How to Make $100 Go Really, Really Far at Aldi
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Josh June 4, 2017
I feel crazy for posting this after the below comments, but I .... don't like Aldi anymore. Their produce is unbearably bad, despite the cheap prices. I bought butternut squash for .79/each over the holiday and it was tasteless, underripe and chewy, even after seasoning and a good bake in the oven. Their canned goods aren't great quality and I'm shocked, tbh, to see people praising a dozen eggs for under $1. That's, like, deeply unethical to me. Industrial egg production is an abhorrent abomination, even if your budget "restricts" you to these purchases (don't buy the chocolate, spend $2 more on eggs you can feel better about). The quality just isn't there and frankly, going to Aldi to get some pantry goods, then trekking back to another place (or two or three) for the rest of what I need is time-consuming. I get why people on a budget go to aldi, but man, this is disappointing for Food52. (I also think Trader Joe's is spotty at best, at least in produce/meat/fresh bread quality)....
Renie June 4, 2017
Aldi's in Germany is unbelievable. Wish they had more of the German specialty cheeses and smoked meats here in the US. Still, I love to shop there, especially around the holidays. Always surprise my grandson with chocolate novelties you can't get anywhere else. But, the word is getting out. Lately they are often out of my favorite chocolates.
Marcie G. May 31, 2017
We just got our store in New Smyrna Beach Florida a few months ago, love it! Been trying all the different condiments, Mayo with lime is fabulous, and really happy with the salad dressings, and the like. Just taking time to try things and keep a list of what works and what doesn't. Absolutely love their frozen pizza, just add a little more shredded Italian cheese, both much cheaper than Publix. We are saving almost 40% over Publix....really happy they came to our town!
Mick March 10, 2017
Just came from the new Aldi's in Mt. Dora FL. OMG - half the cost of a week's groceries at Publix. Delighted to find a sparking clean store, nice produce, corned beef for St. Patrick's Day, & wonderful frozen selections. Nevermind rock bottom prices on canned & boxed foods. I'm a convert!!
Brenda S. March 8, 2017
I have only recently re-discovered this gem in my area [aka 'fancy-pants land']. The produce selection is generally pretty good - at least one of the berry selections is around $2, and you do have to check carefully, just like the regular grocery store. I love the baby spinach - TEN oz. bags for $1.49/$1.69, almond milk for around $2, large eggs (that are really jumbo eggs) about $1/doz., and they take credit and debit cards. You have to read the labels and you can't always get everything on your list, but anyone who is trying to feed a family well on a budget can do it here. Oh, and I limit myself to ONE candy choice per visit :)
lnross March 8, 2017
My Aldi's in Fort Lauderdale Florida and Severna Park Maryland both take credit cards...not just cash! So odd that they only take cash at some stores.
cookinalong March 8, 2017
I'm an Aldi's groupie as well, but it's worth mentioning that they do not take credit cards! Cash is king! The first time I went, I loaded up my cart with all the thrifty goodies, then had to leave the store empty handed because I only had about $5 in cash with me. I get why they do it. It helps keep prices down, but so many people use plastic, it's worth noting to avoid disappointment. I'm not sure if they take debit cards, but I doubt it.
Rosie's D. March 8, 2017
Fire roasted canned tomatoes are the best I've eaten. Hard to find on the shelves because the "fire-roasted" print is teeny tiny. Also, their frozen whole green beans are a marvel. Sauté in a large skillet in veggie oil, toss in some homemade Italian breadcrumbs (or doctor panko with good grated Italian cheese, minced garlic and chopped parsley.) Then leave them alone. Don't stir, tilt, or even look at the pan until you smell the whole mess, then gently turn the beans and WAIT again. I promise these will not make it to your table.
Rosana S. March 8, 2017
Love Aldi's and cannot believe how low their costs are compared to other supermarkets. We are seniors living on the West Coast of Florida and I am thrilled at the amount of money I save at Aldi's. We have probably cut our grocery bill in half. We are in and out in no time. What do I absolutely adore - their cheeses, their chocolates and the eggs that are by far the cheapest anywhere. Produce is iffy. Usually the romaine lettuce is old and brown, but onions, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower - most often fairly fresh. Almond milk costs half of supermarket price.
