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Denine
06-08-2009, 06:37 PM
Until tonight, I had never been to an Aldi's. I did buy some things but I really had no idea what was good and what wasn't. Enlighten me.

mommyrants
06-08-2009, 06:41 PM
GREAT

Staples - Flour, Sugar, Salt, Spices
Frostings
Canned Beans
Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
Taco Shells
Au Gratin Potatoes
Frozen Uncrustable Sandwiches

AWFUL
Coffee
Spaghetti Sauce
Pastas

Also - look for brand name stuff - they get close outs - merchandise and food.

ChrisinNJ
06-08-2009, 06:43 PM
I like all of their cereals
DH & Kids LOVE their Poptarts
Their mac n cheese tastes the same as kraft to us
I like their mayo
Love their coffee
Milk & Eggs
canned corn & Beans
marshmallows
sugar
flour
hand sanitizer & lip balm
dried fruits & nuts

Tampa Mousekeeter
06-08-2009, 06:45 PM
I think their brand of laundry detergent and liquid fabric softener is as good as Tide and Downy...

MSSANDRA
06-08-2009, 06:46 PM
We like the prettzels, snack crackers and cookies, eggs, milk, some cerals, can fruits, can drinks, powder drink mix (crystal lite type), most produce, fresh meats, bread (they have a white wheat now that we like), rasins,

We don't like the can veggies, poptarts, coffee,frozen meats.

You have to read carefuly because lots of products labled fit & active have lots more fat/calories than name brands low fat products.

tar heel
06-08-2009, 07:02 PM
I buy milk, eggs, butter, bagged salad, cheese (block cheddar, grated parmesan and crumbled blue).

I do staples like flour, sugar, basic spices, etc.

I get walnuts or pecans when I need them and sometimes dried fruit.

I also do fresh produce, especially avocadoes, limes, pineapples, apples, tomatoes on the vine, celery, red and yellow bell peppers. You will be shocked at the prices on some of these things.

I buy flour tortillas, pretzels, cinnamon graham crackers and taco chips almost every time I shop at Aldi.

I buy a couple kinds of canned food -- refried beans, chopped tomatoes and tomatoes with green chilies.

When they have it (it's seasonal and gone now) I get a cinnamon swirl quick bread mix that's excellent.

The frozen apple strudel is wonderful, but I don't do that often. I've also been known to buy the individually wrapped cinnamon rolls and even (yikes) tator tors -- all were fine.

The only thing I can think of we hated was the coffee.

goofyforlife
06-08-2009, 07:04 PM
AWFUL
Spaghetti Sauce
Pastas


See i kinda like the premium meat sauce. Now a few years ago i didn't like their sauce but maybe it's a better brand now.

The two lb boxes of pastas seem ok to me.

Now my awfuls would be:
Cottage cheese (didn't like it)
the canned veggies (although the corn and black beans and the "baked"beans are ok )

Stuff we like:

chips/pretzels
cereals
pickels
ketchup
Milk (a bargain at $1.99 gl where i live)
bar-b hot dogs
block cheeses
polish kielbasa
frozen fish and shrimp
fresh fruit
wheat bread
canned tuna fish
Canned pastas (ravioli, spaghettio's)
Drink mixes (just like crystal lite)

Jsme
06-08-2009, 07:04 PM
We use to go all the time then stopped for several years. Now I am back going again. We only stopped because the Walmart opened and it was closer, better stocked with cashiers and either the same in cost or just a few cents more.

I love their $4.99 wine. Not the winking owl wine. The other is better for just a few dollars more.

I also go to buy milk, some cheeses, potato chips, Frozen salmon, hotdogs, bread, snack foods, fresh produce is very nice. My kids like the popcorn chicken and the bagel bites.

Their meats look good but haven't tried them yet. I normally buy what is on sale at the grocery stores and plan my meals around that.

The cheese brauts are good. Not as chessy as some but I like that better.

derocas
06-08-2009, 07:06 PM
My girlfriend swears by their New England Clam Chowder Soup.

copper0426
06-08-2009, 07:14 PM
Ok, I wish there was an Aldi down here. We use to go when I lived in Ill, been down in FL for so long I forgot about them. Do you still need to bring your own bags? I know Cub foods opened up and alot of people started going there, their stores were huge.

We don't have them down here either.

Diane

Jsme
06-08-2009, 07:18 PM
Ok, I wish there was an Aldi down here. We use to go when I lived in Ill, been down in FL for so long I forgot about them. Do you still need to bring your own bags? I know Cub foods opened up and alot of people started going there, their stores were huge.

We don't have them down here either.

Diane


You can buy bags but I normally try to remember to drive my car and use my "green" bags.

dsny1mom
06-08-2009, 08:29 PM
I buy the following:

Tall trash bags (stronger than most store brands)

Pasta Salad box mix (The ranch bacon is awesome)

Taco Seasoning packet (at .29 it's a steal)

Garlic Mashed Potatos (box mix)

Will never buy again the following:

Cottage Cheese (nasty taste)

Paper Plates (too flimsy)

Paper Napkins (flimsy and small)

dsny1mom

momx2
06-08-2009, 09:02 PM
Things we don't like:
coffee
shells and cheese
That's about it:goodvibes

We really like the products there. We buy most our staples there and the milk is just soooo cheap. The cereals are good also. About the only think we don't buy there is fresh meat, although I did buy a pork loin there once and it was fine.

poegirl30
06-08-2009, 09:17 PM
My kids love their cereals! :)
We also get other staples (flour, milk, eggs, etc),
and we all love their orange juice!

