The Best And Worst Bargains At Aldi
1 Buy: Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise is one of the most popular condiments since it can be used in many ways. However, depending on the brand, it can end up being quite expensive.
At Aldi’s, however, we find Burman’s mayonnaise, which is not only delicious, but also very inexpensive. A jar of 887 mL sells for as little as $1.89.
2 Skip: Cheap Coffee
With all the potential bargains available at Aldi, it can be overwhelming to know what you should or shouldn’t spend your money on. Coffee is another item where you should be selective before you put it in your cart. They have a variety of flavors and brands to choose from, but not all coffees are created equal.
Their cheapest brand is Daily Basics ground coffee, which seems like a steal at 17 cents an ounce. Yet, the flavor leaves much to be desired. You can get better tasting coffee for the same price at other grocery stores.
3 Skip: Aldi Soda
Soda-lovers might be excited about Aldi’s knock-off soda brand, but will be disappointed once they pop open a can. For what you save in money, you give up in taste. The flavor just doesn’t match up to other brands. You’d be smart to leave the soda on the shelf and not waste your money.
Here’s another tip: don’t be fooled by their wide line-up of name-brand soft drinks, either. Their Coke products may seem like a bargain, but they often charge the same price as you would find in a grocery store. You won’t find deep discounts on soft drinks at Aldi.
4 Skip: Fresh Produce
Fresh produce can be hit or miss at Aldi, so it’s not so much that you shouldn’t buy fruits and veggies, but you should proceed with caution. All too often, consumers go home with a batch of strawberries or a bag of apples to discover that the bottom ones are rotten. So, be sure to inspect any produce before you purchase it.
According to Cheat Sheet, Consumer Reports conducted a 2015 survey, and Aldi was given high marks overall, but received low scores for perishable items. This might be one item that you skip or buy at a grocery store chain.
5 Buy: Wine
Wine-lovers rejoice! Aldi has an excellent selection of wine at affordable prices. This is one item that you don’t want to miss out on at the discount store. They have a full collection of inexpensive options that are surprisingly delish. Many of their bottles are under $10, so the price is right.
According to The Guardian, one of the best wines you can buy at Aldi is The Exquisite Collection Limoux Chardonnay. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to picking out wine at Aldi. They don’t skimp on quality, and you can’t beat the bargains.
6 Skip: Meat
It’s become almost common knowledge that the meat at Aldi isn’t always the best quality. They may have a cheap selection of chicken, fish, and meat, but you get what you pay for in this case. Don’t let the potential bargain lure you into purchasing your meat at Aldi. You can find better-tasting meat for cheaper at other stores.
Their meat gets mixed reviews on Reddit, but most comments are negative. One commenter wrote, “The meat is a miss for me. Since they never have a sale, I can almost always get better prices from the draw sales at major chain supermarkets.”
7 Buy: German Beer
Aldi really shines when it comes to its beer selection, which isn’t a surprise, considering the store has German roots. They don’t have a large selection, but the varieties available are top-notch. You will be impressed by the quality and the price tag is pretty great.
According to Kiplinger, you can find a decent German beer at a decent price. One reviewer wrote, “Its six-packs of Broegel Bock Beer go for $6.99, not bad for an imported beer. Brewed in Belgium, this bock scores a 3.8 on a scale of 5 as rated by Beer Advocate.”
8 Skip: Frozen Sushi
Another Aldi product that is total fail is their frozen sushi. Grocery store sushi can be sketchy in general, but theirs just tastes sort of meh. If you are a sushi connoisseur, then you won’t be impressed by this product at all.
According to Cheapism.com, Aldi Nerd said, “If I lived somewhere rural where sushi joints were few and far between and I had a serious hankering for it, I may buy this. But I live less than a mile from a really delicious sushi restaurant and the frozen Fusia just doesn’t compare.”
9 Buy: Speciality Cheeses
Another product that can’t be beat at Aldi is their specialty cheeses. They have an amazing selection that will please even the most avid cheese-lovers. Not only do they have a ton of varieties, but the price tag can be impressive as well.
Aldi’s cheese prices range from $2 to $5. Some of their cheeses have even won awards and have stellar reviews on Reddit. One commenter wrote, “I really like the specially selected roasted garlic cheese wedge. There are a few varieties in the box, but that one is my favorite. The vintage aged white cheddar is good too.”
10 Skip: Aldi Cereals
It may be tempting to purchase your cereals at Aldi, but the truth is, you won’t find the best deals there. They offer an extensive selection of knock-off cereals, but the taste and quality don’t measure up to their name brand counterpart.
They also carry many name brand kinds of cereal and the price may seem like a good bargain, but other leading grocery stores have proven to have better prices, especially if you use coupons. “You can often find better deals on name-brand cereals at your local store when combining coupons and sales,” said Forbes magazine.
