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April 10, 2012 6:57 AM
I recently moved and a new co-worker of mine suggested a store called Aldi's. I had never heard of it but I gave it a try a few weeks ago and I am SO happy I discovered it! I can't believe how cheap some of their foods are! I now go there literally every few days. They have a healthy line called "Fit and Active" and *I think* it's better than a lot of other brands of healthier foods, like Weight Watchers for example.

I thought I'd give some examples of my favorite foods from there, and cost so those that haven't been to one can see!

Fresh bag of spinach leaves - $1.49 (at my grocery store they are $3.99!)
avocado - 49 cents each
Orange cream bars (exactly like the WW ones that cost $5.99!) - $2.99
almond milk - $2.49 ($3.99 at other stores)
greek yogurts (49 cents)
dozen large eggs (79 cents)
huge bags of shredded cheese ($2.99 compared to $4.99)
cream cheese (99 cents compared to 2.49)

they have 90 cal granola bars, pita chips that are BETTER than Stacey's brand, low sodium soups, brown rice, fresh fruit and veggies galore, deli meat for sandwiches, packets of guacamole ($1.99 and just like Wholly guac), fresh salsa's.. I could go ON and ON.. I also buy their gummy vitamins :)

Anyone else a big fan of Aldi's? I hear they are only in certain areas (i.e. more urban areas)..
I'd love to hear what other people love to eat from there? I feel like there might be diamonds in the rough I'm missing!!

-Kerri
  2629485
April 10, 2012 7:07 AM
Their generic brands of Kashi Go Lean and Kashi Go Lean Crunch are excellent. They taste exactly the same and have the same nutritional values, but cost several dollars less than what you'd find at any other grocery store. Also, you can't go wrong with the bags of frozen vegetables and frozen unsweetened fruits--WAY cheaper than you'd pay elsewhere. :)
  9593893
April 10, 2012 7:11 AM
I have never been to Aldi's. Alot of ppl have said that their produce and meat is the low end. Have you guys bought any of that stuff there? whats good and what should i stay away from?
  906547
April 10, 2012 7:13 AM
Huge fan, been shopping there for years! I have never eaten anything there that wasn't good. I think their meats are much better than... W#LM@R&'s!ohwell
  16565389
April 10, 2012 7:15 AM
Again, I have never found anything that I didn't think was good. Ate a homemade Rueben last nite, cooked the Aldi cornbeef in the crockpot over the weekend. Delicious!
  16565389
April 10, 2012 7:17 AM
QUOTE:

I have never been to Aldi's. Alot of ppl have said that their produce and meat is the low end. Have you guys bought any of that stuff there? whats good and what should i stay away from?


I have bought their raw chicken breasts and though they are a little bit smaller than my other 'big' grocery store, they still worked well for a few crockpot recipes that I've made! I've also bought their canned chicken to make dips and stuff-it's great! I bought some Jennie O lean ground turkey there ($1 cheaper) and so you can't go wrong with that named brand item..
I haven't bought any fish or lunchmeat yet BUT the lunchmeat looked totally fine.

as far as fruit and veggies, I buy their bananas a couple times a week as well as green grapes and avocados.. I have once bought a cucumber and green pepper. Totally fine!
  2629485
April 10, 2012 7:18 AM
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Again, I have never found anything that I didn't think was good. Ate a homemade Rueben last nite, cooked the Aldi cornbeef in the crockpot over the weekend. Delicious!


I am obsessed with my crockpot.. I'm going to make this soon! do you have a great recipe for corned beef?
  2629485
April 10, 2012 7:19 AM
I love Aldi! So cheap! I buy frozen chicken breast and tilapia fillets there too. The pasta sauce is great! They have great seasonal items and their sales are great too!
April 10, 2012 7:20 AM
I do quite a bit of shopping at Aldi. I've never had a problem with their produce or meats. On average, I save about $150 a month by getting staples at Aldi as opposed to the other grocery stores in my area. The only grocery store that even comes close is Wegmans.
  11002790
April 10, 2012 7:23 AM
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I love Aldi! So cheap! I buy frozen chicken breast and tilapia fillets there too. The pasta sauce is great! They have great seasonal items and their sales are great too!


YES their marinara sauce is organic and REALLY tasty.. my fiance likes their spaghetti noodles (the boxes is twice the size of normal boxes at big stores, too)
  2629485
April 10, 2012 7:23 AM
I do ALL my shopping at Aldi's. I haven't come across anything that I don't like. Their produce is FAB! And I can afford it. Their already made pizzas are great!!! I love their Fit and Active EVERYTHING! They really have come a long way from the perception they used to have. I bought a frozen box of turkey burgers. The SAME exact box at HyVee was $3 more. I'm too cheap and poor to pay for stuff just because it's "name brand". They have their skeletons too!
  10756431
April 10, 2012 7:24 AM
We have one here but it's across town so I never ever go there. I really should though, because I keep hearing raving reviews. My parents used to shop there when I was little because it was such a cheap place but I haven't been there in my adult life. Thanks for the reminder!
April 10, 2012 7:25 AM
I forgot - my all time fave right now is the steam brocolli packs-LOVE!
April 10, 2012 7:26 AM
I love buying fruit and veggies here they are so much cheaper than the regular grocery stores in my area. Just like any other place you need to look over what you are buying.
  23164
April 10, 2012 7:27 AM
QUOTE:

I do ALL my shopping at Aldi's. I haven't come across anything that I don't like. Their produce is FAB! And I can afford it. Their already made pizzas are great!!! I love their Fit and Active EVERYTHING! They really have come a long way from the perception they used to have. I bought a frozen box of turkey burgers. The SAME exact box at HyVee was $3 more. I'm too cheap and poor to pay for stuff just because it's "name brand". They have their skeletons too!