Melynny
06-08-2009, 09:22 PM
We do about 95% of our shopping at Aldi..
Great:
Precooked bacon
bagged Salads
Milk
Eggs
Crackers
Havarti cheeses, Regular Block cheese ( I now grate all of my own)
Premium Orange juice fresh squeezed
DH loves the Cottage Cheese
I love the 100 cal pack cookies
Peanut butter
Fruits of the Forest jelly
"House" salad dressings their better brand
mustards
Pasta Salad mix YUM
Red Beans and Rice MIx
Tub Lunch meats, turkey and ham
chicken Salad, Potatoe Salad Mac salad is good,
Frozen Mahi Mahi,
Frozen Coconut shirmp! A standout!
Fresh grapes
Fresh Apples
Fresh Bananas
Fresh celery
Onions
Potatoes
Dh eats thier cereal, I like the "Rice crispies style"
fresh 95 lean ground beef
fresh Sirloin steak
Fresh center cut and full cut pork chops
Pre made heat and eat meat loaf
Ice cream,
Wild berry and Orange cream frozen bars.. YUM
Precooked sausage patties
Fresh flowers
More but I'll stop now

wdwiala
06-08-2009, 09:25 PM
I like their refriderated canned cinnamon rolls...and they are kosher (I don't know if they are officially). Unlike Pillsbury....

mom_of_3_mousketeers
06-08-2009, 09:25 PM
I go there every week and buy 90% of my stuff there. The only things I won't buy are the produce (it goes bad very quickly IMO compared to another store I go to that is the same price), meat, and certain products like spaghetti sauce (Hunt's or Ragu only), mac n cheese (Kraft snob) and cottage cheese. My kids love their yogurt, and all the snacky type foods and I love their prices.

kat_balou
06-08-2009, 10:21 PM
I really like their trash bags. We buy alot of the staples - sugar, cooking oil, cereals, oatmeal, cheeses, tomato sauces/paste, ketchup, herb & butter boxed mashed potatoes. Produce is a hit and miss sort of thing and bananas especially seem to go bad on us.

Aldi's is certainly a money saver!

windycitymom
06-08-2009, 11:06 PM
I like Aldi's and buy alot of their things. Whatever you do, skip the frozen burgers - they burn on the grill and taste awful.

fakereadhed
06-08-2009, 11:16 PM
I have to step in here and say a word for the coffee. We are Starbucks Verona ground only kind of people and we love Aldi's Kona coffee for $3.99.

I just don't get what the Kona is about. :confused3 It says Kona and under that "100% Arabica". :lmao: Who cares since it gives Starbucks a run for its money for under four bucks.

Mickey527
06-09-2009, 12:40 AM
The Aldi's here is more than 1/2 hour from my house but I try and get there about every 2 weeks or when I run out of ice cream bars.
I LOVE the La Mas Rico premium Ice Cream Bar Coconut flavor. It is the creamiest coconut ice cream with tons of fresh coconut. YUM!!!
I also love their cereals, especially the fit and Lively with the freeze dried strawberries and blueberries. I used to get a similar one at Walmart but for $2 more.
The milk here is $1.69 a gallon. In Stop and Shop it is $3.89 a gallon.
I bought the thin sliced pork chops and they were the most tender I have ever tasted. I have some in the freezer now.
I also just bought some of the frozen bacon wrapped filet mignon for the dinner I am planning when my son comes home for leave from the Marines. Hope they are as good as the photo looks.

luvmickey5374
06-09-2009, 01:29 AM
We LOVE Aldi!!! We have never gotten a bad thing there and have tried most everything including the meat. I think the meat tastes better than most of what we get at Wegmans (our local grocery store):thumbsup2 The prices cannot be beat! I can feed my family of 4 for 60-80 dollars a week:banana:All you can do it keep trying different things and you'll be in love...promise!!

drinkme
06-09-2009, 06:39 AM
We've been shopping there for almost 10 years. Everything has gotten so much better over the years. Some things that you should buy that are cheaper there that you may not think would be good:

Garbage bags
meats
yogurt
ice cream


The only thing we've bought that we didn't like was the kitty litter.

Someone mentioned something about their hamburger patties. They "used" to be bad, but now they're good. This year the hamburgers are awesome. But they sell 2 kinds, get the ones in the bag (not the value ones in the box).

I read on another thread somewhere on the Dis that the Aldi's stuff is actually top name brand stuff that is repackaged. I certainly believe it!

HTH

lspst8
06-09-2009, 06:41 AM
The one thing I will never buy again is their knock-off Bisquick mix. The waffles and pancakes I made with it tasted like a cardboard box. I'm also not a fan of their potato chips and other snacks, but the blue tortilla chips are great.

