100 lb. Club - What's your experience shopping at the Aldi's food store?

07-24-2008, 02:13 PM
In the a different thread I mentioned that I had gone to Aldi's to buy some produce and a few other things. I go there and mainly to their produce because it's usually 25 - 40% less than my regular grocery, Krogers. They don't have a huge variety of the same things (ie...only a couple different kinds of apples) But, what they have is such a good price. I often pick up laundry soap, oatmeal, milk, trash bags and other things I need. I don't mind packing my own groceries for what I save.

I find the quality good - most of the time. My husband doesn't like their pork and beans (of all things!:dizzy: - I always 'doctor' them up, anyways). I think it's worth a try...the prices are so good. My Aldi's is always clean and neat.

What's your experience shopping at Aldi's?


07-24-2008, 02:15 PM
We have a Brand new Aldi's right across from my regular grocery store. I am dying to try it!

Do you know Aldi and Trader Joe's are owned by the same people?

07-24-2008, 02:16 PM
My Dad lives in Newark, Ohio and they get everything at Aldi's. The closest one to me was about and hour drive, until recently they opened one up closer{about 35 min.} I love them. My kids love the frozen juice and they have really good canned chicken breast. I would go there more often if it was closer.

07-24-2008, 02:24 PM
My previous experiences with Aldi's haven't been great. Fruit flies in the over- ripe produce section, scanty selection of produce, long lines and rude people. Our local Aldi's are very old and run down.

However, there's a new store that's just opened and I'm thinking it looks really nice. I always want to give Aldi's another chance, my hubby refuses to go with me. Think I'll force him there again :) I do recall that they had some nice low fat products that I'd like to try again.

07-24-2008, 03:17 PM
Do they have any name brand food there? We have one that is new where I live, but haven't tried it yet. Do they have organic food?

07-24-2008, 03:37 PM
i shop there for produce weekly and dh loves some of the items i can't have. I really like their fit and active brand as well. I keep reusable bags in my car for the weekly drop in and just bag them as i throw them in the car. Just my 2cents but I really like Aldi's.

07-24-2008, 04:39 PM
Born to fly - they have only a few named brand items. They do not carry organic foods in my area now or when I lived in Michigan. I can't speak for other areas..but, I kind of doubt it.

Sandi...I didn't know that Aldi's and Trader Joes were owned by the same folks. Interesting....

07-24-2008, 04:44 PM
I like the prices for my kids snacks and the produce. I also buy their bags of frozen chicken breast, at $5.99 for 6 breasts thats a huge deal!

Fruit flies, this time of year almost EVERY store has them ;)

07-24-2008, 04:47 PM
HI I like Aldis also. I like their Fit & Trim stuff and the dry goods are great. You can really save some money there.

07-24-2008, 05:02 PM
i used to shop at aldi because of the prices and you could save a ton of money there, but since we switched to organic foods, we can't shop there anymore because they don't carry organic foods. But i look at it in a positive way because even though aldis has good prices, they also have tons of junk food at that low price of only 1.29. Eating organic, your junk food range is considerably small compared to non organic foods. We just had a Whole Foods open up closer to our home...15min away compared to 45min-1hr away before. Their produce selection for organic food is better than most of our other organic shops.

07-24-2008, 05:16 PM
our aldis is older, but i still like it. not crazy about the produce but everything else is great.

07-24-2008, 05:29 PM
I'm in Philly and we have an Aldi a block away that we always walk to. Whatever we can get from there we do because the prices are amazing. Ours is clean and everything is usually fresh.

07-25-2008, 09:22 AM
I haven't been to ALDI's in years -- since we found out our dd can't have gluten. WHat is the Fit and Active line?

07-25-2008, 09:29 AM
I like Aldi here in Baltimore and the one by Drexel university where I take my son to stock his apartment.

i especially like it when the daughter wants to have a teen terror party....

sometimes i get produce there..

frozen fish is good

when we ate badly almost all our food came from Aldi.

can't beat a gallon of milk for under 2 dollars....

07-25-2008, 02:08 PM
I like Aldi. Their prices are great! It's a little "different" from a traditional grocery store, but I'll sacrifice different for great prices.

07-25-2008, 03:02 PM
I just came back from Germany, where there are Aldi's on every corner! Personally I think it's nice because things are cheap and that's always a good thing for a broke college student! They also have some healthy food (at least in Germany) that you can't find in other stores.

07-25-2008, 06:27 PM
I love Aldi! I would have gone broke feeding my kids and their friends when they were teenagers without it! I have never tried anything there that wasn't as good and many times better than name brand! Even the teenagers liked it...and that is saying A LOT!