11 Buy: Spices
Smart shoppers know that you should always buy cooking spices from Aldi. Their Stonemill brand spices are comparable in quality to their name brand counterparts. You will also be happy with the price. At just 95 cents a container, that deal is hard to beat. They might not have an extensive array of options, though.
Take advantage of the selection they do have. You can stock up on many of your kitchen staples for a fraction of the cost you would pay at other stores. This is one item that you should always keep your eyes open for.
12 Buy: Canned Goods
Another item that is a big winner at Aldi is their selection of canned goods. This is another aisle where you can get all the kitchen staples that you need for your pantry at a discounted price. The quality matches up with anything you might find at a big box store and your wallet will be happy too.
Rather you need applesauce, soup, or canned veggies, Aldi has you covered. You’ll be pleased with the money you save and you’ll feel good about feeding your family anything that comes in a can from Aldi.
13 Skip: Toiletries
You’ll find plenty of toiletries to choose from at Aldi, but don’t bother buying them. They carry everything from shampoo to deodorant. Customers can buy soap and razors, and it might seem like a good deal at first glance.
According to Cheapism.com, you can find better bargains on these items at other stores, like Target. “For instance, we saw that a liter-size bottle of Aldi’s Dentiguard mouthwash was 10 cents more than Target’s store brand, Up & Up. Throw in Target’s better selection, frequent sales, and REDcard discounts, and it makes more sense to stock up there,” one reviewer wrote.
14 Buy: European Sweets
Aldi has German roots, so you’d be smart to cruise over to the candy area and purchase their decadent European sweets. You won’t only find delicious chocolates, but you can’t beat the price. They offer several brands, and the selection ranges from truffles to chocolate bars in several flavors and sizes.
The folks over at Hip2Save asked their readers to share their favorite deals at Aldi, and their chocolate selection came out on top. “Aldi dark chocolate is my crack. $1.99 for a decadent large 4.4 oz bar has made me an official junkie,” one commenter said.
15 Skip: Chips
Chips are the kind of food that is always handy to have in your pantry. You never know when a craving will come along or when you’ll need a quick snack to feed unexpected visitors.
However, Aldi is not the ideal place to fill your pantry with chips. Indeed, we all love Lays and other well-known brands, but Aldi’s Clancy’s chips, for example, are far from being as tasty.
16 Skip: Butter
Butter has infinite uses in a kitchen. Having it on hand at all times is therefore essential. It is possible to buy it at low prices at Aldi, but this is not recommended by many customers.
According to them, butter bought from Aldi will save you money, but when the time comes to cook or bake with it, you will regret not having paid a little more for a better quality butter.
17 Buy: Baking Products
If you love to cook and regularly prepare delicious desserts for those around you, shopping at Aldi could save you a lot of money.
Aldi offers several products such as brown sugar, pure cane sugar and all-purpose flour in its private label Baker’s Corner, which it sells at totally derisory prices. Famous brands can sell these same products at up to twice the price!
18 Buy: Milk
Aldi is still the ideal place to buy milk, a product so much appreciated by young and old alike. Indeed, their prices are very competitive!
Unlike Walmart who sells a gallon of Great Value milk at $2.53, or Giant who sells it at $3.29, you will leave Aldi’s with a gallon of Friendly Farms whole milk for only $2.48.
19 Buy: Bread
You can’t beat the bargains when it comes to bread at Aldi. They have just about any kind of bread you might want for a steal. From bagels to baguettes, there are so many options available. You’d be smart to cruise by the bread aisle next time you’re shopping at Aldi.
According to Kiplinger, “You can snag a 20-ounce loaf of Aldi’s L’oven Fresh white bread for just 85 cents. That same size loaf of bread at Walmart sells for 88 cents under the Great Value store brand. Giant was offering a 22-ounce loaf of its store-brand white bread for $1.89.”
20 Buy: Village Bakery Triple Chocolate Crème Cake
Sweet tooths, you know there’s nothing more satisfying than a good piece of cake, right? Especially since Aldi offers decadent and delicious cakes at totally ridiculous prices. It would be ridiculous to go without!
Aldi offers the Village Bakery Triple Chocolate Crème Cake for only $3.29. If you are a chocolate lover, this is definitely a purchase you need to make. And for about the same price, you have a ton of other kinds of Village Bakery cakes available at Aldi. We love this kind of deal!
21 Buy: Raspberry Lemon Spiked Lemonade
Every month, Aldi offers its consumers its “Aldi Finds”, products available for a limited period of time. This summer, the store has found a drink so delicious that you won’t be able to do without it!
Perfect for summer, Aldi’s Raspberry Lemon Spiked Lemonade is THE alcoholic beverage you’ll want to drink whenever you have a good time in the sun. Sold in packs of 6 12-ounce canes, you can get it for only $6.99. Hurry up and stock up, because it’s going to go fast!