I love all their pizza making kits .... both the one where you mix up the dough and the one that comes with premade crusts and sauce. They are so nice for a quick dinner. You just add cheese and any toppings you like. And the cheese is good at Aldi's too, especially for the price. It can't be beat.

labdogs42
06-09-2009, 06:55 AM
I need to try Aldi's. We have one, but I have never gone in there for some reason. maybe this will inspire me! Thanks!

punkin
06-09-2009, 06:59 AM
I just don't get what the Kona is about. :confused3 It says Kona and under that "100% Arabica". :lmao: Who cares since it gives Starbucks a run for its money for under four bucks.

There are basically two types of coffee beans sold commercially (there are others but they are virtually unavailable to most consumers so I will not talk about them). The two are Arabica and Robusto. Kona coffee is a varietal of the Arabica bean grown in Hawaii, but it is still Arabica.

micheleq
06-09-2009, 07:30 AM
The Aldi's here is more than 1/2 hour from my house but I try and get there about every 2 weeks or when I run out of ice cream bars.
I LOVE the La Mas Rico premium Ice Cream Bar Coconut flavor. It is the creamiest coconut ice cream with tons of fresh coconut. YUM!!!
I also love their cereals, especially the fit and Lively with the freeze dried strawberries and blueberries. I used to get a similar one at Walmart but for $2 more.
The milk here is $1.69 a gallon. In Stop and Shop it is $3.89 a gallon.
I bought the thin sliced pork chops and they were the most tender I have ever tasted. I have some in the freezer now.
I also just bought some of the frozen bacon wrapped filet mignon for the dinner I am planning when my son comes home for leave from the Marines. Hope they are as good as the photo looks.

Hi Mickey527, I'm your neighbor here in Fairfield & my dad's side of the family is Bridgeport born and bred! I haven't been to the new Aldi's in Milford yet, but was going to give it a try this week. Sounds great. I usually go to BJ's to get my milk (it's $2.02) instead of Stop and Shop too. Even the 7-Eleven near my house has cheaper milk than Stop & Shop!

How's the chicken? My grandmother is here from SC this week and she wants to cook a big batch of chicken cutlets for my family :thumbsup2

allison443
06-09-2009, 07:57 AM
I went to Aldi's for the first time a couple of weeks ago..only bought a few things. The best purchase was loaves of Italian bread that are partially baked and you bake for about 8 minutes...the family raved about it! It tasted delicious!
I also got their brand of crackers (like Ritz and honey grahams) as well as fruit snacks. Everything was fine. (I didn't realize in advance that there were no grocery bags there though! Unloading the car was fun!)
:)

LisaNJ25
06-09-2009, 08:04 AM
The only thing I have ever had a problem with is the dry cat food lol.. my cats would not touch it.

I am usually there a few times a week and have no other complaints.

pamrob
06-09-2009, 08:08 AM
GREAT

Staples - Flour, Sugar, Salt, Spices
Frostings
Canned Beans
Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
Taco Shells
Au Gratin Potatoes
Frozen Uncrustable Sandwiches

AWFUL
Coffee
Spaghetti Sauce
Pastas

Also - look for brand name stuff - they get close outs - merchandise and food.


While I agree I don't care for the coffee, I don't mind the spaghetti sauce. I generally make my own but I usually keep a couple of jars on hand in case of those last minute dinners.

monorailsilver
06-09-2009, 08:20 AM
I haven't been yet either & there is a new one that opened that is about 30 or so minutes from me.

What do I need to bring to the store? Bags? Do I have to pay for a cart?

fakereadhed
06-09-2009, 08:27 AM
There are basically two types of coffee beans sold commercially (there are others but they are virtually unavailable to most consumers so I will not talk about them). The two are Arabica and Robusto. Kona coffee is a varietal of the Arabica bean grown in Hawaii, but it is still Arabica.

Thanks for the info! :)

Jsme
06-09-2009, 08:35 AM
I haven't been yet either & there is a new one that opened that is about 30 or so minutes from me.

What do I need to bring to the store? Bags? Do I have to pay for a cart?

You can bring your own bags or buy them there. You put a quarter in the cart and then you get a quarter back when you put your cart back.

CouponCon
06-09-2009, 10:48 AM
I really like the reuseable grocery bags they are big and wide cloth bags that fit alot for $1.99. They are by far the best bags I have seen....Oh and I also love the frozen pizzas!

Denine
06-09-2009, 11:27 AM
WOW! Thanks for all the info.

I bought their raisin bran, but DD said it went soggy too quickly.
Dh go their cornflakes.
I did buy a bag of marshmallows, so I will see about those.
I did buy a box of the uncrustables too. DD hasn't had one yet. She had their "lunchables" today and thought it was good.

I also bought some frozen fish.

This is going to be an intersting experiment.

I didn't think their lunchmeat was that great a price. I also didn't think the pasta was that great a price.

I do shop at BJ's for a lot of stuff, but this should cut down on grocery store prices.

I was disappointed that the frozen chicken breasts had broth added.

I will see what else I get in the future.

