I am participating in a sponsored brand ambassadorship with ALDI. All opinions stated are my own.
The cost of living here in Maryland is NOT one of the benefits of living here. And with a family of seven, things like the grocery bill can be pretty hefty. I look for savings wherever I can get them.
I discovered ALDI a few years ago when a store opened up near us and I’ve been a loyal ALDI shopper ever since. Last month I talked about how ALDI saves us a ton on our food budget. But I’m a firm believer in QUALITY foods and household products, too. It doesn’t do anyone any good to save a bunch of money if the products stink, right?
ALDIraves #1: Cereal
Just last month, I was having a conversation with some of my family members about cereals. We were running low (I can’t keep up with the cereal demand here!) and people were weighing in on what I should buy. My husband always wants some of his favorite high fiber cereal, and he’s currently hooked on ALDI’s Get Balance and Get Balance Crunch (which are JUST like Kashi’s more expensive Go Lean variety…except the ALDI Get Balance cereals are only $2.69 a box. Everyday). Get Balance Crunch just happens to be one of my favorite cereals, as well.
Then someone mentioned Frosted Mini Wheats. CandyMan said, “Don’t get that flat kind. Get the good stuff.” He reached for the half-empty box in the cabinet to show me which one was “the good stuff.” We had a good laugh when he realized that “he good stuff” was our box of ALDI Frosted Shredded Wheat. And, at $1.99 a box everyday, it can’t be beat. I can hardly find major brand cereals at that price on sale. Some of ALDI’s cereals are even less, like the Frosted Flakes and Cocoa Rice for $1.79.
ALDIraves #2: Lunch snacks
Packing lunches for 5 kids 5 days a week is a chore. I won’t lie. I have to buy SO MUCH ready-to-grab food to keep up with the needs of all of these kids in school. Luckily, ALDI has a ton of snack foods at amazing prices. Some of our favorite snacks for lunch, beyond a sandwich, a drink, and fruits and carrots sticks (which I also buy at ALDI), are fig bars (89 cents everyday!!), Fit and Active 100 Calorie cookie packs ($1.99), and pretzel tubs ($3.49).
ALDIraves #3: Water enhancers
Like most moms, I’m sure, I encourage my kids (and myself) to drink more water. They don’t seem to have trouble drinking water at home, but when they’re at school they like to pack something with a little more flavor. We LOVE the Fit & Active liquid water enhancers. They’re $2.39 and make 24 servings (but they tend to last longer at my house). Even better? They have 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 sugars, and 0 sodium.
ALDIraves #4: Peanut butter and bagels
We go through a LOT of peanut butter and bagels at our house (sometimes together, sometimes separate) and peanut butter at the stores can be so expensive, especially when you go through a jar as fast as we do. I get a 2 1/2 pound jar of peanut butter at ALDI for $3.99. The mini bagels are $1.99 for a bag of 12. Other related faves: honey and loaves of wheat bread.
ALDIraves #5: Spices!!
Spices are another thing that we use every single day but can be so expensive at the grocery store. ALDI has a limited selection of spices, but they have everything that I use on a regular basis for a much lower price, including a new favorite: a sea grinder!
ALDIraves #6: Cooking essentials
I use things like olive oil and chicken broth and canned beans and veggies for 95% of of meals, and so I like to keep my shelves stocked with them all the time. It’s easier to buy a bunch at once and not have to worry about heading to the store for every recipe, especially if I know I’m going to need it again for dinner tomorrow. ALDI has all of those dinner essentials and more.
ALDIraves #7: Hummus and pita chips
I love hummus and pita chips…just because! They are a great afternoon snack or even a lunch when I grab a few carrots to go with the hummus. My kids prefer eating their hummus with pretzels, but I’m not a pretzel fan. The hummus tastes great, comes in a variety of flavors, and is only $1.99 a tub. Love
A few of my other family essentials that I love buying at ALDI are milk (which is ALWAYS nearly a dollar cheaper than anywhere else), eggs (again, you can’t beat a dozen eggs for just barely over a dollar), toilet paper, cheese, produce, and meats. I love that the prices are stable and I know that I’ll always get a great deal. I also enjoy all of ALDI’s seasonal products – and even picked up some name brand Halloween candy and treats last week while I was doing my normal shopping.
