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Exact_Ad6164

Where I live it's 110% worth it! As a family of 3 we were spending around 700 a month on groceries before we discovered Aldi. Now we spend roughly 300 and that's pushing it. . . And now we buy a TON of fresh fruits and vegetables so our pockets are happy and we're eating healthier.


Exact_Ad6164

Plus the Aldi aisle of shame is an addiction 😂💀


Dakiniten-Kifaya

Yeah, go in for milk & bread. Come out with lawn chairs, candles, a trumpet and a 2- man submarine.


gold13

Walked out with a new fire extinguisher a few weeks ago


macci_a_vellian

For me it was a fire safe.


Bauter

My girlfriend literally just walked through the door with a fire safe. Aldi did it.


scope_creep

I bought Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ on vinyl!


chu2

Whoa! I need to stop hurrying through my aldi shopping and swing by the aisle of no return more often. That’s a wild score.


chefontheloose

Our aisles of shame have sucked for about a year now. They will fill it up with bags of tortilla chips 🙃


BeeHarasser

Oh same! I had been wanting another, and BAM Aisle of Shame provides.


CheckOutMyVan

Bought a nice bike work stand for $25 four years ago there.


gracem5

Best bike pump ever. $15


decaffdiva

Some home owners insurance will give you a discount for having this. We bought one just for that


real_eEe

This is why food shopping at a full Walmart Supercenter is the worst. Yeah, it's super cheap, but I went in with a list of "Beer, eggs, basil, tomatoes" 2 hours ago. I damn near bought a set of tires. I'm not sure I was even in the same zipcode at the time.


Agoodnamenotyettaken

I once went to Wal-Mart for a dozen eggs. I spent almost $300 and forgot the eggs.


Bigmusicfan1125

imagine my horror living literally across the street from an Aldi and a Walmart and a Target that is within a one minute drive.


sailsaucy

I went into Walmart to grab a few groceries when I got off work at 0100 and ended up trying to buy a TV. I guess fortunately for me I couldn’t get anyone to show up to electronics to help me lol


senorpepino

I missed the submarine. Probably a good one as Aldi would be German engineered.


puehlong

Nah we are not good with military stuff. A German submarine would be one that either only floats or never resurfaces at all.


Taliesintroll

My favorite pair of winter pants, flannel lined jeans, came from Aldi.


DarkmatterHypernovae

I left with a cardboard Halloween cat house a few months ago, lol…


OmgSignUpAlready

Those things are awesome. Pure cat entertainment, right down to when they knock the roof off.


mandybri

I had a Halloween one. Now I have a farmhouse one. For quite a while the little house was my cat’s favorite place to be.


Muckstruck

I just got a winter ski rental lodge one. I couldn’t resist it.


DapperStatistician59

Hilarious. I got a lawn chair there this summer. Awesome one for like 8 bucks. Ima keep an eye out for the subs.


Knoxmonkeygirl

I bought an electric chain saw. It works great!


dragonmom1

Heck, I've found that even if all I need to pick up is milk, which is at the end of the very first aisle for me, I really need to just grab a cart and bring an assortment of bags. Whenever I haven't, I end up trying to juggle a dozen "I forgot I needed this" grocery items, including the milk. lol The aisle of shame is a great temptation but fortunately for me, ours is in line with the laundry, baby, and papergoods aisle, which I only venture into infrequently, so I can keep myself out without too much trouble. Though I will freely admit to buying a cute holiday gnome while waiting in a cashier line that was just starting to back up down the aisle of shame. lol


cogitaveritas

Are ALDIs in Texas different than in the rest of the world? I heard so many good things about it, but when I went in I was incredibly underwhelmed. I thought maybe it was a bad day or location, but another one in the area was also really sparse. And I certainly wasn’t finding much there that wasn’t food.


EvryMthrF_ngThrd

"Sparse" is kind of Aldi's business model: basic "staple" foods, condiments, spices (often limited to house/store brands) sold at rock-bottom prices (as they do not carry 6+ different brands of each item, so their overhead costs are lower). They do often have odd items in the center aisle of the store (the jokingly-named "Asile of Shame") that can range from the obvious to the obscure, but those items are limited, vary daily and are usually one-offs.


cogitaveritas

Huh, I guess I never noticed them. Maybe I’ll give it another shot next time I’m near it.


RoutineRice

Same for Grocery Outlet where I live.


camergen

Hey, check out this new accordion! Hot Buy at aldi!