I've seen those pizza's! $5 what the heck! I'm glad you said you like it, I think I'll buy it next time I go. I love pizza on a 'cheat' day!! :)
  2629485
April 10, 2012 7:27 AM
I love that you can buy 10# of potatoes for $3, sometimes they have them on sale for $1.50. I prefer Aldi's over most stores anymore. Oh and their Fit and Active ice cream sammiches..............YUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMM
  10756431
April 10, 2012 7:29 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I do ALL my shopping at Aldi's. I haven't come across anything that I don't like. Their produce is FAB! And I can afford it. Their already made pizzas are great!!! I love their Fit and Active EVERYTHING! They really have come a long way from the perception they used to have. I bought a frozen box of turkey burgers. The SAME exact box at HyVee was $3 more. I'm too cheap and poor to pay for stuff just because it's "name brand". They have their skeletons too!


I've seen those pizza's! $5 what the heck! I'm glad you said you like it, I think I'll buy it next time I go. I love pizza on a 'cheat' day!! :)


We love pizza too!! And yes..... you can't beat them. I bought 2 one day and we had an entire pizza left over. They are filling and I loved them. But I haven't found a pizza I don't like happy

There really isn't anything that I don't buy from there anymore. Except they haven't got a low fat mayo yet. But once they do I will! I'm a huge fan. Aldi's allows my family to eat well!
  10756431
April 10, 2012 7:29 AM
You have aldi in the US now?! I live in the UK and as a dirt-poor-student I would be DEAD without their cheap fruit and veg. Love it.
My favourite is their soy milk, it's unsweetened and costs £0.59p a carton (about a dollar?). Everywhere else is more like £1.50-£2.00.
  11161751
April 10, 2012 7:30 AM
i love aldi's i go to the states just to shop there... well and wal mart lol
April 10, 2012 7:31 AM
QUOTE:

You have aldi in the US now?! I live in the UK and as a dirt-poor-student I would be DEAD without their cheap fruit and veg. Love it.
My favourite is their soy milk, it's unsweetened and costs £0.59p a carton (about a dollar?). Everywhere else is more like £1.50-£2.00.


I saw almond milk there for the first time last week so I'm going to grab it next time! I was buying their skim but I love almond milk since it's so much better. and at 60 cals a cup it can't be beat!
  2629485
April 10, 2012 7:31 AM
I love Aldi's and with a big family it is very affordable my family grew up shopping at this store .They carry a good selection of fit and active foods very good and affordable.
April 10, 2012 7:32 AM
LOVE Aldi!! I like pretty much everything that has been listed. I like their turkey bacon and the 100 fudge pops when TOM forces me to have some chocolate ;)
April 10, 2012 7:32 AM
I am in the UK, and also shop at Aldi.
Never had anything not good from there.. on the contrary!
I use the barcode scanner on my phone to add items to my food log and often Aldi's products come up as another more expensive supermarket.
I also once found courgettes with "Waitrose organic"-stickers in Aldi. (Waitrose is a high-end supermarket here in the UK)
So I suspect many products are the same in the end.. And therefore; why pay more?

Fave products?:
I buy chicken breasts and tuna steaks and fry a few at the time. I then take these to work as lunch with a salad or oven-baked egg-white omelet.
Much cheaper and much healthier that I could buy at/around work -and I know exactly how many cals I eat.
I love the Cooked and Peeled King Prawns -104 cals for the whole pack! Brilliant!
The small tins of tuna (E.g. "lemon and black pepper") are also great.
The rye-bread are also very good and filling.
Aldi here in the UK now also have Free-range whole chickens -These are delicious and again much cheaper than elsewhere -Albeit of course more expensive than non-free-range.
I feel that this makes me able to afford buying free-range.

...oh.. and my guilty pleasure are their "rice-youghurt/desserts" (a la Muller Rice).. but calorie count quite high :(
April 10, 2012 7:32 AM
QUOTE:

I love that you can buy 10# of potatoes for $3, sometimes they have them on sale for $1.50. I prefer Aldi's over most stores anymore. Oh and their Fit and Active ice cream sammiches..............YUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMM


yea, the orange cream frozen bars are SOOO good, as well as the frozen fruit bars.. so much better than WW stuff! I can't believe they charge so much for theirs!!
  2629485
April 10, 2012 7:34 AM
I love shopping at Aldi and do the majority of my shopping there. My prices are a little higher than OP's but still a lot cheaper than other grocery stores (for example eggs are 88 cents a dozen and baby spinach is $1.69). The produce at my store isn't subpar at all and you can't beat the price.

It's rare that I find something we don't like but If you do, you can take it back and get your money back, plus a replacement for free. I tried a certain variety of lunchmeat that we didn't like so they gave me my money back and let me get another variety.

I also love that it's small and I can get in, get what I need and get out in about 15 minutes or so.

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