5 Things to Buy at Aldi to Cut Your Grocery Budget

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5 Things to Buy at Aldi to Cut Your Grocery Budget

We love Aldi!  Shopping there has saved us a lot of money, and when coupled with a good meal planning strategy, we have been able to cut our grocery budget in half!  But if you haven’t been there before, you might be wondering what is good (by which I mean both cheap and tasty), and what isn’t worth trying… so I have put together a list of the 5 best things to buy at Aldi to cut your grocery budget.

1. Fresh Produce

This is far and above my favorite deal at Aldi—fresh produce.  It is very inexpensive compared to our local Food Lion, and the quality is always fantastic.  They even sell some organic produce as well!

The best everyday deals are on the big bags of what I call “staple veggies”—potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onions.  However, every week some produce items go on sale (as if the everyday price wasn’t amazing already!).  For example, I bought a 4 lb bag of gala apples this week for $1.69!  I take advantage of the sale prices by meal planning (for the parents and the baby) based on what is on sale.

2. Cereal

If you have a cereal eating family like we do, Aldi is the place to go.  We love Marshmallows & Stars cereal, and at $1.29 per box, it is a steal compared to Lucky Charms (and we think it tastes better, too!).  With a little one around, we also buy Crispy Oats (compare to Cheerios) for our baby who is working on his pincher grasp.

3. Spices

Spices are so cheap at Aldi, it almost feels like I’m stealing.  Huge containers of your basic kitchen spices are only $.99!  My husband likes to make his own dry rubs and marinades, so we frequently take advantage of this deal.

4. Staples

Four pounds of sugar for $1.69, flour for under $2, a loaf of bread for $1.39… I could go on, but I won’t.  The basic staples that every home needs to stock up on can be found at Aldi for a good price every time you go in.  They go on sale for even cheaper occasionally, so keep an eye on your weekly sales.

5.  Pasta and Sauce

Aldi pasta is cheap!  A big box of spaghetti (2 lbs) is good for at least three spaghetti dinners at our house—for only $1.45.  Your basic tomato and basil pasta sauce is  $.99, and they sell a few types of pesto for under $3.  You can even get gnocchi, stuffed ravioli and tortellini, and all kinds of fun and fancy pasta for cheaper than you can find at your grocery stores.   Aldi pretty much has your “easy Italian night”—when you are so tired you don’t want to cook for longer than 10 minutes—taken care of on a budget.

So grab a quarter from your nightstand (for the shopping cart), load your reusable grocery bags into your trunk (they don’t provide them), and head to Aldi.  Now you know what to look for if you are new to Aldi, or—if you have always been a fan, but are now on a budget—what to buy to get the most bang for your buck.

Interested in lowering your grocery budget?  Check out some of my other posts!

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Do you shop at Aldi?  What are your favorite deals?


    • Nicole Hermens

      You are right, their dairy prices are great. I bought a pound of mozzarella at Aldi for about half the cost of a normal grocery store. And they have a big tub of plain greek yogurt for about $3.50 – which I buy every time I go!

  1. Bev Wallace

    Best gluten free selection and prices cannot be touched by any other store. Also their boxes of stock and broth.

  2. KETRA

    Chicken breasts by the bag, fish by the bag, definitely produce ,bread, cheese lunchmeat, greek yogurt, and lactose free milk!

  3. i love Aldi so much! It has been transformative for my family when it comes to sticking to a much lower grocery budget. I think their quality has only improved over the years as well. My 3 year old son thinks spaghetti nights are the best, all courtesy of Aldi!

  4. debi Odekirk

    Not only does Aldi have great prices on foods, they also have non food items at great prices. I purchased a stainless steel colander for $3.99 a few months back and use it almost everyday. Recently they had a stainless steel pineapple slicer. I bought one for my son and he loves it.

  5. zona

    I have shopped at Aldis for many years and it is FAR better than any other grocery store to get really good items at very reasonable prices. The cashiers used to have to memorize prices and they were very good at it, but now that is not necessary. I have kept track of what I spend there and find that it has been less than $500 for the first half of this year. I eat well and enjoy what I purchase. Try it if you haven’t already.

  6. Angi

    Their almond milk is a great deal!! Their guacamole is so good and so much cheaper than the grocery store. Also their almond butter is a good deal.

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