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JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
7/11/13 9:35 A

LOVE aldi!!!

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
7/10/13 10:51 P

I went there today. Their version of laughing cow cheese is so much cheaper. I was also intrigued by this blueberry white cheddar.

I picked up some ff refried beans, corn tortillas, their version of rotel (diced tomatoes and green chiles) and some taco cheese and made a very filling dinner with them and a side of frozen veggies.

FITNESSGONNABE SparkPoints: (10,580)
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7/10/13 10:18 P

Our family would not eat nearly as well as we do if I couldn't shop at Aldi. I'm a 3rd generation Aldi shopper, and I remember going there as a small child with my grandma, they didn't even have refrigeration! Only canned and boxed items.

My, how times have changed. Some of their items, like breakfast sausage and shredded cheese are family favorites, and they will not eat the name brands of those items from other stores.

I buy any type of item at Aldi and if I have a problem with an item I take it back. That doesn't happen often, maybe twice in all the years I've shopped there, but they are always nice about it and always take care of it for me with a quick refund. Once I returned a bottle of coffee creamer because I mistakenly picked up fat free instead of regular, and they took it back even though they couldn't re-sell it.

Oh, the one other thing that is a minor irritation is that they pack more than one variety of an item in the same box, like Colby Jack cheese slices in with Swiss cheese slices, and one variety is much more popular so it is gone, with a whole box of the other still sitting there. Like I say, though, it is a minor irritation.

I do shop at other stores as well, mostly just sale items at very low prices.

The hardest thing about Aldi is remembering to have a quarter handy to get a cart.

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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7/10/13 5:29 P

I once went shopping at an Aldi store. I bought some pork chops. They were so loaded with bone slivers that I never shopped there again. That was probably 20 years ago but the stigma is still there. We have an Aldi close to us but I just cannot step foot in that store.

I will say that it's nice to read that they have changed their ways.

TRISHUBB Posts: 89
7/10/13 5:15 P

I love Aldi. It has economical food that compares to name brand. They have the best prices on produce, milk, eggs, fruit juices, cheese, ice cream, etc. I get everything I need at Aldi except my dog food, which they don't carry the brand I buy. I really like their pizzas (chicken & spinach is my favorite). Their brand Raisin Bran and frosted flakes taste the same or better than the name brand.

THEASKSTRATMAN SparkPoints: (1,509)
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7/10/13 4:33 P

Aldi's is my staple store, as I sit here having lunch comprised of the Friendly Farms Greek Yogurt, Clancy's Tortilla chips, and the mild salsa. I have a family of 4 and our weekly trip to Aldi's runs about $100. Now you can't get everything at Aldi's, for example my husband and kids have issues with the detergent/fabric softener, so I finish getting things at Save-A-Lot, the local farmers market, or if I HAVE to Giant Eagle (similar to Kroger,Meyer, or Ralphs). The trick with Aldi's is to have your list, and walk slowly. I have purchased the meat, the lunch meat, the frozen burgers and hot dogs, smoked sausage and even our Thanksgiving turkey there and they all turned out AWESOME! As for the fruit and veggies, apples and oranges are a weekly buy along with mushrooms and peppers, the bananas are the only things that can be hit or miss, personally I end up getting them from Save a lot, I get more or less for the same price per pound. Only things I have not tried there are dog food/treats, or the pre-made salads (mac, potato, coleslaw,etc.)

If you have a minute, search the Nutrition database for Aldi, Fit Active, Clancys, Friendly Farms, those are some of the main brands, it will give you an idea of what they have.

Tonight for dinner, a frozen Brenner Salisbery Steaks with mashed potatoes and frozen veggies all from Aldi's, totaling less than $10.00 and serving 4 people!

YANKEEGIRL6 Posts: 1,183
3/26/13 9:39 A

At one time, I associated Aldi with cheap processed foods. In recent years, that has not been the case at all. If you haven't been in an Aldi in a few years, I encourage you to give them a shot. Not only do they have good prices, but the smaller store makes shopping easier and faster and the staff at my store is so friendl and efficient.

Vision_quest, I'm curious, why are you afraid of the meat and produce? The meat in my market is from Tyson. I find it to be perfectly acceptable. I'm not shy about snagging the marked down meats and putting them in the freezer. The produce is usually better quality at a better price than Kroger or Meijer. I love the artisan lettuce tubs and my store just started carrying seedless cucumbers.