Have you shopped at ALDI? Now that you’ve seen my favorites, what are your family’s favorite products, or what ALDI products do you think your family would love the most from ALDI?
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$50 ALDI GIVEAWAY
This week – for one week only! – I’m giving away a $50 ALDI gift certificate to one lucky Better in Bulk reader. This giveaway is available to USA residents only. Check to see where you can find the ALDI store nearest you. The giveaway will end on midnight ET 11/13/13 and a winner will be chosen at random and notified via email.
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Trisha McKee says
I would love to try the Little Salad Bar
Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad
Kelly Greenwood says
I can’t wait to try the Sea Queen shrimp ring. Yummy!
Susan Marina Brown Lane says
I can’t wait to try their water enhancers! =)
Joy Q says
I like the Fit & Active® Wildberry Sorbet Ice Cream Bars
I love Aldi’s cinnamon rolls and pasta sauces.
I want to try the Little Salad Bar Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad.
vicki lorenz says
The nice big turkeys would make it into my shopping cart!
Richard Hicks says
I like their Fit & Active
Strawberry Protein Meal Bars
Donna Pyszk says
Creamy Peanut butter is my favorite and would love to try Fit&Active Raspberry Lemonade
Indoor Turkey Fryer
Heather S says
I like the yogurt and trail mix
susan smoaks says
i can’t wait to try the cupcakes, they look delicious
Nicole D. says
I like the Fit & Active breakfast bars. Just like NutriGrain, but way cheaper!
Crystal F says
I’ve never been to Aldi but I’ve heard great things about them. I would like to go look at their produce. thank you!
I shop at Aldi all the time- I especially love their take-and-bake pizzas for a quick dinner
Sadie B. says
I like their frozen fruit. I can’t wait to try the chicken broth.
Angela Cisco says
I like buying their pasta
Beth Klocinski says
I love the Aldi Fit and Active products
kristine eckman says
I always buy their cheeses my family loves block cheese
Nadine L says
I love their yogurts, same as brand names but much, much cheaper
rose paden says
Nature’s Nectar Apple Cider sounds really good!
I love all of Aldi’s dairy products. Milk, butter sour cream, cheese, etc. They’re better than the name brands and they’re hormone free!
Brittney House says
Millville Strawberry Pastry Crisps are great.
Tanya White says
I have their spiral ham and a turkey from Aldi’s in my freezer now. But my favorites are their cottage cheese and turkey bacon.
love Aldi bread!
Southern Grove Prunes are wonderful. I make a sticky prune pudding and these are perfect.
Samii Meyer says
I love their bakery goods – I love shopping there because the prices are a ton cheaper
Vikki Billings says
I would try their spiral hams.
Holli Joren says
There’s Kettle Chips there that are SOO good.
I really like Aldi’s yogurt!
sheri blessing says
I like their extra sharp cheese!
Stephanie Larison says
I love the bakers corner brownies, they’re so chocolately, yum!
I buy the cheese, snacks and frozen pizza.
Ellie W says
I always shop for Aldi’s produce. They have frsh produce and the best prices in town.
Debra Hall says
there blocks of cheeses is really good
Kim H says
S’mores Brownie Cookie
Sara Sullivan says
I love everything at Aldi! There risotto is our family’s favorite side dish. All of Aldi’s products are just as good as their name brand counterparts – at amazing prices!
Tiffany Hearn says
They have a french onion dip that is really yummy. They have great chips, too.
Cynthia R says
I love their dairy products! Their colby cheese is $1.49 right now and it is terrific with their wheat crackers!
Deb C says
I would like to try the Happy Farms Cheese Balls.
serena m says
I like their fig newtons
Brandy Nelson says
I absolutely love their imported cheese and wines!
Lorena Keech says
I have never shopped at Aldi but I certainly have heard good things about their prices.