Now my kids are on their own and that is where they shop to make their dollars strech...and there are some things that they go there for specifically because they either don't carry it in the grocery store...or they just like the Aldi brand better.

Never had any complaints about the cleanliness of the store either. Cleaner than alot of Krogars I have been to.

The only complaints I ever had is that they often don't have enough checkers so the line can get a bit long at peak times. They don't carry everything so you still may have to go to another grocery store to finish off your list and they don't always have the same products that you purchased last week and really liked.

For a family on a budget, you can't beat Aldi!

07-25-2008, 07:57 PM
I LOVE Aldis! There frozen Talapia is great and $3.99 for a 16 oz bag. I always get super good deals and if you're crafty you can save even more. I learned that if you go the day before a holiday they are closed they will mark many things down such as meat and dairy products. The day before Memorial Day I got Yogurt Smoothies for $0.75 a 4 pack (normally $2.49), angel food cake also $0.75 (normally $1.49), hamburger buns for $0.50 (regular $0.75). I got some other things too but cannot remember off the top of my head. My only wish is that they'd carry low fat cheese and sour cream. You also can't beat the price of cereal, at $1.89 for most varities. Low fat salad dressing are always $0.99.

07-25-2008, 09:01 PM
I heart Aldi's! I am doing most of our shopping there nowadays. I don't buy produce there usually, because I prefer the farmer's market, and I get our milk from a local dairy, but mostly everything else is from Aldi's. Everything I have tried has been great and I love their fat free plain yogurt better than any other I've tried.

07-25-2008, 11:43 PM
Hubby and I also love Aldi's. The few times we've had a concern with something (like a mustard bottle without a seal. It wasn't a big concern to us, stuff happens in the factory or someone shopping could have removed it. Because of Aldi's double money back guarantee they gave us the choice of twice our money back, two jars of mustard or one of each. We took the mustard, just to make it easy - and a clerk immediately took the whole box that our defective mustard had come in and removed it from the shelves. Saying they'd check the whole box over for other missing seals, and assured us they wouldn't sell it unless the whole box checked out ok.

We buy a lot of stuff there, but as for produce only onions, potatoes, and celery. We can get better selection and cheaper prices in other grocery stores, but Aldi is our first stop every month.

07-26-2008, 01:22 AM
Do they have any name brand food there? We have one that is new where I live, but haven't tried it yet. Do they have organic food?

They don't have name brands, but the company that makes Campbell's soup also cans for Aldi's if that tells you anything. Same batch of soup, different labels.

I like the cereal, the produce & the frozen salmon fillets. I hate the clientele (Who brings 4 kids grocery shopping, kids who are old enough to know better than to run & scream around a store? The woman who has to take the bag of chicken wings out of the freezer case, let 5-7 wings fall out onto the floor & then put it back without telling anyone, that's who!!!). Also the cashier gave me a dirty look when I was unemployed & paid for my groceries with a food stamp card.

Also they don't have anything reduced sodium, so no I don't shop there much anymore. :) Farmer's market for produce now, anyway.

07-27-2008, 06:23 PM
It may vary from location to location, because our Aldi carries alot of name brands, although the name brand products sometimes come and go (probably depends on whether they can get a good deal on them or not). Although we've found that the Aldi brands are nearly always at least as good as the name brand equivalent, and are usually better. Their Fit & Active brand is especially good.

07-27-2008, 10:29 PM
^^Yeah the thing about labeling is: it's just a label. Our dairy here in town, Golden Guernsey, also bottles milk for Deerfield Farms. So when you're buying a gallon of Deerfield Farms milk at the Walgreens, it's really golden Guernsey. This information has my mother at the Walgreens once a week.

07-27-2008, 11:06 PM
Yes I like Aldi's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Jolly Molly
07-29-2008, 04:59 AM
Aldi is a German chain and they came to Switzerland a couple years ago. THe Swiss were not entirely happy about that. Here in Switzerland there are only two major supermarket chains and food prices are very high. But food quality is very high too, so really I should say prices are fair because you do get what you pay for. Aldi in Germany is known for poor quality food, but the Swiss Aldi has adapted to the Swiss market expectations. They sell mostly Swiss milk products and offer quite a few organic choices, but at lower prices. My problem with them is that you never know what they'll have because their inventory seems to change often or they don't always make sure to restock their regular items. So, I always have to go to Aldi and somewhere else. Fortunately for me there's an Aldi next door to my regular, reliable supermarket so it's not a big hassle.