Cyprille March 4, 2017
You should see the British and German Aldi stores. Amazing! Their parmiggiano is as good as any sold in more upmarket stores and a fraction of the price. Brioche buns and sliced brioche is half the price and just as good. And all their meat is hormone free because we don't add that shit to our food.
Komala A. February 19, 2017
...how many times in grad school did the funded ones marvel at my homemade meals from mostly Aldi's while they wasted their money on takeout and found themselves broke in the middle of the month? And then to come begging to me? Amazing how knowing to fend for yourself is indeed "a good thing." B^)
Irene B. February 17, 2017
The best turkey bacon of the ones I've tried.- tastes like pork bacon without all the grease. Excellent individually wrapped slices of prosciutto that doesn't dry out. Really good hummus. Buttery spread is very good and cheap. Eggs are iffy because of the very thin shells and cartons. I bought a quesadilla maker for $15. Bread is not as good as at TJ's.
kelly February 17, 2017
sadly - the closest Aldi's is 3 hours south of us. but it's no surprise, since there is exactly 1 whole foods and 1 TJ's in my state. ah, the joys of rural living...
Melinda R. February 17, 2017
BUTTER!!! Aldi's has the best butter for baking (at least for me). The fresh produce is always great at my Aldi's, unlike yours. And the dark chocolates!!!!
EM P. February 16, 2017
It drives me crazy to watch YouTubes about shopping at Aldis. My neatest store is Broadway & 230 St in the Bronx. I've been told the Manhattan store on the Upper East Side is so much better. I've never seem eggs at less than 79 cents while they pop up on YouTube for 23, 25, 27 etc! Most things list in the circular for 10463 zip code are never available. It took me months to get them to move the produce counter so I could get past in my wheelchair. I must have spoke to every manager but it took a practically screaming phone call to Chicago with me read off the width of the aisle measurements in absolute violation od federal (ADA), State (New York) & local (New York City) laws as the Aldi person claimed they were in compliance with federal, state & local las. Al present there is a pole less than 2 feet from the freezer case! Berries are so often moldy that I no longer buy them there! And the bags, I wish they would sell cloth bags like TJ sell because the plastic ones they sell for 11 cents suck as the handles tear off,! It seems the canned goods have sugar & the yogurt has corn starch or tapioca powder. I do like the pepper & salt mills.
Trish February 16, 2017
Spices, chocolate, chips, cheeses,! What's not to love about Aldo! My 30 yr old daughter and I both shop there weekly...always fine some sweet nugget to try in our Aldi store! We're in Tennessee and have only had our Aldi a year or so and very happy to say the least!!
Stephanie B. February 16, 2017
Their almond milk is by far cheaper than Walmart, Publix or even Winn-Dixie
Linda B. February 16, 2017
I was a student in the Chicago area in 1982-1983, living in an apartment with three other women. Aldi's was always on the shopping route. If we couldn't get something there, we had to go to the regular grocery store. When I found an Aldi's here in NJ about 15 years ago, I was amazed that the semi sweet chocolate chips that we used to buy, were still .99! They've gone up since, but Aldi's still a great place to shop.
Bruce H. February 16, 2017
Their naan, especially the garlic naan, is better than what is sold at my local Whole Foods. Olive oil a good buy. At Christmas time their stollen is delicious and a lot cheaper than the bakery where I used to buy it. Jars of German sauerkraut have a good flavor and texture, along with the jarred red cabbage. At holiday time sometimes you can find trays of baklava that is not bad for the price. I can't get past the candy section either and usually throw two bars of something in the bag I carry. The licorice is also pretty good and fresh generally, both the red and black. And the German packaged cookies are always interesting. They go well with the Beaumont coffee which I buy in the large cans and is a good morning coffee. There is always something different and new on the shelves but sadly when you find something you really like it might soon get sold out and is never seen again.
Mick March 10, 2017
I wish they had mocha/chocolate coffee. Vanilla and hazelnut is gross, so back to the overpriced store I go for coffee sadly.
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