Piglets Mommy
06-09-2009, 11:44 AM
I love Aldi!
My kids eat soup and cereals like they are going out of style, so we always stock up on that.(I think the soups are just as good as Campbell's...actually read somewhere that they are..not sure if it i s true or not)
Love the tortilla chips, esp. the ones in the paper bag.
Great basics...flour sugar, eggs, milk, etc. I get a lot of frozen stuff there too...I just wish they had more fresh meats...from reading what others have posted, I think our local store may just be smaller than others.
I agree that produce is hit or miss there..I just shop carefully in that section...sometimes it goes bad fast, and isn't always the best price.

Lars624
06-09-2009, 12:45 PM
The only thing we've had so far that was really bad from Aldi's was their taco seasoning...it was very salty. The milk here is only 1.49 a gallon.

C.Ann
06-09-2009, 01:09 PM
The only things I don't care for are their chips, coffee, and their spaghetti sauce.. Everything else has been excellent - including their produce and meat.. I do a TON of baking, so of course I get all of my "staples" there - and the savings on nuts alone is worth the trip..

Normally I'm strictly a Hellmann's Mayo gal, but last year I tried an experiment.. Purchased Aldi's and put it in my empty, clean Hellmann's jar.. Served it to my adult DD, her DH, my DGD, - as well as a large group of other guests - and no one noticed the difference..:thumbsup2 I've done the same with some of their other items because certain people up here tend to insist on only "name brand" items and so far no one has caught on..;) (And believe me, if they had even so much as a "hint", they would not hesitate for one nano second to "call me" on it - LOL..)

I love Aldi's.. They have literally saved me thousands of dollars since arriving here in NY..:thumbsup2 There is only one Aldi's that I won't shop in -and that's because it's in a seedy section of a city that I won't venture into.. All of the others I have been to have been fine.. Very clean, very well stocked, and a very large variety of items to choose from - at a considerable savings..

It's really a place where you have to try this and that to determine what's a "good fit" for your family.. If you don't like it, you can return it for a full refund..:)

HeatherPage
06-09-2009, 02:22 PM
How do Aldi's prices compare to say a Wal-mart Supercenter?

Thanks in advance!

pilesoflaundry
06-09-2009, 06:35 PM
Their milk, pancake mix (just add water type stuff, it's very good) their steak sauce is ok.

SandrA9810
06-09-2009, 07:27 PM
we bought a few things there.
cornbread stuffing - wasn't bad bad, but it was very cumbly and didn't have a good texture to it
chocolate - Kari got a piece of it and loved it.
gummies - they sell haribo for cheaper than most places we see it at. Kari got a bag of gummi colas. (btw, haribo is the brand they sell at germany in epcot)
cheese - i bought a block of kraft cheese... but on the way home we stopped for a bit too long for something to eat and it went bad.

I like shopping at Publix here. It's close and very clean, and brand new so it's really big. I can't stand shopping at Wal-mart, and some other discounted places. They just don't seem clean enough... and i don't like buying fresh produce and meats from those places. I just wait for a good sale at publix to buy what i want.

sherry7
06-09-2009, 08:53 PM
For anyone unfamiliar with Aldi, you have to realize that's it's definitely not like a normal grocery store. For one, they sell probably 90% generic products, and just a few name brand items. Supposedly, these generics are made by the big name manufacturer's, and just packaged differently for Aldi.

Even though it's a discount store, you'd be surprised at the "type" of people you see shopping there. In the parking lot, there are always a few Mercedes, BMW's, Jaguar's, etc. A couple of weeks ago, I ran into my accountant there. Today, I saw a local doctor shopping there. On the flip side, I also see people there using the plastic food stamp card. When it comes to cheap groceries, it seems like all walks of society are represented. :thumbsup2

I only started shopping at Aldi about a month ago. I just went there earlier today actually :). I've listed some prices from my receipt, but I find that they tend to jump around a little...especially for the produce. Here are some of the things we like:

2 packs of red and yellow bell peppers....$1.49 or $1.69, depending (price seems to go up and down)
2 packs of green peppers....99 cents or $1.19, depending
3 packs of cucumbers....99 cents
3 packs of zucchini....$1.49
8 oz fresh mushrooms....89, 99 or $1.29, depending
celery...99 cents
strawberries...were only $1.29 today, however I've also paid $1.49 and $1.99 in the last month....price keeps changing.
6 pack kiwi fruit....99 cents
bags of apples, grapefruits, oranges
bags of iceberg salad mix...99 cents ("fancy" lettuces are more)
broccoli crowns...$1.29
10 lbs of Russet potatoes...$2.99
baby carrots...$1.29
cantaloupe...99 cents
honeydew melon...$1.49
seedless watermelon...$3.99
huge head of cauliflower...$1.99

Really, most of their produce I like...some days it's spotty, so you have to look over everything. In general, it's good though, probably because it moves so quickly. It's very cheap and I can find most of the fruits/veggies I need. The cheap prices on the produce is the main reason I go there.

