ALDI started in Germany way back in 1913, and was often perceived as “cheap” in terms of quality grocery goods. But those days are long gone. If you shop regularly at ALDI, or maybe you’ve been curious about the store, this article’s for you. From the best items to buy at ALDI, to some cool insider ALDI shopping hacks, you’re bound to save some extra money on your next grocery trip.
The 8 Items Worth Buying at ALDI:
The next time you walk into ALDI, be sure you walk out with these items…
1. Canned Goods: Whenever you can buy canned goods between $0.50 and $0.69 a can, you’re doing pretty darn good. Stock-up the pantry and save.
2. Pasta and Sauce: With a 2 lb. package of spaghetti pasta coming in at about $1.50, and jars of sauce selling for a buck, it’s hard to beat ALDI when thinking about a pasta feed for dinner.
3. Baking Supplies: Stock up at ALDI and save on baking supplies like baking soda, cornstarch, extracts, flour, and sugar. Unless you need to buy in bulk, ALDI will typically beat Costco and Walmart on price.
4. Spices: ALDI sells very liberal container sizes of spices and they’re rarely priced over $1.50 for any given spice. Great for cooking, dry BBQ rubs, and overall very handy to have in the pantry.
5. Produce: Fresh fruit and vegetables at ALDI ire a steal and when they go on sale they’re ridiculously cheap. They put some fruit and veggies on sale every week which makes for a great time to stock-up. Plan you meals around the sales and you can cut a lot of money from your weekly grocery bill.
6. Cereal: If you’re not a big coupon clipper then it’s hard to beat the everyday low price on cereal at ALDI. Most boxes come in at about $1.39 to $1.89 per box and they’re pretty darn tasty from all accounts.
7. Canned Broth: Be sure to stock-up on the ALDI’s Chef’s Cupboard broths at about $0.49 a can. Hard to beat that price anywhere.
8. Salad Dressing: Check out the in-house brand vinaigrette and bleu cheese which is suppose to be awesome and about half the price compared to the name-brands you’ll find at the grocery store.
Let’s now looks at some ALDI hacks to maximize your savings even further.
6 Insider ALDI Hacks Worth Knowing:
Here are some insider ALDI hacks to maximize your savings and make your next visit a little more efficient.
1. Forgot Your Re-Usable Bags?
Not a problem, just grab an empty box, or almost empty, from a shelf and use it to take your groceries home. And yes, ALDI is completely cool with you doing this.
2. Take Advantage of Their Double Guarantee
The ALDI double guarantee is pretty darn impressive and not known to many shoppers.
If for any reason, you’re not completely satisfied with any food item you purchased, you can return it for a FULL refund plus they’ll offer a replacement.
Doesn’t matter how much of the item you’ve consumed, just bring it back in with your receipt and they’ll take care of you.
3. Know When “Special Buys” Happen
Any loyal ALDI shopper knows that a “Special Buy” on an item means huge savings, often up to 75% off the already low ALDI everyday price. But when do they happen and on what products?
The single best way to figure out what items are (and will be) Special Buys is to bookmark this page on their website and check it weekly.
It shows the weekly ad at ALDI as well as what Special Buys are coming to ALDI in future weeks.
Plan your shopping accordingly and save big.
4. ALDI Bread “Discount” Secret
ALDI is known to discount their bread items exactly 5 days before the expiration date.
So if you’re shopping for a loaf and you notice the expiration date is 6 days out, wait a day to buy and save some cold hard cash.
5. What’s Up With the Yellow Hook?
Have you ever noticed the yellow hook on the front of every ALDI grocery cart? No, they’re not for hanging-up your 2-year old by his overall straps.
Turns out they’re for your reusable bags, just hook them on and have more room in your shopping cart for your actual groceries.
6. Store Brands Secret at ALDI
Similar to Trader Joe’s, many of the items at ALDI are produced by big name-brands and then repackaged specifically for them. And yes, they’re typically sold for less than the name-brand.
Rumors have circulated for years that ALDI’s Kirkwood chicken is actually packaged by Tyson and their apple pie is made by Mrs. Smith’s.
The takeaway here is that their in-house brand is really solid and provides a terrific value.
Do you have any ALDI hacks worth sharing? Let me know in the comments and I’ll investigate.
Ask the Reader: Have do you save money at ALDI? What items do they sell that make the trek to the store worth it?
By Kyle James
Photo credit to Mike Mozart.