22 Skip: Kitty Litter
If you’re a cat person, then you probably only want to buy the best products for your pet. You should think twice before buying kitty litter at Aldi. The price seems like a bargain, but the quality just doesn’t hold up when compared to name brands. Aldi’s Fine Feline brand of litter has gotten mixed reviews from shoppers.
According to Aldi Reviewer, they recently changed the name to Heart to Tail Scoopable Cat Litter and attempted to improve the formula, but one reviewer said, “This new Heart to Tail formula is still dusty, although maybe slightly less so than the old Fine Feline litter.”
23 Skip: Mini Bear Grahams
Smart shoppers know to skip the Aldi brand graham crackers and bear-shaped graham cookies. They may look just like their name-brand counterpart, Teddy Grahams, but they don’t match up when it comes to flavor. Don’t just take out word for it, though. There have been several complaints about Aldi graham crackers.
There are many Aldi Reddit threads that discuss what you should and shouldn’t buy, and these products often get critical reviews from Aldi customers. One commenter shared their disappointment, saying, “I bought their generic Goldfish crackers (penguins) and knock-off Teddy Grahams and they were completely inedible.”
24 Skip: Paper Towels And Toilet Paper
There are some products that may seem like a good idea to buy from Aldi, but not every item is as much of a bargain as you might think. It would be wise for you to skip the toilet paper and paper towels. The quality isn’t the problem, but the price just doesn’t save you a significant amount of cash.
According to Kiplinger, the prices of toilet paper and paper towels elsewhere are often similar to what you’ll find at Aldi. “Once you stack frequent shopper discounts or manufacturer coupons on top of those low prices, the big chains sometimes come out ahead,” an insider said.
25 Buy: Frozen Fruits
If you’re a health-conscious consumer, then you most likely make it a point to include fruit into your daily diet. When it comes to buying fruit at Aldi, it would be wise to skip the fresh produce because they often get mixed reviews. The frozen fruits are excellent, though.
Season’s Choice Frozen Berry Medley from Aldi is a favorite among shoppers. The folks over at Mashable agree. “They’re very easy to use over cereal or to defrost and eat plain, contain plenty of that fiber we were talking about, and taste just as fresh and sweet as the real deal,” one commenter said.
26 Buy: Take-And-Bake Pizza
One underrated Aldi product that doesn’t get much attention is their selection of take-and-bake pizzas. Mama Cozi’s pizzas are priced right as they cost between $4 and $6.99. They’re not only a bargain, but these pizzas are huge. At 16 inches, the pies are larger than the ones offered at many popular pizza chains.
You have plenty of different toppings to choose from, such as traditional pepperoni or Southwest style flatbread pizza. A reviewer at The Kitchn wrote, “Unlike most frozen pizzas, these once-frozen-now-refrigerated pizzas don’t taste like freezer-burned cardboard. The toppings really cover every inch and they taste pretty close to fresh.”
27 Skip: Yogurt
One product that can be hit-or-miss at Aldi is their selection of yogurt. Many shoppers bought name brand products over Aldi’s in-house yogurt brand. Despite offering a reasonable amount of brands, their yogurt has been met with mixed reviews. So, be sure to be selective while shopping.
There is an entire Reddit thread dedicated to the yogurt offered at Aldi and most of the commenters weren’t pleased. “I have tried the yogurt at Aldi and I wasn’t a fan, I didn’t like the kids “gogurt” replica either, it tasted too sweet. I prefer the Chobani Greek yogurt over Aldi’s,” one consumer said.
28 Skip: Clothing
Aldi offers many non-food items in their “Aldi Finds” section and you can often find clothing, but don’t be fooled by the price. Often times, the quality can be subpar and not worth the savings. Aldi Reviewer covered the topic and found that many shoppers complained about their purchase.
One shopper wasn’t happy with the packaging, either. “The tricky thing about almost all of Aldi’s adult clothing is that it comes packaged in cardboard or, in the case of these pajamas, in neatly folded ribbon-tied packages. It can be difficult to know what you’re getting because you can’t easily hold a shirt up to examine the dimensions,” she wrote.
29 Buy: Peanut Butter
Savvy shoppers know to buy their peanut butter at Aldi. They offer a nice selection of distinct types including Peanut Delight Creamy Peanut Butter, Peanut Delight Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread, and Simply Nature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter. There’s something for every flavor pallet.
The price is right too, and they don’t skimp on quality. Aldi Reviewer only had good things to say about the peanut butter: “All of the different varieties of Aldi peanut butter are good at what they do, whether you want a budget standard peanut butter or a minimally processed organic spread,” a reviewer wrote.