Fit & Active yogurt...37 or 39 cents, price keeps changing
32 oz tub plain yogurt...$1.59
turkey bacon...$1.99
large eggs...79 or 99 cents, depending
milk
12 grain bread...$1.69
bagels...$1.39
sardines...79 or 89 cents, depending
cottage cheese...big tub for $1.99
their version of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"
sugar free popsicles...$1.99 for a huge box
dozen of donuts...$1.29
Fit & Active whipped topping (Cool Whip)...85 cents
3 lb bags frozen chicken breasts...$5.49 a bag, and none of that icky skin/fat still attached!
Lacura face cream with the green lid....$4.99
Lacura 3 pack lip balm (honey and something in it)
Lacura foundation...$3.99 (stays on all day!)
saltine crackers...79 cents
fake Chex Mix
cereal...someone told me it's made by General Mills (frosted shredded wheat is excellent)
baby dill pickles
chocolate bars (made in Germany)
1 lb potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw...$1.25
canned mushrooms
2 lb bag of breaded boneless chicken breast...$4.99 (haven't tried these yet, but they look awfully good...and easy to cook!)
Fit & Active 2% American cheese...$1.69
roasted red pepper hummus...$1.69
salsa...$1.49
cream cheese...79 or 99 cents, depending
boxes of Fit & Active chicken broth...$1.29
canned tuna...62 cents
lunchbox pies...39 cents
tomato paste...39 cents


I'm probably forgetting some stuff. I haven't tried most of their canned/boxed stuff yet, since I've only been shopping there a month or so. (I have a huge stockpile of that stuff in my basement already.)

I don't really buy their meat, with the exception of the bags of frozen chicken breast. I have a large freezer and a Food Saver, so I tend to buy meat when it's on sale for cheap. If I were comparing Aldi meat prices with "normal" grocery store prices, I'd say they were competitive. However, if I compare the meat prices with what I pay during sales elsewhere, and at Sam's Club, I think it's high.

robinb
06-09-2009, 08:59 PM
I used to hate Aldi's but I started to go there off and on about a year ago because so many DISers loved it.

I buy:
orange juice
[toaster waffles
toaster pancakes
some produce if it looks good
some brand name frozen foods (like Lean Cuisine or Rice Crispy Treats)
bread
frozen garlic bread
jam

I wouldn't touch the meat with a 10-foot pole. I also tried but hated their yogurt and soy milk.

momx2
06-09-2009, 09:56 PM
Robin....have you had the soymilk lately. My youngest DD has only drank vanilla soy milk her entire life and doesn't think it tastes any different and trust me...she would tell me.:rolleyes1 It may be that the vanilla kind is better. Actually it is organic also.

blbh23
06-10-2009, 12:15 AM
I love their ranch dressing and my father in law swears the Millville frosted mini wheats are way better than kellogs.

pianoronni37
06-10-2009, 09:30 AM
I shop at Aldi's once a week.

I have to say, I used to be a bit wary of the meats there.

Last week, they had sirloin steaks individually vacuum sealed in the refrigerated case, about 1/2 pound apiece for around $2. I picked up 2 of them because that's the best price I've seen...

I cooked them last night (they had a June 23rd expiration) and WOW they were really good! Tender, no gristle or fat, just very very good steaks! I've bought meat at our local market and also at WalMart and can I just say, these are the best steaks we've had!!

I'm going to get more tonight! Now that I know the meats are okay, I will probably do ALL of my grocery shopping there and spend around $30-$35 for DH and myself! :woohoo:

Denine
06-10-2009, 09:42 AM
Thanks for all the replies.

I will definitly go again. I would love to cut back on that food bill!

robinb
06-11-2009, 10:18 AM
I went to Aldi's yesterday and I can now scratch "half and half" from my list of things I will buy there. I put some in my coffee today and it had an overpowering fake "greasy" taste to it. Like liquid coffee whitener. I just went to my fridge to check out the container thinking maybe I got coffee whitener my mistake or maybe it was going to expire soon. Neither. I bought half and half and the sell by date is ... are you ready for this ... November 15th :scared1:. A sell-by date for FRESH DAIRY over 5 months in the future?!?! that's just not right. I'll go back to buying dairy that is actually fresh and not processed within an inch of it's life. It's really not worth the $1 savings for me.

mom2x: We usually buy Silk unsweetened soy milk and I think it has a distinctive taste. I'll try their soy milk again, but I am a little gun shy after my half and half episode.

DarthKTrava
06-11-2009, 08:16 PM
The only thing I have ever had a problem with is the dry cat food lol.. my cats would not touch it.

I am usually there a few times a week and have no other complaints.

I've gotten their canned food. Never got the dried food. They tear into the canned food like crazy.

And you can get any empty or near empty boxes that's in the store to put your stuff in if you forget bags.

mnbrowns
06-11-2009, 09:27 PM
Scary story - I was just at my Aldi last week and when I went to pick up a bag of tator tots from the freezer, a few fell out of the bottom. When I looked under it had looked like mice chewed through it. I unfortunately had mice in my house once so I know what it looks like when a mouse has chewed through a bag or box. Now I question where they get their get their groceries and how they ship it in the name of saving money. How could a frozen item been in warm place long enough for mice to get to it? And what is food doing anywhere where mice could be?! Yuck!! That has really turned me off from going there again, and I really loved their prices.