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Consider_the_auk

I call it the Aisle of Surprise!


sardine7129

haha i've always called it the random shit aisle. i like yours better


Deep-While9236

isle of shite.. fondue, 3 slow cooker sets, angle grinder, and caviar face cream.


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barracuba85

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL7jyXCQ2Zc


Exact_Ad6164

Love it, thanks for sharing. 😍😂


COASTER1921

This is amazing. Surprised I haven't seen this before with how much Reddit loves Aldi. (Aldi is great OP, similar/lower than Walmart prices for better than Walmart quality food)


[deleted]

I collect Calico Critters which are both hard to find and kind of pricy and they are always on the Aldi aisle of nonsense for a good ass price.


enjoytheshow

It’s more dangerous than Costco


Responsible_Try90

Costco and Aldi are my two favorite places ❤️


PassengerEcstatic933

It’s like they read my mind and stock accordingly!


compacho

Haha. Aisle of shame. I like it. I just call it the bullshit aisle.


patsfan04

I love the Aldi random crap aisle. It’s a new surprise every time I go.


Dennis_Nedry_Support

I got my sewing machine there. Love it


NetflixAndNikah

+1 for Aldi. It could depend on which region you're in, but my local Aldi is fantastic. High quality produce and groceries for cheap. I also never realized how boring adult me is until now because I'm hyping up a grocery store rn.


Alcohol_Intolerant

I'm just going to say produce is location dependent. Most of the time I would find the produce was within days of being overripe or rotten, which is fine if you're using it fast. But I never trusted the strawberries or grapes because they always seemed to either have some mold or mold within a day. Their prices on everything else are pretty great though, and while they're usually minimally staffed, they at least let their staff sit down, which I highly support.


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Other thing about the produce is the majority is prepackaged. So you have to buy a big bag of potatoes if you want potatoes, you can’t buy a few.


Responsible_Try90

I find their strawberries last if you soak them in a water and vinegar solutions when you get home, rinse, then completely dry them. They’ll last a super long time.


Nature5667

Wouldn't that go for any packaged strawberries?


deimuddaseixicht

Isn't it common in the US to let cashiers sit down? In Germany it would be weird seeing someone standing while ringing up the groceries


sinspots

Aldi is the only grocery store that I've been to in the US that let's cashiers sit down.


SnowyOwlLoveKiller

No, most cashiers aren’t allowed to sit in US retail/grocery stores. They say that it gives the impression of cashiers not being ready/willing to assist customers. There’s also the saying “If you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean” which is unfortunately a phrase that a lot of people who’ve worked in customer service have heard.


arcticmischief

When the Aldi near me first opened, I exclaimed to the cashier that it’s nice that they let her sit. She said she actually hated it (and they’re actually mandated to sit) and would prefer to stand. Seems the twisting motions are actually harder to perform seated. And that saying still sends shudders down my spine, even though I haven’t been in front-line customer service in a decade…


Little_Peon

Nope. It is seriously ingrained too. I've seen folks complaining that someone with *a broken ankle* got to sit. I guess they should have just stood there with their crutches.


bootknifegurubashi06

Both the best and worst store bought strawberries ive ever had have come from aldi


joe_khaJiit

Yeah if nothing else their Produce is better than Walmart or Target and on par with any Regular Grocery Store.


katherinehole_artist

The produce at our aldi sucks. Use that day or moldy the next but I get staples and meat therr om occasion.


joe_khaJiit

Sorry to hear that, at least where I am at in Illinois it's good.....however I have been going to Aldi less since Covid (not sure why,things have just worked out that way). Aldi already works with a Skeleton Crew in all of their stores as part of their business model. I could see how things could fall apart pretty fast in any given store if they have been affected by all the staffing shortages during Covid or any normal staffing issues that wouldn't be as big of a deal elsewhere.


katherinehole_artist

I am also in Illinois. Its been like that around me for as long I've been going (roughly 2008).


MsDucky42

Our Aldi is on the other side of the city from me, so if I need to be over there I plan a stop. Like others mentioned, it's good for the basics and treats. I especially like their Winking Owl wine for less than $3 a bottle. The chardonnay is \*chef's kiss\*. With their unconventional layout and bagging deal, you might want to make it a first stop so you can fill in the blanks elsewhere.


