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.
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.
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.
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.