C.Ann
06-11-2009, 09:56 PM
Scary story - I was just at my Aldi last week and when I went to pick up a bag of tator tots from the freezer, a few fell out of the bottom. When I looked under it had looked like mice chewed through it. I unfortunately had mice in my house once so I know what it looks like when a mouse has chewed through a bag or box. Now I question where they get their get their groceries and how they ship it in the name of saving money. How could a frozen item been in warm place long enough for mice to get to it? And what is food doing anywhere where mice could be?! Yuck!! That has really turned me off from going there again, and I really loved their prices.
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Don't be turned off by that one incident.. My late DH worked for a very large, well known supermarket chain for 38 years - as well as my aunt who worked 40 years for the other large well known supermarket in our area - and they had similar incidents and worse (I won't elaborate because I don't what to scare you about the endless possibilities when it comes to your food supply - LOL).. If it makes you that uncomfortable, carefully examine the packaging on any items you're interested in - no matter where you shop.. ;)

stitchlovestink
06-11-2009, 10:05 PM
We use to go all the time then stopped for several years. Now I am back going again. We only stopped because the Walmart opened and it was closer, better stocked with cashiers and either the same in cost or just a few cents more.

I love their $4.99 wine. Not the winking owl wine. The other is better for just a few dollars more.

I also go to buy milk, some cheeses, potato chips, Frozen salmon, hotdogs, bread, snack foods, fresh produce is very nice. My kids like the popcorn chicken and the bagel bites.

Their meats look good but haven't tried them yet. I normally buy what is on sale at the grocery stores and plan my meals around that.

The cheese brauts are good. Not as chessy as some but I like that better.
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I haven't read this entire thread, but I tried some of the 'fresh' (not frozen) ground beef and did NOT like it at all. It lacked taste completely. It didn't taste 'spoiled' but it didn't taste right either. I'll stick to BJ's or the other grocery store for my gr beef.
I really like their bacon bits. I also get croutons, cream of chicken soup (for casseroles), diced tomatoes, taco seasoning, gravy mix (use it in the crock pot w/ the roast), and the cherry pie filling for one of my desserts. Here at our Aldi's which still is not close (about 10 miles away), the prices have slowly been creeping up to a point that some things are not such great prices anymore. :confused3 I only go about every 6 to 8 weeks as what I buy can last me quite awhile. best of luck w/ your trip to Aldi's. :goodvibes

robinb
06-11-2009, 10:42 PM
So ... I bought a same sized container of FRESH half and half today from my local grocery store and to add insult to injury it was 20 cents cheaper than the Aldi's brand! :rotfl: The OJ they had there was also 40 cents cheaper than the stuff I bought from Aldi's. Maybe I should re-think this whole Aldi's shopping after all :confused3. In Aldi's favor, the items I bought that were in their ad (straberries, cantelope, waffles) were all cheaper at Aldi's. Maybe I should just shop the ad and do the rest of my shopping at Woodman's.

BadgerGirl84
06-12-2009, 12:11 AM
The only things I won't buy there again are canned pumpkin, whipped topping, and onions.

I buy tons of stuff there--here are some of my faves (either because the item is a really good deal, is just a great product, or both)

-Frozen pizzas (the ones around 2 bucks)
-Chorizo (mexican sausage that is great to crumble into eggs or refried beans)
-Vanilla extract
-Chips
-Chocolate--it's from Germany and really good!
-Frozen italian sausages
-Frozen chicken breasts
-Orange jello and mandarin oranges--yum
-Frozen turkey meatballs
-Cereal and oatmeal
-big black garbage bags

sherry7
06-13-2009, 08:20 PM
I posted earlier on this thread, but I just discovered another item that we really, really like.

Kirkwood Southern Style Chicken Breasts

These are frozen, and come in a 2 lb plastic bag for $4.99. They are "real" chicken breasts...not chopped up with fillers added (the patties and nuggets have fillers). To cook, you just pop them in the oven for 24 minutes, flipping them during the middle of the cooking time. There are also microwave instructions, but I haven't tried that.

These remind me a lot of the chicken at Chick-fil-a...very similar breading and taste.

1PrincessMomma1
06-13-2009, 08:23 PM
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MelAnderson
06-13-2009, 08:43 PM
I really like their produce, fresh and inexpensive.
Lemons
Mushrooms
Tri colored peppers
Grapes
Cherry tomatoes

Their seasonings - grinders are good.

Aldi brand tea. The "product" name escapes me, but it comes in a large container - much better than my once favorite Kroger tea.
Diced potatoes with onions
Salad mix
"Fit & Active" products (yogurt covered raisins, tortilla chips, cookies, soy milk, frozen turkey meatballs, ground turkey - otherwise I don't typically get meats from Aldi though the peppercorn pork loin and ham are good)
Frozen shrimp
Pina Colada bars
Fake "gogurts"
Fruits
Juice - mine carries Welch's with Splenda

I typically don't like their cereals, cleaning products or canned goods.

ama4889
06-13-2009, 11:12 PM
I have to chime in on the coffee thing. There is a big, big can of generic coffee - it's awful! Tastes like ground crayons or something.