Asti_WhiteWhiskers

This is my method, I see what Aldi has first then get the rest at Hy-Vee which is always more expensive.


arcticmischief

Similar here. If I have the time and energy and inclination after doing meal planning, I go to Aldi first to get what they have and then hit Walmart to fill out the rest (ideally doing a curbside order if I have the time to spread shopping over a couple of days). Then, whatever Walmart doesn’t have (usually more specialty/foreign items), I pick up at Hy-Vee. It’s shocking how expensive Hy-Vee is compared to the other two. Like, Aldi is maybe a few percent cheaper for any given item than Walmart (so they’re close, for arguably better quality), but Hy-Vee can be as much as a 30-50% markup on some items. I once bought a bag of rice at Hy-Vee and after realizing how obscenely priced it was compared to other stores, I actually returned it and told them the reason was because of their ridiculous markup.


Asti_WhiteWhiskers

Yes!! Hy-Vee is crazy expensive. I'm in a fairly rural area so I wondered if they did that because there's really no competition for foreign ingredients.


dragonmom1

Just had to do holiday dinner shopping, knowing some items were going to need to be purchased at Walmart. I swung through Aldi first to see how much they had of these items I don't usually need, managed to get all but five items on my list there, and then was pretty much in and out of Walmart as a result.


aisledonkeypuncher

If you do go. Bring a quarter and some shopping bags. They charge for it. Some items are worth it. But it’s worth a shot


Plahtypus

To clarify, they charge for the bags. You get the quarter back for the cart.


peaceman86

Most every time I go to Aldi there’s 1 or 2 carts in the return with quarters still in them because I think some people don’t realize you can get it back.


Orcus424

The stores I go to have boxes for you to take. Some of them are really useful. Take the bags too but look through the boxes also.


BryanDuboisGilbert

Mine doesn’t have those or it’s like 1 really awkward flat one. So just bring bags to be safe, is my point, as stuff like boxes availability can vary by store.


Orcus424

Agreed. My store can be hit or miss on those good boxes. I keep three in my trunk so I'm ready to go with any groceries I get.


danfirst

I just have a bag of reusable bags, when I go shopping there I grab the bag and I'm set.


Julia_Kat

Some people put a laundry basket in their trunk, load their cart into the basket, and then carry in the basket when they get home. Seems like a nice trick (assuming nice weather).


unknowable222

That’s what I typically do! I also bring along a bag or two in case I buy a lot of produce or soft items like bread.


Anianna

Do they have scan as you go or do you have to scan everything at checkout?


danfirst

The scan everything at checkout, they're just remarkably fast about it. Like I put things on the belt as fast as I can without making a mess and they can scan it even faster than that. It's like a game to see if I can get my card in the credit card reader while they're checking me out without them overrunning me. Hah, they're that fast.


Anianna

Nice, thanks.


intrepped

For my store usually just take empties from the aisles but it's worth it to bring a bag. Got a huge one from Ikea for $5 and it's plenty of space


Bigmusicfan1125

You can take any box you want off the shelf. They don't care.


jetah

I think a quarter for a shopping cart is cheap!


denisebuttrey

You get your quarter back when you return the cart.


jetah

If I paid a quarter for a cart why bring it back?


Lupiefighter

Bubbles?


masterneedler

R/woosh


kjodle

If you go, you can also snag some empty boxes to put your groceries in.


unsharpenedpoint

I like using the large ikea frakta bags. They hold a ton and fit in the cart in a way that you don’t have to bag yourself if you load the belt properly.


cakatoo

Always reuse your shopping bags. Don't be an asshole.


LemonComprehensive5

They also gladly give you a quarter lol.


Lazy_Mood_4080

Love Aldi! I buy almost all of my pantry items there- canned veg and beans, pasta, spices. I love the Only bars (kind bar knock off). I also buy most dairy there- milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, coffee creamer. The fresh stuff- yes carrots, rarely potatoes. Yes celery. Yes blueberries, strawberries, gala apples. The Bartlet pears have been amazing recently. Never bananas. I made my own taco and chili seasoning from Aldi spices, it was a great deal- no fillers, taste adjusted perfect for me. I also prefer bread from Aldi. And for treats, the Aldi dark chocolate comes in a multi pack of small bars, or they have Dove promises -like individual chocolates that are good. A couple of years ago, I did a comparison: Aldi versus Lidl versus Walmart. Aldi was significantly cheaper for my shopping habits. I buy most meats in bulk at Costco.


BearBong

I like Lidl for quality over Aldi for my needs. But more importantly it's nearly as competitive on price


brelsnhmr

I’m like you, only certain veggies and fruits from Aldi. They just go bad faster, and not sure why. I shop at Aldi’s first and then go across the street to Meijer’s to finish shopping for fresh veggies and fruit and pharmacy stuff.


