As so many of you know, I’m a deal-seeker. I love to coupon. Shop at garage sales. Find cheap ways to cook tasty dishes.
Being a stay-at-home mom I feel like finding deals allows me to do my part financially for my family. I wouldn’t consider myself an extreme couponer…more of a practical couponer. I don’t buy things unnecessarily just because they’re cheap. But if we’re talking about scoring free items with coupons that’s a completely different story (hey it’s free! No one in their right mind would say no to that.)
If I had to give up couponing but still wanted to save money there is one place I would shop…
Aldi is hands-down my favorite store.
Maybe it’s because I can navigate the entire store in less than 15 minutes.
Maybe it’s because I’m part German and can buy stollen at Christmas time.
Maybe it’s because prices are so cheap. And the food is actually good.
I don’t know. But I love it. Ask my family. I am single-handedly converting every member to become an Aldi shopper. Hahaha, ← insert evil witch laugh here. Don’t worry, they’ll thank me for it one day.
So here it is.
My top 15 things you can buy at Aldi.
You can’t beat Aldi prices for your every day spices. 99¢ for big containers of garlic powder, cumin, garlic salt, italian seasoning, basil, oregano, onion powder, parsley, minced onion and more. During the holiday season they sell seasonal spices like pumpkin pie spice. cloves, allspice, and nutmeg (in a little bit smaller containers) for $1.69 each.
2. Canned Items
I buy all my canned beans (black, kidney, pinto, chili) here for only 59¢ each. They sell a huge variety of canned vegetables, tomatoes, fruit and broths as well. One of my favorites is the Aldi brand of Rotel, which is a mere 59¢ compared to much higher prices you’d pay at a grocery store (even with a coupon). They also sell a staple in our pantry – “no salt added” diced tomatoes for 59¢ a can.
3. Tortilla Chips
I can’t say enough about Aldi’s tortilla chips. They are delish. And for $1.19 a bag, you can’t beat it.
We go through eggs in our house like it’s nobody’s business. I usually buy my eggs when they’re cheap on sale at my local grocery stores but if I’m in a pinch and need eggs, Aldi always has them for a reasonable price, usually ranging from $1.19-$1.59.
5. Canned Pumpkin
Canned pumpkin puree used to only be sold seasonally at Aldi but more recently I’ve seen it on the shelves year round. I love love love pumpkin not just in the fall but throughout the entire year, so picking it up for cheap is essential. It’s only 89¢ a can at Aldi, a deep discount in comparison to the $1.50-$2.00 you might pay at other stores.
6. Almond Milk
We love almond milk. We eat it with cereal and bake with it often. However, what we do not love is almond milk prices. But at Aldi, I can afford to be an almond milk drinker! Note: I am not an almond milk aficionado. I think Aldi’s almond milk tastes similar to that of the on-brands, but you may not find this to be the case if you
are an almond milk snob ←(ha! I kid) have more refined taste buds than I do.
7. Whole Wheat Bread
Whole wheat bread can be expennnnnnnsive. Especially when there are a lot of peanut butter sandwiches coming out of your kitchen. Can I get an amen? At Aldi we regularly buy the 100% whole wheat bread which runs $1.29 a loaf.
I love the Aldi produce aisle. Bananas, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, grapes, onions and bell peppers are some of my favorites. And often you’ll pay a fraction of what you would pay in a normal grocery store. Every week, Aldi also has 3-4 produce items that they advertise on a deeper discount. My favorite by far is when avocados hit 29¢-69¢….it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to see me there buying 10-15 avocados at a time.
9. Frozen Mango
Frozen mango is the one of my favorite treats year round. Frozen mango in the grocery store almost never goes on sale, and Aldi’s prices are cheap. This is only sold in the summer so I stock up whenever I can find it. I may or may not have 5 bags in my freezer right now. 😯
10. Taco Seasoning
Taco seasoning can go for upwards of $1 per packet for a name-brand while Aldi’s is only 35¢. If you’re not picky about using a certain brand (we’re not!), give Aldi’s brand a try – you might be surprised by how tasty it is!
Aldi sells real vanilla extract for a for 99¢/oz which beats chain store prices. They also sell seasonal extracts such as almond, peppermint, lemon and maple for cheap as well. Perfect for Christmas baking!
12. Baking Essentials
In big chain grocery stores staples like flour and sugar will go on sale for deeper discounts than at Aldi. But if you don’t stock up (or don’t have room to), or are in a pinch for baking staples, Aldi’s prices are still very cheap and I find the quality to satisfy all my home-cooking needs.
Olives are a staple at our house, for snacks, appetizers, on salads and treats for little toddler fingers! A can of large black olives runs a mere 99¢. We can snack on that!
We go through a lot of milk with a toddler around. I usually like to hit up sales and freeze milk from drug stores (think CVS and Walgreens – surprising I know!) but when those deals aren’t available and my freezer store is low I go straight to Aldi. Their milk tastes great and their farmers pledge to be hormone-free (bonus!).
Aldi sells simple but beautiful arrays of assorted flowers for only $3.99. A quick way to warm up a kitchen on a cold winter’s day!
(Prices were current at my local Aldi, they may vary by store and region.)
These are just a handful of the many items I love from Aldi!
Do you shop at Aldi? What can you add to my list?