What to buy at Aldi

Any Aldi shoppers here?
For some reason I was super nervous to shop here. Actually, I do know the reason..Does anyone else remember the whole horse meat thing?
I thought to myself yeah..no way. I also was a total, non brand food snob if you will. I just KNEW the food had to taste awful.
Then a friend in a different state was all..WHAT? She couldn't believe it. She made me go try it! & I loved it!

what to buy at aldi

Did you know Aldi is the same company as Trader Joes? Most of their product are the exact same but in different package & for half the price!

First let me tell you, there is a learning curve to shopping here.
First, You need to bring your own bags, or pay for them when you get there.
Second, You also pay for your cart..but when you return it..you get your quarter back! Which brings to the end of this post for a giveaway! So keep reading!

Next, let me tell you about what we buy..& Don't for that matter.
Let me say though..I do most of the girls lunch shopping at Aldi. Not alot of our main groceries for dinner. So this is list is based on those needs.

Ready? Here we go!

  • Flowers -- this one may seem odd, but I really love fresh flowers. They can get pricey at the grocery! I can always find great fresh bouquets cheap here!

  • Baking Spices -- always only a couple bucks & great quality!
  • Coconut oil -- I use this for a lot of things..my hair, my face & I add a couple tablespoons to the girls baths!
  • Simply Nature Organic Salsa -- we go through this weekly in the summer
  • Simply Nature Organic Corn Chips -- SO GOOD
  • Live gFree gluten-free tortillas -- We do a lot of wraps. Kennedy  always is asking for them in her lunches. She loves the spinach ones! Okay so we are NOT gluten free, but you will see I buy a lot of it. I like to buy it with certain products just because it helps, particularly, Kennedys stomach with generally carb-y things to be gluten free if she eats often. As a dancer she can sometimes feel " heavy" when she eats a lot of carbs! This helps! 

Speaking of, they have a WONDERFUL gluten free section if you are gluten free! We have tried about all of them and all of the products are amazing & tasty!

  • On things we DO NOT buy here.. From our own experience we do not get any produce here. Ours always seems to go bad almost instantly. The prices are never enough of savings to make up for it. We still stick with our normal grocery for that!

  • Butter -- Butter is always the most competitively priced even without coupons at Aldi! They even have my favorite Kerrygold for the cheapest I can find!
  • Moo Tubes -- they are really great to have on hand! I hate how much sugar they have so the girls will have them as a fun snack here & there
  • Hummus-- I am not a huge hummus eater {it makes me gaggy}, but the girls are! They love the roasted peepers & ranch flavors!

  • Simpy Nature Organic Yogurt -- again very competitively priced! I get the vanilla its so yummy with the next thing I list!
  • Granola -- Any of the granola they sell there, even the gluten free. Both girls love making parfaits at home for breakfast & I pack them for lunch! They love the ones that taste like girl scout cookie flavors!
  • Frozen Fruits -- they are amazing to use for smoothies!

  • Almond butter -- it's always about half the price than what I can find anywhere else! Also great for smoothies!
  • Simply Nature Sweet Potato Chips -- Do yourself a favor & buy two bags. You will go through the first one in one sitting
  • Simply Nature Popcorn -- this come close to stealing my love for Boom Chicka Pop. It just doesn't come in as many fun flavors. This is a great yummy snack, that is guilt-ish-free!
  • Frozen Pizzas -- These are so great to have on hand for quick dinner nights when you don't want to cook..they are so tasty too!
  • Organic Apple Sauce- Apple saue is so hard to find with out a huge sugar content. But this one does the trick!
  • Dried Fruit -- we get the freeze dried anything. The apple, pears & strawberries are the faves & we also love the banana chips!
  • Beef Sticks -- Great protein snack for the girls..& me on the go!
  • Whole Grain Frozen Waffles -- Its probably cheaper for me to make them myself, & I do make a bunch at one time & freeze. But sometimes..you just don't have time. These are perfect for busy school mornings!

Now, I realize you are wondering about the meat. But I still haven't tried much. I do love their chicken sausage & things like that. But we get our meat from a local farm so I haven't really indulged in it too much!

But there you have it!
At the end of your shopping trip you take your cart over & bag all of your grocery up & then take your cart out front to get your quarter back! I hope this was helpful if you are overwhelmed trying Aldi for the first time!

On to the giveaway!
If you are a Aldi shopper you know what a pain it is sometimes to find that dang quarter to get your cart! & that is where this comes in handy! A little key-chain to hold your quarter for easy finding & keeping on you at all times for when you put it in & get it back! Find out how to enter by visiting my Facebook post HERE!