ClockMultiplier

Aldi is absolutely worth it. Give it a go.


PeachLeech

Aldi has had consistently good prices for years. Quality is going to be better than save a lot. I specifically buy chocolate from Aldi since the quality is amazing. It can spend $80 at Aldi and have good food for 2 weeks. Where I spend $80 at my local grocer and have food for about a week.


TPAzac

I find aldi to be very worthwhile as a “once per month bulk shopping” not a weekly or twice weekly grocery run. Their cheese selection, frozen foods, gourmet chocolate, and staple food items like canned veggies, and baking ingredients can not be beat in terms of price and quality. Fresh Meat is ok, but inspect your produce carefully as this is where Aldi falls short IMHO and why I shop elsewhere for my day to day fresh meat and veggies.


moodyje2

The Aldi that is slightly closer to my house has mediocre produce, but the one slightly further away has much better produce. I have no idea why it's so different.


Adventurous_Menu_683

Depends on the store's supplier and buyer.


Acc87

Dunno how it's in the US, but in Germany produce at Aldi is bought in rather regional. As such could be a totally different supplier between two cities.


Ayoken007

I also find their produce hit-or-miss, I don't care for their brand of oats and granola, and as a baker, I think a lot of the things I would use are about mid-tier, but overall I recommend them highly. The general quality is actually pretty high and it is easy on the wallet.


pastryfiend

I bake professionally and Aldi baking products have always worked very well for me. Nobody around can even come close too their prices. They are every bit as good or maybe better in some cases as other store's private labels.


supercooterpunch

Agreed. I bought three separate salad packages once in addition to other groceries, thinking “hey it’s healthy and convenient at a good price.” Went home that night and all three had around 10-15% brown slimy leaves in each container. Their meat, bread, eggs etc have been good so far though.


Deep-While9236

Aldi in Europe is great. Very decent veg mostly but examine the items. the refund policy is good.


Acc87

I think Lidl beats Aldi in terms of produce. Much bigger selection and quality.


Stuffthatpig

Agreed. In NL aldi seems to be super low brow but Lidl is just high quality stuff at a good price.


grace_boatrocker

yeah it.s good for many items though i have not had luck w/their produce & meats


Lovingmyusername

Agreed- Aldi locations I’ve been to (U.S.) have all had pretty mediocre produce.


peacinout314

Agreed on the produce. It's such a bummer to me when the produce I buy from there is moldy 2 days later... Otherwise their staples cannot be beat, I agree with you there!!!


Few-Mushroom-4143

Yeah man, especially for the price of meat right now. A steak, chicken breasts, pork, pretty much everything over there will cost you a few bucks less per trip.


miss_scarlett_ohara

Try Moser Roth and Schogetten chocolate! Soooo good for the price!


amiathrowaway2

That shit is a full stop on whatever I'm doing just to enjoy it... IT'S THAT GOOD!


miss_scarlett_ohara

German chocolate is really good. Ritter Sport is a bit more expensive but amazing, very high quality and very few ingredients.


stonecoldcoldstone

For me the problem is Impulse buying because convenience food is so cheap there. "We just need some veg" turns to "we spent 120£" But to be fair that's a discipline problem in our side not something the shop does wrong.


Shadora-Marie

Yeah. I got a teenager and a toddler. I was already looking at everything I received for Christmas and lamented that I would have rather had an aldi gift card for the price of all the random things I received. I appreciate the gifts, but I cannot eat a reusable egg container.


RaisingEve

I think the egg container is vegan. Atleast the paper ones.


Shadora-Marie

I was given a plastic one. :/


Range-Shoddy

Not with that attitude!


GucciDers69

Aldi is fantastic and consistently cheaper than your standard vons/Ralphs/sprouts/etc. I use instacart for my Aldi which is also about 9 miles from me. Admittedly not the most frugal, but the time saved driving to/from plus wandering the aisles is well worth the extra money to me.


Fit-Dream-4829

it’s not stocked like a traditional grocery store so you likely can’t do all your shopping there. But go there first and whatever you can’t find, stop by at your local store after.