My regular purchases include coffee, artichoke hearts in a jar, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, eggs, milk, canned tuna, canned beans, frozen vegetables and blueberries, cheese, salsa, hummus, feta and goat cheeses, whatever produce looks good, and chicken. I also find the frozen fish to be acceptable. It's imported from China (cue the healthier-than-thou's now), but it's at a price point that keeps fish in my family's diet on a regular basis.

BLYNQI SparkPoints: (7,097)
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3/25/13 8:16 P

whatever produce looks good: broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, carrots, apples
almond milk
the "donut store blend" whole bean coffee is surprisingly good
triscuit-like crackers
canned beans and tomatoes
corn tortillas
i saw steel cut oats there the other day, so i bought them, though i'm not sure if they always have them. they're usually expensive at other places
frozen fruit
frozen hash browns
whole wheat spaghetti
their version of Wholly Guacamole

i eat a lot of eggs, but it's important to me to get free-range organic eggs, so i go elsewhere for that. and my boyfriend drinks whole cow's milk. i get that somewhere else, too. i get as much as i can at Aldi, then head over to Trader Joe's for more "special" items. thankfully, i live near both stores.

LIBBY678 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/25/13 7:07 P

Hi I get most of my diet foods from here, it helps when your feeding a family of 5 and I got the whole family eating healthy with me, well for most days. I get my soy milk, almond milk, walnuts, multi grain cereal, same as like the special k product, the greek yogurts, bananas, apples, potatoes, garlic, onions, fresh fish the salmon, and the tilipia, I do not by canned vegs any longer since learning about the sodium, so I get their fresh or frozen vegs, and the strawberries, blueberries, mixed berries, cheese, eggs, mushrooms, spinach bags, fresh carrotts, celery, cabbage, lettuce, mixed peppers, green peppers, fresh pinapples when in season, and I look out for their sales on the fresh fruit and vegs, and when its on sale I will get it and bag it into portions and freeze them. I do most of my shopping at aldi alone so as to get as much fresh fruit and vegs, meat etc that I can. they even sell the pinto beans so I get those along with the fit and active noodles, some of those fit and active products are more in sodium then the normal product on some items there so be sure to read the product labels. I still am struggling to lose weight but I am at least getting healthy inside:) hope my list helps

TINIERTINA Posts: 5,096
3/25/13 4:45 P

They almost spirited me away from C-Town (a local chain, inexpensive but very depressing to shop in ... well that is, when I used to have Seasonal Affective Disorder, particularly)

I am afraid of their produce and meats.

But I still shop there. Canned goods. For entertaining, crackers. Serviceable sugar free mints chocolate, but they do not keep long.

Their non-edibles do pretty well with me.

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3/25/13 4:40 P

Thanks for reminding me about Aldi. I haven't been in awhile. The closest one is about 20 minutes away. It's out of the way, but if I remember correctly, I like the prices on milk, potatoes, and the baby carrots. I'd also get fruit (banana's, cantaloupe, etc.). One time, my grandfather got a cantaloupe. It wasn't that good and was a bit of a disappointment since the one's he had gotten before were always so good. The cashier (who I believe was also the manager) told him that the next time he got a cantaloupe, he wouldn't have to pay for it. The next time he got one, he got it for free. He had forgotten that she told him about getting it for free...and it was a lot better. Thanks again for the reminder. I think I'll make a trip out that way later this week.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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3/25/13 4:17 P

their clementines are the best around! Yummy and sweet!

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
3/25/13 12:45 P

I get a few things there..mostly things like baby carrots, or other special produce buys. We have Meijer stores here and I find that I can get most of my food cheaper there then at Aldi.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,271
3/25/13 12:20 P

I like Aldi's. I buy some of the same stuff you do-- milk, eggs, frozen vegetables. Plus frozen fruit. I like their produce prices, especially whatever that week's "specials" are. I get some canned vegetables and canned fruit there. Reduced-fat "triscuit" type crackers. Cereal for DH. Cheese. I've bought bacon there if I can find a package that's not *too* fatty. (I know, bacon is a fatty meat anyway....) Pickles and other condiments-- fat free salad dressing for DH, mustard. Raisins, peanuts. Frozen fish.

HUNNA13 Posts: 180
3/25/13 12:02 P

Does anyone else buy a lot of their groceries at Aldi? Just looking for sample grocery lists of other members. I usually stock up on beef jerky, milk, eggs, soymilk, fat free vanilla yogurt, frozen veggies, salad stuff, and carbonated water.

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