BUELLRIDER you sound just exactly like me! I do take advantage of their weekly fresh produce specials, can't beat their salsa price, and I shop their sales and clearance items.
They also have marked down meats with close dates on Tues, Wed, & Thurs mornings (at least the stores in my area do). High volume stores sell out before the dates get close, so high volume (busy) stores don't have those specials.
It's something different every time, you just have to be an eagle-eyed scavenger. I've gotten 25 cent pkg of lean Italian sausage, 30 cent bags of dry split peas, 39 cent cans of diced tomatoes, 25 cent cans of chili, $4 off steak, $4 off premade hamburger patties, 1/2 off pkgs of chicken breast, $6 off 93% ground beef, 99 cent jars of organic spaghetti sauce, metal electric teakettle for $10.00, 99 cent frozen pumpkin pies this Jan, 50 cents for 3lb bags of sweet potatoes, etc. I wish I wasn't eating feedlot beef and chicken, but I am, for now; so check all the specials every time you go. I sometimes just zoom in Tues, Wed, & Thurs morns and do a quick tour. I call it Cheapskate Scouting. There are new produce specials to look at on Wed mornings, too.
As far as healthier stuff, fresh lemon and cucumber are extremely alkaline and ALDI's always has a good price; bags of lemons are $1.99 or less in my area.
And mark your calendars for any holiday that ALDI's is closed. The next one may not be until Memorial Day? And then the 4th of July. But the morning after when they open up, you can get fantastic meat deals, because they mark everything in stock down (there are lots of close dates from being closed on the holiday and losing that day's sales). If they're closed for a holiday, make room in your freezer and in your grocery budget to buy extra and stock up.
So yeah I'm a huge ALDI's fan. Plus always shop their bargains. There are no organics where I live, and I'm unemployed and can't buy a side or quarter of grass fed beef, so I just get the best I can (staying away from the dirty dozen) with the most frugal buys I can, and ALDI's really helps me out with that. Now that they have organics, I will definitely vote with my few precious dollars.
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