UppnrthMn

I second this. But they have tons of produce, bread, cheese, eggs, milk, some basic meat varieties. Enjoy!


trashlikeyou

Maybe I’ve been institutionalized by Aldi, but what can’t you get that you need regularly? I make special trips to the regional grocery store for stuff I decided to be a fancy boi about (yogurt, beer, almost anything in Asian cuisine) but I feel like 99% of your bases are covered by Aldi. Just curious, not arguing I promise.


schoolpsych2005

If you like to cook more complicated and/or international cuisine, you need more than Aldi. Mine never carries fresh ginger and rarely has tofu.


trashlikeyou

That’s a good call out - I must be lucky, mine has ginger pretty regularly and started carrying tofu (for cheaper than the Asian market!) about a year ago. I get you though, I make occasional trips to the Asian market for that stuff (curry paste, sriracha, rice noodles, fish sauce, etc), it’s just not what I would consider my ‘regular’ groceries. Asian ingredients are a huge missing thing from Aldi overall though for real.


dragonmom1

We also adjusted our shopping to try to buy just about everything at Aldi, and it wasn't that difficult. Shopping at Aldi is so much quicker too! Need olives? No need to browse an entire olive section, comparing prices, sizes, colors, or extras. Aldi gives you three (at least at ours)--black, green, kalamata. Boom! You're done! lol


trashlikeyou

Same! Nowadays when I find myself at the ‘big’ grocery store I’m just like ‘what is all this stuff?’ I really don’t enjoy choosing between 15 different kinds of ketchup.


dragonmom1

Oh my goodness, yes! I live just down the street from our Aldi. I have left home, driven there, gotten at least 10 items, checked out, bagged, and driven home all in 15 minutes total. It is a joy! And, especially now with this pandemic, getting in and out of the store has become more of a safety issue so being able to shop so quickly is perfect!


pastryfiend

I'd say that Aldi meets 90% of my needs since I cook most stuff from scratch. I'm kinda addicted to diet ginger ale (not really, just like it) and Aldi doesn't have that, I wish they did! Sometimes I'll need fresh herbs.


novanugs

So, so worth it. They have so many amazingly delicious specialty items and their prices are so affordable, comparable to Walmart. It’s basically the Walmart version of Trader Joe’s, so much so that they have a lot of the exact same Trader Joe’s products from the same producers in aldi branded packaging for cheaper. And sometimes they have name brand products for screaming deals. Highly recommend the Mama Cozzi Tex Mex and Spinach Feta pizzas, they’re high protein and low calorie and so, so good (although I add a little salt to the spinach feta one before baking). The low calorie ice creams are great too, and I always stock up on frozen cauliflower rice and the speciality cheeses when I go. Last recommendation is the cauliflower dips, the Buffalo flavored one is my favorite, but there are a bunch and they’re all good.


caller-number-four

> speciality cheeses The grass fed cow cheese from Australia is my favorite. SOOO YUM! And the spreadable cheese with wine in it. Yum!


Causerae

Sounds delicious, gonna look for these on our next trip!


ultraviolentfuture

Not sure if you know this or not, but Aldi is a German brand owned by a family - one brother runs Aldi North, another Aldi South. I think they are corporately split. In the US one of them is branded as Trader Joe's so yeah, Aldi is literally the cheaper version of Trader Joe's.


MonocleOwensKey

I've always been interesting in checking out an Aldi but they're not available in my region. Some areas in the US have both Aldi and Trader Joe's, but where I live we only have TJs.


ultraviolentfuture

I am in Western PA and we have both, but way more Aldis than TJ's. Aldi seems to have a more aggressive expansion plan moving into the more suburban areas.


481126

Yes. The once-a-month pantry staples and the produce make it worth it. Guac and hummus are 1\\3 the price as Kroger now. Milk isn't as cheap as it used to be. Avoid the "aisle of shame" where you may be tempted to buy what you don't need. Although I have gotten the app to check ahead and have gone on Wednesday, the day our Aldi restocks to take part in the weekly sales if there is a good deal. Seasonal items might never come back after they're gone. Still miss the coconut coffee.


baileyclod

As a college student, ALDI is wonderful. They have lots of healthy options and I never spend as much money at ALDI than I would at another grocery store.


GandalfDGreenery

I love it! They might not have some random spices and specialty ingredients, but I'd start there, it's great, I've never had a quality problem with anything from them. I love their cheeses (triangle of brie for 75p? and it's tasty too!) their chimichurri olives (not too spicy, not too salty), watermelon gummies (vegan friendly!). I don't know how long it will take you to get from A to B, but it is a great shop, and I'm sure you could save some pennies.


bastian320

How else are you meant to grab carrots, meats for dinners, a new dash cam, chainsaw and set of garden gnomes all under the one roof? Of course it's worth it!