09-12-2008, 07:37 PM
I love Aldi's. Here's a lits of this that I buy every week:

Fit n Active Soy milk 1.29
Fit n Active egg substitute 1.89
Fit n Active pepperoni pockets(like Hot Pockets) 1.79
Fit n Active popcorn 1.49
Fit n Active chicke broth .49

Although they have long lines, the cashiers are very efficient. A pet peeve of mine when I shop at Aldi's are people who get in line with a hand full of items and expect you to let them ahead of you. On one visit, I let three people ahead of me which did a disservice to the person behind me. What really burns me up is when the cashier let people ahead of you who only have a few items. On average, the lenght of time in line is shorter than standing a regular grocery store becuase one they do not pack your bags an dsecond, the cashiers get people through the line so quickly.

09-12-2008, 09:11 PM
I love aldis, I shop on a very tight budget that normalll would only allow us one meal a day, but now that ive incorporated aldis into the mix with our regular grocery store (krogers...i miss giant eagle) we get a lot more food to last us through out the month. It also helps that its a 5 min walk from my house considering I have no vehicle. I also like their fit and active brand i get there carmel rice cakes to take to school with me. And just bought their coffee creamer yesterday which should help my a ton considering i go through a lot of calories with just my coffee creamer each day.

09-12-2008, 09:33 PM
I love shopping at Aldi. There was one nearby when we lived in NC. Unfortunatly, they do not have them here in Texas. Closest is in Oklahoma I think. Sure wish they would come here. There were several items of their Fit & Active brand that I liked. They had some 0 calorie bottles of drink ~ Lemonade and Cranberry that I used regularly. Also they had a product like the Hot Pockets (I liked the chicken and broccoli) even better than the Hot Pockets ~ the bread around it was softer.

09-13-2008, 01:13 AM
I shop at Aldi's for everything but my meat. I don't find they have that much selection. My hubby is very picky about the meat we eat. Also, we are fans of angel hair pasta and they only carry one kind. Other than that I'm a big Aldis shopper.

It's funny hearing that they are owned by same company as Trader Joes. Because we have millions of Aldi's all over town, but no TJs. Hmmm...?

09-13-2008, 01:47 AM
For stock up items you can't beat it. We feed 7 of us here and Aldi has drastically helped our food budget. Our produce here is hit and miss but sometimes it's doable. But for most staples we won't buy anywhere else. And like many of you, their Fit and Active products are great!

09-13-2008, 01:59 AM
I picked up a lot of good grocery saving tips from the Tightwad Gazette books. Hubby and I are on disability, and while our income is better than many people in our situation, because we had good jobs and good insurance, the budget is pretty tight. We find a lot of creative ways to save money, and it's really been a surprise to us how much we are able to save, with a bit of creative shopping.

Aldi's is a part of that, but you've got to pay attention. Not everything is cheaper, though we've never had a quality problem, and Aldi's has a double your money back guarantee that we've only had to use once (we got a mustard bottle that seemed to have had a break in the seal, we returned it and they gave us our choice of double our money back or two new bottles of mustard. The clerk pulled the entire box our bottle came from for inspection later, and gave us two bottles from a different shipment, checking the seals before giving them to us.

We also shop Walmart, a small Big Lots type private chain, an oriental grocery, a health food store, farmers' markets, and a couple of small grocery stores. We don't shop every store every week, but we've developed a bit of a routine that starts with checking the weekly grocery ads, making a list and then based on our experience and the ads we decide where we're going to shop each week.

It sounds like it takes hours and hours of our time, but I don't think we're spending much more time than we did when we both were working. We make a few more trips, but they're shorter, and we plan ahead better.

09-13-2008, 04:48 AM
hey, I though Aldi was just European, didn't know it had got to America too!

When it first came to the UK it had very few, if any, branded items, and was a place where lots of folk's kids didn't like it to be known that their mothers shopped there.
It's still not top of the range, and the fresh fruit and veg doesn't last as long as stuff from higher end supermarkets but I'm happy to shop there (and Lidl), having discovered that although a lot of the names aren't brands here, they are in Germany, so not inferior, just foreign. (The chocolate is particularly yummy. My bad. )

09-13-2008, 08:21 AM
If you like Aldi's try Costco! The produce is always excellent, often better than our local fruit market. The meat is also good. You do need to plan though, every quantity is large.

09-13-2008, 01:09 PM
Just went to Aldi's last night and stocked up on many things but mostly Fit and Active. I LOVE THAT STUFF. This morning hubby and I had Strawberry Cheesecake yogurt. MMMMMM and perfect on calories. There was only a few things that I couldn't find last night. 1) Grape Nuts (or generic) 2.) apples (sold out) 3. soup (also sold out)

Hubby and I bought all the food needed for a week for less than $60 and thats including a stop at Wallyworld for apples and grape nuts!