But - they do carry a smaller bag of "donut store blend". Hubby and I adore this, and I am willing to pay the small premium =)

I have heard a lot of horror stories about Aldi, but ours is fairly new and nice, and everything I've ever gotten there has stayed fresh even past it's date (unlike Jewel). Just use your normal shopping prowess. Everyone at my Aldi has also been super helpful and friendly.

We also buy:
- ketchup (my preferred brand)
- spices (very fresh)
- some produce
- individually frozen chicken breasts
- chicken breast nuggets (which, IMO, are pretty close to Disney nuggets)
- cream cheese
- cheese blocks
- milk
- big bag snacks (even Aldi 100 cal packs aren't worth it)
- sugar-free fudge pops
- baking stuff
- canned beans and veggies
- hamburger/hot dog buns and english muffins

I haven't tried canned stuff - mostly because I make my own soups, sauces, etc. I want to try the laundry soap, since it is the cheapest I've seen!

familyS
06-14-2009, 07:20 AM
I shop Aldi's every week, too.

I buy bread, bagels, cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, rice, cereal, whatever produce looks good, and always check their name brand specials in the freezer case.

We just had a Price-Rite open near my workplace, so I shop there every other week, too. They have more name brands- like International Delights creamer and Post cereals.

My family is picky about milk, so I go to either of two local grocery stores for that. Most of our meat I get at a meat market.

Denine
06-14-2009, 06:49 PM
OK, we went again, had to use that $5 coupon! I bought a pork loin and some pork chops. DD loved the peanut butter/cheese crackers.
I also bought the laundry detergent and tub cream cheese. Haven't tried those yet.
The roma tomatoes I bought earlier are still good. They taste just like the rest of the tomotoes you can buy now. Once I start harvesting, I won't need to buy tomatoes.
I bought some canned stuff.
The prices certainly are cheap on most things!

mommyrants
06-14-2009, 07:34 PM
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Don't be turned off by that one incident.. My late DH worked for a very large, well known supermarket chain for 38 years - as well as my aunt who worked 40 years for the other large well known supermarket in our area - and they had similar incidents and worse (I won't elaborate because I don't what to scare you about the endless possibilities when it comes to your food supply - LOL).. If it makes you that uncomfortable, carefully examine the packaging on any items you're interested in - no matter where you shop.. ;)

I'll concur with this. One of the Whole Foods here has been shut down twice for bug issues. (And the store is immaculate)

I will say, I have dry food meallie bugs in a box of Au Gratin Potatoes from Aldi once. :sick: I saw them immediately. they were contained IN the bag - nothing else in our pantry was affected. it happens.

lisam427
06-14-2009, 07:46 PM
we pretty much do the majority of our grocery shopping there even meats. i cant think of one thing i dont like there.

StephMK
06-14-2009, 09:49 PM
Robin....have you had the soymilk lately. My youngest DD has only drank vanilla soy milk her entire life and doesn't think it tastes any different and trust me...she would tell me.:rolleyes1 It may be that the vanilla kind is better. Actually it is organic also.

Thanks for that tip! DD9 is the same way & won't even drink the Silk plain now. I'll have to sneak this to her & see if she notices. Anyone know the price of the vanilla soy? I usually buy the 2 pk & today spent just under $5 but had a $1.50 coupon too.

We have an Aldi's near us and everyone here has convinced me I need to take a look. I like most Kroger & Hyvee generic brands but unknown name generics weird me out. We're on a big push to save, save, save so I will give it a try.

daly7o9
06-16-2009, 12:11 PM
I shop there sporadically and have found:

LIKES
Spaghetti sauce
vanilla yogurt
half & half
ground beef
their version of "Manwich"
milk
eggs
tortilla chips
cranberry juice
extra virgin olive oil
men's stick deodorant
boneless skinless chicken breasts
fresh produce
yellow rice
spices
got a great set of sheets (but that was probably one of their "available one time only" things)
frozen tilapia
their brand of liquid laundry detergent (I believe its called "Alta" or something like that)

DISLIKES
light & fit vanilla soy milk
most of their beef steaks
their brand of paper products (clarissa)

All in all, I find that I save a great deal of money shopping there. :thumbsup2

emmababy
06-16-2009, 01:53 PM
I have recently become an Aldi-aholic!:rotfl:

I won't get their red meat products, we buy freezer beef.

The only thing I don't like from there is their toilet paper, it is HORRIBLE- commercial public bathroom quality, yuck!!

Everything else has been great! I have always hated going to 2 grocery stores. Up until I fell in love with Aldi's, I would refuse to do it. I do a good bit of our shopping there now, but they don't ever have everything we need.

stazmatic
06-16-2009, 02:40 PM
I posted earlier on this thread, but I just discovered another item that we really, really like.

Kirkwood Southern Style Chicken Breasts

These are frozen, and come in a 2 lb plastic bag for $4.99. They are "real" chicken breasts...not chopped up with fillers added (the patties and nuggets have fillers). To cook, you just pop them in the oven for 24 minutes, flipping them during the middle of the cooking time. There are also microwave instructions, but I haven't tried that.

These remind me a lot of the chicken at Chick-fil-a...very similar breading and taste.

My DH also said they tasted like Chick-fil-a! They are very good!

D&DDisney
06-16-2009, 03:34 PM
The only things at Aldi I have not had good luck with are...

