Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Shopping "Clean" (& Cheap) at ALDI

You know you can shop cheap, but did you know you can shop pretty "clean" at ALDI too?
This month, after months of testing, ALDI is offering quite a selection of Organic and "clean" grocery items. 
For example: Grass-fed beef (4.49/lb), hormone-free chicken (2.99/lb), and hormone-free milk & eggs.
Let me back up:
A few months ago a spankin' new ALDI store opened across from the beloved grocer, Wegmans in my town. For the couple years that I lived in Virginia, I was nearly only shopping at Trader Joes and I got hooked on the limited, wholesome selection and the small store appeal. Once I had grown accustomed to the easy in & out, including parking lot navigation that Trader Joes provided me, with the little kids in tow, it was less appealing to head to....oh man, I can hardly believe I'm writing this...Wegmans. (God, I love Wegmans; for so many reasons.) Mom informed me that ALDI and Trader Joes were connected-basically brothers formed each, then ALDI aquired TJs (read the back story here) so I figured I'd give it a try.

ALDI has very little in common with Trader Joes. But, at ALDI, I can buy tasty produce, hormone-free meat & dairy, and Organic pantry staples and save $, so I'm a fan. I'd say I'm a 60/40 shopper currently (Wegmans/ALDI). If you have a quarter handy for cart-use (you'll get it back) and can get over bagging (or boxing) your own goods, you're give it a try.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • Milk (hormone-free)

  • Eggs (hormone-free)
  • 1/2 & 1/2
  • Organic Diced tomatoes
  • Grass-fed beef *NEW*
  • Hormone-free chicken
  • Simply Nature lunch meat (turkey & ham) 

  • Avocados (as low as 25 cents)
  • Organic bananas $1.38 for 2lbs
  • Organic Spring mix & Spinach in box (5oz $1.99) 
  • *All the produce has been gobbled up by my family. Stores vary.
  • Almonds (walnuts & pecans too)
  • Simply Nature honey oat cereal
  • Fair-trade coffee (& K-cup version is decent)
  • Agave nectar
  • Dried spices 
  • Maple Syrup ($3.99)
  • Oatmeal
  • Clancy's Pita Chips
  • Little Salad bar hummus (a few additives, but very tasty)
  • Clancy's tortilla chips
  • SavorRitz buttery round crackers (ritz equivalent, not "clean", just yum!)
  • Brie cheese
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Organic Diced tomatoes
  • Greek yogurt
  • whole wheat pasta
  • Organic, free-range, low sodium Chicken broth
  • dark chocolate bars

  • They have an aisle that my kids love with a random selection of non-grocery/seasonal items. It sometimes includes toys (especially at Christmas). I scored the greatest kicking/punching bag for my daughter for Christmas and a learn-to-draw book that was a hit with my son too.
    I'm glad I got over the initial hump of shopping at ALDI. As a teenager, mom brought me in and I turned my nose up at the lowliness of it all-I mean, I was far to fancy to bag my own groceries!
    I still don't love doing that, but not because I feel above it.
    It took a few trips to get the swing of it and figure out my go-to items. If you're looking to buy better-for-you groceries, ALDI is a good option for a lower bill.
    Do you shop at ALDI? Have I missed a favorite item of yours?  Pin It


    1. Love this! Helpful. I've been meaning to add Aldi back into the rotation. Good to have a list!

    2. Just visited again to make my list. Love that you have your TJ's bag in your Aldi basket. :)

    3. Love it when I can convert someone to shop at Aldi's, took you quite a few years but I'm glad you see the potential. I've always loved their dark chocolate and the unsalted whole almonds are the best I've had. Will be checking out your suggestions.

    4. I love ALDI. Never been to Wegman's - can you fll me in on that one? Aldi started out the same way in Germany: as a low-budget, almost "dodgy" looking store where posh people wouldn't ever set a foot in. Then, they won a lot of 1st prizes in consumer tests, so finally people got curious. The next step was to introduce fruit and vegetables. After that, organic food. Nowadays everyone shops there and they're practically a guarantee for good quality. Thumbs up and I hope they will have even more all-natural and organic stuff when we move back to the U.S. next year!


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