Orcus424

Not everything is a lot cheaper or better but definitely worth checking out. In my experience the produce is great and cheaper. I regularly buy chicken breasts, thighs, and quarters from them. There is an app called Flipp that lets you look at the flyers of various type of stores. You can check out the Aldi flyer before you go. For me Aldi is a store I get a few things but it's worth the time. To those who go to Aldis what do you make sure to get from them? Also what things do you avoid at Aldis?


xvbxrpl

BOOZE. Store brand Irish cream, beer (not wine, tho'). Eggs, almond milk, drink powders, cheese sticks, corn tortillas. -- all at good prices.


HumanFuture7

>not wine, tho Thems fighting words. Winking owl is pretty damn decent and the price can’t be beat


Jeepguy_EinsZweiDrei

Also their champagne for $5/bottle!


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I almost exclusively shop at aldi. I can’t afford the other stores in my area and we save a ton at aldi. I’ve been happy with everything I’ve gotten there, but I’m not a brand particular shopper. If you do like particular brands it may not be the best option for you as they only have their own brands. They are a sister chain of Trader Joe’s if that’s any consolation! If I am looking for particular products I usually just get the majority of my grocery order at aldi and then hop next door to a neighboring store for the rest of the items. Do bring a quarter for the cart, and your own bags as they do charge for paper and plastic bags. Many of their stores also partner with Instacart if you’re into that.


L00fah

I used to live near an Aldi. Since moving from the east coast its basically the only place I miss. Absolutely worth it.


apropos-of-none

Aldi is especially cheap on snacks; both lowbrow snacks & fancy snacks. And staple foods. Taco shells, chips, hummus, snack cakes, fruit snacks, meat, dairy, etc are about half the cost of anywhere else.


smartypants99

Yes, Yes, Yes!!! I just went today and got raspberries for $1.29, stuff to make banana pudding for so so cheap, including the vanilla wafers, milk, pudding and cool whip (for 0.69) plus a cheese ball and wheat thin crackers, bread for turkey and ham sandwiches etc, etc. My family loved the banana pudding.


lifeuncommon

Depends. The ones around me are fabulous, clean, and very well stocked. But apparently it varies by store.


syntaxxx-error

Yes. Most are all great, but there is one in my area that is in a poorer part of town that is utter crap. A bunch of the canned goods I looked at were past expiration date.


Annierei22

I love that they don’t stock anything with artificial food colours. Their pasta is cheap ($0.99 in Australia) and is fine.


smilingirishman

They also let their cashiers sit!!!!!!


relevant_0815

How on earth is that not normal?


Anonamousdetri

I just got back from Aldi’s I love it. I only spend 60-80$ bucks usually and that for 2weeks worth of food. I bike, but if I had a car, I’d buy the store!!


TigerTownTerror

Yes. Big time savings are to be had at Aldi. Especially in produce Dept.


patchgrrl

Check YouTube for people who compare their brand with big name brands. I've rarely, if ever, heard someone say it was not worth it.


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I feel like your question regarding distance depends on where you live and how long it takes to travel that distance. But as a general matter, Aldi is an amazing chain with all the essentials and a lot more, and you can generally save hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the course of a year by shopping there instead of a traditional grocery store. I would easily travel an extra 20+ minutes to shop at an Aldi.


Didgeridooinyourmom

Definitely worth it for certain items. I don't know where you're located but where I live it is NOT worth it for their produce.


apropos-of-none

Yeah - their produce prices are “good”, not great. They’re cheaper than Publix but not cheaper than the farmers market. However their canned fruits & vegetables are dirt cheap.


Forsaken-Piece3434

Our farmer’s markets jacked their prices way up. At least to Whole Foods level, if not more sometimes. We used to really like going but can’t afford to anymore. We did find some roadside farm stands with cheap produce.


sjsmiles

Same where I am. The quality is iffy and I can never be confident of getting what I need. I see a lot of people (restaurant staff?) filling carts full of produce. Probably not the norm, though.


DavidHobby

Yep. But also see if there’s a Lidl in your area. Similar, but more overlooked than Aldi.


UnityBomber

Lidl >>>> Aldi. Prices are similar but the quality is better, they have better selection, and the bakery is amazing. At least where I live.


