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What I buy at Aldi

aldiOne of my readers(Hi, Gail!) was asking what good buys I’ve found at Aldi’s, and I thought maybe I should just list it all in a post. I’m sure this list will expand with time(I keep finding more good deals there!), but I’ll list what I’ve gotten hooked on so far.

Honestly, almost everything at Aldi is priced really well…their everyday prices match nearly every good sale price I can find, and also matches or beats most warehouse prices as well.

Aldi sells some pre-packaged items like frozen meals, and macaroni and cheese type things, but I don’t usually buy those kinds of items and so I’m not equipped to report on their quality or pricing. I generally prefer to buy ingredients instead of prepared items, and what makes me so happy about shopping at Aldi is that I can find good deals on more unprocessed foods like oatmeal, milk, cheese, spinach, eggs, fruit and the like.

Pantry Items

Oatmeal- a large canister of this is only $1.79! A small one costs that much normally.

Crackers-most of them have been really good, and they’re very inexpensive. The animal crackers are especially tasty.

Cereal-I buy the shredded wheat almost every week(it’s Joshua’s favorite cereal). It’s $1.79 a box, which is cheaper than a sale price.


Milk-the price varies depending on the fat content, but even whole milk is less than $3

Butter-this is $1.99 a pound, which is the sale price I used to look for, and is also the same price that Costco sells it for. I’m thrilled to have this available at Aldi, though…now I don’t have to look for sales, and I don’t have to buy 4 pounds at a time like I did at Costco.

Cream Cheese-$.99/8 ounces. Again, this is the sale price I used to look for, and now I don’t have to!

Block Cheese-this is usually $1.99 or less for 8 ounces. It’s rare to find cheese that cheaply on sale anywhere else.

Sour Cream-$.99/16 ounces

Large Eggs-$1.45/dozen


Fresh Express Spinach-$1.39/bag. This is WAY cheaper than I’ve seen it anywhere else, even on sale.

Romaine Hearts-$1.25-$2.50/three hearts

Grapefruit-these vary between $.19 and $.49 apiece. The cheapest I’ve seen them anywhere else has been $.99 each.

Grape Tomatoes-$.89-$1.50/pint. These go for $3 and up elsewhere.

Really, almost all of their produce is worth buying..cucumbers, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pineapples, strawberries and a lot more are sold at prices that are right around the loss-leader prices I can find at other stores.


I haven’t bought a lot in the way of meat at Aldi so far, but most of their meat prices are as good as or nearly as good as the loss-leader sale prices I usually look for.

Their frozen seafood is priced well…for instance, wild-caught salmon is only about $3.50-$4 a pound. I’d have to pay twice that for farmed salmon at a regular store.

Frozen Foods

Frozen fruit(good for yogurt smoothies)-these vary, depending on the type of fruit you buy, but they’re a good deal.

Frozen OJ concentrate-$1.25/12 oz. I love how cheap this is. It costs $2.25 and up at Weis.

I will occasionally buy a box of ice cream novelties. Everything we’ve had so far has been good, and they’re SO much cheaper than anywhere else.

Non-Food Items

I haven’t ventured into the non-food aisles all that much yet. I have bought the ibuprofen(only $.99 a bottle!), and the large pack of toilet paper, but that’s about it.


This isn’t an exhaustive list of everything I buy at Aldi, but hopefully it’s enough to give you an idea of the sort of deals that can be had there.

If you have some favorite grocery items at Aldi, feel free to share by leaving a comment.

Oh, and has anyone tried their laundry detergent? I’m curious to know if it works well.

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Barbara Adams

Friday 31st of July 2020

Hello! I am trying to purchase Aldi laundry liquid and am writing to ask if the Aldi to which you refer is the same company or simply a coincidental name. So far I have not been able to find this product and am really eager to try it as it has rated top in a respected poll for front loading laundry machines and apparently is really cheap! My thanks in anticipation of your help.


Friday 31st of July 2020

Hmm, I only know of Aldi as the grocery store, not as a particular brand. Do you have laundry liquid that is branded "Aldi"?

Karin Pannaman

Wednesday 19th of February 2020

Aldi’s bone in pork chops are the best I ever had. Meat is very tender and they have very little fat. Their laundry detergent Tandil got a very high rating in a German magazine so I will give it a try. After all Aldi gives you a money back guarantee


Thursday 13th of July 2017

Does Aldi sell deodorant?


Thursday 13th of July 2017

Yep, they do! I believe they carry Old Spice and Secret.


Monday 20th of June 2016

Our Aldis in Pittsburgh, PA are wonderful. The produce is much better than Walmart's or Target's. They are nice small stores, it takes me about 15 minutes to grocery shop, and I have gotten to know the workers. I eat extremely healthy and stick to a strict budget by choice, because it's ridiculous to pay extra for a fancy big name store. I have no shame telling my friends and families that I got "it" from Aldi, and they are complimentary. My grocery budget for a family of 3 (one son) went from $150 at Giant Eagle/Walmart to about $50. We are stocked all week and then some. I can't say better things.

PS...I've found most of my moldy fruits at Walmart. The berries at Walmart are awful.


Monday 10th of March 2014

I buy the Aldi HE laundry detergent and also the fabric softener. I think it works fine. My children are older and we don't generally have extremely dirty clothes, but everything seems to come clean. The fabric softener works great also. I love Aldi!

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