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February 4, 2016

Shopping Guide for Aldi Grocery Store

I get a lot of questions about where I buy our groceries, especially in regards to meal prepping. They just opened an aldi by my house a couple months ago so of course I’m obsessed! There’s a couple things you should know about Aldi so heres some of my tips AND what I typically buy from there!

Let me just say, I don’t buy all our groceries there. David likes boars head ever roast chicken from Publix deli, and I don’t buy all our produce from Aldi. So I typically go to aldi once a week or every other week then publix once a month. Meal planning has REALLY helped us save money. I always have my list with me and try to stick to it! Confessions from a previous impulse buyer! LOL Oh cute christmas lights?! I need those in February haha I am trying to get better y’all!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
So pictured above is a typical Aldi Grocery Haul, it costs about $50-$80 depending on if I buy wine or not LOL Just kidding, but seriously. Also if we need paper towels or toilet paper, soap, etc its more. But I try to buy those items in bulk at Costco. You can see I have lots of produce, almond milk, eggs, pasta, greek yogurt. Those are all things I buy from Aldi. First of all, its SO MUCH cheaper than other grocery stores, and there’s a couple reasons why.

#1- You have to pay for your shopping cart.
Don’t freak out, you get your quarter back. But this is IMPORTANT I did not know this the first time I went there and I was extremely confused LOL.

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
So bring your quarter and if you don’t have one the cashiers are very nice and they will let you borrow one 🙂 Speaking of cashiers, Aldi employees are paid SIGNIFICANTLY higher than most cashiers. AND they have chairs to set while at the register, which I think is very thoughtful. Also even if employees are only part time, they still get full benefits! Can you tell I ask questions to the employees while I shop?!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
Another reason the groceries are less expensive, its BYOB: Bring your own bag. Now if you’re like me and you didnt do this the first time, its okay. You can buy these reusable bags for $1.99. AND they are huge! OR you can use the empty boxes around the store to put your groceries in. It’s kind of like costco in that way. There is this handy shelf by the check out, and its so people can put all their groceries in their bags.

The cashiers are INSANE fast at checking you out! Partially because they don’t bag anything AND because theres like 5 barcodes on every item LOL So it cuts down on scanning time.

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
The other thing you want to do is bring a cute shopping buddy 🙂 Annabelle LOVES aldi, they always have super cute stuffed animals for like a dollar LOL So she’s pretty happy! They also have this aisle that has random house things, toys, trash cans and even holiday stuff. I actually got our air mattress for camping for $40! The same one was $90 at Camping World! So ya keep an eye out for those gems!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi

I also love their simple spices. They are only $.99 and great quality! Y’all know I LOVE Mrs.Dash (they don’t sell it) But I also like adding in some other flavors to my meals too! Aldi has some great spices!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
So let’s talk produce. As I said, I don’t buy all of our produce from Aldi, some of it I just prefer publix or Native Sun, BUT Aldi does have a good selection. I like their apples, bananas, spinach, blueberries and carrots.

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
I also love their baby kale for salads or even cooked down in soup! I made chili the other week with it and it was delicious!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
I cook alot with coconut oil, either in sautéing or for desserts. PS coconut oil with cocoa powder and honey mixed together and put in the freezer is AMAZING chocolate bar 🙂 Look for the Simply Nature brand, these are more natural items from Aldi.




Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
I just started becoming a granola person. I need quick snacks that are healthy so I have been mixing some spoonfuls of this granola with flax and some greek yogurt, its so good!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
I also love a good trail mix! This is great to keep in the car or in my diaper bag when I am out and forget to bring a snack! It’s filling and AB loves the cranberries too!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
So I don’t have a gluten allergy, BUT I do tend to buy gluten free items when I can. I feel less bloated when I eat gluten free. Their live G free brand is all gluten free items. They have gluten free breads, pasta, pretzels, all that I would recommend!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
So when I am in a hurry most nights and don’t have time to cook a big dinner, these quinoa crunch burgers are great! So easy to pop in the oven and serve with a salad or on a whole wheat bun!

Aldi Shopping Guide // Shopping on a budget // Alesha Haley blog #aldi
I’m also a HUGE fan of their grass fed beef! Its about $6.99 per pound, but its totally worth it! I usually make spaghetti at least once a week & their organic beef is great quality!

If you’re shopping at Aldi, here’s my top tips!
#1 – Make a list ahead of time & a meal plan
CLICK HERE for FREE meal plan and grocery list from Queen of Free
#2- Stick with the “real foods” and try to stay away from the boxed dinners
CLICK HERE for a REAL FOOD guide from My Heart Beets
#3- Bring your own bags
#4- Plan out Crockpot meals
CLICK HERE for Crock pot meal plans from I am That Lady
#5- Buy in bulk and freeze extra
If something is on sale (veggies or meat) I will buy extra and freeze it!

Be sure to check out my video on youtube with more about what I buy at Aldi.

Happy Shopping!
Do you shop at Aldi? What are you fave items?

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7 Comments

  • Alex

    Love aldi! Mine only lets you pay with cash or debit card, which can be a huge tip to know before you get to check out 🙂 Also the one by me also has plastic bags for 8cents each. I am sure this is different by store.

    February 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Beks

    I love Aldi. The selection is pretty decent (though, you’re right. Can’t find everything in produce, but avocados are always super cheap. Half the price of regular grocery stores!), and some of the food just tastes better. They’re getting more and more healthy options, too, which is amazing.

    February 4, 2016 at 6:25 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    Thanks for this post, my mom used to always shop at Aldi’s and I haven’t yet since I’ve been married since the closest one is 25mins away but I might just have to go check it out after reading this:) Also, I am so going to try that “chocolate bar”

    February 8, 2016 at 12:23 am Reply
  • Kate

    My husband introduced me to Aldi a few years ago and I cannot believe what I had been missing all my life! I am truly obsessed. I am a huge “meal prepper” and money saver so I go in with my lists and recipes, fill an entire cart, check out for roughly $130 and don’t have to return there or to another grocery store for 3-4 weeks!! (Granted I only feed my husband and myself). We ‘eat off the land’, so we raise chickens and eat our meat birds for “chicken”, have a pig raised and eat that for “pork” and my husband gets about 2 deer a year and that is our “beef”. So yes, we save immensely on meat, because that I never have to buy that in store. I can say the ONLY thing I found that I cannot stomach at Aldi is their peanut butter, so I grab my peanut butter from Walmart. Aldi has been a complete life saver, I brag about it to anyone and everyone I can. Thanks for the blog post, I love reading up on other Aldi experiences 🙂

    -@k8sweatin4life

    February 9, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply
    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      Thats soooooo awesome!!!

      March 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • Kris Ost

    Hi Alesha,

    I am interested in buying the Omega 3 trail mix but I live in Northern California and we do not have an Aldi. Can you buy this online through the store and do they still carry it?

    Thank you.

    Kris Ost

    March 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Cherie from Queen of Free

    Thanks so much for including my post Alesha. I can tell you crush on ALDI like I do, too. I have about 9 meal plans now up on my site. You can find them here: http://www.queenoffree.net/category/aldi-meal-plan/

    August 24, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply
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