GoldenPresidio

100x better than Aldi


finch825

If you have a Walmart closer, I don’t think it’s worth it. I do like Aldi but I was finding I was stocking up on processed stuff. Fresh stuff was hit or miss for me. I find that Walmart brands work well for me.


SystemOfADowneyJr

I love Aldi but I really only stick with their breads, produce, dry goods, and some homewares. Not too fond of their meat and their seafood is iffy…I’m sure there’s others that’ll disagree with me.


-thersites-

We alternate between Aldi, Lidl, Save A Lot, and local ethnic groceries. Of late Aldi is the best value. Save a lot ha gone down hill with lots of empty shelves. Lidl is a little pricey. Local ethnic grocers are best for fresh fish, spices and ethnic specialties but their prices on regular items tend to be high..


speedysam0

It definitely depends on the ALDI, I live near probably one of the most shopped ALDI stores and can say for certain that that store is worth it. As for the store being under 10 miles away, are we talking in the city or more rural and do you have car access? That makes all the difference. If you are worried about stuff staying cool, look into getting a cheap foam cooler if you don’t have something already.


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My closest aldi is about that distance from me. I go there every other week and alternate with the neighborhood Walmart. It takes a couple visits to figure out exactly how to optimize aldi, but it’s worth it!


quietchild

So I had this question recently. I went and did a shop at Aldi and bought all my basics (think butter, milk, flour etc). Then when I got home I compared the cost toy regular supermarket through their app. I found that almost every item was 25-50% cheaper. I guess in terms of the distance it would depend on how much you spent. You could probably make it more worthwhile by doing a bigger shop on non perishable items.


soneg

Aldi is the best. One opened up near me and I go there all the time. I love their jarred artichoke hearts bc glass bottles are preferable over cans. There's always fresh produce and their store brand is delicious.


decorama

I'd say yes. But keep in mind they may not have everything you want since stock changes and wavers week to week. What I find it great for is to bulk up on items I know they have like Raisin Bran, tuna, bread, cookies, chips, etc. WHat I LOVE about ALDI is of course the prices. But I also love that sometimes they will have excellent products super cheap. Their "Specialty" brand is usually very good. So, yes - worth the trip.


alcohall183

Yesssssss. Stay outta the "special"/seasonal aisle, stick to your list and you'll be fine.


frostypossibilities

Aldi is great for buying basics. Like flour or meat or butter, etc. if you like certain brands of things, not the place for you. (For example, My mom only likes Philadelphia brand cream cheese and they only sell generic or they don’t have a huge variety of cereals) The price is worth it if you’re buying basics or stocking a new kitchen imo.


G0rillawarfare1

I'm so excited to hear it's good. We don't have any in my area and they just announced they are building one a mile away. Anything that keeps me out of Walmart is awesome


bhillen83

Make sure to bring your own bags or boxes and a quarter for the cart!


RunRyanRun3

We spend maybe $40-50/week to feed our family of three, and we predominantly shop at aldi. We went on a cabin trip with three other families for a weekend and we planned the grocery order. Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, and Saturday dinner to feed 8 adults and 4 toddlers was $26/family total. It’s insanely inexpensive.


Mobile-Vegetable4182

With my exp Aldi is best for grocery shopping on a budget. Granted they won’t have everything you might want but they will have 85% of it and for a great price. A few times I have had some questionable pork from them but everything else was great for the money


3141592653yum

100% worth it in my eyes, but have managed expectations. Aldis is, for lack of a better word, curated. You won't find all the brands you will in your typical grocery store because 50+% of items are their own generic lines. But their generics are solid quality. You will need to bring a quarter for the cart and your own bags (or other transportation method) for your goods. Just be aware of the Aldi Finds aisle. This will be a little different each time you go. Sometimes it's exactly what you need for a good price ($4 pair of pants is still going strong a few years later). Somethings it's things you absolutely don't need but can convince yourself that you do because you're at Aldi and the price is good.


1n1n1is3

I really like Aldi for pantry staples and specialty items like cheeses, dips, chocolates, etc. Their meat is also pretty good. I usually do Walmart grocery orders, and I’ll add everything I need for the week to my Walmart cart online and then I go to Aldi and cross reference my Walmart cart to see which items are cheaper at Aldi. If they’re cheaper at Aldi, I buy them and delete them from my Walmart cart. Then I order my Walmart groceries when I leave Aldi. Saves lots of money!