Susan Smith says
Fit & Active Canadian Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches
beth shepherd says
I really like their fruit selection. They have great fresh and great priced fruit section.
Mary Calabrese says
I love their Frosted Flakes.
Danielle Wood says
I wanna try the cereals
Theresa D says
One of my favorite Aldi products is the Fit & Active
I like their fresh meats.
Laura @ Frugal Follies says
I love the ALDI Produce Picks of the week! Each week I head over to ALDI and pick up 2-3 weeks’ worth of sales produce. My family loves to be able to eat healthy produce for cheap! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Ben G says
I would like to try the Fit & Active Strawberry Watermelon water enhancer!
I would love to try the Millville Strawberry Pastry Crisps
Jill Myrick says
My husband loves the Clancy’s Salt and Pepper Xhips and I love the Sundae Shoppe Ice Cream Cones that Aldi’s sells.
Kimberly Hilbert says
I don’t go very often, but I love their produce, especially their bananas.
I would love to try the Millville Strawberry Pastry Crisps
Sarah Hirsch says
i would love to try the clancy’s pita chips!
Lisa Neutel says
I love Aldi..but I have not tried the pita chips yet and they look yummy…can’t wait to give them a try
I like 2 buy aldi’s swiss cheese sandwich slices :)
rochelle johnson says
i love their pita chips
Carohn Joline Z. says
I like ALDI spices. We will need some for Thanksgiving.
Daniel M says
frosted shredded wheat is my fav breakfast cereal
Karen M says
I would love to try the Pita Chips. Thanks
i would love to try the Specially Selected
Emmentaler or Gouda Cheese Bites https://www.aldi.us/en/weekly-specials/special-buys-for-nov-13/nov-13-detail/ps/p/specially-selected-emmentaler-or-gouda-cheese-bite/
Laura J says
I have never been to Aldi’s before, we have a fairly new one close by and really should try it !! I would love to try the Bremer Selects French Onion Soup! Oh that looks so good!
Kyl Neusch says
the Peanut Delight Peanut Butter
Rena B says
Rivani Sparkling Moscato sounds divine!
Rebecca Graham says
I like the Peanut Delight Peanut Butter.
judy gardner says
i like the friendly farms spreadable cheese
Amy Bostic says
I want to try the L’oven fresh original sweet rolls
MC Chau says
I love their chocolate!
Katie Roch says
I can’t wait to try the Fit & Active Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches. I love ice cream!
Geoff K says
I love the Fit & Active® Chocolatey Pretzel Vitality Cereal Bars!
I like the Aldis brand cereals!
I love their Spiral hams
the Belmont Supreme Cheesecake Sampler
wendy rozema says
my favorite is ALDIraves #3: Water enhancers
I also like aldi’s Fruit & produce section, and how affordable they are!
deana c says
My favorite Aldi product is their frozen mango ice cream bars. They are delicious.
Cynthia C says
I would like to try the extra virgin olive oil and organic chicken broth. I use a lot of both of these products and they can be expensive.
Adrienne Gordon says
their organic hamburg
Terri Moore says
I love Aldi’s selection of cheeses from goat cheese to shredded mozzarella. Also I keep their frozen meatballs always on hand. I’m stocking up right now on their frozen lemonade, its a seasonal item and we love it!
Tabathia B says
I like the Bridge Road Vineyards Chardonnay
rich morris says
the Roseland Fresh Pork Roast looks tasty
I love Aldi! (I have to go the next town to get there) but It’s worth it because the good is good quality and cheap (:
Autumn Myers says
I love Aldi’s, the food is cheap and the same as all the other stuff you can buy. My favorite item there are the devil’s food cake cookies!
Dina Lettre says
Mama’s a fan of their very reasonably priced wine. :) And, we all love their great snacks.
Michelle Weaver says
We love their frozen pizzas.
Dayna Janzen says
I LOVE shopping at Aldi’s! I had never heard of them until my mother-in-law took me there about 6 months ago. I won’t shop anywhere else in Niagara Falls, New York for groceries now!