30 Buy: Funnel Cakes
Who hasn’t bought a funnel cake at an amusement park or a carnival? This fried dough dessert is absolutely delicious! But then, why should you only eat it on a special outing? Thanks to Aldi, you can enjoy it every day!
Aldi sells Baker’s Corner Funnel Cakes Pitcher and Mix, which will not only allow you to eat funnel cakes at home, but also to have fun with your family and pass the time making them yourself. It’s simple, fun, and the result will be as delicious as you remember!
31 Buy: Seasonal Items
One aisle that you should always pay a visit to when shopping at Aldi is the seasonal area. You can find great deals on all sorts of items that go with the season. Springtime is upon us, and their shelves are filled with camping essentials at impressive prices. You could stock up on everything you need for a fun camping trip.
Aldi also has you covered when it comes to holidays. From Valentine’s Day to Christmas, shoppers can find just what they need to celebrate. If you’re looking to find fun gifts or yummy foods, you’ll be happy with their selection.
32 Buy: Pure Maple Syrup
Another item that is a great bargain is Aldi’s Pure Maple Syrup. The price tag will make you smile, but the taste is really what sets it apart from other brands. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Good Housekeeping put their taste team to work, and they rated the leading maple syrup brands.
Aldi maple syrup was crowned the winner as it was “not overwhelmingly sweet” and their tasters were surprised by “the rich, complex notes of floral, roasted grains, and Christmas spices”. Be sure to add this one to your grocery list next time you shop at Aldi.
33 Buy: Gluten-Free Products
People with food allergies or dietary restrictions will be happy to know that Aldi has an extensive selection of gluten-free products and many of the items are actually tasty. They even have their own brand, LiveGFree, that offers several products ranging from frozen foods to baking mixes.
Rather, you have a pizza craving or want something sweet to snack on, they have a large variety for you to choose from. Gluten-free products can suffer when it comes to flavor and texture, but Aldi’s options are satisfying and the prices are reasonable as well.
34 Skip: Aldi Zipper-Top Bags
Picky shoppers should pause before buying zip-top bags from Aldi. The quality just doesn’t measure up to name brands. Not only do they break easily, but several customers have complained on Reddit that the caliber of the plastic used has gone downhill as of late.
The folks over at Frugally Blonde agree with this sentiment. “I have noticed that Aldi ziplock bags have a plastic smell to them that I just can’t get past. The idea of putting my food in there grosses me out. They really aren’t that good of a deal either,” one reviewer said.
35 Skip: Small Appliances
Aldi often sells small appliances that may seem like a smart buy, but many of their products have mixed reviews. It can be hit or miss when it comes to the quality of these items. You’d be smart to do some research before purchasing any of their Ambiano Kitchen Supplies.
One Reddit user wrote, “I bought the Ambiano single-serve coffee pot to replace a Keurig that died. WORST COFFEEPOT EVER! From the beginning, it blew out the k-cup (many different brands) and had coffee grounds over counter, cup and coffee machine every time.” Don’t be fooled by the price tag.
Did you know that the majority of the population would be able to save much more money every month than they think? When you think about all the non-essential things you buy, it’s pretty easy to believe! According to the long-proven 50/30/20 rule, you should set aside:
- 50% of your budget for essential expenses such as housing and food;
- 30%—maximum!—for non-essential spending;
- At least 20% of your income should be put into savings.
When you think about it, it’s a pretty logical way to manage your finances. Unfortunately, too few people take the time to make a detailed budget and think about it.
Here are some facts from 2018 about how Americans’ money relates to the LivingFacts website:
- 12% of Americans said they could not cover a potential $400 expense. 61% said they could afford the $400 in cash or equivalent, while 27% of Americans said they would have to borrow the $400, or sell assets, if the opportunity arose;
- 36% of Americans say their retirement savings are on track. 44% say they are having problems, and the remaining 20% are unsure about the state of their savings;
- 64% of Americans owned a home, while 27% rented one, and 9% had other arrangements;
- The average annual salary of an American can be divided into three different types of expenses: 33% for housing, 16% for transportation, and 13% for food;
- Only 47% of Americans with a credit card say they have been able to pay their bill in full every month for the past year. 26% say they have had a balance on their card a few times, while 27% have a balance most of the time;
- 82% of married people say they are doing well financially, compared to 66% of single people. 78% of married people with children under 18 are doing well, compared with 52% of single people with children.
Business Insider even goes so far as to say that many Americans plan to work until they die and not retire because their finances are so precarious. More precisely, 37% of Americans think they will have to work until they die, while 34% of them plan to be able to retire around the age of 80.
It is therefore quite clear that the financial health of American society in general is more precarious than one might think, especially considering that even people who manage to save do not in fact save enough.
With our best saving tips article, though, you will be able to get to your goal quickly and, who knows, maybe you’ll have a little more leeway for your non-essential spending in addition to planning your retirement properly!