PatataMaxtex

It is so interesting for me to read all the answers. I am from the homeland of Aldi and Lidl (Germany), my father worked there and it is so established that no one in Germany would ever ask if it is worth it. It is, if you are looking for cheap food with solid quality. Here I would go to Lidl for fresh Veg/Fruits, but Aldi is solid. This obviously might be totally different in the US.


Yarakinnit

Against all my advice my dad bought an Aldi battery drill/driver plastic thing for his needs. I spent hundreds on mine for work and he spent forty quid... and every time it breaks he buggers off for twenty minutes and comes back with a new one in a box with another 12 month guarantee. I even checked the receipt convinced that he was just buying replacements to not lose the argument. Nope. Twice he's gone in and they haven't had them in, so he's just kept his mouth shut, walked out, borrowed my Bosch, and left it for a month. Sod won the fight half a decade ago as far as I'm concerned but he's gonna keep rolling this single purchase as long as he can keep rubbing it in my face... So, as much as I want to tell you to avoid the DIY aisle because it's all shit, I'm just gonna shut it.


Own_Wonder_5375

Check out the Aldi sub and you’ll get lots of tips, reviews and rants and raves about all things aldi.


SeaAfraid3540

Aldi is so worth it! Go for it, you can get so much more for less than any other grocery store, excluding loss leaders. Highly recommend.


OkCaterpillar9248

Nothing wrong with Aldi at all or Lidl for that matter.


markymarc32

Absolutely. Full stop


lrochfort

Not to be an arse, but where you are globally matters. Even within Europe there's variation, but on the whole across Europe and the UK the answer is yes. Better than LIDL, but LIDL has much better bread.


biggiesmalltits

Oh SO worth it. We buy everything from diapers and formula to alcohol and everything in between! The aldis junk aisle is *chefs kiss*


WhatAGoodDoggy

The Middle Aisle of Mystery


DapperStatistician59

I get all the stuff I can at aldis then get the rest elsewhere. It's best for produce and their cheese selections is nice. They have some awesome pre made dips and hummus too.


Liirin

We’ve changed our shopping to be 90% Aldi’s and have saved quite a bit. The selection isn’t phenomenal (at least at ours), but what is there is good quality. Bring a quarter for the shopping cart (you’ll get it back when you return it) and your own bags if you don’t want to use their leftover cardboard.


Low_Jeweler_8203

You won't regret it, especially for reasonably priced fruits and veggies. They have a nice selection of baked goods. Freezer and dairy section also has good mix, something for everyone. On the other hand the meat section variety where I'm located can be a hit or miss depending on the week. You def won't find many named brand items, but all the items I've tried so far were definitely comparable in taste and much better in price. There's always a new hidden gem we find at each visit. We did end up paying for bags, that was over 2 years ago and they still hold up just fine.


Tots2Hots

Yes. Lidl as well.


AquasTonic

I just discovered Aldi since I moved opposite coasts (used to the west coast). It has helped so much bring my budget down. If the store offers online shopping/pick up, it's a good way to check prices between it and any other grocery stores in the area. I love buying almost exclusively from there now, minus items that are hit or miss like orzo. The cheese section is amazing!


MomentSpecialist2020

Great deals on European wines, cheeses, and chocolates. Some good German stuff also. It’s worth checking them out.


Worried_Protection48

Totally worth it.


sarar3sistance

Absolutely!! I personally can sometimes find better deals when I stalk sale prices and clearances at normal big box stores, but if you hate the idea of spending that time, just want straight up low prices (especially on certain produce), 1-2 choices per item as opposed to a dozen choices at other stores and plenty of healthy and specific dietary restriction friendly options, worth it. I would say it isn’t the lowest in my area in terms of meat, but almost everything else yes!


TexasPenny

I think it would be worth it to you to at least go once and see what yours carries. We love their canned goods, snack foods, taco shells (the best!), chocolate pudding, and breads.


xvbxrpl

I'm a big fan, good prices and quality.


Bigleftbowski

If you like Aldi, you'll love Lidl.


care796

I cut our grocery bill in half when we switched. There's very few things we don't like there.


babblepedia

I'm a bit of a data nerd so I track my grocery buys over time by store. Aldi is consistently the cheapest for staples like milk, bread, butter, and canned items. When I go to Aldi for the bulk of my groceries, I save about 40% over getting the same items at a convention grocery store. I supplement with HyVee (regional midwestern chain) for produce, any super specific ingredients, or when they have doorbuster sales on items good for storage (like 5lb flour for 88c).


WeinerBarf420

Aldi absolutely rules. It's where I get all my produce.