My favorite Aldi’s brand items to buy are the cereals! My kids eat massive amounts of cereal (like you, we have a hard time keeping it stocked in the cupboards!) Their Sugar Puffs (aka Sugar Crisp) is amazing! You wouldn’t even know you were eating a store brand & I find all of their store brand products are like that!
Margaret Smith says
We often buy their frozen pizza’s, they are great. Also, I like to stock up on the butter spread.
We always buy their party peanuts
Maria Iemma says
The Aldi store is being built by me and will be opening in December. I cannot wait to be able to shop at Aldis and save some serious money.
Stacey B says
We get most of our drinks from Aldis! Their juice doesn’t taste any different than the name brands.
Oh I want to try their hummus. Now I’m hungry.
We love their produce and great prices on paper products!!
We shop at Aldi all the time! I love their almond milk and the kids love their frosted flakes cereal.
i like the Fit and Active popcorn
Aldi always has the best deals on canned goods.
Wild Orchid says
I love buying their garlic powder. We go through a lot!
Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”
Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com
Deb K says
I love their fresh fruit!
I love their Baker’s Corner products, especially the cake mixes!
Barbara Montag says
I love Aldi’s frozen fruit – great flavor and price!
They carry Kerrygold cheeses, which is a miracle! They have great breads, especially the ones you pop in the oven for a few minutes. Their refried beans are the best. Also their pasta and sauces, which are sorta fancy-pants. And their chocolates? Amazing. They are from the right part of the world for chocolate. :)
Amy W. says
My favorite is the Fit and Active popcorn.
Anna E. says
I love their Gourmet Chicken Salads!
D Schmidt says
My favorite Aldi item is L’oven Fresh Original Sweet Rolls
Tara O. says
I love the frozen pizzas at Aldi!
I like the cereals, breads and chips, and they are cheaper than my other local stores.
kelly tillotson says
i love their selection of cheeses, and i definitely need to try and stock up on some spices! thanks for the giveaway!
I like the chips ,and they are cheaper, bread and buns, and cereals.
Their sweetened condensed milk.
I have bought their version of Baked potato chips and they are quite tasty.
I also buy their flour and sugar and powdered sugar and vanilla and many other baking needs.
Melissa M says
We love aldis! I love their pop tarts
Jennifer Marie says
I want to try their creamy penut butter. It is so expensive at other stores!
Jennifer B says
I would like to try the Breakfast Best
Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick
Amanda Sakovitz says
id love to try the Christkindl Glühwein wine for the holidays!
I love the Aldi’s deals you’ve mentioned. I also love their whole wheat bread for $1.29 a loaf and their great produce sales. I bought 3 pounds of yellow onions for 59 cents this week. You can bet I bought 4 bags of onions at that super price!
Sandra VanHoey says
I’d like to win for my daughter who has an Aldi by her and she loves it. I don’t have one and in a different state so not sure of her favorite but I think the Soft-Baked Pretzels with Bavarian Cheese Spread looks great
Jessie C. says
I would like to try their french onion soup
I went to their site and I would love to try this item https://www.aldi.us/en/grocery-items/fresh-meats/beef/beef-detail/ps/p/cattlemens-ranchbacon-wrapped-beef-filet/
Thomas Murphy says
I like the Roseland Fresh Pork Roast Meal Kit.
love the cinnamon- tons cheaper and do love the canned soups..stock and vegies and always love the prices on the produce
Kelly D says
I would like to try the Season’s Choice Sweet Potato Casserole.
Debbie Jackson says
love their produce prices, bananas are 29 cents
can’t wait to try the spices……….money saved
Emily E says
I’ve never shopped at Aldi’s but want to try their produce-I’ve heard great things.
Cheryl F. says
I can’t wait to try the Belmont Supreme Cheesecake Sampler.
shelly peterson says
The Fit & Active Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches
Heather Hayes Panjon says
I Can’t Wait To Try The Specially Selected Cranberry White Cheddar Cheese!
I love buying the little breadsticks you dip in cheese