Go Aldi's!

09-13-2008, 01:53 PM
Aldi's is a part of that, but you've got to pay attention. Not everything is cheaper, though we've never had a quality problem, and Aldi's has a double your money back guarantee that we've only had to use once (we got a mustard bottle that seemed to have had a break in the seal, we returned it and they gave us our choice of double our money back or two new bottles of mustard. The clerk pulled the entire box our bottle came from for inspection later, and gave us two bottles from a different shipment, checking the seals before giving them to us.

How refreshing to hear about good service like that!

09-13-2008, 05:46 PM
I love our Aldi store. They don't always carry familiar brands, those seem to be hit and miss, and probably are bought when the corporate buyers are able to get a good discount. The Aldi brands themselves are very good, though, often superior to similar name brand products.

When hubby and I were living in central Illinois, we started shopping at Aldi's after an experience at a friends house. My friend, Matt invited us for dinner, and he made the ubiquitous central Illinois favorite, green bean casserole. It's almost sacreligious to not like green bean casserole, but I never have (except for the crunchy Durkee onion topping). However Matt's was so good, I asked what he did differently, because it was really good. The difference was subtle, but the mushroom flavor really stood out, and I asked him what he did differently (suspecting that he sauteed mushrooms before stirring into the dish), but he said the only thing he did differently was to use Aldi's cream of mushroom soup instead of Campbell's. We became Aldi converts after that (I'd been in the store before, but only bought brands I recognized).

Like many places, Aldi's has a less than stellar reputation in central Illinois. It's generally looked down upon by anyone who doesn't shop there (or doesn't admit to shopping there). When we would run into people we knew at Aldi's, people would act embarassed and say they only shop here for x, y, or z. We'd tell them they were nuts, because everything in the store that we bough had been excellent.

When I was working at one of State Farm's corporate offices in systems as a computer programmer, one of the other programmers always brought these amazing little cream puffs or mini eclairs for food days. Everyone was so impressed, but he only admitted to a few people where he found them (Aldi's) because the "ghetto" association was pretty strong among some of the more pretentious employees. The office politics could be pretty ruthless. Some people would look down their noses at you and sniff that they "only shopped at Schnuck's," the most expensive grocery store in town. The variety was good there, but the quality of the produce stunk. You could get blood oranges, star fruit and all sorts of exotic producen all year round, but it was overpriced and rarely at peak freshness, it was often in such bad shape, I can't believe the produce manager allowed it out for sale, let alone at such ridiculous prices.

I've definitely learned that you can't judge a book by it's cover, in food shopping. In Bloomington, there's this little mexican grocery/meat market that makes an amazing carnitas (roast pork) on Saturdays (and another day of the week, don't remember when). The shop is dark and smells clean, but looks dingy. Matt also turned us on to it. We were skeptical and I always felt like I was taking a big health risk buying from them - but I later learned that their kitchen is SPOTLESS - it always gets the highest Health Department scores. It made me realize the store wasn't "dirty," it just hadn't been updated in years. The floors were clean, but very scuffed so they "looked" dirty. The aisles were narrow, and a little dark, so again it "seemed" kind of dirty, but there wasn't a speck of dust anywhere. It made me realize how much we think what isn't true based on first glance appearance. A store that is spacious and well lit, can seem clean when it isn't. And a place that's a little cramped and dark, can seem dirty when it isn't.

Shy Moment
09-13-2008, 06:03 PM
I always liked shopping at aldi. You really can't say something isn't " a name brand ". I love this country gravy I use to buy there. Was a non name brand item. I mentioned it to someone I was talking to on the net one day and found out where she lives, down in the southern part of the country, it is a very well known name brand. Also, many name brand company's package things under other names. You never can tell. Now I shop at save a lot since the neighborhood that aldi is in isn't safe to even go into at high noon.

09-13-2008, 11:25 PM
I wish we had one here... I haven't had one for years, the last time was when we were stationed in Jersey shortly after we got married. Hubby got in trouble and the Navy took some of his pay, and then screwed up and took some more that they weren't supposed to... so while hubby was eating fine on the ship, my daughter and I were stuck living on less than $100 for a month... Aldi's literally saved our lives, I would never have been able to buy enough food on that little money anywhere else, they even beat the commissary prices. Even after the Navy fixed the money issue and hubby got out of trouble, we continued to shop there.. With 3 kids now that eat a lot, I sure wish we had one.


09-14-2008, 12:06 AM
I really like it. The prices are good!!!!