Meat
Some produce (it is hit and miss. When its good - great When its bad - awful)
Cereals
Cheese
Wheat Crackers

sherry7
06-16-2009, 07:17 PM
My DH also said they tasted like Chick-fil-a! They are very good!

We had them for dinner again tonight! :) These are so easy to make and taste good...they're definitely becoming a regular item around here.

johde
06-16-2009, 08:08 PM
I'll need to try those chicken breasts. I have found I like most of the stuff I buy at Aldi's. We just had the canned mix vegetables and didn't care for those. But the corn, beets, green beans, etc have all been good.

kidsicet
06-16-2009, 09:28 PM
I shop at Aldi fairly frequently. The only things I haven't been fond of are the canned vegetables (opened a can of green beans, and there were about 12 beans in the entire can!!), the ketchup (DD can tell the difference and knows it's not Heinz), and some of the produce.

I bought a big bag of potatoes, and two days later opened the bag to use some. There was one rotten potato in the bag. The rest of them were find. Very weird! The same thing happened with a bag of carrots (regular ones, not baby).

I find the spice mixes (taco seasoning, chili seasoning) to be kind of salty. I usually try to get reduced sodium things, but they don't have that option at Aldi yet that I've found.

I used to be afraid of their meats, but have started buying them, and they've been just fine. My DH raved about the sirloin steak I bought there.

We like the coffee, cookies, milk, salad mixes, butter, margarine, eggs, cereal, frozen foods such as ice cream, chicken, potatoes, pizza, juice, juice boxes, soda, bread, baking mixes... I got an excellent deal on a wonderful ham there for Easter. It was not that expensive, and very good ham. And my most recent find is some of the make-up they started selling recently. I got a waterproof mascara for $1.99, and I love it!!

As time has gone on, the selection at Aldi has gotten much better. I feel that not only do I save money, I also save time. Aldi is considerably smaller than the "regular" grocery store I used to shop at exclusively, so I spend less time doing the shopping. I also feel I'm helping the environment by being "green" as far as the bags go. I purchased several of the big canvas Aldi bags, and reuse them every time. They are big, strong, and hold a lot! I love Aldi.

I have to admit the Aldi closest to my house is in a "poorer" neighborhood, and some of the people that are shopping there are from different cultures and may not speak English that well, but we're all aiming for the same goal - to try to save a little money on groceries. For anyone who hasn't tried Aldi, give it a try!

YoTony2
06-19-2009, 07:32 AM
We use to go all the time then stopped for several years. Now I am back going again. We only stopped because the Walmart opened and it was closer, better stocked with cashiers and either the same in cost or just a few cents more.

I love their $4.99 wine. Not the winking owl wine. The other is better for just a few dollars more.

I also go to buy milk, some cheeses, potato chips, Frozen salmon, hotdogs, bread, snack foods, fresh produce is very nice. My kids like the popcorn chicken and the bagel bites.

Their meats look good but haven't tried them yet. I normally buy what is on sale at the grocery stores and plan my meals around that.

The cheese brauts are good. Not as chessy as some but I like that better.


May I ask, why are you going back?

Since, from your thread, the savings over Wal*Mart weren't significant. I have a new Aldi's and several Wal*Marts nearby, and I'm looking for the best value (Price & Quality). Also how does Aldi's compare to Costco?

Many Thanks!

sherry7
06-19-2009, 06:02 PM
......And my most recent find is some of the make-up they started selling recently. I got a waterproof mascara for $1.99, and I love it!!...........

I was just looking at the mascara recently. Will it wash off with just soap & water, or do you have to use a makeup remover? :confused:

I bought a bottle of their Lacura foundation, and really like it. My skin is a bit oily, and it stays on all day. There are only a few shades available though. The Lacura lipbalm in the yellow tube (3 pack for $1.99), and Lacura day cream (light green lid, $5?) are very good as well.

englishteacha
06-19-2009, 07:28 PM
We don't have an Aldi near here, but we have Save-a-Lot. It sounds similar.

Jesussavedme
06-20-2009, 06:57 AM
Great discussion. We're moving in 2 weeks, to a town that has an Aldi's, so this was a good heads up. I made a list of all of your likes/dislikes - some of them are unanimous so I will most likely skip them!
Thank you!

mjhd
06-20-2009, 12:27 PM
LOVE:
Spaghetti sauce

WILL NOT BUY:
produce (it always goes bad within the next day or two)

pamrob
06-20-2009, 03:32 PM
We tried the Southern Style chicken patties that several people have suggested on this thread. All my girls liked them. They do remind me of the chicken in the biscuits at McDonalds - as far as seasoning.

eatatmidnight
07-06-2009, 07:48 PM
I have to step in here and say a word for the coffee. We are Starbucks Verona ground only kind of people and we love Aldi's Kona coffee for $3.99.

I just don't get what the Kona is about. :confused3 It says Kona and under that "100% Arabica". :lmao: Who cares since it gives Starbucks a run for its money for under four bucks.


I bought some of this today. How much do you use when you brew? I have a basic 12 cup Mr. Coffee with a round (not cone) filter. I would like for it to taste as good as Verona.