’t required by law.

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